Late Night Snacks: San Diego State and BYU engage in double OT thriller; Nova, Zona earn big wins; Indiana upset at home

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Aqeel Quinn had a career-high 22 points during San Diego State’s double overtime win over BYU. (AP)

 

GAME OF THE NIGHT: No. 15 San Diego State 92, BYU 87, 2 OT

There’s just something about the Maui Invitational. Every year, the tournament produces an instant classic and the finale from the first day of action gave us a double-overtime thriller as the Aztecs outlasted a gritty effort from BYU. This was your classic offense (BYU) vs. defense (San Diego State) focus and San Diego State held on and won despite never trailing in regulation and then falling behind in the first overtime. BYU used tremendous performances from guards Tyler Haws (26 points) and a rejuvenated Kyle Collinsworth (21 points, seven rebounds, six assists, three steals), who looked fully healthy for the first time this season after recovering from a torn ACL suffered only eight months ago. But the Aztecs took the best punch the Cougars had to offer in the first overtime and countered with a game-tying three-pointer from Aqeel Quinn (career-high 22 points) to force a second overtime and the clutch shot energized San Diego State in the second overtime. Winston Shepard had a solid 18-point, 8-rebound performance for the Aztecs and his energy on the defensive end also made a major impact. San Diego State moves on to face Pitt in the semifinals at Maui on Tuesday.

THE OTHER GAME OF THE NIGHT: Eastern Washington 88, Indiana 86

The Hoosiers looked to be off to a solid 4-0 start on the season but fell at home to Eastern Washington for a surprising home loss. Indiana allowed 53 second-half points and Eastern Washington shot 51 percent from the field and had three 20-point scorers as Drew Brandon (27 points), Tyler Harvey (25 points) and Venky Jois (20 points, 14 rebounds, five blocks) all had big games. In order to improve in the Big Ten this season, Indiana has to defend better and allowing 53 points in the second half won’t help that cause. Eastern Washington snapped Indiana’s 43-game home non-conference winning streak with the win and overcame a 12-point second half deficit to earn an impressive road win.

IMPORTANT OUTCOMES

1. No. 12 Villanova 77, No. 14 VCU 53

I can’t say I expected this kind of outcome from the Legends Classic in Brooklyn, but the Wildcats looked great in an easy win. JayVaughn Pinkston led four Villanova double-figure scorers with 15 points while Darrun Hilliard added 14. The Wildcats also had some key performances from their bench as Kris Jenkins chipped in 13 points and Josh Hart had 10 points.

2. No. 3 Arizona 72, Missouri 53

This wasn’t the stiffest of tests for the No. 3 Wildcats, but it was nice to see them on national television playing a power conference opponent on a neutral floor. Arizona responded well with a big win as its defense rose to the occasion and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson came off the bench to score 15 points and grab six rebounds. It’ll be a fun matchup of Wildcats when Arizona and Kansas State matchup in the second round of the Maui Invitational on Tuesday.

3. No. 13 Iowa State 84, Alabama 74

The Cyclones beat a talented Georgia State team at home last week, but Monday night’s CBE Hall of Fame Classic semifinal win over Alabama on a neutral site is a solid win. Georges Niang went for a game-high 28 points and sophomore sharpshooter Matt Thomas returned from suspension to give Iowa State 13 points. Monte Morris also added 12 assists while never turning the ball over and he remains one of the country’s most efficient point guards.

STARRED

1. Melo Trimble, Maryland

Maryland needed a star performance from its freshman All-American and the 6-foot-3 Trimble delivered with 31 points in a close win over Arizona State. Trimble was also incredibly efficient, as he shot 7-for-11 from the field, 4-for-6 from three-point range and 13-for-14 from the free-throw line. The Terrapins are off to a 4-0 start.

2. Sterling Gibbs, Seton Hall

The junior guard did everything he could to make sure Seton Hall won the Paradise Jam over Illinois State and did so by scoring 40 points in the Pirates’ 84-80 win. Gibbs scored the 40 points on only 14 field goal attempts as he went 10-for-14 from the floor, 7-for-9 from three-point range and 13-for-13 from the free-throw line.

