GAME OF THE NIGHT: New Mexico 97, UAB 94 2OT
The Lobos needed a miraculous, 30-foot runner from Kendall Williams at the buzzer to force overtime. They then needed a three from Alex Kirk to force a second overtime before finally subduing a scrappy UAB team. Our Raphielle Johnson wrote all about it here, and you can see a video of Williams’ draining that 30-footer here.
1) In perhaps the most shocking result of the season to date, Florida State took on No. 10 VCU in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off and absolutely ran the Rams off the court. The Seminoles won 85-67, but at one point in the game they were up by 30. What’s crazier is that VCU still managed to force 25 turnovers! And they got utterly embarrassed! That’s difficult to comprehend until you realize that Shaka Smart’s club shot 5-for-23 from three and under 30% from the field.
2) It might be time to start taking UMass seriously. On Thursday, they knocked off Nebraska in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off, 96-90. You read that and think, ‘Oh, Nebraska, whatevs, Dauster’, but the Cornhuskers are tough this year. Maybe not NCAA tournament-tough, but they certainly aren’t a pushover like in year’s past. More impressive? The Minutemen did it with Chaz Williams having an off-night. Cady Lalanne was terrific once again, finishing with 15 points and nine boards, but it was Derrick Gordon busting out of his slump for 20 points that was just as big.
3) Deandre Daniels scored 15 of his 23 points in the first half and Shabazz Napier had 12 of his 20 points in the second half as No. 18 UConn picked up a hard-fought win over Boston College in the 2K Sports Classic.
1) Kevin Pangos scored 27 points and handed out four assists as No. 13 Gonzaga knocked off Washington State 90-74. The Zags shot 55.9% from the floor and 13-for-23 from three.
2) Jordan Loveridge had 15 points and 15 boards for Utah in a win over Grand Canyon. I know they haven’t really played anyone yet, but he’s averaging 16.7 points, 14.3 boards and 3.7 assists through three games.
3) No. 12 Wisconsin entered Thursday night’s game with Bowling Green shooting 45.7% from three. They hit 12-for-20 from deep, bumping that percentage to 48.5%, or 49-for-101. Their “worst” three-point shooter entering the night? Ben Brust, who was shooting 39.1% from three. He went 5-for-6 on Thursday. He’s not 14-for-29 on the season.
1) Georgetown’s second half in their 63-56 loss to Northeastern was just atrocious. They were outscored 38-20, they couldn’t do anything against Northeastern’s zone and they get beat up on the glass by the smaller Huskies.
2) Wofford let Minnesota jump out to a 24-2 lead and shot 31.0% from the floor and 19.0% from three in a 22-point loss to the Golden Gophers.
3) No. 25 Marquette barely squeaked by New Hampshire on Thursday night, winning just 58-53. Their offensive issues popped up again, as the Golden Eagles shot 32.7% from the floor and 3-for-22 from three. Chris Otule was 6-for-7 from the floor. The rest of the team? 11-for-45. Yuck.
THE REST OF THE TOP 25:
- Nik Stauskas had 24 points, Caris LeVert chipped in with 20 and Glenn Robinson III had 14 as No. 14 Michigan made 14 threes in an 85-61 win over Long Beach State.
- Michael Frazier started at the point and Patric Young six players in double-figures with 16 points as No. 16 Florida beat Middle Tennessee State 79-59.
- Mike Thorne led five players in double-figures with 16 points and 10 boards as Charlotte knocked off Kansas State in the first round of the Charleston Classic, 68-61.
- Davidson got 21 points from De’Mon Brooks and 20 from Brian Sullivan as they knocked off the ever-rebuilding Georgia Bulldogs.
- Anthony Brown led five scorers in double-figures with 23 points and 10 boards as Stanford blew out Texas Southern, 97-71.
- Calvin Newell went for 19 points, six assists and five boards as UCF beat Miami FL, 63-58.
- Texas Tech smacked around South Dakota State, winning by 14 points.
- Alan Williams didn’t play, but UC-Santa Barbara hung around with Colorado anyway, losing just 76-68.
- 20 from K.J. McDaniels led Clemson to a win over Temple.
- St. Louis picked up a nice win at home over a quality Oral Roberts team.