Today is Thursday, November 23, 2017.
College Basketball Scores
|Thursday, November 23, 2017|
|Men's College Basketball|
|Purdue||vs.||Western Kentucky||7:00 (EST) Preview|
No. 18 Purdue looks to regroup vs. Western Kentucky
Thursday, November 23 at 3:18 AM (EST)
This was not the Battle 4 Atlantis matchup on Thanksgiving Day that No. 18 Purdue anticipated.
The Boilermakers (4-1) will face Western Kentucky (2-2) at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday night after each lost on Wednesday afternoon.
Tennessee (3-0) upset Purdue 78-75 in overtime, and No. 5 Villanova beat Western Kentucky 66-58.
Purdue, which entered averaging 102 points and shooting 56.8 percent from the field, shot only 36.3 percent against the Volunteers. Tennessee had 20 offensive rebounds among its 50-41 advantage on the glass.
The Vols also recorded 21 second-chance points, 20 points off 18 Purdue turnovers and 38 points in the paint. The Boilermakers' lofty shooting stats fell to 53.2 percent overall and 46.2 percent from 3-point range.
It marked Purdue's first regular-season tournament loss -- it had won 11 consecutive times -- since falling to Kansas State in the opening round of the 2014 Maui Invitational.
While 6-foot-7 Grant Williams led Tennessee with 22 points -- all after halftime -- 6-8 Vince Edwards led Purdue with 11 points, 13 rebounds and five assists. Sophomore guard Carsen Edwards actually was the Boilermakers' leading scorer with 21. He missed a potential game-winning 3-pointer at the regulation buzzer.
When Western Kentucky plays Purdue on Thursday night, it will be the Hilltoppers' first back-to-back games against Top 25 opponents since the 1993 NCAA tournament.
Purdue coach Matt Painter was bitterly disappointed by Wednesday's loss to Tennessee in the Bahamas.
"Tennessee embraced the physicality of the game much better than we did," Painter said.
"We have to be able to do that. That's not just our big guys, that is everybody. I thought they earned what they got. We have a skilled team, but we've got to win the possession wars. We've got to outrebound our opponent. We have to have fewer turnovers. When you do that, now that skill is really going to help you.
"I thought we gave Tennessee a lot of help. We've got to do a better job decision-making. We're a good offensive team, but we've got to allow ourselves to be a good offensive team. When we go too quick or force things and we turn it over, now we're not rewarding ourselves."
Senior guard P.J. Thompson, who scored 11, was hoping to play No. 5 Villanova in Thursday's semifinals and No. 2 Arizona in Friday's title game. Now, it will be Western Kentucky and still maybe Arizona in the fifth-place game. The Wildcats were upset by North Carolina State on Wednesday.
"It's very disappointing," Thompson said. "We weren't worried about the other teams. We focused on Tennessee. Credit to them. They came out and had great intensity."
Vince Edwards said Purdue lacked what carried the team to an impressive 4-0 start.
"We've got to continue to do what got us here," Edwards said. "We had some plays where we took some quick shots. We should have moved the ball. Credit them. They pressured us, they were physical with us."
Western Kentucky got 16 points from Darius Thompson and shot 44 percent in its solid eight-point loss to the nation's fifth-ranked team.
"I'm really proud of our team's effort," Hilltoppers coach Rick Stansbury said. "But I think it's the way we kind of let the game get away from us in the second half that I'm most disappointed with."
|Arizona State||vs.||Kansas State||7:30 (EST)|
|West Virginia||vs.||Marist||8:30 (EST) Preview|
No. 23 West Virginia rolls into AdvoCare Invitational
Thursday, November 23 at 3:27 AM (EST)
Even with its psyche boosted by a string of three blowout wins at home, No. 23 West Virginia heads to the AdvoCare Invitational trying to make amends.
"I wanted to go down there 4-0, like all the players did," coach Bob Huggins said.
Instead the Mountaineers (3-1) remain defined by their season-opening 23-point loss to No. 16 Texas A&M in Germany. That perception could change should the wins keep piling up this week in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., where West Virginia is the favorite among the eight-team field.
"We've got a chance to go win a championship and that makes it kind of fun," Huggins said.
His team has won its past three games by an average margin of 42 points and Thursday night's tournament opener against Marist (0-3) could be lopsided too. The Foxes, picked next to last in the 11-team Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, opened the season with losses to Lehigh 84-76 in overtime, UMass Lowell 76-73 and Army 94-73.
Fourth-year Marist coach Mike Maker, trying to retool a program that hasn't had a winning record since 2007, spent two seasons as a West Virginia assistant under John Beilen.
"That will pull at my heartstrings a little bit because I had such a great experience there," Maker said. "It will be a stiff challenge, but we're looking forward to that overall experience for our basketball program and how that will help us prepare for the MAAC."
Marist junior Brian Parker (19.7 points. 6.3 rebounds) is among the MAAC's top guards, but his 4.3 turnovers per game could be enticing for a "Press Virginia" full-court defense that rattles ball-handlers. The Mountaineers have forced 70 turnovers during their three-game winning streak, though their aggression sometimes leaves shooters open on the back end.
"Nobody comes down, puts three fingers up and runs a set against us," Huggins said. "That's the strength of what we do. The hard thing of it is when you double a ball-screen and you go double in the halfcourt, you've got to have three guys who make the right rotation.
"We're getting better. It's so much repetition. We've got to keep repping the same thing over and over."
Senior point guard Jevon Carter, the Mountaineers' leader, averages 4.5 steals to go along with 15.5 points and 6.5 assists. Fellow guard Daxter Miles (14.8 points) has continued his hot-and-cold tendencies, scoring a combined 52 points against American and Morgan State but only seven in the other two games.
Lamont West and Beetle Bolden -- both of whom average 12.8 points -- are West Virginia's top 3-point shooters, while center Sagaba Konate has blocked four shots in each of his three starts and is coming off a career-best 20-point game against Long Beach State.
The winner advances to Friday's semifinals against Central Florida (3-0) or Nebraska (3-1). The tournament championship is slated for Sunday.
On the opposite side of the bracket, St. John's (4-0) faces Oregon State (2-1) and Long Beach State (2-2) meets Missouri (3-1), which threatened to be a Top 25 team before losing fab freshman Michael Porter Jr. to season-ending back surgery.
|Charleston||vs.||Sam Houston State||9:30 (EST)|
|Arizona||vs.||SMU||9:30 (EST) Preview|
No. 2 Arizona tries to regroup, focus on defense
Thursday, November 23 at 3:42 AM (EST)
Arizona coach Sean Miller mentioned defense as a concern in every press conference leading up to the start of the Battle 4 Atlantis event on Wednesday.
By the end of the night, his team had a clear picture of why he was making such a big deal of it. The second-ranked Wildcats also had a loss.
Arizona fell 90-84 to North Carolina State to open the three-day tournament at Paradise Island, Bahamas. The Wildcats, who gave up too many easy baskets and allowed Kevin Keatts' Wolfpack to shoot 49.1 percent (27 of 55), move into the consolation bracket to play SMU on Thursday.
SMU, like Arizona, took its first loss Wednesday night. The Mustangs (4-1) fell 61-58 to Northern Iowa.
Arizona (3-1) struggled to slow down N.C. State senior guard Allerik Freeman, who led the Wolfpack (5-0) to the upset win while playing 38 minutes. N.C. State ended the night with 36 points in the paint, and its bench outscored Arizona's reserves 39-6. The Wildcats struggled with their interior defense throughout the game, which was part of their downfall.
"When you talk about Arizona basketball under Sean Miller, the first thing you should think about is gritty team defense," Arizona associate head coach Lorenzo Romar said. "We didn't show that tonight. Early in the game, we didn't. Throughout the game when we managed to come back and even take the lead later, it was because we were getting stops.
"We just didn't do a very good job of that. We scored 84 points, that's enough points to win a college basketball game, but if we're not going to defend better than that, it's going to be a problem."
SMU had a rough first half Wednesday night with 10 turnovers before it cleaned things up to outscore Northern Iowa 35-30 in the second half.
Junior Jarrey Foster led the way for SMU with a career-high 19 points, including three 3-pointers, in 38 minutes. The Mustangs' leading scorer, Shake Milton (19.8 points per game), played all 40 minutes but had a rough night from the field, making only 5 of 19 shots for 14 points in the loss.
Milton can get hot, though -- he is 16 of 41 from beyond the arc, 39.0 percent, this season -- which could be problematic for Arizona if it doesn't fix its defense.
Offense hasn't been an issue for the Wildcats.
Freshman forward Deandre Ayton made his return home to the Bahamas with an impressive night, leading the Wildcats with 27 points and 14 rebounds to go with two steals.
Junior guard Allonzo Trier, who was averaging 30 points going into the Wednesday game, was held scoreless for the first 19 minutes against the Wolfpack. He gave Arizona a brief lead late in the first half and eventually picked up the pace in the second 20 minutes to end the night with 27 points and five rebounds in 37 minutes.
The loss Wednesday marked the earliest defeat for Arizona since a loss to Wisconsin on Nov. 23, 2009, in the EA Sports Maui Invitational.
Tip for the Thursday game, which will be streamed on ESPN3, is scheduled for 9:30 p.m. ET.
|Rider||vs.||UC Irvine||10:00 (EST)|
|Florida||vs.||Stanford||10:00 (EST) Preview|
No. 8 Gators say close call was eye-opener
Thursday, November 23 at 3:44 AM (EST)
When No. 8 Florida and Stanford meet in the first round of the PK80 Invitational Thursday in Portland, both teams will have the same goal -- try to bounce back from a shaky performance in the previous game.
Junior Jalen Hudson rescued Florida by scoring 22 of his 26 points in the second half as the Gators edged New Hampshire 70-63 on Monday. The Gators (3-0) had scored 224 points in their first two games but couldn't find the range against New Hampshire.
Florida coach Mike White said this could have helped his team. After doing so well in the first two games, now they'll re-focus before the Stanford matchup.
"I think it's probably good for our guys," White said after the New Hampshire win. "Maybe we were a little overly comfortable and feeling ourselves a little."
