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Day 2, Game 11: St. Josephs Hawks (W1) at Nevada Wolfpack (W2)
 
Starting lineups:

St. Josephs: PG 6-5 Gregg Hoyer, SG 6-5 Chris Kelly, SF 6-6 Mike Hutson, PF 6-6 Dan Deverage, C 6-9 Petrick Watkins

Nevada: PG 5-6 Brett Boston, SG 6-2 Rick Newman, SF 6-8 Marlo Vickers, PF 6-8 Hollis Booth, C 6-8 Donald Thornton

Both of Nevada’s big men (Booth and Thornton) and their PG (Boston) got into foul trouble the first 7 minutes of play. The Hawks couldn’t capitalize, though, due to poor shooting. Nevada gradually pulled away to a 33-24 halftime advantage. 

Nevada hit just 38% of their shots, but St. Josephs shot a dismal 24%. Substitute C Ali Fry led the Wolfpack scoring with 7 points. On the other end of the court, C Patrick Watkins also scored 7 points to lead St. Josephs.

St. Josephs could get no closer than 8 points early in the 2nd half and then Nevada got hot and opened a 65-44 lead with 5 minutes remaining. St. Josephs shooting didn’t improve much in the 2nd half (including hitting just 13% of their 3’s), giving them no chance to seriously compete with the Wolfpack.

Final Score: Nevada—74, St. Josephs—57.

St. Josephs: PG Gregg Hoyer-3/2/1, SG Chris Kelly-5/1/3, SF Mike Hutson-8/2/1, PF Dan Deverage-3/0/13*, C Petrick Watkins-9/0/3; Bench players: Selwyn Capel-8/0/1, Russell-7/1/3.

Hawks team stats: FG%-32%, 15 of 21 FT’s, 4 of 30 Threes, 33 Rebs, 10 TO’s, 23 PF.

Nevada: PG Brett Boston-0/1/2, SG Rick Newman-12/3*/6, SF Marlo Vickers-6/0/2, PF Hollis Booth-6/1/2, C Donald Thornton-11/0/3; Bench players: Jerry McKnight-15*/3*/3, Ali Fry-9/0/5

Wolfpack team stats: FG%-47%, 27 of 31 FT’s, 5 of 16 Threes, 35 Rebs, 13 TO’s, 20 PF’s.

Player of the Game: Nevada SG Rick Newman-12 pts, 3 assists, 6 reb, 1 steal, 1 block.


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Day 2, Game 12: BYU Cougars (W4) at Massachusetts Minutemen (W3)
 
Starting lineups:

BYU: PG 5-7 Ben Smith, SG 6-2 John Hopkins, SF 6-8 John Angeli, PF 6-10 Coupe Fuhs, C 6-9 Matt Babul

Massachusetts: PG 6-5 Michael Crenshaw, SG 6-1 David Krimmel, SF 6-6 Teremun Williams, PF 6-8 Tony Logan, 6-9 Chris Kent

BYU took a 5-0 lead but UMass scored 11 of the next 13 points. Then midway through the first half, the Minutemen, led by David Krimmel’s 9 points, opened a 9 point lead at 22-13. When the half ended, Massachusetts led 39-25.

The Minutemen hit 67% of their FG attempts (including 4 of 7 from beyond the arc). The Cougars hit just 42% of their shots and 27% of their 3 point attempts. BYU turned the ball over 12 times. SG David Krimmel popped in 13 points for UMass. BYU’s SG John Hopkins scored 7 to lead their scoring. BYU would have to control the ball better and tighten their defense in the 2nd half, if they wanted a chance to win this game.

Massachusetts led 48-25 just 1-3/4 minutes into the 2nd half. With their guards carrying the load, BYU got within 10 points with 10 minutes to play and then 5 with 7-1/2 minutes left. But the Minutemen would let the Cougars get no closer.

Final Score: Massachusetts—73, BYU—65.

BYU: PG Ben Smith-12/2/0, SG John Hopkins-23/0/2, SF John Angeli-3/2/4, PF Coupe Fuhs-6/3/7, C Matt Babul-9/3/7; Bench player: Heath Cliff-7/1/1.

Cougars team stats: FG%-50%, 11 of 18 FT’s, 11 of 28 Threes, 25 Rebs, 20 TO’s, 13 PF’s

Massachusetts: PG Michael Crenshaw-0/3/3, SG David Krimmel-20/3/2, SF Teremun Williams-15/2/2, PF Tony Logan-10/3/1, Chris Kent-6/1/2; Bench player: Hayward Myles-5/1/4.

Minutemen team stats: FG%-55%, 12 of 14 FT’s, 9 of 16 Threes, 18 Rebs, 18 TO’s, 20 PF’s

Player of the Game: Massachusetts’ SG David Krimmel-20 pts, 3 assists, 2 rebounds, 1 steal.


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Day 2, Game 13: St. Bonaventure Bonnies (L5) at Valparaiso Crusaders (L6)
 
St. Bonaventure is coming off a close loss while Valparaiso got stomped In their first games of this tournament.

Starting lineups:

St. Bonaventure: PG 6-3 Bryan Majerus, SG 6-1 Tavaras Linney, SF 6-7 LeDarion Peterson, PF 6-11 Nick Dunn, C 6-9 Sam Chouest

Valparaiso: PG 6-0 Javon Thomas, SF 6-2 Jeremy Scott, SF 6-6 Jim Walker, PF 6-8 David Richardson, C 6-10 Brandon Diggs

There were 10 lead changes and 3 ties in the first 14 minutes of play and neither team could gain more than a 3 point lead. But with 4 minutes left in the half, St. Bonaventure opened a 7 point lead and finished the half with a 32-37 lead. 

The Bonnies achieved their advantage by getting to the line 14 times where they scored 11 points while Valparaiso hit all their free throws but only got 2 attempts. C Nick Dunn scored 11 points for St. Bonaventure. Reserve C Lou Jefferson scored 10 points and pulled down 7 rebounds for the Crusaders.

Valparaiso stayed close but St. Bonaventure maintained a lead until with just over 12 minutes to play, Jim Walker hit a 3 for the Crusaders to give them a 45-44 lead. Taking advantage of miscues by the Bonnies, Valparaiso expanded their lead to 5 a minute later. The Crusaders held the Bonnies off from that point on to achieve a comeback victory to the cheers of their fans.

Final Score: Valparaiso—64, St. Bonaventure—57.

St. Bonaventure: PG Bryan Majerus-5/3/4, SG Tavaras Linney-7/3/2, SF LeDarion Peterson-11/1/4, PF Nick Dunn-15*/1/3, C Sam Chouest-11/2/3.

Bonnies team stats: FG%-51%, 13 of 18 FT’s, 2 of 4 Threes, 22 Rebs, 15 TO’s, 15 PF’s.

Valparaiso: PG Javon Thomas-4/1/0, SF Jeremy Scott-14/1/4, SF Jim Walker-8/0/0, PF David Richardson-6/1/4, C Brandon Diggs-7/0/4; Bench player: Lou Jefferson-14/1/8*, Albert Yearwood-0/4*/1.

Crusaders team stats: FG%-45%, 9 of 12 FT’s, 7 of 23 Threes, 22 Rebs, 9 TO’s, 17 PF’s.

Player of the Game: Valparaiso C Lou Jefferson-14 pts, 1 assist, 8 rebounds, 2 steals.


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Day 2, Game 14: Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (L8) at Saint Louis Billikens (L7)
 
While St. Louis is the odds-makers favorite in this game, both teams played well in their first games of the tournament, even though both lost. Western Kentucky played their first game on the road, though, while St. Louis played their first game at home. Western Kentucky has an interior height advantage but was not able to use that to their advantage in their first game of the tournament. St. Louis is hoping SG Arthur James can replicate his 20 point performance in their earlier tournament game.

Starting lineups:

Western Kentucky: PG 5-7 Mario Jones, SG 6-1 Aaron Taflinger, SF 6-8 Scott Reed, PF 6-10 Julius Dickel, C 6-10 Ray Melson

Saint Louis: PG 6-2 Adam Blizzard, SG 6-3 Arthur James, SF 6-8 Adrian Graham, PF 6-8 John Wiel, C 6-8 Bryce Brown

PF John Weil scored Saint Louis’ first 12 points as the Billikens took a 12-2 lead after 3 minutes of play. But ominously for Saint Louis, the refs called 6 fouls against the Billikens (with 2 starters on the bench with foul trouble) and no fouls against the Hilltoppers in the first 5 minutes of the game. The Billikens continued to run roughshod over Western Kentucky and at the 13:58 mark led 20-5. Chaifetz Arena was really rocking. Then ever so slowly the Hilltoppers crept back into the game. With 4:01 to play in the first half, Western Kentucky tied the game at 29-29. Western Kentucky’s rooters were now the boisterous ones. John Weil, who had scored 18 points for Saint Louis in the first 10 minutes of the game but had been on the bench for the last 5 minutes recouping his energy was brought back onto the court. But Western Kentucky was not to be denied and left the court at the half leading 37-34.

Saint Louis outshot Western Kentucky 65% to 55% but the Hilltoppers got to the line 8 more times and scored 8 more points than the Billikens and Western Kentucky’s bench outscored the Saint Louis bench 16-8. Center Ray Melson scored 6 points to lead the Hilltoppers scoring, but PF John Weil torched the net for 19 points for the Billikens.

Saint Louis came back onto the court and scored the first 6 points of the 2nd half. But the Hilltoppers came back to storm ahead 62-43 with 7-1/2 minutes to play. Both their offense and defense were clicking. At that point they had scored the last 21 points. Saint Louis fans were exiting the arena. Western Kentucky increased their lead to 71-50 before easing up in the final minutes allowing Saint Louis to narrow the gap to 10 points with 30 seconds left. 

Final Score: Western Kentucky—75, Saint Louis—65.

Western Kentucky: PG Mario Jones-6/6*/0, SG Aaron Taflinger-6/4/3 (+5 steals), SF Scott Reed-6/1/1, PF Julius Dickel-13/1/4, C Ray Melson-10/2/5*; Bench Players: Starzee Brown-11/0/0, Brandon Neterville-8/0/2, Cain Cage-7/2/5*.

Hilltoppers team stats: FG%-60%, 20 of 27 FT’s, 5 of 12 Threes, 21 Reb, 17 TO’s, 19 PF’s.

Saint Louis: PG Adam Blizzard-0/2/3, SG Arthur James-12/1/3, SF Adrian Graham-3/1/4, PF John Wiel-24*/0/5*, C Bryce Brown-2/1/0; Bench player: Shawn Engstrom-8/2/0

Billikens team stats: FG%-55%, 12 of 21 FT’s, 9 of 15 Threes, 19 Reb, 21 TO’s, 22 PF’s.
 

