SATURDAY’S SNACKS: Georgetown, No. 19 Arizona among the winners

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This will be updated throughout the evening.

GAME OF THE DAY: No. 23 Providence, 74, Rhode Island 72

The rivalry game wasn’t decided until time expired, as Ben Bentil tipped in a Kris Dunn miss to move the Friars to 8-1 on the season. Bentil finished with 23 points and eight rebounds, and Rodney Bullock added 16 points, four rebounds and two blocks. Jared Terrell, whose jumper with 6.2 seconds remaining tied the score at 72, led Rhode Island with 19 points.

And Rhode Island’s Hassan Martin did this during the second half (video credit ESPN):

IMPORTANT OUTCOMES

Georgetown 79, No. 14 Syracuse 72: The old Big East rivalry is back as Bradley Hayes (21 points, 10 rebounds) and Marcus Derrickson (13 points, 10 rebounds) had double-doubles to help pace the Hoyas.

CBT’s Rob Dauster was at this one and has more.

No. 19 Arizona 68, No. 13 Gonzaga 63: The Wildcats, despite trailing by as much as 14, managed to edge out the Bulldogs for a second consecutive season. Gabe York scored 14 of his 18 points in the first seven minutes of the second half, sparking the Wildcats’ run to a big road win. Kyle Wiltjer and Domantas Sabonis combined to score 51 points for the Bulldogs.

More can be read about this game here.

Arizona State 67, No. 18 Texas A&M 54: Willie Atwood led five Arizona State players in double figures with 15 points as the Sun Devils beat No. 18 Texas A&M 67-54 in Tempe. Not only did Arizona State limit the Aggies to 31 percent shooting but they also scored 22 points off of 14 Texas A&M turnovers. Danuel House scored 17 points and Alex Caruso 15 for the Aggies, but House shot just 6-for-21 from the field. This caps a good week for Arizona State, which eked out a win at Creighton Wednesday night.

STARRED

Michigan State’s defense: The No. 3 Spartans easily dispatched Binghamton, 76-33, as they held the Bearcats to 16 percent (10-for-60) shooting. Denzel Valentine had 13 points, 12 rebounds and four assists in limited minutes. Valentine’s 13 first-half points was more than Binghamton (12) had in the first half.

The Spartans also moved the ball well. The ball not hitting the floor off the opening tip? That’s good ball.

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Maverick Rowan, N.C. State: The freshman wing finished with 27 points and was 9-for-14 from the field in a win over Bucknell.

Brandon Taylor, Penn State: The Nittany Lions came away with a home win over Eastern Michigan as the senior forward had 27 points and collected 12 boards.

Kelan Martin, Butler: It was a strong performance from the sophomore forward as he went 10-for-14 from the field with 24 points, five rebounds and four steals in a win over Indiana State.

STRUGGLED

Gonzaga players other than Wiltjer and Sabonis: The remaining Bulldogs managed to score just 12 points in a five-point loss to No. 19 Arizona, combining to shoot 4-for-18 from the field.

Rutgers: Just five days removed from pushing Wake Forest to the brink the Scarlet Knights brought nothing to the table against rival Seton Hall. Rutgers shot 33.3 percent from the field and lost 84-55.

THE REST OF THE TOP 25

  • West Virginia cruised to an easy victory over Kennesaw State as Devin Williams had 26 points and nine rebounds to lead the No. 20 Mountaineers.
  • No. 24 Louisville trounced Grand Canyon, 111-63, as Damion Lee had 24 points, six rebounds and Trey Lewis chipped in 16 points.
  • Malcolm Brogdon and Anthony Gill scored 16 points apiece as No. 10 Virginia beat William & Mary 67-52 in Charlottesville. And Darius Thompson did this.
  • Frank Mason III tallied 21 points, five assists and four steals as No. 4 Kansas held off Harvard, 75-69.
  • Brandon Ingram scored 23 points and Grayson Allen added 22 and 11 rebounds as No. 7 Duke beat Buffalo 82-59.
  • Isaac Haas scored 21 points and grabbed nine rebounds and A.J. Hammons added 16, 11 and three blocks off the bench as No. 11 Purdue pulled away from New Mexico, 70-58.
  • No. 21 Miami picked up its second straight win, beating Charlotte 88-60 in Coral Gables. Ja’Quan Newton led four Hurricanes in double figures with 14 points.
  • No. 22 SMU rolled to its seventh consecutive win, beating New Hampshire 98-44. Five Mustangs finished the game in double figures, led by Keith Frazier (23 points) and Shake Milton (20).
  • No. 12 Xavier remains undefeated, as they beat Western Kentucky 95-64. Trevon Bluiett lead the way with 21 points and ten rebounds, and the Musketeers limited the Hilltoppers to 38.7 percent shooting.

