Today is Sunday, November 29, 2015.
|Sunday, November 29, 2015|
|National Basketball Assoc.|
|Timberwolves||vs.||Clippers||12:30 (EST) Preview|
By KEVIN CHROUST - STATS Writer
Saturday, November 28 at 8:51 PM (EST)
A season after Minnesota won 16 games and the Los Angeles Clippers went to the Western Conference semifinals, it's the Timberwolves who are considerably closer to first place as they conclude their November schedule.
That's mostly because the Clippers are chasing a record-setting team, while Minnesota sits in a more reasonable division and has already won half the games it did in 2014-15.
The teams meet Sunday in Los Angeles with the visitors chasing their first four-game win streak in three years, though it's been even longer since they beat the Clippers.
The Wolves (8-8), who moved to 6-2 on the road with a 101-91 win at Sacramento on Friday, haven't won four in a row overall since Dec. 7-15, 2012. Ricky Rubio and Nikola Pekovic were the only two players on the current roster around for that, and Rubio has missed five games this season while Pekovic is yet to play because of an Achilles injury.
"I don't care if it's home or road, it's hard to win in this league," coach Sam Mitchell said. "Our guys, for a young team, to just grind it out, play defense, rebound, and limit their mistakes ... I'm proud of them."
Andrew Wiggins had 22 points to bounce back from an off shooting night in Wednesday's home win over Atlanta, and the 20-year-old is averaging 21.8 per game to headline an organization that's beginning to get some attention from the rest of the league.
"I think Sam Mitchell has done an amazing job in an incredibly difficult situation," Clippers coach Doc Rivers told the teams official website, referring to the death of Flip Saunders shortly before the start of the season. "I think that young team is the team of the future in the West. They're playing amazing basketball."
It's yet to happen against the Clippers, who have taken the last 12 meetings since Minnesota beat them twice in just over a week in 2011-12.
A three-game sweep last season included 22.3 points, 53.3 percent shooting and an 11-of-21 mark from 3-point range out of J.J. Redick. DeAndre Jordan is averaging 13.5 points and 18.0 boards in the last four meetings, and rebounding could be key in this one.
Los Angeles (8-8) earned its second win in three games Friday, beating New Orleans 111-90 at home despite conceding a 15-5 advantage on the offensive glass.
The Clippers actually have yet to post an overall rebounding advantage. While they've been even twice, their minus-5.0 differential is better than only Milwaukee. That includes a 12.0-9.1 disadvantage on the offensive glass, and the Timberwolves hold a rebounding edge of 2.3 and are among the league leaders in second-chance points with 14.3 per game.
Los Angeles can counter that by holding onto the ball. The club is averaging 13.5 turnovers, which is flirting with the league low, while youthful Minnesota is at 15.2.
That could be exploited by the Clippers if Rubio can't go. He sat against the Kings with an ankle injury, but the Timberwolves won without him for the first time this season.
The Clippers, meanwhile, should have a healthy and rested starting five after none of them played more than 29 minutes against the Pelicans. Another win would give them consecutive victories for the first time since winning their first four games.
They're well aware that consistency is lacking as Golden State runs away with the Pacific Division, while Minnesota is 2 1/2 games behind Oklahoma City in the Northwest.
"I wish we were like this every night," Chris Paul said. "I think we defended pretty well, moved the ball and made shots. Most of all, we sustained it, pretty much."
|Bucks||vs.||Hornets||2:00 (EST) Preview|
By KEVIN MASSOTH - STATS Writer
Saturday, November 28 at 10:11 PM (EST)
While strong play in the fourth quarter wasn't an issue for the Charlotte Hornets until their last contest, it's been the larger theme during Milwaukee's lengthy slump.
The Hornets will try to rediscover their finishing touch Sunday while intensifying the visiting Bucks' fourth-quarter headaches.
Charlotte (9-7) outscored Sacramento 38-21 in the fourth Monday to force overtime in a 127-122 win and bested Washington 27-6 in the final quarter of Wednesday's 101-87 victory.
Those wins improved the Hornets to 4-0 on a seven-game homestand, and they had outscored the opposition 123-70 in the fourth quarter during that span before Cleveland's strong defensive effort ended the trend Friday.
The Cavaliers rallied in the final 12 minutes for a 95-90 win, limiting Charlotte to 7-of-24 shooting while holding the club to its fewest fourth-quarter points this season with a 23-14 edge in the period. The Hornets' home win streak ended at seven.
"In the fourth quarter, actually I thought we got decent shots against a good defensive team and the ball just didn't go in the basket," coach Steve Clifford said. "Sometimes that happens. We did some good things, and, you know, we were right there."
Clifford seemed more concerned with Cleveland's 50-38 advantage on the glass and the fact that not one of his players posted double digits in rebounds. Charlotte also went just 5 of 25 from 3-point range - a season-low 20.0 percent.
The Hornets could again find some trouble in the blocks against the Bucks with big men Cody Zeller (right shoulder contusion) and Frank Kaminsky (back spasms) questionable.
Milwaukee (6-10) had won four straight from Nov. 2-7 while holding opponents to 90.3 points on 42.4 percent shooting, including 23.8 from 3-point range, but its defense has since faltered during a 2-7 stretch.
In their last five losses, four coming on the road, the Bucks have allowed an average of 119.2 points, 54.0 percent shooting and 47.6 from 3-point range.
"We just have to play defense," forward John Henson said. "If we don't fix it, it's going to be a long season. You got to care about it."
The biggest issues have come in the fourth. Milwaukee has been outscored in the quarter for seven straight games by an average of 8.0 points. It entered the weekend with the NBA's lowest scoring average in the period at 22.1 points.
The latest loss, however, wasn't due so much to inefficiencies in the fourth as the third. The Bucks trailed 49-43 at halftime but were outscored 37-22 by Orlando en route to a 114-90 loss on Friday.
Milwaukee lost its fifth straight road game and fell to 0-8 when trailing at halftime.
"We have to be a more consistent team," said assistant Joe Prunty, who stepped in for coach Jason Kidd while he served a one-game suspension for an altercation with an official during Wednesday's 129-118 loss to Sacramento.
"In the first half we were competing, but in the second half there were a couple of things that make you question what kind of team we are."
The Magic scored 32 points off 22 turnovers, which was just short of the Bucks' season-high 23 giveaways in a loss at Indiana on Nov. 21.
Charlotte had won seven straight in this series until Milwaukee's 104-94 overtime victory at Time Warner Cable Arena on Dec. 29.
|76ers||vs.||Grizzlies||5:00 (EST) Preview|
By ALAN FERGUSON - STATS Writer
Saturday, November 28 at 2:00 PM (EST)
With one of the league's top rookies facing a potential suspension and their top rebounder hurting, the Philadelphia 76ers are hardly in any shape to end their historic run of futility.
Jahlil Okafor is still slated to play while Nerlens Noel's status is murkier as the 76ers attempt to avoid matching the NBA's worst start Sunday night against the Memphis Grizzlies.
Boston police announced this weekend that a man filed a report claiming that he was the victim in a fight with Okafor outside a nightclub early Thursday morning. That department said Friday it wouldn't investigate the incident unless someone came forward.
That means the No. 3 overall draft pick could face team and league discipline as well as a possible court date.
"It was definitely dumb on my part," Okafor said before a 116-114 loss in Houston on Friday. "Something I'm embarrassed about. Still dealing with the league and the team but I'm not happy about it all. We're still going through the process of what we're going to do."
Okafor, averaging 18.0 points and 7.9 rebounds, was held to 11 points on 4-of-12 shooting and six boards against the Rockets. Robert Covington scored a career-high 28 points, but the 76ers' franchise-record 16 3-pointers were not enough to keep the them from blowing a fourth-quarter lead for the fourth consecutive game.
"This one was a little bit different because we clawed out way back. We got down 16 points in the third and we found a way to go ahead," coach Brett Brown said. "It really wasn't a game where we were holding on to a lead."
Noel, averaging 8.4 rebounds, sat out with a sore right knee as the 76ers (0-17) set a U.S. major professional sports record with their 27th consecutive loss. It's unclear if he'll be available to help them avoid matching the 2009-10 New Jersey Nets' 0-18 start.
Philadelphia barely avoided that unwanted mark last season, winning 85-77 at Minnesota on Dec. 3 following 17 consecutive defeats.
The 76ers have lost five in a row to the Grizzlies (9-8) but took them to overtime in a 120-115 home defeat Dec. 13. They've dropped four of five in Memphis and have lost their past two games there by a combined 40 points, taking a 101-83 defeat Jan. 24.
Philadelphia has lost 15 in a row on the road dating back to March 29 and will match its longest skid there since 1987-88 with another defeat.
"You can say their backs are against the wall but it's really not because they're still out there hunting for that first win," Grizzlies guard Courtney Lee said. "They're playing pressure free and they're playing loose. Those are the most dangerous teams."
Memphis had a four-game home win streak snapped and suffered just their second loss in the past eight overall games with a 116-101 defeat to Atlanta on Friday.
It was the first time Memphis allowed 100 or more points in five games. The Grizzlies yielded an average of 91.3 points in their previous four contests, and they've given up 92.5 in the last four matchups with the 76ers while outshooting them 50.8 percent to 42.2.
Mike Conley had a career-high 36 points in the overtime win in Philadelphia in December but had just nine while sitting out the fourth quarter in the victory in Memphis.
Zach Randolph, who has been sidelined the past five games because of an ailing right knee, could be a game-time decision for this one. He's averaged 20.5 points on 72.0 percent shooting and 12.5 rebounds in last season's two meetings.
|Celtics||vs.||Magic||6:00 (EST) Preview|
By TAYLOR BECHTOLD - STATS Writer
Saturday, November 28 at 9:29 PM (EST)
Evan Fournier has been one of the NBA's most improved players and a big reason Orlando is off to a surprising start, but the Magic might have to move on without him.
With its leading scorer likely to be a game-time decision, Orlando will try to win its third in a row and seventh in eight home games Sunday night against the Boston Celtics.
Although Denver used a first-round pick on the France native in 2012, Fournier played sparingly in his rookie season before averaging just 8.4 points over 19.8 minutes per game in 2013-14.
The 6-foot-7 swingman got a fresh start with Orlando on June 26, 2014, when he was traded along with the draft rights to Roy Devyn Marble in exchange for Arron Afflalo. After averaging 12.0 points in 2014-15, Fournier is enjoying a breakout start with a team-high 17.7 per game this season.
He finished with 17 points and hit 3 of 6 from 3-point range Friday when the Magic shot a season-best 52.4 percent and 12 of 27 (44.4 percent) from beyond the arc in a 114-90 win over Milwaukee. The victory may have been a costly one, however, as Fournier was awfully sore after bruising his hip.
Orlando will likely be cautious with Fournier after he missed 18 games last season with a hip injury. If he can't go, Victor Oladipo could start after totaling 41 points off the bench in his last two.
"Evan didn't do anything (Saturday), so I'm not sure what his status is going to be," said coach Scott Skiles, who has replaced Oladipo in the lineup with Channing Frye.
The Magic have been particularly good defensively at home, allowing an average of 94.0 points on 40.3 percent shooting - including a 29.8 mark from long range - during a 6-1 stretch.
Orlando has dropped nine straight in Boston, but has won the past three home meetings. Oladipo led the way with 22 points, Tobias Harris had 21 and Elfrid Payton added 19 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists in a 103-98 win March 8 in the most recent meeting in Florida.
Payton also had 22 points on 10-of-12 shooting to go along with 10 assists and Harris scored 19 with four 3-pointers on Friday. The Magic improved to 8-8 after losing 57 games last season.
Now they'll try to sweep this three-game homestand with a win over a Boston team that was outstanding on the defensive end in back-to-back home victories. After holding winless Philadelphia to 37.3 percent shooting Wednesday while escaping with an 84-80 win, the Celtics (9-7) limited Washington to a season-low 32.1 from the field in Friday's 111-78 victory.
Isaiah Thomas led the way with 21 points and Jared Sullinger had 18 points and 15 rebounds.
''I felt we had a pretty good shootaround and then felt like we played on both ends probably as consistently for 48 minutes as we've played all year," coach Brad Stevens said.
Evan Turner hopes to regroup after he finished with four points on 2-of-7 shooting against the Wizards. The reserve guard scored 30 in a 95-88 home win over Orlando on March 13.
The Celtics, who have lost their last two on the road, are expected to be without Marcus Smart on this five-game trip because of a lower left leg injury.
|Rockets||vs.||Knicks||7:30 (EST) Preview|
By JUSTIN EINHORN - STATS Senior Editor
Saturday, November 28 at 4:36 PM (EST)
James Harden is coming off the NBA's highest-scoring performance of November, and it led to a rare Houston Rockets win. The total was more than double what he had last week against the New York Knicks, and not surprisingly, his team lost.
The Knicks were riding a lot of momentum after that matchup but have failed to post a victory since, so they'll certainly want to keep Harden in check again Sunday night when he brings the Rockets into Madison Square Garden.
Only Stephen Curry's 53-point outburst on Halloween has been better this season than what Harden produced Friday, when he scored 50 to come within one of a career high. Still, Houston only narrowly avoided an embarrassing defeat, dropping Philadelphia to 0-17 with a 116-114 victory.
The disappointing Rockets (6-10) have won all four games this season when Harden has surpassed 40 points. They're 6-2 when he scores at least 28, compared to 0-8 when he doesn't.
"He's gotta be aggressive, and he's gotta take what's there, but we can't count on him to score 50 points every night and win," coach J.B. Bickerstaff said. "That's just not sustainable. So we gotta do some things to help him. ... We have to do more to get everyone else involved as well."
It was the second win in nine games for Houston, and though it came against the woeful 76ers, Bickerstaff was encouraged his team didn't fold after blowing an 11-point lead in the fourth quarter.
"In past situations this year, we didn't handle those situations well," said Bickerstaff, who is 2-3 since taking over for the fired Kevin McHale. "There's a growing belief in that locker room that they can do the things that they need to do to win."
Still, they've yet to prove they can win without Harden having a big night. He was limited to 24 points in last Saturday's 107-102 home loss to New York (8-9), which sent him to the free-throw line only five times. Harden leads the NBA with 11.7 attempts per game and is near the top in accuracy at 88.2 percent.
Rookie Kristaps Porzingis also scored 24 that night while grabbing 14 rebounds and blocking seven shots, leading New York to a fourth consecutive victory. A three-game losing streak has followed, with the No. 4 overall pick failing to be as effective offensively. He shot 10 of 31 from the field in the first two defeats, then was limited to 24 minutes due to foul trouble Friday and scored only 11.
Carmelo Anthony also was held to 11, and no other Knick scored that many in their 97-78 home loss to Miami.
"I don't know what's missing, but we need to figure it out," Anthony said. "To drop three after we've been playing so well, we got a reality check and we gotta figure it out on our own. Nobody else is gonna help us figure it out."
New York ranks last in the NBA in shooting at 41.1 percent after hitting 35.7 during the skid, including top reserve Langston Galloway going 4 for 23.
The Knicks halted an 11-game losing streak in the series last week, and it was just their second victory in the past 21 meetings. The other came at MSG on Jan. 26, 2009, and Houston has since won five straight there.
Anthony has totaled 28 points in his last two matchups with the Rockets.
"This should be a must-win for us coming in on Sunday," Anthony said. "... We just gotta do a collective effort to stop (Harden)."
|Saturday, November 28, 2015|
|National Basketball Assoc.|
Lakers-Trail Blazers Preview
By ALAN FERGUSON - STATS Writer
Friday, November 27 at 4:32 PM (EST)
The Portland Trail Blazers' only wins in the past three weeks have come against the NBA's two Los Angeles teams.
The Blazers will get to face both clubs again in back-to-back games, beginning with a home game versus the Lakers on Saturday night.
Portland (6-10) ended a seven-game slide - its longest in three seasons - with a 102-91 win over the Los Angeles Clippers last Friday and beat the Lakers 107-93 two days later. The Blazers couldn't keep that run going Tuesday, losing 93-88 to visiting Chicago.
Damian Lillard finished two assists shy of his first career triple-double and scored a team-best 19 points, but missed 18 of 22 shots and all six from 3-point range. He missed a potential tying free throw with 20.7 seconds remaining in what was a one-possession game for much of the final six minutes against one of the Eastern Conference's top teams.
"We know we can beat anybody," center Mason Plumlee said. "It's not, 'Oh we can play with anybody.' We know we can beat anybody. ... The next step is just winning."
Beating the West-worst Lakers (2-12) or the struggling Clippers on Monday at Staples Center might come easier.
The Blazers shot a season-low 35.2 percent Tuesday but did hold the Bulls to 38.4. Portland has limited its last six opponents to a combined 40.8 percent.
"I think we should also be excited the way we defended tonight and gave ourselves a chance to win the game," Lillard said. "We've got to keep that mindset and keep that type of focus and do it every game."
Portland had a more complete effort against the Lakers, shooting 49.4 percent while holding Los Angeles to its second-lowest mark of the season (36.4).
Lillard scored 30 points while dishing out a career-high 13 assists. C.J. McCollum chipped in 19 points on 8-of-13 shooting as the Blazers' backcourt outdueled the Lakers' young duo of Jordan Clarkson and D'Angelo Russell.
Clarkson had a team-leading 19 points in that game but was held to four on 2-of-11 shooting in a 111-77 drubbing at Golden State on Tuesday. Kobe Bryant was limited to four points while missing 13 of 14 shots in the Lakers' fourth consecutive loss and sixth in a row on the road.
"It's tough out there," guard Nick Young told his team's official website. "We've got to find our identity. Like I've been saying, everybody's a great one-on-one player, but we've got to work on team ball."
The Lakers, 0-8 against West teams, have lost six in a row to the Blazers for their longest skid in the series since an eight-gamer Feb. 18, 1993-Jan. 9, 1995.
Lillard has averaged 28.7 points during the streak, and his 25.8 career average in 12 meetings with Los Angeles is his second-highest versus any opponent behind a 26.2 mark against San Antonio. McCollum has totaled 46 points while making 18 of 29 shots in the last two meetings.
Clarkson is averaging 21.0 points on 54.2 percent shooting in his past three matchups with Portland.
Bryant, averaging 15.2 points on 31.1 percent shooting, had 18 points and missed 16 of 22 shots in last weekend's defeat. He's averaged 33.1 points in his last seven games in Portland but hasn't played there since scoring 47 in a 113-106 win April 10, 2013.
Los Angeles has lost 14 of 18 in Portland.
Burks scores 21 as Jazz pull away from Pelicans 101-87
By KAREEM COPELAND - AP Sports Writer
Saturday, November 28 at 11:57 PM (EST)
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Alec Burks scored 21 points and the Utah Jazz beat the New Orleans Pelicans 101-87 on Saturday night.
The Jazz have won two straight, matching their season high.
Rodney Hood scored 16 for the Jazz, Gordon Hayward chipped in 17 and Trevor Booker had 13 points and 15 rebounds for his first double-double of the season. Center Rudy Gobert added nine points, 14 rebounds and four blocked shots.
Pelicans center Anthony Davis was a one-man show for much of the night. He scored 14 of the Pelicans' 16 first-quarter points and finished with 36. Davis also grabbed 11 rebounds and blocked three shots. Teammate Ish Smith came off the bench to score 13 points.
New Orleans (4-13) made a push late in the fourth quarter, but crucial buckets from Hayward and Burks stemmed the run.
Joseph beats buzzer with 3 as Raptors beat Wizards 84-82
By IAN QUILLEN - Associated Press
Saturday, November 28 at 11:30 PM (EST)
WASHINGTON (AP) On one of their worst offensive nights of the season, Cory Joseph and the Toronto Raptors executed when it mattered.
Joseph made a 3-pointer at the buzzer following a well-worked inbounds play, lifting the Raptors an 84-82 victory over the Washington Wizards on Saturday night.
''I knew if I got to him clean, he was going to knock it in,'' said DeMar DeRozan, who found Joseph in the corner with a kickout pass. ''That's just Cory. You can trust him with that.''
Kyle Lowry scored 27 points for the Raptors, who before Joseph's 3 had not led since early in the first quarter and tied a season high with 22 turnovers.
DeRozan added 20 points for Toronto, which overcame that sloppiness to win its fourth straight.
''As long as there's time on the clock, it don't matter, anything can happen,'' DeRozan said. ''As long as we stay with it until the last second comes off the clock, we feel we have a chance.''
Bradley Beal scored 20 points for Washington, which lost its fourth straight despite allowing its fewest points of the season.
John Wall added eight of his 18 points in the fourth quarter, but shot 6 for 25 (24 percent) and missed a pair of late free throws that opened the door for Toronto.
''We felt like we let this one slip away,'' Wall said. ''But you can kind of deal with this, the way we competed. And that's the most important thing.''
Ending a miserable four-game, five-day stretch, Washington shot under 36 percent from the floor in three straight games, including 32.9 percent (27 of 82) on Saturday.
''We've got to cut the negativity we have coming from players, coaches, staff, media,'' said Marcin Gortat, who finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds. ''It's not even fun coming here anymore. So much negativity. I understand we're losing games, but (darn).''
Washington failed to hit a field goal over the final 4:24 to fall to 1-8 in its last nine regular-season games against Toronto. The Wizards did sweep the Raptors in the first round of last season's Eastern Conference playoffs.
Washington looked headed to victory until Wall's free throw misses. Then following a timeout, DeRozan curled around a screen to get the inbounds, drove toward the baseline and kicked the ball out to Joseph in the left corner. Joseph rose and sank his 3-pointer as time expired.
''The play was for DeMar to catch it and get something quick,'' said Raptors coach Dwane Casey. ''He had the presence of mind in a very short period of time to make a play and Cory works on that shot tremendously.''
DUDLEY DOES RIGHT
Wizards F Jared Dudley earned his first start of the season after scoring 19 points in Friday's loss at Boston and performing with an attitude coach Randy Wittman said others had lacked.
''He was flying around out there like a crazed animal, and all of the sudden good things happen,'' Wittman said.
Raptors: C Bismack Biyombo had a season-high 16 rebounds. ... The Raptors improved to 5-2 in the first game against a team they lost to in playoff series to the previous season.
Wizards: Washington had only 10 healthy players. C Nene sat with a strained calf after playing only two minutes on Friday, and G Gary Neal sat out with a strained groin. ... F Drew Gooden's five-game absence is also because of a calf strain, Wittman said.
Raptors: Host Phoenix on Sunday.
Wizards: Visit Cleveland on Tuesday.
Leonard scores 22, Spurs shut down Hawks for 5th straight
Saturday, November 28 at 11:08 PM (EST)
SAN ANTONIO (AP) Kawhi Leonard scored 22 points and the San Antonio Spurs won their fifth straight, holding the Atlanta Hawks to several season lows offensively in a 108-88 victory Saturday night.
San Antonio matched a season high with nine 3-pointers in winning its 18th consecutive home game against Atlanta and 10th straight overall against the Hawks.
Atlanta had season lows for points in any quarter (12 in the second), first-half points (37) and matched a season low for total points.
LaMarcus Aldridge added 13 points and Tim Duncan had 10 points and 18 rebounds for San Antonio, which has won 11 of 12.
Atlanta's starting five struggled to get a shot off against the hounding defense and long arms of Leonard, Aldridge, Duncan and Danny Green.
The Hawks' starters finished with 38 points. Reserves Mike Scott had 12 points and Kent Bazemore added 11.
San Antonio had six players score in double figures in remaining undefeated at home after nine games.
Aldridge was especially active early with eight points, five rebounds, two blocked shots and a steal in 10 minutes during the first quarter.
He jumped to corral a loose ball near the free throw line and missed a short jumper in the lane, but rose above three players to tip in his own miss.
The Hawks were 5 for 18 in the second quarter and committed six turnovers.
Hawks: Tiago Splitter, who sat out the game with a right hip injury, received a rousing ovation when he was shown on the midcourt video screens. Splitter played five seasons in San Antonio before being traded to Atlanta in the offseason in an effort to clear cap space to eventually sign Aldridge. ... Bazemore, who was listed as probable with a sprained right ankle, shot 5 for 10 in 20 minutes. ... Atlanta's previous low for points in any quarter was 18, which happened on three occasions.
Spurs: After Becky Hammon showed Gregg Popovich a play on the whiteboard she was carrying, he directed the second-year assistant to run the team's huddle during a timeout in the second quarter as he stood behind and watched. The team listened intently and the ensuing play resulted in an Atlanta turnover. ... Popovich was haranguing Marc Davis for nearly a minute before the official assessed a technical foul on the Spurs coach with 1:44 remaining in the first quarter. Popovich continued to lecture Davis following the technical, but Davis did not throw him out. ... San Antonio has not lost at home to Atlanta since drafting Tim Duncan with the No. 1 overall selection in 1997. The Hawks' previous win in San Antonio came on Feb. 15, 1997, when Steve Smith scored a game-high 25 points in a 109-89 victory.
Hawks: Host Oklahoma City on Monday.
Spurs: At Chicago on Monday.
By KEVIN CHROUST - STATS Writer
Saturday, November 28 at 2:24 AM (EST)
Despite the ugly state Sacramento was in three weeks ago, the nine-point home loss it had against Golden State is looking better ever day. The Warriors are beating teams by roughly as many points as their second-leading scorer is putting up, and he finished 12th in the MVP vote last season.
The Kings have since recovered some, but it'll take a whole lot more to be the ones to end the Warriors' NBA-record start. That's particularly true since things are moving from the capital to the bay this time around and it's more likely to be Sacramento which is handicapped a key player even if it seems on paper the Warriors could spare Klay Thompson the trouble.
The teams meet for a second time Saturday night with the Warriors eying 18-0 as well as a 10th straight victory in the series.
The Warriors (17-0) have swept the last two season series with their closest NBA neighbor and started this one with a 103-94 win on Nov. 7. The nine straight wins have come by an average of 16.9 points, and the four played in Oakland have been by 22.2.
But those aren't necessarily numbers to be ashamed of against this season's team. The single-digit loss was one of five the league has against the Warriors thus far and one Phoenix would likely welcome after Golden State thudded them 135-116 Friday.
Golden State went 22 of 38 from 3-point range - establishing yet another franchise record and falling one shy of the NBA record for single-game 3s - and cruised despite committing a season-high 24 turnovers.
"We have an edge," Steph Curry said. "We love the feeling of winning and our confidence is high right now. That's the only thing that motivates us."
Calling it merely an edge might be underselling it. The Warriors are 100-20 since the start of last season including the postseason, and no other team has yet reached 80 in that time. The dominance they're showing this season points toward the disparity only growing. Their wins this season are coming by an average of 15.8 points per game and 17.5 at home. Thompson is averaging 16.1 and 15.8 at home.
Thompson hasn't scored or shot as much this season, likely in part because of his star teammate. Curry had 41 points on 11-of-20 shooting and 9 of 16 from 3-point range with eight assists, and the reigning MVP needed just 31 minutes to do so. It was already his fifth game of at least 40 points, which is something he entered the season having done nine times. The rest of the NBA has done it 14 times this season, among them Sacramento's DeMarcus Cousins - just not recently.
Cousins has missed two games with a lower-back strain, including Friday's 101-91 home loss to Minnesota, as the Kings fell to 1-6 without him. Even so, the Kings (6-11) have won five of nine since a 1-7 start that had Cousins screaming at coach George Karl.
Against the Timberwolves, it didn't help that Rudy Gay had his worst game of the season, scoring a season-low two points on 1-of-13 shooting. It gets worse: It was Gay's fewest points since he was shut out on Jan. 23 - by Golden State. It gets worse: Thompson had 52 that night.
Over the winning streak in the series, the shooting guard has scored 24.7 points and shot 53.1 percent while hitting 51.5 percent from 3-point range, so it might be his turn for a night in the spotlight considering Curry's pedestrian 19.7 points in the same span.
And then there's Sacramento's recent form on the defensive end. The Kings have allowed their last three opponents to score 115.3 per game on 48.7 percent.
"I felt like we had no sense of urgency defensively," Omri Casspi said of the Timberwolves. "They got whatever they wanted and we couldn't get stops."
That's how they felt about Minnesota - a .500 team that went 16-66 last season. Here come the defending NBA champions, looking to go 18-0.
James hits game-winner with 1 second left, Cavs edge Nets
By STEVE HERRICK - Associated Press
Saturday, November 28 at 10:52 PM (EST)
CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James made a running hook shot with a second left and scored 26 points, giving the Cleveland Cavaliers a 90-88 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday night.
After Joe Johnson's three foul shots tied the game with 15.2 seconds left, the Cavaliers called timeout and took the ball at midcourt.
James took the inbounds pass, dribbled to the top of the key before cutting to the right of the lane and hitting a hook shot over Brook Lopez, the Nets' 7-foot center.
James scored 10 points and added a key steal late in the game to help Cleveland (13-4) remain unbeaten at home in nine games.
Kevin Love also scored 26 points for Cleveland, which played a sluggish first half and didn't take its first lead until midway through the third quarter.
Lopez led Brooklyn (4-12) with 22 points. Johnson added 17 for the Nets, who fell to 1-10 on the road.
Tristan Thompson's basket with 1:13 remaining gave Cleveland an 86-85 lead and James made two free throws with 16 seconds left, but Johnson was fouled by J.R. Smith attempting a 3-pointer.
Johnson hit all three foul shots, but James made sure the Nets' strong effort fell short.
James helped Cleveland rally from an 83-76 deficit in the fourth quarter with a 3-pointer and a three-point play before the Cavaliers took the lead on Thompson's basket with 2:44 remaining.
Brooklyn built the lead to double figures in the second quarter and led 50-44 at halftime. Cleveland took its first lead at 61-60 on Love's 3-pointer midway through the third. Matthew Dellavedova's 3-pointer gave the Cavaliers a 69-68 lead going into the final period.
Mo Williams scored 14 points for the Cavaliers while Thompson had 10 points and 11 rebounds. Thaddeus Young had 16 points and 12 rebounds for the Nets.
Nets: Johnson has made at least one field goal in 900 straight games. ... Brooklyn's only road win came at Houston on Nov. 11.
Cavaliers: Timofey Mozgov started at center for the second straight night after missing three games with a strained right shoulder. ... Cleveland is off to its best home start opening 23-0 in 2008-09.
Nets: Host Detroit on Sunday.
Cavaliers: Host Washington on Tuesday.
Mavericks score first 16 points of second half, beat Nuggets
Saturday, November 28 at 11:26 PM (EST)
DALLAS (AP) Deron Williams scored 22 points, Zaza Pachulia added 16 points and 12 rebounds, and the Dallas Mavericks used a 16-0 run to begin the second half and beat the Denver Nuggets 92-81 on Saturday night and snap a three-game losing streak.
The Nuggets began a five-game road trip with their sixth straight loss.
Dallas has won five straight at home after losing its first two games of the season at American Airlines Center.
The Mavericks, trailing 52-48 at halftime, scored the first 16 points of the third quarter and never trailed again. Denver missed its first 15 field-goal attempts in the opening 8:45 of the period and committed six turnovers before Kenneth Faried scored on a layup to leave Dallas ahead 64-54.
Darrell Arthur, who attended Dallas' South Oak Cliff High, scored 16 points. Will Barton added 14 off the bench, 12 in the second half.
Dallas outscored Denver 25-5 in the third period, shooting 61.5 percent to the Nuggets' 10.5 percent (2 for 19). The Nuggets committed seven turnovers in the quarter.
The Mavericks' largest lead was 20 points, when a 3-pointer by Dirk Nowitzki put Dallas ahead 77-57 less than a minute into the fourth quarter.
Williams, who played his high school ball locally at The Colony, was 4 for 8 on 3-pointers. Signed during the offseason, Williams fell one short of his season high in points and added four assists and four rebounds.
Pachulia scored Dallas' first seven points and followed a four-point, no-rebound effort in a loss at San Antonio on Wednesday night with his 10th double-double of the season.
Emmanuel Mudiay, the No. 7 draftee last summer after playing his high school ball in nearby Arlington, Texas and Dallas, scored 12 for the Nuggets on 5-for-15 shooting. Danilo Gallinari had 12 points, all in the first half. He shot 0 for 7 in the second half.
The Nuggets scored the game's first seven points, shot 52.6 percent in the first half and led 52-48 at intermission. Denver outrebounded Dallas 25-15 in the half and limited Nowitzki, the Mavericks' leading scorer at 17.4 points per game, to two field-goal attempts and two points.
Nowitzki finished with 13 points and seven rebounds. Raymond Felton added 12 points off the bench, eight in the first half.
Gary Harris, who started all of Denver's first 16 games, sat out after sustaining a concussion in the Nuggets' previous game against San Antonio on Wednesday.
Faried played 14 minutes off the bench after missing Denver's previous three games with a left ankle sprain. He had 10 points and five rebounds.
Nuggets: This was the back end of Denver's fourth back-to-back so far this season, all losses and all on the road.
Mavericks: J.J. Barea sat out with a sprained right ankle. He's expected to miss three games.
Nuggets: At Milwaukee on Monday night.
Mavericks: At Sacramento on Monday night
|Sunday, November 29, 2015|
|Men's College Basketball|
|Wichita State||vs.||Iowa||10:00 (EST)|
|UC Irvine||vs.||Evansville||11:30 (EST)|
|Utah State||vs.||Duke||12:30 (EST) Preview|
Utah St.-Duke Preview
By ALAN FERGUSON - STATS Writer
Saturday, November 28 at 4:40 PM (EST)
A young Duke squad was challenged in the opening half in its latest game and could get another test against an unbeaten team.
Utah State, though, hasn't seen an opponent anywhere near the No. 6 Blue Devils' caliber and will be trying for its first road upset of a ranked team in 24 seasons Sunday.
Duke (5-1) has won its first three home games by a combined 75 points, but the latest was much tougher than the first two. The Blue Devils trailed 9-0 in the first 2 1/2 minutes and led by just two at the break before pulling away to beat Yale 80-61 on Wednesday.
"We're young, and I thought we were tired from (last week's 2K Classic in New York). They made us more tired," coach Mike Krzyzewski said. "It's going to be tough to get them all to play at the consistent level that we would like. We've got to play with energy and hopefully we have enough to win as we're getting better."
Matt Jones had a team-best 17 points on 7-of-11 shooting while sophomore Grayson Allen was held to 14 after scoring at least 30 in wins over VCU and Georgetown last weekend. Freshman Derryck Thornton totaled 33 points in those games but had just six Wednesday.
"We've got a lot of growing up to do. That will be a cool thing to grow with this team," Krzyzewski said. "We're playing good teams and we'll play another on Sunday, too. ... They're undefeated so we've got to keep growing."
Utah State is 4-0 in longtime assistant coach Tim Duryea's first season leading the program after 17 campaigns under Stew Morrill. Only half of the Aggies' wins have come against Division I teams, including an 81-55 victory over Utah Valley on Tuesday to conclude a three-game homestand.
Utah State has lost 11 in a row to ranked teams since a 79-77 win over No. 10 Nevada on March 9, 2007. The Aggies have dropped 11 consecutive road games versus Top 25 opponents since a 74-72 victory at No. 10 Utah on Dec. 10, 1991.
The highest-ranked team they've beaten on the road was also the Utes, who were No. 5 in Utah State's 73-61 victory in January 1960.
Utah State has never faced the Blue Devils, who have won an NCAA-best 119 consecutive non-conference home games dating to a loss to St. John's on Feb. 26, 2000.
"Duke is the gold standard in how hard you play, how hard you compete and everything that is good about college basketball," Duryea said. "We are thrilled to be here and I think our guys will respond to the challenge and be ready to go."
Two Duke freshmen who have strongly preferred playing at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Brandon Ingram is averaging 17.0 points in three games there, compared to 5.7 in three neutral-site games on 5-of-20 shooting. Freshman Luke Kennard has 12 points on 2-of-14 shooting over those three games but has totaled 32 points at home.
