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Late Night Snacks: Arizona State, Harvard earn double overtime victories

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GAME OF THE NIGHT: Arizona State 69, No. 2 Arizona 66 (2OT)

A Jermaine Marshall layup with 14 seconds remaining in double over time gave Arizona State a lead it would not relinquish, with the Sun Devils adding a quality win to its NCAA tournament resume. Marshall finished the game with 29 points and Jahii Carson added 17 on a night that saw both teams struggle offensively.

Arizona shot 36% from the field and Arizona State wasn’t much better, making just 40% of its shots. But the Sun Devils made one more play than the Wildcats in the end, with a Jordan Bachynski blocked shot preserving the lead. Prior to Friday night Arizona State had never defeated a team ranked either first or second in the national polls.

IMPORTANT OUTCOMES

1) No. 23 SMU 77, Rutgers 65

SMU followed up their home win over Cincinnati last weekend by earning a road victory against Rutgers tonight; the Mustangs have firmly supplanted themsleves as a Top 25 team. This is the first win for SMU as a ranked team in 29 years. Nic Moore led all scorers with 21 points.

2) No. 13 Louisville 82, Temple 58

Louisville jumped out to a 19-6 lead after the first eight minutes, and never allowed Temple to get within single digits the rest of the game. Montrezl Harrell dropped in 22 points, and was one of ten Cardinals to score. The next two games figure to be easy for Louisville as they play Rutgers and South Florida, but end the regular season with four of their last five games coming against Cincinnati, Memphis, SMU, and Connecticut.

3) Harvard 88, Columbia 84 (2OT)

In one of the crazier games at Levien Gym in recent history, Harvard eked out a double overtime win against Columbia, moving to 6-1 in the Ivy League. Siyani Chambers and Steve Moundou-Missi combined to score 44 of the 88 points for the Crimson. With both Brown and Penn losing tonight — each now has three league losses — the Ivy League has become a two team race between Harvard and Yale.

STARRED

1) Alex Rosenberg (Columbia)

Rosenberg netted a career-high 34 points on 10-17 shooting from the field and 4-6 3PT.

2) Travis Bader (Oakland)

Travis Bader is draining threes — the sky is also blue and the grass is green. In an 83-82 overtime win against Detroit, the senior sharpshooter drilled eight three-pointers and was a perfect 8-8 from the charity stripe, en route to a 30 point performance.

3) A.J. English (Iona)

English had 21 points in an 89-70 win over Monmouth, but what was most impressive were his 13 assists to just one turnover. Those are Scott Machado kind of numbers.

STRUGGLED

1) Temple

Fran Dunphy hasn’t experience a season like this in quite some time. The Owls, who now sit at 6-17 and 1-10 in the AAC, have lost 12 of their last 13 games.

2) Lipscomb

Casey Alexander has done a solid job in his first season at Lipscomb. The Bisons are 11-14 and 6-8 in the Atlantic Sun, but tonight they were thumped by conference leader Mercer. Lipscomb shot a mere 24.6% from the field, and trailed 43-16 at the half.

3) Keith McDougald (Jacksonville)

Jacksonville had a chance to move back to the middle of the pack in the Atlantic Sun, but senior guard Keith McDougald had one of his toughest shooting nights of the season going 2-14 and 1-7 3PT. The Dolphins lost to North Florida, 79-47.

NOTABLES

  • Cornell won their first game against a Division 1 opponent this season, beating Dartmouth, 70-67. It was the Big Red’s first Division 1 win since February 16, 2013 when they won at Brown.
  • Yale moved to 6-1 in the Ivy League and kept pace with Harvard as they beat Pennsylvania.
  • Oakland beat Detroit in overtime on a Duke Mondy jumper with 11 seconds remaining.
  • Chattanooga moved to 10-2 in the Southern Conference with an 83-73 win over Western Carolina. Gee McGhee had 16 points and 15 rebounds in the win.
  • Mercer stays atop the Atlantic Sun standings with a dominating win over Lipscomb, 79-48.
  • Jay Bowie hit a three-pointer with three seconds remaining to propel Marist to a 65-64 victory over Siena.

Seton Hall’s Derrick Gordon won’t pursue pro basketball to become a firefighter

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 12:  Derrick Gordon #32 of the Seton Hall Pirates celebrates after hitting a basket against the Villanova Wildcats during the Big East Basketball Tournament Championship at Madison Square Garden on March 12, 2016 in New York City. Seton Hall Pirates defeated Villanova Wildcats 69-67.  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
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After a successful career that included stops at Western Kentucky, UMass and Seton Hall, Derrick Gordon, Division I college basketball’s first openly gay player, will not pursue professional opportunities and will instead become a firefighter.

