Today is Saturday, February 17, 2018.
College Basketball Scores
|Saturday, February 17, 2018|
|Men's College Basketball|
|Army West Point||vs.||Lehigh||7:00 (EST)|
|Central Connecticut State||vs.||Robert Morris||7:00 (EST)|
|Middle Tennessee||vs.||Louisiana Tech||7:00 (EST)|
|Alcorn State||vs.||Alabama A&M||7:00 (EST)|
|James Madison||vs.||Towson||7:00 (EST)|
|NJIT||vs.||North Florida||7:00 (EST)|
|UTEP||vs.||Old Dominion||7:00 (EST)|
|Eastern Illinois||vs.||UT Martin||7:00 (EST)|
|Saint Peter's||vs.||Marist||7:00 (EST)|
|Colorado State||vs.||Fresno State||7:00 (EST)|
|Johnson C. Smith||vs.||Livingstone||7:30 (EST)|
|Texas Tech||vs.||Baylor||7:30 (EST) Preview|
No. 7 Texas Tech takes on hot Baylor
Friday, February 16 at 7:47 PM (EST)
WACO, Texas -- It's the time of year when every college basketball game sparks conversation about NCAA Tournament credentials - whether a team is a lock, looks good or is surfing on the bubble.
When No. 7 Texas Tech travels to Baylor for a Saturday evening clash, it looks like the Red Raiders are a lock and the Bears will be trying to improve their position on the bubble.
But wait a minute. Texas Tech coach Chris Beard doesn't want to concede that his team is a lock. During media availability on Thursday, a reporter suggested to Red Raider forward Justin Gray that his team is almost a lock for the NCAA Tournament.
"It's not a lock," Beard interjected.
Gray smiled and agreed with his coach saying, "It's never a lock."
Maybe that's because Texas Tech (22-4, 10-3 Big 12) was shut out of postseason play a year ago despite winning 18 games. Whatever the reason, the Red Raiders have been extremely focused and poised during their current seven-game winning streak.
"As coaches, we're never satisfied," Beard said. "I think that we can play a lot better. I understand that we're winning some games right now and we've got some individual players playing well. But what I sit around thinking about is, 'Can we get everybody going?'"
Guard Keenan Evans leads the Red Raiders in scoring at 18.7 points per game, and he scored 26 points in Tuesday's 88-78 victory over Oklahoma.
Meanwhile, even a Baylor team that has won four straight can look at Texas Tech and envy its position.
"We'll switch records with them and I'll tell you we're a lock," Baylor coach Scott Drew said, joking with media members at his own availability on Friday. "You win nine (in Big 12 play), you're sleeping fine. In fact they don't have to win again. They can just rest, make sure they don't get anyone injured. In all sincerity, our league has enough respect, pretty much everyone knows nationwide, you win nine or 10 games, you're not having discussions."
Baylor (16-10, 6-7) struggled through the first half of conference play, but the Bears have won four straight games and played their way back into the NCAA Tournament conversation. Baylor defeated then-No. 10 Kansas last Saturday in Waco and have a chance to make a strong impression if they can post a victory at home over a top-10 opponent for the second straight Saturday.
Texas Tech defeated Baylor by 24 points on December 29 in both teams' Big 12 opener. However, the Bears played without 7-foot forward Jo Lual-Acuil in that game, while fellow forward Terry Maston was in his first game back from an injury to his shooting hand.
Beard knows his team will have a much more difficult task defeating Baylor on the Bears' home floor with Lual-Acuil in the game.
"It's a big difference," Beard said. "(Lual-Acuil) anchors their defense. He's a double-double guy in the Big 12. Those numbers alone make you an NBA prospect. He's a great shot-blocker, one of the top three or four in the league. Offensively he can score facing the basket, back to the basket or get an offensive rebound put back."
Lual-Acuil is averaging 14.5 points, 9.2 rebounds and 1.8 blocks this season, and he had 19 points in the win over Kansas.
NCAA Tournament projections aside, the matchup between Texas Tech and Baylor is one in which both teams know their identity and have been successful lately.
"Should be a great game and after that someone is going to have to work on their confidence again and get their swag back, and the other team's feeling pretty good," Drew said.
|Sam Houston State||vs.||Houston Baptist||8:00 (EST)|
|Oklahoma State||vs.||TCU||8:00 (EST)|
|Morehead State||vs.||Belmont||8:00 (EST)|
|Jacksonville State||vs.||Austin Peay||8:00 (EST)|
|Tennessee Tech||vs.||Murray State||8:00 (EST)|
|Western Kentucky||vs.||Rice||8:00 (EST)|
|UT Arlington||vs.||Louisiana||8:00 (EST)|
|Prairie View A&M||vs.||UAPB||8:00 (EST)|
|Little Rock||vs.||Arkansas State||8:00 (EST)|
|Pepperdine||vs.||Gonzaga||8:00 (EST) Preview|
No. 9 Gonzaga hosts last-place Pepperdine
Friday, February 16 at 9:14 PM (EST)
In its run to the national title game last season, Gonzaga found a strength not normally associated with Zags basketball: defense.
The Bulldogs, long known for their offensive prowess, were No. 1 in defensive efficiency, according to various advanced mathematical ratings systems.
This season's Zags are starting to look like last season's.
In a Thursday night rout of lowly Loyola Marymount, all five Gonzaga starters scored before the Lions got their first points.
On Saturday in Spokane, Wash., the No. 9 Bulldogs host last-place Pepperdine, a team they beat 89-59 last month in Malibu, Calif.
While the Waves shot 44.8 percent from the floor in the first meeting, the Bulldogs had nine steals and forced 17 turnovers.
The last five Gonzaga opponents have averaged only 58.2 points and 37.5 percent shooting from the floor.
By the time Loyola got its first basket on Thursday, 5:11 into the game, the Bulldogs were up 17-0.
The Lions committed five turnovers on their first eight possessions, and Killian Tillie and Johnathan Williams blocked their first two shots.
Ten minutes later, it was 31-7.
"We jumped them pretty good (early), and got it going with defense. Our defense was handsy and made plays," Bulldogs coach Mark Few said. "I thought we hit a little bit of a lull there, but again our defense in the second half was pretty solid."
Gonzaga (24-4, 14-1 WCC) got more good news on Thursday when Saint Mary's was upset by San Francisco.
The Bulldogs entered last Saturday's game at Saint Mary's (a 78-65 Zags win) trailing the Gaels by a game in the standings. Five days later, Gonzaga is alone in first place.
There was no Gonzaga letdown against ninth-place Loyola, and the Waves aren't likely to see one, either.
"It's really important," Bulldogs guard Silas Melson said. "Teams are falling off left and right across the country. We have to keep our foot on the pedal, first to get into the (NCAA) Tournament and second to get a good seed."
Pepperdine (4-23, 1-14) got a little added incentive this week when it was announced that head coach Marty Wilson would not return next season.
The Waves, who've won just once - by one point over Loyola Marymount on Jan. 25 - since Dec. 5, responded by pushing third-place BYU to overtime before falling 75-70.
"With the news about their coach, if the same thing happened to our coach, we would play with tons of emotion too," BYU's Elijah Bryant said, according to The Salt Lake Tribune. "Credit to them, they played really well tonight and had a chance to win down the stretch."
Wilson, who will finish out the season, is 86-125 in seven years at his alma mater.
"I have been in college coaching for 28 years and realize that the ultimate goal is to win basketball games," Wilson said, according to KSL.com. "The fact that we did not consistently achieve that goal lies on my shoulders. However, I praise our staff for the integrity that they showed in such a challenging profession where the pressure to bend the rules are great in order to win basketball games."
Two of the Waves' last seven losses have come in overtime and only once during that stretch -- a 73-59 loss to Santa Clara on Jan. 27 -- were they beaten by double digits.
"I do know that they have played really hard and I've watched the last five or six games, and Marty had his team ready," BYU coach Dave Rose said told The Salt Lake Tribune. "They were just having a hard time winning, but they were executing and playing hard and competing right to the very end.
"I feel for him, because it is a challenge."
|North Carolina||vs.||Louisville||8:15 (EST) Preview|
Louisville seeks signature win vs. No. 14 UNC
Friday, February 16 at 9:07 PM (EST)
LOUISVILLE -- Louisville hosts No. 14 North Carolina on Saturday night in what is likely the Cardinals' biggest home game of the season.
The Tar Heels team that Louisville (18-8, 8-5 ACC) will face Saturday (8 p.m. ET, ESPN) is a far cry from the one that ended January with a 5-5 ACC league record. Since then, North Carolina has a 31-point win over Pittsburgh, a 17-point win over Notre Dame, a victory at North Carolina State and a win over rival Duke.
The biggest difference for Roy Williams? Defense.
"I'm still trying to convince my team we've got to be able to guard people a little bit better," Williams said Friday. "They are sort of making me think that they think they can outscore people. I know that's not true when you want to win the bigger games."
The Tar Heels (20-7, 9-5) gave up 42 3-pointers during a three-game losing streak back in January. Since then, they've been much better at forcing teams away from the 3-point line.
"I think the biggest thing is us not giving up so many threes," North Carolina senior guard Joel Berry said. "It's hard to play with teams when they're knocking down 10 to 15 3-pointers per game. I think we've done a great job of just making sure we get out to the 3-point line and guarding it. I honestly think that's the reason."
Louisville isn't a great 3-point threat. The Cardinals are 11th in the league in 3-point field goal percentage (35.4) and 3s made per game (7.6). But the Cardinals will regain the service of wing Deng Adel, the team's leading scorer, who has missed the last two games with an ankle injury.
