GAME OF THE DAY: Akron 83, Ohio 80 (2OT)
Quincy Diggs was the difference-maker for the Zips on Sunday, as he scored 20 points and grabbed seven rebounds while making some key plays down the stretch for the visitors. Diggs scored Akron’s final five points of the first overtime to force a second extra session, and his basket with 34 seconds remaining in double overtime gave Akron the lead for good. Maurice Ndour led Ohio with a career-high 25 points, but it’s Akron who remains undefeated in MAC play.
Fran McCaffery’s team finally grabbed the signature road victory they were looking for, with Roy Devyn Marble scoring 22 points to lead five Hawkeyes in double figures. Iowa shot 47.5% from the field and did a good job of getting into the paint against the Ohio State defense, scoring 44 points in the paint. Just as important were the 27 points Iowa scored off of 17 Buckeye turnovers. LaQuinton Ross led Ohio State with 22 points, but there are still some defensive issues that need to be addressed.
2) Washington 71, No. 15 Colorado 54
C.J. Wilcox established new career-highs for points (31) and blocked shots (four) in a game to lead Washington to the win in Seattle. The victory snaps a 12-game losing streak for the Huskies against ranked opponents, but that wasn’t the big news of the day. Colorado point guard Spencer Dinwiddie left the game late in the first half with a left knee injury, and the severity of the injury will be learned on Monday. Washington outscored Colorado by 20 points after Dinwiddie left the game.
After falling behind 12-0 to start the game Creighton turned things around, with Doug McDermott once again leading the way offensively. He scored 35 points and Ethan Wragge knocked down five three-pointers to lead the Bluejays to the win. Xavier may have fallen short but the game Semaj Christon deserves mention as well, as he accounted for 27 points, five assists and four rebounds.
1) Doug McDermott (Creighton)
35 points, seven rebounds and three assists in the Bluejays’ 95-89 win over Xavier.
2) C.J. Wilcox (Washington)
A career-high 31 points on 12-for-18 shooting to go along with four rebounds and four blocks int he Huskies’ 71-54 win over No. 15 Colorado.
3) Billy Baron (Canisius)
26 points (8-for-12 FG), eight rebounds and six assists in the Golden Griffins’ 87-67 win over Monmouth.
Mark Turgeon’s Terrapins had issues on both ends of the floor in their 85-61 loss at Florida State, shooting 33.3% from the field with the Seminoles knocking down 16 three-pointers and shooting 50% overall.
2) Bowling Green
Shot 29.3% from the field and 9-for-21 from the foul line in their 45-36 home loss to Northern Illinois.
3) No. 23 Illinois
The Fighting Illini shot 28.1% from the field and 3-for-6 from the foul line in their 49-43 loss at Northwestern.
- T.J. McConnell knocked down five three-pointers (19 points, six assists) and Brandon Ashley also scored 19 as No. 1 Arizona recovered from a slow start to beat USC 73-53. The Wildcats’ 17-0 start is the best in school history.
- UCLA saw their 23-point lead cut to nine before holding on to beat Arizona State 87-72. Kyle Anderson tallied 17 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists to lead the way.
- Anthony Brown (24 points) and Chasson Randle (23) combined for 47 points as Stanford beat No. 17 Oregon, 82-80. Oregon once again had trouble slowing down bigger guards, and that’s an issue they must address.
- Luke Hancock and Russ Smith scored 23 points apiece as No. 12 Louisville beat SMU, 71-63.
- Keifer Sykes scored 34 points and grabbed eight rebounds in Green Bay’s 93-86 overtime win at Milwaukee. Jordan Aaron led the Panthers with 26 points.
- J.J. O’Brien led five players in double figures with 18 points (and 11 rebounds) as No. 13 San Diego State won 79-72 at Air Force.
- Michael Alvarado scored 33 points and dished out four assists to lead Manhattan to an 86-79 overtime win over Marist, the Jaspers’ first full game without injured guard George Beamon.