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Five Predictions For The Mountain West Conference In 2016

Air Force reached the Mountain West title game in 2015. What will 2016 bring for Troy Calhoun and the Falcons? (Justin Edmonds/Getty Images North America)
Air Force reached the Mountain West title game in 2015. What will 2016 bring for Troy Calhoun and the Falcons? (Justin Edmonds/Getty Images North America)

Five Predictions For The Mountain West Conference In 2016

The 2016 College Football season is less than four weeks away and that means prediction time. Below are five predictions for Mountain West Conference for the 2016 season. Some predictions will be right, some predictions will be wrong, and some will be spectacularly awful (or correct) by the end of the season.

There are no changes for the Mountain West Conference as the twelve teams remain the same. The Mountain division is composed of Air Force, Boise State, Colorado State, New Mexico, Utah State, and Wyoming. The West division is made up of Fresno State, Hawaii, Nevada, San Diego State, San Jose State, and UNLV.

Here are five predictions for the Mountain West Conference in 2016:

1. Air Force will win the Commander-in-Chief Trophy and win 10 games – The first part only requires the Falcons to defeat the duo of Army and Navy. The chances are good to get back the CIC for the first time since 2014 (Navy has won the CIC three of the last four years). Navy was decimated on offense with only one returning starter and Air Force is better than Army on paper (that is why they play the games though).

Air Force will be returning five starters on offense including their leading rusher Jacobi Owens (1,092 yards and 7 touchdowns) and receiver Jalen Robinette. (26 catches for 641 yards and 5 touchdowns). Also back is quarterback Nate Romine who was the starter to begin 2015, but suffered a torn ACL early in the season. The offense should come close to their 2015 numbers of 33.8 points and 451 yards per game.

The defense has nine back from a unit that allowed 25.5 points and 355 yards per game. The entire secondary returns led by strong safety Weston Steelhammer (80 tackles and 5 interceptions) and they will be the anchor of what should be another solid team. The schedule opens with Abilene Christian and Georgia State at home and the Falcons should be poised to go 4-0 in non-conference this year. The Falcons do have five away games in conference, but they are winnable (Utah State, Wyoming, New Mexico, Fresno State, and San Jose State). Their toughest games come at home against Colorado State and Boise State. The Falcons have a great shot at 10 wins in 2016.

2. San Diego State will win the West Division – The Aztecs won the 2015 Mountain West Championship with a 27-24 victory over Air Force. 2016 appears to favor SDSU to get back to the title game again. They return seven starters on both offense and defense led by running back Donnel Pumphrey (1,653 yards and 17 touchdowns), but there are other reasons.

First, they avoid the Mountain Division duo of Air Force and Boise State, which makes the road much easier. The second reason is they do not face much in the way of competition in their own division with being Nevada their biggest threat. The Wolf Pack return 10 starters on offense and five on defense, but lost their offensive coordinator Nick Rolovich to Hawaii. Nevada does not have to face Air Force and Boise State from the Mountain as well. San Diego State does have to face Nevada on the road, but they look likely to win the West in a down year for the division.

3. Boise State will lead the MWC in points scored and Thomas Sperbeck will lead the MWC in receiving yardage – The Broncos were easily the best scoring offense in 2015 putting up 39.1 points per game while Air Force was second at 33.8 points per contest. Sperbeck also led the conference in receiving in 2015 with 1,412 yards on 88 catches. The next closest was Colorado State’s Rashard Higgins with 75 catches for 1,062 yards and 8 touchdowns.

The offense should easily lead the conference again as they return the young and talented quarterback Brett Rypien (3,353 yards with 20 touchdowns and 8 interceptions) as well as running back Jeremy McNichols (1,337 yards and 20 touchdowns). Sperbeck will be accompanied by Chaz Anderson at receiver as he was the number two receiver with 42 catches for 578 yards and 3 touchdowns. Sperbeck will be the top target and let’s call for at least 1,500 yards in 2016 to lead the MWC.

4. UNLV will make a bowl game in 2016 – Finding an under the radar team from the West division to make a bowl game was tough. Fresno State and Hawaii have tough schedules while San Jose State is hardly under the radar after making the Cure Bowl last year. UNLV made some serious progress during 2015 in Tony Sanchez’s first season.

