No. 17 Saint Mary’s picked up a massive road win on Saturday afternoon as they went into UD Arena and knocked off the Flyers, 61-57.
Calvin Hermanson led the way with 16 points while Jock Landale added 15 points and 14 boards. Dayton was playing without Josh Cunningham, who is out three months with an ankle injury, and Kendall Pollard, who is still battling a thigh problem.
This was a huge win for the Gaels, as Dayton will end up being one of, if not the best team in the Atlantic 10 this season. At full strength, Dayton is a top 25 program that always ends up looking like a good win on the résumé in March, particularly when that win came on the road. Saint Mary’s won 29 games last season, but they missed the NCAA tournament after they put together an ugly non-conference schedule.
The game wasn’t as close as the final score would indicate. Dayton struggled on the offensive end of the floor for the first 32 minutes, digging themselves a 54-34 hole. But the Flyers used a press to fluster Saint Mary’s, who started turning the ball over and missing free throws, and as the crowd started to get into it, Dayton used a 23-5 run to cut the lead to 59-57 with 20 seconds left.
The Flyers then forced a turnover on an inbounds pass, but Xeryius Williams was called for a charge as he tried to score a game-tying layup. Saint Mary’s had their inbounds pass deflected two more times before they finally got the ball in to Emmett Naar, who made two free throws to ice the game.
NEW YORK (AP) Derrick Walton Jr. hit seven 3-pointers and finished with 23 points to lead Michigan to a 76-54 victory over SMU on Friday night in the championship game of the 2K Classic Benefiting Wounded Warrior Project.
Walton, who had six assists, was held scoreless in the Wolverines’ opening-round win over Marquette being saddled with foul trouble throughout the game. He didn’t get a chance to play in SMU’s 24-point win over Michigan last season as he missed the game with a sprained ankle.
He was not only playing this time, he was hitting from 3-point range to keep the Mustangs at bay. The closest they got in the second half was 13 points when they hot two 3s to open the second half.
Walton was 4 of 6 from 3 in the first half as Michigan took control right away and went on to a 44-25 halftime lead.
Zak Irvin, the tournament MVP, added 16 points for the Wolverines (4-0), while Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman had 12..
Andrew White leads No. 18 Syracuse in rout over Monmouth
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Andrew White scored 18 points, Taurean Thompson added 12 and Syracuse routed overmatched Monmouth 71-50 on Friday night.
The Orange (3-0) led 37-29 at the half. The Hawks (1-2) shot 21 percent from the field were 1 of 18 from 3-point range in the second half. For the game, the Hawks shot 31 percent and were 4 of 29 from on 3-pointers.
Syracuse outscored Monmouth 34-21 in the second half.
Tyus Battle added nine points, and Frank Howard had eight points and six assists for Syracuse. Tyler Lydon had four blocks.
Justin Robinson led the Hawks with 11 points, and Collin Stewart had eight.
The matchup brought together two teams that ended up on opposite sides of the NCAA Tournament bubble last season. Syracuse made it in as a surprising No. 10 seed and reached the Final Four. Monmouth recorded the most wins in program history en route to a 28-8 record and the regular-season MAAC championship, but was denied a tournament bid.
The teams played a mostly nip-and-tuck first half with Syracuse enjoying a 37-29 halftime advantage. White had a blistering 20 minutes scoring 18 points on 6-of-10 shooting, including three 3-pointers. He was shut out in the second going 0-of-5.
Monmouth: The Hawks followed up a heartbreaking loss at South Carolina with a poor performance Friday but should be able to right the ship against Cornell.
Syracuse: This was the biggest test for the Orange so far and Syracuse passed with flying colors.
Monmouth returns home to face Cornell on Tuesday night.
Syracuse continues its homestand Tuesday night against South Carolina State.
Georgia State had No. 15 Purdue dead in the water, down by 13 with seven minutes left in the game. The Boilermakers were 2-for-18 from three with 14 turnovers and looked totally and completely lost on the offensive end of the floor.
And then Purdue’s size took over.
Just like it did against No. 3 Villanova down the stretch on Monday night.
Purdue scored the final 20 points to knock off the Panthers, 64-56, as four different GSU players fouled out and a fifth had four fouls.
Don’t be surprised if this becomes a trend for the Boilermakers this season. They struggle on the offensive end of the floor when teams are able to pack in their defense because their shooters are not really all that good at shooting from the perimeter. That’s why the Panthers were able to get away with playing defense that looked like this:
Purdue is 2-17 from three with 14 turnovers, which is why Georgia State can play a zone that looks like this and be up double figures. pic.twitter.com/WP3BFrMi0M
But there has been a rule change this season that is an attempt to legislate physical post play out of the game, and the result is that Purdue’s opponents, particularly their front court, pick up fouls at a crazy rate. As those bigs start to foul out, the massive front line of Isaac Haas and Caleb Swanigan can start to assert their dominance. It happened against Villanova, who barely hung on after blowing a double-digit lead, and it happened against Georgia State.
It’s not a great way to try and win basketball games, but as Matt Painter tries to find a way to fix his perimeter’s issues, it’s good to know that it is at least a way to storm back.
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