Chris Smith leads the Aggies with 16.8 points and 7.8 rebounds per game while shooting 60.5 percent. Junior Lew Evans had 15 points and a career-best 14 rebounds in 20 minutes off the bench Tuesday.
|Jackson State||vs.||Marquette||12:30 (EST)|
|Northern Colorado||vs.||Colorado||1:00 (EST)|
|Harvard||vs.||Holy Cross||1:05 (EST)|
|Wisconsin||vs.||Oklahoma||1:30 (EST) Preview|
By TAYLOR BECHTOLD - STATS Writer
Saturday, November 28 at 11:21 PM (EST)
Though much of Wisconsin's success under Bo Ryan has been predicated by its play on the defensive end, the new-look Badgers haven't found that identity yet this season.
That doesn't bode well heading into a matchup with Buddy Hield and red-hot Oklahoma.
In a matchup between defensive-minded programs, Hield will try to continue his sizzling start Sunday when the seventh-ranked Sooners go after their 20th win in their last 21 home games.
Wisconsin has led the Big Ten in defense in nine of the past 13 seasons and ranked 12th nationally in defensive scoring (58.2) on the way to 36 wins and a national championship game appearance in 2014-15.
But without stars Frank Kaminsky and Sam Dekker, the Badgers (4-2) have had a difficult time regaining that form this season. They've yet to hold an opponent under 64 points through six games after doing so in 27 of 40 last season. They're also allowing teams to shoot 46.8 percent from 3-point range.
Wisconsin let Prairie View A&M shoot 50.0 percent - including 7 of 10 from beyond the arc - in Wednesday's 85-67 home victory. The winless Panthers entered the contest with a 37.6 field-goal percentage while sinking only 14 of 62 (22.6) from long distance in their first four games.
"It's going to take awhile (to find an identity),'' junior guard Zak Showalter told the team's official website, "just because we have so many new guys who haven't played. Offensively and defensively, it's going to take time. But we're getting better. We've come a long ways already and we'll keep going."
The Badgers are going to have to find a way to contain Hield, who is averaging a nation-best 38.0 points per 40 minutes and also ranks among the national leaders with 25.3 per game.
The senior guard finished with 22 points, six rebounds and five assists in just 22 minutes in Tuesday's 96-63 home win over Incarnate Word. The reigning Big 12 Player of the Year, who considered leaving for the NBA after averaging 17.4 points last season, is shooting 56.8 percent from the field, 57.9 from 3 (11 for 19) and 88.2 (15 for 17) from the free-throw line.
''It's great to see him get the results he's getting," coach Lon Kruger said. "He knows, too, that going forward, he'll be a marked guy in other people's scouting reports. He's got to continue to work even harder to maintain that rate.''
The Badgers did a nice job against Hield last season, holding him to nine points on 2-of-11 shooting in a 69-56 win Nov. 28, 2014, in the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament championship game.
Ryan Spangler and Jordan Woodard were also limited to a combined 10 points on 2-of-8 shooting in that contest. They teamed for 22 points and 15 rebounds Tuesday at the Lloyd Noble Center.
"This is another test for us,'' Showalter said, "and I'm excited."
Oklahoma (3-0) ranked 11th nationally with a 38.6 defensive field-goal percentage en route to 24 wins last season. With four starters back, the club has picked up where it left off by holding opponents to a 34.1 mark overall and 19-of-79 (24.1 percent) shooting from 3-point range.
The Sooners, ranked their highest since 2008-09, will have to keep watch on Bronson Koenig. The guard averages a team-high 17.3 points while hitting 15 of 36 (41.7 percent) from deep.
Wisconsin has won four of seven all-time meetings, splitting two in Norman.
|Boise State||vs.||Arizona||1:30 (EST) Preview|
Boise St.-Arizona Preview
By JEFF MEZYDLO - STATS Senior Writer
Saturday, November 28 at 12:37 PM (EST)
Minus its big man, Arizona's first defeat came in upset fashion.
It's uncertain if Kaleb Tarczewski will be available Sunday against Boise State in the third-place game of the Wooden Legacy in Anaheim, and the No. 11 Wildcats struggled to beat the Broncos last week even with the 7-footer playing.
A four-year starter, Tarczewski had a season-high 12 points Thursday to open this tournament but injured his ankle in a 75-73 overtime win over Santa Clara. He sat out as Arizona fell 69-65 to Providence in Friday's semifinals.
Coach Sean Miller does not know when the senior will return but feels the injury is not long-term. Though Tarczewski is only fourth on the team with 8.6 points per game, his average of 7.2 rebounds is a career high and his experience is invaluable.
''It's definitely different out there without him,'' said 6-9 teammate Ryan Anderson, who had 27 points and 12 rebounds Friday. ''Our big guy unit is all about playing hard and crashing the glass. That's something we tried to do. Obviously, it helps to have Kaleb in there.''
The Wildcats (5-1) still outrebounded Providence 43-22 and owned a 26-8 advantage in second-chance points, but both teams scored 28 in the paint and Miller said they missed Tarczewski's presence late. The Friars finished on a 10-2 run.
"You can't just judge him on his statistics," Miller said. "His physicality, his presence, his ability to be in the right place at the right time constantly at the end of games. ... We will continue to miss him until he gets back."
Arizona hurt itself with a season-high 21 turnovers that turned into 26 points for Providence. The Wildcats committed 17 in their narrow victory a night earlier over a Santa Clara team which remains winless.
Miller wasn't necessarily surprised with Friday's outcome.
''I've never felt worse after a win (Thursday night),'' he said. ''After we watched the film a number of times, it became apparent that for whatever reason we showed up thinking we were much better than we really were.''
Arizona finds itself in some new territory after winning an early season tournament each of the past three years.
''You lose one, it's a different feeling,'' Miller said. ''We haven't experienced that in a long, long time.''
Gabe York has struggled in this event, shooting 7 of 27 from the field while averaging 10.5 points. The senior had scored 16.0 per game through the first four, including a career-high 23 points in an 88-76 home win over Boise State on Nov. 19.
The Wildcats trailed early in the second half and were leading by only four with under six minutes left before taking control in a game that was added as a regional contest for this event. Anderson had 15 rebounds and Tarczewski pulled down nine as the Wildcats held a 39-31 edge on the glass. Arizona shot 54.2 percent despite Anderson, who averages 17.0 points and 10.8 boards, going 4 for 13 from the field.
Even with Anderson and Tarczewski on the floor, 6-9 James Webb III had 27 points with nine boards and 6-8 Nick Duncan scored 21 for the Broncos (3-3). Boise shot 48.6 percent in the first half but 35.7 in the second.
The Broncos also put up a good fight against third-ranked Michigan State on Friday, getting within one point with 14 minutes left before falling 77-67.
''We can really go with these teams for 35 minutes, but we've got to play 40 minutes,'' said Duncan, who had 19 points.
Broncos leading scorer Anthony Drmic (16.8 ppg) was held to nine points Friday and against Arizona, shooting a combined 4 for 16.
|Brown||vs.||SMU||2:00 (EST) Preview|
By JEFF MEZYDLO - STATS Senior Writer
Saturday, November 28 at 12:35 PM (EST)
Despite the dark cloud of a postseason ban looming over the program and coach Larry Brown suspended until mid-December, SMU is off to a solid start.
Ranked for the first time this season, the No. 25 Mustangs look to improve to 4-0 Sunday against visiting Brown.
On Sept. 29, the NCAA announced it banned SMU from all 2015-16 postseason play and suspended Brown nine games after concluding he lied to investigators, ignored academic fraud and fell far short of expectations in leading his staff when it came to compliance. It's the third time in as many college coaching jobs that the 75-year-old Brown has faced NCAA sanctions.
"I know (the team is) going to do the very best they can, and I'm really comfortable in that regard,'' said Brown, who can return after SMU's Dec. 17 game against Hampton.
"But it's never easy watching people you care about.''
The Mustangs made the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1993 while going 27-7 last season, but will play their last game of this one at Cincinnati on March 6.
Brown's assistant Tom Jankovich, a former head coach at North Texas and Illinois State, is guiding the team in his absence. Expected to be Brown's successor at SMU, Jankovich has been pleased from the start with how these players have handled the situation while leaving it all on the court.
"I think that's the way you need to play the game, with heart," Jankovich said. "I have a lot of faith in these players. They're good people, but at the same time we're playing under unusual circumstances."
Senior guard Nic Moore (12.0 points per game) leads five players averaging at least 11 points for the Mustangs, who have shot 56 percent and held their first three opponents to 38.5.
"We still go off of coach Brown's principals," forward Jordan Tolbert said. "Everybody knows what we're suppose to do. It's like coach Brown is here in spirit."
The preseason pick to repeat as American Athletic Conference player of the year, Moore also knows he must step up his leadership to help the Mustangs collectively get through this unique season.
''Just basically keep the team together,'' he said. ''When thoughts get bad, wash them thoughts away and just come back as a team.''
Facing their second straight Ivy League opponent, the Mustangs hope for a more complete effort than last Sunday's 71-69 win over Yale. SMU trailed by eight at the break after the Bulldogs went 6 of 10 from 3-point range. However, it held Yale to 35.7 percent shooting from the field in the final 20 minutes and scored 23 points off 16 turnovers overall to hold on.
Brown (1-4) has allowed an average of 85.7 points on 52.8 percent shooting while losing to Niagara, Providence and New Hampshire.
"I know we can be better and I expect us to improve as the season progresses," Brown coach Mike Martin said after Tuesday's 88-77 loss to New Hampshire.
Senior Cedric Kuakumensah averages team highs of 11.2 points and 10.4 rebounds.
Taking on its first ranked opponent since losing at then-No. 22 Notre Dame in December 2012, Brown fell 60-56 in overtime at SMU in the only previous meeting Jan. 6, 2007.
The Mustangs have won 20 straight nonconference home games against unranked teams.
|Maine-Fort Kent||vs.||NJIT||2:00 (EST)|
|LIU Brooklyn||vs.||Dartmouth||2:00 (EST)|
|Urbana||vs.||Bowling Green||2:00 (EST)|
|Rider||vs.||Rhode Island||2:00 (EST)|
|South Carolina State||vs.||Kansas State||2:00 (EST)|
|Mississippi Valley State||vs.||Tennessee Tech||2:00 (EST)|
|UC Riverside||vs.||Lamar||2:00 (EST)|
|Savannah State||vs.||South Florida||2:00 (EST)|
|South Dakota||vs.||Eastern Washington||2:30 (EST)|
|UC Santa Barbara||vs.||Arizona State||3:00 (EST)|
|Delaware State||vs.||San Francisco||3:00 (EST)|
|Stephen F. Austin||vs.||Appalachian State||3:30 (EST)|
|Maine||vs.||Central Connecticut State||4:00 (EST)|
|St. Francis Brooklyn||vs.||Hartford||4:00 (EST)|
|Boston College||vs.||Santa Clara||4:30 (EST)|
|Xavier||vs.||Dayton||4:30 (EST) Preview|
By CHRIS ALTRUDA - STATS Editor
Saturday, November 28 at 5:04 PM (EST)
Xavier has stormed into the finals of the AdvoCare Invitational while Dayton has scrapped its way there. The intrastate foes and one-time conference rivals now try to return to Ohio with a trophy as they meet in the title game Sunday near Orlando, Florida.
The 24th-ranked Musketeers easily dispatched Alabama 64-45 in the first round and cruised by Southern California 87-77 in a semifinal win Friday that wasn't as close as the final score. Trevon Bluiett scored 11 of his 16 points in the first half, hitting a pair of 3-pointers in a 17-0 run, as Xavier shot 57.6 percent en route to a 54-27 halftime lead.
''Had our best half of the year,'' coach Chris Mack said. ''Our guys were ready to play. We're just excited to play in the championship game.''
The first 20 minutes were offset slightly by a lackluster second 20 in which the Musketeers (6-0) were outscored 50-33. Myles Davis, who had 12 points, noted the difference but also thinks there won't be a repeat performance.
''It was a learning experience for the guys,'' said Davis, who is averaging 9.8 points despite shooting 34.0 percent. ''I'm not saying we let our foot off the gas. I just think we're in a different circumstance that we haven't been in yet.''
Xavier has outrebounded all six of its opponents, and its plus-14.5 margin ranks in the top 10 in Division I.
While Dayton is 5-0 for the second time in three seasons, the Flyers' early success is a little surprising given they are without last season's leading scorer, Dyshawn Pierre (12.7 ppg), who was suspended for the first semester by the school following a sexual assault accusation.
Coach Archie Miller's team has won its two games in Florida by a combined nine points after holding off a feisty Monmouth squad 73-70 on Friday. Scoochie Smith scored 19 points and hit a crucial 3-pointer late with his team up one as the Flyers nearly squandered all of a 16-point, second-half lead.
"Any time you're in these events with this type of field, and this environment you're in, you can get overwhelmed before it ever gets started," Miller said. "To find a way to win and be in the final, I'm really happy about that for our guys."
Charles Cookie added 15 points and nine rebounds for the Flyers, whose issues on the perimeter defensively might not be fully exploited by a Musketeers team shooting 33.6 percent from beyond the arc. Though Dayton is holding opponents to 36.5 percent shooting overall, it has allowed teams to make 31 of 65 from 3-point range (47.7 percent) over the last three games.
"We obviously have a lot of mistakes right now in terms of our defensive identity," Miller said.
The Flyers have been strong on the boards, winning the rebounding battle in all five games - by an average of 9.4 - while pulling down 43.8 per contest.
Dayton leads the all-time series 85-75, but Xavier has won 22 of the last 30 games between the teams. The former Atlantic 10 foes split their two games in 2012-13 in the most recent meetings before the Musketeers left to join the Big East.
|Ave Maria||vs.||FGCU||5:00 (EST)|
|UT Arlington||vs.||Rice||5:00 (EST)|
|Bakersfield||vs.||Saint Mary's||5:00 (EST)|
|Pacific||vs.||Sacramento State||5:35 (EST)|
|Texas-Permian Basin||vs.||UTSA||6:00 (EST)|
|Wiley||vs.||Sam Houston State||6:30 (EST)|
|Western Michigan||vs.||Mercer||7:00 (EST)|
|Alabama||vs.||Notre Dame||7:00 (EST) Preview|
Alabama-Notre Dame Preview
By JEFF MEZYDLO - STATS Senior Writer
Saturday, November 28 at 1:02 PM (EST)
Notre Dame isn't playing for the title of the AdvoCare Invitational, but it has a chance to leave the "Happiest Place on Earth" feeling good about itself.
Though it likely won't be easy, the No. 17 Fighting Irish can conclude the event with a winning record by beating an Alabama team that's looking to knock off a second straight ranked opponent in the fifth-place game Sunday night near Orlando, Florida.
After blowing an eight-point halftime lead by shooting 38.7 percent in the second half and committing 14 turnovers during Thursday's stunning 70-68 loss to Monmouth, Notre Dame (4-1) regrouped a day later to win 68-62 over Iowa at the Walt Disney World complex.
"It's funny how 24 hours in these tournaments, things can turn around," Irish coach Mike Brey said. "And we have a chance to win against a power conference team on Sunday.
"Getting out of Disney 2-1 after (Thursday) night … Merry Christmas. It'd be pretty good."
V.J. Beachem scored 16 points as the Irish overcame an early seven-point hole to lead by as many as 17 en route to a much-needed victory. After allowing Monmouth to shoot 45.2 percent in the second half, Notre Dame held the Hawkeyes to 37.9 overall and committed seven turnovers.
"We're trying to figure out who we are," Brey said. "To bounce back and get an Iowa team, well, God, that's a good night for this group."
In his first season as a starter, the 6-foot-8 junior Beachem has totaled 30 points, gone 8 of 19 from 3-point range and pulled down 14 rebounds in the two tournament games.
''He has answered the bell down here both nights," Brey said. ''I just think he's really confident. He's defending, he's rebounding, he's making big shots. He really feels like he belongs as a starter.''
Brey can use another solid effort from Beachem against Alabama (3-2), which rebounded from Thursday's 64-45 defeat to No. 23 Xavier by beating 20th-ranked Wichita State 64-60 on Friday
Though the Shockers played without injured star Fred VanVleet and were left shaken after forward Anton Grady was carried off on a stretcher late in the second half following a face-first fall, the Crimson Tide took advantage and snapped a 22-game skid against Top 25 teams by beating one away from home for the first time since November 2009.
''This was a team victory,'' said first-year coach Avery Johnson, who broke into a locker-room dance after his team held the Shockers to a season-low 31.1 percent shooting. ''I'm proud of them.
"With our team, on and off the court, everything's an evaluation."
The Tide have shot 35.1 percent and gone 10 of 48 from 3-point range in the last two games, but remained competitive by holding both tournament opponents to 34.8 percent from the floor.
Shannon Hale had 20 points, Riley Norris scored 12 off the bench and each hit key free throws in the final 36 seconds Friday. Hale is averaging 16 points and shooting 16 of 32 in the last three contests.
Alabama last won back-to-back games against ranked opponents away from home during a three-game run while advancing to the 2004 NCAA Tournament regional finals.
Notre Dame won the most recent meeting between the schools, 99-85 on Dec. 7, 2006.
|Michigan State||vs.||Providence||7:00 (EST) Preview|
Michigan St.-Providence Preview
By KEVIN CHROUST - STATS Writer
Saturday, November 28 at 10:15 PM (EST)
Providence got a day off after a game its coach referred to as exhausting. So did Michigan State, and if that day didn't cool off Denzel Valentine, any rest his next opponent got figures to be trivial.
The teams meet Sunday night in Anaheim for the Wooden Legacy title, each seeking hardware to go along with a 7-0 start, but the Spartans' senior guard should be the Friars' first objective.
In Friday's 77-67 semifinal win over Boise State, Valentine hit five consecutive 3-pointers to break open a one-point game in the second half and finished with a career-high 32 points on 8-of-15 shooting. He tied a career high with seven 3s, made all nine of his free throws, and added nine rebounds and six assists.
"Denzel had a stretch where he was unbelievable, but I didn't think that was his best game and that's the good news for me," coach Tom Izzo said.
There are plenty of candidates already this season. It followed a 29-point effort in Michigan State's 99-68 opening-round win over Boston College the day before, which matched his previous career high - set 10 days prior in a win over then-No. 4 Kansas.
But even Izzo is calling for Valentine to get more help. While his coach appreciates the progress of his own efficiency, Valentine's outburst against Boise State nearly doubled the 17 points the rest of the starting five scored on 5-of-21 shooting.
"He is starting to do it more efficiently," Izzo said. "At Kansas, he took 23 shots but now he is down around 15 shots. I feel a little bad for him, whenever he's trying to get shots and assists too, we have guys missing layups and it ticks me off and I hope it ticks him off too."
That doesn't yet seem to be the case, and his backcourt mate is showing signs of chipping in. Tum Tum Nairn had nine points and a team-high seven assists for the Spartans. Nairn is averaging 11.0 points and shooting 52.9 percent over 31.5 minutes in the tournament after putting up 2.5 on 4 of 13 and averaging 18.8 minutes in the team's first four games.
"He carried us in the first half and he got me going," Valentine said. "He was the one who got me going and was in my ear. If I took a bad shot, he told me."
Michigan State (6-0) can now match its 2013-14 start for its best since winning 12 straight to begin its 2000-01 Final Four season, but Providence (6-0) is coming off an impressive win over another national power.
The Friars beat No. 11 Arizona 69-65 Friday, and it apparently took its toll.
"That was an exhausting, exhausting game," coach Ed Cooley said.
The positive was their top scorer got some serious help and has throughout the Friars' impressive start. Ben Bentil scored a career-high 21 points, and standout guard Kris Dunn finished with 19, needing just nine shots to get there. Bentil has scored at least 21 in three straight and is averaging 16.5 for the season after finishing with 6.4 as a freshman.
"Our team made some big plays," said Dunn, who's averaging 18.7 points and added eight assists. "It was just a great team win. Ben really stepped up for us."
Providence is 6-0 for a third straight season but hasn't won its first seven since winning 13 straight in 1988-89.
Their six wins in the last 18 games against the Top 25 might not turn any heads, but another six of those games have been decided by six points or fewer. The last meeting with the Spartans didn't end as favorably with Michigan State - then also No. 3 - winning 82-58 in the 1999 Puerto Rico Shootout on its way to the national championship.
|Saturday, November 28, 2015|
|Men's College Basketball|
|Alabama State||66||vs.||64||Chicago State||Final Recap|
Alabama State rallies to edge Chicago State 66-64
Saturday, November 28 at 2:50 PM (EST)
NICEVILLE, Fla. (AP) Torloft Thomas scored 15 points, including the game-winning layup with 1.2 seconds left, as Alabama State edged Chicago State 66-64 in the Emerald Coast Classic on Saturday.
Chicago State tied the game on Jawad Adekoya's 3-pointer with 21 seconds to play.
Alabama State erased a six-point deficit with a 9-0 run, starting with a 3-pointer by Jamel Waters with 4:51 to go. Corvon Butler's two free throws made it 62-59 with 1:13 left. But Jordan Madrid-Andrews cut it to one with a layup and, after two more free throws Adekoya, hit the key 3 for the Cougars.
Waters had 19 points to lead Alabama State (2-3), which rallied from a 12-point halftime deficit that reached 16 in the second half. Bobby Brown added 13 points and Butler 12.
Elliott Cole and Madrid-Andrews had 13 each for the Cougars (3-4), who had 26 turnovers.
|Alcorn State||71||vs.||73||Florida A&M||Final Recap|
Florida A&M edges Alcorn State in 73-71 victory
Saturday, November 28 at 8:35 PM (EST)
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) Malcolm Bernard made a go-ahead basket just before the final buzzer to help Florida A&M beat Alcorn State 73-71 in the Corpus Christi Coastal Classic on Saturday.
Bernard had a triple-double with 14 points, 12 assists, 11 rebounds and four steals. Justin Ravenal made four 3-pointers and scored 16 points off the bench in 18 minutes of play.
Florida A&M (3-4) led 38-32 at halftime but Alcorn State took a 10-point lead in the second half.
The Rattlers made eight 3-pointers on 16 attempts while the Braves were 3 for 19 from distance.
Devonte Hampton, DeAndre Davis and Reginald Johnson each scored 14 for Alcorn State (0-5). Davis was 7 for 8 from the field. Marquis Vance and Patrick Onwenu had 10 points apiece, and Vance also grabbed 10 rebounds.
Peak leads Georgetown to 77-47 win over Bryant
Saturday, November 28 at 2:28 PM (EST)
WASHINGTON (AP) L.J. Peak scored 20 points and Georgetown rolled to a 77-47 win over Bryant on Saturday.
Isaac Copeland added 13 points, Marcus Derrickson had 12 and Bradley Hayes 10 for the Hoyas (2-3).
Marcel Pettway had 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Bulldogs (2-4). Dan Garvin also had 10 boards for Bryant.
Georgetown's defense throttled Bryant, forcing the Bulldogs to 34 percent shooting (19 of 56), including 4 of 25 from 3-point range. Bryant also went 5 of 15 from the foul line and had 14 turnovers.
The Hoyas, who led 40-26 at halftime, shot 43 percent, making 7 of 28 3s, and went 18 of 24 from the free-throw line.
Georgetown closed the first half with an 11-2 run, starting with Derrickson's layup at 3:42. Copeland had a 3 and then a steal and layup to cap the spurt. Copeland also opened the second half with a 3.
Nebraska beats Tennessee 82-71 in 3rd place game at Barclays
By JIM O'CONNELL - AP Basketball Writer
Saturday, November 28 at 5:45 PM (EST)
NEW YORK (AP) Wait until Tai Webster feels well.
The junior guard from New Zealand played both games of the Barclays Center Classic feeling under the weather with some stomach issues.
Still, he was able to score 39 points in the two games, including 18 on Saturday in the tournament's third-place game, an 82-71 Nebraska victory over Tennessee.
''It's definitely on its way out but not quite 100 percent,'' Webster said of his upset stomach.
Nebraska coach Tim Miles was really impressed by Webster's effort against the Volunteers.
''He was really strong to the rim. I think the last two days was as strong as I've seen him play at the rim,'' Miles said. ''He's using an inside game instead of an outside game and then obviously he's been an excellent defender for us, too. That's a staple of our program.''
It was the key to the big run that gave the Cornhuskers control of the game.
The Cornhuskers (5-2) used a 21-5 run spanning halftime to take command and their biggest lead was 60-38 with 12:29 to play. Nebraska used some stifling defense and control of the boards to take control, holding the Volunteers to 2-for-16 shooting during the big run.
Tennessee (4-3) was able to get to 70-60 with 7:19 to go but couldn't cut the lead to single digits until the final minute.
''I think we played a strong first half but the start of the second half obviously built the big lead. I think making eight of our first 10 shots (in the second half) and then being able to hang on,'' Miles said.
Andrew White III scored all of his 15 points in the second half for Nebraska.
''Obviously he had his struggles in the first half but I thought he did a great job of focusing in the second half, correcting his play and just knocking down shots like he's capable of,'' Webster said White.
Shavon Shields and Jake Hammond both had 11 points for Nebraska, whose only losses this season have been to ranked teams: then-No. 11 Villanova and No. 24 Cincinnati in the opening round of this tournament.
Kevin Punter led the Volunteers with 23 while Robert Hubbs III had 13 and Admiral Schofield added 12.
Hammond had 10 rebounds to lead Nebraska, which dominated the rebounding 46-30. Tennessee was outrebounded 47-30 in its opening-round loss to George Washington,
''I think we got outplayed and outworked and the rebounding edge, when you look at that, that really kind of speaks to what happened in the game, 46-30 with 14 offensive rebounds,'' Texas assistant coach Rob Lanier said. ''A lot of that was a byproduct of how often we were getting beat off the dribble during the course of the game.
''Defensively we're just not very good right now,'' he said. ''We got a long way to go. We're a team with a lot of growth ahead of us.''
Tennessee coach Rick Barnes has been fighting a bad cold and he didn't address the media after the game.
There were five ties and five lead changes in the opening 14:30 before Nebraska's defense turned the Volunteers' shooting cold and the Cornhuskers took a 40-32 halftime lead. Nebraska opened the second half with a 7-0 run.
Tennessee: Hubbs has scored in double figures in every game this season. ... The Volunteers had six turnovers against George Washington, none in the final 20 minutes. They had seven at halftime against Nebraska and finished with 11. ... Punter has scored (97) points in the last four games.
Nebraska: The win gives coach Tim Miles a 52-51 record in his four seasons with the Cornhuskers. ... This was the Cornhuskers' seventh game in 15 days. ... Nebraska leads the all-time series 3-0 and the last win before Saturday was in December 2004.
Tennessee is at Butler on Dec. 12.
Nebraska hosts Miami on Tuesday.
|Loyola Maryland||82||vs.||90||Siena||Final Recap|
Siena beats Loyola (Md.) in overtime 90-82
Saturday, November 28 at 2:36 PM (EST)
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Marquis Wright scored 21 points and blocked a shot to send the game into overtime and Siena beat Loyola (Maryland) 90-82 on Saturday.
Loyola scored six straight points, the final four by Andre Walker for a 76-74 lead with 40 seconds left in regulation. Nico Clareth tied it with 13 seconds left before Wright blocked Walker's jumper.
Franz Rassman gave the Greyhounds a 78-77 lead in overtime but Brett Bisping's 3-pointer started a run of nine straight points for the Saints, who outscored Loyola 14-6 in OT.
Bisping and Javion Ogunyemi scored 15 points with Claret adding 14 for Siena (4-2), which shot 50 percent and was 10 of 18 from 3-point range and 22 of 27 on free throws.
Jarred Jones had 23 points and 14 rebounds for Loyola (1-5), which led by as many as 15 in the second half. Tyler Hubbard added 20 points.
|UT Martin||51||vs.||76||Mississippi State||Final Recap|
Ware leads Mississippi St over UT Martin 76-51
By DAVID BRANDT - AP Sports Writer
Saturday, November 28 at 3:55 PM (EST)
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) Gavin Ware was a very good player for Mississippi State over his first three seasons.
If the first six games of his senior season are any indication, he may be on his way to becoming a great player.
Ware scored 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead Mississippi State over UT Martin 76-51 on Saturday. The 6-foot-9 forward made 9 of 12 shots from the field, scoring on an array of offensive moves that included alley-oops, slick post moves and baseline jumpers.
''Obviously Gavin had another incredible game offensively for us,'' Mississippi State coach Ben Howland said. ''He was 25 of 26 from the field over the last three practices, so we were almost a little let down when he missed three shots today. He hasn't been missing at all. It's incredible how good he is around the basket.''
Freshman Quinndary Weatherspoon added 16 points on 6-of-6 shooting for the Bulldogs (3-3), who won their second straight. Ware earned his second double-double of the season.
''It's just being more mature the way I go about playing,'' Ware said. ''I'm not necessarily trying to be the focal point, but being a guy that my teammates can lean on down the stretch.''
Mississippi State led 36-29 at halftime.
UT Martin (2-5) proved a pesky opponent for much of the afternoon, cutting Mississippi State's lead to 38-35 with about 16 minutes remaining on a short jumper by Chandler Rowe. But Mississippi State responded with an 18-0 run - highlighted by eight points from Ware - to push UT Martin away for good. The Skyhawks didn't score for more than eight minutes.
Mississippi State outrebounded UT Martin 43-27.
UT Martin was led by Myles Taylor and Richard Lee, who both scored 11.
Ware has been a solid player at Mississippi State throughout his career and averaged 10 points per game last season as a junior. But his production has spiked so far this season - after Saturday's game he's averaging about 20 points and seven rebounds while shooting 70 percent from the field.
He's slowly remade his body over four years, transforming from a slightly doughy freshman to a sleek senior who can play for much longer stretches without getting tired. He's now listed at 260 pounds and is just as adept at shooting 17-foot jumpers as scoring in the paint.
''It's an endless process,'' Ware said. ''We just work day in and day out trying to get my body to perform at the next level.''
Mississippi State prized freshman recruit Malik Newman had a tough game. He scored just five points on 2-of-10 shooting.
Mississippi State: Ware became the 35th player in school history to score 1,000 career points during Sunday's win over Missouri State.
UT Martin: The Skyhawks shot just 10 of 29 (34.5 percent) in the second half.
Mississippi State hosts Texas Southern on Wednesday.
UT Martin at UMKC on Tuesday.
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|San Diego||62||vs.||59||Drexel||Final Recap|
San Diego beats Drexel 62-59 in Shootout for first win
Saturday, November 28 at 6:26 PM (EST)
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) Marcus Harris scored 14 points and San Diego picked up its first season win with a 62-59 victory over Drexel to wrap up the Great Alaska Shootout on Saturday.
Duda Sanadze had 12 points and seven rebounds for the Toreros (1-5). Jito Kok had 10 points and Brandon Perry added eight points. The team averaged 43.9 percent shooting from the field and 78.6 percent from the line.
Drexel led early in the first period, going 10-7 to start, but Harris hit a pair of 3-pointers to help the Toreros climb to a 23-20 lead with 8:14 to play before the break and they held on for a 31-30 advantage at halftime.
Harris opened the second period with another 3 and Kok, Perry and Harris were able to keep Drexel at bay the rest of the way for the win.
Tavon Allen scored 10 points for the Dragons (0-6).
|South Dakota State||57||vs.||64||UMKC||Final Recap|
Harrison leads UMKC to 64-57 win over South Dakota State
Saturday, November 28 at 3:20 PM (EST)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Martez Harrison scored 25 points, 17 in the second half, and dished out six assists as Missouri-Kansas City slipped by South Dakota State 64-57 on Saturday.
UMKC (4-2) trailed most of the first half but grabbed the lead in the second and held on to give the Jackrabbits (6-1) their first loss this season.
UMKC was trailing 32-31 at the break but Harrison nailed consecutive treys to start the second half to take a 37-32 lead and the Kangaroos never trailed again.
South Dakota State's Jake Bittle, who finished with 10 points, made four-straight free throws and Deondre Parks sliced in for a layup to tie at 57 with 1:02 remaining. Harrison made seven free throws down the stretch to seal the win.
George Marshall led the Jackrabbits with 14 points. Bittle had seven rebounds and five assists.
|North Carolina A&T||56||vs.||77||North Dakota State||Final Recap|
North Dakota State beats North Carolina A&T 77-56.
Saturday, November 28 at 4:34 PM (EST)
FARGO, N.D. (AP) Paul Miller scored a career-high 27 points and the Bison used a big second half to beat North Carolina A&T 77-56 on Saturday.
The Bison (4-1) trailed by one, 28-27, at halftime after making just 3 of 16 3-pointers and shooting 38.5 percent overall. They shot 54 percent in the second half when Miller scored 17 points.
North Dakota State took its first lead at 33-30 on back-to-back 3-pointers by Malik Clements and Miller early in the second half. The Bison went up 10 with 7:51 left and a 10-0 run gave them a 63-44 lead with 3:19 remaining.
Miller was 8 of 15 from the floor and made 8 of 9 free throws. A.J. Jacobson added 17 points and Dexter Werner 11 and Clements 10.
Bruce Beckford led the Aggies (0-7) with 19 points with Joshea Singleton scoring 18. The Bison had 16 turnovers, 10 in the second half.
|New Mexico State||64||vs.||66||Air Force||Final Recap|
Air Force edges New Mexico State 66-64 in OT
Saturday, November 28 at 5:51 PM (EST)
AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AP) Trevor Lyons made a 3-point play in overtime to give Air Force a 66-64 win over New Mexico State on Saturday.
With Air Force trailing 64-63, Lyons hit the go-ahead jumper with eight seconds left following a New Mexico State turnover and then sank 1 of 2 from the line with a second remaining.
The Falcons (4-2) led through most of the second period and were up 57-55 with 1:46 to play in regulation. With two seconds left, New Mexico State's Jalyn Pennie tied it 59-59 on a free throw, sending the game into overtime.
Lyons finished with 17 points, five rebounds and five assists for the Falcons. Hayden Graham scored 16 points with seven rebounds, Zach Kocur had 15 points with six rebounds and Kyle Broekhuis added 11 points.
Pascal Siakam led the Aggies (4-2) with 26 points and 12 rebounds.
|Bucknell||58||vs.||62||Penn State||Final Recap|
Banks late 3-pointer helps Penn State beat Bucknell 62-58
By TRAVIS JOHNSON - Associated Press
Saturday, November 28 at 5:01 PM (EST)
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) As his players gathered for a courtside huddle, Patrick Chambers didn't see any of the glassy-eyed, distant stares or nervous ticks that prevailed the last time Penn State faced a late deficit.
This time, Chambers saw players confident they could overcome an 8-point Bucknell lead with 5:30 to play.
''I saw a very fierce focus,'' Chambers said. ''Whatever I said I knew was going to get executed the way I wanted it to.''
Chambers' plan was set in motion when play resumed, but it didn't follow the script exactly. Instead of hot-handed Brandon Taylor, who led all players with 19 points, Payton Banks drilled the game-winning shot in Penn State's 62-58 win on Saturday.
With Taylor heavily guarded inside, he kicked the ball out to Banks who hit a 3-pointer with 23 seconds left to break a 58-58 tie and put the game out of Bucknell's reach.
Chris Haas led Bucknell (3-3) with 18 points. Nine of them came over a 1:24 span that gave the Bison their 8-point lead, the largest for either team with 5:37 to play. But Haas missed what would've been the tying 3-pointer with 2.9 seconds left. Taylor snagged the rebound, drew a foul and made a free throw to cap the scoring.
The game was back and forth before Haas got hot with 13 lead changes overall and was tied for 11:10.
