Happy New Year! A quick look around Atlantic 10 men's basketball and the five games on tap for Monday, Dec. 31.
ON TAP FOR MONDAY (12/31)
IONA Gaels (6-6)
at ST. BONAVENTURE Bonnies (7-4)
1:00 pm | Reilly Center
Series: Bona leads 10-4
A-10 vs. MAAC: 9-6
Gamenote: This will be Iona's second straight game - and third overall against an A-10 opponent; The Gaels lost at La Salle, 88-74, on Dec. 20 and 96-91 against Saint Joseph's on Friday.
BOWLING GREEN Falcons (5-7)
at (RV) TEMPLE Owls (9-2)
2:00 pm | Liacouras Center
Series: Temple leads 3-1
A-10 vs. MAC: 8-2
Gamenote: TU is looking for the program's 1800th win. The Owls will be just the sixth NCAA Division I program to reach the 1800-win milestone with their next victory.
MONMOUTH Hawks (5-7)
at FORDHAM Rams (3-10)
4:00 pm | Rose Hill Gymnasium
Series: Fordham leads 2-1
A-10 vs. NEC: 6-4
Gamenote: Fordham is 59- 27 all-time against schools currently in the Northeast Conference, including a loss to Robert Morris earlier this year.
SAINT JOSEPH'S Hawks (6-4)
at DREXEL Dragons (4-7)
4:00 pm | Daskalakis Center | The Comcast Network
Series: St. Joe's leads 43-9
A-10 vs. CAA: 11-2
Gamenote: This is the last of three straight games in Philly before the Hawks travel to Morgan State on Jan. 5. Conference play begins on Jan. 9 against Butler at Hagan Arena.
(RV) NEW MEXICO Lobos (13-1)
at SAINT LOUIS Billikens (9-3)
4:00 pm | Convocation Center
Series: New Mexico leads 3-2
A-10 vs. PAC-12: 0-2
Gamenote: The Billikens have won six in a row and enter Monday night's game in the midst of nine straight home games. SLU is 6-0 on the homestand thus far.
ON THE TUBE
Monday, December 31
Saint Joseph's at Drexel | 4:00 pm | The Comcast Network
New Mexico at Saint Louis | 7:30 pm | CBS Sports NetworkWednesday, 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 SouthFriday, 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
>>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.
>>Carl Jones surpassed 1,500 points in his career and is now one of 16 Hawks to surpass that number all-time. He also has moved into 10th place on SJU's list for career three-pointers with 172. The Hawks also get Halil Kanacevic back for the Drexel game.
>>With the victory over Cleveland State, SBU improved to 12-1 since the start of the 2010-11 season in games following non-conference losses. SBU will have another chance to extedned that record after the pre-Christmas loss to NC State. nAdditionally, the Bonnies have now won 14 of their last 15 home games, and 20 of 22 dating back to the 2010-11 campaign.
SUNDAY'S (12/30) RESULTS
George Washington 77, Sacred Heart 38
WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) - George Washington had 12 players record at least one point in a rout of Sacred Heart 77-38 Sunday.
Dwayne Smith and Lasan Kromah led the Colonials with 10 points apiece.
Bryan Bynes added nine points, and Isaiah Armwood, Joe McDonald and Paris Maragkos each scored 8 to help George Washington (6-6) to its largest margin of victory all season.
With the score 8-8 at the 14:52 mark in the first half, the Colonials closed the period on a 33-10 run to take a 41-18 lead into halftime.
George Washington dominated in bench points (20-2) in the first half, and shot 59.3 percent (16 for 27) in the period.
Sacred Heart (2-9) trailed by as many as 45 points and shot just 23.7 percent (14 for 59) in its lowest scoring game of the season.
Louis Montes led the Pioneers with 15 points and nine rebounds.
Southern Cal 63, Dayton 61
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Eric Wise scored a season-high 19 points and Aaron Fuller added 12 points as USC defeated Dayton 63-61 in overtime Sunday night.
Fuller scored the go-ahead points on free throws and put back a miss for a 59-55 lead. Jio Fontan completed a three-point play on a spin move near the free throw line to make it 62-58, and the Trojans (5-8) held on for their second win in nine games.
The Flyers (9-4) had the last shot, but Kevin Dillard's shot was wide left. Dillard led Dayton with 13 points, and Devin Oliver had 11 points, 12 rebounds.
Wise was ejected after he received two technical fouls at 5:29 of the second half.
USC took a 53-51 lead with 5.5 seconds remaining when Fontan scored. Dayton came out of a timeout, and Dillard fed Oliver for a layup as time expired on a play that was reviewed and upheld.