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Late Night Snacks: Pyrrhic victory for UNLV as Mike Moser goes down

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Games of the Day

1. No. 21 UNLV 76, California 75
A Quintrell Thomas put back with 1.2 seconds remaining gave UNLV the win in Berkeley, but it came at a cost as junior forward Mike Moser went down with a dislocated right elbow. How long the All-America candidate is out remains to be seen, but this is a major blow for Dave Rice’s team.

The good news for UNLV: Anthony Bennett was a grown man inside (25 points, 14 rebounds) and Bryce Dejean-Jones snapped out of his shooting slump with 22 points on 7-of-11 shooting. Allen Crabbe led Cal with 18 points, but the Golden Bears’ 15-of-28 night from the foul line cost them a victory that would have looked nice on their resume.

2. Lafayette 72, Sacred Heart 70
Bryce Scott’s three-pointer with three seconds remaining was the difference as the Leopards beat Sacred Heart in Easton. Lafayette survived 25 second half points from the prolific Shane Gibson, who was held scoreless in the first half. Sacred Heart came back from an 18-2 deficit to begin the game, but they fell short in the end after being seconds away from picking up a much-needed road victory.

3. FIU 82, Stetson 79
Malik Smith went off down the stretch for the Panthers, scoring eight of his 29 points in the final 37 seconds to lead FIU to victory. Four other FIU players finished in double figures, and Chris Perez led five Stetson starters in double figures with 22 points.

Important Outcomes

1. Florida State 91, Maine 59
This one’s important for two reasons. One, Florida State avoided losing to a team they should beat at home without the services of forward Terrance Shannon (back spasms). Two, the Seminoles turned the ball over just seven times. That’s the lowest number of turnovers in a game during Leonard Hamilton’s tenure in Tallahassee.

2. No. 16 Creighton 77, Akron 61 
Doug McDermott had it rolling in Omaha, shooting 10-of-15 from the field and scoring a game-high 30 points. Gregory Echenique defended Zeke Marshall while also tallying ten points and seven rebounds, and Grant Gibbs put together another solid floor game with eight assists, seven points and six rebounds with no turnovers. Creighton shot 48.4% from the field and 45.5% from three on the day.

3. Washington State 59, Fresno State 50
The Cougars’ win over Fresno State means that the Pac-12 avoided an 0-3 weekend against the Mountain West (UNLV beat Cal, and Nevada beat Washington on Saturday). Brock Motum led the way with 23 points and eight rebounds and Mike Ladd added 19 and six, and Fresno State did themselves no favors by shooting 2-of-20 from three.

Starred

1. F Doug McDermott (Creighton) 
30 points (10-of-15 FG, 6-of-8 3PT) and six rebounds in the Bluejays’ 77-61 win over Akron.

2. F Anthony Bennett (UNLV)
25 points and 13 rebounds in the Rebels’ 76-75 win at California.

3. G Yolonzo Moore II (Hartford) 
27 points (6-of-9 FG, 13-of-14 FT), eight rebounds and three steals in the Hawks’ 69-59 win over Fairleigh Dickinson. Moore played all 40 minutes.

Struggled

1. Rider 
This is the season for giving but the Broncs were far too charitable in their 65-52 loss to Rider, turning the ball over an astonishing 31 times. The Stags weren’t much better with the basketball, as they finished with 22 turnovers.

2. American inside the arc 
The Eagles struggled mightily inside of the three point line, shooting 9-of-33 (27.3%) in their 54-42 home loss to Columbia.

3. Siena players not named O.D. Anosike or Rakeem Brookins
In the Saints’ 75-55 loss to Manhattan those two combined to shoot 14-of-28 from the field. The other Saints who saw action: 4-of-23.

Three Facts 

1. Over his last four games Creighton’s Doug McDermott has made 17 of 23 shots from beyond the arc.

2. Canisius sits atop the MAAC standings after their 94-82 win at Marist. Canisius, now 6-1 on the season, won five games (one in MAAC play) all of last season.

3. In their 84-50 win over Milwaukee on Sunday afternoon, DePaul extended its streak of games with a made three-pointer to 588.

Other Notable Scores

1. Canisius 94, Marist 82

2. Xavier 62, Kent State 55

3. North Dakota State 72, North Dakota 52

Raphielle also writes for the NBE Basketball Report and can be followed on Twitter at @raphiellej.

Gonzaga’s NCAA tournament chances take a major blow in loss to No. 16 SMU

SMU guard Nic Moore (11) shoots over Gonzaga forward Kyle Wiltjer (33) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Jim Cowsert)
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Nic Moore scored 18 of his 25 points in the second half and added 11 assists as No. 16 SMU knocked off Gonzaga in Moody Coliseum on Saturday night, 69-60.

The Zags got 20 points and 16 boards from Domantas Sabonis, but Kyle Wiltjer scored just four points and shot 2-for-17 from the floor.

It wasn’t pretty.

And it may have been the end of Gonzaga’s NCAA tournament hopes.

Entering Saturday, the Zags had an RPI in the mid-60s, enough to keep them in the bubble conversation but not enough to make them anything more than a team that will be projected to end up on the cut-line.

The issue is a complete lack of quality wins on their résumé. Gonzaga beat UConn in the Bahamas. That’s a borderline top 50 win. They beat Washington, another borderline top 50 win. Beyond that? They swept Pepperdine, beat Tennessee and own a win over Montana. None of those are top 100 wins, and that’s why the SMU game was such a big deal. The Mustangs are a top 25 team. This was a road game. This win was the kind of thing that the Zags could pin at the top of their profile.

But Wiltjer didn’t show up, the Zags had no answer for Moore and they’ll head back to Spokane needing, in all likelihood, to win the WCC’s automatic bid if they want to dance.

POSTERIZED: Cal’s Jaylen Brown has his dunk contest entry

California's Jaylen Brown lays up a shot against Oregon State in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, in Berkeley, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
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Cal picked up a big win over Oregon State in Haas Pavilion on Saturday night, and the exclamation point was this emphatic dunk from Jaylen Brown: