Sunday, November 29, 2009

Daily dribble

On the Sunday after Thanksgiving we're thankful Richmond prevailed and James Madison gave its coach a milestone.

What rocked
Kenny Brooks' classy comment after JMU handed him a signature triumph: "Got my 150th coaching victory thanks to my great players."

What reeked
Hofstra led Richmond 41-40 with less than two minutes to play but missed all five of its free throws the rest of the way. Final score - Richmond 42, Hofstra 41

Say what?
"Playing UConn on one night's preparation isn't the best situation, but playing them with 365 days preparation wouldn't be the best, either." - Richmond coach Michael Shafer after the mighty Huskies spanked the Spiders 86-37 Saturday night.

The rundown

Richmond 42, Hofstra 41:
You know what this score suggests. Both teams were clocked by UConn in this WBCA tournament and gassed after playing three games in three days. Spiders (5-2) shoot 24 percent and score 13 points in the second but win thanks to Katie Holzer's layup with 2.5 seconds left.

Morehead State 68, Longwood 62:

What was that that we just wrote about being gassed in a tournament? Longwood (2-5) is undone in their only Lancer Classic by Eagles bench, which scores 26 and rallies back from a 31-27 halftime deficit.

James Madison 80, Western Carolina 63:
Kenny Brooks gets win No. 150 (Dawn Evans should get partial credit for at least 50 of those). The Dukes diva scored 25 and does anyone realize, JMU is 4-0. Dukes have a showdown at Virginia in a week.

Howard 44, Radford 39:

You know that line about calling in the MEAC if you need a win? Somebody forgot to tell the Bison. With both teams shooting in the 20s, be glad you weren't one of the 237 there.

Monday's action

Fairfield (3-0) at George Mason (3-2):
Patriots are unbeaten at home and Stags are just plain unbeaten, having held their three opponents to under 50. Then again their three opponents were St. Francis, Lafayette and Rhode Island. As much as we like the name Desiree Pina (Stags leading scorer), we're banking on the Patriots in this one. George Mason 62, Fairfield 57

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