Ivy League Basketball Roundup: 12/28/2014

Ivy League Basketball Roundup: 12/28/2014

Below is the Ivy League Basketball Roundup for Sunday, December 28, 2014. After a short Christmas break the Ivy League is back in action with Columbia, Brown, Harvard, and Cornell playing.

 

Columbia Rallies In Second Half To Top Colgate

Columbia was able to overcome 26 points from Colgate’s Ethan Jacobs to secure the victory by a score of 69-64.

The first half was an even performance from both teams. Neither Colgate nor Columbia was able to assert themselves establish a commanding lead. Colgate led 14-9 with over 13 minutes to play, but an 8-2 run by Columbia gave them the lead at 17-16. Columbia led by as much as 4 points following back-to-back three pointers from Maodo Lo. The first half ended with Colgate leading 33-31.

Ethan Jacobs scored half of his 26 points in the first half on 5 of 8 shooting. The Raiders shot 60.9% from the field and hit 4 of 7 three pointers (57.1%). They committed only 5 turnovers in the first 20 minutes. The Lions were led by Lo’s 11 points on 4 of 7 shooting and 3 of 7 from behind the arc. Columbia shot 52% in the first half and made 5 of 12 three pointers (41.7%). They won on the glass 12-9 and committed 6 turnovers.

The second half began with Colgate taking a 36-31 lead before a 7-0 run by Columbia gave them the lead at 38-36. That run was fueled by 5 points from Kyle Castlin. Jacobs answered back with a three pointer for Colgate and a 39-38 lead. However, that would be the last time the Raiders led. The game continued to be close until the Lions pushed their lead to 12 points at 65-53 with 90 seconds left in the game. An 11-2 run by Colgate over the next 1:13 cut the deficit to 67-64. The were still nervy moments when Luke Roh stole the ball from Jeff Coby and pushed it to Ethan Jacobs for a game-tying three point attempt. The shot was no good and Lo drained two free throws to ice the game.

In the second half Jacobs once again led Colgate with 13 points. The Raiders shot 43.5% from the field and hit 4 of 8 three pointers (50%). They also committed only 4 turnovers. Kyle Castlin’s 10 points led Columbia in the second half while Cory Osetkowski finished with 8 points. The Lions shot 44.4% and hit 4 of 9 three pointers (44.4%). They made all 10 of their free throws, crushed Colgate on the glass 17-5, and committed 7 turnovers.

For the game, Jacobs finished with 26 points on 9 of 18 shooting and 5 of 10 from the perimeter. Matt McCullen finished with 12 points and 7 rebounds while both Austin Tillotson and Luke Roh had 10 points. The Raiders went 24 of 46 from the field (52.2%) and hit 8 of 15 three pointers (53.3%). They made 8 of 12 free throws (66.7%), had 11 assists, and committed only 9 turnovers.

Maodo Lo led Columbia with 15 points on 4 of 9 shooting (3 of 5 from behind the arc) and grabbed 6 rebounds. Cory Osetkowski scored 14 points, Steve Frankoski finished with 13 points, and Kyle Castlin had 12 points. Isaach Cohen finished with 5 points, but grabbed 8 rebounds and had 10 assists. The Lions went 25 of 52 from the field (48.1%) and hit 9 of 21 three pointers (42.9%). They went 10 of 12 from the charity stripe (83.3%), out-rebounded Colgate 33-16, had 16 assists, and committed 13 turnovers.

Colgate (3-10) has now lost three games in a row. They face Lehigh (6-5) on the road Wednesday night. Columbia (7-4) is now 6-1 at home this season and faces St. Francis (NY) (5-7) Tuesday night on the road.

 

Brown Beats Sacred Heart For Fourth Straight Victory

Leland King led Brown with 19 points and more importantly to a 79-76 win over Sacred Heart.

Prior to the under 12 timeout of the first half, Brown led 17-8. They continued to lead for the rest of the first half, but it oscillated between single and double digits. The Bears led 32-21 with over 5 minutes remaining before a 9-0 run by Sacred Heart brought the deficit down to 2 points. 8 of the 9 points came from Evan Kelly and Cane Broome. The two teams continued to battle until the first half ended 40-37 in favor of Brown.

Cane Broome led the Pioneers with 14 points in the first half on 5 of 9 shooting. The Pioneers hit 43.8% of their shots and made 3 of 9 three pointers (33.3%). They made all 6 of their free throws, had 8 steals, and committed 12 turnovers. Leland King led Brown with 11 points in the first half on 5 of 8 shooting. The Bears shot 48.4% from the field and hit only 3 of 12 three pointers (25%). They made 7 of 10 free throws, had 9 steals, and committed 11 turnovers.

The second half began with Sacred Heart going on a 7-1 run to lead 44-41. The Bears responded with a 9-2 run of their own to reclaim the advantage at 50-46. The game continued to be a battle with the Pioneers retaking the lead 60-55 and nearly holding it for the rest of the game. The final few minutes produced a back and forth affair with Brown taking the lead 68-67 on Rafael Maia’s. Cane Broome’s three pointer tied the game at 72 before back-to-back buckets from Tavon Blackmon and Leland King gave Brown the 76-72 lead. Blackmon hit two late free throws to seal the win for the Bears.

In the second half Sacred Heart was led with 9 points from a trio of players. Tevin Falzon, Cane Broome, and Evan Kelley all finished on 9 points. The Pioneers hit 48.4% of their shots and made 4 of 9 three pointers (44.4%). They had 6 steals and committed 6 turnovers. Steven Spieth had 9 points to lead Brown in the final 20 minutes. King finished with 8 points while Maia and Blackmon both had 7 points. The Bears shot 48.1% in the second half and hit 2 of 6 three pointers (33.3%). They won the rebound battle 18-14 and had 7 turnovers.

For the game, Cane Broome led Sacred Heart with 23 points on 9 of 15 shooting. Evan Kelley finished with 17 points while Tevin Falzon scored 13 points. The Pioneers went 29 of 63 from the field (46%) and hit 7 of 18 three pointers (38.9%). They went 11 of 13 from the free throw line (84.6%). They had 18 assists, made 14 steals, and committed 18 turnovers.

