Four games, two of which are part of the BB&T Classic close out a busy basketball weekend in the A-10.
GEORGE MASON Patriots (5-3)
vs. OKLAHOMA Sooners (7-1)
1:00 pm | Verizon Center
BB&T Classic | SNY/MASN
OLD DOMINION Monarchs (4-4)
at (RV) VCU Rams (7-2)
1:30 pm | Stuart C. Siegel Center
RHODE ISLAND Rams (6-4)
at DETROIT Titans (4-5)
2:00 pm | Calihan Hall
(RV) GEORGE WASHINGTON Colonials (7-1)
vs. MARYLAND Terrapins (5-3)
3:30 pm | Verizon Center
BB&T Classic | MASN (LIVE)/SNY (TD)
>>The Atlantic 10 is one of only five conferences (Big 12, Big East, Big 10, PAC-12) where all of its basketball programs are at .500 or better.
>>Both George Mason and George Washington will play in Sunday’s 19th annual BB&T Classic at the Verizon Center. GW will meet local-rival Maryland in the event that benefits Children’s Charities Foundation. It will mark the two teams’ 10th meeting in the BB&T Classic with the Colonials seeking to even the event head-to-head record at 5-5. It is also Mason’s sixth appearance in the BB&T Classic with a 1-4 all-time record. The Patriots’ lone win came in a 75-35 victory over American in 2005.
>>Yes, its early for the various RPI numbers to matter, but heading into Saturday’s showdown with BYU, UMass was ranked No. 1 by the ESPN Insider RPI, the CBS Sports RPI, RealTimeRPI.com, No. 2 by Stat Sheet, No. 22 by Jeff Sagarin and No. 26 by Ken Pomeroy. The Minutemen’s strength of schedule is No. 1 by ESPN, No. 2 by Stat Sheet, and No. 3 by CBS and RealTime RPI.
>>VCU’s wins last Sunday in Nashville and Thursday at home extended its December winning streak to 16 straight games, dating back to December 29, 2010.
>>Rhode Island players T.J. Buchanan and E.C. Matthews are returning to their home state for the first time in their collegiate careers, while assistant coach Preston Murphy also returns home, giving the Rams numerous Michigan ties for Sunday’s Detroit game. Buchanan is a native of Kalamazoo, while Matthews resides in Romulus. Both players captured Michigan Class A Championships during their prep careers. Buchanan in 2010 and 2011 with Kalamazoo Central, while Matthews led Romulus to the 2013 title. Murphy is a native of Saginaw and played his high school ball at Nouvel Catholic.
LA SALLE 65, STONY BROOK 57
NEW YORK (AP) - Jerrell Wright was 8 of 11 from the field and matched his career high with 21 points, helping La Salle beat Stony Brook 65-57 on Saturday in the Holiday Festival at Madison Square Garden.
Wright, who came in averaging 11.4 points, had six points in La Salle's 13-4 run to open the second half that tied the score at 35. The Explorers (5-4), who had lost two of three, broke the game open late with an 8-0 run that gave them a 60-50 lead with 59 seconds to go.
Steve Zack had 11 points and 10 rebounds for La Salle. Jameel Warney had 15 points for the Seawolves (6-4), who had won three of four.
La Salle missed 11 of its first 12 from behind the arc and Stony Brook took a 28-16 lead with 4:21 left in the first half. Stony Brook shot 52 percent (14 of 27) from the field in taking a 31-22 halftime lead. The Explorers went inside to Wright in the second half. He was 8 of 11 from the field and the Explorers were just 2 of 4 from 3-point range in the final 20 minutes.
MASSACHUSETTS 105, BYU 96
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - Chaz Williams had career highs of 32 points and 15 assists, and Sampson Carter scored 20 for No. 21 Massachusetts on Saturday to lead the Minutemen to their eighth straight victory, 105-96 over Brigham Young.
Raphiael Putney added 15 points for UMass (8-0) in the third annual Hall of Fame Holiday Showcase, played down the street from the basketball shrine in the town where James Naismith invented the sport.
Williams was 9-for-14 from the floor, including 5-for-7 from 3-point range, and he hit all nine of his foul shots as the Minutemen topped 100 points in regulation for the first time in five years.
Tyler Haws scored 25 points for BYU (7-3), which had won two in a row. All three of the Cougars' losses are against teams ranked in The Associated Press Top 25.
The Minutemen (8-0) are off to their longest winning streak since 1998 and their best start since winning their first 26 games in 1995-96 en route to a since-vacated appearance in the Final Four.
Among the UMass victories are two against Atlantic Coast Conference schools and one each against the Southeastern Conference, Big Ten, Mountain West and West Coast Conferences.
SAINT LOUIS 67, VALPARAISO 65
VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) - Dwayne Evans scored 21 points and had 10 rebounds in helping Saint Louis squeeze by Valparaiso 67-65 on Saturday night.
Grandy Glaze added 14 points for Saint Louis.
