Highs and Lows for A-10 Teams in Season Opener

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Temple Owls 97 La Salle Explorers 92 OT

Jordan Price drained a clutch three for the Explorers in the waning seconds of regulation, but ultimately, it was not enough, as Temple outlasted La Salle. B.J. Johnson lead all scorers with 23 points for La Salle, while Jordan Price added 22 points. The killer stat of the night, however, was the Explorers’ 27 turnovers, to the Owls 18: not exactly a recipe for success. Daniel Dingle lead Temple with 21 points, while Obi Enechionyia added 20 points.

La Salle next plays Delaware on November 15th at 7PM. Temple faces three more A-10 opponents this season: UMass on November 17th at 7PM, at Saint Joseph’s on November 30th at 7PM, and George Washington on December 7th at 7:30PM.

#23 Rhode Island Rams 85 Dartmouth Big Green 61

The preseason favorites in the A-10 cruised to their first win of the season, behind 21 points from E.C. Matthews. Matthews went down with a season ending injury in the season opener last season, and had to wait 364 days before getting another chance on the court. Jared Terrell and Hassan Martin added 12 points each for the Rams, who shot 47.1% from the field as a team. Evan Boudreaux lead Dartmouth with 14 points, while Guilien Smith added 13 points.

Rhode Island next plays Marist on November 14th at 7PM.

UMass Minutemen 90 UMass Lowell River Hawks 76

Rashaan Holloway lead the Minutemen with 21 points, as UMass defeated UMass (okay, they defeated UMass Lowell, but I had to make the joke). Donte Clarke and Luwane Pipkins added 14 points each for UMass, helping to keep the River Hawks at arms-length throughout most of the game. Matt Harris lead UMass Lowell with 16 points.

UMass next plays at Ole Miss on November 14th at 7PM.

George Washington Colonials 75  UMES Hawks 71

At one point leading 51-34, before a 13-2 UMES run made things interesting down the stretch, GW held on to win their first game under Interim Head Coach Maurice Joseph. Tyler Cavanaugh lead the Colonials with 24 points and 10 rebounds, while Yuta Watanabe added 18 points and six boards. The UMES full-court press gave GW fits throughout the entire second half, and played a large part in the Hawks’ ability to come back and challenge late.

George Washington next plays Siena November 15th at 7PM.

Richmond Spiders 72 VMI Keydets 69

The Spiders pulled out a nail-biter against the Keydets, thanks in-part to two ShawnDre’ Jones free throws with three seconds remaining. In addition to his clutch free throws down the stretch, Jones lead all scorers with 31 points, and 4-5 shooting from three. Despite picking up a win, Richmond only shot 59.4% (19-32) from the foul line, a stat that could cause trouble later in the season. Julian Eleby lead VMI with 29 points, and 7-13 shooting from three.

Richmond next plays Old Dominion on November 14th at 7PM. VMI will face one more A-10 team this season, Dayton, on December 23rd at 7PM.

VCU Rams 80 UNC Asheville Bulldogs 65

After leading by just six points at the half, VCU  pulled away in the second half, to avoid back-to-back loses to start the season (after falling to Queens in preseason). The Rams received very balanced scoring, with five players scoring in double-figures. Mo Alie-Cox lead VCU with 15 points, while Justin Tillman added 14 points, Doug Brooks had 12, while Justin Williams and Samir Doughty had 10 points each. Ahmad Thomas lead UNC Asheville with 20 points, with four rebounds.

VCU next plays at Liberty on November 15th at 8PM.

East Tennessee State Buccaneers 96 Fordham Rams 59

Fordham, to say the least, didn’t exactly have their most impressive performance of all time. The Rams trailed by only 10 points at the half, before ETSU ran away with the game in the second half. Javontae Hawkins lead Fordham with 18 points, and was one of the few bright spots for the Rams in this one. David Burrell lead the Buccaneers with 21 points and six rebounds.

Fordham next plays New York Institute of Technology on November 14th at 7PM. East Tennessee State will face one more A-10 team this season, Dayton, on December 10th at 2PM.

Dayton Flyers 96 Austin Peay Governors 67

The Flyers put on an absolute clinic in this one, leading from wire-to-wire and shooting 54.4% from the field. Charles Cooke lead Dayton with 31 points, four rebounds, three assists and two blocks, making an early care for A-10 player of the year (never too early to start the conversation!). Darrell Davis added 17 points for the Flyers, while Josh Cunningham added 13 points. Josh Robinson lead Austin Peay with 26 points.

Dayton next plays at Alabama on November 15th at 1:15PM.

Duquesne Dukes 65 Loyola (MD) Greyhounds 60

Eric James hit two key free throws with 11 seconds remaining, to help the Dukes survive an opening-night scare from Loyola. Tarin Smith was the only Duquesne player in double-figures with 13 points, while Emile Blackman added 8 points and 10 rebounds. Andre Walker and Jarred Jones had 21 points each for the Greyhounds.

Duquesne next plays at Penn State on November 13th at 6PM.

Ball State Cardinals 85 Saint Louis Billikens 64

Sluggish out of the gate, the Billikens were never able to recover, and fell at home in their season opener. Saint Louis trailed 43-19 at the half, and were never able to close in on the deficit significantly. Davell Roby lead the Billikens with 14 points, while Reggie Agbeko added 12 points and Jalen Johnson had 10 points. Franko House lead Ball State with 23 points, while Tayler Persons added 21 points.

Saint Louis next plays Southern Utah on November 14th at 8PM.

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Daniel Frank is a member of the George Mason Class of 2022. He graduated high school from the Academy For Individual Excellence in Louisville, KY. He has written for several blogs, and has been published in The Washington Post. Daniel has been following GW basketball since he was 2 months old, but has started following his Mason since being accepted in 2016.

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