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Colonial Roundup: Tuesday Night Tussles

In the busiest weekday of this week for the CAA, six games went down in a roughly three-hour span, and the Colonial walked away with mixed results as usual.


In their first game since the suspension debacle, the Hofstra (Not Much) Pride closed the first half against Wagner on a 12-5 run in the final 6:33 to take a 24-19 lead into halftime. But in the second half their painfully inefficient shooting caught up to them as they fell to the Seahawks by eight.

Taran Buie scored 16 to lead Hofstra as usual, but his 5 of 14 shooting was representative of the team's collective 33.3 percent shooting. They also managed to miss 11 free throws while Wagner only missed 3 as it looks like the Pride have a long road ahead of them to regain any.

Jamelle Hagins picked up his sixth double-double in nine games, Jarvis Threatt scored five points in his comeback off the bench, and Devon Saddler scored 12 of his 18 points in a second half run that put Delaware ahead of Radford for good to end their five game losing streak.

In yet another display of free throw shooting making a difference, Delaware and Radford both shot roughly 37 percent from the field and in the 30s from the three-point line. But Delaware hit six more foul shots than the Highlanders, further emphasizing the importance of fundamentals in college basketball.

Down in Fairfax, Virginia, George Mason was able to shrug off their close loss to the Terrapins of Maryland and come out guns a-blazin' against UMBC, taking a 25-7 lead 14 minutes into the game en route to a double digit victory against the Retrievers.

Sherrod Wright continued to live up to my lofty expectations as he led the Patriots with 23 points and 5 rebounds, shooting 8 of 11 from the field and scoring with 69.7 percent efficiency, a phenomenal game from any player.

UMBC's starters all scored well, with three in double digits and no starter scoring fewer than seven points. But they were done in by their poorly performing bench which contributed a whopping eight points on 3 of 10 shooting.

Joel Smith continued his cold streak from the field, the entire Northeastern team shot just 11.1 percent from three-point land on 27 attempts, and the Huskies couldn't scrape together a W against the UMass Minutemen.

Just a one-point game at halftime, the Huskies watched in horror as Chaz Williams and Jesse Morgan went for 18 points apiece and the UMass starters combined for 64.

Northeastern's starters had four players in double digits, but the inefficient shooting of the Huskies' first five (18 of 54) undermined the team's quantity advantage (taking 17 more shots than UMass.)

The disappointing Drexel Dragons continued their dismal adventures Tuesday night in Tennessee, notching their third back-to-back loss combo on the season, this time to Tennessee State, 76-66.

Drexel pulled almost an exact copy of their loss to Rider last Saturday: in that game, they found the score tied at 60 with 4 minutes left. Tonight, the Dragons found themselves locked with the Tigers at 57 with, you guessed it, 4 minutes left.

Tennessee State went on a seven-point run, and just like that, the Dragons found a way to squander a 7-to-1 turnover ratio from Frantz Massenat, a Daryl McCoy double-double, and 18 points from lead scorer Damion Lee.

In the final, most lopsided of the CAA's competitions on Tuesday night, Old Dominion found themselves severely outmatched against the A-10's Richmond. At halftime they had scored half the points that the Spiders scored, and by the end of the night the deficit was 27 as the Monarchs fell to 1-7.

Richmond's starters put on a phenomenal display from the field: Cedric Lindsay shot 8 of 11, Greg Robbins went 6 of 9, and Darien Brothers went 5 of 7 as the Spiders' first five outscored the entirety of Old Dominion's players.

The Monarchs have very little going for them right now. This a rough way to exit the CAA.