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Re: Pontiac Scoreboard

Postby Commissioner » Tue Feb 28, 2017 12:08 am

Monday, February 27, with the regular season winding down:

Non-Conference Opponents:
UNC-Greensboro 72, East Tennessee State 66. UNC-Greensboro (23-8) wins the final game of the Southern Conference season to force a three-way tie for first between themselves, ETSU (24-7), and Furman. Greensboro will get the top seed in the conference tournament, while ETSU drops all the way to #3.

Other:
#1 Kansas 73, Oklahoma 63. KU (27-3), promoted to #1 earlier in the day, had a helluva time with the Sooners, who are just 10-19. Trailing by 12 with 10 minutes left to play, the Jayhawks finished the game on a 31-9 tear.

#23 Virginia 53, #5 North Carolina 43. When the Cavs have the defense really working, it's a thing of beauty. Cavs (20-9) helped themselves by turning it over just 4 times all game. Our Titans typically do that in the first 8 minutes.

#11 Baylor 71, #10 West Virginia 62.
Virginia Tech 66, #25 Miami 61. Into the top 25 today, out tomorrow.
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Re: Pontiac Scoreboard

Postby Commissioner » Wed Mar 01, 2017 12:11 am

Tuesday, February 28:

Non-Conference Opponents:
#17 Duke 75, #15 Florida State 70. Duke (23-7) rolled out to a 19 point lead and then withstood a too little/too late rally by the Seminoles (23-7).

Eastern Michigan 109, Central Michigan 81. Eastern (15-15) finally played like I thought they could all season, crushing Central Michigan in a game that was not as close as the 28 point margin makes it appear. Ray Lee was absolutely on fire, scoring 50 points on 10 of 16 shooting from three and 17 of 26 overall. Willie Mangum added 24 and James Thompson had 18 points and 14 rebounds, hitting 8 of 9 shots from the field. The Huron/Eagles also held Marcus Keene to 21 points, 9 below his season average. The Chips (16-14), who led the MAC West three weeks ago, lost their 6th straight and fell into last place.

Ball State 82, Toledo 74. Ball State (19-11) stays tied with WMU in the MAC West. Jonathan Williams had 23 in defeat for Toledo (15-15).

Other Games:
Western Michigan 70, Northern Illinois 56. Western (14-15) has had a complete turnaround, winning 7 straight and keeping pace with Ball State atop the MAC West.

Cornerstone 65, Aquinas 51. Cornerstone (30-3), ranked second nationally in NAIA, beat Aquinas to win the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference Tournament. Obviously, they'll be a favorite when the NAIA championships begin at Point Lookout, Missouri a week from Wednesday.

#9 Kentucky 73, Vanderbilt 67. Vandy (16-14) scored the game's first 7 points and jumped out to a 19 point lead in the first 12 minutes. Kentucky finally tied it on a pair of Malik Monk free throws with 7 minutes left, and got their first lead of the game on a Derek Willis three with under five to play. Vandy tied it with 3:20 to play but Kentucky (25-5) held the Commodores scoreless for the next 2:45, opening a seven point lead. Vandy scrambled back behind 5 straight point by Luke Kornet, but Monk hit 4 more free throws down the stretch for the final margin. Monk had 27 and Kornet 21 to lead their teams in scoring.

#16 Purdue 86, Indiana 75. Purdue (24-6) clinched at least a tie for the Big 10 title.
#24 Iowa State 86, Oklahoma State 83. Oklahoma State (20-10) had won 10 of 11 coming in, but Iowa State (20-9) held off a late rally to win in Ames. Flint's Monte Morris missed a triple-double by one rebound. Tight, interesting game.
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Re: Pontiac Scoreboard

Postby Commissioner » Thu Mar 02, 2017 7:40 am

March 1:

Titan Opponents:
Illinois 73, Michigan State 70.
New Hampshire 74, UMBC 65.

Murray State 85, Tennessee Tech 84 (2OT). Jonathan Stark had 41, including a game winning three with 6 seconds left, as Murray State (15-16) won a first round OVC Tournament game.

Other:
Northwestern 67, Michigan 65.

#3 UCLA 98, Washington 66.
Wake Forest 88, #8 Louisville 81.
#12 Florida 78, Arkansas 65.
#19 Notre Dame 82, Boston College 66.

Dayton 79, VCU 72. Dayton (24-5) wraps up the A10 regular season title.
Marquette 95, Xaiver 84.
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Re: Pontiac Scoreboard

Postby Commissioner » Fri Mar 03, 2017 9:01 am

Thursday, March 2. Conference tournaments getting underway...

Non-Conference Opponents:
Murray State 75, Morehead State 69. Jonathan Stark scored 37 as Murray State (16-16) overcame a 7 point halftime deficit to advance to the OVC semi-finals. Stark has scored 78 points in Murray's first two OVC tournament games.

Western Kentucky 74, North Texas 63. Pancake Thomas had 23 for Western (14-16).

Rider 69, Manhattan 68. Manhattan's season ends with a first round loss in the MAAC tournament. The Jaspers (10-22), who beat Detroit in Calihan back in January, finished the regular season tied for last in the MAAC.

Other Games:
#14 SMU 93, Tulsa 70. SMU extended its win streak to 12 and clinched at least a tie for first in the American Conference.
#18 Cincinnati 65, Houston 47. A win at Cincy would have made Houston (20-9) a serious at-large candidate, but they got stomped by UC (26-4).
Iowa 59, #22 Wisconsin 57. Wisconsin is reeling as we enter March. The Badgers (22-8) have lost 5 of 6. This loss clinched an outright Big 10 championship for idle Purdue.

Campbell 81, UNC-Ashville 79. Looks like the CIT for UNC-Ashville (23-9), co-champs of the Big South but the #2 seed (so no auto NIT bid). They lose in the first round of the Big South ("BS") tournament.
Radford 56, Liberty 52. Liberty (19-13), the third place team in the Big South, also lost.
North Carolina A&T 68, North Carolina Central 63. Biggest upset of the week--NCA&T is 3-28, 1-15 in the MEAC; NCC is 22-8, 13-3 in MEAC.
Texas Southern 94, Alcorn State 88. Texas Southern (19-11) clinches the SWAC with a win over second place Alcorn State (16-12).
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Re: Pontiac Scoreboard

Postby TitanTarHeel » Fri Mar 03, 2017 11:11 am

Checking in on the American Motors High School Scoreboard from last night...
U of D Jesuit beat Cass Tech in the Operation Friendship game (champion of Catholic League vs PSL champ). The game was at Calihan and a good sized crowd was on hand. UDJ won without Senior Ike Eke (Marquette commit) who flew back to Nigeria after the sudden death of his mother last week.