Player of the Game: Western Kentucky PF Julius Dickel-13 pts, 1 assist, 4 reb, 1 block.



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Day 2, Game 15: Bowling Green Falcons (W6) at Hawaii Warriors (W5)
 
Hawaii pulled out a thrilling 2-point victory in their first game behind the stellar performance of PG David Hamilton (20 points and 4 assists) and reserve C Gerrick Williams (17 points and 4 rebounds). In contrast Bowling Green achieved a 35-point blowout win in round 1 with interior players Chris Gentry and Jerome Bowie combining for 33 points and 9 rebounds.

Starting lineups:

Bowling Green: PG 6-4 Shammell Smith, SG 6-3 Michael Maybin, SF 6-7 Greg Miller, PF 6-6 Jerome Bowie, C 6-7 Chris Gentry

Hawaii: PG 6-5 David Hamilton, SG 6-3 Shannon Sykes, SF 6-8 David Howard, PF 6-7 Darius Allison, C 6-8 Todd Brown

Hawaii took a 7-0 lead and held Bowling Green scoreless for 5 minutes. Bowling Green’s C Chris Gentry went to the bench with 2 fouls after just 4-1/2 minutes of play. Hawaii increased their lead to 12 points with about 7 minutes remaining in the first half, but then the Falcons made a run that cut the Warriors lead to 28-27 with 3:05 left. Then Hawaii came back to lead 36-31 at the end of the half.

Hawaii hit 48% of their shots while Bowling Green canned just 42% of theirs. PF Jerome Bowie led the Falcons with 12 points and 5 rebounds. Reserve big-man Wayne Duke was Hawaii’s top scorer with 8 points. 

Hawaii maintained a small lead, mainly by completely nullifying Bowling Green’s Princeton offense. But the Warriors shot poorly and couldn’t pull away. Bowling Green continued to deploy the Princeton offense frequently but nearly every time it resulted in a turnover or missed shot. With 5 minutes to play, Hawaii led 52-49. Hawaii shut the Falcons down from that point and drew away for a big win. 

Final Score: Hawaii—66, Bowling Green—50.

Bowling Green: PG Shammell Smith-6/2/1, SG Michael Maybin-15/0/6, SF Greg Miller-0/2/0, PF Jerome Bowie-16*/0/9*, C Chris Gentry-8/3*/8.

Falcons team stats: FG%-33%, 14 of 19 FT’s, 6 of 21 Threes, 31 Reb, 20 TO’s, 23 PF’s.

Hawaii: PG David Hamilton-7/0/2, SG Shannon Sykes-6/1/4 (+4 steals), SF David Howard-7/2/4 (+4 steals), PF Darius Allison-7/0/1, C Todd Brown-7/1/6; Bench player: Gerrick Williams-11/0/0, Wayne Duke-8/0/2.

Warriors team stats: FG%-41%, 25 of 29 FT’s, 5 of 18 Threes, 28 Reb, 14 TO’s, 18 PF’s.
 

Player of the Game: Hawaii SF David Howard-7 pts, 2 assists, 4 reb, 4 steals.



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NOW we get UNLV? They're next, right?  (Wayne23 in the Wolverine Forums)

 

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Ralphie as Adult: [narrating] It was all over - I was dead. What would it be? The guillotine? Hanging? The chair? The rack? The Chinese water torture? Hmmph. Mere child's play compared to what surely awaited me.



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Day 2, Game 16: UNLV Runnin’ Rebels (W7) at Central Michigan Chippewas (W8)
 
In their first games in the tournament, UNLV won with defense and Central Michigan won with offense (keyed by PG Chuck Livas’ 26 points).

Starting lineups:

UNLV: PG 6-0 Clyde Ruddock, SG 6-3 George Finley, SF 6-5 Rick Watkins, PF 6-8 Geoff Ahern, C 6-9 Simon Ellis

Central Michigan: PG 6-4 Chuck Livas, SG 6-1 Tremaine Moore, SF 6-6 Jarvis Martin, PF 6-7 Joe Evans, C 6-10 Ramsey Millar

Central Michigan hit their first 4 shots (including two 3’s) and took an 11-3 lead after 2-1/2 minutes of play. UNLV clawed their way back within 1 point of the lead only to see the Chippewas score 12 straight points that put them ahead 24-11 midway through the first half. Central Michigan led 43-31 at the half time break.

The Chippewas outshot the Runnin’ Rebels 60% to 45% but UNLV held a 14-10 rebounding advantage. PF Joe Evans led Central Michigan’s scoring with 10 points. UNLV’s scoring was paced by SF Rick Watkins 7 points. The question at the half is whether UNLV could tame the Chippewas high octane offense.

UNLV held Central Michigan scoreless for the nearly the first 5 minutes of the 2nd half but could only score 5 points themselves to trim the lead to 7 points. Turnovers kept the Runnin’ Rebels from getting close. Additionally, Central Michigan’s shot selection kept their shooting percentage high. UNLV simply ran into a buzzsaw.

Final Score: Central Michigan—71, UNLV—58.

UNLV: PG Clyde Ruddock-9/4/0, SG George Finley-6/0/0, SF Rick Watkins-14/2/2, PF Geoff Ahern-10/1/8, C Simon Ellis-8/0/4; Bench player: Matt Jones-5/1/2.

Runnin’Rebels team stats: FG%-46%, 13 of 20 FT’s, 7 of 18 Threes, 25 Rebs, 18 TO’s, 11 PF’s.

