Sunday, November 29, 2009

Sunday's Shootaround: UNLV, Bradley, and William and Mary make the day interesting

UNLV 76, Louisville 71: So apparently I don't actually get Versus, which means that I was unable to watch this game when I got home last night (I do have two and a half hours of "To receive this channel, call RCN cable" recorded though). UNLV opened up a 53-34 lead on a cold shooting Louisville, but the Cardinals came storming back. Using a 30-11 surge over a 10 minute stretch, the Cards tied the game on a Raheem Buckles lay-in with four minutes to play. But Oscar Bellfield scored six of his 17 points in an 8-2 run over the next two minutes as the Runnin' Rebels were able to hang on.

Oscar Bellfield keyed the Rebels win over Louisville with 18 points.
(photo credit: AP)

This is the second straight season that UNLV has knocked off Louisville, winning 56-55 in Freedom Hall last season. This is not a terrible loss for Pitino's team, as UNLV is deep and talented this season after the addition of transfers Derrick Jasper and Chace Stanback. Keep an eye on UNLV in the MWC this season.

Bradley 72, Illinois 68: Andrew Warren scored a team-high 16 points, including the go-ahead three pointer with 30 seconds left, as the Braves ended the game on a 11-2 run. After Warren's three put Bradley up 68-66, Demetri McCamey had a chance to tie the game at the line, but he missed the front end of a 1-and-1. Bradley had taken a 47-38 lead early in the first half, but Illinois responded with an 18-8 run, then pushed their lead to 66-61 before Bradley closed out the game. Mike Davis led the Illini with 17 points and 8 boards, but Illinois was done in by 8-29 shooting from their back court of Alex Legion, DJ Richardson, Brandon Paul, and McCamey.

William & Mary 78, Wake Forest 68: Wake Forest never led after the first few minutes, as the Tribe opened up a 60-48 lead late and hit their free throws down the stretch (their last 18 points came from the line). W&M gave up 20 offensive rebounds, but were able to force just 35% shooting from Wake. Danny Summer and David Schneider combined for 32 points and 17 rebounds to lead the Tribe, while Wake got big games out of Al Farouq-Aminu (13 points, 20 boards) and Ishmael Smith (12 points, 11 assists).

Other notable scores:
  • Villanova 81, La Salle 63: Villanova's defensive pressure was in full effect yesterday, as they scored 28 points off of 27 La Salle turnovers. It was a good thing that Villanova was forcing turnovers, because they gave up 26 offensive rebounds and shot just 6-24 from three, making three of those triple in the final minutes of the game when it was already decided. The Wildcats got 14 from Scottie Reynolds and Antonio Pena in an ugly win. Heralded freshman Dominic Cheek played very well for Nova, scoring 10 points while making a number of important hustle plays.
  • Michigan State 106, UMass 68: The Spartans rebounded after a loss to Florida with a hot shooting night, as they went 14-22 from deep. Chris Allen led four players in double figures with 18 points, while Raymar Morgan finally looked healthy scoring 17.
  • Purdue 64, Central Michigan 38: This is Purdue basketball. The Boilermakers allowed just 14 first half points and held the Chippewas to 28% shooting on the game. E'Twaun Moore led the way with 15 points.
  • Ohio State 110, St. Francis (PA) 47: The Buckeyes rolled in this one, as Jon Diebler scored 18 points, Evan Turner added 16, 8 boards, and 5 assists, and Dallas Lauderdale had his best game of the season with 11 points, 6 boards, and 6 blocks.
  • Georgetown 97, Lafayette 64: The Hoyas offense exploded as Jason Clark led five players in double figures with a career high 19 points. Greg Monroe had 13 points, 9 boards, and 6 assists in the win.
  • Pitt 72, Youngstown State 56: Ashton Gibbs scored eight of his 14 points in a 10-0 run midway through the second half as Pitt bounced back after blowing an 11 point lead to get the win.
  • Miami FL 70, USC-Upstate 41: The Hurricanes stayed undefeated as they used a 20-4 first half run to gain control of this one. Dwayne Collins had 17 to pace the Canes.
  • Oregon State 64, George Washington 57: The Beavers held on in front of the first family as GW made a furious rally to close a late 15 point deficit, but Oregon State hit their free throws late. This was a big win for the Beavers, who are still waiting to get Ricardo Nelson eligible.
  • Cornell 67, Vermont 59: The Big Red used a late 16-6 to close the game as Cornell hung on to win in Philly. Jeff Foote had 12 to lead Cornell.
  • Northeastern 70, Wright State 67: Chaisson Allen hit a half court shot at the buzzer to win it:

