Dayton, La Salle in Action Thursday
After a perfect Wednesday, there are two men;s basketball games on tap Thursday in the Atlantic 10, both of which are home games and one of which is airing live on NBCSN.
IONA Gaels (5-3)
at DAYTON Flyers (8-2)
7:00 pm | UD Arena
WAGNER Seahawks (5-6)
at LA SALLE Explorers (5-5)
7:00 pm | Tom Gola Arena
A-10 Digital Network
>>The Atlantic 10 has two teams with 10 wins, more than every other conference except the Big 10, Big 12 and the PAC-12 (three teams each). The ACC matches the A-10 with two 10-win teams. The A-10 also has four teams with at least nine wins. Only the Big 10 (seven teams), and the PAC-12 (six teams) have more. The Big 12 and Conference USA are equal to the A-10 with four teams.
>>The A-10 has four teams on multiple-game winning streaks, including nine straight by UMass and four straight by GW and Saint Louis. Fordham also has won two straight. A-10 teams have registered four wins over ranked teams this season and 10 wins against the big five conferences (ACC, Big 10, Big 12, SEC, PAC-12).
>>UMass is ranked in both polls this week and George Washington is receiving votes in both polls. VCU and Dayton have also been ranked this season and Saint Louis and La Salle also garnered votes earlier in the season.
>>ESPN’s Joe Lunardi released a revised Bracketology Tuesday and he has four A-10 teams in the Big Dance (UMass, Saint Louis, Dayton, VCU) with GW listed as his first team out. CBSSports.com’s Jerry Palm also has four in (UMass, Dayton, VCU, GW) with both Saint Louis and Richmond listed among his first four out in his Wednesday Bracketology.
>>The A-10 has eight of its 13 teams in the top 100 of the RPI ratings, including UMass at No. 1. This is more than any other league except the ACC and the Big 10, both of whom have nine Top 100 teams. The PAC-12 also has eight to match the A-10.
No. 22/20 MASSACHUSETTS 83, OHIO 71
ATHENS, Ohio (AP) - Maxie Esho had 16 points and 10 rebounds, Chaz Williams had 11 points and 11 assists and No. 22 Massachusetts remained undefeated with an 83-71 victory over Ohio on Wednesday night.
Sampson Carter added 14 points, including eight straight in the second half, for the Minutemen (10-0), who shot 60.4 percent from the field (32 of 53) and led by as many as 19 points.
Maurice Ndour scored 16 points for Ohio (7-3), which made just five of 24 attempts from 3-point range (20.8 percent).
Nick Kellogg added 12 points for the Bobcats, who were playing their first home game against a ranked opponent since 1997.
Carter made all three of his 3-point attempts as the Minutemen went 9 of 14 from beyond the arc (64.3 percent).
SAINT LOUIS 83, INDIANA STATE 66
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Dwayne Evans scored a season-high 24 points and Rob Loe added 15 with nine rebounds as Saint Louis defeated Indiana State 83-66 Wednesday night.
The Billikens (10-2) had an early 11-point lead in the first half, but Indiana State countered with a 15-4 run to tie the game. Saint Louis closed on a 7-0 stretch capped off by a 3-pointer from Loe to grab a 34-27 halftime advantage.
Indiana State (7-3) was within five at the 12:40 mark in the second half, but Saint Louis surged away with a 21-10 run and led by 19 with 2:08 remaining.
Saint Louis, whose only defeats have come in narrow losses to ranked opponents Wisconsin and Wichita State, had an almost identical shooting percentage to the Sycamores, but made seven more 3-pointers. Austin McBroom had 15 points and Jordair Jett contributed 12 with seven assists.
Manny Arop led Indiana State with 16 points.
SAINT JOSEPH'S 75, DREXEL 55
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Halil Kanacevic scored a career-high 27 points to go with 14 rebounds and Saint Joseph's enjoyed a huge second half in taking a 75-55 victory over Drexel on Wednesday night.
Drexel (7-3) led 27-23 at halftime before the Hawks (5-4) scored 52 points in the second half on 57.6 percent shooting.
In the second half, Kanacevic scored nine points in the first 6 minutes as the Hawks overtook the Dragons with a 19-5 run for a 10-point lead. Drexel got within seven with 7:36 left but a 16-2 Hawks run put the game out of reach.
Kanacevic, who made 12 of 13 shots, was joined in double figures by DeAndre' Bembry with 18 points and Langston Galloway and Chris Wilson with 11 apiece.
Tavon Allen led Drexel with 20 points. The Dragons had a four-game winning streak snapped.