GAME OF THE NIGHT: Colorado 98, USC 94 (3OT)
They need three extra sessions to decide things at the Galen Center, with Colorado’s Askia Booker putting forth the best scoring night of his career in his hometown. Booker scored 43 points on the night, shooting 13-for-23 from the field. No other Buffalo scored more than 12 points. As for USC, Katin Reinhardt scored a career-high 35 and Nikola Jovanovic added 30 and nine rebounds in a losing effort.
1. Ohio State 80, No. 16 Maryland 56: In a matchup of two of the nation’s best freshmen D’Angelo Russell got the better of Melo Trimble as the Buckeyes rolled in Columbus. Russell accounted for 18 points, 14 rebounds and six assists to help lead the way for Ohio State, with Marc Loving (19 points) and Jae’Sean Tate (16 points, eight rebounds) also playing well. As for Trimble, he missed all eight of his field goal attempts and finished with three points and one assist. But it was a tough night for all of the Terrapins, as Mark Turgeon’s team shot just 31.1% from the field.
2. UCLA 69, No. 11 Utah 59: The Utes picked up their second conference loss of the season, falling to the Bruins at Pauley Pavilion. Norman Powell scored 23 points and Bryce Alford added 14 and seven assists for UCLA, which was blown out in Salt Lake City earlier this month. Utah was a minus-8 in turnover margin and also shot 7-for-22 from three.
3. Cincinnati 70, UConn 58: With Tulsa currently sitting atop the American Athletic Conference standings with an 8-0 record, Thursday’s meeting between the Bearcats and Huskies (with both having three league losses) was an important one. Larry Davis’ Bearcats picked up the win, with Tory Caupain (before he was ejected) and Gary Clark Jr. leading the way. Caupain scored 20 points and Clark Jr. added 12 and ten rebounds for the Bearcats, who are now in sole possession of third place. Ryan Boatright scored 20 of his 22 in the second half for UConn, but it wasn’t enough as they shot 32.8% from the field.
4. No. 1 Kentucky 69, Missouri 53: Twenty up, twenty down for the top-ranked Wildcats as they took care of the Tigers in Columbia. Andrew Harrison scored 15 and twin brother Aaron added 11 to lead the way offensively for Kentucky, while Missouri’s Wes Clark led all scorers with 19. There wasn’t much flow to this game, thanks in large part to a total of 54 personal fouls and 57 free throw attempts, but Kentucky controlled the action for most of the night.
1. Kris Dunn, Providence: Dunn posted the first triple-double for a Providence Friar since 2006 (Geoff McDermott), finishing with 27 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists in the Friars’ 83-72 win over DePaul.
2. Askia Booker, Colorado: Booker scored 43 points in the Buffaloes’ 98-94 triple overtime win at USC.
3. Belmont: Rick Byrd’s Bruins shot 17-for-24 from three in their 103-82 win over Jacksonville State. Reserve Nick Smith made five threes, and Evan Bradds (the lone starter who didn’t make a three) went for 19 points and 18 rebounds.
4. Stephen Maxwell, CSUN: Maxwell shot 8-for-13 from the field and 12-for-16 from the foul line in the Matadors’ 84-73 loss to Hawaii, finishing with 28 points and 17 rebounds.
1. Melo Trimble, Maryland: Trimble accounted for just three points (0-for-8 FG) and one assist in Maryland’s loss at Ohio State.
2. Justin Burrell, Holy Cross: Averaging 10.4 points per game, Burrell missed all six of his shot attempts and went scoreless in the Crusaders’ 64-54 loss at Loyola (MD).
THE REST OF THE TOP 25
- No. 3 Gonzaga took care of business, beating Portland 64-46 in Spokane. Big men Przemek Karnowski and Domantas Sabonis combined for 23 points and 22 rebounds, and the Bulldogs limited Portland to 29.5% shooting from the field.
- In a game originally scheduled for Tuesday, Michigan State took care of Rutgers 71-51 with Bryn Forbes’ 18 points leading the way offensively.
- North Florida remains in sole possession of first place in the Atlantic Sun thanks to their 86-67 win over Kennesaw State.
- In a matchup of two of the best teams in Conference USA, Louisiana Tech handed Western Kentucky its first conference loss in Ruston, 69-56. Those two teams are now 7-1, with UAB a game behind them at 6-2.
- High Point has now won eight of its last nine games after taking care of Liberty, 72-53. Devante Wallace scored 19 for the winners, making five of seven from beyond the arc.
- Wofford moved to 8-1 in SoCon play with their 58-42 win over UNCG. And with Mercer holding off Chattanooga in overtime, the Terriers are alone in first place.
- UMass held off Dayton, 66-64 in Amherst. With the Flyers losing their second conference game, VCU has a tw0-game lead in the loss column in the Atlantic 10.
- Rodney Pryor went off for Robert Morris in their 87-65 win over Fairleigh Dickinson, making seven three-pointers and finishing with 28 points and 11 rebounds. RMU is tied for first in the NEC with St. Francis-Brooklyn.
- Georgia Southern remains in sole possession of first in the Sun Belt thanks to their 84-46 win over Appalachian State. Jelani Hewitt led the way with 17 points.
- Mike Caffey 25 of his career-high 34 points in the second half and overtime of Long Beach State’s 91-85 overtime win at Cal-State Fullerton, with David Samuels chipping in with 22 points and 13 boards. With the win the 49ers tied atop the Big West standings with UC Davis and preseason favorite UC Irvine.