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Re: Pontiac Scoreboard

Postby Motor City Sam » Wed Jan 11, 2017 8:43 pm

Commissioner wrote:Tuesday, January 10:


Eastern Michigan 81, Bowling Green 53. Eastern (10-6) held Bowling Green (7-9) scoreless for the first 5 minutes of the second half and rolled to victory down at the Stroh Center (does it seem weird to you that the Stroh Center is in Ohio? It does to me).

#9 Florida State 88, #7 Duke 72. That Titan loss to FSU just keeps looking better! Xavier Rathan Mayes led FSU with 21 points. He was the player tripped in a game last year by Duke's Grayson Allen, who finished with just 9 points. The Seminoles (16-1) have won 12 straight.

DePaul 64, Providence 63. Good win for DePaul (8-9).

George Mason 75, St. Joe's 67. GMU has 3 Michigan kids on the roster. Freshman guard Kamari Newman, whom the Titans offered, had 10 points in 14 minutes in tonight's win. I'll still take Corey Allen. Sophomore guard Jaire Grayer, from Flint, was also offered by Detroit. He had 11 points and 6 rebounds tonight, a bit above his season averages. 6-10 sophomore center Danny Dixon, out of Grosse Pointe, didn't play, and rarely does. Melancholy memories: viewtopic.php?f=2&t=100&hilit=grosse+pointe&start=690#p24177.


EMU is schizophrenic. They can look great and terrible in the same week.

Florida State looks legit good. Maybe Hamilton's best team, which is saying something. And they are getting better as the year goes on. Third straight win over a ranked opponent.

DePaul is inconsistent, but showing signs of life with some young players making an impact. Could there finally be a light on the horizon for one of my historical favorites.

Nice touch with the "memory" link. Like you said, "melancholy".
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Re: Pontiac Scoreboard

Postby MooseGuy1 » Wed Jan 11, 2017 9:52 pm

Oh, I didn't notice the link this morning. Nice addition, Commissioner.
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Re: Pontiac Scoreboard

Postby Commissioner » Thu Jan 12, 2017 12:51 am

Games for Wednesday, January 11:
Non-Conference Opponents:
Illiinois 85, Michigan 69. I'd say an NCAA bid is looking grim for Michigan (11-6, 1-3) after Illinois (12-5, 2-2) dominated the Wolverines tonight in Urbana.

New Hampshire 75, Albany 67. Tanner Leissner had 16 points and 11 rebounds as UNH (10-6) won on the road.

Trine 68, Adrian 54.

Other Games:
Michigan State 65, #24 Minnesota 47. We're five games into the Big 10 season, and MSU has beaten Minnesota twice. The Gophers' first appearance in the top 25 since Little Pitino took over will prove to be short-lived.

#8 Creighton 75, #12 Butler 64. Creighton (16-1) shot 55% for the game, and led by 20 at halftime.
#11 North Carolina 93, Wake Forest 87.
#14 Louisville 85, Pittsburgh 80. Jamel Artis scored 43 as Pitt rallied from a 27 point second half deficit, but the Panthers (12-5) ran out of time.

Wichita State 87, Loyola 75.
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Re: Pontiac Scoreboard

Postby Commissioner » Fri Jan 13, 2017 12:25 am

Thursday, January 12:

Horizon:
Green Bay 78, Wright State 61. Green Bay reclaimed a half-game lead on Oakland, good for 24 hours, after sticking it to Wright State up in the dairy air. That's 7 wins in a row for Green Bay (11-6, 5-0). Wright State (11-7, 2-3) is doing better this year than many expected, but the Raiders are not ready yet to compete for the league title.

Valparaiso 78, Youngstown State 62. The Chicago-area teams swept in northeast Ohio tonight. Alec Peters had 17 points and 15 rebounds to lead Valpo (13-4, 3-1) to an easy win. Cameron Morse led YSU (8-10, 2-3) with 18.

UIC 59, Cleveland State 54. Cleveland State (5-12, 1-4) had built a 39-30 lead seven minutes into the second half, but UIC (9-8, 2-2) went on a 24-7 run and then held on in the final minutes. This game must have been agony for the coaches to watch--the teams combined to commit 39 turnovers (20 by UIC), shot a combined 41% (43% for UIC), and made just 51% from the foul line (54% for UIC).

Milwaukee 68, Northern Kentucky 58. Milwaukee left Detroit as the only winless team in conference play, surprising Northern Kentucky in Milwaukee. Lavone Holland's 17 points and 7 assists topped NKU (12-7, 3-3). Brock Stull had 18 to lead Milwaukee (5-12, 1-3) which gets its first conference win of the Lamar Jordan era.

Titan Non-Conference Opponents:
UNC-Greenboro 83, East Tennessee State 79. Greensboro (13-5, 4-1 in Southern Conference) nipped ETSU (13-4, 3-1) in Johnson City to take over 1st place in the Southern Conference.

