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Seniors Carry Brown on Their Big Night

by - Published February 28, 2011 in Conference Notes

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – On a night that was all about the seniors, the play on the court followed the pregame ceremony for Brown. It was Senior Night, and while it’s easy to look at Brown’s underclassmen and the promise and growth they have shown, the seniors were the focus for more reasons than the obvious in Brown’s 100-76 blowout of Dartmouth.

 

The seniors played an integral role in the win, starting with Adrian Williams. Hampered at times by a balky knee this season, he shot the lights out en route to 26 points, reminiscent of a game a couple of years ago in the same building when he was 9-11 from the field with seven three-pointers en route to scoring 29 points against Quinnipiac. He’s always had the ability to put up a game like this, and Saturday night was one of those nights. … Continue Reading

UNC Wilmington a Pleasant Surprise in Peterson’s First Year

by - Published February 27, 2011 in Conference Notes

BOSTON – Put Saturday’s 78-68 loss at Northeastern aside for a minute. UNC Wilmington has to go down as one of the pleasant surprises in the Colonial Athletic Association this season as the conference tournament beckons.

Little was expected of the Seahawks this season. From a personnel standpoint, they were already in rough shape before John Fields, one of their best players last season, transferred, and a coaching search that dragged on didn’t help as it didn’t give new head coach Buzz Peterson much time to recruit some newcomers for this season. They start two seniors, two sophomores and a freshman, and only five upperclassmen are on the roster. So it’s understandable that Peterson was preaching patience to the fan base before the season. … Continue Reading

For Harvard, History Repeats Itself at Brown

by - Published February 26, 2011 in Conference Notes

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – History repeated itself on Friday night, and fortunately for Harvard, it was in a good way. Their 74-68 win at Brown looked a little like what happened less than two weeks earlier.

In the first half, Brown was unstoppable, much like less than two weeks earlier in Cambridge. The Bears got just about anything they want, especially the duo of Sean McGonagill and Tucker Halpern. They led by as many as 15 and had a double-digit lead for most of the half. As if it wasn’t enough, with about a minute left in the half, as Halpern was being guarded by former teammate Kyle Casey, he hoisted a three-pointer that was almost a set shot from the top of the key that dropped to put Brown up 41-30, which was the halftime score. … Continue Reading

Miami Follows Formula For a Key Road Win

by - Published February 24, 2011 in Conference Notes

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – Miami followed a pretty simple formula for getting a good win, and one on the road, on Wednesday night. They got strong play inside, didn’t let Boston College get very close during a second-half rally, and played a good defensive game, resulting in a 73-64 win over the Eagles.

The Hurricanes have now won three straight on the road and five of seven overall. That came after losing six of eight to start 2011, including four straight by four points or less. The close games have at times been a problem for them, as they are 5-6 in games decided by five points or less, but Wednesday night was a step in the right direction even though the final margin was nine points. … Continue Reading

Maine Snaps Skid, Looks More Like Earlier in the Season

by - Published February 23, 2011 in Conference Notes

DURHAM, N.H. – At long last, Maine started to look like the team that many thought could win the America East conference. It took a trip to their nearest rival to do it, as the Black Bears took care of New Hampshire 70-53 to break a six-game losing streak, five of the games coming in conference play.

On Tuesday night, Maine looked a lot like the team they were thought to be early on, when they started off America East play with an 8-1 mark. They played like a conference favorite, showing a solid combination of size, talent, depth, experience and intangibles. Several teams in the conference have more than the Black Bears in one of those areas, but no team has the combination of them they have. … Continue Reading

Missouri Valley Notebook – February 23, 2011

by - Published February 23, 2011 in Conference Notes

Valley struggles in BracketBusters weekend
In an attempt to make a statement and avoid being a one-bid league for the NCAA Tournament, the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) did not fare well this weekend in the BracketBusters challenge. The league combined for a 3-7 record in the competition, with all six postseason hopefuls falling. Wichita State, Northern Iowa and Indiana State all had opportunities at home, but failed to capitalize in defeats to VCU, George Mason and Morehead State. This weekend’s struggles magnify the importance of the final week before the conference tournament in St. Louis, March 3-6.

A look at the postseason hopefuls:

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Brown Makes Ivy Race More Interesting

by - Published February 21, 2011 in Conference Notes

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Ivy League race got more interesting on Saturday night.

With Brown’s convincing 75-65 win over Princeton, the showdown between Princeton and Harvard on March 5 just got a little bigger. If things hold to form – and the Bears’ win over the Tigers is just the latest example that one should not assume as much – that game will be between two one-loss teams in the league and very likely determine the champion.

Harvard has a half-game lead due to having played more games, but the Crimson and Tigers are even in the all-important loss column. Many have pointed to the March 5 game as having NCAA Tournament implications, and that may well stand up. But assuming as much isn’t a good idea, something both coaches would surely agree on as they try to go one game at a time.

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Siena Women get ‘Defensive’ in Win over St. Peter’s

by - Published February 20, 2011 in Conference Notes

JERSEY CITY, N.J. – It has been a year-long struggle for the St. Peter’s women. Their offensive efficiency is 79, quite a bit below the generally accepted targeted 100. The defense is a healthy 92 efficiency. Good defense is commendable, but a 79 offensive efficiency will not get you many wins.

On Saturday, St. Peter’s’ efficiency hit only 64 on the offensive end as Siena defeated St. Peter’s 57-40 at the Yanitelli Center. … Continue Reading

Robert Morris Defeats FDU: Why Tempo-Free is Important

by - Published February 18, 2011 in Conference Notes

TEANECK, N.J. – Andy Toole planned on Robert Morris playing their best ball beginning mid to late February and into March. The Colonials seemed to be on track as they handily defeated FDU 74-50 at The Rothman Center. The defending Northeast Conference champions were outstanding on defense, limiting FDU to 35 percent shooting from the floor and forcing 17 turnovers. On the other end sophomore center Lijah Thompson was too much for the Knights to handle. The 6-7 Thompson scored a game-high 16 points, adding seven rebounds as the Colonials enjoyed a 34-18 edge on points in the paint. … Continue Reading

Rutgers, St. John’s Get Attention in a Wild Big East Week

by - Published February 13, 2011 in Conference Notes

NEW YORK – A look back at a couple wild nights in the Big East.

Rutgers’ improbable 77-76 victory over Villanova is widely discussed in how it transpired. The Wildcats had a three-point lead with seconds left. Rutgers’ Jonathan Mitchell hit a trey with .8 second reaming and was fouled by Corey Fisher, ironically his only personal of the game, Mitchell calmly converted from the charity stripe to give the Scarlet Knights the victory. … Continue Reading

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