''We were in control of it going down the stretch,'' Bucknell coach Nathan Davis said. ''His guys showed a tremendous amount of mental toughness, executed well at both ends and were able to make one more play at the end than we did.''
More importantly, Penn State was able to play a better brand of defense than it had recently.
After giving up 78 and 86 points in losses to Duquesne and Radford over their past two games, Penn State players spent the two practices leading up to Saturday's game working almost entirely on defense. It paid off, especially late when the Nittany Lions fueled a 13-1 run with strong defensive work.
The Nittany Lions notched four defensive rebounds, three blocks, a steal and pressured the Bison to force an 0-for-7 shooting slump to end the game.
''It was nice to see it wasn't a 3. It wasn't a 1-and-1. It was on the defensive end,'' Chambers said.
Bucknell: The Bison put up some nice offensive numbers through their first four games, making 49.8 percent of their field goals and 37.9 percent of their 3-pointers while averaging 86.2 points per game. Penn State's defensive squeeze held them to 29.8 percent on field goals, 30 percent on 3-pointers and well below their scoring average.
Penn State: The Nittany Lions improved to 78-25 against the Bison and have won 14 of the last 15 meetings. Three players had finished in double figures in each game for Penn State before Saturday when only Taylor notched double-digit points.
No sequence fired Penn State's bench up more than when Josh Reaves and Shep Garner turned in back-to-back blocks with less than 4:20 to play.
Reaves fingered a Ryan Frazier jumper and the ball floated to Stephen Brown who lined up for a 3-pointer. But Brown's shot was blocked by Garner and Penn State players erupted from their courtside seats. Just over a minute later, Taylor hammered away a Nana Foulland jumper for Penn State's sixth and final block of the game.
''They ignited us,'' Chambers said. ''There's no doubt. I saw the change the last two days of practice because we started defending and rebounding and getting angry because we weren't.''
Although Saturday's game marked the first time Penn State hadn't had at least three players in double figures this season, the Nittany Lions got balanced scoring when they needed it.
Shep Garner finished with nine points and he, Julian Moore and Jordan Dickerson all made baskets during Penn State's comeback run. Dickerson finished with a season-high eight points including an inside putback with 1:16 left that tied the game at 58.
Bucknell hosts Columbia on Wednesday.
Penn State visits Boston College on Wednesday.
|American University||68||vs.||50||New Hampshire||Final Recap|
American University beats New Hampshire 68-50
Saturday, November 28 at 3:34 PM (EST)
DURHAM, N.H. (AP) James Washington scored 19 points and grabbed five rebounds as American University picked up its first season win, beating New Hampshire 68-50 on Saturday.
Washington hit 7 of 9 from the field including four from distance for the Eagles (1-4). Jesse Reed had 16 points and led the team with nine rebounds. Delante Jones added 11 points. The team averaged 47.2 percent shooting from the field and 52.9 percent from the line.
New Hampshire went 13-3 to start the first half and led 28-23 at the break.
Reed sank a 3-pointer early in the second half to tie it at 30 and Washington hit another 3 to open the Eagles lead to 37-33 with 15:03 to play. American outscored New Hampshire 18-5 from the field in the final 10 minutes and cruised to the win.
Jacoby Armstrong led the Wildcats (3-2) with 22 points.
|Chattanooga||62||vs.||52||Jacksonville State||Final Recap|
Chattanooga beats Jacksonville State 62-52 at Emerald Coast
Saturday, November 28 at 5:35 PM (EST)
NICEVILLE, Fla. (AP) Justin Tuoyo scored 14 points and Chattanooga beat Jacksonville State 62-52 in an Emerald Coast Classic consolation game on Saturday.
Tuoyo 6 of 14 from the floor and had two blocks. Dee Oldham and Eric Robertson added 10 points apiece for Chattanooga (5-1). Tre' McLean, who scored a career-high 18 points against Alabama State in a third-round game, did not score on 0-for-3 shooting.
Erik Durham scored 17 points to lead Jacksonville State (3-6), which has lost five of its last six games. Freshman Christian Cunningham added 16 points with 12 rebounds for his first career double-double. Jared Hamilton chipped in 10 points for the Gamecocks.
Chattanooga built a 30-21 halftime lead and Tuoyo converted a 3-point play to give the Mocs a 52-42 lead with 7:50 to play.
The Mocs are 5-0 when leading at halftime.
Colgate beats UMBC 71-63
Saturday, November 28 at 4:02 PM (EST)
BALTIMORE (AP) Austin Tillotson scored 17 points with seven assists as Colgate beat UMBC 71-63 on Saturday.
Tillotson finished with 6-of-10 shooting from the field and sank all four of his free throws for the Raiders (2-3). Alex Ramon scored 14 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Jordan Robertson added 13 points and Sean O'Brien had 11. The team averaged 45.8 percent shooting from the field and 77.3 percent from the line.
Robertson and O'Brien combined for four 3-pointers in the final seven minutes of the first half to help Colgate to a 37-24 advantage at the break.
UMBC battled back to close the gap to six on a 14-9 run late in the second half to trail 62-56 with 1:55 to play but a Tillotson steal and ensuing bucket helped keep the Raiders in the lead during the final minute.
Will Darley led the Retrievers (1-6) with 18 points.
|Ole Miss||67||vs.||54||Bradley||Final Recap|
Moody leads Mississippi to 67-54 win over Bradley
By DAVE ROYSE - Associated Press
Saturday, November 28 at 5:33 PM (EST)
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) According to Mississippi Coach Andy Kennedy, Rebels point guard Stefan Moody still has a lot to learn.
The leading returning scorer from last season in the Southeastern Conference is currently tied atop the conference in points per game, but still has to figure out how to play point guard after playing last year as a shooting guard.
''This is his fourth game of college basketball at the (point), so he is a work in progress,'' Kennedy said.
The work looked to be progressing well on Saturday as Moody scored 21 and keyed a late first-half run that got the Rebels going, leading Ole Miss to a 67-54 win over Bradley on Saturday.
Moody struggled early, and was held scoreless until under nine minutes to play in the first half - and Bradley led most of the half, at one point opening up an eight-point lead.
But the Braves went the last 5:02 of the first half without scoring and Moody's steal under the Bradley basket and lay-in with just under a minute to play in the half gave the Rebels their first lead at 31-29. Moody then hit a jumper with four seconds remaining in the first half to give Ole Miss a 33-29 halftime lead.
Bradley never regained the lead and Ole Miss built its advantage to as many as 20 points in the second half.
Sebastian Saiz added 18 points and nine rebounds for Mississippi (5-2).
It was the sixth straight loss for Bradley (1-6), which had trouble keeping possession in the second half.
''We killed ourselves with turnovers,'' said first-year Bradley Coach Brian Wardle. ''You take care of the ball a little bit better ... then it's a new ballgame.''
The 5-foot-10 Moody wasn't just a problem with his 7-for-21 shooting from the floor with two 3-pointers, and a team-high five assists.
''He was very disruptive defensively for us too,'' said Wardle. ''He was bothering our guards and shooting (into the) passing lanes.''
Wardle said his team did what he expected defensively against Moody - but wasn't ready for the Rebels' other major weapon on Saturday, Saiz, a junior from Madrid, Spain.
''Moody's really good, he got his points, but I thought we did a good job making him earn them,'' Wardle said. ''But Saiz really hurt us on the post, on the glass, his length and his size.''
Tomasz Gielo added seven rebounds and five points for the Rebels.
Donte Thomas had a career high 22 points on 7-for-13 shooting and was 6-7 at the free throw line to lead Bradley.
Thomas said Bradley seemed to play too soft after taking the early lead.
''We can't come out lollygagging and thinking the game is over with, we've got a whole other 20 minutes to play,'' Thomas said.
''We're gaining experience,'' said Wardle of his young team, which included three freshmen starters. ''I know we're learning a lot, but now we need to start applying what we're learning more, and learn from our mistakes.''
Ole Miss: Stefan Moody entered the game tied with Tennessee's Kevin Punter as the leading scorer in the Southeastern Conference, averaging 22.2 points per game.
Bradley: Bradley is one of the younger teams in college basketball, and on Saturday started three freshmen, Antoine Pittman, Dwayne Lautier-Ogunleye, and Callum Barker.
Mississippi's Anthony Perez sat out the game after suffering a concussion against Georgia State.
HOW DOES THE SEC PLAY IN PEORIA? IT DOESN'T
Ole Miss is the only SEC team to visit Carver Arena in the building's 34-year history. (Missouri played here in 1990, but was in the Big 8.)
Ole Miss hosts Massachusetts next Saturday, Dec. 5.
Bradley travels to Delaware on Tuesday.
|Southern Utah||85||vs.||98||Eastern Kentucky||Final Recap|
Eastern Kentucky keeps Southern Utah winless with 98-85 win
Saturday, November 28 at 3:52 PM (EST)
RICHMOND, Ky. (AP) JaVontae Hawkins scored 20 points and Jarelle Reischel added 19 as Eastern Kentucky defeated Southern Utah 98-85 on Saturday.
Nick Mayo chipped in 18 for Eastern Kentucky (6-1). The Colonels' three-leading scorers each had six rebounds.
Eastern Kentucky never trailed. The game was the last of a five-game homestand. EKU will play its next four on the road.
Leading 19-17, K.J. Bluford hit four-straight 3-pointers in two minutes to give the Colonels a double-digit lead it would hold most of the game against Southern Utah (0-5). Bluford finished with 14 points.
Leading 42-33 at the half, the Colonels pulled ahead by 13 on a Mayo jumper for a 55-42 lead.
Eastern Kentucky shot 58.3 percent from the field, going 35 for 60. The Colonels were 11 for 22 from behind the 3-point arc.
Trey Kennedy led the Thunderbirds with 20 points and Travon Langston added 15.
|Detroit||95||vs.||100||Oral Roberts||Final Recap|
Emegano leads Oral Roberts to 100-95 win over Detroit
Saturday, November 28 at 4:46 PM (EST)
TULSA, Okla. (AP) Obi Emegano scored 31 points and Jalen Bradley added 21 as Oral Roberts made 15 of 21 attempts beyond the arc to beat Detroit 100-95 on Saturday.
Emegano, who made all five long range attempts, was 8 of 14 from the floor and had eight rebounds and dished out five assists. Bradley made 5 of 7 trey attempts and had seven assists.
Aaron Young added 15 points for ORU (6-1), which has won five straight and is off to its best start since the 2004-05 team started 8-0.
The Golden Eagles led throughout the second half. Detroit's Anton Wilson nailed a trey and followed with a free throw to close to 100-95 with 38 seconds left.
Carlton Brundidge led the Titans with 23 points, Wilson had 19 and Chris Jenkins chipped in 16 and grabbed 13 rebounds.
|Oakland||85||vs.||57||Abilene Christian||Final Recap|
Gibson leads Oakland to 85-57 win over Abilene Christian
Saturday, November 28 at 4:52 PM (EST)
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) Percy Gibson had 23 points and 13 rebounds and Kay Felder added 21 points and grabbed seven rebounds as Oakland rolled over Abilene Christian 85-57 in the Corpus Christi Coastal Classic on Saturday.
Oakland (3-2) started slow, led 13-9 at the midway point, then sprinted to a 37-24 lead at the break and dominated even more in the second half, winning that period 48-33. The Golden Grizzles made 10 of 17 from long range and made 32 of 64 (50%) from the floor while holding Abilene Christian (3-3) to just 20-of-64 (31.3%) shooting. The Wildcats made only 3 of 21 long range attempts. The Grizzles also dominated underneath, scoring 42 points in the paint to ACU's 28.
Jaren Lewis had 13 points to lead ACU. Jalen Little and Jaylen Franklin had eight points apiece for the Wildcats.
|UCF||63||vs.||64||Miami (OH)||Final Recap|
Miami (Ohio) rallies to beat UCF 64-63
Saturday, November 28 at 3:49 PM (EST)
OXFORD, Ohio (AP) Eric Washington's jumper with 23 seconds left gave Miami (Ohio) a 64-63 comeback win over the University of Central Florida on Saturday.
Washington scored 15 points on 5-of-10 shooting and made all four of his free throws. Willie Moore and Geovonie McKnight added 13 apiece for the RedHawks (4-3), who came into the game the NCAA's third-best rebounding team but were outrebounded by the Knights 36-30.
Abdoulaye Harouna hit 3 of 8 3-pointers, and his 3 with three minutes to play gave the RedHawks a go-ahead 62-59 lead after they trailed 36-28 at halftime.
UCF's Tacko Fall made a layup to tie it at 62 with 38 seconds left, then Washington hit his jumper on the next possession.
Fall scored 10 points on 4-of-4 shooting and the Knights (1-3) outshot the RedHawks 54 percent to 34 percent, but were hurt by 22 turnovers that resulted in 24 Miami (Ohio) points.
McKillop gets 500th win as Davidson beats Denison 83-70
Saturday, November 28 at 4:42 PM (EST)
DAVIDSON, N.C. (AP) Brian Sullivan scored 23 points and Davidson beat Denison 83-70 on Saturday giving Bob McKillop his 500th career victory.
McKillop is 500-300 in 27 years, all at Davidson. He became the 19th coach to win 500 games in his first collegiate head-coaching job.
The Wildcats are off to a 4-0 start for the first time in McKillop's tenure.
Sullivan was 5 of 7 from 3-point range. Jake Belford had 14 points and 14 rebounds for Davidson. Peyton Aldridge added 19 points.
Jett Speelman led the Division III Big Red (2-2) with 20 points.
Denison was 15 of 37 on 3-pointers while Davidson was 19 of 27 on free throws.
Davidson ended the first half on a 10-2 run for a 45-37 lead. Sullivan's 3-pointer with 5:54 left in the game gave the Wildcats a 19-point lead.
|Citadel||88||vs.||81||USC Upstate||Final Recap|
The Citadel holds off SC Upstate to win 88-81
Saturday, November 28 at 4:31 PM (EST)
SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) Derrick Henry notched career-highs with 30 points and six 3-pointers and The Citadel held off a South Carolina-Upstate second-half rally to win 88-81 in the Palmetto State Shootout on Saturday.
Henry made all six of his free throws, and his jumper with 1:31 left quashed SC Upstate's comeback, handing the Spartans their seventh straight loss.
Quinton Marshall scored a career-high 22 points, Zane Najdawi added 11, and P.J. Boutte grabbed a career-high 10 rebounds for the Bulldogs (5-2), who made 16 of 43 3-pointers.
Connor Schroeder tied it at 14 with a 3-pointer, Henry hit back-to-back 3s and The Citadel traded baskets and the lead until Henry's back-to-back 3s with 1:49 left helped the Bulldogs to a 45-41 halftime lead.
Deion Holmes scored a career-high 26 points, Jacob Schulte a career-high 21, and Mike Cunningham 10 for the Spartans (0-7). Marvin Smith grabbed a career-high 10 rebounds and the Spartans outrebounded the Bulldogs 52-33.
|Coastal Carolina||73||vs.||79||Campbell||Final Recap|
Campbell rallies after halftime, tops Coastal Carolina 79-73
Saturday, November 28 at 5:59 PM (EST)
BUIES CREEK, N.C. (AP) D.J. Mason scored 17 points and collared a career-high 14 rebounds as Cambell rallied after halftime to defeat Coastal Carolina 79-73 in the Big South Conference opener for both teams on Saturday.
Campbell (2-2, 1-0) trailed by 10 early in the second half, but slowly worked into a 57-57 tie on a Mason layup with 9:46 to play.
Shivaughn Wiggins led defending Big South champion Coastal Carolina (3-3, 0-1) with a career-high 24 points and converted a 3-point play with 5:34 left to give the Chanticleers a final lead. But Mason shot Campbell into a tie, 64-64, and Chris Clemons put the Fightin' Camels ahead for keeps with a 3-pointer.
Clemons hit four treys and finished with 16 points, Kyre' Hamer added 14 and Curtis Phillips 11 with five assists
Campbell had lost to the two-time defending Big South champs twice by 3 points in each of the last two seasons.
|Valparaiso||66||vs.||69||Ball State||Final Recap|
Ball State hangs on to beat Valparaiso 69-66
Saturday, November 28 at 8:15 PM (EST)
MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) Bo Calhoun scored 15 points and Franko House added 14 as Ball State held off Valparaiso 69-66 on Saturday.
Ball State (5-2) started quick and led 14-5 after a Calhoun 3. Later, House hit back-to-back jumpers to make it 27-15 with 4:53 before the half.
Trailing 29-23 at the break, Valparaiso went on a 12-6 run capped by Vashil Fernandez's layup to tie the score at 35. But Valparaiso (6-2) could never take the lead and the Cardinals shot 8 for 10 from the free-throw line in the last five minutes to hold off the Crusaders.
House had eight rebounds and Ball State enjoyed a slight edge on the boards 37-32. Trey Moses had three of Ball State's seven blocked shots.
Valparaiso was led by Alec Peters' 28 points on 10-for-18 shooting with five rebounds. He was joined in double figures by E. Victor Nickerson who had 16 points.
|Madonna||63||vs.||79||Eastern Michigan||Final Recap|
Thompson IV leads Eastern Michigan over NAIA Madonna 79-63
Saturday, November 28 at 4:26 PM (EST)
YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) James Thompson IV had 23 points and a career-high 15 rebounds, and Eastern Michigan raced to a 22-point halftime lead en route to a 79-63 win over NAIA Madonna on Saturday.
Thompson IV, a true freshman, now has back-to-back double-doubles for the Eagles (4-2) after scoring 32 points and grabbing 13 rebounds in a win over Marygrove on Wednesday. He shot 9 of 12 from the floor, and six of his 15 rebounds came on the offensive end.
Khalil Malone had 18 points for Madonna (3-9), hitting 6 of 10 from the field and 4 of 7 from behind the 3-point arc. Chris Dierker had 10 points and seven rebounds.
Eastern Michigan led by as many as 30 points in the second half, and the Eagles outrebounded the Crusaders 52-31.
Drake beats Illinois-Chicago 83-62
Saturday, November 28 at 5:18 PM (EST)
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Kale Abrahamson and Reed Timmer scored 23 points apiece as Drake beat Illinois-Chicago 83-62 on Saturday.
Abrahamson hit 7 of 12 from the field including six from distance for the Bulldogs (3-3). Timmer hit 9 of 14 from the field including three 3-pointers. Graham Woodward added eight points and eight assists. The team averaged 52.5 percent shooting from the field and 61.1 percent from the line.
An Abrahamson 3-pointer capped a 13-8 start for the Bulldogs on their way to a 36-30 lead at the break.
Abrahamson hit two more 3s early in the second half to extend Drake's lead to 10, 42-32, and Timmer hit another to make it 56-41 with 11:27 to play. From there, the Bulldogs cruised to the win.
Dikembe Dixson led the Flames (1-2) with 13 points and six rebounds.
Perkins' dunk lifts Buffalo over Canisius 98-96 in overtime
Saturday, November 28 at 4:48 PM (EST)
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Nick Perkins' dunk with four seconds left in overtime lifted Buffalo over Canisius 98-96 on Saturday.
The Bulls (4-2) scored the last five points of the extra session over the final 1:17 for the win. Blake Hamilton made a layup and later 1 of 2 from the line, before Malcolm McMillan's turnover for Canisius led to Perkins' game-winner.
Buffalo's Jarryn Skeete hit a 3-pointer with eight seconds to go in regulation to force overtime at 87-all after Canisius (2-3) made a 9-0 run to take an 87-84 lead with 20 seconds left.
An 11-2 run to end the first half - including a 3-pointer by Hamilton with nine seconds left - gave Buffalo a 42-33 lead at intermission.
Lamonte Bearden led Buffalo with 18 points and five assists. Perkins and CJ Massinbuirg had 15 apiece while Willie Conner and Hamilton finished with 14.
Kassius Robertson led Canisius with 24 points.
|South Alabama||56||vs.||69||Denver||Final Recap|
Denver controls South Alabama in 69-56 win
Saturday, November 28 at 7:57 PM (EST)
DENVER (AP) Bryant Rucker shot 6 for 6 from the field for 16 points and had a career-high eight assists while Marcus Byrd added 16 points and five rebounds to lead Denver over South Alabama 69-56 on Saturday.
Rucker scored 13 of the Pioneers' first 25 points as Denver (5-1) built a 10-point lead. A 9-5 Denver run wrapped up the half for a 34-20 lead at the break.
Rucker's final points of the game came on a 3 giving the Pioneers a 49-29 lead with 10:27 left.
The Pioneers have now hit a 3-pointer in 291 straight games. Denver's five-game winning streak is the longest since the Pioneers won 10 straight during the 2012-13 season.
Ken Williams led the Jaguars with 12 points and Shaq Calhoun added 11. South Alabama (2-4) shot 18 for 46 from the field; 4 for 17 from 3-point range.
|Loyola Marymount||73||vs.||60||Southeast Missouri State||Final Recap|
Loyola Marymount tops Southeast Missouri 73-60
Saturday, November 28 at 5:51 PM (EST)
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) Munis Tutu scored 13 points and David Humphries added 12 as Loyola Marymount had a strong second half to beat Southeast Missouri 73-60 on Saturday.
Joshua Spiers, Adom Jacko and Jr Steven Haney had 10 points apiece as Loyola Marymount (4-2) picked up its first road win of the season. Tutu also had three steals and three assists.
Neither team shot well from the floor but the Lions made 10 of 31 (32.3 percent) from long range. Southeast Missouri (0-5) made just 4 of 19 (21 percent) from beyond the arc in its home opener.
Loyola Marymount held a 33-31 lead at the break and was ahead 47-37 with 15:34 remaining following Spiers' trey. The Lions pushed their lead to 64-49 with 4:47 left.
Antonius Cleveland was 6 of 11 from the floor for 17 points to lead the Redhawks. Ladarius Coleman grabbed 10 rebounds.
|UNI||97||vs.||51||North Dakota||Final Recap|
Northern Iowa trounces North Dakota 97-51
Saturday, November 28 at 5:03 PM (EST)
GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) Paul Jesperson scored 18 points and Northern Iowa trounced North Dakota 97-51 on Saturday.
Jesperson was 5 of 7 from the floor with four 3-pointers and grabbed six rebounds. Klint Carlson added 15 points.
The first half was a tale of two extremes: Northern Iowa (4-1) came out fast and shot 70 percent (21 of 30) before intermission, including 9 of 13 from beyond the arc, to score 54 points heading into the break. Jesperson led the way with 12 points on 4-of-5 shooting from 3. The Panthers finished with 12 3-pointers on 19 attempts (63 percent).
On the other hand, North Dakota (2-4) was ice cold, accounting for just 20 points in the first half. The Fighting Hawks were 7 of 29 from the floor (24 percent) and just 2 of 10 on 3-point attempts - and only three players made the scoresheet.
Quinton Hooker led North Dakota with 14 points.
|Saint Peter's||62||vs.||77||Fairleigh Dickinson||Final Recap|
Fairleigh Dickinson pulls away to beat St. Peter's 77-62
Saturday, November 28 at 4:00 PM (EST)
HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) Earl Potts Jr. scored 19 points and Stephan Jiggetts added 18 and Fairleigh Dickinson used a late run to defeat St. Peter's 77-62 on Saturday.
The Knights (2-4) shot 55 percent from the floor, including 8 of 16 from 3-point range, and 13 of 15 free throws. Darian Anderson added 14 points and six assists.
Anderson hit consecutive jumpers to ignite a 13-1 run that broke the game up. Marques Townes capped it with two free throws for a 73-57 lead with 2:21 left.
Quadir Welton made 7 of 9 from the field and grabbed seven rebounds to lead the Peacocks (1-4) with 17 points. Antwon Portley hit four 3s and scored 16 and Trevis Wyche added 13.
St. Peter's shot 46 percent, making 8-of-23 3's and matched the Knights' 17 turnovers but missed three 3s, had three turnovers and went 1 of 4 from the line during the late run.
|Farmingdale State||42||vs.||91||Stony Brook||Final Recap|
Stony Brook with 91-42 win over Div. III Farmingdale State
Saturday, November 28 at 4:28 PM (EST)
STONY BROOK, N.Y. (AP) Jameel Warney posted a double-double, scoring 16 points with 10 rebounds, as Stony Brook beat Division III Farmingdale State 91-42 on Saturday.
Kameron Mitchell had 12 points and three assists for the Seawolves (3-2). Ahmad Walker scored 11 points with nine rebounds and five assists and Bryan Sekunda added nine points. The team averaged 47.3 percent shooting from the field, 71.4 percent from the line and had a 54-29 rebounding edge over the Rams.
Stony Brook opened the first half with a 12-4 run and took it to 30-4 with the help of back-to-back 3-pointers by Roland Nyama. The Seawolves amassed a 52-18 advantage at the break.
A Mitchell 3-pointer stretched the Stony Brook lead to 65-25 with 12:57 to play in the second period. Farmingdale never threatened after that and were shut out for the final four minutes.
Anthony Lanieri led the Rams with 15 points.
|San Jose State||91||vs.||87||Alaska-Anchorage||Final Recap|
Rogers leads San Jose State over Alaska Anchorage 91-87
Saturday, November 28 at 8:39 PM (EST)
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) Frank Rogers had career highs of 32 points and 12 rebounds to lead San Jose State over Alaska Anchorage 91-87 on Saturday in the Great Alaska Shootout consolation final.
Roberts was 14 of 18 from the floor, including three 3-pointers, to become the first Spartan to reach 30 points since November 2012.
Ryan Welage added 17 points and Jalen James 10 for San Jose State (3-3).
Rogers had 23 points on 10-of-11 shooting in the first half that ended with the Spartans leading 43-42. San Jose State took the lead for good with a 10-1 run for an eight-point lead with 7:11 left. The Seawolves were within four with 15 seconds before Williams made two free throws.
Sekou Wiggs led the Division II Seawolves (6-4) with 30 points with Spencer Svejcar adding 19 and Diante Mitchell 13.
|Cincinnati||61||vs.||56||George Washington||Final Recap|
No. 24 Cincinnati beats George Washington 61-56
By JIM O'CONNELL - AP Basketball Writer
Saturday, November 28 at 5:53 PM (EST)
NEW YORK (AP) Octavius Ellis had back trouble but played through the pain and didn't seem to have any problem holding the MVP award for the Barclays Center Classic over his head.
''It's game time,'' the 6-foot-10 senior said after scoring nine points and grabbing seven rebounds as No. 24 Cincinnati beat George Washington 61-56 on Saturday in the title game. ''I just got to put my pain aside and just go out and sacrifice for the team.''
Bearcats coach Mick Cronin appreciated the effort.
''He's all heart. He gets big defensive rebounds,'' Cronin said. ''He's a selfless player and he made two big free throws that really salted the game away. Those were huge, huge free throws and he's playing hurt. He took a bad, bad fall last night.''
Ellis' tumble was in the opening-round win over Nebraska when he had 12 points and nine rebounds.
''It stiffened up overnight but before the game I got a lot of treatment, put a lot of heat on it,'' Ellis said. ''Every time I got subbed out, I put a lot of heat on it and put ice on it. I stayed with ice and steam on it last night so it could be well for the game.''
It was so bad Ellis ''couldn't sit down. It was hard for him to sit down in timeouts but he's got great toughness,'' Cronin said.
And about those free throws Cronin mentioned. They were huge. Even more so when you consider Ellis entered the game shooting 56 percent from the line. He was 7 for 12 on free throws in the tournament.
Troy Caupain's three-point play with 1:38 to play gave Cincinnati (7-0) the lead for good. After a missed 3 by the Colonials, Ellis scored on a tip-in to make it 57-54. Patricio Garino scored on a drive for George Washington with 29 seconds left.
The Colonials (6-1) let the Bearcats pass the ball around and they finally fouled when Ellis touched the ball with 14 seconds to play. He made both for a 59-56 lead. Two free throws by Caupain with 6.1 seconds left capped the scoring.
Caupain had 16 points for the Bearcats while Farad Cobb and Kevin Johnson both had 11.
Garino had 15 points for George Washington, Tyler Cavanaugh had 13 and Joe McDonald 11.
The Colonials finished 11 of 22 from 3-point range, not bad for a team that came in shooting 27.9 percent (29 of 104) from there. The 50 percent doesn't look so good when you consider the Colonials made five of their first six 3-point attempts and were 8 of 11 from beyond the arc in the first half. They went 16:42 between 2-point field goals but led 30-27 at halftime.
''We made a lot of 3s in the first half which kept us in the game but I didn't think we played real well except for our outside shooting,'' Colonials coach Mike Lonergan said. ''Our bigs really struggled against them.
''They did a good job of not letting us score inside. Tyler was pressing on offense and struggling to finish plays. Give them credit. ... We had to rely on our outside game. We don't really have a lot of penetrating guards.''
The Bearcats were 7 of 22 from 3-point range but their advantage came at the free throw line where they were 10 of 12 compared to George Washington's 3 of 4.
''I thought we got some good looks. I think we are one of the best teams in the country getting to the foul line, but for whatever reason we shot four free throws. They shot triple that,'' Lonergan said.
George Washington: The Colonials beat Tennessee in the opening round and they were 3 of 15 on 3s. ... George Washington was off to its best start since it was8-0 in 2005-06. ... The Colonials finished 10 for 34 from 2-point range.
Cincinnati: The win gives the Bearcats a 13-1 record against George Washington and this was their sixth straight. The last meeting was on Jan. 31, 1976. ... Cincinnati is 7-0 for the fourth time in the last six seasons. ... The Bearcats are 51-8 and have won 24 of 25 in November under coach Mick Cronin. They have won 49 straight games when scoring over 60 points. The 60th point against the Colonials came with 6.1 seconds to play.
George Washington hosts Seton Hall on Wednesday.
Cincinnati hosts Butler on Wednesday.
|Texas State||70||vs.||67||McNeese State||Final Recap|
Texas State holds off McNeese State 70-67
Saturday, November 28 at 6:25 PM (EST)
LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) Kavin Gilder-Tilbury had 17 points and Emani Gant had 13 and grabbed 15 rebounds as Texas State held off McNeese State for a 70-67 win on Saturday.
Ojai Black added 14 points and Ethan Montalvo had 11 for Texas State (2-1).
Trailing 67-55 with 40 seconds left, McNeese State made a late run as Jamaya Burr hit three straight 3-pointers to close to 70-67.
Burr made 5 of 7 from long range, hitting four in the second half, for 23 points to lead McNeese State (1-4). Jarren Greenwood chipped in 13 and had three steals.
Texas State was up 30-24 at the break. The Cowboys charged back to go ahead 37-35 when Burr and Tevin Jackson nailed back-to-back treys with 15:29 left in the game. Black hit a jumper, Kendell Ramlal had a layup and Gilder-Tilbury scored eight points as the Bobcats took a 53-41 lead with 7:23 remaining.
|La Salle||81||vs.||51||Rowan||Final Recap|
La Salle travels to D-III Rowan, wins 81-51
Saturday, November 28 at 5:20 PM (EST)
GLASSBORO, N.J. (AP) Jordan Price scored 19 points and La Salle traveled to Division III Rowan to take an 81-51 victory on Saturday.
The Explorers (4-1) made the trip to play the Profs to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Rowan's 1996 Division III national championship. La Salle's John Giannini coached that Profs team and Rowan head coach Joe Cassidy was an assistant.
The last time a Division I school traveled to a Division III school was Nov. 22, 2003 when Villanova visited Redlands.
Price hit 7 of 14 shots, including 5 of 7 from 3-point range. Rohan Brown added 14 points while Tony Washington grabbed 11 rebounds.
The teams were tied for the final time at 13-all with 10:52 left in the first half. La Salle led 38-28 at the break and was up by as many as 34 points in the second half.
Shawn Wilson led Rowan (2-5) with nine points.
|Youngstown State||88||vs.||70||Niagara||Final Recap|
Hain leads Youngstown State over Niagara 88-70
Saturday, November 28 at 5:53 PM (EST)
NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) Bobby Hain had 16 points, 11 rebounds and a career-high nine assists to lead Youngstown State to an 88-70 victory over Niagara on Saturday.
Hain was 7 of 15 from the floor with a steal and two blocks. Francisco Santiago scored 15 points, and Jorden Kaufman added 14 for Youngstown State (3-4).
Emile Blackman scored 23 points on 9-of-20 shooting to lead Niagara (2-5).
Both teams made 10 3-pointers. Santiago and Brett Frantz made three apiece for the Penguins, while Blackman and Chris Barton hit three each for the Purple Eagles.
Blackman made a pair of free throws to pull the Purple Eagles to 63-62 with 12:29 to play. Kaufman made a layup to spark a 19-2 run and give the Penguins an 82-64 lead with four minutes left. Santiago, Latin Davis, and Matt Donlan made 3-pointers during the span.
|Hawaii||74||vs.||82||Texas Tech||Final Recap|
Texas Tech rallies to hand Hawaii its first loss, 82-74
By PHIL TERRIGNO - Associated Press
Saturday, November 28 at 7:47 PM (EST)
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) Hawaii was gouging Texas Tech off the dribble, building up a double-digit first-half lead.
A temporary switch from man-to-man defense to a zone helped the Red Raiders launch a comeback that resulted in an 82-74 win Saturday afternoon - handing Hawaii its first loss in the process.
''We couldn't guard anybody,'' Texas Tech coach Tubby Smith said of his team's defense early.
Texas Tech's Devaugntah Williams scored 19 points and forward Norense Odiase tied a career-high with 16 points. Four Red Raiders scored in double-digits.
Texas Tech (4-1) trailed for nearly 17 minutes starting early in the first half. It took its first second-half lead on a Williams 3-point play that made it 47-45 with 17:45 left.
Hawaii's Aaron Valdes led all scorers with 25 points and Isaac Fleming scored 21 points.
The Rainbow Warriors (4-1) entered the game with their best start since 2010-11. It was disrupted during their first trip to Lubbock.
Texas Tech sophomore Justin Gray was without the knee brace he had been wearing this season because of tendinitis and finished with 11 points, five rebounds and two blocks in 19 minutes.
In the first four games of this season, Gray sat once and played an average of 11 minutes in the other three games.
''(Gray) raised our level of intensity with his activity around the basket,'' Tubby Smith said. ''Diving for loose balls. He led us in deflections. Even with 19 minutes. He was active. And that's what we've been lacking.''
Hawaii had three players foul out, including starting guard Roderick Bobbitt.
Bobbitt, who recorded two double-doubles this season and entered the game leading the Big West in steals and assists, fouled out with 3:35 left. Bobbitt finished with four points, seven assists, eight rebounds and three steals.
''Some of the fouls we got were over-the-backs,'' Hawaii coach Eran Ganot said. ''Some of the bad fouls when you miss a good shot and we send them to the line without having to work for it.''
Texas Tech made 30 of 38 free throws and caused 14 turnovers while committing 12.
Zach Smith finished with 15 points for Texas Tech and Williams tied Aaron Ross for the team lead in rebounds with seven.
Odiase and Zach Smith combined to score 10 of Texas Tech's first 13 points and finished the first half with 10 points each.
''Coach made an emphasis of getting the ball inside first,'' Odiase said.
Two dunks - one each from Odiase and Smith - sandwiched a pair of Gray free throws in the first period's final minute to cut the Hawaii lead to 41-40 at halftime.
''I think he had an advantage with his size,'' Tubby Smith said of Odiase. ''His strength. And bulk inside. And really got (Hawaii forward) Stefan Jankovic in foul trouble. He was finishing at the basket.''
Texas Tech: Coach Tubby Smith announced Friday that forward Isaiah Manderson, Odiase's backup, would be unavailable against Hawaii because he was home evaluating his future at Texas Tech ... The game was the first of an eight-game homestand. The Red Raiders do not play a road game until Jan. 6 at Iowa State.
Hawaii: The Rainbow Warriors last faced a Big 12 school in a 2008 win against Iowa State. Hawaii has not won a non-conference mainland game since 2013.
