A-10 Perfect in ESPN Tip-Off Marathon
No. 14 VCU 59, No. 25 VIRGINIA 56
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Treveon Graham scored 22 points, including a tie-breaking 3-pointer with 1.1 seconds to play, and No. 14 VCU beat No. 25 Virginia 59-56 on Tuesday night in front a sellout crowd at John Paul Jones Arena.
The Rams (2-0) trailed for almost all of the final 10 minutes until Graham's steal and baseline jumper gave them a 56-55 lead with 1:18 left.
Malcolm Brogdon then hit just the second of two free throws with 9.7 seconds left for the Cavaliers (1-1), tying the game before the Rams called time out and set up the final play.
Rob Brandenburg brought the ball up, went around a screen and fired a pass back to Graham, who shot from the left side of the arc and swished it through for just the sixth 3-pointer of the game.
Joe Harris led Virginia with 18 points.
MASSACHUSETTS 92, LSU 90
AMHERST, Mass. (AP) - Chaz Williams scored 24 points and Cady Lalanne added all 16 of his points in the second half, leading Massachusetts to a 92-90 non-conference victory over LSU Tuesday.
UMass, picked to finish fourth in the Atlantic 10, held LSU, tabbed fourth in the SEC, without a field goal for over five minutes down the stretch but almost squandered an eight-point lead in the final 63 seconds.
Andre Stringer's steal and layup cut the Tigers' deficit to three with 21.6 seconds left. Sampson Carter iced the game by hitting four free throws.
Carter finished with 17 points and Raphiael Putney added 14 points and nine rebounds for UMass (2-0). Johnny O'Bryant led LSU (0-1) with 23 points, 11 rebounds and two blocked shots. Stringer had 21 points and Jordan Mickey and Anthony Hickey added 16 points apiece - Mickey, in his freshman debut, grabbed 10 rebounds and blocked five shots.
LA SALLE 73, QUINNIPIAC 67
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Jerrell Wright scored 11 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as La Salle held off Quinnipiac in the final seconds to win 73-67 Tuesday.
Wright finished with two assists and two blocks and only drew one personal foul. Quinnipiac pulled within two points (67-65) with 37.7 seconds left to play. Tyrone Garland scored the last four points of the game for the Explorers, including a dunk and two free throws, to seal the win. Coming off the bench, Garland finished with 12 points and three rebounds.
It was a close matchup, with the largest lead at 27-18 for La Salle. The Bobcats took their first lead since the opening basket at 47-46 with 11:38 left to play. Kasim Chandler led Quinnipiac with 19 points, three rebounds and four assists.
GEORGE WASHINGTON 108, MAINE 81
WASHINGTON (AP) - Maurice Creek, a graduate student who played three seasons at Indiana, had 19 points as George Washington rolled past Maine 108-81 Tuesday night.
Creek hit five three-pointers for the Colonials (2-0), who had five players in double figures, including Isaiah Armwood and Kethan Savage with 18 points each. GW scored 100 points for the first time in eight years. Creek once scored 31 points against Kentucky as a freshman in 2009. It was the second straight game Savage, a sophomore, scored a career-high 18. George Washington shot 54.3 percent for the game and knocked down 11 three-pointers.
Shaun Lawton paced Maine (1-2) with 23 points on 9 of 13 shooting but overall the Black Bears hit just 43.2 percent and only 12 of 24 free throws. Dimitry Akanda-Coronel added 16 points.
With Armwood, Larsen and Savage each grabbing nine rebounds, George Washington had a 49-36 advantage on the boards.
GEORGE MASON 68, LAMAR 54
BEAUMONT, Texas (AP) - Marko Gujanicic scored 11 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as George Mason beat Lamar 68-54 on Tuesday night.
George Mason (2-0) shot 54 percent from the field and was 8-of-17 from behind the 3-point arc. The Colonials held Lamar (0-2) to just 35.8 percent from the field and 2-of-11 on 3-pointers.
Patrick Holloway and Vaughn Gray came off the bench for George Mason to score 13 and 12 points respectively. George Mason outscored Lamar in bench points 30-9. Sherrod Wright also had 13 points for George Mason. Lamar cut the Patriots' lead to 41-37 early in the second half but George Mason then went on a 13-4 run.
Donovan Ross led Lamar with 16 points and Nimrod Hilliard added 14. The two teams met in 2011 as well, a game that George Mason won 75-71.
No. 9 SYRACUSE 89, FORDHAM 74
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - C.J. Fair scored a career-high 26 points, Jerami Grant added 16 points and 10 rebounds, and No. 9 Syracuse beat Fordham 89-74 on Tuesday night.
Syracuse, which started the season with a so-so 82-60 win over Cornell on Friday night after trailing by 14 points late in the first half, left little doubt about the outcome of this one. The Orange had the game in hand by halftime, leading by 25 behind 15 points from Fair as the Syracuse defense clamped down from the opening tip.
Grant, who missed Syracuse's season opener due to a violation of NCAA rules regarding summer-league play, was sharp, hitting 6 of 12 shots and nabbing three steals. Freshman point guard Tyler Ennis finished with 16 points, five assists, no turnovers and four of the Orange's 15 steals.
Branden Frazier had a career-high 33 points for Fordham and freshman Jon Severe added 19, hitting 4 of 10 from long range.