Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Around the League: November 25, 2009

Yesterday's games:
Quinnipiac 59, Maine 46
The Black Bears never got their offense going, allowing Quinnipiac (3-1) to coast to victory despite 17 Bobcat turnovers and fairly equal rebounding. Maine (2-3) was led by Troy Barnies' 11 points, while Gerald McLemore and Sean McNally were a combined 6-for-25 from the field. In contrast, the Bobcats had three players score in double figures, with each converting at least half of his field goal attempts. The Black Bears are idle until December 3rd, with winless Colgate next on the schedule.

Coppin State 77, UMBC 66
Robbie Jackson had the best game of his career, amassing 17 points on 6-of-7 shooting to go with 11 rebounds. But while Jackson was complemented by 20 points from Chauncey Gilliam and a double-double from Chris De La Rosa, UMBC (0-4) could not stop the Eagle offense. Coppin State (4-1) picked up its first win against a Division-I opponent this season due to a balanced and efficient attack. Five Eagles scored in double figures, and Coppin State was 21-of-24 at the free throw line. With four road games awaiting the Retrievers, a win may not arrive for some time.

Providence 106, Vermont 64
This one was over at halftime. The Catamounts ran into a buzzsaw; Vermont (2-2) was helpless against a Friars team that dominated the glass and made 15 of its 27 3-point attempts. Providence (4-1) also forced 23 turnovers, including 19 steals, and generally dominated the game from the opening tip-off. Between yesterday's shell-shock and this Thursday's tryptophan-induced comas, the Catamounts will be hard-pressed to come to their senses in time for Friday's trip to Drexel.

Western Carolina 73, Binghamton 44
Binghamton played a Division-I team. Nobody should be surprised by the result. While Greer Wright had 21 points for Binghamton (1-4), Western Carolina (3-1) easily disposed of the depleted Bearcats. Arkansas-Monticello, a Division-II team, is next on the Bearcats' schedule, and while Binghamton should be able to win that game, the team's trouble with Bloomsburg earlier this season fails to inspire much confidence.

Rhode Island 75, Stony Brook 58
The usually-careful Seawolves played fast and loose with the basketball, committing 21 turnovers en route to their first loss this season. Stony Brook (3-1) has no specific individual to blame -- eight players surrendered the ball at least twice, none more than four times. Rhode Island (3-0) put its extra opportunities to good use, securing a free throw advantage and making almost 80 percent of its freebies. Four players scored in double figures for the Rams. The Seawolves' next opponent should provide an easier task: NJIT, at home, this Saturday.

Lafayette 86, Hartford 82
The Hawks made a valiant attempt to come back from a significant deficit in the second half, but ball control can only do so much against an opponent shooting better than 60 percent from the field. Hartford (2-3) suffered a partial relapse against Lafayette (4-1), reverting to nearly non-existent defense. Still, the Hawks could have won this game had abysmal free throw shooting not done them in: Hartford missed 11 of its 17 attempts from the charity stripe. Winless Dartmouth awaits, but the Hawks are probably wishing they had another shot at this one.

Today's games:
Binghamton vs. Arkansas-Monticello, 5:00 PM
New Hampshire at Harvard, 7:00 PM

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