Three Men's Basketball Games Scheduled For Tuesday
MASSACHUSETTS Minutemen (6-0)
at EASTERN MICHIGAN Eagles (5-1)
7:00 pm | Convocation Center
UMASS-LOWELL River Hawks (1-6)
at ST. BONAVENTURE Bonnies (5-2)
7:00 pm | Reilly Center
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ROCKHURST Hawks (3-3)
at SAINT LOUIS Billikens (6-2)
8:30 pm | Chaifetz Arena
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>>The A-10 has seven teams with six wins or more wins. Only the Big 10 (nine teams), the Big 12 and the PAC-12 (eight teams each) have more teams with six-plus. Conference USA matches the A-10 with seven teams at six or more wins.
>>Atlantic 10 Conference teams have registered four wins over ranked teams this season and nine wins against the five big BCS Conferences.
>>UMass is ranked in both polls this week and Dayton cracked the AP Top 25 for the first time since 2009. VCU and George Washington are both receiving votes in both polls this week (Dayton is also getting votes in the Coaches’ Poll). Saint Louis and La Salle garnered votes earlier in the season.
>>UMass will play in its first true road game Tuesday when it travels to Eastern Michigan. Prior to this game, all of the Minutemen’s trips away from the Mullins Center has been to neutral sites.
>>Tuesday’s Saint Louis game against fellow Jesuit institution Rockhurst University is part of the Jesuit Basketball Spotlight. This winter, the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) will celebrate the fifth anniversary of the Jesuit Basketball Spotlight (JBS) program. Fordham and Saint Joseph’s are also Jesuit institutions and participate in the JBS program.
>>UMass is 10-5 all-time and has won four-consecutive against current members of the Mid-American Conference. Tuesday will mark the first of four games this season for the Minutemen against MAC schools. UMass is contractually obligated to play two games at home and two on the road as part of the football program’s membership in the conference. The Minutemen won all four games a year ago.
>>Richmond won both games last week, leading by 20 in both wins. The Spiders have won three-straight and four of the last five, with the one loss coming to nationally ranked UNC.
>>Saint Louis is in the midst of a busy schedule. Including Sunday’s game against Wichita State and Tuesday’s matchup against Rockhurst, SLU will have played six games in 13 days.
>>St. Bonaventure’s 5-2 start ties its mark from last season. The last time a Bonnies team opened the season 6-2 was in 2001-02; that club opened the year 8-2.
>>There are often notes about VCU’s success at home in the Siegel Center, but last week, the Rams spoiled someone else’s home success streak. VCU ended Belmont’s home court winning streak at 23, which was the longest in the country at the time
GEORGE WASHINGTON 60, No. 20 CREIGHTON 53
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Kevin Larsen gave George Washington the lead with 1:03 left in the game and the Colonials held off No. 20 Creighton for a 60-53 victory that gave them third place in the Wooden Legacy on Sunday night.
The Colonials shut down national Player of the Year Candidate Doug McDermott, who came in averaging nearly 28 points per game but finished with seven.
Ethan Wragge scored 16 and Grant Gibbs had 12 for the Bluejays (5-2).
Gibbs tied the score 42-all with 8:26 left in the game and the teams wrestled their way to the finish.
Creighton pulled ahead 53-50 when Jahenns Manigat picked up Wragge's 3-point miss and scored with 2:14 left. The Colonials (6-1) regained the lead on consecutive layups by Larsen and Joe McDonald.
The Colonials then sealed the win at the free throw line.
Larsen finished with 14 points and McDonald had 12 for the Colonials.
SAINT JOSEPH'S 72, WASHINGTON STATE 67
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) - Ronald Roberts scored 21 points and St. Joseph's beat Washington State 72-67 Sunday in the fifth-place game at the Old Spice Classic.
Langston Galloway and DeAndre Bembry added 13 points for the Hawks (4-2).
Washington State (3-4) got 25 points from DaVonte Lacy. The junior guard has 10 consecutive games of double-digit scoring, including all seven this season.
St. Joseph's went ahead 66-65 when Roberts had a dunk and made a free throw to complete a 3-point play with 3:22 to play. Roberts made it 68-65 with another slam on the Hawks' next possession. After Roberts had a rebound basket, Lacy's layup cut the Cougars deficit to 70-67 with just over a minute to play. St. Joseph's secured the win by making two free throws over the final 30 seconds.
VCU 81, BELMONT 68
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Juvonte Reddic scored 18 points and grabbed 11 rebounds Sunday and Virginia Commonwealth ended Belmont's nation-leading 23-game home win streak 81-68.
Melvin Johnson, who hit four 3-pointers, and Treveon Graham, each scored 16 for the Rams (6-2). VCU had fallen from the AP Top 25 last Monday after two losses the previous week.
Blake Jenkins and J.J. Mann each scored 14 points for Belmont (7-2), Drew Windler scored 13, Caleb Chowbay, 12, and Evan Bradds, 10.
Johnson sank three 3-pointers during a 22-2 run that gave VCU a 66-52 advantage with 6:05 remaining. The Rams had hit three straight treys, the other by JeQuan Lewis (12 points), to retake the lead 53-50 after Belmont went ahead 46-44.
VCU overcame a 12-point deficit to go up 38-35 at halftime, taking its first lead on Graham's 3-pointer. Graham scored eight of his 12 first-half points during a 12-4 run before the half.
No. 12/12 WICHITA STATE 70, SAINT LOUIS 65
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Ron Baker had 22 points, six rebounds and four steals and No. 12 Wichita State got a pair of key plays from Fred VanVleet in the closing seconds to edge Saint Louis 70-65 on Sunday.
Chadrack Lufile hit a layup off VanVleet's pass for a 68-65 lead with 14 seconds to go, and VanVleet added a pair of free throws with 3.2 seconds left. Cleanthony Early missed eight of 12 shots but hit a pair of key 3-pointers late and had 12 points for the Shockers (8-0).
Saint Louis missed two 3-point attempts and Jake Barnett missed a second free throw with a chance to tie it at 66 with 30.1 seconds to go.
Dwayne Evans had 18 points and nine rebounds for Saint Louis (6-2). Tekele Cotton had 10 points and 10 rebounds for Wichita State.
Saint Louis honored Rick Majerus during a halftime ceremony on the anniversary of his death.