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Tracking Saturday: Upsets and Near Misses Edition

An interesting Saturday for the mid-majors who had some upsets, some near upsets, and some major disappointments.

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Ed Townsel's Best 2 Minutes of His Career

Ed Townsel had an odd day for Arkansas State. Normally the junior is the focal point of the offense for the Red Wolves.

Saturday he was only the focus for the final two minutes, the most important ones for Arkansas State in a 73-70 win over St. Bonaventure.

We are talking about a kid that takes almost 30 percent of his team's shot when he is on the floor. Saturday he shot only eight times, six from behind the arc.

Three went in, two in the last two minutes, and it saved the Red Wolves from what could have been a debilitating defeat. They had a 17-point lead at one point. It was gone by the time that the second Townsel three went in with two minutes remaining.

That put the game even at 68. After St. Bonaventure went ahead again, Raeford Worsham stole the ball and tied the game again.

After a series of timeouts, and a missed 3-pointer by Chris Johnson, Townsel pulled down the ball.

Seven seconds later, the game was over on Townsel's third three of the game.

It wasn't the typical game for the junior, but it might have been more important than any of his best to this point.

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Texas Southern's Omar Not Strong Enough

Texas Southern's Omar Strong is becoming a little bit of a cult figure. He only shares a name with one of the best characters from the Wire, and his moniker is the kind of thing that you know Gus Johnson would love to call.

And according to our friends over at College Basketball Talk on NBC Sports, you have to say the whole thing. There is no just calling him "Strong".

Omar Strong had another amazing night for the Tigers. Omar Strong went 8-for-16 from 3-point range, and that still wasn't enough to get past Houston. But man it was close.

Danuel House ruined what would have been another coming out party for Omar Strong. With nine-seconds remaining, House hit a 3-pointer that tied the game at 66 to force overtime.

Omar Strong hit two 3-pointers in the extra frame, but it was just enough to keep things close. The rest of the Tiger team couldn't stop a suddenly hot-shooting Houston squad, and the foul on every basket just made it worse.

It is almost unthinkable that a Mike Davis team would make mistakes like that on defense, but it is probably more that the Tigers' luck finally ran out. Omar Strong wasn't strong enough to overcome that. It won't be often that 29 points, especially in the manner he got them won't win it for Texas Southern.

Houston got 23 points from TaShawn Thomas, who added nine rebounds and three blocks in the win. Joseph Young added 21 and House had just nine, although the three biggest ones.

Dear SWAC, Omar coming, and it is going to be very interesting.



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Benimon Nearly Enough: G'Town 46, Towson 40

A low scoring contest saw Georgetown hold on late for a win against a Towson team that, quite honestly, they shouldn't be struggling against. What about the Tigers' future?

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