GAME OF THE NIGHT: No. 21 Iowa State 90, BYU 88
With Melvin Ejim, Dustin Hogue and DeAndre Kane all disqualified in crunch time, Iowa State was on the ropes in Provo. But the Cyclones were able to do enough to hang on, with a Daniel Edozie blocking a Tyler Haws jumper in the final seconds to preserve the lead. Georges Niang scored 19 points and dished out eight assists for Iowa State, which also limited the BYU tandem of Haws and Matt Carlino to 4-for-18 shooting in the second half.
1) North Carolina Central 82, N.C. State 72 (OT)
Levelle Moton’s Eagles earned their first-ever win over an ACC school and the foul line was the difference, as North Carolina Central outscored the Wolfpack by 18 (41-23) from the charity stripe. T.J. Warren scored 13 points before fouling out for the Wolfpack, and when he’s kept relatively quiet N.C. State is going to struggle.
2) No. 20 Baylor 69, Charleston Southern 64
Isaiah Austin and Cory Jefferson showed up for the Bears, combining for 32 points, 19 rebounds and nine blocked shots to help Baylor hold off Charleston Southern. Brady Heslip added 11 off the bench, while Will Saunders led the Buccaneers with 16 off the bench. Baylor shot just 38.9% inside of the arc, a number that’s a bit low when considering the amount of size at Scott Drew’s disposal.
3) No. 8 Ohio State 63, American 52
Amir Williams (16 points, seven rebounds) and Shannon Scott (13, nine and four assists) led the way for the Buckeyes, who played well enough defensively to take care of the Eagles in Columbus. One concern that needs to be addressed is the recent offensive production of LaQuinton Ross. Ross shot 1-for-7 on Wednesday, and on the season he’s shooting just 26.7% from the field. OSU will need more from Ross when taking on better teams.
1) Alec Peters (Valparaiso): The Crusaders fell 100-92 at Evansville but Peters’ performance should be noted, as he scored 30 points one day after returning from his hometown of Washington, Ill., which was hit hard by a tornado on Sunday. D.J. Balentine led Evansville with 32 points, four rebounds and three assists.
2) Dylon Cormier (Loyola-MD): 34 points, ten rebounds, two assists and two steals in the Greyhounds’ 89-83 overtime win at UMBC.
3) Zaid Hearst (Quinnipiac): 22 points, 14 rebounds and three assists in the Bobcats’ 71-68 win over Hampton.
1) Central Arkansas: Turned the ball over 24 times in their 94-57 home loss to Louisiana Tech.
2) N.C. State’s three-point shooting: The Wolfpack shot 3-for-20 from beyond the arc, with players not named Ralston Turner (2-for-8) combining to shoot 1-for-12.
3) Fairfield: Remove Marcus Gilbert (8-for-17) from the equation and the Stags shot just 9-for-34 from the field in their 63-49 loss to Holy Cross.
- Remember Brendan Lane? The former UCLA Bruin is off to a good start at Pepperdine, with his most recent outing being a 23-point, nine-rebound, six-block effort in the Waves’ 83-77 loss to San Jose State.
- Another big man who’s played well of late is Cincinnati senior Justin Jackson, who accounted for 19 points, nine rebounds and five blocks in the Bearcats’ 81-62 win over Campbell.
- Princeton freshman forward Will Barrett will eventually be one of the best players in the Ivy League. Barrett scored 22 points in the Tigers’ 81-80 overtime win over Lafayette.
- Dayton moved to 4-0 with an 82-72 win at Georgia Tech. Next up for the Flyers is an appearance in the Maui Invitational, which should give them a shot at at least one quality win (if not more).
- Dave Sobolewski scored 25 points to lead Northwestern to an easy win at UIC, 93-58.
- Wesley Saunders and Steve Moundou-Missi were excellent in the Crimson’ 86-68 win over Bryant, with Saunders going for 25 points and Moundou-Missi 23 (he also had nine rebounds and four blocks).
- Talib Zanna scored 23 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to lead Pittsburgh to a 77-58 win over Lehigh.