Friday, January 18, 2013

Friday: four game reports

Seattle went Lone Star State-ing and nabbed its initial WAC victory, 61-44, against host Texas Arlington. The Mavericks were limited to a paltry 20 and then a not much better 24 points in each half. Chad Rasmussen topped the Redhawks with 13 points, with Prince Obasi close behind at 12. Obasi tied for tops on the team with seven rebounds and four assists. 21 Seattle turnovers didn't hinder notching the win. Coach Cameron Dollar's guys shot 57% overall, a remarkable number considering the Mavericks are tops in the conference in field goal percentage defense at 36%. Greg Gainey led TA with 12 points as the team was a frigid 26% overall shooting, 2-23 on trey attempts and just 56% from the foul line.

Seattle U Hoops live-tweeted the game.

Maverick athletics and Redhawk athletics game report as does Seattle U Hoops.


Host New Mexico State won both 20 minutes periods (23-18, 41-33) in taking down formerly unbeaten Utah State 64-51. Four southern Aggies were in double figures: 16 from Bandja Sy, 12 apiece via Tyrone Watson and Daniel Mullings and 10 compliments of K.C. Ross-Miller. Sim Bhuller produced but five points but took just a trio of shots while providing seven boards and five blocked shots. Although just 2-8 from long distance and 10-16 at the charity stripe, Coach Marvin Menzies' bunch shot a blazing 58%. Preston Medlin paced the Logan-ites with 16 but alongside one assist and zero boards while Jarred Shaw totaled 12 points. USU was out-rebounded 33-20 and enjoyed but four free throw attempts while shooting 39%. 

Jason Groves live-tweeted the matchup as did Kyle Goon and Kraig Williams.  

Shawn Harrison was in Las Cruces so major props to the HJ management for allowing that coverage. 

Jason and Kyle each game reports plus Jason offers his three keys and a prediction to look back at. Matt Sonnenberg isn't burning his Aggie card but he is, let's say, perturbed so don't cut him off in traffic anytime soon.


Idaho led 20-25 after the initial 20 minutes but host Louisiana Tech came back to win 72-66 on point explosions from Kenneth Smith and Raheem Appleby. The former's line: 22 points (5-8 on trey attempts), eight assists and four steals. The latter produced 20 points. Factors that led to the point differential: 11 steals and six blocked shots for the Bulldogs versus one steal, one blocked shot and 22 turnovers for the Vandals. Stephen Madison paced Coach Don Verlin's squad with 21 points plus eight rebounds while Kyle Barone ended up with 19 and seven. Idaho won the battle of the boards 35-23 and overall shooting 46% to 40%. It's now a four game losing streak for the Vandals.

Vandal Nation live-tweeted the game.

Josh Wright and Vandal athletics plus Bulldog athletics game report as does Matt Vines.


Continuing the night of who-knows-what's-gonna-happen, San Jose State University put up 37 points but that unfortunately was their total against host Denver, which managed 73. However, James Kinney and Louis Garrett, who account for 28 points a night, were not on the trip as the Spartans shot 28%. The Pioneers connected on 56% of their shot attempts and were led by Chris Udofia and Brett Olson with 15 points apiece. Royce O'Neale didn't shoot well (1-5) but produced 10 rebounds and five assists. Coach Joe Scott's offense was clicking as 22 assists were credited in Denver's 27 baskets.

Spartan athletics and Pioneer athletics plus Irv Moss game report.

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