Brown had 4 players finish in double figures with Leland King’s 19 points and 9 rebounds leading the way. He made those 19 points on 9 of 14 shooting. Rafael Maia had 13 points and 9 rebounds, Steven Spieth had 13 points, and Tavon Blackmon had 13 points and 8 assists. Cedric Kuakumensah finished with 9 points and 7 rebounds. The Bears went 28 of 58 from the field (48.3%) and hit 5 of 18 three pointers (27.8%). They made 18 of 27 free throws (66.7%), out-rebounded the Pioneers slightly 35-34, had 15 assists, made 13 steals, and committed 18 turnovers.

Sacred Heart (6-6) faces another Ivy League team on Tuesday night in Yale (9-4). Brown (7-6) has won 4 straight games and 6 of their last 7 games after starting 1-5. They face Rhode Island (7-3) Wednesday night on the road.

 

Harvard Drops Another Big Game On The Road

After last week’s horrendous game at Virginia, Harvard looked to bounce back. Once again, a poor shooting half led them to defeat, but this time it was the second half. Arizona State won 56-46 after Harvard shot 26.1% in the final 20 minutes.

Harvard got off to a solid start taking a 5-0 lead while it took the Sun Devils 3:31 to get their first points. Still, it was an even battle for much of the first half until Arizona State jumped out to a 30-23 lead after going 10-2 run. Harvard made a small rally of 6-2 to end the half, but still trailed 32-28 at the break.

Wesley Saunders led the Crimson with 13 points while Siyani Chambers scored 10. Harvard shot 47.6% from the field and made 3 of 4 three pointers (75%). They blocked 6 shots, but also committed 6 turnovers. Roosevelt Scott and Shaquielle McKissic led ASU with 8 points apiece. The Sun Devils shot 41.9% from the field and hit 3 of 7 three pointers (42.9%). They out-rebounded Harvard 18-12 and committed 5 turnovers.

The second half was a grind for both teams. Harvard closed it to a 38-37 game following Corbin Miller’s three pointer with 14:42 remaining. Several minutes later, two buckets from Gerry Blakes gave ASU a 47-39 lead. The Crimson cut it back to 47-43, but they struggled down the stretch scoring only 3 points in the final 7 minutes and lost 56-46.

In the second half, Corbin Miller scored 7 points to lead Harvard. The Crimson made only 6 buckets out of 23 attempts (26.1%) and made 2 of 7 three pointers (28.6%). They committed 8 turnovers in the second half. Gerry Blakes led ASU in the second half with 9 points while Savon Goodman contributed 8 points and 6 rebounds. The Sun Devils shot 39.1% from the field and hit 1 of 5 three pointers (20%). They out-rebounded Harvard 22-11 and committed 11 turnovers.

Wesley Saunders led Harvard with 15 points for the game, but 13 of those came in the first half. Siyani Chambers scored 10 points with all of those coming in the first 20 minutes. The Crimson went 16 of 44 from the field (36.4%) and hit 5 of 11 three pointers (45.5%). They made 9 of 15 free throws (60%), blocked 10 shots (4 by Steve Moundou-Missi), and committed 14 turnovers.

The Sun Devils had 4 players score in double digits. Shaquielle McKissic and Gerry Blakes finished with 13 points while Savon Goodman and Roosevelt Scott scored 10 points. ASU went 22 of 54 from the field (40.7%) and made 4 of 12 three pointers (33.3%). They went 8 of 11 from the free throw line, crushed Harvard on the glass 40-23, and committed 16 turnovers.

Harvard (7-3) has dropped back-to-back games after starting 7-1. They face Grand Canyon (8-7) Tuesday night on the road. Arizona State (8-5) opens Pac-12 play next Sunday against Arizona (12-1) in Tuscon.

 

Cornell Drops Low Scoring Affair To Saint Peter’s In Overtime

24 points from Shonn Miller was not enough for Cornell to dispatch St. Peter’s. The Peacocks won in overtime 59-52.

The first half was a poor shooting performance from both teams. The first points came after 2:09 elapsed on the clock when Robert Hatter made a layup. At the under 12 timeout it was 4-3 in favor of Cornell while the under 8 TV timeout provided a score of 7-5 in favor of Cornell. The remainder of the half was better from both teams with neither team getting a solid advantage. Cornell lead 17-15 at the break.

Tyler Gaskins scored 7 points in the first half to lead St. Peter’s. They shot 26.1% from the field on 6 of 23 shooting and hit only 2 of 8 three pointers (25%). They committed 9 turnovers as well. The Big Red were led by Shonn Miller’s 8 points while they shot 7 of 19 from the field (36.8%). They hit 3 of 6 three pointers (50%), out-rebounded St. Peter’s 13-12, and committed 12 turnovers.

The second half was far better for both teams from the field, but once again neither team was able to take control of the game. Cornell led 32-28 before two three pointers from Gaskins on either side of a Shonn Miller jumper tied the game at 34. With less than a minute remaining Desi Washington sank two free throws to give St. Peter’s a 45-42 lead. Miller came to the rescue for the Big Red by draining a three pointer with 29 seconds left. Regulation ended tied at 45 points.

In the overtime session, St. Peter’s scored 5 points in the first 1:13 to seize control of the game at 50-45. The next two and a half minutes consisted of more bricks by both teams before the final 1:03 gave St. Peter’s enough free throw attempts to salt the game away. The Peacocks hit 9 of 10 free throws in overtime to secure the victory.

Marvin Dominique led St. Peter’s with 17 points and 9 rebounds. Tyler Gaskins scored 16 points while grabbing 7 rebounds. Desi Washington finished with 13 points. The Peacocks went 15 of 52 from the field (28.8%) and hit 8 of 19 three pointers (42.1%). They made 21 of 28 free throws (75%), had 12 steals, and committed 13 turnover.

Shonn Miller scored 24 points for Cornell on 8 of 16 shooting. He also corralled 11 rebounds for his double-double of the season. Devin Cherry scored 14 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. The Big Red went 16 of 48 from the field (33.3%), made 5 of 20 three pointers (25%), and hit 15 of 22 free throws (68.2%). Both teams grabbed 38 rebounds while Cornell turned the ball over 20 times.

