Saturday, November 21, 2009

Around the League: November 21, 2009

Yesterday's games:
St. Bonaventure 66, Binghamton 40
The Bearcats had a decent shooting performance. In every other respect, Binghamton (1-2) was thoroughly outclassed. St. Bonaventure (2-1) forced turnovers on more than 30 percent of its defensive possessions, pulled down 16 offensive rebounds to the Bearcats' four, and made eight more free throws. For most teams, allowing 66 points in a 63-possession game would be enough to keep a game reasonably close, if not win outright; given Binghamton's anemic offense, allowing points at even an average rate produces a blowout.

Albany 71, Alcorn State 55
Neither team did a particularly good job holding onto the ball in this one, but Albany (2-2) found ways to create offense en route to a 16-point victory. The Danes had 21 assists to Alcorn State's seven. More importantly, the Danes benefited from excellent team rebounding -- although no player grabbed more than seven boards, Albany corralled 45 missed shots compared to just 30 for the Braves (0-4). Albany could have done better on offense, as Alcorn State allowed opponents to score 130, 100, and 82 points in its first three games, but a win is a win.

Maryland 82, New Hampshire 55
The No. 25 Terrapins improved to 3-0 on the season, as the first three minutes and change gave a preview of what was to come: the Wildcats committed three fouls and five turnovers before calling timeout down 9-0 with 16:39 on the clock. UNH (1-1) did well on the boards, grabbing eight offensive rebounds to Maryland's four. Elsewhere, though, the Terrapins held the edge, shooting more than 20 percentage points better than the Wildcats and securing an 11-turnover advantage. Sean Mosley was magnificent for Maryland, scoring 13 points on 4-of-5 shooting with 10 assists and no turnovers. Colbey Santos led New Hampshire with 14 points.

Today's games:
Fordham at Hartford, 2:00 PM
UMBC at George Washington, 2:00 PM
Detroit-Mercy at Albany, 7:00 PM
Stony Brook at Wagner, 7:00 PM

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