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Bizarre finish gives Marquette 49-48 win over No. 15 Georgetown

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The under-12 minute timeout in the first half of Marquette-Georgetown Saturday afternoon, Marquette led by a score of 5-4. How bad was it? There were flashbacks to Georgetown’s ugly 37-36 win over Tennesse earlier this year.

But for as unsightly as the first half of basketball was Saturday at Bradley Center in Milwaukee, the final three minutes provided some theatrics as Marquette held on for a 49-48 win.

Davante Gardner had 12 points and seven rebounds for Marquette, while Trent Lockett narrowly missed a double-double with nine points and 10 rebounds.

With 0:10 remaining and the Hoyas trailing by one point, 47-46, Jabril Trawick missed a three-pointer that would have put Georgetown ahead. Gardner got the rebound and was fouled, sinking two shots at the line to extend the lead to 49-46 with 0:08 to play.

Georgetown rushed back down the floor and Greg Whittington missed a three-pointer to tie, but was fouled by Lockett. Whittington hit the first two and seemed to be in a rhythm, but Marquette coach Buzz Williams called a timeout to ice him prior to his third attempt.

Whittington missed the third attempt and Lockett grabbed the rebound and was fouled, meaning Marquette remained ahead by one, 49-48.

Here’s where it gets bizarre.

Lockett missed the first free throw and tried to miss the second, but Georgetown was called for a lane violation, though it appeared he pump-faked during his free throw.

He got another attempt, looking again to miss intentionally. The ball grazed the rim, but a referee whistled it dead, thinking that it had not touched the rim. The clock continued to run and ran out as Nate Lubick tried a heave, which was blocked.

The referees ruled that Lockett’s shot had hit the rim and the game was deemed to be over.

Markel Starks finished with 18 points to lead the Hoyas on 7-of-12 shooting.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at JohnnyJungle.com, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

No. 13 Iowa State suspends Jameel McKay indefinitely

Iowa State forward Georges Niang, forward Jameel McKay, forward Abdel Nader and guard Deonte Burton celebrate after center Stuart Nezlek scored late in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Coppin State, Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015, in Ames, Iowa. Iowa State won 104-84 (AP Photo/Justin Hayworth)
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Already lacking depth, No. 13 Iowa State will be short a key contributor Saturday when they take on Oklahoma State in Stillwater.

Friday night it was announced that senior forward Jameel McKay has been suspended indefinitely by head coach Steve Prohm and did not make the trip with the team. McKay, who’s been dealing with knee issues recently, is averaging 12.4 points and a team-high 9.0 rebounds per game on the season.

Over the last six games he’s averaging 7.7 points and 8.7 rebounds per contest, shooting 60.6 percent from the field.

McKay has been asked to man the middle for a team lacking in both size and depth, with Georges Niang shifting over to the five when McKay needs a break for either rest or foul trouble reasons. Without McKay even more responsibility falls upon the shoulders of Niang, Abdel Nader and Deonte Burton in the front court.

The Cyclones are looking to end a two-game losing streak, and even with Oklahoma State’s struggles accomplishing that gets tougher with McKay out of the lineup.

News of McKay’s suspension was first reported by the Ames Tribune.

UNLV dismisses guard Daquan Cook from team

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LAS VEGAS (AP) UNLV junior guard Daquan Cook has been dismissed from the team.

Interim coach Todd Simon made the announcement on Friday, though no reason was given.

Cook was suspended for 13 games by previous coach Dave Rice in November after being arrested and charged with DUI.

Cook appeared in two games this season after being reinstated, scoring three points in four minutes. He missed the 2014-15 season after tearing his right ACL and played 28 games as a sophomore.