Wednesday’s Snacks: No. 4 Duke comes back, and No. 12 Louisville continues to struggle

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GAME OF THE NIGHT: No. 4 Duke 92, No. 15 North Carolina 90 (OT)

This great rivalry never seems to disappoint. North Carolina led by as much as ten in the second half but they couldn’t close the game out, as Tyus Jones made some big plays down the stretch to force overtime. Jones scored 14 points in the second half and overtime, finishing with 22 points, eight assists and seven rebounds to lead the way for Duke. Quinn Cook added 22 points, and he also did a good job of defending Marcus Paige for most of the night. North Carolina did a lot of its damage in the paint, scoring 62 points there, with Brice Johnson going for 18 points and 12 rebounds and Kennedy Meeks adding 18 and seven rebounds. The rematch is scheduled for March 7 in Chapel Hill.

IMPORTANT OUTCOMES 

1. Syracuse 69, No. 12 Louisville 59 

Without the suspended Chris Jones the Cardinals hung around but could not get the win at the Carrier Dome. Rakeem Christmas led the Orange with 29 points, making nine of his ten field goal attempts, and he also grabbed eight rebounds. Add in 18 points from Mike Gbinije and 13 from Tyler Roberson, and Syracuse was able to win despite Trevor Cooney shooting 1-for-10 from the field. Terry Rozier led Louisville with 17 points and Montrezl Harrell added 15, but Wayne Blackshear accounted for just one assist and two turnovers before fouling out.

2. Xavier 59, Cincinnati 57

Two Trevon Bluiett free throws with 11.5 seconds remaining to give the Musketeers the lead for good in a game that loomed large for both teams from an NCAA tournament standpoint. Having lost at home to St. John’s on Saturday, this was a nice bounce back win for Chris Mack’s team, which was led offensively by Dee Davis (16 points). Freshman forward Gary Clark led the Bearcats with 14 points and seven rebounds.

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3. No. 14 Iowa State 70, No. 22 Oklahoma State 65 

Jameel McKay scored 13 of his 17 points from the foul line and also grabbed 14 rebounds as the Cyclones won in Stillwater. McKay was responsible for nine of Iowa State’s 18 offensive rebounds, and as a team Fred Hoiberg’s squad converted those extra opportunities into 21 second-chance points. The rebounding and post play were the biggest issues for Oklahoma State, which was outscored 34-14 in the paint. Phil Forte III and Le’Bryan Nash led four Cowboys in double figures with 13 points apiece.

STARRED

1. Rakeem Christmas, Syracuse

Christmas shot 9-for-10 from the field and 11-for-13 from the foul line, scoring 29 points to go along with eight rebounds and four blocks in the Orange’s 69-59 win over No. 12 Louisville.

2. Lance Crawford, UMass-Lowell

Crawford scored 35 points, dished out four assists and grabbed three rebounds in the River Hawks’ 82-71 win over Maine.

3. Quinn Cook and Tyus Jones, Duke

Cook and Jones scored 22 points apiece as No. 4 Duke came back to beat No. 15 North Carolina 92-90 in overtime.

STRUGGLED

1. Wayne Blackshear, Louisville

Blackshear didn’t have much of an impact in the Cardinals’ loss at Syracuse, as he went scoreless and finished with two turnovers and an assist before fouling out.

2. Matthew Fisher-Davis and Luke Kornet, Vanderbilt

Fisher-Davis and Kornet combined to shoot 2-for-15, scoring six points, in the Commodores’ 50-47 loss at Florida.

3. Marcus Paige, North Carolina

Paige scored five points on 2-for-11 shooting in the Tar Heels’ two-point loss at Duke.

THE REST OF THE TOP 25

  • Sam Dekker scored 22 points to lead No. 5 Wisconsin to a 55-47 win at Penn State. The Badgers have now won nine straight games.
  • No. 11 Northern Illinois has now won 14 straight, as they beat Loyola-Chicago 58-39 in Chicago. Seth Tuttle and Nate Buss scored ten points apiece for the Panthers, who are now 14-1 in Missouri Valley play.
  • Michael Qualls scored 21 points and Bobby Portis added 16 points and nine rebounds as No. 18 Arkansas beat Missouri 84-69.

