Friday, November 16, 2001

College basketball roundup

E. Washington stuns No. 10 St. Joseph's

The Associated Press

        BERKELEY, Calif. — Chris Hester scored 20 points as Eastern Washington stunned No.10 Saint Joseph's 68-67 on Thursday night in the first round of the Black Coaches Association Classic.

        Saint Joseph's entered the game ranked in a preseason poll for the first time since 1965, but the Hawks began the season with a loss to a moderately regarded Big Sky Conference team.

        Delonte West had a chance to tie the game for Saint Joseph's with three seconds remaining but missed the second of two free throws. The ball was batted around, and a desperation shot by Na'im Crenshaw bounced off the rim as the horn sounded.

        Jason Humbert scored 16 points and had seven rebounds for Eastern Washington.

        The Eagles, who outrebounded the Hawks 37-28, made just 14 of 30 free throws in the victory.

        In the first meeting between the two teams, the Eagles controlled the boards and forced 22 turnovers. They move into tonight's championship game against the winner of Thursday's late game between Princeton and California.

        Marvin O'Connor led the Hawks with 19 points, but fellow guard Jameer Nelson scored just two points and was 1-for-8 from the field. Damian Reid had 14 points, and Crenshaw added 11 for Saint Joseph's.

        EASTERN WASHINGTON (1-0) — Quinto 3-4 0-0 7, Lewis 0-0 3-7 3, Humbert 5-11 6-14 16, Hull 0-0 0-0 0, Hester 10-17 0-0 20, Lincoln 0-1 0-0 0, Cooper 3-6 4-6 13, Browne 3-7 1-2 7, Axton 0-4 0-1 0, Williams 0-0 0-0 0, Smith 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 25-53 14-30 68.

        ST. JOSEPH'S (0-1) — Crenshaw 5-10 0-0 11, Phillips 3-3 1-2 8, Reid 6-8 1-1 14, O'Connor 6-15 4-8 19, Nelson 1-8 0-0 2, Miller 0-0 0-0 0, Barley 0-0 1-2 1, West 2-4 1-2 5, Bryant 2-2 1-3 5, Sazonov 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 26-51 9-18 67.

        Halftime—Eastern Washington 35, St. Joseph's 34. 3-Point goals—Eastern Washington 4-8 (Quinto 1-2, Cooper 3-4, Browne 0-1, Axton 0-1), St. Joseph's 6-17 (Crenshaw 1-3, Phillips 1-1, Reid 1-1, O'Connor 3-11, Nelson 0-1). Fouled out—none. Rebounds—Eastern Washington 39 (Humbert 7), St. Joseph's 28 (Reid 7). Assists— Eastern Washington 13 (Quinto, Lewis 4), St. Joseph's 16 (Nelson 9). Total fouls—Eastern Washington 17, St. Joseph's 28. A—N/A.
        Fresno State 65,
       No.20 Southern Cal 58

        FRESNO, Calif. — Chris Jefferies scored 18 points and had 12 rebounds as the Bulldogs advanced to the semifinals of the Preseason NIT.

        Freshman point guard Matt Mitchell scored 17 points for the Fresno State, including four straight free throws in the final minute. The Bulldogs shot 8-of-9 from the foul line in the final 1:22 after the Trojans rebounded from a 14-point halftime deficit to tie 56-56.

        Fresno State (2-0) advanced to play the winner of tonight's Arkansas-Wake Forest matchup on Wednesday at Madison Square Garden. No.15 Michigan State meets No.21 Syracuse in the other semifinal.

        Sam Clancy scored 13 points and grabbed 12 rebounds before fouling out for Southern Cal (1-1), which lost despite holding Fresno State to 28.1 percent shooting.

        TEXAS TECH:

        Bob Knight is about to start finding out if his way works at Texas Tech.

        Knight's hiring in March immediately raised the anticipation surrounding the Red Raiders. His debut comes tonight at home against William & Mary.

        “What we'll do isn't going to be any great change from what I tried to do at Indiana when I started there, in terms of getting things squared away so we can be competitive,” said Knight, who was 662-239 in his 29 years at IU but was fired in September 2000 after school officials said he violated a “zero tolerance” behavior policy.

        NOTRE DAME:

        Center Tom Timmermans will miss at least a month with a sprained ligament in his right knee. The Irish will dress only eight scholarship players for today's season opener against New Hampshire and Monday's game against Cornell.


        Forward Jason Carter was suspended indefinitely for academic reasons, and coach Ricardo Patton said the length of the suspension hasn't been determined. Colorado opens its season Saturday at home against Arkansas-Pine Bluff.


        Forward Wayne Simien will miss two to four weeks after undergoing knee surgery to remove loose cartilage in his knee. He hyperextended his knee in practice Wednesday.


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