|Harvard draws New Mexico in NCAA opener||03.17.13 at 6:52 pm ET|
Ivy League champion Harvard, making its second straight NCAA tournament appearance, was awarded a 14 seed and will play third-seeded New Mexico on Thursday in a West Regional game in Salt Lake City.
Harvard enters the tournament with a 19-9 record (11-3 Ivy). The Crimson are led by All-Ivy first team players Siyani Chambers and Wesley Saunders. Chambers, a freshman point guard, also was named Ivy League Rookie of the Year.
The Lobos (29-5), coached by Indiana legend Steve Alford, are ranked 15th nationally and are coming off a 63-56 victory over UNLV in the Mountain West Conference tournament championship game Saturday. New Mexico also won the conference’s regular season title with a 13-3 record.
The Lobos are led by junior guards Kendall Williams (13.5 ppg, 5.0 apg), Tony Snell (12.6 ppg, 2.9 apg) and 7-foot sophomore center Alex Kirk (7.9 rpg). They have a decided height advantage over the Crimson, whose tallest regular is 6-foot-8 center Kenyatta Smith.
“I’ll put our starting five against anybody,” Alford said after Saturday’s win.
The winner of Harvard-New Mexico will play the winner of Belmont-Arizona in the next round.
Big East tournament champion Louisville was awarded the tournament’s overall top seed, with the other No. 1 seeds going to Kansas, Gonzaga and Indiana.
|UMass falls to VCU in A-10 semifinals||03.16.13 at 7:09 pm ET|
Troy Daniels scored 20 points to lead VCU past UMass, 71-62, in the semifinals of the Atlantic 10 tournament Saturday at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.
Chaz Williams scored 18 points for sixth-seeded UMass (21-11), which was coming off an upset of Temple in Friday night’s quarterfinals.
Second-seeded VCU, ranked 25th nationally, led by two points with 4½ minutes left. VCU’s Briante Weber then had a three-point play, and that was followed six seconds later by a Daniels 3-pointer after one of UMass’ 24 turnovers. That gave VCU a 64-56 lead, and the Minutemen were unable to mount a rally thereafter.
|BC falls short vs. Miami in ACC quarterfinals||03.15.13 at 2:25 pm ET|
Shane Larkin scored 20 points and sparked a game-ending 14-3 run as top-seeded Miami turned away Boston College, 69-58, in the quarterfinals of the ACC tournament Friday afternoon in Greensboro, N.C.
Patrick Heckmann scored 15 points while Ryan Anderson and Olivier Hanlan had 14 each for the eighth-seeded Eagles (16-17).
Kenny Kadji had 15 points and 11 rebounds for Miami (25-6), which advances to play the winner of NC State-Virginia.
Duran Scott broke a 55-all tie with 3:01 left when he hit two free throws. Larkin’s trey from the left corner with 1:47 left gave Miami a 60-55 lead. After a BC turnover, Brown hit a runner in the lane with 57 seconds left, and the Hurricanes were in control, 62-55.
Just as they did in Thursday’s first-round win over Georgia Tech, the Eagles got off to a slow start before making a late first-half push. This time they were down 13-2 five minutes into the game and 21-8 with seven minutes left in the period. They then closed the period on a 19-4 run — capped by Anderson’s layup with six seconds remaining — to take a 27-25 lead into the locker room.
“We had a good lead and then they switched up and went zone. That kind of took us by surprise,” Larkin said in a postgame interview with ESPN. “We just had to calm down and start attacking the zone. Once we started doing that, our shots started falling and we pulled away.”
The Eagles bumped up the lead to five points at 42-37 with just over 14 minutes left after a long 3-pointer from Lonnie Jackson. Miami answered with an 8-0 run, and the game remained close until the final minute.
|Olivier Hanlan explodes for 41 in ACC tourney win over Georgia Tech||03.14.13 at 2:25 pm ET|
Two days after being named ACC Freshman of the Year, Boston College guard Olivier Hanlan exploded for 41 points, setting an ACC tournament first-round scoring record in leading the Eagles to an 84-64 victory over Georgia Tech in Greensboro, N.C.