NOTABLES

  • Tulsa snapped its two-game losing streak with a 69-58 win over East Carolina. Frank Haith’s team is now 11-2 in American Athletic Conference play.
  • In a matchup of teams that are in the bubble conversation, Davidson won 65-63 at George Washington. Jordan Barham led a balanced effort for the Wildcats with 15 points.
  • Also in the Atlantic 10, Rhode Island took care of UMass 75-59 in Kingston. As a result of the win URI moves back into a tie for first place with VCU at 10-3.
  • Lorenzo Cugini scored 19 points to help lead High Point to an 83-62 win over Gardner-Webb. Scott Cherry’s Panthers are tied atop the Big South standings with Charleston Southern, which beat Presbyterian.
  • With Northeastern beating William & Mary, UNCW is now in sole possession of first place in the CAA. The Seahawks are 10-4, with the Huskies, Tribe and James Madison (which beat Drexel) all a game back in the loss column at 10-5.
  • Greg Mays (34 points) and Keifer Sykes (23, eight assists and seven rebounds) led Green Bay to a 96-78 win over Detroit. The Phoenix are now tied for second in the Horizon League with Cleveland State (a game behind Valparaiso), and the two teams meet Friday night.
  • UCLA may have been looking ahead to Saturday’s game against No. 7 Arizona. They can’t afford to do such things and Arizona State made the Bruins pay for it, beating them 68-66 on the night that James Harden’s jersey was retired. Oregon did not have that problem, as they took care of Colorado in Eugene.
  • Providence took care of business, rolling to an 84-57 win at DePaul. LaDontae Henton scored 22 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, and Kris Dunn added 21, four rebounds, four assists and four steals.
  • Northwestern followed up its win over Iowa on Sunday with a 72-66 win at Minnesota.

Zach Edey has 19 points, No. 1 Purdue beats Michigan 75-70

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Zach Edey had 15 of his 19 points in the first half and Fletcher Loyer finished with 17 points to help No. 1 Purdue hold off Michigan 75-70 on Thursday night.

The Boilermakers (20-1, 9-1 Big Ten) had a 15-0 run to go ahead 41-28 lead in the first half after there were 10 lead changes and four ties, but they couldn’t pull away.

The Wolverines (11-9, 5-4) were without standout freshman Jett Howard, who missed the game with an ankle injury, and still hung around until the final seconds.

Joey Baker made a 3-pointer – off the glass – with 5.9 seconds left to pull Michigan within three points, but Purdue’s Brandon Newman sealed the victory with two free throws.

Purdue coach Matt Painter said Michigan slowed down Edey in the second half by pushing him away from the basket.

“They got him out a little more, and got him bottled up,” Painter said.

The 7-foot-4 Edey, though, was too tough to stop early in the game.

“He’s one of the best in the country for a reason,” Michigan coach Juwan Howard said. “He’s very effective, especially if he’s 8 feet and in.”

With size and skills such as a hook shot, the junior center from Toronto scored Purdue’s first seven points and finished the first half 7 of 12 from the field and 1 of 2 at the line.

“He did a great job in the first half, going to his right shoulder and using his left hand,” Painter said. “He made four baskets with his left hand which is huge.”

Freshman Braden Smith had 10 points for the Boilermakers.

Purdue’s defense ultimately denied Michigan’s comeback hopes, holding a 22nd straight opponent to 70 or fewer points.

Hunter Dickinson scored 21, Kobe Bufkin had 16 points and Baker added 11 points for the Wolverines, who have lost four of their last six games.

Dickinson, a 7-1 center, matched up with Edey defensively and pulled him out of the lane offensively by making 3 of 7 3-pointers.

“Half his shots were from the 3, and that’s a little different,” Painter said. “His meat and potatoes are on that block. He’s the real deal.”

