Mason Earns First A-10 Win, SLU Stays Perfect, GW, UD Win
GEORGE MASON 74, DUQUESNE 68
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Sherrod Wright scored 23 points - his highest output in three weeks - as George Mason broke a nine-game losing skid with a 74-68 win over Duquesne Saturday.
The contest was close through 33 minutes, but after an Ovie Soko 3-pointer pulled Duquesne to 55-52 with 6:24 remaining, the Patriots launched an 8-1 run for some breathing room. Byron Allen hit a pair, Erik Copes dunked and Wright hit a jumper to push the lead to 10, 63-53, with 3:45 to go.
The Patriots (8-15, 1-8 Atlantic 10) shot 50 percent from the floor with Allen adding 17 points, and Jalen Jenkins 10 for their first A-10 win since joining this season.
The game was dubbed the Chuck Cooper Classic, named to honor the Duquesne grad who was the first African-American selected in the NBA draft (1950).
Soko led the Dukes (10-12, 2-7) with 21 points, Micah Mason adding 16.
GEORGE WASHINGTON 93, FORDHAM 67
WASHINGTON (AP) - Maurice Creek scored 20 points and Patricio Garino added 18 points as hot-shooting George Washington overwhelmed Fordham 93-67 Saturday afternoon to remain undefeated at home.
In a span of more than 11 minutes of the first half, GW made 16 straight shots from the floor, including six 3-pointers by five different players, the first two coming from Skyler White. During the run, the Colonials surged to a 29-point lead, and continued to roll in the second half.
Isaiah Armwood and Kevin Larsen scored 16 and 14 points respectively, and had eight rebounds apiece. Garino and Larsen were each 6 of 7 from the field. GW (19-4, 7-2 Atlantic 10) finished 59.3 percent from the floor and made 10 of 25 3-point attempts.
Fordham (9-13, 2-7) was led by Branden Frazier, who scored 23 points.
DAYTON 72, ST. BONAVENTURE 69
SAINT BONAVENURE, N.Y. (AP) - Devin Oliver scored 15 points, including six points late, to lead Dayton over St. Bonaventure 72-69 on Saturday.
Dayton (16-8, 4-5 Atlantic 10) won its third in a row. Vee Sanford scored 15 as well, as the Flyers shot 45 percent from the floor.
St. Bonaventure (13-10, 3-6) shot 50 percent but took 12 fewer shots due to being outrebounded 39-28. Youssou Ndoye and Charlon Kloof both scored 17 points, while Matthew Wright added 12.
The teams played to a 30-all draw in the first half but Dayton needed an 8-2 run, including treys by Sanford and Khari Price, in the closing 2:58 to do so.
Oliver's jumper with 2:59 left in the game, capping another 8-2 run, tied it again at 64. His four free throws as time wound down sealed the win.
SAINT LOUIS 65, LA SALLE 63
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Jordair Jett scored 19 of his game-high 25 points in the second half, including the game-winner with 4 seconds left, as Saint Louis extended its school-record winning streak to 16 games with a 65-63 victory over La Salle on Saturday.
Dwayne Evans added 14 points to help the Billikens (22-2, 9-0 Atlantic 10) remain perfect on the road and in league play. Their 9-0 record away from home is the best undefeated road record in the country.
Jerrell Wright matched his career high with 21 points for La Salle (12-11, 4-5), which has lost five of its last six. Steve Zack finished with 15 points and 13 rebounds and Tyreek Duren added 14 points for the Explorers.
After Duren tied the game at 63 with a driving layup with 33 seconds left, the Billikens held for one shot and isolated Jett at the top of the key. Jett responded with another layup through the La Salle defense, and the Explorers' Tyrone Garland missed the potential game-winner from halfcourt at the buzzer.
SAINT JOSEPH'S 69, VCU 62
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Langston Galloway scored 24 points - including a pair of free throws in the final half-minute - and DeAndre Bembry 18 as St. Joseph's defeated Virginia Commonwealth 69-62 Saturday night.
The Hawks (16-7, 6-3 Atlantic 10), who played eight in the game, opened some breathing room with a Galloway 3-pointer and a free throw for a 38-30 lead after halftime.
VCU's Juvonte Reddic and Melvin Johnson kept closing the gap. Reddic entered the game with four straight double-doubles, but finished with 17 points and eight rebounds. His score at 1:15 remaining cut St. Joseph's (19-5, 7-2) lead to 65-62, but Galloway and Chris Wilson each hit a pair from the line.
The loss drops VCU into a second-place tie with George Washington in the A-10. Johnson came off the bench to score 14 for the Rams.
Halil Kanacevic scored seven for St. Joseph's with 10 rebounds and seven assists.