Graduate transfer Egor Koulechov, who came over from Rice this season, has made a quick impact. The SEC named the guard as Player of the Week on Monday after a solid first three games.
He scored 34 points in the season-opening rout of Gardner-Webb and then added double-doubles in the wins over North Florida and New Hampshire.
Koulechov is averaging 20.3 points and 8.3 rebounds, tops on Florida in both categories.
Hudson ranks second on the team at 18.0 points per game with KeVaughn Allen third at 10.7.
The Gators want to get back to how they played in the first two games and hope this contest helps.
"We're always excited to go out there and play," guard Chris Chiozza said. "We know it's the big stage. This is just a great opportunity to show what kind of team we can be."
Stanford (3-2) will be trying to rebound from a 96-72 loss to North Carolina on Monday. Coach Jerod Haase, who played under Tar Heels coach Roy Williams at Kansas, said this is all part of the Cardinal's learning curve.
"We are going to build this thing; it is going to be brick by brick," Haase said. "While it's not going to happen overnight, we're going to build a monster."
Stanford has lost two of its last three games after a 2-0 start, thanks to wins over Cal Poly and Pacific. Since then, Stanford lost to Eastern Washington and the Tar Heels around a victory over Northeastern.
Junior forward Reid Travis said the team hoped to play better versus North Carolina but will try to take what they learned from that game and improve against Florida and other teams.
"Obviously, we need to watch film to see what we did well and what we didn't do well and go from there," Travis said. "Right now it's kind of just disappointment because we came into the game with the mindset we wanted to knock them off, and we wanted to win the game."
Travis leads the Cardinal in scoring at 21.2 points per game. Senior forward Michael Humphrey has given Stanford plenty of punch in the paint, averaging a double-double of 12.2 points and 10.6 rebounds per contest.
The Cardinal is going to have to be ready to score as Florida can pile up the points quickly if its offense is working. In its first two games, the Gators went over 100 each time and often at a fast pace.
|Georgia||vs.||Cal State Fullerton||10:30 (EST)|
|Michigan State||vs.||DePaul||11:30 (EST) Preview|
Bridges iffy as No. 4 Michigan State faces DePaul
Thursday, November 23 at 3:50 AM (EST)
No. 4 Michigan State might not have its best player for the PK80 college basketball tournament.
Star sophomore forward Miles Bridges sustained a left ankle sprain while driving to the basket in the team's 93-71 win over Stony Brook on Sunday. The sprain isn't considered serious, but the Spartans will take a cautious approach at this stage of the season.
Michigan State faces DePaul in the opening round of the 16-team, four-day event on Thursday in Portland, Ore.
"He's tough enough where if he's healthy, he'll go," coach Tom Izzo said of Bridges, who missed seven games last season with a similar injury. "If he's not healthy or there's any chance (of making it worse), of course, we're holding him back."
The Spartans (2-1) might have enough talent to win the tournament without Bridges, who is averaging 19.7 points and 7.0 rebounds. The sophomore backcourt of Joshua Langford (13.7 points per game) and Cassius Winston (9.3 ppg, 8.3 assists per game) excelled against Stony Brook and could take an expanded offensive role if Bridges misses any time.
Prized freshman center Jaren Jackson Jr. will try to bounce back from a forgettable outing in which he fouled out after 14 scoreless minutes.
"He didn't even really play," Izzo said. "He was in the game 14 minutes, but eight of those minutes he was playing not to foul."
Michigan State has some things to clean up in order to win the tournament, regardless of Bridges' status. The Spartans allowed 25 offensive rebounds to No. 1 Duke in an 88-81 loss last week.
Stony Brook subsequently dented Michigan State's defense by making 13 3-pointers, connecting on half of its attempts.
"We've got to keep our focus on 100 percent at all times," Winston said. "I think that's a little bit where we struggle with, just focusing in. When we focus, when everybody's locked in, we're a hell of a team. But once some players lose focus, then we kind of just dwindle down a little bit."
The Blue Demons (1-2) have an injury concern regarding one of their mainstays. Sophomore guard Devin Gage sustained an ankle sprain in their 82-73 loss to Illinois on Friday.
DePaul has won just five Big East games over the past two seasons. Coach Dave Leitao views the PK80 tournament as a chance to show his program is on the upswing.
"My first reaction was 'Oh boy' because the tournament is filled with the who's who of college basketball, at least from a Nike perspective," Leitao said in a radio interview with Chicago's 670-AM The Score.
"As I took a deep breath, I realized it's very prestigious. So being invited to something like that is really a prestigious thing. For the guys, an experience that you can't duplicate. What they wanted to do was make this (tournament) the creme de la creme. So being a part of that is a really special thing."
A pair of junior swingmen lead the Blue Demons in scoring -- Max Strus (13.7 ppg, 5.0 rpg) and Eli Cain (11.0 ppg, 5.3 rpg).
DePaul lost to a ranked team, Notre Dame, and defeated Delaware State in its other games.
"These first three games have not been easy," Leitao said. "The next three games won't be easy as well, starting with Thursday night's game. ... I'm anxious to go up against one of the best coaches college basketball has ever seen and one of the true great programs that we have. Our guys, I believe, will be very excited to play, and we're hoping to have major success."
UNLV trio outscores Utah
Thursday, November 23 at 2:54 AM (EST)
UNLV's trio of Jovan Mooring, Jordan Johnson and Brandon McCoy outscored Utah's entire team in an 85-58 triumph Wednesday night in the MGM Main Event championship at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
McCoy, a touted 7-foot-1 center, had a career-high 26 points with 17 rebounds. Johnson finished with 20 points and six assists, and Mooring added 19 points. The trio made 23 of 41 shots from the field. The Rebels (5-0) shot 50 percent from the floor overall.
Utah (4-1) made 21 of 60 field-goal attempts, including 2 of 20 from 3-point range. Donnie Tillman led the Utes with 14 points, and Tyler Rawson added 10.
UNLV ended the first half on an 8-2 run and scored the first six points of the second half to build a 49-33 lead with 17:55 remaining in regulation.
The Rebels exposed Utah's interior defense with McCoy getting a dunk and Johnson two layups to start the second half.
UNLV, which won the rebounding battle 46-30, outscored Utah 46-34 in the paint.
Utah's top two scorers -- forward David Collette (13.8 points a game) and guard Sedrick Barefield (13.0) -- were kept in check. Collette had nine points and Barefield scored only two on 1-of-8 shooting from the field (0-of-5 from 3-point range).
Collette had only two points until he made a layup with 14:25 left. Barefield did not make his first shot until 6:22 remained, cutting UNLV's lead to 71-49.
Utah started the first 10 minutes of the second half making only 4 of 17 shots, including misses on all five 3-point attempts. UNLV, which plays its home games at nearby Thomas & Mack Arena, led 65-41 at that point.
|Missouri||vs.||Long Beach State||11:30 (EST)|
|Chicago State||vs.||UMBC||12:00 (EST)|
|Tennessee||vs.||Villanova||12:30 (EST) Preview|
VIllanova looking for better effort vs. Tennessee
Thursday, November 23 at 2:39 AM (EST)
One coach enters Thursday's semifinal game of the Battle 4 Atlantis pleased with his team's toughness while the other is not thrilled about his team being timid with its communication.
The coach with positive thoughts is Rick Barnes of unranked Tennessee (3-0); the one who had a concerned look on his face Wednesday was Jay Wright of No. 5 Villanova (4-0).
The Volunteers upset No. 18 Purdue on Wednesday by persevering in overtime with a 78-75 win, earning the right to face the Wildcats in the semifinal round of the Battle 4 Atlantis on Thursday at Paradise Island, Bahamas.
"We really showed the toughness that we've been looking for from them, to play for 45 minutes," Barnes said. "Our guys just kept finding ways to fight back."
Villanova beat Western Kentucky 66-58 in a game that was in doubt until a 12-2 run midway through the second half. The Wildcats trailed the Hilltoppers by as many as six points in the first half.
"They controlled the tempo from the start," Wright said. "It didn't look good for a while there and you have to give them a lot of credit. They usually play a little faster than that, but they were smart knowing there are three games in three days here.
"Offensively, they had us out of whack by switching up defenses, and that led to our poor shooting."
Villanova, which led 27-24 at halftime, shot only 33.3 percent in the first half. The Wildcats shot 62.5 percent in the second half thanks to guards Jalen Brunson, Mikal Bridges and Donte DiVincenzo.
They combined to make 11 of 14 shots from the field in the second half. DiVincenzo scored 12 of his 14 points after halftime.
Brunson finished with 18 points on 7-of-9 shooting from the field while Bridges contributed 17 points, eight rebounds and five steals.
"Tennessee is big and athletic. We have our work cut out for us," Wright said. "If we let them do what Western Kentucky did to us by controlling the tempo early, we'll be in trouble."
Tennessee grabbed 20 offensive rebounds against a Purdue interior that has size. The Volunteers outrebounded Purdue 50-41, led by 11 boards by 6-foot-11, 225-pound forward Kyle Alexander.
Tennessee attempted 21 more shots than Purdue because of its 20 offensive rebounds. Forward Grant Williams had eight rebounds and 6-foot-5 guard Admiral Schofield totaled seven. Alexander, Williams and Schofield combined for 12 offensive boards.
Their dominating performance belied the preseason predictions, which had Tennessee finishing 13th in the SEC.
"The only time that's ever brought up is when I get mad at them," Barnes said. "I tell them they were picked there for a reason. But we really don't talk about it. Because we decided we're going to set our own standard."
The winner advances to the championship game Friday. Villanova won this event in 2013, outlasting Iowa in overtime in the title game after beating USC and Kansas.
|Hampton||vs.||Northern Arizona||2:00 (EST)|
|St. John's||vs.||Oregon State||2:00 (EST)|
|Portland||vs.||North Carolina||2:30 (EST) Preview|
PK80 to test No, 9 Tar Heels' big men
Thursday, November 23 at 2:47 AM (EST)
North Carolina is looking for more out of its freshmen and hoping upperclassmen can keep things together during what could be a challenging weekend.
