Late Night Snacks: No. 2 Virginia survives, banged-up No. 20 VCU falls in double overtime

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GAME OF THE NIGHT: No. 19 Maryland 68, Indiana 66

Indiana’s Yogi Ferrell had chances to both win and tie the game in the final seconds, but both shots missed the mark as Maryland moved to 15-1 at home this season. Ferrell led all scorers with 23 points but freshmen James Blackmon Jr. and Robert Johnson struggled offensively, combining to score 13 points on 5-for-27 shooting. Dez Wells and Melo Trimble scored 18 apiece for Maryland, which also received 14 points and seven rebounds from Jake Layman. The Terrapins are now tied for second in the Big Ten with No. 23 Ohio State.

IMPORTANT OUTCOMES

1. La Salle 74, No. 20 VCU 69 (2OT)

Shaka Smart has himself a banged-up team, with Briante Weber done for the season with a torn ACL and Treveon Graham dealing with an ankle injury. Graham didn’t play Wednesday night, and VCU missed his scoring ability in a five-point double overtime loss to the Explorers in Richmond. VCU shot 30.1% from the field and 3-for-23 from beyond the arc, and they struggled to take advantage of La Salle turnovers (13 points off of 17 La Salle turnovers) and second-chance opportunities (17 offensive rebounds, five second-chance points) as well.

Jordan Price was sensational for La Salle, as he finished with 34 points and 18 rebounds. As a result of the loss, VCU drops into a four-way tie for first in the Atlantic 10.

2. No. 2 Virginia 51, NC State 47

In their first game without the injured Justin Anderson, Tony Bennett’s Cavaliers held off the Wolfpack in Raleigh. Malcolm Brogdon scored 15 points and Mike Tobey added 11 for the Cavaliers, who are now 22-1 on the season. Trevor Lacey, who missed a layup late that would have tied the game at 47, led the Woldpack with 14 points and Anthony Barber added 11. NC State missed out on what would have been an incredibly valuable win for their NCAA tournament resume.

3. St. John’s 86, DePaul 78

With Seton Hall going through tumultuous times, there could be room for the Red Storm to climb back into the NCAA tournament conversation. For that to be the case, Steve Lavin’s team has to win games they’re expected to win. St. John’s did that Wednesday night, taking care of the Blue Demons in Queens. D’Angelo Harrison snapped out of his slump, scoring 33 points on 10-for-14 shooting from the field and grabbing ten rebounds. Four of their five starters scored in double figures, with Felix Balamou replacing the injured Chris Obekpa (ankle) in the starting lineup. The next two games are critical for the Red Storm if they’re to make a run at an NCAA bid: at Xavier on Saturday, and at Georgetown next Tuesday.

STARRED

1. Jordan Price, La Salle 

34 points and 18 rebounds in a 74-69 double overtime win at No. 20 VCU.

2. Montrezl Harrell, Louisville

Harrell scored 28 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in the Cardinals’ 69-56 win over Pittsburgh.

STRUGGLED

1. Corey Allen Jr., USF

Allen scored 15 points, but he did so on 6-for-21 shooting in the Bulls’ 73-62 loss at UCF.

THE REST OF THE TOP 25

  • Brandon Watkins scored 14 points and grabbed nine rebounds in 17 minutes off the bench as No. 21 West Virginia beat Kansas State 76-72. The Mountaineers ended a two-game skid with the win.
  • Montrezl Harrell (28 points, 12 rebounds) and Terry Rozier (22 and ten) both posted double-doubles as No. 9 Louisville beat Pittsburgh 69-56.
  • Sam Thompson scored 22 points to help lead No. 23 Ohio State to a 75-55 win over Penn State.
  • Both ranked Missouri Valley teams took care of business at home, with No. 13 Northern Iowa beating Illinois State 83-64 and No. 15 Wichita State handling Indiana State 74-57. Both teams are now 12-1 in conference play.
  • Ryan Arcidiacono scored 20 points and Daniel Ochefu, who didn’t start the game for disciplinary reasons, added 19 and nine rebounds as No. 6 Villanova won 74-68 at Providence.

