Late Night Snacks: Nebraska, Rutgers win first two games in ACC/Big Ten Challenge


GAME OF THE NIGHT: Nebraska 70, Florida State 65

The Seminoles nearly erased an 18-point halftime lead, although, the hole they dug themselves in proved to be too steep as the Cornhuskers took a 70-65 win in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge contest. Terran Petteway and Shavon Shields outscored Florida State, 29-21, at half, but an improved defensive effort and better offensive execution helped Florida State cut the lead to a one-possession game under seven minutes to play, and five minutes later sliced the lead to just one, 62-61. However, a David Rivers bucket, followed by a Tarin Smith put the game away with 70 second to play.


Weber State 62, Oral Roberts 61

The Wildcats trailed by six with 41 seconds left, but went on a 6-1 run to top Oral Roberts at home, 62-61. Jeremy Senglin hit a 3-pointer with 2.4 seconds left (watch it here). The Golden Eagles committed a violation while inbounding the ball on the ensuing possession. Weber State guard Richaud Gittens also hit a 40-foot buzzer-beater right before half:


1) Terran Petteway and Shavon Shields, Nebraska: The high-scoring perimeter shot 11-of-21 in the first half for a combined 29 points, outscoring the entire Florida State team and giving the Cornhuskers a 37-21 lead. The Seminoles would fight back, but the early cushion helped Nebraska escape with a win. Petteway went for 25 points and five rebounds. Shields scored 21 and grabbed eight boards.

2) Rico Gathers, Baylor: The Baylor forward had a double-double by halftime in a lopsided win over Texas Southern. Gathers finished with 23 points, 14 rebounds (eight offensive) and four blocks.

3) Junior Etou, Rutgers: On Saturday night, Rutgers scored only 26 points in a loss to No. 8 Virginia. Etou was six points shy of tying that mark by himself with a career-high 20 points in a win over Clemson.


1) ACC: The ACC dropped the first two games of the 2014 ACC/Big Ten Challenge with Florida State and Clemson both losing on their home floors. On the bright side, Boston College took care of Marist, 79-61.

2) Siena: Take away the production of Marquise Wright, who scored 31 points off 12-of-15 (3-of-4 from three) shooting, and the Saints were 13-0f-45 (3-of-14 from three) in a narrow, 69-67 loss to Fordham.

3) Nebraska-Florida State officiating crew: The officiating crew in Tallahassee struggled with block/charge calls. The most egregious call happened with 3:53 remaining, Nebraska leading 62-57. David Rivers drove to the basket, but Boris Bojanovsky slide in to draw a charge. One official called charge, another called block. Following the TV timeout, the officials decided to give both Rivers and Bojanovsky with one personal foul and give the ball back to the Cornhuskers.


  • Boston College 79, Marist 61
  • Fordham 69, Siena 67
  • Bucknell 72, Fairfield 66 (OT)
  • Eastern Michigan 83, Marygrove 52
  • Rutgers 69, Clemson 64
  • North Florida 97, Edward Waters 65
  • USC Upstate 105, Barber-Scotia
  • High Point 76, UNC Greensboro 68
  • East Tennessee State 63, Morehead State 59
  • Liberty 66, Furman 52
  • Winthrop 68, Savannah State 47
  • Detroit 109, Aquinas College 59
  • Charleston Southern 72, Western Carolina 66
  • South Carolina 77, Marshall 59
  • Coppin State 103, Goldey-Beacom 50
  • Arkansas State 67, Central Arkansas 49
  • Green Bay 78, Minnoesota-Duluth 52
  • Samford 76, Jacksonville 70 (OT)
  • Baylor 75, Texas Southern 49
  • Seattle 72, Pacific Lutheran 33
  • Sacramento State 65, Utah Valley 56

Kentucky’s Tionna Herron recovering from open-heart surgery

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LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky coach Kyra Elzy says freshman Tionna Herron is recovering from open-heart surgery to correct a structural abnormality.

The 6-foot-4 post player learned of her condition after arriving at school in June and received other opinions before surgery was recommended. Senior trainer Courtney Jones said in a release that Herron underwent surgery Aug. 24 at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston and is recovering at home in DeSoto, Texas.

Elzy said Herron “is the definition of a warrior” and all are grateful to be on the other side of the player’s surgery. Herron is expected back on campus early next month and will continue rehabilitation until she’s cleared to return to normal activity.

“Her will and determination to eventually return to the court is inspiring, and it’s that `game-on’ attitude that is what makes her such a perfect fit in our program,” Elzy said in a release. “We are so thrilled for Tionna’s return to our locker room; it’s not the same without our full team together.”

Herron committed to Kentucky during last fall’s early signing period, rated as a four-star prospect and a top-70 player in last year’s class. Kentucky won last year’s Southeastern Conference Tournament and reached the NCAA Tournament’s first round.

Emoni Bates charged with 2 felonies

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SUPERIOR TOWNSHIP, Mich — Emoni Bates, a former basketball prodigy who transferred to Eastern Michigan from Memphis, was charged with two felonies after police found a gun in a car during a traffic stop.

The 18-year-old Bates failed to stop at an intersection Sunday night and a search turned up the weapon, said Derrick Jackson, a spokesman for the Washtenaw County sheriff’s office.

