Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Around the League: 12.30.08

Tuesday's games:

Vermont 84, Colorado 59
The Catamounts went through Colorado's defense like a knife through butter last night, recovering nicely after Monday's loss to Colorado State. Vermont (8-4) shot nearly 57 percent from the field and turned the ball over just six times in a dominant offensive performance. Mike Trimboli led all scorers with 24 points on 8-of-9 shooting, including a perfect 4-of-4 from beyond the arc. Colorado (7-5) did nothing to embarrass itself on the offensive end but couldn't keep up with its opponent's firepower as Vermont collected its first win against a Big 12 opponent.

Binghamton 73, Marist 71
How do you keep up with an opponent who shoots 12-of-25 from beyond the arc? Binghamton (7-4) managed to protect its home floor by taking care of the ball and dominating the interior. The Bearcats outrebounded their opponent by eight, shot 36 free throws to the Red Foxes' 20, and held a plus-three turnover advantage, enough to secure a victory in a closely contested game. D.J. Rivera scored more than 20 points for the sixth consecutive contest. Marist is 5-9.

Kansas 79, Albany 43
It's not necessarily a national championship-caliber Jayhawks squad, but Kansas (9-3) is still a formidable force. Albany (8-5) somehow managed to equal its opponent on the boards but was outclassed in the shooting department. The Great Danes shot 0-0f-15 from beyond the arc and a sickly 30 percent overall, not nearly enough to compete with the Jayhawks' 56 percent. Kansas starters averaged less than 23 minutes played in a game that was essentially over by halftime.

Saint Louis 81, Maryland-Baltimore County 60

Darryl Proctor showed up to play for the Retrievers, scoring 29 points on 11-of-18 shooting. One man, however, is not enough to beat the Billikens. Saint Louis (8-5) spread the ball around in a 53 percent shooting performance, more than enough to dispatch UMBC (6-6). The Retrievers' issues with turnovers on defense continued: Saint Louis had just seven on the night. Maryland-Baltimore County won the battle on the boards but couldn't do enough with its possession to keep this one close.

Stanford 69, Hartford 55

Stanford improved to 10-0 with a home win, but Hartford (4-9) acquitted itself reasonably well considering its performance so far this season. The Hawks' defense was more solid than expected, as Stanford shot 44 percent overall with 12 turnovers and 13 of a possible 38 offensive rebounds. The trouble came on the other end. Hartford turned the ball over 18 times, including 14 from the trio of Jaret von Rosenberg, Andres Torres, and Michael Turner. Early-week games have not been kind to the Hawks -- the team is 0-5 in games played on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Canisius 56, Maine 43
This result in particular is not a good sign for Maine, which has lost eight of its last 10 games after starting 3-0. The Golden Griffins played fast and loose with the basketball, turning the ball over 19 times to go with 35 percent shooting, but the Black Bears paired their 18 turnovers with even worse shooting. Maine shot 28 percent from the field. Worse yet was the rebounding performance: minus-13, inexcusable considering the Griffins' shooting performance. Canisius (5-7) lost to Albany by 26 -- that should give an approximate idea of the separation between Maine and the upper tier of America East.

Wednesday's games:
Stony Brook vs. Air Force, 5:00 p.m.

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