GAME OF THE NIGHT: Illinois 110, Rutgers 101 (3OT)
Somehow a game matching two of the Big Ten’s worst teams produced 211 points and three overtime periods. The Fighting Illini picked up a much-needed win as Malcolm Hill tallied 34 points (7-for-19 FG), 14 rebounds and six assists with Jalen Coleman-Lands adding 26 points and Maverick Morgan 20. Corey Sanders, whose off-balance three forced a second overtime, finished with 39 points (14-for-33 FG), 12 rebounds and eight assists in a losing effort.
No. 17 Miami 79, Notre Dame 70: Jim Larrañaga’s Hurricanes rebounded from a disappointing effort at NC State Saturday with a win over the Fighting Irish in Coral Gables. Five players scored in double figures for Miami, with Anthony Lawrence (18 points) and Ja’Quan Newton (12) combining to score 30 points off the bench. As a team Miami shot 56.4 percent from the field, which helped make up for the fact that Notre Dame scored 46 points in the paint and rebounded 43.6 percent of its missed shots. Bonzie Colson scored 17 points off the bench to lead Notre Dame offensively.
No. 4 Maryland 70, Nebraska 65: It wasn’t pretty, but Maryland made the plays it needed to make late as they won in Lincoln. Maryland’s size advantage was key, as the Terrapins blocked 13 shots with freshman Diamond Stone responsible for eight of them. Stone, who also had 16 points and ten rebounds, fell two blocks short of his first triple-double, and Melo Trimble scored a team-high 20 points. Just as key for Maryland: Jared Nickens, who has struggled mightily in Big Ten play, scored 11 points and shot 4-for-7 from the field (3-for-6 3PT). He may be a role player, but Nickens’ ability to hit perimeter shots will be important for Maryland given their ability to get points in the paint.
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Malcolm Brodgon, Virginia: In a game in which many of the players struggled offensively, Brogdon scored 27 points (shooting 7-for-10 from the field) in the Cavaliers’ win over Boston College.
Jaylen Adams, St. Bonaventure: Adams got off to a slow start, but once he got rolling Saint Joseph’s had no answer for the sophomore guard. Adams scored 31 points and dished out seven assists in the Bonnies’ 83-73 win in Philadelphia.
Isaiah Whitehead, Seton Hall: 21 points, six rebounds, eight assists, three blocks and two steals in the Pirates’ 79-62 win over Marquette.
Eli Carter, Boston College: Virginia devoted much of its attention to the senior guard, resulting in Carter scoring seven points on 2-for-10 shooting.
Justin Edwards, Kansas State: Edwards scored two points in a loss at No. 7 Kansas, shooting 1-for-9 from the field.
Charles Callison and Que Johnson, Washington State: Callison and Johnson combined to shoot 5-for-25 from the field in Washington State’s loss to Arizona.
THE REST OF THE TOP 25
- No. 3 Villanova retained possession of first place in the Big East, as they beat Creighton 83-58 at The Pavilion. Kris Jenkins scored 22 points and Jalen Brunson 16, as the Wildcats once again played without starting center Daniel Ochefu (concussion).
- Jarrod Uthoff scored 14 points and Peter Jok and Anthony Clemmons added 12 apiece as No. 5 Iowa took care of Penn State, 73-49. The Hawkeyes are now 9-1 in Big Ten play, tied for first with No. 22 Indiana.
- No. 6 Xavier had a tougher battle on its hands than many expected, but the Musketeers managed to beat St. John’s 90-83 in Cincinnati. Myles Davis led five Xavier players in double figures with 16 points, and Trevon Bluiett added 15 points along with 13 boards.
- No. 7 Kansas took care of in-state rival Kansas State, beating the Wildcats 77-59 in Lawrence. Perry Ellis scored 19 points and Devonte’ Graham and Svi Mykhailiuk added ten apiece for the Jayhawks.
- No. 9 Virginia picked up its fifth straight win, as they beat Boston College 61-47 in Charlottesville. Malcolm Brogdon scored 27 points and grabbed six boards, with 17 of those points coming in the first half.
- No. 21 Wichita State won its 12th straight game, beating Southern Illinois 76-55. Shaquille Morris scored 13 points and Fred VanVleet finished with 12 points, 11 assists and five steals. Now 11-0 in conference play, the Shockers have a four-game lead with seven games remaining.
- Ryan Anderson scored a career-high 31 points and grabbed 12 boards to lead No. 23 Arizona to a 79-64 win at Washington State. The Wildcats limited the Cougars to 34.9 percent shooting and scored 17 points off of 17 Washington State turnovers.
OTHER NOTABLE RESULTS
- As mentioned above, Jaylen Adams produced 31 points and seven assists in St. Bonaventure’s win at Saint Joseph’s. Mark Schmidt’s Bonnies are now 6-3 in Atlantic 10 play, tied with George Washington for fourth place.
- Florida avoided a major letdown after their win over West Virginia, beating Arkansas 87-83 in Gainesville. Dorian Finney-Smith led five Gators in double figures with 22 points while also grabbing nine rebounds.
- VCU moved to 9-0 in A-10 play with an 88-70 win over La Salle in Philadelphia. Melvin Johnson, who’s closing in on the school’s career three-pointers mark, put up 30 points in the win.
- Stony Brook moved to 9-0 in America East play with a 76-51 home win over Binghamton. Lucas Woodhouse scored 14 points and Jameel Warney 13 to go along with a team-high ten rebounds.
- UNC Asheville remained in sole possession of first in the Big South, as they took care of Charleston Southern 63-55. The Bulldogs are now a game up in the loss column on High Point, Winthrop and Coastal Carolina, with High Point losing at home to Gardner-Webb 79-74.
- American handed Bucknell its second loss in Patriot League play, beating the Bison 69-55 in the nation’s capital. Bucknell still holds a two-game lead atop the Patriot League at 9-2, with Navy in second at 7-4.
- Seton Hall took care of business in a game they couldn’t afford to drop, beating Marquette 79-62 in Newark. Kevin Willard’s Pirates shot 50 percent from the field and 20 of their 29 made field goals were assisted.
- UC Irvine picked up a 78-72 overtime win at Cal Poly to remain atop the Big West standings. Mamadou Ndiaye and Luke Nelson scored 21 points apiece for the Anteaters, who put together an impressive play to force overtime.
- Dejoute Murray racked up 34 points, 11 rebounds and six assists before fouling out in overtime as Washington beat Arizona State 95-83 in Seattle. Due to foul trouble the Sun Devils finished the game with five available scholarship players.