Late Night Snacks: Seton Hall upsets No. 6 Villanova, Isaiah Taylor returns

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GAME OF THE DAY: Seton Hall 66, No. 6 Villanova 61 OT

Seton Hall landed their second huge win this week as they handed Villanova their first loss of the season on Saturday. Sterling Gibbs was, again, terrific, finishing with 20 points and four assists, while Khadeen Carrington came off the bench to score 17 important points. Earlier this week, the Pirates beat No. 15 St. John’s in their Big East opener.

Villanova shot 31.0 percent from the floor, 20.8 percent from three and 20-for-35 from the foul line on Saturday. Ryan Arcidiacono and Jayvaughn Pinkston combined to shoot 2-for-16 from the floor. Josh Hart wasn’t much better, finishing just 3-for-13. As much credit as Seton Hall deserves, Villanova’s inability to get anything out of anyone not named Daniel Ochefu — he had 19 points, 24 boards and altered about a dozen shots in the lane — cost them this game.

THE OTHER GAME OF THE DAY: Notre Dame 83, Georgia Tech 76 2OT

Jerian Grant scored 22 points and added six assists as the Fighting Irish rallied from a second half deficit to force overtime against Georgia Tech. Grant made a number of big plays down the stretch, but Notre Dame struggled from the free throw line in crucial moments, which is part of the reason that the Yellow Jackets were able to force the extra periods. Other than free throws, where Notre Dame really had issues was on the defensive glass (they gave up 18 offensive rebounds) and shooting from the perimeter (the Irish were 4-for-19 from three).

Oh, and Jerian Grant threw down the dunk of the year.

BUZZER BEATER OF THE DAY: Utah State hit a game-winning three to beat Boise State.

IMPORTANT OUTCOMES

No. 20 Ohio State 77, Illinois 61: D’angelo Russell finished with 22 points and four assists, shaking off some early turnover issues as he sparked a huge second half run for the Buckeyes. Russell entered the day shooting just 11-for-47 from the floor against high major competition, but he finished the afternoon 7-for-13 from the floor on Saturday. It was a much-needed win for the Buckeyes, who lost on their home floor to Iowa to open up the Big Ten portion of their schedule.

The Buckeyes got out and pressured man-to-man, creating turnovers and flustering Illinois during their game-changing second half run. It will be interesting to see if Thad Matta goes to that defense more often, as it seemed to infuse some life into OSU.

UConn 63, Florida 59: Ryan Boatright was just 2-for-11 from the floor, but he hit a number of critical free throws down the stretch and finished with six assists as the Huskies erased a 13-point second half deficit to beat Florida on the road. It was a huge win for UConn, who has really struggled throughout much of the non-conference portion of their schedule and who got solid showings from Omar Calhoun and Rodney Purvis, two guys that have not played well this season. But the bigger story may be Florida, who look more and more like an NIT team with each passing loss. The Gators lose to Florida State and UConn but they’re going to be the team to beat Kentucky this year?

No. 18 Oklahoma 73, No. 22 Baylor 63: TaShawn Thomas continues to get more comfortable in the Oklahoma offense, and his teammates are becoming more comfortable with him as well. The Houston transfer scored 24 points and grabbed eight rebounds on the afternoon as the Sooners beat Baylor in Norman, with Buddy Hield (20 points, ten rebounds) and Isaiah Cousins (19 points, eight rebounds) also being key contributors. Three players accounted for 50 of Baylor’s 63 points, with Johnathan Motley scoring 24 and Taurean Walker-Prince 17, with Kenny Chery and Royce O’Neale combining to score eight points on 2-for-14 shooting.

No. 3 Virginia 89, Miami 80 (2OT): The Cavaliers won one of five games to go at least two overtimes on Saturday, and at the half it didn’t look as if extra time would be needed to determine the outcome. The reigning ACC champions, who prior to Saturday were 0-6 at Miami, led 38-20 at the intermission and looked to be firmly in control. But Angel Rodriguez (25 points, seven assists) began making plays for the Hurricanes and stretch four Omar Sherman (13 points, six rebounds) hurt Virginia in multiple “pick and pop” situations to turn things around. Three Rodriguez free throws after being fouled by Justin Anderson with nine tenths of a second remaining forced overtime, with Anderson redeeming himself by knocking down a three to force a second overtime. London Perrantes was excellent for Virginia, scoring a career-high 26 points with Malcolm Brodgon limited to just eight.

STARRED

1. Farad Cobb, Cincinnati: Cobb game the Bearcats a scoring spark off the bench, finishing with 18 points as Cincinnati knocked off SMU in their American opener. It was the first game Cincinnati has played since finding out that Mick Cronin will be out for the year.

