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

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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.

IMPORTANT OUTCOMES

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.

STARRED

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.

STRUGGLED

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.

NOTABLES

  • 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.