SUNDAY’S SNACKS: No. 16 Providence outlasts No. 4 Villanova, No. 8 SMU falls

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IMPORTANT OUTCOMES

No. 16 Providence 82, No. 4 Villanova 76 (OT): Ryan Arcidiacono’s three-pointer in the final seconds of regulation simply made Providence work five more minutes of its victory, which ended the Wildcats’ 22-game Big East win streak. Ben Bentil was outstanding for the Friars, scoring 31 points and grabbing 13 rebounds, and PC (5-2) is now one of four teams a game back of Villanova (7-1) in the loss column in the Big East standings.

Temple 89, No. 8 SMU 80: Yes the Owls already have seven losses on the season. But they’ve also got some quality wins to their credit, and Sunday’s win over the previously undefeated Mustangs should help them moving forward. Devin Coleman made all eight of his field goal attempts, seven of which came from three, to score 23 points for Temple.

No. 9 Iowa 83, No. 22 Purdue 71: Having already swept No. 11 Michigan State, the Hawkeyes completed a season sweep of the Boilermakers with a win in Iowa City. Jarrod Uthoff led four Iowa players in double figures with 22 points, and once again Purdue struggled to take care of the basketball on the other end. Iowa’s 7-0 start to Big Ten play is their best since the 1969-70 season.

STARRED

Ben Bentil, Providence: 31 points and 13 rebounds in an overtime win at No. 4 Villanova.

Gary Payton II, Oregon State: 22 points, 15 rebounds, eight assists and four steals in the Beavers’ 85-70 win over No. 21 USC.

Juan’ya Green, Hofstra: 30 points on 10-for-17 shooting from the field, eight rebounds, seven assists and four steals in a win over William & Mary.

Marcus Gilbert, Fairfield: 32 points, ten rebounds and four assists in the Stags’ 98-91 win over Iona.

STRUGGLED

Kristinn Palsson, Marist: Rough day at the office for Palsson, who missed all ten of his shots from the field and went scoreless in a loss at Monmouth.

Markus Kennedy, SMU: The Philadelphia native struggled in his hometown, scoring six points on 3-for-12 shooting in a loss at Temple.

THE REST OF THE TOP 25

  • No. 2 North Carolina outlasted Virginia Tech 75-70 in Blacksburg, with Brice Johnson scoring 19 points and grabbing 17 rebounds. But once again the Heels struggled from the perimeter, shooting 3-for-23 from three, and Marcus Paige remains mired in his shooting slump.
  • No. 13 Virginia picked up a win at home, as they outlasted Syracuse 73-65. Malcolm Brodgon led the way with 21 points, with Anthony Gill and London Perrantes adding 16 apiece.
  • Oregon State took care of No. 21 USC in Corvallis, winning 85-70. Gary Payton II was his versatile self in the win, accounting for 22 points, 15 rebounds, eight assists and four steals.

OTHER NOTABLE RESULTS

  • In a matchup of CAA contenders, Hofstra steamrolled William & Mary 91-63 in Hempstead. Juan’ya Green went off for 30 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and four steals in the win.
  • Cincinnati took care of Tulane, 97-75, with the Green Wave turning the ball over 19 times. Gary Clark and Shaq Thomas scored 17 points apiece and Farad Cobb 16 for the Bearcats.
  • Valparaiso rebounded from its loss at Wright State Friday night with a 71-46 win at Northern Kentucky. Keith Carter scored 16 points and grabbed six rebounds for the Crusaders.
  • Memphis suffered a loss it can ill-afford to have on its résumé, as they fell 84-83 at home to East Carolina. B.J. Tyson scored 26 points and Prince Williams added 20 points and ten boards for the Pirates.
  • With Monmouth beating Marist 83-72 at home and Iona falling 98-91 at Fairfield, the Hawks and Gaels are tied atop the MAAC with matching 7-2 records. 6-2 Saint Peter’s can make it a three-way tie with a win over Manhattan Monday night.
  • Shortly after SMU lost, UCF missed out on a chance to move into a tie for first in the American as they lost 75-60 at Tulsa. Four teams are now a game behind the Mustangs in the loss column: Temple, Tulsa (both 5-2), UCF and UConn (4-2).
  • VCU moved to 7-0 in the Atlantic 10 with an 84-76 win over St. Bonaventure. JeQuan Lewis, who’s been playing well of late, scored 26 points and Melvin Johnson added 21 for the Rams.
  • North Florida is now in sole possession of first in the A-Sun thanks to Lipscomb, which beat FGCU 91-75. JC Hampton led five Bison in double figures with 26 points.

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.