HONOLULU - Houston Baptist began its season 2-0 at the Rainbow Classic in Hawai'i and will next face the host Rainbow Warriors in the final game Monday night. The game is scheduled for 11 p.m. locally, 3 a.m. Houston time, and is part of ESPN's College Hoops Tipoff Marathon.
In the Classic's opening game on Friday, HBU used a 10-1 run late in the second half to break open what had been a tight contest throughout, holding off a furious rally by Arkansas-Pine Bluff in the closing minutes for a 72-68 win.
Marcus Davis (6'5''-F-91) led the Huskies with 22 points, and freshman James Harper came off the bench to add 11. Freshman Caleb Crayton (6'3'') led HBU on the boards with seven rebounds.
In Sunday's game, Houston Baptist went on a 10-0 run in the first half, and a 9-0 run during a stretch it held Maryland Eastern Shore without a field goal for almost eight minutes before defeating the Hawks, 70-55.
Arthur Bernardi (6'9''-F-90) led the Huskies with 22 points and seven rebounds, while Davis posted 13 points, five rebounds and four assists.
The final game will pit the Classic's two undefeated teams against each other. Hawai'i defeated Maryland Eastern Shore, 76-64, on Friday, before defeating Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Sunday, 81-54. Courtesy of: http://www.greatwestconference.org
Creighton loses all-american Mo Watson to a knee injury - 6 hours ago
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Creighton point guard Montell Watson(6'1''-G-85, college: Elon) was carried off of the Cintas Center floor on Monday afternoon after an ugly-looking injury in the first half. Watson drove the lane and landed on his left leg. He immediately grabbed the knee in clear distress. According to a reporter at the game, Watson told head coach Gregg McDermott that he 'heard it pop'. Losing Watson to any significant injury would be catastrophic for the No. 8 Bluejays. Watson entered Monday averaging... [read more]
Creighton point guard Montell Watson (6'1''-G-85, college: Elon) was carried off of the Cintas Center floor on Monday afternoon after an ugly-looking injury in the first half. Watson drove the lane and landed on his left leg. He immediately grabbed the knee in clear distress. According to a reporter at the game, Watson told head coach Gregg McDermott that he 'heard it pop'. Losing Watson to any significant injury would be catastrophic for the No. 8 Bluejays. Watson entered Monday averaging 13.4 points and a nation's-best 8.8 assists. He's been in the top ten of our Player of the Year Power Rankings all season long, is a clear-cut candidate for an all-american team and is the engine for the high-powered offense that has made Creighton a Final Four contender. The injury may be somewhat controversial as well. Two minutes before the video clip above, Watson banged knees with a Xavier defender and had to be helped off of the floor. He was tested on the sideline and allowed to return to the game, albeit with a noticeable limp. Courtesy of: nbcsports.com
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Late Sunday night, the rosters for the 40th annual McDonald's All-American game were announced. McDonald's All-Americans represent some of the best graduating high school seniors in their given year. So all of the names below are of players who are seniors now and who will be on college campuses next fall.
Seven of the 24 players are uncommitted. Kentucky, with four selectees, has the most of any school. But the Pac-12, with six players, has the most of any confe... [read more]
Courtesy Of CBSSPORTS.COM Late Sunday night, the rosters for the 40th annual McDonald's All-American game were announced. McDonald's All-Americans represent some of the best graduating high school seniors in their given year. So all of the names below are of players who are seniors now and who will be on college campuses next fall. Seven of the 24 players are uncommitted. Kentucky, with four selectees, has the most of any school. But the Pac-12, with six players, has the most of any conference. Kentucky has had at least two McDonald's players every year since John Calipari became coach, and the program has 60 high school All-Americans since 1977. Duke and UCLA each have two players picked for the game, which will be played Mary 29 at Chicago's United Center. EAST Mohamed Bamba (uncommitted) Wendell Carter (Duke) Trevon Duval (uncommitted) Quade Green (Kentucky) Kevin Knox (uncommitted) Nick Richards (Kentucky) Mitchell Robinson (Western Kentucky) Collin Sexton (Alabama) Lonnie Walker (Miami) P.J. Washington (Kentucky) Kris Wilkes (UCLA) Jarred Vanderbilt (Kentucky) WEST DeAndre Ayton (Arizona) Brian Bowen (uncommitted) Troy Brown Jr. (Oregon) Jaylen Hands (UCLA) Jaren Jackson (Michigan State) Brandon McCoy (uncommitted) Charles O'Bannon Jr. (USC) Michael Porter Jr. (Washington) Billy Preston (Kansas) Gary Trent Jr. (Duke) M.J. Walker (uncommitted) Trae Young (uncommitted)
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Milwaukee, WI - Before any of his Marquette teammates walked onto the Bradley Center court on Saturday afternoon, even before the bus bringing the game's opponent, the DePaul Blue Demons, arrived to the arena, Andrew Rowsey(5'10''-PG-94), was getting up shots by himself. Not only was Rowsey preparing himself for another Big East game, but he was also trying to drown out the memory of his performance in Marquette's previous game. As Marquette worked overtime to defeat Seton Hall earlier i... [read more]
Milwaukee, WI - Before any of his Marquette teammates walked onto the Bradley Center court on Saturday afternoon, even before the bus bringing the game's opponent, the DePaul Blue Demons, arrived to the arena, Andrew Rowsey (5'10''-PG-94), was getting up shots by himself.
