Daily Dribble: 1/09
Since I missed Monday's Dribble.. I decided I'll do something a little special and discuss all 29 games on the schedule. Okay, its not really special, and its not really any longer than usual.. but I felt like mixing things up.
Here's Monday's recap.. in order of the games starting times and not importance: Surprising William & Mary won again, beating Georgia State 57-43. At 10-4, the Tribe have already hit the double-digit mark for the first time since the 02-03 season. Also in CAA play, Delaware's horrible season continued as the Hens fell to 2-13 and 0-2 in league play. Delaware lost to Towson (7-7), who bounced back from two tough overtime losses in conference games.
Freshman Jeremy Goode had 19 points and 9 assists to lead Mt St Mary's to a 91-80 win over Sacred Heart. Both the 19 and the 9 were career highs for the point guard out of Charlotte, NC. After going 1-10 in non-conference play, the Mount is suddenly 3-1 in NEC games. Juco transfer Robert Hines scored 23, a season-best in leading SFNY over LIU. The Terriers have won a shocking 3 of 4 after starting the season 0-12.
Western Carolina beat a struggling Chattanooga squad 79-70 in Southern Conference action. UTC is 0-5 in league play. Also in SoCo play, another Hines, Kyle continued his CHN Top 100 worthy season by scoring 24 points and pulling down 9 boards in leading UNCG to a win over Elon. Hines is averaging 21 and 10 on the season. Finally Coastal Carolina improved to 8-6, beating UNCA despite an off game from All-Name member Jack Leasure (just 5 points on 2-10 shooting), while Georgia Southern beat lowly Wofford.
Drexel, who is slowly gaining respect amongst Top 25 voters, beat James Madison to improved to 4-0 in the CAA. Drexel, Hofstra, and VCU all remain perfect in the Colonial. Hofstra did so by beating Old Dominion 70-58 (and VCU beat Northeastern 64-44). The Pride have no interior game so Loren Stokes has become their rebounding force.. pulling down 12 in the win and averaging 10 rpg over their last 3 wins. It took 2 OTs for Hofstra to beat UNCW last week.. a team that is now 0-4 in CAA play after getting demolished by George Mason. The Seahawks had an amazingly low 2 field goals in the first half, scoring 10 points.
Manhattan, who opened the season with a pathetic loss to 1st-time D1 squad NJIT, has bounced back to a 6-8 overall record and 3-1 in the MAAC. The 3-1 record is deceiving, because 2 of the 3 MAAC wins were over 3-13 Fairfield.
SWAC favorite Jackson State lost their first league game, 73-62 to Southern. This is a bad loss for the Tigers, who were at home against a 3-13 team. The Tigers loss allowed Texas Southern and MVSU to move into a tie for first place at 3-0 in league play. MVSU beat Alabama St behind 20 points from Standford Speech.. perhaps the best name not included in our Top 30 Names in college basketball. Also in the SWAC, UAPB broke a 6-game losing streak by beating Alabama A&M 52-45. More importantly, it was their 1st win all year against a D1 team. Finally, Grambling State beat Alcorn State and I have nothing meaningful to say about that.
Rashad West scored 33 in leading Hampton to a 76-74 win over MEAC contender Florida A&M. Delaware St passed FAMU in the conference standings by beating Morgan State 58-51. Meanwhile NC A&T beat Hampton, behind a solid 17 point-10 rebound effort from Jason Wills. Wills, a junior, has been one of the MEAC's most consistent performers. He's averaging 14 and 7 boards, and has scored in double-digits in 12 of 13 games. Also, Norfolk St beat Bethune-Cookman and South Carolina State overtook UMAS in another mostly useless MEAC games.
In the Big South, Winthrop improved to 12-4, beating Charleston Southern, despite barely dropping out of the CHN Top 50. In the lone Ohio Valley game, Murray State improved to 7-9 by beating SEMO. The Racers are 5-3 in OVC play, and 1 more loss will put them behind last year's great 17-3 conference record.
Villanova escaped with a 56-52 win at Georgetown.. one of the few games with name teams on Monday. Georgetown had won 7 straight and was regaining lost respect.. but the loss was a major setback. Roy Hibbert was held to a season low 2 points. For Nova, the win snaps a two-game losing streak heading into a big road contest at Syracuse.
If the Big 12 is your thing, Texas Tech improved to 12-4 by beating Kansas State in Manhattan. For the Wildcats, its their 3rd loss in a row, but just their 1st all season at home. More importantly, Kansas State will be without Bill Walker for the rest of the season after it was determined he had a ruptured ACL. State played their best ball with Walker, beating USC and then New Mexico.. but his loss is a huge blow to their slim tournament chances.
Out west, #15 Nevada dealt with a first-half ankle injury to Nick Fazekas by putting away Boise State 90-86. Marcelus Kemp led the way with 27 points as the Wolfpack ran off 9-straight points down the stretch to pull away. In the loss, Coby Karl added 22 points, 8 boards, and 5 assists. The 6-4 Karl is a potential NBA 2nd rounder.
Finally, Gonzaga easily blew by Pepperdine 69-52. After falling to 9-6, WCC play has proven to be the perfect remedy for the Zags who are now 11-6. Sean Mallon continued the greatest two week period of his career with 17 and 10 boards, coming off a career-high 23 against LMU.
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.. The remaining 9 games, including Nova-G'Town, will be up in a bit -