The ninth-ranked Tar Heels (3-0) are set to play three games in the PK80 Invitational in Portland, Ore. The opener comes Thursday at the Moda Center against Portland (2-1) in the first meeting between the teams.
North Carolina coach Roy Williams has expressed concerns about the freshmen in the post, particularly after they were plagued with foul trouble during the team's road opener Monday night at Stanford, where the Tar Heels began a West Coast swing.
"(As) you go through this, you feel good about being 3-0. I've seen some good things, but the freshmen have a long way to go," Williams said. "Before the end of the year, they'll need to get better or I won't have gray hair because I won't have any at all."
Forward Garrison Brooks was scoreless in 12 minutes, while he, Brandon Huffman and Sterling Manley all ended up with four fouls. Huffman provided a season-high eight points and five rebounds.
"Hopefully, the freshmen learned some things," Williams said. "They didn't have much success, but hopefully they learned some things."
Inexperience in these situations could be a bigger issue for Portland.
Second-year Portland coach Terry Porter, a former NBA coach, said the PK80 Invitational provides a unique opportunity for his school.
"It has been really great for the program," Porter said of the publicity around the tournament. "What a great experience. We're excited for our program. That's what it's all about."
Portland (2-1) holds lopsided victories against NAIA members Walla Walla and Oregon Tech, so the Pilots are about to encounter an upgrade in competition.
"You want a challenge, so we're very excited about it," Porter said. "You want that anxiety, you can't wait. Once the ball goes up, the guys settle in. ... Lock in to our principles, lean on each other and we'll get through this."
Portland is 7-64 all-time against Top 25 opponents, with nine consecutive losses against ranked teams.
Yet if North Carolina's interior players have problems, it might be because of Pilots senior center Phillip Hartwich, who's shooting 90 percent (9-for-10) from the field through three games. He's also averaging 12 rebounds per game.
The Tar Heels might have sophomore guard Brandon Robinson available after he missed the past two games. He suffered a sprained shoulder in the opener.
The Tar Heels received big performances from a veteran backcourt in the 96-72 victory against Stanford. Senior guard Joel Berry, in his second game of the season after a preseason broken bone in his right hand, poured in 29 points and junior guard Kenny Williams had 20.
"It means a lot. It shows that the work is paying off," said Kenny Williams, who bagged six 3-pointers in the first half.
North Carolina is 6-0 all-time in the state of Oregon, with all the games in Portland. The most-recent visit came in 1976.
This will mark the Tar Heels' second game in a five-game stretch against a member of the West Coast Conference. North Carolina defeated Gonzaga in April's national championship game.
The opponent for North Carolina and Portland on Friday will be either Arkansas or Oklahoma, one in a semifinal and the other in a consolation-bracket matchup.
|North Carolina State||vs.||UNI||3:00 (EST)|
|Saint Mary's||vs.||Harvard||4:00 (EST) Preview|
Gaels relish chance to build resume at Wooden tourney
Thursday, November 23 at 3:00 AM (EST)
Early-season wins have come pretty easily for St. Mary's in recent years. Something that has been more of a challenge for the Gaels: building a resume that will be appealing come March.
Their inclusion in this week's Wooden Legacy tournament in Fullerton, Calif., might help.
St. Mary's faces Harvard in Thursday's first round -- and Georgia, San Diego State and St. Joseph's loom as potential opponents.
"I think it's a pretty tough field," Dedrique Taylor, coach of host school Cal State Fullerton, told the Orange County Register. "With (St. Mary's and Georgia) obviously, and San Diego State and Harvard and St. Joe's. Those schools are no slouches, so it's a very tough field."
A season ago, St. Mary's finished 29-5 and got an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament as a No. 7 seed.
But the Gaels were passed over the previous three years, including the 2016 team that went 27-5 and won the West Coast Conference regular-season title.
St. Mary's (4-0) started the season with wins -- over St. Francis (Pa.), New Mexico State, Cal State Fullerton and San Jose State -- that are unlikely to impress NCAA committee members in March.
But this field includes three or four teams that could represent potential RPI Top 100 opponents for St. Mary's -- something the Gaels likely won't see in the WCC outside of Gonzaga and possibly BYU.
"It would be very difficult to be better," coach Randy Bennett said before the season, when asked how he would top the 2016-17 team. "Lose four games instead of five? I don't want to tell our guys, 'Hey, just try to be as good as last year.' We're just going to try to be as good as we can be. This year's team is a whole new story."
The Gaels, led by All-America candidate Jock Landale, haven't done much wrong so far.
The 6-foot-11 Australian had 22 points and nine rebounds in Sunday's 79-61 win over San Jose State.
Jean Prioleau, the Spartans' first-year head coach, came away impressed with Landale.
Oumar Barry and Ashtin Chastain picked up four fouls each trying to guard the St. Mary's big man.
"I don't know if he's a first team All-American, but he might be close," Prioleau said of Landale. "He's pretty good. Playing against a guy with that type of size, you're gonna get in foul trouble a little bit."
Harvard will also have to contend with Calvin Hermanson, who's averaging 19 points per game, and Landale's countryman Emmett Naar, who had 12 assists in the win over San Jose State.
While Harvard (2-2) is coming off back-to-back losses to Holy Cross and Manhattan, the Crimson was the preseason choice in the Ivy League.
Head coach Tommy Amaker believes his young players -- including seven sophomores -- can become more consistent.
"Youth is always synonymous with inconsistency and we have seen that throughout the course of a game, not necessarily the whole season yet," Amaker told The Harvard Crimson.
Forward Seth Towns, one of those sophomores, believes the extra year will be key for the players.
"One main thing is we have seven sophomores instead of seven freshmen," Towns said. "I think that's one of the biggest differences. I think with all of us freshman last year having those roles and that translating into what we have now is really nice because there's so much growth in everybody's game."
St. Joseph's and Washington State are the teams' potential opponents in Friday's second round.
|Portland State||vs.||Duke||4:30 (EST) Preview|
No. 1 Duke visits Portland State in PK80 Invitational
Thursday, November 23 at 2:34 AM (EST)
Duke and Portland State have vastly different basketball histories, but connections to Phil Knight have brought them together.
They're participating in the PK80 Invitational, which honors the Nike icon's 80th birthday.
Top-ranked Duke (5-0) and Portland State (4-0) meet in one of the 16-team event's opening-day games Thursday at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Portland, Ore.
Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said it's a chance to learn different things about the Blue Devils as they'll be tested in various ways.
"This is a very difficult stretch," Krzyzewski said. "Hopefully, we'll grow up a lot during it."
This will mark the first time Portland State ever faces a top-ranked team. The Vikings have tangled with a No. 2 team twice, including an 89-39 loss at Duke on Dec. 30, 1997.
First-year coach Barret Peery said the Vikings will look to show progress throughout the season. For Portland State, this is a chance to showcase the program.
"We want to (show) the best product that we can possibly give," Peery said.
Duke's busy early schedule is about to become even more hectic. By the middle of next week, Duke will have had a stretch of four games in seven days -- none of them at home.
"These games are what we work for every day in practice," freshman forward Marvin Bagley III said, knowing there will be additional exposure even for the Blue Devils.
Bagley is the third freshman in Duke history with three games with 20 or more points across his first five games, joining Jabari Parker (2013-14) and Johnny Dawkins (1982-83).
Krzyzewski carries a 199-29 record when Duke holds the No. 1 ranking. This marks the 500th week that Duke has been ranked in the Top 10 under Krzyzewski, reflecting the most for any men's coach.
Krzyzewski said Duke's relationship with Nike has been special for the university and a boost for his program. He said the Blue Devils' rise to prominence came as Nike grew as well.
"It will be an honor to be out there," Krzyzewski said of the opportunity to honor Knight.
Duke has played twice previously in Portland, winning both games. Seven years ago, it was a homecoming game for Kyle Singler, who scored 30 points when the Blue Devils defeated Oregon at what was then called the Rose Garden.
Portland State is averaging 92 points per game, so it has a higher team scoring average than Duke (90.8).
The Vikings played in the Coliseum, the site of Thursday's meeting, when they defeated Utah State 83-79 on Monday.
"We found a way," Peery said.
Portland State hadn't played at that venue since March 2005, though its all-time record there is 19-6 since become a Division I member.
Senior guard Bryce Canda of Portland State is the Big Sky Conference Player of the Week. He averaged 17.3 points and 9.3 rebounds during a recent three-game stretch.
The Vikings are the only Big Sky Conference team without a loss this month. They were also 4-0 three years ago.
Peery is a former assistant coach at Arizona State and Santa Clara, both under coach Herb Sendek -- who once directed the program at Duke neighbor North Carolina State.
|George Washington||vs.||Xavier||5:00 (EST) Preview|
No. 15 Xavier looks for another winning hand in Vegas
Thursday, November 23 at 3:07 AM (EST)
Xavier headed to Las Vegas this week looking for another winning hand when it comes to capturing an in-season tournament title.
The No. 15 Musketeers will challenge for their third straight such title in the Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational at the Orleans Arena.
Xavier (4-0) will play George Washington (2-2) on Thursday. Kansas State and Arizona State will play in the other game. The winners will meet in the title game Friday.
The Musketeers won the Advocare Invitational two seasons ago and the Tire Pros Invitational last season. They won all six games in those tournaments.
"I want to win a trophy," Xavier forward Sean O'Mara told Cincinnati.com. "What am I? Three-for-four in Thanksgiving tournaments if we can get this done, so that's definitely a goal of mine."
Trevon Bluiett scored 21 points and Kerem Kanter added 15 off the bench in a 96-60 victory over Hampton at Xavier's Cintas Center on Monday night. The Musketeers extended their non-conference home winning streak to 33 straight games.
Bluiett has scored 20-plus points in four straight games for the second time in his career.
"He seems so comfortable," Xavier coach Chris Mack said. "He has such a unique ability to create his own shot. He needs to be a complete player, and he's working hard at that."
Mack was critical of his team committing seven turnovers in the first half against Hampton, even though the Musketeers built a 43-31 lead by halftime.
"I'd like to see us come out of the box against GW and be ready to go. Be the harder-playing team," Mack said. "Be a team that values the ball on offense in both halves.
