GAME OF THE NIGHT: Arkansas 93, Alabama 91 (OT)
Bobby Portis’ tip-in of a Rashad Madden missed shot at time expired was the difference in Fayetteville as Arkansas moved to 3-2 in the SEC. Michael Qualls led all scorers with 30 points and he also grabbed eight rebounds, and Justin Coleman scored all 22 of his points after halftime for the Crimson Tide. Portis’ game-winner was redemption in a sense, as he fouled Michael Kessens with four seconds remaining in regulation while Kessens was attempting a layup with Arkansas leading by three. Kessens completed the three-point play, which meant overtime.
1. No. 23 Indiana 89, No. 13 Maryland 70: Tom Crean’s Hoosiers continued their hot start to Big Ten play with a resounding victory over the Terrapins in Bloomington. While Maryland’s 10-for-20 night from three was solid, it wasn’t enough as the Hoosiers shot 15-for-22 from deep. Yogi Ferrell was responsible for seven of those makes, and he finished the night with 24 points and five assists, and freshman James Blackmon Jr. added 22 points in the win. Indiana, a team few expected much from before the season began, is now tied for first place in the Big Ten with Wisconsin. Jake Layman led the Terrapins with 13 points.
2. Providence 69, Xavier 66 (OT): The Friars led 60-51 with just under two minutes remaining, and thanks to a combination of baffling turnovers on their part and some solid plays by Xavier the game wound up in overtime. But a LaDontae Henton three-point play with 27.2 seconds remaining in overtime gave the Friars a lead they would not relinquish, winning a game that was important for both teams from a resume standpoint. Henton finished with 24 points and Kris Dunn added 20, ten rebounds and eight assists. Matt Stainbrook (17 points, ten rebounds) and Jalen Reynolds (14 and 13) both posted double-doubles for the Musketeers.
3. No. 3 Gonzaga 68, Saint Mary’s 47: In a matchup of two 7-0 teams, the Bulldogs took over in the second half to turn what was a competitive game into a rout. Gonzaga limited Saint Mary’s to 36 percent shooting from the field, and once the Bulldogs managed to slow down Brad Waldow (14 points, seven rebounds) the Gaels had nowhere else to turn offensively. Kevin Pangos scored 14 points and big men Kyle Wiltjer, Przemek Karnowski and Domantas Sabonis combined for 30 points (Wiltjer- 12) and 31 rebounds (Sabonis- 13).
1. D’Angelo Russell, Ohio State: Russell led the way for the Buckeyes in their 69-67 win at Northwestern, accounting for 33 points, seven rebounds and six assists. Oh, he also had one incredible bounce pass to Sam Thompson.
2. Kris Dunn, Providence: Dunn finished Providence’s 69-66 overtime win over Xavier two assists shy of a triple-double, as he tallied 20 points, ten rebounds and eight assists.
3. Jeromie Hill, UTSA: Hill made 13 of his 22 shots from the field, scoring 36 points to go along with eight rebounds in the Roadrunners’ 82-68 win at Marshall.
1. Georgia Tech: No. 2 Virginia has now held three teams below 28 points in a game this season (Rutgers and Harvard are the others). Georgia Tech shot 24.5% from the field (0-for-12 3PT) in a 57-28 loss in Charlottesville.
2. Jordan Price, La Salle: The Explorers’ leading scorer struggled in a 59-47 loss at Rhode Island, scoring four points on 2-for-13 shooting from the field.
THE REST OF THE TOP 25
- No. 8 Notre Dame took care of business in Blacksburg, beating Virginia Tech 85-60. Jerian Grant scored 18 to lead the way for the Fighting Irish.
- No. 24 Seton Hall dropped one at home, falling to first-place DePaul 64-60 in Newark. The 5-2 start to Big East play is DePaul’s best since their first year in the conference (2005-06), and this is their first road win over a ranked opponent since 2005.
- No. 7 Arizona fought off early foul trouble, coming back to win 89-82 at Stanford. Stanley Johnson led five Wildcats in double figures with 19 points, and Matt Korcheck gave them some good minutes in the second half. Chasson Randle scored 26 to lead the way for the Cardinal, but he shot 4-for-12 (12 points) in the second half with Rondae Hollis-Jefferson getting that defensive assignment for Arizona.
- UConn snapped a two-game losing streak with a 67-60 win over UCF. As he said he needed to earlier this week, Ryan Boatright led the way for the Huskies with 18 points.
- John Kopriva scored 19 to lead five players in double figures as George Washington moved to 5-1 in the Atlantic 10 with a 79-59 win at Fordham.
- North Florida and Lipscomb remain tied atop the Atlantic Sun standings with matching 4-0 records as both won on the road. UNF beat Northern Kentucky 74-66, and Lipscomb held off Jacksonville 80-77.
- Chattanooga’s tied for first in the SoCon with Wofford thanks to their 86-64 win over VMI. Eric Robertson scored 18 off the bench for the Mocs.
- Belmont scored 49 second-half points in their 72-67 win over UT-Martin, with Evan Bradds going for 22 and ten and Craig Bradshaw adding 21 points.
- Sheldon McClellan scored 16 points and grabbed ten rebounds to help lead Miami to a 65-60 win over NC State. This happened in Coral Gables as well.
- Joe O’Shea accounted for 15 points and 12 rebounds as Bryant moved to 6-1 in NEC play with a 74-69 win over LIU-Brooklyn.
- North Texas nearly allowed a 21-point halftime lead to slip away but they hung on in the end, beating Louisiana Tech 73-66 to give the Bulldogs their first loss in Conference USA play. Western Kentucky leads the conference at 6-0 after beating UTEP 71-66 in overtime.
- Jordan Gregory hit seven three-pointers and scored 31 points as Montana moved to 5-1 in Big Sky play with a 64-57 win over Northern Arizona.
- In their first game without the injured Alan Williams, UCSB beat UC Riverside 83-75 with John Green leading four double-digit scorers with 21 points. Williams will miss at least the next two weeks with a shoulder injury suffered in practice Tuesday.
- The Big West race got a little tighter Thursday night, as Hawaii handed UC Davis its first conference loss by the final score of 84-76. The Aggies entered the game with a 4-0 league record.