Friday, December 4, 2009

Daily dribble

We salute the Patriots, who very well might be the most improved team in the state, contradicting what we said in this week's rankings.

Friday's results

George Mason 76, High Point 57:
Brittany Poindexter couldn't miss. The junior's 10-of-12 shooting mark set a school record for field-goal percentage and her 27 points lifted the Patriots to their fourth straight victory. It's two weeks before Christmas and George Mason has already surpassed its win total from last year. Patriots are also 5-0 at home.

New Orleans 70, Longwood 52:

Don't be fooled by the final score. The Lancers led by 11 in the first half, by three at the break and were down by four with less than five minutes to play. Other than the final 4:41 when they were outscored 18-4, Lancers showed themselves well.

Saturday's games

Southern Virginia (4-3) at Radford (0-4), 3 p.m.
Although this is clearly Radford's best chance at a victory, the Highlanders better not take these guys lightly. As students at a school which "promotes the standards and values of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints," SVU's Knights have vowed to live a "chaste and virtuous lifestyle" and abstain from, among other vices, alcohol, tobacco, coffee and tea. So we know these guys are focused on basketball - doesn't sound as though they have much choice. Radford 58, Southern Virginia 52

North Carolina A&T (2-4) at Norfolk State (1-4), 4 p.m.

In Greensboro, the Aggies win this one. A&T had won its last 22 at home before falling by 13 to Auburn on Tuesday. Given this one is in Norfolk, where the Spartans have a one-game winning streak, we still like the defending MEAC tournament champions, who boast two of the conferences top players in Tweet (not Twitter) Cook and Jaleesa Sams. The Spartans will add to that win total, but don't expect them to do it against the team to beat in the conference. North Carolina A&T 75, Norfolk State 57

Glenville State (3-1) at Liberty, 4 p.m.

This one ought to be fun. Stingy Liberty is yielding just over 46 points a game; the turbo-charged Lady Pioneers typically have that by halftime as they scored at least 100 points in three straight games. Division II Glenville has also given up at least 100 in each of those contests, though, and none of those opponents were in Liberty's class. The Lady Flames have scored 100 or more points only three times in 22 Division I seasons. Today will be the fourth. Liberty 103, Glenville 77

Longwood (2-6) vs. Tulane, Big Easy Classic, 4:30 p.m.
Pass the gumbo and enjoy the shrimp because this one is anything but easy for a Longwood team still struggling to adjust to the Division I level. Playing for the second time in 24 hours won't help, either. Tulane 80, Longwood 60

Hampton (2-3) at Howard (2-4), 6 p.m.
Pirates are out to prove they can win on the road after dropping their straight away from campus. Howard looks tailor made, only averaging 55 points per game. Hampton 68, Howard 55

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