October 17, 2007

CAA Media Day Comes To An End

WASHINGTON -- We're finished for the day at the ESPN Zone in the nation's capital.

In the afternoon, the preseason all-conference teams were presented for both men's and women's basketball, and Tom Yeager talked about where the conference has come. He noted that the conference is attempting to shed the "one-bid league" label and show that it's not just a flash in the pan.

"We're going to approach every season with the idea of getting multiple teams in the NCAA Tournament," said Yeager, who has guided the CAA since its inception.

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CAA Morning Session Done

WASHINGTON -- We've just spent much of the past three hours talking with the CAA coaches about their teams and the conference as a whole. There's a little noteworthy from each team that we'll share, as well as some notable thoughts about the conference. We'll start with half of the teams, then come back with the other half and more after lunch and the post-lunch presentation.

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Welcome To CAA Media Day

WASHINGTON -- Welcome to the 2007 edition of CAA Media Day. As was the case last year, we are gathered at the ESPN Zone in the nation's capital. Hopefully, today's events will go a little more smoothly than last night's less-than-memorable trip here.

It started with a delay at Logan Airport, then a rental car where the radio and CD player didn't work, then a hotel room with no high-speed Internet connection. On top of it all, the Red Sox lost and trail three games to one.

But on to CAA business, as that's a little more pleasant...

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March 05, 2007

CAA: VCU Set to Carry the League's Banner

RICHMOND - The Cinderella program of all Cinderella programs was two minutes and twenty-two seconds from returning to the Big Dance and reminding everyone of just what March Magic is all about.

Jim Larranaga's No. 6 seed George Mason Patriots led 57-52 over No. 1 seed and homestanding VCU and the headline writers were readying all sorts of recycled attention-getters to signify the scintillating four games in four days run of Mason, last year's NCAA Tournament sweetheart.

Then Eric Maynor got an urge.

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CAA: Maynor Madness

RICHMOND - VCU's Eric Maynor just had two steals in about 30 seconds that led to five VCU points and has knotted the game at 57-57.

The Coliseum is cuckoo nuts right about now.

(We continue to have technical issues, our apologies.)

CAA: VCU Ties It Up

RICHMOND - The crowd is officially back into this one after Jess Pellot-Rosa missed a 3-pointer form the top of the key, but followed his own miss for a lay-up put-back to tie the score at 37-37 with 11:16 left.

It's as loud as it's been all weekend in the Coliseum and if VCU takes the lead this old barn but come a tumblin' down.

. . . Pav's back form his impromptu revving up of the crowd.

. . . Dre Smith came out of the timeout and buried a deep 3-pointer to put Mason back up by three.

CAA: Mason Holds Off Comeback Attempt by VCU

RICHMOND - VCU cut the Mason lead to one, but now the Patriots (behind four second hafl points from Dre Smith) have gone out to their largest lead of the game.

VCU continues to have troubles form beyond the arc as Jess Pellot-Rosa just front-rimmed a three ball before the under-16:00 timeout.

. . . Mason continues to play like it has not a care in the world and as if they are the favorites not the decided underdog.

. . . VCU came out with a quick bucket on a fast break alley-oop to B.A Walker and Mason coach Jim Larranaga immedieatly (and smartly) called a timeout at 18:52 to stem any tide and keep the crowd from getting to boisterous.

. . . Pav's latest: "Cinderella? Evil Step-sisters Punished Now" After penning that opus, he sprinted over to the pep band and tried to fire up the fans. Let's hope he doesn't start taking off his layers the way the band director did.

CAA: Halftime Stats and Observations

RICHMOND - Cinderella is 20 minutes from returning to HER ball.

George Mason leads 31-27 at the half and was aided by a late run of 10-6 to close out the stanza.

. . . Wil Fameni leads all scorers with 11 points for VCU and Mason continues to get contributions from all eight of its players who have seen minutes thus far. Both Folarin Campbell and Jordan Carter have six each for the Patriots and Dre Smith, John Vaughn and Will Thomas have five each.

. . . Mason has scored 20 of its 31 in the paint and holds a 10-2 edge on second chance points as they have out-rebounded the Rams 15-9 (VCU has just two offensive rebounds). VCU has scored 14 points in the paint and has hit just 1 of 7 from 3-point land. VCU attempted seven more free throws in the half (8 of 10) than Mason (2 of 3).

. . . There have been four lead changes and six ties and the biggest lead of the half was held by Mason at 31-26 with :32 left in the half.

. . . If VCU is going to get back in this one and use its home crowd to its advantage, they will need to crash the offensive glass and find some consistency from the outside. Mason can continue to do what it's been doing, which is go inside to its big men and crash the boards.

CAA: Technical Difficulties

RICHMOND - Hang Time has to apologize as we are experiencingsome technical difficulties with our publishing system. Should the problems persist, we will have to provide a post-game wrap and columnette only.

Meanwhile, on the court, the game is tied 21-21 with Mason winning the early batlle of the boards, 12-8 but also having two more turnovers than VCU (7-5). Mason is getting scoring up and down the line-up.

. . . Update on the VCU pep band director: he went down to some white tank tops under his white t-shirt and is now in a VCU "Rowdy Rams" t-shirt. By our count, he's had five layers on his chest. Odd, but intriguing.

CAA: Even Action So far

RICHMOND - We're all tied up at 9-9 with 11:57 left in the half. Eric Maynor (five points) and Wil Fameni (four) have accounted for all of VCU's points.

. . . VCU's press is having some of its intended effect on Mason, including a turnover by Gabe Norwood in the 13:00 area. But Mason has also broken the press to find Dre Smith all alone in the paint for an easy two.

. . . VCU is once again making all the extra passes in order to find open shooters. It's a credit to coach Anthony Grant, for sure.

. . . Now, the VCU pep band leader has shed both his Total Package robe and his fusia buttond down shirt and is directing in an white t-shirt and white pants. Pimp Daddy Mason is still in his original cream suit and matching cream hat.

. . . A fan behind the Hang Time perch - not Pav - has an oversized blow up of Tony Kornheiser's head. Anything to get on ESPN, right?

CAA: Even Action So far

RICHMOND - We're all tied up at 9-9 with 11:57 left in the half. Eric Maynor (five points) and Wil Fameni (four) have accounted for all of VCU's points.

. . . VCU's press is having some of its intended effect on Mason, including a turnover by Gabe Norwood in the 13:00 area. But Mason has also broken the press to find Dre Smith all alone in the paint for an easy two.

. . . VCU is once again making all the extra passes in order to find open shooters. It's a credit to coach Anthony Grant, for sure.

. . . Now, the VCU pep band leader has shed both his Total Package robe and his fusia buttond down shirt and is directing in an white t-shirt and white pants. Pimp Daddy Mason is still in his original cream suit and matching cream hat.

. . . A fan behind the Hang Time perch - not Pav - has an oversized blow up of Tony Kornheiser's head. Anything to get on ESPN, right?

CAA: Coliseum's a Rockin'

RICHMOND - VCU entered to a rousing ovation form its loyalists and Hang Time actually was able to enter right behind the team as we had just finished dinign on another scrumptious meal form Michelle the catering lady. (Hot homemade potato chips were today's bonus.)

It's quite a homecourt advantage that VCU is going to enjoy and Mason will need to get out quick - as they've done all weekend - in order to quell the crowd noise.

. . . We're happy to have Yahoo! Sports national columnist in the house tonight and the power of Yahoo! was in full effect when we walked by the VCU student section together and a student dressed in a banana costume saw Wetzel's credential and screamed, "Yeah Yahoo!" Going bananas for Yahoo!, what could be better?

Hang Time wouldn't mind having a banana groupie or two of our own, ya know?

CAA: Twenty 'Til Tip

RICHMOND - The Coliseum is starting to fill up and we've had a rare Ronald McDonald sighting. We can not figure out why Ronald is here and we have no idea if the Hamburglar is expected to show, but we're keeping close tabs on our burgers regardless.

. . . VCU is 24-14 all-time against George Mason and the Rams have won both meetings this season and eight of the past 11.

The Rams are in the title game for the fourth time in the past six years and teh fifth time overall.

. . . Our guy, Pav, the Dry Erase board message maker has arrived at his seat behind the Hang Time perch. No message just yet, but he looks quite focused.

