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Late Night Snacks: No. 14 Iowa beats Minnesota

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GAME OF THE DAY: Monmouth 83, Canisius 82

With Manhattan losing at Fairfield on Saturday the Golden Griffins could have grabbed sole possession of first place in the MAAC with a win at Monmouth. But two three-pointers in the final 14 seconds from Monmouth’s Andrew Nicholas gave the Hawks the upset victory. Nicholas scored a game-high 28 points to lead the way for Monmouth, with Canisius’ Billy Baron scoring 21 points to lead five Golden Griffins in double figures. But Canisius turned the ball over 24 times, leaving the door open for a Monmouth rally.

IMPORTANT OUTCOMES

1) No. 14 Iowa 94, Minnesota 73

Fran McCaffery’s team didn’t play its best in the first half but reserve Josh Oglesby picked up the slack, scoring 14 of his 17 points in the game’s first 20 minutes. And in the second half Roy Devyn Marble and Aaron White got going, resulting in a comfortable home win for the Hawkeyes. Michigan and Michigan State are both undefeated in Big Ten play, but the Hawkeyes will also be heard from in the title race.

2) Oregon State 80, Oregon 72

Roberto Nelson scored 22 points to lead four Oregon State players in double figures as the Beavers beat a reeling Oregon squad in Corvallis. Oregon’s starters shot 7-for-35 from the field and as a team the Ducks assisted on just six of their 25 made field goals. It was a game both teams needed to get, and due to their hot start and willingness to share the basketball (19 of their 23 baskets were assisted) Oregon State was able to get the job done. As for Oregon, they’re a team in search of answers but seemingly unsure of where to look for the solutions.

3) Southern Miss 80, Louisiana Tech 71

The Golden Eagles won a key Conference USA matchup in Hattiesburg and rebounding was a big reason why. Donnie Tyndall’s team rebounded nearly 48% of its misses, scoring 22 second-chance points as a result. Daveon Boardingham (20 points) and Michael Craig (17 points) led the way offensively for Southern Miss, which shot 2-for-15 from beyond the arc.

STARRED

1) Andrew Nicholas (Monmouth) 

28 points (10-for-16 FG), two rebounds and two steals in the Hawks’ 83-82 win over Canisius.

2) Anthony Henderson (Bowling Green) 

Shot 7-for-10 from three and scored 27 points to go along with four steals in the Falcons’ 69-64 win at Western Michigan.

3) Christian Standhardinger (Hawai’i) 

Late Saturday night Standhardinger tallied 27 points (11-for-11 FT), 11 rebounds and three steals in the Warriors’ 100-69 win over UC Riverside.

STRUGGLED

1) Rutgers

The Scarlet Knights shot 31.2% from the field in their 77-55 loss at Houston, assisting on just five of their 24 made baskets.

2) Cleveland State

Shot 32.7% from the field and 5-for-21 from three in their 49-46 loss to Wright State. The Raiders weren’t much better, shooting 33.3% overall and 5-for-18 from three.

3) Oregon’s starters

Oregon’s starting five combined to shoot 7-for-35 in their 80-72 loss at Oregon State.

NOTABLES

  • Jerrelle Benimon scored 21 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, with Mike Burwell adding 18 points, to lead Towson to a 72-57 win at The College of Charleston.
  • Alec Brown scored 23 points and Keifer Sykes added 21 (19 in the second half) to lead Green Bay to a 69-64 win at UIC, moving to 5-0 in Horizon League play.
  • Iona bounced back from its loss to Canisius, beating Siena 88-74 behind 25 points from Tre Bowman and 20 from Isaiah Williams.
  • Pat Connaughton scored 21 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead Notre Dame to a 70-63 win over Virginia Tech, ending their three-game losing streak.
  • Kyle Wilson scored 28 points and Josh Herbeck added 18 in Army’s 74-67 win over Bucknell.
  • Two Mitch Bruneel (20 points) free throws with a couple seconds remaining proved to be the difference in Utah Valley’s 52-51 win at Seattle. Dick Hunsaker’s Wolverines currently lead the WAC with a 4-0 record.

Gonzaga’s NCAA tournament chances take a major blow in loss to No. 16 SMU

SMU guard Nic Moore (11) shoots over Gonzaga forward Kyle Wiltjer (33) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Jim Cowsert)
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Nic Moore scored 18 of his 25 points in the second half and added 11 assists as No. 16 SMU knocked off Gonzaga in Moody Coliseum on Saturday night, 69-60.

The Zags got 20 points and 16 boards from Domantas Sabonis, but Kyle Wiltjer scored just four points and shot 2-for-17 from the floor.

It wasn’t pretty.

And it may have been the end of Gonzaga’s NCAA tournament hopes.

Entering Saturday, the Zags had an RPI in the mid-60s, enough to keep them in the bubble conversation but not enough to make them anything more than a team that will be projected to end up on the cut-line.

The issue is a complete lack of quality wins on their résumé. Gonzaga beat UConn in the Bahamas. That’s a borderline top 50 win. They beat Washington, another borderline top 50 win. Beyond that? They swept Pepperdine, beat Tennessee and own a win over Montana. None of those are top 100 wins, and that’s why the SMU game was such a big deal. The Mustangs are a top 25 team. This was a road game. This win was the kind of thing that the Zags could pin at the top of their profile.

But Wiltjer didn’t show up, the Zags had no answer for Moore and they’ll head back to Spokane needing, in all likelihood, to win the WCC’s automatic bid if they want to dance.

POSTERIZED: Cal’s Jaylen Brown has his dunk contest entry

California's Jaylen Brown lays up a shot against Oregon State in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, in Berkeley, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
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Cal picked up a big win over Oregon State in Haas Pavilion on Saturday night, and the exclamation point was this emphatic dunk from Jaylen Brown: