Atlantic 10 Men’s Basketball Weekly Recap: 2/06-2/10

Written by: Ryan Cunningham

Twitter: @R_Cunningham04

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Davidson 91, St. Joseph’s 62:  Belk Arena, Davidson, North Carolina

Davidson (13-10, 8-4 A-10) put up 51 points in the first half as they cruised to a win over St. Joseph’s (10-14, 5-7 A-10). Peyton Aldridge scored 29 of his 32 points in the first half. He also had 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Kellan Grady added 15 points in his 24 minutes of action. KiShawn Pritchett put up 12 points and 9 assists. St. Joe’s was led by Shavar Newkirk who had 16 points, 3 assists and 3 steals. He was the only Hawk in double figures. The Wildcats hit 20 of their 39 attempted threes, which is their second game this year where they hit at least 20 threes in a game. They previously hit 26 threes in a win over Charleston Southern. In addition to shooting so well from three, they had 27 assists on 34 made baskets. An all around great game for Davidson.

 

Dayton 88, Duquesne 73:  UD Arena, Dayton, Ohio

Dayton (11-13, 5-7 A-10) shot 83% from the field in the second half leading to a win over a solid Duquesne (15-11, 6-7 A-10) team. Josh Cunningham led the Flyers with 21 points and 11 rebounds. Darrell Davis added 20 points and 3 rebounds. Duquesne was led by Rene Castro-Caneddy with 21 points and 5 assists. Tarin Smith put up 14 points and 4 rebounds. Dayton struggled offensively in the first half, but in the second half they looked like a different team. They put up 59 points and shot 83% from the field. The game was back and forth throughout the first half as Dayton had a three-point lead at the break. Dayton started out the second half on a 20-5 run to put the Dukes away. Click HERE for highlights.

 

Fordham 67, George Mason 66:  Rose Hill Gym, Bronx, New York

Fordham (9-15, 4-8 A-10) came back from a 10-point halftime deficit to beat George Mason (11-14, 5-7 A-10). Prokop Slanina led Fordham with 17 points and 5 rebounds. Ivan Raut added 16 points and 4 rebounds. Otis Livingston II had 17 points and 7 assists for George Mason. Ian Boyd added 15 points and 7 rebounds.  Fordham hit 10 of their 13 threes in the second half, getting them back into the game. George Mason had two attempts to win the game at the end but couldn’t convert. Click HERE for highlights.

 

George Washington 80, La Salle 69:  Charles E. Smith Center, Washington D.C.

George Washington (10-15, 3-9 A-10) snapped a four-game losing streak as they took down La Salle (10-15, 4-8 A-10) at home. Yuta Watanabe led the Colonials with 29 points and 8 rebounds. Arnaldo Toro added 15 points and 7 rebounds. Saul Phiri and Pookie Powell had 16 points for La Salle. B.J. Johnson was held to 14 points. George Washington forced La Salle to commit 17 turnovers. They also held the Explorers to 38% shooting. GW held a 39-33 lead at the half and extended it to as much as 23 in the second half. Click HERE for highlights.

 

St. Bonaventure 79, Saint Louis 56:  Reilly Center, Olean, New York

Jaylen Adams was Jaylen Adams yet again. St. Bonaventure (18-6, 8-4 A-10) took down Saint Louis (14-12, 7-6 A-10) in Adams’ second consecutive 40-point game. Jaylen Adams led the Bonnies with 44 points and 6 assists, including 10 three pointers. Courtney Stockard added 14 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists. Saint Louis was led by Javon Bess with 13 points and 16 rebounds. Jordan Goodwin added 11 points and 9 rebounds. The Billikens did out-rebound Bona 45-29, but Jaylen Adams was too much for Saint Louis. St. Bonaventure had a three-point lead with 12:59 left in the second half, when the Bonnies went on a big run led by Adams leading to their win. Click HERE for highlights.