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CAA: Prime Time for Pellot-Rosa

RICHMOND - One of the more incredible stories to emerge from the semifinals was the play of VCU's senior guard Jesse Pellot-Rosa who was only able to play eight minutes in Saturday's win against Georgia State due to a sprained right arch.

Pellot-Rosa, a former football player in high school and prep school (Fork Union Military Academy), took an injection right into the arch prior to Sunday's game against Drexel and proceeded to score 16 points, including 4 of 4 from 3-point land, in 31 minutes of play. His presence and clutch shooting was key in the Rams' win over the Dragons.

"(He) made some tough shots, some big shots, some big step backs with guys on top of him," said Drexel coach Bruiser Flint, who has developed a great relationship with the Richmond native. "I knew he was playing (on Saunday). He's a tough kid. He was a football player and you all know how that is, football players play through injuries, not basketball players so much."


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CAA: Welcome to Championship Night

RICHMOND - We are about 70 minutes from tip of the CAA Title game at the Richmond Coliseum and throngs of students - some of whom had been waiting at the gates since noon - were alloowed into their endzone seating about ten minutes ago.

The George Mason pep band is already in position and tuning up.

Tonight's game between No. 1 seed VCU and No. 6 seed George Mason will be the first title game in league history to be played before a sellout crowd (11,200). Sunday's semifinals marked the conference's first-ever tournament sell-out. The VCU campus is just blocks away form the Coliseum and the crowd will be pro-Rams for sure.

A couple of VCU players emerged fomr the locker room at 5:45 and began stretching at center court. About two minutes later several of the Mason players took to the floor and started stretching at the scorer's table. Balls will not be provided until 6 p.m. per conference rules.

. . . Tonight's 7 p.m. tip will be broadcast by ESPN with Brad Nessler on play-by-play and Jimmy Dykes on color. The game can also be heard on Sirius satellite radio on Channel 130.

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March 04, 2007

CAA: Georgia State Coach Michael Perry Dumped

RICHMOND - After an 11-20 season (5-13 in the CAA) and a quarterfinals exit from the conference tournament, Georgia State has fired head coach Michael Perry, after four and half seasons with the Panthers.

Perry took over for the retired Lefty Dreisell in the 2002-03 season and had one winning campaign (20-9 in 2003-04) and finished with an overall record of 62-75. The Panthers lost to VCU on Saturday afternoon, 73-60.

"We are grateful for what Michael Perry has done for Georgia State during his tenure as an assistant and head coach and we wish him and his staff well," said Georgia State AD Mary McElroy in a statement. "However, consistent with our Athletic Association Strategic Plan, we want to see our men's basketball program develop into one of the top teams in the CAA and compete for post-season opportunities. Accordingly, we will seek a new coach to achieve that goal."

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CAA: Mason Moves On

RICHMOND - It shouldn't be shocking to anyone who witnessed last year's magic, but George Mason is one win a way from a most improbable return to the NCAA tournament after dismissing ODU, 79-63.

Standing in its way will be No. 1 seed, VCU, the regular season champion of the CAA and the only CAA team to ever win 16 regular season conference games.

Mason will be the underdog of course, but that's a role this team seems to thrive on and even with 11,000 or so fans rooting against them on Monday night, there's no way we're about to doubt this team.

. . . Thanks to CSTV hoops maven, Bryan Graham, we're able to pass along this fabulous note pertaining to Mason's attempt to win four games in four days to gain its league's automatic bid:

These are the 10 times (and nine teams) that the feat has been accomplished:

Auburn (SEC, 1984), Nevada-Las Vegas (WAC, 1997), Marquette (C-USA, 1997), Charlotte (C-USA, 1999), Saint Louis (C-USA, 2000), Arkansas (SEC, 2000), Iowa (Big Ten, 2001), Siena (MAAC, 2002) and Xavier (Atlantic 10, 2004 and 2006).

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CAA: ODU Awakens Too Late

RICHMOND - The ODU comeback, which brought the lead down to 12 with just under 5:00 to play has come too late. With every ODU basket that brings it closer, Mason continues to answer, including a strong lay-up by the smiling man, Folarin Campbell, with a Monarch hanging on his forearm. Mason has been stronger and more assertive all afternoon.

With 3:29 to go, Mason leads 66-51.

. . . It appears Mason forward Darryl Monroe may have injured his right thigh as he was being tended to on the bench by the Mason trainer.

CAA: Feeling Patriotic

RICHMOND - Mason Nation has pretty much enveloped the Coliseum - except of course for the corner of ODU fans. That will change tomorrow night when a pro-VCU crowd witnesses the title tilt. But for now, a good portion of the remaining fans joined in on another stirring rendition of "Living on Prayer" as performed by the Mason pep band and its leader Pimp Daddy Mason.

ODU had trimmed the Mason lead to 14 but a loose ball under the basket wound up in the hands of Will Thomas who put it in for a hoop and the harm, bringing Mason back to the 16 point bulge (he missed the free throw).

Mason now leads 54-40 with 7:25 left and there is some reason for hope for the ODU faithful, but Mason is still very much in control.

Mason is showing good composure against some aggressive full court pressre and making smart decisions on the offensive end.

CAA: Mason Magic Motors On

RICHMOND - ESPN is licking its chops at its own good fortune of having the CAA Title game on Monday, as everyone'e favorite Cinderella, No. 6 seed George Mason is just 11:53 away from advancing to face No. 1 seed VCU for the CAA Championship.

The CAA title game can often be a tough sell nationally, but with the most recognizable mid-major in the country, the Worldwide Leader will surely be able to draw some eyeballs to its 7 p.m. mothership broadcast.

Mason leads 47-28 at the under-12:00 media timeout and despite some life from the Monarchs, the hole they've dug themselves is going to be too big to get out of.

Cinderella lives!

CAA: Halftime Stats and Observations

RICHMOND - The stat sheet does indeed suggest exactly what we thought it would. Check out these numbers:

Mason holds a 21-11 rebounding edge; Maosn shot 58 percent in the half to 28 percent for the Monarchs; Mason scored 20 points in the paint to just six for ODU; Mason hit on 3 of 8 from 3-point land, ODU connected on just 1 of 11.

. . . Dre Smith of Mason leads all scorers with 14 points on 6 of 10 form the field and 2 of 4 from beyond the arc. ODU is led by Drew Williamson's six points.

Freshman Louis Birdsong had seven rebounds for Mason in seven minutes of play. That's efficiency at its finest. No ODU player has more than three rebounds (7-footer Sam Harris).

. . . ODU will need to come out hot early to cut into the Mason lead and, like in our first game of the day, the trailing team is going to need to do it through 3-point shooting and tenacious D. But we're thinking Mason is too smart and too well coached to allow that to happen.

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CAA: Mason Up Big At Half

RICHMOND - George Mason leads 35-20 at the half and ODU has been a step slow all day long. Mason is taking it to the Monarchs at every opportunity and the halftime stat sheet should reflect a thorough domination the likes of which you don't usually see.

We'll be back with that and more in a few.

CAA: Mason Stays On Top

RICHMOND - We are being reminded almost constantly that no small part of George Mason's run last season was due to the outstanding coaching of Jim Larranaga and his staff. The Patriots are playing inspired, team ball at both ends of the floor and today, sophmore Dre Smith is leading Mason with 12 points through the game's first 16 minutes.

. . . With 3:56 left in the half, Mason maintains a comfortable 12 point cushion, 29-17 and ODU seems to have no answers for the spunky Pats.

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CAA: Mason Nation Believes!

RICHMOND - Sorry about the delay - we got caught up with some postgame duties including a nice one-on-one with VCU's hero of the day, Jesse Pellot-Rosa, which we'll plan on writing up later tonight for tomorrow.

Meanwhile, with 11:22 left in the first half, the birght yellow clad No. 6 seed George Mason Patriots are taking it to the No. 2 seed, ODU Monarchs, leading 21-8.

Mason magic is continuing its resurrection form last night and the day before and the Patriots have designs on royally screwing up the plans of those who think VCU, ODU and Drexel are the league's thre potential bids. Should Mason somehow win this tournament (not a stretch by any means), that could mean only VCU and Mason will go to the NCAA Tournament. However, should VCU win, that opens the door for either Drexel or ODU or both.