Not only was Rowsey preparing himself for another Big East game, but he was also trying to drown out the memory of his performance in Marquette's previous game. As Marquette worked overtime to defeat Seton Hall earlier in the week, Rowsey spent all but three of those 45 available minutes of playing time anchored to the bench. In those three minutes, Rowsey drew the anger of Marquette Coach Steve Wojciechowski by first allowing a basket at the rim after selling out to the player he was guarding and losing vision of the ball and then putting too much air under a pass that was easily stolen.
Different game, different result.
Getting an early call from Wojciechowski after starting point guard Markus Howard picked his second foul halfway through the first half, Rowsey responded by spearheading a Marquette offensive outburst that turned a 22-22 tie into a 52-31 Marquette advantage at the half in a game the Golden Eagles would go on to win 83-58. 'The Seton Hall game took a lot out of us,' said Wojciechowski. 'I thought we were heavy-legged to start the game. It's amazing how your energy level goes up when you make shots.'
Rowsey, generously listed at 5-10, is a score-first guard with deep shooting range. After misfiring on a corner three-point shot shortly after entering the game, the redshirt junior went on a three-point shooting tear connecting from all areas behind the arc in knocking down five straight three-point shots. Rowsey shot all this triples off the catch. After making his first three three-pointers with little DePaul resistance, he drained a three-point shot at the right break after a quick stop in transition and finished off his first-half work connecting on a fallback three-pointer from the left corner.
Asked after the game if his limited playing time against Seton Hall fueled his performance against DePaul, Rowsey said, 'Yeah, you could say that. I know my role. I know that each night it could be anybody. Coach told me that wasn't going to be my night, but to keep my head up because any game could be mine. So that's what I did, just looked forward to the next one.'
This was not the first time Rowsey, who transferred to Marquette after two all-conference seasons at UNC Asheville, has showed off the combustible side of his offensive game this season. While scoring over 20 or more points in each game against opponents Pittsburgh, Western Carolina and St. Francis (PA), Rowsey combined to make 13-of-27 shots from behind the three-point stripe.
Rowsey said that when he gets it going from distance, 'the ball feels like a rock and the basket looks like an ocean. You definitely have to ride that wave, and it's a fun wave to ride.
'We talked with Andrew (after the Seton Hall game) and he responded,' said Wojciechowski. 'His threes were momentum plays. I'm proud of the way Andrew played.'
Marquette also received a big boost in its end-of-the half run from fellow rotational player and graduate transfer Katin Reinhardt. A 6-6 wing with stops at UNLV and Southern California on his resume, Reinhardt scored 11 first-half points knocking down 4-of-5 shots from the floor including all three of his shots from distance. Unlike earlier in the season, when Reinhardt appeared to be breaking off plays to take open and contested shots often early in the shot clock, the southern California native has settled into his role off the bench and actually plays with better rhythm and more patience than when he began the season in the Marquette starting line-up.
Joining Rowsey and Reinhardt in making a huge contribution off the Marquette bench was redshirt junior Duane Wilson. A starter for much of his first two seasons in a Marquette uniform, the 6-2 Wilson has transitioned nicely into a back-up role. A two-way player listed among the Big East steal leaders, Wilson impacted the game in a number of ways scoring nine points, making 2-of-3 long distance shots and handing out a team and game-high seven assists.
Entering the game as the Big East leader in three-point shots made (9.9 per game) and second in three-point field goal percentage (.409), the Golden Eagles got off to a cold shooting day misfiring on four of their first five three-point tries. But Marquette heated up in a hurry after that making 11 of their next 15 shots from distance in the first half and finishing the game converting 13-of-27 to increase its team percentage from behind the three-point arc.
Asked to explain his team's success from long distance, Wojciechowski cited his players' unselfishness and passing ability. 'I saw great ball movement and great ball movement led to some open shots,' said the Marquette coach. 'Guys were able to set their feet and shoot in-rhythm shots.' He went on to call his team's play in the last ten minutes of the first half 'some of the most unselfish basketball we've played all year.'
With the mostly strong play of Rowsey, Reinhardt and Wilson off the bench since the start of the Big East season, Wojciechowski said he feels confident in his team's scoring ability regardless of the particular player mix at the time. 'One of the things we talk about on a daily basis is on every possession we want the ball to find the best shot,' said Wojciechowski. 'I think our guys bought into that tonight and hopefully that will continue.'
Marquette takes its 12-5 overall record and 3-2 conference record to Indianapolis on Monday to take on the top-25 ranked Butler Bulldogs. DePaul also returns to action on Monday when it travels to New York to take on St. John's.
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