UAB 72, Western Kentucky 54. Alabama Birmingham (10-7) took advantage of WKU's cold shooting in Birmingham. WKU (9-9) shot 35%.

Other Games of Note:
#5 Gonzaga 93, Loyola Marymount 55. Gonzaga (16-0) is the only unbeaten team left.
#16 Arizona 91, Arizona State 75.
Iowa 83, #17 Purdue 78. There were 20 lead changes in whatever city it is Iowa (11-7, 3-2) plays in.
#18 Wisconsin 89, Ohio State 66.
#20 Notre Dame 67, Miami 62.
#22 Cincinnati 66, SMU 64. In a showdown for first place in the AAC, Cincy (14-2, 4-0) held on in a wild finish. The win leaves UC the only unbeaten team in AAC conference play. SMU falls to 14-4, 4-1.
Utah 86, #25 USC 64.

Jacksonville 82, NJIT 81. Damon Lynn had another 7 three pointers, but NJIT (8-10, 0-2 in Atlantic Sun) lost. Jacksonville's J.R. Holder scored 39. i'm sure there's some kind of "who shot? J.R!" joke there, but I can't come up with one. Holder hit one of two foul shots for a 2 point Jax (13-6, 1-1) lead with 6 seconds left. Lynn, who finished with 24 points, was fouled but also hit just 1 of 2 and Jax held on.
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Re: Pontiac Scoreboard

Postby Commissioner » Sat Jan 14, 2017 1:16 am

Friday, January 13. Only 6 games in all of D-I tonight, but three involve us or teams we played in this year.

Horizon:
Detroit 93, Oakland 88. Here's a great day: Give a morning presentation; spend the afternoon poolside at the Breakers; great dinner with great friends at Flagler's Steakhouse; come back to hotel, fire up ESPN3 and watch replay of Titan/OU game. I see a Player of the Week Award for Jalethal Hogan.

Non-Conference Opponents:
Central Michigan 96, Toledo 88. Jonathan Williams also had a big night with 30 points, but it wasn't enough for Toledo. Central led start to finish behind 28 points from Braylon Rayson, a career high for him.

Manhattan 76, Rider 73. Hogan wasn't the only man having a career night. Manhattan's Zane Waterman had 35 points as the Jaspers won their second in a row after an 0-5 start in conference.
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Re: Pontiac Scoreboard

Postby Commissioner » Sun Jan 15, 2017 1:28 am

Saturday, January 14:

Horizon:
UIC 92, Youngstown State 89 (OT). The Titans next opponent, YSU (8-11, 2-4), lost at home to UIC in overtime. Freshman Dominique Mathews led UIC (1-8, 3-2) with a career best 21 points, while freshman Tarkus Ferguson added 15 points and 10 rebounds, and freshman KJ Santos had 14. In defeat, YSU's Cameron Morse took 35 shots from the field, making 15 and finishing with 40 points. Freshman guard Braun Hartfield added 19. Lotsa freshman doing good things in the Horizon this year.

Valparaiso 78, Cleveland State 67. CSU's loss moves the Titans out of last place in the Horizon. Surely the Executive Suite is next. The Vikings (5-13, 1-5) didn't immediately roll over for the Crusaders, grabbing an early 12 point lead and holding it until the final minutes of the first half, when a 12-1 finish put Valpo ahead for the first time. A 13-2 Crusader run to start the second half put Cleveland State away. The nation's #3 scorer, Alec Peters, scored 30 for Valpo (14-4, 4-1). He also grabbed 9 rebounds, but that snapped his string of 8 consecutive double-doubles. Rob Edwards led CSU with 22.

Wright State 70, Milwaukee 67. The Raiders (12-7, 3-3) rallied from an 11 point second-half deficit in Milwaukee. Mark Alstork scored all 17 of his points in the second half, and Grant Benzinger chipped in a trio of big threes that ignited the rally. WSU overcame a dismal night by #2 scorer Steve Davis, who had just 2 points. Justin Mitchell had a double-double for the Raiders with 21 points and 12 rebounds. Brock Stull led Milwaukee (5-13, 1-4) with 16.

Non-Conference Opponents:
North Carolina 96, #9 Florida State 83. North Carolina (16-2) used a 7-0 finish to the first half to put some room between them and the Seminoles (16-2), then pulled away in the game's final minutes, running it out with a 14-5 spurt. Joel Barry had 26 for the Heels.

Maryland 62, Illinois 56. Does Illinois (12-6) go dancing in March? A home loss to Maryland (16-2) doesn't help.

Eastern Michigan 53, Ohio 49. Ohio held Eastern to just 19 first half points, but Eastern rallied to hand Ohio (11-4, 3-1) its first MAC loss, and stay tied with Northern Illinois for first place in the MAC West at 3-1, 11-6 overall.

Northern Illinois 69, Bowling Green 52. BGSU (7-9) gets crunched at home. Dontel Highsmith, a once promising southwest Michigan kid who entered this year not having played since December 2013 due to injuries, contributed 9 points to NIU's (10-6) win.

