GAME OF THE NIGHT: No. 19 North Carolina 85, N.C. State 84 (OT)
The individual duel between North Carolina’s Marcus Paige and N.C. State’s T.J. Warren was a sight to behold in Raleigh, with both surpassing the 30-point mark. But after a Warren free throw with 7.7 remaining in overtime gave the Wolfpack an 84-83 lead it was Paige who landed the final blow, scoring on a layup with nine tenths of a second remaining. Paige finished the game with 35 points and Warren 36, with N.C. State missing out on what would have been a much-needed quality win for its resume.
1) No. 15 Iowa State 83, West Virginia 66
The Cyclones were able to pay back the Mountaineers for an embarrassing loss in Morgantown earlier this season, with Georges Niang going for 24 points and seven rebounds and DeAndre Kane adding 17 and 11 rebounds. WVU shot 35.8% from the field in the loss, and the result may mean the end of their slim hopes of earning an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament.
The Longhorns led by as many as 18 points in the first half before holding on down the stretch, snapping the visiting Bears’ four-game win streak. Cameron Ridley accounted for 20 points and ten rebounds and Javan Felix scored 21 points to lead the way for Texas. One problem for Baylor: Isaiah Austin shooting 1-for-10 from the field.
3) No. 16 Michigan 77, Purdue 76
A Glenn Robinson III basket as time expired proved to be the difference as the Wolverines maintained their lead atop the Big Ten. Robinson, playing against the school his father led to the Elite Eight in 1994, finished the 17 points to pace four Michigan players in double figures. Terone Johnson scored 22 points and younger brother Ronnie added 21 for Purdue, which saw all five scorers finish in double figures.
1) Marcus Paige (North Carolina) and T.J. Warren (N.C. State)
Paige scored 35 points to go along with six rebounds and five assists in the Tar Heels’ 85-84 overtime win at N.C. State. As for Warren, he scored 36 points to lead the Wolfpack.
2) Jordan McRae (Tennessee)
In a game the Volunteers couldn’t afford to lose, McRae posted 29 points, ten rebounds and four assists in Tennessee’ 75-68 win at Mississippi State.
3) Andrew Rowsey (UNC Asheville)
Rowsey was excellent albeit in a losing effort, scoring 37 points (12-for-20 FG) and grabbing six rebounds in the Bulldogs’ 107-100 overtime loss at Winthrop.
1) Isaiah Austin (Baylor)
Shot 1-for-10 from the field in the Bears’ 74-69 loss at No. 24 Texas.
The Hurricanes shot 26.1% from the field and 0-for-12 from beyond the arc in their 65-40 loss at No. 12 Virginia. Prior to Wednesday, Virginia hadn’t held an opponent without a made three-pointer since 1999.
3) Terran Petteway (Nebraska)
Petteway scored 13 points but did not shoot well in doing so, making just five of his 18 attempts in the Cornhuskers’ 60-49 loss at Illinois.
- Pittsburgh ended its three-game losing streak with a 66-59 win at Boston College. Talib Zanna paced the Panthers with 21 points and six rebounds, scoring 11 points in the game’s final nine and a half minutes.
- UNLV grabbed sole possession of third place in the Mountain West with a 78-70 win over Colorado State. The starting backcourt of Bryce Dejean-Jones, Kevin Olekaibe and Deville Smith combined to score 48 points.
- Jahii Carson scored 24 points as Arizona State rebounded from a disappointing effort at Utah by beating Stanford, 76-64.
- One bubble team that didn’t take care of business: Richmond. The Spiders trailed by as much as 23 early in the second half before falling 69-60 at George Mason.
- John Brown scored 27 points and grabbed ten rebounds to lead High Point to a 70-67 win over VMI, moving the Panthers into sole possession of first place in North Division of the Big South.
- Jarvis Threatt made his return to the starting lineup and performed well, tallying 24 points, six assists and four steals in Delaware’s 70-57 win over UNCW.
- Javon McCrea scored 15 points to lead Buffalo to a 69-64 win at Ohio, increasing the Bulls’ lead in the MAC East two two games.
- Nick Johnson led five players in double figures with 22 points as No. 3 Arizona avenged its loss at Cal earlier this season, beating the Golden Bears 87-59.
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