Texas Tech hosts Sam Houston State Wednesday.
Hawaii hosts Arkansas-Pine Bluff Wednesday.
BACK FROM VACATION
This was the Red Raiders' first game since three contests at the Puerto Rico Tip-Off. Texas Tech lost to Utah and beat Mississippi State and Minnesota in Puerto Rico.
SMITH AGAINST HAWAII
Tubby Smith coached against Hawaii twice previously. His Tulsa team split both games against the Rainbow Warriors in 1992.
CLEARED, BUT UNUSED
Texas Tech redshirt sophomore Rokas Ulvydas, a Kaunas, Lithuania native, became eligible this week but did not play.
UALR slips past Tulsa 64-60 to remain unbeaten
Saturday, November 28 at 6:49 PM (EST)
TULSA, Okla. (AP) Josh Hagins scored 17 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead undefeated Arkansas-Little Rock to a 64-60 win over Tulsa on Saturday.
Jalen Jackson added 12 points and Kemy Osse sank the go-ahead 3-pointer for Little Rock, which improved to 5-0 and tied a school record for best season start. Hagins shot 6 of 10 from the field and was 3 for 4 from long range.
Little Rock trailed by 12 in the first half but Hagins' 3-pointer sparked a 15-0 run that stretched across both sides of the break to make it 36-33 with 13:40 to go. Tulsa responded with an 11-5 burst to reclaim the advantage but the Trojans stayed close and took the lead for good with Osse's 3 that made it 49-47 with 7:48 left.
James Woodard led Tulsa (4-2) with 16 points, D'Andre Wright added 14, Rashad Ray had 11 and Marquel Curtis 10.
|Virginia Tech||82||vs.||77||UAB||Final Recap|
Virginia Tech tops UAB in OT at Emerald Coast Classic 82-77
By JOE REEDY - Associated Press
Saturday, November 28 at 8:47 PM (EST)
NICEVILLE, Fla. (AP) With one of the youngest teams in Division I, Virginia Tech has been using the first month of the season trying to meld eight newcomers into one cohesive unit.
Three of the newcomers came up big during the second half and overtime on Saturday as the Hokies defeated UAB 82-77 in the third-place game at the Emerald Coast Classic.
''I thought it was a big win in a lot of ways. How we responded in the second half to beat a team in that made the NCAA Tournament last year means a lot,'' Virginia Tech coach Buzz Williams said.
The Hokies are averaging 1.10 years of experience per player. That is 326th out of 350 teams.
Seth Allen, who transferred from Maryland, led Virginia Tech (4-2) with 23 points. With the score tied at 73 in overtime, he hit a 3-pointer to put the Hokies in the lead for good.
Zach LeDay had his fifth double-double in six games with 15 points and 10 rebounds. The South Florida transfer had four points in overtime to put the game out of reach.
Freshman Chris Clarke had his second double-double of the season (10 points, 16 rebounds). With two players in double figures in rebounds, the Hokies had a commanding 46-30 advantage on the boards.
''I am pleased with the job we are doing on the glass,'' Williams said. ''Most of that is due to playing aggressive. I thought that allowed us to play better against their zone defense in the second half.''
Virginia Tech trailed by eight points midway through the first half before steadily chipping away. The second half and overtime featured nine ties and five lead changes.
Another area where the game was won was at the free throw line. The Hokies were 24 of 32 compared to the Blazers' 10 of 18. During the second half, Virginia Tech outscored UAB 16-1 at the foul line.
Nick Norton was one of four Blazers in double figures with 17 points, including five 3-pointers. His driving layup with 37.1 seconds remaining in regulation gave UAB a 71-69 lead before a pair of LeDay free throws sent the game into overtime.
Robert Brown and Hakeem Baxter scored 16 apiece for UAB (3-3) while Chris Cokley had 12 points and eight rebounds.
''There are certainly some positives we can take away from it in terms of development of the team. But, at the end of the day, we were unable to keep them off the free throw line and unable to get the loose balls and rebounds we needed to have,'' UAB coach Jerod Hasse said
Virginia Tech: The Hokies have had 40-plus rebounds in five of their six games this season. They are averaging 46.2 boards per game.
UAB: In Haase's four seasons as coach, the Blazers are 44-9 when allowing fewer than 70 points. They are 10-40 when opponents score 70 or more.
Both sides used 10 players but Virginia Tech's bench had a commanding 40-16 advantage. ... Virginia Tech was 4 of 6 from the field in overtime while UAB struggled, going 1 for 7.
Virginia Tech: Hosts Northwestern on Tuesday as part of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.
UAB: Hosts Georgia State on Tuesday.
|South Dakota||96||vs.||90||Sacramento State||Final Recap|
Jech leads South Dakota to 96-90 win over Sacramento State
Saturday, November 28 at 8:44 PM (EST)
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Dan Jech was 9 of 10 from the floor and made all four long range attempts to score 22 points as South Dakota held on for a 96-90 win over Sacramento State in the Sacramento State Invitational on Saturday night.
Tre Burnette had 16 points and 13 rebounds and Shy McClelland added 15 points with six assists and three steals for South Dakota (3-3).
The Coyotes were 12 of 19 (63.2 percent) from beyond the arc.
Cody Demps scored 19 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead Sacramento State, which suffered its first loss of the season. Justin Strings added 17 points for the Hornets (4-1).
A Burnette jumper gave South Dakota a 70-69 lead midway of the second half. A Nick Hornsby layup gave Sacramento State an 81-80 lead at the 4:39 mark. The Coyotes answered with an 8-0 run for an 88-81 lead and held on for the win.
|Morgan State||72||vs.||82||High Point||Final Recap|
High Point holds off Morgan State comeback bid for 82-72 win
Saturday, November 28 at 6:44 PM (EST)
HIGH POINT, N.C. (AP) John Brown poured in 30 points and grabbed nine rebounds as High Point held off Morgan State, 82-72 Saturday afternoon.
The Panthers led by two, 39-37,at intermission but pulled away in the second half. High Point held a 74-59 lead with 5:19 left to play after Jorge Perez-Laham hit a 3-pointer, but Morgan State scored nine unanswered points to make it 74-68 with 3:13 left and Phillip Carr made it a five-point game, 75-70 with 2:19 left.
Lorenzo Cugini, who finished with 16 points, knocked down a 3-pointer to push the Panthers lead back to eight and Brown knocked down his final four free throws to put the game away.
Kyle Thomas led the Bears with 19 points and Clive Vaughn Jr. added 13 more off the bench. Carr and Andre Horne Jr. added 11 and 10 points, respectively.
|Staten Island||59||vs.||83||Wagner||Final Recap|
Wagner tops Division III Staten Island 83-59
Saturday, November 28 at 6:43 PM (EST)
NEW YORK (AP) Mika Aaman scored 18 points, Dwaun Anderson had 17, and Wagner used a 24-6 run in the second half to pull away late and defeat Division III Staten Island 83-59 on Saturday.
Wagner (2-2) led 40-36 at halftime but saw its lead disappear when Staten Island used a quick 6-0 run to go up 46-45 with 14:29 left. But the Dolphins went cold, missing seven of their next nine shots and committing seven turnovers, and the Seahawks opened up a 69-52 lead.
Aaman was 5 of 8 from the field and 8 of 10 on free throws. He added five rebounds and two steals. Anderson was 7 of 8 from the free-throw line.
Staten Island committed 23 turnovers and was outrebounded 50-29. Will Fonseca scored 17 points on 7-of-20 shooting and collected six rebounds for the Dolphins.
|Southern Miss||46||vs.||61||Morehead State||Final Recap|
Morehead State knocks off Southern Mississippi 61-46
Saturday, November 28 at 6:13 PM (EST)
MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) Miguel Dicent and Corban Collins scored 12 points apiece and Morehead State knocked off Southern Mississippi 61-46 on Saturday.
Dicent added five rebounds and four assists. Collins had four assists and three steals.
Southern Miss (0-4) struggled throughout the first half to even get shots off - the Golden Eagles made 4 of just 15 attempts and turned it over 11 times with 13 fouls before the break. They got down 17-3 and trailed 30-16 at intermission.
It didn't get much better after the break. Morehead State (4-1) scored the first seven points of the second half and another seven-point spurt - including a 3-pointer by Lyonell Gaines - pushed the lead over 20.
Robert Thomas III led Southern Miss with 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting with three 3-pointers. His teammates combined to go 7 of 28 (25 percent).
|Kent State||76||vs.||85||Pittsburgh||Final Recap|
Young scores 23, Pittsburgh beats Kent State 85-76
By NATE BARNES - Associated Press
Saturday, November 28 at 7:35 PM (EST)
PITTSBURGH (AP) Pittsburgh led Kent State by only a point with five minutes to play in the first half but the Panthers didn't panic on offense. They continued to pass, find open shooters and score.
Eventually, the Golden Flashes couldn't keep up as Pitt finished with 26 assists on 31 made field goals in an 85-76 victory Saturday.
''I like the passing,'' Pitt head coach Jamie Dixon said. ''The shot selection was as good as it gets and the numbers certainly show that.''
The Panthers shot 56 percent from the field and connected on 10 of 16 3-point shots while posting a season high in assists. Pitt has recorded at least 20 assists in three of four games this season.
Michael Young led Pitt (4-0) with 23 points while Jamel Artis added 19 points on 8-of-10 shooting. James Robinson had 18 points and 10 assists.
''Mike and the bigs did a really good job passing out of the post,'' Robinson said. ''On the perimeter and when they helped off we found the open guy.''
Kent State head coach Rob Senderoff lamented the opportunities his team provided for the Panthers to move the ball so well.
''It tells you how good they are,'' Senderoff said of Pitt's assist total. ''But from our perspective, it means we're not putting enough pressure on the basketball that guys are able to move it so easily.''
Xavier Pollard led Kent State (3-2) with 23 points and Jimmy Hall scored 21.
Pitt took an early 15-8 lead but Kent State dominated the offensive glass early to keep the game close. The Golden Flashes shot 40 percent in the first half but scored 11 second-chance points on 11 offensive rebounds.
''I feel like they wanted it more,'' Young said. ''Some of our bigs had to help off and a couple long rebounds but for the most part I felt like they had more will than us in the first half.''
Artis keyed a 12-0 Pitt run with a pair of 3-pointers late in the first half that gave the Panthers their first double-digit lead of the game. Pitt shot 61 percent in the first period and led 42-32 at halftime.
Kent State cut Pitt's lead to seven points out of the break but did not come any closer. The Panthers extended their lead to as many as 17 points in the second half.
''We came in here thinking we can win,'' Senderoff said. ''I'm not happy but we competed very hard and we had a chance there at the end to cut it to four with two minutes to go and our best shooter missed a pretty good look.''
The Golden Flashes moved within seven points of Pitt again with two minutes to play.
Pitt held Kent State to three offensive rebounds and seven second-chance points in the second half.
SPREADING THE WEALTH
Michael Young leads Pitt in scoring at 18 points per game, but his passing out of the post has provided another facet to the Panthers' offense. He dished out six assists Saturday and his 4.7 assists per game tie with point guard James Robinson for the team lead.
''I could be in the game with four other people that no matter who I pass to, is going to be able to knock down the shot from anywhere on the floor,'' Young said. ''That makes it a whole lot easier for you to be willing to pass.''
GLASS HALF FULL
Kent State entered Saturday's game as one of the nation's top teams in rebounding on both ends of the floor. Despite a loss, the Golden Flashes walked away from their first matchup against a Power 5 team with a 33-26 rebounding edge.
''To be able to do that against Pitt says that it's not a hoax,'' Senderoff said. ''It's for real. We're a good rebounding team. We need to continue to be a good rebounding team this year and we need to do a little bit better job defensively.''
Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh moved to 57-1 all-time in November game with a victory in their final game of the month Saturday. Pitt owns a 70-6 overall record in the season's first month under head coach Jamie Dixon.
Kent State: Kent State dropped its second road game of the season after the Golden Flashes lost their road-opener at Southern Illinois Nov. 18, 72-69. Kent State lost its first two road games in a season for the first time since it opened the 2010-11 season with four consecutive losses away from home.
Pittsburgh hosts Purdue on Tuesday.
Kent State plays at Cleveland State next Saturday.
|UTEP||99||vs.||90||Colorado State||Final Recap|
UTEP with 99-90 win over Colorado St. in 2OT
Saturday, November 28 at 10:21 PM (EST)
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) Lee Moore and Earvin Morris scored 28 points apiece as UTEP remained undefeated, beating Colorado State 99-90 in double overtime in the Corpus Christi Coastal Classic on Saturday.
Hooper Vint had 13 points for the Miners (6-0). Terry Winn added 12.
In the second overtime period, Vint and Morris scored three times from inside the paint to give UTEP an 87-83 lead with 3:10 remaining. Colorado State closed to 91-88 with 2:15 left but sent the Miners to the line five times in the final 1:40 and they held the lead.
Morris sank a 3-pointer with 24 seconds left in regulation to tie the score at 73 and send the game into the first overtime.
A Moore 3-pointer gave UTEP its biggest lead in the first OT, 80-76, but layups by Emmanuel Omogbo and Gian Clavell helped CSU tie it up again in the final minute.
Clavell scored 35 points for the Rams (5-1).
|Old Dominion||67||vs.||76||VCU||Final Recap|
Lewis' 16 points leads VCU past Old Dominion, 76-67
Saturday, November 28 at 6:31 PM (EST)
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) JeQuan Lewis scored 16 and Melvin Johnson added 13 points to help VCU beat Old Dominion 76-67 Saturday.
Jordan Burgess had 12 points for VCU (4-2).
Old Dominion (3-3) made six of its first seven field goals to take a 16-8 lead five minutes in, but VCU responded with a 10-0 run before the teams with into halftime tied at 35-all.
Johnson hit back-to-back 3-pointer to spark an 11-3 spurt that put the Rams up 11 midway through the second half, but a 3 by Zoran Talley trimmed Old Dominion's deficit to 58-55 with five minutes to go.
Korey Billbury and Lewis hit 3s on consecutive VCU possessions as the Rams scored 10 of the 11 points and pushed their lead back into double digits, 68-56, with 1:13 left.
Aaron Bacote scored 21 and Trey Freeman added 17 for Old Dominion.
The teams combined to make 21 3-pointers.
|Hofstra||89||vs.||83||St. Bonaventure||Final Recap|
Hofstra rallies to beat St. Bonaventure
Saturday, November 28 at 6:35 PM (EST)
SAINT BONAVENTURE, N.Y. (AP) Ameen Tanksley scored 24 points, Juan'ya Green added 23, and Hofstra rallied to beat St. Bonaventure 89-83 Saturday, ending a two-game skid.
Denton Koon scored 14 with three 3-pointers, Rokas Gustys added 12 points on 5-of-5 shooting, and the Pride (4-2) shot 85 percent from the stripe, with Tanksley and Green combining for 20 of Hofstra's 28 made free throws.
Trailing by five at halftime, Hofstra twice cut the deficit to a point, then Green tied at 59 with a layup and Malik Nichols' basket gave the Pride a 61-59 lead with 10:45 left. Nelson Kaputo's 3 pulled the Bonnies within 81-80 with 37 seconds left, but Green and Tanksley combined for six free throws in the final 20 seconds to seal it.
Jaylen Adams scored 24 for the Bonnies (3-2), Marcus Posely scored 22, Denzel Gregg added 11, and Dion Wright scored 10 with 10 rebounds.
|Wright State||39||vs.||66||George Mason||Final Recap|
George Mason defense swamps Wright State in 66-39 win
Saturday, November 28 at 5:57 PM (EST)
FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) Otis Livingston II scored 14 points, Marquise Moore added 12 and George Mason used a dominant first half to cruise to a 66-38 win over Wright State on Saturday.
The Patriots (3-4) closed the first half with an 18-1 run to lead 32-10, tying the school record established in 2007 for the fewest points allowed in a half. That set a record for futility for the Raiders, who had 13 points against Air Force in 2011 - a game when they scored just 34 points.
Moore had 10 points before intermission when George Mason shot 43 percent and Wright State shot eight percent on 2 of 26 shooting - 1 of 9 from 3-point range.
Grant Benzinger led Wright State (2-4) with 11 points.
Patrick Holloway started the back-breaking run with a 3-pointer to make it 17-9 at the 7:52 mark. Moore had six points and Livingston five in the run.
|UNCW||94||vs.||73||East Tennessee State||Final Recap|
UNCW beats East Tennessee State 94-73
Saturday, November 28 at 6:37 PM (EST)
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) Chris Flemmings scored 18 points and UNC Wilmington defeated East Tennessee State 94-73 on Saturday.
C.J. Bryce added 14 points, Devontae Cacok 13, Jordon Talley 12 and Marcus Bryan 10 for the Seahawks with all five double-figure scorers shooting over 50 percent. UNCW was 41 of 70 for 58.6 percent.
T.J. Cromer scored 20 points and Ge'Lawn Guyn 18 for the Buccaneers (3-3).
East Tennessee State was 18 of 25 from the free-throw line to just 5 of 10 for UNCW but the Seahawks made 17 more field goals, helped out by a 39-24 rebounding edge including 11-4 on the offensive boards. The Buccaneers also committed 21 turnovers.
A 20-4 run in the first half led to an 18-point lead and a 16-0 run early in the second half had the Seahawks up 64-40. Their biggest lead was 27 points.
The Seahawks (4-0) are off to their best start since 2005-2006.
|Boston University||75||vs.||65||Binghamton||Final Recap|
Mosely with career-best 26 points, BU beats Binghamton 75-65
Saturday, November 28 at 6:22 PM (EST)
VESTAL, N.Y. (AP) Cheddi Mosely scored a career-high 26 points and Boston University beat Binghamton 75-65 on Saturday.
Mosely was 10 of 16 from the floor with four 3-pointers. Nathan Dieudonne scored 13 points and Nick Havener added 12 for the Terriers (3-3). Kyle Foreman chipped in seven points with six assists and three steals.
Willie Rodriguez scored 26 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead Binghamton (1-4). Marlon Beck II had 17 points and Everson Davis added 11.
The Terriers had an 8-point lead at halftime. Rodriquez scored six straight points to pull the Bearcats to 48-44. Havener made a jumper and Foreman made two free throws to stretch BU's lead to 62-49 midway through the second half.
Everson Davis scored four points and Rodriguez a layup to cut the Terriers' lead to 69-63 with 1:26 to play. BU made 6 of 8 from the line to seal it.
|Towson||81||vs.||77||Coppin State||Final Recap|
Towson beats Coppin State 81-77 in OT
Saturday, November 28 at 7:40 PM (EST)
BALTIMORE (AP) Byron Hawkins scored 20 points with five rebounds as Towson beat Coppin State 81-77 in overtime on Saturday.
Hawkins was 4 of 7 from the field and 11 of 13 from the line for the Tigers (4-3). William Adala Moto scored 17 points and John Davis added 15.
Hawkins struck from the paint to start the overtime period, giving Towson a 71-69 edge and they never trailed from then on. Coppin State closed the gap to 79-77 with two seconds to go but two foul shots by Adala Moto in the final second sealed the win.
The Tigers had a 38-37 lead at halftime and led by as many as six points early in the second period. They fell behind to trail 57-50 with 11:50 to go in regulation then fought back to tie it, 63-63, on a dunk by Davis with 5:21 left.
Josh Treadwell scored 15 points for the Eagles (2-3).
|William & Mary||77||vs.||79||Howard||Final Recap|
Daniel scores 39 as Howard edges William & Mary 79-77
Saturday, November 28 at 8:21 PM (EST)
WASHINGTON (AP) James Daniel drained a game-winning 3-pointer from near midcourt while scoring a career-high 39 points - his fourth game with 30 or more this season - as Howard defeated William & Mary 79-77 on Saturday, running its win streak to four.
The 5-foot-11 junior made 11 of 24 field-goal attempts, including four 3-pointers, and was 13 of 15 from the foul line for Howard (4-2).
Damon Collins buried a 3 from the corner with 25 seconds left, cutting William & Mary's lead to 77-76. The Tribe (4-2) missed free throws and Daniels brought the ball up court, waved off coach Kevin Nickelberry's call for a timeout, and swished the game-winner with three seconds remaining.
Connor Burchfield made all five of his 3-point shots and led William & Mary with 19 points. Omar Prewitt added 17 with 10 rebounds.
The Tribe outshot Howard but the Bison sank 23 of 30 free throws.
Hogan leads Navy to 71-65 win over Jacksonville
Saturday, November 28 at 7:13 PM (EST)
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) Jace Hogan scored 17 points, leading five Navy players in double figures as the Midshipmen beat Jacksonville 71-65 in the Spartan Showcase on Saturday.
Shawn Anderson and Will Kelly had 12 points apiece, and Tilman Dunbar and Tim Abruzzo scored 10 each for Navy (5-2), which led by as many as 19 in the second half. Kelly added eight rebounds and six blocks.
Darius Dawkins made six 3-pointers and scored 24 points for Jacksonville (2-4), one night after notching career-best marks of seven 3-pointers and 25 points in a loss to IPFW.
The Dolphins pulled within six twice in the second half but couldn't get any closer. Marcel White had 15 points and Kori Babineaux 11.
The Midshipmen made 7 of 8 free throws in the final minute to secure the victory.
Butler uses big 2nd half to beat SIU-Edwardsville, 89-73
Saturday, November 28 at 7:45 PM (EST)
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Kellen Dunham matched a career high with 32 points as Butler cruised past SIU-Edwardsville in the second half to post an 89-73 win Saturday.
Dunham knocked down 10 of 15 shots from the field, including 5 of 8 from beyond the arc to match his career high set as a sophomore against Washington State in the Old Spice Classic. Tyler Wideman added 13 points and Roosevelt Jones added 11 points and dished out 11 assists.
Butler (4-1) led by one at intermission, 39-38, and the Cougars took the lead on Yemi Makanjuola's jumper with 18:46 left, but Wideman sparked a seven-point run with a layup and the Bulldogs led, 47-41 with under 16 minutes to play. Andrew Chrabascz hit a 3-pointer to push the Butler lead to 16 midway through the second half.
Grant Fiorentinos scored 17 points and Burak Eslik added another 16 to lead SIU-Edwardsville (1-4).
Fordham cruises to 87-64 win over Manhattan
Saturday, November 28 at 8:35 PM (EST)
NEW YORK (AP) Mandell Thomas scored 26 points and Ryan Rhoomes added 20 more to propel Fordham to an 87-64 win over Manhattan on Saturday.
Thomas hit 9 of 18 from the field, including four 3-pointers, while Rhoomes made 9 of 11, grabbed 10 rebounds and blocked six shots.
Christian Sengfelder contributed 16 points, Joseph Chartouny had 11 and Antwoine Anderson 10 for Fordham (4-1), which shot 56 percent from field and was 10 of 19 from 3-point range.
Sengfelder's 3-pointer late in the first half sparked a 13-3 run stretching across both sides of the break to make it 46-33 with 18:35 left. The margin remained in double figures the rest of the way as the Rams continued to extend their advantage.
Manhattan (1-3) got 24 points from Rich Williams and 13 from Tyler Wilson, who made 9 of 14 free throws.
|Southeastern Louisiana||60||vs.||62||UAPB||Final Recap|
Arkansas-Pine Bluff holds on for 62-60 win over SE Louisiana
Saturday, November 28 at 7:22 PM (EST)
WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) JoVaughn Love hit two late jump shots and grabbed a rebound off a missed free throw to help Arkansas-Pine Bluff hold on for a 62-60 win over Southeastern Louisiana in the Barclays Center Classic on Saturday night.
Trailing 58-51 with 2:27 left, Southeastern Louisiana's Marlain Veal made three free throws and a layup, Dimi Cook hit two free throws and Keith Charleston had a layup to close to 60-59 with 48 seconds remaining. Love's second jumper with 20 seconds left provided the margin of victory.
Loved finished with 15 points for the Golden Lions (2-5). Ghiavonni Robinson had seven points, five steals and three assists. Eleven Arkansas-Pine Bluff players had two or more points.
Keith Charleston had 13 points and eight rebounds to lead Southeastern Louisiana (1-6). Joshua Filmore made 3 of 6 from beyond the arc for 10 points.
|Cincinnati-Clermont||66||vs.||91||Tennessee Tech||Final Recap|
Tennessee Tech beats Cincinnati-Clermont 91-66
Saturday, November 28 at 8:47 PM (EST)
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Freshman Tre Hansbrough returned to the lineup after being held out two games and scored a season-high 19 points as Tennessee Tech defeated Cincinnati-Clermont 91-66 Saturday.
Mason Ramsey added a career-high 17 points on 7-for-9 shooting as the Golden Eagles (4-2) never trailed. The trio of Ryan Martin, Anthony Morse and Markell Henderson each scored 11 points for Tennessee Tech. Morse blocked three shots and Martin grabbed seven rebounds.
Dorian Henry and Roderick Avery each scored 17 points to lead Cincinnati-Clermont, which plays in the USCAA.
The Golden Eagles built a 15-3 lead on a layup by Aleksa Jugovic, and led 43-26 at halftime. Morse's three blocks put him in Tennessee Tech's top 10 for career blocks with 66.
The Golden Eagles opened the second half on a 15-5 run and led by as many as 33 points, 75-42, with 8:18 left to play.
|Loyola Chicago||48||vs.||59||UNC Asheville||Final Recap|
UNC-Asheville runs away from Loyola of Chicago, 59-48
Saturday, November 28 at 11:53 PM (EST)
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) Dylan Smith scored 17 points and sparked a 15-0 run that pulled UNC-Asheville out of a 6-point halftime deficit and launched the Bulldogs to a 59-48 win over Loyola of Chicago Saturday night to claim third place at the Great Alaska Shootout.
Smith's layup with 9:18 left gave UNC-Asheville the lead, 38-37, midway through run that gave the Bulldogs a 49-37 lead with just under five minutes left.
Dwayne Sutton added 13 points as the Bulldogs (3-4) shot 44 percent (22 of 50) from the field for the game, including just 2 of 13 from long range.
The Ramblers (4-3) used an 8-0 run midway through the first half to take a 19-10 lead and led 28-22 at intermission.
Montel James and Milton Doyle led Loyola with 9 points each. The Ramblers were 18 of 47 from the field (38.3 percent) and converted 4 of 12 from beyond the arc.
|Montana State||68||vs.||82||Wyoming||Final Recap|
Adams with 25 points, Wyoming beats Montana State 82-68
Saturday, November 28 at 10:11 PM (EST)
LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) Josh Adams had 25 points and six assists to lead Wyoming to an 82-68 victory over Montana State on Saturday night.
Jason McManamen scored 16 points and Alan Herndon chipped in six points with 12 rebounds for Wyoming (4-2), which bounced back after losing to Montana State (3-3) 83-82 on Nov. 22.
Marcus Colbert scored 16 points to lead the Bobcats. Tyler Hall and Sarp Gobeloglu added 14 points apiece.
The Bobcats led 40-36 at halftime, and the Cowboys opened the second half on a 13-4 surge to take a 49-44 lead with 15:34 to play. Justin James made two 3-pointers during the span.
The Bobcats' Stephan Holm made a 3-pointer to pull Montana State to 56-53. Jeremy Lieberman scored five points, sparking a 16-4 run to give Wyoming a 72-57 lead with six minutes left and the Cowboys cruised from there.
|Iowa State||84||vs.||73||Illinois||Final Recap|
Strong second half leads No. 4 Iowa State past Illinois
By JOE REEDY - Associated Press
Saturday, November 28 at 10:37 PM (EST)
NICEVILLE, Fla. (AP) With Illinois and No. 4 Iowa State trading the lead for most of Saturday's championship game in the Emerald Coast Classic, Cyclones guard Monte Norris decided with 10:51 remaining to try and deliver a knockout punch.
Iowa State held a 59-58 lead when Norris had the ball at midcourt and saw Abdel Nader had a step on his defender. Norris fired a lob pass and Nader slammed it home. The dunk was part of an 18-4 run in the Cyclones' 84-73 win.
''We practice a lot of lobs and connect. When I was at halfcourt I saw him point up. I threw it up there and you saw the results,'' said Norris, who was voted the tournament MVP after having 20 points and nine rebounds.
Georges Niang, who led the Cyclones (5-0) with 23 points, had six points during the spurt. Norris and Nader (18 points) had four apiece.
''That catapulted the momentum, changed the whole pace and fired us up,'' Niang said. ''I really think that was instinct from Monte. He knows the time, the score and what it is going to do to change momentum.''
For the first 30 minutes, Illinois (3-4) hung in and was challenging the Cyclones at both ends of the court.
The Illini scored seven of the game's first nine points and were up 12-6 less than five minutes in. Iowa State started slowly cutting into the lead, as the last 12 minutes of the half saw six ties and seven lead changes.
The opening part of the second half had two more ties and five lead changes before the Cyclones seized control.
''It felt like a heavyweight boxing match and then the last 8-9 minutes they imposed their will and for whatever reason we weren't able to impose ours. Their ability to work to get the shots was better than us,'' Illinois coach John Groce said.
Malcolm Hill led Illinois with 20 points, while Kendrick Nunn added 19 and Mike Thorne Jr. had 10.
In its first five games, Iowa State has wins over teams from the Pac-12 (Colorado), ACC (Virginia Tech) and Big Ten (Illinois).
''It was good to get these tests early. Power five teams have the size we are going to be playing against in the Big 12. It does a lot to prep us for fighting through adversity,'' Niang said.
Thorne Jr. left midway through the first half with a left knee injury and did not return. Groce said the extent of the injury to Thorne was unknown and that the training staff was still deciding whether he would undergo an MRI here or when the team returns to campus on Sunday.
Matt Thomas was also in double figures for the Cyclones with 10 points. ... After shooting 69 percent from the field in a win over Virginia Tech on Friday night, Iowa State struggled from the field in the first half, going 14 of 31. The Cyclones were 19 of 36 in the second half and shot 49.3 percent for the game. ... Norris has 31 assists and only four turnovers in his last four games.
Iowa State: The Cyclones are the only team in The Associated Press Top 25 to have all five starters averaging 13 points or more.
Illinois: The Illini are 8-21 against ranked teams during Groce's four-year tenure. The last time they defeated a non-conference opponent ranked in the top five was in the 2005 Final Four, when the Illini defeated No. 4 Louisville 72-57 to advance to the championship game.
Iowa State: Hosts North Dakota State on Tuesday.
Illinois: Hosts Notre Dame on Wednesday in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.
|Southern Illinois||80||vs.||79||Portland||Final Recap|
Southern Illinois beats Portland 80-79
Saturday, November 28 at 10:37 PM (EST)
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) Anthony Beane and Sean O'Brien each scored 18 points, Armon Fletcher hit the winning shot, and Southern Illinois beat Portland 80-79 on Saturday night at the Corpus Christi Coastal Classic.
Leo Vincent put the Salukis ahead 77-75 with 2:38 to play, but Alec Wintering tied it at 77 with two free throws. Fletcher hit his 3-pointer and Portland's Gabe Taylor replied with a dunk, but the Pilots missed two shots in the final 1:29.
There were 12 ties and 16 lead changes. The Salukis made 16 of 22 free throws and led 40-39 at halftime.
O'Brien grabbed 10 rebounds for the Salukis (6-1), who lost their first game of the season Friday against UTEP 71-66.
Bryce Pressley led Portland (3-4) with 18 points and four 3-pointers, Jason Todd scored 14, Wintering had 12 and Taylor 10.
|Texas Southern||65||vs.||77||Washington State||Final Recap|
WSU beats Texas Southern 77-65 behind Hawkinson
Saturday, November 28 at 11:24 PM (EST)
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) Josh Hawkinson scored 20 points and Ike Iroegbu added 19 to lead Washington State past Texas Southern, 77-65 on Saturday night to go to 4-0 to start the season.
Malcolm Riley scored 23 points and Chris Thomas had 20 for the Tigers (1-5).
Washington State led 47-26 at the half after shooting 60.6 percent from the field and holding Texas Southern to 32.3 percent. The score was tied at 15-15 when the Cougars took control of the game with an 11-0 run midway through the half.
Riley scored 19 points in the second half, when the Tigers shot 57.7 to finish at 43.9 for the game. The Cougars shot 55.2 percent in the game, helped by a 28-2 advantage in bench points. Hawkinson, a regular starter, came off the bench after missing the previous game with a groin injury.
The Cougars' 4-0 start is their best since 2010, when they started 5-0. WSU's opponents have a combined record of 5-17. The Cougars' next game is Wednesday at home against 10th-ranked Gonzaga (4-1).
Texas Southern: Partly for financial reasons, the Tigers are playing all 13 of their nonconference games on the road. The Tigers don't play their first game at home in Houston until Jan. 2, when they open Southwestern Athletic Conference play against Southern (La.).
Washington State: The Cougars play their first six games at home, then travel just 8 miles to visit Idaho. Two more home games follow before WSU plays three games at the Diamond Head Classic in Honolulu. The Cougars then start Pac-12 Conference play with three games at home. Coach Ernie Kent said he wanted to go with a softer schedule early to help break in seven new players.
Texas Southern visits Mississippi State on Tuesday.
Washington State hosts No. 10 Gonzaga on Wednesday.
|Nevada||66||vs.||75||Cal State Fullerton||Final Recap|
Coggins leads Cal State Fullerton past Nevada 75-66
Saturday, November 28 at 11:54 PM (EST)
FULLERTON, Calif. (AP) Tre Coggins pumped in four 3-pointers and finished with 25 points to lead Cal State Fullerton to a 75-66 win over Nevada on Saturday night.
Lanerryl Johnson added 18 points on 7-for-12 shooting for Fullerton (4-1), which has won four straight. Coggins hit 9 of 21 from the field and his 25 points tied the career-best he set Tuesday against Southern Utah.
The Titans took control in the second half with a 9-2 burst sparked by one of Coggins' 3s to make it 45-38 with 14:12 to play, then padded it a few minutes later with an 8-0 burst capped with a pair of free throws from Lionheart Leslie.
Eric Cooper Jr. led Nevada (4-2) with 19 points on 5-for-9 shooting and 6 of 6 from the line. Tyron Criswell added 11 points for the Wolf Pack.
|UC Davis||82||vs.||70||Utah Valley||Final Recap|
UC Davis powers past Utah Valley 82-70
Saturday, November 28 at 11:51 PM (EST)
OREM, Utah (AP) Nolan Berry scored 18, Neal Monson had 17 points and 13 rebounds, and UC Davis scored the last 12 after trailing most of the game Saturday night to beat Utah Valley 82-70.
The Aggies (3-2) took a 70-68 lead with an 8-2 run capped by Josh Fox's free throw with 4:43 left. Hayden Schenck tied it 15 seconds later for Utah Valley (2-4), which went scoreless from there.
Davis fell behind 50-41 early in the second half before scoring 12 straight capped by Berry's 3-point play for the Aggies' first lead at 53-50 since the middle of the first half.
Brynton Lemar added 15 points, Josh Fox scored 13 and Siler Schneider 11.
Konner Frey, who led Utah Valley with 18 points, scored seven straight Wolverines points for a 66-62 lead with 6:58 left. Jaden Jackson and Dayon Goodman each scored 12 for Utah Valley.
Collinsworth leads BYU to 95-81 win over Belmont
Saturday, November 28 at 11:21 PM (EST)
PROVO, Utah (AP) Kyle Collinsworth finished with 26 points, nine rebounds and 10 assists to help BYU beat Belmont 95-81 on Saturday night.
Nick Emery scored 27, Chase Fischer added 19 points and Kyle Davis had 11 with 14 rebounds for BYU (4-1). Emery and Fischer hit five 3-pointers apiece as the Cougars made 13 of 27 (48 percent) from behind the arc.