South Dakota 66, Fort Wayne 63. The Mastodons (14-5) lost for the second time in Summit play, something of a surprise.

Middle Tennessee 91, Western Kentucky 76. Middle Tennessee (15-3) stayed atop Conference USA, despite a bad game (2 points) for Giddy Potts, who averages 16 per game. Pancake Thomas had 23 for WKU (9-10), which lost its third straight. Giddy? Pancake? MTSU is a team to keep your eye on--they're laden with juniors and seniors, and would be a solid Sweet 16 threat if they win the CUSA Tournament and reach the NCAAs. And how has CUSA fallen--hard to believe that a dozen years ago this conference included Memphis, Louisville, Cincinnati, Houston, Marquette, and St. Louis, among others, and sent 4 teams to the NCAAs.

East Tennessee State 75, Western Carolina 52. Tevin Glass led a balanced scoring attack with 14 points as ETSU (14-4) won easily in Johnson City. Glass made all 7 of his shots.

Murray State 67, SIU Edwardsville 59. The Racers (10-9, 4-1) are in first place in the OVC West.

New Hampshire 73, Binghamton 66. New Hampshire (10-6) led by 20 at halftime and won easy. The Wildcats committed just 7 turnovers.

Adrian 67, Albion 59. Adrian (7-8) snaps a three game losing streak.

Other Games:
Michigan 91, Nebraska 85. Michigan never trailed, but never led by more than a few points, either, as these two traded baskets most of the game. Moritz Wagner, Derrick Walton, and Zak Irvin all scored 20 or more points for the Wolverines (11-6). Tai Webster had 28 for Nebraska (9-7).

Western Michigan 92, Kent State 88. WMU (5-10) upset Kent (9-7) in K'zoo behind 35 points from Tucker Haymond.

#1 Baylor 77, #25 Kansas State 68. When the next poll comes out on Monday, Baylor (16-1) will no longer be #1 and K State (13-4) will no longer be in the top 25.
#2 Kansas 87, Oklahoma State 80.
#3 Villanova 70, St. John's 57. St. John's (8-10) shut down Josh Hart, holding him to 11 points on 4-13 shooting, but freshman Dominic DiVicenzo stepped up with 19 points to pace the Wildcats (16-1).
#4 UCLA 83, Utah 82. One-time Titan verbal commit Lorenzo Bonam led Utah (12-5) with 19, and another Michigan player recruited by the Titans, Kyle Kuzma, had 15 points and 9 rebounds, but UCLA (18-1) squeaked out a victory in Salt Lake City when Kuzma missed a three pointer with 3 seconds left.

#5 Gonzaga 79, #21 St. Mary's 56. Nursing a 6 point lead with 8 and a half to play, Gonzaga broke St. Mary's back with a 16-0 run. The Zags (17-0) remain the only unbeaten team in the country. St. Mary's is 15-2.
#6 Kentucky 92, Auburn 72.
#14 Louisville 78, #7 Duke 69. Duke (14-3) had a tough week, with road losses to #9 Florida State and now Louisville.
#8 Creighton 101, Truman State 69. This is the kind of game you usually in November.
#10 West Virginia 74, Texas 72. Texas (7-10) lost for the 5th time in 6 games.

#12 Butler 83, #15 Xavier 78. MCC action in Indy- sort of.
#13 Oregon 85, Oregon State 43. It was 41-13 at halftime.
#19 Virginia 77, Clemson 73.
#20 Notre Dame 76, Virginia Tech 71. As usual, the Irish (15-2) were led by Steve Vasturia (20 points) and Bonzie Colson (14 points, 12 rebounds). Notre Dame (15-2) is off to a 4-0 start in the ACC, while Tech (13-3) is 2-2 in conference.

#23 Florida 80, Georgia 76 (OT).
Penn State 52, #24 Minnesota 50. Minnesota (15-3) celebrated its first national ranking of the Pitino era by losing twice this week.

Illinois State 76, Wichita State 62. Illinois State (14-4, 6-0) thumped the Shockers (15-4, 5-1) in a showdown for first place in the Valley.
Miami 72, Pittsburgh 46. Impressive road win for the Hurricane.
Dayton 76, Duquesne 57.
Marquette 83, DePaul 58.

Canisius 91, Marist 58. Canisius (12-6) is tied with Monmouth atop the MAAC, and waiting for Kirky.
Sacred Heart 112, Bryant 110. A triple overtime game. Quincy McKnight had 44 for Sacred Heart (8-11).
NJIT 84, North Florida 78. My guy Damon Lynn had 6 three pointers and 33 points. As important as three pointers, he made 8 straight free throws down the stretch as NJIT (9-10) held off the Ospreys. NJIT probably needs a deep Atlantic Sun tournament run for Lynn to catch Travis Bader for career threes. He would need to average 7 per game if NJIT loses in the first round.