Big man to watch for UDM... UDJ's sophomore Jaylen Thomas. He is just now getting comfortable with shooting up in height. He's skinny but filling out in muscle and should be a good one by the time his senior year comes around, if not have a real nice junior year and take over commanding down low once Eke and Greg E (UIC commit) graduate.

Little man to watch for UDM...UDJ's sophomore PG Julian Dozier. What he lacks in size, he makes up for with game smarts, speed, elusiveness, dribbling. He also drained 4 3's in the 3rd quarter to give UDJ a comfortable margin. As we've been talking with JJ Jr and Ellison, Dozier's size may limit the big program offers but you never know esp if he tears up the AAU scene.

MHSAA Playoffs start on Monday. Brackets here --> https://www.mhsaa.com/Sports/Boys-Basketball
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Re: Pontiac Scoreboard

Postby Commissioner » Sat Mar 04, 2017 1:20 am

Friday, March 3:

Horizon:
Milwaukee 85, Detroit 60. An embarrassing end to an embarrassing season, losing badly to a younger, inferior team in a game marked by defensive lapses, poor rebounding, and poor foul shooting. Just as well to have gotten this over with. Now we have well over a month to bitch about the lack of recruits.

Youngstown State 84, Cleveland State 69. Youngstown got just 1 point from its bench, and just 12 from Cameron Morse (10 below his average), but still blew out Cleveland State. Matt Donlan had a season high 24, and freshman Braun Hartfield a season high 22, to lead the Penguins (12-20). Cass Tech grad Rob Edwards scored 27 for CSU (9-22).

Non-Conference Opponents:
Toledo 60, Eastern Michigan 56. After demolishing CMU earlier in the week, Eastern slips back into the doldrums that have plagued them since the New Year. Steve Taylor had 11 points, 15 rebounds and 8 assists for the Rockets (16-15). James Thompson had 10 points and 14 rebounds for the Eagles (15-16).

Buffalo 80, Bowling Green 68. The Falcons finish the regular season at 13-18.

Tennessee Martin 73, Murray State 67. Murray State finishes 16-17 after losing in the OVC semis.


Other Games:
Western Michigan 88, Central Michigan 80. Talk about two teams headed in opposite directions: A month ago CMU led the MAC West and WMU was in last. Since then CMU (16-15) has lost 7 straight to drop to last, while WMU (15-15) has won 8 straight to finish tied for first. Marcus Keene had 37 points for CMU, but needed 31 shots to get there.

#10 West Virginia 87, #24 Iowa State 76.
#21 Wichita State 82, Bradley 56.

Southern Illinois 55, Loyola 50. Loyola ends its season at 18-14, barring a bid to the CIT, CBI, or Vegas32.

Jacksonville State 65, Belmont 59. Belmont (22-6) becomes the first DI team in the country to clinch a post-season bid, but not how they wanted. After dominating the OVC during the season, they lose to Jacksonville State (19-14) in the conference semi-finals, and will have to settle for the automatic NIT bid that goes to regular season champs. Belmont beat the Gamecocks by 17 and 13 during the regular season.

Princeton 73, Harvard 69. Princeton (20-6) clinched the Ivy title by beating the second place Crimson (18-8), it's 16th straight win. The Ivy, for the first time ever, will have a post-season tournament to decide it's NCAA representative.
Monmouth 84, Niagara 59. 17 straight wins for Monmouth (27-5).
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Re: Pontiac Scoreboard

Postby Commissioner » Sun Mar 05, 2017 12:22 am

Saturday, March 4:

Horizon:
Youngstown State 81, Oakland 80. Zowie! Wide open Jorden Kaufman got the feed from Cameron Morse and hit the game winning layup with 1 second left, and top-seeded Oakland is gone from the Horizon tournament. Who is going to watch the rest of the tournament in the Motor City with Detroit and Oakland out? Kaufman finished with a career high 22 points, while Morse hit for 34 for YSU. Jalen Hayes had 27 points and 13 rebounds for OU but missed the front end of a one & one with 11 seconds left and the Grizzlies up by 1. This game is worth watching on ESPN replay--very exciting game, and Oakland loses in the end. The Grizz do get a consolation trip to the NIT.

Milwaukee 43, Valparaiso 41. Double Zowie. What the hell was this game? It was 16-12 at halftime. Valpo never led in the game and shot 31.9% from the floor, 21.1% from three, and 46.7% from the line. Milwaukee wasn't much better (32%, 25%, and 66.7%), but won the turnover battle 8-14, and advances to the sem-finals.

Non-conference Opponents:
#15 Florida State 66, #25 Miami 57. FSU (24-7) finishes unbeaten at home. Unfortunately, ACC and NCAA tournament games are not played in Tallahassee.

Rutgers 62, Illinois 59. A 4 game winning streak had boosted Illinois (18-13) into at-large contention. Today's loss takes them back out.

East Tennessee State 73, Mercer 66. ETSU (25-7) advances to the SoCon semis.

Western Kentucky 79, Rice 72. Justin Johnson had 24 points and 13 rebounds at WKU (15-16) closed out the regular season.

Ferris State 79, Michigan Tech 71. Favorite Ferris reaches the finals of the GLIAC. They'll face Ashland Sunday for an auto bid to the D-II tournament.

Other Games:
Maryland 63, Michigan State 60. Melo Trimble won it with a late three pointer.

#1 Kansas 90, Oklahoma State 85. Frank Mason led the win with 27 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists.
#2 Villanova 81, Georgetown 55. Likely back to back losing seasons for G'Town (14-16) for the first time since '72-'73.
#4 Gonzaga 82, Pacific 52.
#5 North Carolina 90, #17 Duke 83.

