A quick look around Atlantic 10 men's basketball, including Sunday's Temple-Kansas matchup and recaps from the seven Saturday games.
ON TAP FOR SUNDAY (1/6)
(RV) TEMPLE Owls (10-2)
at No. 6 KANSAS Jayhawks (11-1)
4:30 pm | Allen Fieldhouse | CBS
Series: Kansas leads 7-3
A-10 vs. Big 12: 1-1
Gamenote: Temple will be looking to knock off a Top 10 team for the second time this season. The last time a Temple team posted two wins over Top 10 teams in a season was during the 2002-03 campaign.
>>Temple beat No. 3 Syracuse, Butler upset No. 1 Indiana and Vanderbilt, VCU and Dayton beat Alabama, in the most recent of the A-10’s 19 total wins this season over “big six” programs. Last year, the Atlantic 10 had 28 wins versus big six schools, including three in the postseason.
>>Continuing on the big wins theme, the Atlantic 10 has taken down five ranked opponents so far this season. Most notable was Butler’s overtime win over No. 1 Indiana and Temple’s victory of No. 3 Syracuse. Saint Joseph’s began with an overtime win over No. 20 Notre Dame. Butler also got a win over No. 9 North Carolina and VCU defeated No. 19 Memphis.
>>Temple’s win over No. 3 Syracuse extended its streak to five seasons of defeating a Top 10 opponent while being unranked at the time. It is the longest active streak in the nation.
>>The Atlantic 10 has six different players who’ve scored 30 or more points in a game this season, including two in Wednesday’s games. Kendall Anthony (UR), Troy Daniels (VCU), Carl Jones (SJU), Jesse Morgan (UM), Xavier Munford (URI), Scootie Randall (TU) and Khalif Wyatt (TU) have all broken 30 this season.
The Atlantic 10 has six teams with multiple-game winning streaks and four of those have streaks of seven wins or more. UMass has seven, Saint Louis has won eight straight (all at home) and Butler and VCU each have also won eight nine games.
SATURDAY'S (1/5) RESULTS
MASSACHUSETTS 75, EASTERN MICHIGAN 61
AMHERST, Mass. (AP) - Freddie Riley came off the bench in the first half to make five 3-pointers in a span of 3:41 to spark Massachusetts to its seventh consecutive win, 75-61 over Eastern Michigan on Saturday.
The first of Riley's 3-pointers gave the Minutemen (10-3) a 13-12 lead, and they led by 10 points, 25-15, after the last of them, with 7:58 until halftime.
Riley added another trey in the second half and moved into sixth place on Massachusetts' career list for 3-pointers made with 179. The senior guard was scoring just 4.4 points per game this season but has averaged 12.3 over the last four games.
Chaz Williams, who came in averaging 7.3 assists, handed out nine for the Minutemen and added 14 points. Maxie Esho contributed 13 points and nine rebounds.
J.R. Sims scored 12 points and Glenn Bryant had 11 points and 11 rebounds for the Eagles (7-7).
LA SALLE 74, PENN 57
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Ramon Galloway and Tyreek Duren scored 17 points apiece as La Salle used a big first-half run to pull away from Pennsylvania en route to a 74-57 win Saturday.
Tyrone Garland added 15 points and Jerrell Wright posted a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds for the Explorers (10-3), who are now 2-0 this season against Big 5 foes. La Salle also beat Villanova 77-74 in overtime on Nov. 25.
Leading 17-16, the Explorers launched a 15-2 run, with Garland hitting three 3-pointers and scoring 11 points in the spurt.
La Salle, which led by as many as 24 in the second half, hit 9 of 22 from long range in its final game before starting Atlantic 10 Conference play.
Reserve Tony Hicks scored 14 points and Dau Jok had 11 rebounds for the Quakers (2-11), who shot 36.1 percent (22 of 61) in losing their sixth straight game.
No. 17 BUTLER 57, NEW ORLEANS 44
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Kellen Dunham scored 15 points and Khyle Marshall added 13, leading No. 17 Butler past New Orleans 57-44 on Saturday.