Tulsa 70, Temple 68. Temple is 1-5 in American Conference Play.
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Re: Pontiac Scoreboard

Postby Commissioner » Mon Jan 16, 2017 11:28 am

Games for Sunday, January 15:

Horizon:
No games today. Horizon standings (including tie-breakers):
1. Green Bay 5-0
2. Oakland 4-1
3. Valparaiso 4-1
4. UIC 3-2
5. Northern Kentucky 3-3
6. Wright State 3-3
7. Youngstown State 2-4
8. Detroit 1-4
9. Milwaukee 1-4
10. Cleveland State 1-5

Other Games:
Ohio State 72, Michigan State 67. Ohio State (11-7, 1-4) got it's first win in Big 10 play behind 22 points from Jaquan Lyle. Myles Bridges had 24 for the Spartans (12-7, 4-2). MSU's loss leaves Maryland in sole possession of first place in the Big 10.

#22 Cincinnati 55, East Carolina 46. Eight straight wins for UC (15-2).
#25 Southern Cal 71, Colorado 68.
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Re: Pontiac Scoreboard

Postby Commissioner » Mon Jan 16, 2017 11:46 pm

And Monday, January 16:

Horizon:
Detroit 87, Youngstown State 71. The Titans opened flat, I thought, but they eventually got it going, with the "chaos" defense seeming to build energy. What can one say about Josh McFolley--when he's hot, he's hot. In another thread this week I suggested that Cole Long would have to get better next year if he wanted to remain a rotation player. I still think that's true, but it's not that I don't like Long. The kid plays his heart out and does enough well that he may make it.

After the OU game, I almost commented on walk-on Patrick Robinson, and I wish I had. Robinson played just 3 minutes against OU, picking up 2 quick fouls. But they were valuable, badly needed minutes at a time when the Titans were in deep foul trouble. To me that was the epitome of the team player, a guy deep on the bench who was ready to step up when his team needed him. Tonight his contributions were even more obvious as he helped squash any prospect of a late YSU rally.

Jarod Williams also made some big plays at key moments. Jenkins was glue. And what can be more fun than watching Jalethal Hogan lumber down the court after a steal near midcourt? If Jaleel had three more years of eligiblity, we'd have a point guard down the road.

Even on the small screen you can see a new bounce in the Titans' step, and a renewed joy in the game.

Valparaiso 80, Green Bay 56. Valpo (15-4, 5-1) moved back into first place in the Horizon with an easy home win over previously unbeaten Green Bay (11-7, 5-1). The Crusaders grabbed a 15 point lead in the opening 10 minutes, let Green Bay cut it to 7 at the half, then went on a 17-0 run early in the second half to blow it open. Alec Peters finished with 20 points and 16 rebounds, and Tevon Walker also put up a double-double for Valpo with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Valpo held Green Bay to 30% from the floor in snapping the Phoenix's 7 game winning streak.

Cleveland State 76, Oakland 65. Not that I mind seeing Oakland lose, but a little luster came off the Titans' Friday night win as Cleveland State (6-13, 2-5) never trailed and pulled away late in the McRena. While Detroit pressed and played fast, CSU didn't press and played slow, proving there is more than one way to skin a Grizzly. Detroiter Rob Edwards was the big gun for CSU with 32 points and 7 rebounds. Oakland (14-5, 4-2) wasted another fine performance from Jalen Hayes, who had 25 points and 8 rebounds. The Grizzlies made just 2 of 18 three point attempts.

Non-Conference Opponents:
Vermont 71, New Hampshire 59 Vermont gave New Hampshire a whuppin' on the Wildcats home court. Vermont led by 13 at the break and were never seriously threatened after. The Catamounts sit atop the American East at 5-0, 15-5 overall. New Hampshire is 11-7, 2-2.


Other Games Moose wanted to know about:
#1 Villanova 76, Seton Hall 46. Villanova (18-1) is really good.
#2 Kansas 76, Iowa State 72. Although Kansas (17-1) took the lead for good five minutes into the game, Iowa State just would not go away. A Devonte Graham free throw with 11 seconds left finally put the game out of reach for the Cyclones (11-6). Flint's (and Iowa State's) Monte Morris led all scorers with 23 points.

#7 Creighton 72, #22 Xavier 67. Creighton (18-1) pulled out a close one in Cincy when Trevon Bluiett's three-point attempt was off the mark with 11 seconds left. Khyri Thomas made two free throws with 5 seconds left to finish off the Musketeers (13-5).

#9 North Carolina 85, Syracuse 68. Career win 800 for Roy Williams.

#13 Butler 88, Marquette 80. How do we get one of them Big East invitations? Sadly, ain't happenin' soon.

Monmouth 76, Canisius 72. Though the game at Canisius was close all the way, Monmouth never trailed. These two started the night tied for first in the MAAC, so I guess that means Monmouth is now in sole possession of first.

