Richmond, Va. — There are many, many good big men in the Colonial Athletic Association.
Tonight, two of the conference’s best will go at it when Georgia State’s Eric Buckner squares off against George Mason’s Ryan Pearson at 8:30 p.m. in the quarterfinals of the CAA tournament. The winner will advance to the semifinals and keeps alive hopes of winning the tournament and earning the automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.
Buckner, who finished second in the league’s defensive player of the year voting, against Pearson, the league’s player of the year.
The last time the two faced each other the Patriots won 61-58.
In the battle within the war, Buckner had 11 points, six rebounds and one block. His season averages: 11.1 points, 7.2 rebounds and 3.48 blocks.
Pearson had 10 points, all on free throws, and six rebounds. His season averages: 17.8 points, 8.5 rebounds and 1.7 assists.
If Buckner’s performance in Friday’s 85-50 victory over Hofstra is any indication, expect a fun, fun