Saint Mary’s eases past MTSU
The ‘other’ team from the WCC made a statement in Dayton, coasting past Middle Tennessee State University to set up an intriguing first round date with Memphis on Thursday night. Saint Mary’s career scoring leader Matthew Dellavedova notched 22 points, pitching in six rebounds, four assists and one steal in a complete performance. The point guard went 7/14 from the field and 5/7 from downtown. Middle Tennessee was making their first tournament performance in 24 years, but fell behind early and couldn’t make it a game late.
Bracketologists have picked Saint Mary’s as one of their sleepers going forward. Making their first back to back tournament appearance in their history, look for the Gaels to give Memphis a test.
Aggies down Liberty
It took them 30 years and some nervous late moments, but North Carolina A&T has their first tournament win.
Backup guard Jermey Underwood had the game of his life, recording 19 points–nearly triple his season average– leading the Aggies past a valiant Liberty side that had one last chance to win it. Just the second team to make the tournament with 20 losses, Liberty nearly continued their Cinderella run with a last second winner. Alas, John Sanders’ flailing left handed layup attempt clanked off the backboard and the game was over.
Cy Alexander’s team is rewarded for their efforts with a first round matchup against the number one ranked Louisville Cardinals in Lexington on Thursday. Glad they got that win out of the way.