Eight-seeded BC (16-16) advances to play ACC regular-season champion Miami in Friday’s quarterfinals.
Hanlan, who shot 14-of-18, including 8-of-10 3-pointers, and hit his final 12 shots, surpassed the all-time freshman scoring record of 40 points, set by North Carolina’s Harrison Barnes in 2011, and he came within four points of the highest-scoring game in ACC tournament history (45 by UNC’s Lenny Rosenbluth in 1957). He also scored the most points by any ACC player this season.
“I felt everything was going in,” Hanlan said in an on-court interview with ESPN after the game. “I was lucky enough to have my teammates finding me on the wings. I was just hot. I was lucky today.”
Said BC coach Steve Donahue: “I think after those first two misses, I think they kind of relaxed on him, and he took that as a challenge. I know he’s worked very hard on his stand-still shooting. He’s a very good stand-still shooter, and I think he showed that today.”
Also for BC, Joe Rahon had 15 points and seven assists, Ryan Anderson scored 11 points, Patrick Heckmann netted 10 and Eddie Odio had seven points and 10 rebounds.
Marcus Georges-Hunt had 21 points and 11 rebounds for Georgia Tech (16-15), which shot just 32 percent for the game.
The way this one started out, it did not appear that BC would be sticking around long. The Eagles surrendered the first 15 points of the game, shooting 0-for-9 and turning the ball over three times until Odio followed his own miss with a dunk 5:14 into the game. That started a run of nine BC points, capped by 3-pointers from Hanlan and Rahon, to get the Eagles back in the game.
“We just started out flat and we were just not aggressive,” Hanlan said. “When we called that first timeout, coach was like, we’ve got to be aggressive, not be scared on offense and just really get stops on defense. So, we really turned it up.”
Hanlan later scored six points during an 11-0 BC run that got the Eagles with three points, 28-25. BC’s first-half comeback was complete when, in the final minute, Heckmann hit a driving layup to to the score. Hanlan followed with a steal and short bank shot and then swished a 3-pointer with two seconds left to cap a 7-0 run and give BC a 38-33 halftime lead.
Hanlan had 21 of BC’s 38 first-half points.
The Eagles built their lead up to double digits three minutes into the second half and pulled away from there.
|Harvard’s Siyani Chambers named Ivy League Rookie of the Year||03.13.13 at 9:44 pm ET|
Harvard freshman Siyani Chambers was a unanimous choice as Ivy League Rookie of the Year, and he joined sophomore teammate Wesley Saunders on the All-Ivy first team.
Junior Laurent Rivard and sophomore Steve Moundou-Missi were named All-Ivy honorable mention.
In helping the Crimson win their second straight outright Ivy League title, Chambers averaged 12.9 points and 5.7 assists in a league-high 37.8 minutes per game (fourth nationally).
Saunders led the Ivy League in scoring at 16.5 points per game, shooting 53.6 percent from the field. He also dished out 1.9 assists in 37.3 minutes per game.
Princeton’s Ian Hummer was named Player of the Year.
Harvard (19-9, 11-3) awaits its NCAA tournament matchup, which it will learn Sunday.
|BC’s Olivier Hanlan named ACC Freshman of the Year||03.12.13 at 1:58 pm ET|
Boston College guard Olivier Hanlan was named ACC Freshman of the Year, the league announced Tuesday. Hanlan, who on Monday was the only unanimous selection to the league’s All-Freshman team, received 43 of 77 votes, well ahead of Duke’s Rasheed Sulaimon (15) and NC State’s T.J. Warren (12).
Hanlan, who also was an All-ACC honorable mention, averages 14.6 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.3 assists.
“It is a great honor for him and well deserved, mostly because he is someone who is putting a great amount of work in to improve both on and off the basketball court,” BC coach Steve Donahue said in a release from the school. “It is also a credit to his teammates for trusting him with the ball quite a bit. Their unselfishness has made him better as well.”
