Richmond Upends No. 13 UMass; Saint Louis Is Only Remaining Unbeaten
RICHMOND 58, No. 13/12 MASSACHUSETTS 55
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Kendall Anthony scored 21 points and Richmond hung on in the final minute to beat No. 13 Massachusetts 58-55 on Wednesday night.
Anthony made his first four 3-point attempts for Richmond (13-6, 3-1 Atlantic 10), including one from the right side after the Minutemen had closed to within 52-48 with 4:10 remaining.
Sampson Carter had 15 points to lead UMass (16-2, 3-1). He made a 3-pointer with 2:26 to play, and when Cady Lalanne followed a Richmond miss with a dunk, the Minutemen were within 55-53 with 38.3 seconds to play.
It was the fifth victory in the last six home games against ranked teams for Richmond.
No. 19/20 SAINT LOUIS 76, DUQUESNE 72
PITTSBURGH - Mike McCall scored 13 points, including two free throws with 13 seconds remaining, as No. 19 Saint Louis avoided an upset by beating Duquesne 76-72 on Wednesday night.
Reserve forward Grandy Glaze added 12 points and Rob Loe had 10 for the Billikens (18-2, 5-0 Atlantic 10), who won their 12th consecutive game.
Ovie Soko scored 18 points to lead Duquesne (8-9, 1-4).
The Dukes went ahead 72-70 on Jeremiah Jones' free throws with 57 seconds remaining, but Austin McBroom made a 3-pointer that gave the Billikens a 73-72 lead with 47 seconds left.
The Dukes had a chance to take the lead with 13 seconds remaining, but Dominique McKoy missed a reverse layup. McCall rebounded and was fouled, and he made two free throws to seal the game.
SAINT JOSEPH'S 61, RHODE ISLAND 57
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Ronald Roberts, Jr. had 20 points and nine rebounds to lead Saint Joseph's to a 61-57 victory over Rhode Island on Wednesday night.
Langston Galloway had 15 points and Halil Kanacevic scored 11 for Saint Joseph's (13-5, 3-1 Atlantic 10) which used a 20-4 run to go ahead 51-41 with 5:35 left.
The Hawks led most of the first half but fell behind just before intermission and trailed in the second until Roberts made two free throws with 10:15 left to give the Hawks the lead for good.
Rhode Island (10-10, 1-4) trailed by eight with 20 seconds left but Xavier Munford scored five quick points to pull Rhode Island within 60-57 and 9 seconds to play. Galloway made 1 of 2 free throws for Saint Joseph's to make it a two-possession lead with only 6 seconds to go.
Munford led Rhode Island with 16 points.
FORDHAM 76, GEORGE MASON 70
NEW YORK (AP) - Branden Frazier scored all 22 of his points in the second half as Fordham got its first conference win of the season Wednesday night against George Mason 76-70.
Jon Severe added 21 points for Fordham (8-10, 1-4 Atlantic 10) which used an 8-2 run to go ahead 68-62 with 2:31 left to play. The Rams made 6 of 8 free throws to hold off George Mason from there.
Fordham had trailed by 11 in the first half and pulled to within 31-30 at the break, but fell behind again 46-36 in the second. Bryan Smith's 3-pointer with 8:32 left gave Fordham a 51-50 lead and the Rams never trailed again, though George Mason tied the game at 58 and 60.
Sherrod Wright had 21 points and eight rebounds for Mason (7-12, 0-5). Bryon Allen had 13 points, Erik Copes had 10, and Jalen Jenkins added nine points and 11 rebounds.
VCU 80, DAYTON 66
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - Briante Weber and Juvonte Reddic scored 18 apiece as Virginia Commonwealth broke away early for an 80-66 win Wednesday night.
Treveon Graham added 14 points for the Rams (15-4, 3-1 Atlantic 10). Reddic grabbed seven rebounds, Weber had five assists and VCU had 19 assists compared to only seven turnovers.
Tied at 16, VCU went on a 16-4 run and led 36-27 at the break. Graham and Melvin Johnson both made a 3-pointer and combined to score 12 points during the stretch.
Devin Oliver had 21 points for Dayton (13-6, 1-3) and Dyshawn Pierre had 14. Coming into the game, Dayton was averaging 12 turnovers per game but equaled that number in the first half. The Flyers ended the game with 18 turnovers.
Dayton got within 44-39 with 15:29 left, but VCU pushed its lead to 60-45 over the next 7 minutes.
ST. BONAVENTURE 66, LA SALLE 51
NEW YORK (AP) - Charlon Kloof scored 18 points and finished with seven assists and St. Bonaventure handed La Salle its first Atlantic 10 Conference loss, 66-51 on Wednesday night.
La Salle (11-7, 3-1) led by eight with 8:53 left in the first half, but the Bonnies quickly fired off nine-straight points and pushed ahead by three at the break. The Explorers trailed by just four with 12:39 left on the clock, but an 8-2 run gave St. Bonaventure enough of a lead to stay ahead the rest of the competition.
Matthew Wright and Marquise Simmons added 10 points each as the Bonnies (12-7, 2-3) snapped a three-game losing streak.
Both teams shot below 20 percent from 3-point range and made 18 each from the free-throw line. St. Bonaventure shot over 14 percent better from the field (23 of 52) than the Explorers (15 of 50).
Tyreek Duren led La Salle with 16 points.