RECAP: Crandall, Hooker lead North Dakota to come-from-behind win over Weber State

Geno Crandall scored a career-high 31 points, and North Dakota overcame a nine-point deficit early in the second half to knock off Weber State, 83-77. (Source: Russell Hons - North Dakota Men's Basketball)
Geno Crandall scored a career-high 31 points, and North Dakota overcame a nine-point deficit early in the second half to knock off Weber State, 83-77. (Source: Russell Hons – North Dakota Men’s Basketball)

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — Before the 2016-17 season kicked off, the trendy picks in the Big Sky Conference were the Weber State Wildcats and the North Dakota Fighting Hawks.

As the season has moved along, nothing has changed. Many are still picking between the Wildcats and Fighting Hawks to be representing the conference in the NCAA Tournament. On Thursday night, the two teams squared off inside ‘The Betty’, with both looking to gain an edge in the race for the Big Sky title.

Weber State held a five-point lead at halftime, and they stretched their lead to nine early in the second, but they weren’t able to hold off the host Fighting Hawks down the stretch.

Sophomore guard Geno Crandall set a new career-high with 31 points on the night, Quinton Hooker added 22 points of his own, and North Dakota outscored Weber State by 11 in the second half, en route to the 83-77 win. Continue reading RECAP: Crandall, Hooker lead North Dakota to come-from-behind win over Weber State

RECAP: Sam Houston State pulls away in second half for 87-65 win over Lamar

Dakarai Henderson went 6-of-9 from the floor for 13 points, and Sam Houston State pulled away from Lamar in the second half for the 87-65 win.
Dakarai Henderson went 6-of-9 from the floor for 13 points, and Sam Houston State pulled away from Lamar in the second half for the 87-65 win.

HUNTSVILLE, Tex. — With the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks not as dominant as we’ve seen in recent seasons, the Southland Conference is as wide open as ever. Several teams look like they have a shot at representing the conference in the NCAA Tournament, at least on paper.

One team who has been in contention on a consistent basis, but unable to break through due to the Lumberjacks reigning supreme in the conference, has been the Sam Houston State Bearkats. They are regularly in contention for the title, but haven’t been able to advance to the Big Dance.

They’ve made three straight appearances in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament, compiling a record of 2-3 over the last three seasons.

On Thursday, the Bearkats welcomed another conference title hopeful to town. The Lamar Cardinals have shown flashes of being able to contend for the conference crown this season, but other times have looked like they’re another year from truly being a contender.

Thursday night was a tale of two halves. After the first, the teams were separated by a single point, at 41-40. The second half was vastly different, as the Bearkats outscored the Cardinals by 21, and cruised to the 87-65 victory on their home court. Continue reading RECAP: Sam Houston State pulls away in second half for 87-65 win over Lamar

RECAP: Cameron Jackson’s career-high 25 points lead Wofford to rout of VMI

Cameron Jackson (33) scored a career-high 25 points to help lead Wofford past VMI on Thursday night, 88-70. (Source: : Dawson Powers - USA Today Sports)
Cameron Jackson (33) scored a career-high 25 points to help lead Wofford past VMI on Thursday night, 88-70. (Source: : Dawson Powers – USA Today Sports)

SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Take a bow, Cameron Jackson.

Coming into Thursday night’s tilt against the VMI Keydets, Jackson had been on quite the roll. Over his last two games, a stretch in which the Wofford Terriers went 1-1, he averaged 16 points and 7.5 rebounds per contest, both of which were higher than his seasonal averages (10.8 ppg, 5.0 rpg).

Against the Keydets, the sophomore out of Winchester, VA put forth the best performance of his young collegiate career.

Jackson finished the night with a career-high 25 points, going 11-of-13 from the field and a perfect 3-of-3 from the free throw line. He also added 7 rebounds and dished out 1 assist to help lead Wofford to the 88-70 rout of VMI in Southern Conference action. Continue reading RECAP: Cameron Jackson’s career-high 25 points lead Wofford to rout of VMI

RECAP: Pegg reaches career milestone in 82-76 win for Stetson over NJIT

Behind a combined 37 points from Myles and Newton, Corey Williams and the Stetson Hatters notched their first conference win of the season on Thursday night. (Source: Stetson Athletics)
Behind a combined 37 points from Myles and Newton, Corey Williams and the Stetson Hatters notched their first conference win of the season on Thursday night. (Source: Stetson Athletics)

DELAND, Fl. — He may not be the tallest forward in the country, or the biggest in general, but Brian Pegg has had himself quite the career with the Stetson Hatters.

