Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Pine Bluff Cashes Over Winthrop, Will Face Duke Next

College Hoops Player of the Day for Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Tiny Arkansas-Pine Bluff, a team which lost its first 11 games of the season, took a big step, knocking off Winthrop, 61-44, in the NCAA Tournament Play-in game Tuesday night in Dayton, OH.

Propelled by senior guard Allen Smith's four 3-pointers, the Golden Eagles took control of the game early in the second half and cruised past the flat Eagles, who hit just 2 of 21 3-point attempts.

Smith took just 5 shots - all 3-pointers - while playing the entire 40 minutes, but nailed four of them and added 2 of 3 from the foul line for his game-high 14 points. He also helped out on the boards with 6 rebounds and dished two assists.

Tyree Glass was a force inside for much of the game, scoring 10 points, but left after banging his right knee on a drive to the hoop midway through the second half and did not return. Fortunately, the Golden Lions didn't need his help down the stretch. It was unclear whether he could go against Duke, the #1 seed in the South region, on Thursday night in Jacksonville.

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