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SUNDAY’S SNACKS: No. 6 Maryland survives, bubble teams avoid bad losses

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GAME OF THE DAY: Colgate 93, Loyola (MD) 90 (OT)

An Austin Tillotson half-court shot as time expired gave the Raiders a three-point win on Senior Day. Tillotson, who finished with 20 points, hit the game-winner just seconds after Loyola’s Andre Walker tied the game at 90 with a three-pointer of his own. Walker finished with 22 points and Eric Laster 26 for the Greyhounds, with Colgate also receiving solid performances from Alex Ramon, Sean O’Brien (18 points apiece) and Tom Rivard (17 points).

IMPORTANT OUTCOMES

No. 6 Maryland 86, Michigan 82: The Terrapins had their struggles with turnovers and dealing with Michigan’s Mark Donnal in ball screen situations, but they were able to do enough to pull out the victory in College Park. Robert Carter Jr. scored 17 points and Jake Layman 16 to lead the way for the Terrapins, who ended a two-game losing streak in the process. Donnal scored 22 of his 25 in the second half for the Wolverines, who once again played without the injured Caris LeVert.

Utah 80, USC 69: The Runnin’ Utes handed USC its first home loss of the season, becoming the first Pac-12 team to pick up two road weekend sweeps in conference play this season (they also swept the Washington trip). Jakob Poeltl was too much for USC, as he accounted for 29 points on 11-for-13 shooting, 13 rebounds, four assists and four steals. Jordan McLaughlin scored 20 points and Julian Jacobs and Bennie Boatwright 17 apiece for USC, but they were unable to mount a charge similar to their comeback from a 15-point deficit to beat Colorado Wednesday night.

Seton Hall 62, St. John’s 61: It certainly wasn’t pretty, but the Pirates managed to avoid a really bad loss as Isaiah Whitehead hit two free throws with 5.6 seconds remaining. Desi Rodriguez scored 24 points and Khadeen Carrington 12 as the Pirates navigated front court foul trouble (three big men fouled out) in the second half. Kassoum Yakwe led the Red Storm with 16 points, 15 rebounds and four blocked shots.

Wichita State 84, Indiana State 51: The Shockers wrapped up the outright Missouri Valley regular season title with a blowout win over the Sycamores. Ron Baker scored 14 points and three other Wichita State players added 11 apiece, and on the other end the Shockers limited Indiana State to just 31 percent shooting. Wichita State closes out the regular season with games against Loyola (Chicago) and Illinois State.

STARRED

Jakob Poeltl, Utah: 29 points, 13 rebounds, four assists and four steals in Utah’s 80-69 win at USC.

Obi Enechionyia, Temple: 26 points on 10-for-20 shooting and seven rebounds in the Owls’ three-point win at Houston.

Alec Peters, Valparaiso: 32 points and 11 rebounds in the Crusaders’ 90-74 win over Detroit.

Ethan Happ, Wisconsin: 20 points, 12 rebounds and six steals in the Badgers’ 69-60 win over Illinois.

STRUGGLED

Boston College: The Eagles’ season may have hit its nadir Sunday night, as they lost 74-48 at Wake Forest. At one point Jim Christian’s team trailed 37-4.

Khristian Smith, Indiana State: Two points on 1-for-9 shooting in the Sycamores’ 84-51 loss to Wichita State.

James Ford, Quinnipiac: Four points on 1-for-7 shooting and three turnovers in the Bobcats’ 63-59 loss to Manhattan.

THE REST OF THE TOP 25

  • No. 21 SMU rebounded from its loss at UConn with a 74-63 win over East Carolina. Nic Moore led the Mustangs with 22 points and seven assists, Markus Kennedy added 19 points and nine boards and Jordan Tolbert posted a double-double of 12 points and 12 rebounds.