The 2016-17 season is Pegg’s fifth year in the NCAA, and he’s been one of the more effective players for the Hatters in recent years. Last season, he averaged a career-best 12.6 points, 9.8 rebounds, and 1.1 blocks per contest, while helping lead Stetson to the Atlantic Sun tournament championship game.

His stats won’t blow you away, but he is effective in what he does. He has shot 50.8% or better in each of the last three years ,and has been an impact player for Corey Williams and the Hatters.

On Thursday night, in front of the Hatters’ home crowd, Pegg reached a career milestone after years of hard work. In the first half, he surpassed the 1,000-point mark for his career. He finished the game with 10 points and 7 rebounds before fouling out in the second half, but Stetson would be just fine without their fifth-year forward.

Behind a combined 37 points from Divine Myles and Derick Newton, the Hatters held off the NJIT Highlanders‘ comeback efforts in the second half to notch their first conference win of the year, 82-76. Continue reading RECAP: Pegg reaches career milestone in 82-76 win for Stetson over NJIT

RECAP: Notre Dame’s Hot Shooting Night Not Enough To Take Down Seminoles

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Notre Dame suffered their first conference loss of the season last night to the top 10 Florida State Seminoles 83-80 but still remain atop the ACC.

The Irish are now 5-1 in ACC play and 16-3 overall despite going 15 for 21 from the three point line; that’s 71.4% in case you prefer percents. They shot better from beyond the arc than the field (46.6%) and were slightly shy from passing their free throw percentage. However regardless of the mesmerizing shooting efforts, Florida State took care of the Irish defensively.

“I think you got to give Florida State a lot of credit”, coach Mike Brey commented following the game, “Their defence bothered us, we turned it over a bunch but they’re athletic and they’re fresh and they move you around”.

Florida State is one of the nations up and coming teams ready to make some noise in March and their performance indicated they are ready to compete in the ACC with the traditional powerhouses.

“The teams that maybe struggled in previous years really at the bottom of the league, they’re much improved and so this is the recipe for 10 bids, 11 bids” stated coach Brey.

The Seminoles have only lost two games this season, one against the Temple Owls at the beginning of the season and another to the #11 North Carolina Tar Heels (now #9) while beating the #21 Florida Gators (now #19), the #12 Virginia Cavaliers (now #16), the #7 Duke Blue Devils (now#18) and now yesterday against the #15 Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

This was the Irish’s last game before returning home after a three game road series that included Miami, Virginia Tech and now Florida State. The Irish pulled off big wins in both Miami and in Blacksburg, Virginia and were hoping to return home 6-0 in ACC play.

Continue reading RECAP: Notre Dame’s Hot Shooting Night Not Enough To Take Down Seminoles

RECAP: Tyus, Hollins lead Omaha to 97-88 win over Denver

Marcus Tyus scored a game-high 30 points, and Omaha held on in the second half for the 88-79 win over Denver. (Source: Omaha.com) (Header Photo: Omaha Mavericks)
Marcus Tyus scored a game-high 30 points, and Omaha held on in the second half for the 97-88 win over Denver. (Source: Omaha.com) (Header Photo: Omaha Mavericks)

OMAHA, Neb. — Wednesday night was a big night in Omaha for the host Omaha Mavericks.

Taking on the Denver Pioneers in Summit League action, the Mavericks were looking to extend their winning streak to four games, and move above .500 in Summit League play.

On the flip side, the Pioneers were looking to extend their own winning streak to three games. Unfortunately, only one team would continue their winning ways, and the odds were in favour of the home side.

Marcus Tyus and Tra-Deon Hollins combined for 54 points to lead the way for the Mavericks, and Omaha held on in the second half to come away with the 97-88 win over Denver. Continue reading RECAP: Tyus, Hollins lead Omaha to 97-88 win over Denver

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