|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|03.09.13 at 8:59 pm ET|
Laurent Rivard scored 17 points as Harvard defeated Cornell, 65-56, in its regular-season finale Saturday night at Lavietes Pavilion. With Princeton losing at Brown, the Crimson clinched the outright Ivy League title and a return date in the NCAA tournament.
Siyani Chambers had 16 points and five assists for Harvard (19-9, 5-9), and teammate Wesley Saunders scored 14 points.
Rivard tied the school’s single-season record for 3-pointers when he hit his 74th in the second half, giving Harvard a 52-38 cushion with about nine minutes remaining. Cornell made a late run and got within five, but Rivard and Chambers combined to go 6-of-8 from the line in the final 46 seconds.
Rivard finished at 4-of-8 from behind the arc, while the Crimson as a team shot an impressive 9-of-15 on treys.
Miles Asafo-Adjei scored 15 points for Cornell (13-18, 5-9).
|03.09.13 at 3:53 pm ET|
Freshman guard Joe Rahon scored eight of his 15 points in the last four minutes as Boston College rallied for a 74-72 victory over Georgia Tech in the regular-season finale Saturday afternoon at Conte Forum.
BC trailed by five with 4:19 left, 64-59, but went on a 12-0 run to take command, with Rahon scoring eight of the points. Georgia Tech hit two 3-pointers in the final 25 seconds to make it close.
Rahon finished 5-of-7 from the field and also had seven assists. Also for BC (15-16, 7-11 ACC), Olivier Hanlan scored 14 points, Ryan Anderson netted 13 and Eddie Odio tallied a career-high 11. The Eagles shot a solid 55.1 percent from the field, including 70 percent in the second half (14-of-20).
Marcus Georges-Hunt scored 16 points for Georgia Tech (16-14, 6-12).
BC opens play in the ACC tournament on Thursday.
|03.08.13 at 10:15 pm ET|
Freshman guard Siyani Chambers scored 16 points and Harvard closed the game on an 11-2 run to take a 56-51 victory over visiting Columbia on Friday night.
Combined with Princeton’s 71-66 loss at Yale, Harvard (18-9, 10-3 Ivy) takes a half-game lead in the league race. The Crimson can clinch a share of the title for the third straight season with a win against visiting Cornell on Saturday (5:30 p.m.). Princeton (16-10, 9-3) plays at Brown on Saturday and closes out the regular season at rival Penn on Tuesday.
Harvard trailed by six at the half, 28-22, but opened the second half on an 8-2 run to tie the score. The Lions led by four with six minutes left, 49-45, and neither team scored for the next 4½ minutes. Steve Moundou-Missi (9 points, 8 rebounds) then hit two free throws, Chambers recorded a three-point play and Moundou-Missi got a steal and a dunk to give Harvard a 52-49 lead with 32 seconds left. Moundou-Missi added another layup for a four-point lead.
Wesley Saunders finished with 15 points for the Crimson, while Kenyatta Smith contributed eight points and eight rebounds. Chambers hit 5-of-6 field goals and 6-of-7 free throws.
Alex Rosenberg and Grant Mullins scored 14 points apiece for Columbia (12-15, 4-9).
|03.05.13 at 9:36 pm ET|
Freshman guard Olivier Hanlan scored 21 of his 24 points in the second half to lead Boston College to a 68-61 victory at Clemson on Tuesday night.
Sophomore forward Ryan Anderson had 18 points and 11 rebounds for the Eagles (14-16, 6-11 ACC), who rallied in the second half and then held off a late Clemson surge. Freshman guard Joe Rahon added 10 points and seven boards.
Senior forwards Devin Booker (19 points, eight rebounds) and Milton Jennings (18 points, seven boards) led the way for Clemson (13-16, 5-12) on Senior Night at Littlejohn Coliseum, where the Tigers had not lost to the Eagles in five previous meetings all-time.
BC trailed by five with 11:47 left, 43-38, but Hanlan fueled a 17-3 run with nine points (including BC’s first seven). When Anderson hit a layup with 5:13 remaining, the BC lead was 11 at 55-46. Clemson closed to within three points with 1:35 left on two free throws by Booker, but Hanlan hit a clutch 19-foot step-back jumper with 56 seconds left and then made 5-of-6 free throws in the final 31 seconds to ice it
BC, which entered the night in a four-way tie for eighth place in the conference, closes out the regular season with a game vs. Georgia Tech on Saturday at Conte Forum.
|03.03.13 at 8:23 pm ET|
Joe Rahon scored a team-high 15 points, including a 3-pointer while being fouled with 8.2 seconds left that gave Boston College a 53-52 victory over Virginia on Sunday afternoon at Conte Forum.
Rahon buried the game-winner from the left wing off a pass from Patrick Heckmann, capping a game-ending 12-3 BC run. He missed the accompanying free throw.
Virginia, which had led 49-41 with 4:27 remaining, did not get off a shot on its ensuing possession, as Jontel Evans stepped on the baseline with 0.4 seconds left while being pressured by Heckmann. The Cavaliers then stole BC’s long inbounds pass and Mitchell hit a halfcourt shot, but it was after the buzzer.
Olivier Hanlan scored 13 points for BC (13-16, 5-11 ACC), while Ryan Anderson contributed eight points and nine rebounds.
Akil Mitchell had 16 points and eight rebounds for Virginia (20-9, 10-6), which was coming off a victory over third-ranked Duke on Thursday.
BC returns to action on Tuesday with a game at Clemson.
|03.01.13 at 10:50 pm ET|
Ian Hummer had 23 points and 14 rebounds to lead Princeton past visiting Harvard, 58-53, Friday night in a battle between the top two teams in the Ivy League.
Steve Moundou-Missi had 15 points and eight rebounds for the Crimson (17-8, 9-2 Ivy), who fell into a tie in the loss column for first place with the Tigers (15-9, 8-2). Harvard has not won at Jadwin Gymnasium since Feb. 3, 1989.
Harvard trailed by 10 midway through the second half but went on a 10-0 run — six from Moundou-Missi and four from Siyani Chambers — while Princeton failed to score for more than six minutes. When Moundou-Missi converted a three-point play with 2:44 left, Harvard had its first lead of the game, 51-48.
However, Hummer made some key plays down the stretch for the Tigers. His putback with 1:53 left gave his team a one-point lead, 52-51. After a driving layup by Chambers, Hummer hit two free throws put Princeton ahead for good, 54-53.
Following misses by both teams, Harvard regained possession with 17 seconds left. Chambers drove right and made a bounce pass for Moundou-Missi cutting from the left side of the basket, but Princeton’s Will Barrett stepped in front, and when he and Moundou-Missi fell to the ground struggling to get possession, Moundou-Missi was called for being over the baseline.
Harvard fouled Mack Darrow with 7.6 seconds left, and he cooperated by missing the front end of a 1-and-1. However, Hummer batted the rebound out toward midcourt and teammate T.J. Bray dove to save it from going out of bounds, tipping it to Denton Koon in the backcourt. Koon was fouled and hit two from the line with 2.7 seconds left for a three-point cushion.
After a timeout by each team, Jonah Travis inbounded the ball and tried a long pass, but it was stolen by Bray, who was fouled and hit two free throws to cap the scoring.
Neither team shot especial well, especially from long range. Harvard hit 40 percent from the field and was 0-for-8 on 3-pointers. Princeton hit 37.3 percent and 1-of-10 treys. The Tigers had a big advantage on the board, amassing 37 rebounds to Harvard’s 24.
The Crimson, who beat Princeton by 12 points two weeks ago, next play at Penn on Saturday night, then return home to close out the regular season with games against Columbia and Cornell.