SATURDAY’S SNACKS: Marquette hangs on, Texas beats No. 3 North Carolina

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GAME OF THE NIGHT: Texas 84, No. 3 North Carolina 82

The Longhorns picked up the first big win of Shaka Smart’s tenure as head coach, with a Javan Felix jumper as time expired being the difference. Felix scored 25 points and Isaiah Taylor added 18 for Texas, which grabbed 16 offensive rebounds and scored 21 second-chance points. Marcus Paige, who became North Carolina’s all-time leader in made three-pointers, led the Tar Heels with 20 points.

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IMPORTANT OUTCOMES

Marquette 57, Wisconsin 55: The Golden Eagles picked up a huge road win in a rivalry game as they held off Wisconsin’s late charge. Henry Ellenson had a nice effort for Marquette as the freshman big man had 15 points, 11 rebounds and four assists. Shooting 52 percent from the floor, Marquette held Wisconsin’s star duo of Bronson Koenig and Nigel Hayes to a combined 7-for-29 from the floor.

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No. 12 Xavier 65, No. 23 Cincinnati 55: Chris Mack’s Musketeers remained undefeated as they beat city rival Cincinnati at the Cintas Center. Myles Davis scored 17 points and Edmond Sumner added 11 for Xavier, which to this point in the season has put together one of the nation’s best résumés. Not only does Xavier have the look of a Big East title contender, but it may be time to discuss them nationally as well.

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Wichita State 67, No. 25 Utah 50: This is the Shockers that everyone figured we would see. Wichita State at full strength dismantled a good Utah team at home. Zach Brown scored 14 points and Markis McDuffie added 13 for the Shockers, who limited the Runnin’ Utes to 34 shot attempts (forcing 19 turnovers helps) and big man Jakob Poeltl to 11 points.

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Boise State 74, No. 24 Oregon 72: Boise State led by as much as 17 in the second half before hanging on to beat the Ducks at Taco Bell Arena. Anthony Drmic scored 19 points to lead the way for the Broncos, while Dylan Brooks (26 points) and Elgin Cook (22) combined to score 48 for the visitors.

You can read more about Boise State’s résumé-building win here.

UCLA 71, No. 20 Gonzaga 66: For the second consecutive Saturday the Bulldogs lost at home to a Pac-12 opponent, as UCLA held on for the win. Isaac Hamilton led four Bruins in double figures with 20 points and reserve Jonah Bolden did a good job of defending Kyle Wiltjer after the All-America candidate got off to a hot start. Wiltjer scored 20 points and Domantas Sabonis 18 for Gonzaga, which once again felt the impact of the absence of the injured Przemek Karnowski.

STARRED

Alex Hamilton, Louisiana Tech: It was a monster day for the senior guard as he poured in 30 points to go along with 11 rebounds, eight assists and three steals. The Bulldogs improved to 8-1 with a win over Louisiana-Lafayette and have won 36 straight home games.

Buddy Hield, Oklahoma: The Sooners had 30 points and five steals from the senior as No. 7 Oklahoma defeated Oral Roberts.

Kahlil Felder, Oakland: Felder’s a talented point guard who flies under the radar nationally. In the Golden Grizzlies’ win at Toledo, Felder accounted for 34 points, three rebounds, six assists and three steals.

STRUGGLED

JaQuan Lyle, Ohio State: The freshman guard for the Buckeyes didn’t have his best effort as he went 0-for-7 from the field with three turnovers in a loss. Lyle was scoreless and had one assist.

Skal Labissiere, Kentucky: The Wildcats picked up a double-digit win over Arizona State but the freshman was held scoreless and fouled out after going 0-for-2 from the field.

Corey Sanders, Rutgers: Tough day for the freshman point guard, as he scored five points on 2-for-12 shooting and committed four turnovers without an assist in an 83-49 loss at George Washington.

