Late Night Snacks: No. 12 Notre Dame, No. 15 North Carolina win away from home


GAME OF THE NIGHT: UCF 103, Tulane 100 (3OT)

One of two games to go multiple overtimes (Western Michigan beat Ball State 95-93 in two overtimes), the Knights and Green Wave produced a classic in Orlando. B.J. Taylor led the way for UCF with 33 points, six rebounds and four assists, with four other players scoring in double figures. Tulane hit 16 three-pointers, with Jay Hook and Louis Dabney responsible for 13 of those makes. A Taylor layup in the final minute of the first overtime forced a second extra session, with a Dabney three with 41 seconds remaining in the second overtime forcing a third.


1. No. 15 North Carolina 81, NC State 79: The Wolfpack nearly sent the game to overtime, but an attempted tip-in of an Abdul-Malik Abu intentionally missed free throw missed the mark as time expired. As a result the Tar Heels beat NC State for the 23rd time in the last 25 meetings, with Marcus Paige tallying 23 points, nine assists and five rebounds, and Kennedy Meeks adding 15 and ten boards. North Carolina shot 55.6% from the field and outscored NC State 38-24 in the paint. Ralston Turner scored 20 points and Trevor Lacey 19 for NC State, but they did so on combined 11-for-30 shooting from the field.

2. No. 12 Notre Dame 62, Georgia Tech 59: In their first game without center Zach Auguste, the Fighting Irish rebounded from an eight-point halftime deficit to beat the Yellow Jackets in Atlanta. Notre Dame shot 50 percent from the field in the second half and assisted on eight of their ten field goals, and they outscored Georgia Tech 13-6 in the paint in the final 20 minutes as well. Jerian Grant led five players in double figures with 12 points, and forward Bonzie Colson stepped forward to contribute ten points and four rebounds off the bench. Demarco Cox (17 points, seven rebounds) and Chris Bolden (13) led the way for the Yellow Jackets.

3. No. 22 Baylor 74, No. 11 Iowa State 73: A Kenny Chery jumper with 4.9 seconds remaining gave Baylor the win, capping what was a tough shooting night for the Bears’ point guard (4-for-16 FG). Royce O’Neale led four Bears in double figures with 15 points, and Baylor was able to open up an early 17-point lead thanks in part to their perimeter shooting (8-for-15 3PT in the first half). Naz Long led the Cyclones with 19 points, hitting all five of his three-point attempts, but the slow start and an 11-for-19 night from the foul line cost Fred Hoiberg’s team in the end.

4. San Diego State 60, No. 25 Wyoming 52: One of the most incredible streaks in college basketball was extended Wednesday night, as the Aztecs held off the Cowboys in Laramie. The Aztecs shot just 36.7% from the field on the night, but their ability to hit the offensive glass (13 offensive rebounds, 15 second-chance points) and convert Wyoming mistakes into points (16-2 edge in points off turnovers) made up for the shooting issues. Aqeel Quinn scored 14 points, Trey Kell 12 and Winston Shepard III ten for San Diego State, which dropped the Cowboys into a three-way tie for first in the Mountain West (Wyoming, New Mexico and Fresno State are 4-1, SDSU 3-1). Larry Nance Jr. scored 19 to lead all players, but the Cowboys’ issues in completing defensive possessions with a rebound proved costly. San Diego State has now won 132 consecutive games in which they’ve led at the 5:00 mark in the second half.


1. Central Michigan

Keno Davis’ Chippewas caught fire from deep, shooting 19-for-27 from three in a 105-77 win over Miami (Ohio).

2. Youssou Ndoye, St. Bonaventure

Ndoye shot 9-for-11 from the field and 10-for-11 from the foul line, accounting for 28 points, 13 rebounds and three blocks in the Bonnies’ 75-55 win over George Mason.

3. Dyshawn Pierre, Dayton

The Flyers don’t have a player taller than 6-foot-6, meaning that Pierre has to step forward on the glass. He did so in a 61-50 win over La Salle, scoring 16 points and grabbing 14 boards.

4. Marcus Paige, North Carolina

23 points, nine assists, five rebounds, four steals and no turnovers in the Tar Heels’ 81-79 win at NC State.


