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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.

Ivy League Basketball Roundup: 12/19/2014

Ivy League Basketball Roundup: 12/19/2014

Below is the Ivy League Basketball Roundup for Friday, December 19, 2014. Dartmouth and Princeton were in action with both teams playing their opponents at home.

 

Dartmouth Escapes In Overtime After Losing Double Digit Lead

Dartmouth needed overtime to beat Northern Illinois 58-55 on Friday night. The Big Green led by as much as 14 points before the Huskies used a strong second half to force overtime. Alex Mitola drained a three pointer as time expired to win the game.

It was an even start before a 5-0 run by NIU going into the under 12 timeout made it 13-7 in their favor. The lead did not last long as the Big Green went on 10-4 run to tie the game at 17 with under 7 minutes to play in the first half. The final 7 minutes were dominated by Dartmouth with a 16-2 run to end the first half. Alex Mitola’s 6 points in the final three minutes helped build a 33-19 lead at the break.

The second half was a slow grind for Northern Illinois to get back in the game. With 11:25 remaining, Dartmouth still led 40-31, but the Huskies pushed them with a 5-0 run. Even with 5:22 left in the game it was Dartmouth leading 44-36, but the Huskies held the Big Green to 2 points in the final 5:22 while scoring 10 points themselves. Aaron Armstead’s three pointer with 21 seconds to play tied the game at 46 and the two teams headed to overtime.

Overtime was the Alex Mitola show. He accounted for all 11 points of the Big Green’s overtime points including the game winning three as time expired. 45 seconds earlier, he hit a three pointer to tie the game at 55.

Northern Illinois was led by Aaron Armstead’s 12 points off the bench. Anthony Johnson scored 11 points while Jordan Threloff had 10 points and 10 boards. The Huskies went 18 of 46 from the field (39.1%) and hit 8 of 20 three pointers (40%). They went 11 of 13 from the free throw line (84.6%), had 10 assists, but committed 19 turnovers.

Alex Mitola finished with 18 points on 6 of 15 shooting, but was 5 of 10 from beyond the arc. Gabas Maldunas had 11 points and 7 rebounds while Connor Boehm scored 7 points and grabbed 9 boards. The Big Green went 19 of 56 from the field (33.9%) and hit 9 of 26 three pointers (34.6%). They went only 11 of 21 on free throws (52.4%), out-rebounded NIU 36 to 35, had 15 assists, 12 steals, and committed only 10 turnovers.

Northern Illinois (4-4) travels to face Notre Dame (10-1) on Monday evening. Dartmouth (5-5) travels as well on Monday and they will face Penn State (10-1) at 4 PM Eastern Time.

 

Princeton Crushes Lipscomb At Home

Princeton had a big first half on their way to a 77-55 win over Lipscomb on Friday evening. Clay Wilson was on fire from the perimeter to lead the Tigers with 19 points.

It took a few minutes for the offense to get going, but they did with both teams shooting well. Back-to-back three pointers from Clay Wilson and Hans Brase made it 16-12, but the Bisons kept it close. The final 6:40 saw Princeton go on a 19-8 run to end the half and lead 44-27 at the break.

The second half began with a three pointer from Spencer Weisz to make it a 20 point lead for Princeton before a 9-0 lead by Lipscomb made it an 11 point game at 47-36. The lead got as low as 10 points, but the Tigers were too much for the Bisons. A couple of late spurts by Princeton made it a 20 point game for sure with the final score of 77-55.

Malcolm Smith led Lipscomb with 20 points and 6 rebounds. He went 6 of 11 from the field and hit 8 of 9 free throws. Brett Wishon had 8 points and 7 rebounds off the bench. Lipscomb went 21 of 58 from the field (36.2%) and made only 2 of 16 three pointers (12.5%). They went 11 of 16 from the free throw line (68.8%) and out-rebounded Princeton 38-30. They also had 10 assists, but committed 13 turnovers.

Clay Wilson had 19 points on 5 of 7 shooting with all 5 made buckets from beyond the arc. Hans Brase scored 14 points, Spencer Weisz scored 13 points, and Amir Bell scored 11 points to go along with 6 rebounds and 5 assists. The Tigers went 26 of 51 from the field (51%) and hit 14 of 26 three pointers (53.8%). They went 11 of 16 from the free throw line (68.8%), had 15 assists, 6 steals, 6 blocks, and committed 10 turnovers.

Lipscomb (4-7) faces Austin Peay (4-7) Monday afternoon on the road. Princeton (4-8) faces Liberty (5-6) at home on Monday evening.

Ivy League Basketball Roundup: 12/13/2014

Ivy League Basketball Roundup: 12/13/2014

Below is the Ivy League Basketball Roundup for Saturday, December 13, 2014. Only one Ivy League team was in action and that was Princeton on the road at California. The recap is below.

 

California Rallies In Second Half To Top Princeton

Tyrone Wallace’s 23 point effort, including 20 points in the final 20 minutes, was enough for California to come back in the second half and beat Princeton 67-57 on Saturday night.

Princeton came out determined by taking a 12-4 lead three minutes into the game. They continued to shoot effectively with back-to-back three pointers from Hans Brase and Amir Bell to take a 20-10 lead just past 5 minutes into the game. The Bears cut the deficit to only 4 points at 20-16, but the three pointers kept falling for Princeton. The Tigers held a 37-28 lead at the break with Spencer Weisz draining a three pointer with a second left on the clock.

Princeton hit 61.9% of their shots in the first half and went 8 of 14 from beyond the arc (57.1%). Hans Brase had 11 points and 5 rebounds to lead the Tigers. California also shot well hitting 60% of their shots, but only attempted 3 three pointers while making 2 of those. Christian Behrens led the Bears with 10 points.

The second half saw both teams cool off considerably, but Princeton more so. The Tigers were able to keep California at bay for the first 10 minutes, but the Bears eventually seized the lead and control of the game. Princeton led 44-42 after 10 minutes, but an 11-2 run gave the Bears a 51-46 lead with 4:06 to play. The final four minutes and change were all about Tyrone Wallace. He scored 14 points in the final 4:06, as the Bears ended the game on a 16-11 run to win 67-57. Princeton was out-scored 39-20 in the second half.

Clay Wilson and Steven Cook were the top scorers in the second half for Princeton with 5 points. The Tigers shot 34.8% from the field and hit only 2 of 11 three pointers (18.2%). California was led by Tyron Wallace’s 20 second half points on 8 of 16 shooting. He also grabbed 6 rebounds. The Bears shot 41.9% from the field and missed all 5 three pointers. Their biggest advantage was from the free throw line where they went 13 of 15 (86.7%) while Princeton went only 2 of 3 in the second half.

Hans Brase led Princeton with 14 points and 9 rebounds while Steven Cook scored 10 points. Amir Bell had 9 points, but also committed 6 turnovers and Clay Wilson scored 8 points off the bench. The Tigers went 21 of 44 from the field (47.7%) and hit 10 of 25 three pointers (40%). They attempted only 9 free throws, making 5 of those (55.6%), had 15 assists, and committed 16 turnovers.

Tyrone Wallace’s 23 points was collected on 9 of 19 shooting and he also made 4 of 7 free throws while grabbing 8 rebounds. Three other players scored in double digits with Christian Behrens and Jordan Mathews both scoring 12 points and David Kravish finishing with 11 points and 5 rebounds. The Bears shot 25 of 51 from the field (49%) and made only 2 of 8 three pointers (25%). They went 15 of 21 from the free throw line (71.4%), out-rebounded Princeton 29-24, had 14 assists, and committed only 9 turnovers.

Princeton (3-8) has lost back-to-back games and 3 of their last 4. The face Lipscomb (4-5) at home on Friday, December 19. California (9-1) welcomes Eastern Washington (8-1) to town on Friday as well.

Ivy League Basketball Roundup: 12/10/2014

Ivy League Basketball Roundup: 12/10/2014

Below is the Ivy League Basketball Roundup for Wednesday, December 10, 2014. Three Ivy League teams were in action – Columbia, Princeton, and Dartmouth. Columbia was the headliner with their road trip to face the Kentucky Wildcats.

 

 Columbia Plays Well In Loss At Number One Kentucky

Columbia put forth a valiant effort against the top ranked Kentucky Wildcats, but UK was too talented in the end after a slow start. Maodo Lo led all scorers with 16 points.

Columbia played very well in the first half against Kentucky. The Lions, yes the Columbia Lions, built an 11-0 lead in the opening five minutes of the game while also having 3 steals. The Lions defense was causing fits for the Wildcats, but UK’s finally got going in the middle of the first half. The cut the deficit to 17-14 on Alex Poythress‘ pointer, but Lo answered right back out of a timeout to make it a 6 point game at 20-14. The final 8 minutes was all about defense with with points at a premium for both sides. Kentucky pulled within one point at 22-21, but Lo hit another three pointer to give Columbia a 25-21 lead. The Lions held a 25-23 lead at halftime.

