Late Night Snacks: No. 1 Arizona, No. 2 Syracuse remain unbeaten

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GAME OF THE NIGHT: Arizona State 89, California 78 (OT)

The Sun Devils held a 16-point lead early in the second half, only to watch the Golden Bears storm back and take a three-point lead with 26 seconds remaining. Enter Jermaine Marshall, who hit a three-pointer to tie the game and send it into overtime. From there it was all Arizona State, with Marshall (22 points) and Jahii Carson (29 points, seven assists) leading the way offensively. As a result of the win Arizona State’s now tied with Cal for third place in the Pac-12, and the Golden Bears have now lost three straight with No. 1 Arizona visiting on Saturday.

IMPORTANT OUTCOMES

1) Northwestern 65, No. 14 Wisconsin 56

Wisconsin fell for two important reasons: they couldn’t hit a shot (26.3% FG), and they couldn’t slow down Northwestern in the second half either. Drew Crawford scored 30 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead the way for the Wildcats, who scored 34 points over the game’s final 11:48.

2) Penn State 71, No. 24 Ohio State 70 (OT) 

A D.J. Newbill jumper in the final seconds of overtime gave the Nittany Lions the win in Columbus, with the Buckeyes suffering their fifth loss over the last six games. Newbill finished with 25 points and eight rebounds and Brandon Taylor added 19 for Penn State, which won despite receiving just eight points from Tim Frazier. Ohio State once again had issues offensively, and they need to get those concerns addressed quickly.

3) No. 6 Kansas 92, No. 16 Iowa State 81

One game after scoring 27 at TCU, Andrew Wiggins established a new career-high with 29 points in the Jayhawks’ win over Iowa State in Lawrence. Wiggins also grabbed seven rebounds on a night that saw all five Kansas starters score in double figures, with Perry Ellis adding 20 points and six rebounds. Iowa State’s now lost four of their last five, and you have to wonder if it’s time to get concerned about the Cyclones despite their talent.

STARRED

1) Frantz Massenat (Drexel) 

Scored 32 points and dished out nine assists (no turnovers) in the Dragons’ 77-74 win over Hofstra.

2) Drew Crawford (Northwestern)

Scored 30 points on 10-for-15 shooting from the field and grabbed eight rebounds in the Wildcats’ 65-56 win at No. 14 Wisconsin.

3) D.J. Balentine (Evansville) 

Scored 43 points (10-for-19 FG, 19-for-21 FT) in the Purple Aces’ 95-81 loss at Northern Iowa.

STRUGGLED

1) Wisconsin

The Badgers shot 26.3% from the field, with non-Ben Brust starters shooting 7-for-35, in their 65-56 home loss to Wisconsin.

2) Tyrone Garland (La Salle)

Garland shot 1-for-14 from the field in the Explorers’ 69-47 loss at George Washington.

3) Texas A&M

The Aggies shot 35.6% from the field and finished with more turnovers (18) than made field goals (16) in their 80-52 loss to a South Carolina team that entered the game winless in SEC play.

NOTABLES

  • No. 1 Arizona had its hands full with Stanford but remained undefeated, beating the Cardinal 60-57 in Palo Alto. Defense was the difference, as Arizona limited Stanford to just nine points over the final 12:34.
  • No. 2 Syracuse was also on the road, and Tyler Ennis’ 18 points led the Orange to a 67-57 win at Wake Forest. C.J. Fair added 16 and eight rebounds and Jerami Grant ten and 12 rebounds for Syracuse, which hosts No. 17 Duke on Saturday.
  • Wisconsin and Ohio State weren’t the only ranked teams to fall, with No. 21 UMass falling 78-65 at St. Bonaventure. Charlon Kloof led five Bonnies in double figures with 14 points.
  • A Sam Dower three-pointer with 1.9 seconds remaining gave Gonzaga a 54-52 win at Santa Clara.
  • Marcus Paige scored 19 points and James Michael McAdoo added 17 as North Carolina won 78-65 at Georgia Tech.
  • Albany handed Stony Brook its first loss in America East play, beating the Seawolves 77-67 with Gary Johnson scoring 19 points and Sam Rowley adding 17 and 11 to lead the way.
  • Boston University blew a 22-point lead in their game against Army but rebounded to win 86-81 in overtime, keeping the Terriers a game behind American in the Patriot League standings.
  • Jordan McRae and Tennessee rebounded from disappointing performances on Saturday, with McRae scoring 26 points to lead the Volunteers to an 86-70 win over Ole Miss.
  • With Green Bay’s Alec Brown out with an injured shoulder Valparaiso took advantage, beating the Phoenix 75-60 with head coach Bryce Drew’s number being retired as well.