The offense went from 21.9 points and 387 yards per game in 2014 to 28.5 points and 405 yards in 2015 with only five starters back (as well as the new offense under Sanchez). This year six starters return including the talented Devonte Boyd at receiver (1st team all MWC in 2013 and 2nd team all MWC in 2015). The top three running backs return as well as three linemen. They will have a new quarterback, but he is likely to be former Nebraska Cornhusker Johnny Stanton. The offense should surpass the 2015 numbers they put up.

The defense went from 38.5 points and 513 yards allowed per game in 2014 down to 33.7 points and 457 yards per contest in 2015. Those numbers should improve again this year as eight starters return. The team was competitive last year and had three losses by a touchdown or less. UNLV will open up against Jackson State, UCLA (away), Central Michigan (away), and Idaho. They also face Fresno State, Hawaii (away), Colorado State, San Jose State (away), and Wyoming in conference, which makes a bowl in reach if they can go 3-1 or even 2-2 out of conference.

5. New Mexico will make their second straight bowl game in 2016 – The Lobos have not been to back-to-back bowl games since 2006 and 2007 when they played in the New Mexico Bowl both times. They played in the same bowl last year against Arizona where they lost 45-37.

The offense will have just five starters back from the group that put up 29.9 points and 388 yards per game. Quarterback Lamar Jordan returns after throwing for 1,045 yards with 5 touchdowns and 8 interceptions, but the focus of this offense is the triple option. Jordan ran for 807 yards and 9 touchdowns, but the leading rusher departs. He will be replaced by Teriyon Gipson who ran for 848 yards and 6 touchdowns. They also return the top two receivers from last year, which is a plus if they need to rely on the passing attack a bit more.

The defense looks like the strength of the team. In 2014, they allowed 35.9 points and 519 yards per game while 2015 saw an improvement to 28.4 points and 438 yards per game with seven starters back. For 2016, there are ten starters returning including middle linebacker Dakota Cox (97 tackles, 5 sacks, and one interception). There should be even more improvement this year.

The schedule opens up with South Dakota before winnable road games against New Mexico State and Rutgers. Their final non-conference game is in mid October against Louisiana Monroe, another winnable contest. In conference, they will have games versus San Jose State, Boise State, Air Force (in Dallas), Hawaii (away), Nevada, Utah State (away), Colorado State (away), and Wyoming. There are at least three wins in there in which they can become eligible for a bowl game (assuming a 3-1 non-conference record).

The Prediction Schedule

With the MWC predictions above, there are now predictions for six conferences in the books. Below are the predictions completed and which conference is next.

July 17 – FBS Independents

July 17 – Sun Belt

July 23 – C-USA

July 24 – MAC

July 30 – American Athletic

July 31 – Mountain West

August 7 – Big 12

August 13 – Atlantic Coast

August 14 – Pac-12

August 20 – Big Ten

August 27 – SEC

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2015 College Football Preview: MWC West

Donnel Pumphrey is poised to have another monster year in 2015. Will it be enough to lead San Diego State to the Mountain West Title Game? (Lance King/Getty Images North America)
Donnel Pumphrey is poised to have another monster year in 2015. Will it be enough to lead San Diego State to the Mountain West Title Game? (Lance King/Getty Images North America)

2015 College Football Preview: MWC West

Sports Enthusiasts’ 2015 College Football Preview is up to part four and the Mountain West Conference’s West Division. The MWC’s Mountain Preview can be found here while the entire schedule for each conference or division preview is below.

MAC East Division – July 1

MAC West Division – July 3

Mountain West, Mountain Division – July 7

Mountain West, West Division – July 10

C-USA East Division – July 14

C-USA West Division – July 17

The American East Division – July 21

The American West Division – July 24

Sun Belt – July 28

FBS Independents – July 28

Big 12 – July 31

ACC Coastal Division – August 4

ACC Atlantic Division – August 7

Big 10 West Division – August 11

Big 10 East Division – August 14

Pac-12 North Division – August 18

Pac-12 South Division – August 21

SEC East Division – August 25

SEC West Division – August 28

Below is a look at the Mountain West Conference’s West Division and conference championship prediction.

1. San Diego State Aztecs

San Diego State will be in their 5th year under head coach Rocky Long and he has been ultra consistent making a bowl game in each of his first four seasons. Year 5 will have added pressure as they will be one of the favorites to make the Mountain West Championship Game.