Maodo Lo led the Lions in the first half with 8 points and 5 rebounds. Columbia shot 37.5% from the field (9 of 24) and hit 5 of 13 three pointers (38.5%). The Lions were also able to limit their own turnovers to just 4. Aaron Harrison led UK with 8 points, as the Wildcats shot 33.3% from the field in the first half (9 of 27). They hit only 1 of 7 three pointers (14.3%), out-rebounded Columbia by a slim margin of 17 to 15, and committed 4 turnovers.

The second half turned into Kentucky’s favor, but it took 10 minutes of game time for that to happen. Maodo Lo and Kyle Castlin scored the 9 points in the first four minutes to help Columbia keep a 34-31 advantage. It took Kentucky until 13:18 was left in the game to grab their first lead at 35-34. By the midway point of the second half, Kentucky went up 44-37 on Willie Cauley-Stein’s dunk. From there it was a matter of how much, which ended up being 10 points after UK led by as much as 15.

Maodo Lo had 16 points and 7 rebounds while going 6 of 17 from the field and 4 of 10 on three pointers. Kyle Castlin chipped 8 points for the game. The Lions went 18 of 48 from the field for the game (37.5%) and went 8 of 25 from the three point line (32%). Columbia shot only 4 free throws, made two of them, and committed just 10 turnovers against UK.

Aaron Harrison led UK with 14 points on 6 of 15 shooting. Willie Cauley-Stein finished with 10 points and 10 boards. The Wildcats went 22 of 60 from the field (36.7%) and hit only 2 of 17 three pointers (11.8%). They went 10 of 17 from the free throw line (58.8%), out-rebounded Columbia 41 to 28, had 6 blocks, and committed only 4 turnovers for the entire game.

Columbia (5-3) has a 10-day break before facing Hofstra (7-2) at home on December 20. Kentucky (10-0) has a massive game at home on Sunday against North Carolina (6-2).

 

Princeton Falls On The Road To St. Peter’s

It was a tale of two halves for Princeton as they fell to St. Peter’s 60-46 on the road. Hans Brase scored 15 first half points before being held to only 2 points in the second half.

The Tigers got out to a 17-8 lead midway through the first half and still held a 22-14 lead with 6:01 after Brase drained a three pointer. From there, it was St. Peter’s who went on an 11-3 run to end the half. Marvin Dominique and Desi Washington accounted for the final 13 points for the Peacocks.

In the first half, Brase had 15 points on 6 of 12 shooting for the Tigers. Princeton shot 35.7% from the field and hit 5 of 12 three pointers (41.7%) while committing only 2 turnovers. St. Peter’s wed led by 12 first half points from Washington with Dominique contributing 7 points. They shot 40% from the field and hit 2 of 11 three pointers (18.2%). They committed only 4 turnovers in the first 20 minutes.

St. Peter’s slowly built their lead after starting the second half on a 14-4 lead. Princeton was unable to keep pace in the second half making only 6 field goals for the entire 20 minutes. Dominique had 9 second half points while Tyler Gaskins had 8 points. The Peacocks outscored Princeton 35-21 in the second half.

For the game, Princeton was led by Hans Brase’s 17 points. Amir Bell scored 10 points with Pete Miller scoring only 2 points, but grabbing 8 rebounds. The Tigers went 16 of 52 from the field for the game (30.8%) and hit 8 of 26 three pointers (30.8%). They made 6 of 8 free throws (75%) and had 12 turnovers. The Tigers went 6 of 24 from the field in the second half (25%).

Desi Washington led St. Peter’s with 18 points and 6 rebounds. He hit 6 of 10 field goals and went 2 of 5 from beyond the arc. Marvin Dominique scored 16 points and Tyler Gaskins finished with 10 points. The Peacocks went 17 of 42 from the field (40.5%) and hit 7 of 17 three pointers (41.2%). They made 19 of 28 free throws (67.9%), out-rebounded Princeton by a small margin of 33 to 31, and committed 11 turnovers.

Princeton (3-7) will face California (7-1) on the road Saturday evening. St. Peter’s (4-6) takes on Seton Hall (7-1) Sunday.

 

Dartmouth Easily Gets Past UMass Lowell

Dartmouth used a late surge in the first half that carried over into the second half to propel them to a 69-48 win over UMass Lowell. Four Dartmouth players finished in double figures.

Lowell got off to the better start taking an 11-4 lead in the first 7 minutes. Over the next 5 minutes, Dartmouth went on a 14-7 lead to tie the game 18. The game continued to be back and forth until the final four minutes when Dartmouth went on a 13-5 run to go into halftime with a 36-27 lead. Alex Mitola hit 3 three pointers in the final 4:17 to spark the Big Green.

The Big Green continued their surge in the first two and half minutes of the second half. They opened up the half with a 9-2 run with 5 points coming from Mitola. The Big Green led 45-29 with 17:22 left in the game. It was a waltz for the Big Green from that point on as they never led by less than 13 points the rest of the half.

Dartmouth was led by 19 points from Alex Mitola on 7 of 12 shooting and 5 of 9 from beyond the arc. Gabas Maldunas finished with his first double-double of season by scoring 13 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. He also blocked 5 shots. Connor Boehm and Malik Gill both finished with 10 points. The Big Green went 27 of 62 from the field (43.5%) and hit 9 of 22 three pointers (40.9%). They made 6 of 9 free throws (66.7%), out-rebounded the River Hawks 39-30, recorded 12 steals, blocked 7 shots, and committed 15 turnovers.

UMass Lowell was led by Lance Crawford’s 14 points off the bench. Chad Holley scored 10 points while Marco Banegas-Flores scored 7 points and grabbed 7 boards. The River Hawks went 15 of 43 from the field (34.9%) and hit 5 of 16 three pointers (31.3%). They went a horrid 13 of 24 from the free throw line (54.2%) and committed 17 turnovers.

Dartmouth (3-4) faces Jacksonville State (5-4) Sunday afternoon on the road. UMass Lowell (6-4) has dropped back-to-back games to Ivy League foes after winning six games in a row. The River Hawks face Duquesne (3-2) on December 20.

Ivy League Basketball Roundup: 12/4/2014

Ivy League Basketball Roundup: 12/4/2014

Below is the Ivy League Basketball Roundup for Thursday, December 4, 2014. A bevy of 6 Ivy League teams were in action – Brown, Penn, Dartmouth, Harvard, Yale, and Princeton.

 

Brown Struggles At Home In Loss To American

 Jesse Reed’s 22 points and 8 rebounds were enough for American to send Brown to a 66-49 loss.

The final score was not indicative of how the game started. Both teams started well, but Brown took a 17-9 before American surged back with a 9-0 run and an 18-17 lead with over 8 minutes left in the first half. The rest of the half was back and forth with American taking a 29-28 lead at the break.

Jesse Reed led American with 10 points in the first half on 4 of 6 shooting. The Eagles shot 48% from the field, hit 1 of 5 three pointers (20%), and hit 80% of free throws. The Eagles committed only 4 turnovers in the first half. Brown was led by Cedric Kuakumensah with 12 points. The Bears hit 40% of their shots and hit 3 of 10 three pointers (30%). Brown out-rebounded American 17 to 13 and committed 7 turnovers.

The first half was even for 7 minutes, but then American took over. American led 38-35 with 13:18 with the Eagles completely taking over for the rest of the second half. They held Brown to just 14 points over the next 13 minutes while putting up 28 of their own.

Reed led American with 12 second half points and 5 rebounds. The Eagles hit 52.4% of their shots and went 4 of 6 from beyond the arc (66.7%). They won the battle on the glass 18-14 and committed only 5 turnovers. Tavon Blackmon was the top scorer for Brown with 6 points. The Bears shot only 28% in the second half and missed all 5 three pointers. They committed 5 turnovers.

For the game, Jesse Reed had 22 points on 6 of 10 shooting including making all three of his three pointers and 7 of 8 free throws. He also corralled 8 rebounds. Zach Elcano had 13 points and 4 rebounds while John Schoof scored 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Pee Wee Gardner also had 8 points and 8 rebounds for the Eagles. American went 23 of 46 from the field (50%) and hit 5 of 11 three pointers (45.5%). They went 15 of 21 from the charity stripe (71.4%), out-rebounded Brown by a slight 34 to 32 margin, and committed 9 turnovers.

