A big second half pushed the Cavaliers past North Carolina as Virginia looked great after its loss to Duke on Saturday. During a methodical beat-down in the second frame, the Hoos scored 43 points and took the life out of the home crowd for the Tar Heels. Malcolm Brogdon paced Virginia with 17 points while Justin Anderson had 16 and London Perrantes chipped in 15. The Cavalier defense held Marcus Paige scoreless for 32 minutes, but he still manged to finish with a team-high 15 points for North Carolina.
The streak has reached 20 at Allen Fieldhouse as the Jayhawks had five players in double figures in a Big 12 win over the Cyclones. Wayne Selden Jr. had 20 points and five 3-pointers and played one of his best games of the season. Perry Ellis added 17 points and Kelly Oubre Jr. chipped in 16 to give the Kansas offense a lot of punch on Monday night. Iowa State had 24 points from Georges Niang but lost on the road for the third consecutive game as they couldn’t grasp control of the game after a solid start slipped away from them.
1. Pitt’s Jamel Artis
The sophomore has really elevated his play over the last few weeks as the forward scored 32 points in a tight home win over Bryant. The performance from Artis meant the Panthers didn’t get a terrible non-conference loss in February and he was 11-for-17 from the field and 3-for-4 from 3-point range. Over his last seven games, Artis is averaging 20.1 points and 6.4 rebounds per game for the Panthers.
2. Siena’s Rob Poole
Nice home win in the MAAC for the Saints as the senior guard finished with 27 points in a victory over Rider. Poole went 8-for-13 from the field and also finished 8-for-11 from the free-throw line.
3. Howard’s James Carlton
One of the hottest players in the country at the moment is the 6-foot-8 junior from Howard. Carlton had 31 points in a win over Maryland-Eastern Shore on Monday and he’s averaging 30 points per game over his last three games. The forward also had 11 rebounds on the night.
1. North Carolina’s J.P. Tokoto
Playing 30 minutes against Virginia, Tokoto was a non-factor as the junior played arguably his worst game of the season. Tokoto finished with a single point, a single rebound and three assists as he went 0-for-3 from the field.
- The MAAC contest scheduled between Iona and Fairfield on Monday got moved back to Feb. 10 as the game was postponed due to weather.
- Green Bay earned a Horizon League road win at Wright State as Jordan Fouse finished with 11 points, 11 rebounds and six assists.
- N.J.I.T. shot 58 percent from the floor (31-for-53) and 59 percent from 3-point range (13-for-22) in a big home win over Hampton. The Highlanders are now 13-10 on the season and 7-1 at home. Someone please get them a conference affiliation already.
- Sam Houston State improved to 17-5 and 9-1 in the Southland with an easy win over Lamar. Kaheem Ransom tallied 18 points in the win.
- A double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds from Desharick Guidry pushed McNeese State past SE Louisiana in the Southland.
- Winthrop defeated Charleston Southern in the Big South as Keon Moore had 19 points and Andre Smith added 18.
- Houston Baptist had 20 points and six assists from Anthony Odunsi and 19 points and 10 rebounds from Josh Ibarra in a win over Abilene Christian.
- All five starters finished in double figures as North Carolina Central remained unbeaten in the MEAC with a win over Florida A&M.
- Texas Southern needed overtime to beat Alabama A&M, but the Tigers held on to maintain its lead in the SWAC. Tonnie Collier finished with 18 points.