CAA: "We Hunt Dragons"

RICHMOND - A late-game succession of fouls and foul-line trips ensued as Drexel attempted to lengthen the game. BUt VCU converted its free throws and the end-of-game management by Anthony Grant was outstanding as the Rams advance to the title game with a well-earned 64-56 win over Drexel.

. . . VCU fans started chanting "NIT, NIT" with 39.6 seconds left, but we still believe Drexel is deserving of an at-large bid to the NCAAs, especially if Mason can pull the upset in the night cap and VCU wins the championship. If Mason or ODU wins the title then all bets are off and Drexel could be shut out.

. . .We'll work the post-game interviews and get back with you for the tip of Mason and ODU. More iced tea is on the way as well.

. . . Pav's late game sign was, "We Hunt Dragons," which he got the VCU student section chanting heartily. VCU cheerleaders breifly held up a rebuttal sign to the Drexel student section that read: "Your signs suck." That's not very sportsmanlike, but apparently the NASCAR sign cut deep.

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CAA: VCU Hanging On

RICHMOND - Drexel's comeback looks like it will fall short as VCU is up 56-49 with 1:21 left in the game and the ball. There are 23 seconds on the shot clock.

CAA: Down to the Wire

RICHMOND - We're in for a doozy down the stretch here as Drexel has mounted a substantial comeback, but VCU has regained some compusure and is now more effectively executing on offense.

At the under-4:00 media timeout, VCU holds a 52-44 edge and appears to have wetahered the storm. Drexel just can't get it under six and the clock is their enemy. But they do have some 3-point shooters and are able to play stifling defense when they concentrate on it.

. . . The Drexel dance and cheer squads continue to get booed at each trip to the floor. It's not their fault they're not as talented as the VCU ladies (and men).

CAA: Drexel Mounts a Comeback

RICHMOND - The Dragons will not go quietly and are starting to dump the ball the down low for interior scoring chances. VCU has hit a cold strecth on the offensive end, allowing Drexel to cut the lead back to eight, 48-40 with 10:11 left.

The fear is that Drexel has expended a lot of energy to get the game this close and VCu has been able to get some rest for key players, including Pellot-Rosa who has now checked back in a game high 16 points. elegar has 15 for Drexel.

. . .A steal and another MONSTER alley-oop to Frank Elegar cut the VCU lead down to 48-34 after it had ballooned to 18. Elegar, a junior, is showing why he could be a career-NBA player, especially with another season under Flint and his staff.

. . .Wil Fameni had a tremednous rejection on a fast break lay-up by Mejia in the 14 minute area on a play that would have cut the lead to 12. The ball stayed in bounds to boot. It was immiediately called the Clayton Block of the Game by the CN8, which is broadcasting the game.

CAA: VCU Taking over

RICHMOND - VCU is absolutley jacked and punped to borrow a Pete Carroll phrase and they have now built up a 45-30 lead with some suffocating defense and key shooting by Pellot-Rosa who naiuled a 3-pointer to bring the lead to 15.

. . . A Drexel student section sign was unfurled reading "Shouldn't you be watching NASCAR?" Not as forceful when you're down 13 and on the verge of being blown out, but a nice thought anyway. We missed Pav's response, but we are noticing he's using an eraser today instead of the belly wipe method he employed yesterday.

CAA: Dragons Try to Fight Back

RICHMOND - VCU has come out with a fire in their bellies and are making every extra pass necessary. With 17:58 left in the game, VCU now leads 40-27.

Drexel's Dominick Mejia came out of the locker room and his a 3-pointer to get off the schneid, that could be big for the Dragons as they mount their comeback. Mejia then rimmed out hsi second 3-point attempt of the half. He is now 1 for 10 on the afternoon.

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CAA: Halftime Stats and Observations

RICHMOND - What started out as a nip and tuck affair unraveled a bit for Drexel in the second half of the first stanza as the Dragons were hit with a barrage of VCU 3-pointers (5 of 8) and the overall hot shooting of the Rams (52 percent).

VCU holds a slight rebounding edge, 15-12 but has had two more turnovers than the Dragons (14-12).

Drexel has been led by Frank Elegar's 8 points while VCU has received 10 points from Pellot-Rosa, nine from B.A. Walker and seven points and six rebounds from Michael Anderson.

. . . Drexel will need to work the ball inside more and 0-for-8 Dominick Mejia is going to either need to find his groove or cease shooting - he accounted for 8 of Drexel's 14 misses from the field.

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CAA: VCU Extends

RICHMOND - Jesse Pellot-Rosa is showing no signs of the injury that only allowed him eight minutes of play on Saturday as he leadsall scorers with 10 points and has been on fire late in the first half. The Rams enter the break with a 34-24 lead, the largest of the game for either side.

Drexel simply lost its focus in the latter part of the half and VCU capitalized with some efficient offensive production.

. . . VCU built an eight point lead with 2:08 left in the half on a 3-pointer by Pellot-Rosa, forcing Bruiser Flint to call a timeout. His team has become sloppy on offense (two straight turnovers) and a bit complacent on defense. Elegar came out of the timeout with another MONSTER dunk to trim the lead back to six. But VCU extended again.

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CAA: A Barn Burner

RICHMOND - Both teams continue to be patient on offense and diligent on defense as the game continues to ebb and flow with constant ties and lead changes. VCU is relying heavily on the 3-ball, while Drexel is content to try and go inside.

With 3:25 left in the half, VCU leads, 27-22.

B.A. Walker continues to stroke it form beyond the arc and now has nine points, all on 3s. Up and down Dominick Mejia has not been able to find his range from three-land for the Dragons.

. . . The Drexel dance team, in its frist performance had some t-shirts thrown at them which were thrown into the crowd earlier by the VCU dance squad. That's not very classy, VCU.

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CAA: Back and Forth We Go

RICHMOND - Frank Elegar has six early points for the Dragons and at least two of the buckets have come on MONSTER jams. At the under 8:00 media timeout, VCU 18-17 in an absolutely wild contest of back-and-forth.

The VCU full-court press is almost entirely negated by the steady ballhandling of the Drexel backcourt and the result is Drexel being able to establish some good half-court offense.

. . . The fans (especially the lunatic behind our perch) are ALL over referee Duke Edsall.

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CAA: Tight One to Start

RICHMOND - B.A. Walker has started out with VCU's first six points, all on 3-pointers. He entered the game with 84 on the season, the second-highest single-season total in school history.

The game is tied 6-6 with 15:21 left in the half.

Some sloppy play early with a ragged pace and several early turnovers on both sides. The emotion is absoultely tremendous as Bruiser Flint is jumping all over the Dragon sidelines. This one really feels like a meaningful March game and we're only four minutes-plus into it.

. . .An early delay for some clock issues allowed the PA system to play the "Boom, boom let me hear you say, Hey Ho" song, to which the energetic crowd gladly responded with a "Hey Ho."

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CAA: Underway at the Coliseum

RICHMOND - TJ Gwynn just came over to he the VCU fan section behind the Hang Time perch and began clapping loudly to get the fans into the contest. Nice effort.

Jesse Pellot-Rosa is in the starting line-up.

. . . Pav has arrived and his buddy next to him has large ram's horn, or as some in our audience may be more familiar with, a "Shofar."

. . . The VCU dance and cheer teams are clearly the class of the CAA. We deem it so. The black spandex gets us every time

. . . No Dr. Pepper for us, we've discovered a secret stash of iced tea, provided by the media catering lady, Michelle. She also turned us onto the "pretezel rolls" that we used to make our pre-game turkey sangwich. What a delicious roll that was. No salt, but all the wonderful taste of a soft pretzel.

CAA: Ten 'til Tip

RICHMOND - This will clearly be a VCU crowd as their campus is just minutes away, so it will be key for Drexel to keep the Ram faithful out of the game.

Whichever team wins today should be assured of an NCAA bid, but the conventional wisdom has the game being of more import to Drexel, who depsite 13 road wins and some key non-conference wins, is still considered a "maybe" for an at-large bid. That's crazy in our minds, but we do tend to bleed a bit of blue and gold every now and then. (The Drexel coaching staff has various members that we have known for the better part of our adult lives.)