1. Jherrod Stiggers, Houston

The Cougars’ leading scorer had a rough night in their 66-61 loss at East Carolina, shooting 2-for-15 from the field and scoring five points.

2. Duquesne

The Dukes shot 13-for-34 from the foul line in a 78-69 loss at Saint Louis. The biggest offender was Dominique McKoy, who shot 1-for-10.

3. Nevada

The Wolf Pack shot 5-for-30 from the field in the first half of their 98-42 loss at Colorado State. The score at the half: 55-12 Rams, and they were without their leading scorer and rebounder J.J. Avila (one-game suspension).


  • No. 14 Maryland didn’t get off to the best of starts, but they played better down the stretch in their 73-65 win over Rutgers.
  • No. 13 Wichita State took care of Southern Illinois, 67-55, limiting the Salukis to 39.3% shooting.
  • Ryan Arcidiacono led five Wildcats in double figures with 18 points as No. 5 Villanova took care of Xavier, 88-75. Villanova outscored Xavier 45-24 from beyond the arc.


  • Markus Kennedy made the most of his return to his hometown of Philadelphia, scoring 21 points and grabbing seven rebounds in SMU’s 60-55 win at Temple.
  • Damon Sherman-Newsome scored 19 points as Colgate moved to 4-1 in the Patriot League with a 62-53 lead over Boston University. The Raiders ended a 20-game losing streak in the series.
  • Akron handed Bowling Green its first MAC loss, beating the Falcons 67-50 with Deji Ibitayo scoring 15 points off the bench.
  • D’Angelo Harrison scored 20 points, moving to third on the St. John’s all-time scoring list, and Phil Greene IV matched that point total in the Red Storm’s 83-70 win at Providence.
  • Dayton won its seventh straight game, beating La Salle 61-50. Dyshawn Pierre scored 16 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in the win.
  • Tyler Kalinoski and Brian Sullivan scored 14 apiece as Davidson earned its first conference road victory as a member of the Atlantic 10, winning 71-63 at UMass.
  • Albany moved to 4-0 in America East with a 73-58 win over Binghamton. Will Brown’s team will be right there with Stony Brook and Vermont in the race for the conference crown.
  • Keith Hornsby scored 23 points and Jarell Martin added 18 and 14 to lead LSU to a 75-71 win at Ole Miss.
  • Wichita State has company atop the Valley standings, with Indiana State moving to 5-0 with a 71-70 overtime win over Illinois State with Tre’ Bennett’s layup in the final seconds being the difference.
  • Seniors Chasson Randle, Anthony Brown and Stefan Nastic combined to score 58 points in Stanford’s 69-59 win at rival Cal.

No. 7 Tennessee beats Eastern Kentucky, win streak hits 7

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tyreke Key scored 10 of the first 12 points of the second half and finished with 17, and No. 7 Tennessee overcame a sluggish first half and beat Eastern Kentucky 84-49 on Wednesday night.

“Tyreke is handling the ball now,” Tennessee coach Rick Barnes said. “That’s all new to him. He keeps getting better.”

The Volunteers (8-1) struggled in the first half but still built an 11-point lead over Eastern Kentucky (4-5) on the way to their seventh straight victory.

Key led Tennessee in scoring before leaving with a cramp in his right leg with 6:15 left in the game. Julian Phillips had 16 points and 10 rebounds, and Zakai Zeigler and Uros Plavsic added 13 points apiece. Olivier Nkamhoua scored 10.

“I’m still settling in,” said Key, a transfer from Indiana State who didn’t play last year while recovering from an injury. “This is a new role. I’m taking steps every day and keep learning.”

Eastern Kentucky, which came into the game averaging 83.5 points, was held well below that total due to 17% (6 for 35) shooting from long range and 22% (15 for 68) overall. Leland Walker led the Colonels with 13 points.

It was the seventh time this season Tennessee has held its opponent to 50 or fewer points.

“(Tennessee) is the best defensive team in the country,” Eastern Kentucky coach A.W. Hamilton said. “I think they’re the best team in the country.”

At one point in the first half, Tennessee was shooting 20% and still leading by 10 points. The teams combined to shoot 4 of 32 from 3-point range in the first 20 minutes. The Vols, who shot 24% (8 of 34), led 32-21 at the break.

