GAME OF THE NIGHT: Providence 73, Brown 69
The Friars were up by as much as 16 points in the first half, but Brown made their run in the second half. The Bears completely erased the lead that Ed Cooley’s club had built, tying the game midway through the half. Brown was never able to take control of the game, however, and thanks to a three from Josh Fortune with just 37 seconds left in the game, they were able to escape the Dunkin Donuts Center with their second straight win.
Providence was playing without Kris Dunn (shoulder), Brandon Austin and Rodney Bullock (suspensions). And while Bryce Cotton struggled a bit on Wednesday night, he was picked up by a pair of teammates. Kadeem Batts finished with 19 points and 11 boards while Tyler Harris had 21 points.
1) For the first time since 1996, Colorado knocked off Wyoming on Wednesday night, 63-58. The Buffaloes lost to the Pokes on the road last season, which dropped them out of the top 25 permanently. Spencer Dinwiddie had 12 of his 15 points in the second half, Askia Booker went for 14 and Josh Scott chipped in with 12 points and nine boards. That said, it was another ugly performance by the Buffaloes. Colorado finished the night with four assists. Four!
2) Illinois picked up a win against Valparaiso at home on Wednesday night, knocking off the Crusaders 64-52. But it was not a pretty win by any stretch of the imagination. The Illini were never able to pull away. Rayvonte Rice led the way with 18 points.
3) No. 18 Oregon may be without two holdovers from last season’s Sweet 16 team (Dominic Artis and Ben Carter), but their newcomers are doing just fine. In the Ducks’ 107-83 win over Western Carolina transfers Joseph Young (36 points) and Mike Moser (26) combined to shoot 18-for-26 from the field. Add in 16 points off the bench from junior college transfer Elgin Cook and that was enough to take care of the Catamounts despite Trey Sumler scoring 29 points.
1) D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera and Markel Starks clearly weren’t bothered by jet lag returning from South Korea. They went for 48 points and 11 assists combined in a win over Wright State.
2) How about Villanova freshman Josh Hart? He finished with 17 points and 11 boards in a win over Mt. St. Mary’s. He’s a 6-foot-4 guard.
3) Freshman Marcus Foster had himself a day, finishing with 25 points to lead Kansas State to their first win of the season, knocking off a better-than-you-think Oral Roberts team, 71-63.
1) Seton Hall beat Kent State 78-76, thanks to 20 points and six assists from Sterling Gibbs, but the Pirates did everything they could to give that game away. We even saw a five-second call with 21 seconds left and Seton Hall up two with two timeouts left.
2) With 14 minutes left on Wednesday, Abilene Christian was up 44-38 at Maryland. The final score? Maryland 67, Abilene Christian 44. That’s a 14-minute, game-ending 29-0 run.
3) Tim Frazier had 13 points and seven assists, but he turned the ball over five times and played just 27 minutes while battling foul trouble as Penn State lost to Bucknell 90-80. Steven Kaspar had 25 points for the Bison.
- A.J. Hammons returned to Purdue’s lineup with 12 points, five boards and seven blocks in 17 minutes in a win over CCSU.
- Florida State handled Central Florida on the road on Wednesday, 80-68, despite playing without Kiel Turpin. Devin Bookert had 17 points and five assists.
- Cameron Clark led five players in double figures with 14 points as Oklahoma beat Idaho.
- Oregon State didn’t lose to a mid-major on Wednesday, surviving with a 79-73 win over Portland. Roberto Nelson had 24 points and seven dimes.
- DePaul was up by double figures in the first half but couldn’t hold on to the lead, eventually losing to Southern Miss 75-68.
- St. Joe’s big man Halil Kanicevic had 12 points, 11 boards and nine assists in a win over Marist.
- Dayton improved to 2-0 on the season with a 70-56 win over St. Francis PA.
- Holy Cross beat Sacred Heart 122-118 in double-overtime. Sounds like that was a fun one.
- Mark Tollefson led five San Francisco players in double figures with 18 points as the Dons moved to 2-0 win a 91-82 home win over Cleveland State.