NOTABLES

  • This was a rough night for Atlantic 10 teams in the hunt for an at-large bid, as both George Washington (78-62 at Duquesne) and Rhode Island (65-64 at Saint Joseph’s) lost on the road. URI is now tied with VCU, Dayton and UMass atop the conference standings.
  • Rick Barnes picked up his 600th career win as Texas beat TCU 66-43 in Austin. Cameron Ridley went for 15 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks.
  • Greg Mays led four starters in double figures as Green Bay won 63-62 at Youngstown State. A Keifer Sykes shot with 25 seconds remaining proved to be the difference.
  • Joining GW and URI as teams who took road losses that won’t help their NCAA tournament hopes was Miami, which lost 72-70 at Wake Forest. Kostantinos Mitoglou led the Demon Deacons with 21 points and eight rebounds.
  • The Big South race has begun to (somewhat) sort itself out the last couple days after ending the weekend with seven teams tied for first place. Wednesday night, High Point, Radford and Charleston Southern moved to 9-4 with wins over Winthrop, Longwood and Coastal Carolina, respectively. The three winners join UNC Asheville atop the league standings.
  • Georgia picked up a solid road win, winning 62-53 at Texas A&M with Kenny Gaines scoring 15 points and Charles Mann adding 14, six rebounds and four assists.
  • Boise State won its eighth straight, beating Air Force 67-42. James Webb III scored 17 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in the win.
  • After Arizona and Utah there are some questions to answer re: who else from the Pac-12 will get to the NCAA tournament. Oregon avoided what would have been a bad loss Wednesday night, winning 80-75 at USC.
  • Josh Richardson accounted for 27 points, seven rebounds and four assists at Tennessee won 76-73 in overtime at Vanderbilt.
  • After Wyoming’s last two defeats, there should be no doubt that the injured Larry Nance Jr. (mononucleosis) is the most valuable player in the Mountain West. After getting blown out by Air Force Saturday, the Cowboys lost 67-41 at San Diego State. The Aztecs (9-3) are now in sole possession of first, with 8-3 Boise State on their heels.

Edey scores 21 as No. 24 Purdue beats No. 8 Duke 75-56

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PORTLAND, Ore. – Zach Edey and No. 24 Purdue shook off a slow start. When No. 8 Duke tried to rally in the second half, the Boilermakers finished strong.

Edey had 21 points and 12 rebounds, and Purdue beat Duke 75-56 on Sunday in the championship game of the Phil Knight Legacy men’s tournament.

Fletcher Loyer scored 18 points for Purdue (6-0), and reserve Caleb Furst finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

“I feel like we weren’t getting the looks we wanted early. As we settled into the game, we kept our poise and kept getting the shots that we wanted,” Edey said. “They were making some tough twos at the beginning of the game, shots we’re OK with all season.”

The 7-foot-4 Edey was 7 for 13 from the field and 7 for 8 at the line. He was named tournament MVP.

“They have the most unique player in the country,” Duke coach Jon Scheyer said of Edey. “He’s a hard guy to prepare for because there’s nobody else like him.”

Duke (6-2) shot 36.2% (21 for 58) from the field. Tyres Proctor scored 16 points for the Blue Devils. Kyle Filipowski and Jeremy Roach each had 14.

Ethan Morton had a steal and a dunk to help Purdue open a 58-41 lead with 15:37 left in the second half.

Duke countered with an 8-0 run, capped by two foul shots by Dariq Whitehead. But Furst made a layup and a jumper to help hold off the Blue Devils.

A hook by Edey and a 3-pointer by Loyer made it 68-56 with 5:03 remaining.

Duke got off to a 14-7 start before Purdue worked its way back into the game.

“I don’t feel like we came out bad today, but they matched our energy,” Edey said.

A 3-pointer by Brandon Newman pushed the Purdue lead to 46-28. A late run by Duke cut the Boilermakers’ lead to 46-35 at halftime.

BIG PICTURE

Duke: It looked as if Roach had an issue with his left foot at one point, but he went back into the game. Scheyer said Roach had hurt his toe.

Purdue: Although neither team had great offensive games, Purdue was the better team from range. Purdue made seven 3-pointers to just two for Duke.

UP NEXT

Duke: Hosts Ohio State on Wednesday.

Purdue: Visits Florida State on Wednesday.

No. 18 Alabama beats No. 1 North Carolina 103-101 in 4 OTs

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PORTLAND, Ore. – Mark Sears had 24 points, five rebounds and five assists, and No. 18 Alabama sent top-ranked North Carolina to a second straight loss with a 103-101 victory in a quadruple-overtime thriller on Sunday in the third-place game of the Phil Knight Invitational tournament.

Jahvon Quinerly added 21 points off the bench for the Crimson Tide (6-1), who knocked off the top-ranked team for the first time since upsetting Stanford in the 2004 NCAA Tournament.

“I was losing track of how many overtimes we were in there at the end,” Crimson Tide coach Nate Oats said. “A lot of credit to our guys. I thought they showed a lot of character when we could have folded.”

Charles Bediako had 14 points, 16 rebounds and three blocks, while Brandon Miller also scored 14 points.