"It seems like our (tendency) is to be a team that turns the ball over seven, eight, nine times in the first half and then a couple times in the second. With the experience we have on the court, especially early in the game, we have to do a better job of taking care of the ball and then blocking out and finishing possessions with a rebound."
George Washington is coming off a 67-65 loss at home Monday against Rider.
The Colonials allowed Rider 17 offensive rebounds, which drew the ire of coach Maurice Joseph.
"They got eight extra shots than us," Joseph told the GW Hatchet after the game. "They were hungry to get those extra possessions in times where we needed to get them. A culmination of those things across a 40-minute game will add up and cost you in the end."
George Washington had two opportunities to tie or win the game but turned the ball over and a last-second desperation heave missed.
"A tough lesson for our team to learn, but we have to learn and grow from it," Joseph said. "We have to get better, it is plain and simple."
Graduate transfer Patrick Steeves, who played previously at Harvard, had 19 points on 9-of-17 shooting, and senior guard Yuta Watanabe added a double-double with 16 points and 13 rebounds.
|Rhode Island||vs.||Seton Hall||6:00 (EST) Preview|
No. 20 Seton Hall braces for Rhode Island
Thursday, November 23 at 3:36 AM (EST)
Seton Hall has been flying under the radar for a few seasons now. But with a veteran group and some talented underclassmen, the Pirates won't be sneaking up on anyone this season.
Led by guards Khadeen Carrington and Desi Rodriguez, and center Angel Delgado -- the only active trio of 1,000-point scorers in the country, Seton Hall was picked to finish second in the Big East behind Villanova.
And after four games, there's no reason to believe the No. 20 Pirates will underperform as they have in past seasons.
The real tests first comes Thursday at the NIT Tip-Off against Rhode Island (2-1) and then against Virginia or Vanderbilt in the second round.
"It's a huge step up in class, and when you do that early in the season, you have to make sure you step up," Pirates coach Kevin Willard told the New York Post.
Senior off-guard Rodriguez said the veterans as well as the underclassmen can't wait to prove to a national audience that they are for real. Playing the Rams should be a good test for freshmen Myles Cale and Sandro Mamukelashvili, and sophomore Eron Gordon.
"It will show how good of a team we are," Rodriguez told the Asbury Park Press after Seton Hall throttled NJIT on Saturday to stay perfect at 4-0. "Our freshmen get to step on a big floor. They'll get a taste of what it takes to get a quality win. We've got to show out, and we've got to make a statement, and that's what we're gonna do."
Rhode Island might have something to say about that, though. The Rams, coached by former Seton Hall guard Dan Hurley, won't be intimidated or pushed around.
"Two high-level games for us; we're excited," Hurley said. "Seton Hall is really, really good. A second weekend NCAA team and maybe even better.
"Playing on Thanksgiving. Everyone is going to be watching. We can't wait to get out there and play."
Rhode Island posted a 25-9 record last season and won the Atlantic 10 Tournament title en route to earning a No. 11 seed in the NCAA tourney.
The Rams defeated sixth-seeded Creighton 84-72 in the NCAA Tournament's opening round and came within one possession of making the Sweet 16 before losing to third-seeded Oregon 75-72 in the second round.
This year, they are favored to win the Atlantic 10.
And Hurley is excited that his players have a chance to start building a solid nonconference resume.
"These should be matchups that our guys should be super excited about," Hurley told the Providence Journal. "You want to make a big name for yourself in college basketball, go out and play at a high level against a top team with top-level college performers."
"A big test for us," echoed Rams guard Jeff Dowtin. "But my guys, we're battle tested and we're battle-ready. I think all of us have come together as one unit. We're ready to go."
One player who won't be ready to go is guard E.C. Mathews, who broke his wrist against Nevada. The Rams will miss his 14 points per game, but Hurley does have Jared Terrel, who is scoring at an 18.3 clip per game.
Big man Andre Berry is shooting 72 percent from the field and averaging 13.7 points per game. Stanford Robinson contributes 11 points and 4.3 steals per game.
Berry could do some serious damage against the Pirates with Seton Hall big man Delgado's status uncertain. The 6-10 Delgado (12.8 points, 8.5 rebounds per game) is questionable with a calf injury.
If the preseason All-America candidate can play, Delgado has the ability to control the game in the paint with a little help from point guard Carrington.
"He didn't really know how to pass the ball (in the past)," Delgado told the Asbury Park newspaper. "He learned so much this summer. I told him, 'You can average 17 and 10 -- that's how good he is."
|Saint Joseph's||vs.||Washington State||6:30 (EST)|
|Wednesday, November 22, 2017|
|Men's College Basketball|
Providence edges Belmont on buzzer-beater
Wednesday, November 22 at 9:27 PM (EST)
Kyron Cartwright hit a running 3-pointer at the buzzer to give Providence a 66-65 nonconference victory over visiting Belmont that ended the Bruins' four-game winning streak.
Cartwright's shot capped a wild final few seconds that saw the Bruins take an 65-63 lead when Austin Luke hit Dylan Windler for a back-door layup with 3.7 seconds left.
Cartwright then took the inbounds pass and made it down to the top of the arc before letting the ball go from directly in front of the basket. The shot was reviewed, but it was off in plenty of time to give the Friars (4-1) their third straight win.
It was the 20th lead change in a game neither team led by more than five points.
The game completed the four-game 2K Classic runs for both teams -- Providence beating Washington and Saint Louis at Madison Square Garden to win the Classic, and Belmont defeating Vanderbilt and Middle Tennessee State in the sub-regional in Nashville.
Cartwright led the Friars with 17 points, while Rodney Bullock posted 15 points and eight rebounds, Alpha Diallo 13 points and Jalen Lindsey 12 points and five rebounds.
Windler led the Bruins (4-2) with 17 points, nine rebounds and three assists while Amanze Egekeze had 16 points and five rebounds, and freshman Nick Hopkins added 11 points off the bench, all in the second half. Hopkins hit two big 3-pointers down the stretch.
Belmont, picked to win its third straight Ohio Valley Conference title, hosts Lipscomb next Monday, while the Friars host Boston College in a big nonconference local matchup of two old Big East foes Saturday night.
|Indiana (PA)||vs.||Bowie State||7:00 (EST)|
|Arkansas State||70||vs.||87||Indiana||Final Recap|
Morgan leads Indiana past Arkansas State
Wednesday, November 22 at 9:16 PM (EST)
Junior forward Juwan Morgan poured in a career-high 28 points as Indiana pulled away late in an 87-70 victory over Arkansas State in the Hoosier Tip-Off Classic on Wednesday night at Bloomington, Ind.
Morgan muscled his way for easy shots and frequent trips to the free-throw line as he hit 9 of 11 from the field and 10 of 10 at the line for Indiana (3-2). Sophomore guard Delonte Green (12 points), and sophomore forward De'Ron Davis (10 points) added double figures while senior forward Freddie McSwain grabbed a career-high 10 rebounds.
Senior swingman Deven Simms fulfilled his usual high-scoring sixth-man role as he led Arkansas State (2-3) with 21 points. Junior forward Tristin Walley added 12 points. While Simms canned 7 of 11 shots, his teammates combined to hit just 19 of 51 (37 percent) from the field. Junior guard Ty Cockfield, the team's leading scorer at 17.8 per game, settled for nine points on 4 of 11 shooting.
Arkansas State showed no signs of intimidation early as the Red Wolves ran the fast break and attacked the basket at every opportunity. At the other end of the floor, Indiana struggled to deal with Arkansas State's 1-3-1 zone.
The Red Wolves built a 16-12 lead before the Hoosiers started to clamp down and create opportunities in transition. In an 87-second stretch, senior guard Josh Newkirk delivered two fast-break layups and a jumper while Green hit a 3-pointer to give Indiana a 27-21 lead and force Arkansas State to call a timeout with 7:03 left in the half.
Indiana pushed its margin to 47-33 by the break, but Arkansas State shrunk the deficit to 57-52 on Grantham Gillard's 3-pointer with 11:57 to go. Simms twice got the Red Wolves as close as three with highlight-reel drives to the hoop, but the Hoosiers went on a 7-0 run with five minutes left to ease the drama.
Battle injures back in Syracuse's win
Wednesday, November 22 at 9:21 PM (EST)
With star guard Tyus Battle hobbled by a second-half injury, point guard Frank Howard took control with a career-high 25 points Wednesday night to lead the Syracuse Orange to a 72-64 win over the Toledo Rockets in a Hoophall Miami Invitational game before 16,237 fans at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, N.Y.
Howard scored 15 of his points in the second half, forward Oshae Brissett notched 17 points and 14 rebounds, and forward Matthew Moyer finished with 11 points and seven rebounds for Syracuse (5-0).
Guard Tre'Shaun Fletcher paced the Rockets (3-1) with 19 points and 11 rebounds, while Nate Navigato added 13 points and Luke Knapke and Jaelan Sanford chipped in with 12 and 11 points, respectively.
Battle, who was averaging a team-high 23.0 points per game, landed awkwardly on his back while contesting a shot early in the second half. He limped through a few minutes before leaving with 13:12 left in the game. He did not return and finished with eight points.
The Hoophall Miami Invitational is a six-team, round-robin tournament that also includes Iona, Texas Southern, Oakland and No. 3 Kansas. Syracuse and Kansas will meet in the championship game Dec. 2 in Miami.
Navigato's 3-pointer to open the second half -- the Rockets' fifth consecutive 3 -- gave Toledo its first lead of the game, 35-33. Sparked by Moyer's 3-point play, rebound basket and steal that led to a layup, the Orange went on an 11-0 run to grab a 44-35 lead.
Toledo pulled within 44-41, but Brissett's 3-pointer keyed a 13-2 Orange spurt that boosted Syracuse's advantage to 57-43 with eight minutes remaining. Howard's no-look alley-oop pass for a Moyer dunk gave Syracuse a 66-54 cushion with 1:38 left to play.