. . .We're going to go with the Dragons in this one - probably by about five points and the difference in the end will be Frank Elegar's presence. Elegar played a tremendous first half on Saturday against Northeastern and if he repeates that performance, the Dragons dance on to Monday night.

. . . How about our guy Jerry Palm already getting knee deep in the MVC title tilt. Some nice color from Palm as he described the welcome that the CBS broadcast time received in the arena.

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CAA: Thirty Minutes 'til Tip

RICHMOND - We're courtside in the Coliseum with Drexel on the floor going through warm-ups. Fans are filtering in and the Drexel pep band is already a few tunes into its pre-game. The VCU pep band is still getting set up and tuning their instruments.

The scene outside the arena was starting to heat up as we ventured in with fans lined up at various gates and the ticket scalpers doing their thang.

. . . VCU is 6-5 all-time against Drexel and has won the last three straight. Be prepared for a close one as six of the last nine meetings have been decided by three points or less.

. . . The Rams have taken the floor but it's still too early to say whether senior Jesse Pellot-Rosa, who was injured in Saturday's game and played just eight minutes, will be starting today.

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CAA: Thirty Minutes 'til Tip

RICHMOND - We're courtside in the Coliseum with Drexel on the floor going through warm-ups. Fans are filtering in and the Drexel pep band is already a few tunes into its pre-game. The VCU pep band is still getting set up and tuning their instruments.

The scene outside the arena was starting to heat up as we ventured in with fans lined up at various gates and the ticket scalpers doing their thang.

. . . VCU is 6-5 all-time against Drexel and has won the last three straight. Be prepared for a close one as six of the last nine meetings have been decided by three points or less.

. . . The Rams have taken the floor but it's still too early to say whether senior Jesse Pellot-Rosa, who was injured in Saturday's game and played just eight minutes, will be starting today.

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CAA: Quarters Wrap, Semis Preview

RICHMOND - Good afternoon from the CAA Tournament and welcome to semifinals Sunday where the 3 p.m. game will feature No. 1 seed VCU and No. 4 seed Drexel. The 5:30 p.m. game will pit No. 2 seed ODU against No. 6 seed George Mason. Winners meet Monday night at 7 p.m. for the 2007 title.

A couple of leftovers from Saturday night before we head over to the arena in an hour or so to begin the on-site live-blog portion of our CAA programming:

. . . Hang Time is staying at the same hotel (the incredibly reasonably priced Marriott Richmond) as George Mason and its loyal supporters. Upon our return from the Coliseum a little after 11 p.m. on Saturday we were treated to a wonderful lobby scene as, entering from a side door at the rear of the foyer was Mason coach Jim Larranaga, who received a rousing ovation from the 100 or so members of Mason Nation. There was clapping, hooting, hugging and hollering. Larranaga was followed closely by his team, who then received a similar ovation.

I know I'm getting a little caught up in the Mason story - so, shoot me! - but it really does have a great feel to it. This team did so much last year for these fans and to have even one more night of that magic was very special.

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March 03, 2007

CAA: Mason Hangs On; Cinderella Lives

RICHMOND - Not exactly a textbook way to close out the game, but Mason has held on for a 64-61 upset of the No. 3 seed Hofstra.

A bizarre finish saw Hofstra's Greg Johnson drive down the court with time winding down and the Patriots up by three. Instead of taking a 3-pointer or looking for a teammate to launch one, Johsnon drove to the basket as time expired. Another case of a player not knowing time and score.

Regardles, Mason's fans are celebrating quite heartily and the dream lives on.

We'll work the post-game interviews but that's it for the night from here. We'll plan on checking back in on Sunday before we start up with the semifinals in the 2 p.m. hour.

For now, we leave you in the capable hands of Lindsay Schnell and the WCC Tournament. Enjoy and drive safely. . .

CAA: We Spoke Too Soon

RICHMOND - Hofstra is not ready to let this one be over as the Pride has cut the lead to 58-55 with 2:07 left in the game and Mason taking the ball out on the far baseline.

. . . Have we mentioned what a man Folarin Campbell is, by the way? No loose ball is safe with him on the floor.

. . . The unslefish Will Thomas missed one of two free throws, but put the game at a two possession contest with 1:52 left.

. . . A blocking foul on Dre Smith resulted in a one-and-one for Hofstra, which they failed to convert. IN a scrabble for the ball Louis Birdsong grabbed the ball for Mason and called timeout.

. . . Hofstra has just five team fouls as of now and Mason has eight with 1:41 letf in the game.

CAA: No. 6 on the Verge of Knocking off No. 3

RICHMOND - Our first legit upset of the CAA Tournament is upon us and of course, it's those lovable, huggable, George Mason Patriots who are providing the mini-upset.

With 3:37 left in the game, Mason holds onto a 58-50 lead and both teams are having trouble scoring the ball - which is much more of a problem for the Pride at this point.

. . . Should things remain the same, Masonwill face ODU, a team it has lost two twice this season - once by a bucket (at ODU) and once by 10 points (Feb. 3 at home). The game is set to tip at 5:30 on Sunday.

. . . Lindsay was just hating on Fergie, which is not that much of a sin. But since Lindsay was bragging about roast beef sandwiches, we're going to have to go to bat for our long-legged friend, Fergie. Sure, she's overkill in the worst way. But jeez - those legs.

Okay, we feel better now.

CAA: Mason Extends Again

RICHMOND - Mason continues to win each four-minute segment of the game and now leads 56-46with 7:58 left in the game.

Hofstra's going to have to make their run now if they want to make this a game.

. . . The Mason band is playing "Living on a Prayer," which had all of Mason Nation singing along with the line "We're halfway there. . ." Actually they're more than halfway there, but why ruin the lyrics and the amusing dancing by the band leader/pimp daddy.

You really can't help but be a part of Mason Nation - you know that last year they experienced something so special and it carries over, even now. What a wonderfully energized student section.

CAA: Mason Holding On

RICHMOND - Hofstra has indeed made its run and Mason is showing some signs of tightening up on the offensive end. But a sweet alley-oop from Folarin Campbell to Gabe Norwood stemmed the tide with 12:40 left to keep the Mason lead at seven.

Now, at the under-12:00 media timeout, Mason is up 47-41 with 11:04 left in the game.

. . . Our boy Pav is still writing away on his Dry-Erase board but we've had to stop giving updates becasue of some his questionable language usage - nothing too raunchy, but we like to keep it PG-13 here at Hang Time. He seems to be getting input from others in his section. It's a real family affair for Pav's Pals.

CAA: Hofstra Inching Closer

RICHMOND - Mason continues to lead 45-34 at the under-16:00 media timeout, but they are a bit out of rythym, having just turned the ball over on a shot clock violation before the timeout.

Hofstra is poised for a run and it feels like it's coming very soon. However, the way Mason likes to slow things down could hinder the Pride's attempts to get it back in large chunks.

This one could very well come down to coaching and two of the CAA's finest are in the trecnhes in Tom Pecora and Jim Larranaga.


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CAA: Halftime Stats and Observations

RICHMOND - Complete and thorough domination by Mason Nation in the firts half is the only way to encapsulate what the stat sheet tells us.

Mason out-rebounded Hofstra 23-11; out-shot them 52 percent to 30 percent; out-scored them in the paint 16-4 and had 10 seocnd chance points to zero for the Pride.

. . . Folarin Campbell led the Patriots with 12 points and Dre Smith added 11. For Hofstra, Carlos Rivera had 15 points (all on 3s) and Antoine Aguido had six (two 3s).

. . . Like in our first game of the night session, we'll have to figure that Hofstra can't possible shoot any worse in the second half (six of their eight field goals were 3s, otherwise this would be a bigger blowout).

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CAA: Mason Madness All Over Again

RICHMOND - Let's give a big Hang Time Welcome to Lindsay Schnell joining us from the WCC once again this evening. Hey Lindsay! Welcome to the two-headed blogging monster. You've got big shoes to fill as Jerry Palm was a blogging maniac throughout his afternoon MVC stint.

I've got about another hour of hoops here in Richmond and then you'll be on your own to carry us home for the night. Rest assured, though, when that first adult beverage goes down at about 8:30 west coast time, I'll be thinking of you - same way Palm's thinking of us right now.

