In a tournament dedicated to the legends of the game, it was only fitting that we would see another legendary play unfold right before our eyes. Wildcat senior JayVaughn Pinkston saw an easy look for Zak Irvin under the basket with 13 seconds left, he darted towards Irvin and stuffed his shot attempt. This coming right after Pinkston hit what would go on to be the game winning shot on the other end. Villanova led 56-55 right before the block, and Arcidiacono sealed the victory with 4 clutch free throws.
Saint Joseph's welcomed the Blackbirds of Long Island University - Brooklyn (New York, United States) into a quiet Hagan Arena tonight for a non-bracketed NIT Season Tipoff game. LIU came in at 0-1, having dropped their only contest of the year thus far to St. John's. They gave Saint Joe's a run for their money tonight though. It looked as though LIU would take this one, until SJU freshman James Demery hit a three-pointer from the wing with 3 seconds left, tying the game at 67-67 and forcing overtime.
Jordan Price had his best scoring performance as an Explorer yet against the Terriers, going for 30 points on 10-17 shooting in leading La Salle to a 73-60 win over St. Francis. The Decatur, Georgia native was averaging just under 16 ppg coming into the contest. Price was a perfect 6-6 from the free throw line and nailed 4 of the 7 three pointers he attempted. He also grabbed 6 rebounds and had 7 assists.
After losing in New York and dropping to 0-13, the 76ers returned home to take on the streaking Trail Blazers who came in with a 10-3 record. It was a matchup of Portland's top 5 defense vs. Philly's league worst offense in terms of points scored, but the Sixers played much better than expected. However, they would still end up losing their 14th straight game. Final score: 114-104.
They did it, the Eagles survived their trap game and can look forward to their showdown in Dallas on Thanksgiving Day. Well, survived wouldn't really be the right word to use here. In a game that wasn't as close as it seemed at times, the Eagles let up 17 in the second quarter, but won the game by a score of 43-24. Sanchez threw for only one touchdown and 2 interceptions, but still managed to throw for 307 passing yards and found ways for the Birds to keep their lead.
The Penn Quakers first loss of the season to Delaware State was encouraging, the second loss to Rider did not contain hardly any positive takeaways. Tonight's loss to Lafayette was somewhere in between. Penn certainly had the momentum going their way in the second half, coming as close as 62-60 to the Leopards, but ultimately turned the momentum back over by not making the most of defensive stops en route to an 83-77 loss.