OTHER NOTABLE RESULTS

  • Bucknell (12-4) maintained their one-game lead atop the Patriot League with an 80-59 win over Boston University. Chris Hass scored 21 points and Stephen Brown accounted for ten assists and six rebounds in the win for the Bison.
  • George Washington avoided what would have been a bad loss, as they blew out La Salle 90-50 in the nation’s capital. The Colonials won big despite committing 19 turnovers, with Tyler Cavanaugh scoring 22 points and Patricio Garino 19.
  • Monmouth rebounded from its loss to Iona with an 82-75 overtime win at Saint Peter’s. Micah Seaborn scored 26 points and Justin Robinson 22 for the Hawks (15-3), who lead Iona (13-4) by a game in the loss column atop the MAAC standings.
  • Valparaiso won for the eighth time in the last nine games, beating Detroit 90-74 on Senior Day. Alec Peters led the way with 32 points and 11 rebounds.
  • Hofstra (12-4) held off Northeastern, 65-60 in Hempstead to remain a game behind first-place UNCW (13-3) in the CAA. The Pride visit UNCW Thursday night in the teams’ penultimate game of the regular season.
  • San Diego State wrapped up at least a share of the Mountain West title with a 78-56 win over San José State. Winston Shepard accounted for 17 points, seven rebounds and seven assists, and Malik Pope added 17 points and 11 rebounds.
  • UAB retained sole possession of first place in Conference USA with a ten-point win (77-67) at Middle Tennessee. Dirk Williams scored 19 points for the Blazers, who lead Marshall by a game.
  • Temple remains alone atop the American, as they won 69-66 at Houston. Obi Enechionyia scored 26 points and grabbed seven rebounds, helping the Owls account for a 2-for-12 night from Quenton DeCosey.
  • Wisconsin turned their game around with a 15-0 second half run, as they beat Illinois 69-60 in Madison. Ethan Happ led the way with 20 points, 12 rebounds and six steals.
  • California won its fifth straight game, beating Washington State 80-62 in Pullman. Six players scored at least eight points for Cal, with Tyrone Wallace scoring 17 and Ivan Rabb 15.

No. 6 Maryland holds off Michigan, 86-82

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) Robert Carter scored 17 points as sixth-ranked Maryland bounced back from consecutive losses with a 86-82 victory over Michigan on Sunday.

Jake Layman had 16 points, while Melo Trimble finished with 13 for Maryland (23-5, 11-4 Big Ten). Freshman Diamond Stone added 13 points after being suspended for the previous game by Maryland coach Mark Turgeon for a flagrant foul against Wisconsin.

Junior Mark Donnal went 10 of 13 from the field and had 25 points for Michigan (19-9, 9-6).

Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman had 16 points, Derrick Walton Jr. scored 14 and Zak Irvin had 11 points for the Wolverines, who went 13-27 from beyond the arc.

A careless inbound pass by Carter was stolen by Abdur-Rahkman, who made an uncontested easy layup and tied the game at 47 three minutes into the second half.

Maryland, however, regained control as Layman got hot beyond the mark. The senior hit a pair of 3-pointers and the Terrapins led 66-58 with 12 minutes remaining.

Donnal answered with six straight points and the Wolverines trailed 72-70, forcing Maryland to call timeout with 7:08 left. After another Terrapins’ turnover on the ensuing possession, Michigan then retook the lead on a layup and free throw by Abdur-Rahkman.

The Terrapins continued to battle through their mistakes. A dunk and layup by Carter provided a 78-75 lead with 3:29 remaining. From there, the Terrapins held on. Walton pushed off and fouled out with 18 seconds left, ending a key possession.

Rasheed Sulaimon then made a pair of three throws before Duncan Robinson answered with a 3-pointer to pull Michigan within 84-82 with 7 seconds left.

Trimble, though, made two free throws in the final seconds to seal the game.

Michigan won the prior matchup 70-67 on Jan. 12. This time, the Terrapins were in control early before the Wolverines took advantage of turnovers to get back in the game.

A 3-pointer and layup by Jaylen Brantley capped a 14-0 run and Maryland led 26-12 midway through the first half. Michigan was held without field goal for just over seven minutes before Walton converted a layup with 7:04 remaining.