St. Louis (8-2) led 39-30 at intermission due in part to Valpo's 13 turnovers, but the Crusaders (6-5) took care of the ball in the second half and narrowed the deficit to four points (62-58) with two minutes left.
Alec Peters' 3-pointer got the Crusaders to within 1 point and following a Billiken made free throw, LaVonte Dority then tied the score at 65 with a layup. The Billikens made a final run down the floor with four ticks left and Mike McCall tipped-in a missed Rob Loe layup to break the tie and win it for Saint Louis.
Dority scored 21 points for Valparaiso, who shot only 38 percent from the field. They average 51 percent on the season.
ST. JOHN'S 104, FORDHAM 58
NEW YORK (AP) - Orlando Sanchez was 8 of 10 from the field and had a career-high 19 points along with eight rebounds and four assists and St. John's used an incredible shooting streak for a 104-58 victory over Fordham on Saturday in the Holiday Festival at Madison Square Garden.
The Red Storm (6-2) had one of the best shooting runs a team could have. They didn't miss a shot for 121/2 minutes, making 17 consecutive shots in that span and taking a 50-32 lead with 1:30 to play in the first half. D'Angelo Harrison, whose 3-point miss with 13:30 to play was the last unsuccessful shot, missed a 3 with 51 seconds to play to end the run.
St. John's shooting effort against Fordham's 2-3 zone was well above its norm and it wasn't just Sanchez. The Red Storm came into the game shooting 43.3 percent from the field and hitting 29.1 percent of their 3-point attempts.
No. 14 VILLANOVA 98, SAINT JOSEPH'S 68
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - James Bell had 25 points and 14 rebounds and JayVaughn Pinkston scored 27 points, keeping No. 14 Villanova unbeaten with a 98-68 win over Saint Joseph's on Saturday night.
Darrun Hilliard scored 14 points to help the Wildcats (9-0) win their second game this week since joining The AP Top 25. Pinkston and Hilliard pounded the Hawks from inside and out, and the Wildcats dominated the second half to thump their city rival.
Langston Galloway led the Hawks (4-4) with 18 points and DeAndre Bembry had 17.
The Hawks hung around early with some quick 3-pointers before falling into a shooting funk, finishing at 37 percent overall.
WAKE FOREST 76, RICHMOND 66 (OT)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) - Codi Miller-McIntyre scored 26 points and Wake Forest rallied from a double-digit deficit in the second half to beat Richmond 76-66 in overtime Saturday.
Tyler Cavanaugh added 15 points for the Demon Deacons (8-2), including a pair of free throws early in overtime that put Wake Forest ahead to stay. Devin Thomas had 11 points and a career-high 19 rebounds, and Travis McKie 10 points for the Demon Deacons, who have won two straight.
Cedrick Lindsay scored 18 points and Kendall Anthony 14 for the Spiders (7-3), who led by as many as 12 points midway through the second half and forced Wake Forest into 21 turnovers. However, the Demon Deacons fought back, with Miller-McIntyre tying the score at 61 with two free throws with 7.4 seconds left in regulation.
Wake Forest, which had a 53-24 rebounding advantage, then held Richmond to just one field goal in overtime.
BUFFALO 78, ST. BONAVENTURE 73
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Jarryn Skeete and Shannon Evans each scored 17 points to lead Buffalo to a 78-73 victory over St. Bonaventure on Saturday.
St. Bonaventure (6-3) held a 39-38 advantage at the half and pushed its lead to 66-60 with 5:31 remaining in the game. A Joshua Freelove 3-pointer, followed by a Will Regan triple tied the game at 66. Evans and Skeete then made back to back 3-pointers to give the Bulls (4-2) their second lead in the final period 72-69 with 2:09 remaining. Jarod Oldham made four consecutive free throws, and Freelove added two more to ice the game.
The Bulls were 8 of 23 from outside the 3-point arc, while St. Bonaventure only made 1 of 10 attempts. That proved to be the difference in the game.
Charlon Kloof led the Bonnies with 17 points. Andell Cumberbatch had a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds.
ILLINOIS STATE 81, DAYTON 75
NORMAL, Ill. (AP) - Daishon Knight had 20 points and six rebounds as Illinois State beat No. 25 Dayton 81-75 on Saturday night.
Bobby Hunter scored 16 points and Zach Lofton added 13 for the Redbirds (5-4).
Vee Sanford had 14 points and Jordan Sibert added 13 to lead the Flyers (7-2).
Illinois State jumped to a 6-0 lead and held a 39-32 advantage at the half. The Redbirds led by as many as 10 points in the first half, thanks to a tough defense that kept Dayton from getting good looks at the basket.
Both teams shot about 50 percent from the field, with the Redbirds hitting on 26 of 52 shots and the Flyers going 28 of 57.
The game was won at the free-throw line, with Illinois hitting 21 of 31 free throws to Dayton's 12 of 20.