RHODE ISLAND 70, DETROIT 59
BOCA RATON, Fla. -- Rhode Island (1-5) won its first game of the season, defeating Detroit 70-59 in the first round of the FAU Thanksgiving Tournament Friday.
After a back-and-fourth first half that featured 11 lead changes, the Rams used a considerable edge on the boards to control the game. Rhode Island outrebounded Detroit (1-6) 53-36. Rhody had 16 offensive rebounds, helping it get a 19-10 edge in second chance points.
With the win, Rhode Island snapped an overall nine-game losing streak. The victory was URI's third straight in neutral site contests.
NO. 22/21 GEORGIA 80, GEORGE WASHINGTON 60
ATLANTA - Playing its third top-25 opponent in its last four games, the George Washington women's basketball team fell to No. 22/21 Georgia, 80-60, on Friday afternoon on the first day of the Georgia State Invitational at the Georgia State Sports Arena.
The Colonials will take on Jacksonville State in the tournament's consolation game on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. The Gamecocks fell to the host Panthers, 65-63, in Friday's first game.
Freshman Hannah Schaible led a balanced offensive attack with nine points, and she added six rebounds and three assists. Freshman Caira Washington again neared a double-double with eight points and a team-high nine rebounds, while graduate student Danni Jackson also scored eight points to go with three assists and two steals. Junior Chakecia Miller added seven points and four helpers.
GW (3-2) kept it close early, but Georgia (7-0) used an 18-2 run to jump out to a 33-15 lead at the 5:47 mark and led, 40-23, at halftime.
The Lady Bulldogs outscored the Colonials by just three, 40-37, in the second half as GW made nearly 45 percent of its shots, but the Colonials could not overcome Georgia, which shot 49.2 percent for the game.
Tiaria Griffin led five Lady Bulldogs in double figures with 19 points off the bench, while Erika Ford posted a double-double of 10 points and 11 rebounds.
MAINE 86, UMASS 56
BANGOR, Maine - Junior guard Emily Mital recorded a season-high 18 points, including 14 in the second half, but UMass women's basketball was unable to keep pace with a hot-shooting Maine squad during an 86-56 loss to the Black Bears at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor, Maine, on Friday evening. Mital shot 7-for-12 from the floor and went 1-of-2 on free throws to earn her scoring total.
Jasmine Harris joined Mital in scoring double-figures with a season-best 11 points, including eight in the second half. Rashida Timbilla led both sides with 12 rebounds - five from the offensive glass - to go with three assists and a trio of steals.
Liz Wood led Maine with 24 points while Ashleigh Roberts added a double-double on 18 points and 11 rebounds.
After Maine (4-1 overall) recorded the first five points of the contest, the Minutewomen battled back to tie it at 12-12 on a jumper by Amber Dillon with 10 minutes, 29 seconds left in the first half. The Black Bears responded with a 7-0 run to build a 19-12 lead before Mital ended the drought with a jumper from just inside the three-point arc at the 6:03 mark.
However, eight consecutive points by Maine followed and the Minutewomen were unable to cut into their deficit during the remainder of the half. Liz Wood spearheaded the Black Bear offense during the stanza, totaling 12 points, to force UMass into its 30-18 deficit at the break.
Mital tallied nine of UMass' opening 11 points in the second half as the Minutewomen (2-5) attempted to rally. The Frisco, Texas, native started the scoring with a bucket 30 seconds into the frame. She added a free throw before draining back-to-back three-pointers; however, Maine continued to knock down its shots to keep pace. The Black Bears finished the game shooting 31-for-56 from the floor (55.4 percent), including 48.0 percent on their three-point attempts (12-for-25).After Mital's second trey of the half cut the Maine lead to 40-29, Alyx Stiff added a traditional three-point play on a layup and free throw to bring UMass within eight of tying, 40-32 with 15:01 to play. The Black Bears rallied with an 8-0 run to push their advantage to 16 points at 48-32, and the Minutewomen were unable to cut into their deficit further.
The Minutewomen shot 42.6 percent from the floor (20-of-47) and finished 4-for-9 on three-pointers (44.4 percent).
Maine led, 34-24 on points scored in the paint and held a 38-13 advantage in points off of turnovers. Bench scoring was nearly even, with Maine holding a 39-37 lead in the category.