#3 UCLA 77, Washington State 68.
#6 Oregon 80, Oregon State 59.
#7 Arizona 73, Arizona State 60. Oregon and Arizona beat their respective in-state rivals to stay tied atop the Pac 12, and a game up on #3 UCLA.

#8 Louisville 71, #19 Notre Dame 64.
#9 Kentucky 71, Texas A&M 63.
#11 Baylor 75, Texas 64. Texas (10-21) has lost 7 straight. Not what folks expected when they hired Shaka Smart.
Vanderbilt 73, #12 Florida 71. It'll be close, but Bryce Drew may just have Vandy (17-14) in the tournament. They probably need at least one SEC Conference Tournament win.

Seton Hall 70, #13 Butler 64. Seton Hall (20-10) takes a big step toward an at-large bid.
#14 SMU 103, Memphis 62.
#21 St. Mary's 81, Portland 58.
#23 Virginia 67, Pitt 42. Pitt (15-16) had 15 in the first half. When UVa (21-9) is on, it's an awesome sight.

#21 Wichita State 78, Missouri State 63.
Illinois State 63, Southern Illinois 50. It'll be Wichita State (29-4) and Illinois State (27-5) in the MVC final. The two split their regular season match-ups.

Jacksonville State 66, UT-Martin 55. Fourth-seeded Jacksonville State (20-14) wins the OVC tournament and becomes the first team with an automatic bid to the NCAA tournanment.

Marquette 91, Creighton 83. The Blue Jays went 5-7 after losing point guard Maurice Watson to injury. They'll probably make the NCAA on the strength of their 18-1 start with Watson, and you should bet against them.
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Re: Pontiac Scoreboard

Postby Commissioner » Mon Mar 06, 2017 12:27 am

Sunday, March 5:
The Titan women beat Cleveland State today 70-56 to advance to the semi-finals against Wright State.

Horizon:
UIC 79, Green Bay 70. The carnage in the Horizon continues. This game was neck and neck until UIC (15-17) launched a 17-2 run starting about midway through the second half. The Flames won by limiting Green Bay to 33% shooting, 12 points below their average. UIC also had a balanced attack: Tai Odiase had 16 points, 8 rebounds and 5 blocks; freshman Tarkus Ferguson had 12 points and 10 rebounds; freshman Dominique Matthews had 16 point; and freshman Marcus Ottey had 15 points. Green Bay's junior center Karem Kanter had 19 points and 13 rebounds. The Phoenix finish 18-13 and can probably have a CIT bid if they want it.

Northern Kentucky 82, Wright State 77. NKU (22-10) completes a season sweep of Wright State, and will be the only team in the Horizon semi-finals with a winning record, or even an RPI rank below 240. They are also the first higher seed to win a game in the tournament. The Norse are playing well and have won 8 of 9 and 10 of 12, so they are probably due to lose to Youngstown in tomorrow's semi-final. Tonight, the Norse's balanced attack overcame 29 points from WSU's Grant Benzinger and 22 from Mark Alstork. Wright State's season--20-12, but no NCAA or NIT--seems remarkably similar to what Billy Donlon's teams did each year.

Non-Conference Opponents:
East Tennessee State 81, Samford 72. ETSU (26-7) advances to the OVC final in a game that wasn't as close as the final indicates. TJ Cromer scored 41 for the Buccaneers.

Omaha 84, Fort Wayne 80. Omaha rallied from an 11 point second half deficit to advance in the Summit tournament. Fort Wayne finishes 19-12.

Ferris State 80, Ashland 79. Ferris State (27-4) wins a thriller, the GLIAC tournament, and an NCAA D-II tournament bid.

Other Games:
#18 Hope College advanced to the D-III Sweet 16 this weekend with wins over Wisconsin-Oshkosh and #9 Washington University. Calvin was eliminated, losing to Marietta in the first round.

Michigan 93, Nebraska 57. Beating Nebraska isn't much of a credential, but it was a road game and Michigan (19-11) was dominating. The Wolverines are probably in, but I'd win a Big 10 tournament game or two if I were them. Derrick Walton set a Michigan single game record with 16 assists tonight.

#16 Purdue 69, Northwestern 65.
#18 Cincinnati 67, Connecticut 47.
#21 Wichita State 71, Illinois State 51. Wichita (30-4) easily wins its 6th straight MVC Conference Tournament over regular season co-champ Illinois State (27-6). Illinois State, the regular season co-champ and top seed, is probably in as it stands now, but could get knocked out by conference tournament upsets.

#22 Wisconsin 66, Minnesota 49. The Badgers snap their 3 game losing streak and Minnesota's 8 game winning streak. Both teams are 23-8.

Winthrop 76, Campbell 59. Winthrop gets back to the Dance for the first time since 2010, winning the Big South tournament behind Chris Clemons' 29 points.
Florida Gulf Coast 77, North Florida 61. FGCU (26-7) rallies from a 6 point halftime deficit to win the Atlantic Sun tournament. North Florida had hoped to make the tournament with a losing record (15-19).

Iona 73, St. Peter's 65.
Siena 89, Monmouth 85. Poor Monmouth. Their 17 game winning streak is broken in the MAAC semis by a team they beat twice this year, including 1 week ago. Like last year, they'll probably miss the NCAAs. They've got 26 wins and a #46 RPI, but their best win, over Princeton, probably won't cut it. They lost at South Carolina by 1 early in the year. A bucket there might have made the difference.

Post Season Bids:
NCAA
Jacksonville State (20-14), OVC
Wichita State (30-4), MVC
Winthrop (26-6), Big South
Florida Gulf Coast (26-7), Atlantic Sun

NIT
Oakland (24-8), Horizon
Belmont (22-6), OVC
Illinois State (27-6), MVC (if no NCAA bid)
Monmouth (27-6), MAAC (assuming no NCAA bid).
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Re: Pontiac Scoreboard

Postby Commissioner » Tue Mar 07, 2017 12:29 am

Monday, March 6:

Horizon:
Northern Kentucky 84, Youngstown State 74. Well, at least 1 team with a winning record will take the floor in tomorrow's Horizon League Championship game. The Norse (23-10) never trailed, led by 15 at the break, and fought off a couple of YSU second half rallies before things ever got too hairy. Sophomore Drew McDonald led the Norse with 26 points and 9 rebounds. Cameron Morse finished his season with 28 for YSU (13-21).