Saint Peter’s (6-7) faces Quinnipiac (5-5) Friday on the road. Cornell (6-6) has lost two of their last three games and it will more than likely be 3 of the last 4 with their next game at Syracuse (8-4) on Wednesday.

2014-15 Ivy League Basketball Power Rankings Week 6

2014-15 Ivy League Basketball Power Rankings Week 6

Welcome to the 2014-15 Ivy League Basketball Power Rankings Week 6 edition! Yet again, it was a slow week for the Ivy League with only 8 games played. Here is a look back at Week 5’s power rankings.

 

Week 5 (12/14 – 12/20)
Rank Team Record Previous Week
1 Yale 9-4 1
2 Harvard 7-1 2
3 Columbia 6-3 3
4 Cornell 5-4 4
5 Brown 5-6 5
6 Dartmouth 5-5 6
7 Princeton 4-8 7
8 Penn 3-5 8

 

In Week 5, there was no change in the rankings due to the small amount of games played. Even with the teams that did play, they did not do enough to move up (or down). Five teams are now at or above .500 with Yale, Harvard, Columbia, Cornell, and Brown as the teams to reach that mark. Dartmouth dropped below .500 but they are within a game of getting back to even. Only Yale did not play a game in the last week. Here are the 2014-15 Ivy League Basketball Power Rankings Week 6:

1. Yale Bulldogs (9-4) – As previously mentioned, Yale was inactive for the week and their only real danger of losing the top spot was if Harvard beat Virginia on the road, but that did not happen.

2. Harvard Crimson (7-2) – As mentioned above, Harvard faced Virginia in their only game of the week. And it was horrendous for Harvard. They scored 8 points in the first half and 27 for the game. They made 1 bucket in that first half out of 20 attempts (5%). It was a terrible showing for Harvard and the Ivy League. Harvard faces Arizona State on Sunday, December 28 in trying to save face.

3. Columbia Lions (6-4) – Columbia played on game, which was against Connecticut in Bridgeport. The Lions played well against UConn for most of the game until a late surge by the Huskies made it an 80-65 win. Maodo Lo continued his excellent season with 24 points. Lo has scored at least 20 points in 5 of his last 6 games while Columbia is 3-2 in those 5 games.

4. Cornell Big Red (6-5) – The only team to play multiple games was Cornell and they split their two games. They lost to Radford 74-61 in the first game with their second worst shooting game of the season (32.7%). They rebounded to defeat Siena with a big second half in their other game. Cornell still looms dangerous to the top three if they have a poor showing in the conference portion of the season.

5. Brown Bears (6-6) – After a two-week hiatus, Brown followed up their big upset win over Providence with a win over Central Connecticut State on the road. The Bears built a 15 point halftime lead before winning 67-55. They Bears were not great in the win with 21 turnovers, but they got the job done.

6. Dartmouth Big Green (5-6) – The Big Green played one game against Penn State and their poor first half led them to defeat. They were out-scored 41-16 in the first half and made only 7 of 24 buckets (29.2%). The hot-shooting of Penn State in that half (57.7%) ended up being the difference. The Big Green looked better in the second half, but the hole they dug was too much to get out of.

7. Princeton Tigers (5-8) – Princeton played one game against Liberty and they were solid. They recorded a season high 7 blocks and recorded their second highest steals in a game with 10. The Tigers have progressed nicely after a poor 1-5 start to the season.

8. Penn Quakers (3-6) – Penn had a 13 day break since playing Marist on December 9. They traveled to face Vanderbilt on December 22 and played arguably their worst game of the season in a 79-50 loss. They shot a season low 34.6% from the field and recorded only 24 rebounds, also a season low. The loss also snapped a three game win streak for the Quakers.

Here are the Week 6 Power Rankings:

Week 6 (12/21 – 12/27)
Rank Team Record Last Week
1 Yale 9-4 1
2 Harvard 7-2 2
3 Columbia 6-4 3
4 Cornell 6-5 4
5 Brown 6-6 5
6 Dartmouth 5-6 6
7 Princeton 5-8 7
8 Penn 3-6 8

 

Here is the weekly ranking for each team going back to the preseason. (The table is sortable).

 

TeamPreseasonWeek 1Week 2Week 3Week 4Week 5Week 6
Yale Bulldogs3221111
Harvard Crimson1112222
Columbia Lions2333333
Cornell Big Red8444444
Brown Bears6656555
Dartmouth Big Green4767666
Princeton Tigers7575777
Penn Quakers5888888

 

 

Please feel free to comment below and come back next Sunday for the Week 7 rankings!

Ivy League Basketball Roundup: 12/23/2014

Ivy League Basketball Roundup: 12/23/2014

Below is the Ivy League Basketball Roundup for Tuesday, December 23, 2014. Cornell was the only team to play, as they faced Siena on the road before a Christmas break for the Ivy League.

 

Cornell Powers Past Siena In Second Half

A tight contest at halftime gave way to an easy win the second half for Cornell. The Big Red were led by 26 points and 15 rebounds by Shonn Miller while Robert Hatter scored 21 points. Cornell won 75-57 over Siena.

Siena got out to a 4-0 lead very early in the game before 5 straight points from Galal Cancer gave Cornell the lead. Siena reclaimed the lead and led by as much as 6 points midway through the first half at 20-14. Once again, the Big Red battled back with a 9-0 run to lead 23-20. 7 of those points came from Shonn Miller. The first half ended evenly for both teams as Cornell led 27-26 at the break.

The second half was quickly controlled by Cornell by going on a 13-6 run. A three pointer from Siena’s Evan Hymes made it 42-37, but that was answered by Hatter with a three pointer of his own. From there, Cornell slowly built their lead up before winning 75-57. The Big Red outscored Siena 48-31 in the second half.

Shonn Miller led Cornell with 26 points on 9 of 18 shooting and 7 of 8 from the free throw line. He also grabbed 15 rebounds. Robert Hatter scored 21 points on 4 of 8 shooting and hit 12 of 13 free throws. The Big Red went 23 of 49 from the field (46.9%) and hit 4 of 11 three pointers (36.4%). They made 25 of 28 free throws (89.3%), out-rebounded Siena 38-31, had 9 assists, and committed 14 turnovers.

