There are five games scheduled for Atlantic 10 men's basketball teams Saturday, headlined by Richmond vs. No. 24/19 North Carolina.
RICHMOND Spiders (3-1)
vs. No. 24/19 NORTH CAROLINA Tar Heels (2-1)
Noon | Mohegan Sun Arena
ESPN3 | Hall of Fame Tipoff
UMASS LOWELL River Hawks (0-4)
at RHODE ISLAND Rams (3-2)
2:00 pm | Thomas M. Ryan Center
OSN (Live)/SNY (Tape Delayed)
GEORGE MASON Patriots (4-0)
at IONA Gaels (1-2)
2:00 pm | Hynes Center
SACRED HEART Pioneers (0-4)
at FORDHAM Rams (2-1)
4:00 pm | Rose Hill Gymnasium
A-10 Digital Network
BOWLING GREEN Falcons (1-2)
at SAINT LOUIS Billikens (4-0)
8:00 pm | Chaifetz Arena
FOX Sports Midwest+/A-10 Digital Network
>>Saint Louis began play in the Cancun Challenge with two home games, a win over Oral Roberts Thursday and a game against Bowling Green today. The 2013 Cancun Challenge format includes eight games played in the United States and eight games played in Mexico.
>>Fordham’s opponents are shooting a mere 17.2 percent from beyond the arc, which leads the A-10.
>>Dating back to the 1949-50 season, Rhode Island is 63-71 (.470) all-time in in-season tournaments. URI participated in the Hall of Fame Tipoff Classic last season, facing Ohio State, Seton Hall, Norfolk State, and Loyola (Md.). This is Rhode Island’s first-ever appearance in the NIT Season Tipoff/Preseason NIT.
>>Richmond has won three tournaments in the last five seasons. The Spiders won the 2011 Atlantic 10 Championship, the 2010 Chicago Invitational Challenge and the 2009 South Padre Island Invitational. The Spiders are 16-2 (.888) in regular-season tournament play over the last 5 seasons.
>>Coming off a pair of wins over previously unbeaten teams from the ACC and SEC in a span of 46 hours to open the season, Massachusetts then beat previous undefeated Youngstown State. The Penguins were 4-0 before facing UMass. The Minutemen did it again Thursday, beating 3-0 Nebraska 96-90 and Friday with a win over No. 19 New Mexico who was 3-0 entering the game.
>>Saturday afternoon’s contest will be the fourth meeting between Fordham and Sacred Heart on the hardwood. The Rams have taken all three games so far in the series, which started in 2006. Fordham won the first matchup, 70-68, in the Rose Fordham is 54-26 all-time against schools currently in the Northeast Conference.
MASSACHUSETTS 81, No. 19 NEW MEXICO 65
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Chaz Williams scored 19 points, Raphiael Putney had 18 and Cady Lalanne added 16 points and 14 rebounds as Massachusetts ran past tired No. 19 New Mexico 81-65 on Friday to reach the Charleston Classic championship.
The Minutemen improved to 5-0 for the second time in four years and will take on either Clemson or Davidson on Sunday night for the tournament title.
New Mexico was playing a day after a double overtime victory against UAB and clearly wore down as the game went on. The Lobos (3-1) tied the game at 61 on Alex Kirk's short jumper with 7:56 remaining. That's when Massachusetts took control with a 14-0 run that put it ahead 75-61.
Kirk finished with a career-best 32 points for New Mexico. The Lobos missed their final eight shots after tying the game and managed just four foul shots down the stretch.
No. 10 VCU 73, LONG BEACH STATE 67
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) - Rob Brandenberg scored 19 points to help No. 10 Virginia Commonwealth rally, then fight off several late flurries and hang on to beat Long Beach State 73-67 Friday night in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off.
The Rams (4-1) trailed by eight early in the second half before reeling off a 13-0 run to take back control. VCU had four players in double figures, including Juvonte Reddic with 17 points and 10 rebounds, and Briante Weber with 15 points.
Branford Jones led Long Beach State (1-5) with 19 points, and Mike Caffey added 15 in their fifth straight loss.
Long Beach State handled VCU's pressure well at times, committing only 10 turnovers.
LA SALLE 78, MORGAN STATE 59
SAINT THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands (AP) - Tyrone Garland scored 14 of his game-high 22 points in the second half as La Salle pulled away for a 78-59 win over Morgan State in the Paradise Jam Friday night.
After Anthony Hubbard hit a pair of free throws to pull Morgan State within six, 52-46, with 7:07 to play, La Salle used a 15-2 run to blow the game open. Jerrell Wright scored eight of his 12 points during that stretch and Morgan State (0-5) never drew closer than 15 again.
The Bears led 23-17 with 4:45 left in the first half, but La Salle (3-2) scored 15 of the next 17 points to take a 32-25 lead into the break.
Tyreek Duren finished with 16 points and Sam Mills added 12 for Explorers.
Ian Chiles had 14 points, on 7-of-11 shooting, and five blocks for Morgan State.
La Salle will play Providence in the second round Sunday.