CBI Tournament Overview – Night One
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Boise State 83, Austin Peay 80
Boise State’s La’Shard Anderson fashioned the kind of moment that belongs in a March Madness highlight reel. It’s just that he did so in the CBI Tournament and not the NCAA Tournament.
With Boise State trailing Austin Peay by an 80-79 score, Anderson drove the length of the court to score the go-ahead basket with 5.6 seconds left, giving the homestanding Broncos an 81-80 edge at Taco Bell Arena in Boise. Austin Peay misfired on its final attempt, and Boise State added two foul shots for a three-point win over the Governors from the Ohio Valley Conference. Boise was able to bounce back from a loss on Saturday night in the final of the Western Athletic Conference Tournament. Boise will play at least one more basketball game as a member of the WAC before it moves to the Mountain West Conference next season.
Evansville 77, Hofstra 70
On what was a very good night for the Missouri Valley Conference across the college basketball landscape, the Evansville Purple Aces turned back the Hofstra Pride in Evansville, Indiana. The story of this game was that whenever Hofstra tried to make a push in the second half and steal a road win, Evansville had… well… an ace up its sleeve: the three-point shot. Evansville hit 7 of 14 threes, with Colt Ryan banging in 4 of 6 triples to lead the charge for the home team. Hofstra fell short on what was a disappointing night for the Colonial Athletic Association. The Pride’s star player, Charles Jenkins, hit 50 percent of his shots, but the gifted performer gained only 12 attempts, which was a mixture of Evansville’s committed defense and Hofstra’s inability to get Jenkins the ball in good positions on the floor. Jenkins finished with only 14 points on a night when he needed to ring up a much bigger number for coach Mo Cassara’s club. One other detail is worth mentioning in this game: Evansville got at least 10 points from three reserves on a night when the Purple Aces’ bench outscored the Pride by a decisive 35-16 margin.
Creighton 85, San Jose State 74
Missouri Valley merriment continued on Tuesday night in the CBI as the Creighton Bluejays, playing at home in Omaha, Nebraska, topped the San Jose State Spartans. Coach Greg McDermott’s team began its quest for a tournament title at the Qwest Center by dismissing the eighth-place team from the Western Athletic Conference. This was a game in which Creighton clamped down on San Jose State star Adrian Oliver, one of the top five scorers in Division I. Oliver hit just 6 of 16 shots and finished with only 14 points. Creighton’s Doug McDermott stole the show on Tuesday, hitting 10 of 16 shots to score 26 points and propel the Jays to the winner’s circle.
Davidson 85, James Madison 65
The Colonial Athletic Association’s miserable Tuesday began with this 20-point setback for the James Madison Dukes at the hands of the Davidson Wildcats. James Madison was one of six CAA teams to win at least 20 games this season, but the Dukes didn’t put up much of a fight at Belk Arena in Davidson, North Carolina. Coach Bob McKillop’s Wildcats rolled to an easy win behind 50 percent field goal shooting (33 of 66) and an 11-of-24 outing from three-point range.
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