OTHER NOTABLE OUTCOMES

  • Khadeen Carrington had 18 points to lead Seton Hall to an 84-55 win over Rutgers. The Pirates are 6-2.
  • Nigel Hayes (18 points, 12 rebounds) and Bronson Koenig (17 points) paced Wisconsin to a home win over Temple.
  • Despite losing Ivan Rabb and Jaylen Brown to foul trouble late in regulation, California won in overtime at Wyoming 78-72. Tyrone Wallace accounted for 23 points, six rebounds, six assists and three steals to lead the Golden Bears, with Wyoming’s Josh Adams leading all scorers with 32 points.
  • Terry Allen led five in double figures with 21 points to go along with seven rebounds and five steals as Richmond beat Northern Iowa 82-67. The Spiders shot 13-for-25 from three.
  • Dayton moved to 7-1 with an 86-71 win over North Florida. Charles Cooke led five Flyers in double figures with a career-high 24 points.
  • They needed ten extra minutes to do it, but South Dakota picked up an 86-81 double overtime win at Minnesota. Casey Kasperbauer led five Coyotes in double figures with 17 points. Jordan Murphy went for 19 and 17 boards for Minnesota.
  • Missouri State led by as much as 17 before hanging on to beat Oklahoma State 64-63 in Stillwater. Dequon Miller scored five points in the game’s final 20 seconds to ensure that the Bears got the win.
  • Obi Egemano’s jumper with 1.9 seconds remaining gave Oral Roberts a 70-68 win at Tulsa.
  • Jae’Sean Tate led four starters in double figures with 19 points as Ohio State beat VMI 89-62.
  • Indiana limited Morehead State to 31.4 percent shooting in a 92-59 win. Troy Williams led five Hooisers in double figures with 16 points.
  • Dedric Lawson scored 28 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in Memphis’ 80-65 win over Southeast Missouri State. Also of note is that senior guard Kedren Johnson (shoulder) played eight minutes in his season debut.
  • Fred VanVleet played for the first time in five games and his impact was noticeable in Wichita State’s 68-53 win over Saint Louis. Ron Baker and Zach Brown scored 14 apiece, but VanVleet’s leadership and playmaking abilities were critical.

Tennessee center Tamari Key out for season with blood clots

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee senior center Tamari Key will miss the rest of this season because of blood clots in her lungs, coach Kellie Harper said.

Doctors found the issue during testing. Key is expected to make a full recovery after treatment from University of Tennessee doctors, Harper said, adding that her sole concern is Key getting the medical care she needs to heal and return to full strength.

Key missed the first game of her career in a win Tuesday night over Chattanooga after playing her first 99.

“This is much bigger than basketball. We are so grateful that this medical condition was caught,” Harper said in a statement. “Our entire program will be right beside Tamari during this process and welcomes prayers and positive thoughts from Lady Vol Nation and beyond.”

The Lady Vols opened the season ranked fifth but currently are 5-5.

The 6-foot-6 Key from Cary, North Carolina, currently is Tennessee’s third-leading scorer averaging 8.4 points a game and averaged 4.2 rebounds per game. She started all 34 games as the Lady Vols reached their first Sweet 16 since 2016 last season and set the school record with 119 blocked shots.

Key had 18 blocks this season and 295 for her career, five away from becoming the eighth woman to reach that mark in Southeastern Conference history.

No. 7 Tennessee beats Eastern Kentucky, win streak hits 7

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tyreke Key scored 10 of the first 12 points of the second half and finished with 17, and No. 7 Tennessee overcame a sluggish first half and beat Eastern Kentucky 84-49 on Wednesday night.

“Tyreke is handling the ball now,” Tennessee coach Rick Barnes said. “That’s all new to him. He keeps getting better.”

The Volunteers (8-1) struggled in the first half but still built an 11-point lead over Eastern Kentucky (4-5) on the way to their seventh straight victory.

Key led Tennessee in scoring before leaving with a cramp in his right leg with 6:15 left in the game. Julian Phillips had 16 points and 10 rebounds, and Zakai Zeigler and Uros Plavsic added 13 points apiece. Olivier Nkamhoua scored 10.

“I’m still settling in,” said Key, a transfer from Indiana State who didn’t play last year while recovering from an injury. “This is a new role. I’m taking steps every day and keep learning.”

Eastern Kentucky, which came into the game averaging 83.5 points, was held well below that total due to 17% (6 for 35) shooting from long range and 22% (15 for 68) overall. Leland Walker led the Colonels with 13 points.

It was the seventh time this season Tennessee has held its opponent to 50 or fewer points.

“(Tennessee) is the best defensive team in the country,” Eastern Kentucky coach A.W. Hamilton said. “I think they’re the best team in the country.”

At one point in the first half, Tennessee was shooting 20% and still leading by 10 points. The teams combined to shoot 4 of 32 from 3-point range in the first 20 minutes. The Vols, who shot 24% (8 of 34), led 32-21 at the break.

