Saturday, December 27, 2008

Around the League: 12.27.08

Saturday's games:

Binghamton 74, Tulane 73
The Bearcats continue to improve with every game, with their most recent win over Tulane being (perhaps) their most impressive. D.J. Rivera led all scorers with 24 points, including 10-of-12 from the charity stripe, none more important than his four freebies in the final 24 seconds to seal the deal for Binghamton. Rivera also hauled in eight rebounds as four other Bearcats (6-4) scored in double digits. Binghamton trailed 36-35 at halftime, but went on a 12-6 run with the score tied at 62 to pull as far away as they could have in a very tightly contested contest. Daniel Puckett led the Green Wave with 20 points, while two others reached double digits, but it wasn't enough to down the Bearcats, who have now won two-straight games and have a chance to enter conference play on a three-game winning streak if they can defeat Marist on Tuesday.

Hofstra 62, New Hampshire 57
This would have been a gigantic win for the Wildcats, but they weren't able to pull off a gigantic upset and comeback after trailing by as many as 16 points (17-1) in the first half. UNH led 57-56 with 3:01 remaining, but a Greg Washington jumper put the Pride ahead for good with 2:31 left. The Wildcats (3-7) failed to score for the remainder of the game. One wonders if this game would have been different had Tyrone Conley hadn't gone 0-of-13 from the field. He missed the first shot he took and four in the final 2:31, making for a very rough evening. Opposite Conley's performance, who hadn't made less than two field goals in a game all season, was Dane Diliegro. The center recorded his first double-double of the season with 10 points and a game-high 11 rebounds. UNH's Rony Tchatchoua led all scorers with 17 points, while Washington led all Pride players with 13.

Vermont 83, George Washington 72
Well that was easy. The Catamounts made quick work of their first-round opponent in the Outrigger Hotels Rainbow Classic in Honolulu and became the first America East team to down the Colonials this season. UVM (7-3) never trailed as Maurice Joseph led the Catamounts in points with 18, while Marqus Blakely continues to rack up the double doubles with 13 points and 12 rebounds. Two other UVM players recorded double digits as the Catamounts were able to stave off a monster performance by Rob Diggs (25 points, 14 boards). Damian Hollis was the only other Colonial to reach double figures (15). The Catamounts will face Colorado State on Monday. Also, if you're interested in more from the trip, for UVM's official blog: click here

Sunday's games:
Stony Brook vs. St. Peter's, 2:00 p.m.

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