Central Michigan: PG Chuck Livas-10/3/2, SG Tremaine Moore-15/3/0, SF Jarvis Martin-3/0/1, PF Joe Evans-10/0/6, C Ramsey Millar-10/3/3; Bench players: Ricardo Dix-6/2/0, Tim Cornell-6/1/0, Brian Watkins-6/0/3.

Chippewas team stats: FG%-57%, 9 of 13 FT’s, 10 of 21 Threes, 18 Rebs, 13 TO’s, 18 PF’s.
 
Player of the Game: Central Michigan SG Tremaine Moore-15 pts, 3 assists, 1 steal.

[Side note]--The lone UNLV fan at the game, a man simply identified by the UNLV jersey with the name "WAYNE" on the back, glumly walks out of the arena, muttering under his breath, "I waited all that time for THAT?"


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Round 2 results
 
Game 9: Charlotte—73, Kent State—60

Game 10: Southern Illinois—70, Ball State—52 

Game 11: Nevada—74, St. Joseph—57

Game 12: Massachusetts—73, BYU—66

Game 13: Valparaiso-64, St. Bonaventure-57

Game 14: Western Kentucky-75, Saint Louis-65

Game 15: Hawaii-66, Bowling Green-50

Game 16: Central Michigan-71, UNLV-58


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Top Round 2 Individual Player Performances
 
PG Mark Graham, Charlotte-22 pts, 2 assists, 1 reb
C Marion Kurtz, Charlotte-15 pts, 3 assists, 4 rebs
SG Willie Baker, Kent State-17 pts, 2 assists, 4 rebs
SF Tim Montross, Southern Illinois-21 pts, 3 assists, 1 reb
PG Shannon Ress, Southern Illinois-19 pts, 2 assists, 3 reb
SG David Krimmel, Massachusetts-20 pts, 3 assists, 2 reb
SG John Hopkins, BYU-23 pts, 2 reb
C Lou Jefferson, Valparaiso-14 pts, 1 assist, 8 reb
PF John Wiel, Saint Louis-24 pts, 5 reb
PF Jerome Bowie, Bowling Green-16 pts, 9 reb
SG Michael Maybin, Bowling Green-15 pts, 6 reb
SF Rick Watkins, UNLV-14 pts, 2 assists, 2 reb
SG Tremaine Moore, Central Michigan-15 pts, 3 assists


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Day 3 Matchups
 
Game 17 (L9 vs L10): Kent State vs Ball State
Game 18 (W9 vs W10): Charlotte vs Southern Illinois
Game 19 (L11 vs L12): St. Josephs vs BYU
Game 20 (W11 vs W12): Nevada vs Massachusetts
Game 21 (L13 vs L14): St. Bonaventure vs Saint Louis
Game 22 (W13 vs W14): Valparaiso vs Western Kentucky
Game 23 (L15 vs L16): Bowling Green vs UNLV
Game 24 (W15 vs W16): Hawaii vs Central Michigan

Who’s going to be champ? Nevada? Massachusetts? Hawaii? Central Michigan? Do you have a favorite?


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Go UMass! Hope my #2 fav does better than my #1 did. At least they're at home!  [Posted by Wayne23 in WolverineStudios forum]

 

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No, the coin tosses for home/away for Round 3 have not yet been done. So you won't know that until the results of the game are posted here.

UMass has looked good with solid wins over Southern Illinois and BYU thus far. They've also been good with coin tosses, winning both to be at home for both games they've played.



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Day 3, Game 17: Ball State Cardinals (L4/L10) at Kent State Golden Flashes (L1/L9)
 
In this bracket of teams with 2 losses, it’s a battle of Mid American Conference teams. Ball State has two double digit losses. Kent State lost a squeaker by one point in the first round but got blown out in round 2.

Starting lineups:

Ball State: PG 6-0 Melvin Clark, SG 6-0 Bernard Jackson, SF 6-7 Dwayne Jackson, PF 6-8 Paul Smith, C 6-8 Srecko Lepinat

Kent State: PG 5-8 Michael Deren, SG 6-3 Willie Baker, SF 6-7 Marco Coursey, PF 6-7 Maurice Bruton, C 6-9 Tony Dupree

By controlling the boards and forcing turnovers, Kent State allowed the Cardinals to get away just 5 shots in the first 8 minutes of play. At that point the Golden Flashes led 17-6 and the Kent State fans were making things difficult for Ball State. But the Cardinals made good use of the few shots they took from there on (including hitting 6 of 11 three’s) and cut Kent State’s lead to 3 points with 3-1/2 minutes to go in the first half. But then the Golden Flashes (with their fans going wild) pulled away for a 42-33 halftime lead.

Kent State was +9 in rebounds and +3 in turnovers. Ball State hit 65% of their shots, but the Golden Flashes hit 70% of their FG attempts. For Ball State, O.J. Miller came off the bench to hit all 4 of his shots (including a 3) and scored 9 points in just 7 minutes on the court. PF Maurice Bruton led Kent State with 10 points.

The home court advantage continued to carry Kent State and they extended their lead to 63-47 with 11 minutes to play. Kent State went on to post an easy win.

Final Score: Kent State—82, Ball State—66.

Ball State: PG Melvin Clark-3/3/1, SG Bernard Jackson-13/2/1, SF Dwayne Jackson-11/2/3, PF Paul Smith-8/0/1, C Srecko Lepinat-4/1/5; Bench players: O.J. Miller-9/0/0; Eddie Wheeler-8/3/1.