POLL IMPLICATIONS

The Boilermakers got the top spot in the AP Top 25 this week after winning six games, a stretch that followed a loss to Rutgers on Jan. 3 that dropped them from No. 1 in the poll. Purdue improved to 7-2 as the top-ranked team.

BIG PICTURE

Purdue: Edey can’t beat teams by himself and he’s surrounded by a lot of role players and a potential standout in Loyer. The 6-4 guard was the Big Ten player of the week earlier this month, become the first Boilermaker freshman to win the award since Robbie Hummel in 2008.

“Fletcher is somebody who has played better in the second half, and on the road,” Painter said.

Michigan: Jett Howard’s health is a critical factor for the Wolverines, who will have some work to do over the second half of the Big Ten season to avoid missing the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2015. Howard averages 14.6 points and is the most dynamic player on his father’s team.

ROAD WARRIORS

The Boilermakers were away from home for 12 of 23 days, winning all five of their road games. They won at Ohio State, Michigan State and Michigan for the first time since the 1997-98 season and beat the Spartans and Wolverines on their home court in the same season for the first time in 12 years.

UP NEXT

Purdue: Hosts Michigan State on Sunday, nearly two weeks after the Boilermakers beat the Spartans by a point on Edey’s shot with 2.2 seconds left.

Michigan: Plays at Penn State on Sunday.

Miller scores 23, No. 10 Maryland tops No. 13 Michigan 72-64

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Diamond Miller scored 23 points, and No. 10 Maryland closed the first quarter with a 13-2 run and led the rest of the way in a 72-64 victory over No. 13 Michigan on Thursday night.

Abby Meyers contributed 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Terrapins (17-4, 8-2), who won for the 10th time in 11 games. Lavender Briggs scored 14 points and Shyanne Sellers added 13.

Maryland gained a measure of revenge after losing twice to Michigan last season – including a 20-point rout in College Park.

Leigha Brown led the Wolverines with 16 points.

Michigan (16-5, 6-4) led 13-9 in the first quarter before a three-point play by Miller started Maryland’s big run. Briggs and Faith Masonius made 3-pointers during that stretch.

The Terps pushed the lead to 16 in the third quarter before the Wolverines were able to chip away. Miller sat for a bit with four fouls, and Michigan cut the lead to seven in the fourth quarter, but the Wolverines still wasted too many possessions with turnovers to mount much of a comeback.

Michigan ended up with 24 turnovers, and Maryland had a 25-5 advantage in points off turnovers.

Miller fouled out with 2:19 remaining, but even after those two free throws, the Terps led 65-57 and had little trouble holding on.

Michigan lost for the second time in four days against a top-10 opponent. No. 6 Indiana beat the Wolverines 92-83 on Monday.

BIG PICTURE

Michigan: Whether it was against Maryland’s press or in their half-court offense, the Wolverines turned the ball over too much to score consistently. This was a lower-scoring game than the loss to Indiana, but the margin ended up being similar.

Maryland: While Miller clearly led the way, the Terps had plenty of offensive contributors. They also held Michigan to 13 points below its season average entering the game.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

The Wolverines have appeared in 48 straight AP polls, and although a two-loss week could certainly drop them, the quality of their opponents could save them from a substantial plunge.

Maryland is tied for 10th with an Iowa team that beat No. 2 Ohio State on Monday night. Now the Terps can boast an impressive victory of their own.

UP NEXT

Michigan: The Wolverines play their third game of the week when they visit Minnesota on Sunday.

Maryland: The Terps host Penn State on Monday night.

 

Boum, Jones lead No. 13 Xavier over No. 19 UConn, 82-79

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STORRS, Conn. – Souley Boum scored 21 points, Colby Jones added 20 and No. 13 Xavier went on the road and held off No. 19 Connecticut 82-79 Wednesday night.

The win was the 13th in 14 games for the Musketeers (17-4, 9-1 Big East) and it gave them a season sweep over the struggling Huskies (16-6, 5-6).