3. Marcus Foster, Kansas State

In a Kansas State win over Purdue at the Maui Invitational, the sophomore guard went for 24 points on 9-of-14 shooting and 5-for-8 shooting from the three-point line as he made tough shots and clutch shots to put the Boilermakers in the loser’s bracket. Foster facing Arizona tomorrow should be a really interesting matchup because the west coast version of the Wildcats are really defending hard at the moment.

STRUGGLED

1. Savannah State’s offense

Playing on the road at No. 6 Louisville, the Tigers fell behind 29-0 and didn’t score for nearly 16 minutes in the first half. Savannah State eventually lost 87-26 to Louisville. Rick Pitino’s quotes after the game are about the only interesting thing about this one.

2. Purdue center A.J. Hammons

I was hoping we had moved past this point, but Purdue junior center A.J. Hammons provided the inconsistent play we saw at times last season by only scoring six points in 10 minutes of a Maui Invitational loss to Kansas State. Hammons also grabbed only two rebounds and watched much of the game from the bench as true freshman center Isaac Haas thoroughly outplayed him. Hammons needs to be better if Purdue has a chance at playing in the postseason this year.

3. Marquette’s offense

After losing at home to Nebraska-Omaha over the weekend, it very nearly got worse for Marquette on Monday night as they trailed N.J.I.T., 30-28 at the half before rallying for a 62-57 win. The Golden Eagles shot just 35 percent from the field and looked out of sync on offense for much of the evening. After dropping two straight before this near-upset, it doesn’t get any easier for Marquette as its next three games are against Georgia Tech, Wisconsin and Arizona State.

NOTABLES

  • Clemson edged LSU, 64-61 in the Paradise Jam as Demarcus Harrison had 16 points.
  • Travis Trice: real game no gimmicks. The senior point guard led No. 20 Michigan State with a game-high 19 points and eight assists in a 79-52 win over Santa Clara.
  • Xavier freshman wing Trevon Bluiett continues a strong start as he finished with 19 points in a win over Mirray State.
  • The nation’s highest-scoring offense this season so far has been Illinois and the Illini put up 89 more points in an 89-58 win over Brown as guard Aaron Cosby had 18 points.
  • No. 11 Kansas cruised past Rider as Brannen Greene and Perry Ellis each tallied 17 points.
  • Iowa held off Pepperdine as Aaron White went for 17 points, nine rebounds and four steals.
  • LeBryan Nash finished with 19 points and six rebounds to lead Oklahoma State past Oregon State in a battle of unbeatens at the MGM Grand Main Event.
  • Ryan Harrow went for 23 points and R.J. Hunter added 13 points as Georgia State rolled over Chicago State.
  • Memphis earned an easy home win over Prairie View A&M as forward Shaq Goodwin had 16 points on six rebounds on a perfect 6-for-6 from the field.
  • TCU moved to 4-0 on the season as they rolled past Mississippi Valley State. Senior guard Kyan Anderson had 19 points in only 12 minutes of action.
  • MAC Player of the Year candidate Julius Brown led Toledo to a 92-65 win over Bucknell as the senior point guard finished with 20 points, seven assists and four rebounds.
  • Royce O’Neal stuffed the stat sheet for 19 points, 14 rebounds, five assists, two steals and two blocks as he played 38 minutes and shot 7-for-9 from the field in Baylor’s 67-51 win over Stephen F. Austin.
  • Pitt senior big man Derrick Randall outrebounded Chaminade 21-17 by himself in a Maui Invitational first-round win. Randall also added 10 points and Michael Young had 27 points and 15 rebounds as well for Pitt.

No. 6 UConn star Azzi Fudd out 3-6 weeks with knee injury

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STORRS, Conn. — Sixth-ranked UConn’s top scorer, Azzi Fudd, is expected to be out three to six weeks because of a right knee injury she suffered during her team’s weekend loss to No. 5 Notre Dame, a university athletic spokesperson said.

The sophomore guard was injured in the first half of the game when a teammate collided into her. She returned midway through the second period to play four hobbled minutes, but sat the rest of the way.

“I think she’ll be all right,” coach Geno Auriemma said afterward.

Fudd entered the game averaging 24.0 points but finished scoreless on two shots over 13 minutes in the team’s first loss of the season.

The athletic spokesperson didn’t specify the type of knee injury Fudd sustained.