The offense will be led by Donnel Pumphrey at the running back position. All he did was run for 1,867 yards and 20 touchdowns in 2014 with a 6.8 yards per carry average. Even his backup, Chase Price, ran for 674 yards and 5 touchdowns. Those two will be important as the Aztecs are breaking in a new quarterback in Maxwell Smith, who has transferred in from Kentucky. He should be able to be on par with last year’s starter Quinn Kaehler. Kaehler threw for 2,157 yards with 9 touchdowns, 12 interceptions, and 55% completions. Smith will also have two of the top three receivers from 2014 as well as 3 starters from the offensive line returning. The offense should be just fine in 2015.

The strength of the San Diego State team in 2014 was the defense. They gave up only 19.8 points and 332 yards per game while bringing back only 4 starters. In 2015, the number of returning starters is eight including six of the top 7 tacklers. The losses are all in the front seven with one on the defensive line and two at linebacker. The secondary will be the focal point for the Aztecs defensively. They gave up only 179 passing yards per game and allowed only 55.8% on completions. All four starters return, which means opposing quarterbacks better watch out.

San Diego State opens the season against fellow city university San Diego before an in-state road trip to California and another home game against South Alabama. The wrap up their non-conference schedule at Penn State before another home game against Fresno State. The Aztecs have a fairly easy Mountain West schedule by not having to face Air Force or Boise State and get Utah State at home as well. Things are looking very good for San Diego State in 2015.

2. San José State Spartans

It is probably a bit surprising to see San José State here in the second spot of the West Division after a 3-9 season in 2014, but there are plenty of positives including 16 starters returning.

On offense, the Spartans return 10 starters with their lone loss at the center position. Joe Gray returns at quarterback after throwing for 2,305 yards with 11 touchdowns and 9 interceptions. His most impressive stat from 2014 is the fact he completed 63.6% of his passes. He will also have his top three receivers from 2014 back including Tyler Winston. Winston caught 78 passes for 694 yards and 5 touchdowns. Newcomer Kanya Bell is a prized recruit who is likely to see a big role in 2015. Tyler Ervin will be the starter at running back after 888 yards and 4 touchdowns with four of his offensive linemen back to pave the way. After averaging only 19.3 points and 395 yards per game in 2014, the offense should do far better this year.

San José State has 6 starters returning on defense including linebacker Christian Tago, who tied for the team lead in tackles with 96. He also recorded 5.5 tackles for loss. Both the defensive line and linebacking units lose two starters, but considering the fact they gave up an average of 259 rushing yards per game in 2014, it may not be the worst thing. The secondary only allowed 118 yards passing per game in 2014 and they return three starters as well as adding in a solid freshman (Tae’on Mason). The defense should be solid again in 2015.

San José State has a tough start to the season after an opening game against New Hampshire. They have back-to-back road games against Air Force and Oregon State before a home game against Fresno State. They draw New Mexico and Boise State from the Mountain Division in addition to Air Force. San José State could surprise many and they are right in the thick of the race for second in Mountain West Conference’s West Division.

3. Fresno State Bulldogs

Fresno State has made the first two Mountain West Championship Games in 2013 and 2014, winning the first and losing the second. However, 2014 was a sub-standard season with a 6-8 record including losses in the MWC Title Game and bowl game.

In 2015, the offense will have some work to do with the top quarterback and wide receiver departing. Marteze Waller will have a heavier burden, but that should not be too much of an issue. Waller ran for 1,368 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2014. The quarterback battle will be down to freshman Chason Virgil and sophomore Zack Greenlee. Greenlee started against Wyoming, but had a very poor outing going 7 of 16 for 55 yards. Gone at wide receiver is Josh Harper (90 catches, 1,097 yards, and 7 touchdowns) while Aaron Peck will step in to fill his shoes. Peck caught 32 passes for 419 yards and 3 touchdowns in 2014. There will be some growing pains for Fresno State on offense, but should be able to reach their 2014 numbers of 28.5 points and 406 yards per game.

The defense will have 5 starters back in 2015 from a defense that gave up 32.4 points and 456 yards per game a year ago. The defensive line has only 1 starter back in Todd Hunt, who recorded 54 tackles, 2.5 sacks, and 2.5 tackles for loss. There are two starters back at linebacker and in the secondary. The pass defense was poor in 2014 with 254 yards passing a game given up as well as 60.4% on completions. Like offense, there will be some growing pains.

Fresno State has an easy game against Abilene Christian to start the season before back-to-back toughies at Ole Miss and home to Utah. In conference, they have early road tests against San José State and San Diego State in back-to-back games before a home game against Utah State. They draw Air Force and Colorado State out of the Mountain Division as well. Fresno State could finish as high as second or as low as fourth in this division, but should be able to reach bowl eligibility.

