Live by the three, die by the three.
Preseason All-American DeShaun Thomas played all 40 minutes of a 59-56 Ohio State loss, and thank goodness for his team that he did. Thomas was the only Buckeye in double figures, scoring 28 points on 50% shooting from the floor. Despite his 6’7″, 225-lb. frame, Thomas shot 11 of his 20 shots from deep, converting six of them.
It was not Thomas who took the game’s final shot, though it probably should have been. Instead, with the ball in the halfcourt and :03 left on the clock, reserve guard Shannon Scott heaved an off-balance, contested three that missed badly, and the crowd at the Breslin Center began celebrating in earnest.
With Thomas bombing away from outside, Michigan State center Adreain Payne ruled the paint, scoring 14 points. Keith Appling suffered against OSU’s perimeter defense, so he began driving the lane and ended up with 15. The Spartans’ leading rebounder was 6’6″ wing player Branden Dawson, who hauled down ten missed shots all by his lonesome.
Michigan State moved to 5-1 in league play, putting them at the top of the Big Ten alongside 4-0 Wisconsin. The Spartans and Badgers will go toe-to-toe in Madison on January 22.
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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) Brandon Sherrod scored 25 points — and set the Division I single-season record for consecutive field goals made — to help Yale beat Columbia 86-72 Friday and take over sole possession of first place in the Ivy League standings.
Justin Sears added 27 points for the Bulldogs (14-5, 5-0), who have won nine in a row, their longest win streak since closing the 1961-62 regular season with nine-straight wins.
Sherrod made his first five field-goal attempts, extending his streak of consecutive field goals made to 30 and breaking the Division I single-season record of 26 straight previously held by Eastern Michigan’s James Thompson and Bowling Green’s Torian Oglesby.
He hadn’t missed a field goal since January 16th.
Two foul shots by Sherrod sparked a 12-0 run by Yale that made it 72-58 with 3:40 left.
The Bulldogs made 14 of 16 free throws in the final three minutes to seal it.
Maodo Lo had 21 points and a career-high seven steals for Columbia (15-7, 4-1), which had its six-game win streak snapped.
As if this season wasn’t going poorly enough for Missouri, the Tigers suspended two players on Friday after the pair received citations for possession of drug paraphernalia.
Forwards Jakeenan Gant and Russell Woods were suspended from the program as a result of the citations, according to a release.
“Student-athletes Jakeenan Gant and Russell Woods were notified earlier today they have been suspended for tomorrow’s game at Alabama, per athletic department policy,” the statement read. “Their status with the program will be reevaluated next week.”
The suspension stems from some terrible luck for the two players, who live with two other people they were randomly assigned in an apartment complex off campus, a source told NBC Sports. One of those two roommates was being investigated by police for a robbery that occurred on December 9th, and when the cops showed up to raid the apartment on January 15th, they found two “marijuana smoking devices” in the bedrooms of each of the players.
The players probably shouldn’t be smoking weed, but that is a tough way to get caught with your marijuana smoking devices.
Missouri has already been banned from the 2016 postseason following an NCAA investigation into violations committed by the program during the 2013-14 season.
Missouri is 1-8 in the SEC and 8-14 on the season.