GAME OF THE NIGHT: Nevada 96, Fresno State 86 (2OT)
Nevada continued its surprising start to Mountain West play but the Wolf Pack needed extra time to do so, moving to 5-1 in league play with a 96-86 double overtime win at Fresno State. Point guard Deonte Burton accounted for 31 points, five rebounds, five assists and four steals to lead the way, with Cole Huff adding 31 to go along with eight rebounds. And if not for these two Nevada would not have gotten to either overtime, with Burton tying things up at the end of regulation and Huff doing so at the end of the first overtime. Tyler Johnson led the way for Fresno State with 20 points, 11 rebounds and four assists.
The Wolverines remain undefeated in Big Ten play as a result of their win over the Hawkeyes in Ann Arbor. Nik Stauskas, who was left off of the Wooden Award’s midseason list, scored 26 points and Jordan Morgan and Glenn Robinson III combined to add 26 points and 16 rebounds. Iowa hung tough, but their 14 turnovers were a problem as Michigan converted those opportunities into 20 points.
2) Richmond 58, No. 12 UMass 55
Kendall Anthony scored 21 points to lead the Spiders to the win in Richmond. UMass shot 2-for-14 from beyond the arc and Chaz Willliams was limited to 2-for-11 shooting from the field. UMass escaped three close calls to start Atlantic 10 play but they weren’t as fortunate against Richmond.
Wisconsin’s defensive struggles continue as they allowed 70-plus points for the fifth straight game, and Minnesota would surpass that make despite losing Andre Hollins to a sprained ankle 16 seconds into the game. It was a team effort for the Golden Gophers, who received contributions from Austin Hollins, Dre Mathieu and Mo Walker just to name three of the standouts.
1) Deonte Burton (Nevada)
32 points (14-for-20 FG), five rebounds, five assists, four steals and two blocked shots in Nevada’s 96-86 double overtime win at Fresno State.
2) Jordan McRae (Tennessee)
34 points, seven rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocked shots in the Volunteers’ 81-74 win over Arkansas.
3) Billy Baron (Canisius)
31 points on 10-for-17 shooting, three rebounds and three assists in the Golden Griffins’ 87-74 win over Niagara.
The Bulls didn’t have the look of a team ready to compete, shooting 36.4% from the field and committing 23 turnovers in an 86-47 loss to No. 12 Louisville.
2) North Carolina A&T
The Aggies shot 22.7% from the field and finished with twice as many turnovers (20) as made field goals (ten) in an 84-44 loss at North Carolina Central.
3) Illinois State
The Redbirds shot 1-for-25 from three in their 70-55 loss to No. 5 Wichita State.
- No. 5 Wichita State moved to 20-0 with a 70-55 win over Illinois State. Cleanthony Early scored 23 points and grabbed ten rebounds to lead the way, and Tekele Cotton threw down one of the best (if not the best) dunks of the season.
- In a matchup of 6-0 teams in Patriot League play American blew out Boston University, 86-56. It should be noted that the Eagles trailed 13-2 early in the first half.
- No. 19 Saint Louis survived an upset bid from Duquesne, beating the Dukes 76-72 in Pittsburgh. Jordair Jett finished with ten points, 11 assists and four steals.
- Travis McKie scored 24 points to lead Wake Forest to an 83-77 win at Virginia Tech, the Demon Deacons’ second ACC road win under Jeff Bzdelik.
- Northeastern beat Towson 57-54, handing the Tigers their first loss in CAA play. David Walker’s three-pointer in the final seconds proved to be the difference for the Huskies, who at one point led by as much as 20.
- Jabari Parker scored 17 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in No. 18 Duke’s 67-46 win at Miami, avenging their loss to the reigning ACC champions last season in Coral Gables.
- Tennessee came back from eight down to beat Arkansas 81-74, with Jordan McRae scoring 34 points to lead the way.
- Charlon Kloof tallied 18 points, seven assists and six rebounds to lead St. Bonaventure to a 66-51 win over La Salle, handing the Explorers their first loss in Atlantic 10 play.
- Freshman Nikola Jovanovic scored a career-high 23 points to lead USC to a 77-69 win over California, giving Andy Enfield his first Pac-12 win. Cal’s loss leaves Arizona in sole possession of first place.
THE REST OF THE TOP 25
- No. 7 San Diego State 75, San Jose State 50
- No. 12 Louisville 86, USF 47
- No. 25 Oklahoma 77, TCU 69