WAC: Nevada 58, Hawaii 55 (story)
- Anyone in the East who stayed up until 2 in the morning (or owns a TiVo) got to see a thriller from America's favorite high elevated upper mid-major conference, full of 8-0 runs and a back-and-forth finish. Heavily-inked Rainbow Warrior pointman Matt Gibson scored 19 points, but was forced to play foul sponge against Nevada frosh Ramon Session, who scored the last six points of the game from the free-throw line. Hawaii started out 8-0 with their only roadie against anemic St. Louis
, but their first week away from the islands brought them two WAC defeats by a total of three points.WAC: Rice 78, Louisiana Tech 57 (story)
- Yep, there's a statement game for you. Rebounding machine and reigning MMBOW Paul Millsap
was effectively collared by the Owls, going 14 and 8 before being disqualified on fouls, and Rice destroyed LaTech on the boards by a 37-24 count. Scoring machine and reigning WAC preseason Player Of The Year Michael Harris was free to roam freely about the floor, powering his way to 27 points and 14 rebounds. We should know in the next few weeks whether the WAC is a one-bid league or just tragically misunderstood; UTEP
and Rice square off on Thursday.
(Friday) San Diego 82, Creighton 70 (story)
- The race for WCC bridesmaid just got a bit more interesting - a five-game win streak by San Diego includes victories over Wyoming
and Creighton. Former walk-on guard Avi Fogel blew the Bluejays' doors off with 22 points, five assists, and broke Creighton's full-court press with ease. Call this the Fish Bowl
, as current Creighton assistant Brian Fish had been USD's associate HC for both their 2004 RPI injury disaster and their 2003 league tournament championship.
(Friday) Stetson 56, Georgia 52 (story)
- Georgia's cupcake party heading into SEC play was brought to an abrupt close when 3-6 Stetson spiked their New Year's punch. The Bulldogs hit only 2 of 17 three-pointers and couldn't get inside against an accordion-like zone. Straight-shooter Anthony Register had 22 for the Hatters, and it was Stetson's first win over a team from Satan's Evil Conference since 1983.