Friday, 2 November 2007

Friday's Results: CIS vs. NCAA

I received a nice note from Bill Stockton who does such a great job with his "Rankings by Ratings" which is a computer generated ranking system. His week 2 rankings can be found by clicking here These rankings add another element to determine who the top teams in Canada are and in my opinion should be viewed by those voting for the official rankings as another data point to consider when voting. Thanks to Bill for the tremendous service he provides.

UQAM (1-3) 93, UNB (1-7) 77 The Citadins put together a solid defensive effort and were much better from the perimeter in Fredericton as Kevin Boucher had 20, while Jules Diagne and Mario Joseph each had 16 points for the winners. For New Brunswick, Thor Jensen had 13, Colton Wilson had 11 and Alex Desroches had 12. The half time score was 48-42 for UQAM.

St. FX (5-4) 89, UPEI (1-9) 79 Breaking open a tie game with about 5 minutes to play, the host X-Men used easy transition scores off solid "d" and patience working against the tight UPEI zone to break away and defeat the Panthers in Antigonish. With the win, X will face #5 St. Mary's tomorrow night in the championship game of their own tournament. The scrappy Panthers stayed in the game offensively off the great work around the basket of 6'6" freshman Manock Lual, who had 18 points and 7 rebounds. 6'2" Tyler Richards had 21 points for X to lead all scorers while 6'8" Islam Toledo, getting more comfortable with each game, had a 19-point/11 rebound double/double which included several athletic dunks. 6'3" Dwayne Johnson had a career-high 16 points with smart takes into the Panther zone while 5'10" Christian "T-Bear" Upshaw ended up with 15 points and 8 rebounds from his point guard spot. The X-Men dominated the glass, outrebounding the smaller, perimeter-oriented Panthers 53-34 and executed on their game plan of limiting the three-point looks of the downtown-happy UPEI squad, which got only 10 off all night. Jared Budd knocked down 3 3's as part of his 14 points for UPEI while 6'3" Seneca College transfer Andrew Black, a strong, tough paint-area player, added 15 points/6 rebounds for the Panthers, who face Cape Breton tomorrow night at 5 PM eastern. These teams met 3 weeks ago at the UPEI Mickey Place tournament and the Capers escaped with a two point win.

St. Mary's (9-1) 76, Cape Breton (5-3) 66 The Huskies took an early 17 point lead and held it for much of the remainder of the game in handing the Capers their third straight loss in the first game of the St. FX Invitational at Antigonish, NS. St. Mary's got it going early behind the usual intelligent floor play of 6'1" Mark Ross, who is an under spoken but very solid guard and a perfect for this group. 6'5" Aaron Duncan hit a couple of shots early but later sustained an ankle injury, rendering him questionable for tomorrow evening's championship game. 6'5" Ike Uchegu suffered a knee injury but he should be ready to play tomorrow. Cape Breton, which got the game back to within 8 in the fourth quarter but could get no closer, got another tremendous performance from 6'5" Eric Breland, who as always was a load inside. 6'6" freshman Al Aliovic also had a solid game for the Capers, who once again were without the services of 6'4" Paul Blake, out with a hamstring injury. Cape Breton will play the loser of the X/UPEI game tomorrow night at 5 PM Eastern.

Providence Friars 86, Carleton 72 The Friars ripped off a game-deciding 14-4 run early in the second half to grab a 19 point lead and then maintained a double digit lead to the end in handing the Ravens their second consecutive loss on their U.S. NCAA Division 1 tour which concludes on Sunday when Carleton visits ACC power Boston College. 6'4" Ryan Bell knocked down his 4th three of the game on the first possession of the second half to bring the Ravens back to within 9 and then quickly thereafter was whistled for 2 consecutive fouls to send him to the bench with 4 with over 16 minutes to play. At that point, the Ravens had 5 of the first 6 fouls of the half. The Friars then ran off the next 7 points to grab their largest lead at 16 and later extended it to 19. 6'7" Aaron Doornekamp almost singlehandidly kept Carleton in the game in the second half, scoring 16 of his team-high 25 points including 4 3's while Bell finished with 18, only 7 after halftime as he sat for about 7 minutes. The Ravens gave up 30 points in the last 9 1/2 minutes of the first half, allowed the Friars to grab 8 offensive boards and committed 14 turnovers of their own yet are still well within striking distance, down only 12 at the half. A 12-2 Friars run gave Providence their largest lead at 12 with about 5 minutes remaining in the first but Carleton stayed close on the solid work of Bell who had a team-high 11 points including 3-5 shooting from downtown. Overall, the Ravens were outrebounded 39-16 and did not grab a single offensive rebound in the first half. As well, Providence got on the offensive glass to the tune off 18 "o" boards with Carleton turning the ball over an uncharacteristic 21 times.

