GAME OF THE DAY: Virginia 48, No. 18 Pittsburgh 45
It wasn’t pretty, and the game lacked the offensive fireworks seen last night at the Carrier Dome, but the Cavaliers and Panthers staged a tough battle in Pittsburgh. The difference was a Malcolm Brogdon three-pointer with less than a second remaining, moving Virginia to 8-1 in ACC play. Brogdon’s been a key figure for Virginia during conference play, as he’s reached double figures in all nine games after going scoreless in that blowout loss at Tennessee. As for Pitt, they need to get Lamar Patterson back on track. In losses to Duke and Virginia this week he shot a combined 7-for-28 from the field, a far cry from the 50% clip he’s been shooting on the season.
Yogi Ferrell scored 27 points, shooting 8-for-10 from the field, to lead the way offensively for the Hoosiers. However the story for Indiana was their defending of Nik Stauskas, limiting him to six shot attempts (one make) and six points in the loss. Michigan, which is now tied for first in the Big Ten with Michigan State, will be fine. But for Indiana, this was a result they really needed after losing at Nebraska a couple days ago.
UCLA entered this game with an opportunity to grab sole possession of second place in the Pac-12, and with Arizona’s Brandon Ashley injuring his foot who knows what could have been possible. But Jordan Adams missed all nine of his shot attempts and Oregon State’s Hallice Cooke led five Beavers in double figures with 20 points, resulting in defeat for the visiting Bruins. Now UCLA’s tied for second with Cal, with five teams (including Oregon State) a game behind in fourth.
3) No. 13 Cincinnati 50, USF 45
The Bearcats struggled offensively against the Bulls, shooting just 33.3% from the field and 4-for-17 from beyond the arc. But that didn’t matter as Mick Cronin’s team once again made the plays they needed to make in crunch time, moving to 10-0 in American play (21-2 overall) as a result. Sean Kilpatrick scored 18 points and Justin Jackson added 15, six rebounds and three blocks to lead the way for the Bearcats.
1) Yogi Ferrell (Indiana)
Ferrell scored 27 points, hitting seven of his eight shots from beyond the arc, to lead the Hoosiers to a 63-52 win over Michigan. He was also the primary defender assigned the task of slowing down Nik Stauskas.
2) Jordan Aaron (Milwaukee)
Aaron scored 23 points to lead five Panthers, who beat Oakland 86-64, in double figures. Teammate Matt Tiby scored ten points and grabbed 17 rebounds.
3) Hallice Cooke (Oregon State)
Cooke scored 14 of his career-high 20 points in the second half of Oregon State’s 71-67 win over UCLA.
1) Lamar Patterson (Pittsburgh)
Patterson scored ten points but he did so on 3-for-14 shooting in the Panthers’ 48-45 loss to Virginia. Over his last two games Patterson’s shot 7-for-28 from the field.
2) Nik Stauskas (Michigan)
Michigan’s leading scorer attempted just six shots on Sunday, making one and scoring six points in a 63-52 loss at Indiana.
3) Langston Hall (Mercer)
Hall shot 1-for-7 from the field, accounting for four points in the Bears’ 80-61 loss at USC Upstate.
- Oakland’s Travis Bader hit six three-pointers, passing J.J. Redick on the NCAA list for made three-pointers in a career. Unfortunately for the Golden Grizzlies, they lost 86-64 at Milwaukee.
- Torrey Craig scored 25 points and grabbed five rebounds in USC Upstate’s 80-61 win over Mercer. The result means that Mercer and FGCU are tied in the loss column for first place in the Atlantic Sun.
- D.J. Newbill scored 19 points and Tim Frazier 18 to lead Penn State to a 79-68 win over Purdue, their third consecutive Big Ten win.
- Marcus Thornton scored 26 points to lead the way for William & Mary, which survived a wild final sequence to win 81-79 at James Madison.
- Dyami Starks (22 points) Alex Francis and Corey Maynard (20 apiece) scored 62 of Bryant’s 76 points in the Bulldogs’ 76-67 win at Sacred Heart.
- Spencer Parker and Richaun Holmes combined for 39 points and 17 rebounds to lead Bowling Green to a 74-68 win over Buffalo.