Late Night Snacks: George Washington upsets No. 6 Virginia

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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.

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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.

No. 25 Oregon 74, No. 20 Baylor 67

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.

STARRED

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.

NOTABLES

  • 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.

Kentucky moves scrimmage to Eastern Kentucky for flood relief

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LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky will play its annual Blue-White men’s basketball scrimmage in Eastern Kentucky to benefit victims of the devastating summer floods.

The school announced that the Oct. 22 event at Appalachian Wireless Arena in Pikeville will feature a pregame Fan Fest. Ticket proceeds will go through Team Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief.

Wildcat players will also participate in a community service activity with local organizations in the relief effort.

Kentucky coach John Calipari said the team was excited to play for Eastern Kentucky fans and added, “We hope we can provide a temporary escape with basketball and community engagement.”

The scrimmage traditionally is held at Rupp Arena. It will occur eight days after its Big Blue Madness public workout at Rupp.

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.