GAME OF THE NIGHT: UConn 83, No. 17 Memphis 73
Don’t be fooled by the final margin; this was an entertaining game that was tight until the Huskies made a few stops and knocked down their free throws in the final minute. DeAndre Daniels (23 points, 11 rebounds) and Shabazz Napier (17 points, ten assists) posted double-doubles to lead the way for the Huskies, who are now 2-2 in American Athletic Conference play. And there were other quality performances for the Huskies, who rose to the occasion to pick up a valuable road victory while picking up a teammate in need.
1) Minnesota 63, No. 11 Ohio State 53
Once again the Buckeyes struggled offensively, and the end result on Thursday night was a loss at Minnesota. For the Golden Gophers their big men took another step forward, and as a team Richard Pitino’s squad shot 51.1% from the floor. Elliott Eliason accounted for 12 points and 13 rebounds and Dre Mathieu scored 13 to go along with five assists to lead the way for Minnesota.
2) No. 25 UCLA 69, No. 21 Colorado 56
In their first full game without Spencer Dinwiddie the Buffaloes struggled offensively in a home loss to UCLA. CU players other than Askia Booker and Josh Scott shot 6-for-27 from the field and scored 16 points, which won’t get the job done against a team as talented as UCLA. Norman Powell scored 19 points and Jordan Adams controlled the glass with 13 rebounds (and 14 points) to lead the way for the Bruins.
3) Vanderbilt 78, Missouri 75
Missouri dropped to 1-2 in SEC play with their loss in Nashville, as the Commodores shot 12-for-32 from beyond the arc. Rod Odom scored 24 points and Kyle Fuller added 22 for Vanderbilt, who played just seven players as a result of their depleted roster. Missouri shot just 6-for-23 from three and missed a number of attempts at the rim, with the combination resulting in defeat.
1) Kareem Jamar (Montana)
33 points, five assists and four rebounds in the Grizzlies’ 84-71 win over North Dakota.
2) Will Neighbour (UALR)
32 points on 11-for-14 shooting and seven rebounds in the Trojans’ 87-83 overtime win at Western Kentucky.
3) Lucas Troutman (Elon)
28 points, 12 rebounds and two blocked shots in Elon’s 87-85 overtime win at Davidson.
1) Ohio State starters not named LaQuinton Ross
Ross scored 22 points on 8-for-17 shooting from the field. The other four starters in their 63-53 loss at Minnesota: 6-for-22, 19 points and ten turnovers.
2) Colorado outside of Askia Booker and Josh Scott
Booker and Scott combined to score 40 points on 14-for-23 shooting from the field. Their teammates in the 69-56 loss to No. 25 UCLA: 6-for-27, 16 points.
In their Conference USA home opener the Green Wave shot 23.3% from the field, missed all 14 of their three-point attempts and finished with more turnovers (17) than field goals (ten) in their 73-45 loss to Louisiana Tech.
- Arizona State didn’t have Jermaine Marshall (groin) for their game against No. 1 Arizona, and it likely wouldn’t have mattered if he were able to play. In the top-ranked Wildcats’ 91-68 victory seven players scored in double figures, with Nick Johnson scoring 17 to lead the charge.
- No. 18 Louisville had little trouble with Houston, beating the Cougars 91-52. The big development in this one for the Cardinals: Wayne Blackshear scoring 23 points on 8-for-10 shooting and grabbing seven rebounds.
- An R.J. Hunter bucket in the final seconds gave Georgia State a 73-72 win over Arkansas State, moving the Panthers to 4-0 in Sun Belt play.
- Michael Alvarado scored 21 points to go along with seven steals and five assists to lead Manhattan to a 90-68 win over Siena.
- Corey Walden led four players in double figures as Eastern Kentucky beat Belmont 74-63, handing the Bruins their first loss in OVC play.
- Bryce Cotton’s three-point play with just over eight seconds remaining in double overtime gave Providence an 84-83 win at St. John’s.
- Elon won 87-85 in overtime at Davidson to hand the Wildcats their first loss in Southern Conference play, creating a three-way tie for third place in the league standings.
- Clarke Rosenberg led five Chicago State players in double figures with 20 points as the Panthers knocked off WAC favorite New Mexico State, 86-81. Chicago State and Utah Valley are tied for first with matching 3-0 records.
- Delon Wright was all over the box score in Utah’s 84-66 win over USC, tallying 22 points, six rebounds, six steals, five assists and two blocked shots.
- Alan Williams (15 rebounds) and Mitch Brewe scored 12 points apiece and Michael Bryson added 11 in UCSB’s 62-48 win over Long Beach State.
- Paul Egwuonwu scored 13 points to lead Montana State to a 70-55 win over Northern Colorado, moving the Bobcats into a three-way tie for first in the Big Sky. These two teams, along with Northern Arizona, all have 4-1 conference records.