Syracuse, which never trailed in the first half, built a 28-20 lead on Brissett's 3-pointer and drive to the basket. However, Toledo shot 4-for-4 from 3-point range in the final three minutes of the half -- two each by Sanford and Fletcher -- to slice the Orange lead to 33-32 at the break.
|Troy||73||vs.||65||East Tennessee State||Final|
|Augustana (IL)||62||vs.||96||Illinois||Final Recap|
Illinois routs Division III foe for 5-0 start
Wednesday, November 22 at 9:33 PM (EST)
Junior forward Michael Finke's second career double-double led five players in double-figure scoring as Illinois rolled to a 96-62 win over Division III power Augustana (Ill.) on Wednesday night in Champaign, Ill.
Finke produced 20 points and 10 rebounds in 25 minutes before taking an early seat for Illinois (5-0). Junior forward Leron Black scored all 15 of his points before halftime, while freshman guard Mark Smith added 13 points and junior guard Aaron Jordan hit 4 of 4 3-pointers for 12 points.
Augustana (3-1), ranked No. 2 in Division III by d3hoops.com after retaining four starters from last year's national runner-up, got 18 points from senior guard Dylan Sortillo. The undersized Vikings committed 29 turnovers that turned into 36 points for Illinois.
Illinois needed just two minutes to break out to an 8-0 lead. Black cashed a pair of free throws before Finke and senior swingman Mark Alstork hit 3-pointers.
The Illini continued to bury 3-pointers at an uncustomary rate, considering Brad Underwood's squad hit just 27.5 percent from the arc in its first four games. When Finke sank a 3-pointer at the 8:56 mark of the first half, the Illini moved to 7 of 10 accuracy on treys and owned a 32-17 lead.
Illinois finished 10 of 24 on 3-pointers as its marksmanship declined while the score margin widened. The hosts built a 51-30 lead at the break that swelled to as much as 37 in the second half.
|Arizona||84||vs.||90||North Carolina State||Final Recap|
N.C. State upsets No. 2 Arizona
Wednesday, November 22 at 10:46 PM (EST)
North Carolina State took the time to celebrate in the locker room after it upset No. 2 Arizona 90-84 in the quarterfinals of the Battle 4 Atlantis in Paradise Island, Bahamas, on Thursday.
"This is a program win," said Kevin Keatts, who is in his first year with the Wolfpack.
"When you take over a program and you're five games into the season and you can get a win like that, we're going to celebrate every win we get. Obviously we will calm down and get ready for our next opponent."
Senior Allerik Freeman scored 24 points and freshman Braxton Beverly added 20 to help North Carolina State get the win. It is the biggest upset of the first month of the college basketball season and the first time the Wolfpack has defeated a top-5 team since defeating second-ranked Duke on Jan. 11, 2015.
North Carolina State (5-0) went on a 15-3 run in the final minutes of the game to secure the win. It held its biggest lead of the game at 87-77 with 1:48 left.
"When you think about Arizona basketball under Sean Miller, you think (about) being gritty and team defense," said Wildcats associate head coach Lorenzo Romar on the postgame radio show. "We didn't show that tonight. When we managed to come back and take the lead it was because we were getting stops ... If we don't defend better than that, there's going to be problems."
Arizona (3-1) made it 88-82 on Allonzo Trier's two free throws with 15.1 seconds left, but that is as close as it could get.
"What I learned tonight is that we didn't panic," Keatts said. "Even when they took the lead I thought we stayed the course and finished the game ...
"We've done a great job of getting in great shape. We have a long ways to go but I thought we finished the game because of our conditioning."
Freeman went 7 for 18 from the floor and 10 of 12 from the free throw line.
"Al was tremendous. He did a great job being a leader and he played as though he was a fifth-year guy," Keatts said. "He scored and got in the paint and made some plays."
A big difference was the bench. North Carolina State had 39 bench points to Arizona's six.
Trier, the leading scorer in the country after three games at 30 points per game, finished with 27 points. Teammate Deandre Ayton had 27 points and 14 rebounds.
Arizona inched back throughout the second half, taking the lead at 73-71 with just under six minutes left, but Freeman hit two free throws to tie it. Keanu Pinder gave the Wildcats the lead again at 75-73 with a dunk, but Beverly hit a 3-pointer to allow the Wolfpack to retake the lead 78-75.
Romar said the comeback came because "we were playing with energy and were in the right spots (on defense). Coach Miller is an unbelievable coach and an unbelievable defensive coach -- one of the best defensive coaches in the country. We drill it and drill it. It just didn't happen for us."
Arizona had the lead for just 21 seconds in the first half, and it came on Trier's first basket to make it 39-37 with 57 seconds left in the half. But until then, Arizona and Trier struggled to keep pace with the Wolfpack.
North Carolina State jumped out to a 15-6 lead, helped by four Wildcats turnovers. Arizona was able to close the gap behind Ayton's play near the basket and from distance. Ayton hit a 3-pointer with 7:25 left to cut the Wolfpack lead to 25-22. But N.C. State kept the advantage, getting it to 35-28 with 3:06 left in the half.
Behind senior Dusan Ristic's four points and guard Parker Jackson-Cartwright's 3-pointer, Arizona went on a 7-0 run to tie it at 35 with 1:38 left. The teams exchanged baskets, including Trier's first to eventually tie it at the half at 40.
NOTES: Arizona coach Sean Miller and assistant coach Mark Phelps were assistants at North Carolina State in the mid-1990s under Herb Sendek ... F Deandre Ayton was the first Arizona freshman to have three straight double-doubles, and he added his fourth straight on Wednesday. ... Arizona fell to 25-13 in games played outside the continental USA. ... N.C. State coach Kevin Keatts said before the matchup he thought Arizona was the No. 1 team in the country. ... G Torin Dorn, the Wolfpack's leading scorer entering the game, finished with nine points. ... N.C. State G Braxton Beverly became eligible last week after the NCAA initially said he had to sit out a year after transferring from Ohio State. This was his third game with the Wolfpack.
|Chowan||vs.||The Apprentice School||7:30 (EST)|
|Texas-Rio Grande Valley||68||vs.||78||Georgia Tech||Final Recap|
Alston leads Georgia Tech past Texas-Rio Grande Valley
Wednesday, November 22 at 9:53 PM (EST)
Brandon Alston scored 20 points and grabbed six rebounds as Georgia Tech knocked off Texas-Rio Grande Valley on Wednesday 78-68 during the second round of the Ramblin' Wreck Showcase in Atlanta's McCamish Pavilion.
Alston, a junior, guard, is a transfer from Lehigh.
Texas-Rio Grande Valley (3-3) kept it close in the first half, trailing 32-27 at the break. Senior guard Nick Dixon led the Vaqueros with 23 points.
Georgia Tech (2-1) responded by opening the second half with a 13-2 run. Josh Pastner's Yellow Jackets opened that lead to as many 18 points.
Ben Lammers and Abdoulaye Gueye each pulled down seven rebounds to pace Georgia Tech, while Curtis Haywood II and Jose Alvarado each doled out six assists.
Four Yellow Jackets scored in double figures, including Lammers with 14, Gueye with 13 and Haywood with 11 points.
The Vaqueros struggled from 3-point range, shooting 11 percent (2 of 18). Georgia Tech, conversely, hit 5 of 12 from beyond the arc (42 percent) en route to 54 percent shooting from the floor.
Each team turned the ball over 16 times. The Yellow Jackets simply took better advantage of the miscues with 25 points off those turnovers.
Georgia Tech continues in the Ramblin' Wreck Showcase on Friday in Atlanta against North Texas. Texas-Rio Grande Valley is back in action Sunday, when the Vaqueros return home to play Grambling State.
Clark, Washington lead Cincinnati over Wyoming
Wednesday, November 22 at 10:02 PM (EST)
Cincinnati forward Gary Clark scored 17 points and Kyle Washington added 16 points and 11 rebounds in the 12th-ranked Bearcats' 78-53 victory over Wyoming in the championship game of the Cayman Islands Classic on Wednesday.
The 12th-ranked Bearcats (6-0) made 50 percent from the field, including 7 of 14 from 3-point range compared to 31.3 percent from the field for Wyoming (4-1) in the game played at the John Gray Gymnasium at George Town, Cayman Islands.
The Cowboys made only 15 of 48 shots from the field, including 6 of 21 from 3-point range.
They were led by Hayden Dalton's 15 points and five rebounds. Alan Herndon and Louis Adams each had 12 points.
Cincinnati's Jacob Evans III had 10 points and five assists. Cane Broome had 10 points off the bench.
Wyoming looked out of sync from the start, especially with guard Justin James (10.8 points and 4.8 rebounds a game) in street clothes because of an injury suffered Tuesday against Louisiana. He was accidentally hit in the mouth in that game.
Cincinnati took a 20-2 lead with 10:54 left in the first half and was not threatened thereafter.
The Bearcats took a 37-20 lead into halftime as Clark and Justin Jenifer matched the Cowboys' point total. Clark had 13 points on 6-of-8 shooting from the field and Jenifer added seven points.
Clark, the MVP of the Cayman Islands Classic, was named to the all-tournament team with Evans.
|North Carolina Central||84||vs.||92||Marshall||Final|
Marquette duo combines for 50 in win over LSU
Wednesday, November 22 at 10:58 PM (EST)
Andrew Rowsey and Sam Hauser combined for 50 points, helping Marquette overcome a huge performance from LSU freshman guard Tremont Waters in a 94-84 victory for the Golden Eagles on Wednesday at the Maui Invitational at Lahaina Civic Center in Hawaii.
Rowsey scored 30 points, including a 16-for-16 performance from the foul line, and Hauser finished with 20 points, including five 3-pointers, for the Golden Eagles (3-2), who bounced back from a loss to No. 6 Wichita State.
Waters poured in a career-high 39 points for LSU (3-2). The Tigers fell behind big early, but rallied to keep the game close into the second half.
The Golden Eagles built a double-digit lead with a 10-0 run midway through the second half. Sacar Anim had a 3-pointer and a dunk during the spurt, and Rousey knocked down a 3-pointer to give Marquette a 73-61 lead with seven minutes to play.
Anim finished with 12 points off the bench.
Marquette hit 10 of its first 11 shots, including six 3-pointers, to take a 29-16 lead midway through the first half. LSU chipped away at the lead and was back within six after a Brandon Rachal dunk with five minutes left in the half.
