GAME OF THE DAY: Wofford 55, NC State 54
With Trevor Lacey’s (18 points) last-second shot being waved off, Mike Young’s Terriers moved to 8-2 on the season. Justin Gordon’s layup with 1.9 seconds remaining proved to be the difference, and Karl Cochran led the way offensively for Wofford with 14 points. Wofford was the preseason pick to win the SoCon, and should they get to the NCAA tournament a win like this could potentially help from a seeding standpoint.
What Donnie Tyndall’s team lacks in depth they make up for with attributes such as heart and effort, and that was on display in their comeback win over the Bulldogs in Knoxville. Josh Richardson scored a game-high 20 points and Kevin Punter added 18 for Tennessee, which also limited Butler to 33.3% shooting from the field.
2. Syracuse 71, Louisiana Tech 69
Trevor Cooney scored 25 points and Tyler Roberson added 14 points and 15 rebounds as the Orange defeated the Bulldogs at the Carrier Dome. Rakeem Christmas’ jump hook with 2.8 seconds remaining was the difference, as was Syracuse grabbing 20 offensive rebounds. However turnovers remain a problem for Syracuse, which committed 19 with freshman Kaleb Joseph accounting for eight of those. Down the stretch it was Cooney who was asked to initiate things offensively, so that’s something to keep an eye on moving forward. Alex Hamilton led the way offensively for the Bulldogs with 20 points.
3. No. 17 Washington 81, Eastern Washington 77
The Huskies (8-0) trailed by as many as 14 points before coming back to beat the Eagles in Seattle. Robert Upshaw contributed 21 points, nine rebounds and seven blocks off the bench, and he was one of four Huskies to finish the game in double figures. The one concern for Upshaw moving forward: foul shooting, as he shot 5-for-14, but given what he gives Washington in the paint that’s something Lorenzo Romar and his staff likely have no problem working through. Tyler Harvey scored 21 to lead the way for Eastern Washington, which drops to 8-2 on the season. Jim Hayford’s team will undoubtedly be a contender in the Big Sky, and given their ability on the offensive end of the floor the Eagles are a team to keep in mind when considering teams capable of springing an upset should they reach the NCAA tournament.
1. Amida Brimah (UConn)
Brimah put forth the best performance of his career in the Huskies’ 106-85 win over Coppin State, as he scored 40 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. Brimah made all 13 of his field goal attempts, surpassing Kirk King (10-for-10) for the best single-game performance in UConn history.
2. Derrick Marks (Boise State)
With Anthony Drmic (back) out for the third consecutive game Marks accounted for 30 points, three rebounds and three assists in the Broncos’ 79-60 win over Southern Utah.
3. Dorian Finney-Smith (Florida)
25 points (10-for-15 FG) and six rebounds in the Gators’ 79-34 win over Jacksonville.
1. Joe McDonald and Kethan Savage (George Washington)
The Colonials’ starting guards combined to score ten points on 2-for-12 shooting in their 64-51 loss at Penn State.
2. Bernard Thompson (FGCU)
Thompson scored 12 points but did so on 3-for-14 shooting in the Eagles’ 69-63 home loss to FIU.
The Dolphins scored just 34 points, ten in the second half, in their 79-34 loss at Florida.
- Penn State is now 10-1 — yes, you read that correctly — as senior D.J. Newbill had 20 points in a 64-51 win over George Washington.
- Kadeem Jack had a season-high 24 points to go along with nine rebounds at Rutgers topped Manhattan, 63-55 at Madison Square Garden.
- Senior forward Brandon Mobley stepped up and scored 21 points to pace Seton Hall against St. Peter’s.
- No. 7 Villanova moved to 3-0 in Big Five play with an 85-62 win over Temple. Josh Hart and Darrun Hilliard scored 20 points apiece for the Wildcats, who can wrap up their second straight Big Five title with a win over Penn January 17.
- Boston College improved to 5-0 at home as Dimitri Batten had 18 points in an easy win over Binghamton.
- No. 24 St. John’s moved to 8-1 on the season with a 74-53 win over Fordham at Madison Square Garden. Rysheed Jordan scored 24 points off the bench.
- No. 4 Louisville didn’t play particularly well, but they still managed to beat UNCW 68-57.
- Rod Hall scored 20 points and Damarcus Harrison added 19 as Clemson beat Auburn, 72-61. Trayvon Reed made his debut for Auburn but was ineffective, committing four fouls in eight minutes of action.
- Two Juwan Staten free throws with seven seconds left preserved a 69-66 win over Marshall for No. 22 West Virginia. Staten scored 15 points and Jonathan Holton added 14 along with six rebounds.
- A technical foul for dunking in pregame warmups didn’t derail No. 14 Iowa State, as the Cyclones beat Southern 88-78. All five starters reached double figures for the Cyclones, with Bryce Dejean-Jones and Georges Niang scoring 18 apiece.
- Northwestern ended its three-game skid with a 101-49 win over Mississippi Valley State.
- Nino Williams scored 20 points to lead Kansas State to a 73-53 win over Savannah State.
- Denzel Valentine scored 19 points and Branden Dawson 15 as Michigan State took care of Oakland, 87-61.
- Eric Reveno’s Portland Pilots moved to 7-2 with an 80-75 win at Sacramento State, with Thomas Van der Mars scoring 20 points. Mikh McKinney led the Hornets with 32 points, eight assists, seven rebounds and seven steals.