4. Nevada Wolf Pack

Nevada enters 2015 with Brian Polian in his third season at the helm. Polian led Nevada to a 4-8 record in 2013 before a 7-6 record and a bowl game in 2014.

2015 will bring back six starters on offense for the Wolf Pack, but one of them is not at quarterback. Cody Fajardo is gone after throwing for 2,498 yards, 18 touchdowns, and 11 interceptions as well as running for 1,046 yards and 13 touchdowns. Replacing Fajardo will be redshirt freshman Hunter Fralick. He will have four of the top five receivers as well as the second and third leading rushers from 2014. Don Jackson ran for 957 yards and 7 touchdowns while James Butler contributed 635 yards rushing and 5 touchdowns. There are only two starters returning on offense and the losses give some worry about their performance, at least in the early part of the season.

On defense, there will be 5 starters returning from a unit that allowed 27.2 points and 447 yards per game in 2014. That unit also had 10 starters returning. Both the defensive line and secondary were hit hard by losses with two losses on the line and three in the secondary. The linebacker unit will be the strength with the #2 and #3 tacklers from 2014 comprising this group. Those two are Jordan Dobrich, who started only 6 games in 2014, but still managed to record 85 tackles. The other is Matthew Lyons who finished with 80 tackles. This defense will probably take a step back in 2015.

Nevada will open the season with back-to-back home games against UC Davis and Arizona before road trips to Texas A&M and Buffalo. In conference play, Nevada draws New Mexico (home), Wyoming (road), and Utah State (road) from the Mountain Division, but have a brutal four game stretch to finish the season. Those four games are Fresno State (road), San José State (home), Utah State (road), and San Diego State (road). Nevada could finish second or third if they do well in the final stretch and should also make a bowl game in 2015.

5. Hawaii Rainbow Warriors

Hawaii has hit hard times after their spectacular 12-1 season in 2007. Norm Chow has gone 3-9, 1-11, and 4-9 in his first three seasons and another losing record in 2015 could see the end of his time in Honolulu.

2015 should produce Hawaii’s best offense under Chow. They return 8 starters from 2014 including their quarterback, but he is likely to be usurped by new arrival Max Wittek, who was previously at USC. Also returning is the top rusher from a year ago in Steven Lakalaka, though he only ran for 646 yards and 2 touchdowns. Wittek will have he top two receivers from 2014 as well with Marcus Kemp (56 catches for 797 yards and 3 touchdowns) and Quinton Pedroza (59 catches for 674 yards and 3 touchdowns). The highest production under Chow was in 2013 when Hawaii put up 27.4 points and 416 yards per game. 2015 should produce those numbers again, if not higher.

On defense, the Warriors will have 6 starters back including their #2, #3, and #4 leading tacklers from 2014. Two starters have to be replaced on the defensive line and at linebacker. Kennedy Tulimasealii will anchor the line after recording 40 tackles, 2.5 sacks, and 7 tackles for loss. Simon Poti will be one of the top men at linebacker after putting up 64 tackles, 2 sacks, and 1 tackle for loss. The secondary will return three starters and a former starter in Marrell Jackson at safety, who started 15 games in his first two seasons. The defense should put up similar numbers as it did in 2014 (26.8 points and 418 yards per game).

Hawaii does not have an easy non-conference schedule. They open with a home game against Colorado, travel to face Ohio State, come back home to face FCS UC Davis, and then travel to Wisconsin to close out September. Hawaii will also face Louisiana-Monroe on the final weekend in November to end the regular season. In conference, the Warriors draw Boise State (road), New Mexico (road), and Air Force (home) out of the Mountain Division. They do get San Diego State, Fresno State, and San José State at home, but it looks like another losing season for Hawaii.

6. UNLV Rebels

Bobby Hauck was given 5 years to turnaround UNLV and it looked like he would after a 7-6 season in 2013. However, the 2014 season produced a 2-11 record with both the offense and defense getting worse. Now, former high school head coach Tony Sanchez is the head coach and he has his work cut out.

The offense returns five starters from a unit that produced 21.9 points and 387 yards per game. They will be learning a new system, but do return quarterback Blake Decker. Decker threw for 2,886 yards, 15 touchdowns, and 18 interceptions while completing 57.6% of his passes. He also ran for 365 yards and 5 touchdowns as the third leading rusher in 2014. The running game was by committee and the leading rusher from last year is gone while the #2 rusher, Keith Whitely, is back after running for 504 yards and 2 touchdowns. The top receiver in Devonte Boyd is back as well after he put up 65 catches for 980 yards and 4 touchdowns. Things are not looking too bad for UNLV, but 2015 might be a learning experience with the new offense being put in place.

