Jan. 2, 2013
Happy New Year! A quick look around Atlantic 10 men's basketball and the seven games on tap for Wednesday, Jan. 2.
ON TAP FOR WEDNESDAY (1/2)
PENN Quakers (2-9)
at No. 17/20 BUTLER Bulldogs (10-2)
7:00 pm | Hinkle Fieldhouse | MyIndyTV-23
Series: Bulter leads 1-0
A-10 vs. Ivy: 6-1
Gamenote: Butler, which closed the 2012 calendar year with a 24-10 record, has won seven straight and nine of the last 10. This is just the second meeting, the first coming in the 2012 CBI.
(RV) VCU Rams (10-3)
at ETSU Buccaneers (2-10)
7:00 pm | ETSU/MSHA Athletic Center
Series: VCU leads 9-0
A-10 vs. A-Sun: 5-0
Gamenote: VCU plays its first road game in nearly a month. The Rams last road game was on Dec. 7, at ODU and their last trip out of Virginia was Nov. 24 at the Battle4Atlantis in the Bahamas.
XAVIER Musketeers (7-5)
at WAKE FOREST Deamon Deacons (6-5)
7:00 pm | Joel Coliseum | ESPN3
Skip Prosser Classic
Series: Xavier leads 2-1
A-10 vs. ACC: 3-8
Gamenote: This is the third game of a 10-year series known as the Skip Prosser Classic. Prosser was head coach at Xavier (1994-2001), and at Wake Forest from 2001 until his death in 2007.
MASSACHUSETTS Minutemen (8-3)
at MIAMI (OHIO) Redhawks (5-6)
7:00 pm | Millett Hall
Series: First Meeting
A-10 vs. MAC: 9-2
Gamenote: UMass is 3-0 on the road this season and has won six-straight road games dating back to last year’s Postseason NIT run. Miami is 4-0 at home in 2012-13.
Air Force Falcons (8-3)at RICHMOND Spiders (9-5)7:00 pm | Robins Center
Series: First Meeting
A-10 vs. Mountain West: 1-0
Gamenote: Spider head coach Chris Mooney spent 5 seasons at
Air Force, including the 2004-05 season as the head coach before taking the job at Richmond.UNC Asheville Bulldogs (6-7)at CHARLOTTE 49ers (11-2)7:30 pm | Halton Arena
Series: Charlotte leads 8-4
A-10 vs. Big South: 6-0
Gamenote: Charlotte is 7-3 all-time at home against UNC Asheville. The Niners have won the last six meetings, including an 86-70 win in Halton Arena in 2009.LA SALLE Explorers (9-2)at MIAMI (FLA.) Hurricanes (8-3)9:00 pm | BankUnited Center | FOX Sports South/ESPN3
Series: La Salle leads 9-4
A-10 vs. ACC: 3-8
Gamenote: All 13 previous meetings in the series came between 1951 and 1970. This is La Salle’s first trip to Florida since falling to Florida State, 81-76, on January 5, 2008.
ON THE TUBE
Wednesday, January 2
Penn at Butler | 7:00 pm | MyIndy-TV23
Xavier at Wake Forest | 7:00 pm | ESPN3
La Salle at Miami (Fla.) | 9:00 pm | FOX Sports South
Friday, January 4
George Washington at Georgia | 7:00 pm | CSN Mid-Atlantic/CSS
Brown at Rhode Island | 7:00 pm | Ocean State Networks
Fordham at Mississippi | 9:00 pm | CSS
>>VCU’s three losses came against the #2 (Duke), #12 (Missouri) and #23 (Wichita State). Those three teams are a combined 32-2 this year. The three losses came by a total of 14 points.
>>La Salle (9-2) is off to its best start since the 1989-90 team started 9-1 with National Player of the Year Lionel Simmons. The 2005-06 squad also started 8-2. Only nine teams in program history have started better. La Salle has also won six of its last eight road games. The Explorers are 11-2 in December over the past two seasons.
>>Richmond senior Darien Brothers cracked Richmond’s all-time Top-10 list for career treys with four against Stetson. Brothers has 157 for his career. Five of the top 10 on Richmond’s career list for three-pointers were recruited by Chris Mooney. Brothers joins fellow Mooney recruits David Gonzalvez, Kevin Anderson, Justin Harper and Ryan Butler in the top 10.
>>UMass has won five-consecutive games for the first time this season and the first time since winning six-straight over the same December non-conference portion of last season. UMass has started 8-3 for the third-consecutive season. The Minutemen have shot over 40 percent in each game during their five-game winning streak.
