Late Night Snacks: Pe’Shon Howard breaks hearts in Dayton

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GAME OF THE DAY: USC 79, Dayton 76

A Pe’Shon Howard off-balance three-pointer as time expired gave the Trojans the win at UD Arena, moving Andy Enfield’s team to 8-4 on the season. Byron Wesley accounted for 26 points and ten rebounds for USC, with Jordan Sibert leading the way for Dayton with 21 points.

IMPORTANT OUTCOMES:

1) South Carolina 78, Saint Mary’s 71: This is a big result for Frank Martin as his young team looks to mesh with the start of SEC play approaching. Tyrone Johnson led the way for the Gamecocks with 16 points on the night, while Brad Waldow scored 20 to lead Saint Mary’s. Also of note: this was the first loss of the season for the Gaels.

2) Creighton 68, California 64: The Bluejays got off to a slow start against Cal, but their defensive work stood out with Cal losing Jabari Bird late in the first half with an ankle injury. Doug McDermott finished with 20 points and 11 rebounds to lead the way for Creihgton.

3) Purdue 73, West Virginia: Matt Painter’s young Boilermakers picked up a needed win in Morgantown, with Terone Johnson accounting for 20 points and six rebounds. Freshman forward Devin Willliams scored 20 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in a losing effort for West Virginia.

STARRED:

1) R.J. Hunter (Georgia State) : 41 points (14-for-21 FG), three rebounds and three blocks in the Panthers’ 99-68 win over UTSA.

2) Larry Nance Jr. (Wyoming): 29 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks in Wyoming’s 72-59 win over Northern Colorado.

3) R.J. Price (Radford): 30 points (6-for-9 3PT), six assists, four rebounds and three steals in the Highlanders’ 94-78 win over Sacred Heart.

STRUGGLED: 

1) Brown shot just 31.7% in their 58-52 loss at Northwestern, essentially leaving a win on the table in Evanston.

2) Tyrone Garland (La Salle): Shot 1-for-7 from the field in a 71-58 loss at Miami.

3) Cornell shot 6-for-31 from three in their 76-54 loss at Stony Brook, dropping to 0-11 on the season.

THE REST OF THE TOP 25: 

  • No. 10 UConn 82, Washington 70
  • No. 11 Wichita State 77, North Carolina Central 66
  • No. 12 Baylor 81, Southern 56
  • No. 17 Iowa State 79, George Mason 67
  • No. 25 Iowa 86, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 61

NOTABLES: 

  • Maurice Ndour accounted for 19 points and seven rebounds, and Nick Kellogg hit a three with 7.8 seconds remaining to give Ohio a 70-69 overtime win at Richmond.
  • Myles Mack’s three-pointer with 3.5 seconds remaining gave Rutgers the 75-72 win over Army. Kyle Wilson scored 29 points to lead the Black Knights.
  • John Johnson scored 20 points off the bench in Penn State’s 92-82 win over Mount St. Mary’s. SMU transfer Jordan Dickerson played eight minutes in his Penn State debut.
  • KT Harrell scored 29 points to help lead Auburn to a 77-67 win over Boston College.
  • Langston Hall’s three-pointer with two seconds remaining was the difference in Mercer’s 79-76 win at Ole Miss.
  • Demetrius Treadwell tallied 24 points and ten rebounds in Akron’s 83-71 win over Oregon State. President Barack Obama and his family were in attendance.
  • Fred Thomas led five Mississippi State players in double figures with 14 points as the Bulldogs beat USF 71-66.
  • Anthony Drmic scored 21 points on the night, and his three-pointer with less than a minute to go proved to be the difference in Boise State’s 62-61 win over Hawaii.

SMU gets transfer in Georgetown’s Akoy Agau

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SMU pulled in a frontcourt player in Georgetown transfer Akoy Agau, a source confirmed to NBCSports.com. Agau is immediately eligible for next season as a graduate transfer.