The Wolverines, however, tightened their defense and a 3-pointer by Mark Donnal cut the margin to 35-30 during an 11-0 run. Michigan scored 15 points off 12 Maryland turnovers and trailed 41-36 at the break.

TIP-INS

Michigan: Caris LeVert missed his second consecutive game with a lower left leg injury. He has missed 13 games this season and the Wolverines are 7-6 without him in the lineup.

Maryland: Melo Trimble entered the game having made just seven of his past 38 field-goal attempts (18.4 percent) . The sophomore went 3 of 10 from the field but had 7 turnovers against the Wolverines.

UP NEXT

Michigan hosts Northwestern on Wednesday.

Maryland travels to No. 17 Purdue on Saturday.

LATE NIGHT SNACKS: No. 4 Maryland, No. 7 North Carolina win

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GAME OF THE NIGHT: Dayton 85, Arkansas 81 (OT)

Despite blowing a 23-point lead the Flyers managed to pick up the win in overtime to move to 10-2 on the season. Charles Cooke III led six Dayton players in double figures with 18 points, and one of the other five was senior forward Dyshawn Pierre. Suspended for the fall semester, Pierre saw his first action of the season Wednesday night and finished with 11 points, four rebounds and three assists.

Moses Kingsley led the Razorbacks with 26 points and 11 rebounds, but far too often down the stretch Arkansas guards forced up shots as opposed to getting the ball to the one man Dayton couldn’t stop. Anton Beard’s three-pointer with 1.4 seconds remaining in regulation forced the extra period.

IMPORTANT OUTCOMES

No. 4 Maryland 70, Penn State 64: Terrapins not named Diamond Stone combined to score 31 points. Stone: 39 points on 10-for-15 shooting from the field and 19-for-25 from the foul line, and 12 rebounds. The freshman was special, and his play of late in the sixth man role is a positive sign for Mark Turgeon’s team. But has much changed from last season for Maryland when it comes to how they handle games?

No. 5 Virginia 71, Oakland 58: The Cavaliers erased a one-point halftime deficit to take care of the dangerous Golden Grizzlies in Charlottesville. Kay Felder scored 30 points but no other Oakland player scored in double figures (Felder only had three assists) as Virginia’s defense wore down Greg Kampe’s team. Anthony Gill scored 17 points and Mike Tobey, who scored a total of 20 points in the six games prior to tonight, added 16 for Virginia.

Pittsburgh 72, Syracuse 61: In the ACC opener for both it was the Panthers who made the big plays down the stretch to defend their home floor. Jamel Artis cracked the Syracuse zone on multiple occasions, finishing the game with 18 points, nine rebounds and eight assists. Michael Young added 15 and seven rebounds for Jamie Dixon’s Panthers, who are now 11-1 on the season. Trevor Cooney and Tyler Roberson scored 15 apiece to lead the way for the Orange, who were also bludgeoned on the backboards by Pittsburgh (19 offensive rebounds, 22 second-chance points).

STARRED

Diamond Stone, Maryland: On a day in which his teammates struggled offensively Stone produced the best outing of his young career, scoring 39 points and grabbing 14 rebounds in the Terrapins’ 70-64 win over Penn State.

Dererk Pardon, Northwestern: In his second game after the injury to Alex Olah led to Northwestern burning his redshirt, Pardon scored 28 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in a win at Nebraska.

Grayson Allen, Duke: Allen made frequent trips to the foul line, shooting 15-for-17 on a day in which he scored a career-high 33 points in the Blue Devils’ win over Long Beach State.

Mark Donnal, Michigan: Donnal also established a new career-high in a win, scoring 26 points to go along with nine rebounds, three blocks and two steals. Prior to Wednesday, Donnal scored a total of 38 points this season.

Pancake Thomas, Hartford: Thomas was outstanding in the Hawks’ 82-80 double overtime loss at Rider, posting a line of 35 points, 17 rebounds and five assists.

STRUGGLED

Mike Williams, Rutgers: Williams had a rough go of it in the Scarlet Knights’ 79-72 loss to Indiana, missing all six of his shots from the field and going scoreless.