Waters has 22 points in the first half, but Marquette led 46-44 at halftime, behind 18 points from Hauser.
Sophomore guard Skylar Mays finished with 10 points for LSU.
The Golden Eagles shot 57.8 percent from the field.
|Rogers State||74||vs.||86||North Texas||Final|
|Loyola Marymount||91||vs.||87||Incarnate Word||Final|
|Stephen F. Austin||75||vs.||80||Mississippi State||Final Recap|
Mississippi State rebuffs Stephen F. Austin
Wednesday, November 22 at 10:53 PM (EST)
Tyson Carter scored 25 points as Mississippi State outlasted pesky Stephen F. Austin 80-75 on Wednesday night at Humphrey Arena in Starkville, Miss.
Carter was one of four Bulldogs to score double-digit points, joining brothers Quinndary Weatherspoon (20 points) and Nick Weatherspoon (15) as well as Aric Holman (10). Quinndary Weatherspoon had a team-high six assists and tied Holman with seven rebounds.
Mississippi State (4-0) led 68-52 after Nick Weatherspoon's 3-pointer with 6:02 remaining. The Lumberjacks (4-1) trimmed the lead to three points with 15 seconds left. The Bulldogs held on despite not hitting a field goal in the final 2:47.
Shannon Bogues paced Stephen F. Austin with 20 points. He was followed by T.J. Holyfield (19 points), Ivan Canete (15) and Leon Gilmore III (12). Holyfield led all rebounders with eight.
Coach Ben Howland's squad, however, won the game down low. The Bulldogs outscored the Lumberjacks 36-24 in the paint. They also outrebounded Stephen F. Austin 29-17 on the defensive glass.
That combined with 37.3 percent shooting from the floor doomed coach Kyle Keller's squad. The Lumberjacks' bench outscored Mississippi State's reserves 23-6.
|Fort Wayne||67||vs.||86||Kentucky||Final Recap|
Richards' double-double powers No. 8 Kentucky
Thursday, November 23 at 12:14 AM (EST)
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Freshman forward Nick Richards had 25 points and 15 rebounds as No. 8 Kentucky concluded its run of three games in six days before the Thanksgiving break with a 86-67 victory over Fort Wayne on Wednesday night at Rupp Arena.
"He was pretty good today," Kentucky coach John Calipari said. "I was just happy for how he was reaching for balls and the stuff that he was doing."
Fort Wayne coach Jon Coffman was more to the point.
"He was the game," Coffman said. "He totally changed the game tonight for Kentucky. We couldn't keep him off the glass."
Kentucky (5-1) used a 34-12 spurt to start the second half to blow out to its largest lead of the night, 79-49 with 6:50 left to play, before coasting home for the 19-point victory.
From late in the first half to early in the second half, Kentucky outscored Fort Wayne 15-0 over a six-minute span.
"We just told them, 'You understand they got eight threes, so let's take away threes. You got to stay in front of the ball. If you don't stay in front of the ball, I'm taking you out. Every time you get beat for a layup, I'm taking you out,'" Calipari said.
"That's energy, that's effort, that's desire, that's fight. It has nothing to do with turnovers, missed shots, nothing. All of a sudden we stayed in front. It changed the game."
Three other Kentucky players scored in double figures -- freshmen Quade Green, Kevin Knox and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, each with 11 points.
Kentucky shot 60 percent, including 45.5 percent from 3-point range. The Wildcats had 44 rebounds, 16 assists and 16 turnovers.
The 86 points were a season high and the 19-point win the largest of the season for Kentucky.
"This is the game of basketball. If you think you're going to struggle, guess what? You're struggling," Calipari said.
"The only way that you can build confidence is working harder than everybody in practice. And the second thing is, you can't have the weight of the world on you and play this game. You got to play like you got nothing to lose. That's all I've been talking about to these guys. Every team that plays us plays like they have nothing to lose. All right, well, let us play that way. Let's play like we have nothing to lose."
Fort Wayne (3-2) got 19 points from senior guard John Konchar. Senior guard Bryson Scott added 18, and junior guard Kason Harrell had 12.
The Mastodons shot 40 percent and were outrebounded 44-21. They had 13 assists versus 10 turnovers.
"You're disappointed when you come out on the losing end," Coffman said. "But we don't talk a lot about wins and losses in our program.
"I think our guys came in with the right mindset. It's such an incredible environment, but I don't think it had any effect on our guys. That was a phenomenal feeling to watch our guys, just the poise."
The first half was a back-and-forth struggle with two ties and eight lead changes. Kentucky's biggest lead was eight points on a buzzer-beater by Hamidou Diallo to make it 45-37 at intermission. Fort Wayne's biggest lead was four points.
For the half, Kentucky shot an eye-popping 70.4 percent from the field.
Kentucky returns to action Sunday against Illinois-Chicago. Fort Wayne travels to East Tennessee State on Saturday.
NOTES: Kentucky's John Calipari is one win shy of 700 career coaching victories ... College basketball statistical analyst Ken Pomeroy ranks Kentucky the least-experienced team ever tracked by his service at kenpom.com. ... Exactly one year ago Wednesday tonight, Fort Wayne stunned college basketball with an upset of No. 3 Indiana. It is the school's only win against a ranked opponent. The Mastodons are 1-16 in such games after Wednesday's loss to Kentucky. ... Calipari announced Wednesday that injured freshman F Jarred Vanderbilt should begin practicing within the next 10 days. The five-star recruit has yet to play this season because of a foot injury.
|Missouri Science & Technology||47||vs.||79||Bradley||Final|
|Florida A&M||66||vs.||80||North Dakota State||Final|
|UT Martin||66||vs.||69||Southern University||Final|
|Olivet Nazarene||vs.||UIC||8:00 (EST)|
|Colorado State||76||vs.||89||New Mexico State||Final|
|Idaho State||54||vs.||62||San Jose State||Final|
No. 10 USC dispatches Lehigh
Thursday, November 23 at 12:21 AM (EST)
Sophomore guard Jonah Mathews made four 3-pointers, pacing No. 10-ranked USC to a hot shooting night in a 88-63 rout of Lehigh on Wednesday night at Galen Center in Los Angeles.
Mathews scored 18 points, one of four Trojans in double figures. Senior guard Elijah Stewart connected on 3 of 6 from beyond the arc for 13 points. Junior forward Bennie Boatwright made 3 of 7 from deep and scored 19 points.
Boatwright also grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds, while junior forward Chimezie Metu had 15 points and nine boards.
The Trojans made 12 of 26 3-point attempts.
USC (4-0) started both halves on a torrid pace, in stark contrast to the Trojans' overtime win Sunday at Vanderbilt. USC fell behind early in both halves of that game after sluggish starts but avoided a similar scenario against Lehigh with opening runs of 10-2 in the first half and 10-0 in the second.
The Mountain Hawks (3-2), coming in off to their best start since 2008-09, battled to within nine points in the final minute before halftime. Senior guard Kahron Ross scored four of his game-high 24 points on a pair of layups prior to intermission. That was as close as it got for the visitors from the Patriot League.
USC's hot 3-point shooting and balanced offensive effort compensated for struggles at the free-throw line, where the Trojans shot 62.4 percent. Metu went 3 of 7 at the foul line.
Both teams struggled to generate points off the bench. USC reserves finished with 18 points combined, though they were stuck on 12 until the final two minutes. Lehigh mustered only four points off the bench.
Junior guard Lance Tejada scored 19 points for Lehigh. Tejada and Ross were the only Mountain Hawks in double figures.
USC senior guard Jordan McLaughlin amassed five points, seven assists and three steals.
|Western New Mexico||57||vs.||75||UC Riverside||Final|
|Rice||62||vs.||79||Ole Miss||Final Recap|
Ole Miss bowls over Rice
Thursday, November 23 at 12:13 AM (EST)
Deandre Burnett had 18 points and eight assists and Terence Davis added 15 points to lead Ole Miss past Rice 79-62 on Wednesday night in the third-place game of the MGM Main Event at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
The Rebels (4-1) had 19 assists and limited Rice (1-4) to no fast-break points in the victory.
Conor Cashaw was Rice's only scorer in double figures with a game-high 24 points. He made 4 of 8 shots from 3-point range, but his teammates were a combined 3 of 23 from beyond the arc.
Rice had its last lead of the game at 27-24 with 5:09 left in the first half. Ole Miss built a 40-30 lead before taking a 40-35 advantage into halftime.
Eight straight points by the Rebels, which featured several baskets by Davis, gave Ole Miss a 48-35 lead with 16:21 left in regulation.
The Rebels, who shot 48.3 percent from the field and held Rice to 33.3 percent, led in double digits the rest of the way.
Freshman guard Devontae Shuler added 13 points for Ole Miss, eight coming in the second half. Marcanvis Hymon led the Rebels with nine rebounds.
Ole Miss next hosts South Dakota State on Nov. 28. Rice hosts St. Thomas, an NAIA institution in Houston, on Saturday.
|Wichita State||66||vs.||67||Notre Dame||Final Recap|
Notre Dame rallies past Wichita State in Maui final
Thursday, November 23 at 2:06 AM (EST)
Notre Dame arrived at the Maui Invitational with a goal of putting its name up on the wall commemorating past champions.
Martinas Geben made two free throws with 2.3 seconds to play, capping a second-half comeback and lifting No. 13 Notre Dame to a thrilling 67-66 win over No. 6 Wichita State on Wednesday in the championship game of the Maui Jim Maui Invitational at Lahaina (Hawaii) Civic Center.
Notre Dame (6-0) trailed by as many as 16 points but found its shooting touch in the second half to get back in the game. The Fighting Irish led for only 22 seconds and took their first lead since early in the game on Geben's free throws.
Bonzie Colson had 25 points and 11 rebounds, and Matt Farrell added 15 points and came up with a huge steal for the Irish in the final minute.
Landry Shamet gave the Shockers a 66-63 lead with a pull-up jumper in the lane with 34 seconds to play. Colson missed a 3-pointer on Notre Dame's ensuing possession, giving the ball back to Wichita State (4-1).
