Monday, November 16, 2009

Around the League: November 16, 2009

Yesterday's games:
Baylor 71, Hartford 69
The Hawks fought hard for 40 minutes but eventually saw a sizeable lead slip away. Ekpe Udoh scored the Bears' last six points on two-point jumpers: a game-tying bucket with 2:08 remaining, a go-ahead basket with 1:04 on the clock, and the game-winner with one second to go. On Hartford's end, Andres Torres' only points from the field tied the game at 69 with 33 seconds left, but that basket capped a superlative effort from the junior point guard: 12 assists with just one turnover and seven rebounds. Udoh had 21 points on 8-of-11 shooting, seven rebounds, and five blocks; he combined with LaceDarius Dunn for 50 of Baylor's 71 points.

Morgan State 72, UMBC 57
The surprise announcement of Chauncey Gilliam's eligibility may have fueled the Retrievers' early success against their local rival, but a double-digit UMBC lead quickly evaporated in the second half. Foul trouble proved to be the Retrievers' undoing. Shawn Grant and Jake Wasco both fouled out -- Wasco did so in just eight minutes -- and four other UMBC players had four fouls. Reggie Holmes had 23 points for the host Bears. Morgan State improves to 2-0; UMBC is 0-1.

Vermont 58, Buffalo 57
The Catamounts (1-1) led by 10 points midway through the second half, but after a Calvin Betts layup with 41 seconds remaining, Vermont's lead had disappeared. Marqus Blakely hit the second of two free throws and Nick Vier stole the inbounds pass to secure the win. Blakely had a monster game, contributing 17 points, 12 rebounds, seven assists, three blocks and three steals; Vier had no turnovers in 33 minutes at the point. Buffalo's defense was effective, but a combined 3-of-24 performance from the Bulls' Rodney Pierce and Zach Filzen was too much to overcome as Vermont spoiled its opponent's season opener.

Today's games:
Maine at Norfolk State, 7:00 PM
Mount St. Mary's College at Stony Brook, 7:00 PM
Albany at American, 7:30 PM

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