Here’s a rundown of some of the more notable games in the mid-major world Tuesday night, which included important wins for teams eyeing first place in their respective legaues:
Dayton rallies late to win at Fordham
The Flyers trailed 60-57 with just over six minutes remaining before closing the game on an 18-6 run to win 75-66. Notably, the Flyers elite Dayton’s senior trio of Kendall Pollard, Charles Cooke and Scoochie Smith all posted double-digit scoring numbers, and the Flyers knocked down 23-of-27 free throws while holding Fordham to just nine attempts from the foul-line. The Flyers’ win keeps them tied with Richmond atop the A-10 standings with a 7-2 record in conference play.
George Washington goes cold down the stretch
Arnaldo Toro hit a free-throw with 4:24 remaining to cut the Rhode Island lead to two. The Colonials would not score again, and URI went on to win 82-70. Hassan Martin led the Rams with 23 points on 10-of-14 shooting from the field. Tuesday’s loss snapped a three-game winning streak for George Washington, who will try to bounce back for another tough road test against Richmond on Saturday. For URI, the win keeps the Rams in the at-large hunt, though home games against Dayton (Feb. 10) and VCU (Feb. 25) will be crucial.
Boise State withstands late surge from Colorado State
At the FT line 6 times in the final 30 secs, what was going through Austin's head? "Just winning the game. That's all I was thinking about."— Michael Katz (@MichaelLKatz) February 1, 2017
The Broncos almost let a ten-point lead slip away in the final minutes in Fort Collins. A J.D. Paige layup brought Colorado State within one point before Boise State’s Paris Austin sunk six consecutive free throws in the final 32 seconds to seal the 79-76 win for the Broncos. Austin’s 25 points were a career high as the sophomore point guard continued his break out season. Boise State now sits just a half-game back of Nevada for first place in the MWC, with three of its next four games at home. The Feb. 22 game between Nevada and Boise State in Reno is one to circle.
Missouri State tops Loyola-Chicago in overtime
Clayton Custer’s layup with one second left in regulation pulled the Ramblers even and sent the game to overtime. But Custer also committed a costly foul to send Missouri State’s Alize Johnson to the line with five seconds left in overtime and the Bears trailing by one. Johnson hit both free throws as Missouri State was able to grind out a hard-fought 82-81 win at home. It was the third straight overtime game for the Bears, who had dropped the previous two games to Drake and Southern Illinois amid a season of close finishes. Junior guard Austin Ruder led the way with 22 points on 7-of-10 shooting, and Jarred Dixon (15 points) was the focal point of the overtime period. The middle of the MVC remains extremely tight as just a half-game separates the third through seventh place teams right now.