Four Tournament Games On Tap Sunday
There are four in-season tournament games scheduled for A-10 teams on Sunday, including UMass' bid for the Charleston Classic title.
No. 10 VCU Rams (3-1)
vs. GEORGETOWN Hoyas (2-2)
2:00 pm | Coliseo Roberto Clemente
ESPNU | Puerto Rico Tip-off
RICHMOND Spiders (3-2)
vs. FAIRFIELD Stags (1-4)
3:00 pm | Mohegan Sun Arena
ESPN3 | Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament
MASSACHUSETTS Minutemen (5-0)
vs CLEMSON Tigers (5-0)
9:00 pm | TD Arena
ESPN2 | Charleston Classic
PROVIDENCE Friars (5-0)
vs. LA SALLE Explorers (3-2)
9:30 pm | UVI Sports and Fitness Center
CBSSN | Paradise Jam
>>VCU senior forward Juvonte Reddic has been named to the John R. Wooden Award Preseason Top 50. Named for late UCLA Coach John Wooden, the award is given annually to the nation’s top player, and is one of the most prestigious honors in the sport today. Reddic joins a list of players that includes Creighton senior Doug McDermott, Andrew Wiggins of Kansas, Marcus Smart of Oklahoma State and Russ Smith of defending National Champion Louisville.
>>The Minutemen have an all-time record of 80-69 in regular season tournaments, including a 9-8 mark in Derek Kellogg’s six years at the helm. The last regular-season tourney title for the Minutemen came three years ago when they defeated New Mexico State and TCU in Springfield for the Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off crown. The last 8-team event title came during the 1995-96 Final Four season. The John Calipari-coached Minutemen won the Rainbow Classic in Honolulu, Hawaii, with victories over NC State, USC and Syracuse.
>>Last year, VCU went a perfect 14-0 when scoring 35 or more points in the paint. The Rams continued that trend in the season-opening win over Illinois State with 46 points in the paint and 38 points in the paint against Winthrop. During Coach Shaka Smart’s tenure, the Rams are 41-2 when reaching that number. Fifteen was also a magic number for the Rams last year. When VCU forced it’s opponents into 15 or more turnovers last year, the Rams were 27-1.This year, they are 3-4. Under Smart, VCU is 84-11 when forcing 15 or more turnovers.
>>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.
>>La Salle is playing in an in-season tournament away from home for the first time since the 2010 Cancun Challenge. La Salle is back at the Paradise Jam for the third time. The Explorers participated in 2004 and 2008. La Salle is looking for its first tournament title during a regular season tournament since winning the 2004 Dr. Pepper Classic by defeating South Carolina State and host Chattanooga.
>>Senior Cedrick Lindsay needs just three points to become the 42nd Spider men’s basketball player to score 1,000 career points. Lindsay leads the Spiders in scoring at 21.0 points per game after setting a career-high in each of the last two games. He scored 26 points in the win over Hofstra on Tuesday and had 29 Saturday against UNC, bringing his career-point total to 997 entering Sunday’s game against Fairfield.
SAINT LOUIS 74, BOWLING GREEN 47
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Dwayne Evans scored 14 points to pace crisp-shooting Saint Louis to its fourth-straight win and second victory in the Cancun Challenge tournament, running away from Bowling Green 74-47 Saturday night.
The Billikens (4-0) now head to Mexico, where they face Wisconsin Tuesday at the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera in Cancun.
Neither team scored in the first three minutes of the contest and Saint Louis led by just three with 4:12 remaining in the half, but a pair of Austin McBroom 3-pointers sparked a closing run that saw the Billikens with a 10-point advantage, 29-19 at intermission.
Tanner Lacona scored a dozen points off the Saint Louis bench and Mike McCall added another 11.
Spencer Parker led Bowling Green (1-3) with 13 points. The Falcons open Tuesday's play in Cancun when they face Presbyterian.
RHODE ISLAND 79, UMASS-LOWELL 68
KINGSTON, R.I. (AP) - E.C. Matthews scored 15 points with five rebounds and three assists as Rhode Island defeated Massachusetts Lowell 79-68 on Saturday.
Xavier Munford had a team-high 16 points shooting 8 of 12 from the line. He also had six rebounds and six assists. T. J. Buchanan came in from the bench to score 11 points with four rebounds.
Both teams started cold but a dunk by Munford and a trio of 3-pointers by Matthews midway through the first period moved the Rams (4-2) ahead to lead by eight points at the break. They would open their lead to as much as 15 points in the second period, shooting 53 percent from the field and sinking 61.3 percent from the line.
Chad Holley led the River Hawks with a game-high 23 points. Kerry Weldon chipped in with 9 points and 8 rebounds.
NORTH CAROLINA 82, RICHMOND 72
UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) - Marcus Paige scored 26 points and Brice Johnson added 24 to help No. 24 North Carolina bounced back from its first loss of the season with an 82-72 win over Richmond in the Hall of Fame Tipoff Tournament.
The Tar Heels (3-1) trailed for much of the first half, before making a run that sent them into halftime with a three-point lead.
They were up 66-62 with just under 4 minutes to play when Richmond's Terry Allen picked up his fourth foul. Johnson hit a put-back that started the run that gave the Tar Heels control of the game. A Paige 3-pointer made it 71-62 and North Carolina held on down the stretch.
Cedrick Lindsay scored 29 points for Richmond. Kendall Anthony added 13.
North Carolina will play the winner of Saturday's second semifinal between No. 3 Louisville and Fairfield in Sunday's final.
IONA 89, GEORGE MASON 73
NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. (AP) - Sean Armand scored a season-high 30 points and five players scored in double figures as Iona jumped out early to upend previously undefeated George Mason 89-73.
The Gaels (2-2) scored the first 14 points and led by as many as 29 in the first half. A.J. English hit 18 points, David Laury 14, Tre Bowman 11 and Mike Poole 10 for Iona, which shot 50 percent from the field.
George Mason's (4-1) Sherrod Wright and Marko Gujanicic, were held to 12 points each. Wright was 3-10 from the field and Gujanicic had four turnovers.
The Gaels scored seven of their first 14 points after defensive rebounds or steals. The Patriots missed their first five shots, turned the ball over four times and took more than four minutes to get onto the scoreboard. It was Iona's first win against George Mason in three meetings.
SACRED HEART 85, FORDHAM 73
NEW YORK CITY (AP) - Louis Montes and Tevin Falzon scored 16 points each as Sacred Heart won for the first time this season, defeating cold-shooting Fordham 85-73 on Saturday.
Montes added a season-high 13 rebounds and Falzon 10 as each recorded a double-double. Phil Gaetano added 14 points and Evan Kelley 12 as the Pioneers (1-4) shot 47 percent from the field, forced 18 turnovers and out-rebounded the Rams 49-35.
Fordham (2-2) had the lead early and led by as many as seven points several times in the first half, but hit only 27 of 74 shots.
Jon Severe scored 23 for Fordham and Branden Frazier added 21. The two kept Fordham close during a long stretch of the second half that saw six lead changes and five ties.
Montes hit a pair of free throws and fed Falzon for a jumper as the Pioneers went ahead for good 73-68 at 3:29.