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Thursday, November 20, 2008

Exciting night

It's freezing in New York, making me wish I was covering Fairfield this morning in Puerto Rico instead of Rider at Lehigh in Bethlehem, Pa. But what are you gonna do?

Last night provided some excitement, particularly in Riverdale, where Antoine Pearson's last-minute offense and Darryl Crawford's last-second defense helped Manhattan get past Morgan State.

As Sean Brennan writes, it's a game the Jaspers may not have won last year, but in Barry Rohrssen's third year and with a more veteran-filled roster, they made the big plays when they needed to and improved to 2-0.

Down in Philly, Niagara turned in a respectable outing against an injury-plagued Villanova team, keeping the deficit in single digits for most of the game before falling 77-62.

That's the kind of game that, even against a team battling some injuries, can has the ingredients -- ranked team, hostile environment -- to get out of hand, so credit Niagara for hanging in there.

Saint Peter's, meanwhile, did nothing to demonstrate any improvement.

In Princeton, the Tigers lost another heartbreaker.

Ed Cooley says Fairfield fans have to be patient if the Stags slip up in Puerto Rico, where they're set to tip off in less than 90 minutes.

Lastly, here's the preview of tonight's Rider-Lehigh game. I'm not sure if the gym at Lehigh has wireless. If it does, I'll have live updates. If not, we'll have to wait until after the game.


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