Late Night Snacks: No. 10 Texas wins the 2K Classic without Isaiah Taylor

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GAME OF THE NIGHT: No. 23 Syracuse 66, Iowa 63

The Orange bounced back from a bad outing on Thursday night against unranked Cal to pick up a win on a familiar floor. Syracuse’s freshmen played well with Chris McCullough scoring a team-high 20 points and Kaleb Joseph with eight assists. Syracuse led by as many as 15 in the second half but thanks to Aaron White, Jarred Uthoff and Adam Woodbury, the Hawkeyes came storming back to cut it within one. But McCullough came up with a crucial steal with 10 seconds to play.

IMPORTANT OUTCOMES

No. 10 Texas 71, Cal 55

The Longhorns won the 2K Classic at Madison Square Garden with a comfortable win over Cal on Friday night. Texas won the game without starting point guard Isaiah Taylor, who is expected to be out for weeks.

West Virginia 70, Boston College 66

Juwan Staten fouled out with 3:49 left in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off semifinal, leaving the door open for Olivier Hanlan and BC to punch a ticket in the title game to play New England rival UConn. Instead guards Gary Brown, Jevon Carter and Daxter Miles Jr. helped close out the win. The Mountaineers have a chance to bolster their resume against reigning champion UConn on Sunday afternoon.

No. 9 Virginia 59, George Washington 42

Malcolm Brogdon and Justin Anderson combined for 33 points turing a four-point halftime deficit into a 59-42 win over a good George Washington team. The GW perimeter of Kethan Savage, Patricio Garino and Joe McDonald shot 10-of-27 for 25 points. Virginia dominated inside with 13 more rebounds and the Colonials while rejecting nine shots.

Colorado State 80, Georgia State 70

The Rams were down 12 at one point, and ended up beating one of the top mid-majors in the country. Good win for a team picked by some to finish second to San Diego State in the Mountain West.

STARRED

1) Jonathan Holmes, Texas: The senior forward went for 21 points and 13 rebounds in the 2K Classic title game, winning tournament MVP honors. Our own Rob Dauster wrote about him more here.

2) Ryan Boatright, UConn: Embracing the leadership role, Boatright scored 20 points, grabbed five rebounds, dished four assists, recorded three steals and blocked a shot, lifting the Huskies to a hard-fought win over Dayton on Friday afternoon, advancing to the Puerto Rico Tip-Off championship game.

3) Damion Lee, Drexel: Went for 32 points, six rebounds and three assists, although it was not enough to keep USC from getting its first win of the season.

STRUGGLED

1) UNLV: Chasson Randle, Anthony Brown and Stanford stomped UNLV 89-60. It hasn’t been a good few days for Mountain West teams looking to chase San Diego State. Yesterday, New Mexico lost to Boston College, weakening the Lobos already soft non-conference schedule as they slide into the losers’ bracket of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off.

2) Clemson: In the span of a week the Tigers have lost to two Big South teams with the second of those two defeats being decided by a technical foul. You can watch the Clemsoning unfold here.

3) LSU: It was another uninspired evening for the SEC. Top-ranked Kentucky led BU by only five at half. Louisiana-Monroe was up on No. 8 Florida, but both those teams ended up winning; Kentucky by more than 20. It was not the same for LSU, a team looking to be the third bid in the SEC. The Tigers lost to Old Dominion, giving up an early 12-point lead due to foul trouble. Conversely, the Monarchs are putting together a nice resume with wins over LSU and Richmond.

TOP 25

  • No. 1 Kentucky 89, Boston University 65
  • No. 4 Duke 74, Temple 54
  • No. 7 Louisville 85, Marshall 67
  • No. 8 Florida 61, Louisiana-Monroe 56 (OT)
  • No. 9 Virginia 59, George Washington 42
  • No. 10 Texas 71, Cal 55
  • No. 17 UConn 75, Dayton 64
  • No. 19 Michigan State 87, Loyola (IL) 52
  • No. 23 Syracuse 66, Iowa 63
  • No. 25 Utah 88, UC Riverside 42

NOTABLES

    • Coach K and Johnny Dawkins will reunite in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic on Saturday.
    • Miami and Charlotte advance to the final of the Charleston Classic
    • Juan’ya Green scored 22 points in a one-point win for Hofstra over Stony Brook
    • Iona defeated Wake Forest. For the record: this is not an upset
    • Stephen F. Austin had a 12-game road winning streak snapped by Xavier
    • Long Beach State beat Big 12 darkhorse Kansas State, 69-60. The 49ers needed a non-conference victory in a ridiculously tough slate
    • Hawaii 74, Pitt 70: If you’re going to put forth a weak non-conference schedule you shouldn’t be dropping these games.
    • All five starters scored in double figures for No. 7 Louisville in an 85-67 win over Marshall
    • Justin Anderson threw down two must-watch dunks
    • Sheldon McClellan threw down this for Miami: