Late Night Snacks: Top three teams roll, Holy Cross beats No. 25 Harvard


GAME OF THE DAY: Portland 73, San Jose State 68 (OT)

The Pilots picked up their second win in as many games Sunday afternoon, with Volodymyr Gerun’s jumper in the final seconds of regulation forcing overtime. Alec Wintering (24 points, six steals, four assists) and Kevin Bailey (22, six assists) led the way offensively for Portland, which outscored the Spartans 11-6 in the extra session. Jordan Baker led four Spartans in double figures with 17 points.


1. Holy Cross 58, No. 25 Harvard 57

As Siyani Chambers goes so go the Crimson, and on this day Holy Cross’ Justin Burrell got the better of that individual matchup. Burrell finished the game with 16 points and four assists, with Chambers being limited to just one point, four assists and eight turnovers. Wesley Saunders accounted for 24 points, 12 rebounds and four assists, but it wasn’t enough as Harvard committed 22 turnovers and suffered its first loss of the season.

2. No. 1 Kentucky 71, Buffalo 52

The Bulls gave the top-ranked Wildcats all they wanted in the first half, taking a lead into the intermission. But Kentucky’s depth eventually wore Bobby Hurley’s team down, moving the Wildcats to 2-0 ahead of their showdown with No. 5 Kansas Tuesday night. Trey Lyles and Tyler Ulis led the way offensively with 12 points apiece and Devon Booker added ten, as the second unit provided the energy needed to take control of the game.

3. No. 2 Arizona 86, CSUN 68

Arizona led by as much as 29 Sunday night, with Stanley Johnson (17 points) and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (14) leading the way offensively. Sean Miller’s Wildcats shot 53.8% from the field while limiting CSUN to 42.3% shooting and 2-for-10 from beyond the arc. Next up for the Wildcats is Big West preseason favorite UC Irvine Wednesday night.


1. Vince Edwards (Purdue)

Edwards has been outstanding for the Boilermakers through two games. Sunday afternoon he accounted for 26 points, eight rebounds and three blocks in Purdue’s 77-57 win over IUPUI.

2. Buddy Hield (Oklahoma)

Hield shot 7-for-7 from three, scoring 25 points in the 19th-ranked Sooners’ 78-53 win over Southeastern Louisiana.

3. Kennedy Meeks (North Carolina)

Meeks scored 21 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in the sixth-ranked Tar Heels’ 103-59 win over Robert Morris.


1. Siyani Chambers (Harvard)

Rough night at the office for Chambers, as he finished Harvard’s 58-57 loss to Holy Cross with one point, four assists and eight turnovers.

2. Arnold Fripp (Coppin State)

Fripp made just two of his twelve field goal attempts, finishing with seven points, five rebounds and two turnovers in the Eagles’ 114-56 loss to Illinois.

3. Norfolk State players not named Jeff Short

The Spartans struggled mightily against No. 9 Virginia’s pack line defense, as they combined to shoot 6-for-36 in a 67-39 loss in Charlottesville. Short finished with 19 points and five rebounds on 6-for-15 shooting.


  • Terran Petteway scored 25 points and grabbed six rebounds to lead No. 21 Nebraska to an 80-61 win over Northern Kentucky.
  • Isaiah Whitehead struggled, making just one of his ten field goal attempts, but Sterling Gibbs (17 points, five assists), Brandon Mobley (19 points, nine rebounds) and Angel Delgado (eight points, 12 rebounds) led Seton Hall to an 83-67 win over Mercer.
  • Rakeem Christmas scored 15 points and grabbed a career-high 16 rebounds in No. 23 Syracuse’s 65-47 win over Hampton.
  • Sam Dekker scored 18 points and both Frank Kaminsky (15 points, ten rebounds) and Nigel Hayes (15 points, 13 rebounds) posted double-doubles in No. 3 Wisconsin’s 89-45 win over Chattanooga.
  • It wasn’t pretty but Hartford outlasted Saint Peter’s 51-50, with Taylor Dyson scoring 15 points for the winners.
  • Kevon Looney accounted for 17 points and 14 rebounds in UCLA’s 84-71 win over Coastal Carolina.
  • Isaiah Taylor scored 12 points and Demarcus Holland and Myles Turner added ten apiece in No. 10 Texas’ 85-53 win over Alcorn State. 12 Longhorns scored, and they held Alcorn State without a field goal for the first 10:31 of the game.
  • Jerian Grant finished with 17 points, ten assists and five rebounds as Notre Dame whipped Navy, 92-53.
  • Maxie Esho tallied 23 points and nine rebounds in UMass’ 71-62 win over Boston College.
  • Guards Kethan Savage and Joe McDonald combined to score 33 points as George Washington took care of Rutgers, 70-53. The Scarlet Knights were without the injured Kadeem Jack, but that wouldn’t have mattered against the Colonials.
  • Will Artino scored a career-high 20 points and grabbed eight rebounds in Creighton’s 84-66 win over Chicago State.
  • Kim Anderson got his first win as head coach at Missouri, 56-41 over Valparaiso.
  • UNLV survived for the second straight game, beating Sam Houston State 59-57 in Las Vegas.
  • And Cal rolled for the second straight game, beating Kennesaw State 93-59. Tyrone Wallace accounted for 16 points, nine rebounds and seven assists.

NCAA tweaks rules on block/charge calls in men’s basketball

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INDIANAPOLIS — The NCAA is tweaking how block/charge calls are made in men’s basketball.

The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel approved rule changes on Thursday that require a defender to be in position to draw a charge at the time the offensive player plants a foot to go airborne for a shot. If the defender arrives after the player has planted a foot, officials have been instructed to call a block when there’s contact.

Defenders had to be in position to draw a charge before the offensive player went airborne under previous rules.

NCAA Men’s Basketball Rules Committee members made the proposal after NCAA members complained that too many charges were being called on those types of plays.

The panel also approved reviews of basket interference calls during the next media timeout – if the official called it on the floor – a shot clock reset to 20 seconds on an offensive rebound that hits the rim, and players being allowed to wear any number between 0 and 99.

A timeout also will be granted to an airborne player with possession of the ball, and non-student bench personnel will be allowed to serve as peacekeepers on the floor if an altercation occurs.

Charlotte head coach Ron Sanchez resigns after winning CBI title

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Ron Sanchez resigned as head coach of the Charlotte 49ers.

Sanchez took over the 49ers on March 19, 2018, inheriting a team coming off a 6-23 campaign. In five years Charlotte went 72-78 under Sanchez, highlighted by winning the College Basketball Invitational championship this past season, the Niners’ first post-season tournament title in school history.

The 22 wins this past season are the most for Charlotte since 2001.

“Ron took over a proud but struggling program and carefully rebuilt it into a 22-game winner. He has led with class, dignity and devotion to our young men,” Charlotte director of athletics Mike Hill said. “His decision to step down from Charlotte was a difficult one for him and everyone associated with our program. We wish him and his family every happiness.”

Hill said the team has already begun a national search for a replacement.

“This is a bittersweet day for me and my family as I step down to pursue other opportunities,” said Sanchez, who came the 49ers after working as an assistant coach at Virginia under Tony Bennett. “It has been a tremendous privilege to lead the 49ers basketball program over the past five years and I want to thank Niner Nation for its support. I will be forever grateful to my staff, players and the university.”

Marquette extends Shaka Smart’s contract through 2029-30 season

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MILWAUKEE — Marquette coach Shaka Smart has received a contract extension after leading the Golden Eagles to their first outright regular-season championship and tournament title in the Big East.

Smart’s contract now runs through the 2029-30 season. This is the first extension Smart has received since signing a six-year deal when he took over as Marquette’s coach in 2021.

Marquette didn’t release financial terms of Smart’s deal.

“In a very short period of time, Shaka and his staff have done a tremendous job of establishing a winning culture, both on and off the court,” athletic director Bill Scholl said in a statement. “Shaka’s vision for the program is focused on extended, sustainable success. The individuals who interact with the team on a daily basis are able to observe frequent examples of growth and the excitement around the program is contagious.”

Marquette has gone 48-20 in Smart’s two seasons and reached the NCAA Tournament each of those years.

The Golden Eagles went 29-7 and won the Big East’s regular-season and tournament championships last season after the league’s coaches had picked them to finish ninth out of 11 teams. Marquette’s season ended with a 69-60 loss to Michigan State in the NCAA Tournament’s round of 32.

Purdue’s Edey returning to school at NBA draft deadline; Kentucky’s Tshiebwe stays in

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Purdue’s Zach Edey decided it was the right call to go back to school instead of staying in the NBA draft. His predecessor as national player of the year, Kentucky’s Oscar Tshiebwe, is sticking with his pro pursuit.

And Connecticut’s reign as NCAA champion will begin with multiple starters having left for the NBA draft and one returning after flirting with doing the same.

The 7-foot-4 Edey and UConn guard Tristen Newton were among the notable names to announce that they were withdrawing from the draft, the NCAA’s deadline for players who declared as early entrants to pull out and retain their college eligibility.

Edey’s decision came in social media posts from both the center and the Boilermakers program that earned a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament behind Edey, The Associated Press men’s national player of the year.

But Tshiebwe announced late in the afternoon that he would remain in the draft after a college career that included being named the AP national player of the year in 2022.

For the current champions, Newton (10.1 points, 4.7 assists, 4.5 rebounds) is returning after being one of four Huskies to declare for the draft after a run to UConn’s fifth national championship in early April. He scored a game-high 19 points to go with 10 rebounds in the victory over San Diego State in the title game.

The others were Final Four Most Outstanding Player Adama Sanogo, wing Jordan Hawkins and versatile guard Andre Jackson Jr. Sanogo (17.8 points) and Hawkins (16.3) have made it clear they have closed the door on their college careers, while team spokesman Phil Chardis said that Jackson (6.1 points, 5.8 rebounds, 4.6 assists) would remain in the draft.

The Huskies have 247sports’ No. 3-ranked recruiting class for next year to restock the roster, led by McDonald’s All-American point guard Stephon Castle.

The NBA’s withdrawal deadline is June 12, but is moot when it comes to college players returning to school due to the NCAA’s earlier timeline to retain playing eligibility.


TREY ALEXANDER: Creighton gets back a 6-4 guard who averaged 13.6 points and shot 41% from 3-point range in his first full season as a starter.

ADEM BONA: The 6-foot-10 forward and Pac-12 freshman of the year is returning to UCLA after starting 32 games as a rookie and averaging 7.7 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.7 blocks – with coach Mick Cronin praising his toughness for “competing through multiple injuries for as long as he could” in a statement Wednesday.

EDEY: He averaged 22.3 points, 12.9 rebounds, 2.1 blocks and 1.5 assists while shooting 60.7% from the field. His presence alone helps Purdue be a factor in the Big Ten race.

JOSIAH-JORDAN JAMES: The 6-6 guard went through the NBA G League Combine and had workouts with multiple teams before opting to return to Tennessee for a fifth season alongside teammate Santiago Vescovi.

JUDAH MINTZ: The 6-3 freshman averaged 16.3 points and 4.6 assists for Syracuse, ranking third among Division I freshmen in scoring behind only Alabama’s Brandon Miller and Lamar’s Nate Calmese.

OWLS’ RETURNEES: Florida Atlantic got good news after its surprise Final Four run with the return leading scorers Johnell Davis (13.8) and Alijah Martin (13.4). ESPN first reported their decisions, while Martin later posted a social media statement.

TERRENCE SHANNON JR.: Illinois got a big boost with Shannon announcing his night in a social media post. The 6-6 guard is returning for a fifth college season after averaging 17.2 points.

SPARTANS’ RETURNEES: Michigan State announced that guards Jaden Akins and A.J. Hoggard have withdrawn from the NBA draft. Standout guard Tyson Walker had previously withdrawn in April, setting up Tom Izzo to have five of his top scorers back.


KOBE BROWN: Missouri’s 6-8 swingman opted against returning for a fifth college season after being an AP first-team all-Southeastern Conference pick averaging 15.8 points last season.

JAYLEN CLARK: The third-year UCLA guard averaged 13.0 points and 6.0 rebounds while leading the Pac-12 with 2.6 steals en route to being named Naismith national defensive player of the year. Cronin called him a winner with strong intangibles who made UCLA “a better program because he chose to be a Bruin.”

BRICE SENSABAUGH: The Ohio State freshman averaged 16.3 points and 5.4 rebounds in 31 games before missing his final two in the Big Ten Tournament due to a knee injury. He’s a potential first-round prospect.

TSHIEBWE: The 6-9, 260-pound forward is a tough interior presence who led the country in rebounds for two straight seasons (15.1 in 2022, 13.7 in 2023) while racking up 48 double-doubles. But he faces an uncertain next stop and is projected at best as a second-round prospect.

North Carolina transfer Caleb Love commits to Arizona

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Caleb Love is now headed to Arizona.

The North Carolina transfer tweeted, less than a month after decommitting from Michigan, that he will play next season with the Wildcats.

“Caleb is a tremendously talented guard who has significant experience playing college basketball at a high level,” Arizona coach Tommy Lloyd said in a statement. “We look forward to helping Caleb grow his game at Arizona. And as we near the completion of the roster for the upcoming season, we feel great about how everything has come together. Now it’s time for the real work to start.”

A 6-foot-4 guard, Love averaged 14.6 points and 3.3 assists in three seasons at North Carolina. He averaged 17.6 points in seven NCAA Tournament games, helping lead the Tar Heels to the 2022 national championship game.

Love entered the transfer portal after leading North Carolina with 73 3-pointers as a junior and initially committed to Michigan. He decommitted from the Wolverines earlier this month, reportedly due to an admissions issue involving academic credits.

Love narrowed his transfer targets to three schools before choosing to play at Arizona over Gonzaga and Texas.

Love will likely start on a team that will have dynamic perimeter players, including Pelle Larsson, Kylan Boswell and Alabama transfer Jaden Bradley.