Monday was a was a slow night in college basketball with just 18 games on the entire schedule.
Nonetheless, there was fair amount of good action to go around. Multiple games were within a few possessions in the closing minutes, and some teams flirted with upsets before falling short in the end.
Here are the mid-major highlights:
Wyoming avoids letdown after big win
For 30 game minutes, Wyoming was in danger of an upset at the hands of Div. II Colorado Christian. The Cowboys, who were coming off a win against Northern Iowa over the weekend, trailed by one at half. They were able to survive a cold shooting night, and pulled ahead in the second half en route to a 67-60 victory.
Boise State survives late scare from LMU
At one point late in the second half, Boise State was up double-digits. The game was all but over until Loyola Marymount stormed back with a 13-2 run in the final minutes. The Lions had a chance to win it at the buzzer, but Steven Haney’s contested jumper was off the mark as the Broncos picked up the 80-79 win. Chandler Hutchison continued his hot start to the season by leading Boise State in scoring with 17 points.
Rider rallies to beat Siena in MAAC bout
Despite being ranked nearly 100 spots lower in the KenPom rankings, Rider neat Siena, 71-69, for its first conference win. Xavier Lundy led the way for the Broncs with 20 points, including the go-ahead jumper with 2:22 to go. That bucket put them up 69-68, and ended up being the final made field goal as both teams failed to convert down the stretch.
Cal State Northridge falters late
Still in search of their first road win of the year, the Matadors had St. Johns on the ropes. CS Northridge pulled within two points with under 30 seconds to go, but failed to capitalize on the opportunity, and lost 76-70. The Big West is still without a signature win this season.
Portland needs double overtime to win
Can't be many PG's in college hoops as impressive as Alec Wintering. Tonight's line:— Portland Pilots (@PortlandPilots) December 6, 2016
24 pts, 9 rebs, 7 assts, 5 stls... Played all 50 mins. pic.twitter.com/YglxJZqYz3
Terry Porter’s first year has been interesting, to say the least. On Monday night, the Pilots went to double overtime against UT Rio Grande Valley, a team that’s almost 200 spots lower in the KenPom rankings. Alec Wintering played all 50 minutes, and stuffed the stat sheet with 24 points, nine rebounds, seven assists and five steals to seal the 90-89 win.
Also of Note:
- UNC Greensboro (7-2) won its sixth straight game, and is off to its best start under Wes Miller.
- Lafayette hung on to beat St. Francis (NY), 74-72 behind 30 points from Matt Klinewski.
- Nebraska Omaha couldn’t complete the sweep of power five Iowa schools as it got crushed by Iowa State, 91-47.
- UT-Arlington won its sixth straight game, and heads to No. 12 Saint Mary’s on Thursday with momentum.
- Maryland Eastern Shore (1-7) picked up its first win of the year! Sure, it was against a USCAA (United States Collegiate Athletic Association) Div. II opponent (whatever that is), but a win is a win.