Siena had three players finish in double figures led by Evan Hymes’ 18 points. Javion Ogunyemi scored 12 points and Ryan Oliver finished with 10. The Saints went 16 of 52 from the field (30.8%) and made 5 of 20 three pointers (25%). They made 20 of 28 free throws (71.4%), had 13 assists, and committed 10 turnovers.

Cornell (6-5) plays their next game on Sunday afternoon at home against St. Peter’s (5-7). Siena (3-7) takes on Bucknell (5-7) at home Sunday.

Ivy League Basketball Roundup: 12/22/2014

Ivy League Basketball Roundup: 12/22/2014

Below is the Ivy League Basketball Roundup for Monday, December 22, 2014. Five teams – Brown, Dartmouth, Princeton, Columbia, and Penn were in action with only Princeton playing at home.

 

Brown Defeats Central Connecticut State On The Road

Brown had an excellent first half on both ends of the court to propel them to a 67-55 win over Central Connecticut State. Steven Spieth had 19 points and 10 rebounds while Tavon Blackmon finished with 16 points.

It took the Bears a while to put their stamp on the first half, as the game was 14-12 in favor of Brown midway through the first half. The Bears got going in the final 10 minutes with 8 points from Cedric Kuakumensah to close the half on a 22-7 run to lead 36-21 at the break.

Kuakumensah led Brown with 13 points in the first half on 6 of 8 shooting. The Bears shot 50% from the field and hit 4 of 10 three pointers (40%). They also committed 7 turnovers in the first half. Matt Mobley scored 11 points for the Blue Devils, but it was tough going for them as a team. They shot 29.6% from the field, made 2 of 5 three pointers (40%), and committed 9 turnovers.

CCSU came out in the second half with a 13-6 run to cut the deficit to 8 points at 42-34. The lead was cut to as low as 6 points at 52-46, but Brown went on a 13-2 run to effectively put the game away. CCSU did out-score Brown 34-31 in the second half.

Steven Spieth led Brown in the second half with 13 points and 7 rebounds. The Bears shot 41.7% from the field and hit 5 of 10 three pointers (50%). They out-rebounded CCSU 23-15, but committed 14 turnovers in the final 20 minutes. Matt Mobley had 11 points for CCSU while Faronte Drakeford scored 10 points. They shot 34.3% from the field while hitting only 2 of 8 three pointers (25%). They had only 1 turnover in the second half.

For the entire game, Steven Spieth had 19 points on 7 of 14 shooting (3 of 5 from deep) and collected 10 rebounds. Tavon Blackmon scored 16 points on 4 of 6 shooting and 7 of 8 from the free throw line. Cedric Kuakumensah finished with 13 points and 9 rebounds with Rafael Maia scoring 6 points and grabbing 10 boards. The Bears went 23 of 50 from the field (46%) and hit 9 of 20 three pointers (45%). They went 12 of 16 from the free throw line (75%), out-rebounded CCSU 43-31, blocked 7 shots, and committed 21 turnovers.

Matt Mobley finished with 22 points on 7 of 19 shooting for Central Connecticut State. Faronte Drakeford was the second leading scorer on the team with 13 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. The Blue Devils shot 20 of 62 from the field (32.3%) and hit 4 of 13 three pointers (30.8%). They went 11 of 15 from the free throw line (73.3%), had 9 steals, blocked 7 shots, and committed only 10 turnovers.

Brown (6-6) has a break of 6 days before facing Sacred Heart (6-4) at home on December 28. Central Connecticut State (2-9) face in-state Connecticut (5-4) December 28 on the road.

 

Dartmouth Held To 16 First Half Points In 20 Point Loss

Stellar shooting by Penn State and a poor shooting performance in the first half by Dartmouth allowed the Nittany Lions to win 69-49. Penn State led by 25 points at the break.

The game was tied at 7 with 15:24 remaining in the first half before a 20-4 run by Penn State gave them a 27-11 lead. It did not get any better for Dartmouth as they managed to only score 5 points in the final 6:18 of the first half. Penn State led 41-16 at the break.

Connor Boehm led the Big Green with 6 points in the first half. The team shot 29.2% from the field and missed all 9 three point attempts. They were out-rebounded 17-7 and committed 8 turnovers. D.J. Newbill led Penn State with 11 points in the first half on 5 of 7 shooting. The Nittany Lions shot 57.7% in the first half and hit 4 of 10 three pointers (40%). They committed 6 turnovers in first half.

The second half was better for Dartmouth, but the 25 point deficit was far too much to overcome as was Penn State’s quality. The Big Green were unable to chip into the lead with the team still trailing by 20 points or more for nearly all of the second half. The Big Green out-scored Penn State 33-28 in the final 20 minutes.

Alex Mitola led Dartmouth in the second half with 9 points on 3 of 5 shooting. They shot 40% from the field and hit only 2 of 11 three pointers (18.2%). They out-rebounded Penn State 20-17 and committed only 2 turnovers. Brandon Taylor had 8 points in the second half to lead Penn State. The team shot 34.8% and hit 3 of 9 three pointers (33.3%). They committed only 5 turnovers.

For the game Alex Mitola had 13 points to lead Dartmouth. Gabas Maldunas finished with 9 points and 4 rebounds. The Big Green shot 19 of 54 from the field (35.2%) and hit only 2 of 20 three pointers (10%). They hit 9 of 16 free throws (56.2%), had 6 steals, and committed 11 turnovers.

D.J. Newbill led Penn State with 17 points on 7 of 12 shooting. Geno Thorpe scored 12 points, John Johnson scored 10 points, and Brandon Taylor finished with 10 points and 8 rebounds. The Nittany Lions finished hitting 23 of 49 shots from the field (46.9%) and made 7 of 19 from beyond the arc (36.8%). They made 16 of 24 free throws (66.7%), out-rebounded Dartmouth 38-30, had 15 assists, and committed only 11 turnovers.

Dartmouth (5-6) has a bit of break with their next game at Bryant (3-5) on December 31. Penn State (12-1) has won 10 games in a row and their next game is a tough one. They travel to Madison, Wisconsin to face the Badgers (11-1) on New Year’s Eve.