    Allen had 21 points, 8 boards, and 6 assists in the win.
  • DePaul 68, Detroit 66 OT: Will Walker hit a three with 44 seconds left to give the Blue Demons the lead late in OT.
  • Dayton 74, Towson 69: Chris Wright scored 20 points and grabbed 9 boards as Dayton overcame an 18 points deficit for a much-needed rebound win after struggling in the Puerto Rico tip-off.
  • Kansas State 70, IUPUI 57: Jacob Pulled scored 25 points, including five in a decisive 15-1 run in the second half that opened up a 21 points Wildcat lead.
  • Siena 99, Brown 79: Ronald Moore had 19 and 11 assists while Clarence Jackson added 23 points as Siena rebounded from a loss to St. John's on Friday.
  • Oklahoma 81, Nicholls State 60: The Sooners rebounded from three straight losses by jumping on Nicholls State in the second half. Nicholls held a 48-41 lead before a 10-0 run by the Sooners, who closed the game on a 40-12 push. Cade Davis had 18 to lead OU. Willie Warren didn't play, and Jeff Capel didn't provide an explanation as to why.
  • Virginia Tech 74, Delaware 66 OT: Malcolm Delaney scored 24 points, including the first five in OT, as the Hokies were able to hang on against the Blue Hens. Tech has struggled quite a bit in the early going this season despite great numbers from Delaney. If the Hokies don't start getting production from the rest of their line-up, this could be a long year in Blacksburg.
  • Notre Dame 64, St. Louis 52: Luke Harangody scored 14 of his 18 points in the second half and Ben Hansbrough added 14 of his own as the Irish held on against a tough Billikens team.
  • Boston College 82, Providence 77: Reggie Jackson went for 20 and 12 boards and Josh Southern finished an and-1 with 43 seconds left to give BC a 78-77 lead as the Eagles, who are still without Rakim Sanders, survived after giving up an 18 point first half lead. Sharaud Curry had 20 and 8 assists for the Friars.
  • Mississippi State 69, Old Dominion 55: Dee Bost scored 25 points and hit six threes as the Rebels bounced back from a tough defeat against Richmond on Friday night.
  • Richmond 59, Missouri 52: David Gonzalvez, who led the Spiders with 18 points, hit a three with four minutes left to give Richmond the lead for good. Missouri got 14 points from Kim English, but it wasn't enough as the Spiders won the South Padre Invitational.
  • Missouri State 83, Tulsa 75: Adam Leonard scored 24 points as MSU almost blew a 21 points second half lead. The Bears are now 5-0, and look like a team that can make some noise in the MVC.
  • Seton Hall 95, Long Island 66: Jeremy Hazell had 21 points to lead five players in double figures.
  • Oklahoma State 77, Utah 55: James Anderson scored 24 points as the Cowboys hung on to beat the Utes.
  • Oregon 89, Montana State 66: Teondre Williams had 19 points to lead the Ducks, who bounced back from back-to-back losses for a big win against the Bobcats.
  • Northwestern 67, Iowa State 65: Josh Shurna scored 23 points to lead the Wildcats. Shurna, a sophomore replacement for the injured Kevin Coble, outplayed all-american Craig Brackins to win the Chicago Invitational.
  • Florida 73, Rutgers 58: Kenny Boynton scored 19 points and the Gators continued their excellent play as Florida won the Legends Classic.
  • Northern Iowa 52, Northern Illinois 45: Adam Koch scored 15 points and Kwadzo Ahelegbe added 13 points as the Panthers held on for the win.
  • St. John's 55, Temple 48: DJ Kennedy scored 15 points as the Johnnies beat Temple to win the Philly Hoop Group Classic. St. John's used a 13-2 run to open a 34-24 lead after halftime.
  • Washington State 93, San Diego 56: San Diego had no answer for Klay Thompson, who scored 43 points for the Cougars in the finals of the Great Alaska Shootout.
Saturday's stars:
  • Keith Benson, Oakland: Benson had 24 points, 18 boards, and 7 blocks as the Grizzlies beat Central Arkansas 83-75.
  • Klay Thompson, Washington State: Klay Thompson scored a Great Alaska Shootout record 43 points, hitting 16-24 from the field and 8-13 from deep, as he showed why he may be the best player in the country coming off of a screen.
  • Keion Bell, Pepperdine: Bell proved he is more than just a dunker. Averaging almost 23 ppg, Bell had his best game of the season as he went for 34 points, 9 boards, and 4 assists in an 83-75 win over Monmouth.

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