"As long as he doesn't have any setbacks we should be good to go," Louisville interim coach David Padgett said.
Padgett said Adel started with individual workouts and has since transitioned to more practice in the last couple days.
With Adel, the Cardinals are one of the top teams in the league in terms of scoring and one of the few teams in the country who can stick with North Carolina in terms of rebounding. Padgett said that even though the Tar Heels have been using a smaller lineup than in previous years, they still rebound extremely well.
"They just rebound so well from every position, and they pursue the ball on the offensive glass," Padgett said.
Padgett explained his team will have to be smart about when to crash the glass because UNC is so good at transition offense.
"You've really got to be aware of, 'OK, if I'm one of the guards and I don't take the shot, I have to get back,'" Padgett said. "And if I'm a (power forward or center), and I have a legit chance to get a rebound, then yes by all means. But if it's one of those in-betweens and you're caught in the high post and you probably can't get to the backboard, you need to err on the side of caution and you need to get back."
Saturday's showdown is a key matchup for the Cardinals. They are still searching for a current Top 25 win and have just a pair of the Quadrant 1 wins that the NCAA Selection Committee wants to see. A win over the Tar Heels would likely assure the Cardinals an at-large bid.
The atmosphere in the KFC Yum! Center is expected to be electric. Louisville fans are planning a "White Out," with every fan in the arena expected to wear white.
If things go poorly for the Tar Heels, it may force Williams to end his timeout streak. He hasn't called a timeout in more than 140 minutes of game action, last using one in the first half of the Pittsburgh game on Feb. 3.
As crucial as Saturday's game is for Louisville, don't expect Padgett to join Rick Pitino's tradition of wearing a white suit.
Padgett opened his pregame press conference Friday by telling reporters: "I know this question is on everyone's minds so I will go ahead and address it. I will not be wearing a white suit tomorrow."
The coach joked that at 6-foot-11, he can't just "go to Macy's and grab a suit off the rack."
|Eastern Kentucky||vs.||Tennessee State||8:30 (EST)|
|Ole Miss||vs.||Mississippi State||8:30 (EST)|
|CSUN||vs.||Cal State Fullerton||9:00 (EST)|
|Southern Utah||vs.||Northern Colorado||9:00 (EST)|
|Texas-Rio Grande Valley||vs.||Utah Valley||9:00 (EST)|
|UC Irvine||vs.||Cal Poly||10:00 (EST)|
|Grand Canyon||vs.||Bakersfield||10:00 (EST)|
|Saint Mary's||vs.||Portland||10:00 (EST) Preview|
Saint Mary's hopes to end skid against Portland
Friday, February 16 at 8:50 PM (EST)
A A week ago, Saint Mary's was riding the nation's longest winning streak at 19 games, heading toward a probable No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament and sitting on top of the West Coast Conference standings getting ready for a showdown with arch-rival Gonzaga.
How quickly things change in the world of college hoops.
The Gaels' winning streak came to a crashing end on Feb. 10 when Gonzaga came to Moraga, Calif., asserted its dominance from the start and crushed Saint Mary's.
On Thursday, the No. 15 Gaels had a chance to start a new streak when they faced a San Francisco team it had defeated two weeks earlier by 36 points. On paper, it was a mismatch.
The Gaels (24-4, 13-2 WCC) did start a streak -- but not the kind they wanted as they now have lost two straight after being upset by the Dons 70-63.
Saint Mary's, which appeared to be a lock to reach the NCAA Tournament, finds itself in a bit of trouble with Portland on deck Saturday in Portland, Ore.
"We just have to do some things to help our guys get our confidence back," St. Mary's senior point guard Emmett Naar told SFgate.com.
Senior center Jock Landale scored 19 points to lead the Gaels against the Dons, but for the second straight game, his teammates were unable to produce when their best player struggled.
"We have to play better when we're without him," Saint Mary's head coach Randy Bennett told reporters. "He hasn't had much foul trouble all year. They called three offensive fouls on him, one post-up, two illegal screens when he had the ball in his hands. You don't get those very often but it is what it is. We have to be good enough to play through it."
Landale also became the fifth player in Saint Mary's history to record at least 1,500 points and 700 rebounds.
The Gaels won't be taking the Pilots lightly, even though they won the first meeting 72-55 back on Jan. 27. Jordan Ford scored 20 points to lead the Gaels to what was their 16th straight win, a school record at that time.
Portland might be a bit emboldened after seeing the Dons pull off the upset and will study how Gonzaga took Landale out of the game with hard double teams.
The Pilots (10-18, 4-11) have lost three in a row and are coming off an 81-72 setback Thursday to Santa Clara. Former Portland Trail Blazers star and Pilots head coach Terry Porter is preaching a positive culture -- win or lose.
"Early in the year, we had turnovers by our young guys in late-game situations that we didn't do a good job of executing," he recently said. "And we learned from those. We've done a much better job in all of these games of executing down the stretch at both ends of the floor."
Porter is mentoring a pair of young guards, freshman Marcus Shaver Jr. and sophomore Josh McSwiggan. Shaver leads the team in scoring at 11.8 points per game and McSwiggan comes in at 11.2 points per game.
Another freshman, Tahirou Diabate, has shown improvement of late. The Mali native has started the past 11 games and scored 19 points in a Feb. 1 overtime victory over Pepperdine.
"He's stuck to the grind and learned and been really receptive to what everyone had to tell him. He is an example of our growth as a team," senior wing D'Marques Tyson said. "Earlier in the season, he would have been worried about where he needed to be and not worried about protecting the rim. He realizes that now and embraces his role and is a solid rim protector."
He has eight blocks over the past five games.
|Utah||vs.||Washington State||10:00 (EST)|
|Weber State||vs.||Sacramento State||10:05 (EST)|
|Hawaii||vs.||UC Riverside||10:30 (EST)|
|Oregon State||vs.||USC||11:00 (EST)|
|Santa Clara||vs.||Pacific||11:00 (EST)|
Davis has double-double; UCF tops short-handed SMU 52-37
Saturday, February 17 at 2:05 PM (EST)
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) A.J. Davis scored 19 points, with a career-best four 3-pointers, and grabbed 10 rebounds for his seventh double-double of the season and Central Florida cruised past short-handed SMU 52-37 on Saturday.
SMU was without its leading scorer Shake Milton, averaging 18 points, due to a right-hand injury. The 37 points tied UCF's all-time, fewest points-allowed record.
Dayon Griffin added 10 points for UCF (17-9, 8-6 American), which is keeping pace in the race for a first-round bye in the conference tournament.
Davis got a friendly roll on an open 3-pointer from the corner to give UCF an 11-1 lead. In the second half, Ceasar DeJesus and Davis hit 3-pointers on back-to-back possessions during a 9-0 run for a 51-30 lead with six minutes left.
Ben Emelogu II scored 12 points on 3-of-10 shooting for SMU (15-12, 5-9), which was 11 of 43 (25.6 percent) from the field. The Mustangs have lost five straight games.
Martin scores 19; Butler beats Providence 69-54
Saturday, February 17 at 2:36 PM (EST)
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Kelan Martin made three 3-pointers and scored 19 points and Butler ended a three-game losing streak with a 69-54 victory over Providence on Saturday.
Paul Jorgensen added 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting off the bench for the Bulldogs (18-10, 8-7).
Alpha Diallo had 11 points and nine rebounds for the Friars (17-10, 8-6), who shot just 30 percent and lost in their first game since beating No. 3 Villanova 76-71 on Wednesday. Maliek White also scored 11 points. Kyron Cartwright had two assists in becoming the third Friar in school history to reach 600 in a career.
The Friars led 35-33 at halftime but Butler opened the second half with a 14-2 run. Martin's 3-pointer with 1:48 left gave the Bulldogs a double-digit lead for good and they made 7 of 8 free throws thereafter.
Butler outscored Providence 36-18 in the paint and had a 42-35 rebounding edge.
|Virginia Tech||76||vs.||56||Georgia Tech||Final Recap|
Robinson, Alexander-Walker spark Virginia Tech's blowout win
By GEORGE HENRY - Associated Press
Saturday, February 17 at 2:31 PM (EST)
ATLANTA (AP) Justin Robinson scored 18 points, Nickeil Alexander-Walker added 14 and Virginia Tech blew out reeling Georgia Tech 76-56 on Saturday.
Coach Buzz Williams rested his starters for most of the second half as the Hokies (19-8, 8-6 Atlantic Coast Conference) dominated both ends of the floor. Their five ACC road wins are a single-season high for Virginia Tech, which has won six of eight overall.
Virginia Tech led by 14 at intermission but outscored the Yellow Jackets 21-3 to begin the second half and later led by 35 on P.J. Horne's jumper with 8:37 remaining.
Georgia Tech (11-16, 4-10) has lost five straight and nine of 10 to fall into 13th place in the 15-team ACC. Tadric Jackson scored 17 points and Josh Okogie had 10 for the Jackets, but they weren't easy points as the two star guards missed a combined 23 of 31 shots from the field
The game was essentially decided in the first 20 minutes. Virginia Tech, ranked fifth nationally in field-goal percentage, did whatever it pleased against the Jackets' zone defense, assisting on 14 of 16 baskets before halftime and burying Georgia Tech's offense after it jumped out to a six-point lead in the first 4 minutes.
Virginia Tech: After a dramatic overtime performance that snapped Virginia's 15-game winning streak last weekend, the Hokies followed up with an 18-point loss at Duke, but they showed no lingering effects and mostly took a breather against Georgia Tech. Williams is accustomed to using 10 players in most games - eight players began the day averaging at least 10 minutes a game - and he got to play his reserves for most of the second half. Even better, the two starters to play the longest, Bibbs and Kerry Blackshear, were done after 24 minutes.
