GAME OF THE DAY: Wake Forest 82, No. 13 Indiana 78
Bryant Crawford made a driving layup with 3.2 seconds left to give the Demon Deacons a first-round upset win at the Maui Invitational. Indiana’s defense was porous throughout the contest and Wake Forest finished the contest on a 19-6 run. Devin Thomas paced the Demon Deacons with 21 points while Dinos Mitoglou had 18 points and Crawford and Mitchell Wilbekin added 13 points apiece.
Marquette 81, No. 22 LSU 80: The Golden Eagles pulled off a big win on a neutral court as Henry Ellenson had 16 points and 11 rebounds. In a loss, LSU freshman sensation Ben Simmons went for 21 points, 20 rebounds and seven assists. CBT’s Rob Dauster has more on this one.
No. 19 Vanderbilt 92, St. John’s 55: Vanderbilt led this one by 30 at the break and looked very good in thrashing an inferior St. John’s team. Junior center Luke Kornet paced the Commodores with 13 points and seven rebounds.
UT-Arlington 68, Memphis 64: UT-Arlington kept its unbelievable road swing going as the Mavericks won at Memphis after winning at Ohio State a few days ago. Kevin Hervey had 22 points to lead UT-Arlington. Memphis shot 29 percent from the field (16-for-54) and 19 percent from 3-point range (4-for-21) in the loss.
South Carolina 83, Tulsa 75: In a clash of 4-0 teams at the Paradise Jam, the Gamecocks remained unbeaten as five players finished in double-figures. Laimonas Chatkevicius had 17 points to pace South Carolina while Sindarius Thornwell and Michael Carrera had 16 points each.
Kris Dunn, Providence: While the nation was focused on Ben Simmons, the junior Player of the Year candidate went for 22 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists, seven steals and one turnover in a win over NJIT.
Kale Abrahamson, Drake: The junior forward put up 41 points and seven rebounds as the Bulldogs outlasted Western Kentucky in overtime. Abrahamson knocked down four 3-pointers and was 11-for-11 from the free-throw line.
Evan Bradds, Belmont: Belmont picked up a win over South Alabama as the junior forward scored 30 points and went 14-for-15 from the field.
Dwayne Bacon and Malik Beasley, Florida State: The high-scoring freshmen duo had another strong game against Ohio. Bacon finished with 25 points and seven rebounds while Beasley finished with 22 points on 8-for-10 shooting.
Stacy Davis, Pepperdine: The senior forward went for 21 points and 15 rebounds in a win over Duquesne in the Gulf Coast Showcase.
James Daniel, Howard: The Bison were able to beat Texas Southern as the junior guard went for 30 points and was 16-for-19 from the free-throw line.
Jordan Price, La Salle: A 33-point night from Price helped the Explorers defeat Lafayette. Price was 6-for-8 from the 3-point line for the night.
Jalen Coleman-Lands, Illinois: The freshman guard hit perhaps the biggest shot of the night with a buzzer-beater to beat Chicago State. Coleman-Lands finished with nine points on the night.
James Blackmon Jr., Indiana: The sophomore guard really struggled in the loss to Wake Forest as he was 1-for-8 from the field and 1-for-6 from 3-point range.
Missouri’s offense: Playing in the CBE Classic in Kansas City, the Tigers lost to Kansas State as they shot 30 percent (17-for-55) from the floor, 22 percent (4-for-18) from 3-point range and 40 percent (4-for-10) from the free-throw line.
Dedric Lawson: Plenty of players struggled for Memphis, but Lawson turned the ball over six times and went 4-for-10 from the free-throw line in a loss to UT-Arlington. The freshman finished with eight points and 10 rebounds.
OTHER TOP 25 RESULTS
- No. 3 Michigan State earned an easy win over Eastern Michigan as senior Denzel Valentine had 12 points, nine rebounds and seven assists. Freshman Deyonta Davis led the Spartans with 16 points and collected five rebounds and five blocks.
- No. 4 Iowa State knocked off Chattanooga as Nazareth Mitrou-Long had 24 points and Georges Niang had 19 points. Senior center Jameel McKay had eight points and 17 rebounds as well for the Cyclones while Montre Morris had 14 points and 10 assists.
- Winning big in their Maui Invitational opener was No. 5 Kansas, who ran away from Chaminade with a 123-72 victory. Wayne Selden bounced back nicely with 18 points, seven assists and five rebounds.
- It was a bounceback win for No. 9 North Carolina as they used a good second-half effort to pull away from Northwestern, 80-69. Sophomore Justin Jackson had another strong effort with 21 points, 13 rebounds and four assists.
- DePaul defeated Norfolk State as Billy Garrett Jr. had 22 points, seven assists and zero turnovers and buried a key 3-pointer in the final minutes.
- Youngstown State topped North Dakota as Penguins head coach Jerry Slocum picked up career win No. 700. Cameron Morse paced Youngstown State with 14 points.
- West Virginia had seven players in double-figures as they easily dispatched Bethune-Cookman.
- Playing without star point guard Jack Gibbs, who sat out with a sprained ankle, Davidson took down Mercer as Peyton Aldridge had 23 points.
- Southern Mississippi lost to NAIA William Carey as Leo Garrett led the victors with 22 points.
- UMass had 25-point efforts from Trey Davis and Donte Clark as the Minutemen went to 4-0 with a win over Clemson.
- Trevon Bluiett had 14 points and 16 rebounds as Xavier took down Northern Kentucky.
- Taurean Waller-Prince had an outstanding night as he finished with 20 points, nine assists and seven rebounds in a Baylor win over Savannah State.
- USC had 20 points and six assists from Jordan McLaughlin as the Trojans easily defeated Cal-State Northridge.