Belmont (4-3) led 49-47 early in the second half but BYU hit 3s on four consecutive possessions - the first two by Emery - during a 15-4 run that put the Cougars in front, 62-53, for good.
After a jumper by Mack Mercer cut Belmont's deficit to seven, Fischer hit back-to-back 3-pointers and the Bruins didn't challenge again. BYU led by as many as 18.
Craig Bradshaw scored 26 on 9-of-12 shooting, including 6-of-9 3-pointers, and Mercer had 16 points for Belmont.
|Alabama A&M||61||vs.||63||Murray State||Final Recap|
Murray State holds on to defeat Alabama A&M 63-61
Saturday, November 28 at 10:15 PM (EST)
MURRAY, Ky. (AP) Gee McGhee scored 16 points, Wayne Langston had 13 points and 12 rebounds and Murray State held on to beat Alabama A&M 63-61 on Saturday night.
Nicholas West made two free throws to give Alabama A&M a 58-56 lead with 2:42 remaining. But a jumper from Jeffery Moss and two free throws apiece from Langston and Bryce Jones gave Murray State (5-2) a four-point lead with less than a minute to go.
Alabama A&M (4-1) was held without a field goal for more than 6 1/2 minutes until Ladarius Tabb's layup off a Murray State turnover pulled the Bulldogs within one at 62-61 with 10.2 seconds left.
Moss made 1 of 2 free throws for the Racers, and A&M's Jacob Perry had a chance to tie it with a layup with one second left, but he airballed it short.
Both teams struggled from the floor in the second half, with Murray State shooting 23 percent and Alabama A&M 32.
|Samford||73||vs.||74||Austin Peay||Final Recap|
Austin Peay holds on against Samford 74-73
Saturday, November 28 at 10:10 PM (EST)
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Kenny Jones scored 23 points and Austin Peay held on to defeat Samford 74-73 on Saturday.
Jones was 10 of 12 from the floor for the Governors (3-4). Josh Robinson had 15 points, Khalil Davis added 13 and Chris Horton had 12 points and 13 rebounds.
Jamal Shabazz led Samford (5-2) with 24 points. Christen Cunningham and Matt Rose had 13 points apiece and Darius Jones-Gibson added 10.
Austin Peay scored the last six points of the first half to lead 42-30 at the break. Robinson's 3-pointer to start the second half pushed the advantage to 15.
Samford responded with an 8-2 run to get it back under double digits and continued to chip away. Rose's 3-pointer with 51 seconds left made it a 2-point game, but Robinson made a bucket inside, then hit a pair of free throws to go up four. Shabazz nailed a 3 with 2 seconds left, but Samford couldn't get the ball back.
Shields hits winner as Longwood tops Columbia 70-69
Saturday, November 28 at 9:19 PM (EST)
NEW YORK (AP) Chris Shields made a driving layup with six seconds left, and Longwood came back after trailing most of the game to defeat Columbia 70-69 on Saturday night.
Kanayo Obi-Rapu made back-to-back 3-pointers to give Longwood (3-4) its first lead with 2:55 remaining.
But a layup and 3-pointer from Grant Mullins pulled Columbia to within one with 23 seconds left. Mullins came away with a steal on the ensuing possession, and Longwood fouled, sending Alex Rosenberg to the free-throw line with 17 seconds remaining. Rosenberg made both free throws to give Columbia a 69-68 lead.
Shields converted the game-winning layup and the Lions couldn't get a final shot off.
Obi-Rapu made four 3-pointers and finished with 15 points. Leron Fisher had 18 points and eight assists.
Mullins set career highs in makes and attempts from 3 after going 7 of 12. He finished with 23 points, seven rebounds and six assists.
|Western Illinois||67||vs.||97||Creighton||Final Recap|
Creighton knocks W. Illinois from ranks of unbeaten, 97-67
Saturday, November 28 at 10:23 PM (EST)
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) Khyri Thomas scored 18 points - 14 after halftime - as Creighton sent Western Illinois crashing from the ranks of the unbeaten, 97-67 on Saturday night.
Geoffrey Groselle added 17 points on 6-for-9 shooting with nine rebounds and three blocked shots for the Blue Jays (5-1). Groselle was largely unchallenged underneath, adding a two-handed dunk after halftime, and a one-handed put-back dunk in the first half. Creighton outrebounded Western Illinois 47-29 and shot 51 percent from the floor (35 of 69).
The Leathernecks (5-1) had come into the game tied for the program's best start in Division I (5-0, 1986-87). But Creighton was red-hot, leading 44-31 by halftime and opening the second half on a 14-7 run.
Creighton led by as many as 32 points, 95-63.
James Milliken scored 12 points - all in the first half - for Creighton.
Western Illinois was led by Garret Covington's 14 points and 13 from Jalen Chapman.
IPFW holds on to beat UNC-Greensboro 64-58
Saturday, November 28 at 9:27 PM (EST)
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) Max Landis scored 14 points and made two free throws in the final minute as IPFW held on to beat UNC-Greensboro 64-58 in the Spartan Showcase on Saturday night.
Landis made two 3-pointers and was 6 of 7 from the line. John Konchar had 13 points and nine rebounds for IPFW (6-1), which has won since six straight since losing its opener to Valparaiso.
Kayel Locke had 13 points to lead UNC Greensboro (2-3). RJ White added 11 points with nine rebounds.
The Mastodons used an 11-4 run to build their largest lead, 46-33 with 11:50 remaining. Michael Calder made two 3-pointers, Landis added another and Konchar made two free throws during the stretch.
Diante Baldwin scored his nine points during a 14-6 surge to pull the Spartans to 59-56 with 52 seconds left. Landis made two free throws, and Konchar scored three points to seal it.
Isaac leads No. 16 Purdue past Lehigh, 77-55
By JEFF WASHBURN - Associated Press
Saturday, November 28 at 10:32 PM (EST)
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) Purdue center Isaac Haas acknowledges that sometimes he becomes timid, worrying about picking up a third or fourth foul.
The 7-foot-2 Haas was aggressive in the second half against Lehigh, leading the 16th-ranked Boilermakers to a 77-55 victory Saturday night.
Haas scored 21 of his career-high 24 points in the second half when Purdue pulled away. Haas made 8 of 11 field goal attempts and 8 of 10 free throws, playing 20 minutes without a turnover.
Purdue, specifically Haas, took advantage of foul trouble to reigning Patriot League Player of the Year Tim Kempton to improve to 6-0, with all the victories by at least 22 points. Haas' previous high was 19 as a freshman in a Maui Invitational loss to Kansas State.
''Obviously, I got a lot more aggressive in the second half,'' said Haas, who is averaging a team-leading 15.0 points a game. ''Because this team has great comraderie, it helps us share the ball and find the open man. If we continue to play like this, we can play deep into the NCAA tournament.''
Purdue made only 4 of 19 attempts from 3-point range but was 22 of 41 inside the arc, where Lehigh could only hope that Haas missed.
''They committed to finding Haas,'' Lehigh coach Brett Reed said. ''Purdue is a very balanced team, and our dilemma as Lehigh is finding a way to protect the paint and stop their perimeter. We had no answer for Haas.''
Johnny Hill added 13 points, P.J. Thompson had 10, Vince Edwards finished with nine points and 10 rebounds, and Caleb Swanigan had seven points and 12 rebounds.
Combined, Hill and Thompson were 5 of 5 from the field, 12 of 14 from the free throw line and had seven rebounds, two assists and one turnover in 40 minutes.
But according to Purdue coach Matt Painter, this was Haas' night.
''That's really what he's done the whole season so far,'' Painter said. ''He's been simple. He's cut down on his turnovers. He's learned, if they come and double to strip the ball out of his hands, instead of trying to go through them, just make the easy play, and it's really working out for him.''
Kempton led Lehigh (0-6) with 17 points and nine rebounds.
The Boilermakers played without senior guard and No. 2 scorer Rapheal Davis (11.6 points and 3.4 rebounds), who suffered a sprained knee in practice Wednesday, Hill said he and Thompson needed to provide some of what the team missed with Davis sidelined.
''Rapheal is such a good leader, P.J. and I and really everyone had that next man up philosophy tonight,'' said Hill, who came off the bench after starting the first five games.
A 3-pointer from Thompson with 5:57 remaining extended Purdue's lead to 62-46. Haas' two free throws gave the Boilermakers a 72-48 lead.
Hill and Thompson combined for 16 first-half points, and Purdue led 36-26 through 20 minutes in large part because it limited the Mountain Hawks to 24.3 percent field goal shooting (9 of 37). Lehigh missed its first eight shots.
Lehigh: The Mountain Hawks have played a challenging early season schedule, also losing to Syracuse and Virginia ... The game was an Indiana homecoming for three Lehigh players - junior guard Austin Price (Indianapolis), sophomore guard Tyler Jenkins (Fishers) and freshman forward Matt Holba (Noblesville).
Purdue: The Boilermakers are 6-0 for the first time since the 2009-2010 team began the season with 14 consecutive victories ... Entering the Lehigh game, Purdue's three most recent opponents had shot a collective 30.5 percent from the field ... Sophomore point guard P.J. Thompson made his first start of the season and the second of his career.
Thompson had a career best 15 points in a Nov. 22 victory over Florida and came back with 10 points, three rebounds and two assists against Lehigh. He still has not made a turnover this season.
STATS OF NOTE
Purdue made 21 of 25 free throws (84 percent) and has been much improved at 72 percent this season.
''Everybody came in during the offseason and worked on that,'' Edwards said. ''Last season, we were in a lot of close games, and some nights we made them, and some nights we did not. All of us are committed to that.''
Lehigh: The Mountain Hawks play at St. Francis (Pa.) on Wednesday.
Purdue: The Boilermakers are at Pittsburgh on Tuesday in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
|North Florida||78||vs.||65||St. Francis Brooklyn||Final Recap|
North Florida beats St. Francis Brooklyn 78-65
Saturday, November 28 at 9:17 PM (EST)
WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Chris Davenport scored 20 points with seven assists and North Florida topped St. Francis Brooklyn 78-65 in the Brooklyn Hoops Holiday Invitational tournament.
Davenport was 7 of 10 from the field and North Florida (5-2) shot 51 percent, including 12 of 23 from beyond the arc (52 percent). Dallas Moore had 16 points with four 3-pointers, Beau Beech and Demarcus Daniels added 13 points apiece and Trent Mackey contributed 12.
North Florida made a 15-3 run early - all on 3-pointers - to open a 20-9 lead and the Ospreys never trailed. After Beach and Moore both hit 3s in the last minute of the first half, North Florida took a 49-30 lead to the lockers.
The lead reached 20 on Mackey's 3-pointer 3:29 into the second half and St. Francis never threatened.
The Terriers (1-4) were led by Amdy Fall with 13 points and 10 rebounds while Chris Hooper and Yunus Hopkinson both had 11 points.
|Prairie View A&M||62||vs.||80||UNLV||Final|
|Green Bay||81||vs.||72||Eastern Illinois||Final Recap|
Green Bay dumps Eastern Illinois 81-72
Saturday, November 28 at 10:32 PM (EST)
CHARLESTON, Ill. (AP) Carrington Love scored 25 points to go with six rebounds and four steals, and Jordan Fouse added 14 points and 10 rebounds to lead Green Bay past Eastern Illinois 81-72 Saturday night.
Trailing 55-53 with seven minutes remaining, Green Bay's Tevin Findlay hit a 3 and then scored a layup on a feed from Love after his steal to put Green Bay (3-3) up for good. Findlay's 3-pointer started a 16-4 Green Bay run in a four-minute span.
Khalil Small had 13 points and Findlay finished with 10. Green Bay owned a 49-40 rebounding advantage and had 13 steals. The Phoenix outscored Eastern Illinois (0-4) 50-35 in the second half after trailing 37-31 at halftime.
A.J. Riley led Eastern Illinois with 25 points. He was 8 for 15 from the field and shot 8 of 11 from the free-throw line.
Demetrius McReynolds had 12 points and 11 rebounds.
|New Orleans||63||vs.||90||Northwestern||Final Recap|
Lindsey, Demps spark NU to 90-63 rout of New Orleans
By JOHN JACKSON - Associated Press
Saturday, November 28 at 11:19 PM (EST)
EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) Scottie Lindsey might soon crack the starting lineup. For now, he's focused on his role as a sixth man.
''The coaches tell me every day that I've got to be ready to play coming off the bench,'' he said. ''I've got to be a spark.''
That certainly was the case Saturday night.
Lindsey had 15 of his 26 points in the second half and Tre Demps added 16 to lead Northwestern to a 90-63 rout of New Orleans on Saturday night.
Lindsey was 9 for 12 from the field, including 6 of 7 on 3-pointers, as Northwestern (5-1) won its second straight. His previous high was 12 points twice last season.
''Scottie was tremendous,'' Northwestern coach Chris Collins said. ''I don't know if he's going to get 26 every night, but him just giving us that scoring punch is really big for our team.
''I've said all along he's a big x-factor for us. When he's rolling like that, it makes us that much more dangerous of a team.''
Nate Frye had 14 points and Cameron Reed had 13 to lead New Orleans (2-3), which never seriously threatened after the break. The closest the Privateers got was 50-29 early in the second half.
The Wildcats defense focused on New Orleans' Christavious Gill, who entered averaging 13.8 points but was held to three points on 0-for-7 shooting.
Bryant McIntosh had 13 points and seven assists, Gavin Skelly 10 points and Alex Olah six blocks for Northwestern.
New Orleans stayed close early despite Demps scoring the Wildcats' first 10 points of the game. But Northwestern broke the game open with 13 straight points for a 27-12 advantage with just over 10 minutes left before halftime.
Lindsey got the run started with a 3-pointer. Demps, who had 14 points in the first half, capped it with a jumper.
The Wildcats, who were 18 for 31 (58.1 percent) from the field in the first half, led by as many as 24 points and took a 48-25 lead into the locker room.
''I felt real good,'' Lindsey said. ''My teammates found me for some open threes early. My shot was feeling good, so I kept being aggressive.''
New Orleans: Coach Mark Slessinger still is looking for his 50th win with the Privateers. He is 49-69 in five seasons. . The Privateers are playing six of their first seven games on the road.
Northwestern: Demps moved into a tie for 26th place (with Mark Sibley) on the school's all-time scoring list with 1,113 career points. Demps needs 10 points to move into 24th place.
Northwestern has never made the NCAA tournament, but the last week had a March Madness feel. The Wildcats lost by 11 to North Carolina on Monday before bouncing back to beat Missouri on Tuesday.
''We've just shown that we can play with a lot of teams,'' Lindsey said. ''Our team is very confident right now. We just want to keep it going.''
New Orleans plays at Tulane on Wednesday.
Northwestern plays at Virginia Tech on Tuesday.
Wofford holds off Presbyterian down the stretch in 68-58 win
Saturday, November 28 at 9:41 PM (EST)
CLINTON, S.C. (AP) Spencer Collins hit two of his four 3-pointers late in a decisive stretch that sent Wofford past Presbyterian 68-58 Saturday night.
Collins was 4 for 6 from 3-point range, but he connected on a couple in a minute-and-a-half span to put Wofford up 58-50. Collins finished with 21 points and Justin Gordon added 11 though Wofford (2-3) only shot 38.3 percent for the night.
But the Terriers did convert 8 for 10 from the free-throw line in the final 2:33 to keep Presbyterian (3-3) at bay. Wofford led 34-22 at the half.
Presbyterian's DeSean Murray was 10-for-15 from the field and scored 24 points. The Blue Hose was 2 for 16 from 3-point range and Murray was the only player to score in double figures.
Wofford holds a 101-74 edge in the series.
|Tennessee State||56||vs.||49||Kennesaw State||Final Recap|
Tennessee State outlasts Kennesaw State 56-49
Saturday, November 28 at 9:14 PM (EST)
KENNESAW, Ga. (AP) Tahjere McCall had 14 points and Tennessee State topped Kennesaw State 56-49 on Saturday.
McCall was just 3 of 9 from the floor, but made 7 of 10 from the line. Keron Deshields added 13 points on 6-of-12 shooting.
McCall's 3-pointer with 5:36 left in the first half put the Tigers up by seven, and then Tennessee State (4-2) closed the half with a 10-0 run to make it 32-17 at intermission.
Kennesaw State chipped away and got within five with 2:37 left after a 3-pointer by Yonel Brown, but Wayne Martin and Christian Griggs-Williams both made layups to keep the Owls down.
Kendrick Ray paced Kennesaw State (1-6) with 14 points. Brown, who averaged 18.5 points coming in, was 1 of 6 from the floor and finished with three points. The Owls were outrebounded 40-33.
Gray Jr. has 22, leads Houston past Louisiana-Monroe 76-64
Saturday, November 28 at 10:13 PM (EST)
HOUSTON (AP) Rob Gray Jr. had a career-high 22 points and LeRon Barnes added 15 with 11 rebounds as Houston had a strong second half to beat Louisiana Monroe 76-64 on Saturday night.
A moment of silence was held prior to the game for Guy V. Lewis, who passed away on Thursday at the age of 93. Lewis coached the Cougars from 1956-1986.
Gray was 4 of 8 from long range, scoring 16 in the second half. Ronnie Johnson added 13 points for Houston (3-0).
Houston broke Louisiana-Monroe's string of 47 straight games of not allowing the opponent to score 75 points.
The Cougars closed the first half on a 10-3 run for a 35-32 halftime lead. They extended it to 55-49 midway of the second period. Gray sparked a 15-4 run, scoring 13 points, for a 62-49 lead with 8:33 left.
Travis Munnings scored 18 points to lead the Warhawks (2-2).
|Georgia||62||vs.||69||Seton Hall||Final Recap|
Seton Hall holds off Georgia for 69-62 win
Saturday, November 28 at 10:14 PM (EST)
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) Khadeen Carrington tied a career high with 20 points and Isaiah Whitehead scored seven straight in the final minutes to help Seton Hall hold off Georgia for a 69-62 win Saturday night.
Whitehead finished with 22 points, Desi Rodriguez scored 11 and Angel Delgado had 11 rebounds and three blocked shots for Seton Hall (5-1).
Kenny Paul Geno hit two free throws to pull Georgia (2-2) within one, 60-59, with 2:23 to play.
Whitehead hit a jumper and, after Delgado's final block on a jumper by Kenny Gaines, Whitehead made a pair of free throws to make it a five-point game with 1:14 left. He then came up with a steal before knocking down a 3 and pushing the Seton Hall lead to 67-59 with 29 seconds remaining.
The Pirates shot a season-low 41.8 percent from the field.
Yante Maten scored 21 for Georgia. Geno and Gaines added 13 apiece.
|Antelope Valley||37||vs.||59||Cal Poly||In-Progress|
|Gardner-Webb||98||vs.||103||Army West Point||Final Recap|
Army holds off Gardner Webb 103-98 in OT
Saturday, November 28 at 10:09 PM (EST)
WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) Tanner Plomb scored a career-high 31 points, Kyle Wilson added 20, and Army beat Gardner Webb 103-98 in overtime on Saturday night at the Barclays Center Classic, ending a two-game skid.
Isaiah Ivery put the Bulldogs up 93-92 with a free throw in OT, but Wilson's free throw and 3-pointer gave Army a 96-93 edge and the Black Knights outshot the Bulldogs 10-5 in the final 1:56.
Kevin Ferguson scored 17 points with 10 rebounds and Dylan Cox added 10 points for the Black Knights (5-2), who led 45-30 at halftime and looked to run away with it.
But the Bulldogs clawed back to trail 89-86 until Dylan Poston hit a 3 with 1 second left to tie it at the end of regulation.
Harold McBride scored a career-high 31 points with five 3s, Tyrell Nelson added 20 with eight rebounds, and Poston finished with 18 and five 3s for Gardner Webb (2-5).
|Cleveland State||63||vs.||80||Maryland||Final Recap|
Carter leads No. 2 Maryland past Cleveland State, 80-63
By TODD KARPOVICH - Associated Press
Saturday, November 28 at 10:56 PM (EST)
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) Maryland coach Mark Turgeon liked the way his players shared the ball, limited turnovers and attacked the zone against Cleveland State.
Now, an even bigger test looms for his undefeated team at No. 9 North Carolina on Tuesday night in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
Robert Carter had 17 points and eight rebounds to the help No. 2 Terrapins beat the Vikings 80-63 on Saturday night. Jared Nickens added 16 points, and freshman Diamond Stone had a season-high 15 points for Maryland (6-0).
''You look at a lot of scores in college basketball, it's hard to win,'' Turgeon said. ''So we did a lot of great things. Yeah, maybe it was a little flat to start and maybe we were looking forward to what lies ahead, but we have to be more consistent with our effort.''
Demonte Flannigan scored 11 of his 20 points in the first half, and Rob Edwards added 14 points for Cleveland State (2-4), which was 3 of 12 (25 percent) from 3-point range. Vinny Zollo went 5 of 7 from the field and had 11 points for the Vikings.
Maryland led by just four at the break and took control by increasing the pressure to open the second half. A dunk by Stone capped an 8-0 run and the Terrapins led 45-33 with 17:06 left.
From there, the Terps used their size and depth to wear down the Vikings, who could not get closer than nine points the rest of the way. Nickens and Jake Layman hit 3-pointers and Maryland opened a 64-49 lead with 7:43 remaining.
''I thought Maryland picked up the intensity and played defense harder,'' Cleveland State head coach Gary Waters said. ''We didn't execute in the first five minutes of the second half, and I told our players going out there that it's all going to be based on the first five minutes of the second half.''
The 6-foot-7 Flannigan picked up his fourth foul with just under 10 minutes left, hampering the Vikings at both ends of the court. A putback by Nickens and a pair of free throws boosted Terrapins' margin to 70-53 with 5:18 left and they were never threatened the rest of the way.
Maryland was 15 of 18 from the free-throw line and had a 27-22 rebounding edge.
Maryland could not shake Cleveland State in the opening half and a jumper by Kenny Carpenter gave the Vikings their first lead, 25-24, with 8:03 left. Nickens responded with three straight 3-pointers that helped the Terps take a 37-33 lead at halftime.
''I don't force anything,'' Nickens said. ''My teammates do a good job finding me. My teammates have that confidence in me so I always shoot it when I'm open.''
Maryland shot 14 of 23 (60.9 percent) in the opening half.
Cleveland State: The Vikings also lost their only other matchup against the Terrapins, 95-84, on Dec. 5 1984. ... Maryland was Cleveland State highest-ranked opponent since Nov. 26, 1999, when it lost to No. 1 Cincinnati, 90-56.
Maryland: The Terrapins won their 29th consecutive game at home against an unranked team. ... Maryland extended its winning streak in November to 16 games, having not lost since Nov. 17, 2013, against Oregon State (90-83).
With Maryland struggling to pull away, Nickens rallied the offense with the three straight 3-pointers to give his team a lead they never relinquished. Nickens was 4 of 6 from beyond the arc and his confidence is growing with each game. ''I feel like everything is going in,'' Nickens said.
Cleveland State entered the game shooting just 35.2 percent from the field. The Vikings were much better against Maryland and were 29 of 55 (52.7 percent.). ... Flannigan had a total of 18 points in his past three games.
QUOTE OF THE NIGHT
''With our team, someone is always free, so we just have to be good at shooting the ball. It's hard to double us and leave someone open.'' Maryland forward Robert Carter.
Cleveland State is at Toledo on Wednesday night.
Maryland plays at No. 9 North Carolina on Tuesday night in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
|Saint Louis||57||vs.||77||Louisville||Final Recap|
Louisville beats Saint Louis 77-57 in Brooklyn
By JIM O'CONNELL - AP Basketball Writer
Saturday, November 28 at 11:10 PM (EST)
NEW YORK (AP) Trey Lewis got two very different views of Rick Pitino around the last two Thanksgiving.
Last year he scored 24 points for Cleveland State when Louisville beat the Vikings for Pitino's 700th win.
On Saturday night he was on the same bench with Pitino as a graduate transfer and he scored 22 points to lead the Cardinals to a 77-57 victory over Saint Louis in the Brooklyn Hoops Holiday Invitational at Barclays Center.
''It feels great,'' Lewis said of playing for rather than against Pitino. ''A year ago around this time, I never thought I would be here. So it's just really a blessing, truly an honor to play for this team, and play for this coach. So I'm just learning as much as I can and try to be in the moment and enjoy this last year of college basketball.''
If Louisville (5-0) plays the way it did in pulling away from the Billikens (4-1), Lewis, Pitino and the Louisville fans might really enjoy this season.
''I'm really happy with my new basketball team,'' Pitino said. ''Four starters from last year and 85 percent of the scoring are gone. This is a damn good basketball team.
''I think we had the best recruiting class in college basketball if you include Lee and Lewis,'' Pitino said referencing Damion Lee, another graduate transfer from Drexel.
''Kentucky taught me to coach 1-and-dones except now I have to wait four years to get them,'' he said with a big smile.
Mangok Mathiang had career highs of 17 points and 13 rebounds for the Cardinals, who were in a back-and-forth game with the Billikens until they turned to full-court pressure, started switching defenses and kept up their huge rebounding advantage.
''Mango plays like that consistently for us every single day. He never has a bad day,'' Lewis said.
Mathiang gave Lewis the credit for the victory.
''First half, he wasn't playing his game, kind of playing tight,'' he said. ''... He picked us up tremendously in the second half. Without him I don't think we would have such a big lead.''
Louisville led 30-27 at halftime and the lead was the same when the Cardinals finally put a run together. Lewis and Lee had four points each in a 10-0 run that made it 51-38. The Billikens never got closer than 10 points the rest of the way.
Mike Crawford led Saint Louis with 20 points on 7-of-9 shooting, including 4 of 5 on 3s. Milik Yarbrough added 14 points.
''They're a big physical team and we weren't really able to rebound with them at all and (Mathiang) was really good tonight,'' Saint Louis coach Jim Crews said. ''They were getting buckets near the rim and since they were long, we weren't getting buckets near the rim and I thought that was the main difference.''
What made the Cardinals' win even more impressive was that they managed to go just 5 of 17 from 3-point range, including 1 of 10 in the first half. Saint Louis was 8 of 16 from behind the arc but that didn't help much with Louisville finishing with a 36-14 rebound advantage. The 6-foot-10 Mathiang, a junior, outrebounded the Billikens by three himself.
Lee and Quentin Snider each had 10 points for the Cardinals, who won in their first game this season away from home. They outscored Saint Louis 40-20 in the paint and 13-2 on second-chance points.
Louisville's other big advantage came at the free throw line where the Cardinals were 20 of 25 compared to the Billikens' 9 of 14.
''Come (NCAA) tournament time this will be a hell of a basketball team,'' Pitino said.
UNDERHANDED MOVE: The crowd at Barclays Center had its biggest buzz early in the second half when Louisville's Chinanu Onuaku went to the free throw line for the first time and took the shots underhanded, ala Rick Barry in the old days.
Onuaku went to the underhanded style after shooting 46.7 from the line as a freshman. He worked on the new technique all summer and with the 1-for-2 effort Saturday he is 3 for 5 this season.
Louisville: The Cardinals lead the series 47-20. ... Louisville is 32-6 on neutral courts the last four seasons. Half the losses have come in NCAA Tournament regionals. ... The Cardinals are 35-3 in November the last seven seasons and they have won 11 straight in the month.
Saint Louis: The Billikens entered the game with four players averaging in double figures. ... Saint Louis is 3-3 at Barclays Center. The Billikens won the Atlantic 10 Tournament here in 2013. ... Saint Louis and Duke were the only teams last season to have a freshman lead them in points, rebounds, assists and steals.
Louisville is at No. 3 Michigan State on Wednesday.
Saint Louis hosts Morehead State on Wednesday.
|Mississippi Valley State||64||vs.||67||Robert Morris||Final Recap|
Robert Morris hangs on for 67-64 win over MVSU
Saturday, November 28 at 11:03 PM (EST)
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Rodney Pryor scored 17 points while grabbing 12 rebounds and Robert Morris hung on Saturday night to get its first win of the season, edging Mississippi Valley State 67-64.
Robert Morris (1-6) led by as many as eight midway through the second half but fell behind with 1:17 to go when Isaac Williams drained a 3-pointer for Mississippi Valley State to make it 62-61. Pryor then put the Colonials back in front with a layup and Matty McConnell and Billy Giles sealed the win at the free throw line.
Giles finished with 12 points and Isaiah Still contributed 10 for the Colonials, who shot 45 percent from the field but had 25 turnovers.
Mississippi Valley State (0-6) got 19 points from Williams. Marcus Romain added 14 points and Damian Young had 11 for the Delta Devils.
|Toledo||vs.||Middle Tennessee||8:30 (EST)|
|Sunday, November 29, 2015|
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|Bills||vs.||Chiefs||12:00 (EST) Preview|
By JEFF MEZYDLO - STATS Senior Writer
Wednesday, November 25 at 12:14 PM (EST)
The Kansas City Chiefs could be streaking their way toward history.
They can continue their impressive run with a fifth consecutive victory Sunday when they face a visiting Buffalo Bills team that's also trying to remain a serious playoff contender.
Kansas City (5-5) has yet to lose since the five-game skid that appeared to end its season before it really started. And even a season-ending knee injury to star running back Jamaal Charles in Week 5 couldn't keep the Chiefs from regrouping and successfully pressing on.
Not only have the Chiefs clawed their way back to .500, they own the final wild-card spot in the AFC.
''I'm proud of the guys for the character they have," coach Andy Reid said. ''Very easily could have gone the other way. Coaches and players, for that matter. And they didn't do that. They played their hearts out. And they'll continue to do that because that's the way they're wired.''
Kansas City can join the 1970 Cincinnati Bengals as the only teams to make the playoffs after starting 1-5. None of its final six opponents have winning records and four of those games will be at home.
"You know, 5-5 obviously is not the goal,'' safety Eric Berry said, ''but we have our goals set and we know what mission we're on, so we're going to keep striving for that."
Kansas City has shined on both sides of the ball, outscoring its opponents 130-39 during the four-game winning streak.
''They have the right nucleus and they're good at what they do,'' San Diego cornerback and ex-Chief Brandon Flowers said. ''They don't do a lot of stuff, but they are perfect at what they do well.''
Kansas City has allowed an average of 12.2 points in the last six games after giving up 31.3 in the first four. In last Sunday's 33-3 rout of reeling San Diego, the Chiefs allowed fewer than 300 total yards for a third straight game with a season-low 201. They also scored a defensive touchdown.
Alex Smith has not thrown an interception in a franchise-record 253 pass attempts and third-stringer Spencer Ware ran for 96 yards and two TDs on 11 carries while starter Charcandrick West dealt with a hamstring injury against the Chargers. Ware, who before last Sunday ran six times for 24 yards this season, is likely to get a bulk of the work this weekend if West is unable to play.
''We're focusing. We're not waiting for somebody else to make the play," defensive tackle Dontari Poe said. "We're just putting it all on ourselves to make it.
''As long as we keep doing that and playing together, we'll be all right.''
Like Kansas City, Buffalo is among five AFC teams at 5-5, but is behind the Chiefs and Houston in the standings because those two have better records within the conference.
"We still got a whole season," linebacker Nigel Bradham told the Bills' official website. "We're still in the hunt."
The Bills' bid for a third consecutive victory ended with Monday's 20-13 loss at New England. Though Buffalo has held its last three opponents to 20 or fewer points, it scored 14 or less for the third time.
"We have to put more points on the board; start executing," running back LeSean McCoy said.
McCoy has averaged 126.3 total yards and scored twice in the last four games, but Kansas City has held its last three opponents to 202 rushing yards and 3.7 per carry. The Chiefs have allowed only one running back to score in any fashion over the last five contests.
Buffalo expects Tyrod Taylor to be under center despite hurting his shoulder against the Patriots. The Bills are 5-3 with Taylor, who has 11 TDs, four interceptions and a 100.9 passer rating. They are 0-2 when backup EJ Manuel starts in 2015.
''We'll see how the week progresses,'' coach Rex Ryan said. ''But I think (Taylor) will be ready to roll.''
Ryan is less certain about the status of defensive end Mario Williams (foot), who is tied for the team lead with three sacks. Both right guard John Miller (high left ankle sprain) and backup receiver Marcus Easley (concussion) have already been ruled out for this contest.
"We move on to Kansas City ... and we go on from there," Buffalo receiver Chris Hogan said.
Smith's 8-yard TD run in the fourth quarter helped the Chiefs to their second consecutive victory over the Bills, 17-13 on Nov. 9 of last year.
|Raiders||vs.||Titans||12:00 (EST) Preview|
By JEFF MEZYDLO - STATS Senior Writer
Wednesday, November 25 at 12:10 PM (EST)
As poorly as the Oakland Raiders have played over the last three weeks, they still find themselves in a better overall state than the lowly Tennessee Titans.
The Raiders can avoid a fourth consecutive defeat by handing the Titans their 11th straight home loss Sunday.
Three weeks ago, Oakland (4-6) was coming off a second consecutive victory and even talking playoffs. But the Raiders haven't won since and find themselves behind three 5-5 teams in the race for the AFC's final wild-card spot.
''It's definitely a time when guys are starting to realize that we're getting into desperate needs now,'' cornerback David Amerson said.
''We need to start putting together some wins, start stacking them up. Time's getting short. You're getting toward the bottom of the season and right now it's starting to get the mentality of all or nothing.''
The Raiders have missed the playoffs for 12 straight seasons.
''It's important that we not look at (extending the playoff drought),'' coach Jack Del Rio said. ''When you deal with adversity like we are, when you drop a few in a row, you have to be able to get up, dust yourself off and move forward."
After averaging 35.3 points during a three-game stretch Oct. 25-Nov. 8, Oakland has totaled 27 in the last two. Perhaps more disconcerting, the Raiders were held to a season-low 214 yards in last Sunday's 18-13 loss to a Detroit team that allowed an average of 384.2 prior to the contest.
Derek Carr failed to throw a touchdown for the first time since Week 1 and rookie Amari Cooper managed one catch on four targets for four yards. Latavius Murray has been held to 76 yards on 25 carries in the last two games.
''You are what you earn, right?'' Del Rio said. ''We could talk about potential. Potential doesn't win games. Production wins games. It's a bottom-line business, it's a production-based business. We expect to be better than we were.''
The Raiders were better defensively last weekend after giving up 68 points the previous two games. However, they didn't force a turnover for the second straight contest and allowed the Lions to go 80 yards in nine plays for the go-ahead score early in the fourth.
''There are times where you hit these patches, and that's life," Carr said. "That's this league and that's football. But there's no doubt in our mind what we're capable of."
Though it's dropped three straight in the series, Oakland should feel it is capable of besting these Titans (2-8). Tennessee returns from its bye week tied for the worst record in the NFL and looking for its first home victory since Oct. 12 of last year.
An 11th straight home loss would tie for the third-longest skid in league history.
The Titans are 1-2 under coach Mike Mularkey, who isn't guaranteed to have the job after this season. That uncertainty and the lack of positive results has left Tennessee with what linebacker Derrick Morgan called a ''mounting level'' of frustration.
''We are not giving in by any means,'' Mularkey said. ''There has been no sign of that ... (Titans fans) got a team that wants to win worse than they do and a staff that does too, so we'll represent this city and this organization, I can promise you, as well as we can."
The Titans are last in the AFC with 18.2 points per game and have totaled 23 in two games following a 34-28 overtime win at New Orleans on Nov. 8. They could receive a boost with receiver Kendall Wright expected to return after missing the last three with a knee injury.
''I just want to be a spark, just be out there helping my teammates,'' said Wright, who has 28 receptions for 343 yards and three touchdowns.
Mularkey has shuffled personnel on the offensive line to better protect rookie Marcus Mariota after he was sacked four times in last Thursday's 19-13 loss at Jacksonville, bringing his total to 24. Mariota has not thrown a TD since tossing four against the Saints, but did run for Tennessee's lone touchdown last week.