Caleb Love led the Tar Heels (5-2) with 34 points, nine rebounds, four assists and three steals. Armando Bacot contributed 20 points and 10 rebounds, and R.J. Davis had 19 points and nine rebounds in the second four-overtime game in North Carolina history. The other was a victory over Tulane in 1976.

“At the end of the day, Alabama made one more play than we did,” North Carolina coach Hubert Davis said. “I walked in the locker room and a number of the guys had their head down and I told them to pick their head up. I’m just as disappointed (as the players) in terms of the final outcome, but I couldn’t be any more proud about the way they competed.”

Bediako gave the Crimson Tide the lead for good on a layup with 26 seconds remaining in the fourth overtime.

The Tar Heels, who lost to Iowa State in the semifinals, led by as much as eight in the second half before Alabama came back to tie it. The Crimson Tide retook the lead on a pair of free throws from Gurley with 2 minutes remaining, and later tied with another free throw from Sears with 51 seconds remaining in regulation.

Alabama starting forward Noah Clowney took a hard fall on a dunk attempt four minutes into the first half and had to be helped off the court. He did not return.

The Crimson Tide were 16 for 38 (42.1%) from 3-point range, with Sears making seven.

BIG PICTURE

North Carolina: The Tar Heels figure to take a deep drop in the Top 25 poll.

Alabama: The Crimson Tide bounced back nicely following their loss to No. 20 UConn in the semifinals, beating a top-ranked team in the regular season for the first time since a 66-64 victory over eventual national champion Arkansas on Jan. 8, 1994.

UP NEXT:

North Carolina: The Tar Heels travel to Bloomington to face No. 11 Indiana on Wednesday.

Alabama: The Crimson Tide return home to face South Dakota State on Saturday.

Clingan lifts UConn past Iowa State for Phil Knight title

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PORTLAND, Ore. – Donovan Clingan had 15 points and 10 rebounds to power No. 20 UConn to a 71-53 win over Iowa State in the championship game of the Phil Knight Invitational on Sunday night.

Tristen Newton scored 13 points for the Huskies (8-0), who went 20 for 25 at the free-throw line. Alex Karaban and Andre Jackson, Jr. each had 10 points.

Osun Osunniyi led Iowa State (5-1) with 14 points. Tamin Lipsey had 12 points and Jaren Holmes finished with 11.

“They were the more aggressive team,” Iowa State coach T.J. Otzelberger said. “We wanted a physical game. We didn’t want a physical game with them getting the rebounds and then also us putting them on the foul line. Lesson that we’ve got to learn is we need to embrace being the aggressor at both ends of the floor at all times.”

The Huskies had more offensive rebounds (20) than the Cyclones had total rebounds (19), and capitalized on that disparity with 20 second-chance points.

“Those guys are tough,” UConn coach Dan Hurley said. “T.J.`s an excellent coach. They grind people up. To outrebound them, it just speaks to how tough we were.”

Clingan, who was named tournament MVP, scored eight points to help UConn to a 38-28 lead at the break.

Iowa State closed to 53-48 on Holmes’ 3-pointer midway through the second half. But Karaban made a 3 and a dunk, and Newton’s jumper made it 60-48 with 7:13 remaining.

BIG PICTURE

UConn: The Huskies couldn’t have asked for a better showing in Portland, winning all three of their games.

Iowa State: The Cyclones picked up nice wins over Villanova and top-ranked North Carolina in the earlier rounds but ended with their first loss of the season.

UP NEXT

UConn: The Huskies return home to face Oklahoma State on Thursday.

Iowa State: The Cyclones return home to face North Dakota on Tuesday.

No. 3 UConn rallies past No. 9 Iowa to win Phil Knight title

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PORTLAND, Ore. – Azzi Fudd scored 24 points to rally No. 3 UConn past No. 9 Iowa 86-79 Sunday in the championship game of the first Phil Knight Legacy women’s tournament.

“It really was difficult to play against these guys,” UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. “I don’t think we felt really good about ourselves at halftime. I thought we came out in the third quarter and really took control of the game.”

Fudd had plenty of help, with Aaliyah Edwards (20 points, 13 rebounds) and three other Huskies (5-0) scoring in double-figures. Edwards was named MVP of the tournament.

Iowa (5-2) star Caitlin Clark had 25 points, and Kate Martin added 20.

Edwards got UConn off to a strong start, scoring 10 points while the Huskies built a 20-14 edge.

Clark and the Hawkeyes then surged with a 13-2 run to begin the second quarter and led 41-35 at halftime. Clark scored 17 points in the first half.

Martin hit a 3-pointer in the third quarter for a 52-41 lead, but UConn countered with 11 straight points and led 61-57 entering the fourth.