Cardinals team stats: FG%-58%, 5 of 6 FT’s, 11 of 22 Threes, 15 Reb’s, 18 TO’s, 13 PF’s.

Kent State: PG Michael Deren-3/4/3, SG Willie Baker-20/2/3, SF Marco Coursey-14/1/3, PF Maurice Bruton-18/0/5, C Tony Dupree-8/5/3 (+5 steals); Bench Player: Corey Campbell-7/0/2.

Golden Flashes team stats: FG%-61%, 9 of 14 FT’s, 11 of 22 Threes, 22 Reb’s, 9 TO’s, 8 PF’s.

Player of the Game: Kent State SG Willie Baker-20 pts, 2 assists, 3 reb.


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Day 3, Game 18: Southern Illinois Salukis (L3/W10) at Charlotte 49ers (L2/W9)
 
Charlotte has a good inside-outside team in PG Mark Graham (20 ppg thus far) and C Marion Kurtz (14.5 ppg thus far) whereas Southern Illinois is getting good scoring from 2 outside players, PG Shannon Ress (18.5 ppg thus far) and SF Tim Montross (15 ppg thus far). So which tandem will prevail in this game? After getting drubbed in the first round, both teams bounced back with strong round 2 wins.

Starting lineups:

Southern Illinois: PG 6-0 Shannon Ress, SG 6-2 Brandon Penders, SF 6-8 Tim Montross, PF 6-6 Adam Lilly, C 6-8 Mike Young

Charlotte: PG 5-7 Mark Graham, SG 6-4 Craig Poole, SF 6-8 Dwayne Cox, PF 6-8 Greg Brumm, C 6-9 Marion Kurtz

Southern Illinois scored the first 7 points of the game and led 19-1 with 8:30 to go in the first half. Charlotte finally hit their first FG of the game at the 8:14 mark. But the 49ers made a nice comeback from the point on and by the end of the half trailed just 26-20. 

Southern Illinois hit 55% of their shots compared to Charlotte’s 29% shooting. Charlotte held an 11-9 advantage in rebounds and a 9-7 advantage in turnovers. PG Shannon Ress was the top scorer for Southern Illinois with 5 points and C Marlon Kutz led the 49ers with 6 points.

The Salukis’ lead shrunk to a single point after 5 minutes of play in the 2nd half. Charlotte tied the game at 38-38 with 13 minutes to play. The Salukis then pulled away again to take a 12 points led with 8 minutes left to go. At the final TV timeout, Southern Illinois led 59-49. The 49ers doggedly tried to cut the lead but the Salukis held firm and won a big game on the road. 

While the Graham/Kurtz tandem outshone the Ress/Montross duo, it wasn't enough to carry the day.

Final Score: Southern Illinois-71, Charlotte-61.

Southern Illinois: PG Shannon Ress-12/4*/3, SG Brandon Penders-7/1/3, SF Tim Montross-8/1/2, PF Adam Lilly-9/2/5, C Mike Young-12/0/2; Bench player: Jamie Mueller-13/0/0.

Salukis team stats: FG%-54%, 12 of 17 FT’s, 7 of 15 Threes, 24 Rebs, 13 TO’s, 19 PF’s.

Charlotte: PG Mark Graham-20*/3/0, SG Craig Poole-6/4*/1, SF Dwayne Cox-5/1/3, PF Greg Brumm-2/1/7, C Marion Kurtz-10/1/8*.

49ers team stats: FG%-43%, 13 of 16 FT’s, 8 of 23 Threes, 23 Rebs, 14 TO’s, 17 PF’s.

Player of the Game: Southern Illinois PG Shannon Ress-12 pts, 4 assists, 3 rebounds.


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Day 3, Game 19: BYU Cougars (W4/L12) at St. Josephs Hawks (W1/L11)
 
Both of these teams won their Round 1 games by playing well defensively and getting a lot of scoring from their benches. In Round 2, both teams’ defenses faltered and their benches didn’t bail them out offensively.

So now...the Mormons vs the Jesuits!

Starting lineups:

BYU: PG 5-7 Ben Smith, SG 6-2 John Hopkins, SF 6-8 John Angeli, PF 6-10 Coupe Fuhs, C 6-9 Matt Babul

St. Josephs: PG 6-5 Gregg Hoyer, SG 6-5 Chris Kelly, SF 6-6 Mike Hutson, PF 6-6 Dan Deverage, C 6-9 Petrick Watkins

BYU had 6 turnovers in the first 7 minutes but only trailed 12-10. But the Cougars quieted the partisan Hawks’ fans by hitting 5 of their first 6 three-point shots and taking a 29-21 lead at the 5:51 mark of the first half. St. Josephs came back with 3 quick three’s and by the end of the half led 35-32. 

The Hawks outshot BYU 56% to 44%. Other team stats were fairly similar between the two teams. SG John Hopkins led BYU scoring with 9 points on 3 three’s. On the other side, the Hawks’ SF Mike Hutson also hit 3 three’s and scored 9 points.

In the 2nd half, St. Josephs scored the first 11 points to give the Hawks a 46-32 lead with 17 minutes to play. The lead expanded to 20 points with 13 minutes to go as the home crowd made life difficult for the visiting Cougars. The wheels had fallen off the bus for BYU, so from there it was just a question of what the final point differential would be rather than who would win.

Final Score: St. Josephs-76, BYU-61.

BYU: PG Ben Smith-10/2/2, SG John Hopkins-12/2/2, SF John Angeli-10/1/3, PF Coupe Fuhs-1/0/4, C Matt Babul-4/1/3; Bench player: Brandon Marquardt-8/2/4.