Georgia Tech: It's not getting any easier for the Jackets, who have been consumed by injuries and off-the-court civil allegations involving coach Josh Pastner and a former friend. Point guard Jose Alvarado was lost to a season-ending elbow injury last Sunday against Duke. Freshman guard Curtis Haywood was lost to a season-ending shin injury late last month. Ben Lammers emerged as a standout ACC center last season, but he's playing on a tender ankle and clearly has his range limited. Georgia Tech trailed by 19 early in the second half when Lammers went to the bench for a break. He soon came back in and hit a runner, but the lead stood at 24.
Virginia Tech: Hosts No. 11 Clemson on Wednesday.
Georgia Tech: Visits No. 1 Virginia on Wednesday.
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Osetkowski scores 21 as Texas tops No. 23 Oklahoma 77-66
By CLIFF BRUNT - AP Sports Writer
Saturday, February 17 at 3:42 PM (EST)
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) Texas was getting desperate, and the Longhorns finally got the win they needed.
Dylan Osetkowski scored 21 points, Texas slowed national scoring leader Trae Young, and the Longhorns beat No. 23 Oklahoma 77-66 on Saturday to extend the Sooners' losing streak to five games.
Texas (16-11, 6-8 Big 12) needed the win to boost NCAA Tournament resume after losing three straight.
''It's big,'' Texas coach Shaka Smart said. ''I told our guys we were fighting for our NCAA Tournament lives. It's not to say it's fighting-for-your-life life and death, but when you're a basketball player or a basketball coach, it can feel that way.''
Young, a freshman point guard, scored 26 points on 7 for 21 shooting.
''This is the toughest conference in America,'' Young said. ''I'm getting guarded like nobody else in the country. I'm being scouted on like nobody else in the country is. It's a mystery coming up each and every game and how teams are going to guard me and how I'm going to dictate how my team wins. It's just a process.''
Kerwin Roach got most of the defensive work against Young, and both sides acknowledged he was a difference maker. When Young got by him, the 6-foot-11 Mohamed Bamba was waiting. Bamba, the Big 12's leader in blocks, finished with four.
Osetkowski carried much of the load on offense. The 6-foot-9 junior said everyone was telling him to shoot, and he responded by making 9 of 17. Roach scored 12 points, Matt Coleman scored 11 and Bamba added 10 points and 18 rebounds for Texas, which never trailed and swept the season series for the first time since 2011-12.
The Sooners (16-10, 6-8) shot just 30.8 percent overall and posted their lowest-scoring game of the season. Even an appearance by Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield wasn't enough to get the Sooners going.
''We just have to keep working at it,'' Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger said. ''There is no shortcut to it. A lot of it is confidence about getting shots to go down and feeling good about it. We need to get more movement away from the ball. Get the ball moving off the pass a little bit more. We've got to find the spark. We need shots to go in for sure.''
Oklahoma's Kameron McGusty hit a 3 at the first-half buzzer to cut Texas' lead to 32-29. The Sooners shot just 25.8 percent in the first half and matched their lowest point total for a half this season, yet hung tough by making 9 of 12 free throws.
Young hit a 3-pointer with about 13 minutes remaining to cut Texas' lead to a point. Oklahoma's Brady Manek attempted a corner 3-pointer, but Osetkowski blocked it and saved the ball to a teammate. The resulting fast break led to a layup by Texas' Jacob Young that put the Longhorns up 51-44.
The Longhorns expanded their lead to 13 before a layup and a 3-pointer by Young led to a Texas timeout, but the Longhorns were able to keep the Sooners at bay.
Texas: The Longhorns bounced back after a 74-73 double-overtime loss to Baylor earlier in the week.
''We were so disappointed last time that we fought and battled and lost in double overtime on a tough shot,'' Smart said. ''So we felt that we needed to find a way to come in here and get this win, and the guys did a great job.''
Oklahoma: Trae Young has made just 18 of 58 field goals and 4 of 27 3-pointers the past three games combined. He said he plans to stick to his regular routine.
''I'm not going to change because that is what has gotten me here in the first place,'' he said. ''I haven't been shooting good these past few games, but nothing is going to change for me because that is what the great ones do, they don't change their routine because that's what made them great in the first place.''
Mayfield, on the rivalry with Texas: ''You come to Oklahoma to beat Texas. I was born and raised in Austin. They didn't recruit me. I grew up 15 miles from their campus. I can't stand them. Anything they do, I don't care. I talked to the NFL guys and they said I need to calm it down a little bit, but when it comes to Texas, absolutely not. No. End of story.''
Texas: The Longhorns travel to Kansas State on Wednesday.
Oklahoma: The Sooners play at Kansas on Monday.
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|Navy||62||vs.||48||Boston University||Final Recap|
Lewis leads Navy past Boston University 62-48
Saturday, February 17 at 2:23 PM (EST)
BOSTON (AP) Mo Lewis had career highs of 12 points and eight rebounds and Navy beat Boston University 62-48 on Saturday.
Hasan Abdullah and Shawn Anderson both had 13 points for the Midshipmen (19-10, 10-6 Patriot League), who won their fourth straight overall and sixth straight on the road. Tom Lacey also had 12 points.
Cedric Hankerson had 11 points for the Terriers (12-15, 8-8), who have lost five straight- their longest conference skid since losing eight straight in the 1999-00 season.
Lewis scored six points and the Midshipmen hit 8 of 12 shots in an 18-3 run that gave them an 11-point lead in the first half. The Terriers missed all six shots and had six turnovers in the nine minutes between baskets and trailed 31-26 at the half.
BU had a quick surge to open the second half and grabbed a one-point lead but Navy answered with an 11-3 run.
|Syracuse||62||vs.||55||Miami (FL)||Final Recap|
Battle helps Syracuse finish off Miami 62-55
By STEVEN WINE - AP Sports Writer
Saturday, February 17 at 3:31 PM (EST)
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) Syracuse's Tyus Battle wore bags of ice on both knees in the postgame locker room as he talked about keeping his cool on a frustrating afternoon.
The sophomore guard struggled with his shot and committed three turnovers Saturday, but scored six points in the final 86 seconds to help the Orangemen hold off the Miami Hurricanes 62-55.
''A terrible shooting day,'' said Battle, who went 4 for 14. ''I think I was rushing a little too much. But bad shooting games happen. As long as we win, I'm happy.''
The Orangemen (18-9, 7-7 Atlantic Coast Conference) won for the third time in their past four road games to tighten a logjam in the middle of the league standings. The Hurricanes (18-8, 7-7) lost at home for the second time this week, and dropped their third game in a row overall.
Syracuse limited Miami to a season-low 34-percent shooting, and the Hurricanes were often forced into bad shots at long range, going 7 for 31 (23 percent) from beyond the arc.
Even so, they erased a 12-point second-half deficit and were tough to put away. Battle finished off Miami in part by sinking a 3-pointer for 57-51 lead for the Orangemen.
''They have confidence in me to get a bucket in that situation, and I love situations like that,'' Battle said. ''I know I missed a lot of shots the entire game, but I knew how to get that one.''
''That was the game,'' teammate Frank Howard said. ''I just wanted to get him the ball and get out of the way. That's all you really need to do with him.''
Battle added three free throws in final 40 seconds. He came into the game averaging 20.2 points but settled for 13.
Because Syracuse won, Battle didn't mind taking some ribbing about his struggles.
''Ty lost the ball two or three times,'' Howard said, turning to his teammate. ''I don't know what you were doing.''
Battle just shrugged and smiled.
Howard had 18 points, six assists and only one turnover for the Orangemen, who shot 48 percent. Oshae Brissett added 16 points and 12 rebounds. Both played 40 minutes, as did Battle.
Coach Jim Boeheim praised his team's collective effort.
''When Tyus struggles to shoot it well, we usually struggle to win and usually can't win,'' Boeheim said.
Chris Lykes needed 16 shots to score 14 points for Miami, while Lonnie Walker IV scored 12 but fouled out. Coach Jim Larranaga said his team struggled offensively after practicing well this week.
''The Syracuse zone must be better than our scout team zone, because it was very, very hard to score today,'' Larranaga said. ''Even some of the shots we made were really challenged.''
Walker said the Orangemen's length made things difficult.
''They have a lot of tall players with long arms, making it hard to pass into the middle or the corner,'' the freshman said. ''Once you find out how to beat it, it begins to open up but we found that out too late.''
Syracuse held Miami scoreless for six minutes during a 15-0 run early in the second half to lead 40-28. Larranaga needed three timeouts during the drought, but the Hurricanes soon answered with a 9-0 burst to tie the game at 45.
The Orange then scored seven consecutive points, including five by Howard, and led the rest of the way.
Syracuse freshman forward Marek Dolezaj scored 11 points, more than double his average, and made four of five shots.
''Nobody is guarding Marek, and he got himself in the right spots,'' Boeheim said. ''Those were big plays.''
Miami's Anthony Lawrence missed 13 consecutive shots over a two-game span before scoring on a drive midway through the second half.
PART OF A PATTERN
The Hurricanes fell to 4-10 at home all-time against Syracuse.
The Orangemen split games in South Florida this season. They lost to Kansas in the Hoophall Miami Invitational on Dec. 2.
The Hurricanes are 3-3 without star guard Bruce Brown, sidelined by a left foot injury. He's expected to return early next month.
Syracuse: Plays host to No. 14 North Carolina on Wednesday.
