first_img Associated Press February 6, 2020 Davidson, VCU meet in conference play Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditDavidson (11-10, 5-4) vs. VCU (16-6, 6-3)Stuart Siegel Center, Richmond, Virginia; Friday, 7 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: A10 foes meet as Davidson takes on VCU. Davidson easily beat UMass by 35 at home on Saturday, while VCU fell to Rhode Island on the road on Friday, 87-75.center_img STEPPING UP: Marcus Santos-Silva has put up 13 points and nine rebounds to lead the way for the Rams. De’Riante Jenkins has complemented Santos-Silva and is putting up 10.7 points, four rebounds and two steals per game. The Wildcats have been led by Jon Axel Gudmundsson, who is averaging 14.9 points, 6.9 rebounds and 4.1 assists.A10 ADVANCEMENT: The Wildcats have scored 75.2 points per game to conference opponents thus far. That’s an improvement from the 70.3 per game they recorded against non-conference competition.CREATING OFFENSE: Gudmundsson has either made or assisted on 46 percent of all Davidson field goals over the last five games. Gudmundsson has 35 field goals and 29 assists in those games.ASSIST-TO-FG RATIO: The Wildcats have recently used assists to create buckets more often than the Rams. VCU has an assist on 44 of 88 field goals (50 percent) across its past three games while Davidson has assists on 50 of 93 field goals (53.8 percent) during its past three games.STIFLING DEFENSE: VCU has forced opponents into committing turnovers on 25.4 percent of all possessions this year, the eighth-highest rate among all Division I teams. ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comlast_img read more


first_imgBy Julian GuyverLONDON, England (AFP) – West Indies go into today’s third and deciding Test at Lord’s with the chance to complete a dramatic turnaround and win their first series in England in almost 30 years.The Caribbean side last triumphed in England in 1988 when a team boasting a clutch of all-time greats including Gordon Greenidge, Viv Richards, Malcolm Marshall and Curtly Ambrose romped to a 4-0 win.The West Indies dominated Test cricket for two decades but their decline has been precipitous and they are currently languishing at eighth in the world rankings, with just Bangladesh and Zimbabwe below them.Having dusted down the “obituaries” after the series opener at Edgbaston — when the visitors slumped to a defeat by an innings and 209 runs – few pundits gave Jason Holder’s novice West Indies side any chance of a revival in Leeds.Yet, despite being set more than 300 to win in the fourth innings following a declaration by England captain Joe Root, the tourists showed true grit to win by five wickets.Shai Hope became the first batsman in history to score hundreds in both innings of a match at Headingley, putting his side in a strong position with 147 before following up his maiden Test century with a match-clinching 118 not out in the second innings.After the fourth day of a match of fluctuating fortunes, ex-England captain Nasser Hussain, a former Essex team-mate of West Indies coach Stuart Law, said the tourists were flagging because the physical demands of a Test match were greater than that of Twenty20 cricket.A satisfied Law said,: “People make assumptions all the time.”“But he (Hussain) doesn’t know the characters that are inside that dressing room – he doesn’t even know me and I played with him at Essex,” the former Australia batsman added.“Not a lot of these players play T20 cricket anyway. I think it was great we sent him a big humble pie to go and chomp on in the commentary box.”England even took the risk of dropping in-form seamer Toby Roland-Jones, whose three Tests this season have yielded 14 wickets, for the Headingley Test, bringing in Chris Woakes for his first Test of the home campaign after injury, seemingly to get some overs under his belt ahead of the upcoming Ashes tour of Australia.The home side, however, have recalled Roland-Jones on his Middlesex home ground and dropped Woakes in the only change to their side.“Home conditions, he (Roland-Jones) obviously knows the surfaces and is bowling very well at the moment,” Root told reporters at Lord’s yesterday after announcing his team.“It’s obviously very difficult to leave somebody like Chris out; he’s been a consistent performer in Test cricket for England.“But this is a team I think is going to win this week,” star batsman Root added.England still have doubts about their problem top-order batting positions with number three Tom Westley under most scrutiny after a run of single-figure scores.“That extra pressure will find out a bit more about people’s character and things like that so it should be an exciting week,” said England spearhead James Anderson.Having gone wicketless on the last day in Leeds, Anderson arrives at Lord’s still three away from becoming the first England bowler to take 500 Test wickets.“To be honest, I do try to put it to the back of my mind,” Anderson said.“We desperately need to win this Test match to win the series so I’m going to be focused completely on doing my job for the team when we get out there.”last_img read more


first_img Related Stories Boston College 1-hits Syracuse in 3rd game of weekend series sweep Published on May 1, 2016 at 9:07 pm Contact Matthew: mguti100@syr.edu | @MatthewGut21 The Boston College dugout erupted after Jessie Daulton belted a two-run double off the “New York’s College Team” sign in center field. It was only the third inning, but the hit — already BC’s 10th — gave the Eagles a 5-0 lead.But that would be the end of Boston College’s offensive threat. Syracuse’s Jocelyn Cater relieved AnnaMarie Gatti in the next inning and shut down the red hot Eagles. She came in with two runners on and just one out, but struck out back-to-back hitters to end the inning. Her second strikeout had Taylor Coroneos fishing for a ball in the dirt.“You’re just trying to stop the bleeding at that point,” SU head coach Mike Bosch said. “To her credit, (Cater) was much more confident on the mound today.”Despite Boston College’s (28-21, 10-8 Atlantic Coast) 6-0 win over Syracuse (27-24, 9-14) on Sunday at SU Softball Stadium, Cater silenced the Eagles’ offense. In 3 2/3 innings of work, she allowed two hits and one run to a team that had had back-to-back multi-run innings.In the series opener on Saturday, Cater allowed seven runs on 11 hits across four innings. She left balls up in the zone, walked three batters and hit two en route to earning her ninth loss of the season. On Sunday, though, she had much better command of her pitches.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textCater worked inside and outside effectively, inducing soft grounders and fly balls. Regardless of the count, she went to her changeup much more than she did Saturday to keep BC hitters off balance.“Generally I haven’t been comfortable with the change(up) on 3-2,” Cater said, “but that’s kind of what we had to do for them. We risked a couple walks just to mix it up because that’s how we got to them. They were hitting everything we had.”She did walk three, but she located her fastball and changeup well. BC hitters were aggressive all game, not afraid to swing at pitches off the plate or early in the count. They were also anxious at times, rolling over grounders or leaning forward on swing-and-misses down in the zone.In the seventh inning, Cater induced three consecutive fly outs against Annie Murphy, Tatiana Cortez and Chloe Sharabba — BC’s two, three and four hitters. The trio had a combined five hits on the day, but Cater sent them down in order.Cortez, whose .374 batting average ranks second on the team, had hit Cater hard on Saturday. Whether Cater threw it inside, outside, high or low, Cortez “rocketed it.” So during one at-bat, Cater threw Cortez four consecutive changeups. It worked.“I just thought that she had command of it and with their bigger hitter up, they had been sitting on the hard stuff all day,” said assistant coach Kristyn Sandberg, SU’s pitch caller. “The last thing you’re going to expect is four changeups in a row.”While Cater didn’t get a decision, she relieved Gatti and kept BC at bay. Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more