Morning Coffee: Mo Creek's Big Shot, Rhode Island Woes and Iona's Sean Armand

Joe Robbins

A lot of the country is waking up to snow this morning. Perhaps you will need a little coffee to help warm up this morning. Why not catch up on what happened in college basketball yesterday along with that, including Mo Creek, Rhode Island and Sean Armand's big afternoon.


What everyone will be talking about over their morning coffee:

Mo Creek Makes George Washington a Winner over Maryland

George Washington had good control of this one until Maryland turned on the press. With the game tied, the Colonials would look to their main man, Mo Creek to handle the honors.

As they say, a picture is worth 1,000 words.

So here you go:

#winning

Side of Bacon:

Detroit Takes Down Rhode Island Despite Drought

This isn't the performance that you want to show your kids one day if you play for Detroit. The Titans went almost the final four minutes without making a basket.

Yet, they walked away with a 70-68 win at home thanks to a last second shot falling just short for the Rams.

This one certainly wasn't Xavier Munford's fault, who had 22 points and shot 50 percent from the field. He had help from Gilvydas Biruta who had 14 points and 10 boards, yet committed five turnovers in the loss.

But someone has to figure something out for Rhode Island, which has now dropped three in a row including that heartbreaking loss to Providence by one earlier in the week. The best win for the Rams, well, that is pretty much non-existent at this point. You wouldn't want to point to anything in the win column as a great effort currently.

They have two weeks to sort this out and get their heads straight.

Detroit was led by Juwan Howard Jr. with 17 points and eight boards and Evan Bruinsma added 15 points, five rebounds and three assists in the win.

Other bites:

  • VCU couldn't really turn on the jets until late against Old Dominion, ultimately blowing out the Monarchs 69-48. But both Parks and I came away impressed with this Old Dominion team. They pushed just as hard as the Rams for 30 minutes, and managed to actually put a scare into Shaka Smart's team. Had their legs not given out on them, this one looks a lot different on the scoreboard in the end. There just wasn't enough gas in the tank for them to run for 40 minutes like that, not without the deep bench that VCU employs. As for VCU, I continue to wonder if this team is not exactly as good as everyone makes them out to be. They still lack inside depth all game long, and Juvonte Reddic looks good in the end because no one can keep up with him any longer. I am sure that someone will disagree.
  • Manhattan spread the love around on Sunday, on a day when George Beamon didn't have his best effort, as the Jaspers beat Monmouth 75-66. The big man of the day was Rhamel Brown who had 10 points, eight rebounds and eight blocks in the win. He led four Manhattan players in double figures, including Beamon who made all seven of his shots at the line. Monmouth just couldn't get its shot going (maybe because Rhamel swatted them all away) and finished just 34.6 percent from the field. The Hawks also committed 23 turnovers in the loss. Deon Jones had 14 points and 10 boards for Monmouth.
  • Sean Armand had maybe the performance of the day, tallying 28 points, five rebounds, seven assists, three steals and a block in an 83-72 win for Iona over Fairfield. The senior guard played all 40 minutes in the contest, and had help from David Laury who finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Fairfield was led by Maurice Barrow with 26 points and 10 boards.

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