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Sully's Court: Detroit fails in upset bid against Notre Dame

Posted by Joe Sullivan, Globe Staff  November 15, 2011 11:44 AM

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About last night:

-- Detroit, aiming to bump off Butler as the Horizon League’s top team, had Notre Dame right where it wanted but couldn’t close the deal. Ray McCallum, son of Detroit’s coach, had a great first half and the Titans were winning. The second half was an offensive disaster and the Irish slowly took the game back. The Irish are a work on progress but I like point guard Eric Atkins and big man Jack Cooley. Freshman Pat Connaughton, from St. John’s Prep, is going to be a factor. Plays a high energy game. If he’s on the court, he’s going to be involved. The Irish were also playing without star forward Tim Abromaitis.

-- Caught a few minutes of UConn-Wagner and Andre Drummond showed me he might be worth stealing a scholarship for. He’s big, mobile and aggressive.

-- Watched the last 10 minutes or so of High Point-Purdue and High Point had a chance for a monumental upset on the Boilers’ home court but just couldn’t execute on the last possession. Purdue is another work in progress although guard Ryne Smith moved onto the list of the nation’s best chuckers by nailing eight threes. Poor Robbie Hummel looks like he got bigger in the upper body but moved sluggishly after coming off his second ACL surgery. He did hit a huge three-pointer near the end, however, so he hasn’t lost that ability.

UCLA’s troubles: The loss to Loyola Marymount might indicate bigger problems after coach Ben Howland suspended Reeves Nelson Monday. Apparently, Nelson is unhappy about something and that shows up in the games. Chemistry could be a problem for the Bruins.

Scanning the scorelist:

Gonzaga 89, Washington State 81: Zags’ freshman Kevin Pangos tied a school record with nine three-pointers. Maybe he’ll be on the best chuckers list too. Have to check him out soon.
Providence 80, Fairfield 72: A really good win on the road for a young Providence team. A disappointing loss for Fairfield, which will challenge Iona in the MAAC. A win would have looked good on the resume.
UMass 83, Northeastern 67: Point guard Chaz Williams with another big effort, 20 points and 10 assists.
BC 67, New Hampshire 64: Report I got was that BC’s young talent is exciting. The trouble is they could lose games like this. Patience is the word.

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