Late Night Snacks: Wild finish to Florida-Florida State, Big Ten play starts with two overtime games

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GAME OF THE DAY: No. 12 Maryland, Michigan State (2OT)

Half of Dez Wells’ 16 points came with five seconds remaining in regulation and in the two overtime periods. It was his first game back in the starting five since breaking a bone in his right wrist last month. Wells forced overtime with a last-second three in regulation. He tied the game with two free throws to force a second overtime. He scored four conseutive points to give Maryland the lead for good with 2:40 left. Melo Trimble would close it out from the line with six free throws in the final 90 seconds. He had a team-high 17.

Travis Trice had 26 points for the Spartans.

THIS ONE WAS GOOD TOO: Michigan 73, Illinois 65 (OT)

The Wolverines trailed by 13 in the second half, but 3-point shooting and zone defense helped cut the deficit and force overtime. It was more of the same in the extra frame with Zak Irvin and Aubrey Dawkins connected on triples to give Michigan a two-possession lead. Rayvonte Rice had a tough night from the field while Caris LeVert’s 19 points were outdone by Dawkins’ season-high 20 and a late surge from Irvin.

WILD FINISH: Florida State 65, Florida 63

The Seminoles defeated in-state rival Florida without even scoring the game-winning basket. Watch it here.

ANOTHER WILD FINISH: Oklahoma State 74, Missouri 72 (OT)

Oklahoma State didn’t foul up three, allowing Tramaine Isabell hit a last-second 3-pointer to send the game into overtime. In the extra frame, Missouri had another chance to tie in the final seconds, although, this time Travis Ford has his team foul. Johnathan Williams III made the first, and missed the second one on purpose, which bounced off the side of the rim to Keith Shamburger with three seconds left. Shamburger found D’Angelo Allen for a game-tying layup, however, Allen rushed shot.

IMPORTANT OUTCOMES

Iowa 71, No. 21 Ohio State 65

The Hawkeyes now hold wins over North Carolina and Ohio State, both on the road. The Big Ten is so open after Wisconsin at the top, could Iowa separate itself from the pack? On the other hand, how do we feel about the Buckeyes now? Ohio State hasn’t looked good in a road loss to Louisville, a neutral site loss to the Tar Heels and now a home defeat at the hands of the Hawkeyes. Ohio State has beaten the tomato cans, but currently its best win is against Marquette. Rob Dauster had more from this game

No. 3 Virginia 83, Davidson 72

The last time we saw Virginia in action the Cavaliers limited the Harvard offense to one field goal and eight first-half points, holding a team in the 20s for the second time this season. On Tuesday, the Cavaliers entered the locker room down four, only the third time this season they trailed at half. Virginia turned it around in the second half en route to a 21-point win. Virginia may have allowed 11-of-28 shooting from three, but the Hoos imposed their will up front with 40 points in the paint and 17 second-chance points.

STARRED

1) Aubrey Dawkins, Michigan: The son of the Stanford head coach entered the game with 15 points on the season. He had a game-high 20 in his Big Ten debut. Dawkins hit 6-of-7 threes, including one in overtime to stretch the lead to four.

2) Anthony Gill, Virginia: The Cavaliers used their size against a tough Davidson team on Tuesday night with Gill leading the way with 25 points, off 11-of-16 shooting, to go along with 13 rebounds. Virginia had 40 points in the paint.

3) Dez Wells, Maryland: Like mentioned above, Wells was in the starting lineup for the first time since Nov. 25. He was clutch down the stretch with a 3-pointer to force overtime, free throws to send the game to a second overtime and then gave the Terrapins a lead for good with two more from the line, followed by a breakaway dunk.

STRUGGLED

1) Trevor Lacey, N.C. State: For only the second time this season, the impact transfer guard has been held to single-digits. Lacey was 1-of-8 for six points in 36 minutes in a loss to Cincinnati.

2) Rayvonte Rice, Illinois: The leading scorer for the Illini was 3-of-11, missing three of his final four shots, for a season-low eight points.

3) D’Angelo Russell, Ohio State: The talented freshman has struggled against the big boys on Ohio State’s schedule. When that happens, it spells trouble for the Buckeyes. On Tuesday, Russell was 4-of-16 for 13 points in a loss to Iowa. In Ohio State’s three losses — Louisville, North Carolina and Iowa — Russell is a combined 16-for-58 from the floor and 6-for-27 from three, averaging 11.8 points in four games.

TOP 25

  • No. 3 Virginia 83, Davidson 72
  • No. 5 Louisville 63, Long Beach State 48
  • No. 10 Utah 85, Carroll 49
  • No. 13 Kansas 78, Kent State 62
  • No. 12 Maryland 68, Michigan State 66 (2OT)
  • No. 14 Notre Dame 87, Hartford 70
  • No. 17 West Virginia 82, Virginia Tech 51
  • No. 19 North Carolina 86, William & Mary 64
  • Iowa 71, No. 21 Ohio State 65
  • No. 22 Baylor 92, Norfolk State 51