Defense attorney Steve Haney told The Associated Press that the vehicle and the gun didn’t belong to Bates.

“I hope people can reserve judgment and understand there’s a presumption of innocence,” Haney said. “This was not his vehicle. This was not his gun. … We’re still gathering facts, too.”

Bates was charged with carrying a concealed weapon and altering identification marks on a firearm. He was released after his lawyer entered a not guilty plea. Bates’ next court hearing is Oct. 6.

“This is his first brush with the law,” Haney said in court. “He poses no threat or risk to society.”

Less than a month ago, the 6-foot-9 Bates transferred to Eastern Michigan to play for his hometown Eagles. Bates averaged nearly 10 points a game last season as a freshman at Memphis, where he enrolled after reclassifying to skip a year of high school and join the class of 2021.

“We are aware of a situation involving one of our student athletes,” EMU spokesman Greg Steiner said. “We are working to gather more details and will have further comment when more information is available.”

Bates was the first sophomore to win the Gatorade national player of the year award in high school basketball in 2020, beating out Cade Cunningham and Evan Mobley. Detroit drafted Cunningham No. 1 overall last year, two spots before Cleveland took Mobley in the 2021 NBA draft.

Bates committed to playing for Tom Izzo at Michigan State two years ago, later de-committed and signed with Memphis. Bates played in 18 games for the Tigers, who finished 22-11 under Penny Hardaway. Bates missed much of the season with a back injury before appearing in Memphis’ two NCAA Tournament games.

In 2019, as a high school freshman, the slender and skilled guard led Ypsilanti Lincoln to a state title and was named Michigan’s Division 1 Player of the Year by The Associated Press. His sophomore season was cut short by the pandemic and he attended Ypsi Prep Academy as a junior, his final year of high school.

UConn to pay Kevin Ollie another $3.9 million over firing

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STORRS, Conn. — UConn announced Thursday it has agreed to pay former men’s basketball coach Kevin Ollie another $3.9 million to settle discrimination claims surrounding his 2018 firing.

The money is in addition to the more than $11.1 million in back salary Ollie has already been paid after an arbitrator ruled in January that he was improperly fired under the school’s agreement with its professor’s union.

“I am grateful that we were able to reach agreement,” Ollie said in a statement Thursday. “My time at UConn as a student-athlete and coach is something I will always cherish. I am pleased that this matter is now fully and finally resolved.”

Ollie, a former UConn point guard who guided the Huskies to a 127-79 record and the 2014 national championship in six seasons as head coach, was let go after two losing seasons. UConn also stopped paying him under his contract, citing numerous NCAA violations in terminating the deal.

In 2019, the NCAA placed UConn on probation for two years and Ollie was sanctioned individually for violations, which the NCAA found occurred between 2013 and 2018. Ollie’s attorneys, Jacques Parenteau and William Madsen, accused UConn of making false claims to the NCAA for the purpose of firing Ollie “with cause.”

The school had argued that Ollie’s transgressions were serious and that his individual contract superseded those union protections.

Ollie’s lawyers had argued that white coaches, including Hall-of-Famers Jim Calhoun and women’s coach Geno Auriemma, had also committed NCAA violations, without being fired, and indicated they were planning to file a federal civil rights lawsuit.

The school and Ollie said in a joint statement Thursday they were settling “to avoid further costly and protracted litigation.”

Both sides declined to comment further.

Ollie, who faced three years of restrictions from the NCAA on becoming a college basketball coach again, is currently coaching for Overtime Elite, a league that prepares top prospects who are not attending college for the pros.

Dream’s McDonald returning to Arizona to coach under Barnes

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TUCSON, Ariz. — Atlanta Dream guard Aari McDonald is returning to Arizona to work under coach Adia Barnes.

The school announced that McDonald will serve as director of recruiting operations while continuing to fulfill her WNBA commitments. She will oversee all recruiting logistics, assist with on-campus visits, manage recruit information and social media content at Arizona.

McDonald was one of the best players in Arizona history after transferring from Washington as a sophomore. She was an All-American and the Pac-12 player of the year in 2020-21, leading the Wildcats to the national championship game, which they lost to Stanford.

McDonald broke Barnes’ single-season scoring record and had the highest career scoring average in school history before being selected by the Dream with the third overall pick of the 2021 WNBA draft.

South Carolina, Staley cancel BYU games over racial incident

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COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina and women’s basketball coach Dawn Staley have canceled a home-and-home series with BYU over a recent racial incident where a Cougars fan yelled slurs at a Duke volleyball player.

The Gamecocks were scheduled to start the season at home against BYU on Nov. 7, then play at the Utah campus during the 2023-24 season.

But Staley cited BYU’s home volleyball match last month as reason for calling off the series.

“As a head coach, my job is to do what’s best for my players and staff,” Staley said in a statement released by South Carolina on Friday. “The incident at BYU has led me to reevaluate our home-and-home, and I don’t feel that this is the right time for us to engage in this series.”

Duke sophomore Rachel Richardson, a Black member of the school’s volleyball team, said she heard racial slurs from the stands during the match.

BYU apologized for the incident and Richardson said the school’s volleyball players reached out to her in support.

South Carolina said it was searching for another home opponent to start the season.

Gamecocks athletic director Ray Tanner spoke with Staley about the series and supported the decision to call off the games.