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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.

Illinois State ends No. 21 Wichita State’s 12-game win streak

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Having won 12 straight games, No. 21 Wichita State entered the weekend one of the hottest teams in the country. And with a four-game lead atop the Missouri Valley standings, clinching the regular season title was more a matter of “when” as opposed to “if.” But none of that mattered Saturday night at Illinois State, as the Redbirds managed to hand the Shockers their first conference loss by the final score of 58-53.

In addition to the 12-game win streak, which was second to Stony Brook (15 straight wins), Wichita State also saw its 19-game win streak in Valley regular season games come to an end. Illinois State was the last Valley team to beat Wichita State, eliminating the Shockers in the Arch Madness semifinals last March, and they played with the confidence of a team that believed it could win.

And after a rough first half the Redbirds found a way to come back, erasing a 16-point second half deficit in the process.

Wichita State’s issue in the second half was the fact that they couldn’t make shots. The Shockers shot just 26.7 percent from the field and 1-for-14 from three in the second half, with Fred VanVleet going scoreless and Shaq Morris scoring just one point. And just two players, Ron Baker and Conner Frankamp, managed to make multiple field goals in the game’s final 20 minutes. Illinois State certainly deserves credit for that, as they took away the quality looks Wichita State was able to find in building its lead.

And on the other end of the floor Paris Lee took control of the game during Illinois State’s comeback, scoring 13 of his 19 points in the second half with Deontae Hawkins adding 11 second-half points. Illinois State was even worse from the field, finishing the game shooting just over 27 percent from the field. But they were able to attack the Wichita State defense and get to the foul line, outscoring the Shockers 22-9 from the charity stripe. And in a game in which neither team could get much going offensively, the ability to get points from the line proved to be the difference.

This defeat doesn’t help Wichita State, but did anything really change? Maybe the margin for error when it comes to an at-large bid gets a little smaller with the loss in the eyes of some. But when considering injuries to the likes of VanVleet and Anton Grady in non-conference play, those early season losses are understandable. Saturday was a rough night for Wichita State, but given the maturity and talent on at Gregg Marshall’s disposal the Shockers will be fine moving forward.

VIDEO: New Mexico loses game on blown call by officials

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Nothing like a nice, controversial finish to get the blood flowing.

New Mexico was on the receiving end of a rule misinterpretation on Saturday afternoon, and that interpretation likely cost the Lobos a win over San Diego State and, arguably, a shot at the MWC regular season title.

Here’s the situation: New Mexico is up by three with 12 seconds left and the ball under their own basket. Their allowed to run the baseline, so Craig Neal calls a play where the inbounder throws the ball to a player running out of bounds.

Totally league as long as the player establishes out of bounds before touching the ball. The referee rules that he doesn’t.

Here’s the video:

The problem?

According to the rules, Xavier Adams — the player receiving the pass from Cullen Neal — only needed one foot on the floor out of bounds in order to establish himself as an inbounder that was able to catch that ball. He got one foot down (see the picture above), but the referees appeared to rule that he needed to have both feet down.

That was incorrect, according to the Mountain West office.

“While this was a very close judgment call made at full speed, it has been determined after careful review of slow-motion video replays the call was in fact incorrect,” the league said in a release. “The New Mexico player did get one foot down (two feet are not required) out-of-bounds before receiving the ball, thus establishing his location in accordance NCAA Basketball Playing Rules 4.23.1.a and 7.1.1.  By rule, the officials were not permitted to go to the monitor during the game to review this play.”

And here’s the kicker: When SDSU got the ball back, they hit a three to send the game into overtime, where the Aztecs won. But if New Mexico had won this game, they’d be sitting at 8-2 in MWC play, one game behind SDSU in the loss column with a return game against them in The Pit.

Instead, they’re now three games back with seven to play, meaning that the race is effectively over.

It’s tough to blame the referees here — it was a bang-bang call that is only clear in slow-motion replay — but man, that’s a big call to miss.