Jack Nunge had 12 points and Jerome Hunter added 11 for Xavier, which led by 17 in the first half and 39-24 at halftime.

Jordan Hawkins scored 26 of his 28 points in the second half for UConn, leading a comeback that fell just short.

Tristen Newton added 23 points for the Huskies, who won their first 14 games this season but have dropped six of eight since.

The Musketeers never trailed but had to withstand UConn runs that cut the lead to a single point four times in the second half.

A three-point play from Hawkins made it 78-77 with 2:40 left. But a second-chance layup from Nunge put the lead at 80-77 just over a minute later.

Newton was fouled with two seconds left by Desmond Claude, but his apparent attempt to miss his second free throw went into the basket.

Boum then hit two free throws at the other end, and Newton’s final attempt from just beyond halfcourt was well short.

Xavier jumped out to a 9-0 lead as UConn missed its first nine shots.

A 3-pointer from Zach Freemantle gave the Musketeers their first double-digit lead at 20-9, and another from Jones pushed it to 35-18.

BIG PICTURE

Xavier: The Musketeers lead the Big East, and the win over UConn was their ninth conference victory this season, eclipsing their total from last season.

UConn: The Huskies came in with a 17-game winning streak at Gampel Pavilion dating to February 2021. They fell to 1-4 against the four teams in front of them in the Big East standings. The lone win came at Gampel against Creighton.

UP NEXT

Xavier: The Musketeers continue their road trip with a visit to Creighton on Saturday.

UConn: Doesn’t play again until next Tuesday, when the Huskies visit DePaul.

No. 12 Iowa State holds on to beat No. 5 Kansas State 80-76

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AMES, Iowa – Jaren Holmes matched his season high with 23 points as No. 12 Iowa State held on to beat No. 5 Kansas State 80-76 on Tuesday night.

The Cyclones (15-4, 6-2 Big 12) moved into a three-way tie atop the conference standings with the Wildcats and Texas.

Gabe Kalscheur added 19 points for Iowa State. Osun Osunniyi finished with 16.

Markquis Nowell led Kansas State (17-3, 6-2) with 23 points.

A 3-pointer from Holmes gave Iowa State a 59-49 advantage with 8:12 remaining. Kansas State responded with a 10-1 run to trim the margin to 60-59.

Caleb Grill’s 3-pointer steadied the Cyclones and pushed the lead back to 63-59 with five minutes left.

Free throws by Osunniyi, Grill and Holmes sealed the victory in the final 24 seconds.

The first half featured eight lead changes and ended with Kansas State up 33-31.

A 3-pointer by Kalscheur ignited an early 9-0 run for the Cyclones and helped them build a 19-14 lead. Iowa State made just one of nine 3-point tries in the first 20 minutes.

BIG PICTURE

Kansas State was trying to extend its best start to a season since 1961-62.

Iowa State improved to 11-0 at home. The Cyclones have not lost back-to-back games this season.

UP NEXT

Kansas State hosts Florida on Saturday as part of the SEC/Big 12 Challenge.

Iowa State travels to Missouri on Saturday.

Georgetown snaps 29-game conference losing streak

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WASHINGTON – Primo Spears scored 21 points and Georgetown snapped a 29-game conference losing streak with an 81-76 victory over DePaul on Tuesday night.

Georgetown (6-15, 1-9) won its first Big East game since March 13, 2021, ending the longest skid in the history of the conference. The Hoyas also ended a 10-game losing streak this season.

Spears also contributed six assists for the Hoyas. Akok Akok scored 12 points and added six rebounds and four blocks and Brandon Murray recorded 12 points.

Umoja Gibson led the Blue Demons (9-12, 3-7) in scoring, finishing with 24 points, four assists and three steals. Javan Johnson added 13 points.

Spears scored nine points in the first half and Georgetown went into the break trailing 37-36. Georgetown used a 10-0 run in the second half to build a 12-point lead at 75-63 with 1:39 remaining.