GAME OF THE DAY: George Washington 73, No. 6 Virginia 68
CBT’s own Rob Dauster was in attendance for this one and it was a heck of a start to the 24-hour Marathon. A balanced effort from the Colonials helped them win the upset in front of a great crowd at George Washington. Be sure to check out Rob’s recap from this one here.
BUZZER-BEATER OF THE DAY: LIU Brooklyn dispatched Loyola (MD) on an insane final sequence. You’ll want to check this out.
SCORES YOU NEED TO KNOW
No. 16 Utah 81, San Diego State 76
Utah was able to hold off San Diego State after the Aztecs made a late push. Five players finished in double-figures for the Utes, led by Jordan Loveridge’s 21 points while center Jakob Poeltl had 15 points and 12 rebounds. On a positive note for San Diego State, their offense looked significantly better than much of last season, even though Malik Pope was held to four points on 1-for-8 shooting.
It was an impressive home win for Oregon, who led most of the game and shredded Baylor’s 2-3 zone enough to make the Bears play man-to-man in the second half. The game was a good national showcase for Oregon big man Chris Boucher, who had 15 points and eight rebounds to help lead a balanced effort for the Ducks. Al Freeman led Baylor with 22 points in the loss and Johnathan Motley was another bright spot with 17 points and seven rebounds in only 23 minutes of action.
No. 14 Indiana 102, Austin Peay 76
The Indiana offense was clicking on all cylinders on Monday as the Hoosiers had 51 points in each half and went 16-for-27 from 3-point range. Senior point guard Yogi Ferrell went for 22 points, nine assists and six rebounds while James Blackmon Jr. chipped in 20 points and Nick Zeisloft went for 15 points off the bench.
Southern 76, Mississippi State 72
SWAC teams rarely stay competitive with power conference teams, let alone pick up a road win, so this is a pretty big upset. Mississippi State struggled to shoot as they finished at 38 percent from the field and 35 percent from 3-point range. Trelun Banks led the Jaguars with 18 points while Bulldogs star freshman Malik Newman struggled to six points and four turnovers while going 2-for-8 from the field and 1-for-6 from the free-throw line.
NJIT 60, USF 57
NJIT has pulled off some big road wins over power conference opponents the last few seasons as they moved to 1-1 on the season. Junior guard Damon Lynn paced the Highlanders with 27 points while guard Ky Howard registered a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. South Florida drops to 0-2 on the season, with home losses to Troy and NJIT.
No. 22 LSU 91, Kennesaw State 69
Freshman forward Ben Simmons was all over the floor as he finished 22 points, nine rebounds, six assists, four steals and zero turnovers. Besides the dominating effort from Simmons, guard Josh Gray had 16 points and six assists while freshman Antonio Blakeney added 14 points.
San Jose State 64, Montana 61
On the surface level, this doesn’t seem like an important win, but San Jose State hasn’t beaten a Division I opponent since Feb. 2014. And they happened to beat a Montana team that is coming off of a very good season-opening win against Boise State. Hard to say what this means for the Spartans from here, but certainly a big win for their program. Frank Rogers led San Jose State with 16 points and 10 rebounds.
Derrick Walton Jr. and Duncan Robinson, Michigan: The duo combined to shoot 11-for-12 from 3-point range as No. 24 Michigan defeated Elon 88-68.
Sebastian Saiz, Ole Miss: The Rebels earned a home win over Georgia Southern as the junior forward finished with 24 points and 17 rebounds.
Micah Mason, Duquesne: A career-high six 3-pointers helped Mason score 28 points as the Dukes easily dispatched New Orleans.
Roderick Bobbitt, Hawaii: While most of America was asleep, the senior guard made the go-ahead bucket with under two seconds left to give Hawaii a thrilling 76-75 win over Nevada. Bobbitt finished with 10 points.
OTHER TOP 25 GAMES
- No. 7 Iowa State ran past Chicago State with an easy 106-64 win. Jameel McKay finished with 25 points and 11 rebounds as six Cyclones finished in double-figures.
- After a sluggish start, No. 12 Arizona knocked off Bradley 90-60. Freshman Allonzo Trier had 22 points on only five field goal attempts as he was 4-for-5 from the field and 14-for-14 from the line.
- Cal improved to 2-0 as the No. 15 Bears easily defeated UC Santa Barbara. Senior guard Tyrone Wallace was outstanding with 24 points, six assists and four rebounds.
- No. 17 Vanderbilt took down Gardner-Webb with a 98-62 home win. Jeff Roberson paced the Commodores with 18 points and eight rebounds.
- St. John’s moved to 2-0 with a 75-53 home win over UMBC. Freshman guard Federico Mussini paced the Red Storm with 18 points and six assists.
- Nice win for Georgia Tech over Tennessee as the Yellow Jackets held on for a 69-67 win. Nick Jacobs had 23 points while Charles Mitchell had 12 points, 12 rebounds in the win.
- Melvin Johnson got cooking in VCU’s 92-74 win over Radford. The senior guard finished with 24 points as he was 6-for-10 from 3-point range.
- Miami picked up a solid win over Louisiana Lafayette as Davon Reed led the Hurricanes with 19 points.
- Oklahoma State was a winner over Arkansas-Pine Bluff as Jeff Newberry had 19 points and 12 rebounds.
- NAIA LSU Alexandria upset Northwestern State despite Zeek Woodley going for 39 points and eight rebounds. All-league guard Jalan West sat out for the Demons due to injury.
- Florida won by 50 against North Carolina A&T in its home opener as Devin Robinson and DeVon Walker each had 15 points.
- South Carolina won big over Oral Roberts as senior Laimonas Chatkevicius had a career-high 27 points.
- Danuel House had 20 points to lead for Texas A&M players in double-figures as the Aggies trounced Southeastern Louisiana.
- Improving to 2-0 on the season is USC, who earned a 101-90 win over Monmouth. Nikola Jovanovic led the Trojans with 20 points and 12 rebounds.
- Long Beach State earned a solid home win over BYU late in the night as Travis Hammonds made the go-ahead 3-pointer with 3:22 left and the 49ers held on from there.