Ed Cooley

Late Night Snacks: Manhattan wins overtime thriller, Providence beats Seton Hall

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GAME OF THE NIGHT: Manhattan 80, Iona 77 OT

A competitive game throughout, Manhattan lost its 10-point halftime lead, and went to overtime as Emmy Andujar could not complete his coast-to-coast layup. Andujar would come up big in overtime, giving the Jaspers a five-point lead with 24 seconds to play. Luckily, Manhattan’s missed free throws down the stretch didn’t give Iona a chance to force a second overtime or leave with the win. Iona has already wrapped up the MAAC regular season title, but Manhattan is looking to avenge last year’s MAAC championship game loss to the Gaels next week in Springfield, Mass.


Providence 74, Seton Hall 69The Friars won their second straight Big East game. They avoid a bad loss on their tournament resume, and will have two more games — Marquette and at Creighton — to strengthen their case before the start of the Big East Conference tournament.

Harvard 72, Cornell 47: The Crimson moved one step closer to clinching the Ivy League title and punching their ticket to the NCAA tournament for the third straight season. Harvard was aided by Princeton upsetting Yale.

High Point 56, Campbell 53: After getting a scare, the Panthers remained the top team in the Big South Conference in the team’s regular season finale.


Emmy Andujar, Manhattan: Went for 28 points, six rebounds, three assists and three steals. Scored a bucket with 24 seconds left to put the Jaspers up five.

Bryce Cotton, Providence: Scored 17 of his game-high 24 points after halftime. He grabbed four rebounds and dished out three assists.

Billy Baron, Canisius: The senior guard scored 29 points and recorded 10 assists in the Golden Griffins’ conference win over Rider.


Yale shooting: Leading scorer Justin Sears had more than half of the Bulldogs’ field goals. Take away his made shots and Yale was 7-of-39 from the field. As a team, the Bulldogs shot 2-of-12 from behind the arc in a loss to Princeton.

Niagara’s turnovers: All five starters committed at least two turnovers as the Purple Eagles coughed the ball up 24 times in a 25-point loss to Monmouth.

Seton Hall streak: The Pirates have lost three straight and six of their last seven following a home loss to Providence. Seton Hall kept it close on Friday night, but Providence went on a run midway through the first half to open up its lead.

POSTERIZED: Wyoming’s Josh Adams takes flight

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Not only is Wyoming senior guard Josh Adams the lone returning starter from a team that won the Mountain West tournament last season, but he’s also one of college basketball’s best dunkers. And if anyone may have forgotten about his jumping ability, Adams put it on display Saturday during the Cowboys’ win over Montana State.

After splitting two Montana State players at the top of the key Adams attacked the basket, dunking with two hands over a late-arriving help-side defender. If you’re going to rotate over, have to do it quicker than that.

Video credit: Wyoming Athletics

Defensive progress will determine No. 4 Iowa State’s ceiling

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Even with the coaching change from Fred Hoiberg to Steve Prohm, No. 4 Iowa State remains one of the nation’s best offensive teams. Given their skills on that end of the floor many teams find it tough to go score for score with the Cyclones, and that’s what happened to Illinois in Iowa State’s 84-73 win in the Emerald Coast Classic title game.

Georges Niang scored 23 points and grabbed eight rebounds, with Monté Morris adding 20, nine rebounds and six assists and Abdel Nader 18 points as the Cyclones moved to 5-0 on the season. The three-pointers weren’t falling in the second half, as Iowa State shot 0-f0r-12, but they shot 19-for-24 inside of the arc to pull away from a team that lost big man Mike Thorne Jr. late in the first half to a left knee injury.

Illinois’ loss of size in the paint opened things up offensively for Iowa State, and the Cyclones took advantage. But where this group grabbed control of the game was on the defensive end of the floor, and that will be the key for a team with Big 12 and national title aspirations.

Nader took on the responsibility of defending Illinois’ Malcolm Hill (20 points) in the second half and did a solid job of keeping the junior wing in check, with that serving as the spark to a 12-2 run that put the game away. There’s no denying that the Cyclones can put points on the board; most of the talent from last season is back and the productivity on that end of the floor hasn’t changed as a result. Niang’s one of the nation’s best forwards, and both Morris (who now ranks among the country’s best point guards) and Nader have taken significant strides in their respective games.

Iowa State will add Deonte Burton in December, giving them another option to call upon. Front court depth is a bit of a concern, as Iowa State can ill afford to lose a Niang or Jameel McKay, but there’s enough on the roster to compensate for that and force mismatches in other areas.

But the biggest question for this group is how effective they can become at stringing together stops. Illinois certainly had its moments in both halves Saturday night, but Iowa State also showed during the game’s decisive stretch that they can step up defensively. The key now is to do so consistently, and if that occurs the Cyclones can be a threat both within the Big 12 and nationally.