|Richmond taking on UMass in the A-10 Tournament opener. Photo by Jason Schott.|
The Atlantic 10 men's basketball tournament opened at Barclays Center Tuesday morning with Richmond rolling to a 71-38 win over UMass, and then in afternoon action, Saint Joseph's outlasted Loyola Chicago, 72-67, and LaSalle had a solid win over Rhode Island, 73-56.
Richmond 71, UMass 38: Richmond, who entered as the 12th seed in the tournament, was led by Tyler Burton, who had 34 points (11-21 from the field, 2-8 on three-pointers).
Burton had 19 points in the first half, when he made seven of 11 shot attempts, including a pair of threes, and he paced Richmond to take control of this game early, as they led 31-18 at halftime.
Matt Grace had 13 points on 5-9 from the field, including 3-5 from behind the arc. Neal Quinn had seven points (2-6 FG), 10 rebounds, and six assists.
UMass (13th seed) was held to just 23.8 percent shooting (15-63), and they only had one player in double figures, as RJ Luis had 12 points on 5-14 from the field, and missed his two three-point attempts.
Richmond improved to 15-17 on the season, which included 7-11 in conference play in the regular season. They will play No. 5 George Mason on Wednesday afternoon at 2:00 p.m.
UMass, in their first season with Head Coach Frank Martin at the helm, finished with an overall record of 15-16, which included 6-12 in conference action.
Saint Joseph's 72, Loyola Chicago 67: St. Joe's, who entered as the 10th seed, had a balanced scoring attack in this one, led by Lynn Greer III, who had 22 points on 7-11 from the field and a perfect 4-4 from behind the arc, with 10 rebounds to give him a double-double, along with seven assists.
Cameron Brown had 16 points (6-16 FG, 3-8 on threes), with six rebounds, and Erik Reynolds III had 13 points (3-10 FG, 2-7 threes), with four assists and two rebounds. Christian Winborne had a big game off the bench, with 16 points on 4-5 from the field, and he was 8-9 from the free throw line, in 30 minutes.
Loyola Chicago (15th seed) was led by Philip Alston, who had 18 points (5-14 FG, 1-4 threes) and 10 rebounds for a double-double. Braden Norris had 13 points (5-13 FG, 2-8 threes), with eight assists and four rebounds.
Saint Joseph's improved to 15-16 overall, which included an 8-10 mark in Atlantic 10 play in the regular season. They will move on to play the seventh-seeded George Washington on Wednesday at 5:00 p.m.
Loyola Chicago ends the season with a 9-23 overall record, and a 3-14 mark in the A-10 regular season.
La Salle 73, Rhode Island 56: La Salle, who entered with the 11th seed in the tournament, shot 50 percent from the field (31-62), and were led by Jhamir Brickus, who had 18 points on a superb 7-10 from the field, with two rebounds.
Daeshon Shepherd had a double-double off the bench, with 15 points (7-10 FG) and 11 rebounds. It is notable that neither Shepherd or Brickus attempted a three-pointer.
Khalil Brantley had 11 points (5-14 FG, 1-5 on threes), five rebounds, and three assists, and Anwar Gill had 10 points (5-9 FG, 0-1 threes), eight rebounds, and four assists off the bench.
Rhode Island (14th seed) was led by Malik Martin, who had 19 points on 6-13 from the field, including 3-6 on three-point attempts, with seven rebounds and an assist. Ishmael Leggett had 11 points (4-19 FG, 1-8 on threes), with six rebounds and two assists.
La Salle improved to 14-20 overall on the season, and they went 7-10 in A-10 regular season play. Rhode Island finished the season with a record of 13-21, and they were 7-10 in the A-10 regular season.
La Salle moves on to play sixth-seeded Duquesne on Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m.
11:30 A.M. - No. 8 Davidson vs. No. 9 St. Bonaventure
2:00 P.M. - No. 5 George Mason vs. No. 12 Richmond
5:00 P.M. - No. 10 Saint Joseph's vs. No. 7 George Washington
7:30 P.M. - No. 6 Duquesne vs. No. 11 La Salle