Miami: Plays at Notre Dame on Monday.
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|Fort Valley State||vs.||Clark Atlanta||12:00 (EST)|
|Bucknell||68||vs.||67||Holy Cross||Final Recap|
Bucknell hits 20-win mark for the 14th time
Saturday, February 17 at 3:00 PM (EST)
WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) Nana Foulland had 21 points and nine rebounds, Zach Thomas added 15 points and Bucknell held off Holy Cross 68-67 on Saturday as neither team made a field goal in overtime.
Foulland's dunk with 1:17 left in regulation put Bucknell in front until Jehyve Floyd made 1 of 2 free throws to tie it at 66. After Foulland missed an inside shot, Patrick Benzan of the Crusaders dribbled down the clock, curled off a high screen and missed a shot on a drive.
In overtime, Bucknell took a timeout at 42.4 seconds before Thomas was short on a 3-pointer. Holy Cross worked the ball around and called a timeout with 9.1 seconds left. Benzan dribbled it off his foot, regained it and spun inside the 3-point arc for a fade-away shot that hit hard off backboard at the buzzer.
Stephen Brown also scored 15 points for Bucknell (20-9, 14-2 Patriot League), which reached the 20-win mark for the 14th time in school history.
Floyd had 18 points and 11 rebounds for his first double-double of the season for Holy Cross (10-17, 7-9).
|Bryant||56||vs.||89||Saint Francis U||Final Recap|
King, Harmon lead Saint Francis (Pa) past Bryant 89-56
Saturday, February 17 at 3:41 PM (EST)
LORETTO, Pa. (AP) Jamaal King scored 23 points, Malik Harmon tossed in a season-high 21, the two had but one turnover between them and Saint Francis University defeated Bryant 89-56 on Saturday for its third-straight win and clinched a spot in the Northeast Conference playoffs.
Andre Wolford drained a pair of 3-pointers, giving Saint Francis (16-11, 10-6) a four-point lead midway through the opening half and King added a personal 7-0 run that pushed the lead into double-digits 3:30 before halftime.
Saint Francis made 32 of 68 shots, including nine 3-pointers, had 11 steals - Randall Gaskins with four - and scored 25 points off 19 Bryant turnovers. The win sets up a clash next week with Fairleigh Dickinson with the winner earning a home game in the NEC Tournament.
Adam Grant led Bryant (3-26, 2-14) with 16 points, but the Bulldogs were 21 of 64 shooting (33 percent).
|Iowa State||66||vs.||78||Kansas State||Final Recap|
Wade leads Kansas State to 78-66 win over Iowa State
By ANDREW HAMMOND - Associated Press
Saturday, February 17 at 3:35 PM (EST)
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) Dean Wade nearly grabbed a triple-double in Kansas State's 78-66 victory over Iowa State on Saturday.
Wade shot 9 of 13 for 22 points while also grabbing eight rebounds and collecting nine assists.
After a deadlocked 33-33 halftime score, the Wildcats (19-8, 8-6 Big 12 Conference) exploded for 45 second-half points on 17-of-29 shooting. Joining Wade in double-figure scoring was Barry Brown, who scored 16 second-half points for a total of 20, and Xavier Sneed, who scored 17 points on seven shots.
After a slow start, Iowa State (13-13, 4-10) managed to get the game close and tied it several times but could not ever capture the lead.
Cameron Lard scored 15 points on 7-of-12 shooting for the Cyclones.
Kansas State: The win against Iowa State pushes the Wildcats to 19 wins and they are two wins away from matching last season's win total.
Iowa State: The loss by Iowa State will guarantee that the Cyclones will have a losing conference record for the first time in three seasons under coach Steve Prohm.
THEY SAID IT
''We were in the same situation last week, against Texas Tech. I said to the guys during halftime, `What's your dreams? What're your goals and what's your vision? Don't let them (Iowa State) take that from you.''' - Kansas State head coach Bruce Weber on what he told his team at halftime.
STATS AND STREAKS
The win over Iowa State is the first win at home for Kansas State during February.
Iowa State: Iowa State hosts TCU on Wednesday.
Kansas State: Kansas State hosts Texas on Wednesday.
VMI holds off The Citadel behind Parham's 25 points
Saturday, February 17 at 3:37 PM (EST)
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) Bubba Parham scored 25 points with four steals, Myles Lewis added 11 points, and VMI held off The Citadel 75-71 on Saturday to end a five-game skid and snap a two-game losing streak against the Bulldogs.
Jordan Ratliffe scored nine points with six rebounds for the Keydets (8-18, 3-12).
Matt Frierson scored six straight, Kaelon Harris hit a transition 3, and The Citadel led 71-70 on Zane Najdawi's jumper with 59 seconds left.
Austin Vereen's 3 with 33 seconds to go put VMI up by two and Jordan Ratliffe iced it with two free throws. Friereson missed a 3 and Frankie Johnson missed two free throws in the final four seconds.
Najdawi scored 23 points with 14 rebounds and Frierson added 20 points with four 3s for the Bulldogs (9-18, 4-11), who have lost four straight. Frierson has made 98 3s for the second-most, single-season total in program history, eclipsing Noy Castillo's mark in 1994-95. Travis Cantrell (2001-02) holds the record at 102.
|Central State||vs.||Tuskegee||1:00 (EST)|
|Mount St. Mary's||74||vs.||69||Sacred Heart||Final Recap|
Robinson helps Mt. St. Mary's rebound, 74-69 at Sacred Heart
Saturday, February 17 at 3:49 PM (EST)
FAIRFIELD, Conn. (AP) Junior Robinson scored 30 points, including a pair of clinching free throws as Mount Saint Mary's rebounded from a pair of setbacks and defeated Sacred Heart 74-69 on Saturday to remain in the running for a top seed in the upcoming Northeast Conference playoffs.
Sean Hoehn scored on a layup that pulled Sacred Heart to within 72-69 with nine seconds remaining but, after the final media timeout, Mount Saint Mary's inbounded to Robinson, who was fouled and sank both free throws with three seconds to play, pushing a third-straight loss out of reach. Hoehn missed a layup at the buzzer.
Despite being out-rebounded 48-26, the Mountaineers (16-13, 10-6) pressured Sacred Heart into 35-percent shooting (23 of 65) with 18 turnovers that they turned into 28 points.
Jonah Antonio and Donald Carey added 11 points each for the Mountaineers.
Kinnon LaRose led Sacred Heart (9-20, 4-12) with 21 points and 10 boards, Hoehn and Mario Matasovic scored 16 each, Matasovic with 11 rebounds.
|Kentucky State||vs.||Miles||1:00 (EST)|
|East Tennessee State||72||vs.||61||Western Carolina||Final|
|Air Force||52||vs.||74||Boise State||Final|
|George Mason||62||vs.||69||La Salle||Final|
|Southern Illinois||72||vs.||69||Indiana State||In-Progress|
No. 2 Michigan State goes for 10th in row at Northwestern
Friday, February 16 at 8:30 PM (EST)
ROSEMONT, Ill. -- Throughout the course of what has been a challenging and emotional season both on and off the court, Tom Izzo has gone back to coaching basics -- and it seems to be working.
No. 2 Michigan State (25-3, 13-2 Big Ten) has won nine straight, including a thrilling 68-65 victory over previously third-ranked Purdue on a last-second 3-pointer, and is now off to the best start in program history following an 87-57 win at Minnesota on Tuesday.
The Spartans travel to Northwestern on Saturday for their fourth road outing in the last five games.
"As I'm learning this year more than any year, I'm going to control the things I can control," Izzo said. "The only thing I can control is to get my team ready to go play and make sure our energy and our focus is in the right spot."
Michigan State has never played a game in All State Arena, Northwestern's temporary home venue this season. The Spartans will likely have their first team shoot-around just hours before the 2 p.m. ET tip-off due to a concert by country music group Little Big Horn, which will take place Friday night in the multi-purpose venue.
Northwestern (15-12, 6-8) is also coming off a lengthy road stretch, but will play three of its last four regular-season games at home. Five of the Wildcats' previous six games were on the road, but back-to-back road losses to Maryland and Rutgers had Chris Collins eager to return home.
"We've got to get home and get rested and get ready for (Michigan State)," Collins said. "We just had a stretch of five of six on the road. We won three of them. We've only got a couple days to get ready for obviously a great Michigan State team."
As if facing the top scoring team in the conference wasn't enough of a challenge, the Wildcats could be short-handed against Michigan State. Senior point guard Bryant McIntosh is listed as questionable for Saturday's game after sustaining an injury to his right shoulder in Tuesday's 67-58 overtime loss at Rutgers.
McIntosh is the second-leading scorer on the team, averaging 12.1 points, and ranks third in the conference in assists with an average of 5.2.
Even if McIntosh can go, the Wildcats will have their hands full. Northwestern has not beaten Michigan State since an 81-74 home win on Jan. 19, 2012, losing its last eight attempts. Izzo is 34-4 against Northwestern during his 23-year tenure.
With the end of the regular season in sight, and the Big Ten tournament less than two weeks away, Michigan State and No. 8 Ohio State are tied atop the conference standings following the Buckeyes' 79-56 loss at Penn State on Thursday night.
Sophomore standout Miles Bridges, who leads the Spartans in scoring with 17.6 points per game and has been named a finalist for both the 50th Citizen Naismith Trophy and the John R. Wooden Award, said the team can't focus on Ohio State at this point in the season.
