Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Around the League: 12.09.08

Tuesday's games:

Bucknell 63, Binghamton 60

It's uncommon to see a team miss all of its three-point shots in a game, especially when more than ten attempts are made. Call it bad luck or just a lack of quality perimeter shooters, but the Bearcats have now managed said dubious achievement twice this season. All 16 Bearcat threes failed to fall tonight in Lewisburg, allowing Bucknell (2-6) to pick up its first win in regulation this season. Binghamton (4-3) saw its three-game win streak snapped despite a plus-six turnover margin and 52 percent shooting from inside the arc. D.J. Rivera led all players with 21 points and 9 rebounds for the Bearcats.

Brown 72, Hartford 62
After multiple abysmal defensive rebounding performances, Hartford (3-7) displayed some signs of improvement against the Bears by grabbing 25 of 28 possible rebounds on the defensive end. As is often the case with struggling teams, though, the Hawks defense sprung another leak in a different area. Brown took 40 free throws to Hartford's 13, more than erasing the Hawks' plus-seven turnover differential. Free throws, though, didn't help Brown (4-6) build its 19-point halftime lead -- the Bears only took three shots from the charity stripe in the first half. No, it was Brown's 56 percent shooting and eight fast break points that vaulted the Bears to a 42-23 advantage at the half. An 18-5 Hartford run in the second half cut the lead to eight before Brown's free throw parade took over.

Rhode Island 88, New Hampshire 56
The Wildcats may have hoped to retain some positive momentum from last week's brief two-game winning streak, but New Hampshire (2-4) never had a chance in this one. URI's quality depth overwhelmed UNH, as Ram subs outscored the Wildcat second-stringers 49-21. The difference in talent between Rhode Island (7-3) and New Hampshire was most evident down low. The Rams enjoyed a sizable rebounding edge and dominated the interior, reaching the free throw line 34 times.

Wednesday's games:
Hofstra vs. Stony Brook, 7:00 p.m.
Central Connecticut State vs. Maryland-Baltimore County, 7:05 p.m.
Maine vs. Oklahoma, 8:00 p.m.

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