Dec. 5, 2012
A quick look around Atlantic 10 men's basketball for Wednesday, Dec. 5.
ON TAP FOR WEDNESDAY (12/5)
IUPUI Minutemen (3-6)
at BUTLER Bulldogs (5-2)
7:00 pm | Hinkle Fieldhouse | MyIndy-TV23
Series: Butler leads 3-0
A-10 vs. Summit: 0-1
Gamenote: IUPUI is the third of five opponents from Indiana that Butler will face on Dec. 15 at BankersLife Fieldhouse, before hosting Evansville on Saturday, Dec. 22.
DUQUESNE Dukes (4-3)
vs. PITTSBURGH Panthers (7-1)
7:00 pm | CONSOL Energy Center | ESPN3
Series: Pitt leads 49-31
A-10 vs. Big East: 4-4
Gamenote: This is the 81st meeting between Duquesne and Pitt in a series that dates back to Jan. 13, 1932. This is the third meeting at CONSOL Energy Center.
CHARLOTTE 49ers (7-0)
at DAVIDSON Wildcats (4-3)
8:30 pm | Belk Arena | ESPN3
Series: Charlotte leads 27-11
A-10 vs. SoCon: 4-0
Gamenote: Charlotte has won 11 of the last 14 in the cross-county series that began in 1979. The Wildcats won the last game at Davidson, but the Niners lead 6-5 in games played at DC.
NORTH TEXAS Mean Green (3-5)
at SAINT LOUIS Billikens (4-3)
8:00 pm | Chaifetz Arena | FOX Sports Midwest
Series: Saint Louis leads 28-9
A-10 vs. Sun Belt: 1-0
Gamenote: Saint Louis and North Texas are old Missouri Valley Conference rivals, playing extensively as members of the league in the 50s, 60s and 70s. The teams last met in 1981.
PENN STATE Nittany Lions (4-3)at LA SALLE Explorers (4-1)9:00 pm | The Palestra | NBC Sports Network
Series: La Salle leads 2-1
A-10 vs. Big 10: 1-3
Gamenote: To celebrate the university’s 150th Anniversary, La Salle will wear throwback uniforms, which are modeled after the 1968-69 team which had a 23-1 record under coach Tom Gola. DAYTON Flyers (5-2)at ALABAMA Crimson Tide (6-1)9:00 pm | Coleman Coliseum | CSS/TW Cable Sports Ohio
Series: Series tied 1-1
A-10 vs. SEC: 3-2
Gamenote: UD has won its last six versus the SEC and the last four against the ACC. The Flyers have won 10 of the last 13 overall and five of the last eight games against the Big East.TEMPLE Owls (5-0)at VILLANOVA Wildcats (4-3)9:00 pm | The Pavilion | ESPN2
Series: Villanova leads 44-42
A-10 vs. Big East: 4-4
Gamenote: The Owls are 5-0 for the first time since 1987-88. That season also marks the last time Temple defeated Villanova in consecutive years. TU’s last win at The Pavilion was in 1990.
ON THE TUBE
Wednesday, December 5
IUPUI at Butler | 7:00 pm | MyIndy-TV23
Duquesne vs. Pittsburgh (CONSOL Energy Center) | 7:00 pm | ESPN3
Charlotte at Davidson | 8:00 pm | ESPN3
North Texas at Saint Louis | 8:00 pm | FOX Sports Midwest
Penn State at La Salle (Palestra) | 9:00 pm | NBC Sport Network
Dayton at Alabama | 9:00 pm | CSS
Temple at Villanova | 9:00 pm | ESPN2
Thursday, December 6
Rhode Island at Providence | 7:00 pm | Ocean State Networks
Vanderbilt at Xavier | 7:30 pm | ESPN2/U
Friday, December 7
VCU at Old Dominion | 9:00 pm | NBC SN
>>Xavier beat Purdue (63-57) and Richmond beat Wake Forest (62-60) Saturday, giving the A-10 two more wins over “big six” programs, bringing the season total to 10. Last year, the A-10 picked up 28 victories versus big six schools, including three postseason victories.
RANKING THE VOTES
>>The Atlantic 10 has taken down three ranked opponents so far this season. Saint Joseph’s began the fun with an overtime win over No. 20 Notre Dame. Butler stole the early week show with a win over No. 9 North Carolina Tuesday and VCU had the headline on Thanksgiving by defeating No. 19 Memphis.
KEEPING IT CLOSE
>>There have been 29 games decided by five or fewer points this year in the Atlantic 10. A-10 schools have a record of 17-12 in those games, but that winning percentage increases dramatically in games decided by single point. A-10 schools are 4-1 in those one-point affairs, including a 3-1 record last Wednesday.
>>Polling always comes to the forefront in an election year, and this year the A-10 has six teams, that have received votes in the AP and ESPN/USA TODAY Coaches Polls. Butler, Saint Joseph’s, Saint Louis, Temple, VCU and Xavier have all gotten votes in both polls.
>>Charlotte is off to the best start in school history after beating East Carolina 76-64 on Saturday. The 49ers are 7-0 after beating the Pirates, who were also undefeated entering the game. Additionally, Temple is 5-0, the Owls best start since 1987-88, when the team started 14-0, finished 32-2 and advanced to the Elite Eight as a No. 1 seed.
>>A-10 teams have played in overtime six times, posting a 5-1 record. Double overtime is even better for Atlantic 10 teams, which are 2-0 in double OT: Rhode Island over Auburn, 78-72 (11/25) and Richmond over William & Mary, 86-78 (11/28).
QUICKLY CLIMBING THE LADDER
>>Butler coach Brad Stevens has moved into third place on Butler’s all-time list for coaching victories with 144 career wins. Part of this is Stevens record at home. Last week’s two wins helped the Bulldogs improve to 72-11 at home under Stevens (3-0 this season).