Joey King, Minnesota: The Golden Gophers’ leading scorer on the season, King scored seven points on 1-for-8 shooting in a 78-63 loss at Ohio State.

Patrick McCaw, UNLV: Since looking like a Mountain West POY candidate in early December the sophomore has struggled mightily. In a loss to Fresno State Wednesday night, McCaw scored just two points and committed five turnovers.

THE REST OF THE TOP 25

  • No. 15 Duke surpassed the 100-point mark for the second straight game as they got things going late in the first half of their 103-81 win over Long Beach State. The Blue Devils scored 61 points in the second half, and Grayson Allen scored a career-high 33 points.
  • No. 19 West Virginia rolled to an 88-63 win at Virginia Tech, forcing 22 Hokie turnovers and dominating the boards as well. Jevon Carter, who made his first field goal attempts scored 18 for the Mountaineers.
  • No. 7 North Carolina opened ACC play with an 80-69 win over Clemson in Chapel Hill. Marcus Paige led five Tar Heels in double figures with 18 points, and Clemson’s streak of never having won at UNC continues.
  • No. 24 South Carolina took care of Francis Marion, 78-56. Freshman Chris Silva finished with 13 points, six rebounds and three blocks.
  • No. 11 Iowa State did what was expected and took care of Coppin State, winning 104-84 in Ames. Abdel Nader scored 21 points and Georges Niang tallied 15 and nine rebounds for the Cyclones, who had six players score in double figures.

OTHER NOTABLE RESULTS

  • It wasn’t pretty but Indiana managed to hold off Rutgers 79-72 in the Big Ten opener for both. The Hoosiers played without the injured James Blackmon Jr., who was ruled out with a knee injury.
  • Caris LeVert accounted for 22 points, ten rebounds and six assists and Mark Donnal scored a career-high 26 as Michigan beat Illinois 78-68 in Champaign.
  • Northwestern (13-1) is now off to the best start in program history after they won by nine at Nebraska. Dererk Pardon went for 28 and 12 in his second game of the season.
  • Houston won its conference opener in the American, holding off USF in Tampa. Devonta Pollard scored 20 points and Rob Gray Jr. added 19 for the 11-2 Cougars.
  • In a matchup of expected Patriot League contenders Army got off to a hot start and then held on to win 88-82 at Lehigh. Tanner Plomb scored 23 and dished out five assists for the Black Knights.
  • Trailing by one at the half, Seton Hall put together an impressive second half on both ends of the floor as they won 83-63 at Marquette in the Big East opener for both. Desi Rodriguez scored 19 points and Khadeen Carrington tallied 17, ten rebounds, five assists and four steals.
  • Evansville won its Missouri Valley opener, beating Indiana State 70-62 with D.J. Balentine (nine rebounds, five assists) and Egidijus Mockevicius (16 rebounds) scoring 22 points apiece.
  • Northern Iowa also won its Valley opener, as they whipped Bradley 80-44. The Braves scored just 16 points in the second half, and Jeremy Morgan led five Panthers in double figures with 18 points.
  • Little Rock moved to 11-1 with a nine-point win (69-60) at South Alabama in the Sun Belt opener for both. Josh Hagins scored 17 points for the Trojans.
  • UT-Arlington, which like Little Rock picked up some solid wins in non-conference play, won its Sun Belt opener by 15 over reigning tournament champion Georgia State (85-70). Kevin Hervey finished with 17 points and eight rebounds for the Mavericks.
  • Playing with just seven available scholarship players, Rhode Island picked up an 88-85 overtime win at Brown. Four McGlynn led the way with a career-high 33 points while also grabbing six rebounds.
  • New Mexico ended its four-game losing streak with an 88-76 win over Nevada in the Mountain West opener for both. Elijah Brown scored 24 points and Tim Williams 20 for the Lobos, who also received 14 points and 11 rebounds from center Obij Aget.
  • Fresno State went to Las Vegas and beat UNLV 69-66, with Marvelle Harris scoring 22 points and Torren Jones adding 18 while also grabbing eight rebounds.