Sunday’s Snacks: No. 9 Utah, No. 24 Ohio State suffer road losses

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GAME OF THE DAY: Loyola (MD) 80, Colgate 78 (3OT)

Two Andre Walker baskets, one at the end of the second overtime and one towards the end of the third extra session helped the Greyhounds beat the Raiders in Baltimore. Walker played 50 of a possible 55 minutes, scoring 21 points and grabbing six rebounds to lead the way for Loyola. But the “ironman” in this game was Colgate’s Matt McMullen, who tallied 19 points and 17 rebounds in 51 minutes of action. This is a big win for G.G. Smith’s team, as they’re hoping to avoid having to play in the first round of the Patriot League tournament (the top six seeds get a bye into the quarters).

IMPORTANT OUTCOMES 

1. Oregon 69, No. 9 Utah 58

Oregon picked up its signature win Sunday afternoon, as Dillon Brooks scored 19 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead the Ducks past the Runnin’ Utes in Eugene. The key for Oregon was their matchup zone defense, which kept Utah out of the paint for most of the day and led to the visitors attempting 29 three-pointers. Delon Wright led all scorers with 20 point, but no other player scored more than seven for Utah, which now trails No. 7 Arizona by a game in the Pac-12 standings.

2. Michigan 64, No. 24 Ohio State 57

The Wolverines led by as much as 20 in the first half, with Spike Albrecht leading the way. The junior point guard accounted for 16 points, five assists, four rebounds and no turnovers, with Zak Irvin adding 15 and seven boards for Michigan. As for Ohio State, their best road victory came at Minnesota, and they need some guys to consistently step up alongside D’Angelo Russell down the stretch.

3. No. 2 Virginia 51, Florida State 41

Virginia has now won 25 games in consecutive seasons for the first time since Ralph Sampson patrolled the paint, but Sunday’s game was not an easy one. The Cavaliers, already playing without Justin Anderson, lost point guard London Perrantes after he collided with teammate Malcolm Brogdon in the second half. Brogdon would also leave the game, but he was able to return. Without two key players (Anderson and Perrantes) the Cavaliers relied on their defense, and they held Florida State without a field goal over the final 10:33.

4. Michigan State 60, Illinois 53

In a matchup of teams looking to add some solid results to their respective NCAA tournament resumes, Michigan State held on for the win in Champaign. Denzel Valentine led all scorers with 20 points (and grabbed nine rebounds) and Travis Trice added 18, five rebounds and four assists off the bench. Following a 59-54 home loss to Illinois 15 days ago, Tom Izzo moved Trice into the sixth man role and the Spartans have won four straight since. Michigan State is now in a three-way tie for second in the Big Ten with Maryland and Purdue. Malcolm Hill led Illinois with 17 points and Rayvonte Rice added 15 off the bench, but as a team the Fighting Illini shot 28.8% from the field.

STARRED

1. Andrew Andrews, Washington

Andrews scored 35 points, the final three coming on a three-pointer with 2.7 seconds remaining, to lead Washington to the 87-84 win over rival Washington State.

2. Kahlil Felder, Oakland 

20 points (8-for-14 FG), 14 assists (two turnovers) and five rebounds in the Golden Grizzlies’ 81-56 win over UIC.

3. Kevin Ferguson, Army 

Ferguson scored 23 points (9-for-11 FG), grabbed 12 rebounds and blocked three shots in the Black Knights’ win over American.

4. Dillon Brooks, Oregon

Brooks scored 19 points and grabbed seven rebounds in the Ducks’ 69-58 win over No. 9 Utah, scoring 11 straight points in the second half to help Oregon take control of the game.

STRUGGLED

1. Brandon Taylor and Jordan Loveridge, Utah

Taylor and Loveridge combined to shoot 4-for-18 in the Runnin’ Utes’ 69-58 loss at Oregon.

2. Devon Bookert, Florida State

Bookert missed all eight of his field goal attempts and scored just one point in the Seminoles’ 51-41 loss at No. 2 Virginia.

3. Nnanna Egwu and Jaylon Tate, Illinois

Egwu and Tate combined to score five points on 1-for-10 shooting in Illinois’ 60-53 loss to Michigan State.