Cedric Kuakumensah finished with 17 points and 4 rebounds for Brown. Leland King had 11 points and 13 rebounds while Tavon Blackmon scored 9 points and had 4 assists. The Bears shot 17 of 50 from the field (34%) and hit 3 of 15 three pointers (20%). They went 12 of 19 from the free throw line (63.2%) and committed 12 turnovers.

American (5-3) travels to face #24 Illinois (6-1) on Saturday. Brown’s (3-6) loss snapped a two game win streak and faces Bryant (1-4) on Saturday.

 

Penn Finally Gets First Win

Penn had a monster first half that provided them enough cushion to get the win over Navy. The Quakers won 57-46 on the road.

Neither team had an advantage at the second TV timeout with the score tied at 10-10, but Penn would take command shortly thereafter. Penn went on a 9-2 run to take a 19-12 lead before blowing the game wide open. 3 of the next 4 buckets for the Quakers were three pointers and that provided them with a 30-19 lead. The Quakers finished off the half with an 8-2 run and a 38-21 halftime lead.

The second half was not nearly as fast-paced. At the first TV timeout, Penn led 47-28 while the second TV timeout provided a score of 49-32, meaning that only 6 points were scored in 4 minutes. Navy continued to chip away at the deficit and made it single digits at 52-44 with 5:25 remaining in the game. However, the Midshipmen struggled from the field for the rest of the game making just one bucket and not putting pressure on the Quakers to make their free throws.

Penn was led by Tony Hicks‘ 14 points, 8 rebounds, and 5 assists. Darien Nelson-Henry had a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Darnell Foreman chipped in 9 points. The Quakers hit 21 of 45 from the field (46.7%) and made 5 of 14 three pointers (35.7%). They made 1o of 15 free throws (66.7%), out-rebounded Navy 36-31, had 16 assists, and committed 16 turnovers.

Navy had no scorers in double digits. Zach Fong and Edward Alade both finished with 8 points. Navy went 18 of 53 from the field (34%) and hit 5 of 23 three pointers (31.7%). They went 5 of 13 from the free throw line (38.5%) and committed 14 turnovers.

Penn (1-5) finally won their first game after starting the season with 5 losses. They travel to face Binghamton (1-7) 0n Saturday. Navy (2-6) faces their first of back-to-back Military institutions in the Citadel (3-4) on Saturday. Navy faces VMI on Tuesday.

 

Dartmouth Loses Close Battle For Second Straight Game

This is not a trend Dartmouth wants to see. For the second time in as many games, Dartmouth has lost a close match. On Sunday, it was New Hampshire and Wednesday it was Longwood. Longwood’s Quincy Taylor accounted for nearly 50% of his teams points (34) in their 74-73 win over Dartmouth.

Longwood quickly got out to a 10-1 lead, but Dartmouth erased that deficit and then some by the second TV timeout. They went on a 15-0 run to lead 16-10. The lead was cut to as little as three pointers, but the Big Green used a strong 11-6 run to lead 42-31 at the break.

The second half began remarkably similar to the first half. Longwood went on a 9-3 run to start the half and trailed 45-10 at the first TV timeout. Despite the solid start, Dartmouth built the lead back up to 63-54. In a three minute span, Longwood cut the deficit back down to one at 64-63 with 4 minutes left in the game. Longwood even trailed 73-66 with a minute left, but then the wheels fell off for Dartmouth.

The comeback would be done unconventionally for a team down by 7 points. The Lancers hit 6 free throws and and a layup to pull the stunning comeback. Quincy Taylor hit two free throws with 6 seconds left and Alex Mitola could not hit his shot to save the Big Green.

Miles Wright led Dartmouth off the bench with 15 points on 6 of 9 shooting. Malik Gill had a double-double with 14 points and 10 assists while Connor Boehm had 14 points and 7 rebounds. Alex Mitola scored 10 points. The Big Green shot 27 of 48 from the field (56.3%) and hit 8 of 18 three pointers (44.4%). They went 11 of 19 free throws (57.9%), had 16 assists, and committed 11 turnovers. Dartmouth out-rebounded Longwood 28-24.

Quincy Taylor had 34 points on 13 of 18 shooting including making 5 of 7 three pointers. Shaquille Johnson contributed a solid 18 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists. The Lancers went 23 of 45 from the field (51.1%) and hit 9 of 21 three pointers (42.9%). They went 19 of 24 from the free throw line (79.2%) and committed only 9 turnovers.

Dartmouth (1-4) will play their next game at home on Saturday against Maine (1-5). Longwood (3-5) faces Tennessee-Martin (4-2) on the road on Saturday.

 

Harvard Breezes Past Northeastern

Wesley Saunders played an excellent all around game to lead Harvard past Northeastern 60-46.

Harvard blitzed the Huskies in the first half with a 10-0 run to start the game. Kenyatta Smith scored the last six points of the run. Northeastern scored the next four points, but Harvard was in control until late in the half. The Crimson led 23-12 with 4:17 to play before a 10-4 run by Northeastern to end the half. Harvard led 27-22 at the break.

Northeastern was led by 9 points in the first half from Scott Eatherton. The Huskies shot 36% from the field in the first half and missed both of their three pointers. The Huskies crushed Harvard on the glass 17 to 9 and committed 7 turnovers. Agunwa Okolle led the Crimson with 6 points on 3 of 3 shooting. The Crimson shot 52.4% from the field and hit 2 of 4 three pointers. The Crimson committed 6 turnovers.

Northeastern hit an early three pointer to cut the lead to 27-25 and it was 31-28 Harvard before the Crimson ripped of a 6-0 run to extend the lead to 9. The Huskies continued to keep it close until midway through the half, but Harvard took over from there. At 44-38 with 9:24 left to play, Harvard went on a 16-8 run to end the game.

Scott Eatherton led Northeastern in the second half as well with 7 points and 4 rebounds. The Huskies shot 30.8% and hit 2 of 8 three pointers (25%). They also committed 7 turnovers. Wesley Saunders had 12 points for Harvard on 4 of 7 shooting. The Crimson shot 52% in the second half and missed all 3 three pointers. They committed only 4 second half turnovers.

Scott Eatherton led Northeastern with 16 points and 6 rebounds. Reggie Spencer also had a decent game with 10 points and 8 rebounds. The Huskies hit 17 of 51 shots from the field (33.3%) and made only 2 of 10 three pointers (20%). They went 10 of 17 on free throws (58.8%), out-rebounded Harvard 35-24, and committed 14 turnovers.

Harvard was led by Wesley Saunders’ 12 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, and 5 steals. Siyani Chambers scored 11 points and had 7 assists. The Crimson shot 24 of 46 from the field (52.2%) and hit 2 of 7 three pointers (28.6%). They went 10 of 13 from the charity stripe (76.9%), had 15 assists, had 8 steals, blocked 6 shots, and committed 10 turnovers.

Northeastern (5-2) faces Western Michigan (5-2) at home on Saturday. Harvard (5-1) is on a four game winning streak and puts that on the line at Vermont (4-3) on Saturday.

 

Yale Gets Past Bryant On The Road

Yale had four players in double figures, as they went on the road to defeat Bryant 67-60. Dyami Starks scored 23 points for Bryant in the loss.

Yale led by as much as 8 points at 18-10, but Bryant went on a 15-6 run to capture the lead at 25-24. Yale regained the lead 20 seconds later and held on to it at the break with a score line of 33-28.

In the second half, Yale got out to a quick start. The trio of Javier Duren, Justin Sears, and Matt Townsend scored the first 18 points for the Yale, as they took control of the game at 51-37. Dyami Starks did his best to keep Bryant in the game, but the aforementioned trio of Duren, Sears, and Townsend were able to keep Bryant at bay and hold on for the 67-60 win.

For the game, Javier Duren and Justin Sears both finished with 15 points. Sears grabbed 7 rebounds while Duren had 5 boards and 7 assists. Matt Townsend and Jack Montague both had 11 points. Townsend grabbed 5 boards. Yale went 23 of 50 from the field (46%) and hit 5 of 16 three pointers (31.2%). They hit 16 of 26 free throws (61.5%), out-rebounded Bryant 38 to 28, had 15 assists, and committed 10 turnovers.

Dyami Starks led Bryant with 23 points on 8 of 12 shooting, but was on fire from the perimeter. He hit 5 of his 8 three pointers. Zach Chionuma finished with 11 points. Bryant went 23 of 55 from the field (41.8%) and hit 10 of 25 three pointers (40%). They went to the line only 6 times and made 4 of those (66.7%) and committed 12 turnovers.

Yale (7-2) has a quick turnaround with a Friday night game against Connecticut (3-2) on the road. Bryant (1-4) travels to face another Ivy League opponent on Saturday in Brown (3-6).