Cougars team stats: FG%-49%, 14 of 22 FT’s, 11 of 20 Threes, 18 Rebs, 15 TO’s, 16 PF’s.

St. Josephs: PG Gregg Hoyer-0/5*/0, SG Chris Kelly-18*/0/3, SF Mike Hutson-9/1/4, PF Dan Deverage-6/0/3, C Petrick Watkins-8/0/2; Bench players: Terrence Russell-18*/3/6*, Tomas Wall-8/0/1.

Hawks team stats: FG%-60%, 13 of 17 FT’s, 9 of 18 Threes, 23 Rebs, 12 TO’s, 20 PF’s.

Player of the Game: St. Josephs C Terrence Russell-18 pts, 3 assists, 6 rebounds, 2 steals.


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Day 3, Game 20: Massachusetts Minutemen (W3/W12) at Nevada Wolfpack (W2/W11)
 
Nevada has had the more explosive offense, but both teams have played extremely well in both of their games thus far in the tournament. Massachusett’s PG (Rogers) has an 8-inch height advantage over his counterpart (Boston) of the Wolfpack. Will he be able to exploit that?

Starting lineups:

Massachusetts: PG 6-2 Mark Rogers, SG 6-1 David Krimmel, SF 6-5 Michael Crenshaw, PF 6-8 Tony Logan, 6-9 Chris Kent

Nevada: PG 5-6 Brett Boston, SG 6-2 Rick Newman, SF 6-8 Marlo Vickers, PF 6-8 Hollis Booth, C 6-9 Donald Thornton

PG Brett Boston of Nevada sustained an injury just 2 minutes into the game and his backup, Jerry McKnight, picked up 2 fouls in less than a minute on the floor, meaning the Wolfpack’s #3 PG, Jermaine Cockle, would need to carry a big load. When Cockle picked up an immediate foul trying to guard Massachusetts’ Mark Rogers, Nevada’s coach brought Brett Boston back on the court, even though he obviously was somewhat hobbled. Boston and Cockle spelled each other at the point. Nevada picked up their 7th team foul and Massachusetts overcame an early deficit to go up 17-12 with 12:48 remaining in the first half. Less than a minute later, Nevada’s SG Rick Newman picked up his 2nd foul and headed to the bench. The Minutemen exploited Nevada’s weakened guard positions to take a 17 point lead. Meanwhile Massachusetts’ SF Michael Crenshaw was injured also but stayed in the game. The half ended with Massachusetts in control 42-21.

Massachusetts outshot Nevada 54% to 35%, held a 16-10 rebounding advantage, and a 12-8 turnover advantage, plus got to the line 11 more times and scored 12 more points on free throws than the Wolfpack. Nevada’s 3 PG’s score no points, had no assists, just 2 rebounds, and 4 turnovers. Massachusetts 3 primary guards (Rogers, Krimmel, and Swoger) scored 19 points, had 7 rebounds, 5 assists, and just 3 turnovers. Tony Logan and Brandon Swoger each had 12 points to lead the Minutemen offensively. Rick Newman scored 9 points in 10 minutes of play for Nevada. 

At the beginning of the 2nd half, Nevada started a less-than-100% Brett Boston at PG while Massachusetts’ SF Michael Crenshaw also started but appeared to be fully recovered. Rick Newman carried Nevada in the early going of the 2nd half and the Wolfpack narrowed the gap to 49-36 with 10:37 to play. The lead was down to 10 with 7 minutes left as Massachusetts became turnover prone. With 3:14 to play, the score was 57-50 in favor of the Minutemen. Nevada cut the lead to 5 with 2:55 on the clock. But Nevada was forced to foul and Massachusetts held off the Wolfpack that had been nipping at the Minutemen’s heels.

PG Mark Rogers had a pretty good game against the smaller Brett Boston.

Final Score: Massachusetts-66, Nevada-57.

Massachusetts: PG Mark Rogers-11/5*/7*, SG David Krimmel-8/0/2, SF Michael Crenshaw-10/4/2 (7 steals), PF Tony Logan-17/1/4, Chris Kent-13/0/2; Bench players: Brandon Swoger-12/0/2; Kevin Phillips-4/0/5, Wayne Sides-2/0/7*.

Minutemen team stats: FG%-42%, 23 of 31 FT’s, 5 of 15 Threes, 33 Rebs, 16 TO’s, 18 PF’s.

Nevada: PG Brett Boston-4/0/3, SG Rick Newman-19*/2/4, SF Marlo Vickers-10/2/3, PF Hollis Booth-3/2/3, C Donald Thornton-0/0/2; Bench players: Jermaine Cockle-7/0/0, Marlo Vickers-6/0/4.

Wolfpack team stats: FG%-37%, 15 of 18 FT’s, 8 of 25 Threes, 25 Rebs, 17 TO’s, 26 PF’s.

Player of the Game: Massachusetts SF Michael Crenshaw: 10 pts, 4 assists, 2 rebounds, 7 steals.


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Day 3, Game 21: Saint Louis Billikens (L7/L14) at St. Bonaventure Bonnies (L5/L13)
 
Both of these teams suffered narrow defeats in round 1. St. Bonaventure kept things close throughout their 2nd round loss also. Saint Louis fell far behind in the 2nd half of their round 2 game, but made a closing run that made the game respectable for the Billikens.