"We really don't pay attention to that anymore, we just try to stay focused on what we need to do," said Bridges, who surprised many by forgoing last year's NBA draft to return to school. "If we don't get better, and they continue to win and they're getting better, then when we face them, we're going to end up losing, so we just want to focus on getting better and continue to win."
While Ohio State holds a tiebreaker over the Spartans by virtue of the Buckeyes' 80-64 victory at then top-ranked Michigan State on Jan. 7, the tiebreaker will determine the seeding for the conference tournament.
If the Spartans win out, they will at least share a portion of the Big Ten regular-season title for the first time since 2012. The last time Michigan State won the title outright was 2009.
|Albany State||vs.||Morehouse||3:00 (EST)|
|Western Illinois||26||vs.||44||South Dakota State||In-Progress|
|Fort Wayne||50||vs.||40||North Dakota State||In-Progress|
|South Alabama||9||vs.||11||Coastal Carolina||In-Progress|
Auburn looks to keep rolling against South Carolina
Friday, February 16 at 8:50 PM (EST)
No. 10 Auburn defeated Kentucky by 10 points on Valentine's Day, making Tigers coach Bruce Pearl love leading scorer Bryce Brown even more heading into Saturday's game at South Carolina.
Brown, suffering from a strained shoulder, went from a no-go in the morning shootaround to informing Auburn's medical staff before game-time that he felt ready to play against the Wildcats.
He finished with 18 points, matching his scoring average, in the Tigers' win. They improved to 23-3 overall and 11-2 in the SEC, two games ahead of Tennessee.
Brown, who played 29 minutes, made 4 of 7 attempts from 3-point range, including two in the last seven minutes.
"My teammates trust me at the moment," Brown said. "Like I've always been told to do, just make plays. Our coach preaches that all the time. Coach Pearl preaches that all the time. You have to make plays defensively and offensively."
Auburn, currently projected to be a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament by ESPN analyst Joe Lunardi, is experiencing what South Carolina (13-13, 4-9) went through last year when the Gamecocks reached the Final Four.
The Gamecocks, who are in a six-game losing streak, have fallen on hard times this season.
Despite South Carolina's youth and the Gamecocks' foul problems at Tennessee on Wednesday, they were in position to win with only 30 seconds left in a 70-67 loss. A 3-point attempt by guard Justin Minaya at the buzzer came up short.
"Today we played well enough to win," said South Carolina coach Frank Martin, whose team was coming off a humbling 65-41 home loss to Florida in the previous game.
South Carolina rallied after falling behind by 14 points with 10:01 left in regulation.
"It just shows that we can be a good team if we just follow what Coach Frank talks about and preaches to us in practice," said senior guard Frank Booker, who led the Gamecocks with 19 points. "This one, we let it slip away, but we got more games to play."
Martin was forced to go to his bench because of foul trouble, and the reserves delivered. Freshman forward Ibrahim Famouke Doumbia had a career-high three points in five minutes, including some playing time in the first half. Sophomore forward Khadim Gueye logged 13 minutes and freshman forward Jason Cudd played 14 minutes.
"We went from being right there to being down 14 or whatever it was," Martin said. "But since we had a little fight in us today, we were able to get some stops and make some conversions on offense and give us a chance."
While South Carolina is going through growing pains, Auburn is thriving with its experienced players in Pearl's system.
Sophomore guard Jared Harper had 18 points and seven assists in the Tigers' win over Kentucky. Sophomore forward Anfernee McLemore and junior guard Desean Murray each had 11 rebounds to offset the Wildcats' size advantage inside.
"Our conditioning, our toughness, our resilience, our grit, is why we won the game," Pearl said. "Anfernee's a 6-foot-7, shot-blocking 3-point shooter who plays center. That's a tough matchup. Desean's a 6-foot-3 power forward who is as good a rebounder for his size as anyone who has played at Auburn since (Charles) Barkley."
|New Mexico State||vs.||Seattle||4:00 (EST)|
No. 21 Texas A&M faces tough test at Arkansas
Friday, February 16 at 9:13 PM (EST)
No. 21 Texas A&M responded to its return to the Top 25 by losing at Missouri on Wednesday and now the Aggies likely must win at Arkansas on Saturday to remain in the rankings.
The Aggies (17-9, 6-7 SEC) have rebounded from their 0-5 start in the SEC, but they are just 2-6 in true road games this year. Arkansas (18-8, 7-6) is tough to beat at home, where the Razorbacks own a 13-1 record. They have also won their last three games.
Texas A&M is in a state of flux after freshman guard J.J. Caldwell was dismissed from the team for multiple violations of team and school policies. Also, graduate senior transfer guard Duane Wilson's career is over because of a knee injury.
With Wilson out, shooting guard T.J. Starks is transitioning to become more of a playmaker at point guard. The Aggies had only four assists in a 62-58 loss at Missouri.
Starks is averaging only 1.6 assists. Wilson averaged 4.0 assists.
"(Starks is) a kid that didn't play a lot of point guard out of high school," Texas A&M coach Billy Kennedy said. "He's more of a scoring guard (averaging 8.2 points), really a scorer first, but he's done a better job getting us in the offense and not looking to score when has to.
"His ability to score has really been a weapon when we've needed it. He's getting more consistent with his play on both ends of the floor. That's been a plus for our team."
Texas A&M's offense revolves around center Tyler Davis (team-leading 13.9 points and 8.7 rebounds per game) and forward Robert Williams (10.8 points, 9.5 rebounds).
Texas A&M won the first meeting this season against Arkansas 80-66 on Jan. 30 at College Station. Davis and Williams dominated and the Razorbacks did not have an answer for either of the Aggies' big men. Davis finished with 15 points and 13 rebounds and Williams had 10 points and seven rebounds.
Starks also had 16 points (on 4-for-5 shooting from 3-point range) with five assists.
"They've got one of the bigger frontlines in the country, and beat us pretty bad on the glass at their place," said Arkansas coach Mike Anderson, whose team was dominated on the boards, 45-30. "We need to have a better performance Saturday. The Aggies have a plus-7.5 rebounding margin for the season."
Arkansas forward Daniel Gafford and wing Darious Hall combined for 33 points and 17 rebounds in a 75-64 win at Ole Miss on Tuesday. Gafford had only five points and four rebounds in the loss at Texas A&M.
That win by the Aggies sparked a three-game winning streak after they dropped consecutive games to LSU and Kansas by double digits.
"A&M is better than even when we played them," Anderson said. "I think that was their coming-out party against us. We're talking about it being won in the paint, getting to the free-throw line. We've got to make the game as chaotic as we possibly can."
|Idaho State||3||vs.||0||Portland State||In-Progress|
|LIU Brooklyn||vs.||Wagner||4:00 (EST)|
|Bowie State||vs.||Chowan||4:00 (EST)|
|St. Augustine||vs.||Shaw||4:00 (EST)|
|Notre Dame||0||vs.||0||Boston College||In-Progress|
|Fairleigh Dickinson||5||vs.||2||St. Francis Brooklyn||In-Progress|
|Lincoln (PA)||vs.||Virginia Union||4:00 (EST)|
|Winston-Salem State||vs.||Fayetteville State||4:00 (EST)|
|Florida A&M||vs.||Delaware State||4:00 (EST)|
|UNLV||vs.||San Diego State||4:00 (EST)|
|San Jose State||vs.||Wyoming||4:00 (EST)|
|William & Mary||0||vs.||2||Northeastern||In-Progress|
|Virginia State||vs.||Elizabeth City State||4:00 (EST)|
|Bethune-Cookman||vs.||Coppin State||4:00 (EST)|
|North Carolina State||vs.||Wake Forest||4:00 (EST)|
|Stephen F. Austin||vs.||Incarnate Word||4:18 (EST)|
|Howard||vs.||North Carolina A&T||4:21 (EST)|
|Nicholls||vs.||Central Arkansas||4:24 (EST)|
|Western Michigan||vs.||Northern Illinois||4:30 (EST)|
|Eastern Michigan||vs.||Central Michigan||4:30 (EST)|
|Omaha||vs.||South Dakota||4:30 (EST)|
|Villanova||vs.||Xavier||4:30 (EST) Preview|
No. 4 Xavier hosts No. 3 Villanova in marquee clash
Friday, February 16 at 8:32 PM (EST)
It's been a historic season for the Xavier, but as the No. 4 Musketeers try to lock down their first Big East Conference title and a possible No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, they'll have to find a way to topple No. 3 Villanova on Saturday afternoon in Cincinnati at the Cintas Center.
Xavier (24-3, 12-2 Big East) holds a 1 1/2-game lead over the defending national champions, who have dominated the current incarnation of the Big East since it formed 2013.
During that stretch, the Musketeers have had little, if any, luck against head coach Jay Wright's squad, dropping nine of 10 meetings to the Wildcats, including three during the 2014-15 season.
"It's not difficult to recognize how dominant Villanova's been since we entered the (Big East)," Xavier coach Chris Mack said Friday. "I just get tired of losing."
Villanova easily dispatched Xavier in the first meeting this season, an 89-65 drubbing at the Wells Fargo Center back on Jan. 10. Wildcats guard Phil Booth scored a game-high 21 points in the contest but won't play Saturday because of a bone fracture.
"They still have a lot of talent," Mack said. "They still have guys that have been in big games. They played a little more zone last game. They're not pressing quite as much ... but their culture, their identity, how hard they battle -- that hasn't changed.
"To think, and our guys don't think that way, that our job would be a little bit easier because Phil Booth is out would be doing a disservice to their program and remaining players."
Xavier has already put the NCAA selection committee on notice this season with an impressive body of work, but a victory Saturday over one of the nation's best teams would be another milestone in an already historic season.