 

THE REST OF THE TOP 25

  • No. 19 Saint Louis 77, Richmond 57
  • No. 22 Memphis 69, UCF 59

LaVar Ball on Trump’s involvement in bringing son home: ‘Who?’

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The war of words none of us wanted is now upon us.

LaVar Ball downplayed the impact that Donald Trump had in ensuring that his son, LiAngelo, along with two other UCLA players were released from custody and returned to the United States following a shoplifting incident on the team’s trip to China.

“Who?” the eldest Ball told ESPN on Friday night when asked about Trump’s involvement. “What was he over there for? Don’t tell me nothing. Everybody wants to make it seem like he helped me out.”

When the players arrived back in Los Angeles, and before they had a chance to speak publicly, Trump had already taken to twitter to complain about the fact that the trio had not yet thanked him. Trump happened to be in China at the same time and, in a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, he reportedly asked for his counterpart’s help in assuring an expedited legal process.

Trump got the thank you that he so desperately needed when UCLA held a press conference announcing that the three players would be suspended indefinitely, but LaVar was not going to let the President have the last word. And you can bet that Trump is not going to let this be the end of it, either, which means that two men that have risen to prominence through their willingness to say the audacious whenever the spotlight is on them will have the floor.

And unless someone has managed to change the passcode on Trump’s cellphone, you can rest assured that this will not be the end of it.

Bridges perfect from 3, No. 5 Villanova blows out Lafayette

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ALLENTOWN, Pa. — Mikal Bridges set a school record by hitting all six of his 3-point shots and scored a career-high 24 points in No. 5 Villanova’s 104-57 rout of Lafayette on Friday night.

Jalen Brunson added 22 points and hit 4 of 6 3s in another dominant performance by the Wildcats (3-0), who made 16 of 30 from long range.

Three nights after setting a school record with 13 blocked shots in a blowout of Nicholls, the versatile and deep Wildcats showed another strength and overwhelmed the Leopards (0-3).

Led by Bridges’ 4 of 4 long-distance shooting, Villanova hit 11 of its first 14 3s in racing to a 39-16 lead. The Wildcats had a stretch of nine straight baskets being 3s en route to a 56-23 halftime lead.

Matt Klinewski had 16 points and six rebounds for Lafayette, which was 7 of 29 from 3-point range.

Bridges finished 9 of 10 from the field before he sat out the final 10 minutes. The junior bested his previous career-high by one point set Tuesday.

While it was a Villanova home game, it was played about 50 miles from campus at the PPL Center, home of minor league hockey’s Lehigh Valley Phantoms. It was a 20-mile drive for Lafayette, but the Wildcats sure seemed at home.

Villanova spent much of the second half going inside to score. Omari Spellman had 15 points and nine rebounds and Eric Paschall had 14 points and eight boards.

BIG PICTURE

Lafayette: Try as a Patriot League school squaring off against one of the best teams in the nation and watching the opponent shoot like that, Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon’s alma mater never had a chance.

Villanova: The Wildcats have perimeter shooting, depth inside and play good defense. They’ve been dominant against inferior competition, and will finally get tested next week.

