GAME OF THE NIGHT: Wright State 79, Belmont 71
Two teams capable of contending in their respective conferences met in Nashville, with the Raiders winning by eight thanks in part to their shooting from beyond the arc. Billy Donlon’s Raiders made ten of their 15 three-pointers on the night, with Reggie Arceneaux, Grant Benzinger and JT Yoho hitting three apiece. Yoho finished with 16 points to lead the way for Wright State, which also beat Belmont 73-70 on November 14 in Dayton.
1. George Washington 81, DePaul 68
The Blue Demons entered Thursday’s game in the nation’s capital having won four straight, but they struggled on both ends of the floor against Mike Lonergan’s Colonials. DePaul committed 19 turnovers, and on the other end George Washington managed to shoot 57 percent from the field. Patricio Garino scored 19 points to lead the way for George Washington, with Joe McDonald and Kevin Larsen adding 18 apiece.
2. Missouri 78, Elon 73
After leading by 19 points at the half the Tigers had to hang on in the end, with the Phoenix pulling to within one in the game’s final minutes. The good news for Kim Anderson was that his team shot well from the foul line late, thus avoiding what would have been a very disappointing defeat. Keith Shamburger and Johnathan Williams III scored 16 apiece to lead the way for Missouri, with Elon reserve guard Luke Eddy leading all scorers with 27.
3. Eastern Washington 81, San Francisco 76
Jim Hayford’s Eagles, to this point in the season, have looked like the best team in the Big Sky and their win at San Francisco only strengthens that argument. Ognjen Miljkovic scored 20 points and Tyler Harvey added 19 for Eastern Washington, and as a team the Eagles shot 12-for-25 from three. Kruize Pinkins led the way for San Francisco with a career-high 30 points to go along with 14 rebounds.
1. Jay Harris (UIC)
Harris scored 32 points in the Flames’ 71-60 win over UCF.
2. Dennis Clifford (Boston College)
Clifford tallied 19 points, seven rebounds, three blocks and two steals in BC’s 85-74 win over Maine.
3. Kruize Pinkins (San Francisco)
Pinkins scored 30 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in the Dons’ 81-76 loss to Eastern Washington.
Bearcats other than Dusan Perisic (7-for-14, 16 points) combined to shoot 8-for-29 from the field, and as a team they finished with more turnovers (18) than made field goals (15) in a 65-44 loss at Colgate.
2. Tommy Hamilton IV (DePaul)
Hamilton shot 1-for-6 from the field, scoring four points and grabbing six rebounds in the Blue Demons’ 81-68 loss at George Washington.
- Garrett Covington scored 27 points to lead Western Illinois to a 78-75 win over Idaho.
- Evan Bailey contributed 11 points and four rebounds in 17 minutes off the bench to help lead the College of Charleston to a 50-47 win over South Carolina State.
- Johnny Dee and Christopher Anderson combined to score 39 points in San Diego’s 79-65 win at UCSB.