LATE NIGHT SNACKS: No. 3 Oklahoma survives, No. 18 SMU still undefeated

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GAME OF THE NIGHT: No. 3 Oklahoma 84, Hawai’i 81

The Diamond Head Classic semifinal between the Sooners and Rainbow Warriors wasn’t on this path at the start, as Lon Kruger’s Sooners scored 25 of the game’s first 34 points. But Hawai’i was able to force some chaos with their defense, as Oklahoma turned the ball over far too frequently and took some rushed shots. The two teams went back and forth in the second half, but the Sooners managed to hang on despite having their 12 turnovers converted into 18 points on the other end.

Buddy Hield scored 27 and grabbed nine rebounds, and Khadeem Lattin added 17 and eight boards. Roderick Bobbitt led Hawai’i with a career-high 32 points, but his half-court shot to force overtime missed the mark.


BYU 96, New Mexico 66: The Mountain West hasn’t accomplished a whole lot when it comes to quality wins, and Wednesday’s blowout loss by the Lobos represents another missed opportunity. BYU hit a Diamond Head Classic-record 16 three pointers, with Chase Fischer (41 points) responsible for nine of them. Nick Emery added 20 for BYU, which shot 52.5 percent from the field.

Wisconsin 84, Green Bay 79: Wisconsin picked up its first win under interim head coach Greg Gard despite struggling mightily over the final ten minutes with Green Bay’s pressure. Nigel Hayes led the way with 24 points and Ethan Happ added 16 and eight boards for the Badgers, who shot 49.1 percent from the field on the night. But those 26 turnovers show that they’ve got a lot to clean up ahead of the start of Big Ten play.

No. 18 SMU 70, Colorado 66: After Colorado went on a 14-0 run to grab control of the game in the second half Larry Brown’s Mustangs responded, going on a 12-1 run of their own and not relinquishing their lead. Nic Moore led four Mustangs (now 11-0) in double figures with 16 points while also dishing out four assists, and Shake Milton added 14 and five rebounds. Josh Fortune led Colorado with 15 points, and Josh Scott posted his sixth double-double of the season with 12 points and 13 boards.


Chase Fischer, BYU: Fischer set Diamond Head Classic records for made three-pointers (nine) and points (41) in the Cougars’ 30-point beating of New Mexico.

Jack Gibbs, Davidson: Gibbs scored 41 points for the second time this season as the Wildcats held off Morehead State, 81-77. However, the turnover count (ten) was a bit high for Gibbs.

Jamel Artis, Pittsburgh: 29 points (10-for-14 FG), eight rebounds and four assists in a win over Western Carolina.


Kareem Canty, Auburn: One of the nation’s top scorers had a rough afternoon in Hawaii, as he shot 1-for-15 from the field in a 69-51 loss to Harvard.

Bronson Koenig, Wisconsin: Yes his team did manage to win, holding off Green Bay 84-79. But Koenig turned the ball over eight times against the Phoenix, something that can’t happen in future games.


  • No. 16 Louisville won the Billy Minardi Classic with a comfortable 98-68 win over Utah Valley. Anas Mahmoud made his return to the court after missing three games with an ankle injury.
  • Taurean Prince scored 34 points to lead No. 23 Baylor to an 85-70 win over New Mexico State. Pascal Siakam went for 26 and ten for the Aggies, but it wasn’t enough as NMSU committed 22 turnovers on the night.


  • Daniel Hamilton (11 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists) posted the 11th triple-double in program history as UConn rolled to a 99-52 win over Central Connecticut State.
  • Harvard advanced to the title game of the Diamond Head Classic with a 69-51 win over Auburn. Freshman Corey Johnson led five Crimson in double figures with 14 points, and Harvard limited the Tigers to 30.2 percent shooting.
  • Justin Robinson scored 26 points to lead Monmouth to a 78-69 win at Cornell. The 9-3 Hawks have played just one home game to this point in the season.
  • Michigan set a program record with 17 made three-pointers in their 96-60 win over Bryant. Caris LeVert led five Wolverines in double figures with 19 points while also accounting for five rebounds and eight assists.
  • Illinois nearly let an 18-point second half lead slip away, but they committed just seven turnovers and hit most of their free throws late to beat Missouri 68-63 in St. Louis. Malcolm Hill, Kendrick Nunn and Michael Finke combined to score 56 of Illinois’ 68 points.
  • Pittsburgh moved to 10-1 on the season with a 79-73 win over Western Carolina. Jamel Artis led the way with 29 points.
  • When discussing the Horizon League be sure to include Milwaukee with Valparaiso and Oakland as contenders. The Panthers moved to 9-4 on the season with a nine-point win at Minnesota. Jordan Johnson finished with 19 points, nine rebounds and ten assists.
  • Gonzaga moved to 2-0 in WCC play with an 85-62 win over Loyola Marymount. Kyle Wiltjer led the way offensively with 26 points and Domantas Sabonis added 15 and 13 rebounds.
  • USC rolled to a 100-64 with over Lafayette, and point guard Jordan McLaughlin set a school record too. McLaughlin, who scored 14 points, dished out 16 assists for the Trojans.
  • Joining Gonzaga at 2-0 in WCC play was 10-1 Saint Mary’s, as the Gaels won 81-59 at Santa Clara. Evan Fitzner scored 21 for SMC, which also received 14 and ten rebounds from Dane Pineau.
  • Northern Iowa bounced back from its loss to Hawai’i with a 63-59 win over Washington State.

Kentucky moves scrimmage to Eastern Kentucky for flood relief

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LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky will play its annual Blue-White men’s basketball scrimmage in Eastern Kentucky to benefit victims of the devastating summer floods.

The school announced that the Oct. 22 event at Appalachian Wireless Arena in Pikeville will feature a pregame Fan Fest. Ticket proceeds will go through Team Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief.

Wildcat players will also participate in a community service activity with local organizations in the relief effort.

Kentucky coach John Calipari said the team was excited to play for Eastern Kentucky fans and added, “We hope we can provide a temporary escape with basketball and community engagement.”

The scrimmage traditionally is held at Rupp Arena. It will occur eight days after its Big Blue Madness public workout at Rupp.

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


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.