Farrell stole the inbounds pass and found Colson for a layup that cut the Shockers' lead to one with 14 seconds left.
"I saw him cutting and I just read it, tried to come from the back side and just tip it," Farrell said of his clutch steal. "Bonzie was right there, and it just worked out. You just never give up, and you've got to play hard until the horn sounds."
Wichita State's Austin Reaves missed the front end of a one-and-one, giving Notre Dame one last possession. After a tie-up, the Irish got the ball to Geben at the rim off an inbounds play. Geben drew the foul and connected on the winning free throws, his only two foul shots of the game.
"Just needed one more play," Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall said. "We needed a free throw or not turn it over against the press, or not get slipped to the basket on the last play.
"There's a lot of plays that you could point to, but every single play in that game mattered. We need to come up with the rebound at the end without the tie-up.
"I'm proud of our guys. That was a great team that we played. Well-coached, and they're trying to win, too, so it was a high, high level college basketball game."
Zach Brown led Wichita State with 14 points. Conner Frankamp added 12 points, and Shamet finished with 10 points and seven rebounds for the Shockers, who took their first loss of the season in their only game that was decided by single digits.
"I don't think losing to that caliber of a basketball team is going to hurt us," Marshall said.
Notre Dame scored 92 points in a blowout win over LSU on Tuesday but was held to 23 points in the first half against Wichita State. Frankamp had 12 points in the first half for the Shockers, who took a 37-23 lead into halftime.
"For us to make a bunch of plays in the last 20 seconds to steal a win, you know, I can't say I'm surprised, because it's a group that's won a lot together," said Notre Dame coach Mike Brey, who coached in a shorts and a T-shirt during the tournament. "We said we wanted to have our name up on this wall. We felt our program was one of those programs now that deserved to be on the wall on the Maui wall here.
"I'm thrilled that it will be there, and we'll be back in four years ... to check it out when it's up on the wall. Maybe there will be a picture of me with a T-shirt on up there."
NOTES: Notre Dame G Matt Farrell was selected the tournament MVP. ... Wichita State G Conner Frankamp knocked down a 3-pointer early in the first half to extend his streak to 27 games with at least one trey. ... Notre Dame travels to No. 4 Michigan State on Nov. 30. ... Wichita State returns home to host Savannah State on Nov. 28 before traveling to No. 22 Baylor on Dec. 2. ... The 2018 Maul Invitational will feature Arizona, Auburn, Duke, Gonzaga, Illinois, Iowa State, San Diego State and Xavier.
Bohannon, Cook carry Iowa past UAB
Wednesday, November 22 at 2:24 PM (EST)
Jordan Bohannon scored a career-high 30 points on 9-of-12 shooting from the field, including 6-of-8 from 3-point range, to lead Iowa to a 95-85 win over Alabama-Birmingham in the seventh-place game of the Cayman Islands Classic on Wednesday.
Bohannan also made all six of his free throws for the Hawkeyes (4-2), who salvaged a win out of the tournament after losing to Louisiana and South Dakota State.
Iowa forward Tyler Cook added 29 points and six rebounds. He was 8 of 11 from the field and converted 13 of 16 shots from the free throw line. Luka Garza finished with 14 points and seven rebounds and Isaiah Moss had 12 points.
UAB (3-3) was led by Chris Cokley's 25 points and eight rebounds. Jalen Perry and Nate Darling each had 13 points and Nick Norton added 10. Lewis Sullivan scored all nine of his points in the second half.
After Iowa trailed 31-22 with 6:35 left in the first half, the Hawkeyes outscored UAB 27-6 the rest of the half behind Bohannon's four 3-pointers to take a 49-37 halftime lead.
Bohannon concluded the half with a layup with four seconds remaining. He finished with 16 points in the half while Cook added 12.
The Hawkeyes built their lead to 58-43 with 16:59 left in regulation on a 3-pointer by Moss.
UAB responded with 14 unanswered points, culminating on a Zack Bryant layup to cut the lead to 58-57 with 13:35 remaining. Perry had two 3-pointers and tallied eight points in run.
Bohannon's 3-pointer pushed Iowa's lead to 82-74 with 5:21 left. Cokley's five consecutive points trimmed the lead to 88-85 with 2:00 remaining.
Garza, a freshman, converted a 3-point play, to increase Iowa's lead to 91-85 with 52 seconds left. A layup by Moss after a UAB turnover put the game out of reach.
Williams, Daniel help Tennessee jolt No. 18 Purdue
Wednesday, November 22 at 4:19 PM (EST)
Grant Williams scored with 14.5 seconds remaining in overtime and James Daniel sank two free throws with two seconds to go as Tennessee upset No. 18 Purdue 78-75 in the opening round of the Battle 4 Atlantis in the Bahamas on Wednesday.
Williams scored all 22 of his points after halftime and Lamonte Turner added 17 for the Volunteers (3-0), who outscored Purdue 8-2 in the final 1:31. Turner forced overtime with a tying 3-pointer with 5.1 seconds remaining in regulation.
Purdue (4-1) got 21 points from Carsen Edwards, 15 from Dakota Mathias, 13 from Isaac Haas, and 11 each from Vince Edwards and P.J. Thompson.
Tennessee used a 16-0 run to close the first half and begin the second to take a 38-31 lead.
The Volunteers finished the first half with a 15-4 run in the final 5:01, erasing a 27-16 Purdue lead and pulling even at 31 through 20 minutes
The Volunteers used seven 3-pointers or three-point plays to crawl back into contention. Purdue had five 3-pointers and one three-point during the opening half when it got 10 first-half points from Edwards. Thompson added six for the Boilermakers on a pair of 3-pointers.
Turner led the Volunteers with nine first-half points.
Purdue was only 5 of 13 from 3-point range in the first half, and Tennessee was 4 of 12, but the Volunteers out rebounded the Boilermakers 23-17 during the first 20 minutes.
|Clark Atlanta||vs.||Alabama-Huntsville||1:00 (EST)|
|Missouri State||71||vs.||60||Florida Atlantic||Final|
|Eastern Kentucky||62||vs.||83||Eastern Washington||Final|
|Holy Cross||76||vs.||87||Fairleigh Dickinson||Final|
|Kennesaw State||79||vs.||98||Florida State||Final Recap|
Cofer nets 21 as Florida St. routs Kennesaw State
Wednesday, November 22 at 4:36 PM (EST)
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The Florida State men's basketball team extended one of the nation's longest home winning streaks to 23 games Wednesday afternoon with a pre-Thanksgiving Day rout of Kennesaw State 98-79 at the Donald L. Tucker Center.
Florida State (4-0) went undefeated last season at home and cruised Wednesday to earn the latest win on its home floor.
The Seminoles raced out to a 12-point halftime lead 54-42 and never relented as forward Phil Cofer led Florida State with 21 points on 9-of-11 shooting and added nine rebounds. Seminoles guard M.J. Walker led a solid effort by the reserves with 11 points off the bench.
Florida State also got double-figure outings from guard Terance Mann, who dropped 13 points, as well as forward Brian Angola with 17 points on 7-of-8 shooting and guard Trent Forrest with eight points and six rebounds.
Kennesaw State dropped to 1-4 after its second straight loss. The Owls have only beaten Piedmont so far this season and lost their four games by an average of 17 points.
The Owls were led Wednesday by guard James Scott with 17 points, followed by guard Tyler Hooker with 16 points.
Kennesaw State guard Nick Masterson and forward Kosta Jankovic each had 13 points in the loss.
Wednesday's game between the Seminoles and Owls marked the first-ever meeting between the two schools.
Florida State, which won the championship of the Inaugural Jamaica Classic with victories against Fordham and Colorado State in Montego Bay, Jamaica, last weekend, will next host The Citadel on Friday before playing four of its next five away from home.
Kennesaw State will next host Tennessee State on Friday night.
Walker scores 23 as Chaminade stuns Cal
Wednesday, November 22 at 4:49 PM (EST)
Dantley Walker scored 23 points, including seven 3-pointers, and host Chaminade stunned California 96-72 Wednesday in the seventh-place game at the Maui Jim Maui Invitational at Lahaina Civic Center in Hawaii.
Erik Scheive added 14 points off the bench, and Austin Pope finished with 12 points, nine assists and seven rebounds for the Silverswords (3-2), who picked up their eighth win all-time in the Maui Invitational and first since 2012.
It's a disappointing end to the tournament for Cal (2-4), which blew an 18-point, second-half lead against No. 6 Wichita State in its opening game on Monday.
Justice Sueing scored 23 points, and Darius McNeill added 18 for the Bears. Don Coleman, who averaged 23 points in the first two games of the tournament, was held to 11 on 3-of-13 shooting.
Walker hit three 3-pointers in the first five minutes of the game as the Silverswords jumped out to an early lead. They led throughout the first half and went into the locker room with a 40-30 advantage after Pope hit a driving, left-handed layup as time expired.
Walker led all scorers with 14 points in the first half.
Chaminade used a 13-0 run, capped by four straight points by Scheive, to extend the lead to 55-39 with 15 minutes left in the second half.
Cal tried to use a full-court press to get back in the game, but the Silverswords easily broke the press for layups and open 3-pointers. Chaminade's Justin Bridges threw down a dunk that pushed the lead to 69-51 with eight minutes to play.
|South Dakota State||94||vs.||80||Buffalo||Final|
|Western Kentucky||58||vs.||66||Villanova||Final Recap|
Brunson, Bridges fuel No. 5 Villanova past W. Kentucky
Wednesday, November 22 at 6:05 PM (EST)
Mikal Bridges and Jalen Brunson wore serious looks on their faces during the postgame press conference as if they lost, although fifth-ranked Villanova defeated Western Kentucky 66-58 on Wednesday in a first-round game of the Battle 4 Atlantis at Paradise Island, Bahamas.
Their coach, Jay Wright, was not enthused with how the Wildcats (4-0) struggled until midway through the second half against the Hilltoppers (2-2) in a game that took place at the Imperial Ballroom Arena.
"Our defense got our offense going finally in the second half, but up until that point, they really outplayed us," Wright said of the Hilltoppers, who led by as many as six points in the first half.
"They did a good job of switching their defenses on us and we didn't do a good job communicating. We have to do a much better job than that."
