Khalif Wyatt, Derrick Colter, Cousy Award Watch list and the A10 Bounce

Xavier Musketeers forward Justin Martin (20) wears a jersey in tribute to the Sandy Hook School in the first half against the Wofford Terriers at the Cintas Center. (Photo by Frank Victores-USA TODAY Sports)
Xavier Musketeers forward Justin Martin (20) wears a jersey in tribute to the Sandy Hook School in the first half against the Wofford Terriers at the Cintas Center. (Photo by Frank Victores-USA TODAY Sports)

All that is good with Atlantic 10 men’s basketball.

Wyatt and Colter earn weekly honors

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. The Atlantic 10 Conference has named Temple senior Khalif Wyatt its men’s basketball Player of the Week and Duquesne freshman Derrick Colter its Rookie of the Week. The awards were announced Monday for games played during the week of Dec. 17-24.

Wyatt, who has also received NBC Sports’ Player of the Week honors, capped a high-scoring week with a career-high 33 points in Temple’s win over No. 3 Syracuse. A Norristown, Pa., native, Wyatt averaged 23.3 points in leading the Owls to a 2-1 week, including the Saturday win over the Orange. He scored 20 of his 33 points in the first half against Syracuse to keep Temple in the game. He also had 17 points versus Canisius and 20 in a win over Alcorn State. He missed just two free throws all week, finishing at .933 (28-30) from the line, including a perfect 15-of-15 at the line against Syracuse. The guard dished out four assists versus the Orange to add to his weekly total of seven. For the week he was 19-of-44 (.432) from the field and tallied 10 total rebounds.

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Six named to Cousy Award Watch list

NEWPORT NEWS, Va.–Six Atlantic 10 men’s basketball players have been named to the 2013 Bob Cousy Award Collegiate Point Guard of the Year watch list. Rotnei Clarke (Butler), Kevin Dillard (Dayton), Tyreek Duren (La Salle), Chaz Williams (Massachusetts), Kwamain Mitchell and Mike McCall, Jr. (Saint Louis) all were placed on the prestigious list.

 

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VCU takes Longwood to the wood shed

For the fifth time in the past five games, VCU posted four players in double-figures, this time led by senior Troy Daniels, whose 25 points led a 93-56 beatdown of in-state rival Longwood on Friday evening. Daniels drilled seven three-pointers on the night, while junior Juvonte Reddic posted his third 20-plus point outing of the year with 20 points and five rebounds in just 21 minutes of action. The victory was the sixth consecutive for the Rams with the margin of victory in those six wins being nearly 25 points (+24.5).

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 Xavier falls to Wofford

CINCINNATI – A game-tying three-point shot by Brad Redford with just seconds remaining wasn’t enough as Xavier dropped a 56-55 decision to Wofford on Saturday afternoon. Xavier, which was wearing specially made Nike uniforms in honor of Sandy Hook Elementary, falls to 7-4 and Wofford improves to 6-6.

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Colter and Johnson power Duquesne over Western Michigan 

PITTSBURGH – Derrick Colter scored a career-high 25 points and Sean Johnson added 18 to lead Duquesne (7-5) to a wire-to-wire 71-66 win over Western Michigan (7-4) at Palumbo Center.

Andre Marhold added 9 points 8 rebounds and 4 blocks for the Dukes who upped their home record to 6-1.

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Dayton snaps Murray State’s 16-game road winning streak

DAYTON, Ohio – Point guard Kevin Dillard’s 16 second-half points helped the University of Dayton Flyers snap Murray State’s 16-game road win streak by defeating the Racers 77-68 on Saturday afternoon at UD Arena. Dillard, who was not cleared to play until Saturday morning due to back spasms, had a double-double of 18 points and 10 assists.

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Sanford’s career day is right on time for Dayton 

To characterize the Dayton Flyers’ Saturday afternoon game as a crossroads affair for Vee Sanford would be an exaggeration. But the junior guard’s ability to come through when his team needed him most cannot be understated.

