GAME OF THE NIGHT: UNLV 76, New Mexico 73
After playing poorly in home losses to Air Force and Nevada the Runnin’ Rebels needed to circle the wagons with games at New Mexico and San Diego State this week. On Wednesday night UNLV brought the effort needed to win a game of this magnitude and it paid off, with Bryce Dejean-Jones scoring 23 points to lead four players in double figures. While the win is a step forward for UNLV, New Mexico has some adjustments to make on the defensive end.
1) Texas Tech 82, No. 12 Baylor 72
Tubby Smith’s Red Raiders executed at a high level on the offensive end, shooting 57.1% from the field in a game they led by as many as 24 points. Five Texas Tech players scored in double figures with Jaye Crockett’s 19 leading the way. As for Baylor, if they don’t improve defensively they can forget about contending for a Big 12 title.
2) No. 16 UMass 88, George Mason 87
For a team that’s currently ranked 16th the Minutemen have lived a charmed existence of sorts in Atlantic 10 play. wednesday’s victory is the third straight in which Derek Kellogg’s team needed to stage a comeback in the second half, with Derrick Gordon’s basket with 8.4 seconds remaining proving to be the difference. Even though UMass continues to escape with victories, should we be concerned about them?
3) Maryland 74, Notre Dame 66
In a game both teams needed in a big way it was Maryland who got the desired outcome, with Dez Wells’ 17-point second half sparking a rally from a nine-point halftime deficit. Maryland’s road back to the NCAA tournament will be a difficult one, but their win on Wednesday is a step in the right direction.
1) Rodney Glasgow (VMI)
Glasgow scored 36 points on 13-for-16 shooting (10-for-10 FT) as the Keydets won 101-88 at Radford. Teammate D.J. Covington added 28 points and 11 rebounds.
2) Trevor Releford (Alabama)
28 points on 10-for-13 shooting (6-for-9 3PT), four rebounds and four assists in Alabama’s 80-61 win over Mississippi State.
3) Tanner Plomb (Army)
29 points (11-for-15 FG) and ten rebounds in the Black Knights’ 78-75 loss to Holy Cross.
1) Virginia Tech
In their 56-49 loss to Clemson the Hokies shot 4-for-14…from the free throw line.
The Eagles shot just 4-for-20 from deep and 27.8% from the field overall in their 56-51 loss to Gardner-Webb.
Shot 11-for-40 from the field (27.5%) and committed 19 turnovers in a 56-42 loss at New Hampshire.
- A Codi Miller-McIntyre three-point play proved to be the difference as Wake Forest beat N.C. State 70-69 in Winston-Salem. Miller-McIntyre scored 20 points to lead four Demon Deacons in double figures, and after the win the athletic department’s Twitter account sent out an interesting tweet.
- Trailing 53-36 with 15 minutes remaining, Xavier outscored Georgetown 44-14 the rest of the way to win 80-67. Semaj Christon scored 18 points and Dee Davis added 17 to lead the way for the Musketeers.
- In what was the finish of the night, Julius “Juice” Brown’s jumper as time expired gave Toledo a 67-65 win over Buffalo. Brown finished the game with 20 points and six assists.
- No. 4 Michigan State won 54-40 at Northwestern without the injured Adreian Payne, who according to multiple outlets will undergo X-rays on his foot on Friday.
- Jabari Bird returned to the floor for California in their 82-56 pasting of Washington, accounting for two points and five assists. Tyrone Wallace led five Golden Bears in double figures with 14 points, moving Cal to 4-0 in Pac-12 play.
- Manny Arop and Dawon Cummings scored 14 points apiece to lead Indiana State to a 70-55 win over Missouri State. Next up for the Sycamores: a game at No. 5 Wichita State on Saturday.
- UMass-Lowell picked up its third America East victory, beating reigning conference tournament champion Albany 70-66 in overtime. Akeem Williams scored 20 points and dished out eight assists to lead the way.
- Florida State moved to 3-1 in ACC play with a hard-fought 63-53 win at Miami.
- Marshall Henderson made his return for Ole Miss, scoring 25 points to lead the Rebels to an 88-74 overtime win over LSU. But the most important line may have been provided by freshman forward Sebastian Saiz, who tallied 20 points and nine rebounds.
THE REST OF THE TOP 25
- No. 9 Oklahoma State 82, TCU 50
- No. 10 San Diego State 68, Fresno State 60
- No. 24 Saint Louis 66, St. Bonaventure 60