 

Fairleigh Dickinson Uses 64 Point Second Half To Get By Princeton

Fairleigh Dickinson had two players score 22 points our more to outscore Princeton 89-85 in a shootout.

The first half was modest compared to what was in store for the second half. FDU led 10-6 before a 10-0 Princeton run gave them a 16-10 lead. FDU cut the lead to one point at 24-23, but a 9-2 run to end the half gave Princeton a 33-25 lead at the break.

Princeton maintained their advantage early in the second half. They led 53-43, but FDU went on a 9-0 run to cut it to one point. Shortly after that, FDU took the advantage and soon found themselves up by 11 points at 68-57 with 4:26 left to play. The margin was still 7 points at 79-72 with 55 seconds left to play. FDU went 12 for 12 in the final 55 seconds to hold on for the 89-85 victory.

Princeton had 5 players end up in double figures. Hans Brase had a double-double with 18 points and 13 rebounds as well as 5 assists. Spencer Weisz had 16 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists. Clay Wilson scored 15 points, Amir Bell had 12 points and 5 assists, and Steven Cook scored 11 points. The Tigers went 26 of 50 from the field (52%) and hit 13 of 28 three pointers (46.4%). They went 20 of 30 from the charity stripe (66.7%), out-rebounded FDU 32-29, had 17 assists, and committed 11 turnovers.

Fairleigh Dickinson was led by 29 points and 8 rebounds from Matt MacDonald on 8 of 12 shooting and 10 of 11 free throws. Mustafaa Jones had 22 points on 4 of 8 shooting and 11 of 12 free throws. Darian Anderson scored 17 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 steals. Earl Potts Jr. chipped in with 11 points on 4 of 4 shooting and was 2 of 2 from the perimeter. The Knights went 24 of 47 from the field (51.1%) and made 10 of 22 three pointers (45.5%). They hit 31 of their 41 free throws (75.6%), had 9 steals, and committed 9 turnovers.

Princeton (2-6) faces Stony Brook (5-3) at home on Saturday. Fairleigh Dickinson (3-3) travels on Saturday to face Notre Dame (7-1).

Ivy League Basketball Roundup: 11/28/2014

Below is the Ivy League Basketball Roundup for Friday, November 28, 2014. Four Ivy League teams were in action – Brown, Dartmouth, Yale, and Princeton. Brown finished off their Las Vegas Invitational tournament while Princeton continued their Wooden Legacy tournament. Dartmouth was home to IPFW and Yale went on the road to face Providence.

 

Brown Breaks 5 Game Losing Streak With Win Over Prairie View A&M

Leland King’s 17 points and Steven Spieth’s 16 points paced the Brown Bears to their second win of the season over Prairie View A&M on Friday. The Bears won 81-71 to come back from Las Vegas splitting their two games.

The first half was an even affair for both teams. To that end, the largest lead held by either team was 4 points and neither team could establish a large run to create separation. In addition, both teams shot decently in the first half. Prairie View shot 44.1% from the field and 2 of 4 on three pointers in the first half. The Panthers were led by Tre Hagood and John Brisco with 9 points each. Meanwhile, Brown shot 46.4% from the field and hit 2 of 8 three pointers in the first half. Leland King had 9 first half points and 5 rebounds to lead the Bears.

It the second half, Brown slowly ground their way to a sizable margin. They hit the 10 point margin with 11:25 left with a 58-48 game and got the lead as high as 17 points two minutes later with a 9-2 run. Even with 3 minutes left in the game Brown lead 74-57. The Panthers were able to close out the game on a 14-7 run, but it was not nearly enough to make it a contest as they lost 81-71.

In the second half, Tre Hagood had 14 points to lead the Panthers. Prairie View went 14 of 35 from the field (40%) and hit 1 of 3 three pointers. Brown was led by Steven Spieth’s 11 points and 6 rebounds in the second half. The Bears shot 68.2% from the field in the final 20 minutes including 4 of 5 from beyond the arc. The Bears also out-rebounded the Panthers 22-11 in the second half.

Tre Hagood finished with 23 points on 10 of 17 shooting, but went only 3 of 11 from the charity stripe. John Brisco scored 16 points and Reggis Omwukamuche finished with 12 points. Prairie View shot 29 of 69 from the floor (42%) and hit 3 of their 7 three pointers (42.9%). They shot horrendously from the free throw line going 10 of 21 (47.6%) and committed 10 turnovers.

Four Bears ended up scoring in double figures. Leland King had 17 points and 8 rebounds, Steven Spieth scored 16 points and grabbed 7 rebounds, JR Hobbie scored 12 points, and Rafael Maia had 11 points and 5 rebounds. The Bears shot 28 of 50 from the field (56%) and hit 6 of 13 three pointers (46.2%). The Bears went 19 of 23 from the free throw line (82.6%), out-rebounded the Panthers 41-27, and committed 21 turnovers. The 21 turnovers on Friday marks the fourth time the Bears have committed over 20 turnovers in a single game.

Prairie View (0-7) will play Schreiner on Wednesday night. Brown (2-5) will head back home to play Johnson and Wales on Sunday afternoon.

 

Dartmouth Earns First Win On Three Pointer Buzzer Beater

Connor Boehm drained a three point shot as time expired to lift Dartmouth to a 68-67 win over IPFW on Friday. The three pointer capped a double-double day for Boehm who finished with 10 points and 14 rebounds.

IPFW started well with a 9-4 run to open the game, but the Big Green answered back with an 11-0 run to take a 15-9 lead. With 11:39 left in the first half, Dartmouth held a 17-14 lead. It would be nearly three and a half minutes between made buckets with IPFW having the honors of bookending the dry spell. From 11:39 to 3:19 in the first half, Dartmouth failed to score a single point while IPFW took a 27-17 lead. Dartmouth made two three pointers to end the half down only 31-28.

IPFW shot 45.8% from the field in the first half while hitting 3 of 9 three pointers. Steve Forbes accounted for 14 of the team’s 31 points. Dartmouth shot 37.9% from the field and hit 4 of 9 threes. Gabas Maldunas led with 8 points and 4 rebounds for the Big Green.

The second half was a back and forth battle with Dartmouth grabbing a 37-36 lead. Neither team took control of the game on the scoreboard as the game was 65-64 in favor of Dartmouth with 53 seconds left. IPFW took a 66-65 lead on Isaiah McCray’s dunk before a missed shot by Maldunas would put the Mastodons on the free throw line. Joe Reed hit the first free throw to make it 67-65, but missed the second. Connor Boehm corralled the rebound with 9 seconds left. Alex Mitola’s pass to Boehm with just seconds remaining ended with Boehm hitting the three point for the 68-67 victory.

In the second half, IPFW shot 48.7% from the floor and 2 of 7 from beyond the arc (28.6%). They may rue their 12 of 21 free throw shooting in the second half (57.1%) and 8 turnovers. Joe Edwards led IPFW with 12 points in the final 20 minutes. Alex Mitola had 16 second half points on 7 of 9 shooting with Gabas Maldunas scoring another 10 points in the second half. The Big Green shot 50% from the field and committed only 4 turnovers in the second half.

IPFW had 4 starters score in double figures. Steve Forbes had 19 points, Joe Reed scored 12 points and grabbed 10 boards, Joe Edwards scored 12 points, and Isaiah McCray had 10 points and 7 rebounds. The Mastodons went 22 of 47 from the field (46.8%) and 5 of 16 from the perimeter (31.2%). They hit 18 of 30 free throws (60%), out-rebounded Dartmouth 39-35, and committed 14 turnovers.

Alex Mitola finished with 21 points on 9 of 15 shooting including 3 of 6 from beyond the arc. Gabas Maldunas scored 18 points and grabbed 8 rebounds while Connor Boehm had his double double of 10 points and 14 boards. The Big Green went 29 of 65 from the field (44.6%) and 7 of 16 from three point land (43.8%). They went to the charity stripe only 8 times, making 3 of those (37.5%) and committed only 6 turnover, easily a season’s best.

IPFW (3-2) continues their season on the road at Stetson (2-4) on Wednesday. Dartmouth (1-2) will play again at home on Sunday against New Hampshire (2-2) searching for back-to-back wins.

 

Yale Loses First Big Test To Providence On The Road

Yale kept it close throughout on the road against Providence, but could never sustain their run to take a lead as they lost 72-66. LeDontae Henton scored 29 points for the Friars to continue his string of excellent performances.

Yale looked promising in the first half as they started the game by hitting some of their three pointers to take a 15-14 lead. Yale held a 23-22 with 6:51 left in the first half, which was the last time they would lead for the rest of the game. The Friars ended the first half on a 12-4 run to grab a hold of the game going into halftime with a 34-27 lead.

Javier Duren was the spark for Yale in both halves, but in the first he had 10 points on 4 of 7 shooting while he also hit 2 three pointers. Yale shot 37.5% from the field and only 28.6% from the three point line. Providence was led by none other than LaDontae Henton with 10 points. The Friars hit 50% of their shots while that percentage also held for their three point shots.

Yale opened up the second half on a quick burst to close deficit down to 2 points at 34-32, but four points from Tyler Harris and another seven from Henton made it a 45-36 game with 14:26 left to play. The flow of the game was uneven for both teams in the second half. Every time Providence would appear to be pulling away, Yale would come back to close it down to a or 7 point deficit. However, Yale found it difficult to make it less than a 3 point game for much of the second half. The Bulldogs were down 69-66 with 21 seconds remaining after Greg Kelley drained a three pointer, but they would not get any closer than that. The Friars hit 3 of their last 4 free throws while Yale missed their final two three pointers to finish the game.

In the second half Javier Duren had 11 points and 6 rebounds. Matt Townsend chipped in with 8 points and 3 boards. Yale shot 44.1% from the field in the second half and hit only 4 of 17 three pointers (23.5%). Providence was led by Henton’s 19 second half points while Tyler Harris had 9 points. Providence shot 52.2% from the field, hit only 1 of 9 three pointers (11.1%), and struggled from the free throw line hitting 13 of 23 (56.5%).

Javier Duren ended up with 21 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists for Yale. Makai Mason was the only Bulldog to finish in double figures as he had 12 points including hitting 3 three pointers. Justin Sears was held in check going 3 of 6 for 7 points and 6 rebounds. Sears also had 6 turnovers and fouled out against the Friars. The Bulldogs went 24 of 58 from the field (41.4%) and hit 8 of 31 three pointers (25.8%). They also went 10 of 14 from the free throw line (71.4%) and committed 14 turnovers.

Providence was led by Henton’s 29 points and 6 rebounds. He was aided by 14 points and 7 rebounds from Tyler Harris. Ted Bancroft finished with 9 points and 6 rebounds while Kyron Cartwright had 8 points, 7 assists, and 6 rebounds. The Friars went 22 of 43 from the field (51.2%) and hit only 3 of 13 three pointers (23.1%). Overall, they struggled from the charity stripe hitting 25 of 40 free throws (62.5%) and committed 11 turnovers.

Yale (5-2) saw their 5 game winning streak snapped on Friday. They have a chance to start a new one on Sunday with a home game against Hartford (5-1). Providence (6-0) has their toughest test of the season thus far (and probably the entire season) with a road trip to Rupp Arena to face the #1 ranked Kentucky Wildcats (6-0) on Sunday.

 

San Diego’s First Half Shooting Dooms Princeton

Johnny Dee dropped 29 points for San Diego to lead them past Princeton in the Wooden Legacy tournament. San Diego won by a final score of 75-65.

There was no indication early in the first half of Princeton’s struggles that were to come. The Tigers held a 10-6 lead with Amir Bell accounting for half of those points. The Tigers still led 12-8 with 13:49 remaining before San Diego ripped off a 15-5 run to claim the lead at 23-17. The Toreros led by as much as 15 points near the end of the first half and held a 40-28 lead at the break with neither team scoring any points in the final minute.

Amir Bell led the Tigers in the first half with 8 points. Princeton shot 37% from the field in the first half thanks largely to the opening 7 minutes. They went 4 of 12 from beyond the arc (33.3%) and committed only 4 turnovers. San Diego was led by Johnny Dee’s 13 points on 5 of 5 shooting in the first half. The Toreros shot 57.7% from the field in the first half and 5 of 6 on three pointers (83.3%). San Diego also won the battle on the glass with 19 rebounds to only 10 for Princeton.

From a statistical standpoint, the second half was a mirror image of the first half. Princeton was able to cut the deficit to 7 points at 51-44. The Tigers continued to shoot the ball well and closed the game to as little as 4 points, but San Diego’s three point and free throw shooting was enough to buoy their advantage. It was enough to win by double digits at 75-65.

Spencer Weisz scored 13 second half points and grabbed 7 boards for Princeton. Amir Bell contributed 9 points and 4 rebounds with Princeton shooting 54.2% from the field and 2 of 8 from beyond the arc. The Tigers made all 9 of their free throws and kept their turnovers to a minimum at 4 in the final 20 minutes. San Diego shot a poor 28.6% from the field in the second half, but they hit 6 of 11 three pointers (54.5%) and 13 of 18 free throws (72.2%). Johnny Dee had 16 points while Chris Anderson scored 11 points for San Diego.

Princeton’s top scorer for the game was Spencer Weisz with 18 points and he also grabbed 9 rebounds. Amir Bell was right on his heels with 17 points on 7 of 12 shooting and he also grabbed 4 rebounds. Alec Brennan had a quiet 9 points as well for Princeton. The Tigers shot 23 of 51 from the field (45.1%) and hit 6 of 20 three pointers (30%). They shot well from the charity stripe going 13 of 15 (86.7%) and committed only 8 turnovers for the entire game.

Other than Johnny Dee’s 29 points on 9 of 13 shooting (5 of 8 from deep), San Diego had only one other player score more than 10 points. That ended up being Chris Anderson with 11 points and he also nabbed 7 boards while finishing with 7 assists. Brett Bailey had 7 points and 9 boards. San Diego shot 23 of 54 from the field (42.6%) and an excellent 11 of 17 from beyond the arc (64.7%). They hit 18 of 26 free throws (69.2%), out-rebounded Princeton 39-27, and committed only 9 turnovers.

Princeton (1-5) has dropped five games in a row. They have a chance to break that streak on Sunday night against San Jose State (1-5) Fairleigh Dickinson (2-2). San Diego (4-2) faces Western Michigan (4-2) on Sunday and then has two excellent opponents on the road for their next two games. They face San Diego State (5-1) and UCLA (4-2) in a span of 3 days next week.

Ivy League Basketball Roundup: 11/27/2014

Below is the Ivy League Basketball Roundup for Thursday, November 27. Both Brown and Princeton played on Thanksgiving with Brown facing Austin Peay in the Las Vegas Invitational and Princeton facing UTEP in the Wooden Legacy from Fullerton, California. Both recaps are below.

Brown Struggles In Second Half In Loss To Austin Peay

Brown held a 38-33 lead at halftime, but they managed only 20 points in the second half in a 79-58 loss to Austin Peay. 20 points from Chris Freeman and another 18 from Ed Dyson led the Governors to a win in the Las Vegas Invitational.

Austin Peay started strong with an 11-2 run to open the game. Brown came back with an 11-0 run of their own to claim the lead 13-11 with 13 minutes left in the game. The rest of the half was back and forth with neither team claiming a large advantage. A late 5-0 run by Brown allowed them to take a 38-33 lead at the break.

Leland King led Brown with 14 first half points while Cedric Kuakumensah had 13 points and 5 rebounds. The Bears went 16 of 29 from the field (55.2%) and 3 of 9 from beyond the arc (33.3%). The Bears out-rebounded Austin Peay 15-13, had 5 steals, but committed 11 turnovers.

Austin Peay’s top scorer was Chris Freeman with 10 points. Chris Horton failed to score a single point, but he did grab 5 rebounds for the Governors. They Governors went 14 of 30 from the field (46.7%) and hit 4 of 8 three pointers (50%). They had 6 steals, but committed 9 turnovers.

The second half was a stark contrast for Brown. The game was tied at 44 with 15 minutes left to go, but Austin Peay went on to outscore Brown 35-14 in those final 15 minutes. Ed Dyson hit 3 three pointers in the following 4 minutes to break the deadlock and put Austin Peay on their second win of the season.

Leland King led Brown in scoring for the second half as well with 6 points and 4 rebounds. The next top scorer for the half was Patrick Triplett with 4 points. The Bears went 7 of 26 in the second half (26.9%) and hit only 2 of 11 three pointers (18.2%). They were crushed on the glass 26-9 in the second half and committed 10 turnovers.

Austin Peay was led by Ed Dyson’s 11 points and Chris Freeman’s 10 points. The Governors shot 19 of 32 from the field (59.4%) and hit 3 of 8 three pointers (37.5%). They had 7 steals and committed 8 turnovers in the second half.

For the game, Leland King had 20 points and 7 rebounds. Cedric Kuakumensah had 15 points and 5 rebounds while Steven Spieth scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. The Bears shot 23 of 55 from the field for the game (41.8%) and only 5 of 20 from three point range (25%). They shot only 10 free throws and hit 7 of those (70%), but had 21 turnovers for the game.

