Wednesday, 31 October 2007

Wednesday's CIS vs. NCAA Results

Brock 66, Air Force Falcons 63 6'3" Rohan Steen hit a three pointer with one second remaining to lift the Badgers to a victory at the Air Force Academy in a game best described as a three-point shooting gallery. The teams combined to shoot 27 for 58 from downtown for the game as Brock went 16 for 30 including an incredible 11 for 17 in the second half. Surprisingly, Steen was only 1-9 from the floor prior to making his big shot to give Brock their first win against a Division 1 team on the road in recent memory (the Badgers have defeated other D1 teams at home in recent years). The Badgers knocked eight of their first nine 3's in the second half to erase an early 9 point second-half deficit. Brock's barrage of threes was led by 6'2" Mike Kemp who scored 25 points on 7-11 shooting from 3. 6'0" Scott Murray was also red-hot from beyond the arc, going 6-9 for a total of 20 points. His sixth 3 pointer tied the game at 61 with 2:41 to play. The Falcons broke a 28 all tie with a 7-0 run to end the first half as the Badgers went 6-14 from downtown to keep themselves close. Brock welcomed back 5'10" Brad Rootes, who missed the previous five games with an ankle injury as Rootes was instrumental in setting the table for the Badgers perimeter threats, finishing with 10 assists against only 2 turnovers and scoring 8 points including finding Steen for the winning shot with one second to play. Tim Anderson led Air Force with 25 points, only 5 after the intermission, as he shot 5 for 6 from 3 point land while playing all 20 minutes of the first half but made only one three in the second half. The Badgers move over to Boulder, Colorado to face the University of Colorado Buffalos (Chauncey Billups alma mater) tomorrow night.

UQAM 80, Maine Fort Kent (NAIA) 73 From the Maine Fort Kent web site... Bengals Fall to Citadens; Fort Kent, ME – The University of Quebec at Montreal strolled onto the University of Maine at Fort Kent campus Wednesday and scared UMFK stiff in the second half, pulling away for a 80-73 men’s basketball victory. UMFK built an eight point lead at the end of the first half but second half action was dominated by the propelling UQAM offense. Leaders for the Division I CIS Citadins were Karim Gueye (10 points, 14 rebounds, two blocks, and two steals), Samuel Johnson (16 points, six rebounds, two blocks, and one steal), and Mario Joesph (14 points, two assists and one steal). The Bengals had strong encouragement despite the loss from vets Yair Gal (Ashdod, Isreal), who had 18 points, six rebounds, and four assists; and Gediminas Sumyla who added 14 points, four assists, two steals, and one block. Freshmen Othniel Hyliger (Sandy Point St. Kitts) had 14 points and a team-best eight boards while Jimmy Lopez (Fitchburg, MA) had 13 and Edmundas Akstinas reached double figures with 10.

Vermont Catamounts 92, Concordia 66 A 22-7 run to close the first half broke open a tight game gave the Catamounts a victory in their exhibition season opener. After turning it over on their first three possessions of the game resulted in Concordia being down 8-0 and then 10-2, the Stingers had a 14-5 run culminated by a jumper from 6'5" freshman James Clark to give Concordia their only lead of the game at 16-15 with 13 minutes left in the first half. During the run, 5'9" Levi Vann hit three's on three consecutive possessions; Vann ended the first half with 4 3's and 12 points. The teams traded baskets until about the 10 minute mark when Vermont's junior co-captain Mike Trimboli went to work, giving the Catamounts a 17 point halftime lead. Trimboli finished the first half with 10 points during which the Stingers shot only 27% (9-33) and gave up 11 offensive boards. Concordia got it back to as close as 15 at 67-52 with 9 minutes left in the second half on a Vann jumper but the Catamounts peeled off an 8-0 run, finishing the game on a 25-14 run to win going away. Vann led all scorers with 20 points including a sterling 6 for 12 effort from behind the arc and added 5 rebounds from the guard spot while 6'8" Jamal Gallier added a 13-point/11-rebound double double. The Stingers welcomed back 6'2" guard Damian Buckley from a knee injury and he played sparingly scoring 5 points in 16 minutes while his brother 6'3" Dwayne Buckley, struggled from the floor, going 1-13 for just 6 points. The Stingers meet Northern Arizona on Friday night.

Charlotte 49ers 92, Ottawa 36 The 49ers raced out to a 53-14 lead by halftime and cruised to victory over the reeling Gee-Gees. Ottawa, starting two freshmen after already missing starters 6'3" Donnie Gibson and 6'5" David Labentowicz, went to their bench down 9 at 18-9 with about 12 minutes remaining in the half and the results were disasterous as Charlotte ripped off a 25-0 run. When 6'4" Josh Gibson-Bascombe finally stopped the bleeding with a jumper, Charlotte led 47-9 and the route was definitely on. 6'0" Leemire Goldwire had 23 points including 7 for 10 from downtown and added 7 rebounds for Charlotte while Josh Gibson-Bascombe had 11 including 2-4 3's, 6'3" Sean Peter 10 points/7 rebounds and 6'9" Dax Dessureault added 7 points, 10 rebounds, 3 blocks for Ottawa. Ottawa faces UNC-Wilmington Seahawks tomorrow night.

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