Versatile Titans running back Dexter McCluster will miss this contest with a knee injury, meaning Antonio Andrews and rookie David Cobb could see more time. Andrews averaged 5.2 yards per carry while gaining 78 against the Jaguars.
Oakland has yielded 6.0 per carry while giving up 567 rushing yards in the last three contests.
|Saints||vs.||Texans||12:00 (EST) Preview|
By NICOLINO DIBENEDETTO - STATS Writer
Thursday, November 26 at 12:47 AM (EST)
J.J. Watt's ability to get to the quarterback and a vastly improved defense have turned the season around for the Houston Texans.
And now they're getting Brian Hoyer back at quarterback.
Hoyer will look to pick apart the worst defense in the league while Watt and the Texans defense face a major test Sunday against Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints.
Houston (5-5) has allowed 29 total points and an average of 244.7 yards during a three-game win streak to move into a tie with Indianapolis atop the AFC South. The Texans had been surrendering 28.4 points and 370.9 yards per game during their first seven.
The defensive revival continued with a 24-17 win over the New York Jets last week in which the Texans yielded just 267 yards.
Watt has been the catalyst for that success, totaling 7.5 of his league-leading 11.5 sacks over the last four games.
"In the position that I'm in, both trying to be a leader and also with the contract they gave me, I better go out there and do that or I'm dead wood over here," Watt said.
"I need to go out there and perform and that's what's expected of me. That's what I expect of myself. I am going to go out there every day and every single play try to find a way to affect the game."
Hoyer will again get his chance to have an impact after suffering a concussion when he was sacked in the third quarter of a 10-6 win at Cincinnati in Week 10. The injury forced him to miss one game, but T.J. Yates stepped in with two scoring passes against the Jets.
"Everything's clear," said Hoyer, who has won three of his last four starts while completing 57.7 percent of his passes for 924 yards with eight TDs and two interceptions.
He feels there's a way to keep the Texans rolling to their longest winning streak since taking six straight in 2012.
"Consistency is the name of the game at this level," Hoyer said. "You can't have one great play and a few plays that aren't so good. If we can keep getting more consistent and more consistent, it's really going to turn a corner."
Hoyer and the offense could be in for a big day against the Saints (4-6), who are allowing the most points (31.5) and yards (424.3) per game in the league. New Orleans is surrendering an average of 293.1 yards through the air.
The Saints emerge from their bye week with a new defensive coordinator in Dennis Allen, who replaced Rob Ryan when he was fired after the defense was torched for 510 yards in a 47-14 loss at Washington in Week 10.
"It's not like you can just go in and just wholeheartedly change everything you've been doing schematically," said Allen, who was promoted from senior defensive assistant.
"What we've got to do is try to give the guys a plan that they can go out and execute. Try to eliminate some of the white noise or the distractions for them, make sure that they feel comfortable and ready to play."
They'll need to be ready against DeAndre Hopkins, who has already matched his career high from last season with 76 receptions and has 1,045 yards and nine touchdowns. He's caught four scoring passes over the last three games, including two with 118 yards and five catches against New York.
The Saints, however, have a potent offense of their own that ranks second in the NFL at 414.5 yards per game, including 313.2 through the air. That's reason enough for them to still think reaching the playoffs is possible.
"If we're going to go where we want to go, it's going to be on the defense," safety Kenny Vaccaro said. "The offense is rolling. They've been good every year since coach (Sean) Payton's been here."
That's had a lot to do with Brees, who is 28 yards shy of his 12th straight season with at least 3,000. However, he's coming off a season-low 209 while completing 19 of 28 passes with two touchdowns and two picks against the Redskins.
Brees has also been sacked 23 times - six shy of last season's total - and is well aware of the threat posed by Watt, who sacked him for the first of his career in Houston's 40-33 loss at New Orleans on Sept. 25, 2011.
"He's all over the place, in the nickel as well as in regards to the pass rush," Brees said. "They do a good job of moving guys around and making it unpredictable. You just have to have an awareness of where he is and certainly what he's capable of and just knowing you can't hold (the ball) too long."
|Buccaneers||vs.||Colts||1:00 (EST) Preview|
Friday, November 27 at 7:21 PM (EST)
Jameis Winston is the youngest starting quarterback in the NFL and Matt Hasselbeck is the oldest.
Winston has a chance to post his first three-game win streak Sunday with the visiting Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who hope to prevent the Indianapolis Colts from improving to 4-0 with Hasselbeck.
The winner will improve to 6-5, and Tampa Bay hasn't had a winning record this late in the season in three years. The Buccaneers' first playoff berth since 2007 is within reach amid a resurgence led by Winston, who tied a rookie record with five touchdown passes in last Sunday's 45-17 rout at Philadelphia.
"Anything is possible," Winston said. "We've worked hard since training camp, since OTAs, it's in our hands."
The 21-year-old needs five TD passes to set a Tampa Bay rookie record with 20, which would surpass the total set by Mike Glennon two years ago. Winston did not have a turnover for the fifth time in six games.
"He's playing good ball, making all the right decisions, no one works harder than him," coach Lovie Smith said. "Whatever you're looking for, for the guy that's out in front, he's doing and he's doing it well."
The 40-year-old Hasselbeck helped Indianapolis rally for a 24-21 victory at Atlanta last Sunday and remain tied with Houston atop the AFC South. He engineered a nine-play, 56-yard drive that set up Adam Vinatieri's winning 46-yard field goal with 52 seconds left.
Hasselbeck is in since Andrew Luck was diagnosed with a lacerated kidney and partially torn abdominal muscle. He is now operating under Rob Chudzinski, who replaced Pep Hamilton - one of Luck's mentors - as offensive coordinator.
''These are not perfect circumstances, you would love to have your starting quarterback playing,'' Hasselbeck said. ''You would love to have a lot of different things. We have got Chud calling plays now and doing a great job. It's hard. It's not how we envisioned this year going, but he is doing a great job."
Hasselbeck's offensive line, though, will be without Anthony Castonzo. The left tackle sprained an MCL on Sunday, and his streak of 66 consecutive regular-season starts will end.
''You hate to lose anybody, especially your starting left tackle,'' coach Chuck Pagano said. ''Quarterback one week, now your left tackle. You hate it, too, because he don't miss (games). I think maybe he missed a couple of games his first year, but that's it.''
It's likely that the Colts will move Joe Reitz from right tackle to Castonzo's usual spot and shift Jack Mewhort from left guard to right tackle.
Indianapolis will have to find a way to slow down Doug Martin, who rushed for an NFL season-high 235 yards last weekend. That total was two yards shy of Barry Sanders' record for a player who did not score and was 16 shy of Martin's career best.
Martin, who is 59 yards shy of 1,000, is averaging 5.0 yards per carry and leads the NFL with 10 rushes of at least 20 yards. Tampa Bay is second in the NFL with 142.2 rushing yards per game.
"I think as an offensive line, when you have a running back having the type of year as Doug, you like blocking for him," Smith said. "You definitely feel like you're a part of what he's doing."
Winston's favorite target is Mike Evans, 12th in the league in that department. Evans has only reached the end zone twice, though his 551 yards receiving over the past five weeks are tied for second-most in the league.
Frank Gore has yet to reach 100 yards for the Colts, ranked 20th in rushing offense at 98.5 per game. Gore is averaging 62.6 yards in the three games Luck has missed.
The Colts have committed a league-high 22 turnovers, though 12 are interceptions by Luck. The Buccaneers have forced 20 turnovers to tie for fourth in the NFL, causing at least one in 17 straight weeks for the longest active streak.
Lavonte David had two interceptions last weekend, returning one for a touchdown, as the Bucs registered four turnovers.
The Colts are 2-3 at home, and the Bucs are seeking to win three straight on the road for the first time since 2012. Tampa Bay won the last meeting, 24-17 in 2011.
|Chargers||vs.||Jaguars||1:00 (EST) Preview|
By ALAN FERGUSON - STATS Writer
Wednesday, November 25 at 3:50 PM (EST)
Having put together a rare winning streak, the Jacksonville Jaguars appear to have a favorable matchup as they look to tie their longest run of the past eight seasons and remain in the thick of the AFC South race.
The San Diego Chargers, losers of a league-worst six in a row, visit EverBank Field on Sunday.
The Jaguars have won two straight for just the second time in five years after a late comeback in a 19-13 victory over Tennessee on Nov. 19.
Rashad Greene's 63-yard punt return with 3:34 remaining set up Blake Bortles' go-ahead touchdown pass to Julius Thomas, and Jacksonville's defense followed with a pair of key plays. Davon House recovered a fumble with 3:19 to go and Andre Branch ended the game by sacking Marcus Mariota at the Jaguars' 25-yard line.
Winners of three of four, the Jaguars (4-6) are one game behind Houston and Indianapolis in their weak division. They will try to keep the pressure on with their fourth three-game win streak since the beginning of the 2008 season.
"It's been great to see us come together and start to win some games. It's exciting to see where we can go," linebacker Paul Posluszny said. "We know we have a lot of potential when we look back at the games. We know we can play better and better. It's exciting to be in this environment and have this opportunity."
The Jaguars have lost four in a row to San Diego, including defeats in both of the last two seasons, but the reeling Chargers (2-8) are tied for the league's worst record.
San Diego endured a 33-3 loss to Kansas City on Sunday as prolific passer Philip Rivers was limited to a season-low 178 yards. Tight end Antonio Gates was so frustrated by the team's performance that he was seen arguing with Rivers in the first half.
Rivers didn't have top receiver Keenan Allen for the second straight week because of a season-ending lacerated kidney. Malcom Floyd (shoulder) was also out, though the Chargers got left tackle King Dunlap and guard Orlando Franklin back on the field.
Rivers had totaled 2,143 yards in his previous six games and topped 300 in a team-record five in a row.
"I think it's just about being a pro at this point. Are you going to be a man and come to work every day and do your job? I think that is what it is," he said. "The ball is going to get kicked off next Sunday and Jacksonville sure the heck isn't going to feel sorry for us."
Rivers had 377 yards and three TDs in a 33-14 home win over Jacksonville on Sept. 28, 2014. Bortles threw for 254 yards, one TD and two interceptions in his first NFL start.
Rivers has 10 touchdowns and two interceptions during San Diego's win streak in the series.
"The guy is phenomenal. I think what's been impressive with him is that they've had some injuries and he still stays the same, very productive," Jaguars coach Gus Bradley said.
The Chargers haven't dropped seven in a row since losing their final nine games of 2001. If the Jaguars can solve their recent issues in the red zone, San Diego might have trouble avoiding another defeat.
Jacksonville has managed four touchdowns in its last 14 trips inside the 20-yard line. The Jaguars went 1 for 5 against the Titans and kicked four field goals.
"Definitely an area that we need to take a strong look at," Bradley said. "I know it's popped up from game to game, and we have to address it."
Rivers had the second-best completion rate of his career in his most recent visit to Jacksonville on Oct. 20, 2013. He went 22 of 26 (84.6 percent) in a 24-6 victory, and San Diego has won its past two games there by a combined 42 points.
The Jaguars are also looking their first three-game home win streak since Nov. 14-Dec. 12, 2010. The Chargers have dropped five in a row on the road dating to Dec. 28.
|Dolphins||vs.||Jets||1:00 (EST) Preview|
By NICOLINO DIBENEDETTO - STATS Writer
Friday, November 27 at 4:48 PM (EST)
Potentially forced into two major changes to the lineup, coach Todd Bowles refuses to make another at quarterback for the struggling New York Jets.
With Darrelle Revis out and Nick Mangold possibly missing as well, the Jets will try to simplify things again with Ryan Fitzpatrick under center Sunday against the Miami Dolphins, who are bringing a familiar face to the Meadowlands in Quintin Coples.
New York (5-5) has lost four of its last five games including two straight after falling 24-17 at Houston last week while gaining a season-low 267 yards.
With Fitzpatrick coming under scrutiny, some have wondered whether Geno Smith could be given back the starting job. That's not going to happen yet with Bowles preferring to stay with the more experienced quarterback despite his 46.6 completion percentage, 409 yards and four interceptions over the last two games.
Fitzpatrick's two picks against the Texans ended the Jets' last two drives.
"I don't think a lot of throws are Ryan's fault," Bowles said. "When you have a quarterback, you have to look at the overall scheme, not just the quarterback and as far as things are getting done, and a lot of times we just need to get on the same page. I think Ryan made some good throws. I thought he made some bad ones as well.
"But you don't give up on a quarterback just like that, because overall what he's done this year, he still proved he can do that going forward."
That optimism stems from Fitzpatrick leading New York to a surprising 4-1 start, including a 27-14 win over Miami (4-6) in London in Week 4.
Bowles thinks returning to the simplified formula that led to that success will pay off again.
"I think we started doing some things that we weren't making plays as a group together," Bowles said. "And instead of going back to basics, we probably started trying to go into trigonometry when we should've stayed with algebra. I think we're getting back to basics."
That likely means relying on Chris Ivory, who has been very quiet with 219 yards on 2.7 per carry and two touchdowns over the last five games. He raced for 460 yards, averaging 5.5 an attempt while scoring four times in his first four games. Included in that was a season-high 166 yards on 29 carries against the Dolphins.
"Algebra was running the ball, throwing it when we can, play action and doing the things that we needed to do and playing the right type of football and playing complimentary football," Bowles said. "We're trying to get back to that."
It might be tougher with Mangold nursing a deep cut on his hand that needed six or seven stitches, putting his status for Sunday in jeopardy.
The Jets will be without Revis, who suffered a concussion last week and was ruled out Friday since he's yet to pass the NFL's concussion protocol. Second-year cornerback Marcus Williams likely will start in place of Revis, having started once at safety and once at cornerback already this season.
''I wouldn't call it `strange,' I would call it `fun,''' Williams said of playing throughout the secondary this season. ''Just to go out there and play different positions, it's probably been tough on other teams because you probably never know where I'm going to be.''
New York has lost three in a row and six of seven at home against the Dolphins, who enter this visit to East Rutherford with Coples after he was released by the Jets on Monday.
"It brings chills to me to be able to go back and face them this Sunday," Coples said. "I never got a great explanation for it. They benched me for whatever reason. I still don't know. But I'm moving forward."
Coples was struggling to fit into Bowles' 3-4 defense as a linebacker so Miami will use him as a defensive end in its 4-3 scheme to replace Cameron Wake, who was lost for the season with a torn Achilles tendon last month.
Coples had 16.5 sacks over his first three seasons after being picked 16th overall in the 2012 draft.
"He's a cool cat," defensive end Olivier Vernon said. "We're just trying to add guys to help win."
The Dolphins are also struggling, losing for the third time in four games with Sunday's 24-14 defeat to Dallas.
Miami, though, hasn't given up on reaching the playoffs.
"We've still got a chance," Vernon said. "We're not making up any fairy tale. We know what we've got to do."
Ryan Tannehill has completed 55.0 percent of his passes while throwing six touchdowns and eight interceptions in seven career meetings with the Jets. He had his worst performance against them earlier this season, going 19 for 44 for 198 yards with two TDs and two INTs.
|Giants||vs.||Redskins||1:00 (EST) Preview|
Friday, November 27 at 11:42 AM (EST)
The New York Giants not only got to heal up during their bye week, they got to watch two of their division rivals get blown out.
One of those foes was the Washington Redskins, who are hopeful of bouncing back since they are back at home.
The Redskins can post their first five-game, single-season win home streak since 1991 on Sunday when they face the Giants in a showdown for first place in the mediocre NFC East.
The East has produced only nine victories against non-division foes for the league's lowest total heading into Week 12. New York (5-5) has a one-game lead over Washington (4-6), and slumping Philadelphia fell 1 1/2 games back with a 45-14 loss to Detroit on Thursday.
While the Giants sat out Week 11, the Redskins were crushed 44-16 at Carolina and the Eagles were routed 45-17 at home to Tampa Bay. Those clubs could have joined New York atop the division at the time.
Washington has that chance again this week. The Redskins' four-game win home streak is their longest in three years, with a 47-14 victory over New Orleans in their last game at FedEx Field on Nov. 15.
"When you play at home, it's pretty common knowledge that you're going to play better over the long haul," said quarterback Kirk Cousins, who is third in the NFL with a 68.3 completion percentage. "Because its home, because you're in a friendly environment, a familiar environment."
Cousins has nine touchdown passes and no interceptions with a 122.6 passer rating in the four-game home win streak. He has five TDs and has been picked off eight times with a 69.8 rating in five road games.
"I think he's much more confident," Giants coach Tom Coughlin said. "I think the rhythm with which he goes about his business, particularly in the play-action pass game, is outstanding."
Washington has dropped five straight to New York. Cousins is 0-3 against the Giants, throwing for two scores with eight interceptions and a 48.6 rating.
In a 32-21 loss Sept. 24, the Giants built a 12-0 lead after one quarter and cruised with Eli Manning going 23 of 32 for 279 yards and two scores.
"We felt that game got away from us early and it kind of changed our approach," Cousins said. "I think we kind of had to scrap much of our game plan because we got into a two-minute mode for much of the second half. A lot of it goes back to turnovers and penalties and some of the same mistakes that are going to hurt you in any of the games you play."
The Giants have forced 23 turnovers for the league's second-best total. They are tied with Carolina at plus-13 for the NFL lead while the Redskins are at minus-five.
Manning will have a new target in Hakeem Nicks, who was signed Nov. 17 for his second stint with the club after being out of football since the start of the season. Nicks had two 1,000-yard seasons with New York between 2009-13 before injuries derailed him last year for Indianapolis.
"He looks like he's running well, grasping the offense," Manning said. "We just got to be smart and put him in there, make sure he knows what he can do so we can put him out there and play fast."
The Giants fell 27-26 at home to New England before the bye Nov. 15. Manning had two touchdowns, giving him 10 in his last three games and 21 to tie for fourth in the NFL.
Odell Beckham Jr. has amassed 339 yards through the air with four scores in that span. He has four TDs in two games against Washington.
Giants tight end Larry Donnell is expected to miss a third straight game with a neck issue. Donnell scored a career-high three TDs the last time the Giants visited the Redskins in a 45-14 victory Sept. 25, 2014.
New York has outscored Washington 145-71 in the last five meetings, with the last three coming since Jay Gruden became Redskins coach. Manning has thrown for nine scores and 829 yards with a 118.3 rating in the last three matchups.
"Overall it's just a matter of us playing up to their level of physicality," Gruden said. "I feel that they've out-physicaled us the last three times, number one, and that's something that we have to make sure we're ready for."
Alfred Morris aggravated a rib injury last Sunday, though Washington's top rusher expects to play.
Redskins receiver DeSean Jackson was out with a hamstring injury the last time these teams met while Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul was out after losing his index finger in a July 4th fireworks accident. Both are back now.
Washington, though, won't have cornerback Chris Culliver due to a knee injury suffered in practice. It has been reported he will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL.
|Rams||vs.||Bengals||1:00 (EST) Preview|
By KEVIN MASSOTH - STATS Writer
Friday, November 27 at 5:43 PM (EST)
The type of urgency that's been smothering the St. Louis Rams is starting to set in for the Cincinnati Bengals.
While the desperation for one will be relieved, it will heighten for the other when the Rams visit the Bengals on Sunday.
Three consecutive losses have left the Rams (4-6) in danger of exiting the playoff picture, while a third straight for the Bengals (8-2) would threaten their division title hopes - which at one point seemed inevitable.
Cincinnati was off to a franchise-best start two weeks ago and held a four-game advantage in the loss column ahead of Pittsburgh in the AFC North, but back-to-back losses have opened the door for the Steelers (6-4), who visit Cincinnati on Dec. 13.
The Bengals haven't lost three straight since dropping four in a row midway through the 2012 season.
"The best football starts getting played now in November and December and January," offensive coordinator Hue Jackson said. "You have to get hot. You have to catch your groove back again so that you can be one of those teams that can be hitting the stride at the right time."
The Bengals stumbled with an embarrassing 10-6 loss to Houston in front of a national Monday night audience Nov. 16, and a field goal in the closing seconds of last week's 34-31 loss at Arizona denied them a rebound win.
Their play was sloppy with 19 penalties for 178 yards in the losses, while quarterback Andy Dalton was sacked eight times for his highest two-game total this season.
Cincinnati's defense allowed a league-low 16.9 points per game through the first nine weeks but surrendered 27 in the second half against the Cardinals.
Dalton was questioned for his big-game ability after the prime-time loss to the Texans, and he missed an open A.J. Green on a key third down during the Bengals' final drive against Arizona, which ended with a tying field goal.
He still threw for 315 yards and two scores, working the Bengals back from 28-14 and 31-21 deficits in the fourth quarter.
"I think the one thing you can take from this is that there's no quit," Dalton said. "We fought until the very end and that's good to see. We've got to keep that mentality. We've got to keep doing that."
The Rams need a change after a trio of losses and an iffy quarterback situation have them in danger of a 12th consecutive season without a winning record. They'll have to catch themselves against Cincinnati and Arizona (8-2) over the next two weeks.
"We're trying to dig ourselves out of a hole," tight end Lance Kendricks said. "Hopefully, we have it in us. I know we do."
A sobering scenario this week took the focus off the field.
Wide receiver Stedman Bailey was shot in the head Tuesday while sitting in a parked car outside a home in the Miami area, where he attended high school. Bailey, serving a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy, was in intensive care but in stable condition Wednesday after surgery and is expected to recover.
Bailey was eligible to return in two weeks from his second suspension, but coach Jeff Fisher says he does not expect the third-year receiver to play this season.
It remains uncertain whether quarterback Case Keenum will get what will be his second start in place of benched Nick Foles. Keenum suffered a concussion late in last week's 16-13 loss at Baltimore on a sack that was nullified by a penalty.
Keenum continued to play after showing obvious signs he'd suffered a head injury, leading to criticism of how the situation was handled by the Rams and the NFL. He split practice reps with Foles on Wednesday and Friday but has yet to pass the concussion protocol.
St. Louis has lost four of five road games, including its last three, and had a chance to win following Keenum's injury, but he was sacked on the Rams' 41-yard line and lost a fumble with 1:00 left to set up Justin Tucker's winning field goal.
The involvement of two playmakers is high on the fix-it list for St. Louis. Running back Todd Gurley became the first rookie to run for at least 125 yards in his first four starts Oct. 4-Nov. 1, but has totaled 200 in his last three while averaging 3.3 per carry.
Wide receiver Tavon Austin finished with one carry for 16 yards and one catch for five more against Baltimore.
"It's a little frustrating, but all we want to do is win," Gurley said.
|Vikings||vs.||Falcons||1:00 (EST) Preview|
By KEVIN MASSOTH - STATS Writer
Saturday, November 28 at 2:41 PM (EST)
The Atlanta Falcons' cozy playoff position vanished almost as quickly as the Minnesota Vikings' chance at a snug spot atop their division.
While the short-handed Falcons look to regroup from a trio of losses that have put their playoff chances in jeopardy on Sunday, the visiting Vikings will try to reignite their bid for the NFC North.
Minnesota (7-3) grabbed sole possession of first place with five straight wins and three consecutive Green Bay losses. The Packers, though, crashed the party with a 30-13 win over the Vikings last week.
It was a missed opportunity to pull away for Minnesota, which has a half-game lead atop the division following the Packers' 17-13 loss to the Bears on Thanksgiving night.
''I'm disappointed in our performance, but I'm not discouraged about our future,'' coach Mike Zimmer said. ''I still believe in this football team, and I believe in everything about us.''
Aaron Rodgers and Green Bay's offense made the Vikings pay for an uncharacteristic eight penalties amounting to a season-high 110 yards.
While the offense was held to 13 points - its lowest since the season opener - Minnesota's defense coughed up a season-high 30 - well above the average of 16.2 the Vikings allowed during their winning streak.
That defense will have to regroup without starting safety Harrison Smith, who was ruled out of this contest Saturday due to a knee injury. Smith leads the Vikings with 54 tackles.
''We were out of sync, out of whack," said Adrian Peterson.
The NFL's leading rusher may have been the best indication of that as Peterson was held to 45 yards on 13 carries one week after running for 203 against Oakland. He did score a touchdown for the third straight week but also lost a fumble.
Minnesota ran for just 94 yards, snapping a streak of four consecutive games with at least 140.
The Vikings still control their own destiny with six games left and another shot at Green Bay in the Jan. 3 season finale. Atlanta (6-4) still does too, but a free fall has the Falcons in an undesirable position of a once 5-0 team in danger of missing the playoffs.
Atlanta has dropped three straight and four of five to fall far back of NFC South-leading Carolina and into the second wild card - one game up on Tampa Bay and Seattle.
Atlanta would join a short list of 13 teams since 1933 to miss the postseason after winning its first five games. The last two to fall short of the postseason after a 5-0 start were the 2009 Denver Broncos and New York Giants, who each finished 8-8.
''The bear is not loose here inside the building. I want to make sure we're really clear on that,'' first-year coach Dan Quinn said. ''We've got a really talented team and a coaching staff that really believes in these guys.''
The Falcons' last three defeats have come by a combined seven points, the most recent a 24-21 loss to Indianapolis in which Atlanta squandered a pair of two-touchdown leads. It was the Falcons' second straight loss at home after winning their opening three at the Georgia Dome.
Matt Ryan threw three more interceptions to give him six in the last four games, building the concern around Atlanta's franchise quarterback. Ryan's worst miscue was a pass from his own end zone straight into the arms of linebacker D'Qwell Jackson, who scampered in for a 6-yard score to tie the game at 21 early in the fourth quarter.
''Those are the decisions we count on him like crazy for us," Quinn said. "For all those things he did in the game very well, that's one he'd like to have back.''
Some of Ryan's numbers suggest this season aligns with his first seven: a career-high 298.2 passing yards per game, a 65.5 completion rate and an 89.6 passer rating. However, he has 10 interceptions and has lost a career-high three fumbles - many of the turnovers coming in key spots.
There has been speculation about his health, even a local newspaper blogging a close-up photo of a brace on Ryan's left knee under his uniform.
''I'm 100 percent healthy,'' Ryan said. ''I think I've said this five or six different times now, and hopefully this will be the last time I have to talk about it: I've worn a brace on my left knee since I was a senior in college. Anybody who looks at a picture from 2008 (his rookie season) will see the same thing.''
Ryan will likely have to shoulder more of the offensive burden after the Falcons ruled out running back Devonta Freeman on Friday as he continues to recover from a concussion. Freeman, who is sixth in the league with 764 yards and has an NFL-best nine rushing touchdowns, will be replaced by rookie Tevin Coleman.
Minnesota won the last meeting 41-28 on Sept. 28, 2014, but the Falcons have won the last two in Atlanta.
|Cardinals||vs.||49ers||1:05 (EST) Preview|
By ALAN FERGUSON - STATS Writer
Wednesday, November 25 at 6:51 PM (EST)
The Arizona Cardinals tormented Colin Kaepernick in one of the most decisive victories in franchise history earlier this season but will have to pick on a different San Francisco 49ers quarterback Sunday.
While that defense takes on Blaine Gabbert, Carson Palmer seeks a single-season franchise record for touchdown passes in the Cardinals' pursuit of a fifth consecutive win and first road victory over the 49ers in seven years.
Arizona (8-2) intercepted Kaepernick four times and returned two for touchdowns in the opening quarter Sept. 27 en route to a 47-7 victory. Larry Fitzgerald and Chris Johnson each scored two TDs in the Cardinals' most lopsided win since beating the Houston Oilers 44-0 on Nov. 1, 1970.
The 49ers (3-7) benched Kaepernick in favor of Gabbert ahead of a 17-16 win over Atlanta on Nov. 8, and his tenure in San Francisco might have ended following left shoulder surgery Tuesday.
"Gabbert is taking care of the football better. The receivers are more involved so it's a good challenge for us," said Arizona safety Tyrann Mathieu, who scored one of those first-quarter touchdowns in September. "It seems like Gabbert has a better understanding of coverages and getting his receivers involved. He's an underrated passer.
"We know those guys are going to come out fired up, ready to prove a point."
Palmer has continued to roll along after throwing for 311 yards and two scores in that matchup. He topped 300 yards in a third consecutive game last Sunday and shook off a pair of early interceptions in a 34-31 win over one of the AFC's top teams, Cincinnati.
"We had another tough opponent in the Bengals with only one loss but we were able to drive down late in the game and finish it off," safety Rashad Johnson said. "We're finding ways to win, and we have momentum at the perfect time."
Palmer completed three passes for a combined 57 yards on the game's final drive to set up Chandler Catanzaro's 32-yard field goal with two seconds left.
The 12-year veteran has 11 TD passes in the past three games to take over the league lead with 27, three shy of Kurt Warner's single-season franchise mark of 30 - set in 2008.
"He can have rough moments, shake them off and just come on back," coach Bruce Arians said. "He's like a really good pitcher who can't find the plate, then all of a sudden he gets in a groove."
Gabbert, meanwhile, played better last Sunday in his second start despite the 49ers returning from their bye to lose 29-13 in Seattle. He was 22 of 34 for 264 yards - his second-most in 29 NFL starts - and one touchdown without an interception.
San Francisco's defense suffered a big blow with defensive lineman Glenn Dorsey tearing his right ACL on the Seahawks' first play from scrimmage. The 49ers went on to allow a season-worst 255 yards on the ground.
"When Glenn got hurt, I didn't like our body language," coach Jim Tomsula said. "We have to address that."
Arizona is hoping that star defensive back Patrick Peterson can play after leaving last weekend because of an ankle injury.
The Cardinals have lost six straight road games against the 49ers, but the most recent was a 20-17 loss Dec. 28 in which Palmer didn't play. They lost their previous five visits by a combined 144-56 score and haven't won a road game in the series since a 23-13 victory Sept. 7, 2008.
"They're still the Niners. It would mean a lot to this franchise," linebacker Kevin Minter said. "We've just got to get it done. It's not going to be an easy game by any means. ... It would be a big step forward for this organization as far as being on top of these guys. It's time for us to finally be on top."
Arizona, 4-1 on the road this season, has won two of the past three overall meetings after dropping nine of 10. All three of San Francisco's wins this year have been at home.
|Steelers||vs.||Seahawks||1:25 (EST) Preview|
By KEVIN CHROUST - STATS Writer
Wednesday, November 25 at 8:11 PM (EST)
The Pittsburgh Steelers have handled the absences of offensive stars all season long and lead the AFC wild-card race. The Seattle Seahawks have learned they'll have to do the same for a prolonged period as they attempt to climb into favorable position for an NFC bid.
Running back Marshawn Lynch will miss a second straight game and figures to miss three or four more, but his team is coming off one of its more impressive rushing performances heading into Sunday's home game with the Steelers - and his replacement has proven to be the far more effective option.
Lynch underwent abdominal surgery for a sports hernia Wednesday, and the time frame that places his return inside a month is considered best-case scenario. There's a chance that Lynch will miss the remainder of the regular season, in which case Seattle (5-5) will hope Thomas Rawls has much more of last week's performance in him.
The undrafted rookie from Central Michigan ran for 209 yards on 30 carries in last Sunday's 29-13 home win over San Francisco, giving him 604 yards on 101 carries compared to Lynch's 417 on 111. Coach Pete Carroll says it's likely Lynch will retain the starting job upon returning, but Rawls' 5.98 yards per carry is difficult to ignore.
"He's done very well and been consistent," said Carroll, whose team ran for a season-best 255 yards against the 49ers on 44 carries. "Whenever he's been given a real good shot, he's come through in a big way."
Pittsburgh's defense figures to be a more difficult test. The 49ers surrender 4.28 yards per carry, while the Steelers (6-4) have posted a 3.84 mark and gave up 15 yards on 14 carries in their 30-9 win over Cleveland on Nov. 15 leading into a bye.
The Steelers will have Ben Roethlisberger starting for the first time since a 38-35 Week 9 home win over Oakland after he replaced an injured Landry Jones in the victory over the Browns. He's hopeful he can play Sunday without the padded boot he wore to protect his sprained left foot against Cleveland.
With it, the quarterback was 22 of 33 for a season-high 379 yards with three touchdowns. While Roethlisberger helped the Steelers to 459 yards of total offense and they've posted 528.0 per game over consecutive wins, he'll be up against a Seattle defense that ranks second in the NFL at 303.6 yards per game.
"I have a great appreciation for that whole defense," Roethlisberger told the team's official website. "Their defensive ends, their front seven really get after it. Their secondary locks people down. I don't have to play against them to respect them. If you want to be the best, you have to play the best."
While that includes the likes of Richard Sherman at cornerback, Roethlisberger's receiving options are in top form. Antonio Brown has 27 catches in his last two games, which is the fourth-highest two-game total in league history. No. 2 option Martavis Bryant, who missed the first five games because of suspension and injury, had a career-high 178 yards receiving and his fifth touchdown in the last contest.
They'll of course remain without top running back Le'Veon Bell for the remainder of the season, but DeAngelo Williams has filled in admirably. In the last three games, the veteran has averaged 134.7 yards from scrimmage and 5.57 per rush, though the Seahawks have limited opponents to 3.74.
After playing six of their first 10 at home, things are about to get a bit more difficult with trips to Seattle and Cincinnati sandwiching a home game against Indianapolis. After the Bengals, Pittsburgh hosts Denver, then travels to Baltimore and Cleveland to conclude the season.
But the Steelers lead the wild-card race and suddenly find themselves two games back of Cincinnati for the AFC North lead.
"We are in the thick of things," said coach Mike Tomlin, whose team has won four straight against the NFC. "We understand that. We are not what we desire to be. We could be better. We could be worse. The reality is we know enough to know that we need to be focused on the task at hand. We don't have to look outside the stadiums."
The Steelers have won the last three meetings with the Seahawks, including consecutive shutouts and a Super Bowl XL victory before that, but the Seahawks have won the last four matchups in Seattle with the latest coming in 2003.
The Seahawks' playoffs hopes don't have quite the same straightforward path as Pittsburgh. Seattle, winner of three of four, is three games back of streaking Arizona in the NFC West, two back of Minnesota for the top wild card and a game behind Atlanta, so a fourth straight playoff appearance will require a strong six-week run.
Including last season's Super Bowl loss to New England, the Seahawks have dropped three straight to the AFC.
|Patriots||vs.||Broncos||6:30 (EST) Preview|
By SCOTT GARBARINI - STATS Writer
Wednesday, November 25 at 2:23 PM (EST)
Peyton Manning's injured foot will prevent the renewal of the greatest quarterback rivalry of this era.
Perhaps for good.
It will instead be Tom Brady versus Brock Osweiler when the unbeaten New England Patriots visit the Denver Broncos on Sunday night with the possibility of claiming another AFC East title.
The Broncos have ruled Manning out for the next two games as the aging quarterback deals with a partially torn plantar fascia in his left foot. The lingering injury has attributed to the worst season of the five-time NFL MVP's career and triggered speculation that he's contemplating retirement as he approaches his 40th birthday.
Denver (8-2) has survived Manning's league-high 17 interceptions and 67.6 passer rating to hold a three-game lead atop the AFC West, in large part due to its strong defense and most recently Osweiler's readiness to step in when needed.
Osweiler proved capable in his first career start, throwing two touchdowns and engineering the offense's first turnover-free performance of the season in last week's 17-15 win at Chicago. The 2012 second-round pick completed 20 of 27 passes for 250 yards to help the Broncos halt a two-game skid marred by six Manning interceptions.
"He did a really good job," Broncos coach Gary Kubiak said. "We didn't protect him very good in the first half, had to take his lumps in a couple situations but kept his composure (and) would come back to make the next play. He did a heck of a job."
Osweiler credited his efficient effort to the four seasons he spent learning behind the NFL's career leader in passing yards and touchdown passes.
