Nov. 17, 2012
Four A-10 teams picked up wins Saturday, Charlotte, George Washington, Xavier and VCU.
George Washington 72, Boston U. 59
BOSTON (AP) - Joe McDonald scored 21 points and George Washington used a strong first half to pull away from Boston University in a 72-59 win on Saturday.
McDonald was the only player to score in double figures for the Colonials (1-1), who led most of the contest. George Washington went on a 7-0 run capped by McDonald's layup with 6:34 left in the first half to take a 30-19 lead.
McDonald finished the game with seven rebounds, shot 6 of 9 from the floor and made all eight of his free throw attempts for the Colonials. Isaiah Armwood pitched in with a game-high 12 rebounds and eight blocked shots.
George Washington went into halftime with a 37-23 lead, thanks to a jumper by Armwood. The Colonials took their largest lead of the contest at 43-23 when McDonald knocked down two free throws with 18:23 remaining.
Dom Morris scored 14 points for the Terriers (0-3).
Xavier 61, Robert Morris 59
CINCINNATI (AP) - Brad Redford sank both ends of a bonus free throw situation with 37.1 seconds left and Xavier held on for a 61-59 win over pesky Robert Morris on Saturday.
Redford, previously scoreless for the game, was fouled by Lucky Jones after a ball fake in the corner and made both free throws. The Colonials (1-3) called two timeouts after regaining possession, but Karvel Anderson missed a 3-pointer from the left wing with 12 seconds left.
Robert Morris maintained possession after a held ball, but Velton Jones couldn't connect on a leaner and Coron Williams missed a desperation 3-pointer as he was falling out of bounds had no chance.
Justin Martin scored a career-high 17 points and Dee Davis added 15 for the Musketeers (3-0).
Freshman Semaj Christon finished with 12 points and a team-high six assists in just his second career game and first start.
VCU 90, Winthrop 54
ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) - Juvonte Reddic scored 17 points to lead five players in double figures as Virginia Commonwealth blew out Winthrop 90-54 Saturday.
Treveon Graham added 14 points and Troy Daniels chipped in with 11 points for VCU (2-1).
Briante Weber led VCU in scoring off the bench with 14 points, and Melvin Johnson added 12 points as VCU's bench outscored Winthrop (1-1) 34-8.
VCU led at halftime 48-26.
Winthrop turned the ball over 21 times, which VCU converted into 35 points.
The Rams shot the ball effectively in the second half and did not let Winthrop back in the game. VCU shot 50 percent (14 of 28) in the second half outscoring the Eagles 42-28. Winthrop shot 31 percent (9 of 29) in the second half.
Derrick Henry scored 23 points and hit four 3-pointers for Winthrop, but he was the only Eagle in double figures.
Charlotte 70, Lamar 49
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Denzel Ingram netted a career-high 16 points off the bench as Charlotte routed Lamar for a 70-49, nonconference victory Saturday night.
The 49ers (3-0) held the Cardinals (0-3) to 31.1 percent (19 of 61) from the field and 0 for 10 on 3-point tries. Lamar turned the ball over 22 times, creating 25 points for Charlotte, and had just nine assists as a team.
The Cardinals led briefly in the first half, but a 25-4 49ers' run put Lamar behind 29-12 with 6:55 left in the stanza. The visitors never recovered.
Charlotte led 39-22 at the half, shooting 53.1 percent (17 of 32) in the opening 20 minutes.
DeMario Mayfield had 12 points for Charlotte, and Terrence Williams had 10.
Ingram, a freshman, also had four steals and three assists.
Rhon Mitchell led Lamar with 14 points, and his 10 rebounds were second only to Stan Brown's 11.
Temple 77, Rice 63
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson scored 18 points and Temple broke open a tight game in the second half to beat Rice 77-63 Saturday night.
Temple (2-0) got the better of it after halftime, outscoring Rice 43-32 after leading 34-31 at the break. Besides Hollis-Jefferson, whose 18 points came on 8-for-10 shooting, Khalif Wyatt scored 17 points and Anthony Lee and Scootie Randall totaled 16 apiece. Randall grabbed 12 rebounds.
For Rice (1-2), guard Tamir Jackson posted a double-double (12 rebounds, 17 points). Nine of those points came on three treys, but Jackson was just 6 of 17 from the floor.
Julian DeBose scored 15 points for Rice and Keith Washington added 12. Rice made 8 of 23 3-point attempts. Temple had a decisive edge at the foul line, hitting 21 of 28 while Rice was 11 for 14.
Florida St. 73, Saint Joseph's 66
NEW YORK (AP) - Reserve forward Terrance Shannon scored 15 points - 11 in the final 13:45 - and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead Florida State to a 73-66 victory over Saints Joseph's on Saturday night in the championship game of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic at Barclays Center.
Okaro White added 16 points for the Seminoles (3-1) while tournament MVP Michael Snaer had 14. Shannon had six points as Florida State closed the game on a 10-6 run after the Hawks (2-1) had closed within 63-60 with 4:47 to play.
Ronald Roberts had his second double-double in as many days, finishing with 15 points and 11 rebounds.
Carl Jones, making his first appearance of the season after serving a three-game suspension for a "violation of the University community standards," finished with 13 points. The Hawks' leading scorer the past two seasons had half of their four 3-pointers as they struggled from beyond the arc.
Canisius 72, St. Bonaventure 69
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Canisius rode Harold Washington's hot shooting to a 72-69 victory over St. Bonaventure on Saturday.
Canisius went ahead at 68-67 with 53 seconds left in the game on Chris Manhertz's tip-in, and held on for the victory.
Washington scored 23 points, hitting 7 of 14 from the field, 3 of 3 from 3-point range and 6 of 8 free throws for the Golden Griffins (2-0). Isaac Sosa chipped in 14 points.
Canisius dominated St. Bonaventure (2-1) at the foul line, knocking down 18 of 21 to the Bonnies' 8 of 10.
Chris Johnson scored 19 points for the Bonnies, while Demetrius Conger had 14 and Eric Mosley 13.
The teams traded the lead in the first half, with Bonnies up 37-32 at the break. The Bonnies led 49-42 on Mosley's 3-pointer 5:59 into the second half and led 65-59 with 6:23 remaining.
No. 4 Ohio St. 69, Rhode Island 58
UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) - Deshaun Thomas scored 25 points and grabbed 10 rebounds and No. 4 Ohio State beat Rhode Island 69-58 in the Hall of Fame Tip-Off tournament in Connecticut on Saturday.
Lenzelle Smith Jr. added 15 points, Aaron Craft had 13 points and four assists for the Buckeyes (2-0) who struggled with the Rams (0-3) well into the second half.
Xavier Munford had 16 points to lead Rhode Island, which trailed by just four at halftime.
The Rams were down just six when Craft hit a 3-point shot that bounced around the rim and in with 6:45 left and then stole the ball on the other end of the court.
That led to a technical foul on Rhode Island coach Dan Hurley.
Thomas hit both free throws and the five-point swing gave Ohio State a 55-44 edge, its first double-digit lead of the game, and the Buckeyes held on from there.