The defense also returns five starters as well as five of their top six tacklers from 2014. The defensive line was decimated by departures with only one starter returning, but that group gave up an average of 294 yards rushing per game last year. All three linebackers return including 2014’s leading tackler Tau Lotulelei. He had 99 tackles, 3 sacks, and 7.5 tackles for loss. The secondary was also hit hard with three starters lost. The lone returning starter is Peni Vea who had 88 tackles, 3.5 sacks, 4 tackles for loss, and 1 interceptions last year. The defense could be in for a long season with the losses they have sustained.

The non-conference schedule will be tough for a new head coach. The Rebels open with a road trip to Northern Illinois, a home game against UCLA, another road trip to the Big House to face Michigan, and finish September with a home game against FCS Idaho State. The Rebels will be lucky to get a win from Mountain West play and could finish with double digit losses for the fifth time in six seasons.

Overview

The 2015 Mountain West Conference’s West Division looks to be pointing to San Diego State as the winner. However, if they stumble or have a lot of bad luck, then it will be between San José State, Fresno State, and Nevada to win. Hawaii is a cut below the top four while UNLV will be back in the basement for 2015. Below is predicted order of finish for the West Division.

1. San Diego State

2. San Jose State

3. Fresno State

4. Nevada

5. Hawaii

6. UNLV

2015 Mountain West Championship

Part three of the 2015 College Football Preview looked at the Mountain West Conference’s Mountain Division and took Boise State to win. With San Diego State predicted as the West Division winner, that means it will be between Boise State and San Diego State for the conference championship. Boise State looks like the superior team and they are predicted to win the 2015 Mountain West Conference Championship Game.

Check back on Tuesday, July 14 for an in-depth look at Conference USA’s East Division Preview.

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Mountain West Conference Releases 2015 Schedule

Boise State won the 2014 Mountain West Championship on its home field (Brian Losness/USA TODAY Sports)
Boise State won the 2014 Mountain West Championship on its home field (Brian Losness/USA TODAY Sports)

Mountain West Conference Releases 2015 Schedule

On Tuesday the Mountain West Conference released its conference schedule for the 2015 season. There will be 48 conference games in all between the 12 teams in the league.

The first conference game will take place on Saturday, September 12 with San Jose State at Air Force. The season will conclude on Saturday, December 5 with the 2015 Mountain West Conference Championship. The Championship game will be played at the home of the highest-ranked division winners.

The Mountain West will televise games on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday throughout the season. Some of the games listed below will be moved to another day when ESPN and CBS Sports Network determine their respective television schedules.

A PDF of all the games can be found here, while the Mountain West has provided a wonderful composite schedule infographic here.

Thursday, September 3

Colorado at Hawaii

UC Davis at Nevada

New Hampshire at San Jose State

Southern Utah at Utah State

 

Friday, September 4

Washington at Boise State

 

Saturday, September 5

Morgan State at Air Force

Savannah State at Colorado State

Abilene Christian at Fresno State

Mississippi Valley State at New Mexico

UNLV at Northern Illinois

North Dakota at Wyoming

 

Saturday, September 12

San Jose State at Air Force*

Boise State at BYU

Minnesota at Colorado State

Fresno State at Mississippi

Hawaii at Ohio State

Arizona at Nevada

Tulsa at New Mexico

San Diego State at California

UCLA at UNLV

Utah State at Utah

Eastern Michigan at Wyoming

 

Friday, September 18

Idaho State at Boise State

New Mexico at Arizona State

 

Saturday, September 19

Air Force at Michigan State

Colorado State vs. Colorado (in Denver, Colorado)

Utah at Fresno State

UC Davis at Hawaii

Nevada at Texas A&M

South Alabama at San Diego State

San Jose State at Oregon State

UNLV at Michigan

Utah State at Washington

Wyoming at Washington State

 

Friday, September 25

Boise State at Virginia

 

Saturday, September 26

Colorado State at UT-San Antonio

Hawaii at Wisconsin

Fresno State at San Jose State*

Nevada at Buffalo

New Mexico at Wyoming*

San Diego State at Penn State

UNLV at Idaho State

 