Milwaukee 74, UIC 68. Wow. If Milwaukee beats NKU tomorrow, it will be six straight years a team with a losing record has qualified for the tournament. They'll be the 26th team to qualify with a losing record, the third with 20 losses, and the most losses ever. But Milwaukee will have the worst record of the modern era (since they went to 64 teams in 1985), and the second worst ever, after the 1955 Bradley Braves, who got an automatic bid when you had to take a certain number of independents within each strictly defined geographic region. We'll see if Northern Kentucky can stop 'em tomorrow.

Non-Conference Opponents:
Eastern Michigan 72, Northern Illinois 69. Disappointing EMU pulled its act together enough to win its first round MAC tournament game. James Thompson had 21 points and 11 rebounds for the Birds (16-16). They'll play top-seeded Akron on Thursday.

Toledo 77, Bowling Green 62. Detroiter Jonathan Williams led Toledo (17-15) with 18 in the first round of MAC tournament play. BGSU finishes 13-19.

East Tennessee State 79, UNC-Greensboro 74. ETSU, which beat the Titans by 29 way back in November, is going dancing with 27 wins under its belt. The Bucs were a perfect 19-19 from the foul line and shot 54% from the floor to upset top-seeded UNC-Greensboro and win the SoCon tournament.

Vermont 74, New Hampshire 41. The first half was 37-20 Vermont, the second 37-21. Vermont (28-5) advances to the America East tournament final. The win was the Catamounts 20th in the row, the longest streak in the country. New Hampshire finishes 20-12, and could be a CBI or CIT selection.

Other Games:
Western Michigan 65, Miami 61. Western (16-15) won its 9th in a row.

Kent State 116, Central Michigan 106 (OT). Sitting at 16-8 and in first place in the MAC West a month ago, CMU collapsed, losing 8 straight to end the season. This game was typical--the Chips led by 17 before the second TV timeout, and by 13 at the half. But Kent State went on a 12-0 run early in the second half. The Chips had a chance to win it at the end of regulation, but David DiLeo missed the final shot. Marcus Keene hit a trey to open the OT, but Kent (19-13) scored the next 9 points and went on to win, scoring 25 points in the 5 minute OT. Keene, who scored 41, finishes with a national best 29.97 points per game. He was trying to become the first player to average 30 points per game since Charlie Jones of Long Island in 1997. I suppose that 29.97 will be rounded up to exactly 30.0, but I don't know. Keene had 28 games with 20 or more points, 17 games of 30 or more points, 6 with 40 or more, 1 with 50. Jimmy Hall and Detroit sophomore Jaylin Walker combined for 62 points and 27 rebounds for Kent State.

#4 Gonzaga 77, Santa Clara 68.

Iona 87, Siena 83. Siena rallied from 7 down in the closing minutes of regulation to force an OT in the MAAC semi-final, but Iona (21-12) finished 'em off in the extra period. They'll play Albany in the final.

UNC-Wilmington 78, Charleston 69. Top-seeded UNC-Wilmington (29-5) punches its ticket in the CAA final. Charleston finishes 25-9.

Post Season Bids:
NCAA
Jacksonville State (20-14), OVC
Wichita State (30-4), MVC
Winthrop (26-6), Big South
Florida Gulf Coast (26-7), Atlantic Sun
UNC-Wilmington (29-5), Colonial Athletic
East Tennessee State (27-7), Southern

NIT (These are conference champions who lost in their conference tournament)
Oakland (24-8), Horizon
Belmont (22-6), OVC
Illinois State (27-6), MVC (if no NCAA bid)
Monmouth (27-6), MAAC (assuming no NCAA bid).
UNC-Greensboro (25-9), Southern
South Dakota (22-11), Summit
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Re: Pontiac Scoreboard

Postby Commissioner » Wed Mar 08, 2017 12:05 am

Tuesday, March 7:
Green Bay defeated the Titans ladies to win the Horizon Tournament.

Horizon:
Northern Kentucky 59, Milwaukee 53. NKU (24-10) makes it to the NCAA in their first year of eligibility. The Norse took the lead for good less than two minutes into the game, but couldn't put the pesky Panthers away until the final seconds. Lavone Holland was the sparkplug, with 20 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, and a huge block in the final minute. Drew McDonald added 12 points and 14 rebounds. Northern currently is ranked 89th in RPI. They will probably be a 15th seed and one and done, which, if it happens, will be six years in a row for the Horizon. Milwaukee finishes 11-24.

Other Games:
#4 Gonzaga 71, #19 St. Mary's 56. Gonzaga got a big lead early, held off a Gael rally in the second half, and won going away. The Gaels (28-4) will dance, too. They have 3 losses to Gonzaga, and 1 to Sunbelt champ Texas-Arlington.

South Dakota State 79, Omaha 77. Mike Daum had 37 points and 12 rebounds as the 4th seeded Jackrabbits (18-16) claimed the Summit bid.
Mount Saint Mary's 71, St. Francis (PA) 61. Top-seeded Mt. St. Mary's (19-15) wins the Northeastern Conference tournament, and a #16 seed, with a big second half. They trailed by 8 at the break. The Mountaineers started the season 1-11.

Grambling 81, Prairie View 77. Grambling (16-16) won its SWAC quarterfinal game to equal it's highest win total since 1984.

Post Season Bids:
NCAA
Jacksonville State (20-14), OVC
Wichita State (30-4), MVC
Winthrop (26-6), Big South
Florida Gulf Coast (26-7), Atlantic Sun
UNC-Wilmington (29-5), Colonial Athletic
East Tennessee State (27-7), Southern
Northern Kentucky (24-10), Horizon
Mount St. Mary's (19-15), Northeastern
Gonzaga (32-1), WCC

NIT (These are conference champions who lost in their conference tournament)
Oakland (24-8), Horizon
Belmont (22-6), OVC
Illinois State (27-6), MVC (if no NCAA bid)
Monmouth (27-6), MAAC (assuming no NCAA bid).
UNC-Greensboro (25-9), Southern
South Dakota (22-11), Summit
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Re: Pontiac Scoreboard

Postby Commissioner » Thu Mar 09, 2017 7:33 am

Wednesday, March 8:

Non-Conference Opponents:
Texas San Antonio 56, Western Kentucky 52. WKU finishes 15-17.

