In what turned out to be a low scoring hard-fought affair, the Wright State Raiders edged out the Richmond Spiders with 2:39 left in the game. While both the Spiders and Raiders shot atrociously from three-point range, what really killed the Spiders was their abysmal 9-16 from the charity line. They also only had five assists, which isn't going to get you far in a game.
The high point for Richmond was Greg Robbins, who had 12 points and Derrick Williams, who had 7 points and 7 rebounds. For the Raiders, Jerran Young had another good game, with 14 points and 7 rebounds, along with Miles Dixon, who came off the bench to score 14 points. A.J. Pacher contributed 8 points and 3 rebounds as well for Wright State.
The Raiders now have won 23 games this season, which is a tie for the most wins in school history.
Santa Clara scored 53 second-half points to outlast Purdue in a high scoring game. The Broncos took the lead with 13:52 left, then scored 40 points to hold off the Boilermakers. At one point, SCU was up by 12 points, but allowed Purdue to get in one possession for a final shot. The largest difference-maker in this game was that the Broncos were able to make 9-22 from beyond the arc, while the Boilermakers only shot 1-11.
Kevin Foster, the West Coast Conference's leading scorer, went berserk for the Broncos, racking up 34 points and 8 assists. Marc Trasolini and Raymond Cowels III also added 10 and 13 points respectively. For Purdue, Terone Johnson and Ronnie Johnson scored 22 and 27 points, however nobody else got into double digits. Raphael Davis, who scored 12 points last game, scored zero points, however did have 9 assists.
In Fairfax, Sherrod Wright missed an opportunity to put Houston away by missing a free throw, and TaShawn Thomas then dunked the ball with 10 seconds left to send the game to overtime. Wright then made up for his miss, by scoring five of 11 George Mason's overtime points to take down the Cougars.
The largest difference in this game was the Patriots ability to make 3-point field goals. George Mason outshot the Cougars 50% to 23.5% making a positive 21-point difference. This was despite the fact that Houston's total field goal percentage was marginally better than GMU's.
Wright led the Patriots with 29 points, with major contributions also coming from Jonathon Arledge (11 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists) and Bryon Allen (10 points, 9 assists and 8 rebounds)helped immensely. For the Cougars, TaShawn Thomas had a monster game, helping himself to 24 points and 17 rebounds. Joseph Young and Danuel House also heavily contributed, scoring 21 and 13 points respectively.
The final game of the evening also went to overtime, as the Cowboys defense couldn't stop a Western Michigan onslaught of overtime points to take the game. It was another lesson in what happens when you don't make free throws, as Josh Adams missed his second free throw with eight seconds left, allowing the Broncos' David Brown to make a buzzer-beating three to force overtime in Laramie.
All five starters scored in the double-digits for the Cowboys: Larry Nance, Jr. scored 19, Riley Grabau added 13, Leonard Washington and Josh Adams contributed 12 and Derrious Gilmore had 11. The Cowboy bench went 0-4 in 31 minutes played.
The Broncos also had four players score in the double digits, with David Brown coming off the bench to lead in points with 17. Shayne Whittington played a full 40 minutes and scored 16 points with 10 rebounds, and starters Nate Hutchinson and Brandon Pokley contributed to the box score with 12 and 11 points respectively.
With four teams left in the semis, all coming from mid-major conferences, who will claim the CBI crown?