Late Night Snacks: Rhode Island, Wyoming pick up big home wins

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GAME OF THE DAY: Rhode Island 66, No. 21 Nebraska 62 (OT)

Just one ranked team fell Saturday, with the Huskers falling to the Rams in South Kingstown. Freshman Jared Terrell hit two important three-pointers in the extra session for URI, which picks up a valuable victory as Dan Hurley looks to build his program into an Atlantic 10 contender. Sophomore guard E.C. Matthews led the way for the Rams with 26 points, while Shavon Shields scored 25 to pace Nebraska. As for All-Big Ten forward Terran Petteway, he was limited to 15 points on 5-for-18 shooting.

IMPORTANT OUTCOMES

1. No. 4 Duke 70, Stanford 59

Mike Krzyzewski’s Blue Devils won the Coaches vs. Cancer event in Brooklyn, maintaining a solid margin for most of the night in their win over Stanford. Jahlil Okafor didn’t have his best night against Stefan Nastic, but he was still good enough to tally ten points and 12 rebounds. But the headliner was senior guard Quinn Cook, who scored 18 points and was named MVP of the event. It’s early, but Cook has adjusted very well to the arrival of Tyus Jones. Add in Justise Winslow, who based upon his play thus far could be Duke’s most important player, and the Blue Devils have the look of a team capable of contending for a national title.

2. Wyoming 56, Colorado 33

This may have been the most surprising result, but only because of the margin and Colorado scoring just 33 points. The Buffaloes haven’t won in Laramie since 1996, and that streak continues thanks to Wyoming’s dominance on both ends of the floor. Josh Adams scored 14 points and Charles Hankerson Jr. and Larry Nance Jr. added ten apiece for Larry Shyatt’s team, which assisted on all 22 of its made field goals.

3. No. 3 Wisconsin 78, Boise State 54

Both teams entered the game with 3-0 records, but as expected the Badgers took care of business in their final game before they head to the Bahamas for the Battle 4 Atlantis. Frank Kaminsky made 11 of his 13 shots from the field, scoring 26 points, and Nigel Hayes added 15 for the winners. Wisconsin shot 55.4% from the field and committed just five turnovers on the night. Derrick Marks scored 16 points to lead the way for Boise State, but no other starter reached double figures for Leon Rice’s team.

STARRED

1. Frank Kaminsky (Wisconsin) 

26 points (11-for-13 FG), five rebounds and three blocks in the Badgers’ 78-54 win over Boise State.

2. Javaris Jenkins (Savannah State) 

33 points (10-for-13 FG), seven rebounds and two assists in Savannah State’s 87-83 overtime win over Cleveland State.

3. Karl Cochran (Wofford) 

31 points (11-for-21 FG), seven rebounds, five assists and three steals in the Terriers’ 72-68 win over South Dakota.

STRUGGLED

1. Colorado

Tad Boyle’s Buffaloes went ice cold in the second half of their 56-33 loss at Wyoming, scoring nine points and shooting 2-for-20 from the field in the final 20 minutes.

2. Loyola (MD)

G.G. Smith’s Greyhounds had a rough go of it Saturday, losing at Butler 80-39. What’s worse? Players other than Eric Laster (24 points, 9-for-15 FG) combined to shoot 6-for-36 from the field.

3. Brian Sullivan and Tyler Kalinoski (Davidson) 

Sullivan and Kalinoski combined to score 16 points (12 for Kalinoski) on 6-for-28 shooting from the field in the Wildcats’ 90-72 loss to No. 6 North Carolina.

NOTABLES

  • Notre Dame defeated UMass 81-68, with Jerian Grant’s 24 points and eight assists leading the way. The Fighting Irish shot 58.5% from the field, which ensured them of the victory despite turning the ball over 17 times.
  • Next up for Notre Dame is Providence, which whipped Florida State 80-54. Kris Dunn accounted for 15 points and nine assists and LaDontae Henton finished with 24 points, ten rebounds and four steals for the Friars.
  • No. 22 SMU bounced back from road losses to No. 13 Gonzaga and Indiana, beating Eastern Washington 77-68 in Dallas.
  • Kennedy Meeks posted his second double-double in as many games, scoring 19 points and grabbing 12 rebounds in No. 6 North Carolina’s 90-72 win over Davidson.
  • Joshua Smith finished with 22 points and 11 rebounds in Georgetown’s 80-66 win over Robert Morris.
  • Buzz Williams suffered his first defeat as Virginia Tech head coach, as the Hokies dropped a 65-63 decision to Appalachian State.
  • Williams’ former employer didn’t have good fortune either, as Marquette fell at home 97-89 to Omaha. Devin Patterson (26 points) and C.J. Carter (25) proved to be a handful for the Marquette guards.
  • Northwestern moved to 4-0 but needed extra time to do so, beating Elon 68-67 in overtime.
  • After getting blown out by Stanford on Friday, UNLV bounced back with a 57-50 win over Temple. Christian Wood (18 points, 13 rebounds) led the way, and Patrick McCaw supplied seven points off the bench.
  • Speaking of rebounding, Saint Joseph’s took care of Vermont 68-60 in their first game since being blown out by No. 13 Gonzaga on Wednesday.
  • UTEP held off rival New Mexico State 77-76 in El Paso, a game they led by eight with 2:30 remaining. Vince Hunter led the Miners with 23 points and ten rebounds.