A quick look around Atlantic 10 men's basketball for Friday, Dec. 7.
ON TAP FOR FRIDAY (12/7)
VCU Rams (2-6)
at OLD DOMINION Monarchs (6-2)
9:00 pm | Ted Constant Center | NBC Sports Network
A-10 vs. CAA: 8-1
ON THE TUBE
Friday, December 7
VCU at Old Dominion | 9:00 pm | NBC Sports Network
Saturday, December 8
Kansas State at George Washington | 2:30 pm | CBS Sports Network
Temple vs. Duke (IZOD Center) | 3:15 pm | ESPN
Fordham at St. John's (Madison Square Garden) | 7:00 pm | MSG Network
Butler at Northwestern | 8:00 pm | Big 10 Network
Miami (Ohio) at Dayton | 8:00 pm | WHIO
Sunday, December 9
Kent State at Xavier | 4:00 pm | FOX Sports Ohio
>>Dayton won at Alabama, (81-76), Temple beat Villanova (76-61) and La Salle beat Penn State (82-57) Wednesday, giving the A-10 three more wins over "big six" programs, bringing the season total to 13. Last year, the A-10 picked up 28 victories versus big six schools, including three postseason victories. The Atlantic 10 has a winning record versus the SEC (4-3) this year.
>>Saint Louis' Wednesday win over North Texas marked the first time this season the Billikens have won back-to-back games. Entering the game with the Mean Green, SLU had alternated wins and losses through the first seven games.
>>Charlotte added to its best start in school history with Wednesday's win over Davidson. The 49ers are 8-0 after beating the Wildcats. Additionally, Temple beat Villanova Wednesday to improve to 6-0, 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.
>>Rhode Island's Xavier Munford had a 33 outpouring in Rhody's first win over the season. Munford helped the Rams beat Auburn in double overtime, scoring 10 of the 33 points in the two extra periods, including a 3-pointers at the buzzer in the first overtime that tied it and forced the second OT. Munford ranks first in scoring in the Atlantic 10, checking in at 18.9 points per game, which also ranks him 53rd nationally. Munford is tied for fifth in the A-10 in 3-pointers made (21 3FG; 2.6 3FG/g) and he has registered four of Rhody's top five scoring performances this season, including the 33-point effort at Auburn.
>>Semaj Christon leads Xavier in scoring at 16.0 points per game and assists at 6.2 per game. Xavier hasn't had a freshman lead the team in scoring since Stanley Burrell (12.7 points per game) in the 2004-05 season. He is bidding to become the first freshman to lead Xavier in assists since Dedrick Finn at 4.3 per game in the 2002-03 season.
THURSDAY'S (12/6) RESULTS
There were just two men's basketball games in the Atlantic 10 Thursday night.
VANDERBILT 66, XAVIER 64 | HIGHLIGHTS
CINCINNATI (AP) - Kyle Fuller scored a career-high 25 points, including all 12 of Vanderbilt's overtime points, as the Commodores outlasted Xavier for a 66-64 win on Thursday night.
Fuller gave Vanderbilt (3-4) the lead for good at 61-60 on a leaner with 1:26 left in the game. He was fouled and missed the free throw, but he followed up by being fouled while scoring on a driving layup and making the free throw for a 64-60 lead with 1:10 left. His two free throws with 14.9 seconds left were the difference.
Kedren Johnson scored 19 points and Kevin Bright added 11 with 10 rebounds for Vanderbilt, which had lost four of its last five games and all six of its previous games against Xavier.
The Commodores won despite making just 13 of 25 free throws.
PROVIDENCE 72, RHODE ISLAND 57
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - LaDontae Henton and Kadeem Batts led Providence to a 72-57 nonconference victory over Rhode Island Thursday night.
Henton posted a double-double with 21 points and 17 rebounds for the Friars (7-2). Batts went 8-for-19 shooting to finish with 23 points.
After trailing 27-26 at halftime, the Rams (2-7) allowed two Friars runs in the second half that put the game out of reach. One minute into the second, Henton scored six points on an eight-point Providence run for a 41-33 lead. The Rams cut the deficit to three points, only to allow 10 consecutive points over the course of 4 1/2 minutes in the middle of the half.
Providence set the pace throughout the opening half, only ceding the lead twice for about 1 minute overall. Batts' 10 points and four rebounds carried the Friars in the first 20 minutes.