Category Archives: Game Recaps

RECAP: #4 UCF advances to NIT semifinals, beats #2 Illinois, 68-58

Photo courtesy of Peyton Wesner.

ORLANDO, Fla. — UCF guard A.J. Davis dreamed about playing at Madison Square Garden. 

Now, he can check it off his bucket list.

The Knights advanced to the National Invitation Tournament semi-finals, fighting off Illinois, 68-58. The Fighting Illini led for only one minute and 53 seconds during a game in which they shot an anemic 30.6 percent.

“Every game we are just trying to not give up threes and layups (and) make guys shoot tough twos,” UCF center Tacko Fall said. “We work on it every day.”

The Matt Williams Show began at 7:00 p.m. sharp. The senior sharpshooter from Orlando swished 3 three-pointers to charge UCF ahead, 11-3. Continue reading RECAP: #4 UCF advances to NIT semifinals, beats #2 Illinois, 68-58

RECAP: Ferguson ties CBI single-game assist mark in 80-71 win for UIC

Tai Odiase (23 points, 7 rebounds) and the UIC Flames led for all but 46 seconds in Monday’s win over George Washington, 80-71. (Source: UIC Flames)

CHICAGO, Ill. — It’s always better to give than to receive.

On Monday night, the UIC Flames proved that to be true in their CBI quarter-final match-up with the visiting George Washington Colonials. Despite possessing a sub-.500 record after the regular season, the Flames looked good in their post-season opener against the Stony Brook Seawolves, and they were looking to build off the positive momentum.

It was a record night for the Flames as a whole, and for freshman guard Tarkus Ferguson. As a team, UIC tied the CBI single-game mark with 24 assists, and Ferguson tied the individual single-game mark, dishing out 12 dimes of his own.

The Flames only trailed the Colonials for a grand total of 44 seconds on Monday night. Ferguson narrowly missed a triple-double, recording six points, 10 rebounds, and 12 assists in the Flames’ 80-71 victory. Continue reading RECAP: Ferguson ties CBI single-game assist mark in 80-71 win for UIC

RECAP: West Virginia Sends Notre Dame Home Early; Irish Finish Season 26-10

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The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are heading home early this year from the NCAA Tournament as their dreams of being national champions came to an end Saturday afternoon thanks to an outstanding all around performance by the West Virginia Mountaineers.

“They’re really good, they’re really good, they got the look, they could play for a while” said Head Coach Mike Brey concluding the game.

Notre Dame was close to being a first round tournament exit on Thursday, after a sluggish performance against Princeton, only beating the Tigers by two points.

But if the past has told us anything, it was that first round matches have always been tough for the Irish. Even when the Irish narrowly lost to the Kentucky Wildcats in the Elite Eight back in 2015, they were close to going home early on the first day.

After Thursday’s win and the then thought “tournament jitters” were gone, the Irish were expected to turn it up a notch with a more formidable opponent knocking at their door.

West Virginia proposed a tough matchup with their defensive intensity and their ability to alter offensive rhythm through their tight full court press.

Mike Brey Stated:

“Our start really hurt us, you know we were in a 10-0 hole and you’re kinda digging out against them the whole day, it was hard to get over it. Their style of play is really hard to deal with, I think you know it wore on us at times”.

Continue reading RECAP: West Virginia Sends Notre Dame Home Early; Irish Finish Season 26-10

RECAP: Texas State tops Lamar in an all-Texas showdown, 70-60

Kavin Gilder-Tilbury recorded 14 points and 13 rebounds to help Texas State advance to the second round of the CIT. (Source: Texas State Bobcats)

SAN MARCOS, Tex. — Instate battles in the regular season are always exciting.

When they take place in the post-season, and the stakes are much, much higher, they get taken to another level.

On Thursday night down in San Marcos, Texas, the CIT provided an all-Texas battle in the first round. The Lamar Cardinals, who were making their first appearance in the post-season since 2012, went on the road to take on the Texas State Bobcats, who fell in the Sun Belt tournament finale over the weekend.

While it’s not considered an instate rivalry by any means, having bragging rights over a team in your same state is never a bad thing.

On their home court, the Bobcats came out with a strong first half, setting the tone towards the end of the frame. An 11-1 run by the Bobcats gave them a nine-point lead, which would expand to a 12-point lead at the break.

The second half saw Lamar try to cut into the lead and get back into the game, but Texas State always had an answer for what the Cardinals threw at them.

Texas State kept their opponents at a safe distance, and punched their ticket to the Second Round of the CIT with a 70-60 win over Lamar. Continue reading RECAP: Texas State tops Lamar in an all-Texas showdown, 70-60

RECAP: Saint Peter’s pick up first post-season win since 1980 with 59-55 victory at Albany

Trevis Wyche (11 points) helped to lead the Saint Peter’s Peacocks to their first post-season win since 1980 on Thursday night. (Source: Hudson Reporter) (Header: Saint Peter’s Athletics)

ALBANY, N.Y. — The last time the Saint Peter’s Peacocks won a post-season game was back in 1980.

Back then, Post-It Notes were just hitting the market, John Lennon was shot outside of his apartment, and millions of people tuned in to find out who killed J.R. Ewing on the hit TV show ‘Dallas’.

Many things have changed, and while Post-It Notes continue to be made and sold, the Peacocks haven’t won a post-season game since the 1980 NIT. After accepting an invite to the 2017 CIT, they were hoping to put an end to their lengthy drought.

In order to reverse their fortunes, the Peacocks would have to do so on the road against the Albany Great Danes.

Albany, who fell in the America East final to the Vermont Catamounts, were looking to give their home fans at least one more victory to cheer about. After the first half, the Great Danes held a one point lead.

The second half was a different story. Albany stretched their lead to as many as nine points early on, but the Peacocks were determined to end their drought in the post-season.

With 3:38 to play in the game, Quadir Welton got a layup to drop, giving the Peacocks a slim one-point lead, at 53-52.

Saint Peter’s would hold onto the lead the rest of the way, coming away with a hard-fought 59-55 victory over Albany.  Continue reading RECAP: Saint Peter’s pick up first post-season win since 1980 with 59-55 victory at Albany

RECAP: Furman routs South Carolina Upstate by 22 in CIT opener

Kris Acox recorded 13 points and 12 rebounds to help lead Furman to the 79-57 rout of USC Upstate in their CIT opener. (Source: Furman Athletics)

SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Coming into Thursday, home teams were a combined 6-1 in the 2017 CIT.

After the first two games of the night, they were now 6-3.

In the first game of the evening, the Furman Paladins paid a visit to Spartanburg, South Carolina for a date with the USC Upstate Spartans. It was the first-ever meeting on the hardwood between the two programs.

Fresh off a share of the Southern Conference regular season title, the Paladins took control of the contest out of the gate against the Spartans. Furman went on an 8-0 run to open the game, highlighted by a pair of three pointers from Devin Sibley, to take control from the opening tip.

The lead for the Paladins would reach 10 points in the opening half, but the Spartans managed to trim it down to four with just over two minutes in the half.

That was as close as the home side would get on the night, as Furman pulled away early in the second half and cruised to the 79-57 win over USC Upstate. Continue reading RECAP: Furman routs South Carolina Upstate by 22 in CIT opener