 

Princeton Pulls Away In Second Half To Beat Liberty

A close game at the halftime interval gave way to an 18 point win for Princeton. The Tigers outscored Liberty by 14 points in the second half to win 65-47 on Monday night.

The game was even until a 9-2 run, courtesy of 3 three pointers, put the Tigers up 17-9. Liberty chipped away at the deficit and eventually tied the game at 23 with four and a half minutes to play. Princeton closed on an 8-4 run to lead 31-27 at the break.

David Andoh led Liberty in the first half with 8 points on 4 of 8 shooting. The Flames shot 47.6% in the first half and missed their only three point attempt. They out-rebounded Princeton 15-11 while committing 8 turnovers. Steven Cook, Amir Bell, and Spencer Weisz led Princeton with 6 points each. The Tigers shot 44% from the field while hitting 7 of 20 three pointers (35%). They had 8 assists and committed 4 turnovers in the first half.

For the fist 10 minutes of the second half, Princeton was unable to shake Liberty. The Flames kept the game between four and nine points. The final 8:34 of the second half was Princeton’s, as they went on a 16-7 run to win the game by 18 points.

James Johnson was the top scorer for Liberty in the second half with 6 points. The Flames shot 26.3% from the field and hit only 1 of 5 three pointers (20%). They also committed 12 turnovers in the second half. Steven Cook finished with 10 points on 2 of 4 shooting and 6 of 6 from the free throw line. The Tigers shot 39.1% and hit only 3 of 12 three pointers (25%). The Tigers were better on the glass with a 16-9 advantage and committed 9 turnovers.

Theo Johnson and David Andoh were joint-top scorers for Liberty with 10 points. The Flames went 15 of 40 from the field (37.5%) and hit 1 of 6 three pointers (16.7%). They made 16 of 21 free throws (76.2%), had 6 steals, and committed 21 turnovers. The Flames did out-rebounded Princeton 30-27.

The Tigers were led by Steven Cook’s 16 points on 4 of 7 shooting and 6 of 6 from the free throw line. Spencer Weisz finished with 13 points while Hans Brase scored 7 points and collected 9 rebounds. Princeton went 20 of 48 from the field (41.7%) and hit 10 of 32 three pointers (31.2%). They went 15 of 19 from the charity stripe (78.9%), had 12 assists, 10 steals, blocked 7 shots, and committed 14 turnovers.

Liberty (5-7) takes on Cincinnati Christian Sunday afternoon at home. Princeton (5-8) has won back-to-back games and faces Wake Forest (6-6) on New Year’s Eve on the road.

 

UConn’s Late Surge Sends Columbia To 15 Point Defeat

Columbia played a solid game against Connecticut, but a late run by the Huskies made the score line look better than it indicated. 20 point efforts from Ryan Boatright and Rodney Purvis led UConn to the 80-65 victory.

Connecticut sprinted out to a 9-0 lead before the Lions clawed their way back into the game with a 17-6 run to lead 17-15. They held that slim advantage until late in the half when Boatright drained a three pointer to give UConn the lead at 34-31. Jeff Coby responded with a three for Columbia, but Boatright scored the final 8 points for the Huskies to give them a 39-36 lead at the break.

Jeff Coby and Maodo Lo both had 9 points for Columbia while Steve Frankoski scored 8 points. The Lions shot 57.1% from the field and hit 4 of 11 three pointers (36.4%). They had 8 assists and committed 5 turnovers. Ryan Boatright scored 14 points while Rodney Purvis had 11 points. The Huskies shot 57.1% as well and also hit 4 three pointers out of 8 (50%). Neither team had the advantage on the glass (1o rebounds apiece) while UConn committed 4 turnovers.

The second half began with both teams trading buckets and the lead. The Huskies claimed the lead for good at 47-46 with 16:18 left to play. Even with 6:26 remaining it was 58-55 in favor of UConn, but the Huskies ended the game on a 22-10 with Columbia going cold from the field. The Huskies outscored Columbia 41-29 in the second half.

Maodo Lo had 15 second half points for Columbia. They shot 33.3% in the second half and hit only 4 of 14 three pointers (28.6%). They committed only 4 turnovers in the final 20 minutes. The Huskies were led by Purvis’ 10 points. Amida Brimah scored 8 points as well. The Huskies shot 57.1% and made 5 of 8 three pointers (62.5%). The Huskies made all 12 of their free throws, had 10 assists, and committed only 6 turnovers.

Maodo Lo led Columbia with 24 points for the game on 10 of 15 shooting and 4 of 9 from deep. Luke Petrasek scored 10 points off the bench. They went 26 of 58 from the field (44.8%) and made 8 of 25 three pointers (32%). They attempted only 7 free throws, making 5 of those (71.4%). They had 13 assists, 6 steals, and committed 10 turnovers.

Rodney Purvis finished with 21 points on 7 of 8 shooting and 4 of 5 from beyond the arc. Ryan Boatright had an excellent all-around game with 20 points, 5 rebounds, and 8 assists. The Huskies shot 28 of 49 from the field (57.1%) and made 9 of 16 three pointers (56.2%). They went 15 of 17 from the free throw line (88.2%), out-rebounded Columbia slightly (28-26), had 18 assists, and committed 10 turnovers.

Columbia (6-4) has lost two of their last 3 games. They face Colgate (3-9) on Sunday afternoon at home. Connecticut (5-4) faces in-state foe Central Connecticut State (2-9) on Sunday afternoon as well.

 

Penn Crushed On The Road By Vanderbilt

Vanderbilt had three players score at least 15 points on their way to a 29 point victory. The Commodores beat Penn 79-50.

The final score does not tell the tale of how the first half went. The Quakers led 15-10 following Tony Hicks‘ three pointer. Vanderbilt ripped off a 15-5 run to reclaim the lead at 25-20. The Quakers closed within four at 32-28, but an 8-1 run to end the half made it 40-29 at the break.

Tony Hicks led Penn with 14 first half points (48.2% of the Quakers’ total points in the first half). Penn shot 39.3% from the field and hit 4 of 10 three pointers. They had 5 steals, but committed 7 turnovers. Vandy was led by 13 points from Damian Jones and 11 points from James Siakam. The Commodores shot 56.5% from the field and hit 2 of 6 three pointers (33.3%). They made 12 of 15 free throws (80%), out-rebounded Penn 21-9, had 9 assists, and committed 10 turnovers.

