Butler’s Late Freebie Sends Holy Cross Past BU, 68-66

Austin Butler’s final basket of Tuesday’s contest – a free throw – helped Holy Cross win its first game of the 2020-21 season. (PHOTO COURTESY: Holy Cross Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com

Austin Butler‘s final basket – a free throw with four seconds remaining in the second half – helped the Holy Cross men’s basketball team secure its first win of the 2020-21 season with a 68-66 victory over Boston University.

Butler finished his team’s second contest of the season with 18 points on 7 of 10 shooting to go with seven rebounds, two steals, and one block, while Gerrale Gates netted a game-high 19 points on 7 of 16 shooting.

Holy Cross, which fell to Boston University yesterday in Worcester, led the host Terriers by a score of 38-37 at the break. They would outscore BU, 30-29, in the second half.

As a team, the Crusaders converted 27 of 59 shots while the Terriers netted 24 of 65 buckets. BU held an advantage in field goals beyond the arc, sinking 7 of 26 attempts. Holy Cross converted just 6 of 18 trifectas as a team. The Terriers did win the battle of the boards, however, by finishing with 44 caroms, including 16 offensive rebounds.

Jack Hemphill led Boston University with 16 points off. the bench while Javante McCoy finished with 15 points.

The two teams will meet later this month for their second home-and-home series.

Both teams will return to the hardwood this Saturday, January with Holy Cross hosting Army for a 2 p.m. tip-off while Colgate will visit Boston University for a 6 p.m. start. All four teams make-up the Patriot League‘s North Division.

Tate’s Double-Double Highlights BU’s Win Over Holy Cross

By Matt Noonan

Roxbury, Massachusetts’ Daman Tate recorded a double-double of 26 points and 10 rebounds in BU’s opening-day win. (PHOTO COURTESY: Boston University Athletics/Erin Locascio)

Daman Tate produced his first double-double of the season with 26 points and 10 rebounds to go with four steals and one assist as the Boston University men’s basketball team tipped-off its 2020-21 campaign with an 83-76 win over Holy Cross on Monday afternoon in Worcester.

“He was terrific and obviously did a lot of things well,” Boston University men’s basketball coach Joe Jones said of Tate, via Rich Thompson of the Boston Herald.

Monday’s contest marked the beginning of an abridged season for both teams – initially, the Terriers and Crusaders were scheduled to compete two days earlier, but the home-and-home series was delayed “due to Boston University’s testing schedule and cadence resulting from the holiday break.”

The Terriers, who were picked to capture the Patriot League crown for the second-straight season, received 10 points and seven rebounds from Sukhmail Mathon, along with 17 points off the bench from Javante McCoy. Jack Hemphill provided 12 points off the bench to go with five rebounds, one steal, and one block.

Holy Cross led Boston University, 44-39, at the break, but the Terriers stormed back during the final 20 minutes, outscoring the hosts, 44-32.

Austin Butler paced the Crusaders with 24 points and eight rebounds while Gerrale Gates added 19 points and eight boards.

According to the Associated Press (AP), Boston University wore masks, not just on the sidelines, but also on the court.

Both teams will compete tomorrow in Boston with tip-off scheduled for 2 p.m.

March Madness 2021 Will Take Place In A Bubble

By NoontimeSports.com

Let the countdown for March – well, more March Madness, to be exact – truly begin as the NCAA announced earlier today that 67 Division I men’s basketball teams will compete for a national championship in a bubble environment in Indiana.

“The 2021 version of March Madness will be one to remember,” said Dan Gavitt, who is the NCAA’s senior vice president of basketball, via NPR.org.

March Madness 2021 for men’s basketball will take place in an Indiana bubble. (PHOTO COURTESY: NCAA.com)

Indeed this year’s big dace will be one to remember – in fact, it will certainly be something we can all look forward to after last year’s March Madness was canceled due to the coronavirus (Covid-19).