The Bulldogs (12-2) are 7-0 at home this season and will take a nine-game winning streak into their Atlantic 10 debut Wednesday night at Saint Joseph's.
The Privateers (3-10) were led by Lovell Cook with 11 points and Traddarius McPhearson with 10. But they have lost five straight, are 0-6 in true road games this season and have dropped 15 consecutive road games against Division I opponents.
Butler's sloppy play made this game closer than expected.
They trailed 9-7 midway through the first half and didn't take control until closing the first half on a 9-3 run to take a 24-18 lead.
The Bulldogs opened the second half on an 8-2 spurt to make it 32-20, and New Orleans couldn't get closer than eight points the rest of the way.
SAINT JOSEPH'S 70, MORGAN STATE 60
BALTIMORE (AP) - Carl Jones scored 17 points and Ronald Roberts posted a double-double as Saint Joseph's won its third straight game, beating Morgan State 70-60 Saturday night in a nonconference matchup.
Langston Galloway played all 40 minutes and scored 16 points, Roberts finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds and Halil Kanacevic pulled down 12 boards for Saint Joseph's (8-4), which recorded a season-high 50 rebounds.
DeWayne Jackson led Morgan State (3-8) with 16 and Ian Chiles had 10, but the Bears shot just 30 percent (24 of 79) in the loss.
Morgan State cut a seven-point halftime lead to three, 32-29, after Chiles opened the second half with back-to-back baskets. But Saint Joseph's rattled off eight straight to push its lead to 40-29 and pull away.
The Bears, who shot 1 of 13 from deep, got no closer than nine the rest of the way.
DAYTON 78, UAB 71
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - Josh Benson scored 20 points and Kevin Dillard recorded a double-double to lead Dayton to a 78-71 win over Alabama-Birmingham on Saturday night.
Dillard finished with 14 points and 10 assists for the Flyers (10-4). Vee Stanford scored 19 points and Devin Oliver added 11 points before fouling out of the game.
Dayton had a 16-point lead with 10:33 left to play before the Blazers went on an 8-1 run, capped by Rod Rucker's free throws to trim Dayton's lead to 62-57 with 5:30 remaining.
A 3-pointer by Khari Price pushed the Flyers lead to 72-61 with 1:23 left. UAB cut the deficit to five points again with 38 seconds left, but the Blazers pulled no closer as Dillard made six free throws down the stretch to help Dayton pull away.
Rucker scored 20 points and grabbed 15 rebounds for UAB (8-7). Isiah Jones added 17 points.
VCU 59, LEHIGH 55
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Treveon Graham scored 17 points and Virginia Commonwealth made key defensive stops late and beat Lehigh 59-55 Saturday night.
The Mountain Hawks lost C.J. McCollum, the nation's leading scorer, in the first half with a foot injury. McCollum was on crutches by game's end after scoring just four points, 21.7 below his average.
Troy Daniels and Rob Brandenburg added 11 points each for the Rams (12-3), who won their ninth straight despite shooting just 36.1 percent (22 of 61) and making 5 of 27 3-point tries. They turned 22 turnovers into 19 points.
Lehigh (9-4) got 17 points from Holden Greiner and 10 from Gabe Knutson.
The game was close throughout, but Juvonte Reddic and Graham each hit a pair of free throws to break a 46-46 tie.
Knutson's putback with 2:35 left made it 52-51, but Daniels made his third 3-pointer of the night and the Rams held on.
COLORADO STATE 85, ST. BONAVENTURE 64
FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) - Wes Eikmeier scored a season high 21 points leading Colorado State to its seventh consecutive win, beating St. Bonaventure 85-64 on Saturday.
Dorian Green added 19 points and Colton Iverson had his sixth double-double of the season for Colorado State (13-2). Every player scored as the Rams improved to 9-0 at home and matched the school's longest home winning streak at 22.
Matthew Wright led St. Bonaventure (7-6) with 12 points. Charlon Kroof and Chris Johnson had 10 each for the Bonnies, who lost their third straight and fifth in a row on the road.
It is only the second time in the six seasons under Mark Schmidt that the Bonnies have lost three in a row.