The second half began with the game getting out of hand quickly. Vanderbilt went on a 13-3 run to build their lead to 21 points at 53-32. From that point it was just a matter of how much. Vandy led by as much as 33 before winning 79-50. They out-scored Penn 39-21 in the second half.

Darien Nelson-Henry had 6 second half points to lead Penn. The Quakers shot 29.6% from the field in the second half while making only 1 of 9 three pointers (11.1%). They committed 10 turnovers in the second half as well. Vandy was led by 10 points from Wade Baldwin IV. They shot 57.7% and hit 3 of 6 three pointers (50%). They had 7 steals while committing 6 turnovers.

For the game, Penn was led by Tony Hicks’ 16 points on 6 of 13 shooting. Matt Howard scored 11 points while Darien Nelson-Henry finished with 9 points. The Quakers went 19 of 55 from the field (34.5%) and hit 5 of 19 three pointers (26.3%). They made 7 of 13 free throws (53.8%), had 7 steals, and committed 17 turnovers.

Vanderbilt got 17 points and 8 rebounds from James Siakim on 7 of 8 shooting. Wade Baldwin IV scored 16 points and Damian Jones finished with 15 points and 6 rebounds. Shelton Mitchell scored 5 points, grabbed 6 rebounds, and dished out 7 assists. The Commodores went 28 of 49 from the field (57.1%) and made 5 of 12 three pointers (41.7%). They hit 18 of 25 free throws (72%), out-rebounded Penn 39-24, had 17 assists, had 9 steals, and committed 16 turnovers.

Penn (3-6) saw their three game win streak broken with the loss and face La Salle (6-5) on December 30. Vanderbilt (8-3) has won three of four and faces St. Louis (8-4) on New Year’s Eve.

2014 FCS Playoffs Semifinals Wrap Up

Illinois State and New Hampshire were battling for their first appearance in the FCS Championship game (Jim Cole / AP Photo)
Illinois State and New Hampshire were battling for their first appearance in the FCS Championship game (Jim Cole / AP Photo)

 

2014 FCS Playoffs Semifinals Wrap Up

The FCS National Championship for the 2014 season is now set. One game was exciting while the other was a second-half blowout. The two games were played over two days with Sam Houston State at North Dakota State on Friday evening and Illinois State at New Hampshire on Saturday afternoon. Be sure to check out the predictions made here as you read through the two recaps! Here is the 2014 FCS Playoffs Semifinals Wrap Up.

 

Sam Houston State Bearkats (11-4) at #2 North Dakota State Bison (13-1)

A big second half from North Dakota State allowed them to pull away from Sam Houston State and win 35-3. The game was 7-3 at the halftime interval in favor of the Bison while John Crockett accounted for 232 yards and 3 touchdowns on offense.

The first 5 drives of the game all resulted in three-and-outs with 3 from SHSU and 2 from NDSU. The third drive of the game for the Bison appeared to be headed the same way until Crockett broke a screen pass for 31 yards. 5 plays later, Crockett did the honors of scoring the first points of the game on a 3 yard run to make it 7-0. The Bearkats ended the first quarter with a drive going at midfield after starting at their own 13 yard line.

The first play of the second quarter was Jared Johnson throwing a beautiful strike to Gerald Thomas in stride to get them down to the NDSU 11 yard line. The Bearkats would settle for a 22 yard field goal from Luc Swimberghe to make it 7-3. The Bearkats’ next drive ended with a missed 46 to the left. Neither team threatened for the rest of the half with the Bison holding a 7-3 lead at halftime.

The third quarter began with the Bison getting the ball first. On third and four from their own 49 yard line, Carson Wentz threw a pass that was picked off by Mikell Everette at the SHSU 39 yard line. The Bearkats were unable to do anything after going three-and-out.

The next drive for North Dakota State would give them a double-digit cushion in a hurry. The third play of the drive was Wentz to Crockett on a wheel route out of the backfield for a 35 yard gain. The following play, King Frazier made one defender miss and was off to the end zone for a 33 yard touchdown run. That made it 14-3. The lead became 21-3 on the first play of the next drive. Crockett took a simple handoff to the right, broke a tackle, and sprint to the end zone for a 55 yard score. The third quarter ended with the Bison leading 21-3 and at the Bearkats’ 29 yard line.

Six plays into the fourth quarter was Crockett’s third touchdown run of the game from 10 yards out. The Bearkats’ tried to respond on the next drive, but on first and 10 from the Bison’s 33 yard line, Jared Johnson was picked off by Nick DeLuca undercutting the route. That led to a 14 yard touchdown pass from Wentz to RJ Urzendowski to cap the scoring.

Jared Johnson went 20 of 31 for 227 yards with no touchdowns and an interception. He was also the leading rusher with 66 yards on 25 carries. Keshawn Hill had 12 carries for 26 yards. Yedidah Louis finished as the top receiver for SHSU by catching 6 passes for 62 yards. Gerald Thomas had 2 catches for 60 yards while Hill finished with 7 catches for 50 yards.

Carson Wentz finished 13 of 19 for 179 yards with a touchdown and an interception. John Crockett was the start for the Bison by running 26 times for 166 yards and 3 touchdowns. He also was the leading receiver with 2 catches for 66 yards. King Frazier had 3 carries for 41 yards and a touchdown. Andrew Bonnet had 4 catches for 44 yards.

 

#5 Illinois State Redbirds (12-1) at #1 New Hampshire Wildcats (12-1)

Both teams were searching for their first appearance in the FCS National Championship. For three quarters it appeared that New Hampshire was going to be the team, but a stunning fourth quarter rally by Illinois State allowed them to win 21-18.

The Redbirds scored first with a 33 yard field goal from Nick Aussieker to lead 3-0. The Wildcats had an excellent opportunity on the next drive. A short kick and personal foul penalty put them at the Illinois State 42. That led to a 4 yard touchdown run from quarterback Sean Goldrich to put them in the lead 7-3. Tre Roberson and the Redbirds responded well by moving inside the New Hampshire 10 yard line. On first and goal from the nine, Roberson scrambled for 4 yards but lost the ball and the Wildcats ended the scoring threat by recovering the ball.

