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.

IMPORTANT OUTCOMES

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.

STARRED

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.

STRUGGLED

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.

THE REST OF THE TOP 25

  • 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.

NOTABLES

  • 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.