Saturday, October 3

Air Force at Navy

Hawaii at Boise State*

Colorado State at Utah State*

Fresno State at San Diego State*

UNLV at Nevada*

New Mexico State at New Mexico

San Jose State at Auburn

Wyoming at Appalachian State

 

Saturday, October 10

Wyoming at Air Force*

Boise State at Colorado State*

Utah State at Fresno State*

San Diego State at Hawaii*

New Mexico at Nevada*

San Jose State at UNLV*

 

Saturday, October 17

Air Force at Colorado State*

Boise State at Utah State*

Hawaii at New Mexico*

UNLV at Fresno State*

Nevada at Wyoming*

San Diego State at San Jose State*

 

Saturday, October 24 

Fresno State at Air Force*

Wyoming at Boise State*

Hawaii at Nevada*

New Mexico at San Jose State*

Utah State at San Diego State*

 

Saturday, October 31

Air Force at Hawaii*

Boise State at UNLV*

San Diego State at Colorado State*

Wyoming at Utah State*

 

Saturday, November 7

Army at Air Force

Colorado State at Wyoming*

Nevada at Fresno State*

Hawai‘i at UNLV*

Utah State at New Mexico*

BYU at San José State

 

Saturday, November 14

Utah State at Air Force*

New Mexico at Boise State*

UNLV at Colorado State*

Fresno State at Hawai‘i*

San José State at Nevada*

Wyoming at San Diego State*

 

Saturday, November 21

Air Force at Boise State*

Colorado State at New Mexico*

Fresno State at BYU

San José State at Hawai‘i*

Nevada at Utah State*

San Diego State at UNLV*

 

Saturday, November 28

Air Force at New Mexico*

Boise State at San José State*

Colorado State at Fresno State*

Louisiana-Monroe at Hawai‘i

Nevada at San Diego State*

BYU at Utah State

UNLV at Wyoming*

 

Saturday, December 5

Mountain West Conference Championship Game

 

* denotes a Mountain West Conference game

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Ivy League Basketball Roundup: 11/30/2014

Below is the Ivy League Basketball Roundup for Sunday, November 30, 2014. Four Ivy League teams were in action – BrownDartmouth, Princeton, and Yale. Princeton finished their time at the Wooden Legacy Tournament.

 

Yale Gets Past Hartford With Big Second Half

Justin Sears bounced back from his poor performance against Providence on Friday with a 14 point and 11 rebound effort against Hartford. The Bulldogs outscored Hartford by 10 points in the second half to win 69-57.

It was an even start to the first half with neither team establishing a large advantage. Yale led 13-9 with 12:51 left in the half before Hartford went on an 8-0 run to take a 17-13 lead. That lead evaporated after back-to-back three pointers from Javier Duren, but Yale only held a slim 27-25 advantage at halftime.

Hartford was led in the first half by John Carroll with 6 points off the bench. The Hawks shot 37.5% from the field and hit 3 of 6 three pointers. They also committed 6 turnovers. Javier Duren led Yale with 9 points on 3 of 3 shooting from behind the arc. The Bulldogs shot 40.7% from the field and hit 3 of 9 three pointers. They committed 5 turnover and held a slim 19-16 margin over Hartford on the glass.

Yale came out in the second half and took it to the Hawks. Justin Sears had five points and Jack Montague had 8 points to lead Yale to a 40-25 lead with 15:48 left in the game. Hartford got their first bucket of the half a short time later, but Yale proved to be too much. They led by as much as 20 at 52-32 with 10:45 remaining. It was an 8 point game with 4:06 left to play after Taylor Dyson’s three pointer, but Yale hit their free throws down the stretch to keep the Hawks from mounting a serious comeback.

Taylor Dyson, Yolonzo Moore II, and Justin Graham each had 8 points for Hartford. The Hawks shot 28.6% from the field and were 3 of 12 on three pointers (25%) in the second half. Justin Sears had 12 points and 8 rebounds in the second half to lead Yale. The Bulldogs shot 55% from the floor and went 18 of 24 from the free throw line (75%). They committed 10 turnovers, but out-rebounded Hartford 24-18.

Taylor Dyson had 13 points and Yolonzo Moore II had 11 points. Hartford went 19 of 59 from the field (32.3%) and hit 6 of 18 three pointers (33.3%) for the game. They went 13 of 21 from the charity stripe (61.9%) and committed 11 turnovers.

