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.

No. 16 Xavier beats No. 17 Providence 85-83 in OT thriller

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CINCINNATI — Jack Nunge had 23 points and 14 rebounds as No. 16 Xavier held off No. 17 Providence 85-83 in an overtime thriller Wednesday night.

Colby Jones and Souley Boum each scored 20 for the Musketeers, who won a first-place showdown in the Big East without injured forward Zach Freemantle.

Noah Locke had 22 points and Ed Croswell added 21 for Providence (17-6, 9-3), which had beaten Xavier three straight times.

A layup by Boum put the Musketeers (18-5, 10-2) ahead 82-79 with 51 seconds remaining in overtime. A turnover by the Musketeers led to a layup by Devin Carter that cut Xavier’s lead to one with 24 seconds left.

Boum hit one of two free throws, and Jared Bynum’s 3-point attempt from the left corner rimmed out at the buzzer as the Musketeers held on.

Xavier played its first game without Freemantle, the team’s leading rebounder and second-leading scorer. He is expected to miss four weeks with a left foot injury, the same foot that required surgery in 2021.

Jerome Hunter, who has excelled off the bench for the Musketeers, made his first start of the season and scored nine points with eight rebounds. Xavier had used the same starting lineup in each of its previous 11 Big East games.

Things started well for the Musketeers. who went on a 12-1 run to build a 25-11 lead.

With Boum on the bench with two fouls, the Musketeers didn’t have a field goal in the final 4:18 of the first half and the Friars pulled to 39-35 at halftime.

Providence outscored Xavier 8-2 to start the second half and took its first lead, 43-41, with 17:41 left.

There was a frantic finish to the second half, with Adam Kunkel’s 3-pointer putting Xavier ahead 76-73 with 55 seconds left. But then Bynum banked in a tying 3 and Boum missed two long shots to send the game to overtime.

BIG PICTURE

Providence: The Friars, who won their first Big East regular-season title last year, entered the night tied atop the conference standings with Xavier and No. 14 Marquette, which hosted Villanova later. Providence was picked fifth in the preseason.

Xavier: Hunter, who averages 14 minutes, left with three minutes remaining in OT with an apparent cramp in his right leg. With Freemantle out, Hunter played 36 minutes.

UP NEXT

Providence: Hosts last-place Georgetown on Wednesday.

Xavier: Will host St. John’s on Saturday.

Florida upends No. 2 Tennessee 67-54 behind Colin Castleton

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Colin Castleton had 20 points and nine rebounds, Kyle Lofton added 14 points and Florida used a 13-0 run late in the second half to upend No. 2 Tennessee 67-54 on Wednesday night.

The Volunteers, playing with their highest ranking in four years, lost for the first time in five games. They had won nine of 10.

Tennessee (18-4, 7-2 Southeastern Conference) looked like it had taken control midway through the second half. They outscored Florida by 10 points in the early going to take a six-point lead.

But the Gators (13-9, 6-3) stormed back behind Castleton, who scored 11 of 14 points as Florida rallied. The senior had a dunk, two free throws, a three-point play, a layup and a short jumper – essentially putting the team on his back down the stretch.

Myreon Jones and Will Richard chipped in nine points apiece for the Gators.

Zakai Ziegler led the Vols with 15 points on 6-of-19 shooting. Olivier Nkamhoua added 11 points and nine rebounds for the vistors, who also got 11 points and eight boards from Vescovi Santiago.

Florida led 27-21 at halftime, just the fifth time the Volunteers has trailed at the break this season. Tennessee rallied to win three of the previous four.

The Gators were red hot to start, making six of their first eight shots – including all three from 3-point range – while building a 17-4 advantage. But they quickly cooled against the nation’s best defense, missing nine of their next 11 as Tennessee made cut it to 22-21.

The Vols had it going coming out of the locker room, with Ziegler getting into the paint and making things happen. But it was short-lived – thanks mostly to Castleton.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Tennessee surely will drop a few spots in next week’s AP Top 25 college basketball poll.

BIG PICTURE

Tennessee: The Volunteers gave up 10 points in the opening four minutes of the games, a rare sluggish start for the nation’s best defense. Tennessee had held four of its first eight SEC opponents scoreless at the first media timeout, roughly the first four minutes of games. It was a sign of things to come.

Florida: The Gators have been resilient much of the season, and this was arguably the most impressive comeback of the season for coach Todd Golden’s team. The Gators squandered a 13-point lead early and a six-point advantage in the second half. But they rallied when it mattered.