SO MANY 3-POINTERS

Bridges surpassed Doug West in 1988 and John Celestand in 1999, each of whom went 5 of 5 from long range. Villanova finished one shy of the school record of 17 3s set against Lehigh on Nov. 27, 2005.

NO LUCK

Lafayette coach Fran O’Hanlon fell to 0-6 against his alma mater. O’Hanlon still holds the Villanova record for assists in a game with 16 set against Toledo on Feb. 24, 1970.

Only six Division I coaches have been at their schools longer than O’Hanlon, in his 23rd season.

UP NEXT

Lafayette visits Princeton on Wednesday.

Villanova faces Western Kentucky on Wednesday in the first of three games at the Battle 4 Atlantis in the Bahamas. No. 19 Purdue and No. 3 Arizona are possible opponents the following two days.

Mykhailiuk helps No. 4 Kansas rout South Dakota State, 98-64

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LAWRENCE, Kan. — Svi Mykhailiuk scored a career-high 27 points, Lagerald Vick finished with 22 and fourth-ranked Kansas routed Summit League favorite South Dakota State 98-64 on Friday night.

Udoka Azubuike added 17 points and Malik Newman had 13 for the Jayhawks (3-0), who shot 60 percent from the field and didn’t commit a turnover until midway through the second half.

By that point, the Jackrabbits (3-1) were staring at a 30-point deficit.

Mike Daum led South Dakota State with 21 points and 11 rebounds. Tevin King contributed 12 points and David Jenkins Jr. scored 10 off the bench.

Once again without heralded freshman Billy Preston, the Jayhawks were forced to use the same reduced rotation that managed to top seventh-ranked Kentucky on Tuesday night. But their perilous lack of depth became crippling in the first half when Azubuike and Mitch Lightfoot picked up two fouls each.

That forced coach Bill Self to use walk-on Clay Young in the post.

The 6-foot-5 senior turned out to be a bright spot, too, keeping the ball moving on offense and handling the 6-9 Daum inside. The Jackrabbits’ leading scorer at more than 21 points per game had eight on 2-for-8 shooting in the first half, when Young spent a good chunk of time covering him.

Nobody could cover Mykhailiuk, though.

The senior from the Ukraine hit his first three shots — the Jayhawks made eight of their first nine — while getting into an easy rhythm. Even on the seemingly rare occasion that his jumper didn’t splash the net, it often rattled around the rim and dropped through to a thunderous ovation.

Several of his baskets came on feeds from Devonte Graham, who didn’t hit a field goal until deep in the second half. He finished with eight points but also had 11 assists and five boards.

PRESTON SITS

Preston went through early warmups but remained on the bench as Kansas investigates an on-campus incident that raised questions about the “financial picture” of the car he was driving. Self declined to discuss the situation other than to say “we’re definitely going to hold him out until we get to the bottom of this.” Self did say he expects a resolution soon.

BIG PICTURE

South Dakota State can recover from its thumping in paradise with a trip to the Cayman Islands Classic up next. But their next trip to the Sunflower State figures to be just as tough: They visit No. 6 Wichita State on Dec. 5.

Kansas cruised despite a shortened lineup again, and help is only a month away. Arizona State transfer Sam Cunliffe becomes eligible for a trip to Nebraska on Dec. 16, and there is a chance five-star prospect Silvio De Sousa from Florida’s IMG Academy enrolls at the semester break.

UP NEXT

South Dakota State plays Wyoming on Monday in George Town, Cayman Islands.

Kansas continues a four-game home stand against Texas Southern on Tuesday night.

No. 18 Louisville hangs on over Omaha 87-78

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Ray Spalding had a career-high 19 points and 11 rebounds, Deng Adel had a game-high 21 points and Anas Mahmoud had eight of his team’s 15 blocked shots as No. 18 Louisville outlasted Omaha 87-78 on Friday night.