Yale was led by Justin Sears’ 14 points and 11 rebounds, but he had help from others. Jack Montague had 13 points and 4 rebounds, Javier Duren had 11 points and 7 rebounds, and Matt Townsend had 10 points and 4 rebounds. The Bulldogs went 22 of 47 from the field (46.8%) and hit 5 of 14 three pointers (35.7%). They hit 20 of 28 free throws (71.4%), out-rebounded Hartford 43-32, and committed 15 turnovers.

 

Dartmouth Loses Close Game At Home To New Hampshire

Daniel Dion scored 23 points, including the game winner, for New Hampshire as they downed Dartmouth 65-63 in a thrilling game.

Early on Daniel Dion scored the first 5 points for New Hampshire and Connor Boehm scored the first 4 points for Dartmouth. At 14-14 Dartmouth went on a 6-0 run, but the Wildcats kept it close by going on a 10-4 run. Late layups by both teams made it 26-25 at the break in favor of Dartmouth.

New Hampshire was led in the first half by Ronnel Jordan’s 11 points off the bench. The Wildcats shot 39.3% from the field and hit only 2 of 11 three pointers (18.2%). Dartmouth got 7 points out of Alex Mitola in the first half, but hit only 39.1% of their shots and were 4 of 11 from beyond the arc (36.4%).

Daniel Dion came out in the second half on fire. He went 4 for 4 including going three for three from beyond the arc. That allowed New Hampshire to take a 38-32 lead at the under 16 media break. New Hampshire led 42-34, but a 14-4 run by Dartmouth, capped off by Malik Gill’s three pointer, gave them a 48-46 lead. The game continued to go back and forth until the end. Down 63-60, Alex Mitola drained a 3 with 20 seconds left to tie the game at 63. A timeout by New Hampshire allowed them to set up Daniel Dion’s jumper with 4 seconds left. Malik Gill tried a game winning three but his shot was no good and New Hampshire held on for the 65-63 win.

In the second half, Daniel Dion had 15 points while Tanner Leissner scored 13 points. The Wildcats shot 58.3% from the field and hit 4 of 9 three pointers (44.4%). Dartmouth was led by Connor Boehm’s 10 points with Malik Gill scoring 8 points. and Gabas Maldunas scoring 7 points. The Big Green shot 54.2% from the field and hit 4 of 5 three pointers (80%). Neither team had an advantage on the boards in the second half as both grabbed 9 rebounds.

For the game, Dion had 23 points on 9 of 15 shooting. Ronnel Jordan scored 15 points on an excellent 7 of 9 shooting and Tanner Leissner had 13 points and 6 rebounds. New Hampshire went 25 of 52 from the field (48.1%) and hit 6 of 20 three pointers (30%). They went 9 of 14 on free throws (64.3%) and committed just 7 turnovers in the victory.

Connor Boehm led Dartmouth with 14 points and 6 rebounds. Alex Mitola scored 13 points, Malik Gill had 10 points, and Gabas Maldunas scored 8 points. The Big Green shot 22 of 47 from the floor (46.8%) and hit 8 of 16 three pointers (50%). They went 11 of 18 from the charity stripe (61.1%), out-rebounded New Hampshire slightly at 30-28, and committed 12 turnovers.

New Hampshire (3-2) faces LIU-Brooklyn (0-4) on Wednesday. Dartmouth (1-3) goes on the road to take on Longwood (2-5) on Wednesday night.

 

Brown Fends Off Johnson & Wales For Third Win

It was not always easy and not pretty, but the Brown Bears defeated Division 3 Johnson & Wales on Sunday 75-65. Tom Garrick scored 29 points for Johnson & Wales, but it was not enough.

Brown took the advantage right away and tried to build up on it. They led 19-11 and then led 23-19 at the under 8 timeout. A three pointer from JR Hobbie started a 7-0 run by the Bears to make it 30-19. Brown was near a double digit lead for the rest of the first half as they went into the break leading 39-31.

Tom Garrick had 12 points and 5 rebounds in the first half for J&W. Quarry Greenaway chipped in 9 points and 4 rebounds. They shot 32.3% from the field, went 3 of 12 from behind the arc (25%), and committed 8 turnovers. JR Hobbie had 10 points on 3 of 5 shooting for Brown, which includes his 3 of 4 shooting from the perimeter. Rafael Maia had 8 points and 8 rebounds in the first half as well. Brown shot 43.3% from the field and hit 4 of 8 three pointers (50%). Brown out-rebounded J&W 24-17 and committed 8 turnovers.

