Saturday Snapshot

12 Feb

Syracuse: Keeps their two-game lead in the Big East with a 85-67 win over Connecticut.  C.J. Fair led the Orange with a double-double (14 and 12) off the bench.  Scoop Jardine added 21 points in the win.  Marquette: Kept pace with Syracuse with a 95-78 win over Cincinnati.  Darius Johnson-Odom and Jae Crowder both had 23 for the Golden Eagles.  Notre Dame: The Irish remained in third place with a 84-76 win over DePaul thanks to 22 points and 14 rebounds from Jack Cooley.

Florida State: Rebounds from their slip at Boston College to beat Miami (Fl) 64-59.  North Carolina: Also bounced back from their heart breaking loss to Duke by defeating Virginia 70-52. The Tar Heels finished the game on a 30-11 run to put away the Cavaliers.  Tyler Zeller again led UNC with 25 points. Duke: Stayed at the top of the ACC with a 73-55 drubbing of Maryland, holding conference scoring leader Terrell Stoglin to just 13 points.  The Plumlee boys both registered double-doubles for Duke, Mason with 16 and 10 and Miles with 13 points and 22 rebounds.

Someone PLEASE help me figure out the SEC! Florida: Gets swept by Tennessee after falling 75-70 to the Vols at home.  Mississippi State: Suffers the same fate as they were beaten by Georgia 70-68 in OT.  Kentucky: Gets all they can handle from Vanderbilt in Nashville and come out with a 69-63 win, ending the game on an 8-0 run. Anthony Davis and Terrence Jones were a force for the #1 Cats, combining for 29 points, 17 rebounds and 12 blocks.

Middle Tennessee State: Wins the battle of division leaders in the Sun Belt with a 68-60 win over Arkansas-Little Rock.  The Blue Raiders improve to 23-4, 12-1 in conference and were led by LaRon Dendy who had 23 points.

Virginia Commonwealth: Got 24 points,6 rebounds and 5 assists from Bradford Burgess to help the Rams defeat Old Dominion 68-64.  The win dropped ODU 2 games back of VCU and Drexel, who beat Hofstra 78-67, in the hotly contested Colonial.

St. Louis:Defeated LaSalle 59-51 to pull within a half a game of the lead in the Atlantic 10.  The Bilikens were led by Dwayne Evans who had 16 points and 13 rebounds. Temple: Hangs on to the top spot in the A-10 with an 85-72 home win over Xavier.  Ramone Moore at it again, leading the Owls with 30.  The Senior guard is averaging 24.6 ppg over his last 5 games.

Manhattan:Kept the heat on Iona and Loyola (MD) (who both play on Sunday) by beating St. Peter’s 85-63.

California: Stays in the cat bird seat of the PAC-12 with a 73-63 win over UCLA. Arizona:Stayed a game back of the lead thanks to 18 points from Nick Johnson including a tie breaking 3-pointer with 1:24 remaining in the Wildcats 70-61 win over Utah.  Oregon:Also improved to 9-4 in the PAC-12 with a 78-69 win overWashington St.  E.J. Singler had 23 for the Ducks.

Wichita State:Had their star Garrett Stutz in foul trouble most of the game, but Joe Ragland answered the bell with 24 points as the Shockers swept Creighton.  The win virtually locks up the Missouri Valley regular season title for Wichita who now has a 2-game lead over Creighton.

Southern Mississippi:Still holds the lead in Conference USA with a 78-74 win over Central Florida, despite 27 points from the Golden Knights’ Isaiah Sykes. Memphis: Remains in a tie for the C-USA lead with a 34-point drubbing of UAB, 79-45.

UNLV: Mike Moser had 19 points, 9 rebounds, 6 steals and 4 blocks to help the Runnin’ Rebels to a 65-63 win over San Diego State. The win created a tie at the top of the Mountain West, both teams are 6-2.

Missouri: Pulled away in the 2nd half for a 72-57 win over Baylor, the win kept pace with Kansas: who got 24 points and 14 rebounds from Thomas Robinson and 18 points and 20 rebounds from Jeff Withey as they beat Oklahoma State 81-66.

Mississippi Valley State: Improved to 12-0 in the SWAC with a 71-63 win over Alcorn State, the win all but locked up the league title for the Delta Devils as 2nd place Southern fell 64-58 to Arkansas-Pine Bluff and are now 3 games back.

Michigan State: Pulled into a first place tie in the Big Ten with a 58-48 win over Ohio State.  Jared Sullinger had 17 points, 16 rebounds and 10 turnovers in the loss.

The Horizon League tightened up just a little as the top 2 teams fell on Saturday.  Cleveland State lost to Butler 52-49 and Valparaiso  got beat 71-53 by Youngstown State on the backs of Kendrick Perry and DuShawn Brooks who combined for 43 points in the win.

Harvard: Suffered their first Ivy league loss at the hands of Princeton 70-62, leaving the door open just slightly for Yale and Penn in the Ivy League.

Gonzaga: Stayed within striking distance of West Coast Conference leader St. Mary’s with a 78-59 win over Loyola Marymount.  Kevin Pangos continued a very good freshman season with 21 points and 9 assists for the Zags.  Anthony Ireland and Drew Viney combined for 47 of Loyola’s 59 points in the loss.  St. Mary’s: Keeps Gonzaga at bay with an 82-67 win over Santa Clara, big man Rob Jones with 25 points and 12 boards for the victorious Gaels.

Murray State: Bounces back from their first loss of the season by beating up on Austin Peay,  82-63.  Isaiah Caanan had 23 for the Racers.

Weber State and Montana: Seem to be on a collision course for a regular season finale for the Big Sky title. Both teams improved to 12-1 in conference with wins Saturday, Weber State 84-75 over Eastern Washington and Montana 67-58 over Sacramento State.

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