Austin Peay had three players end in double figures. Freeman had 20, Dyson had 18, and Khalil Davis had 10 points and 9 rebounds. Chris Horton scored 8 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as well. Austin Peay shot 33 of 62 from the field (53.2%) and hit 7 of 16 from beyond the arc (43.8%). They shot a poor 6 of 11 from the charity stripe (54.5%), but out-rebounded Brown 40-28, and committed 17 turnovers.

Brown (1-5) faces the loser of Stephen F. Austin (1-3) and Prairie View (0-5) on Friday. Austin Peay (2-4) takes on the winner of that same game also on Friday.

 

Princeton Comes Up Short Against UTEP

A defensive battle took place between Princeton and UTEP in the Quarterfinals with the Miners coming out on top 62-56 with Vince Hunter’s 18 points and 12 rebounds leading the way.

Princeton started cold from the field hitting only 2 of their first 9 shots (22.2%) while UTEP went 7 of 13 (53.8%). The Miners also were more dominant on the glass early on with 10 rebounds to 3 for Princeton in the first nine and a half minutes of action. As such, UTEP held a 15-6 lead at the second TV timeout.The scoring slowed down even further, but Princeton made headway in the final 10 minutes of the first half. 5 points from Steven Cook help make it a 5 point deficit in a 30 second span as UTEP held a 23-20 lead at the end of the first half.

Princeton went 7 of 26 from the field in the first half (27.9%) and hit only 3 of 15 on three point shots (20%). The Tigers hit 3 of 4 free throws and committed just 2 turnovers. Steven Cook’s 7 points led the way for the Tigers with Hans Brase chipping in 6 points and 4 rebounds.

Cedrick Lang and Julian Washburn both had 6 points for UTEP while Matt Willms and Vince Hunter contributed with 4 points apiece. UTEP went 10 of 23 from the field in the first half (43.5%) and hit 2 of 7 three pointers (28.6%). They went 1 of 3 on free throws, committed 5 turnovers, and out-rebounded Princeton 18 to 15.

The Miners continued to build their lead in the first part of the second half going up 39-31 with 11 minutes left in the game. The Tigers cut the game to a 49-47 lead. A C.J. Cooper three pointer and Cedrick Lange layup made it 56-48 before the final minute saw UTEP hit 4 of 6 free throws to ice the game and come out with a 62-56 win.

In the second half Henry Caruso scored 14 points on 6 of 9 shooting in 16 minutes of action. Amir Bell had 8 points as well for the Tigers. They shot 12 of 27 from the field (44.4%), 3 of 5 from beyond the arc (60%), and made 9 of 13 free throws (69.2%). The Tigers committed 5 turnovers in the second half.

UTEP was led by 14 second half points by 14 points and 6 rebounds from Vince Hunter. C.J. Cooper contributed by hitting 3 of 4 three pointers. The Miners went 11 of 23 from the field (47.8%) and hit 5 of 7 three pointers (71.4%). The Miners went 12 of 17 from the charity stripe, out-rebounded Princeton 15-11, and committed 6 turnovers.

Henry Caruso ended up leading Princeton with 15 points on 6 of 11 shooting. Steven Cook had 13 points, Hans Brase scored 12 points and grabbed 8 rebounds, and Amir Bell finished with 10 points and 4 boards. The Tigers went 19 of 52 from the field for the game (36.5%) and hit 6 of 19 three pointers (31.6%). Princeton hit 12 of 17 free throws (70.6%) and committed only 7 turnovers for the entire game.

Outside of Vince Hunter’s 18 points and 12 rebounds, Cedrick Lang had 13 points and 10 rebounds, C.J. Cooper scored 10 points, and Omega Harris finished with 9 points, 3 boards, and 3 assists. The Miners went 21 of 46 from the field (45.7%) for the game and hit 7 of 14 three pointers (50%). They went 13 of 20 from the free throw line (65%), out-rebounded Princeton 35-30, had 17 assists, blocked 6 shots, and committed 11 turnovers.

Princeton (1-4) will face the loser of Thursday’s game between San Diego (3-1) and Xavier (4-0) with UTEP (3-0) facing the winner of that game.

Ivy League Basketball Roundup: 11/22/2014

Incarnate Word Beats Princeton In Early Start

Princeton held an early second half lead, but saw that evaporate in a 79-68 loss to Incarnate Word in an early game on Saturday.

Incarnate Word took an early advantage in the first half and did not relinquish it the entire 20 minutes. At the first TV timeout, the Cardinals led 10-4 and constantly built that lead up. With 8:53 left in the half, the Cardinals led 23-10, which forced a timeout from Princeton. After that timeout, Spencer Weisz made a layup before back-to-back three pointers gave the Cardinals a 29-12 lead. Despite that large advantage, the Tigers chipped away at the deficit thanks largely to Weisz. The Tigers went on a 15-2 run to end the half with Weisz scoring 10 of those points. Incarnate Word led 31-27 at halftime.

The Cardinals were led by Jontrell Walker in the first half with 10 points. Kyle Hittie scored 7 points, grabbed 6 boards, and blocked 4 shots to lead the defensive charge. They shot 9 of 27 from the field (33.3%) and were 5 of 11 from beyond the arc (45.5%). The Cardinals hit 8 of their 10 free throws, blocked 5 shots, and committed only 4 turnovers.

Spencer Weisz had a first-half high of 14 points on 5 of 8 shooting for Princeton. Pete Miller scored 5 points and grabbed 3 boards, Hans Brase had 4 points and 6 boards, and Steven Cook had 4 points and 5 boards. The Tigers went 9 of 29 from the field (31%) and hit only 2 of 11 three pointers (18.2%). They did out-rebound the Cardinals in the first half 23-19 and committed 6 turnovers.

The second half began with Weisz hitting back-to-back three to take a 33-31 lead. Both teams continued to trade buckets and with 13:01 left, the Tigers still held a 43-38 lead. Incarnate Word erased that deficit and took a 56-51 lead heading into the under 8 TV timeout. Even with a minute remaining Princeton trailed 66-63, but the Cardinals went 13 of 14 from the free throw line in the final minute to make the score line flattering at 79-68.

Incarnate Word had excellent production from their starters. Jontrell Walker finished with 21 points and 6 rebounds on 4 of 10 shooting and he drilled 10 of his 11 free throws. Traylin Farris scored 16 points on 5 of 6 shooting and 6 of 7 free throws. Kyle Hittie finished with 14 points and 8 rebounds, Mitchell Badillo scored 12 points and grabbed 8 rebounds, and Denzel Livingston had a double-double with 11 points and 10 boards. The Cardinals went 19 of 51 from the field (37.3%), 6 of 15 from beyond the arc (40%), and hit 35 of 39 free throws (89.7%). They finished with a rebounding advantage of 39-37, 7 blocks, and 11 turnovers.

Princeton was led by Spencer Weisz’s 22 points and 5 rebounds on 8 of 14 shooting. Steven Cook finished with 14 points and 7 rebounds, Amir Bell scored 13 points, and Hans Brase finished with 10 points and 12 boards. The Tigers finished 21 of 59 from the field (35.6%), 4 of 18 from three point range (22.2%), and 22 of 29 from the free throw line (75.9%). The Tigers committed 12 turnovers as well.

Incarnate Word (3-0) will face Texas A&M International on Monday. Princeton (1-3) will face UTEP (1-0) on Thursday in the Wooden Legacy Tournament in Fullerton, California.

 

Yale Beats Southern Illinois In Second Day Of Men Against Breast Cancer Classic

Justin Sears had 17 points to lead Yale past Southern Illinois and Sean O’Brien’s 19 point effort by a score of 53-47.

Yale took an early 10-4 going into the under 16 media timeout and soon found themselves up 16-7 with under 10 minutes remaining. Jack Montague’s three pointer at the 7:39 mark made it 20-9. The Saluki’s finally got the offense going with with a 12-3 run to cut the Yale lead to 23-21. Javier Duren scored the last four points for Yale as they led 27-23 at the break. The Bulldogs were led by Montague’s 9 points, but had a big advantage on the glass with a 20-12 advantage. They shot 10 of 26 from the field (38.5%) and were 4 of 13 from beyond the arc (30.8%). The Salukis were 10 of 23 from the field (43.5%) and hit one of four three pointers. O’Brien was their top scorer with 11 points.

The Salukis tied the game up at 27-27 within the first 65 second of the second half before both teams traded points heading into the under 12 timeout tied at 32. Yale went on a 9-0 run (5 points from Justin Sears) before O’Brien hit a three pointer to make it 39-35 with 10 minutes to go in the game. O’Brien continued to keep Southern Illinois in the game, but Yale began to expand their lead as they led 46-38 with 7:13 left in the game. The Bulldogs would keep Southern Illinois at bay for the rest of the game with the Salukis getting no closer than 6 points for the rest of the game.

