SATURDAY’S SNACKS: No. 1 North Carolina falls at Northern Iowa

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GAME OF THE DAY:  Northern Iowa 71, No. 1 North Carolina 67

North Carolina granted Northern Iowa a rare mid-major home game against a power conference team and it came back to bite them as a lazy second-half effort cost the No. 1 Tar Heels.

Leading by nine at the half, the Tar Heels came out sloppy in the second half as turnovers, poor shot selection and defensive lapses let Northern Iowa back in the game. Wes Washpun led the Panthers with 21 points and eight assists to overcome Justin Jackson’s 25-point effort for North Carolina.

CBT’s Raphielle Johnson has a more in-depth look at this one here.


No. 21 Purdue 61, Old Dominion 39: Purdue’s defense really stepped up on Saturday to overcome their cold perimeter shooting. A.J. Hammons paced Purdue with 18 points and eight rebounds while Kendall Stephens added 12 points and Issac Haas chipped in 10 points. The Boilermaker defense held Old Dominion to only 23 percent shooting (14-for-61) as Trey Freeman paced the Monarchs with 15 points.

Louisville 89, North Florida 61: This was a two-point game at halftime until Louisville blew it wide open in the second half. Senior guard Damion Lee led the Cardinals with 24 points, seven rebounds and three assists while freshman forward Ray Spaulding was impressive off-the-bench with 18 points and 12 rebounds on 8-for-10 shooting.

Little Rock 49, San Diego State 43: Steve Fisher’s Aztecs dropped to 1-2 on the season, suffering their first non-conference home loss since November 2011 (Creighton). Josh Hagins hit some big shots down the stretch for the Trojans, and SDSU shot just 28.3 percent from the field. Jeremy Hemsley scored 11 points (as did reserve Dakarai Allen), but the other four starters combined to score five points on 2-for-16 shooting.


Marc-Eddy Norelia, FGCU: Norelia went off for 34 points and 18 rebounds in the Eagles’ 104-101 triple overtime win over Youngstown State.

Wes Washpun, Northern Iowa: Washpun scored 21 points and grabbed eight assists in the Panthers’ four-point win over No. 1 North Carolina.

Raymond Spalding, Louisville: The freshman forward tallied 18 points, 12 rebounds and four steals in the Cardinals’ 89-61 win over North Florida.

Terry Allen, Richmond: Allen finished with 25 points, 13 rebounds and five assists as the Spiders took care of Bethune-Cookman.


San Diego State: As noted above, starters not named Jeremy Hemsley scored a total of five points on 2-for-16 shooting from the field. No surprise they scored just 43 points in a home loss to Little Rock.

American’s starters not named Jesse Reed: Reed (15 points) shot 4-for-7 from the field in the Eagles’ 68-48 loss at Saint Francis U. The other four starters: four points on 2-for-10 shooting.

Malique Trent, TCU: Trent did score a team-high 18 points in the Horned Frogs’ loss to South Dakota State. But he needed 23 shots from the field to do so, making just six.


  • Notre Dame had four scorers in double figures led by Zach Auguste’s 19  points and 10 rebounds as the No. 18 Fighting Irish beat UMass-Lowell.
  • No. 19 UConn rolled past Furman as Shonn Miller had 18 points and seven rebounds.
  • No. 9 Wichita State beat Emporia State, 76-54, with Ron Baker scoring a game-high 23 points. The Shockers rested Fred VanVleet, who’s been dealing with hamstring and ankle injuries.
  • Domas Sabonis scored 15 points and grabbed 14 rebounds as No. 10 Gonzaga rolled to a 101-56 win over Mount St. Mary’s.