The first play of the second quarter was Goldrich’s 47 yard pass to Harold Spears to the ISU 44 yard line. Six plays later was Nico Steriti’s 6 yard touchdown run and a two point conversion made it 15-3. The Redbirds missed a 40 yard field goal on the ensuing drive but did get a 23 yarder with under 2 minutes to play. A big return by Dalton Crossnan gave New Hampshire the ball at midfield, but Goldrich was intercepted three plays later. The first half ended with New Hampshire leading 15-6.

The Wildcats started with the ball to start the second half and extended their lead to 18-6 after settling for a 25 yard field goal from Brad Prasky. The remainder of the quarter was a struggle for both offenses until Illinois State ended the quarter with Roberson hitting Anthony Warrum for a 36 yard gain to the New Hampshire 19 yard line.

The fourth play of the final quarter was Marshaun Coprich getting to the edge and scoring from 2 yards out to make it 18-13 with over 14 minutes to play. The Redbirds forced a punt on the next drive to set up the eventual game-winning score. On second and two from the New Hampshire 47, Roberson kept the ball and ran it to the house after his line opened up a hole for him. They went for two and converted it via Jon-Marc Anderson’s run to lead 21-18.

The Wildcats still had a chance to score. They moved it into Illinois State territory before being faced with a fourth and 3 at their 46. On the fourth down play Goldrich found Kyon Taylor, but for no gain. The Redbirds got the ball back and eventually ran out the clock for the victory.

Tre Roberson went 18 of 31 for 278 yards through the air with no touchdowns or picks. He had 95 yards and a touchdown rushing on 12 carries. Marshaun Coprich had 24 carries for 79 yards and a touchdown. Lechein Neblett led the game with 8 catches for 147 yards. Cameron Meredith had 5 catches for 67 yards.

Sean Goldrich went 19 of 33 for 214 yards with no touchdowns and an interception while also having a rushing touchdown. Nico Steriti finished wtih 100 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries. R.J. Harris had 6 catches for 68 yards, but was injured with a concussion early in the fourth quarter. Harold Spears had 2 catches for 61 yards.

 

2014 FCS National Championship

The FCS National Championship game for the 2014 season will be played on Saturday, January 10, 2015. The game will be played in Frisco, Texas at FC Dallas Stadium. Game time is 1 PM Eastern Time with the #5 Illinois State Redbirds (13-1) taking on the #2 North Dakota State Bison.

Be sure to check back to see the preview and prediction for the FCS National Championship.

Ivy League Basketball Roundup: 12/21/2014

Ivy League Basketball Roundup: 12/21/2014

Below is the Ivy League Basketball Roundup for Sunday, December 21, 2014. Harvard and Cornell were both in action and played on the road. The Crimson faced Virginia while Cornell played Radford.

 

Virginia Dominates Harvard

Harvard’s worst game of the season came on the road at #6 Virginia Sunday afternoon. The Crimson shot a horrid 16% for the game while only managing to score 27 points. Virginia won 76-27.

Harvard knew they were up against it taking on Virginia in Charlottesville, but they way they started made it clear it was going to be a long game. Virginia jumped out to a 7-0 lead before Harvard scored a bucket to make it 7-2. That bucket, scored by Zena Edosomwan with 16:31 left in the half, would be the only field goal of the half for Harvard.

The defense by Virginia in the first half allowed them to easily build a 39-8 lead at the break. The Crimson went 1 of 20 for the half (5%) and made 6 of 12 free throws (50%). Wesley Saunders was the top scorer with 4 points, all coming from the charity stripe. Mike Tobey led Virginia with 15 points and 5 rebounds on 6 of 6 shooting. The Cavaliers shot 61.5% in the first half while out-rebounding Harvard 21-9.

The second half was better for Harvard, but only marginally so. The Cavaliers first four shots were three pointers while Harvard’s first four points were from Steve Moundou-Missi. The Virginia defense was still clamping down forcing bad shots throughout the final 20 minutes. Virginia outscored Harvard 37-19 in the second half.

Corbin Miller led Harvard in the final 20 minutes with 8 points. The Crimson shot 23.3% from the field and hit 2 of 7 three pointers (28.6%). The Cavaliers were led in the second half by Evan Nolte and Marial Shayok with 7 points apiece. Virginia shot 57.7% in the final 20 minutes while hitting 4 of 6 three pointers (66.7%). They also out-rebounded Harvard 24-16.

Corbin Miller’s 8 second half pointers were enough to Harvard for the entire game. The Crimson went 8 of 50 from the field (16%) and hit only 2 of 11 three pointers (18.2%). Even their free throw shooting was terrible with only 9 of 22 shots made (40.9%). They had only 1 assists the entire game and committed 10 turnovers.

Both Mike Tobey and Malcolm Brogdon led the Cavaliers with 15 points. Tobey also had 10 rebounds for a double-double while Brogdon had 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Virginia shot 31 of 52 from the field (59.6%) and hit 6 of 11 three pointers (54.5%). They went 8 of 11 from the free throw line (72.7%), out-rebounded Harvard 45-25, had 21 assists, and committed 10 turnovers.

With the loss, Harvard’s (7-2) six game win streak was snapped in emphatic fashion. Their next game will be a tough one as well with a road trip to Arizona State (6-5) next Sunday. Virginia (11-0) faces Davidson (9-1) in their next game on December 30 before starting ACC play.

 

Cornell Shut Down In Second Half Loss At Radford

Cornell led 38-32 at halftime, but Radford’s play in the second half allowed them to power to a 74-61 victory. Shonn Miller scored 28 points and grabbed 9 rebounds for Cornell, but it was not enough.

Both teams came out shooting the ball well, however, neither team was able to establish a large advantage. Cornell led 18-14 at the under 12 timeout, but Radford battled back to take a 24-21 lead. The Big Red closed the first half on a 17-8 run to lead 38-32 at the break. Robert Hatter scored 8 points in the final 8:03 for Cornell to help spur them to the 6 point halftime lead.