And now: The “battle of the saints”:

Starting lineups:

St. Louis: PG 6-2 Adam Blizzard, SG 6-3 Arthur James, SF 6-8 Adrian Graham, PF 6-8 John Wiel, C 6-8 Bryce Brown

St. Bonaventure: PG 6-3 Bryan Majerus, SG 6-1 Tavaras Linney, SF 6-7 LeDarion Peterson, PF 6-11 Nick Dunn, C 6-9 Sam Chouest

St. Bonaventure spurted out to 7-0, 11-2, 18-5, and 29-10 leads as their defense squelched Saint Louis’ offense. The Bonnies finished the half ahead 39-16.

The Bonnies hit 63% of their shots while holding the Billikens to 21% shooting efficiency. St. Bonaventure also out-rebounded Saint Louis 15-9 and had a 7-5 turnover advantage. SG Arthur James scored 9 for St. Bonaventure and C Sam Chouest scored the same number of points for Saint Louis.

St. Bonaventure continued their dismantling of the Billikens early in the 2nd half, taking a 61-20 lead with 13 minutes to play. The Bonnies dominance continued to the end of the game as they recorded a total blowout win.

Final Score: St. Bonaventure-78, Saint Louis-43.

St. Louis: PG Adam Blizzard-0/3*/0, SG Arthur James-9/0/3, SF Adrian Graham-6/1/1, PF John Wiel-2/0/2, C Bryce Brown-4/1/3; Bench player: Jamaal Williams-6/0/3.

Billikens team stats: FG%-32%, 5 of 8 FT’s, 4 of 19 Threes, 19 Rebs, 15 TO’s, 25 PF’s.

St. Bonaventure: PG Bryan Majerus-13*/3*/2, SG Tavaras Linney-5/2/3, SF LeDarion Peterson-11/2/5*, PF Nick Dunn-13*/0/4, C Sam Chouest-9/3*/3; Bench player: Germayne Millford-8/0/3.

Bonnies team stats: FG%-66%, 23 of 32 FT’s, 5 of 9 Threes, 29 Rebs, 12 TO’s, 10 PF’s.

Player of the Game: St. Bonaventure PG Bryan Majerus-13 pts, 3 assists, 2 rebounds, 1 block.


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Day 3, Game 22: Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (L8/W14) at Valparaiso Crusaders (L6/W13)
 
Valparaiso got ripped in the first round, losing by 35 points but bounced back for a nice comeback win in Round 2. Western Kentucky lost a close game in round 1 and then played an exceptionally strong 2nd half against Saint Louis to win their round 2 game on the road.

Starting lineups:

Western Kentucky: PG 5-7 Mario Jones, SG 6-1 Aaron Taflinger, SF 6-8 Scott Reed, PF 6-10 Julius Dickel, C 6-10 Ray Melson

Valparaiso: PG 6-0 Javon Thomas, SF 6-2 Jeremy Scott, SF 6-6 Jim Walker, PF 6-8 David Richardson, C 6-10 Brandon Diggs

Valparaiso hit 4 of 5 from beyond the arc to take a 20-15 lead at the midpoint of the 1st half. After trailing most of the first half, Western Kentucky took a one point lead with a minute left in the half. The Hilltoppers then increased that lead to a 42-38 margin at the break. 

Both teams shot well: Western Kentucky hit 58% and Valparaiso hit 65% of their shots. Valparaiso held an 11-8 rebounding advantage but more than gave that up by making 12 turnovers to the Hilltoppers 4. C Cain Cage came off the bench to score 10 points for Western Kentucky. Starting C Brandon Diggs hit for 13 points for Valparaiso.

Both teams came out of the locker room sinking their shots from all over the court, but Valparaiso took advantage of Western Kentucky turnovers to take a 49-46 lead just 2 minutes into the 2nd half. The Crusaders continued their hot shooting to take a 13 point lead midway through the half, but the Hilltoppers made a quick run to cut the lead to 64-61 with 9 minutes left. Valparaiso’s outside shooting pushed them to a 10 point lead with 6 minutes to go in the game. Western Kentucky then scored some quick buckets in transition to close to 80-76 with 3 minutes remaining. But the Hilltoppers didn’t have enough fuel in their tank to make up the rest of the difference.

Final Score: Valparaiso—89, Western Kentucky—82.

Western Kentucky: PG Mario Jones-8/3/2, SG Aaron Taflinger-9/4/4, SF Scott Reed-8/1/0, PF Julius Dickel-6/0/3, C Ray Melson-13/1/7*; Bench players; Chad Fisher-15/1/0, Cain Cage-13/2/3.

Hilltoppers team stats: FG%-49%, 28 of 38 FT’s, 6 of 18 Threes, 21 Rebs, 12 TO’s, 25 PF’s.

Valparaiso: PG Javon Thomas-17/2/2, SF Jeremy Scott-17/4*/6, SF Jim Walker6/1/5, PF David Richardson-8/3/5, C Brandon Diggs-23*/1/2; Bench player: Albert Yearwood-9/1/0.

Crusaders team stats: FG%-64%, 21 of 29 FT’s, 10 of 16 Threes, 26 Rebs, 20 TO’s, 26 PF’s.

Player of the game: Valparaiso’s C Brandon Diggs-23 pts, 1 assist, 2 reb, 2 steals.


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Day 3, Game 23: UNLV Runnin’ Rebels (W7/L16) at Bowling Green Falcons (W6/L15)
 
UNLV’s defense has been like Jekyll and Hyde...great in their first game and horrible in their second game. Bowling Green’s offense was similar...hot in the first game, cold in their second game.