The 6-foot-3 Gordon averaged 8.0 points and 3.3 rebounds per game as a senior for the Pirates, helping the team reach the NCAA tournament during his graduate transfer year. By making the NCAA tournament with Seton Hall this past season, Gordon became the first college basketball player to reach the event with three different teams.

A tenacious perimeter defender who could have earned a pro contract if he stuck with basketball, Gordon will instead pursue a career as a firefighter in San Francisco.

“I’ve had an amazing basketball career and want to thank everybody who has always been there supporting me every step on the way,” Gordon said via his Instagram. “But I’m making a change in my career…I will now be working towards becoming a San Francisco Firefighter!! I’m excited about this and looking forward to having a long career!!”

While Gordon likely would have never made the NBA on talent alone, his defensive prowess would have likely given him a shot overseas or in the D League. It’s hard to say why Gordon is making this decision, but given what we saw with all of the attention surrounding Michael Sam when he tried to play in the NFL, Gordon was probably going to face a lot of scrutiny wherever he decided to play.

Hopefully Gordon finds his calling as a firefighter and brings the same energy and leadership that he brought on the floor to helping other people outside of basketball.

Washington guard Markelle Fultz pulls off sick spin and dunk at FIBA U18 Americas

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Washington incoming freshman guard Markelle Fultz is going to be one of the premier players in the country next season as his unique game is going to be fascinating to watch.

The 6-foot-5 Fultz is currently playing with the USA U18 team in Chile for the FIBA U18 Americas as he’s second on the team in scoring and first in assists as the Americans play Canada for the title on Saturday.

Against the host country, Fultz had an electric spin move in the paint and finished with an easy dunk. If you’re not willing to stay up late to watch this dude play this year, then set your DVRs, because Fultz is going to have some fun moments during the season.

(H/t: Jonathan Wasserman, Bleacher Report)

POSTERIZED: Class of 2016 forward Chris Seeley has a massive dunk on defender

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The Las Vegas AAU events are all going on this week and it’s the final event for rising seniors.

At the Las Vegas Fab 48, forward Chris Seeley of the Splash City 17U team put down one of the best poster dunks of the summer as he skied over a defender for an emphatic finish.

The Class of 2016 forward attends Central High School in Fresno, California as he’s receiving plenty of buzz for his recent play.

 

 

 

Five-star forward Jarred Vanderbilt cuts list to nine

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LAS VEGAS, NV — Five-star Class of 2017 forward Jarred Vanderbilt has been one of the most sought-after recruits in the country since he was a freshman in high school.

The 6-foot-8 native of Houston is beginning to wind things down in the recruiting process as he cut his list to nine schools on Friday. Vanderbilt’s list includes some of the most storied programs in college basketball and plenty of schools from his home state of Texas.

“I just followed my heart. Went with the schools I liked the most and who I have the best relationships with. Thear were the schools I could see myself playing for,” Vanderbilt told NBCSports.com.

Regarded as the No. 13 overall prospect in the Rivals.com national rankings, Vanderbilt is currently recovering from a broken fifth metatarsal in his left foot.

Vanderbilt will see a doctor in three-to-four weeks as he’s currently in a boot to help his foot heal.

Report: Michigan State and Penn State will play at the Palestra

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 10: Head coach Patrick Chambers of the Penn State Nittany Lions looks on against the Ohio State Buckeyes in the second round of the Big Ten Basketball Tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on March 10, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo has previously expressed a desire to coach a game at the legendary Palestra in Philadelphia and it appears he’ll get his chance in a Big Ten game this season.

According to a report from Brendan F. Quinn of MLive, Penn State will use the Palestra as its home gym for the Jan. 7, 2017 Big Ten game against Michigan State. It is the only time the two teams are scheduled to play during Big Ten season and Penn’s home gym will offer a unique setting for the game.

Since the capacity of the Palestra is 8,722, it should make for a fun atmosphere for both programs since this will be a game both fan bases will likely want to attend.

With Nittany Lions head coach Pat Chambers making Philadelphia a major recruiting priority for his program, a game like this in Philadelphia makes sense while Michigan State has always been open to playing games in unique settings such as aircraft carriers.

The Palestra has been a college basketball mainstay since it was built in 1927 as it hosts all Penn home games and, in the past, hosted a lot of Big 5 Philadelphia college games between La Salle, Penn, Saint Joseph’s, Temple and Villanova.

Overall, a fun idea that should make for an interesting experience for both programs. It’s not often that a team will change its home venue for a conference game, but it could be the start of something we see other schools look to do.