Other Games:
Three Michigan teams are playing in the NAIA National Championship Tournament: Cornerstone (31-3), a #1 seed, beat Pacific Union of California, 89-83 after trailing by 25 (twenty-five!) at halftime; Aquinas, a #8 seed, lost to #1 seed Union College 95-83. Davenport, a 3rd seed, plays Thursday.

#14 Duke 79, Clemson 72.
#21 Virginia 75, Pittsburgh 63.

Bucknell 81, Lehigh 65. Bucknell (26-8) wins the Patriot Conference and an auto bid. Northern Kentucky was hoping for an upset--they'll probably be seeded behind Bucknell, but would have been ahead of Lehigh (20-12).

Miami 62, Syracuse 57. Probably kills at large hopes for Syracuse (18-14).
Xavier 75, DePaul 64. First round Big East play.
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Re: Pontiac Scoreboard

Postby Commissioner » Fri Mar 10, 2017 8:03 am

Thursday, March 9:

Non-Conference Opponents:
#16 Florida State 74, Virginia Tech 68.

Akron 79, Eastern Michigan 62. Eastern's disappointing season (16-17) finally ends in the MAC quarters. James Thompson had 18 points and 16 rebounds in defeat.

Ohio 67, Toledo 66. Toledo (17-16) blew a 15 point lead, fell behind by 5, retook the lead, and then lost it on on a Kenny Kaminski jumper with 7 seconds to play. Detroiter Jonathan Williams ended a fine career at Toledo with 18 points, and as the Rockets' #5 leading scorer all time.

Other Games:
Michigan 75, Illinois 55. This solidifies Michigan's bid and probably finishes off hopes for the Illini (18-14).
Michigan State 58, Penn State 51. State (19-13) is a much better team when Miles Bridges is on the court.
Ball State 66, Western Michigan 63. Western's 9 game winning streak finally comes to an end in the MAC quarters.

TCU 85, #1 Kansas 82. Desmond Bane hit three free throws with 2.5 seconds left as TCU beat the Josh Jacksonless Jayhawks (28-4). Huge win for TCU (19-14) in the Big 12 quarterfinals, but probably not enough to get them to the dance unless they win a couple more.

#2 Villanova 108, St. John's 67.
#3 UCLA 76, USC 74. The Trojans (24-9) never led, but had three chances to tie or win the final seconds.
#5 Oregon 80, Arizona State 57.
#6 North Carolina 78, Miami 53.
#7 Arizona 92, Colorado 78.
Kansas State 70, #9 Baylor 64. Kansas State (20-12) makes sure it stays in the discussion for an at-large bid.
#14 Duke 81, #10 Louisville 77.

#11 West Virginia 63, Texas 53. Texas finishes 11-22 in Shaka Smart's second year at the helm. That's the Longhorns' worst record since 1984. It wasn't supposed to be this way in the Smart era.

Xavier 62, #18 Butler 57. Xavier probably punched its dance ticket tonight, even if they don't go one to win the Big East tournament.

#22 Notre Dame 71, #21 Virginia 58. 21 points and 10 rebounds for Bonzie Colson.
#23 Iowa State 92, Oklahoma State 83.

Seton Hall 82, Marquette 76. Two Big East bubble teams meet in the quarterfinals.
Northwestern 83, Rutgers 61. Northwestern jumped out to a 37-9 lead in the first 14 minutes.

In the NAIA Championship, 3rd seeded Davenport was upset by Tabor College of Kansas, and 2nd seeded Rochester was upset by York College. And in high school district playoffs, New Haven beat St. Clair 53-17 after leading 28-0 at halftime. That's right, they shut out St. Clair in the first half.
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Re: Pontiac Scoreboard

Postby Motor City Sam » Fri Mar 10, 2017 5:23 pm

Commissioner wrote:Thursday, March 9:

Akron 79, Eastern Michigan 62. Eastern's disappointing season (16-17) finally ends in the MAC quarters. James Thompson had 18 points and 16 rebounds in defeat.

Ohio 67, Toledo 66. Toledo (17-16) blew a 15 point lead, fell behind by 5, retook the lead, and then lost it on on a Kenny Kaminski jumper with 7 seconds to play. Detroiter Jonathan Williams ended a fine career at Toledo with 18 points, and as the Rockets' #5 leading scorer all time.

Other Games:
Michigan 75, Illinois 55. This solidifies Michigan's bid and probably finishes off hopes for the Illini (18-14).
Michigan State 58, Penn State 51. State (19-13) is a much better team when Miles Bridges is on the court.

TCU 85, #1 Kansas 82. Desmond Bane hit three free throws with 2.5 seconds left as TCU beat the Josh Jacksonless Jayhawks (28-4). Huge win for TCU (19-14) in the Big 12 quarterfinals, but probably not enough to get them to the dance unless they win a couple more.

Kansas State 70, #9 Baylor 64. Kansas State (20-12) makes sure it stays in the discussion for an at-large bid.

#11 West Virginia 63, Texas 53. Texas finishes 11-22 in Shaka Smart's second year at the helm. That's the Longhorns' worst record since 1984. It wasn't supposed to be this way in the Smart era.

Xavier 62, #18 Butler 57. Xavier probably punched its dance ticket tonight, even if they don't go one to win the Big East tournament.



Some random thoughts:

Gotta wonder if EMU's coach manages to retain his job. This season't team was a real disappointment. I know he drives some of the alumni crazy by sticking to that Syracuse zone, even when it's not working.

Toledo has had some good players, so it's quite an accomplishment for Williams to finish #5 on their scoring list. Good for him.

The Big Ten has been weird this year, with several usually good programs having subpar years. Michigan and Minnesota took advantage of that. Illinois fired their coach Bruce Weber a few years ago because he couldn't get them to go further in the tournament and hired the hot young mid major head coach, John Groce. Groce made the tournament in his first year at Illinois, but hasn't been back since and probably won't make hit this year. Weber has taken his new team Kansas State to the tourney twice in his previous four years there, and might get back there this season after beating Baylor.