Starting lineups:

UNLV: PG 6-0 Clyde Ruddock, SG 6-3 George Finley, SF 6-5 Rick Watkins, PF 6-8 Geoff Ahern, C 6-9 Simon Ellis

Bowling Green: PG 6-4 Shammell Smith, SG 6-3 Michael Maybin, SF 6-7 Greg Miller, PF 6-6 Jerome Bowie, C 6-7 Chris Gentry

Neither team shot well early in the game. After 9 minutes of play the score was 11-5 in favor of UNLV. With 7 minutes to play in the half, UNLV was ahead 15-7 and Bowling Green had hit just 2 of 15 FG attempts. UNLV extended their lead to 24-10 with 4 minutes to go in the half. The Falcons offense continued to sputter and UNLV left the floor with a 31-14 advantage.
UNLV hit 48% of their shots, but Bowling Green managed to make just 21% of their FG attempts (and was 0 for 12 from 3 point distance). UNLV also held a 17-15 rebounding advantage and a 7-5 advantage in turnovers. PF Geoff Ahern scored 10 points for UNLV. The top scorer for Bowling Green was PF Jerome Bowie with just 5 points.

The Falcons came out in the 2nd half hitting their shots and trimmed the lead to 38-28 with 13-1/2 minutes to go. With 1:35 remaining, Bowling Green closed to within 6 at 59-53. UNLV bent but didn’t break and held the Falcons off to win.

Final Score: UNLV—60, Bowling Green—55.

UNLV: PG Clyde Ruddock16/4*/2, SG George Finley-5/1/2, SF Rick Watkins8/3/3, PF Geoff Ahern-16/1/6, C Simon Ellis-5/1/4; Bench player: Matt Jones-8/1/3.

Runnin’ Rebels team stats: FG%-47%, 8 of 12 FT’s, 6 of 20 Threes, 27 Rebs, 15 TO’s, 10 PF’s.

Bowling Green: PG Shammell Smith-15/2/3, SG Michael Maybin-5/4*/8*, SF Greg Miller-6/2/3, PF Jerome Bowie-17*/2/5 (+ 4 steals), C Chris Gentry-9/3/4.

Falcons team stats: FG%-44%, 8 of 12 FT’s, 5 of 25 Threes, 25 Rebs, 14 TO’s, 16 PF’s.

Player of the Game: UNLV PF Geoff Ahern-16 pts, 1 assist, 6 reb, 1 block.


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Day 3, Game 24: Central Michigan Chippewas (W8/W16) at Hawaii Warriors (W5/W15)
 
Both teams were tested with close games in round 1 but won more easily in round 2.

Starting lineups:

Central Michigan: PG 6-4 Chuck Livas, SG 6-1 Tremaine Moore, SF 6-6 Jarvis Martin, PF 6-7 Joe Evans, C 6-10 Ramsey Millar

Hawaii: PG 6-5 David Hamilton, SG 6-3 Shannon Sykes, SF 6-8 David Howard, PF 6-7 Darius Allison, C 6-8 Todd Brown

Central Michigan combined some hot shooting with frequent turnovers by the Warriors to take a 20-10 lead with 13:20 to go in the first half and take the Hawaii fans out of the game. Hawaii then pulled within 4 points only to see the Chippewas move out to a 46-25 advantage with 1-1/2 minutes left as the Warriors were called for foul after foul sending Central Michigan to the line repeatedly. The margin at the break was 46-27 in favor of Central Michigan.

Central Michigan outshot Hawaii 59% to 40% and held an 18-10 rebounding advantage. The Chippewas also went to the line 33 times in the first half as the Warriors were called for 20 fouls. SG Tremaine Moore scored 15 points for the Chippewas. Todd Brown and Jason Oliver both had 5 points for Hawaii.

Hawaii cut the Chippewas’ lead to 12 with 13-1/2 minutes left in the game. Central Michigan pulled away again late in the game to win with ease.

Final Score: Central Michigan-82, Hawaii-60.

Central Michigan: PG Chuck Livas-12/1/1, SG Tremaine Moore-20*/3*/3, SF Jarvis Martin-7/2/5, PF Joe Evans-3/1/1, C Ramsey Millar- 6/3*/6; Bench player: Brian Walker-12/0/8*.

Chippewas team stats: FG%-55%, 33 of 44 FT’s, 7 of 19 Threes, 31 Rebs, 14 TO’s, 22 PF’s.

Hawaii: PG David Hamilton-10/1/2, SG Shannon Sykes-2/2/3, SF David Howard-8/0/2, PF Darius Allison-6/0/2, C Todd Brown-13/1/6; Bench player: Cedrick Warren-7/2/2

Warriors team stats: FG%-42%, 20 of 30 FT’s, 2 of 16 Threes, 22 Rebs, 17 TO’s, 33 PF’s.

Player of the Game: Central Michigan’s SG Tremaine Moore-20 points, 3 assists, 3 rebounds.


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Round 3 Scores
 
Game 17: Kent State—82, Ball State—66

Game 18: Southern Illinois-71, Charlotte-61

Game 19: St. Josephs-76, BYU-61

Game 20: Massachusetts-66, Nevada-57

Game 21: St. Bonaventure-78, Saint Louis-43

Game 22: Valparaiso-89, Western Kentuck-82

Game 23: UNLV-60, Bowling Green-55

Game 24: Central Michigan-82, Hawaii-60





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