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Dayton’s depth and defense slow Canaan

For twenty minutes, Isaiah Canaan made it look easy. Murray State’s senior point guard used ball screens to create space and contact for a pace-setting 15 points and a 41-36 lead at half. He and the Racers looked poised to string together victories over the University of Dayton Flyers and to continue their success on the road.

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La Salle cruises past Sacred Heart 

PHILADELPHIA La Salle scored early and often on Saturday afternoon at Tom Gola Arena and cruised to a 100-71 victory over Sacred Heart in a non-conference tilt. Six Explorers finished in double figures, led by a game-high 22 points  from Ramon Galloway, who added seven assists.

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Ndoye, Mosley lead Bonnies in loss to no. 25 NC State

RALEIGH, N.C. Sophomore center Youssou Ndoye recorded his first career double-double against a talented NC State frontcourt, but the No. 25 Wolfpack (9-2) shot 57 percent and never trailed as they defeated the Bonnies (7-4) by a 92-73 score Saturday afternoon at PNC Arena.

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    Bonnies handedly defeat The Citadel ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. Four St. Bonaventure players scored at least 15 points as the Bonnies routed The Citadel, 97-57, on Wednesday night in men’s basketball action at the Reilly Center. Read more…   Richmond falls at buzzer to George Mason RICHMOND, Va. The University of Richmond Spiders men’s basketball team fell on a buzzer-beater to George Mason in the Governor’s Holiday Hoops Classic on Saturday afternoon at the Richmond Coliseum, 67-64. With the loss, Richmond’s record falls to 9-4 while Mason improves to 7-4. Read more…   Billikens top Loyola Marymount, win fifth straight ST. LOUIS Saint Louis junior guard Mike McCall Jr. led four Billikens in double figures with 14 points, and Saint Louis yielded a season low in points in a 65-44 victory against Loyola Marymount Saturday afternoon at Chaifetz Arena. Read more…   Gaston leans on experience to lead Fordham past Siena The old coaching adage is you learn to win by leaning on past experiences, but for a Fordham squad with 11 underclassmen on a 14-man roster, experience is tough to come by. But in senior Chris Gaston and junior Branden Frazier, the Rams found enough experience to dispatch the Siena Saints, 81-75, at Rose Hill Gym. Read more…  

 


Orange Crush: Temple upsets #3 Syracuse

NEW YORK (AP) Khalif Wyatt had never been in Madison Square Garden let alone played there.

The Philadelphia native left the building on Saturday after scoring a career-high 33 points and being the key to Temple beating No. 3 Syracuse 83-79 in the first Chevrolet Gotham Classic.

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49ers narrowly falls to Florida State

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Despite placing four players in double figures, the Charlotte 49ers fell 79-76 to Florida State, Saturday afternoon in front of a packed crowd at Time Warner Cable Arena.

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Butler downs Evansville

INDIANAPOLIS, IND. — Seniors Andrew Smith and Rotnei Clarke each scored 20 points and sophomore Kameron Woods added his first double-double of the season to lead Butler to a 75-67 victory over visiting Evansville on Saturday, Dec. 22.  The victory extended Butler’s current winning streak to six in a row and gave the Bulldogs a perfect 5-0 mark against Indiana foes.

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Atlantic 10 quick hitters

Butler (No. 25, 9-2) may be the league’s most dangerous team. A team earns that distinction after beating the number one team in the country on a neutral floor. This program simply thrives in big games, against “better teams”.  Butler’s thrilling overtime victory against in state rival Indiana and lottery pick Cody Zeller once again proves that the Bulldogs are simply a nightmare to play. They battle and bruise you, they never give up,  scrap for every lose ball and they have one of the best coaches in the nation in Brad Stevens. I wouldn’t call Butler the most talented team in the league. I would call them the team I’d want to play least in any win-or-go-home scenario.

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