LATE NIGHT SNACKS: No. 13 Indiana falls to Wake Forest; Kris Dunn, Ben Simmons have big nights

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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.

IMPORTANT OUTCOMES

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.

STARRED

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.

STRUGGLED

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.

NOTABLES

  • 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.

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.

South Carolina, Staley cancel BYU games over racial incident

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COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina and women’s basketball coach Dawn Staley have canceled a home-and-home series with BYU over a recent racial incident where a Cougars fan yelled slurs at a Duke volleyball player.

The Gamecocks were scheduled to start the season at home against BYU on Nov. 7, then play at the Utah campus during the 2023-24 season.

But Staley cited BYU’s home volleyball match last month as reason for calling off the series.

“As a head coach, my job is to do what’s best for my players and staff,” Staley said in a statement released by South Carolina on Friday. “The incident at BYU has led me to reevaluate our home-and-home, and I don’t feel that this is the right time for us to engage in this series.”

Duke sophomore Rachel Richardson, a Black member of the school’s volleyball team, said she heard racial slurs from the stands during the match.

BYU apologized for the incident and Richardson said the school’s volleyball players reached out to her in support.

South Carolina said it was searching for another home opponent to start the season.

Gamecocks athletic director Ray Tanner spoke with Staley about the series and supported the decision to call off the games.