Morgan State 82, North Carolina A&T 53. Morgan State (7-10, 4-0) moved into first place in the MEAC. David Syfax, a freshman from Pershing High, had 13 points for Morgan State.
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Re: Pontiac Scoreboard

Postby titanmac » Tue Jan 17, 2017 1:41 am

so we are alone in 7th place. better than alone in last! need to be looking for some payback this weekend.
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Re: Pontiac Scoreboard

Postby ptctitan » Tue Jan 17, 2017 7:05 am

Brock did not play for Oakland vs CSU. He was injured in our game.
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Re: Pontiac Scoreboard

Postby titanmac » Tue Jan 17, 2017 1:23 pm

yeah. i watched the replay. noticed that. he has been a presence in the middle for them all year. sounded like an abdominal muscle problem from what the announcers described the other night? no idea how long he'll be out?
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Re: Pontiac Scoreboard

Postby Commissioner » Wed Jan 18, 2017 8:58 am

Games for Tuesday, January 17:

Horizon:
UIC 71, Milwaukee 57. Tai Odiase had 20 points, 12 rebounds, and 6 blocks for UIC, which improved to 11-8 overall, 4-2 in conference. Freshman Bryce Nze had 22 for Milwaukee (5-14, 1-5).

Non-Conference Foes:
#21 Purdue 91, Illinois 68. That won't help Illinois's post-season chances. Purdue's Caleb Swanigan, the nation's leading rebounder, had 22 points and 10 boards.

Eastern Michigan 86, Western Michigan 80. James Thompson scored 26 and Eastern rallied from a 5 point halftime deficit to win for the 6th time in 7 games. The win brought the Eagles (12-6) into a tie with Northern Illinois for first place in the MAC West. Western (6-11) got 26 points from Thomas Wilder.

Toledo 85, Bowling Green 73. Nate Navigato scored 22, Jonathan Williams his usual 20, and Steve Taylor recorded his 14th double-double as Toledo (10-8) swamped the Falcons (7-11). Demajeo Wiggins had 17 points and 11 rebounds in defeat.

Iona 82, Manhattan 67. Shadirac Casimer came off the bench to score 21 for Iona (11-8). Manhattan falls to 7-12.

Other Games:
#17 Wisconsin 68, Michigan 64. The Badgers went on a 15-0 run, turning a 6 point deficit into a 9 point lead with 2:30 to play. UM tried to rally but ran out of time. Zak Irvin had 20 for the Wolverines (12-7), who have 4 of their next 5 at home and badly need some wins if they hope to reach the NCAAs. Wisconsin (15-3) moved into a first place tie with Maryland in the Big 10.

Ball State 98, Central Michigan 83. Not a good loss for the Chips (11-7). Marcus Keene scored his usual 29, though.

#5 Kentucky 88, Mississippi State 81.
#6 Baylor 74, Texas 64. Shaka Smart's Longhorns have lost 6 of 7 and 7-11 on the season. That wasn't the plan!
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Re: Pontiac Scoreboard

Postby Commissioner » Thu Jan 19, 2017 12:37 am

For Wednesday, January 18:

Non-Conference Opponents:
#10 Florida State 83, #15 Notre Dame 80. Florida State (17-2) moved into a tie for first in the ACC behind 23 points and 10 rebounds from Jonathan Isaac.

Hope 75, Adrian 65. 1833 in attendance at Hope, regularly the top drawing team in D-III nationally.

Other Games:
Oklahoma 89, #7 West Virginia 87 (OT). Upset of the night. Oklahoma is uncharacteristically bad this year, just 8-9 overall after the upset.
#16 Virginia 71, Boston College 54.
#24 South Carolina 57, #19 Florida 53.
#20 Cincinnati 81, Temple 74.

Indiana 78, Penn State 75. IU (13-6) blew an 8 point lead in the final minute, then won it on a trey at the buzzer.
Bucknell 76, Loyola (Md.) 63. Bucknell (14-6) leads the Patriot Conference.
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Re: Pontiac Scoreboard

Postby Commissioner » Fri Jan 20, 2017 12:43 am

It's Thursday, January 19:

Non-Conference Opponents:
North Dakota State 89, Fort Wayne 83. Fort Wayne's early victory over Indiana has lost a lot of luster as the Hoosiers have fallen from #3 to unranked. Meanwhile, the Mastodons themselves have fallen to 14-6 overall, just 3-3 in the Summit. North Dakota State (13-6) leads that conference.

Furman 75, East Tennessee State 62. Something of a shocker in the Southern Conference, as Furman (11-8) stomps on (former) conference leader ETSU (14-5). Furman has a really pretty campus down in Greenville, SC.

Murray State 86, Eastern Kentucky 79. DeMarcus Croaker had 23 and Jonathan Startk 21 for Murray State. The Racers are just 11-9 overall but lead the OVC West at 5-1.

New Hampshire 74, Maine 63. Iba Camara had 21 points and 11 rebounds for UNH (12-7).