. . . Meanwhile, back on the court, Mason has extended to a 15 point lead at the half, 43-28, and it's starting to look a lot like someone is going to have to wrestle that slipper off the Patriots' foot. Junior Jordan Carter mad elike Michael Jordan to finish the half with a ree-donk-u-luss reverse lay-up at the buzzer.

The Mason student section is in a state of euphoria while the Pride people are about as blue as their t-shirts.

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CAA: Mason Madness All Over Again

RICHMOND - Let's give a big Hang Time Welcome to Lindsay Schnell joining us from the WCC once again this evening. Hey Lindsay! Welcome to the two-headed blogging monster. You've got big shoes to fill as Jerry Palm was a blogging maniac throughout his afternoon MVC stint.

I've got about another hour of hoops here in Richmond and then you'll be on your own to carry us home for the night. Rest assured, though, when that first adult beverage goes down at about 8:30 west coast time, I'll be thinking of you - same way Palm's thinking of us right now.

. . . Meanwhile, back on the court, Mason has extended to a 15 point lead at the half, 43-28, and it's starting to look a lot like someone is going to have to wrestle that slipper off the Patriots' foot. Junior Jordan Carter mad elike Michael Jordan to finish the half with a ree-donk-u-luss reverse lay-up at the buzzer.

The Mason student section is in a state of euphoria while the Pride people are about as blue as their t-shirts.

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CAA: Nip and Tuck at the Coliseum

RICHMOND - Mason has gone on another mini-run via the 3-ball with both Dre Smith and Folarin Campbell hitting treys to help build the Patriots lead to 30-24, before two free throws cut it to 30-26.

That's where we stand with 3:52 left in the half.

CAA: Rivera Raining a River of Threes

RICHMOND - Hofstra's Carlos Rivera (15 points) and Antonine Agudio (six) have all of the Pride's points and all have come on 3-pointers as the Patriots lead 22-21 with 7:02 left in the half.

It has been a truly remarkable shooting display and we gotta figure Jim Larranaga is telling his charges in this timeout, "GUARD THOSE GUYS."

CAA: Pride Getting Picked On

RICHMOND - Someone may have forgotten to tell Cinderella her reign was up. George Mason is playing very much like the team that got an at-large bid last season and has gotten out to a 17-11 lead with 10:40 left in the half.

Hofstra is being led by the deep shooting of Carlos Rivera who has nine early points, all on 3-pointers.

. . . We've switched back to water despite the great game that the Dr. Pepper produced for us. Can't be messing with that sugary stuff too much. We'll get whacky.

. . . Not sure who he is, and I'm pretty sure he's not a student, but George Mason has a pimp daddy in green that is on the court leading cheers and wielding a black cane with a green jewel as the handle. It's possible he's the bandleader, but it's also possible he is a leftover from the "Starsky and Hutch" remake with Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson.

CAA: Mason and Hofstra Underway

RICHMOND - We're underway with the night cap between the all-time Cinderella, George Mason (16-14, 9-9) and a plausible candidate to wear the slipper this season, Hofstra (22-8, 14-4).

Some hot shooting early on both sides as three of the game's first four hoops have been 3-pointers.

At the first media timeout, Mason leads 8-5.

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CAA: ODU Hangs On

RICHMOND - A thoroughly entertaining take for the opener to the twin bill night session - and this isn't even supposed to be the highlight of the night (Hofstra and George Mason figured to take that title).

With 50.2 seconds remaining, Gary Neal buried a three pointer from in front of the Towson bench to trim the lead to 58-55. ODU brought the ball up after a timeout and worked the clock down but failed to get a shot off. Towson then brought the ball up and Pat Kennedy called out a play - 'fist' - with no timeouts remaining. Freshman Rodney Spruill launched what would have been a game-tying 3-pointer. The ball fell off the front of the rim and ODU survives to advance to the semifinals on Sunday at 5:30 p.m.

Quite a game.

. . . We'll work the post game interviews and be back with you for tip of the night cap.

. . . How bout that Dr. Pepper! Really creates some good games when I drink it down. Thanks, Doc.

CAA: Tigers Taking It Down to the Wire

RICHMOND - Give Towson a ton of credit no matter how this one finishes - most teams would have crumpled after ODU made its big second half run. The Tigers, however, and especially senior Gary Neal will not quietly. At the under-4:00 media timeout, ODU is clinging to a 52-50 lead and Towson is once again ratcheting up the defense.

Neal dropped 30 on the Monarchs earlier this season in a Towson loss and ODU might be having flashbacks to that performance.

. . .The atmosphere has gotten quite a bit better here as well, especially the large throng of ODU fans.

CAA: Henderson Heats Up

RICHMOND - So much for the cold stretch that we said Brian Henderson was hitting. He came out of the 45-44 timeout and buried two 3-pointers on consecutive possessions to give the Monarchs a 50-45 lead with 6:48 left in the game. Henderson, a junior from Richmond, now has 22 points and is one shy of his career high set last season against Marist.

Henderson is lone Richmond native on either roster tonight.

CAA: Tigers Hang Tough

RICHMOND - Just when it looked like ODU was about to run away with this one, the Tigers have clawed back into and are keeping it a two possession game. Gary Neal and Rodney Spruill are keeping Towson alive with a combination of outside shooting and dribble drive penetration.

ODU's Brian Henderson, who led all scorers with 11 points at the half, has five in the second stanza, but has hit a cold stretch here as Towson now leads 45-44 with 8:09 left in the game.

CAA: ODU Ties It Up

RICHMOND - The Monarchs are back in this one, having tied it up 33-33 with 16:20 left in the game. As one courtside observer cautioned to start the half, "This one will be over in about seven minutes. . . I've seen Towson a few times this year."

Indeed, this has the makings of a complete turnaround as Towson is now going cold from the field and ODU is beginning to work the ball into the post with a bit more efficiency, which will open up the outside shots for its shooters.

. . . Meanwhile, Jerry Palm is moments away from his frosty cold ones after the MVC semis and I can't see the (Bud) light at the end of the tunnel for another four hours or so. Damn you, Palm Reader!

CAA: Halftime Stats and Observations

RICHMOND - We knew ODU's shooting was bad, we didn't know it was 25 percent bad. The Monarchs hit on just 7 of 28 shots and only 4 of 15 from 3-point land to help account for the five-point halfctime deficit.

Towson connected on 50 percent of its shots - 12 of 24 and 1 of 1 form beyond the arc. The Tigers owned the paint, outscoring ODU 16-6 in the lane.

Both teams had 17 rebounds each and Towson had eight turnovers to ODU's five.

Towson's biggest lead of the half was 13 (with 3:14 left in the half) and ODU's came early on with its 8-0 jump-out (17:52).

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CAA: ODU Gets Back In It

RICHMOND - A frenetic end to the first half saw ODU storm back and cut the Tiger lead to 30-25 at the break. The ODU crowd got back into things a bit as Towson seemed to run out of gas down the stretch. Halftime came just in time for Towson and ODU would probably like to play right through and omit the halftime cooling off period.

We'll go and try to find some more carrott cake and maybe another shot of Dr. Pepper and we'll be back with halftime observations and stats.

CAA: Towson Takes Over

RICHMOND - Some awful shooting by ODU coupled with some spirited defense by Towson has turned this game completely around as the Tigers now lead 30-17 after trailing 8-0 to start the game. There is 3:08 left in the half.

The Tigers are showing patience on offense and making every extra pass, even as time expires on the shot clock. ODU has simply not been able to put the ball in the hoop and appear rattled by the swarming Tigers.

. . . The ODU crowd has been silenced and the folks wearing VCU gold in the crowd are starting to become huge Tiger fans.

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CAA: Towson Storms Back

RICHMOND - Towson has stormed back to take the lead on ODU, 15-11 with 11:42 left in the half. Three Tigers have four points a piece (CC Williams, Dennard Abraham and Rodney Spruill).

. . . The Pav picture is after the jump.

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CAA: Underway in the Night Session

RICHMOND - ODU has come out quick, building an early 8-0 lead before the game was three minutes old.

It now stands at 11-4 at the first media timeout of the game, with 15:25 left in the half.

. . . As you'd expect, it's a pro-ODU crowd for the early match-up, however a lot of the fence-sitters (or those with no rooting interest at all) are pulling for the Tigers to spring the upset.