BC plays in the ACC tournament on Thursday at noon against Georgia Tech.
|Northeastern falls to James Madison in CAA title game||03.11.13 at 9:43 pm ET|
For the second straight day, Northeastern fell behind by a huge margin early in its Colonial Athletic Association tournament game. This time, the Huskies could not come back, dropping a 70-57 decision to James Madison in Monday’s championship game in Richmond, Va.
A.J. Davis scored 26 points while Rayshawn Goins had 14 points and 13 rebounds for third-seeded JMU, which earned the league’s automatic berth into the NCAA tournament.
Jonathan Lee scored 14 points for the top-seeded Huskies, who gave up an early 23-1 run and trailed by 22 points at the half, 40-18. In Sunday’s semifinal, NU overcame an early 24-point deficit and rallied to beat George Mason in the closing seconds. On Monday, the Huskies got within eight at 51-43 following a Derrico Peck layup with 8:23 remaining. But the Dukes, playing in front of thousands of fans who made the 90-minute ride from the JMU campus in Harrisonburg, Va., embarked on a 10-3 run to stay comfortably in front.
|Harvard’s Siyani Chambers named Ivy League Rookie of the Week for sixth time||03.11.13 at 3:51 pm ET|
Harvard point guard Siyani Chambers was named Ivy League Rookie of the Week on Monday after leading the Crimson to two weekend wins and an NCAA tournament berth. The award was Chambers’ sixth of the season.
In Saturday’s 65-56 victory over Cornell, Chambers had 16 points and five assists. One night earlier, he went 5-of-6 from the field and 6-of-7 from the line to finish with 16 points in a 56-51 victory over Columbia.
Chambers averages 12.9 points and a league-best 5.7 assists per game. He also plays the most minutes of any freshman in the country, with 37.8 minutes per game.
Harvard finished the regular season 19-9 (11-3 Ivy) and will learn its NCAA matchup on Sunday.
|BC’s Ryan Anderson, Olivier Hanlan receive All-ACC honors||03.11.13 at 2:05 pm ET|
Boston College sophomore Ryan Anderson was named to the All-ACC third team, while teammate Olivier Hanlan was the only unanimous choice for the All-ACC Freshman team, the conference announced Monday. (For a complete list of the honorees, click here.)
Hanlan also was named ACC Rookie of the Week on Monday, his fourth such honor.
Anderson ranks fourth in the ACC in rebounding (8.1 rpg) and sixth in scoring (15.1 ppg). Hanlan is eighth in the league in scoring (14.6 ppg).
The Eagles open play in the ACC Tournament in Greensboro, N.C., on Thursday at noon against Georgia Tech.
|Northeastern rallies from 24-point deficit, wins on Jonathan Lee layup||03.10.13 at 5:06 pm ET|
Jonathan Lee hit a driving layup with three seconds remaining and Northeastern completed a comeback from a 24-point deficit to take a 69-67 victory over George Mason in the semifinals of the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament on Sunday afternoon in Richmond, Va.
The Huskies (20-11) are one win away from securing their first NCAA tournament berth since 1991. On Monday night, they will play the winner of Sunday’s second semifinal between Delaware and James Madison.
NU closed Sunday’s game on an 8-0 run. Quincy Ford tied it with just under a minute left on a layup and then came up with a steal under the basket at the other end with 30 seconds left. Lee then beat his man off the dribble on the right side and hit a tough layup with his left hand.
Lee hit 5-of-7 shots and finished with 14 points, tied for team-high honors with Joel Smith. Demetrius Pollard came off the bench to score 13 points in 15 minutes.
Bryon Allen scored 10 points for George Mason (18-14), which scored the game’s first 13 points and led 28-4 with 4½ minutes remaining in the first half. NU finished the period on a 15-3 run, with eight of the points coming from Pollard, to make the score 31-19 at the break.
The Huskies continued to surge, opening the second half on a 14-2 run to tie score at 33 on a Smith layup. George Mason responded taking a seven-point lead at 44-37 on a Paris Bennett layup. Back came NU, finally grabbing the lead at 52-51 with 8:29 left on a Smith 3-pointer. George Mason again answered, taking a six-point lead with 2:54 left on a Jonathan Arledge layup. NU then scored the game’s final eight points, starting with two free throws each from Lee and Ford.