GAME OF THE NIGHT: Colorado State 66, UNLV 65
Rarely does a game decided on a free throw receive this kind of designation. But CSU managed to win despite trailing by five with just over a minute remaining, with redshirt freshman J.D. Paige scoring seven of the Rams’ final eight points and John Gillon hitting the game-winning free throw with 1.1 seconds remaining to clinch the win. This one’s going to sting for the Runnin’ Rebels, who start Mountain West play for a second straight year.
No. 14 Duke 91, Wake Forest 75: Wake Forest grabbed 19 offensive rebounds and scored 20 second-chance points, but still lost with the Blue Devils running away late. Why? Second-half foul trouble for Devin Thomas, who was nearly unstoppable in the post, and Duke receiving key contributions from two unsung heroes.
No. 11 Villanova 72, Seton Hall 63: The Wildcats moved to 3-0 in the Big East with a nine-point win over the Pirates at The Pavilion. Daniel Ochefu was dominant in the post with 20 points and 18 rebounds, and Josh Hart added 15 and ten for the winners. Kris Jenkins and Ryan Arcidiacono added 11 apiece for Villanova, which outscored Seton Hall 26-15 from the foul line.
Oregon 68, California 65: Just a couple hours after it was announced that guard Dylan Ennis would miss the remainder of the season, Oregon picked up its first Pac-12 win of the season with a three-point triumph over previously undefeated (in conference play) Cal. Chris Boucher scored 18 points and Tyler Dorsey 17 for the Ducks, who won despite shooting 40.7 percent from the field. The difference: Oregon shot 7-for-21 from three, which isn’t good but was much better than Cal’s 0-for-12 night.
Northern Illinois’ Marin Maric: Maric scored 22 points on 7-for-11 shooting from the field and grabbed 14 rebounds in a win over Ohio.
Duke’s Marshall Plumlee and Luke Kennard: Kennard scored 23 points off the bench and Plumlee shot 7-for-7 from the field, scoring 18 points and grabbing seven rebounds, in the Blue Devils’ win at Wake Forest.
Villanova’s Daniel Ochefu: The senior big man accounted for 20 points and 18 rebounds in a win over Seton Hall.
Bradley: In their 65-44 loss to Southern Illinois the Braves made 14 field goals. That was half their turnover count of 28. SIU coughed the ball up 18 times, but they were a lot better offensively than their hosts.
California’s Jordan Mathews: One of the country’s best shooters had a rough night in Eugene, going scoreless on 0-for-8 shooting in a loss at Oregon.
THE REST OF THE TOP 25
- No. 3 Maryland did what was expected and rolled to an 88-63 win over Rutgers in College Park. Jake Layman scored 18 points and Robert Carter and Rasheed Sulaimon added 15 apiece for the Terrapins.
- No. 10 Xavier, once again playing without the injured Edmond Sumner, held off St. John’s 74-66 in Queens. Myles Davis, manning the point in place of Sumner, scored 19 points and Trevon Bluiett 18 for the Musketeers.
- Matt Thomas scored a career-high 22 points to lead No. 13 Iowa State to a 76-69 win over Texas Tech. The Cyclones had to navigate three first-half fouls for Georges Niang to get their first Big 12 win of the season.
- No. 21 Texas A&M escaped Starkville with a win, beating Mississippi State 61-60. D.J. Hogg, Jalen Jones and Alex Caruso scored 11 points apiece for the Aggies, who were without leading scorer Danuel House (attending to a personal matter in Texas).
- No. 24 Pittsburgh moved to 13-1 on the season with an 89-84 win over Georgia Tech. Jamel Artis and James Robinson scored 18 apiece, with Robinson dishing out eight assists for the Panthers.
- No. 25 Dayton remained undefeated in A-10 play with a 93-63 win over UMass. Charles Cooke led six Flyers in double figures with 18 points.
OTHER NOTABLE RESULTS
- J.J. Frazier accounted for 16 points, six rebounds and four assists to lead Georgia to a 77-59 win over Missouri.
- Sam Hughes scored 21 points and Kevin Vannatta 20 as UNC Asheville erased an 18-point halftime deficit to beat Winthrop 85-84. Keon Johnson led the Eagles with a game-high 23.
- Tennessee scored 53 first half points in their 83-69 win over Florida. Kevin Punter was once again productive for the Volunteers, finishing with 26 points, eight rebounds and four assists.
- Mike Crawford scored 20 points in Saint Louis’ 65-62 upset of George Washington. The Colonials turned the ball over 17 times on the night to just nine for SLU.
- Evan Wessel and Zach Brown both hit key shots down the stretch as Wichita State held off Evansville 67-64. Neither had made a field goal on the night prior to their respective baskets.
- Southern Illinois moved to 14-2 on the season with a 65-44 win at Bradley.
- A Dequon Miller basket in the final seconds gave Missouri State a 59-58 win over Northern Iowa. The Panthers dropped to 1-2 in Missouri Valley play with the defeat.
- Northern Illinois moved to 12-2 with an 80-69 win over Ohio in the MAC opener for both. Marin Maric scored 22 points and grabbed 14 rebounds and Travon Baker went for 25 and four assists for NIU.
- Kam Williams scored 21 points to help lead Ohio State to a 65-56 win at Northwestern in a game matching teams looking to put together NCAA tournament-worthy résumés.
- Joe Rosga scored 17 points to lead four players in double figures as Denver beat Oral Roberts, 78-75.
- San Diego State moved to 3-0 in Mountain West play with a 77-62 win over San Jose State. Jeremy Hemsley scored 20 points and Winston Shepard and Zylan Cheatham added 17 apiece for the Aztecs.