SLU Wins 14th Straight, Dayton, La Salle Snap Streaks
DAYTON 75, GEORGE WASHINGTON 65
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - Devin Oliver scored 17 points as Dayton ended George Washington's five game winning streak, 75-65 on Saturday.
Short-handed George Washington played without guard Joe McDonald, averaging 8.1 points, 4.1 assists per game, who was injured in its last game versus La Salle.
Vee Sanford and Jordan Sibert scored 13 apiece for Dayton (14-8, 2-5 Atlantic 10) and Khari Price added 11. The Flyers led 38-29 at halftime and extended its lead as high as 17 in the second half.
George Washington (17-4, 5-2) was paced by Isaiah Armwood and Patricio Garino with 19 each and Kevin Larsen added 14 points, 10 rebounds. Armwood made 8 of 12 field goals and pulled down 13 rebounds.
Dayton has now won eight of the last 10 games between the two schools and the last six at home.
It was George Washington's longest conference winning streak since the 2006-07 season.
VCU 81, RICHMOND 70
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Melvin Johnson and Briante Weber each scored 14 points to lead six players in double figures and Virginia Commonwealth beat city and Atlantic 10 Conference rival Richmond 81-70 Saturday, the Rams' 16th consecutive home victory.
Weber added five steals to become the school's career leader, and Treveon Graham scored 13 points for the Rams (18-4, 6-1). They led 34-22 at halftime and never let the Spiders closer than six in the second half in front of a raucous sold out Siegel Center.
Kendall Anthony scored 31 points and Cedrick Lindsay 21, including 18 in the second half, for Richmond (14-8, 4-3). For most of the second half, they did nearly all the Spiders' scoring, accounting for 37 of their 39 points in one stretch.
Richmond used a 12-2 run early in the second half to pull within 40-34 with 15:53 to play, but VCU coach Shaka Smart called a timeout, the Rams regrouped and promptly scored the next six points.
No. 19/21 SAINT LOUIS 87, GEORGE MASON 81 (2OT)
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Rob Loe scored 10 of his career high 23 points in overtime to help No. 19 Saint Louis edge George Mason 87-81 on Saturday.
Loe hit a 3-point shot to tie the game at 68 with 44 seconds to play and then hit a 3-pointer to start overtime, giving the Billikens the lead for good.
Saint Louis (20-2, 7-0 Atlantic 10) has reeled off 14 victories in a row, the sixth-longest active winning streak in the country. The winning streak ties the school record.
It is the first time the Billikens have been 20-2 in school history.
Bryon Allen scored 30 points and Patrick Holloway added 15 for George Mason (7-14, 0-7).
SAINT JOSEPH'S 73, No. 21/19 MASSACHUSETTS 68
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Halil Kanacevic scored 18 points and Saint Joseph's broke away from a late tie to beat No. 21 Massachusetts 73-68 Saturday.
UMass rallied from a 16-point deficit in the second half and made it 68-all in the final minute. Saint Joseph's hit five foul shots to win.
Kanacevic added six rebounds and five assists. Ronald Roberts scored 17 and DeAndre Bembry had 13 points and eight rebounds for the Hawks (15-6, 5-2 Atlantic 10), who have won 11 of 13.
Derrick Gordon scored 21 and Chaz Williams finished with 16 points and 10 assists for the Minutemen (17-4, 4-3).
LA SALLE 71, DUQUESNE 63
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Steve Zack scored 16 points and grabbed 16 rebounds as La Salle topped Duquesne 71-63 on Saturday, snapping a three-game losing streak.
The Explorers (12-9, 4-3 Atlantic 10) led by just 2 at halftime but extended their lead to 51-36 on a jumper by Zack with 9:53 to play.
Tyreek Duren added 13 points for La Salle while Jerrell Wright and Tyrone Garland both had 11 and Sam Mills had 10. The Explorers shot just 38.1 percent from the field but grabbed 47 rebounds.
Ovie Soko led Duquesne (10-10, 2-5) with 23 points and Tra'Vaughn White had 13, but the Dukes shot just 35.9 percent from the field. Other than Soko and White, the rest of the team made only 9 of 36 field goals.
FORDHAM 85, RHODE ISLAND 79
NEW YORK (AP) - Branden Frazier finished with 25 points leading Fordham over Rhode Island 85-79 on Saturday night.
Fordham (9-12, 2-6 Atlantic 10) led 72-62 with 6:19 left, but Rhode Island nearly erased the deficit with eight straight points.
Bryan Smith made two free throws to put Fordham up 74-70 before Xavier Munford scored on three consecutive URI possessions.
Fordham answered each Munford basket to go back up by four - the last coming on Frazier's stop-and-pop jumper, giving Fordham an 80-76 lead with 40 seconds to play.
URI failed to score its next trip and had to send Jon Severe to free-throw line. Severe made both to put Fordham up six.
Munford closed the gap to 82-79 on a 3 with 22 seconds left, but Frazier made two more free throws to secure the win.
E.C. Matthews had 20 points and Munford had 16 for URI (11-11, 2-5).