MONDAY'S (12/31) RESULTS
Saint Louis 60, No. 20 New Mexico 46
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Cory Remekun scored a career-high 15 points, Cody Ellis had 13 and Saint Louis beat No. 20 New Mexico 60-46 on Monday.
Mike McCall Jr. added 12 points for Saint Louis (10-3), which has won seven in a row.
Kendall Williams led New Mexico (13-2) with 15 points. Alex Kirk added 13 points.
New Mexico coach Steve Alford was ejected after receiving back-to-back technicals with 9:26 left in the game.
The Billikens' seven-game winning streak is their longest since they won eight in a row in 2003.
New Mexico was coming off a 55-54 upset at then-No. 8 Cincinnati on Thursday.
Saint Louis used early runs of 12-0 and 11-2 to take a 31-12 lead.
Fordham 82, Monmouth (NJ) 71
NEW YORK (AP) - Chris Gaston scored 19 points with 10 rebounds and Bryan Smith added a season-high 18 as Fordham used a strong second half to rally past Monmouth (N.J.) 82-71 Monday.
The Rams (4-10) trailed 33-28 at the break and by seven a minute into the second half. They then went on an 18-5 run, with Gaston scoring eight points, to take the lead for good.
The Hawks (5-8) got within a point on two occasions, the last time at 49-48 with 10:21 to go, but Smith knocked down two straight 3-pointers to spark an 11-2 run and Monmouth never threatened again.
Fordham, coming off a 73-48 loss to Georgia Tech on Saturday, posted its highest point total of the season, as Mandell Thomas added 12 points and leading scorer Branden Frazier (16.8 points per game) chipped in 11. Ryan Canty had 14 rebounds.
Jesse Steele led Monmouth with 13 points.
Saint Joseph's 63, Drexel 49
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - C.J. Aiken scored 19 points and blocked six shots to lead Saint Joseph's to a 63-49 victory over Drexel in a nonconference game Monday.
Langston Galloway added 13 points and Carl Jones 11 for the Hawks (7-4), who scored the final 13 points of the first half and began the second with an 11-2 run for a 34-20 lead.
Aiken, who made all six of his shots, had a dunk, a block, an assist and four free throws in the first-half run, and a 3-pointer and a block in the second-half spurt.
The Dragons (4-8), who were led by Damion Lee's 21 points, got within five, 43-38 with 6:55 left, but a 3-pointer and a layup by Chris Wilson started a 17-5 stretch for the Hawks that put the game away.
Saint Joseph's enjoyed a big advantage in free throws, making 15 of 18 to Drexel's 2 of 4.
Temple 75, Bowling Green 57
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Temple won the 1,800th game in its program's history, becoming the sixth school to reach that milestone, by defeating Bowling Green 75-57 Monday in a nonconference game.
Only Kentucky, Kansas, North Carolina, Duke and Syracuse have won more games than the Owls (10-2), who beat then-No. 3 Syracuse 83-79 in their last game Dec. 22.
Jake O'Brien scored a career-best 15 points to lead five players in double figures for Temple. Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson and Scootie Randall scored 11 points each, and Anthony Lee and Dalton Pepper had 10 apiece.
Lee and Randall both posted double-doubles, each getting 10 rebounds, and Khalif Wyatt had eight of the Owls' season-high 23 assists.
O'Brien, a graduate student, hit three 3-pointers in the first half, when Temple took a 39-25 lead, and it led by 29 points, 75-46, before the Falcons (5-8) scored the game's final 11 points.
A'uston Calhoun's 22 points led Bowling Green.
Iona 93, St. Bonaventure 74
ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. (AP) - Sean Armand scored 27 points, connecting seven times from 3-point range, to lead Iona to a 93-74 victory over St. Bonaventure in a nonconference game Monday.
The Gaels (7-6) shot 64.3 percent (18 of 28) in the second half, including 62.5 percent (10 of 16) behind the arc to pull away for their first win in six tries at the Reilly Center.
Armand made 5 of 9 from long range for all 15 of his second-half points, including one at each end of a 17-5 run that increased Iona's lead to 59-45 with 12:12 remaining.
Lamont Jones added 23 points for Iona, David Laury and Taaj Ridley had 13 each, and A.J. English came off the bench to score all 11 of his points in the second half, when he made 4 of 5 3-pointers.
Demitrius Conger scored 26 points to pace the Bonnies (7-5).