Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament Recaps
(Thursday, March 14th)
Final Score: Charlotte 68, Richmond 63
Brooklyn, NY (Sports Network) - Richmond lost its cool and Charlotte advanced.
Pierria Henry hit eight free throws on Charlotte's final possession and the 49ers downed Richmond, 68-63, in the first round of the Atlantic 10 Tournament.
The Spiders were called for three technical fouls in the final 4.7 seconds.
With Charlotte (21-10) trailing 63-60, the Spiders elected to foul instead of allowing a potentially game-tying 3-pointer. Henry sunk the first of the one- and-one, but Richmond's Derrick Williams was called for a technical foul after pushing a 49ers player following the first foul shot.
So instead of having to miss intentionally for a potentially game-tying bucket, Charlotte had three more foul shots and the ball.
Henry then proceeded to make all three for a 64-63 49ers lead. Spiders head coach Chris Mooney disagreed with the officials about the prior calls and was ejected. Henry, who finished with 28 points and 12 rebounds, sunk four more free throws to seal the win.
Cedrick Lindsay had 19 points to lead Richmond (18-14), which took a 31-23 lead into the break.
Charlotte, which will play Saint Louis Friday in the quarterfinals, outscored the Spiders 45-32 in the second half.
Final Score: Butler 73, Dayton 67
Brooklyn, NY (Sports Network) - Rotnei Clarke had 21 points and five assists in Butler's 73-67 win over Dayton in the first round of the Atlantic 10 Tournament.
Andrew Smith added 18 points and six rebounds for the Bulldogs (25-7), who have won three straight games and will play La Salle in Friday's quarterfinal.
Josh Benson led the Flyers (17-14) with 18 points and five boards.
Butler took a 33-30 edge into the break, but pulled away in the second half.
Dyshawn Pierre's layup got the Flyers within 53-50 with 9:17 to play, but the Bulldogs countered with a 14-6 burst. Erik Fromm had nine points during the surge, which was capped on a Clarke 3-pointer for a 67-56 lead with 3:43 left.
Final Score: Saint Joseph's 58, Xavier 57
Brooklyn, NY (Sports Network) - A pair of free throws by Langston Galloway with just over one second remaining in regulation provided the Saint Joseph's Hawks with a thrilling 58-57 win over the Xavier Musketeers in the first round of the Atlantic 10 Tournament at the Barclays Center.
Galloway finished the night with a team-best 14 points for the 10th-seeded Hawks (18-12), while Carl Jones and Halil Kanacevic both contributed 11 points, the latter also accounting for seven rebounds and six assists before fouling out.
With the victory, Saint Joseph's now heads to the quarterfinals on Friday where it will take on second-seeded VCU.
The seventh-seeded Musketeers (17-14) were paced by Travis Taylor who tallied 16 points and pulled down nine rebounds, followed by Brad Redford and Semaj Christon with 14 and 10 points, respectively, although the latter shot just 3- of-14 from the floor on the evening.
The Hawks shot a disappointing 37.5 percent from the floor in the first half, including 2-of-9 behind the 3-point line, but thanks to a perfect 8-of-8 at the free-throw line the team was able to establish a 28-25 lead at the break.
In the second half a 10-0 run by Xavier gave the Musketeers an eight-point edge midway through the period, but immediately thereafter Saint Joseph's registered a 12-0 run of its own in order to surge ahead yet again.
After Galloway gave the Hawks the one-point lead in the waning moments, Xavier had a chance to win the game as it threw the inbounds pass the length of the court. The ball deflected off the backboard at the other end of the floor and landed in the hands of Isaiah Philmore who was three feet from the basket, but his layup attempt bounced off the back of the rim as time expired.
Final Score: Massachusetts 77, George Washington 72
Brooklyn, NY (Sports Network) - Chaz Williams led the way with 16 points and eight assists as the sixth-seeded Massachusetts Minutemen downed the No. 11 seed George Washington Colonials, 77-72, in a final first-round game of the Atlantic 10 Tournament at the Barclays Center.
Terrell Vinson and Trey Davis each added 14 points for the Minutemen (20-10), while Raphiael Putney chipped in with 12 points. UMass will now face No. 3 seed Temple in a quarterfinal game on Friday night.
For the Colonials (13-17), Kevin Larsen led all scorers with 17 points, Isaiah Armwood posted a double-double with 16 points and 13 rebounds, Lasan Kromah scored 11 points and Joe McDonald finished with 10 points.
UMass took a 34-31 advantage into the break. It shot 41.4 percent from the field and 3-of-9 from 3-point range. GW was held to just 26.5 percent shooting from the field, missing all five of its 3-point tries in the first half.
In the second half, the Colonials heated up from the floor, connecting on 51.5 percent of their field goal tries, but remained shut out from the perimeter, shooting 0-of-3 from 3-point range. The Minutemen improved to 48.5 percent from the field and knocked down 4-of-11 from 3-point distance after halftime. After a closely played half, GW lead by four, 68-64, with 2:43 to play, but UMass finished the game on a 13-4 run to close out the contest and continue on to the quarterfinal round.
GW had a significant advantage on the boards, outrebounding UMass 50-32. The Colonials finished the game a perfect 25-of-25 from the free-throw line but 0- of-8 from the 3-point arc.
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