"We want to be at the top of the league. That's been our goal since the day that we got here," Musketeers senior center Sean O'Mara said. "Obviously, we haven't reached that yet and I think we have the potential to this year."
Villanova has dropped two of its last three games, including a stunning loss at Providence earlier in the week that included a season-high 19 turnovers, with 13 of them coming in the second half.
"We weren't physical enough to get open," Wright said. "So then we couldn't run the offense. We were forced to drive the ball and they were more physical than us in that area also."
But bouncing back from a loss has been a hallmark for the Wildcats, who haven't lost consecutive games since the 2012-13 season.
A victory Saturday is crucial for both squads. Xavier would gain a 2 1/2-game lead with three to play and a favorable schedule (at Georgetown, Providence, at DePaul), but if the Wildcats were to knock off the Musketeers and run the table against DePaul, Creighton, Seton Hall and Georgetown, they could finish tied with Xavier and earn the title based on a season sweep.
|Maryland Eastern Shore||vs.||North Carolina Central||4:32 (EST)|
|UC Davis||vs.||UC Santa Barbara||5:00 (EST)|
|UAB||vs.||Southern Miss||5:00 (EST)|
|Northern Arizona||vs.||North Dakota||5:00 (EST)|
|Texas Southern||vs.||Mississippi Valley State||5:00 (EST)|
|Montana State||vs.||Eastern Washington||5:05 (EST)|
|SIUE||vs.||Southeast Missouri State||5:15 (EST)|
|McNeese State||vs.||New Orleans||5:15 (EST)|
|Texas A&M-Corpus Christi||vs.||Lamar||5:30 (EST)|
|Saint Louis||vs.||Richmond||6:00 (EST)|
|South Carolina State||vs.||Hampton||6:00 (EST)|
|Duquesne||vs.||Saint Joseph's||6:00 (EST)|
|Southern University||vs.||Alabama State||6:00 (EST)|
|Loyola Marymount||vs.||San Francisco||6:00 (EST)|
|West Virginia||vs.||Kansas||6:00 (EST) Preview|
No. 13 Kansas hosts No. 20 WVU in Big 12 clash
Thursday, February 15 at 11:17 PM (EST)
LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Only five games remain in Big 12 play, Kansas does not lead the conference race and yet the No. 13 Jayhawks have the potential to ascend to a point they are a tough out as a high seed in the NCAA Tournament.
"You can see that the ceiling is still pretty high if we can get everybody on the same page and playing well," Kansas coach Bill Self said.
"I mean, my thoughts have always been the same. We got a chance to be in every game. We got a chance to win every game. Why should we settle for anything less than that? The reality is, I think there's potential to play a lot better than we have in the last two or three weeks."
Still, the Jayhawks (20-6) certified their 29th consecutive 20-win season (an NCAA record) and at 9-4 in the Big 12 remain a game behind conference leader Texas Tech. Third-place West Virginia (19-7, 8-5) carries a No. 20 ranking into Allen Fieldhouse for a 6 p.m. clash Saturday.
To emphasize the point, Self referenced the stat line from the Jayhawks' last game, an 83-77 victory Tuesday at Iowa State. Kansas' two top scorers, senior guards Devonte' Graham (17.5 ppg.) and Svi Mykhailiuk (15.6), combined to go 6 of 26 from the field.
Although Graham went 3 of 16 in the win at Iowa State, do not underestimate his importance as an authoritative leader who has logged nine complete games (40 minutes) in a row. He averages 7.2 assists against 2.7 turnovers.
"I don't know if I've ever been around a team where a guy gets less help," Self said. "I'm not putting down anybody. From talking, from ownership, from coaching others, he is doing it all. ... This is Devonte's personality that's basically getting us through the intangible things."
Kansas needed many of those intangibles to beat West Virginia at home a year ago. The Jayhawks rallied from a 14-point deficit inside the final three minutes of regulation before winning 84-80 in overtime.
A rally earlier this season in Morgantown was not quite as frantic, though Kansas trailed by 12 with fewer than nine minutes remaining and used a 28-11 closeout to beat West Virginia 71-66 as Graham and Mykhailiuk combined for 20 points in the last eight minutes.
West Virginia is coming off an 82-66 rout of TCU, holding the Horned Frogs to 19 points below their season scoring average. Senior guard Jevon Carter, who averages a team-high 16.9 points, remains one of the country's top defenders and needs one more steal to reach 300 for his career.
West Virginia coach Bob Huggins alternated several reserves after seeing the Mountaineers fatigue during a stretch in which they lost six of nine before the TCU win.
"We don't shoot it great and we pass it below average so we've got to play hard and make things happen with our defense," Huggins said. "We've got to make it really hard on people and we've got to make people want the game to be over with because they're tired of us chasing them around. We are what we are."
|UNI||vs.||Illinois State||6:00 (EST)|
|USC Upstate||vs.||Jacksonville||6:00 (EST)|
|Marshall||vs.||North Texas||6:00 (EST)|
|Tennessee||vs.||Georgia||6:00 (EST) Preview|
No. 18 Tennessee tries to keep rolling at Georgia
Friday, February 16 at 8:59 PM (EST)
No. 18 Tennessee bounced back from its worst performance in months with a hard-fought win over South Carolina on Wednesday.
The surging Volunteers will try to continue to build momentum down the stretch of the regular season as they head to resilient Georgia on Saturday.
Tennessee has won seven of eight games, a run fueled by a consistent inside-out offensive attack and a relentless defense. The Volunteers (19-6, 9-4 SEC) are in second place in the conference and trail Auburn by two games with five remaining.
South Carolina coach Frank Martin compared Tennessee to his team which reached the Final Four last season, saying the Volunteers are "tied at the hip and relentless on both ends of the court," after Wednesday's loss in Knoxville.
Georgia is coming off potentially a season-saving win at Florida. Yante Maten, the SEC's leading scorer, scored 23 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and hit a tying 3-pointer in the final seconds of regulation to force overtime.
The Bulldogs won 72-69 in overtime, behind Maten's 10th double-double of the season.
Georgia (14-11, 5-8) dropped six of seven before the win over Florida, and with two weeks left in the regular season, still has a long way to go to get back into the NCAA tournament hunt.
A win over the Volunteers would help.
"This league is so good and so deep that there are no easy nights," Georgia coach Mark Fox said after the win over the Gators. "I'm going to let these kids enjoy this win until I see them tomorrow because they're not going to be able to do anything about Tennessee until they know the game plan when we sit down tomorrow."
At least part of the Bulldogs' game plan will be focused on slowing down Tennessee sophomore forward Grant Williams. Williams scored 22 points and hit a big shot in the final seconds of the Volunteers' 70-67 win over South Carolina on Wednesday.
Williams has been Tennessee's most consistent offensive player. He leads Tennessee in scoring (16.2) and is second in rebounding (6.0). Admiral Schofield is second on the team in scoring (12.3) and leads the Vols in rebounding (6.2).
Tennessee coach Rick Barnes says unquestionably his team is at its best when it plays through its two big men.
"I just have to get our guards after 25 games to know that," Barnes emphasized after the South Carolina win. "The reasons they have some looks at it is because people know we want to throw it in there, but still, that is just understanding how to play the game."
Georgia won both meetings against the Volunteers last season and has won three straight in the series overall. But the Bulldogs are the underdogs on Saturday against a Tennessee team that has played well on the road this year, going 8-4 away from Knoxville. Georgia is 9-3 at Stegeman Coliseum, which is expecting a sellout Saturday.
"There's obviously tremendous love within our team," Fox said after the win over Florida. "They care about each other."
|Abilene Christian||vs.||Southeastern Louisiana||6:00 (EST)|
|Nevada||vs.||Utah State||6:00 (EST) Preview|
No. 24 Nevada plays at Utah State
Friday, February 16 at 9:47 PM (EST)
The Nevada Wolf Pack seems to have finally gotten the hang of being ranked in the Top 25.
Eric Musselman's Nevada squad had gone 0-for-4 the first three times it had been in the Top 25 this season. But the Wolf Pack finally won while being ranked and the 25-point win over San Diego State gave voters enough reason to keep the Mountain West leaders in the rankings.
The Wolf Pack started the week at No. 24. A road game at Boise State with a chance to send a message to the second-place Broncos would be the true test for Nevada.
The Wolf Pack passed the exam with flying colors in a hostile environment.
Jordan Caroline sealed the win for Nevada (22-5, 11-2 in the Mountain West) with two free throws with 39 seconds left. At the end of the game, Caroline sent a message to the Boise State student section.
"I blew some kisses at them and told them goodbye," Caroline told the Reno Gazette-Journal with a smile. "It was a great feeling. They were talking, so I felt like we had to win. It was a tough game, they're a great team, but it was a fun one."
Musselman had a different kind of message as the win put the Wolf Pack in a solid position to win the Mountain West.
A letdown on the road against Utah State (14-13, 7-7) on Saturday could open the door back up for Boise State. Despite a career-high 33 points from sophomore guard Sam Merrill, the Aggies committed a season-high 23 turnovers and lost to New Mexico on the road.
Merrill brushed aside his accomplishment and looked at the bottom line -- an Aggie loss.
"Too many times we guarded for 25 seconds, and they (Lobos) would get an offensive rebound or we would foul them or they would hit an open 3," he told the Herald (Logan, Utah) Journal. "I thought we had an opportunity to create some separation when they were missing shots, but all those turnovers held us back."
The Aggies will continue to be aggressive, head coach Tim Duryea said. Heading down the homestretch of conference play, Utah State still can earn a first-round bye in the conference tournament.