TCU made the right hire with former player Jamie Dixon. They won't make the tourney, but they showed great improvement and have an excellent class for 2017. Dixon's former team, Pittsburgh, was 4-14 in the ACC this year after making the NCAA tournament with Dixon in 2016.

Texas is going to be okay under Smart. They made the tourney last year in his first year in Austin. This year's team was so young and inexperienced, and their prospects suffered after Smart suspended their best player for off the court actions. Great class coming in for 2017; I think they bounce back.

I remember when Xavier was in our conference...
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Re: Pontiac Scoreboard

Postby Commissioner » Sat Mar 11, 2017 10:31 am

Friday, March 10:

Almost every top 25 team was active today in Championship Week:

Non-Conference Opponents:
#22 Notre Dame 77, #16 Florida State 73. Florida State launched a big rally from a 16 point halftime deficit, but the Irish (25-8) hold on. Despite a fine season, Florida State (25-8) is just 6-7 on road games and neutral floors. Beware before you project deep into your bracket.

Other Games:
Michigan 74, #13 Purdue 70 (OT). If there was any doubt--and there probably wasn't--Michigan (22-11) is clearly in the field after today's win. This was some good mid-day viewing. Purdue's biggest lead was 7, early in the game. Michigan's largest was 5, in the OT. The teams were never more than 3 points apart in the second half. Michigan's DJ Wilson scored 26 points and blocked Purdue's last second shot for the win in regulation.

Hanover 79, Hope 77. Hope falls in the Sweet 16 of the D-III tournament.
Cornerstone 66, St. Francis 58. Cornerstone (32-3) advanced to the NAIA quarterfinals with a win over one of the nation's many St. Francises. Kyle Steigenga scored 22 to pace the Eagles. He is the nephew of former MSU star Matt.

#2 Villanova , Seton Hall .
#7 Arizona 86, #3 UCLA 75. A battle for seeding.
#5 Oregon 73, California 65.
#14 Duke 93, #6 North Carolina 83.
#8 Kentucky 71, Georgia 60.
#11 West Virginia 51, Kansas State 50. The Mountaineers (26-7) held K State (20-13) to just 2 points over the final five minutes and change, finally claimed the lead with 12 seconds left, and held on when the Wildcats final shot was off the mark. A win would probably have gotten K State off the bubble and into the field. With the loss--in which they lost a 12 point second half lead--they'll be nervous on Sunday.

#12 SMU 81, East Carolina 77. SMU (28-4) has won 14 in a row.
#15 Cincinnati 80, Tulsa 61.
Vanderbilt 72, #17 Florida 62 (OT). Despite 14 losses, Vanderbilt (19-14) looks like a good bet to make the field after beating the Gators (24-8) in OT. Last year Bryce Drew's Valpo team won 30 games and missed out. He must like the extra margin of error that a being in a P6 conference allows.

#23 Iowa State 84, TCU 63. The TCU bubble-mania lasted 24 hours.
#24 Wisconsin 70, Indiana 60. Indiana, winners over Kansas and North Carolina early in the season, finishes 18-15.
Northwestern 72, #25 Maryland 64. On Sunday, Northwestern (23-10) will be selected for its first ever NCAA tournament.

Davidson 73, Dayton 67. Quarterfinal upset in the A10 as top-seeded Dayton fall to #9 Davidson. No changes to the Big Bracket yet--the A10 was going to send both Dayton and VCU to the dance no matter what--but this makes it more likely someone other than those two wins the conference tournament and steals a bid.
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Re: Pontiac Scoreboard

Postby Commissioner » Sun Mar 12, 2017 7:20 am

Saturday, March 11:
The Horizon may have gotten a small boost today in that upsets in mid-major conference tournaments may have pushed Northern Kentucky up a seeding line (regular season champs that would have been seeded above NKU lost to teams that now will be seeded below NKU). Notably, Texas Arlington in the Sunbelt and Akron in the MAC went down.

Michigan 84, Minnesota 77. UM will face Wisconsin in the Big 10 championship Sunday. Derrick Walton had 29 points and 9 assists.
Ferris State 86, Truman State 78. Ferris (28-4), conquerer of the Titans, wins its opener in the D-II tournament.
Cornerstone 97, Indiana-East 87. Cornerstone (33-3) reaches the NAIA final four. Kyle Stiegenga had 27 points and 14 rebounds.

#2 Villanova 74, Creighton 60.
#7 Arizona 78, #5 Oregon 75.
#8 Kentucky 79, Alabama 74.
#23 Iowa State 80, #11 West Virginia 74. The Cyclones (23-10) win the Big 12.
#12 SMU 70, Central Florida 59.
#15 Cincinnati 81, Connecticut 71. UConn (16-17) has a losing record for the first time since Jim Calhoun's first season in 1987.
#14 Duke 75, #22 Notre Dame 69. Duke (27-8) rallied late to win, and win the ACC tournament. Credit to Duke, which beat Clemson, Louisville, UNC, and Notre Dame on consecutive days to win it.
#24 Wisconsin 76, Northwestern 48.

Middle Tennessee State 83, Marshall 72. MTSU's win in the CUSA Final keeps the Selection Committee from a tough decision. Had they lost, the Blue Raiders would have been 29-5 with an RPI somewhere around 45 or 50, and with wins over Vanderbilt and UNC-Wilmington on their record, but not much else. Now they'll head to the tournament at 30-4, winners of 20 of their last 21.

Nevada 79, Colorado State 71. How far has the Mountain West fallen? It's not clear that their regular season champ, Nevada (28-6) would have gotten a bid had they not won the tournament today.

Kent State 70, Akron 65. The two best MAC programs over the past 2 decades met in the tournament final. Detroit soph Jaylin Walker had 30 as Kent (22-13) put the kibosh on regular season champ Akron (26-8). Walker scored 6 points in a 10-0 Kent run that broke a 49 all tie midway through the second half. Akron has 12 straight seasons with at least 21 wins, but just 3 NCAA bids in that time. Kent State has won 20 or more games in 16 of the last 19 seasons (winning 19 in two of the others), but hasn't made the tournament since 2008.

North Dakota 93, Weber State 89 (OT). Trailing by 6 with under a minute in regulation, North Dakota (22-9) rallied to force an OT, then took out Weber State (19-13) in the Big Sky final.