Justin Sears had 11 points and 7 boards in the second half on 4 of 7 shooting. The Bulldogs went 8 of 23 from the field in the second half (34.8%) and were just 1 of 8 from beyond the arc (12.5%). O’Brien led the Salukis in the second half as well with 8 points and 5 boards. SIU went 9 of 30 from the field (30%) and only 1 of 7 on three pointers (14.3%).

Justin Sears had 17 points and 11 rebounds for the game while Jack Montauge had 12 points on 4 of 8 shooting with all four of his made shots coming from three pointers. Yale went 18 of 49 for the game (36.7%) and were 5 of 21 from beyond the arc (23.8%). They hit only 12 of 19 free throws (63.2%), out-rebounded the Salukis 39-31, and committed 14 turnovers.

Sean O’Brien dropped 19 points and grabbed 6 boards for Southern Illinois on 8 of 13 shooting. Anthony Beane contributed with 9 points, but he also committed 6 turnovers. The Salukis shot 19 of 53 from the field (35.8%), hit 2 of 11 three pointers (18.2%), and were 6 of 10 on free throws. They committed 13 turnovers in the loss.

Yale (3-1) faces Kent State (4-0) in their final game at the Men Against Breast Cancer Classic. Southern Illinois (1-3) takes on Illinois-Chicago (1-3) on Sunday afternoon.

 

Brown Cannot Overcome Double Digit Halftime Deficit Versus Indiana State

Leland King had 25 points for Brown, but he was outdone thanks to a combination of a 23 point effort from Khristian Smith and a 21 point effort from Devonte Brown. Indiana State wound up winning 78-66 in the Las Vegas Invitational on Saturday.

Neither team had a big advantage with Indiana State claiming an 11-8 lead into the first TV timeout. The Bears came back to take a 20-15 midway through the first half, but they would go on a cold streak that would put them in a big hole. Surprisingly, even though the Bears went over 5 minutes between buckets, they led 23-22. However, the cold streak continued with the Sycamores on a 13-2 run to end the first half.

King scored 12 points and grabbed 7 boards for Brown while they shot 10 of 32 from the field as a team (31.2%). They hit 4 of 11 three pointers (36.4%), but committed 12 turnovers. Devonte Brown led ISU with 8 points and 5 boards, Brenton Scott scored 7 points and grabbed 5 boards, Khristian Smith chipped in 7 points, and Tre Bennett had 6 points

Brown came out in the second half and cut the lead down to 40-38 within the first five minutes. Indiana State called a timeout and it wound up helping them, as they built the lead back up to 46-38 due to four points apiece from Khristian Smith and TJ Bell. The Bears were stubborn and cut the lead to 49-48 due to 6 points from King with 10 minutes left in the game. The teams continued to battle with Indiana State holding a 58-54 lead with 5:46 remaining. ISU took a 65-54 lead, but the Bears came back again and made it 65-61 with 2:31 left. However, that would be as close as they would get for the rest of the game as Indiana State made their free throws down the stretch to win 78-66.

In the second half, Leland King led Brown with 13 points and 5 rebounds. Rafael Maia did well by adding 10 points on 3 of 4 shooting and going 4 of 5 from the free throw line. The Bears went 13 of 27 from the field (48.1%) and 3 of 7 on three pointers (42.9%). The Bears cut their turnovers to 8 and out-rebounded ISU 14-10. The Sycamores were led by Smith’s 16 second half points. Devonte Brown chipped in 13 points, as ISU went 14 of 24 from the field (58.3%) in the final half. They hit 3 of 7 three pointers (42.9%), were 11 of 15 from the charity stripe (73.3%), and committed 7 turnovers.

King went 10 of 20 from the field to score 25 points and he also grabbed 12 rebounds. Rafael Maia had all 10 of his points in the second half. Cedric Kuakumensah scored 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds and Steven Spieth had 7 points and 7 boards. For the game, the Bears went 23 of 59 from the field (39%), 7 of 18 three pointers (38.9%), and 13 of 19 from the free throw line (68.4%). They committed 20 turnovers and out-rebounded Indiana State 39 to 33.

Khristian Smith scored 23 points with Devonte Brown scoring 21 points and grabbing 6 rebounds. Brenton Scott finished with 11 points and 6 rebounds and Tre Bennett had 9 points. The Sycamores went 27 of 56 from the field (48.2%), 6 of 16 from beyond the arc (37.5%), and 18 of 23 from the free throw line (78.3%). Indiana State committed 15 turnovers.

Brown (1-3) faces Illinois (3-0) on Monday night in the Las Vegas Invitational. It will be the Bears second time facing a Big Ten opponent this year. Indiana State (2-1) will face Austin Peay (1-3) on Monday in the same tournament.

 

Penn Drops Third Straight Home Game To Open Season

Lafayette’s big first half was enough to hold on against Penn in the second half and grab the 83-77 victory.

Lafayette was on fire in the first half going 16 of 27 from the field (59.3%) and were 6 of 10 on three pointers. The Leopards led by 17 points with 4 minutes left in the first half and the halftime lead was 45-30 for Lafayette. Penn shot 14 of 34 from the field (41.2%), but missed all 7 of their three point attempts.

The second half saw a potent Penn offense that finally hit three pointers. The Quakers nearly erased the entire 15 point halftime deficit by making it a 62-60 game with 9:28 remaining. The Leopards responded with a 9-1 run to make it it 71-61 and did not look back. Lafayette shot 10 of 20 from the field in the second half, were 3 of 6 from beyond the arc, and hit 15 of 21 free throws (71.4%). Penn was 18 of 30 from the field (60%) and 6 of 11 from three point range (54.5%).

Dan Trist led all scorers with 22 points on 10 of 14 shooting for Lafayette. Joey Ptasnski had 18 points, Seth Hinrichs had 10 points and 7 rebounds, and Nick Lindner scored 9 points and dished out 6 assists. Lafayette went 26 of 47 from the field for the game (55.3%) and hit 9 of 16 three pointers (56.3%). They made 22 of 30 free throws (73.3%), had 20 assists, and committed 12 turnovers.

Penn finished with four scorers in double figures, but Tony Hicks was the man for the Quakers. He had 14 points on 6 of 18 shooting, but had 13 assists and grabbed 4 rebounds. The top scorer for Penn was Mike Auger with 18 points on 7 of 10 shooting and he also corralled 9 boards. Darien Nelson-Henry chipped in with 13 points on 5 of 9 shooting and Antonio Woods scored 11 points. Penn went 32 of 64 from the field, 6 of 18 from beyond the arc (33.3%), and hit only 7 of 14 free throws. They out-rebounded Lafayette 34-26, had 21 assists, and 14 turnovers.

Lafayette (3-1) faces Yale (3-1) on Wednesday evening. Penn (0-3) has their first road game on Tuesday night against Temple (2-2).

Ivy League Basketball Roundup: 11/14/2014

Yale Falls To Quinnipiac In Double Overtime To Start Season

Zaid Hearst scored 35 points and recorded 11 rebounds to lead Quinnipiac over Yale 88-85 in double overtime on Friday evening. Ousmane Drame added 13 points and 15 rebounds for the Bobcats, but his biggest contribution was the 7 blocks he recorded. Justin Sears had 23 points and 12 rebounds, but his night was plagued by a poor second half. Javier Duren led Yale in scoring with 26 points.

The first half saw Yale open up a small lead from time to time, but Quinnipiac never let the game get away from them. Yale led 33-22 with over 6 minutes to go in the first half, but the Bobcats closed the deficit to 33-28 before Yale took a 40-38 lead at the break.

In the second half, Sears was held in check and did not score his first points until there was 1:51 remaining in the half. Drame recorded 5 blocks in the second half including one in the waning seconds on Duren’s attempt with 6 seconds left. That block came after Drame made a layup and then missed the ensuing free thrown. The game went to overtime tied at 67.

The Bobcats looked on their way to victory in the first overtime with a 75-71 lead. Sears made a layup to make it 75-73 and Kasim Chandler was fouled on a three pointer to give Quinnipiac a great chance. However, he made only one of the three shots before Jack Montague hit a three with 14 seconds left to force a second overtime.

The second overtime was all about Quinnipiac holding onto the lead and not letting go. Hearst and Justin Harris both knocked down free throws to ice the game and give them the opening win.

Montague had 12 points on 5 of 9 shooting. Sears finished 8 of 19 and converted 7 of his 10 free throws. Yale shot 38.5% from the floor (30 of 78) while hitting 31.8% of their threes (7 of 22). They knocked down 18 of 23 free throws (78.3%) while committing only 10 turnovers.

