GAME OF THE NIGHT: Ole Miss 71, Coastal Carolina 68
Despite trailing 41-28 at the half Andy Kennedy’s Rebels found a way to come back for the three-point in in Oxford, with Ladarius “Snoop” White and Jarvis Summers among the contributors. White scored 26 points off the bench and Summers added 16 for Ole Miss, which could not afford another home loss at this early point in the season. Coastal Carolina, which reached the NCAA tournament last season and could very well do so again this year, was led offensively by guards Shivaughn Wiggins and Elijah Wilson as they scored 19 points apiece.
Mike Krzyzewski’s Blue Devils moved to 10-0 on the season Thursday night, beating the Huskies in East Rutherford, New Jersey with offensive rebounding and the foul line being two of the differences. Duke rebounded 40 percent of its missed shots on the night, and they also outscored the Huskies 25-7 from the foul line. Tyus Jones scored 21 points to lead five Blue Devil starters in double figures, with Jahlil Okafor (12 points, ten rebounds) and Amile Jefferson (11 points, 13 rebounds) both posting double-doubles. Ryan Boatright scored 22 points to lead the way for UConn and Kentan Facey added 14 to go along with nine rebounds, but Amida Brimah (no points, two rebounds) struggled with foul trouble one game after scoring 40 in a win over Coppin State.
2. No. 6 Virginia 70, Cleveland State 54
Justin Anderson and Malcolm Brogdon scored 16 points apiece and Anthony Gill added 13 to go along with eight rebounds as the Cavaliers moved to 10-0. Virginia limited the Vikings to 36.5% shooting, with players other than Trey Lewis (18 points on 7-for-13 shooting) combining to shoot 12-for-39 from the field. Virginia, which also outscored Cleveland State 21-7 from the foul line, is off to its best start since the 2000-01 season.
3. LSU 79, UAB 70
Playing without starting point guard Josh Gray (sprained ankle) the Tigers moved to 8-2 on the season with guard Keith Hornsby and forwards Jarell Martin and Jordan Mickey leading the way. Hornsby, a transfer from UNC Asheville, scored 24 points and Martin tallied 25 to go along with six rebounds. As for Mickey, he finished with 13 points, eight rebounds and seven blocked shots. Robert Brown scored 20 to lead the way for Jerod Haase’s Blazers.
1. Jelani Hewitt (Georgia Southern)
After torching USF for 33 points on Monday, Hewitt went for 30 points, seven rebounds and four steals in the Eagles’ 76-67 win over Stetson.
2. Tyus Jones (Duke)
21 points, five rebounds and three assists in Duke’s 66-56 win over UConn.
3. Ladarius White (Ole Miss)
White scored 26 points off the bench, shooting 6-for-8 from three, in the Rebels’ 71-68 win over Coastal Carolina.
1. Amida Brimah (UConn)
No points, two rebounds and five fouls in UConn’s 66-56 loss to No. 2 Duke.
2. Corey Allen Jr. and Dinero Mercurius (USF)
The two guards combined to score ten points on 2-for-13 shooting in the Bulls’ 89-69 home loss to Seton Hall.
- Angel Delgado scored 16 points and Sterling Gibbs 14 as Seton Hall beat former Big East foe USF 89-69 in Tampa.
- Jesse Morgan and Devin Coleman made their debuts for Temple and they were productive, combining to score 25 points (16 for Morgan) in the Owls’ 82-62 win at Delaware.
- Matt Townsend hit his second game-winner of the season as Yale won 57-56 at Vermont. Jack Montague scored 12 points and Justin Sears added 11 for the Bulldogs.
- Raheem Appleby scored 20 points and Xavian Stapleton 18 as Louisiana Tech took care of Nicholls, 79-54.
- Jamal Reynolds scored 11 points and grabbed 17 rebounds to help lead Canisius to a 60-59 overtime win over Stony Brook. Jameel Warney went for 19 points and 18 boards for Stony Brook.
- Oregon State moved to 8-2 on the season with a 90-59 beating of DePaul in Corvallis. Quite the start for Wayne Tinkle’s team, which is accounting for the loss of its top five scorers from a season ago.
- Kruize Pinkins and Mark Tollefsen combined to score 46 points and grab 15 rebounds in San Francisco’s 77-40 win over Portland State.
- In what was the surprise of the night, Jackson State picked up its second win of the season with a 66-46 whipping of Southern Miss.