Brunson and Bridges combined for 35 points on 14-of-24 shooting to lead the Wildcats into a semifinal game against Tennessee (3-0) on Thursday. The Volunteers upset No. 18 Purdue 78-75 in overtime in another first-round game.
Western Kentucky (2-2) will face the Boilermakers (4-1) in a consolation bracket game Thursday.
Brunson finished with 18 points on 7-of-9 shooting. Bridges had 17 points on 7-of-15 shooting, and he produced eight rebounds and five steals.
Donte DiVincenzo added 12 of his 14 points in the second half. The Wildcats other than Brunson, Bridges and DiVincenzo, scored only 17 points on 6-of-23 shooting from the field and 2-of-9 from 3-point range.
"We're still a work in progress," Brunson said, noting Villanova's 15 turnovers. "We have a lot of work to do. The veterans on this team such as myself need to step up and set the tone for everybody."
Western Kentucky was led by former Kansas player Dwight Coleby, who finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Darius Thompson had 16 points and six assists.
Western Kentucky played Villanova tight from the start, with the Wildcats clinging to a 27-24 lead at halftime.
Bridges and Brunson each scored 10 points at the intermission for Villanova, which started cold from the floor at 33.3 percent shooting in the first half.
"If you told me before the game we would have only given up 27 points by the half, I would have taken it," Western Kentucky coach Rick Stansbury said. "But in the second half, we had too many live-ball turnovers (nine) that hurt us."
Villanova gained separation with a 14-2 run that enabled it to take a 48-35 lead with 10:19 left in regulation. Bridges started the run with two baskets and Brunson added a 3-pointer.
DiVincenzo had five points in the pivotal run, which included Western Kentucky going scoreless for four minutes. The Hilltoppers missed three shots and committed two turnovers in that stretch.
"We're all disappointed we lost this game," Stansbury said. "I'll take a lot of positives from it. That team is one of the best in the country and we went toe-to-toe with them for 30 minutes. You have to go 40 minutes."
NOTES: Western Kentucky is 1-13 in its last 14 games against ranked opponents, with the lone win in that stretch coming at home against No. 25 Old Dominion on Jan. 10, 2015. ... This is Villanova's second visit to this event. In 2013, the Wildcats defeated USC on Thanksgiving Day, upended No. 2 Kansas on a late corner 3-pointer from then-sophomore Ryan Arcidiacono, and held off Iowa in overtime in the title game. ... The Hilltoppers have made at least one 3-pointer in 942 consecutive games, dating back to March 15, 1987, in the season the 3-point shot was instituted by the NCAA. ... Villanova's defense has been sturdy. Villanova forced 49 turnovers in its previous three games and opponents averaged 64.7 points per game. Villanova was 22-1 in 2016-17 when holding opponents to less than 65 points.
|Montana State||88||vs.||82||Southeast Missouri State||Final|
|St. Andrews Presbyterian||34||vs.||70||Coastal Carolina||Final|
|Kentucky State||vs.||Ashland||3:00 (EST)|
|Appalachian State||99||vs.||105||James Madison||Final|
|Colgate||79||vs.||83||Boston College||Final Recap|
Robinson keys second-half surge as BC tips Colgate
Wednesday, November 22 at 6:37 PM (EST)
Jerome Robinson, Ky Bowman and Jordan Chatman combined for 41 second-half points and Boston College roared from 17 points down to an 83-79 nonconference victory over visiting Colgate on Wednesday.
The win gave the Eagles, down 47-30 with 17:25 left in the second half, a 5-1 record -- their best start since opening the 2007-08 season with the same record. Colgate (2-2) saw its two-game winning streak come to a halt.
Robinson, who scored 21 points in the second half of Sunday's win over La Salle, hit two straight 3-pointers to chop a 13-point deficit down to seven. He went on to a 19-point half that gave him 26 for the game.
Bowman scored 11 in the second half and finished the game with 19 points, eight assists and six rebounds. Chatman also had 11 in the half and 17 for the game.
The Eagles ran off a 28-4 run to take control of the game, going on a pair of 11-0 spurts.
Boston College, which was 2-for-10 from 3-point range in the first half, made nine of its 13 shots from behind the arc in the second.
Teddy Hawkins overcame foul trouble and six turnovers to score 16 points and grab 11 rebounds for BC. Freshman Steffon Mitchell came off the bench with a season-high 11 boards.
Sean O'Brien led six Raiders in double figures with 16 points, Jordan Swopshire had 13, Jack Ferguson 12 and Will Rayman, Dana Batt and Jordan Burns 11 apiece. Batt had 12 rebounds and Rayman seven, while Burns was guilty of seven turnovers.
The Raiders host Columbia Friday, while BC has a big local rivalry game at Providence Saturday night, the start of three straight road games.
|Bethel (TN)||58||vs.||90||Austin Peay||Final|
|Prairie View A&M||71||vs.||56||Georgia State||Final|
|Champion Baptist College||48||vs.||85||McNeese State||Final|
Wagner, Robinson propel Michigan past VCU
Wednesday, November 22 at 7:27 PM (EST)
Moritz Wagner scored six points in the final minute, and Michigan outlasted Virginia Commonwealth 68-60 Wednesday in the Maui Jim Maui Invitational at Lahaina Civic Center in Hawaii.
With the game tied at 60, Wagner converted a traditional three-point play and then followed with his only 3-pointer of the game to help the Wolverines prevail.
Duncan Robinson scored 18 points, and Wagner finished with 12 points and nine rebounds for Michigan (5-1), which bounced back from an opening loss to LSU with two straight wins to finish the tournament.
Khris Lane had 13 points, and De'Riante Jenkins and Mike'l Simms each finished with 12 for the Rams (3-3), who erased a 10-point deficit in the second half to take the lead.
Jenkins knocked down a jumper with two minutes to play that gave VCU a 60-57 lead, but the Rams wouldn't score again.
Michigan closed out a tight first half with a 6-0 run and led 36-30 at halftime. Robinson had 10 points in the first half for the Wolverines. Lane had 10 points in the first half for the Rams.
VCU ran off 10 straight points midway through the second half and grabbed the lead, 50-49 on a pair of free throws from Lane. But Robinson got hot for the Wolverines, converting two three-point plays on back-to-back possessions to set up a back-and-forth final two minutes.
VCU has a week off before returning to face Appalachian State at home. The Rams will take on their former coach Shaka Smart and Texas on Dec. 5.
Michigan returns home to face UC-Riverside on Sunday, before visiting No. 9 North Carolina on Nov. 29.
|Missouri-St. Louis||58||vs.||75||Indiana State||Final|
|Miami (FL)||57||vs.||46||La Salle||Final Recap|
No. 11 Miami grinds out win over La Salle
Wednesday, November 22 at 8:17 PM (EST)
Dewan Huell scored 16 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead No. 11 Miami to a 57-46 nonconference win over cold-shooting La Salle on Wednesday in Reading, Pa.
The game was played on a neutral court about an hour away from La Salle's campus in Philadelphia as Miami coach Jim Larranaga followed through on a promise to recruit Lonnie Walker. He was able to recruit Walker with the promise he would play a game in his hometown -- and the building was full of Walker's family and friends.
Walker scored just five points, going 2-for-8 from the floor, 0-for-4 from 3-point range, grabbing two rebounds and dishing out two assists.
But Walker's shooting woes paled compared to La Salle as the Explorers shot 28.8 percent from the floor and missed all 15 of their 3-point attempts in losing their third straight game.
Anthony Lawrence added seven points, 10 rebounds and five assists for the Hurricanes (4-0), who survived after going just 8-for-34 from the floor in a first half that ended 19-19.
Miami turned the ball over just 10 times in the win, La Salle coughed it up 15 times.
The Hurricanes came into the game shooting higher from the floor (54.8 percent) than from the foul line (50.8). They finished the game at 36.7 percent from the floor but went 14-for-26 in the second half - and went 8-for-14 from the foul line (57.1).
Pookie Powell led the Explorers (3-3) with 17 points and B.J. Johnson, the reigning Big 5 player of the week, posted 16 points and 16 rebounds in the loss.
The Hurricanes host North Florida Saturday, while the Explorers play a Big 5 game against Temple.
|George Mason||73||vs.||79||Fresno State||Final|
|Central Michigan||71||vs.||60||Sam Houston State||Final|
|Wofford||56||vs.||79||Texas Tech||Final Recap|
Texas Tech blows past Wofford
Wednesday, November 22 at 8:58 PM (EST)
Texas Tech raced past Wofford in the first half and stiff-armed the Terriers the rest of the way as the Red Raiders claimed a 79-56 victory on Wednesday night at the United Supermarkets Arena in Lubbock, Texas.
Guard Jarrett Culver scored 21 points off the bench to lead Texas Tech (5-0). Red Raiders point guard Keenan Evans had 12 to join Culver in double-digit scoring. They were the only Texas Tech players to reach double figures, though four other Red Raiders had eight or more.
Guard Nathan Hoover paced Wofford with 16 points and fellow guard Fletcher Magee added 14.
Wofford (3-3) took an early 6-5 lead when Magee hit a mid-range jumper with 16:15 left in the first half.
But Texas Tech used a squad of five bench players to ignite the game's defining run.
Backup point guard Brandone Francis nailed a 3-pointer from the right corner to give the Red Raiders a 17-10 lead with 13:30 left until the break.
Culver followed with treys on back-to-back trips down the floor and the surge was off and running.
The Red Raiders held Wofford scoreless for more than eight minutes. In that time, Texas Tech used a 26-2 run to take control of the game.
Starting forward Zach Smith completed a 3-point play to give Texas Tech its largest lead of the first half at 48-16 with 1:07 to go until halftime.
Culver led Texas Tech with 14 points in the first half. The Red Raiders scored 30 bench points in taking a 50-22 lead to the break.
Magee scored 12 to lead the Terriers in the first half. But Wofford shot 33 percent from the field and committed 11 turnovers in the first 20 minutes.
Texas Tech scored 16 points off of Wofford miscues in the first half.
The Terriers outscored the Red Raiders, 34-29, in the second half.
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