Sunday’s Snacks: Three Top 10 teams fall on the road

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GAME OF THE DAY: Rutgers 67, No. 4 Wisconsin 62

Even with the Badgers beginning the game without Frank Kaminsky, who had this happening? Myles Mack scored 19 of his 21 points in the second half and Kadeem Jack added 20 as the Scarlet Knights knocked off Wisconsin in Piscataway. Rutgers shot 66.7% from the field and scored 44 points in the second half, and they also received solid contributions from the likes of Shaq Doorson and Greg Lewis. Nigel Hayes led Wisconsin with 15 points and ten rebounds, but Sam Dekker accounted for just four points and two rebounds as the Badgers’ eight-game win streak came to an end. Wisconsin also lost starting point guard Traevon Jackson in the second half to a right foot injury.

IMPORTANT OUTCOMES

1. NC State 87, No. 2 Duke 75

Mark Gottfried’s Wolfpack picked up a win that will look awfully nice on their resume come March, as they beat the Blue Devils by 12 in Raleigh. The shift to Trevor Lacey at the point helped NC State get things going as the first half progressed, with starting PG Anthony Barber playing improved basketball in the second half, and BeeJay Anya performed well in the post throughout. Lacey scored 21 points, Anya 14 and Ralston Turner 16, leading the way for an NC State team that shot 55 percent from the field and 10-for-16 from three. Jahlil Okafor led Duke with 23 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks, but if there’s a concern in the aftermath of this defeat it has to be the way in which the Blue Devils defended (even with the Wolfpack looking as if they couldn’t miss at times).

2. Oregon State 58, No. 7 Arizona 56

When Wayne Tinkle took the Oregon State job, with the top five scorers from last year’s team all moving on, the general consensus was that the Beavers were likely to be in the running to finish dead last in the Pac-12. Well, the Beavers are now 11-4 (2-1 Pac-12) thanks to a Langston Morris-Walker layup with 26.9 seconds remaining. Oregon State shot 51.3% from the field, and with multiple looks managed to limit the Wildcats to 37.8% from the field and 4-for-17 from beyond the arc. With this result, Arizona’s streak of 29 straight weeks in the AP Top 10 is likely to come to an end on Monday. (Note: it didn’t.)

3. Nebraska 53, Illinois 43

After knocking off No. 11 Maryland on Wednesday the Fighting Illini found the going a lot tougher in Lincoln, where they shot just 27.3% from the field and 6-for-29 from beyond the arc. Terran Petteway scored 18 points and Shavon Shields added 11 for the Huskers, who shot significantly better from the field (42.9%) than Illinois and made the same number of three-pointers in 12 fewer attempts.

4. Syracuse 70, Florida State 57

The Orange moved to 3-0 in ACC play Sunday night with Trevor Cooney scoring 28 and Rakeem Christmas adding 14 and 11 boards, but just how important this result is will depend upon what is learned about freshman forward Chris McCullough right leg injury. McCullough suffered the injury with 11:51 remaining in the first half and did not return, with the school stating that he’ll be evaluated Monday. McCullough’s averaging 9.7 points and 7.3 rebounds per game, with the latter number being second-best on the team behind Christmas. If the freshman has to miss a significant amount of time, that would be a huge blow for a team that isn’t particularly deep inside.

STARRED

1. Trevor Lacey, NC State

Lacey made eight of his thirteen shots from the field, scoring 21 points in the Wolfpack’s 87-75 win over No. 2 Duke.

2. Myles Mack and Kadeem Jack, Rutgers

Mack (21 points, 19 in the second half) and Jack (20 points, four rebounds) led the way for the Scarlet Knights in their 67-62 win over No. 4 Wisconsin.

3. Jarvis Williams, Murray State

25 points and 11 rebounds in the Racers’ 84-57 win at Jacksonville State.

4. Trevor Cooney, Syracuse

Cooney scored 28 points, shooting 7-for-11 from three, in Syracuse’s 70-57 win over Florida State.

STRUGGLED

1. Sam Dekker, Wisconsin

Dekker made just one of his six shots from the field, finishing with four points and two rebounds in the Badgers’ loss at Rutgers.

2. Malcolm Drumwright and JaQuail Townser, Jacksonville State

In the Gamecocks’ 84-57 loss to Murray State, the two guards combined for five points on 2-for-14 shooting.

3. Matt Jones and Tyus Jones, Duke

Matt and Tyus matched Drumwright and Townser’s shooting performance (2-for-14), scoring a combined nine points in the Blue Devils’ loss at NC State.

NOTABLES

  • Michigan State avoided what would have been a disappointing loss in the aftermath of their second-half performance at Iowa on Thursday, beating Northwestern 84-77 in overtime. Travis Trice led five Spartans in double figures with 18 points.
  • No. 15 Wichita State rebounded from a five-point halftime deficit to win 67-53 at Loyola (IL). Tekele Cotton (16 points) and Ron Baker (15) combined for 31 points, and Fred Van Vleet tallied 14 points, ten assists, six rebounds and three steals for the Shockers.
  • Trey Davis scored 14 points and Cady Lalanne added ten along with 14 rebounds in UMass’ 66-62 win at George Mason.
  • Marcus Gilbert played all 40 minutes in Fairfield’s 79-67 win at Siena, accounting for 23 points, eight rebounds, three assists and two steals.
  • SMU and Tulane both moved to 3-1 in the American, with the Mustangs winning 70-61 at UCF and the Green Wave holding off USF 56-51 in overtime.
  • Kendall Anthony scored 13 points and reserves Alonzo Nelson-Ododa and ShawnDre’ Jones combined for 21 points, 13 rebounds (11 by Nelson-Ododa) and eight assists (Jones- 5) in Richmond’s 60-41 win over St. Bonaventure.
  • Anthony Brown tallied 21 points, ten rebounds and eight assists and Rosco Allen added a career-high 18 as Stanford rebounded from its double-overtime loss to UCLA by winning 78-76 at USC.