  • Old Southern Conference rivals now in new leagues met Saturday, with Davidson holding off the College of Charleston by the final score of 82-81. Peyton Aldridge led the winners with 21 points, while Canyon Barry paced the Cougars with 31.
  • Dayton scored 48 second-half points and remains undefeated, as they beat William & Mary 69-66. Charles Cooke scored 18 to lead the way for the Flyers.
  • Jameel Warney missed two free throws with 6.9 seconds remaining and Carson Puriefoy failed to get off one last shot attempt as Stony Brook fell 67-66 at Western Kentucky. Tough week for Steve Pikiell’s Seawolves, who lost at No. 17 Vanderbilt in overtime on Thursday.
  • Kasey Hill and Dorian Finney-Smith scored 13 points apiece and Devin Robinson added 12 along with ten rebounds as Florida beat Saint Joseph’s 73-62. The Gators will take on No. 21 Purdue Sunday afternoon for the Hall of Fame Tipoff Classic title.
  • Dwayne Bacon scored 18 points as Florida State bounced back from their loss to Hofstra with an 83-67 win over DePaul. Fellow freshman Malik Beasley added 11, ending his streak of three straight games of 20 points or more (school record).
  • Rodney Bullock accounted for 24 points and ten rebounds, Ryan Fazekas scored 17 points and Kris Dunn racked up 11 points, seven rebounds, ten assists and six steals as Providence beat city rival Brown 94-73.
  • FGCU and Youngstown State needed three overtimes to decide their battle at Alico Arena, with the Eagles winning by the final score of 104-101.
  • Matt McCall has Chattanooga 3-0 for the first time since the 1997-98 season, as they won 81-77 over Illinois. The Mocs also have a road win over Georgia on their early season résumé.
  • USC remained undefeated, beating New Mexico 90-82 in Los Angeles. Jordan McLaughlin led the Trojans offensively with 19 points and six assists. UNM’s Tim Williams led all scorers with 25 points.

Tulane secures 101-94 OT win over Cincinnati

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NEW ORLEANS – Kevin Cross and Jalen Cook scored 27 points each as Tulane took down Cincinnati 101-94 in overtime on Tuesday night.

Cross added 15 rebounds and six assists for the Green Wave (16-7, 9-3 American Athletic Conference). Cook added 14 assists. Jaylen Forbes scored 24 points and shot 6 for 15 (3 for 6 from 3-point range) and 9 of 9 from the free throw line.

Landers Nolley II finished with 26 points, eight rebounds and four assists for the Bearcats (16-9, 7-5). Ody Oguama added 16 points and 13 rebounds for Cincinnati. In addition, David Dejulius finished with 12 points, eight assists and three steals.

Tulane entered halftime down 37-28. Cross paced the team in scoring in the first half with 10 points. Forbes scored 18 second-half points and hit the game-tying 3-pointer with 1:02 remaining in regulation to send the game to overtime.

Tulane scored seven unanswered points to break a tie and lead with 42 seconds left in overtime.

No. 16 Oklahoma women take 1st lead in OT, rally past Baylor

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WACO, Texas – Ana Llanusa and Skylar Vann each scored 20 points and No. 16 Oklahoma took its first lead of the game in overtime before rallying past Baylor 98-92 on Tuesday night.

The Sooners trailed for 39 minutes in regulation and were down 75-63 with 5:19 left in regulation.

Baylor turned it over twice on inbounds plays in the closing seconds of regulation and Taylor Robertson tied at 83-all on a wide-open 3-pointer with 14 seconds left.

Llanusa started overtime with a 3-pointer, and she finished with eight points during the extra session. Baylor never led in overtime, shooting 2 of 6.

Robertson, who tied Danielle Robinson’s program record of 140 starts, finished with 14 points and three 3s for Oklahoma (19-4, 9-3 Big 12), which trails Texas (18-6, 9-2) in the hunt for its first conference title since 2009. Nevaeh Tot added 13 points, Liz Scott added 11 points and eight rebounds and Madi Williams had nine points, 10 rebounds and four assists.

The Sooners, the nation’s No. 3 scoring offense at 86.5 points per game, have scored at least 88 points 14 times this season, seven in conference.

Caitlin Bickle scored a career-high 30 points with four 3s and Sarah Andrews added 20 points for Baylor (16-7, 7-4). Freshman Darianna Littlepage-Buggs had 14 points and 17 rebounds and Ja’Mee Asberry scored 11. Jaden Owens had 14 of Baylor’s 25 assists on 32 field goals.

Bickle was 8 of 11 from the field, including 4 of 7 from distance, and Littlepage-Buggs recorded her sixth double-double in the last seven games.

It was the first time in 20 years the Sooners were ranked in game against an unranked Bears squad. Oklahoma continues its road trip at Kansas State on Sunday. Baylor plays at Oklahoma State on Saturday.

Newton has triple-double, No. 21 UConn tops No. 10 Marquette

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HARTFORD, Conn. – UConn appears to have its mojo back.

Jordan Hawkins scored 20 points and Tristen Newton recorded his second triple-double of the season as No. 21 Connecticut ran away from No. 10 Marquette 87-72 on Tuesday night.

Newton had 12 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds for the Huskies (19-6, 8-6 Big East), who won their third straight game after losing six of eight. They started the season 14-0, rising to No. 2 in the AP Top 25.

“Teams go through tough stretches during the course of the season,” coach Dan Hurley said. “The bottom line is we’re 19-6. You know, we beat some of the best teams in the country.”

Adama Sanogo added 18 points, while Alex Karaban and Nahiem Alleyne each chipped in with 13 for Connecticut, which never trailed.

Tyler Kolek had 17 points to lead Marquette (19-6, 11-3), which had its five-game winning streak snapped. Ben Gold and Stevie Mitchell each scored 12.

The Huskies outrebounded Marquette 48-24 and used 21 offensive boards to help them get 27 second-chance points. The Huskies also had 20 assists on 31 baskets, while holding Marquette to just seven assists.

UConn opened the game on a 22-6 run, highlighted by a fast-break lob from Newton to Andre Jackson for a dunk that brought the crowd to its feet. The Huskies made their first four 3-point shots, three by Hawkins, who had 14 points in the first half.

A hook shot by Sanogo gave UConn its first 20-point lead at 32-12 .

A late first-half run by Marquette cut the margin to 43-29, but Alleyne hit a 3-pointer from almost half court to send UConn into the break with a 17-point cushion.

Another 3-pointer from Alleyne gave the Huskies a 59-38 lead in the second half.

UConn led by 25 before Marquette went on an 8-0 run to pull within 17. But the Golden Eagles never threatened to get back in the game.

“We won two or three games in January,” Hawkins said. “It was definitely a tough stretch, definitely going to shake your confidence. But you just have to stay the course, trust the process and that’s what we did and that’s what we’re going to continue to do during this last stretch.”


Marquette: The Golden Eagles had won nine of 10. They are trying to win a regular-season conference title after being picked ninth in the preseason poll by the league’s coaches.

UConn: Entered 1-5 against the top five teams in the Big East and 1-3 versus ranked opponents. UConn lost 82-76 at Marquette on Jan. 11 after leading by 11 points in the first half.

“The rankings mean nothing,” Marquette coach Shaka Smart said. “It’s amazing the disparity – no disrespect to anyone here – between what the ranking means to media and fans in the middle of a season and what it means to players and coaches. It just doesn’t mean anything.”


Marquette’s Sean Jones, who missed the previous three games with a wrist injury, had 11 points in just over 19 minutes. He came down hard on the wrist in the second half, but appeared to shake it off and continued playing.


Newton’s first triple-double came in November against Buffalo, when he had 22 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds. He joined Shabazz Napier as the only Huskies players to get more than one.

“My amigos right here, they were going crazy hitting shots,” Newton said. “They were boxing out and I was getting the rebound, so I just had the easy job, just get them the ball.”


Marquette: At last-place Georgetown on Saturday.

UConn: Will visit No. 23 Creighton on Saturday.

Jackson-Davis leads No. 18 Indiana past No. 24 Rutgers 66-60

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The milestone moments keep piling up for Trayce Jackson-Davis.

Only one really mattered Tuesday night.

While he scored 20 points to become the sixth player in Hoosiers’ history with 2,000 and the first among that group with 1,000 career rebounds, the most satisfying celebration came after No. 18 Indiana beat No. 24 Rutgers 66-60 – Jackson-Davis’ first win in the series.

“I think that’s the last team in the Big Ten I hadn’t beaten,” Jackson-Davis said after finishing with 18 rebounds and six assists.

From the moment Jackson-Davis announced he would attend Indiana, the expectations were great even as critics contended the results were underwhelming.

Nobody’s complaining now. Jackson-Davis now has 2,004 points, 1,035 rebounds, a school-record 242 blocks and ranks fourth all-time with 44 double-doubles after breaking a tie with Steve Downing.