The 6-foot-8 Agau started his career at Louisville before transferring to Georgetown after one season. Spending two seasons with the Hoyas, Agau was limited to 11 minutes in his first season due to injuries. He averaged 4.5 points and 4.3 rebounds per game last season.

Coming out of high school, Agau was a four-star prospect but he’s never lived up to that billing in-part because of injuries. Now, Agau gets one more chance to make a difference as he’s hoping to help replace some departed pieces like Ben Moore and Semi Ojeleye.

South Carolina loses big man Sedee Keita to transfer

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South Carolina big man Sedee Keita will transfer from the program, he announced on Friday.

The 6-foot-9 Keita was once regarded as a top-100 national prospect in the Class of 2016, but he never found consistent minutes with the Gamecocks for last season’s Final Four team.

Keita appeared in 29 games and averaged 1.1 points and 2.0 rebounds per game while shooting 27 percent from the field.

A native of Philadelphia, Keita will have to sit out next season before getting three more seasons of eligibility.

Although Keita failed to make an impact during his only season at South Carolina, he’ll be a coveted transfer thanks to his size and upside.

Mississippi State losing two to transfer

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Mississippi State will lose two players to transfer as freshmen Mario Kegler and Eli Wright are leaving the program.

Both Kegler and Wright were four-star prospects coming out of high school as they were apart of a six-man recruiting class that is supposed to be a major foundation for Ben Howland’s future with the Bulldogs.

The 6-foot-7 Kegler was Mississippi State’s third-leading scorer last season as he averaged 9.7 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. Kegler should command some quality schools on the transfer market, especially since he’ll still have three more years of eligibility after sitting out next season due to NCAA transfer regulations. Kegler’s loss is also notable for Mississippi State because it is the second consecutive offseason that Howland lost a top-100, in-state product to transfer after only one season after Malik Newman left for Kansas.

Wright, a 6-foot-4 guard, was never able to find consistent minutes as he was already behind underclass perimeter options like Quinndary Weatherspoon, Lamar Peters and Tyson Carter last season. With Nick Weatherspoon, Quinndary’s four-star brother, also joining the Bulldogs next season, the writing was likely on the wall that Wright wasn’t going to earn significant playing time.

 

N.C. State lands second transfer of day with Utah’s Devon Daniels

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A big recruiting day for N.C. State continued on Saturday afternoon as Utah transfer and guard Devon Daniels pledged to the Wolfpack.

Earlier in the day, N.C. State and new head coach Kevin Keatts landed another quality transfer in UNC Wilmington guard C.J. Bryce.

The 6-foot-5 Daniels just finished his freshman season with the Utes in which he put up 9.9 points 4.6 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game while shooting 57 percent from the field and 40 percent from three-point range. Just like Bryce, Daniels will have to sit out the 2017-18 season due to NCAA transfer regulations before he has three more seasons of eligibility.

N.C. State now has two potential starters on the perimeter for the 2018-19 season with the addition of Bryce and Daniels as it will be interesting to see what kind of talent the Wolfpack can get around them.

 

UNC Wilmington transfer C.J. Bryce follows Kevin Keatts to N.C. State

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N.C. State landed an impact transfer on Saturday as UNC Wilmington guard C.J. Bryce will be following former head coach Kevin Keatts to the Wolfpack, a source confirmed to NBCSports.com

The 6-foot-5 Bryce averaged 17.4 points, 5.4 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game last season as he helped the Seahawks to an NCAA tournament appearance. Bryce will have to sit out the 2017-18 season due to NCAA transfer regulations, but he’ll have two seasons of eligibility remaining after sitting out one season.

With N.C. State getting center Omer Yurtseven back for next season, and with the addition of Bryce, it means that Keatts has retained, or added, some talented players for the next few seasons. The Wolfpack still have to fill a lot of roster spots from last season’s team, but Keatts seems to be having a really good week.