TUESDAY'S (12/4) RESULTS
MASSACHUSETTS 72, NORTHEASTERN 66 | HIGHLIGHTS
BOSTON (AP) - Jesse Morgan and Chaz Williams each scored 18 points and gave Massachusetts a huge advantage in 3-point shooting for a 72-66 win over Northeastern Tuesday night.
The Minutemen (4-3), who led 30-29 at halftime, went on a 7-0 run to open the second half. But Northeastern (4-4) got back in it with four Huskies scoring in double figures. Reggie Spencer finished with 15 points, Quincy Ford scored 14, Demetrius Pollard chipped in 12 and Joel Smith totaled 10.
Northeastern was undone by its 3-point shooting, though, making 11.1 percent (3 of 27) of their treys. The Huskies were 2 for 11 in the first half, 1 of 16 in the second. Ford finished 2 for 8 and Pollard 1 for 7. Smith missed all six of his 3-point tries and David Walker was 0 for 4.
Morgan, meanwhile, hit 4 of 7 treys for UMass. Williams was 2 for 3.
RICHMOND 80, OLD DOMINION 53 | HIGHLIGHTS
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - Cedrick Lindsay had 19 points and seven assists as Richmond won at Old Dominion 80-53 Tuesday night in a nonconference contest.
Lindsay was 8-of-11 shooting and hit 2 of 3 from 3-point range. Greg Robbins and Darien Brothers each had 14 points and Alonzo Nelson-Ododa nabbed eight rebounds for the Spiders (7-2).
Derrick Williams, who had posted back-to-back double-doubles for Richmond, had eight points and four rebounds Tuesday.
The Monarchs (1-7) were led by Nick Wright's 16 points, while DeShawn Painter posted eight points and pulled down 10 rebounds.
Old Dominion shot 31.7 percent (19 of 60) from the field, a far cry from Richmond's 57.4 percent (31 of 54) showing. The Monarchs committed 15 turnovers leading to 21 points for the Spiders, who conceded just nine points off 12 turnovers.
Richmond opened on a 9-2 run and closed the first half on a 10-0 run to lead 38-19.
ST. BONAVENTURE 58, SIENA 43 | HIGHLIGHTS
ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. (AP) - Marquise Simmons finished with a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds to lead St. Bonaventure past Siena 58-43 Tuesday night in nonconference play.
Demitrius Conger added 14 points and eight rebounds, and Chris Johnson chipped in with 10 points and seven rebounds for the Bonnies (5-2).
Ahead by one, 39-38, with 12:41 left to play, St. Bonaventure finished the game on a 19-5 run to seal the victory.
With both teams shooting less than 40 percent from the field, St. Bonaventure outshot Siena (2-7) from the free-throw line. Bonnies made 11 more free throws than the Saints.
St. Bonaventure protected the ball, only turning the ball over five times compared to Siena's 17. The Bonnies scored 14 points off of the Saints' miscues.
Trenity Burdine led Siena with 16 points, while O.D. Anosike led them in rebounds with 14.
SAINT JOSEPH'S 67, COPPIN STATE 55
BALTIMORE (AP) - Carl Jones scored 15 points to lead four players in double figures as Saint Joseph's beat Coppin State 67-55 Tuesday night in a nonconference affair.
Langston Galloway and C.J. Aiken finished with 14 points apiece and Chris Wilson chipped in with 10 for Saint Joseph's (5-2).
After outshooting the Hawks in the first half to take a 31-30 lead into halftime, Coppin State (1-7) shot just 28.6 percent (10 for 35) in the second half as Saint Joseph's ran away with the game.
Tied at 42 with 13:34 left to play, the Hawks outscored the Eagles 20-9 over a 10-minute span to take a 62-51 lead with 3:45 remaining.
Coppin State was never able to cut the deficit under 10, as Saint Joseph's hit free throws down the stretch to close out the Eagles.
Michael Murray finished with 27 points and 12 rebounds to lead Coppin State.
BRADLEY 72, GEORGE WASHINGTON 68 | POSTGAME AUDIO
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) - Jordan Prosser matched his career high with 17 points and grabbed seven rebounds, the Braves defense had 17 steals and Bradley narrowly escaped a second half surge by George Washington to hold on for a 72-68 victory Tuesday night.
Bradley (6-2) led 38-21 at halftime and took a 19-point lead just 13 seconds into the second half but the George Washington (4-4) outscored the Braves 47-32 the rest of the way and still came up short.
The Braves defense forced 23 turnovers and outscored George Washington 24-8 on turnovers.
Walt Lemon Jr. added 14 points, five steals and four assists for Bradley and teammate Dyricus Simms-Edwards scored 11 points, pulled five rebounds and tallied five steals.
Patricio Garino was 10 of 17 from the field to lead the Colonials with 24 points and Isaiah Armwood recorded a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds.
LEHIGH 81, FORDHAM 63
BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP) - Mackey McKnight scored 21 points and the other four starters for Lehigh also scored in double figures as they beat Fordham 81-63 Tuesday night in nonconference action.
Gabe Knutson finished with 18 points, Holden Greiner and C.J. McCollum scored 13 apiece and Anthony D'Orazio chipped in with 10 points and four steals for Lehigh (7-2).
Lehigh opened the game on a 21-9 run capped by Greiner's 3-pointer with 12:09 left to play in the first half. Greiner went 2 for 3 from behind the arc, and scored 13 points in the first half to help Lehigh lead at halftime 44-24.
Fordham (1-7) was unable to make it a contest in the second half.
Lehigh scored 22 points off 16 Fordham turnovers and outscored the Rams 28-4 on fast break points.
The Mountain Hawks have now won 11 straight home games dating back to last season.