The 2021 March Madness schedule is still being sorted out – at the moment, the bracket is scheduled to be released on Sunday, March 14 while the ‘Final Four’ and championship will take place on Saturday, April 3 and Monday, April 5, respectively. Additionally, the NCAA has not made an announcement about fans attending games, so it is a possibility as of this evening.

As for the women’s tournament, the semifinals and finals are scheduled to occur in San Antonio, Texas, but according to NCAA.com, the organization “begun preliminary talks” with both the city and “surrounding region” to identify other parts of the state that all 64 teams could play in to reduce concerns of contracting the virus.

Ivy League Cancels Winter Sports

The Ivy League has canceled its 2020-21 winter sports season. (PHOTO COURTESY: IvyLeague.com)

By NoontimeSports.com

There will be no Ivy League athletic events taking place this winter.

The Ancient Eight called off winter sports this evening due to an uptick in cases of COVID-19, both locally and around the country, while announcing fall sports, including football, would not occur during the spring semester. As for spring sports, they have been paused until “at least the end of February 2021,” per this evening’s release, which can be found on the Ivy League’s website.

Similar to the Ivy League’s announcement about fall sports in July, health and safety for both the student-athletes and coaches, along with each campus and community was a major reason why the Council of Presidents unanimously decided to cancel winter sports. However, the league did confirm that student-athletes that will not be competing this winter, as well as those that did not play games this fall, will not lose a season of Ivy League or NCAA eligibility, whether they are currently or not enrolled.

Despite competition for the winter season being canceled, the Ivy League will permit each institution to offer training opportunities and practices for its student-athletes that are enrolled on campus, but each program must adhere to the guidance issued by their respective institution as well as state and local regulations.

Daily Noontime (Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020)

By NoontimeSports.com

Welcome to Thursday, everyone!

It is rather gloomy outside our home office, but that won’t stop us from thinking positive thoughts – we are an upbeat, positive media outlet. You know that right?

Alright, let’s get to some news, beginning with yesterday afternoon’s exciting announcement from the Hockey East.

The Hockey East Association plans to drop the puck for the 2020-21 season next Friday, November 20. Games for the opening weekend, as well as the first few weeks will be aired on NESN while other contests will be seen “through its partnership with ViacomCBSDigital.”

“We’re excited to make this announcement today, and very appreciative of all the hard work by so many in making it happen,” said Steve Metcalf, who is the league’s commissioner, in a statement.

Metcalf would continue by adding, “We’ve worked closely with all our member institutions in establishing protocols in an effort to play as safely as possible, while also giving our teams a complete and meaningful season.”

According to Wednesday’s release from the Hockey East, the league’s 11 men’s teams will compete in 20 contests this winter while its 10 women’s programs will skate in 18 games.

Prior to yesterday’s announcement from the Hockey East, Atlantic Hockey shared similar news last month about its ‘return to play‘ with games beginning later this month.

Staying in the college sports world, the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) also made an announcement yesterday about winter sports – the CCC remains “hopeful that our winter teams will have the opportunity to compete in the 2020-21 academic year.

Other New England NCAA D-III conferences have canceled winter sports competition, mainly conference play and championships, but did leave the door open for its various schools to pursue non-conference contests, pending it safe to do so.

According to D3Hoops.com, only a small number of conferences and schools have elected to cancel or “call off” competition for its winter sports teams. And there are a few schools on this list from both Massachusetts and other parts of New England.

While we do like to keep things positive, we do need to share a heartbreaking (and very sad) report: Penn State‘s Journey Brown is retiring from football due to heart condition, which the 21-year-old halfback discovered during “a routine COVID-19 test in early September.”

The news of Brown’s retirement was announced last night by his coach James Franklin, who did tell reporters that the condition is not related to COVID-19.

Brown shared an emotional tweet last night to his followers – he admitted he did not “expect to make it this far, but it’s about the Journey.”

We wish Brown all the best in the coming days and weeks – maybe we could see him on the sidelines as a coach with Franklin?

Alright, that will do it for now, but make sure to stop by later for another blog or two, and remember to keep smiling, everyone!