Quinnipiac had 5 scorers in double digits (Hearst, Drame, Evan Conti, Kasim Chandler, and Justin Harris). They went 32 of 69 as a team (46.4%) from the floor and hit 5 of 19 threes (26.3%). They went 20 of 30 from the charity stripe and had 16 turnovers.

Yale (0-1) takes on Newbury College at home on Monday night. Quinnipiac (1-0) faces La Salle on Tuesday night.

 

#25 Harvard Overcomes Slow Start to Beat MIT

Early on Harvard found themselves in a close game, but a strong close to the first half allowed them to win 73-52 over MIT. Both Siyani Chambers and Wesley Saunders scored 15 points each to lead the Crimson.

MIT went toe-to-toe with Harvard early on and held a 22-21 lead with under 10 remaining in the first half. However, a 10-0 run by Harvard led them to a 31-22 lead with the Crimson eventually leading 42-27 at halftime.

Harvard’s depth showed in the second half, but there were stretches where the Crimson just appeared off. That is not totally out of the norm early in the season, but that will need to be corrected for Tommy Amaker’s club as will the 15 turnovers committed by the Crimson.

Justin Pedley had 19 points on 7 of 15 shooting for MIT. Tim Butala added 16 points on 6 of 15 shooting while the Engineers went 18 of 45 (40%) from the floor. They also connected on 6 of 18 three pointers.

In addition to Chambers and Saunders scoring 15 apiece, Steve Moundou-Missi, Jonah Travis, and Kenyatta Smith all scored 8 points. Harvard went 24 of 44 from the floor (54.5%) while connecting on 7 of the 13 shots from beyond the arc (53.8%).

Harvard (1-0) faces Holy Cross on Sunday at 5:30 PM EST.

 

Princeton Wins Close Battle With Rider

Princeton went 6 for 6 in the final 66 seconds of the game to put away Rider, 64-58. The Tigers’ Spencer Weisz led all scorers with 18 points and grabbed 6 boards.

The game started slowly with both teams failing to register a point until 2:31 had elapsed on the clock. Neither team was able to take a commanding lead in the first half, though Princeton managed to lead 21-14 at the 7:56 mark. However, Rider did well to trim the deficit to 21-20 thanks to four points from Teddy Okerafor in 41 seconds. Princeton took a 28-25 lead at the break.

Rider began the second half with a 10-2 run to take the 35-30 lead. It was eventually extended to 41-32 before Hans Brase drained a three to cut the deficit to 41-35. It did not take long for Princeton to come back all the way with Brase draining another three to tie the game at 43.

The game continued to be close until Amir Bell hit a three point shot to make it 58-51. The Tigers would drain the final 6 free throws to win 64-58.

Teddy Okerafor was the only player with double-digits for Rider at 16 points. He was 6 of 14 from the floor including going 2 of 5 from beyond the arc. The Broncs went 25 of 57 from the floor (43.9%) and 6 of 17 from beyond the arc (35.3%). The Broncs only had 4 free throw attempts, hitting two of them.

In addition to Weisz having 18 points, Brase added 12 points all from three pointers, as well as 8 rebounds. He finished 4 of 7 from three point land and 4 of 10 from the floor. Ben Hazel contributed 9 points and 7 boards while Steven Cook also had 9 points. The Tigers went 19 of 43 from the floor (44.2%) and 9 of 24 from three point range (37.5%). The Tigers went 17 of 20 from the free throw line.

Rider (0-1) faces another Ivy League opponent on Tuesday on the road in Penn. Princeton (1-0) faces George Mason on the road on Sunday afternoon.

 

Columbia Loses On Late Layup

Columbia tried to cling to a 56-55 lead, but Rayshaun McGrew’s layup with 7 seconds left gave Stony Brook the 57-56 victory.

Columbia played strong to start the game and led 26-12 with 5:51 left in the first half. After that, however, Stony Brook, led by McGrew and Carson Puriefoy, made it 31-25 deficit. McGrew and Puriefoy scored 9 of the final 13 points to give Stony Brook momentum heading into halftime.

Columbia led 36-27 early in the second half, but Stony Brook’s 6-0 run made it a 3 point game. Still, Columbia was able to keep Stony Brook at bay and not allow them to take a lead. With 7 minutes remaining, the Lions led 51-44. Puriefoy ran off 5 points a little later to make it 54-49 with over 3 minutes remaining.

The final sequence that led to Columbia’s loss was all about Stony Brook controlling the glass. They grabbed four offensive rebounds including the final one that led to McGrew’s game winning layup. Maodo Lo‘s three point attempt was no good as Stony Brook pulled out the win.

Maodo Lo finished with a game-high 19 points on 7 of 16 shooting including 3 of 6 from beyond the three point line. Chris McComber had 13 points on 4 of 8 shooting, all from beyond the arc. Steve Frankoski had 11 points as well. The Lions went 21 of 48 from the floor (43.8%) and 10 of 24 from beyond the arc (41.7%). The only managed to hit 4 of their 13 free throw lines.

Both McGrew and Puriefoy had 14 points for Stony Brook, though McGrew did most of his damage from the free throw line (6 of 8). Jameel Warney contributed 12 points and 15 boards. They went 22 of 54 as a team (40.7%) and were 3 of 9 from beyond the three point line. They went a paltry 10 of 21 (47.6%) from the charity stripe.

Columbia (0-1) takes on Wagner on Tuesday night. Stony Brook (1-0) travels to face Georgia on Tuesday night as well.

 

Cornell Shocks George Mason in Season Opener

Shonn Miller and Robert Hatter both dropped 21 points to lead Cornell past George Mason 68-60 on Friday night. Cornell won only 2 games all of last year including just one win against Division I opposition.

From the start, Cornell made their intentions known with Hatter, Miller, and Galal Cancer accounting for the first 20 points scored by the Big Red. The game remained close even as Miller accounted for the final 11 points for Cornell in the first half. At the break, Cornell led 34-31.

The second half started very slow for the Patriots. They missed their first 5 shots and fell behind 41-31 after three and a half minutes. Both teams struggled from the floor as points were at a huge premium in the first 7 minutes of the second half. It would turn out that the points were harder to come by for George Mason.

David Onuorah’s jumper at the 8:43 mark gave the Big Red a 53-40 lead. The combination of Hatter and Miller continued to be strong down the stretch as they did enough to keep the lead at double digits until a late three pointer made it 67-60 with less than 20 seconds left.

Miller went 7 of 14 from the floor including 4 of 6 from beyond the arc. He also had 13 boards and 2 blocks. Hatter was more efficient by going 7 of 10 from the floor and 3 of 5 from three point range. Devin Cherry added 9 points and 10 boards as the third-leading scorer for Cornell. The Big Red went 21 of 47 (44.7%) from the floor and 9 of 18 from beyond the arc. They went 17 of 27 (63%) from the charity stripe and committed 16 turnovers, making their game even more impressive.

George Mason was led by Patrick Holloway who had 22 points on 7 of 18 shooting (4 of 11 from beyond the arc). Jalen Jenkins added 10 points. The Patriots went 21 of 68 from the floor (30.9%) and 7 of 27 from three point range (25.9%). They managed to only hit 11 of their 22 free throws and committed just 5 turnovers.

Cornell (1-0) will look to equal last season’s win total on the road at Loyola-Maryland on Sunday. George Mason (0-1) takes on another Ivy League foe, Princeton (1-0), on Sunday.

 

Brown Easily Gets Past St. Peter’s

Brown ended the first half and started the second half with scoring bursts to beat St. Peter’s 70-58 on Friday evening. Three players scored in double figures for the Bears to open the season with a win.

It was an even start to the game for both teams before Brown went on a 13-2 run to end the first half and led 32-22 at the break. They started the second half with a 12-2 run to take a 20 point lead at 44-24 and the Bears were on cruise control from that point on.

St. Peter’s had three players who finished in double figures. Welton Quadir had 16 points and 7 boards, Dominique Marvin had 11 points and 8 rebounds, and Washington Desi had 11 points on 4 of 11 shooting (3 of 7 from three point range). The Peacocks went 22 of 61 (36.1%) from the floor and 6 of 26 from beyond the arc (23.1%).

Tavon Blackmon had 18 points on 4 of 7 shooting while also nailing all 8 of his free throw attempts to lead Brown. Cedric Kuakumensah had 15 points, 6 boards, and 3 blocks on 7 of 9 shooting. Rafael Maia added 13 points while also hitting 8 free throws on 10 attempts. Brown went 20 of 41 on field goals (48.8%) and 6 of 13 from three point range (46.2%). They went 24 of 30 from the free throw line (80%).

St. Peter’s (0-1) will have another road game on Sunday against Hartford. Brown (1-0) has a home game versus Northwestern on Monday night.