. . . The Towson pep band is indeed classic. The four tuba players did a pre-game jump-around to the song "Jump Around." You haven't lived until you've seen tuba players jump around. Jump around. Jump up. . .


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CAA: Night Session Revving Up

RICHMOND - We're about 10 minutes from tip between No. 2 seed ODU and No. 7 seed ODU and the Coliseum is beginning to get filled in again. Crowds should be strong tonight as three of the four teams (ODU, George Mason and Hofstra) have strong road support. Not so much for Towson, we're guessing, but their cheer team sure is spunky!

. . . The Monarchs have beaten Towson 16 of 17 previous times including a 79-65 win earlier this season.

. . . Sophomore guard Tim Crossin is questionable for the Tigers after suffering a hip pointer in Towson's 67-52 win over UNC Wilmington on Friday night. Crossin has been averaging about 17 minutes a game for Pat Kennedy.

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CAA: Identify Yourselves

(A look at the first semifinal game which will be played on Sunday at 3 p.m. pitting No. 1 seed VCU against No. 4 seed Drexel.)

RICHMOND - The buzz word coming from the Rams after VCU's 73-60 win over Georgia State on Saturday was "identity." As in the words of CAA Coach of the Year, Anthony Grant, "Our approach today was to come out and play to our identity," said the first-year VCU coach. "We wanted to play the way that we have played all year and pick up our intensity in terms of the way we defended."

Mission accomplished on that front, as VCU forced 20 Panther turnovers and converted them into 24 points. "Our press set the tone early," said Grant. "It took them out of a lot things they wanted to do in the second half as well."

For Drexel, Saturday's easy win over Northeastern wasn't always a thing of beauty (they shot 29 percent from the field in the second half), but it, like VCU's win, showed a bit of the Dragon's identity. "We play hard, we defend and we play smart," said Drexel coach Bruiser Flint, whose team also held the Huskies to 34 percent from the field and held a bench scoring advanatge of 15-0.

The two identities - VCU's pressing contrasted with Drexel's deliberate pace - will clash on Sunday in a re-match of Drexel's home loss of Jan. 27. The game will amount to another road contest for the Dragons, as VCU holds a huge homecourt advantage with its campus also in Downtown Richmond.

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CAA: Dragons Advance, Pavarotti Sings

RICHMOND - Displaying tenacious defense, contributions up and down the roster and tremendous upperclass leadership, Drexel cruised to an 64-50 win over Northeastern.

The win puts Drexel at 23-7 and ends Northeastern's campaign with a 13-19 record.

Drexel will now face VCU on Sunday at 3 p.m. with a spot in Monday night's title gamed on the line. VCu won the teams' only meeting this season on Jan. 27 at Drexel, but the Dragons were without Frank Elegar who served a one game suspension for unsportsmanlike conduct.

VCU's press will not likely have the same effect that it did today against Georgia State as Drexel has more experienced, composed guards. Drexel also has some bigger bodies that they will be able to muscle the Rams with.

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CAA: Garbage Time All the Time

RICHMOND - The only question remaining from the Coliseum at this point is whether the 12-year-old with the sign gets a call from any of the Drexel cheerleaders (not the guy, of course). Otherwise, it's strictly clock-milking time for Bruiser Flint, who is going to try and rest some guys for tomorrow's monster re-match with VCU.

The Dragons lead 54-36 and Northeastern took over 11 minutes of the second stanza to reach the 35 points that Drexel had at half. There is now 6:58 left in the game.

. . . The job that Bill Coen did in getting his Huskies to nine wins (plus a tourney victory) in conference is simply remarkable, but this is clearly the end of the road fot he 2006-07 NU squad. Coen has a good foundation in place for next year and he will use this season to build on, for sure.

Today, they have simply run into a better, more experienced, more focused Drexel team.

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CAA: Dragons Dominant in First Half

RICHMOND - Still experiencing some technical issues, but we're working through them. The same can not be said for Northeastern, which trails 35-18 at the break. Dominick Mejia of Drexel stole a late in-bounds pass as time expired in the first stanza and buried a deep three to put what could be the dagger into the Huskies.

Frank Elegar led the Dragons with 15 points in 16 minutes of play and Manny Adako paced the Huskies with nine points. NU shot a dismal 28 percent from the field, inclusind 1 of 8 form 3-point land. Drexel turned eight NU turnovers into 13 points and also had 13 second chance points to just four for NU.

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CAA: Get on the Dragon Wagon

RICHMOND - During their meeting in Boston eralier this year, Drexel was flat in the first half and trailed the Huskies at one point by 17. Completely different story this afternoon as the Dragons are taking it to Northeastern at every opportunity as the senior trio of Bashir Mason, Chaz Crawford and Dominick Mejia are playing with a real sense of urgency for Brusier Flint. Add in Frank Elegar's composed play and it's hard to imagine the Dragons letting this lead slip away. It is 27-16 with 1:36 left in the first half.

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CAA: Get on the Dragon Wagon

RICHMOND - During their meeting in Boston eralier this year, Drexel was flat in the first half and trailed the Huskies at one point by 17. Completely different story this afternoon as the Dragons are taking it to Northeastern at every opportunity as the senior trio of Bashir Mason, Chaz Crawford and Dominick Mejia are playing with a real sense of urgency for Brusier Flint. Add in Frank Elegar's composed play and it's hard to imagine the Dragons letting this lead slip away. It is 27-16 with 1:36 left in the first half.

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CAA: Drexel In Control

RICHMOND - My man, Jerry Palm Reader is having his struggles with two screaming ladies over at the MVC tournament and I feel his pain. No such problems here as the mostly flat crowd seems to be silent observers for this Dragon-Husky affair. In the interest of helping a bruthat out, if the ladies want to exert that energy in Richmond, we'll be opening the CSTV.com bar tab post-games tonight - Palm can give you directions to the Richmond Coliseum. Just take a right out of the MVC Tournament.

. . . Ah, yes. There is still a game going on here and Drexel leads 20-13 with 5:09 left in the half. Northeastern has not been able to find any rythym and Drexel's Frank Elegar is playing like a lottery pick.

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CAA: Drexel Dictates Pace

RICHMOND - Drexel continues to be the asserter and Bruiser Flint's Dragons are stymying the Huskies on the defensive end, with Northeastern being forced into consecutive deep, ill-advised shots as the shot clock ran down.

With 11:11 left in the half, the Dragons lead 12-5.

. . . The always dapper Flint is in the blue sports coat/black pants combo and his tie has flashes of pink in it. Assistant Tony Chiles has also chosen the pink route with a pink shirt/tie combo that is sure to kill later on with the lovely ladies of Richmond.

Your sartorial update is brought to you by Men's Wearhouse.

CAA: Slow Start

RICHMOND - The very first thing you'll notice about Northeastern is how empty their bench is - they travel with 10 players and have at least four empty seats on the far end of the bench. Hang Time is thinking about sneaking over and seeing if Bill Coen will insert us for a some rebounding prowess.

Drexel has started off with an 8-5 lead and six of the Dragons' points have come form Frank Elegar. Bashir Mason has the other two points.

. . . Not a lot of energy in the building and the Dragon dance team (directly in our line of view) seems a bit disinterested at the moment. Mario the Dragon is likewise unmoved.

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CAA: Dragons-Huskies Tip In Two Minutes

RICHMOND - First, a bit of an explanation on some technical issues: we're experiencing a few difficulties in the immediacy of our postings. But fear not, we'll persevere and get you timely updates as often as humanly possible.

The Coliseum has cleared out for the most part and the remaining crowd is most definietly pro-Drexel (Northeastern's fans are still adjusting to being in the CAA). Drexels' student section dwarfs that of Northeastern's, which may have been able to make the trip in a Volkwagen Beetle.

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CAA: Dragons-Huskies Tip In Two Minutes

RICHMOND - First, a bit of an explanation on some technical issues: we're experiencing a few difficulties in the immediacy of our postings. But fear not, we'll persevere and get you timely updates as often as humanly possible.

The Coliseum has cleared out for the most part and the remaining crowd is most definietly pro-Drexel (Northeastern's fans are still adjusting to being in the CAA). Drexels' student section dwarfs that of Northeastern's, which may have been able to make the trip in a Volkwagen Beetle.