Both Miller and Hatter finished with 13 points in the first half to lead Cornell. The Big Red finished the first half shooting 52% from the field and hit 5 of 11 three pointers (45.5%). They committed only 3 turnovers as well. Rashun Davis had 11 first half points for Radford. They shot 48% in the first half and made only 1 of 5 three pointers (20%). They committed only 5 first half turnovers.

Radford quickly claimed the lead to start the second half with a 13-0 run to lead 46-38. The first points of the half for Cornell came 4:05 into the half with Hatter’s layup. Radford ended up holding on to the lead for the rest of the game while Cornell was unable to close the deficit to less than 5 points. Still, they kept themselves within distance, but Radford’s late 8-2 spree preserved the win.

Shonn Miller led the Big Red with 15 points in the second half on 2 of 7 shooting with 10 of his points coming from the free throw line. The Big Red were atrocious from the field in the second half hitting only 4 of 27 shots (14.8%). They went 2 of 11 from beyond the arc (18.2%) and committed 8 turnovers. R.J. Price led Radford with 10 points in the second half while the Highlanders hit 50% of their shots. They went 2 of 6 from beyond the arc (33.3%) and committed 8 turnovers.

For the game, Shonn Miller had 28 points on 7 of 13 shooting, 2 of 4 from the perimeter, and 12 of 13 from the charity stripe. He also collected 9 rebounds. Robert Hatter finished with 18 points. Cornell shot 17 of 52 from the field (32.7%) and hit 7 of 22 three pointers (31.8%). They went 20 of 24 from the line (83.3%), had 8 steals, and committed 11 turnovers.

Radford had four players finish in double figures with Rashun Davis leading the way. He had 19 points and 5 rebounds on 6 of 9 shooting and 6 of 7 free throws. Brandon Holcomb finished with 12 points and 12 rebounds, Javonte Green scored 11 points, and R.J. Price finished with 10 points. The Highlanders hit 26 of 53 shots (49.1%), but made only 3 of 11 three pointers (27.3%). They shot 19 of 28 from the free throw line (67.9%), out-rebounded Cornell 39-27, blocked 5 shots, and committed 13 turnovers.

Cornell (5-5) saw their three game win streak snapped with the loss to Radford. They have a quick turnaround with a road game at Siena (3-6) on Tuesday night. Radford (8-4) has won three in a row and 6 of their last 7 games. They take on Central Pennsylvania next Sunday.

2014-15 Ivy League Basketball Power Rankings Week 5

2014-15 Ivy League Basketball Power Rankings Week 5

Welcome to the 2014-15 Ivy League Basketball Power Rankings Week 5 edition! It was a slow week for the Ivy League with only 7 games played, but there were some very close and thrilling games (Yale at Vermont  on Thursday and Northern Illinois at Dartmouth on Friday). Before we reveal the Week 5 power rankings, let’s take a look back at the Week 4 Power Rankings.

Week 4 (12/7 – 12/13)
Rank Team Record Previous Week
1 Yale 8-3 1
2 Harvard 7-1 2
3 Columbia 5-3 3
4 Cornell 5-4 4
5 Brown 5-6 6
6 Dartmouth 3-4 7
7 Princeton 3-8 5
8 Penn 3-5 8

 

We finally have more than 4 teams at or above .500 this week. Five teams are at that point with another team, Brown, just a game below the .500 mark. With only 7 games this past week, that means at least one team did not play. In fact, there were four teams who did not play a game; Harvard, Cornell, Brown, and Penn. Below are the week 5 Power Rankings.

 

1. Yale Bulldogs (9-4) – Yale played two games and split them with a win at Vermont on Thursday and a loss on Saturday to Albany at home. Matt Townsend’s late jumper beat Vermont, but the Bulldogs could not hold on to a late 7 point lead in the loss to Albany. Yale does not play again until December 30 with a road game at Sacred Heart.

2. Harvard Crimson (7-1) – Harvard did not play in the past week, but they have a big game on Sunday, December 21 at Virginia. A win there would probably vault them back into the top spot.

3. Columbia Lions (6-3) – Columbia played in just one game and it was far from a typical performance. They needed their offense to show up against Hofstra and it did with Maodo Lo scoring 29 points. The Lions posted season highs in points (82),  three pointers made (13), and assists (17). It is scary to think about the Lions potential in 2014-15 if they are able to score a lot of points and play stifling defense.

4. Cornell Big Red (5-4) – The Big Red have not played a game since December 6 when they faced UMass Lowell at home. They will play two games in the next week (Dec. 21 and Dec. 23) as they get back on the court after a break.

5. Brown Bears (5-6) – Yet another team that was not in action in the past week. They play on Monday afternoon at Central Connecticut State.

6. Dartmouth Big Green (5-5) – It was a busy week for Dartmouth as they played three games in a five day span. They started with a loss on the road to Jacksonville State (79-67) before rebounding to win their last two games at Mercer (67-51) and Northern Illinois at home (58-55). Despite going 2-1, the Big Green do not move up because of how they blew a double digit lead in regulation. Both Gabas Maldunas (27 points and 10 rebounds against Jacksonville State) and Alex Mitola (18 points against NIU) had big games this week.

7. Princeton Tigers (4-8) – The Tigers played one game and destroyed Lipscomb at home 77-55 on Friday night. Princeton hit a season high 14 three pointers with Clay Wilson scoring a season high 19 points on 5 of 6 three pointers. The Tigers face Liberty on December 22 at home.

8. Penn Quakers (3-5) – Penn was inactive this past week and still occupy the cellar in the Ivy League Power Rankings.

 

Here are the Week 5 Power Rankings:

Week 5 (12/14 – 12/20)
Rank Team Record Last Week
1 Yale 9-4 1
2 Harvard 7-1 2
3 Columbia 6-3 3
4 Cornell 5-4 4
5 Brown 5-6 5
6 Dartmouth 5-5 6
7 Princeton 4-8 7
8 Penn 3-5 8

 

Here is the weekly ranking for each team going back to the preseason. (The table is sortable).

 

TeamPreseasonWeek 1Week 2Week 3Week 4Week 5Week 6
Yale Bulldogs3221111
Harvard Crimson1112222
Columbia Lions2333333
Cornell Big Red8444444
Brown Bears6656555
Dartmouth Big Green4767666
Princeton Tigers7575777
Penn Quakers5888888

 

 

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