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No. 5 Michigan State Overcomes Slow Start for 76-68 Win Over Penn State

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Tony Carr posted a game-high 28 points to go along with seven assists on Wednesday night, but it wasn’t enough to lead Penn State past Michigan State. (Source: NBC Sports)

EAST LANSING, Mich. — All season long, the Michigan State Spartans have started games slow before pulling away in the second half for wins.

Last time out, they were down 13 to the Maryland Terrapins at the half. In the second frame, they put up 50 points against the Terrapins, and came away with a six point win, 74-68. They’ve skirted danger on many occasions in 2017-18, but only have three losses to their name.

On Wednesday night, the Penn State Nittany Lions took a six point lead into the break, and stretched their lead to double figures early in the second frame. However, the Spartans found their groove once again and thwarted any upset bid from the Nittany Lions.

Thanks to another second half performance that saw the Spartans go for 52 points, Michigan State pushed their winning streak to five games with the 76-68 win over the visiting Nittany Lions on Wednesday. Continue reading No. 5 Michigan State Overcomes Slow Start for 76-68 Win Over Penn State

Coppin State Moves to .500 in MEAC Play With 71-68 Win Over Maryland Eastern Shore

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Junior forward Cedric Council Jr. (5) posted 12 points and seven rebounds on Monday night, and was one of four players for Coppin State to record double digit points in their win over Maryland Eastern Shore. (Source: @clccouncil on Twitter) (Header: The Baltimore Sun)

BALTIMORE, Md. — In seven of their eight conference games, including Monday night, the Coppin State Eagles have scored above their seasonal average in  terms of points per game.

Coppin State posted four players in double figures on Monday night, and they capped off a perfect three game home stand with a 71-68 victory over the visiting Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks. The win was the Eagles’ fourth win on the season, pushing them to 4-4 in conference play.

The loss dropped the Hawks to 1-8 against MEAC opponents on the year.

Coming into the game, the Eagles ranked last in the country in terms of points per game scored on offense. Sitting at an average of 58.8 points per game, the Eagles have found their groove as of late. Over their three game winning streak, they have scored at least 71 points.

In MEAC play, they have topped their seasonal average in seven of their eight games, which is a big reason for their recent stretch of strong play. Continue reading Coppin State Moves to .500 in MEAC Play With 71-68 Win Over Maryland Eastern Shore

Michigan State Shoots Past Illinois for Second Straight Win, 87-74

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Lourawls ‘Tum Tum’ Nairn and the Michigan State Spartans overcame 25 turnovers on Monday to pick up an 87-74 win over Illinois. (Source: Stephen Haas – The Associated Press) (Header: Kirthmon F. Dozier – Detroit Free Press)

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — In the past, the Michigan State Spartans have had their issues with the Illinois Fighting Illini.

Coming into Monday’s tilt, the Spartans had just three wins over Illinois over the past 10 seasons. Last year, the teams met just once, with the Illini coming away with the 73-70 victory on their home floor.

Monday night had a different narrative, as the Spartans used a strong start to the second half to break away from Illinois as the game wound down. Michigan State shot better than 68% as a team in Champaign, and picked up their second straight win with an 87-74 decision over the Fighting Illini.

After losing two of three games, the Spartans have now won back-to-back games and move to 6-2 in Big Ten play. The loss was the sixth straight for Illinois, who fall to 0-8 against conference foes. Continue reading Michigan State Shoots Past Illinois for Second Straight Win, 87-74

UNC Asheville Shoots Their Way to 13th Straight Win Over Liberty, 84-68

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Ahmad Thomas (above) and Kevin Vannatta (top) scored 23 points apiece on Sunday to lead UNC Asheville past Liberty for the 13th straight time, 84-68. (Source: UNC Asheville Athletics) (Header: UNC Asheville Athletics)

LYNCHBURG, Va. — Coming into Sunday, the UNC Asheville Bulldogs have reigned supreme over the Liberty Flames, having won their previous 12 meetings.

Thanks to 15 made three pointers as a team, the Bulldogs cruised to the 84-68 win over the Flames on the road, continuing their dominance over their Big South Conference foes.

As a team, the Bulldogs shot 62.5% (30-of-48) from the field, and 62.5% (15-of-24) from beyond the arc. They also picked up 20 assists on their 30 made field goals. For the Flames, they 41.1% (23-of-56) from the field, and just 27.8% (5-of-18) from three point range.

With the win, the Bulldogs have now won four of their last five games in Big South play while the Flames have dropped four straight after a three game winning streak. Continue reading UNC Asheville Shoots Their Way to 13th Straight Win Over Liberty, 84-68

Bethune-Cookman Reigns Supreme in Volusia County With 74-62 Win Over Stetson

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Brandon Tabb scored a game-high 18 points, and Bethune-Cookman picked up a 74-62 win over Stetson in the latest installment of the Volusia County Rivalry. (Source: Bethune-Cookman Athletics) (Header: Bethune-Cookman Athletics)

DELAND, Fla. — Rivalry games in the midst of conference play add another element of excitement to the 2017-18 season.

On Monday, the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats and the Stetson Hatters took to the hardwood in the latest installment of the Volusia County Rivalry. Behind an offensive attack that saw four players score in double figures, the Wildcats never trailed and picked up the 74-62 road win over the Hatters.

It was the fifth straight win overall for the Wildcats, who have now matched their win total from all of last season (10).

Monday marked the 12th meeting since the 2007-08 season between the Hatters and Wildcats, with Stetson holding a 7-4 record over that span. The loss for Stetson was just their second over the last six meetings between the two schools.

Bethune-Cookman scored the first basket of the day, and with the exception of a 2-2 tie, they held a lead for the entirety of the contest. Continue reading Bethune-Cookman Reigns Supreme in Volusia County With 74-62 Win Over Stetson

Canisius Overcomes Slow Start For 94-79 Win Against Monmouth

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Isaiah Reese (22 points, 7 rebounds) was one of five players to reach double figures for Canisius on Sunday in their 15-point win over Monmouth. (Source: Canisius Athletics) (Header: Canisius Athletics)

BUFFALO, N.Y. — It’s not how you start, but how you finish.

For the Canisius Golden Griffins, that was the case on Sunday afternoon. The Golden Griffins were able to overcome a slow start in the first half, and they pulled away in the second frame for a 94-79 win over the Monmouth Hawks to improve to 5-1 in MAAC play.

With the brief exception of a pair of two-point leads in the first four-plus minutes, Canisius trailed for the majority of the first half. Monmouth used a 13-0 run to push their lead to double-figures, and they would lead by as many as 13 points in the first half, which they did on two occasions.

The Golden Griffins got back to within two points by the break, and carried their momentum into the second half where took control of the game. With 17:59 to play, forward Jermaine Crumpton threw down a dunk to put the home side ahead by a point, and they wouldn’t relinquish the lead the rest of the way. Continue reading Canisius Overcomes Slow Start For 94-79 Win Against Monmouth