THE REST OF THE TOP 25 

  • No. 13 Wichita State kept pace with No. 11 Northern Iowa in the Missouri Valley, beating Evansville 62-43. The Shockers and Panthers meet in the regular season finale for both next Saturday.

NOTABLES

  • Bucknell wrapped up a share of the Patriot League regular season title with a 78-69 win over Boston University. Dave Paulsen’s Bison can clinch the outright title with a win over Lehigh on Wednesday.
  • An A.J. English four-point play with 34 seconds remaining gave Iona a 69-68 win over Monmouth. The Gaels clinch the MAAC regular season title with the win, their third in the last four seasons.
  • Two Marcus Thornton free throws with 3.7 seconds remaining was the difference as William & Mary won 80-78 at Hofstra. With James Madison beating College of Charleston, there’s a four-way tie atop the CAA standings with Northeastern and UNCW being the other teams.
  • Aaron White accounted for 18 points and 11 rebounds as Iowa blew out Nebraska 74-46 in Lincoln.
  • J.J. Panoske scored 19 points to lead four players in double figures as Milwaukee beat Cleveland State 66-60. The Vikings’ loss means that Valparaiso clinched at least a share of the Horizon League regular season title.
  • Indiana avoided a letdown at Rutgers, steamrolling the Scarlet Knights 84-54.
  • Tulsa picked up a solid win, as they put the clamps on Temple in a 58-39 victory. The Golden Hurricane, who are tied with SMU in the loss column atop the American, have a game in hand on the Mustangs.

Kentucky’s Tionna Herron recovering from open-heart surgery

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LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky coach Kyra Elzy says freshman Tionna Herron is recovering from open-heart surgery to correct a structural abnormality.

The 6-foot-4 post player learned of her condition after arriving at school in June and received other opinions before surgery was recommended. Senior trainer Courtney Jones said in a release that Herron underwent surgery Aug. 24 at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston and is recovering at home in DeSoto, Texas.

Elzy said Herron “is the definition of a warrior” and all are grateful to be on the other side of the player’s surgery. Herron is expected back on campus early next month and will continue rehabilitation until she’s cleared to return to normal activity.

“Her will and determination to eventually return to the court is inspiring, and it’s that `game-on’ attitude that is what makes her such a perfect fit in our program,” Elzy said in a release. “We are so thrilled for Tionna’s return to our locker room; it’s not the same without our full team together.”

Herron committed to Kentucky during last fall’s early signing period, rated as a four-star prospect and a top-70 player in last year’s class. Kentucky won last year’s Southeastern Conference Tournament and reached the NCAA Tournament’s first round.

Emoni Bates charged with 2 felonies

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SUPERIOR TOWNSHIP, Mich — Emoni Bates, a former basketball prodigy who transferred to Eastern Michigan from Memphis, was charged with two felonies after police found a gun in a car during a traffic stop.

The 18-year-old Bates failed to stop at an intersection Sunday night and a search turned up the weapon, said Derrick Jackson, a spokesman for the Washtenaw County sheriff’s office.

Defense attorney Steve Haney told The Associated Press that the vehicle and the gun didn’t belong to Bates.

“I hope people can reserve judgment and understand there’s a presumption of innocence,” Haney said. “This was not his vehicle. This was not his gun. … We’re still gathering facts, too.”

Bates was charged with carrying a concealed weapon and altering identification marks on a firearm. He was released after his lawyer entered a not guilty plea. Bates’ next court hearing is Oct. 6.

“This is his first brush with the law,” Haney said in court. “He poses no threat or risk to society.”

Less than a month ago, the 6-foot-9 Bates transferred to Eastern Michigan to play for his hometown Eagles. Bates averaged nearly 10 points a game last season as a freshman at Memphis, where he enrolled after reclassifying to skip a year of high school and join the class of 2021.

“We are aware of a situation involving one of our student athletes,” EMU spokesman Greg Steiner said. “We are working to gather more details and will have further comment when more information is available.”

Bates was the first sophomore to win the Gatorade national player of the year award in high school basketball in 2020, beating out Cade Cunningham and Evan Mobley. Detroit drafted Cunningham No. 1 overall last year, two spots before Cleveland took Mobley in the 2021 NBA draft.