Other Games:
#11 Oregon 86, California 63. Oregon (17-2) stays unbeaten and atop the PAC 12.
#12 Louisville 92, Clemson 60.
#14 Arizona 73, USC 66. The Wildcats (17-2) stay unbeaten in PAC 12, a half-game behind Oregon. USC (16-4, 3-4) falls out of the race.
#25 Maryland 84, Iowa 76. iowa (11-9) rallied from 15 down in the second half to lead by 3, but Melo Trimble hit a big three to tie, the Terps stabilized and went on to win in Iowa City. Maryland (17-2) takes a half-game lead over Wisconsin in the Big 10.

SMU 69, Connecticut 49. Tough year for UConn (7-11). SMU is 16-4.
Memphis 70, Houston 67 (OT). Both these teams look like NIT clubs. Houston (13-6) had a better shot at he big dance but tonight's OT loss at home probably did them in, absent a big run through the rest of the year.

UNC-Wilmington 65, Charleston 59. John Talley hit a three pointer and 4 free throws in the final minute as Wilmington (18-2) nipped Charleston (15-5) in the CAA. Both teams entered the game 6-0 in conference.
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Re: Pontiac Scoreboard

Postby Motor City Sam » Fri Jan 20, 2017 6:47 pm

Commissioner wrote:It's Thursday, January 19:
Memphis 70, Houston 67 (OT). Both these teams look like NIT clubs. Houston (13-6) had a better shot at he big dance but tonight's OT loss at home probably did them in, absent a big run through the rest of the year.


Bite you tongue!!!

Actually, you're probably right. Looks like an NIT year for my man Tubby Smith, absent a long winning streak and/or running the table in the conference tournament. The latter might be possible if they get their starting center (out with a dislocated ankle) back in time.
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Re: Pontiac Scoreboard

Postby Commissioner » Sat Jan 21, 2017 12:44 am

January 20. Only 9 games in D-I hoops tonight, but dominated by the Horizon and a couple of the Titans non-con opponents.

Horizon:
Wright State 106, Detroit 88. The Titans played great for about 10 minutes. Wright State played great for a whole lot longer, and the Titans gradually imploded over the last 10 minutes of the first half. Rarely does one play do it, but it seems like the Titans stalled, when, leading 24-22, Jared Williams stole the ball at midcourt but missed the breakaway dunk. The Raiders rebounded, came down for an old-fashioned 3 point play, and outscored the Titans 38-14 in the rest of the half. The Titans never got closer than 16 in the second half. This was as good a game as Wright State has played all year, especially in the first half, when they were nearly flawless. One poster on the WSU Board suggested it was the best half of basketball in Raider history. That I don't know about (and he probably doesn't either) but it's indicative of how well WSU played in that first half--they were just really, really good. At one point the Titans were shooting 74% from the floor and still trailing. A turnover-prone team most of the year, Wright State (13-7, 4-3) had no difficulty with Detroit's "Chaos" press. In the end, Steven Davis had 27 and Grant Benzinger and Justin Mitchell 22 each. Detroit played 30 minutes of pretty good ball, all but the last half of the first half. But fouls (the Raiders took 45 foul shots, making 33) and turnovers (20) did our boys in.

Oakland 79, Northern Kentucky 70. An interesting game. Oakland (15-5, 4-2) got an early 23-4 run to take a 17 point lead midway through the first half, but the Norse came back with 11-0 and 10-0 runs to lead by 4 at halftime. Oakland didn't retake the lead until well into the second half, but slowly pulled away late. Sherron Dorsey-Walker had 21 points and Jalen Hayes 19 points and 11 rebounds. Freshman Carson Williams had 19 for NKU (12-8, 3-4).

Youngstown State 92, Green Bay 89. Youngstown State is rarely good but always dangerous. Usually when YSU pulls off one of these upsets, they get great three point shooting, but not tonight. The Penguins (9-12, 3-5) hit just 6 of 21 from three, and despite scoring 49 points, made just 2 in the second half. But one of those two, by Francisco Santiago, gave the 'Guins a 3 point lead with 22 seconds to play. Brett Frantz then hit 4 free throws in the final 8 seconds to hold on and knock Green Bay (11-8, 5-2) out of first. YSU's Cameron Morse led all scorers with 27 points.

Milwaukee 63, Cleveland State 62. Brock Stull hit a jumper at the buzzer and Milwaukee (6-14, 2-5) escaped with a home win. Rob Edwards, celebrating his birthday, had 17 points, 7 rebounds, and 7 steals for CSU (6-14, 2-6).

Non-Conference Opponents:
Akron 70, Eastern Michigan 63. MAC East leader Akron (16-3) beat MAC West leader EMU (12-7) in the Rubber City. EMU's star center, James Thompson, tends to disappear in big games, and he did it again tonight, finishing with just 6 points.

Monmouth 82, Manhattan 71. Monmouth leads the MAAC at 7-2 in conference, while Manhattan is in last at 2-7.
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Re: Pontiac Scoreboard

Postby MooseGuy1 » Sat Jan 21, 2017 1:41 am

What about the "other games Moose wanted to know about" category? Just kidding. Good job as always.