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CAA: Dragons-Huskies Tip In Two Minutes

RICHMOND - First, a bit of an explanation on some technical issues: we're experiencing a few difficulties in the immediacy of our postings. But fear not, we'll persevere and get you timely updates as often as humanly possible.

The Coliseum has cleared out for the most part and the remaining crowd is most definietly pro-Drexel (Northeastern's fans are still adjusting to being in the CAA). Drexels' student section dwarfs that of Northeastern's, which may have been able to make the trip in a Volkwagen Beetle.

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CAA: Dragons-Huskies Tip In Two Minutes

RICHMOND - First, a bit of an explanation on some technical issues: we're experiencing a few difficulties in the immediacy of our postings. But fear not, we'll persevere and get you timely updates as often as humanly possible.

The Coliseum has cleared out for the most part and the remaining crowd is most definietly pro-Drexel (Northeastern's fans are still adjusting to being in the CAA). Drexels' student section dwarfs that of Northeastern's, which may have been able to make the trip in a Volkwagen Beetle.

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CAA: VCU Very Impressive

RICHMOND - VCU finished things off and only a couple of late Panther scores kept the game from being a 20-point margin of victory. VCU won 73-60 and it wasn't nearly that close after Georgia State's early run of the second half.

VCU goes to 25-6 and awaits the winner of Drexel-Northeastern. Georgia State finishes at 11-20.

. . . We'll go work the post-game and be back with you for the start of Drexel-Northeastern. Hang tight.

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CAA: VCU Very Impressive

RICHMOND - VCU finished things off and only a couple of late Panther scores kept the game from being a 20-point margin of victory. VCU won 73-60 and it wasn't nearly that close after Georgia State's early run of the second half.

VCU goes to 25-6 and awaits the winner of Drexel-Northeastern. Georgia State finishes at 11-20.

. . . We'll go work the post-game and be back with you for the start of Drexel-Northeastern. Hang tight.

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CAA: VCU Very Impressive

RICHMOND - VCU finished things off and only a couple of late Panther scores kept the game from being a 20-point margin of victory. VCU won 73-60 and it wasn't nearly that close after Georgia State's early run of the second half.

VCU goes to 25-6 and awaits the winner of Drexel-Northeastern. Georgia State finishes at 11-20.

. . . We'll go work the post-game and be back with you for the start of Drexel-Northeastern. Hang tight.

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CAA: VCU Very Impressive

RICHMOND - VCU finished things off and only a couple of late Panther scores kept the game from being a 20-point margin of victory. VCU won 73-60 and it wasn't nearly that close after Georgia State's early run of the second half.

VCU goes to 25-6 and awaits the winner of Drexel-Northeastern. Georgia State finishes at 11-20.

. . . We'll go work the post-game and be back with you for the start of Drexel-Northeastern. Hang tight.

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CAA: VCU Very Impressive

RICHMOND - VCU finished things off and only a couple of late Panther scores kept the game from being a 20-point margin of victory. VCU won 73-60 and it wasn't nearly that close after Georgia State's early run of the second half.

VCU goes to 25-6 and awaits the winner of Drexel-Northeastern. Georgia State finishes at 11-20.

. . . We'll go work the post-game and be back with you for the start of Drexel-Northeastern. Hang tight.

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CAA: VCU Very Impressive

RICHMOND - VCU finished things off and only a couple of late Panther scores kept the game from being a 20-point margin of victory. VCU won 73-60 and it wasn't nearly that close after Georgia State's early run of the second half.

VCU goes to 25-6 and awaits the winner of Drexel-Northeastern. Georgia State finishes at 11-20.

. . . We'll go work the post-game and be back with you for the start of Drexel-Northeastern. Hang tight.

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CAA: VCU Very Impressive

RICHMOND - VCU finished things off and only a couple of late Panther scores kept the game from being a 20-point margin of victory. VCU won 73-60 and it wasn't nearly that close after Georgia State's early run of the second half.

VCU goes to 25-6 and awaits the winner of Drexel-Northeastern. Georgia State finishes at 11-20.

. . . We'll go work the post-game and be back with you for the start of Drexel-Northeastern. Hang tight.

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CAA: VCU Strecthes It Out

RICHMOND - VCU has assumed control of this one with a 58-45 lead at the under 8:00 media timeout.

Balanced scoring and the full-court pressing style of CAA Coach of the Year Anthony Grant (in his first season) is proving too much for the Panthers to handle.

The potential for a re-match with Drexel looms if VCU can hold this lead and Drexel can dismiss Northeastern in the second game which is scheduled to tip at 2:30. Drexel lost in the teams only meeting, but it was the game that Frank Elegar was suspended for (albeit belatedly) and the Dragons are eyeing the rematch with great anticipation. But first they need to take care of the Huskies whom they have beaten twice already this season.

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CAA: Panthers Keep It Close

RICHMOND - Georgia State has trimmed the halftime deficit to five, but VCU continues to keep a comfortable lead and maintains a full-court pressure defense. VCU leads 53-45 with 11:49 left in the game.

With 13:30 left, the Panthers cut the lead to three, 48-45 and the crowd is getting back into it. Part of that crowd involvement is centering on the Panthers' diminutive guard Ron Larris who a couple of hecklers have started to calling "Papa Smurf," "Webster," "Midget" and, in tribute to Gary Coleman, "Whachyoo Talkin' 'bout Willis." Larris is taking it in stride and even smiled at the first Midget taunt.

. . . It appears VCU's Jesse Pellot-Rosa was injured in the first half and has not seen action in the second half. he seemed to be favoring his right ankle when the team came out of the locker room.

. . . The Panthers Leonard Mendez leads all scorers with 19 points.

CAA: Panthers Keep It Close

RICHMOND - Georgia State has trimmed the halftime deficit to five, but VCU continues to keep a comfortable lead and maintains a full-court pressure defense. VCU leads 53-45 with 11:49 left in the game.

With 13:30 left, the Panthers cut the lead to three, 48-45 and the crowd is getting back into it. Part of that crowd involvement is centering on the Panthers' diminutive guard Ron Larris who a couple of hecklers have started to calling "Papa Smurf," "Webster," "Midget" and, in tribute to Gary Coleman, "Whachyoo Talkin' 'bout Willis." Larris is taking it in stride and even smiled at the first Midget taunt.

. . . It appears VCU's Jesse Pellot-Rosa was injured in the first half and has not seen action in the second half. he seemed to be favoring his right ankle when the team came out of the locker room.

. . . The Panthers Leonard Mendez leads all scorers with 19 points.

CAA: Continental Gets Us Here

RICHMOND - We're still dumbfounded as to how Continental airlines forget to get a crew for our 9:50 flight, but we did take off promptly at 11 a.m. and the result is an arrival at halftime of the day's first game, where VCU leads 43-33 at the break.

VCU has played 10 bodies and all but one have scored, led by eight points off the bench from Jamal Shuler and seven apeice from Michael Anderson and Jesse Pellot-Rose. Leonard Mendez led Georgia State with 11 points.

Georgia State led the battle of the boards, 19-16, but VCU shot 4 of 5 from 3-point land and caused 10 turnovers while only giving the rock up four times. VCU turned those 10 tunrs into 14 points and the Ram bench outscored the Panthers 14-5.

VCU's biggest lead of the half was 16.

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CAA: En route To Richmond

NEWARK INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, GATE 114 B BOARDING AREA - With all the criticsm being leveled at JetBlue the last couple of weeks, we're here to to tell you that Continental Airlines deserves some razzing as well.

We say this because the masterminds at Continental have delayed our connecting flight from Newark to Richmond for 100 minutes because they have no crew ready to staff Flight 2369. The "equipment" is here and has been for some time. It's cleaned, gassed up, de-iced (via the sun) and ready for boarding. Yet we are waiting for a crew coming in from Montreal. I'm not in the air travel business, but it would seem to me that matching crews with flights would be a pretty rudimentary order of business.

What does this mean to you, the valued Hang Time Hanger-on? It means we'll most likely miss all of the noon tip between No. 1 seed VCU and No. 9 seed Georgia State, but should be courtside for the tip of No. 4 seed Drexel and No. 5 seed Notheastern. It's only discouraging in that we have a feeling VCU is ripe for the picking and it would be nice to be in the building if the top seed falls.