 

Richmond 77, VCU 76:  Robins Center, Richmond, Virginia

This game was extremely fun to watch. Richmond (9-15, 7-5 A-10) used a few steals in the final minutes to take the season sweep over cross-town rival VCU (15-10, 7-5 A-10). Jacob Gilyard led the Spiders with 18 points, 6 assists and 5 steals, including a steal in the last 5 seconds to win the game. Nick Sherod added 18 points and 4 rebounds. VCU was led by Justin Tillman with 21 points and 7 rebounds. Issac Vann added 14 points, 9 rebounds and 4 steals. This game was neck-and-neck in the first half with the score being tied at 41 at the break. With 8:36 to go in the game, a Tillman layup put VCU up by 12. Richmond roared back with a 9-0 run to get within three. A Malik Crowfield jumper brought VCU’s lead up to six. With 35 seconds to go, Sherod hit a jumper to come within two of the Rams. The next possession, Gilyard stole the ball in the backcourt and hit a layup to tie the game at 76 with 30 seconds left. VCU came down the court and missed a tough layup, leading to a transition opportunity for Richmond. Gilyard came up the court, passed it to Khwan Fore, and was fouled to send him to the line. He hit the first to give the Spiders a one-point lead and missed the second. There was no time for VCU to get a shot off to win the game. Click HERE for highlights.

 

#18 Rhode Island 72, Davidson 59:  Ryan Center, Kingston, Rhode Island

Rhode Island (20-3, 12-0 A-10) continued their winning streak as they beat Davidson (13-10, 8-4 A-10) at home. Jarvis Garrett led the Rams with 17 points and 4 rebounds. Cyril Langevine came off the bench and added 14 points and 8 rebounds. Davidson was led by Kellan Grady with 19 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists. Peyton Aldridge added 15 points and 5 rebounds. Rhode Island shot 10/25 from three and shot 49% from the field. Their bench out-scored Davidson’s bench 41-12. The Wildcats did a good job of keeping Jared Terrell and E.C. Matthews in check, keeping them to a combined 14 points. It was Rhode Island’s bench that won them the game. When the stars are off, the bench steps up. That’s why they’re so good. Click HERE for highlights.

 

Fordham 80, Duquesne 57:  Palumbo Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Fordham (9-15, 4-8 A-10) gave Duquesne (15-11, 6-7 A-10) their third loss in a row in a blowout win. Ivan Raut led the Rams with 25 points and 6 rebounds. Will Tavares added 15 points and 10 rebounds. Kellon Taylor led the Dukes with 13 points and 7 rebounds. Mike Lewis II added 10 points and 3 rebounds. Fordham shot the lights out in this game. They shot almost 60% from the field, including 44% from three. They also hit 22 of their 26 free throw attempts. They were superb on defense, holding Duquesne to 31% shooting from the field and 16% from three. Duquesne’s next slate of games doesn’t get any easier in the next few weeks. This was Fordham’s second-straight win. Click HERE for highlights.

 

George Mason 72, George Washington 65:  EagleBank Arena, Fairfax, Virginia

George Mason (11-14, 5-7 A-10), who has won two of their last three, took down rival George Washington (10-15, 3-9 A-10). Otis Livingston II led the Patriots with 14 points and 9 assists. Justin Kier added 13 points for Mason. Yuta Watanabe led GW with 19 points and 12 rebounds. Jair Bolden added 11 points and 5 assists. The first half in this one was very even with Mason holding a one-point lead at the break. The Patriots had a 14 point lead with just over three minutes to play when Watanabe led GW on a 17-7 run to come within four. Free throws by Livingston in the final seconds sealed the win for George Mason.

 

St. Bonaventure 97, Richmond 88:  Reilly Center, Olean, New York

St. Bonaventure (18-6, 8-4 A-10) won their sixth in a row in a win over Richmond (9-15, 7-5 A-10). Matt Mobley and Jaylen Adams both had great games for the Bonnies, both putting up 24 points each. They both combined for 8 of the team’s 10 threes. Bona had three other guys in double figures (Stockard, Ikpeze, Taqqee). They also shot 21/22 from the free throw line. Nick Sherod led Richmond with 26 points and 5 rebounds. Grant Golden added 24 points and 6 rebounds. St. Bonaventure scored 51 points in the first half, leading by nine. To start the second half, Richmond scored the first nine points to tie the game at 51. A Jaylen Adams free throw tied the game at 61 with 11:31 left in the game. The Bonnies never trailed after this point. Click HERE for highlights.

