Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Around the League: 12.10.08

Wednesday's games:

Hofstra 61, Stony Brook 56
The Seawolves (5-4) fell short in a battle for Long Island supremacy but made things interesting late for visiting Hofstra (7-1) after trailing by as many as 16. Senior Demetrius Young played a season-high 22 minutes and was highly effective, scoring 21 points on 8-of-10 shooting and adding nine rebounds. Not much else went right offensively for Stony Brook, as the rest of the team managed just nine field goals on 49 attempts, making the Pride's 39 percent shooting look efficient by comparison. Credit the Hofstra defense, which blocked ten shots and added seven steals in total. The Seawolves' shooting woes proved to be the deciding factor in a game where free throw attempt margin, rebounding margin, and turnover margin were all two or less.

Maryland-Baltimore County 67, Central Connecticut State 56

UMBC (5-3) followed its usual script -- low turnover rate and efficient scoring from its stars -- and ended the visiting Blue Devils' seven-game winning streak in this annual series. CCSU star Ken Horton had a double-double with 21 points and ten rebounds, but UMBC's overall advantage from the field proved to be too much. CCSU (4-4) turned the ball over a modest 13 times only to be outdone by the Retrievers, guilty of only eight turnovers. The Retrievers have used just six players in each of their past three wins.

Oklahoma 78, Maine 52
Sooner star Blake Griffin recorded his seventh double-double in just nine games as Oklahoma (9-0) rolled to a comfortable home win over the Black Bears. Maine (4-5) failed to score any points off turnovers -- the Sooners had just nine turnovers all game -- and trailed 53-20 with more than 16 minutes left in the second half before Jeff Capel's Big XII squad put on the brakes. The Black Bears managed to hang with their opponent on the boards but shot less than 30 percent as a team and turned the ball over 20 times.

Thursday's games:
No games scheduled

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