Thanks to injuries and the departure of Jermaine Lawrence, the beginning of the season has been difficult for Steve Masiello’s Manhattan Jaspers. Entering Wednesday’s game against George Mason, which was coming off of a surprising run to the Charleston Classic title game, with just six available players the Jaspers looked to pick up their first win of the season.
And Manhattan was successful, with a Shane Richards three-point play with 1.1 seconds remaining being the difference in their 69-67 win at Draddy Gymnasium. Below is video of the game-winning play, courtesy of Manhattan Athletics.
Richards (13 points) was one of three Jaspers to reach double figures, with Rich Williams leading the way with 26 points and nine rebounds and Thomas Capuano adding 14 points. What also helped the Jaspers was the fact that they forced 25 George Mason, converting those opportunities into 24 points.
Not sure if Manhattan and George Mason are due to play again next season, but the last two meetings have produced dramatic outcomes. The Patriots won last year’s game in Fairfax on a Jalen Jenkins’ 75-footer as time expired.
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Friday night featured a few upsets, and the second day of the college basketball season has provided another as Radford beat Georgetown 82-80 in double overtime. A deep three from Rashun Davis, who finished with a game-high 28 points, with 1.5 seconds remaining in the second extra session was the difference for the Highlanders, who were picked to finish fourth in the Big South preseason poll.
The game was part of the 2K Classic, with the semifinal and championship rounds scheduled for November 20 and 22 at Madison Square Garden. So with this win Radford has a shot at playing at the World’s Most Famous Arena, right? No.
Something that some early season tournaments have done in recent years is ensure that their top drawing teams will play in the championships rounds of the event, regardless of what happens in the preliminary round games. In addition to the ticket sales this also ensures those programs opportunities to play against other highly regarded teams, thus helping their overall resumes with an eye towards March.
That’s why the Hoyas will still make the trip to New York for the semifinals of the 2K Classic along with Duke, Wisconsin (which lost to Western Illinois Friday night) and VCU.
The Hoyas opened the game playing sluggish basketball, with senior point guard D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera not scoring a point during those opening 20 minutes, and they wound up with a major fight on their hands as a result. Davis’ shot capped a productive afternoon for the point guard, with Cameron Jones supplementing his teammate’s efforts with 20 points and seven rebounds. Bradley Hayes led four Hoyas in double figures with 19 points while also grabbing 12 rebounds.
Next up for Georgetown is their highly anticipated trip to College Park to take on preseason Big Ten favorite Maryland as part of the Gavitt Tipoff Games Tuesday night. And with that game being followed by match-ups with Wisconsin and either Duke or VCU, the Hoyas will need to make significant strides while taking on tough competition over the next week.
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Multiple conference tournaments tip off on Wednesday, one of which being the Conference USA tournament in Birmingham. And in the first game of the day, FIU and UTSA scripted a finish that will be hard for any game to match this week (or for the remainder of the season, for that matter).
After a Ray Rodriguez free throw gave FIU a 54-51 lead with eight seconds remaining, UTSA’s Keon Lewis hit a three-pointer from the right wing to tie the game. Unfortunately for the Roadrunners there was still time for FIU to attempt one more shot, and Dennis Mavin took full advantage of the opportunity.
Mavin banked in a shot (the defender was close but looked afraid to commit a foul) from half-court as time expired, giving FIU the 57-54 victory. FIU advances to the quarterfinals, where they’ll take on two-seed UTEP Thursday afternoon.
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