Late Night Snacks: Ralston Turner, Trevor Lacey lead NC State past Tennessee


GAME OF THE NIGHT: UNLV 75, Portland 73 (OT)

The best game on Wednesday night was played in Las Vegas, with a Cody Doolin layup with four tenths of a second being the difference for the Runnin’ Rebels. Doolin also made the play that forced overtime, driving to the basket to find Dwayne Morgan for the game-tying layup just before time expired. Rashad Vaughn (seven rebounds) scored 25 points, Christian Wood 17 and Doolin 15 to lead the way offensively for UNLV, with Alec Wintering scoring a team-high 24 for the visiting Pilots.


1. N.C. State 83, Tennessee 72

Donnie Tyndall’s Volunteers attempted to use full-court pressure and a matchup zone early to get the Wolfpack out of rhythm offensively, and the strategy didn’t work out too well. Why? Ralston Turner. Turner was a finisher of sorts in NC State’s press break, and by the end of the night he had a career-high 33 points on 9-for-18 shooting from the field. Turner hit eight three-pointer on the night, and Trevor Lacey added 20 points for the winners. Josh Richardson led Tennessee with 17 points, and Kevin Punter and Armani Moore added 14 apiece for the Volunteers.

2. Baylor 66, New Mexico State 55

The Aggies are missing a couple of players due to injury, I know that, but it may be about time to take a longer look at the Bears this season. They are now 9-1 on the year, their lone loss coming to Illinois, and big man Jonathan Motley looks like he has finally woken up. He’s averaging 19 points, eight boards and 2.5 blocks the last two games. Can this group sneak into the top five in the Big 12?

3. No. 25 Michigan State 66, Eastern Michigan 46

The Spartans beat a team that Michigan couldn’t, but that’s not what’s important coming out of this game. Branden Dawson’s wrist is. He took a nasty fall and did not return to the game. Michigan State has called it a sprained wrist.


1. Amere May (Delaware State)

In the Hornets’ 72-64 win at St. Francis-Brooklyn, May scored 48 points on 16-for-25 shooting from the field and 10-for-10 shooting from the foul line.

2. Ralston Turner (NC State)

Turner scored a career-high 33 points, making eight three-pointers and shooting 9-for-18 from the field in the Wolfpack’s 83-72 win over Tennessee.

3. Marcel Mosley (Arkansas-Pine Bluff)

APB went into Houston on Wednesday night and knocked off the Cougars thanks to 33 points on 10-for-16 shooting from Mosley. The Golden Lions scored just 61 points.


1. Ryan Harrow and R.J. Hunter (Georgia State)

Old Dominion knocked off the Panthers on Wednesday night in large part due to the fact that they held Harrow and Hunter, GSU’s two star guards, to a combined 11-for-35 from the floor.

2. L.J. Rose (Houston)

Rose did not have a memorable start to his 2014-2015 season, as he went scoreless with six turnovers in a home loss for the Cougars to 1-8 Arkansas-Pine Bluff of the SWAC.

3. Brent Jones (St. Francis-Brooklyn)

Jones made just two of his 14 field goal attempts, scoring five points in the Terriers’ 72-64 loss to Delaware State. That being said, he did manage to tally nine assists and seven rebounds.


  • No. 12 Ohio State had no trouble with North Carolina A&T, beating the Aggies 97-55 with D’Angelo Russell scoring 21 points and Shannon Scott accounting for 12 assists and seven steals.
  • Farad Cobb made some huge plays down the stretch for Cincinnati, which beat No. 19 San Diego State 71-62 in overtime. The win is the first over a ranked team this season for any American Athletic Conference team.
  • Jamel Artis accounted for 20 points, eight rebounds and five assists in Pittsburgh’s 65-56 win over Manhattan.
  • Sean Gardner scored 22 points and grabbed five rebounds to lead Arkansas State to a 69-55 win at Mississippi State.
  • Stanford’s Chasson Randle had 31 points in a win over LMU.
  • SMU didn’t have Markus Kennedy, but they did beat UIC.
  • Kendrick Nunn scored 16 points and Rayvonte Rice added 12 as Illinois rebounded from Saturday’s loss to Oregon with a 73-55 win over Hampton.
  • Central Michigan improved to 7-1 on the season as four players reached double-figures in a win at Northwestern.

Kentucky moves scrimmage to Eastern Kentucky for flood relief

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LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky will play its annual Blue-White men’s basketball scrimmage in Eastern Kentucky to benefit victims of the devastating summer floods.

The school announced that the Oct. 22 event at Appalachian Wireless Arena in Pikeville will feature a pregame Fan Fest. Ticket proceeds will go through Team Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief.

Wildcat players will also participate in a community service activity with local organizations in the relief effort.

Kentucky coach John Calipari said the team was excited to play for Eastern Kentucky fans and added, “We hope we can provide a temporary escape with basketball and community engagement.”

The scrimmage traditionally is held at Rupp Arena. It will occur eight days after its Big Blue Madness public workout at Rupp.

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.