She underwent evaluation and an MRI confirmed the injury, the spokesperson said.

The Huskies host Princeton next.

New Mexico State suspends player after shooting

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. — New Mexico State’s athletic director says power forward Mike Peake has been suspended indefinitely from the basketball team in connection with last month’s fatal shooting of a student from a rival university.

Mario Moccia also told reporters that neither he nor the school could comment on Peake’s enrollment status as a student. The 21-year-old Peake has not been charged in the Nov. 19 pre-dawn shooting on the University of New Mexico’s campus in Albuquerque hours before the host Lobos were to play the Aggies. That game was canceled along with the Dec. 3 rematch in Las Cruces.

“Mike is suspended from our basketball team until the completion of the university’s investigation and the investigation of the proper authorities,” Moccia said. “When those investigations will be complete, I can’t say.”

State police investigators said 19-year-old Brandon Travis conspired with two other UNM students and a teenage girl to lure Peake onto campus.

The subsequent shootout left Travis dead at the scene and Peake hospitalized with a leg wound that has required several surgeries.

A brawl at an Oct. 15 UNM-NMSU football game in Las Cruces was a precursor to the shooting, police said.

First-year NMSU men’s basketball coach Greg Heiar was not made available to talk to media until 10 days after the shooting.

He expressed his condolences for Travis and his family and said he took full responsibility for the actions of multiple players who sneaked out of the hotel on that morning of the game.

But until Monday, NMSU officials had not spoken publicly about any specific discipline for Peake related to the shooting.

“If there is criticism over this decision, I am in a position to take it on myself,” Moccia said. “I’ve known this player for years and I know what kind of person he is. I didn’t feel a need to rush to judgment. I wanted to give the investigation time to play out before making any decisions.”

Peake, a 6-foot-7 junior from Chicago, played one season at Georgia before transferring to Austin Peay. He joined New Mexico State in 2021 and averaged 4.1 points and 2.4 rebounds last season, helping the Aggies reach the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

No. 18 Gonzaga withstands scare from Kent State for 73-66 win

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SPOKANE, Wash. – Drew Timme scored 29 points and grabbed 17 rebounds, and No. 18 Gonzaga closed the game on an 11-0 run to rally past Kent State 73-66 on Monday night.

The nation’s longest home win streak was extended to 69 games but not without a major scare by the Golden Flashes. Kent State led 66-62 with 3:38 left after Miryne Thomas’ 3-pointer, but the Bulldogs tightened on the defensive end and got a handful of big plays offensively to hold off the Flashes.

Julian Strawther added 14 points, including a 3-pointer with 3:19 left that started Gonzaga’s decisive run. Timme’s spinning basket in the lane with 2:29 left gave Gonzaga (6-3) the lead, and he added a key defensive play blocking Sincere Carry’s layup attempt at the other end.

Timme was fouled and split free throws with 1:55 left, but Malachi Smith grabbed the offensive rebound and his three-point play gave the Bulldogs a 71-66 lead. It was Smith’s first basket of the game.

“(Timme) was heroic. He wasn’t really looking for the ball much early and wasn’t demanding it . he was splitting the defense and scoring in a variety of ways like he does,” Gonzaga coach Mark Few said. “To end up with 17 boards is monster and we needed every one of them.”

Nolan Hickman added 10 points and seven rebounds for the Bulldogs, who held a 43-30 advantage on the boards. It was just the second home game inside the McCarthey Athletic Center for Gonzaga and first since Nov. 7 against North Florida.

Thomas led Kent State (6-3) with 16 points, including four 3-pointers. Malique Jacobs added 11 points and Carry, who was averaging 18.5 points per game, was held to 10.

“I think in the second half we moved the ball well, we got some turnovers, got some easy shots and was able to give us a lead playing a great team and great program. . Unfortunately we couldn’t finish it off. Give them a lot of credit for that,” Kent State head coach Rob Senderoff said.

Kent State nearly pulled off a surprising upset on the road for the second time in two weeks but couldn’t withstand Gonzaga’s late surge. Kent State led No. 1 Houston by one-point with less than a minute to go nine days ago in Houston but couldn’t make the plays in the closing seconds to finish off the upset in a 49-44 loss.