IN THE HOUSE

Football coach Billy Napier watched the game from a few rows behind Florida’s bench alongside his two sons and receiver Ricky Pearsall. Former Florida tennis star Ben Shelton, the NCAA singles champion in 2022, also was in attendance. So was former Gators and NFL quarterback Doug Johnson.

UP NEXT

Tennessee hosts No. 25 Auburn and former coach Bruce Pearl on Saturday.

Florida plays at Kentucky on Saturday. The Gators have lost seven of eight in the series.

No. 8 Kansas avenges earlier loss to No. 7 Kansas State, 90-78

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LAWRENCE, Kan. — Jalen Wilson had 20 points, Kevin McCullar Jr. added 16 points and 13 rebounds, and No. 8 Kansas avenged a loss to Kansas State just a couple of weeks ago with a 90-78 victory over the seventh-ranked Wildcats.

Dajuan Harris Jr. scored 18 for the Jayhawks (18-4, 6-3 Big 12), who built a 12-point halftime lead before coasting to their 17th straight home win over the Wildcats in the 10th matchup of top-10 teams in series history.

Kansas has rebounded nicely from a rare three-game skid that included the overtime loss to Kansas State, and made sure to avoid taking back-to-back losses in its storied home for the first time since the 1988-89 season.

Markquis Nowell scored 23 points and Keyontae Johnson had 22 to lead the Wildcats (18-4, 6-3), who were trying for their first regular-season sweep of their biggest rival in four decades. Nae’Qwan Tomlin added 11 points and David N’Guessan had 10.

In their first meeting on Jan. 17, the Wildcats raced to a big early lead and controlled the game until late in the second half, when the Jayhawks forced overtime — only for Kansas State to win on Johnson’s alley-oop dunk.

It was the Jayhawks who controlled the rematch.

They used a 16-7 run in the first half that included a technical foul on Kansas State coach Jerome Tang to build a 32-19 lead. And when Johnson answered with eight straight points for the Wildcats, and the lead was eventually trimmed to four, the reigning national champs pulled away again down the stretch.

It was 37-32 when Wilson hit back-to-back 3-pointers and Zach Clemence added one of his own. And by the time Wilson made two foul shots with about 10 seconds left, Kansas had built a 49-37 lead that it took to the break.

The Wildcats briefly got within six in the second half before the Jayhawks stretched their lead to as many as 16.

OFFICIATING OOPS

Johnson had to sit with two fouls just 2 1/2 minutes into the game. Only problem? The crew of John Higgins, Kip Kissinger and Marques Pettigrew gave one to the wrong player. By the time they corrected their mistake, the Wildcats’ leading scorer had unnecessarily ridden the bench for several minutes.

SELLOUT … AND THEN SOME

For the first time in more than 15 years, more Kansas students redeemed tickets than there was space available inside Allen Fieldhouse. The overflow had to watch the game on screens in the adjacent Horejsi Family Athletics Center, where the Jayhawks play volleyball games. Those students also got refunds and concessions vouchers.

BIG PICTURE

Kansas State’s three losses in league play have been to ranked teams on the road: TCU, Iowa State and Kansas. And with a more forgiving second half to the Big 12 schedule, the Wildcats remain firmly in the conference title hunt.

Kansas got its mojo back with its win over Kentucky last weekend. This victory over another bunch of Wildcats was crucial because the road doesn’t get any easier for the Jayhawks, who are in the midst of three straight games against teams ranked 13th or better.

UP NEXT

Kansas State returns home for another top-10 showdown Saturday against No. 10 Texas.

Kansas hits the road for the third time in four games against No. 13 Iowa State on Saturday.

BC beats No. 20 Clemson 62-54; Tigers fall into ACC tie

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BOSTON — Makai Ashton-Langford had two key driving baskets in the closing two minutes and finished with 15 points to help Boston College beat No. 20 Clemson 62-54 on Tuesday night.

Jaeden Zackery added 13 points for the Eagles (11-12, 5-7 Atlantic Coast Conference). BC held Clemson to one field goal — and that came with 18 seconds left — in the final 13:16.

Hunter Tyson led Clemson (18-5, 10-2) with 22 points and Chase Hunter had 12. The Tigers fell into a first-place tie atop the ACC with No. 6 Virginia.

The Eagles used a 5-0 spurt — with T.J. Bickerstaff hitting a free throw and getting a driving layup — to pull ahead 50-45 with just over five minutes to play.

Clemson sliced it to 50-47 before Aston-Langford made his two big baskets. He followed that by making two free throws with 32 seconds left.

Trailing by 10 midway into the second half, the Tigers went on a 10-0 spree, tying it at 45 when RJ Godfrey hit both ends of a 1-and-1.

The Eagles had opened a double-digit lead twice in the opening six minutes of the second half, the later 45-35 on Prince Aligbe’s foul-line jumper with 14:12 to play.

BIG PICTURE

Clemson: Off to a solid start in conference play, the Tigers were tested on the road for the second straight game after edging Florida State by a point on Saturday. It hasn’t been easy for them away from home with a 4-3 record and with three away matchups against North Carolina, North Carolina State and Virginia to go, they’ll need to get it straightened out of they’re going to won the ACC regular-season title.

Boston College: The Eagles proved when they play defense that they’re a tough out in coach Earl Grant’s second season. A little more offense could make them very dangerous for top ACC teams to play.

ARRIVING LATE

In the first half, Clemson’s man-to-man defense smothered the Eagles’ offense for the opening 10 minutes, holding them in single digits in scoring until just about the same time the student section finished filling up late, bringing some energy to a very quiet building.

BC’s players then responded, closing the half with a 22-4 spree that turned an 11-point deficit to a 30-23 halftime edge.

SIDELINED

Both teams were missing key players. Guard Brevin Galloway, Clemson’s fourth leading scorer at 10.6 points per game, was sidelined with an abdominal injury. For BC, guard DeMarr Langford Jr., who logs big minutes at the point, was out with a knee injury.

UP NEXT

Clemson: Hosts No. 23 Miami on Saturday.

Boston College: Hosts Syracuse on Saturday.

South Carolina tops women’s AP Top 25; Ohio State tumbles

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It was a rough week for Ohio State, which lost all three of its games and tumbled down the AP Top 25 as a result.

The previously unbeaten Buckeyes fell from second to 10th in The Associated Press women’s basketball poll released Monday after losing to Iowa and Indiana, two top 10 teams, as well as Purdue. Ohio State fell two games back in the Big Ten Conference standings.

South Carolina remained No. 1 for the 32nd consecutive week. The Gamecocks, who were again a unanimous choice from the 28-member national media panel, have the fourth-longest streak ever atop the poll. Only UConn (51 and 34 weeks) and Louisiana Tech (36) have had longer runs at No. 1.

Stanford moved back up to No. 2 in the poll and the Cardinal were followed by LSU, Indiana and UConn in the top five. LSU is the only other undefeated team in women’s basketball besides South Carolina, which visits UConn for a top-five showdown on Sunday.

Iowa jumped out four spots to sixth with Utah, Maryland and Notre Dame coming in ahead of Ohio State. The Hawkeyes started the season No. 4 in the poll.

The Fighting Irish split a pair of games last week against ranked opponents, routing Florida State before falling to N.C. State.

“There’s a lot of parity right now, which is great, great for the game,” Notre Dame coach Niele Ivey said. “The game is growing, which is what you want. But yeah, I mean, every night, especially the ACC, the ACC is the strongest league and, you know, we have just a tough stretch every night.”

One week after falling out of the rankings, Texas re-entered the poll at No. 24. The Longhorns routed then-No. 14 Oklahoma and Oklahoma State last week. South Florida also came in at No. 25. Colorado and Illinois fell out of the poll.

RISING BULLS

No. 25 South Florida continued its streak of being ranked for at least one week every season since the Bulls entered the poll for the first time in 2015.

“For us not being in a so-called football five conference, that’s a huge accomplishment,” South Florida coach Jose Fernandez said. His team has won 10 consecutive games and has 20 victories this season. The team’s four losses have all come against ranked opponents (Michigan, Villanova, Ohio State and N.C. State).

“This group has been fun to coach. We always play a great non(equals)conference schedule,” Fernandez said. “We won on the road at Texas, beat Alabama, beat Arkansas. We challenged ourselves in November and December.”

RECORD PERFORMANCES

Cameron Brink carried Stanford to a win over Oregon with a triple-double that included 10 blocks. It was the first triple-double in NCAA Division I women’s basketball featuring double-digit blocks since Tamari Key did it for Tennessee in an overtime win against Texas on Nov. 21, 2021.

No. 20 Oklahoma’s Taylor Robertson set the all-time NCAA women’s career record for 3-pointers when she hit her 498th in a loss to Iowa State on Saturday. Robertson has 503 entering this week. The all-time NCAA record, men or women, is held by Antoine Davis of Detroit Mercy, who has 534 and counting.