After helping the Hoosiers snap a five-year NCAA Tournament drought last season and falling out of the rankings after three straight January losses, Jackson-Davis has almost single-handedly led the Hoosiers (17-7, 8-5 Big Ten) into a second-place tie by winning seven of eight.

And his dominance is starting to open things up for his teammate. Or perhaps it’s the other way around.

“I think we’ve gotten a lot better playing around Trayce, giving him space,” Miller Kopp said after scoring 18 points. “It comes down to getting better at what the coaches are asking us to do and we’re all feeling more comfortable with where our looks are coming from.”

It certainly showed against the Scarlet Knights (16-8, 8-5), who had won six straight over Indiana including a 15-point blowout in December.

This time, though, they spent most of the game playing catchup. Clifford Omoruyi had 15 points, Cam Spencer had 14 and nobody else made more than three baskets.

“It’s a one-possession game with three minutes left, but I look at the (free throw) disparity and you can’t defend the foul line,” coach Steve Pikiell said. “Give Indiana credit, they got there. Tracye Jackson-Davis was a problem.”

The Hoosiers started fast and then scored 12 straight points to take a 30-14 lead midway through the first half but even without injured starting forward Mawot Mag, Rutgers charged back. It closed the first half on an 11-2 run, then tied it at 38 when Spencer opened the second half with a 3-pointer.

Kopp broke the tie with his third 3 of the game to start an 11-0 run and Jackson-Davis’ monumental basket, a putback dunk off his own miss, made it 54-44 with 11:13 to go.

The Scarlet Knights could have tied it on Caleb McConnell’s 3 with 3:02 left, but it bounced off the back of the rim and the Hoosiers closed Jackson-Davis’ big win with a 7-2 spurt.

“He’s a man who’s done a lot since he’s been here,” said coach Mike Woodson, who is 57 points ahead of Jackson-Davis on the Hoosiers’ scoring list. “He’s a phenomenal player who does a lot of beautiful things on the court. To get 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds says a lot.”


Rutgers: Mag missed his first game with a torn ACL in his right knee and Rutgers struggled against Indiana’s size and speed. There could be similar challenges over the final eight regular-season games.

Indiana: Woodson’s team is playing, at times, like the conference’s preseason pick to win the league title. When the Hoosiers make perimeter shots and defend well, they’re a difficult matchup for anyone. They just need fewer lulls.


The victory should help solidify Indiana’s top-20 status – at least until it hits the road for their next two games. Losing Mag and Tuesday’s game may make Rutgers’ return to the rankings short-lived regardless of what happens later this week.


Rutgers: Visits Illinois on Saturday

Indiana: Heads to Michigan on Saturday.

Pitt moves into 1st-place ACC tie destroying Louisville

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PITTSBURGH – Nike Sibande scored 15 points off the bench, nine Pittsburgh players entered the scoring column and the Panthers demolished Louisville 91-57 on Tuesday night and moved into a first-place tie with Clemson in the ACC.

Entering play Tuesday, the top five teams in the ACC were separated by just a game in the standings. A win by No. 8 Virginia against No. 22 North Carolina State Tuesday would create a three-way tie for first between Clemson, Pitt and the Cavaliers.

Against Louisville, the Panthers (17-7, 10-3) distributed 23 assists on 28-made baskets. Defensively, Pitt held Louisville (3-21, 1-12) to 27.6% (16 for 58) shooting and outrebounded the Cardinals 37-30. Mike James scored 11 points for Louisville.

El Ellis made a pair of foul shots to bring Louisville into a 14-all tie with 13:36 before halftime. Pitt then went on a 16-2 run over nearly the next five minutes. Six-different Panthers scored during the run. Nate Santos’ 3-pointer with 9:38 before the break made it 27-16 and Pitt led by double digits the rest of the way. A 47-27 halftime lead turned into a 58-28 margin just 1:59 into the second half.

With the win, the Panthers reached double digits in conference wins for just the second time in 10 ACC seasons. Pitt went 11-7 in its first year in the ACC following its 12-6 campaign in its final year in the Big East in 2012-13.

Louisville will continue its road trip when it takes on No. 19 Miami on Saturday. Pitt travels to face Florida State on Saturday.