“Coach Few has told us all week that this is a great team that could go to the Sweet 16. . We knew what they were capable of and we weren’t taking them lightly and we knew it was going to be a dog fight,” Strawther said.

JERSEY RETIRED

Kelly Olynyk’s No. 13 jersey number was retired in front of a sellout crowd. Olynyk played for Gonzaga from 2009-13 and led the Bulldogs to its first ever No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament while earning first team AP All-American status as a senior.

“You’re almost speechless,” Olynyk said. “It’s just such an honor, especially with the names that you’re up beside. They’re unbelievable players.”

BIG PICTURE

Kent State: The Golden Flashes lost their third game of the season and their second against a ranked opponent. Kent State has three non-conference games left before beginning Mid-American Conference play at home against Western Michigan.

Gonzaga: The Bulldogs bounced back from a one-point loss to No. 12 Baylor last week with the win. All three of Gonzaga’s losses are to teams ranked in the top 12 of the AP Top 25.

UP NEXT:

Kent State: At Cleveland State on Saturday.

Gonzaga: Host in-state rival Washington on Friday.

Preseason No. 1 North Carolina drops out of AP Top 25

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Houston and Texas remain firmly entrenched atop The Associated Press men’s college basketball poll, while preseason No. 1 North Carolina has dropped out entirely after a fourth straight loss.

The Cougars earned 37 of 62 first-place votes in the poll, extending the program’s first stay at No. 1 since the “Phi Slama Jama” days in the 1980s for another week. Houston (8-0) beat Norfolk State and Saint Mary’s in its first week at the top.

“I don’t dwell on it,” coach Kelvin Sampson said last week about the No. 1 ranking. “We’re not running around here pushing our chest out, thinking we’re something we’re not.”

The Longhorns received 14 first-place votes. No. 3 Virginia got three votes and No. 4 Purdue got the remaining eight.

Connecticut (9-0) climbed to No. 5, the program’s highest ranking since early in the 2011-12 season. Other than the top five, there are three other teams in the AP Top 25 that entered Monday undefeated (No. 11 Auburn, No. 13 Maryland and No. 23 Mississippi State).

SWIFT FALL

North Carolina is only the sixth team to go from preseason No. 1 to unranked since at least the 1961-62 season, most recently with Michigan State during the 2019-20 season.

Of that group, the Tar Heels had the swiftest exit from the poll to start the season (four weeks) excet for UCLA in 1965-66. The Bruins fell out of the poll after just three weeks back when only 10 teams were ranked.

Ranked No. 18 last week, the Tar Heels (5-4) l ost their fourth straight game over the weekend at Virginia Tech while playing without banged-up big man Armando Bacot. They appeared on a single ballot this week from the 62-member panel that votes on the AP Top 25.

“I told them also that I’m not panicked, I’m not any of that,” coach Hubert Davis said afterward. “I’m convinced we’re going to be a great basketball team by the end of the season.”

Last year’s Tar Heels were on the bubble to even make the NCAA Tournament well into February in Davis’ debut season. They went on a final-month tear all the way to the NCAA championship game before falling to Kansas.

THE TOP TIER

Kansas climbed to No. 6, followed by three Southeastern Conference teams in Tennessee, Alabama and Arkansas. For the Volunteers and Crimson Tide, it marked their first appearances inside the top 10 this year. Arizona rounded out the top 10, falling six spots after a loss at Utah.

RISING

No. 13 Maryland had the biggest jump of the week, vaulting nine spots after wins against Louisville and Illinois last week in the Terrapins’ first year under Kevin Willard. That marks the program’s highest ranking since pushing into the top 10 during the 2019-20 season.

Tennessee was next up with a six-spot climb, while No. 11 Auburn rose four spots.

In all, 13 teams climbed from last week.

SLIDING

Creighton had the week’s biggest fall, tumbling 14 spots to No. 21 after losing at Texas and at home to Nebraska last week.

No. 12 Baylor fell six spots after a loss to Marquette, though the Bears responded by beating Gonzaga on Friday in a rematch of the 2021 NCAA championship game won by Baylor.

The Zags, now No. 18, fell four spots to their lowest ranking since checking in at No. 20 on Christmas Day in 2017.

In all, four teams slid from last week.