Oakland came back t o win. The local Macaroni Grill will be buzzing well into the night, unless they close at 10:00 P.M.
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Re: Pontiac Scoreboard

Postby Commissioner » Sat Jan 21, 2017 11:41 pm

Saturday, January 21:

Non-Conference Opponents:
Michigan 66, Illinois 57. Michigan (13-7) has an RPI of 69. The Wolverines aren't quite dead yet, but can't afford to lose. Illinois (12-8) has an RPI of 48, but they seem deader. Future Titan Mark Donnal played 9 minutes for UM, scoring 2 points.

#10 Florida State 73, #12 Louisville 68. Florida State (18-2) scored the game's first 14 points and never trailed, though the Cardinals got to within a point several times in the second half and were in it until the final seconds. With the win, FSU finished a gauntlet of 6 straight ranked teams--and not little top 25 fringy teams either (well, maybe Virginia Tech) but manly Top 25 teams including North Carolina, Virginia, Duke, and Notre Dame. They won 5 of the 6, losing only at North Carolina. Louisville falls to 16-4.

Kent State 85, Toledo 61. Kent State (10-9) thrashed the Rockets (10-9) behind 27 points from Jimmy Hall.

Bowling Green 79, Ball State 74. Damajeo Wiggins had 14 points and 14 rebounds for BGSU (8-11).

South Dakota State 77, Fort Wayne 67. Fort Wayne (14-7) loses its third straight and falls below .500 in Summit play. SD State (9-13) isn't even any good. Well, the Mastodons will always have that win over Indiana.

Marshall 94, Western Kentucky 80. Four straight losses for WKU (9-11), coming on the heels of 5 straight wins.

Austin Peay 84, Murray State 81. A Jonathan Stark layup with 2 seconds left capped an 8 point Murray State comeback in the final 65 seconds of regulation. But it was to no avail, as Peay prevailed in OT. The Racers (11-10) still lead the OVC West.

Calvin 79, Adrian 67. Adrian is 7-9.

Top 25 and Other Games of Mild Interest:
Indiana 82, Michigan State 75. Who would have thought these two teams would be fighting for NCAA bids? Even with today's win, 14-6 Indiana's RPI hovers at 77, and while MSU's is a healthy 38, that 12-8 record (5-7 against the top 100) is not impressive. James Blackmun had 33 for Indiana today.

Buffalo 66, Western Michigan 54. Milan's Nick Perkins had 21 points and 10 rebounds for Buffalo (9-10).
Central Michigan 101, Miami U. 92. Boom! Marcus Keene scored fifty (50; five-oh) for the Chips (12-7), making 10 of 15 threes and going 10-10 from the foul line. That's the 1st 50 point game in D-I since South Dakota State's Nate Wolters in 2013. The Chips scored 66 points in the second half.

#1 Villanova 78, Providence 68.
#2 Kansas 79, Texas 67. Texas (7-12) has lost 5 in a row and 7 of 9, as some of the luster wears off Shaka Smart.
#14 Arizona 96, #3 UCLA 85. Big home win for the Wildcats, who move two up on UCLA in the loss column in the PAC 12.
#4 Gonzaga 73, Portland 52.
#5 Kentucky 85, South Carolina 69.

#6 Baylor 62, TCU 53.
Marquette 102, #7 Creighton 94. Big win for the former Warriors (13-6), on the road, no less. The Golden Eagles shot 60% from the floor, 50% from three in a healthy 24 attempts, and 75% at the line. Seven Warrior Eagles scored at least 11 points. Marcus Foster scored 30 for Creighton (18-2).
Kansas State 79, #8 West Virginia 75.
#9 North Carolina 90, Boston College 82.

#11 Oregon 69, Stanford 52. Oregon and Arizona stay tied for first in the PAC 12.
#13 Butler 70, DePaul 69 (OT). Butler (17-3) just barely held off last place DePaul (8-12) in the Big East. Butler trailed by 20 early in the game, got to the OT when DePaul's Eli Cain missed a free throw with 2 seconds left in regulation, and won it in OT when Kamar Baldwin hit two foul shots with 4 seconds left.
#15 Notre Dame 84, Syracuse 66. I don't see Syracuse (11-9) dancing in March.

#16 Virginia 62, Georgia Tech 49. Georgia Tech (11-8) is the 6th opponent UVa (15-3) has held below 50 points.
#17 Wisconsin 78, Minnesota 76 (OT). The Gophers entered the Top 25 a week ago and have lost 3 straight since. Milwaukee transfer Akeem Springs missed a desperation three that would have given Minnesota (15-5) a win at the OT buzzer. Ethan Happ had 28 points and 12 boards for Wisconsin (16-3), which is tied with Maryland atop the Big 10.

#18 Duke 70, Miami 58.
Vanderbilt 68, #19 Florida 66. Bryce Drew's first big win at Vanderbilt (8-10).
#20 Cincinnati 78, Tulane 61. Cincy (17-2) stays unbeaten in AAC.
#21 Purdue 77, Penn State 52. Purdue shot 57%, and held Penn State to 31%.

Loyola 67, Evansville 61. It's like old times. The Ramblers are 14-7. The Purple Aces are 10-11, and just 1-7 in the MVC.

Niagara 57, St. Peter's 55. Little St. Pete's (10-9, 6-3) was playing for a share of first place in the MAAC, but Antwon Portley's three in the final seconds missed the mark. St. Peter's last won a regular season title in 1983. Chris Barton, a sophomore from Pontiac, had 11 points for Niagara, including a three that provided the final margin of victory.

Bucknell 70, Boston U. 59. Bucknell (15-6) takes a two game lead over BU in the Patriot Conference.

Navy 96, Army 80 (OT). Kind of interesting, isn't it, that Army/Navy football still has a certain cache to it, even though neither has been a national power for decades. But Army/Navy hoops? Meh. Well, no "meh" today. Shawn Anderson had 30 points and Bryce Dulin 21 points and 17 rebounds as the Midshipmen (10-10) outscored the Cadets 21-5 in the overtime period. Earlier, Army (8-12) had staged a great rally, coming from 10 down to tie it in the final 45 seconds of regulation. And while the rest of the nation says "meh," it was a sell-out crowd of 5291 in the 5000 seat Christl Arena at West Point.
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Re: Pontiac Scoreboard

Postby Commissioner » Sun Jan 22, 2017 6:59 pm

Sunday, January 22:

Horizon:
Northern Kentucky 101, Detroit 87. Well, after that brief surge of hope, the Titans are back in last place in the Horizon. Titans have given up 68 points at the foul line in last two games. 'Nuff said.

Wright State 88, Oakland 67. Friday's loss doesn't look so bad after Wright State (14-7, 5-3) drilled OU (15-6, 5-3) today. The Raiders are playing extremely well all of a sudden. Maybe it's just home cookin' from the refs, who called OU for 28 fouls, with the Raiders hitting 30 of 35 foul shots. In any case, an early 24-5 run put Wright State in the driver's seat. The Raiders stopped a couple early second half rallies by Oakland before things got too tight, and finished things off with a 26-8 run midway through the second half. Sophomore forward Parker Ernsthausen scored 24 points for Wright State, more than double his previous career best of 10.

Valparaiso 96, UIC 65. A win would have tied UIC for first place in conference, but Valpo (16-4, 6-1) showed the Flames--the youngest team in all of D-I--how much they have to learn. The Crusaders ripped UIC for 50 points and a 24 point lead in the first half. Alec Peters had 30 points and 10 rebounds and Shane Hammink added 24 for Valpo (16-4, 6-1). UIC (11-10, 4-3) was led by a pair of freshmen, Tarkus Ferguson and Dominique Mathews, with 12 points each.

Milwaukee 94, Youngstown State 85 (OT). Youngstown (9-13, 3-6) couldn't hold a 9 point lead with just over 6 minutes to play, and Milwaukee forced the OT when Brett Prahl put back a blocked shot just before the buzzer. MIlwaukee (7-14, 3-5) scored the first 8 points of the OT and coasted home. Today's announced attendance in Milwaukee was 641.

We're basically halfway through the Horizon schedule. Here are the standings, including tie breaks, as of this evening:
1. Valpo 6-1
2. Green Bay 5-2
3. Oakland 5-3
4. Wright State 5-3
5. UIC 4-3
6. Northern Kentucky 4-4
7. Milwaukee 3-5
8. Youngstown State 3-6
9. Cleveland State 2-6
10. Detroit 2-6

Non-Conference Opponents:
East Tennessee State 79, Wofford 72. ETSU (15-5) has been sluggish lately, and visiting Wofford (8-12) gave them a battle to the finish today.

New Hampshire 81, Hartford 56. Jaleen Smith had 27 in a UNH (13-7) romp.

Siena 81, Manhattan 68. Siena (9-12) took the lead at 3-2 and slowly, steadily pulled away against Manhattan (7-14)

Some Other Games:
#22 Xavier 86, Georgetown 75. Xavier (14-5) ended a three game losing streak, pulling away from Georgetown (10-10) in the second half. Detroiter Edmund Sumner had a career high 28 points for the Musketeers.

Northwestern 74, Ohio State 72. Northwestern (16-4, 5-2 in B10, RPI 34) wants that first ever NCAA bid. A road win over OSU (12-8) helps.
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Re: Pontiac Scoreboard

Postby Motor City Sam » Sun Jan 22, 2017 8:46 pm

Crazy how quickly things changed for Oakland. Alone in first after a road win at Valpo, then in third place 16 days later, two behind that same Valpo team. They've got a chance coming up on Friday to make up some ground on Phoenix.

It's an amazing stat, but I saw it a couple of times on ESPN, so I am guessing it's true: Northwestern's win was their first victory at Ohio State since 1977.

Another score of note (at least for me): Memphis 70, U Central Florida 65. Memphis is 15-5 after finishing last year at 19-15, and losing some talent to graduation and transfer.
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