New Orleans 68, Texas A&M Corpus Christi 65 (OT). New Orleans wins the Southland.
North Carolina Central 67, Norfolk State 59. MEAC champs NC Central (25-8) get their second bid in 4 years.
Vermont 56, Albany 53. Vermont (29-5) enters the NCAA tournament with the nation's longest winning streak, 21 games.
Texas Southern 53, Alcorn State 50. Texas Southern (23-11) wins the SWAC.
New Mexico State 70, Bakersfield 60. New Mexico State rallied from a 9 point halftime deficit with a 50 point second half.
UC-Davis 50, Cal-Irvine 47. Cal-Davis won the Big West tournament and will make its first ever appearance in the NCAAs.

Texas State 83, Texas Arlington 62. UT-Arlington (25-8) was being talked about as a hot "sleeper" pick for the Sweet 16, or at least a mid-major upset, but they got smoked tonight in the Sunbelt semis and probably won't make the tournament at all. I suppose they could still sneak in to the tournament. They have an RPI in the mid-40s and a win at St. Mary's.

Princeton 72, Penn 64 (OT). Ivy regular season champ Princeton (22-6) survives a scare in the first ever Ivy tournament. The Tigers have won 18 straight.
Yale 73, Harvard 71. Woe is me.

Troy 74, Georgia State 63. Ray McCallum's new team bows out in the Sunbelt Semis. They finish 20-12.

Post Season Bids:
NCAA
Jacksonville State (20-14), OVC
Wichita State (30-4), MVC
Winthrop (26-6), Big South
Florida Gulf Coast (26-7), Atlantic Sun
UNC-Wilmington (29-5), Colonial Athletic
East Tennessee State (27-7), Southern
Northern Kentucky (24-10), Horizon
Mount St. Mary's (19-15), Northeastern
Gonzaga (32-1), WCC
New Orleans (20-11), Southland
North Dakota (22-9), Big Sky
Middle Tennessee State (30-4), Conference USA
Iowa State (23-10), Big 12
Duke (27-8), ACC
Vermont (29-5), America East
North Carolina Central (25-8), MEAC
Nevada (28-6), Mountain West
Texas Southern (23-11), SWAC
Kent State (22-13), MAC
Villanova (31-3), Big East
Arizona (29-4), PAC 12
Cal-Davis (22-12), Big West
New Mexico State (28-5), WAC
Iona (22-12), MAAC
Bucknell (26-8), Patriot
South Dakota State (18-16), Summit

NIT (These are conference champions who lost in their conference tournament)
I hate automatic bids to the NIT. Win your conference tournament or have an RPI in the top 100. Otherwise, there's the CIT. But here they are, both the good and the bad--at least those that are unlikely to get an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament.

Oakland (24-8), Horizon
Belmont (22-6), OVC
Illinois State (27-6), MVC (if no NCAA bid)
Monmouth (27-6), MAAC (assuming no NCAA bid).
UNC-Greensboro (25-9), Southern
South Dakota (22-11), Summit
Texas Arlington (25-8), Sunbelt
Akron (26-8), MAC (assuming no NCAA bid)
Cal-Irvine (21-14), Big West
Bakersfield (22-9), WAC
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Re: Pontiac Scoreboard

Postby Commissioner » Sun Mar 12, 2017 6:35 pm

Selection Sunday:
Findlay 68, Ferris State 63. Two GLIAC teams squared off in the second round of the D-II tournament, with Findlay rallying late for the win.
Michigan 71, #24 Wisconsin 56. A nice B10 tournament run for the Wolverines, who are the lowest seeded team ever to win the B10 tournament. But did they peak a week or two early?

#8 Kentucky 82, Arkansas 65. Arkansas has been a real sleeper team this year, quietly piling up wins without drawing much attention to themselves. Anyway, Kentucky beat them to claim the SEC championship.

#12 SMU 71, #15 Cincinnati 56. SMU (30-4) finds life goes on after Larry Brown. They set a school record for victories this year.

Rhode Island 70, VCU 63. Rhode Island saves the selection committee a tough decision by winning the A10. That also gives the A10 3 bids in the big tournament.
Princeton 71, Yale 59. Princeton (23-6) extends its win streak to 19, winning the first ever Ivy tournament..
Troy 59, Texas State 53. Troy (22-14) wins the Sunbelt.
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Re: Pontiac Scoreboard

Postby Commissioner » Mon Mar 13, 2017 11:12 pm

Monday, March 13...

Liberty 73, Norfolk State 64. Liberty opened the CIT by beating Norfolk State in the Second Annual John McLendon Classic. McLendon was coach at North Carolina College for Negroes (now NC Central), Hampton, Tennessee A&I (now Tennessee State) Kentucky State, and eventually Cleveland State. His 1944 North Carolina College team beat Duke in a "secret" game--at the time, integrated competition was prohibited in the state. He won 8 national titles in the Central Collegiate Athletic Association (then the nation's premier conference for HBCUs) with NC College, then later won 3 NAIA titles with Tennessee A&I. At Cleveland State, where he was hired in 1966, he was the first African-American to be head coach at a non HBCU. In between, in 1962 he was hired as the head coach of the Cleveland Pipers of the American Basketball League, making him the first African American to be head coach of any professional sports team in the U.S. McLendon is usually credited with developing the "Four Corners" offense later utlized effectively by Dean Smith at UNC, although his teams were generally known for an up-tempo style, and he helped to popularize the full court press.

Liberty (20-13) won tonight behind Ryan Kemrite's 30 points.

Cornerstone 69, Bellevue 57. Cornerstone, of Grand Rapids, beat Bellevue (Neb.) to reach the finals of the NAIA tournament. Kyle Stiegenga led the way with game highs of 19 points and 11 rebounds. Cornerstone was ranked #2 nationally in the final poll, and their opponent in the final, Union College, #1.
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Re: Pontiac Scoreboard

Postby Motor City Sam » Tue Mar 14, 2017 10:44 pm

Commissioner wrote:Monday, March 13...