STATUS QUO

Beyond the top three, No. 25 Ohio State remained in place after a tough loss at No. 15 Duke last week.

WELCOME

No. 23 Mississippi State and No. 24 TCU were the new additions to the poll, with the Bulldogs (8-0) earning their first AP Top 25 ranking under first-year coach Chris Jans since January 2019.

The Horned Frogs were ranked 14th and 15th, respectively, in the first two polls before falling out for two weeks.

FAREWELL (FOR NOW)

In addition to UNC, Michigan State (No. 20) fell out after losses to Notre Dame and Northwestern.

CONFERENCE WATCH

The SEC led the way with six ranked teams, including No. 16 Kentucky. The Big Ten and Big 12 each had five ranked teams, followed by two each for the Atlantic Coast, Pac-12 and Big East conferences.

The American Athletic, West Coast and Mountain West conferences each had one.

Stanford’s Tara VanDerveer tops women’s AP Top 25 appearances

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Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer stands atop The Associated Press women’s basketball poll with the most appearances all time, breaking a tie with the late Pat Summitt.

VanDerveer’s Cardinal remained No. 2 behind top-ranked South Carolina, giving her 619 weeks with one of her teams in the AP Top 25: 592 weeks with Stanford and 27 with Ohio State when she was in charge of that program. Summitt’s 618 weeks in the poll all came with Tennessee.

The Hall of Fame coach downplayed the achievement.

“Fortunate to be here for 36 years. We have great players and have been successful,” VanDerveer said. “I don’t pay attention to (records). People bring it up and I’m like `OK, great.”‘

Louisville fell out of the Top 25 for the first time since 2016, a span of 127 weeks. That was the fifth longest active streak. The Cardinals (5-4) started the season ranked seventh and have struggled to find consistency this year, dropping their last two games to Ohio State and Middle Tennessee.

They are the third preseason top 10 team to fall out of the poll, joining Texas (this week) and Tennessee (last week). Before this year, only 10 preseason top 10 teams had fallen out of the rankings at some point during the year since the AP Top 25 became a writers’ poll in 1994-95.

Even more rare has been a preseason top five school dropping out. Only five teams had done that prior to this year and none before January. Tennessee was the last to do it, starting the 2015-16 season at No. 4 before falling out of the rankings Feb. 22.

Now Texas and Tennessee are both out before the New Year.

“Two factors are at play here. One of them is more parity with more good teams,” said Rebecca Lobo, the former UConn star, ESPN analyst and Top 25 voter. “The other factor at play is the transfer portal. I think those three teams all have multiple players who start who weren’t in their program a year ago. It’s a reflection that you can’t just assemble teams and right away expect them to be good. I think all those teams will in the poll by the end of the season.”

Ohio State moved up to No. 3 after, the Buckeyes’ best ranking since Nov. 30, 2009, when they also were third. Indiana and Notre Dame round out the top five.

UConn fell three spots to sixth with Virginia Tech seventh, the best ranking ever for the school. North Carolina and N.C. State were tied in eighth and Iowa State is 10th.

RANKED RAZORBACKS

Arkansas (10-0) vaulted into the poll at No. 21. The Razorbacks have a difficult month ahead with games against No. 18 Creighton and a tournament in San Diego that has Oregon, South Florida and Ohio State.

“I do think we know a lot about our team,” Arkansas coach Mike Neighbors said.

He was also happy his team made the poll as every sports team on campus that has played this year has been ranked, including football, men’s basketball, soccer and cross country.

“We didn’t want to be the team that stops that streak,” he said..

FALLING LOUISVILLE

The Cardinals had been ranked ever week since Jan. 11, 2016. That was the same season they started the year at No. 8 before falling out on Nov. 30, the earliest a top 10 team had fallen out of the poll until last week. Things got better for Louisville as the Cardinals finished that regular season 24-6 and went 15-1 in the ACC.

HISTORIC WEEK

With Louisville, Texas and Tennessee all out of the Top 25, it marks only the second time in the poll’s history that none of those three teams were ranked. The only other time was the first-ever poll in 1976.

COMING AND GOING

Oklahoma and Kansas State also returned to the Top 25 this week, coming in at No. 23 and No. 24. Marquette dropped out after losing to Seton Hall.