Iowa opened the final quarter with nine straight points for a 66-61 lead, but the Huskies countered and pulled away in the middle of the period, leading 79-70 after Carolina Ducharme’s 3-pointer with 3:42 left.

“Azzi Fudd really came to life in that third quarter,” Iowa coach Lisa Bluder said. “I was really pleased with our first half. If it wasn’t for that third quarter, but yes, we play four. And we missed some shots in the fourth quarter that we usually make.”

BIG PICTURE

Iowa: Iowa dominated the battle of the 3-point line for much of the game. The Hawkeyes made 13 3-pointers to only eight for UConn.

UConn: Sunday was a tale of two halves for Fudd. Fudd started the game 1 for 8 from the field but was red-hot in the second half, going 9 for 11.

UP NEXT

Iowa: The Hawkeyes will host N.C. State on Thursday.

UConn: The Huskies will host Providence on Friday.

No. 22 Tennessee beats No. 3 Kansas 64-50 for Atlantis title

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PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas – Tennessee’s players proved to be determined defenders and relentless rebounders, along with having the kind of toughness to ensure the reigning national champions would have little chance to get comfortable.

It was all enough to give the 22nd-ranked Volunteers a title of their own, along with the blueprint that coach Rick Barnes hopes they follow the rest of the year.

Santiago Vescovi scored 20 points while Tennessee locked down on third-ranked Kansas in a 64-50 win Friday night in the championship game at the Battle 4 Atlantis, snapping the Jayhawks’ 17-game winning streak.

Vescovi hit five 3-pointers as the tournament’s most valuable player for the Volunteers (5-1), who dominated the glass, overcame their own turnover troubles and made the Jayhawks work for clean looks. And for the third time in as many days, Tennessee won without leading scorer Josiah-Jordan James (knee soreness).

Perhaps that’s why reserve guard Zakai Zeigler, who had 14 points and four steals, showed up wearing sunglasses to the postgame news conference after the Volunteers had danced and hollered through the on-court trophy ceremony.

“We know if you can’t stop the man in front of you, then you’ll have no shot at winning the game,” Zeigler said, adding: “We just like to play defense, and we just happen to be good at it.”

The Vols held the Jayhawks to 32.1% shooting, bothering them with size and length around the rim. They also took the ball right at the Jayhawks with 5-foot-9 Zeigler leading the way, down to him refusing to let go of a jump ball and trading words with 6-8 forward Jalen Wilson.

Zeigler’s night included a 3-pointer to beat the shot clock at the 7-minute mark to push Tennessee’s lead to 56-38. He followed with another big one from the right wing with 4:42 left after Kansas had closed within 11.

Wilson and Joseph Yesefu each scored 14 points to lead the Jayhawks (6-1), who shot 28.6% in the first half and never warmed up. They made 5 of 21 3-pointers in what was an all-around rough night, from losing starting guard Dajuan Harris to fouls with 9 minutes left to failing to keep the Vols off the glass (45-27).

“We played a team tonight that was older and more mature and obviously played stronger and tougher,” Kansas coach Bill Self said. “We didn’t handle the situation near as well as what I would hope a poised team would.”

BIG PICTURE

Tennessee: The Volunteers opened the tournament with a win over Butler, then grinded through an overtime win against Southern California in Thursday’s semifinals. This time, Tennessee played in front the entire way en route to its first title in three tries at the Atlantis resort.

“I think the main thing from the whole week was stay together through tough times, that’s what you’ve got to do,” Vescovi said.

Kansas: The Jayhawks didn’t have an easy first two days in the Bahamas. First came a battle to the final minutes with North Carolina State. Then came Thursday’s overtime win against Wisconsin on Bobby Pettiford Jr.’s last-second putback. But they never looked in any type of offensive flow this time with their smaller lineup.

“I feel like if we were able to get them out of place and not just have them standing there, waiting to contest a layup, that could’ve gave us some better chances at finishing at the rim,” Wilson said.

STRONG RUN

Tennessee held its three Atlantis opponents to 36.9% shooting and 15 of 59 (25.4%) from 3-point range. The Volunteers also averaged a +9 rebounding margin, ending with having Jonas Aidoo (nine) leading five players snagging at least six rebounds against Kansas.

“You can be a good defensive team but if you can’t be a great one if you give them second and third shots,” Barnes said.

SIDELINED

Beyond Harris’ foul trouble, the Jayhawks played most of the way without Pettiford, who exited midway through the first half grabbing at his right leg.

Afterward, Self said he would be out “for a while” with a hamstring strain.

UP NEXT

Tennessee: The Volunteers return home to host McNeese State on Wednesday.

Kansas: The Jayhawks host Texas Southern on Monday.