Liberty 73, Norfolk State 64. Liberty opened the CIT by beating Norfolk State in the Second Annual John McLendon Classic. McLendon was coach at North Carolina College for Negroes (now NC Central), Hampton, Tennessee A&I (now Tennessee State) Kentucky State, and eventually Cleveland State. His 1944 North Carolina College team beat Duke in a "secret" game--at the time, integrated competition was prohibited in the state. He won 8 national titles in the Central Collegiate Athletic Association (then the nation's premier conference for HBCUs) with NC College, then later won 3 NAIA titles with Tennessee A&I. At Cleveland State, where he was hired in 1966, he was the first African-American to be head coach at a non HBCU. In between, in 1962 he was hired as the head coach of the Cleveland Pipers of the American Basketball League, making him the first African American to be head coach of any professional sports team in the U.S. McLendon is usually credited with developing the "Four Corners" offense later utlized effectively by Dean Smith at UNC, although his teams were generally known for an up-tempo style, and he helped to popularize the full court press.



Really enjoyed that Commish. I am familiar with Coach McLendon, but I learned a couple of things in your post. Thank you.
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Re: Pontiac Scoreboard

Postby Big Chuck » Wed Mar 15, 2017 2:05 am

Commissioner,
Enjoy your occasional history lessons. I may be the only one on this board to have seen a Cleveland Pipers game. That league was more of a semi-pro league. The players had day "jobs" in the owners business.
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Re: Pontiac Scoreboard

Postby Commissioner » Wed Mar 15, 2017 6:35 am

Tuesday, March 14: Post-season starts in earnest today, with NIT and even NCAA games!

Union 72, Cornerstone 69. #1 Union beat #2 Cornerstone by a trey to win the NAIA national championship. Looks like it's up to Michigan, Michigan State, or, ahem, Oakland, to win a tournament for the Great Lakes State this year. Union (35-3) won its 33rd straight game. Kyle Stiegenga played all 40 minutes and had 30 points and 11 rebounds for Cornerstone (34-4). Cornerstone won the NAIA title in 2011 and 2015.

Horizon:
Illinois 82, Valparaiso 57. Valpo just isn't the same team with Alec Peters, and while their overall season merited an NIT bid, without Peters they really weren't up to it and get blown out by the Illini (19-14). Remember that Valpo also lost starting forward Jubril Adekoya for the season back in November. He was charged with violating the school honor code by cheating on his exams. The Crusaders finish 24-9. Peters' teams won 82 games in the past three seasons, including an NIT Final 4 run, but reached just one NCAA tournament and went out in the first round in that one. A great player and it's too bad his teams didn't get the right breaks.

Oakland 74, Clemson 69. So I'm helping my daughter paint a bedroom in her house and I take a little break and flick on some NIT excitement. There's Valpo getting pulverized by Illinois. So I flip to OU/Clemson, and OU is down 20 early in the second half, and I hear Jalen Hayes is out with an injury. Who wants to watch OU, let alone OU getting blown out? Turns out, I missed quite a comeback. The Grizzlies trailed by 19 at the half, but the Walker Brothers, Martez and Sherron Dorsey, decided that the sun should shine a bit more on Rochester. The two combined for 35 second half points as OU pulled off a huge rally. 16 of those 35 came in a 20-2 run that left the Grizzlies (25-8) up 8 with 3 minutes left to play.

Other Games:
NCAA
Kansas State 95, Wake Forest 88. Aren't "play ins" to be the 11th seed stupid? If you are going to have play-ins, shouldn't they all be 16th seeds? It's like the NCAA just says, "oh, we can't make up our minds for the final 2 at large bids, so we'll just let them shoot it out." A really dumb thing in a nearly perfect sporting event, if you ask me (I know, you didn't).

Mount St. Mary's 67, New Orleans 66. Junior Robinson, at 5-5 the smallest player in D-I, scored 23 points as Mount St. Mary's (20-15) nipped the Privateers (20-12). Their reward is to play Villanova. Meanwhile, the Privateers (love the nickname) feature a player name Thibodeaux, which is fitting.

NIT
Ole Miss 91, Ole Monmouth 83. Sebastian Saiz had his 21st double-double of the season with 23 points and 11 rebounds for the Rebels (21-13). Monmouth finishes 27-7. Mississippi has a starting forward named Justus Furmanaviscious, who really ought to play for Furman. Meanwhile, Monmouth graduates 5 rotation players, who won 55 games and two MAAC regular season titles in the last two years, including wins over Memphis, UCLA, Notre Dame, USC and Georgetown. Still, the Hawks ended up in the NIT both years.

Georgia Tech 75, Indiana 63. Mercifully, Georgia Tech (18-15) put Indiana (18-16) out of its 2017 misery. Certainly the most disappointing team in the nation.

Colorado State 81, Charleston 74. These two teams have a combined 49 wins. There's some good ball in the NIT.

Richmond 71, Alabama 64. Lower seeds were 5-2 in the NIT tonight. Richmond (21-12) was one of three #6 seeds to win.

Boise State 73, Utah 68. One-time Titan recruiting target Kyle Kuzma had 21 points for Utah (one-time Titan verbal commit Lorenzo Bonam had 7 points and 4 assists), but Boise State (20-11) rallied in the final minutes to beat Utah (20-12) in Salt Lake City.

Bakersfield 73, California 66. Bakersfield (23-9) blitzed Cal out of the gate, racing to a 15-3 lead in opening minutes and extending the margin to 25 at halftime. Cal (21-13) cut the deficit to as few as 6 in the second half but couldn't get closer. The Bears, playing without Ivan Rabb and Jabari Bird, their top two scorers, made just 17% of their shots in the first half, while Bakersfield hit 8 of 13 three pointers in the half.

CIT
Samford 78, Canisius 74. Samford led most of the way but couldn't finish Canisius off until the final seconds. Announced attendance was 614.

St. Francis (Pa.) 78, Jacksonville 76. St. Francis trailed for the first 27 minutes, then spurted to a 10 point lead, then held on to edge Jacksonville in the Hugh Durham Classic, honoring the former Florida State, Georgia, and Jacksonville coach. Announced attendance in Jacksonville was 734. You know Jacksonville made the NCAA Final Four once, right?

Campbell 98, Houston Baptist 79. Sophomore Chris Clemons, who averaged nearly 25 points per game during the regular season, scored 39 as Campbell drowned Baptist in a first round game before 1735 in Buies Creek.
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