But the Aggies can keep turning the ball over.
"We got a little lucky; we challenged some shots," Duryea said after the loss to the Lobos. "We came in down two at half, and we are shooting 54 percent and they are shooting 39 percent. Then you look at the turnover column. That kept them in the game. If we don't turn the ball over, we probably have an eight- or 10-point lead."
Musselman has reason to worry the Wolf Pack might not be able to pressure the Aggies as well as New Mexico.
Nevada will be without starting guard Lindsey Drew, who ruptured his right Achilles against Boise State.
"I couldn't even be around him because I was so devastated, because I love him so much," Musselman said. "Things happens in basketball and we have to regroup."
Nevada will miss his 8.1 points, 4.1 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game, but Musselman said "we have five games left in the regular season and we'll have to figure out a way."
Leading scorer Caleb Martin (19.5 points per game) also has been dealing with a sprained foot, but has been able to play through the discomfort.
That leaves the Wolf Pack with only seven scholarship players.
"We're a pretty tough group and we have great belief," Musselman said.
The Wolf Pack defeated the Aggies earlier this season when Kendall Stephens came off the bench and scored 19 points in an 83-57 win at Lawlor Events Center in Reno.
Merrill at 6-foot-5, 210-pounds has the size to give the Wolf Pack fits. But in the first game, the Wolf Pack defense held Merrill to five points.
|Savannah State||vs.||Norfolk State||6:30 (EST)|
|Jackson State||vs.||Grambling State||6:30 (EST)|
|Friday, February 16, 2018|
|Men's College Basketball|
Harvard beats Brown 65-58, stays tied for first in Ivy
Friday, February 16 at 9:31 PM (EST)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) Seth Towns had seven of his 24 points in the final 3 1/2 minutes, Christian Juzang added a career-high 21 points, and Harvard survived with a 65-58 win over Brown on Friday night.
Chris Lewis' right hook gave the Crimson (13-11, 8-1 Ivy League) the lead for good at 53-51 with four minutes to play. Towns followed with a 3-pointer to make it a five-point lead at 3:18. Brandon Anderson cut the deficit to 56-53 for the Bears (11-11, 4-5), but Lewis made a pair of free throws and Towns scored on a driving layup to push Harvard's lead to 60-53.
The Crimson made 5 of 6 free throws from there to secure the win.
Anderson had 17 points, Tamenang Choh scored 11 and Desmond Cambridge 10 for the Bears.
Lewis added eight points and 10 rebounds for Harvard, which stayed tied with Pennsylvania for first place in the league standings.
Reynolds, Oni lead Yale over Dartmouth 77-65
Friday, February 16 at 9:30 PM (EST)
HANOVER, N.H. (AP) Blake Reynolds scored 17 points, Miye Oni added 15 and Yale rolled to a 77-65 victory over Dartmouth on Friday night.
Yale (12-13, 5-4 Ivy League) has won three in a row, and has a one-game lead over Brown for third place in the league standings. Dartmouth (5-17, 1-8) has lost 11 of its last 12 games.
Reynolds was 6 of 10 from the field and made four 3-pointers. Oni was 6-of-11 shooting and had five of the Bulldogs' 21 assists.
Miles Wright had 18 points and Will Emery 15 to lead Dartmouth.
Yale closed the first half on a 24-12 run to build a 41-29 halftime advantage. Oni made two dunks and had seven points during the stretch. Alex Copeland and Oni combined on three consecutive 3-pointers to push Yale's lead to 75-50 with 5:40 left. The Bulldogs finished 12 of 33 (36.4 percent) from long range.
|Bowling Green||82||vs.||95||Buffalo||Final Recap|
Buffalo clinches MAC East with 95-82 win over Bowling Green
Friday, February 16 at 9:59 PM (EST)
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) CJ Massinburg had 24 points, 12 rebounds and five assists and Buffalo clinched the Mid-American Conference East Division title on Friday night with a 95-82 win over Bowling Green.
The Bulls (20-7, 12-2) made 12 of 20 from 3-point range to hold off the Falcons (16-11, 7-7), who were the last team in the East with any chance of matching Buffalo in the final standings. Both teams have four games remaining in the season.
Buffalo led by as many as 17 late in the first half and went into the break with a 51-36 advantage. Bowling Green got as close as 57-53 early in the second, but the Bulls responded with nine straight points and had an answer for every subsequent challenge.
Nick Perkins added 22 points, Jeremy Harris scored 19 and Wes Clark 14 for the Bulls, who are a half-game over Toledo (11-2) in the overall conference standings.
Justin Turner led the Falcons with 23 points. Demajeo Wiggins had 13 points and 15 rebounds and Derek Koch scored 12.
Reese scores 26 points, leads Canisius over Monmouth 79-60
Friday, February 16 at 9:46 PM (EST)
WEST LONG BEACH, N.J. (AP) Isaiah Reese had 26 points and matched a career-high with six steals to lead Canisius to a 78-60 victory over Monmouth on Friday night for its sixth straight win.
Canisius (19-9, 13-2 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) moved into a first-place tie with Rider, and faces the Broncs on Sunday. Monmouth (9-18, 5-10) has lost two of its last three games.
Reese, who averages 15.9 points and 2.2 steals per game, was 10 of 18 from the floor and made four 3-pointers. Jermaine Crumpton added 15 points and Takal Molson had 10 for the Golden Griffins.
Deion Hammond and Louie Pillari had 14 points apiece for Monmouth.
Canisius closed the first half on a 10-3 surge, and opened the second with a 21-11 run for a 60-41 lead. Reese scored 19 points on 7-of-12 shooting in the second half.
|Oakland||82||vs.||66||Cleveland State||Final Recap|
Oakland wins 82-66 for Kampe's 600 victory
Friday, February 16 at 9:46 PM (EST)
CLEVELAND (AP) Jalen Hayes scored 24 points and Oakland beat Cleveland State 82-66 on Friday night to give coach Greg Kampe his 600th career victory.
Kampe, in his 34th season at Oakland, became the 15th active coach to reach 600 Division-I victories.
Kendrick Nunn added 17 points, Isaiah Brock had 15 points and 11 rebounds, Nick Daniels scored 14 points and Chris Palombizio 10 for the Golden Grizzlies (17-11, 9-6 Horizon League), who beat Cleveland State for the sixth time in seven meetings. Oakland shot 52 percent.
Anthony Wright scored 18 points, Kenny Carpenter 15 and Jamarcus Hairston 10 for the Vikings (8-21, 5-11), who made 10 of 26 from the arc.
Carpenter's basket in the opening seconds of the second half tied the game, but Oakland responded with an 11-0 run and the Vikings were only able to get as close as nine before they were outscored 20-2 over the final four minutes.
Niagara overcomes loss of Scott in 85-84 win over Iona
Friday, February 16 at 9:30 PM (EST)
NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. (AP) James Towns scored 20 points, Kahlil Dukes added 17 and the pair fueled a second-half rally after Niagara lost high-scoring guard Matt Scott to edge Iona 85-84 on Friday night.
Dukes' free throw gave the Purple Eagles (18-10, 11-4 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) an 85-82 lead with five seconds left. Niagara fouled Roland Griffin, who missed both free throws, and though Jan Svandrlik got the putback, Iona was unable to foul before the buzzer.
Scott, who came in averaging 19.9 points per game, scored 10 points in the first 11 minutes before leaving with an apparent ankle injury with Iona taking a 47-37 lead at the break. Dukes and Towns scored 13 points each in the second half as Niagara rallied to tie with 9:24 left and took the lead for good on Greg King's dunk with 4:40 remaining.
Griffin scored 17 points to lead Iona (16-12, 10-6).
With Canisius winning Friday to join Rider in first place in the MAAC, Niagara is now in second place and Iona third.
Goodman's big night helps give Penn 74-62 win over Columbia
Friday, February 16 at 11:43 PM (EST)
NEW YORK (AP) Devon Goodman, who had scored 35 points all season, came off the bench to hit five 3-pointers and piled up 23 points to lead Pennsylvania to a 74-62 victory on Friday night that kept the Quakers tied with Harvard atop the Ivy League.
Goodman made 5 of 8 shots from the arc while the rest of Quakers were 4 of 21. He added five assists.
Caleb Wood added 16 points and AJ Brodeur 14 for the Quakers (18-7, 8-1), who bounced back from a loss to Harvard.
Goodman, who scored 18 points in the first half, hit a 3-pointer to start an 18-0 run that gave Penn a 68-54 lead with 2:30 left in the game before Columbia's Kyle Castlin's 3-point play ended Columbia's 5 1/2-minute scoring drought. Brodeur scored six points during the run.
Mike Smith scored 16 points for the Lions (6-16, 3-6) with Nate Hickman adding 13 and Quinton Adlesh 12.
|Rhode Island||74||vs.||77||St. Bonaventure||Final Recap|
St. Bonaventure upsets No. 16 Rhode Island with 77-74 win
By JOHN WAWROW - AP Sports Writer
Friday, February 16 at 11:39 PM (EST)
OLEAN, N.Y. (AP) Standing alone with the ball under the basket, St. Bonaventure forward LaDarien Griffin had only one thought come to mind.
''Don't miss,'' Griffin said of his dunk with 21.5 seconds remaining that provided the go-ahead points in the Bonnies 77-74 win over Rhode Island, and snapped the 16th-ranked Rams' 16-game winning streak on Friday night.
Griffin, actually, didn't miss much on either end of the court in a thrilling back-and-forth game in which neither team led by more than six points.