 

St. Joseph’s 85, Massachusetts 73:  Hagan Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

St. Joseph’s (10-14, 5-7 A-10) snapped a five-game losing streak when they took down Massachusetts (11-14, 4-8). Taylor Funk led St. Joe’s with 22 points. James Demery added 18 points and 4 rebounds. Luwane Pipkins led UMass with 21 points and 4 rebounds. Carl Pierre added 21 points of his own. The first half was neck-and-neck, tied at 41 at the half.  The Hawks slowly pulled away in the last 10 minutes. St. Joe’s out-rebounded UMass 40-31, including 10 offensive rebounds. The difference in this one was free throws. St. Joe’s hit 15/20. UMass hit 3/4. That’s the game right there. Click HERE for highlights.

 

VCU 88, Dayton 84 (OT):  Siegel Center, Richmond, Virginia

VCU (15-10, 7-5 A-10) dodged a bullet as they beat Dayton (11-13, 5-7 A-10) in overtime. Justin Tillman led the Rams with 37 points and 8 rebounds. Dayton had no answer for him down low. Issac Vann added 10 points and 6 rebounds. All five of Dayton’s starters were in double figures. Jalen Crutcher had 21 points, 8 assists and 7 rebounds. Jordan Davis had 19 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists.  VCU took a 15-point lead on a Santos-Silva layup with 3:29 left in the game, when Dayton went on a run to tie it at the end of regulation. Tillman had 7 out of 9 of VCU’s points in overtime, leading to their win. Click HERE for highlights.

 

Saint Louis 70, La Salle 62:  Chaifetz Arena, St. Louis, Missouri

Saint Louis (14-12, 7-6 A-10) came back from a tough loss and beat La Salle (10-15, 4-8 A-10) at home. Jordan Goodwin led the Billikens with 28 points and 9 rebounds. Hasahn French added 17 points and 9 rebounds. B.J. Johnson led La Salle with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Isiah Deas added 15 points and 10 rebounds. Saint Louis went on a 20-6 run to give them a 13-point lead with five minutes left, until La Salle went on a run of their own to bring the game within four with a few minutes left. The Billikens hit their free throws in the end, giving them the win.

 

Conference Standings as of 2/13/18:

  1. #16 Rhode Island          20-3 (12-0)
  2. Davidson                      13-10 (8-4)
  3. St. Bonaventure            18-6 (8-4)
  4. Richmond                      9-15 (7-5)
  5. VCU                               15-10 (7-5)
  6. Saint Louis                  14-12 (7-6)
  7. Duquesne                    15-11 (6-7)
  8. George Mason            11-14 (5-7)
  9. St. Joseph’s                  10-14 (5-7)
  10. Dayton                         11-13 (5-7)
  11. La Salle                        10-15 (4-8)
  12. Massachusetts            11-14 (4-8)
  13. Fordham                       9-15  (4-8)
  14. George Washington  10-15  (3-9)

 

Games this week:

2/13:  St. Bonaventure @ La Salle 7PM on A-10 Network

2/13:  Richmond @ #16 Rhode Island 8:30PM on CBSSN

2/14:  Davidson @ VCU 7PM on CBSSN

2/14:  Dayton @ George Mason 7PM on A-10 Network

2/14:  St. Joseph’s @ Fordham 7PM on A-10 Network

2/14:  George Washington @ Massachusetts 7PM on A-10 Network

2/16:  #16 Rhode Island @ St. Bonaventute 7PM on ESPN2

2/17:  George Mason @ La Salle 2PM on A-10 Network

2/17:  VCU @ George Washington 4PM on A-10 Network

2/17:  Duquesne @ St. Joseph’s 6PM on A-10 Network

2/17:  Saint Louis @ Richmond 6PM on A-10 Network

2/17:  Massachusetts @ Davidson 7PM on A-10 Network

2/17:  Fordham @ Dayton 7PM on YES Network/Fox Sports Ohio

 

 

 

 

 

 

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