Spalding scored 14 points after halftime, and Adel made 7 of 8 shots from both the field and the free-throw line to pace the offense for the Cardinals (2-0), who led by 20 early in the second half but didn’t make a field for the last 4:36 of the game.

Omaha (0-4) was competitive in facing its highest-ranked opponent since becoming an NCAA Division I program in the 2011-12 season. The Mavericks hung around with a 12-0 second-half run and got within 71-64 on KJ Robinson’s 3-pointer with 5:45 left, but Louisville answered with seven straight points to keep the lead large enough to stay unbeaten under interim coach David Padgett.

Louisville’s three primary big men — Spalding (6-foot-10), Mahmoud (7-0) and Malik Williams (6-11) — bothered Omaha with their length around the rim. Mahmoud flirted with a triple-double, posting 10 points and eight rebounds to go with his blocks. Williams, a former five-star recruit who made his first career start in place of Mahmoud, had eight points, four rebounds and three blocks. Spalding blocked three shots, too.

Daniel Norl led five Omaha scorers in double figures with 16 points and eight rebounds.

BIG PICTURE

Omaha: The Mavericks averaged 83.9 points in their first three games but dug a hole in the first half when they shot only 24.4 percent to go down 40-25 at halftime. Louisville finished the first half on an 18-7 run, and Omaha made only one of its final nine shots before the break.

Louisville: Adel, who scored 20 points in the season-opening win over George Mason, continues to impress with his slicing drives and up-tempo play and shapes up as one of the top wings in the Atlantic Coast Conference. He made his first seven shots and added eight rebounds.

UP NEXT

Omaha plays at TCU on Monday as part of the Emerald Coast Classic, the fourth of seven straight games away from home to start the season while the Mavericks’ home arena hosts the U.S. Olympic Curling Trials.

Louisville has home games against Southern Illinois on Tuesday and Saint Francis next Friday before traveling to Purdue on Nov. 28 for the Big 10/ACC Challenge.

No. 7 Kentucky cruises past East Tennessee State, 78-61

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LEXINGTON, Ky. — Quade Green scored a career-high 21 points, Kevin Knox had 17 points with 10 rebounds and No. 7 Kentucky overcame an early deficit to run away from East Tennessee State 78-61 on Friday night.

Bouncing back from Tuesday’s 65-61, Champions Classic loss to No. 4 Kansas required the Wildcats (3-1) overcoming an 18-8 first-half hole. Green took charge to score 10 of their next 12 points to cut the lead to 23-20, and Hamidou Diallo and Wenyen Gabriel combined for 11 of the next 16 as Kentucky outscored ETSU 28-12 over the final 10:05 for a 36-30 halftime lead.

The Wildcats kept rolling behind defense that held the Buccaneers (1-2) to 32 percent shooting, including just 10 of 36 (28 percent) in the second half. They also owned the paint (38-22), fast break points (14-2) and registered eight blocks to win their first game of the Adolph Rupp Classic.

Green made 9 of 13 from the field to top his previous high of 15 points on Sunday against Vermont.

Peter Jurkin had 17 points and David Burrell 11 for ETSU.

BIG PICTURE

ETSU: The Buccaneers started four seniors and initially flexed their experience on Kentucky’s young lineup. They shot well at first but went cold after starting 7 of 13 from the field. ETSU couldn’t match the Wildcats inside nor slow them on the break. They were outrebounded 40-37 but stayed close most of the night.

Kentucky: The learning curve continued as another veteran squad knocked the young Wildcats on their heels before they found their resolve and shooting touch. This hole occurred early enough for them to regroup from 4-of-14 shooting, and they didn’t look back in making 57 percent from the field. While Green provided the offensive spark, Sacha Killeya-Jones (eight rebounds) and Knox handled the boards. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander came off the bench to post 10 points and a career-high six assists.

UP NEXT

ETSU hosts Delaware State on Monday night.

Kentucky hosts Troy on Monday night.