Saturday, December 13, 2008

Around the League: 12.13.08

Saturday's games:

Albany 74, Canisius 46

The Great Danes rebounded nicely -- pun intended -- from their disappointing one-point loss to Lehigh with a dominant performance against Canisius (3-6). Albany (6-4) compiled a plus-25 rebounding advantage in a group effort. It wasn't just rebounding woes which doomed the Golden Griffins, though: Canisius shot just 31 percent from the floor and missed 18 of 21 three-point attempts. Four Albany players (Tim Ambrose, Anthony Raffa, Will Harris, and Scotty McRae) scored in double figures. The Great Danes are a perfect 4-0 in games played at SEFCU Arena this year.

Long Island 76, New Hampshire 72

Kyle Johnson led all scorers with 25 points as the Blackbirds improved to 4-0 all-time versus New Hampshire (3-5). Tyrece Gibbs scored his 1,000th point (as did Corey Lowe in BU's game) in a 13-point performance, but he also committed three of the Wildcats' 11 turnovers. Eleven turnovers doesn't sound like much, but Long Island (3-5) had just five. The Blackbirds combined their plus-6 turnover differential with fourteen additional free throw attempts to escape with a victory on their home court.

Pittsburgh 91, Maryland-Baltimore County 56

Five Panthers scored in double figures as Pittsburgh moved to 10-0 so far this season. UMBC (5-4) shot surprisingly well against their formidable opponent, but the Panthers outdid them, shooting 55 percent from the field while raining down 14 threes. In a game with very few missed shots, Pittsburgh collected all the important rebounds, limiting the Retrievers to just 17 total, including a rare two-rebound total for Darryl Proctor. Pittsburgh thrived in a relatively lenient environment -- just 19 fouls were called during the 40 minutes of play, resulting in only ten free throw attempts.

Sunday's games:
North Carolina-Wilmington vs. Vermont, 1:00 p.m.
Hartford vs. Sacred Heart, 4:00 p.m.

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