Fortunately there's plenty more hoops to be played in Richmond and unless Continental decides to pull the crew, cancel the flight or otherwise disrupt my (our) morning, we'll be in da house to bring you all the action.

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January 04, 2007

Putting the "V" in Victory for ODU


BOSTON - Scoring has never been a problem for the blonde lefty who teammates call “Vee.” In fact, on Wednesday night in each school's second CAA game of the year, it was the scoring of Valdas Vasylius (VAL-das VA-Si-li-us) that put the “VEE” in Old Dominion’s 73-67 victory over an undermanned – but scrappy – Northeastern squad.

The problem for the 6-foot-7, 210 pound senior from Lithuania (via Norfolk (Va.) Collegiate High School) has been maintaining his killer instinct.

“He gets in that rhythm a lot and in practice and in some games, but in some games he tends to not go as hard,” said junior guard Brandon Johnson, who averages 7.2 points and 3.6 rebounds off the Monarchs bench. “Vee shoots like 70 percent, if he’s open you’ve got to get it to him.”

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January 03, 2007

Huskies Claw Back Into It

BOSTON - Falling behind 14, Northeastern has managed to keep the game close, with a surge midway through the seocnd half (most of it came with Valdas Vasylius on the bench for ODU).

Now, with 8:18 left int he game, the Huskies have scrapped back to within one possession, trailing 54-51.

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ODU Extends

BOSTON - ODU has extended its lead, 48-36, to start out the second half, as Valdas Vasylius continues to absolutely kill the Huskies at every turn.

With 13:29 left in the game, Northeastern is in grave danger of losing its 11 game home court winning streak.

. . .Vasylius's career-high, if you're wondering, is 29, two seasons ago vs. Towson State. He's currently at 27 points and getting a rest on the ODU bench.

Halftime Observations

BOSTON - ODU controlled most of the first half, shooting 52.2 percent from the field and getting a huge 17 point performance from senior Valdas Vasylius (6-of-6 form the field.

Northeastern was led by 10 from senior guard Bobby Kelly, but Kelly's decision making at times was suspect. Adrian Martinez chipped in nine for NU, including 2-of-2 form 3-point land (both big momentum breakers). The Huskies shot 31 percent form the field in the half and took three more 3-pointers than the Monarchs, connecting on 4 of 12. ODU hit 3-of-9 from beyond the arc.

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ODU Re-takes Control

BOSTON - Northeastern senior Adrian Martinez has been solid for the Huskies in the early going with back-to-back possessions that resulted in three-point plays (one new-fangled, one old-fashioned). ODU is getting contributions up and down the roster.

Northeastern went into a bit fo a scoring drought, as ODU extended its lead to 28-19 with 3:35 left in the half.

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Tied at 13

BOSTON - Northeastern has bounced back nicely to briefly take an 11-10 lead, and the game is now knotted at 13 with under 10:13 to play in the first half.

ODU continues to want to run on the break, but the HUskies are getting back better defensively. On the offensive end, NU is trying to work the ball inside more, while opening up its 3-point attack with Bobby Kelly and Matt Janning.

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Monarchs Run Out Early

BOSTON - The fans now outnumber the NU cheerleaders, but barely. If you’re in the neighborhood, there are plenty of good seats still available - some of them on the bench! We might be nearing triple digits in attendance - but just barely.

The earnest start of the conference slate begins tonight for these two teams and most of the nation. This is when college hoops starts to get interesting and early conference wins translate into tournament seedings.

. . .ODU got off to a quick start, jumping out 4-0 before the game was a minute old. At the first media timeout, the Monarchs lead 10-5 and are running at the Huskies with every opportunity.

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Tip in Ten

BOSTON - We’d like to tell you Matthews Arena is starting to fill up, but with ten minutes until tip, there are still more Northeastern cheerleaders than fans. Not that we have any problem with a proliferation of cheerleaders.

In addition to students being on break, the Boston Celtics are home against LeBron James and the Cavaliers and BC is hosting Yale up the road in Chestnut Hill. Those are just two of the other basketball options in the area tonight.

. . . In other CAA news, with a rare noon-time, mid-week affair, Drexel moved to 2-0 in-league (10-2 overall) with a 61-55 win at Georgia State. It was the Dragons eighth straight win.

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Thirty Minutes 'til Tip

BOSTON - The teams continue to go through shooting and stretching with Northeastern in their home white uniforms with red shooting jerseys and ODU in blue unis with white shooting shirts.

. . . The Huskies have the luxury of starting three seniors in guards Adrian Martinez (10.9 ppg, 1.9 rpg) and Bobby Kelly (8.3/3.5) and forward (and team scoring leader) Bennet Davis (14.4/7.8). Matt Janning (a sweet outside shooter) is a freshman (10.3/3/3) and sophomore Eugene Spates (7.5/3.5) round out the starting quintet.

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Hello from Husky-ville

BOSTON - Happy New Year “Hang Time” hangers and welcome to Matthews Arena on the campus of Northeastern University for tonight’s Colonial Athletic Association match-up between the host Huskies (3-9, 1-0) and the Old Dominion Monarchs (8-4, 1-0).

The teams have met only twice (last season was Northeastern’s first in the rising CAA) and the series is tied, 1-1. Northeastern avenged a regular season loss by eliminating the Monarchs form the CAA tournament in last year’s quarterfinals.

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December 22, 2006

No Introduction Necessary for Larranaga

WORCESTER, Mass. - Old habits die hard for the man who made an entire career for himself over these past 12 months.

George Mason head coach Jim Larranaga is still introducing himself to people.

“Hi, Jim Larranaga,” he says to each of the four media members in front of him, before shaking hands with each one. “Nice to meet you.”

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No Introduction Necessary for Larranaga

WORCESTER, Mass. - Old habits die hard for the man who made an entire career for himself over these past 12 months.

George Mason head coach Jim Larranaga is still introducing himself to people.

“Hi, Jim Larranaga,” he says to each of the four media members in front of him, before shaking hands with each one. “Nice to meet you.”

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December 21, 2006

Starting to Pick Up a Bit

WORCESTER, Mass. - A sloppy affair to start off with Mason holding a 5-4 lead with 11:37 left in the half.

Both teams are playing as if it's an empty building (which is basically is) and as if they'd rather be wrapping holiday gifts (but at this pace, they wouldn't finish until St. Patrick's Day).

Holy Cross has started of 2 of 8 from the field and Mason has come out 2 of 6. Turnovers are also plaguing both teams through the games first 8-plus minutes.

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Library Quiet Start

WORCESTER, Mass. - We're underway at the Don't Count on Us Center and we are still overwhelmed by the lack of energy and emotion in the arena.

The game's first points came at 15:58 form Mason's Will Thomas.

With 15:44 left in the half, Mason leads 2-0.

Ladies and gentlemen, we have an early candidate for most uninspired, least attended game of the season, and your Hang Time hanger is here to chronicle it for you (until our WiFi allowance runs out, of course).

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Empty Seats and a Chill in the Air

WORCESTER, Mass. - We're a few minutes from tip and the dilapitated DCU is basically empty - it's an AT&T game for the most part - friends and family only. The building is firgid and the upper leavels are curtained off. One Holy Cross official was hoping for 3,000 fans in the house - he might have been wishing for that third zero.

George Mason continues to display as one of the loosest teams we've ever seen go through lay-up lines and pre-game shooting. During the shoot-around with 60 minutes until tip, a handful of the Patriots were challenging each other from NBA 3-point land and beyond - and you should have heard the trash-talking. The undisputed king of GM's trash talking was junior guard Jordan Carter.

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Live From the Don't Connect Users (DCU) Center

WORCESTER - Well, we've got some good news and some bad news for you:

Good News:
We are able to connect to a wireless network courtside from the DCU Center, but it's costing us 10 bucks for an hour of usage (of 50 for a full day's usage).

Bad News:
Since we can't imagine the CSTV.com bean counters are going to be very happy paying for something that just about every REAL arena in the country provides for free, we'll just be with you until our WiFi time expires, which should be at about 7:30 EST.

What we will do for you is still file an end-of-game columnette - but we'll have to do that latenight once we return to the land of affordable web access (aka Hang Time World Headquarters).

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