''I don't know if anybody believed me, but I really was telling the truth - I have not wasted a single day sitting behind Peyton,'' he said. ''I fully recognize that he might be the greatest quarterback to ever play, if not one of the greatest. I wasn't going to let one of those days go by where I didn't learn something. I've been very appreciative for my situation.''
Osweiler was aided by a running game that churned out 170 yards, 102 from Ronnie Hillman. Such production may be hard to come by, however, against a New England defense that's held opponents to 63.0 per game and 2.9 per carry over the last five wins.
Buffalo's LeSean McCoy did rush for 82 yards and a touchdown on Monday, though the Patriots limited the Bills to 3 for 15 on third downs to hold on for a 20-13 victory and move to 10-0.
New England now owns a five-game lead on Buffalo and New York and can clinch a seventh consecutive division crown with a win and a Jets' loss to Miami on Sunday, or if both the Jets and Bills lose.
Brady, 11-5 all-time against Manning including a split of four postseason matchups, continues to excel in his 16th season, though the 38-year-old didn't have one of his best showings on Monday. He completed a season-low 51.3 percent of his attempts (20 of 39) and was intercepted once while working with a receiving corps beset by several injuries.
Already without top target Julian Edelman due to a broken foot, the Patriots lost Danny Amendola (knee) and Aaron Dobson (ankle) during the game and neither is expected to play this week. Passing-down back Dion Lewis suffered a season-ending torn ACL in Week 9.
''Yeah, we've lost a lot of guys, and we've lost quite a few guys over the last three weeks,'' Brady said. ''So I think we'll just keep fighting and figuring out a way to win, and it's good to win against a good defense. Any way you can get these wins, I think it's a positive.''
Brady also was often under heavy duress from Buffalo, facing pressure on 45 percent of his dropbacks. That could be the case again this week, as Denver leads the NFL with 34 sacks and has yielded league lows of eight touchdown passes and 190.6 passing yards per game.
"We've got to block better. We've got to get open. We've got to run better," Patriots coach Bill Belichick said. "We've got to do everything better. It just wasn't the kind of production or offensive performance we were looking for."
Brady will still have tight end Rob Gronkowski (51 catches, 843 yards, 8 TDs) at his disposal, while running back James White provided a lift with a touchdown catch along with a rushing score against Buffalo.
Denver may have its receiver group at full strength with wideout Emmanuel Sanders expected to return after missing last week with an ankle sprain.
The Patriots make their first trip to Denver since a 26-16 loss in the 2013 AFC Championship. New England rolled to a 43-21 home win over the Broncos last November behind four Brady touchdown passes.
|Saturday, November 28, 2015|
|Southern Miss||58||vs.||24||Louisiana Tech||Final Recap|
Southern Miss beats La. Tech 58-24, clinches C-USA West
Saturday, November 28 at 4:34 PM (EST)
RUSTON, La. (AP) Nick Mullens threw three touchdown passes and Ito Smith ran for three scores and Southern Mississippi rolled to a 58-24 victory over Louisiana Tech on Saturday to clinch the Conference USA West Division title.
Southern Miss (9-3, 7-1) has won six straight games, and has scored 50-plus points for a program-best fifth time.
Mullens was 24 of 37 for 386 yards passing with scoring strikes of 1, 7, and 22 yards to three different receivers. Smith had touchdown runs of 57, 17, and 11 yards on consecutive drives in the fourth quarter, all on first down plays. He finished with 169 yards on 22 carries.
Devonta Foster had a 26-yard interception return for a touchdown for the Golden Eagles. And Michael Thomas had seven catches for 162 yards.
Jeff Driskel was 27 of 44 for 355 yards passing with three touchdowns, but he threw three interceptions for Louisiana Tech (8-4, 6-2).
Lynch ties FBS record, Memphis beats SMU 63-0
Saturday, November 28 at 3:36 PM (EST)
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Paxton Lynch tied the FBS record with seven touchdown passes in a half, and Memphis set single-season records for yards and points in a 63-0 win over SMU on Saturday.
Lynch hit seven different receivers on his scoring passes and finished 9 of 14 for 222 yards - all in the first half - as the Tigers raced to a 56-0 lead. His seven passing TDs set an American Conference single-game record, and his 28 passing TDs on the season are best in school history. Lynch's previous single-game high for TD passes was four.
Memphis (9-3, 5-3) had lost three in a row after an 8-0 start. The Tigers gained 6,125 yards and scored 512 points for the season.
SMU (2-10, 1-7) struggled to muster any offense, totaling 97 yards and committing five turnovers. The Mustangs lost four fumbles, including two returned by the Tigers for touchdowns.
|Cincinnati||19||vs.||16||East Carolina||Final Recap|
Gantz hits winning FG, Cincinnati tops East Carolina 19-16
Saturday, November 28 at 4:20 PM (EST)
GREENSVILLE, N.C. (AP) Andrew Gantz kicked a 42-yard field goal as time expired, sending Cincinnati to a 19-16 win over East Carolina on Saturday.
Gantz missed a 44-yard attempt on the Bearcats' previous possession, but Cincinnati's defense forced a three-and-out.
Gunner Kiel drove Cincinnati (7-5, 4-4 American) to the Pirates' 25-yard line. Gantz split the uprights for his second game-winning field goal against East Carolina in as many years. Kiel finished 30 of 47 for 270 yards with a touchdown and interception.
Cincinnati took the lead on its opening drive of the second half when Mike Boone capped off a 16-play drive with a 1-yard plunge, giving the Bearcats a 16-10 lead.
After Gantz hit a 50-yarder, East Carolina (5-7, 3-5) tied it at 16-all when James Summers found Bryce Williams for a 2-yard touchdown. But Summers was called for unsportsmanlike conduct after the play - a 15-yard penalty - and Davis Plowman missed the longer extra point try.
|Ohio State||42||vs.||13||Michigan||Final Recap|
Buckeyes beat Michigan 42-13, but lose spot in title game
By LARRY LAGE - AP Sports Writer
Saturday, November 28 at 7:44 PM (EST)
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Ohio State crushed its rival and cruised home, crossing the border and hoping for the best.
The eighth-ranked Buckeyes had beaten No. 12 Michigan 42-13. They just needed a little bit of help from Penn State later in the day to get another chance to advance to the Big Ten championship and keep their playoff chances alive.
They didn't get it.
Michigan State may have ended the national champions' quest to repeat by beating the Nittany Lions 55-16 and earning a spot in next week's title game against Iowa.
''Our season kind of rests on their shoulders right now,'' Ezekiel Elliott said before he or his teammates knew their fate.
Ohio State's loss to Michigan State last week took destiny out of its hands because the sixth-ranked Spartans would win a head-to-head tiebreaker. Ohio State fans at the Big House knew they needed help, and in the second half began chanting: ''Go Penn State! Go Penn State!''
The Buckeyes' season isn't over, but they have a much tougher road to a playoff spot without an appearance in the conference title game. The selection committee protocol emphasizes conference championships and Ohio State can't win one.
Ohio State (11-1, 7-1 Big Ten, No. 8 CFP) needs to root for some major upsets, and even then, would have to hope that the committee is feeling generous.
The Buckeyes did all they could to make their case against Michigan. Elliott ran through, around and past the Wolverines' defense for 214 yards rushing and two touchdowns a week after running his mouth.
He was held to 12 carries for 33 yards rushing against Michigan State, then publicly criticized the team's play calling and declared he will skip his senior season to enter the NFL draft.
''I regret everything I said,'' Elliott insisted before being asked a question in a postgame news conference.
Buckeyes quarterback J.T. Barrett had 19 carries for a season-high 139 yards, helping his team run for 369 yards.
Ohio State has won 11 of the last 12 games in what has become a lopsided series with Michigan.
The Wolverines (9-3, 6-2, No. 10 CFP) simply could not stop their rivals from running at will.
''The biggest thing is they were getting tired and they weren't getting lined up,'' Elliott said.
Elliott, who has 3,812 yards rushing in his career, passed Eddie George for No. 2 on the school's all-time rushing list and trails only two-time Heisman Trophy winner Archie Griffin.
Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said Elliott should at least be at the ceremony honoring college football's most outstanding player.
''I think he should be in New York,'' Meyer said. ''I think he is one of the best players in America. I don't know if he should win. I don't know the other players, but I am fortunate to be around him. He's one of best players that I've ever been around.''
Elliott had a 5-yard run that put Ohio State up 14-3 in the second quarter and a 10-yard run put the Buckeyes ahead 35-13 early in the fourth.
''We couldn't make tackles, especially on No. 15,'' Michigan defensive tackle Chris Wormley said. ''A guy like that takes more than one person to tackle him.''
Barrett started the scoring barrage with a 7-yard run late in the first quarter. His 13-yard run late in the third quarter gave the Buckeyes an 18-point cushion and his 17-yard run midway through the fourth made mercifully ended the scoring for Michigan.
He ran more than he passed. Barrett was nine of 15 for 113 yards, including a 25-yard TD pass to Jalin Marshall that capped the first drive of the second half to give Ohio State a 21-10 lead.
Michigan trailed the entire game and pulled within four points twice in the first half.
When the game was out of reach in the fourth quarter, Wolverines quarterback Jake Rudock was sacked and slammed onto his left shoulder and left the game. Rudock was injured by former high school teammate Joey Bosa and was replaced by Wilton Speight. Rudock and Bosa played together at St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Rudock was 19 of 32 for 263 yards and a TD.
Unlike Ohio State, the Wolverines struggled to move the ball on the ground. Three-way player Jabrill Peppers had 29 yards rushing on seven carries and No. 1 running back De'Veon Smith had 10 carries for just 23 yards.
While Jim Harbaugh has generated a lot of hype this year for coming back to lead Michigan, were he was the starting quarterback two decades ago, he has to improve a program that is 0-4 against Meyer.
''I'm very proud of the team the way they've worked and the way they've progressed,'' Harbaugh said. ''We've closed a lot of ground. More ground to make up, but knowing our team, we will keep working hard.''
This just wasn't the year for Michigan to gain an edge in The Game. During the final minutes, red-clad fans were easy to see in the emptying stadium and could be heard shouting, ''OH-IO! OH-IO!'' toward the end of another blowout.
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|Georgia||13||vs.||7||Georgia Tech||Final Recap|
Georgia gives Richt a boost, beating Ga Tech 13-7
By PAUL NEWBERRY - AP Sports Writer
Saturday, November 28 at 4:51 PM (EST)
ATLANTA (AP) Mark Richt trotted over to a corner of Bobby Dodd Stadium, where the Georgia band played and the red-clad faithful had nothing but cheers for the embattled coach.
Richt has another win over his state rival.
He can only hope it's enough to keep his job.
Sony Michel rushed for 149 yards and scored Georgia's lone touchdown on the first possession of the game Saturday, enough for the Bulldogs to pull out an ugly 13-7 victory over Georgia Tech.
While hardly an impressive effort, Georgia (9-3) got back on the winning side in this bitter rivalry and put Richt in position for the 10th double-digit-win season of his 15-year tenure with a bowl victory.
That may be enough to keep his job after a disappointing season in which the Bulldogs started as the clear-cut favorite in the Southeastern Conference East, only to get blown out by both Alabama and Florida.
Richt certainly expects to remain in charge of the Bulldogs.
No matter what happens, the deeply religious coach seemed at peace.
''I think the Lord is in charge of everything and I'm fine with whatever he has in store for me,'' Richt said. ''But I think the plan for me is to get on the recruiting trail and to keep nailing down a great class and getting prepared for this bowl game and getting prepared for the future at Georgia.''
For Georgia Tech (3-9), it was the fitting close to a dismal season. The Yellow Jackets, who went 11-3 and won the Orange Bowl last season, lost nine of their last 10 games to finish with their worst record since going 1-10 in 1994.
''I think sometimes guys take winning for granted,'' coach Paul Johnson said. ''It's unacceptable.''
Richt's future was the leading storyline going into the game, with plenty of speculation that another season coming up short of expectations might be enough to lead to the school's first coaching change since Jim Donnan was fired after the 2000 season.
But Richt's supporters can point to a four-game winning streak since a 27-3 loss to Florida, and the coach improved to 13-2 in his career against Georgia Tech, another big notch in his favor. The Yellow Jackets won 30-24 last season in a wild overtime game in Athens, but they squandered their best chance of pulling off another upset with a pair of turnovers in Georgia territory on Saturday.
Greyson Lambert turned in a solid effort for Georgia, completing 18 of 25 passes for 224 yards.
Most important, Georgia didn't turn the ball over. The Yellow Jackets coughed it up three times.
For Malcolm Mitchell and the other Georgia seniors, it was an especially satisfying win after last year's excruciating defeat.
''Before last year, I hadn't lost to them, so I didn't know the feeling,'' Mitchell said. ''It was terrible, actually. So I didn't want to feel that again.''
Georgia Tech did manage to avoid its first shutout since 1997, finally scoring on Justin Thomas' 15-yard touchdown pass to Ricky Jeune with 3:24 remaining. But Georgia fell on a pooch kick deep in its own territory, and Lambert connected from his own end zone on a gutsy 25-yard pass to Jeb Blazevich to help the Bulldogs run out most of the clock.
Georgia Tech's last-gasp pass was intercepted for its final turnover.
''They did a good job protecting the ball,'' Yellow Jackets cornerback D.J. White said. ''They didn't put their quarterback in position to make too many mistakes.''
Georgia jumped ahead less than five minutes into the game.
After driving to the Georgia Tech 34 on the opening possession, the Bulldogs passed on a long field goal attempt and handed the ball to Michel on fourth-and-1. He got a huge block on the edge from right tackle John Theus, and kept right on running to the end zone without being touched.
Marshall Morgan added a couple of field goals, pushing the lead to 13-0.
Georgia Tech's late touchdown extended its scoring streak to 237 consecutive games. The Yellow Jackets also skirted the embarrassment of their first home shutout since a 7-0 loss to Georgia in 1957.
That was little consolation.
''A microcosm of our season,'' Johnson moaned. ''But it's all stuff I think we can fix. And I'm hell-bent to get it fixed.''
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Louisville rallies past Kentucky 38-24 to win Governor's Cup
By GARY B. GRAVES - AP Sports Writer
Saturday, November 28 at 5:46 PM (EST)
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Louisville players enthusiastically hoisted the Governor's Cup in the steady drizzle, an understandable reaction considering the scenario seemed unlikely early on as rival Kentucky turned their error-prone start into a big lead.
The Cardinals got out of their own way at halftime and rallied for their most satisfying series victory because mobile quarterback Lamar Jackson found few Wildcats in his path.
Said Jackson, ''there was never a doubt.''
Jackson accounted for 316 yards and three touchdowns, Brandon Radcliff ran for two TDs and Louisville erased a 24-7 halftime deficit with 31 unanswered points for a 38-24 victory Saturday and fifth straight win over its in-state rival.
''Obviously we didn't get off to the best start,'' Cardinals coach Bobby Petrino said. ''We rallied at halftime. They did a good job of keeping their poise and we came out and competed extremely hard in the second half and found a way to come back and win the game.''
This rivalry win was especially sweet for the Cardinals (7-5), who trailed 21-0 after one quarter behind two interceptions leading to 14 points. Jackson replaced Kyle Bolin at quarterback and brought them back with his arm and feet, and Kentucky couldn't stop either.
Jackson finished with 186 yards rushing and TDs of 16 and 13 yards on 17 carries. He also threw for 130 yards, including a 35-yard TD to James Quick.
''I kept the ball in our hands, kept moving the chains,'' said Jackson, whose fourth 100-yard rushing game broke his own single-game school record set earlier this season. ''I used short-yardage throws, I never tried to make a big play fast. I just kept taking my time.''
Jackson finished the regular season with 2,347 yards of offense to break Teddy Bridgewater's previous mark of 2,195 in 2011. His two rushing TDs helped set another school season mark with nine, breaking Benny Russell's old record.
Louisville gained 489 yards, including 325 in the second half, in tying the series at 14 wins.
The Cardinals' defense meanwhile clamped down to hold Kentucky (5-7) to three points and 143 yards over the final three quarters, 291 overall in denying the Wildcats' postseason quest for a second consecutive season.
''We're not very pleased with the way we finished again,'' Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said. ''I know the fans are not happy. And I'm not happy. It's disappointing. It's tough.''
Like last year's finale that Louisville won 44-40, this contest was just as wild.
The Wildcats seemed headed toward ending their five-year postseason drought after 10 1/2 minutes when senior linebacker Josh Forrest returned an interception 81 yards for a TD and a 21-0 lead. A.J. Stamps preceded that huge play by picking off Bolin to set up Boom Williams' 6-yard run two plays later, which came after quarterback Drew Barker's 1-yard TD run got the Wildcats started on their opening drive.
Louisville settled down and took over from there, with Jackson running and throwing his way past a Kentucky defense that had no answer for him or Radcliff.
Radcliff ran for TDs of 6 and 4 yards, the last putting Louisville ahead 31-24 with 10:17 remaining. He finished with 62 yards on 14 carries.
Quick scored the game-tying touchdown late in the third quarter and nearly had another in the fourth before a vicious hit by Derrick Baity in the end zone knocked the ball loose and laid him out on the turf for a few nervous minutes.
The receiver was soon jumping in the stands to celebrate with Cardinals fans who had witnessed the impossible, not far from teammates gathered at midfield to lift the 110-pound, 33-inch-tall trophy for the fifth year in a row.
Barker was 6 of 22 passing for 128 yards. Williams had 37 yards rushing on seven carries before leaving in the second quarter after re-injuring his right elbow.
|Iowa State||6||vs.||30||West Virginia||Final Recap|
Howard leads West Virginia over Iowa State 30-6
By JOHN RABY - AP Sports Writer
Saturday, November 28 at 5:01 PM (EST)
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) West Virginia's defense is reaching its peak late in the season.
The Mountaineers held an opponent out of the end zone for the third time, and Skyler Howard threw one touchdown pass and ran for another score to lead West Virginia to a 30-6 win over Iowa State on Saturday.
It marked the final home game for West Virginia's 20 seniors, who sang John Denver's ''Country Roads'' on their field together one final time in a light rain.
''I couldn't be prouder of our defense,'' said West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen. ''They played spectacular. I don't think it's a coincidence that the seniors we talk about are on that side of the ball.''
It also was the finale for Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads, who was fired last Sunday and bows out with a career record of 32-55.
''It was a dreary day in Morgantown to finish up a tremendous seven-year run,'' Rhoads said. ''Nothing better at the end of that to be standing in the locker room full of players, 70 players specifically, that made this final trip.''
Iowa State was limited to 284 total yards and failed to score a touchdown for the first time this season. The Cyclones (3-9, 2-7 Big 12) went winless on the road, something that hadn't happened since 2008.
Josh Lambert kicked three field goals for the Mountaineers (7-4, 4-4), who won their fourth straight. Bowl-eligible West Virginia finishes at Kansas State next Saturday.
The Mountaineers held Iowa State to a pair of field goals and recorded five sacks and three turnovers against the Cyclones. West Virginia also has two shutouts this season for the first time since 1996.
''Everybody has so many different personalities, but I know one thing I can say is everyone is hard working,'' said West Virginia senior defensive back K.J. Dillon. ''Everybody is just go-getters.''
Dillon's interception on Iowa State's opening series set up Howard's scoring toss to Shelton Gibson, who took a short pass and weaved his way across the field for a 60-yard TD.
''When I cut it back, I said, `I think I'm gone.' It was a great feeling,'' Gibson said.
Gibson finished with six catches for 148 yards. He also had a 53-yard kickoff return to set up a field goal.
Howard went 12 of 26 for 202 yards and led the Mountaineers in rushing with 73 yards. Wendell Smallwood finished with 72 yards, only his fourth game under 100 yards this season.
West Virginia amassed 426 rushing yards last week in a win at Kansas but had trouble getting any traction for most of the game against the Cyclones. Holgorsen said the absence of injured left guard Adam Pankey was felt.
''We really didn't run the ball very good,'' Holgorsen said. ''We didn't play very good up front.''
After averaging just 2.7 yards per carry well into the third quarter, the Mountaineers ran the ball six straight times on an 83-yard drive, with Howard going 32 yards up the middle to put West Virginia ahead 23-6.
That seemed to sap the will out of Iowa State.
The Cyclones, who had converted two fake punts on the same drive in the second quarter, tried it again on fourth down from their own 15 early in the fourth quarter, but backup quarterback Sam Richardson threw incomplete from the punt formation. West Virginia took advantage of the gift with Rushel Shell scoring from 9 yards out for a 30-6 lead.
Mike Warren, the nation's top freshman rusher, led Iowa State with 74 yards, but he didn't get a carry over the final five series. He finished the season with 1,339 yards.
|Virginia Tech||23||vs.||20||Virginia||Final Recap|
Hokies give Beamer 1 more win over Virginia, 23-20
By HANK KURZ Jr. - AP Sports Writer
Saturday, November 28 at 6:24 PM (EST)
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) Frank Beamer and his coaching staff aren't going anywhere for a few more weeks.
Joey Slye kicked a 41-yard field goal with 1:38 left and Virginia Tech beat Virginia 23-20 on Saturday, giving Beamer one more game to coach before he ends his 29-year coaching career at his alma mater. It will be the Hokies' 23rd consecutive season ending in a bowl game.
''I told them in there, I really appreciate them letting me be a part if this thing,'' the 69-year-old Beamer said.
The dramatic victory came a week after the Hokies (6-6, 4-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) lost in Beamer's final home game, 30-27, to No. 11 North Carolina in overtime. But they didn't let him down on the road in beating the Cavaliers for the 12th consecutive time.
''At the end of the day, we just really wanted to win this one for coach Beamer,'' quarterback Michael Brewer said.
Brewer was sacked three times in the first quarter-and-a-half, once being very slow to get up, but got better protection the rest of the way.
''I feel like this game took about five years off my life,'' said Brewer, who was 15 for 29 for 237 yards with one interception.
After Slye's kick, Chuck Clark sealed the outcome with an interception of Matt Johns with 59 seconds remaining.
''Relentless. Love that word,'' Beamer said after his team rallied from second-half deficits of 13-6 and 20-13 before holding on defense and driving for the winning field goal. ''I thought we got down, found a way to come back, got down, found a way to come back.''
With Beamer set to retire, there have been reports that Memphis coach Justin Fuente will replace him. Fuente and Tech's athletic director, Whit Babcock, said the reports are premature. Babcock briefly addressed reporters after the game, and while he did not comment on the validity of the reports of a deal with Fuente, he said that they are ''not official at this time'' and that Beamer deserved all the attention.
Beamer and his staff will coach the bowl game, Babcock said.
The game could have also marked the end for Virginia coach Mike London. The Cavaliers (4-8, 3-5) had already failed to qualify for a bowl and losing to their state rival in a stadium that seemed to have as many Virginia Tech fans as Cavaliers' fans surely won't help.
London, who said he will meet with athletic director Craig Littlepage ''whenever I'm called to meet him,'' said he is at peace.
''There are consequences for many things, but I told them, `You're going to be husbands, fathers, sons, employees and employers for much longer than they will be football players,''' he said, his voice cracking with emotion. ''Your identity is not tied to being just a football player.
''I understand that we are graded by wins and losses, but you're so much more than that.''
On the Hokies' winning drive, which took five minutes off the clock, Brewer hit Isaiah Ford for 21 yards. Then Brewer extended the drive by gaining 2 yards on a third-and-1 quarterback sneak near midfield and the Hokies gained 28 yards on five carries by Travon McMillian.
Slye, who hit earlier field goals of 48 and 44 yards, made it a perfect day with his game-winner.
The game was a punting contest with a few field goals sprinkled in until the third quarter when Albert Reid cut through the left side of the line and went 57 yards untouched for a touchdown and 13-6 lead for Virginia.
On the next play, Brewer hit tight end Ryan Malleck over the middle, where he shed a tackle by safety Quin Blanding and went 71 yards to the 4. Two plays later, Brewer opened the fourth quarter by hitting Sam Rogers for 3 yards and the touchdown.
The Cavaliers responded by driving 90 yards in 12 plays, with Johns hitting Canaan Severin for 27 yards and the touchdown. The play was initially ruled an incompletion, but the call was overturned after an official review.
The Hokies needed six plays to pull even again. Brewer hit Ford for 38 yards early in the drive, and then found him again for 32 yards and the touchdown on a third-and-15 play.
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Indiana bowls over Purdue 54-36 to claim Old Oaken Bucket
By MICHAEL MAROT - AP Sports Writer
Saturday, November 28 at 5:39 PM (EST)
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) Indiana coach Kevin Wilson gave Nate Sudfeld a five-star rating.
Sudfeld's teammates were impressed, too.
In the most important game of his college career, the Hoosiers senior quarterback delivered his most memorable performance. Sudfeld threw for four touchdowns, ran for another, became the school's career passing leader and ended the Hoosiers' eight-year bowl drought in a milestone 54-36 victory at rival Purdue.
''He's awesome,'' Wilson said. ''Maybe got a chance to be the best quarterback in this league although there are a couple of great ones.''
It's a game Indiana (6-6, 2-6 Big Ten) won't soon forget.
As the competitors shook hands, three Indiana players carried the Old Oaken Bucket from the sideline to near midfield where their teammates reached out to touch the prized trophy. Running back Devine Redding and linebacker Dameon Willis Jr. did a few dance steps on the outside of the huddle and then the team marched over to the end of the bench where they held up the Bucket for the fans to see.
Inside the locker room, players shouted, ''We're going to a bowl.''
But all Sudfeld really wanted was an opportunity for a December encore. The official announcement will come sometime next weekend.
''This is why we came here,'' Sudfeld said. ''Looking back on the season, it's a little frustrating because we felt like we could have a lot more wins. But, ultimately, we made it to the postseason, or at least are bowl-eligible, which is a huge accomplishment for this program.''
How monumental was this victory?
The Hoosiers won their third straight Bucket Game for the first time since a four-game winning streak from 1944-47.
They scored a school-record 54 points in West Lafayette, breaking the previous mark set in a 52-7 victory in 1988.
They finished the season by winning two straight conference road games - something they hadn't done since 1993.
They have likely ended the speculation that surfaced about Wilson's future in Bloomington during a six-game losing streak, virtually assuring him of getting a chance to finish the rebuilding project he started five years ago.
And thanks to Sudfeld, Indiana wrapped it up in style.
Sudfeld finished 18 of 29 with 350 yards, giving him 7,490 career yards - enough to surpass Antwaan Randle El (7,469) on Indiana's all-time list.
Running back Devine Redding started in place of the injured Jordan Howard (knee) and ran 22 times for a career high 144 yards and one score on a day he hurdled one defender on a 27-yard run in the first half and a zigzagged for a 57-yard pickup to set up Sudfeld's 3-yard TD run to open the second half. That made it 31-14.
Defensive end Nick Mangieri had three sacks to give him 15, tied for the ninth-most in one season in school history, and Griffin Oakes made two field goals to break Austin Starr's single-season record of 21. Oakes has 22.
But it wasn't the numbers that mattered most to Indiana. It was the result.
''I think a bowl game is like some other things I can mention, like cold beer - there's not any bad ones,'' athletic director Fred Glass said. ''We'll be happy wherever we end up.''
Purdue (2-10, 1-7) put up big numbers, too.
Austin Appleby reclaimed the starting quarterback job with David Blough out because of a concussion and went 36 of 57 with 332 yards, two touchdown passes and two scoring runs. Markell Jones ran 16 times for 96 yards and broke the school's freshman rushing record, finishing with 875 yards.
But the Boilermakers lost their fourth straight because they gave up 659 total yards, lost four turnovers and had six personal fouls - so many that coach Darrell Hazell lost count.
''We had way too many penalties,'' he said. ''At least three of those were personal foul penalties after the play was over. That can't happen. The other thing was we gave up too many big plays, especially on third down.''
The most devastating came shortly after Appleby scored on a 1-yard plunge and then threw a 2-point conversion pass to Danny Anthrop to finally get the Boilermakers within a score - 44-36 with 11:21 left to play.
Three plays later, Purdue blew its coverage and Sudfeld hooked up with a wide open Andre Booker for a 72-yard TD pass to make it 51-36 with 10:15 to go. Purdue never got close again.
''Those fourth and fifth-year guys, to me, they've already done a lot - win, lose or draw,'' Wilson said. ''And they have a high esteem in my world. I'm just glad we get a chance to spend a few more weeks together, a chance to practice a little more football.''
|Western Illinois||24||vs.||7||Dayton||Final Recap|
Western Illinois beats Dayton 24-7 in FCS playoffs
Saturday, November 28 at 3:59 PM (EST)
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) Nikko Watson ran for 152 yards and a touchdown and Western Illinois beat Dayton 24-7 on Saturday in the first round of the FCS playoffs.
Western Illinois (7-5), one of five Missouri Valley Conference playoff teams, next takes on fellow conference member Illinois State. Dayton (10-2) made its first playoff appearance since moving to Division I in 1993.
Dayton scored on Alex Jeske's 5-yard run in the first quarter but the Flyers turned the ball over three times in the red zone in the first half after having just one red-zone turnover all season.
Watson tied the game on a 7-yard run seven plays after the first of three Jeske interceptions.
Nathan Knuffman kicked a 27-yard field goal 11 seconds before halftime.
Sean McGuire threw touchdown passes of 22 and 9 yards to Lance Lenoir and Stacey Smith, respectively, in the second half. McGuire threw for 183 yards and was intercepted twice.
|Florida Atlantic||33||vs.||31||Old Dominion||Final Recap|
Florida Atlantic upends Old Dominion in 33-31 win
Saturday, November 28 at 5:21 PM (EST)
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) Greg Joseph's two fourth-quarter field goals - including the 29-yard game-winner - saved Florida Atlantic as it rallied to beat Old Dominion 33-31 on Saturday.
Florida Atlantic (3-9, 3-5 Conference USA) built a 24-3 lead just before halftime, but that was the beginning of the game getting away from the Owls.
ODU's Shuler Bentley found Zach Pascal on a 45-yard touchdown pass with 12 seconds left before half.
Out of the break, Bentley ran 26 yards to make it 24-17. A Joseph field goal pushed the lead to 10, but Bentley connected twice more with Pascal for 49 and 15 yards and Old Dominion (5-7, 3-5) had its first lead at 31-27.
Joseph's field goals with 9:15 and 5:26 to play made the difference. He finished 4 for 5.
Jay Warren carried 29 times for 150 yards and a score.
Bentley threw for 287 yards and Pascal had 163 receiving.
Hill sets school rushing record as Wyoming beats UNLV 35-28
By BOB MOEN - Associated Press
Saturday, November 28 at 7:02 PM (EST)
LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) Brian Hill's record-setting day helped keep Wyoming from setting a dubious team record.
Hill rushed for 232 yards and a touchdown, breaking a 21-year-old school record for rushing yards in a single season, and Cameron Coffman tossed three touchdown passes as the Cowboys beat UNLV 35-28 Saturday in the season finale for both teams.
Hill, who is just a sophomore, said throughout the season that he wouldn't grade his performance until after the last game.
''When I look back, I'm proud to do it,'' he said.
Wyoming (2-10, 2-6 Mountain West) finishes the season with its worst record since 2002 but it avoided what would have been a school record 11 losses in one season had it lost to the Runnin' Rebels.
It was Hill's fifth 200-yard game of his career and fourth of the season.
Hill finished the season with 1,631 rushing yards. Wyoming's previous rushing record was 1,455 yards set by Ryan Christopherson in 1994.
Hill broke the record with a 72-yard TD run on a third-and-2 play in the second quarter. He took a handoff up the middle, broke to the outside and raced down the sideline, breaking a couple of tackles in the process.
''Brian is a champ, works hard and is competitive,'' Wyoming coach Craig Bohl said. ''Everything he has done all summer, all season, been a team player and today is another example of his ability.''
Coffman completed 14 of 24 passes for 248 yards. His final TD pass, a 64-yarder to Jacob Hollister with 2:20 left in the game, broke a 28-28 tie.
He also had a 35-yard TD pass to James Price and a 19-yard score to Jake Maulhardt. Hollister led the team with 119 receiving yards on five catches.
UNLV (3-9, 2-6) was led by Blake Decker who passed for 270 yards and three TDs.
Devonte Boyd caught six passes for 122 yards and a score - a 22 yarder.
Decker's other TD passes came on 8 yards to Kendal Keys and 13 yards to Brandon Presley.
Kurt Palandech had a 10-yard TD run to tie the game with 2:27 left in the fourth quarter.
But Wyoming needed just three plays for the winning score on Coffman's pass to Hollister, who was left all alone behind the UNLV defense on a well-executed run fake.
UNLV turned the ball over on downs at its own 15 yard line on its ensuing possession. The key play defensively for Wyoming was defensive end Eddie Yarbrough's sack of Decker on first down, pushing the Runnin' Rebels back to their own 1-yard line.
UNLV coach Tony Sanchez lamented lost scoring chances and giving up too many big plays to Wyoming.
''We've got to continue to work hard and stick to the plan,'' Sanchez said. ''We know how we need to improve.''
The two teams combined for nearly 1,000 total yards on offense.
Ross' 80-yard run gives Maryland 46-41 win over Rutgers
By TOM CANAVAN - AP Sports Writer
Saturday, November 28 at 5:40 PM (EST)
PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) Riding an eight-game losing streak in a season that saw their coach get fired, the Maryland Terps could easily have given up trailing by 21 points late in the first half of the finale against Rutgers.
They didn't and it proved well worth it.
Brandon Ross scored on an 80-yard run with 4:40 to play and Maryland salvaged the final game of a trying season with a 46-41 victory on Saturday in what might be Kyle Flood's final game as the Scarlet Knights' coach.
After playing in his final game, Ross said the Terps' biggest comeback since overcoming a 20-point deficit against Virginia in 2006 should send a message to the returning players about never giving up.
''We wanted this win so bad, especially with how they came back on us last season,'' Ross said, referring to Rutgers rallying from a 25-point deficit to win. ''We really wanted this one bad and we came back and got it.''
Ross ran for three touchdowns for the second straight game and Ty Johnson carried for two more as the Terrapins (3-9, 1-7 Big Ten) gave interim coach Mike Locksley his first win in six games and snapped an eight-game overall losing streak.
Locksley refused to discuss his own future with the program, saying he was happy for the players and just wanted to enjoy the win.
''I truly enjoyed and had a great time with these guys,'' Locksley said. ''I really enjoyed the last six weeks.''
Ross' go-ahead score came on the first play from scrimmage after Kyle Federico had put Rutgers ahead 41-39 with a 30-yard field goal with 4:57 to play.
Ross said the offense never doubted it would come back and take the lead.
''We knew at that point, we had momentum, and we were going to go down and get a score and the defense was going to stop them somehow,'' Ross said. ''There was no doubt.''
Ross scored on a counter to give his team the lead and Maryland's defense stopped Robert Martin twice for no gain at the Terps 38 to kill Rutgers' final drive with 1:25 to play.
''We all knew that we were going to come back,'' said backup quarterback Caleb Rowe, who came off the bench in the second quarter and threw for 239 yards and ran for 98. ''Nobody was down on themselves. It was something we have been through before. We just battled on back.''
Kenneth Goins Jr. had given Maryland its first lead at 39-38 with a 42-yard touchdown run with 8:43 to play and Federico gave Rutgers its final lead on the next series.
Chris Laviano threw a career-best four touchdowns and Paul James ran for a touchdown for Rutgers (4-8, 1-7), which lost five of its final six games in a turbulent season that saw Flood suspended three games for trying to influence a player's grade and six players dismissed for off-the-field problems.
''I haven't spoken to anybody in the university,'' said Flood, who is 27-24 in four seasons. ''Nobody has given me any indication that I wouldn't be the football coach.''