Aside from scoring eight of his 14 points in the final 5:24, the junior forward also got his hand up to alter Jared Terrell's potential game-tying basket with 4.8 seconds left. Griffin, who added eight rebounds and three blocks, even kept playing after losing his shoe.
''He didn't tie it tight enough,'' coach Mark Schmidt said with a laugh, referring to Griffin losing his shoe while running up the court with about three minutes left and then throwing the shoe off to the sideline.
''I don't know,'' Griffin said, sheepishly. ''I just ran down the floor and threw it out of bounds.''
Matt Mobley made up for Jaylen Adams' offensive struggles by scoring 26 points. Adams hit just 2 of 12 attempts for 10 points.
The Bonnies (20-6, 10-4 Atlantic 10 Conference) won their eighth straight. St. Bonaventure also reached the 20-win plateau for a third consecutive season.
The Rams (21-4, 13-1) had the nation's longest winning streak snapped in losing for the first time since a 68-64 decision at Alabama on Dec. 6. The loss also snapped Rhode Island's 21-game winning streak in conference play, dating to 53-43 loss against Fordham on Feb. 15, 2017.
Terrell led the Rams with 23 points. E.C. Matthews scored all of his 14 points in the second half, playing three days after hurting his left knee in an 85-67 win over Richmond.
''I think their grittiness kind of knocked us on our heels a little bit,'' Rams coach Dan Hurley said.
The loud and raucous crowd that packed the Reilly Center certainly didn't help.
With the game tied at 50, Hurley attempted to get his players' attention by rapping the legs of his folding chair on the court during a timeout. He's not sure they heard him.
''I want to get these guys juiced up, because the place was obviously electric. I was trying to just create some energy,'' Hurley said. ''It was a meager attempt, but I had to try something.''
Unlike their 87-63 loss at Rhode Island a month ago, the Bonnies refused to wilt and instead matched the Rams' high-tempo attack shot for shot.
The turning point came with 6 minutes left, with Rhode Island up 67-61. St. Bonaventure's Courtney Stockard intercepted Stanford Robinson's pass at mid-court and scored on an open layup.
Griffin took over by scoring six points on three consecutive possessions.
Rhode Island's Cyril Langevine hit two free throws after he was fouled while attempting a dunk to put the Rams up 74-73 with 38 seconds remaining,
Then came Griffin's go-ahead dunk in which he was set up by a pass from Adams from the top of the key.
''Coach drew up a great play,'' Griffin said in how the Bonnies adapted to the Rams double-teaming Adams. ''He made a great pass. I just made sure to finish it.''
Rams forward Andre Berry hurt his left ankle and didn't return after leaving the game with 15:31 left.
At least one Bonnies fan crossed the line. Fans in the end zone nearest the Rhode Island bench were warned during the first half when someone threw a wad of paper at the Rams players during a huddle. A technical foul was called with 12:48 left in the second half when something else was thrown during a timeout and picked up by Hurley. A fan was identified and escorted out of the arena.
Rhode Island: With four games left, still has the inside track to clinch school's first A-10 regular season title.
St. Bonaventure: The Bonnies gave their chances of an at-large NCAA bid a nice boost.
Rhode Island: at La Salle on Tuesday.
St. Bonaventure: hosts Duquesne on Wednesday.
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|Detroit||94||vs.||84||Youngstown State||Final Recap|
Detroit Mercy outlasts Youngstown State 94-84
Friday, February 16 at 9:09 PM (EST)
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) Kameron Chatman had his ninth double-double of the season with 26 points and 11 rebounds to help Detroit Mercy beat Youngstown State 94-84 on Friday night.
Chatman was 10 of 13 from the field and made one 3-pointer and all five of his foul shots. Roschon Prince added 16 points and seven rebounds for the Titans (8-20, 4-11 Horizon), who had six score in double figures.
Detroit took the lead for good on a pair of free throws that made it 37-36 with two seconds left in the first half and scored the first 11 points of the second half to pull away.
Youngstown State got as close as 54-48 and stayed within striking distance until the Titans went on a 12-2 run to lead 90-72 with three minutes to go.
Cameron Morse and Tyree Robinson had 17 points each for the Penguins (8-21, 6-10). Naz Bohannon added 11 points and 10 rebounds.
IUPUI tops Milwaukee in overtime, 76-71
Friday, February 16 at 10:31 PM (EST)
MILWAUKEE (AP) T.J. Henderson's baseline 3-pointer gave IUPUI the lead with 50 seconds left in overtime and Jaylen Minnett then scored his only three points from the line to wrap up the Jaguars' 76-71 victory over Milwaukee on Friday night.
Evan Hall was 10-of-15 shooting and scored 20 points with 10 rebounds and four blocks to lead the Jaguars (9-17, 6-9 Horizon League), who led the entire second half until Jeremiah Bell scored the final four points of regulation to it at 64. Henderson scored 14 points.
Bell made four 3-pointers and finished with 29 points for the Panthers (14-15, 7-9), who had grabbed their first lead since early in the second half at 71-70 when Bell was fouled and made all three from the line with 1:09 left in overtime.
Milwaukee's Bryce Nze grabbed a career-high 17 rebounds to go with nine points while Brett Prahl scored 22 points and Carson Warren-Newsome 10.
Morgan scores 31, Cornell beats Princeton 107-101 in 3OT
Friday, February 16 at 11:25 PM (EST)
ITHACA, N.Y. (AP) Matt Morgan scored nine of his 31 points in triple-overtime and Cornell snapped a six-game losing skid against Princeton with a 107-101 victory on Friday night.
It was the first time in the 118-year history of the series where both teams scored more than 100 points each.
Morgan converted a 3-point play, made all six of his free throws and had two defensive rebounds as the Big Red outscored Princeton 19-13 in the third overtime. Morgan was 8-of-17 shooting with four 3-pointers, and had 10 rebounds and seven assists. Stone Gettings added 26 points for Cornell (10-12, 4-5), which made 29 of 32 from the free-throw line.
Devin Cannady scored a career-high 32 points and Myles Stephens added 25 to lead Princeton (11-13, 3-6 Ivy League), which has lost five straight.
Cornell was down 20 points with 12 minutes left, but Morgan's jumper with 10 seconds to go gave the Big Red a one-point lead. Princeton's Amir Bell made the second of two free-throw attempts with a second left in regulation to send it to overtime tied at 76.
|UIC||83||vs.||75||Green Bay||Final Recap|
Dixson scores 18, leads UIC over Green Bay 83-75
Friday, February 16 at 11:51 PM (EST)
ASHWAUBENON, Wis. (AP) Dikembe Dixson scored 18 points, Jordan Blount had 14 points and 15 rebounds and Illinois-Chicago beat Green Bay 83-75 on Friday night.
UIC (16-12, 11-4 Horizon League) rebounded from a nine-point loss to Cleveland State that broke a seven-game win streak. The Flames moved within a game of league leaders Wright State and Northern Kentucky, and conclude the regular season against the two next week.
Tai Odiase added 14 points, nine rebounds and four blocks for UIC. Tarkus Ferguson had eight points with 12 boards for the Flames, who finished with 60 rebounds.
Sandy Cohen III had 25 points to lead four in double-figure scoring for Green Bay (10-19, 5-11), which has lost four straight.
UIC used a 15-0 run to take a 73-62 lead with five minutes left. Dixson scored five points during the stretch. The Phoenix cut the deficit to six points in the final minute but didn't get closer.
|Northern Kentucky||67||vs.||69||Wright State||Final Recap|
Wright State beats Northern Kentucky in Horizon showdown
Friday, February 16 at 11:56 PM (EST)
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) Loudon Love scored 15 points and Wright State held off a late rally from Northern Kentucky 69-67 in a matchup of the Horizon League's top two teams on Friday night.
The Raiders (20-8, 12-3) moved into a tie for first place in the conference standings with the Norse (19-8, 12-3) and, with the sweep of the season series, hold the tiebreaker in postseason seeding.
Love made it 66-62 with 2:43 left and Jaylon Hall hit a driving runner to make it 68-65 with 14 seconds to go. Wright State fouled to force free throws with 2.8 seconds left. Lavone Holland II made both and Northern Kentucky was unable to get another shot.
Wright State took the lead for good early in the second half when Parker Ernsthausen's 3-pointer made it 37-34. The Raiders led by 11 before the Norse rallied to within 66-65 on Jordan Garnett's 3-pointer with 1:19 to go.
Tyler Sharpe had 16 points with three triples to lead the Norse.
|Georgia State||80||vs.||85||Georgia Southern||Final Recap|
Brown scores 23, leads Georgia Southern over Georgia State
Friday, February 16 at 11:50 PM (EST)
STATESBORO, Ga. (AP) Tookie Brown scored 23 points and Georgia Southern knocked off rival Georgia State 85-80 on Friday night.
Brown, who was injured and missed the team's first meeting this season - an 83-66 win for Georgia State on Jan. 20 - was 6 of 12 from the floor and had five assists for the Eagles (17-10, 8-6 Sun Belt), who snapped a three-game skid.
D'Marcus Simonds scored 21 points with nine rebounds before fouling out with a minute to go as the Panthers (19-8, 10-4) dropped their second straight after winning 10 in a row. They remain alone in second place behind 12-1 Louisiana with the Eagles alone in third.
Southern led the entire game and were up 73-63 with 3:46 to go when Simonds scored five straight points. The Eagles made their final field goal with 5:10 remaining but sank 12 of 15 free throws in the final 1 1/2 minutes when the Panthers got within three points three times.
The teams combined for 47 fouls with Georgia Southern making 25 of 37 free throws to 17 of 39 for Georgia State.
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