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

Bucknell v Michigan State
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: WXYZ.com) (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

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

January 8th Game of the Day: Navy Midshipmen at Colgate Raiders

NCAA Basketball: Navy at Miami
Senior guard Bryce Dulin is averaging a career-high 12.0 points per game in 2017-18, and will look to help Navy pick up its third straight win on Monday against the Colgate Raiders. (Source: Navy Athletics)

HAMILTON, NY — Monday nights are usually quiet across the college basketball landscape, with teams from the MEAC and SWAC usually occupying the bulk of the game slots.

January 8th features both those conferences, as well as the Patriot League. On the same night as the College Football National Championship, there aren’t any top 25 match-ups or power conference teams in action, and the attention of most fans will be on the gridiron as opposed to the hardwood.

With that said, there are still some intriguing match-ups across the college basketball world. One of those games comes from the aforementioned Patriot League, where the Navy Midshipmen will visit the Colgate Raiders in the fourth game of conference play for both teams.

The Midshipmen and Raiders are a part of a seven-way tie for first place in the conference standings, sitting at 2-1 through three games. The race for the Patriot League crown is shaping up to be an exciting one, and a win for either Navy or Colgate could go a long way when all is said and done.

Here’s what you need to know in advance of Monday’s tilt between the Raiders and Midshipmen. Continue reading January 8th Game of the Day: Navy Midshipmen at Colgate Raiders

Maryland Eastern Shore Uses Second Half Comeback for 74-70 Win Over American

Tyler Jones recorded a team-high 18 points to help lead Maryland Eastern Shore past American, 74-70, on Saturday afternoon. (Photos: Brad Mills – USA Today Sports)

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. — For the first time since the 2017-18 season opener, the Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks were back inside the Hytche Center.

The Hawks went 1-5 on their six game road trip, with all five losses coming by at least 26 points. Their lone win came against the Jackson State Tigers in the Emerald Coast Classic, 66-63.

On Saturday, the Hawks took on the American University Eagles for the third season in a row. It’s the first meeting on the Hawks’ home floor. Eastern Shore won the first meeting back in the 2015-16 season, 79-64, with the Eagles picking up a 61-58 win last year.

Both teams came into Saturday with two wins on the year, and were looking to inch closer to the .500 mark as they opened the month of December. While the Eagles held the lead for most of the afternoon, they were unable to hold off the Hawks down the stretch.

Timely free throw shooting from Ahmad Frost and Miryne Thomas in the closing minutes sealed the deal for Eastern Shore, who came away with the 74-70 win over the Eagles. Continue reading Maryland Eastern Shore Uses Second Half Comeback for 74-70 Win Over American

College Court Report Player of the Week: Zach Thomas, Bucknell Bison

A star both on and off the court, senior forward Zach Thomas averaged better than 28 points and eight rebounds in helping Bucknell to three wins over the past week. (Source: Bucknell Bison Athletics) (Header: Arizona Daily Star)

CANMORE, Alta. — Across the entire NCAA, senior Zach Thomas has been one of the nation’s top players through the first two weeks of the season.

Despite a slow start out of the gate for the Bucknell Bison, who have one of the toughest non-conference slates of any team in the country, Thomas has been a star from game one. He’s been a star over his career with the Bison, but has flown under the radar for the majority of his tenure at Bucknell.

Thomas has averaged double-digit points per game in every year since his sophomore season. He posted 7.5 points per game as a freshman, and has improved with each passing year. This season is no different, as Thomas is on pace for a career year in scoring, rebounding, blocks, and three point shooting through seven games.

Entering the week, the Bison were 0-4. Thomas had a pair of double-doubles to his name, and had recorded at least 17 points in all four games to start the season. With three games on tap this past week, Thomas and the Bison were looking to get back on the right track.

Behind stellar efforts from Thomas, the Bison completed a perfect 3-0 week, and are showing why they were projected as the runaway favourites in the Patriot League this season.

For his efforts this past week, a stretch of three games that saw him post his third double-double of the season and average better than 28 points per game, Bucknell forward Zach Thomas has been named the College Court Report Player of the Week for November 20-26, 2017! Continue reading College Court Report Player of the Week: Zach Thomas, Bucknell Bison

4th Annual #CCRMascotMayhem Challenge: The finals are set

Navy’s Bill was the only first-time contestant in the Final Four. Was he able to punch his ticket to the Championship?(Header: U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ryan O’Connor (Released))

CANMORE, Alta. — The 4th Annual College Court Report Mascot Mayhem Challenge is now down to its final two mascots who are vying for the title of ‘Top Mascot in the NCAA’.

With the 2017-18 college basketball season less than two weeks away, fans across the country are buzzing with excitement about their respective teams. Several teams have taken part in disaster relief games to raise funds for relief efforts across North America and other parts of the world, which has only added to the buzz.

But, before the season kicks off, there’s one more week of voting in the Mascot Mayhem Challenge to determine the winner.

The Final Four saw two familiar faces taking part, including last year’s winner. Then, there was a newcomer to the challenge entirely, and one who has been a mainstay over the four years, but was in their first Final Four.

After a strong week of voting, the Championship pairing has been set! Take a peek and see who will be vying for the title next week.
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