Mar 27, 2012; New York, NY, USA; Massachusetts Minutemen forward Raphiael Putney (34) drives to the net during the second half of the semifinal round against the Stanford Cardinal at the NIT held at Madison Square Garden. Stanford won 74-64. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

A10: Buckets and Bricks

It’s time again for the completely arbitrarily scheduled piece – buckets and bricks around the A10 conference. The Dukes haven’t played in a few days, but there’s still a lot to look at. Let’s get started, shall we?

Bucket (Literally): Last-second shot wins it for GW.

Mo Creek hits it and wins with less than a second. That’s one of those “college basketball is awesome” moments. GW wins it 77-75 over the Terps.

Brick: URI losses to Detroit by 2

I’m not saying Detroit is bad, I’m not saying that URI is good; I’m just saying that it’s a game that they could have had. URI kept creeping back up in the second half, but really could never get closer than 2 before Detroit would open it back up again. Then, with 8 seconds to go, Biruta made a free throw to put the Rams within one, and missed the second.

Bucket: UMass downs BYU, meaning that the Cougars are 0-3 against teams whose rank includes a combination of the numbers 1 and 2.

This game was an offensive explosion, especially in the second half when the two combined for 108 points. UMass prevailed in the end, 105 – 96. Strangely, BYU has lost to teams ranked 21, 12, and again 21 (Iowa State was ranked 21 also when they played them). The win looks good for the Minuteman – BYU has lost to every team that was ranked when they played them, but they nonetheless have some good wins. The Cougars remain Texas’s lone loss and are one of just two teams that Stanford has lost to.

Brick: St. John’s nearly doubles up Fordham

If ever there was a sign that Fordham still has a ways to go, it was this game. Jon Severe and Mandall Thomas combined to go an inexplicable 6-42. Severe had exactly one basket, though he strangely had six free throw attempts and was good on all. Eventually, when someone is that cold, maybe you should just let him take it.

Eleven players had double-digit minutes for the Red Storm.

Brick: Dayton

Boo to the Flyers, breaking into the top 25 only to lose to Illinois State. They had no answer at all for the Redbirds’ Dasean Knight, who led all scorers with 20 points and added 6 boards, and 4 assists.

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