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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.