Bates committed to playing for Tom Izzo at Michigan State two years ago, later de-committed and signed with Memphis. Bates played in 18 games for the Tigers, who finished 22-11 under Penny Hardaway. Bates missed much of the season with a back injury before appearing in Memphis’ two NCAA Tournament games.

In 2019, as a high school freshman, the slender and skilled guard led Ypsilanti Lincoln to a state title and was named Michigan’s Division 1 Player of the Year by The Associated Press. His sophomore season was cut short by the pandemic and he attended Ypsi Prep Academy as a junior, his final year of high school.

UConn to pay Kevin Ollie another $3.9 million over firing

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STORRS, Conn. — UConn announced Thursday it has agreed to pay former men’s basketball coach Kevin Ollie another $3.9 million to settle discrimination claims surrounding his 2018 firing.

The money is in addition to the more than $11.1 million in back salary Ollie has already been paid after an arbitrator ruled in January that he was improperly fired under the school’s agreement with its professor’s union.

“I am grateful that we were able to reach agreement,” Ollie said in a statement Thursday. “My time at UConn as a student-athlete and coach is something I will always cherish. I am pleased that this matter is now fully and finally resolved.”

Ollie, a former UConn point guard who guided the Huskies to a 127-79 record and the 2014 national championship in six seasons as head coach, was let go after two losing seasons. UConn also stopped paying him under his contract, citing numerous NCAA violations in terminating the deal.

In 2019, the NCAA placed UConn on probation for two years and Ollie was sanctioned individually for violations, which the NCAA found occurred between 2013 and 2018. Ollie’s attorneys, Jacques Parenteau and William Madsen, accused UConn of making false claims to the NCAA for the purpose of firing Ollie “with cause.”

The school had argued that Ollie’s transgressions were serious and that his individual contract superseded those union protections.

Ollie’s lawyers had argued that white coaches, including Hall-of-Famers Jim Calhoun and women’s coach Geno Auriemma, had also committed NCAA violations, without being fired, and indicated they were planning to file a federal civil rights lawsuit.

The school and Ollie said in a joint statement Thursday they were settling “to avoid further costly and protracted litigation.”

Both sides declined to comment further.

Ollie, who faced three years of restrictions from the NCAA on becoming a college basketball coach again, is currently coaching for Overtime Elite, a league that prepares top prospects who are not attending college for the pros.

Dream’s McDonald returning to Arizona to coach under Barnes

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TUCSON, Ariz. — Atlanta Dream guard Aari McDonald is returning to Arizona to work under coach Adia Barnes.

The school announced that McDonald will serve as director of recruiting operations while continuing to fulfill her WNBA commitments. She will oversee all recruiting logistics, assist with on-campus visits, manage recruit information and social media content at Arizona.

McDonald was one of the best players in Arizona history after transferring from Washington as a sophomore. She was an All-American and the Pac-12 player of the year in 2020-21, leading the Wildcats to the national championship game, which they lost to Stanford.

McDonald broke Barnes’ single-season scoring record and had the highest career scoring average in school history before being selected by the Dream with the third overall pick of the 2021 WNBA draft.

South Carolina, Staley cancel BYU games over racial incident

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COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina and women’s basketball coach Dawn Staley have canceled a home-and-home series with BYU over a recent racial incident where a Cougars fan yelled slurs at a Duke volleyball player.

The Gamecocks were scheduled to start the season at home against BYU on Nov. 7, then play at the Utah campus during the 2023-24 season.

But Staley cited BYU’s home volleyball match last month as reason for calling off the series.

“As a head coach, my job is to do what’s best for my players and staff,” Staley said in a statement released by South Carolina on Friday. “The incident at BYU has led me to reevaluate our home-and-home, and I don’t feel that this is the right time for us to engage in this series.”

Duke sophomore Rachel Richardson, a Black member of the school’s volleyball team, said she heard racial slurs from the stands during the match.

BYU apologized for the incident and Richardson said the school’s volleyball players reached out to her in support.

South Carolina said it was searching for another home opponent to start the season.

Gamecocks athletic director Ray Tanner spoke with Staley about the series and supported the decision to call off the games.