Category Archives: Game Recaps

Michigan State Holds Off Bucknell Late in Second Half for 82-78 Win

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Miles Bridges was a star on Friday night for the Spartans, posting a game-high 29 points in Michigan State’s 82-78 win over Bucknell in the First Round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament. (Source: (Header: Lansing State Journal)

DETROIT, Mich. — The game may have been played in Detroit on a neutral floor, but the atmosphere inside Little Caesars Arena was anything but neutral on Friday night.

Fans of the Michigan State Spartans came out in full force to support their beloved Green and White in their First Round game against the Bucknell Bison. Cheers of “Go Green…Go White” echoed throughout the arena all game long, and it gave the Spartans that extra boost of motivation they needed, especially in the second frame.

Coming into the contest, the Spartans stressed the importance of not overlooking an opponent in the NCAA Tournament. Two years ago, they were eliminated in the First Round by the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders, who were a 15-seed.

Michigan State wanted to avoid another early exit from the NCAA Tournament, and while they had to sweat things down the stretch, they made sure to avoid a repeat from the 2016 NCAA Tournament.

Bucknell made things interesting in the closing seconds with some key shots from long range, but Michigan State sealed the deal on an 82-78 win over the Bison thanks in large part to free throws. Continue reading Michigan State Holds Off Bucknell Late in Second Half for 82-78 Win

Purdue Overcomes Slow Start to Rout Cal State Fullerton, 74-48

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Carsen Edwards surpassed the 1,000-point mark on Friday in Purdue’s 26-point win over Cal State Fullerton at the 2018 NCAA Tournament in Detroit. (Source: (Header: For the Win – USA Today Sports)

DETROIT, Mich. — It’s not necessarily how you start, but how you finish.

For the Purdue Boilermakers, that rang true on Friday afternoon in their 2018 NCAA Tournament opener against the Cal State Fullerton Titans. The Boilermakers are the two-seed in the East Region, and were taking on the Big West Conference champions, who came into the tournament seeded 15th.

Friday marked the first time that the Boilermakers and Titans have met on the hardwood. While the odds were heavily on Purdue’s side coming into the event, the Titans weren’t lacking confidence in themselves on Media Day.

“I think we stand a chance,” said senior Arkim Robertson at the Titans’ press conference on Thursday afternoon. “If we stick to what Coach Taylor gives us and we stick to the game plan, we’re going to be okay.” Continue reading Purdue Overcomes Slow Start to Rout Cal State Fullerton, 74-48

Defense Propels Liberty Past North Carolina A&T, 65-52

Homesley, Caleb
Caleb Homesley had a game-high 16 points to help lead Liberty past North Carolina A&T in the opener of the 2018 CIT. (Source: Liberty Athletics)

LYNCHBURG, Va. — The NCAA Tournament doesn’t get underway until Tuesday night with a pair of First Four games in Dayton, but post-season basketball took place on Monday afternoon and evening.

At 12:00pm EST, the 10th edition of the Tournament got underway in Fort Wayne, IN. Four games were scheduled for Monday in the First Round of the 20-team event, all featuring schools from outside of the power conferences.

In Lynchburg, VA, the Liberty Flames played host to the North Carolina A&T Aggies to kick off the post-season for both teams. Equipped with identical 20-14 records, both teams were looking to pick up a win and advance into the second round of the tournament next week.

All season, the Flames have had one of the nation’s top scoring defenses, and they made things extremely tough for the Aggies on Monday night. Liberty held North Carolina A&T to their lowest offensive output of the season, and rolled to the 65-52 win over the Aggies in the Jim Phelan Classic. Continue reading Defense Propels Liberty Past North Carolina A&T, 65-52

Howard Routs Maryland-Eastern Shore by 28 Behind Williams, Cole

Williams, Charles
Charles Williams led all scorers with 28 points on Monday night, leading Howard to the 84-56 win over Maryland-Eastern Shore. (Source: WJLA)

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Charles Williams had himself a stellar freshman campaign in 2016-17 for the Howard Bison, and he hasn’t slowed down in year two.

Add in the play of freshman RJ Cole in 2017-18, and the Bison have arguably the best young tandem in the MEAC, and one that could rival the top pairs from other conferences around the country. When Howard welcomed the Maryland-Eastern Shore Hawks to town on Monday night, the pair were at their best as the Bison looked for the regular season series sweep of the Hawks.

Back in January, the Bison picked up an 85-75 win over the Hawks in Princess Anne, MD, behind 28 points from Cole.

On Monday, it was the same result for Howard, but by a much larger margin. The Bison used three big runs in the first half to take a 44-16 at the break, and they would go onto win by that same margin of 28 points. Howard cruised to the 84-56 win over Eastern Shore to complete the regular season sweep. Continue reading Howard Routs Maryland-Eastern Shore by 28 Behind Williams, Cole

Bethune-Cookman Rolls Maryland-Eastern Shore, 87-67

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Shawntrez Davis finished with 19 points and 11 rebounds on Saturday afternoon, helping to lead Bethune-Cookman to the 20-point win over Maryland-Eastern Shore, 87-67. (Source: Bethune-Cookman Athletics) (Header: Bethune-Cookman Athletics)

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The race for the regular season crown in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference is shaping up to be a three-horse race between the Savannah State TigersNorth Carolina A&T Aggies, and the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats.

On Saturday, the Wildcats were looking to keep pace with the Tigers and Aggies atop the league, as they came into the day in third spot. Bethune-Cookman welcomed the Maryland-Eastern Shore Hawks to town, who were looking to play the role of spoiler on the road.

It was the second of two regular season meetings between the two programs in 2017-18. Back on January 8th, the Wildcats picked up an 89-84 win over the Hawks in Princess Anne, MD.

Eastern Shore was looking for a bit of redemption, but the Wildcats had other ideas.

The Hawks trailed for most of the day, but managed to get within two points at the midway point of the second half. From there, Bethune-Cookman kicked things into high gear, pulling away for the 87-67 victory over Maryland-Eastern Shore to keep pace atop the MEAC standings. Continue reading Bethune-Cookman Rolls Maryland-Eastern Shore, 87-67

Navy Leads Wire-to-Wire in Rivalry Win Over Army West Point, 68-59

Navy Alumni Trophy
With Navy’s 68-59 win over Army West Point on Saturday, the Alumni Trophy will return to Annapolis, MD with the Midshipmen. (Source: Navy Athletics) (Header: The Athletic)

WEST POINT, N.Y. — Saturday afternoon brought one of college basketball’s top rivalries to the spotlight before a full day of action.

The Navy Midshipmen were in West Point, NY to take on the Army West Point Black Knights in the second meeting of the season between the two programs. Back on January 14th, 2018, the Black Knights picked up a 64-62 win in Annapolis, MD.

On Saturday, the Midshipmen were looking for a little redemption inside Christl Arena in front of a sold-out crowd.

Having won three of their last four outings, Navy was looking to keep their positive momentum rolling as they continue their climb in the Patriot League standings. With the exception of an early 2-2 tie against Army West Point in the opening minutes of Saturday’s tilt, the Midshipmen were in control of the contest from start to finish.

The Midshipmen never trailed on the road on Saturday, and picked up their fourth win in five outings with a 68-59 victory over the Black Knights.

With the win, the Navy Midshipmen won the Alumni Trophy in the rivalry series. Continue reading Navy Leads Wire-to-Wire in Rivalry Win Over Army West Point, 68-59