June 21, 2018
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George Washington men’s basketball team routs Black Bears

By BDN Staff and Wire Reports, Special to the BDN

WASHINGTON — The George Washington Colonials surged to a 17-point lead nine minutes into the game and shot 54 percent from the floor for the game to roll past the Maine Black Bears 108-81 in men’s basketball action Tuesday night.

The Colonials (2-0) featured good offensive balance to beat the Bears, as five players reached double-figure scoring, topped by 19 from guard Maurice Creek. Guard Kethan Savage and forward Isaiah Armwood each chipped in with 18 points while Kevin Larsen and Nemanja Mikic each put in 13.

Guard Shaun Lawton sparked the Bears (1-2) with 23 points while adding six rebounds and six assists. Swingman Dimitry Akanda-Coronel turned in another strong effort with 16 points, five rebounds and two steals.

Guard Zarko Valjarevic chipped in with 13 points and two steals while guard Garet Beal of Beals Island contributed seven points and four rebounds. Forward Ethan Mackey added 10 points and nine rebounds.

Maine junior guard Xavier Pollard, a starter, didn’t play in Tuesday’s game after suffering an injury to either his lower back or hip during the Bears’ victory over Fisher on Sunday.

The Bears struggled from the field (32 of 74, 43 percent) and the foul line (12 of 24, 50 percent) and were also outrebounded by the Colonials 49-36.

Maine’s only lead in the game came early, 2 minutes, 20 seconds in when a Coronel jumper put the Bears up 5-2, but the Colonials steadily pulled away, capping a 7-0 surge for a 29-12 lead with 11:08 left in the half.

Maine cut the lead to margins of eight late in the half before the Colonials finished the half with a 10-point lead and put the Bears away early in the second half when they opened with a 13-3 scoring surge in the first few minutes for a commanding 68-49 advantage with 16:25 remaining.

Maine returns to action on Tuesday, Nov. 19, when it hosts the New Jersey Institute of Technology at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor at 7 p.m.

Indiana 73, LIU Brooklyn 72

Will Sheehey had 19 points, seven rebounds, six assists and three steals as the Indiana Hoosiers escaped against the LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds..

Noah Vonleh had 17 points and 11 rebounds and Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell also scored 17 for Indiana (2-0). LIU Brooklyn’s Jason Brickman missed two shots in the final five seconds that would have given the Blackbirds (1-1) a huge upset victory.

Brickman had 11 points and 10 assists and missed a go-ahead layup with five seconds left. Indiana’s Devin Davis missed the front end of a 1-and-1 with 4.8 seconds remaining but Brickman came up short on a last-second 3-point attempt.

Troy Joseph scored 16 points and E.J. Reed and Gilbert Parga added 15 apiece for LIU Brooklyn. The Blackbirds were up 70-67 after Parga’s 3-pointer with 3:09 remaining before Sheehey hit two 3-pointers to put the Hoosiers in the lead for good.

Indiana shot just 27.5 percent in the first half and LIU Brooklyn led most of the way after an early 14-0 run. Parga’s 3-pointer gave the Blackbirds a 23-14 edge with 8:50 to play before the Hoosiers rallied to trail 36-33 at the break.

Louisville 97, Hofstra 69

Russ Smith scored 30 points and made five 3-pointers as the Cardinals rolled past the visiting Pride.

Chris Jones had 20 points, seven assists and four steals and Montrezl Harrell added 19 points on 7-of-9 shooting for defending NCAA champion Louisville (2-0), which pulled away with a 35-2 run in the second half. Final Four standout Luke Hancock added eight points off the bench in his return from an Achilles’ tendon injury.

Deon Nesmith scored 24 points and was 5-of-7 from 3-point range and Zeke Upshaw added 17 points for Hofstra (1-2). Jamall Robinson added 11 points for the Pride, who committed 22 turnovers.

Smith scored 21 first-half points as Louisville took a 46-31 halftime lead. Hofstra started the second half strong as Robinson hit three 3-pointers and Nesmith added one in the first 99 seconds and the Pride trailed 54-49 after Jordan Allen’s basket with 15:32 remaining.

The Cardinals resumed control as a three-point play by Jones started a streak of 17 consecutive points. After Moussa Kone scored for Hofstra to snap that surge, Louisville ran off 18 more straight points to take an 89-51 lead with 5:30 to play.

Syracuse 89, Fordham 74

C.J. Fair poured in 26 points and Jerami Grant recorded a double-double as the Orange dominated the first half before holding on to defeat the Rams.

While Trevor Cooney delivered a surprising, career-high 27-point performance in Syracuse’s season-opening win, some more familiar faces lifted the Orange (2-0) in this one. Fair, the team’s leading scorer and rebounder a season ago, had 15 points in the first half, while Grant, who played well in limited playing time last year, delivered 11 of his 16 points in the opening 20 minutes.