“If we can’t make shots, can you find a way to win the game?” Barnes said. “When the shot’s not going in, find a way to play. The first thing we talk about is our defense.”

Tennessee shot 41 free throws. Phillips, a true freshman, was 7 of 10.

“(Phillips) has learned the pace of the game,” Barnes said. “I’m not sure there’s been a more effective freshman in the country (this season).”

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Since its early season slip against Colorado, Tennessee has had a steady ascent in the rankings. The Vols’ next two games – neutral site (Brooklyn) against No, 13 Maryland (Dec. 11) and at No. 10 Arizona (Dec. 17) – will go a long way toward justifying the No. 7 ranking.

BIG PICTURE

Eastern Kentucky: The Colonels’ run-and-gun style of offense had them averaging 83.5 points through their first eight games. They ran into a defensive buzz saw in Tennessee, which was yielding just over 51 points.

Tennessee: Santiago Vescovi sat out his second straight game with a shoulder problem. He is expected to be ready to play Sunday against Maryland. . The Vols have won seven in a row since their loss to Colorado.

UP NEXT

Eastern Kentucky: The Colonels host Boyce College on Saturday.

Tennessee: Take on No. 13 Maryland on Sunday at the Hall of Fame Invitational in New York.

Hoggard scores career-high 23, Michigan State snaps 2-game skid

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — A.J. Hoggard scored a career-high 23 points, Joey Hauser had 12 points and 15 rebounds and Michigan State beat Penn State 67-58 on Wednesday night to snap a two-game losing streak.

Michigan State (6-4, 1-1 Big Ten) avoided going .500 or worse after 10 games for the first time in 18 seasons.

Hoggard blocked an open layup with less than a minute to play and Hauser grabbed the rebound before being fouled and making two free throws at the other end for a 66-58 lead.

Hoggard, Hauser and Tyson Walker combined for 31 of Michigan State’s 32 second-half points.

The Michigan State defense allowed only one made field goal in the final five minutes. Penn State was just 1 of 9 from 3-point range in the second half after 7 of 18 before halftime.

Walker scored 10 of his 14 points in the second half for Michigan State. Hoggard, who entered third in the conference in assists at 6.3, had six rebounds, two assists and one key block.

Hoggard gave Michigan State 35-33 lead – its first since 4-2 – after back-to-back three-point plays with 59.3 seconds left in the first half. It was tied at 35-all at the break.

Seth Lundy scored 16 points and Jalen Pickett had 13 points, 17 rebounds and eight assists for Penn State (6-3, 0-1)

Michigan State hosts Brown on Saturday. Penn State, which hadn’t played since a double-overtime loss to Clemson on Nov. 29, plays at No. 17 Illinois on Saturday.

No. 7 Virginia Tech posts 9th straight win, beats Boston College 73-58

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BOSTON — Reigning Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year Elizabeth Kitley had 22 points and 12 rebounds, and Cayla King scored 16 on Wednesday night to lead No. 7 Virginia Tech to a 73-58 victory over Boston College, the Hokies’ ninth straight win.

Taylor Soule, one of two BC transfers on the roster for Virginia Tech (9-0, 1-0 ACC), added nine points and five rebounds. Soule scored more than 1,500 points and grabbed almost 700 rebounds in four seasons at BC, earning All-ACC honors three times.

Andrea Daley scored 15 points and Maria Gakdeng scored 14 for BC (7-4, 0-1). They each grabbed six rebounds.

Virginia Tech scored 17 of the game’s first 21 points and led by as many as 19 in the third quarter before BC cut the deficit to 10 in the fourth. Leading 64-54 with under three minutes left and the shot clock expiring, Kayana Traylor hit a 3-pointer for the Hokies.

Gakdeng missed two free throws for BC, and then Kitley scored from inside to make it a 15-point game.

Clara Ford, who also played four years in Chestnut Hill, pitched in 2 points in 2 minutes against her former team.

BIG PICTURE

At No. 7, the Hokies have the highest ranking in the program’s history. With the victory over BC, a 10th straight win against North Carolina-Asheville on Sunday would leave Virginia Tech in position to move up even higher should a top five team falter.

UP NEXT

Virginia Tech: Hosts North Carolina-Asheville on Sunday.

Boston College: Hosts Albany on Saturday.

Michigan’s Jaelin Llewellyn out for season with knee injury

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Michigan point guard Jaelin Llewellyn is out for the rest of the season with an injured left knee and is expected to have surgery next month.

Wolverines coach Juwan Howard made the announcement three days after Llewellyn was hurt in a loss to Kentucky in London.

Llewellyn transferred to Michigan from Princeton last spring and that seemed to lead to Frankie Collins transferring to Arizona State after a solid freshman season for the Wolverines.

Llewellyn averaged seven points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.8 assists in eight games at Michigan. He was an All-Ivy League player last season and averaged nearly 16 points over three seasons at Princeton.