Maine Black Bears 80, Dalhousie 59 The Tigers got off to a strong start, leading by 6 and 8 points early but then lost 6'1" Andrew Sullivan to a wrist injury about 7 minutes into the game. Maine's athleticism and physicality on the glass began taking its toll, enabling numerous second chances and the Bears turned up their "d", making open looks difficult to come by, allowing them to pull away for the victory in Orono, MA. 6'1" Simon Farine played all 40 minutes but was the focus of the Bears "d" especially after Sullivan's injury. Bright spots for the Tigers included 6'5" Germain Bendegue, who had a team-high 18 points while 6'0" freshman Charlie Campbell from B.C. got extra minutes in the rotation with Sullivan's injury and had a career-high 10 points. As well, the Tigers welcomed back 6'5" Ryan de Winter, one of their key men off the bench, who missed last weekend's action with an ankle injury. Dal finally returns to the comforts of Dalplex for their first home game after 10 on the road as they open their AUS regular season this coming Thursday night against St. FX. Maine defeat Dalhousie report

Northern Arizona Lumberjacks 67, Concordia 63 The Stingers scored the first 8 points of the second half to lead by 4 and were leading as late as 7 minutes into the second half but could not hold it as the Lumberjacks shot 26 for 39 from the foul line against only 6 for 18 for the Stingers. Concordia, who was led by 6'3" Dwayne Buckley with 18 points, was whistled for 31 fouls against only 19 by Northern Arizona. 6'2" Andre Johnny had 12 for Concordia while 6'8" Jamal Gallier had 8 points/10 rebounds before fouling out for the Stingers, who played without 6'1" Damian Buckley. Calgary native 6'9" Kyle Landry, a senior with the Lumberjacks, led the way for Northern Arizona with 20 points. Here is a game report from the NAU web site (plus box score)

Brigham Young Cougars 91, Laval 60 BYU outscored Laval 29-14 in the first 10 minutes of the second half to take a 28 point lead. The Cougars jumped out to an early 19-8 lead and then extended it to 16 at 40-24 before a mini 5-0 run by les Rouge et Or got the game back to within 11 late in the first half. 6'3" J.F. Beaulieu led les Rouge et Or with 13 points on 3-5 from 3 while 6'7" J.P. Morin also had 13. Underrated 6'4" post Francois-Olivier Gagnon-Hebert added 10 points for Laval, who plays at Utah State tonight. Game report/Box Score from BYU site also some post-game comments including quotes from Laval Head Coach Jacques Paiement.

Daemen College 94, Toronto 91 DOUBLE OVERTIME In an exciting, heart-stopping affair, the hosts pulled out the win over the Varsity Blues who once again had their issues on the foul line at key moments in the affair. The quick, athletic Daemen team created 23 U of T turnovers but the Blues stayed in the game on the heels of another solid effort from 6'3" Rob Paris who had 21 points while 6'2" veteran Nick Magalas added 20. 6'7" Andrew (don't call me Mark) Wasic had his career-best of 19 points as the Blues got yet another strong performance from an emerging contributor. The teams meet again tomorrow in Buffalo, NY.

Mansfield College 84, McMaster 66 The Marauders had it down to 45-43 early in the second half but could not put together a sustained defensive effort as Mansfield pulled away by outrebounding Mac and creating numerous turnovers. McMaster was without 6'8" Mouchtar Diaby who had some visa problems and was unable to travel while both 6'6" Joe Polizzi and 6'10" Geoff McLaughlin have been nursing bad ankles. Mac is still without 6'6" Andrew Losier as well. 6'2" freshman Tyrell Vernon had 18 points to lead the Marauders, who played Medaille College tomorrow night in Buffalo at 6 PM. Medaille is coached by former Canisius Head Coach Mike McDonald. Here is a report from Mansfield College... MANSFIELD - Senior Kevin Hill scored 14 points and Chris Greene and newcomer Ryan Callahan added 11 points each to lead Mansfield to a 84-66 win over McMaster University (ONT) in an international exhibition game Friday evening in Decker Gymnasium. "It was what exhibition games are supposed to be," said head coach Rich Miller. "We got a chance to see everyone under game conditions and that's a good thing for us. I thing Lavail Owens and Yuseff Carr did alright for their first time out and Ryan Callahan did nice job in the first half. We still have lots to work on but it was a good opportunity for us." Mansfield mixed up the lineup throughout the game with junior point guard Chris Greene the only player with more than 25 minutes. Greene scored all of his 11 points in the first half while also dishing out a game high eight assists. Kevin Hill, scored 11 of his team best 14 points in the second half while Callahan, a transfer from NCAA Division I Wagner, had nine of his 11 points in the first half. Tyrell Vernon scored a game high 18 points to lead McMaster (5-3). Mansfield/Mac Box Score

Lakehead 99, Mayville State 86 6'6" Warren Thomas scored 31 points for the Thunderwolves, playing without 6'4" star Kiraan Posey, out after undergoing dental work earlier in the week. Freshman Lerry Williams, from Dawson College, added 22 points for Lakehead. Report from Lakehead Sports Info Wolves Win

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