The second half began with Brown holding a 41-34 lead with 18:49 left in the game, but then both teams went cold. It would be three and a half minutes before either team put up another point with Garrick hitting a three pointer to close the deficit to 4 points at 41-37. A short time later, Brown went on a 7-0 run to take a 52-40 lead. Johnson & Wales closed the game to 67-62 deficit with 1:51 left to play, but the Bears ended the game on an 8-2 run by hitting all 6 of their free throws to seal the victory.

Tom Garrick had 17 points in the second half on 5 of 10 shooting to lead the Wildcats. They shot 33.3% from the field and hit only 3 of 12 three pointers (25%) with Garrick having two of those three successful shots. The Wildcats committed 6 turnovers in the second half. Brown was led by 10 second half points from Steven Spieth and Leland King. The Bears hit 48% of their shots and went 2 of 8 from beyond the arc (25%). Brown out-rebounded W&J 25-17 in the second half, but committed 12 turnovers.

For the game, Garrick had 29 points and 8 rebounds. He shot 9 of 20 from the field, 4 of 10 from beyond the arc, and hit 7 of 11 free throws. Quarry Greenaway had 11 points and 9 rebounds. The Wildcats went 22 of 67 from the field (32.8%) and hit 6 of 24 three pointers (25%). They went 15 of 24 from the free throw line (62.5%) and committed 14 turnovers.

Leland King led Brown with 16 points and 9 rebounds while Steven Spieth had 15 points and 6 rebounds. JR Hobbie finished with 13 points and Rafael Maia had 12 points and an excellent 16 rebounds. The Bears shot 25 of 55 from the field (45.5%) and 6 of 16 on their three pointers (37.5%). The Bears went 19 of 32 from the free throw line (59.4%), out-rebounded the Wildcats 49-38, and committed 20 turnovers.

Brown (3-5) will face American U (4-3) on Wednesday night at home.

 

 Princeton Routs San José State For Second Win

Princeton’s offense came to life against San José State in the 69-54 victory in the 7th place game at the Wooden Legacy Tournament. Spencer Weisz led the way with 16 points and went 4 of 4 on three pointers.

Princeton started very well getting out to a 12-2 lead while starting 5 for 5 from the field. They led 14-2 before a 9-0 run by the Spartans made it 14-11. The game was as close as 20-19 with 6:51 to play, but the Spartans would not register a single point the rest of the half. That allowed Princeton to go on a 10-0 run to end the half and take a 30-19 lead at the break.

Hans Brase led Princeton with 8 first half points on 3 of 5 shooting. Spencer Wiesz had 6 points as well. The Tigers shot 44% in the first half and hit 6 of 13 three pointers (46.2%). They were better on the glass, out-rebounding the Spartans 16-10 and committed 7 turnovers. The Spartans struggled from the field shooting 33.3% from the field and 38.5% from beyond the arc (5 of 13).

Princeton started the second on fire going 10 for 10 before they missed their first shot over halfway through the second frame. They opened up a 45-26 lead and had little trouble from the Spartans. The one player they could not stop was Jordan Baker who was far and away the best player for San José State. Princeton led by as much as 20 points at 60-40, but the Spartans could not mount a serious comeback even when they trailed 61-50.

In the second half, Weisz scored 10 points while Brase scored 7 points and had 5 assists. The Tigers shot an astounding 71.4% in the second half from the field and hit 2 of their 4 three pointers. They were very dominant on the inside as the Spartans failed to stop the back-door cuts. The Spartans were led by 18 second half points from Jordan Baker who was on fire as well. He shot 7 of 9 from the field. As a team, the Spartans shot 54.5% from the field in the second half and hit 4 of 9 three pointers (44.4%).

Princeton was led by 16 points and 5 assists by Spencer Weisz. Hans Brase had 15 points, 5 rebounds, and 6 assists. The Tigers shot 26 of 46 from the field (56.5%) and hit 8 of 17 three pointers (47.1%). They converted only 9 of 17 free throws (52.9%), out-rebounded San José State 28-23, and committed 13 turnovers.

Jordan Baker had 23 points for the game on 9 of 13 shooting. He was also 4 of 5 on three pointers, grabbed 6 rebounds, and had 4 assists. The Spartans went 19 of 43 from the field (44.2%) and hit 9 of 22 three pointers (40.9%). They went 7 of 10 on free throws and committed 18 turnovers.

Princeton (2-5) plays their next game at Fairleigh Dickinson (2-3) on Wednesday. San José State (1-6) has dropped six games in a row and faces UC-Davis (5-0) on Wednesday hoping to end the slide.

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