BB&T Classic: Maryland, George Washington and American All Fall In Classic

Maryland's 64-61 loss to Temple capped a tough day for local teams in the tripleheader at the Verizon Center. American lost to Flordia 67-48 and Navy defeated George Washington 64-57.

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2010 BB&T Classic: Maryland Falls To Temple 64-61, Despite Second Half Rally

Maryland's freshmen, Pe'Shon Howard and Terrell Stoglin, made it a game in the second half, but Temple's senior forward, Lavoy Allen, made sure Maryland's comeback would fall short with a key And-1 play later in the game to seal Temple's 64-61 victory.

Howard ignited a second-half run with three assists and a layup to key a 10-0 run early in the second half to make it a game after Temple had extended their lead to 15 points. Stoglin chipped in throughout the game, scoring 16 points and making two three pointers for the Terps, who only made three all game.

While the freshmen excelled, Jordan Williams struggled in the second half as he was mired in foul trouble for most of the second half. Once Williams picked up his fourth foul, the Terrapins weren't able to make another run to take back the lead, and eventually, Temple's experience and stiff defense proved to be too much for the young Terrapins squad.

Like their two losses in Madison Square Garden, the Terrapins played well and showed more poise than you would expect from such a young squad, but they just were not able to close the deal in any of their meetings this season.

This is Maryland's last major non-conference game until Jan. 15, when they face Villanova in Philadelphia. Before then, it'll have its first three conference meetings, hosting Boston College and going on the road to take on Duke and Wake Forest.


2010 BB&T Classic: Temple Takes 32-21 Lead Over Maryland At Halftime

Temple stayed true to their defensive reputation in the first twenty minutes against Maryland, holding the Terps to 28.6 percent shooting in the first half and grinding their way to 32-21 lead.

Jordan Williams played well, going for 10 points on 4-9 shooting, but the rest of the Terps were absolutely stifled, combining to shoot 4-19 (21 percent) from the field and the Terrapins have yet to make a three pointer. Williams has shown he can be effective under various defensive coverages, but he's going to need a little more help on the perimeter to open up better looks for Williams in the second half.

On the bright side, Maryland has been making their shots at the charity stripe and keeping Temple from making their outside shots (the Owls were 1-7 from beyond the arc in the first half). If they can keep Williams going and crack the Owls' stifling perimeter defense, they can make their way back in this rather quickly.


2010 BB&T Classic: Navy Wins 64-57, Hands George Washington Sixth Loss

After struggling to a 1-5 start, the Navy Midshipmen have begun to hit their groove, and knocked off George Washington, 64-57.

Navy's leading scorer last season, Jordan Sugars, came off the bench in his first game back from injury and appeared to be back to 100 percent health. He led the Midshipmen in scoring, three pointers and rebounding in his first game back. He also ended up leading Navy in minutes played, despite coming off the bench.

Sugars dominated the stat sheet, but Navy got other key contributions from Romeo Garcia and O.J. Avworro who each chipped in four assists and three rebounds in the victory.

The win puts Navy at 4-6 on the season. After two games on the road this week against Coppin State and Mercer, who have a combined four wins and RPI's under 280, Navy doesn't play another road game until January 12. After a rough start to the season, the Midshipmen can, well, right the ship as face a more favorable schedule over the next month.

The forecast isn't as sunny for the Colonials. For the second time in less than a week, George Washington fell to a local opponent, and in both games, woeful outside shooting was one of the main issues. After shooting 3-19 from beyond the arc against George Mason, the Colonials shot 3-22 against the Midshipmen. In their last two games, they've shot 14.9 percent from the field and are shooting a dismal 31.5 percent for the season.

Next, they'll have to prepare for a cross-country road trip to face Oregon State on the 18th. After keeping things local for the early part of their season, they must prepare for their longest road trip of the season. The good news is Oregon State has not been impressing anyone lately, falling to Seattle, Texas Southern and Utah Valley this season. On top of that, the Beavers are only shooting 29.5 percent from beyond the arc, so the Colonials still have a good shot at making their trip to the West Coast productive.


BB&T Classic: Florida Tops American 67-48

The BB&T Classic has been understandably overshadowed by a big day in D.C. sports. That didn't stop the Florida Gators from coming into town and teaching a basketball lesson to the hometown heroes of American University.

The Gators began the second half on a 7-0 run to extend their lead over the Eagles, and the game was never really contested after that. The Eagles did manage to cut Florida's lead to seven points midway through the second half on a three-pointer by Vlad Moldoveanu, but the final result wasn't highly contested.

Four of Florida's five starters reached double-digits in scoring. Erving Walker, Alex Tyus, Chandler Parker, and Vernon Macklin all topped the 10-point mark. The game's leading scorer though belonged to the other side, as Troy Brewer of the Eagles scored 17-points in defeat.

The Gators didn't only score more points, they dominated the Eagles in virtually every statistical category.

With the loss, American falls to 5-3 on the year, The university will return to action Dec. 14 against UMBC.


BB&T Classic: Eagles Keep First Half Close Against Florida, Trail 30-21

The BB&T Classic is underway in D.C., but you might not be able to tell from the mostly empty Verizon Center.

In the first game of today's triple-header, American University got off to a good start against the heavily-favored Florida Gators. The Eagles kept it close throughout the first half, but the Gators began to pull away before the half ended.

Chandler Parsons of the Gators went 4-5 shooting in the half, finishing with a game-leading 10 points. Parsons also collected four rebounds.

American's leading scorer was Vlad Moldoveanu, who had seven points, but was just 3-10 shooting in the half. The Eagles will need to choose their shots better if they are going to stand a chance of beating the No. 16 team in the nation. They shot just 38.1% from the field in the first 20 minutes of action at Verizon Center. The Eagles were also out-rebounded 12-8 by the bigger team from Florida.


BB&T Classic: American University, George Washington, Navy, Maryland In Action Today

The BB&T Classic is about to kick off at Verizon Center, and this year the annual triple-header will feature three local universities.

American University will get the festivities underway at 2:45 PM against the No. 16 Florida Gators. The 5-2 Eagles are coming off a loss to West Virginia last week, and will be a major underdog again today.

The second game of the Classic will start at 5:15 PM, and features two local programs who are off to poor starts to the 2010 season. The George Washington Colonials have played in this tournament every year since its founding in 1995, and has had some success at the Verizon Center. The team will look to improve on its 2-4 start while meeting the Navy Midshipmen, who already have six losses this season.

To cap off the night, the Maryland Terrapins will face a tough matchup against Temple. The Owls are off to a 4-2 start that includes an early win against Georgia in the Old Spice Classic. Like GW, Maryland is no stranger to the BB&T Classic, but the Terrapins have suffered losses in this event in four of the previous five years.

All three games will be broadcast locally on MASN.

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