OTHER TOP 25 RESULTS

  • No. 2 Kansas erased an 11-point halftime deficit to beat Oregon State 82-67 in Kansas City. Wayne Selden Jr. scored 22 points and Frank Mason III added 18 and six assists for the Jayhawks. Tres Tinkle scored a career-high 20 for Oregon State.
  • No. 5 Kentucky used a balanced effort to beat Arizona State as Jamal Murray had 17 points and Marcus Lee contributed 14.
  • No. 11 Purdue had a big win over Youngstown State as A.J. Hammons and Caleb Swanigan both had 15 points.
  • No. 15 Providence is banged up and played without Kris Dunn while Ben Bentil came off the bench, but they beat Bryant after a slow start. Rodney Bullock had 13 points and 14 rebounds in the win for the Friars.
  • Kelan Martin had 25 points and 11 rebounds and Roosevelt Jones added 21 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds as No. 18 Butler rallied to beat Tennessee.
  • Louisville raced past Eastern Michigan as the No. 22 Cardinals were led by 16 points from Damion Lee.

NOTABLE RESULTS

  • Cal had a tight win over Saint Mary’s as Ivan Rabb had 15 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks.
  • UConn, which has struggled with slow starts this season, scored on its first three possessions and beat Ohio State 75-55 in Storrs. Kevin Ollie’s team shot nearly 60 percent from the field, and Omar Calhoun led a balanced effort with 14 points.
  • Michigan coasted past winless Delaware State as Caris LeVert had 15 points. Junior point guard Derrick Walton Jr. once again sat out with injury.
  • Reggie Upshaw scored 21 points and grabbed 13 rebounds as Middle Tennessee beat Auburn 88-81 in overtime in Nashville. Kareem Canty’s three with 1.7 seconds remaining forced overtime, but the Tigers were unable to get over the hump.
  • Penn State held off Louisiana-Monroe as Brandon Taylor had 16 points and seven rebounds.
  • Illinois defeated UIC at the United Center in Chicago as Malcolm Hill had 22 points.
  • Georgetown raced past UNC Wilmington as D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera had 29 points.
  • It wasn’t pretty for Ole Miss on the road, but they outlasted Southeast Missouri State as Stefan Moody had 28 points.
  • Nice win for Georgia State over Old Dominion as Jeff Thomas led with 18 points.
  • Rashun Davis has now hit game-winning shots against two schools located in Washington, D.C. His 25-footer with one second remaining in double overtime gave Radford a 92-91 win at Howard. Last month, he led the Highlanders to a win at Georgetown.
  • George Washington moved to 9-1 on the season with an 83-49 whipping of Rutgers in the nation’s capital. The Scarlet Knights were once again without Deshaun Freeman, and the Colonials used their 1-3-1 zone to harass Corey Sanders into a rough afternoon at the point (five points, zero assists, four turnovers).
  • Chattanooga went to Dayton and ended the Flyers’ 26-game home win streak, winning 61-59. Greg Pryor led the Mocs offensively with 15 points, and Dayton shot 14-for-26 from the foul line.
  • Jalen Jones went for 25 points and nine rebounds as Texas A&M beat Kansas State 78-66 in College Station. Wesley Iwundu scored 23 to lead K-State, which shot just 5-for-20 from three.
  • Lavon Long led a balanced team effort with 19 points as Siena beat rival Albany 78-70. The Great Danes shot just 37.1 percent from the field, with Siena making nearly 53 percent of its shots.
  • George King scored 23 points and Josh Scott accounted for 22 points and ten rebounds as Colorado beat BYU, 92-83. BYU shot just 9-for-29 from three, and senior guard Chase Fischer made just two of his fourteen field goal attempts.
  • Patrick McCaw scored 17 points, grabbed eight rebounds and added seven steals as UNLV won 73-62 at UC Riverside. Taylor Johns led the home team with 21 points and 13 rebounds.
  • New Mexico picked up a solid win at home, beating Northern Iowa 76-57. Elijah Brown scored 25 points and grabbed seven rebounds and Tim Williams added 19 and six for the Lobos, who moved to 6-2 on the season.
  • Washington took a Montana team that pushed No. 20 Gonzaga to the brink earlier this week out behind the woodshed, winning 92-62 in Seattle. Marquese Chriss led the way for the Huskies with 22 points, 11 rebounds and four assists.
  • Little Rock remained undefeated with another road win, as they beat DePaul 66-44. Josh Hagins scored 18 points and Marcus Johnson 14 for the 8-0 Trojans.

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.