“If we can’t make shots, can you find a way to win the game?” Barnes said. “When the shot’s not going in, find a way to play. The first thing we talk about is our defense.”

Tennessee shot 41 free throws. Phillips, a true freshman, was 7 of 10.

“(Phillips) has learned the pace of the game,” Barnes said. “I’m not sure there’s been a more effective freshman in the country (this season).”


Since its early season slip against Colorado, Tennessee has had a steady ascent in the rankings. The Vols’ next two games – neutral site (Brooklyn) against No, 13 Maryland (Dec. 11) and at No. 10 Arizona (Dec. 17) – will go a long way toward justifying the No. 7 ranking.


Eastern Kentucky: The Colonels’ run-and-gun style of offense had them averaging 83.5 points through their first eight games. They ran into a defensive buzz saw in Tennessee, which was yielding just over 51 points.

Tennessee: Santiago Vescovi sat out his second straight game with a shoulder problem. He is expected to be ready to play Sunday against Maryland. . The Vols have won seven in a row since their loss to Colorado.


Eastern Kentucky: The Colonels host Boyce College on Saturday.

Tennessee: Take on No. 13 Maryland on Sunday at the Hall of Fame Invitational in New York.

Hoggard scores career-high 23, Michigan St snaps 2-game skid

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — A.J. Hoggard scored a career-high 23 points, Joey Hauser had 12 points and 15 rebounds and Michigan State beat Penn State 67-58 on Wednesday night to snap a two-game losing streak.

Michigan State (6-4, 1-1 Big Ten) avoided going .500 or worse after 10 games for the first time in 18 seasons.

Hoggard blocked an open layup with less than a minute to play and Hauser grabbed the rebound before being fouled and making two free throws at the other end for a 66-58 lead.

Hoggard, Hauser and Tyson Walker combined for 31 of Michigan State’s 32 second-half points.

The Michigan State defense allowed only one made field goal in the final five minutes. Penn State was just 1 of 9 from 3-point range in the second half after 7 of 18 before halftime.

Walker scored 10 of his 14 points in the second half for Michigan State. Hoggard, who entered third in the conference in assists at 6.3, had six rebounds, two assists and one key block.

Hoggard gave Michigan State 35-33 lead – its first since 4-2 – after back-to-back three-point plays with 59.3 seconds left in the first half. It was tied at 35-all at the break.

Seth Lundy scored 16 points and Jalen Pickett had 13 points, 17 rebounds and eight assists for Penn State (6-3, 0-1)

Michigan State hosts Brown on Saturday. Penn State, which hadn’t played since a double-overtime loss to Clemson on Nov. 29, plays at No. 17 Illinois on Saturday.

No. 7 Virginia Tech posts 9th straight win, beats BC 73-58

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BOSTON — Reigning Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year Elizabeth Kitley had 22 points and 12 rebounds, and Cayla King scored 16 on Wednesday night to lead No. 7 Virginia Tech to a 73-58 victory over Boston College, the Hokies’ ninth straight win.

Taylor Soule, one of two BC transfers on the roster for Virginia Tech (9-0, 1-0 ACC), added nine points and five rebounds. Soule scored more than 1,500 points and grabbed almost 700 rebounds in four seasons at BC, earning All-ACC honors three times.

Andrea Daley scored 15 points and Maria Gakdeng scored 14 for BC (7-4, 0-1). They each grabbed six rebounds.

Virginia Tech scored 17 of the game’s first 21 points and led by as many as 19 in the third quarter before BC cut the deficit to 10 in the fourth. Leading 64-54 with under three minutes left and the shot clock expiring, Kayana Traylor hit a 3-pointer for the Hokies.

Gakdeng missed two free throws for BC, and then Kitley scored from inside to make it a 15-point game.

Clara Ford, who also played four years in Chestnut Hill, pitched in 2 points in 2 minutes against her former team.


At No. 7, the Hokies have the highest ranking in the program’s history. With the victory over BC, a 10th straight win against North Carolina-Asheville on Sunday would leave Virginia Tech in position to move up even higher should a top five team falter.


Virginia Tech: Hosts North Carolina-Asheville on Sunday.

Boston College: Hosts Albany on Saturday.

Michigan’s Jaelin Llewellyn out for season with knee injury

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Michigan point guard Jaelin Llewellyn is out for the rest of the season with an injured left knee and is expected to have surgery next month.

