Late Night Snacks: Hot-shooting Michigan State storms back to win at Iowa

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The shots fell for Tom Izzo’s Spartans in the second half (AP Photo)

(This will be updated throughout the evening.)

GAME OF THE NIGHT: UCLA 86, Stanford 81 (2OT)

From an execution standpoint this wasn’t the smoothest of games, but it didn’t lack for entertainment. The Bruins ended their five-game losing streak despite trailing by as much as 14 in the second half, and front court players Kevon Looney and Tony Parker led the way. Looney amassed 27 points and 19 rebounds, with Parker adding 22 points and 12 boards. Chasson Randle scored 32 points for Stanford, which shot 15-for-31 from three, but their issues converting inside of the arc (11-for-40 on twos) kept the Cardinal from putting away a game they should have won.

IMPORTANT OUTCOMES

1. Michigan State 75, Iowa 61: After trailing 44-33 at the half the Spartans caught fire in the second stanza, shooting 66.7% from the field and making eight of their nine three-point attempts. Add in the fact that they took away much of what made the Hawkeyes successful in the first half, including limiting Gabriel Olaseni to five points after he scored 13 in the first, and the Spartans were able to outscore Iowa by 25 points in the second half. Travis Trice, who hit seven three-pointers, finished with a game-high 25 points and Denzel Valentine added 18.

2. No. 7 Arizona 80, Oregon 62: Point guard T.J. McConnell has done a good job of leading Arizona, but he’s tended to be a reluctant shooter for the Wildcats. That wasn’t the case Thursday night, as the senior scored 21 points to go along with five rebounds and three assists in Arizona’s first win at Matthew Knight Arena. All five starters scored in double figures for the Wildcats, who shot 24-for-30 from the foul line and limited Oregon’s Joseph Young to 12 points on 4-for-15 shooting. As a team the Ducks shot 4-for-20 from three, and their cold shooting cost them dearly against the 14-1 Wildcats.

3. Pepperdine 67, BYU 61: With Gonzaga and Saint Mary’s both undefeated in WCC play, BYU couldn’t afford to drop this one in Provo but they did. Stacy Davis scored 23 points and grabbed eight rebounds off the bench for the Waves, who are now 3-1 in conference play and sit a game behind the Bulldogs and Gaels in the loss column. As for BYU, Tyler Haws scored 26 and Anson Winder added 16, but it wasn’t enough to make up for the fact that Kyle Collinsworth (1-for-8 FG, four points, three rebounds and two assists) was under the weather and ineffective as a result.

STARRED

1. Jerome Hill and Tyrell Nelson, Gardner-Webb: Both players posted double-doubles in the Runnin’ Bulldogs’ 88-85 double overtime win over Radford, with Hill tallying 26 points and 11 rebounds and Nelson adding 22 and ten. Also, teammate Tyler Strange accounted for 16 points and 13 assists.

2. Kevon Looney and Tony Parker, UCLA: Looney (27 points, 19 rebounds) and Parker (22 and 12) led the way for the Bruins in their 86-81 double overtime win over Stanford. If the Bruins want to build on this win, they’ll look to spend even more time establishing these two offensively.

3. Travis Trice, Michigan State: Trice made seven of his eight three-point attempts, scoring 25 points in the Spartans’ 75-61 win at Iowa.

4. Mike Caffey, Long Beach State: 27 points on 9-for-12 shooting in the 49ers’ 88-82 win at UC Irvine.

STRUGGLED

1. Cheikh Sane and Aleksa Nikolic, Marshall: Starters Sane and Nikolic combined to shoot 0-for-9 from the field, going scoreless in the Thundering Herd’s 72-51 loss to No. 25 Old Dominion. Also of note: Marshall finished with more turnovers (22) than made field goals (17).

2. UTEP starters not named Vince Hunter: While Hunter scored 16 points (7-for-14 FG) and grabbed 11 rebounds, the other four starters shot a combined 8-for-29 from the field in their 58-45 loss to Louisiana Tech.

3. Aaron White, Iowa: The senior, who entered Thursday as Iowa’s leading scorer, accounted for eight points on 2-for-4 shooting in the Hawkeyes’ 75-61 loss to Michigan State.

THE REST OF THE TOP 25

  • Jonathan Arledge led three players in double figures with 13 points as No. 25 Old Dominion beat Marshall 72-51 to move to 13-1 on the season (2-0 Conference USA).
  • No. 6 Gonzaga rebounded from a slow start to take care of San Francisco, 88-57. Kevin Pangos accounted for 17 points and five assists, and freshman Silas Melson scored ten off the bench.

NOTABLES

  • Dayton simply keeps rolling along, beating St. Bonaventure 78-61 to move to 2-0 in Atlantic 10 play. Jordan Sibert led the way with 22 points, and 20 of the Flyers’ 29 field goals were assisted.
  • East Tennessee State moved to 4-1 in SoCon play with a 71-70 win over Mercer (3-1). Jalen Riley scored 22 off the bench for the Bucs.
  • Wofford remained in first place in the SoCon (3-0) with a 75-70 win over VMI, as Karl Cochran led four Terriers in double figures with 19 points.
  • St. Francis-Brooklyn moved to 3-0 in NEC play with a 78-69 win at Fairleigh Dickinson.
  • For an LSU team looking to reach the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2009, their 74-67 overtime loss at Missouri won’t help matters. Johnathan Williams III led Mizzou with 21 points and ten rebounds.
  • Cleveland State moved to 3-0 in Horizon League play with a 65-61 win over Oakland, with Andre Yates scoring 14 points and Charlie Lee adding 13 for the Vikings.
  • Louisiana Tech won 58-45 at UTEP, limiting the Miners to 37.3% shooting on the night.
  • Mikh McKinney’s basket with two seconds remaining gave Sacramento State a 63-61 win at North Dakota, and the Hornets are now 3-0 in Big Sky play.
  • Long Beach State scored 50 second-half points as they beat UC Irvine 88-82 on the road. These are two of the teams expected to contend in the Big West.
  • Leslee Smith (torn ACL) saw his first action of the season in Nebraska’s 65-49 win over Rutgers. Smith accounted for two rebounds, two assists and a blocked shot in 13 minutes of action.

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.