Branden Frazier led Fordham (1-1) with a game-high 33 points on 9-of-14 shooting, including 4-of-6 from beyond the arc. Jon Severe added 19 points for the Rams, who outscored the Orange 53-43 in the second half to make the final score more respectable.

After falling behind by 14 against Cornell in its opener, Syracuse had no such problems in this one. Freshman guard Tyler Ennis (16 points) scored four seconds into the game before a 3-pointer by Fair gave the Orange an early 11-2 lead en route to a 25-point halftime advantage.

The first half also included a 10-2 run in which Grant scored six points, and the Orange closed the opening session by not allowing a field goal in the final four minutes, during which they pushed the lead from 32-17 to 46-21. Frazier and Fordham controlled play in the second half, but Syracuse was never seriously threatened.

Virginia Tech 87, W. Va. 82

Freshman captain Ben Emelogu scored a game-high 22 points and Adam Smith had 19 as the Virginia Tech Hokies rallied from a 17-point deficit in the first half to outlast the visiting West Virginia Mountaineers.

Smith had seven of the last nine points for Virginia Tech (1-1), including a big three-point play with 33 seconds left for an 83-79 lead. Freshman Devin Wilson made two free throws with five seconds remaining to seal it for the Hokies and finished with 16 points while Jarell Eddie added 10.

Remi Dibo led the way with 17 points and drained a 3-pointer with 24 seconds left to bring West Virginia (1-1) within 83-82. Eron Harris recorded 16 points, Gary Browne 15 and Juwan Staten contributed 10 points, nine rebounds and seven assists for the Mountaineers.

Browne had all eight of his first-half points as West Virginia went on a 13-2 run to build a 29-12 advantage — its biggest of the opening 20 minutes. Emelogu had 13 points in the opening half, including a 3-pointer in the final seconds to cap a 12-1 surge, as the Hokies crept within 41-36 at intermission.

Smith drained a 3-pointer and Wilson capped the run with a three-point play as Virginia Tech scored 13 of the first 14 points of the second half to go ahead 49-42. West Virginia battled back and took a 77-76 lead after a 3-pointer from Nathan Adrian with 2:31 left before Eddie’s jumper and a driving basket by Smith put the Hokies up for good.

Cincinnati 68, NC State 57

Sean Kilpatrick scored a game-high 21 points and Justin Jackson recorded a double-double as the Bearcats pulled away late to defeat the visiting Wolfpack.

A preseason selection to the All-American Athletic Conference first team, Kilpatrick accounted for all three of the Bearcats’ 3-pointers and went 8-of-8 from the foul line. Jackson finished with 10 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks, while Titus Rubles chipped in with 14 points and seven boards for Cincinnati (2-0).

North Carolina State (1-1), which shot nearly 62 percent in its season-opening win over Appalachian State, converted just 32.8 percent of its shots in this one. T.J. Warren and Ralston Turner paced the Wolfpack with 13 points apiece, and Desmond Lee contributed 10 points.

Kilpatrick scored 10 points in the first half, which ended with the teams deadlocked in a 35-35 tie. Neither squad led by more than five points during the opening 20 minutes, while the second half also featured back-and-forth action until Cincinnati took the game’s first six-point lead, 57-51, on a pair of free throws by Kilpatrick with 5:24 remaining.

Lee responded with a jumper, but the Bearcats reeled off the next five points, capped by Kilpatrick’s layup with 2:17 to play that made it 62-53. Troy Caupain, Kilpatrick and Jermaine Sanders each knocked down a pair of free throws in the final 74 seconds to seal the win.

Baylor 66, South Carolina 64

Brady Heslip drained five 3-pointers and scored 18 points as the host Bears survived an overturned foul call at the buzzer and edged the Gamecocks.

Isaiah Austin battled foul trouble for the entire second half to add 14 points while fellow sophomore Taurean Prince tallied eight points and 12 rebounds for Baylor (2-0), which won despite a 22-of-41 effort from the foul line. South Carolina had three shots to tie the game in the final seven seconds and Michael Carrera appeared to draw a foul as time expired, but officials overturned the initial call after replay.

Freshman Sindarius Thornwell poured in a game-high 20 points for South Carolina (1-1), which has only two road victories since the beginning of the 2011-12 season. Brenton Williams chipped in 12 points and was the only other Gamecock to finish in double figures.

Williams’ 3-pointer with 15:49 remaining gave South Carolina a five-point advantage before Heslip capped a 9-2 stretch with two 3-pointers. Demetrius Henry answered with consecutive baskets, but another 3-pointer and a pair of free throws from Heslip allowed the Bears to take a 60-55 lead.

Thornwell scored six of the Gamecocks’ next nine points to tie the game at 64 with 4:27 left before one free throw apiece from Royce O’Neale and Kenny Chery accounted for the only scoring for the remainder of the game.

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