2. Billy Garrett Jr., DePaul: Garrett finished with 15 points, 10 assists and five boards as the Blue Demons moved to 2-0 in the Big East with a 71-68 win over Xavier.

STRUGGLED

1. Isaiah Taylor, Texas: Taylor finished with just eight points and five turnovers while shooting 2-for-10 from the floor as No. 11 Texas beat Texas Tech in their Big 12 opener. It was Taylor’s first game back from a wrist injury, and while he was rusty offensively, he did play very well defensively.

2. Marcus Foster, Kansas State: Kansas State has really struggled this season, losing again on Saturday, 61-47 at Oklahoma State. Foster went scoreless, taking just four shots after coming off the bench as head coach Bruce Weber tried to make a point to his star. He spent much of the game sulking on the bench, even when the Wildcats were up early.

3. Michigan’s guards: Caris LeVert, Derrick Walton and Zak Irvin combined to shoot 6-for-29 from the floor as the Wolverines blew an eight-point halftime lead in a 74-61 loss at Purdue.

THE REST OF THE TOP 25

  • Melo Trimble had 20 points and Dez Wells and Jake Layman combined for 24 as No. 12 Maryland got passed a scrappy Minnesota team in College Park, 70-58.
  • Despite 31 points from D’Angelo Harrison No. 15 St. John’s dropped its second straight, 73-69 to Butler. Kellen Dunham led the Bulldogs with 28.
  • Jahlil Okafor led four Blue Devils in double figures with 28 points and eight rebounds as No. 2 Duke took care of Boston College, 85-62.
  • Despite not having point guard Juwan Staten, who was sick, No. 17 West Virginia handed TCU its first loss of the season. Gary Browne led a balanced effort for the Mountaineers in their 78-67 win, scoring 16 points.
  • Five players scored in double figures, led by Joshua Smith (15 points), as No. 25 Georgetown beat Creighton 76-61 in Washington, D.C.
  • Duane Notice scored 15 points and Ty Johnson and Sindarius Thornwell added 13 apiece as South Carolina beat No. 9 Iowa State 64-60 in Brooklyn. The Cyclones shot 1-for-18 from three on the night.
  • No. 24 Colorado State became the third team to fall from the ranks of the unbeaten, with New Mexico beating the Rams 66-53. Craig Neal’s Lobos scored 42 of their 66 points in the paint.
  • Kevin Pangos and Przemek Karnowski scored 21 points apiece as No. 7 Gonzaga won 87-75 at Portland. The Bulldogs are now 3-0 in the WCC, with all three wins coming on the road.
  • Justin Jackson scored 13 points and Kennedy Meeks added 12 to go along with 12 rebounds as No. 19 North Carolina won 74-50 at Clemson.

NOTABLES

  • Justin Bibbs has 22 points and 11 boards to help Virginia Tech erase a 19-point halftime deficit, but a three at the buzzer fell short and the Hokies lost to Syracuse, 68-66. Trevor Cooney had 18 to lead the Orange.
  • Trevor Lacey bounced back from a rough night in an ugly loss against Cincinnati with 19 points as N.C. State smacked around Pitt.
  • Juan Anderson led four players in double-figures with 18 points as Marquette knocked off Providence in Milwaukee.
  • Kevin Larsen continued his excellent run of play, going for 15 points, nine boards and five assists in a 64-60 win over St. Joseph’s in their Atlantic 10 opener.
  • Arkansas blew out Utah Valley State, which wasn’t notable for anything other than this dunk.
  • Hassan Martin had 15 points to lead four players in double-figures as Rhode Island went into Saint Louis and knocked off the Billikens 65-53.
  • Vanderbilt survived Yale in a thriller in double-overtime, 79-74.
  • Rutgers picked up its first conference win as a member of the Big Ten, beating Penn State 50-46.
  • Joseph Young scored 27 points to lead Oregon to a 71-59 home win over rival Oregon State in the Pac-12 opener for both.
  • Davidson beat Richmond 81-67 in its first conference game as a member of the Atlantic 10, with Jack Gibbs scoring 32 points to lead the way.
  • Marvelle Harris scored 25 points to lead Fresno State to a 59-57 win over San Diego State. The Bulldogs led by as much as 18, but managed to get the win despite the Aztecs going on a 17-0 second half run. The loss ends San Diego State’s 47-game win streak against teams from the State of California.
  • The nation’s leader in triple-doubles this season: BYU’s Kyle Collinsworth. Collinsworth accounted for 12 points, 12 rebounds and ten assists in the Cougars’ blowout win at San Francisco.

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.