Wolverines coach Juwan Howard made the announcement three days after Llewellyn was hurt in a loss to Kentucky in London.

Llewellyn transferred to Michigan from Princeton last spring and that seemed to lead to Frankie Collins transferring to Arizona State after a solid freshman season for the Wolverines.

Llewellyn averaged seven points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.8 assists in eight games at Michigan. He was an All-Ivy League player last season and averaged nearly 16 points over three seasons at Princeton.

Miles Kelly leads Georgia Tech to 79-77 win over rival Georgia

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ATLANTA – Georgia Tech’s Miles Kelly hit another winning shot against a state rival.

Terry Roberts endured a nightmarish final minute for Georgia.

Kelly hit a long 3-pointer and then a drove for the game-winning floater with 23 seconds remaining as the Yellow Jackets rallied to beat Georgia 79-77 on Tuesday night.

Kelly hit the winning shot in similar fashion against Georgia State on Nov. 12. He did it again to beat the Bulldogs, finishing with a team-high 17 points after failing to score in the first half.

“I’m going to continue to keep shooting, no matter how many times I miss,” Kelly said.

Roberts missed a 3-pointer, turned the ball over twice with bad passes, and was called for an offensive foul as he was trying to drive for the basket that would’ve sent the game to overtime.

“A tough finish for us,” Georgia first-year coach Mike White said. “We were in position to steal one on the road.”

A pair of second-chance buckets seemingly put Georgia (7-3) in control with a 77-73 lead.

The Bulldogs wouldn’t score again as Kelly led the comeback for the Yellow Jackets (6-3) – with a big assist from Roberts.

He had a chance to essentially seal it for the Bulldogs, but his jumper beyond the arc clanked off the rim.

Georgia Tech grabbed the rebound and raced down the court, where Kelly swished a 3 from well behind the stripe that brought Georgia Tech within a point with about a minute left.

Trying to work the ball inside, Roberts made an ill-advised entry pass that was deflected and stolen by Deivon Smith, setting up Kelly’s drive for the basket that put the Yellow Jackets back ahead,

Roberts tried a drive of his own, only to have it blocked by Jalon Moore. Georgia retained possession, but Roberts’ inbounds pass was stolen by Moore, who was fouled and made one of two free throws.

Roberts took the ball again and hurriedly dribbled toward the basket, only to be called for an offensive foul when he sent Smith flying.

“Just sacrificing my body for the team,” Smith said.

Georgia stole an inbounds pass around midcourt, giving Karlo Oquendo one last shot to launch a 3 that still would’ve won it for the Bulldogs. It bounced off the rim.

The game was tight throughout. Neither team led by more than eight, and a sequence in the second half showed just how tightly these rivals were matched.

With both squads playing at a frenetic pace and showing little regard for defense, the lead changed hands on eight straight possessions as the teams traded baskets.

Stunningly, they combined to score on 19 straight possessions before Georgia’s Matthew-Alexander Moncrieffe missed a pair of free throws with 5:17 remaining.


Perhaps the biggest cheer of the night came when Georgia Tech football coach Brent Key addressed the crowd at halftime.

Key, who served as interim coach for the last eight games of the season, was introduced Monday as the full-time choice for job.

He fired up the fans by getting them to chant “To hell with Georgia” over and over again. When a smattering of Bulldogs fans responded with barks, Key smiled and egged on the Yellow Jackets crowd to drown them out.

He also declared Georgia Tech to be the “greatest school in the entire state, the entire country,” following up his vow the previous day to not back down from the defending national champion and top-ranked Bulldogs.


Georgia: This will be a tough one to swallow for Roberts, who led his team with 16 points and seven assists. The Bulldogs lost despite shooting 53.4% from the field.

Georgia Tech: Four players scored in double figures, and two others players finished with eight points. But it was Kelly, as usual, who had the ball in his hands at the end of a tight game.


Georgia: After a nearly two-week break, the Bulldogs return to Atlanta on Dec. 18 to face Notre Dame at State Farm Arena in the Holiday Hoopsgiving event.

Georgia Tech: Head to North Carolina on Saturday for the Atlantic Coast Conference opener against the struggling Tar Heels.