Ross rushed for 173 yards and also scored on runs of 16 yards and 1 yard. Johnson tallied on run of 43 and 44 yards
Maryland finished with 401 yards rushing and had 656 yards in total offense, the first time it has passed the 600-yard mark since 2004.
Laviano's touchdown passes covered 6 yards to Leonte Carroo, 6 yards to Josh Hicks, 7 yards to Janarion Grant and 1 yard to Charles Scarff.
Scarff's first career touchdown gave the Scarlet Knights a 38-27 lead late in the third quarter, but it would not be enough to hold off Maryland, which limited Rutgers to 10 second-half points after its biggest first half of the season.
Carroo, playing his final game, had seven catches for a career-best 183 yards, including a one-hander along the sideline.
Laviano finished 21 of 33 for 344 yards and one interception. The pick came at the start of the second half with Rutgers ahead 31-13 and it set up Ross' first touchdown from 16 yards out.
Trailing 31-10 late in the second quarter after a 6-yard touchdown run by James, the Terps got back in the game by reeling off 17 straight points to close the gap to 31-27 on Johnson's 44-yard run.
|Clemson||37||vs.||32||South Carolina||Final Recap|
Watson's 4 TDs lead No. 1 Clemson to 37-32 victory
By PETE IACOBELLI - AP Sports Writer
Saturday, November 28 at 5:51 PM (EST)
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) Deshaun Watson isn't giving up on Clemson's step-by-step approach, not when it's worked so well.
Watson had another big day, running for three touchdowns and passing for a fourth as the No. 1 Tigers capped a perfect regular season and held off rival South Carolina 37-32 on Saturday.
The prizes for Clemson (12-0) are huge. Watson will take them one at a time.
''We weren't worried about the national championship,'' Watson said. ''We were just worrying about this game, achieve one of our goals and be state champs and that's what we did. The national championship will take care of itself.''
Especially if Watson keeps performing at this level.
He passed for 279 yards and ran for 114 to keep the Tigers on track for a spot in the College Football Playoff.
Clemson is 12-0 for the first time since winning the 1981 national championship.
And they've got a chance to do it again. Next up is No. 11 North Carolina in the Atlantic Coast Conference title game on Dec. 5 and a win would send the Tigers, who are first in the CFP ranking, to the national semifinals. South Carolina finished the season at 3-9.
As long as Watson's around, the Tigers' title chances are pretty good.
The Heisman Trophy hopeful had a 5-yard TD run and a 55-yard scoring pass to Deon Cain to put the Tigers up 14-0 lead. He added 30 and 3-yard touchdown runs in the second half.
''He's just a great leader and he's very comfortable on that stage,'' Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said. ''It's what he was born to do. There's nothing else I can tell you.''
Watson said the Tigers will enjoy this win, then regroup Sunday to focus on the Tar Heels.
"I'm just looking to be 13-0 next week,'' he said.
Clemson extended its nation's best win streak to 15 straight games. But if it was looking for style points to impress the CFP committee, this was not the way to do it.
The Tigers fumbled three times as their 18-point lead was cut to 28-25 with 12:19 left on Shon Carson's 1-yard touchdown run and Lorenzo Nunez's 2-point conversion.
Watson, though, followed series with a 60-yard scoring drive that he ended with a 3-yard burst around the left side.
Carson added an 11-yard touchdown catch with a second left and Clemson gave up the most points South Carolina has scored all year.
Still, the Tigers went past 500 yards for an eighth straight game and did enough on defense to corral the struggling Gamecocks.
South Carolina ends the year on a five-game losing streak with interim coach Shawn Elliott, who took over last month with Steve Spurrier's resignation. The next coach also won't have playmaking standout Pharoh Cooper, who took part in Senior Day festivities after saying he'll give up his final college season for the NFL draft.
''Our team fought to the very end. Players believed, they came out, they fought,'' Elliott said. ''They did everything in their power.''
Clemson looked a shaky early on, fumbles ending two of the Tigers' first two drives. Gallman coughed up the ball after a hit by Skai Moore, then Watson mishandled an exchange with Gallman that Dante Sawyer pounced on.
The Tigers' defense, though, didn't let the Gamecocks capitalize on the mistakes.
Clemson finally found its footing with an 83-yard drive in the second quarter that Watson ended with a leaping 5-yard TD run, even flashing a bit of the ''Dab'' in celebration.
On the Tigers next possession, Watson lofted a picture perfect arc to freshman Deon Cain for a 55-yard touchdown pass. Watson stood with his arm in the air hold up No. 1 as Cain brought in the pass and finished the long scoring play.
South Carolina's only first half points came on Elliott Fry's 21-yard field goal in the final seconds to cut the lead to 14-3.
Clemson extended things to 21-3 on Watson's second TD run before the Gamecocks found some life.
This was the Tigers first win at Williams-Brice Stadium since 2007 and just the third victory in eight tries for Swinney against the Gamecocks.
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|Duke||27||vs.||21||Wake Forest||Final Recap|
Sirk, Duke hold on to beat Wake Forest 27-21
By JOEDY McCREARY - AP Sports Writer
Saturday, November 28 at 5:02 PM (EST)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) Duke was in this spot before, needing only a special-teams tackle with no time left to wrap up an important victory.
No eight-lateral madness this time. No laterals at all, in fact - just a simple, swarming stop.
The Blue Devils held on to beat Wake Forest 27-21 on Saturday, holding on after Thomas Sirk threw two touchdown passes to Max McCaffrey and ran for another score.
Duke snapped the four-game losing streak that started Oct. 31 when Miami lateraled the final kickoff eight times before bringing it back for the winning touchdown that the ACC later said shouldn't have counted.
It never got nearly that far this time: The Blue Devils ended it by swarming punt returner Tabari Hines before he could get to the 5-yard line.
''Flashbacks definitely come into your mind,'' Duke defensive back Breon Borders said. ''But I was confident the whole time that we were going to get them down.''
Sirk was 26 of 39 for 275 yards, hit McCaffrey with touchdown passes covering 18 and 28 yards, and ran 3 yards for another score for the Blue Devils (7-5, 4-4 Atlantic Coast Conference).
John Wolford threw two touchdown passes in the fourth quarter for Wake Forest (3-9, 1-7), including a 22-yarder to Cortez Lewis that made it a one-score game with 1:46 to play.
Braxton Deaver recovered the ensuing onside kick for Duke at the Wake Forest 45, and the Blue Devils ran out most of the clock before punting with seven seconds left - a scene reminiscent of that final kickoff against Miami.
Not this time. Hines fielded the punt at the 1 as time expired but was hit first by Zavier Carmichael, then a handful of teammates.
''I don't like to think about that (Miami) game ... but I will say that yes, it was fitting that we ended it on a special teams play like that,'' Deaver said. ''It made it even more special.''
Wolford finished 23 of 35 for 338 yards with two interceptions and two TDs, including his 10-yarder to Cam Serigne with 11:20 left.
Serigne finished with 135 yards receiving and Tyler Bell rushed 1 yard for a score for Wake Forest, which lost its sixth straight - its longest losing streak to end a season since the 1995 team dropped its final seven games.
''I think today was almost our season in a nutshell,'' coach Dave Clawson said.
Ross Martin kicked field goals of 51 and 35 yards, the latter putting Duke up 27-14 with 2:33 left.
Duke had wandered through a lost November that followed that loss to Miami. The bowl-eligible Blue Devils earned their fourth straight win in the series, and now await their postseason destination. Wake Forest has never beaten a Duke team that went on to reach a bowl game.
''We did some of the things that, in reverse, had been done to us,'' Duke coach David Cutcliffe said, pointing to his team's three takeaways and no turnovers.
The Blue Devils gave themselves a decent cushion early in the second half. Trailing 17-7, Wake Forest took its first drive into the red zone but Mike Weaver hooked a 28-yard field goal wide left.
Duke then countered with an 80-yard drive that ended on another long Sirk-to-McCaffrey touchdown. With Wake Forest cornerback Dionte Austin bearing down on him, McCaffrey pulled in Sirk's 28-yard pass just shy of the goal line and slipped in to make it a 24-7.
McCaffrey got Duke started with his over-the-shoulder catch of Sirk's perfectly thrown pass in the end zone. At 7-0, that gave Duke just its second lead of the month.
Bell tied it with his scoring plunge on the next possession, but Sirk put Duke ahead to stay when his short touchdown run made it 14-7 with 9:48 left in the half.
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USC rolls past No. 22 UCLA 40-21, takes Pac-12 South title
By GREG BEACHAM - AP Sports Writer
Saturday, November 28 at 8:35 PM (EST)
LOS ANGELES (AP) Cody Kessler blinked back tears after he ascended the stepladder and raised his sword to lead the Southern California band in his final act on the Coliseum turf.
Although the Trojans never imagined the path to the Pac-12 title game would include so many detours and setbacks, they're still grateful for the journey.
Particularly because the path led straight through UCLA.
Kessler threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score, and USC clinched the Pac-12 South title with a 40-21 victory over No. 22 UCLA on Saturday in the 85th edition of their crosstown showdown.
After snapping its three-year skid in the annual city rivalry game, USC will face Stanford next Saturday in the Trojans' first trip to the Pac-12 championship game.
''I lost it a little bit up there at the end,'' said Kessler, the three-year starter who beat UCLA for the first time. ''It's the way you want to go out. It was tough walking off that field for the last time, but that was the way I wanted to do it.''
Darreus Rogers and Taylor McNamara caught TD passes while the Trojans (8-4, 6-3 Pac-12) scored 20 consecutive points in the second half before raising the Victory Bell.
USC improved to 5-2 under interim coach Clay Helton, winning five of its last six games to earn a shot at the Pac-12 title despite a litany of off-field distractions headlined by coach Steve Sarkisian's midseason firing.
''This was the goal and the plan all along,'' linebacker Su'a Cravens said. ''I don't like the way we got here, but we'll still take it.''
While the Trojans' offense held the ball for 40 minutes, USC got its game-changing plays on defense and special teams.
Adoree Jackson returned a punt 42 yards for a touchdown shortly before halftime, and Rasheem Green put the Trojans ahead to stay in the third quarter when the freshman defensive lineman returned Josh Rosen's fumble for a 32-yard touchdown.
''This was a great day for our seniors, and especially because we run L.A.,'' said USC receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster, who had six catches for 85 yards.
After another physical performance in the style preferred by their new coach, the Trojans renewed their calls for the full-time hire of Helton, who deferred any speculation about his job prospects.
''This was a great opportunity for our seniors to leave their legacy,'' Helton said. ''They're leaving their mark not only for now in the immediate moment, but for years to come.''
Paul Perkins rushed for two touchdowns for the Bruins (8-4, 5-4), who lost to USC for the first time in coach Jim Mora's tenure.
Serious injuries and season-long inconsistency finally caught up to UCLA, which lost two of its final three games. The Trojans grinded out 235 yards rushing against the Bruins' beleaguered run defense.
''It's a new feeling for us here,'' Mora said. ''The game turned, obviously, on the punt return there right before the half and the turnovers in the second half. We couldn't get any, and they did, and they capitalized.''
Rosen passed for 227 yards and hit Thomas Duarte for an early TD, but the touted freshman also threw two second-half interceptions to Iman Marshall in his first taste of the L.A. rivalry.
''I just felt like we made that defense look a lot better than they necessarily were,'' Rosen said. ''No shots at them at all, we just didn't execute like we should have.''
Both teams wore their home jerseys in the revived rivalry tradition on a crisp, clear day at the Coliseum, and Kessler sneaked into the end zone to cap an 85-yard USC drive early in the second.
Rosen looked sharp until USC's defense finally got pressure on him on consecutive plays deep in UCLA's end late in the first half. Jackson took the ensuing short punt all the way back, showcasing his track-star speed to put the Trojans ahead 20-14.
Perkins' second TD run capped a 78-yard drive shortly after halftime, and UCLA appeared to be taking control until USC's Claude Pelon abruptly jarred the ball loose from Rosen, allowing freshman Green to take it to the house untouched.
Pelon heard the crowd's roar while he was face down on the turf.
''I just knew something good was going on,'' he said with a grin. ''I looked up, and it was seven points.''
Moments later, Marshall picked off a short throw for Rosen's first interception in 245 passes since the Stanford game, the longest interception-free streak in the FBS.
Rogers' back-shoulder TD catch put the Trojans up 33-21 entering the fourth quarter. McNamara caught a 7-yard TD pass moments later.
Justin Davis rushed for 130 yards for the Trojans, while Ronald Jones II became the top freshman rusher in USC history, surpassing Charles White's season mark.
AP college football website: collegefootball.ap.org
Williams runs for 187 yards as Utah defeats Colorado 20-14
By KAREEM COPELAND - AP Sports Writer
Saturday, November 28 at 7:02 PM (EST)
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) A regular season full of promise ended with a sloppy, unimpressive win for Utah against a struggling Colorado program. The Utes won 20-14 Saturday, but thoughts still centered on what could have been.
The win Saturday gave the Utes (9-3, 6-3) their best Pac-12 finish since joining the league in 2011, but there was still a feeling of emptiness after a 6-0 start and a No. 3 ranking just over a month ago. The six wins will tie for the most in the Pac-12 South, but Utah lost tiebreakers to both USC and UCLA.
''The first six weeks the emotions were very good, you know everyone was excited, then we had a setback against USC,'' Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said. ''The biggest disappointment was not being able to get one of those last two prior to this game which would've really given us the outright championship and the chance to go to the Pac-12 championship game next week, so that was tough to take.
''We've got no one to blame but ourselves. We own that.''
Colorado (4-9, 1-8) ends a season in which it was more competitive than in the past, but still struggled to win games.
Utah leaned on the run game despite leading rusher Devontae Booker being out for the season with a knee injury. Joe Williams ran for 187 yards and a touchdown and flat-out carried the offense. Quarterback Travis Wilson threw for 108 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
Colorado quarterback Cade Apsay threw for 145 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions before leaving the game late in the second quarter with an injury. Jordan Gehrke threw for 113 yards, one touchdown and one interception in his absence. Nelson Spruce finished with 111 receiving yards and a touchdown.
Gionni Paul had 12 tackles for the Utah defense and Viliseni Fauonuku had a career-high four sacks. He entered with five during his entire career and without one this season.
The two teams combined for seven turnovers.
''I definitely had my rocky moments,'' Wilson said about the season. ''I still feel like we had a special season and a great season.''
Utah used a 13-play, 68-yard drive finished by a five-yard Williams touchdown to take a 17-7 lead on the first possession of the second half. The 10-point lead was enough to hold off a Colorado offense that managed just 307 yards.
The Utes led 10-7 at halftime in a poorly played 30 minutes that saw each team waste numerous opportunities.
Colorado drove inside the Utah 10-yard line on its first two possessions, but came away without any points after a blocked field goal by Kylie Fitts and an interception thrown by Apsay. Marcus Williams picked off the tipped pass. The Buffaloes got the ball right back thanks to a Williams fumble, but they gave it back to Utah on a blown center-quarterback exchange on fourth-and-1.
Colorado's lone seven points of the first half came after Boobie Hobbs fumbled a punt and the Buffaloes recovered on the Utah 33. Apsay threw a 28-yard touchdown to Spruce - his school-record 23rd career touchdown reception. Apsay threw another interception on their next possession.
Apsay made his second start of the year after Sefo Liufau was lost for the season after foot surgery to repair a Lisfranc injury.
''It's just been the story of the season,'' Spruce said. ''Every game has had a recurring theme of not being able to finish. A lot of it was for the same reasons every game. With that being said, the progress is definitely there this year.''
Utah's first half wasn't much better. Wilson capped the Utes' opening possession with a 16-yard touchdown pass to Kenneth Scott to finish a 13-play drive. But that was followed by seven drives that included three turnovers and three punts. An Andy Phillips 37-yard field goal gave Utah a 10-0 lead.
The Utes were without its best player in Booker, who had season-ending knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus. They were also without their best receiver Britain Covey, who suffered an undisclosed leg injury last week. Scott was helped off the field with a left leg injury in the third quarter. Those three are the top three pass catchers for the Utes, entering the game with a combined 113 receptions this season.
The disappointment about the season lies in the 3-3 finish after a 6-0 start, but 2015 is just the second time Utah has finished with a winning Pac-12 record. The Utes were 5-4 in conference last year.
''We're in the building process here and it's another step forward,'' Whittingham said. ''It's a process. We've taken another step forward this year. That's a good thing. We want to keep that upward trajectory.''
|Boston College||17||vs.||20||Syracuse||Final Recap|
Syracuse beats Boston College 20-17 on last-play field goal
By JOHN KEKIS - AP Sports Writer
Saturday, November 28 at 5:32 PM (EST)
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Scott Shafer's voice began to break almost as soon as he took the podium for his final press conference at Syracuse.
Unable to continue after not much more than minute as his voice cracked and tears welled in his eyes, Shafer looked up one last time and said: ''God bless this community and go Orange! That's it.''
Shafer then disappeared into a hallway in the bowels of the Carrier Dome, his three-year run at Syracuse done after one final victory on Saturday.
At least he went out in style.
Cole Murphy kicked a 35-yard field goal as time expired to give Syracuse a 20-17 win over Boston College. Shafer was fired Monday but coached the finale of his third season at Syracuse (4-8, 2-6 ACC).
Boston College (3-9, 0-8 ACC) finished the season with eight straight losses.
The Orange had lost eight straight, but the players rallied around their coach one final time, carrying him off the field on their shoulders in celebration.
''I think it was a perfect ending to the season,'' linebacker Zaire Franklin said. ''A lot of things didn't go our way this season. This game was for Shafe.''
The game featured 17 penalties for 174 yards - 11 by BC for 119 - and that helped spell doom for the Eagles. BC had only nine first downs and 239 yards offensively, all but nine of that on the ground.
Ervin Philips rushed for 73 yards and scored on a 2-yard reception, and Steven Ishmael had a 1-yard TD catch for the Orange. Syracuse finished with 153 yards rushing and held the ball for nearly 10 minutes longer than BC.
Against the best rushing defense in the nation - BC entered allowing 76.7 yards per game on the ground - the Orange drove 51 yards in 10 plays to win it.
Murphy's winning kick sailed right down the middle as the players mobbed Shafer.
''We were looking for a win. We accomplished the goal,'' Ishmael said. ''It was really emotional. It was like a movie out there.''
Before the game, Shafer tweeted, ''FOR THE LOVE OF THE GAME! (hash)GoOrange.'' His wife, son and daughter followed suit with tweets of their own and several players expressed support for Shafer and his staff. ''Thank God for another game day and these coaches who recruited me and have done everything right and taught me how to be a man,'' freshman nose tackle Steven Clark wrote.
Syracuse athletic director Mark Coyle, who was hired in June, fired Shafer two days after a 13-point loss at North Carolina State. Shafer had one year left on a four-year deal. He finished with a 14-23 record in his first head coaching job.
Of the Orange's eight losses, only two were close -23-20 to Pitt at home and 44-38 in triple overtime at Virginia. Syracuse lost the other six by an average of 17 points. This one was close and this time the Orange prevailed, thanks to BC's anemic offense.
Freshman quarterback Jeff Smith, who misfired on his first 10 passes before hitting Thadd Smith for nine yards with 6:40 left in the game -his only completion in 13 attempts in the game - paced the Eagles with 117 yards rushing. Tyler Rouse finished with 111 yards rushing and scored twice.
BC had lost four games by a combined 11 points: 9-7 at Duke, 3-0 at home to Wake Forest, 17-14 at Louisville, and 19-16 last week to Notre Dame at Fenway Park, and it was easy to see why. The Eagles offense, next to last in the nation at 229 yards per game, couldn't be bailed out enough by the nation's best defense, and that was on display again in the Carrier Dome.
Syracuse gained a 10-7 halftime lead, capitalizing once on a turnover, and the Orange defense limited the Eagles to 80 yards, all on the ground, as Smith failed to complete a pass and was intercepted twice.
''I thought our guys played hard, but we are not finding a way to win in the end,'' BC coach Steve Addazio said. ''That's something we need to do.''
The Orange drove 66 yards in eight plays for a 17-7 lead early in the third. BC's third pass interference penalty of the game, on a third-and-13 play, kept the Orange drive alive, and a 31-yard run by Philips set up Zack Mahoney's scoring pass to Ishmael.
Smith scored on an 80-yard run against Notre Dame to rally BC a week ago, and he came through again against Syracuse with a 53-yard run down the right side to the 9-yard line on BC's next possession. Rouse scored on the next play to narrow the Orange lead to 17-14.
The Eagles tied it at 17 on Colton Lichtenberg's 43-yard field goal with 2:42 left in the fourth.
|South Dakota State||17||vs.||24||Montana||Final Recap|
Montana advances in FCS with 24-17 win over South Dakota St
By FRITZ NEIGHBOR - Associated Press
Saturday, November 28 at 8:09 PM (EST)
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) Brady Gustafson threw for two touchdowns and Montana held off South Dakota State 24-17 in a Football Championship Subdivision first-round playoff game Saturday.
Gustafson threw for 202 yards to spark the Grizzlies (8-4) to a 24-0 halftime lead.
The Grizzlies head to four-time national champion North Dakota State for a quarterfinal game next Saturday. Montana beat NDSU 38-35 in Missoula in August.
Gustafson had scoring passes of 4 yards to Jamaal Jones and 26 yards to Ellis Henderson as Montana took a 14-0 lead at 10:42 of the second quarter.
Jeremy Calhoun added a short scoring run for the Grizzlies.
South Dakota State (8-4) controlled the pace in the second half, getting a touchdown pass and scoring run from quarterback Taryn Christion.
The Jackrabbits closed to 24-17 when Christion hit Dallas Goedert for 30 yards and the score with 4:44 left in the game. Montana, with John Nguyen pushing his rushing total to 107 yards, then ran out the clock.
Chattanooga rolls past Fordham 50-20 in FCS first-round
Saturday, November 28 at 4:43 PM (EST)
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) Jacob Huesman threw three touchdown passes and Chattanooga rolled to a 50-20 victory over Fordham in a FCS first-round playoff on Saturday.
Chattanooga (9-3) moves on to play No. 1 seed Jacksonville State (10-1) in the second round next Saturday.
Huesman was 17 of 25 for 211 yards with a 43-yard touchdown pass to C.J. Board, with 13 and 38-yard scoring strikes to James Stovall.
Richardre Bagley ran for a 40-yard touchdown, Lucas Webb had a 75-yard interception return for a touchdown, and the Mocs led 31-0 at halftime.
Webb's ninth career interception tied head coach Russ Huesman, who played for Chattanooga in 1978-1981.
The Mocs' Derrick Craine ran for 159 yards with a touchdown, and Dale Warren blocked a field goal attempt for a safety to stretch Chattanooga's lead to 43-14 early in the fourth quarter.
Kevin Anderson threw for 329 yards with three touchdown passes for Fordham (9-3).
|Texas Southern||7||vs.||38||Alabama A&M||Final Recap|
Alabama A&M manhandles Texas Southern 38-7
Saturday, November 28 at 7:10 PM (EST)
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) De'Angelo Ballard threw for 251 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 69 yards and a score as Alabama A&M dominated from the start and beat Texas Southern 38-7 on Saturday.
Ballard found Ledarion Heath for a 37-yard score finishing a seven-play, 77-yard drive early in the first quarter to give Alabama A&M (3-8, 3-6 Southwestern Athletic Conference) a lead that wouldn't be contested.
Early in the second, Harvey Harris had a 29-yard touchdown run to make it 14-0.
Texas Southern (3-7, 2-7) scored when quarterback Averion Hurts ran 4 yards to cut the lead to 14-7 but the Tigers could get no closer.
Alabama A&M's Brandon Eldemire had 17 carries for 102 yards and a score. Jonathan Dorsey also scored for the Bulldogs.
Hurts threw for 89 yards and an interception while Darrell Robinson had nine carries for 83 yards.
|Middle Tennessee||42||vs.||7||UTSA||Final Recap|
Middle Tennessee tops Texas San Antonio 42-7
Saturday, November 28 at 6:13 PM (EST)
SAN ANTONIO (AP) Brent Stockstill passed for 257 yards and a touchdown, and Middle Tennessee rolled to a 42-7 win over Texas San Antonio on Saturday.
Stockstill, who finished his redshirt freshman season with 3,678 yards passing and 27 TDs, found Terry Pettis for a 7-yard score late in the first half to give Middle Tennessee (7-5, 6-2 Conference USA) a 21-0 advantage.
Shane Tucker scored on a 3-yard run on the Blue Raiders' first drive of the second half, and Alex Dale returned an interception 34 yards for a touchdown as Middle Tennessee's lead grew to 35-0 after three quarters.
Tucker ran for 57 yards and two TDs on 12 carries. Kamani Thomas ran for 56 yards and a TD, and Jordan Parker had 51 yards and a rushing score.
Dalton Sturm's 31-yard TD pass to JaBryce Taylor with 6:33 left prevented a shutout for Texas San Antonio (3-9, 3-5).
|BYU||51||vs.||28||Utah State||Final Recap|
Mangum passes BYU past Utah State 51-28
Saturday, November 28 at 8:00 PM (EST)
LOGAN, Utah (AP) Tanner Mangum threw four touchdown passes and BYU beat Utah State 51-28 on Saturday.
Mangum was 16 of 30 for 284 yards and became the first BYU freshman to pass for over 3,000 yards in a season. Mitch Mathews had 158 yards receiving and two scores, including a 72-yarder for his longest career reception. He went over 2,000 career yards and tied a school season record with 11 TD catches.
Mangum's 35-yard TD pass to Mathews gave BYU a 31-21 lead in the third quarter and Francis Bernard added a 10-yard scoring run after Bronson Kaufusi's second blocked kick. This season, Kaufusi has four blocked kicks and BYU a national-leading eight.
Chuckie Keeton threw his 61st career TD pass for the Aggies (6-6) and also scored on a 52-yard option keeper. Keeton was 20 of 45 for 243 yards. Hunter Sharp had 100 yards receiving.
BYU (9-3) ended the Aggies' 14-game home win streak.
|Texas State||31||vs.||38||Idaho||Final Recap|
Penny TD lifts Idaho past Texas St. in season finale, 38-31
Saturday, November 28 at 9:36 PM (EST)
MOSCOW, Idaho (AP) Elijhaa Penny scored from 4 yards out with 1:02 left to lift Idaho to a 38-31 victory over Texas State in the Vandals season finale Saturday night.
Idaho (4-8, 3-5 Sun Belt) held a 7-point lead in the fourth quarter, 31-24, and forced Texas State to punt from its own 30-yard line, but Rueben Mwehla could not catch the punt and Damani Alexcee recovered to give the Bobcats the ball at the Idaho 17. Four plays later Tyler Jones hit Brandon Smith for a touchdown to tie the game at 31-31.
Matt Linehan completed 21 of 31 passes for 309 yards and two TDs - both to Deon Watson - and Penny carried 25 times for 149 yards and two scores.
Tyler Jones threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more and Tyler Siudzinski set career highs in carries (24) and yards (170) to lead Texas State (3-8, 2-5).
|Alcorn State||14||vs.||10||Jackson State||Final Recap|
Alcorn State tops Jackson State 14-10
Saturday, November 28 at 9:09 PM (EST)
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) Arron Baker's 1-yard touchdown run near the end of the third quarter proved to be the game winner and Alcorn State beat Jackson State 14-10.
In the fourth, the Braves' defense limited Jackson State to 55 yards total offense. Jackson State drives concluded with two punts and a turnover on downs. Jackson State's offense had just 221 total yards and no touchdowns.
Alcorn State (8-3, 7-2 Southwestern Athletic Conference) got 101 yards rushing on 12 carries from Darryan Ragsdale and 76 rushing on 17 attempts by Lenorris Footman. Footman threw for 89 yards and one interception.
Jackson State took a 7-0 lead when Teddrick Terrell picked up a fumble and ran 27 yards to score five minutes into the game.
On the ensuing kickoff Marquis Warford ran it back 94 yards to knot the score at 7.
Ryan Deising's 27-yard field goal gave Jackson State (3-8, 3-6) its last lead of the game.
|Citadel||41||vs.||38||Coastal Carolina||Final Recap|
The Citadel tops Coastal Carolina 41-38 in FCS playoffs
Saturday, November 28 at 5:51 PM (EST)
CONWAY, S.C. (AP) Dominique Allen rushed for 174 yards and two touchdowns, and Eric Goins kicked a 43-yard field goal with no time left to lift The Citadel over Coastal Carolina 41-38 in an FCS first-round playoff game Saturday.
The Citadel (9-3) recorded its first FCS Playoff win since 1992, rolling up 524 rushing yards on 78 attempts in the process.
Tied 28-all entering the fourth quarter, a 49-yard field goal from Goins and Shy Phillips' 32-yard interception return for a score gave the Bulldogs a 10-point lead. But Coastal Carolina tied it up with 5:38 left when Osharmar Abercrombie broke three tackles and rumbled 16 yards for a touchdown.
Goins had a chance to put The Citadel ahead on the next possession, but his 47-yard attempt was blocked.
Coastal Carolina (9-3) looked to take the lead on the ensuing drive, but Tevin Floyd's strip-sack of Alex Ross, which Mitchell Jeter recovered, set the Bulldogs up for the winning score.
Ross was 21-of-31 passing for 415 yards and three touchdowns.
|South Alabama||17||vs.||55||Georgia Southern||Final Recap|
Georgia Southern rolls over South Alabama 55-17
Saturday, November 28 at 5:36 PM (EST)
STATESBORO, Ga. (AP) Kevin Ellison and Matt Breida rushed for two touchdowns apiece and Ellison threw for another score as Georgia Southern ran past South Alabama 55-17 on Saturday.
Breida had 187 yards on 21 carries with touchdown runs of 1 and 75 yards as the Eagles (8-3, 6-1 Sun Belt) piled up 489 yards on the ground. Georgia Southern is 8-0 when Breida reaches 100 yards.
The Jaguars (5-6, 3-4) managed just 136 total yards, 75 yards coming on the opening drive of the game which Tyreis Thomas capped with a 2-yard TD run.
After Ellison's first TD, South Alabama took the lead when Devon Earl returned a fumble 62 yards. However, Breida had his short TD, Ellison connected with Derek Keaton for 23 yards and then Ellison scored again to make it 28-14 at the half.
Breida had his long touchdown, and L.A. Ramsby scooted 46 yards for a score in the third quarter and a 35-17 lead.
|Louisiana-Lafayette||7||vs.||28||Appalachian State||Final Recap|
Appalachian State rolls over Louisiana-Lafayette 28-7
Saturday, November 28 at 5:26 PM (EST)
BOONE, N.C. (AP) Jalin Moore rushed for 104 yards and a touchdown and Taylor Lamb threw for 172 yards and another score as Appalachian State scored a touchdown in every quarter to beat Louisiana-Lafayette 28-7 on Saturday.
Marcus Cox, who finished with 78 yards on 22 carries, scored from the 9 and the 1 to give Appalachian State a 14-0 lead at the break. Moore broke for a 54-yard scoring run for a 21-0 lead with 6:44 left in the third quarter.
Appalachian State (9-2, 6-1 Sun Belt Conference), entered the contest one game behind Arkansas State (7-3 6-0) in the conference standings. The Mountaineers travel to South Alabama next Saturday while Arkansas State hosts Texas State.
The Mountaineers had 402 total yards while limiting the Ragin' Cajuns to 246. Louisiana-Lafayette (4-7, 3-4) managed just 42 yards on 36 carries.
Brooks Haack led the Ragin' Cajuns, throwing for 128 yards on 13-of-22 passing.
|Arkansas State||52||vs.||28||New Mexico State||Final Recap|
Arkansas State beats New Mexico State 52-28
Saturday, November 28 at 7:37 PM (EST)
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) Fredi Knighten threw two touchdown passes, ran for another, and Arkansas State beat New Mexico State 52-28 on Saturday.
Knighten finished 23 of 42 for 367 as the Red Wolves ran up 605 yards of offense.
New Mexico State (3-8, 3-4 Sun Belt) started the scoring, taking the opening possession 75 yards on seven plays, the final 46 of which came on Andrew Allen's touchdown pass to Jordan Bergstrom. It was all Arkansas State (8-3, 7-0) from there.
Knighten hooked up with Dijon Paschal for a 75-yard touchdown pass, and then ran for a 5-yard score following an 18-play drive. Johnston White made it 21-7 at the end of the first with an 18-yard scoring jaunt.
Allen hit Bergstrom for another score, a 12-yard play, but the Red Wolves went right back to work, with Michael Gordon scoring on a 2-yard run and Blaise Taylor's 73-yard punt return for a touchdown, which made it 35-14 at halftime. Taylor also had an interception.
|Southern Utah||39||vs.||42||Sam Houston State||Final Recap|
Sam Houston State edges Southern Utah 42-39 in FCS playoffs
Saturday, November 28 at 8:01 PM (EST)
HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) Jeremiah Briscoe threw for 211 yards, including the winning 55-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter, to lift Sam Houston State to a 42-39 win over Southern Utah in the opening round of the FCS playoffs on Saturday.
Ridgeway Frank piled up 137 yards rushing on 29 carries and had two touchdowns, Corey Avery also ran for two TDs and Trenier Orr returned an interception for another score for Sam Houston State (9-3), which trailed 32-26 at the break.
The winning TD throw to Yedidiah Louis came with 3:44 left. Southern Utah (8-4) drove to midfield but gave up the ball on downs, then fumbled on its final possession. Sam Houston State recovered it with 47 seconds remaining and ran out the clock.
Ammon Olsen was 33-for-58 passing for 379 yards and four touchdowns to lead Southern Utah.
Sam Houston State will play McNeese State on Dec. 5.
Rice beats Charlotte 27-7 with big second half
Saturday, November 28 at 7:13 PM (EST)
HOUSTON, Texas (AP) Running back Luke Turner threw a four-yard touchdown for Rice, which scored all its points in the second-half and beat Charlotte 27-7 on Saturday in the season finale.
Turner's 4-yard TD pass to Cole Hunt added to Hayden Tobola's 19-yard field goal and Rice led 10-0 after the third quarter.
Driphus Jackson scored on a 3-yard run early in the fourth quarter. He finished 14-of-22 for passing for 122 yards and an interception.
After Tobola's 23-yard field goal, Jowan Davis scored on an 11-yard run for Rice (5-7, 3-5 Conference USA), which posted 433 yards of total offense to 285 for Charlotte, including 307 on the ground.
Deadlocked with no scoring at the halftime, Rice missed a field goal and Charlotte failed on three.
Matt Johnson hit Trent Bostick on a 56-yard TD pass in the fourth for Charlotte (2-10, 0-8).
Wisconsin beats Minnesota for 12th straight time, 31-21
By JON KRAWCZYNSKI - AP Sports Writer
Saturday, November 28 at 8:33 PM (EST)
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) There was no mad dash for Paul Bunyan's Axe, just a casual stroll over to the trophy. The Badgers knew where to find it.
There was no wild celebration, just a chopping down of the visitor's goal post. The Badgers have done that so often they could pull that move off in their sleep.
Dare Ogunbowale rushed for a career-high 155 yards and a touchdown and Wisconsin beat Minnesota for the 12th straight time, 31-21 on Saturday.
Taiwan Deal rushed for 90 and two scores and Wisconsin (9-3, 6-2 Big Ten) kept the Axe, which goes to the winner of the most-played rivalry game in college football.
''That's just the expectation,'' Wisconsin senior left tackle Tyler Marz said. ''We hold ourselves to a high standard.''
Mitch Leidner was just 16 for 37 for 223 yards with a touchdown, three interceptions and a fumble for Minnesota (5-7, 2-6), which has beaten its border rival just twice in the last 21 years. The Golden Gophers turned the ball over five times.
The Badgers rushed for minus-26 yards in a loss to Northwestern last week that ended a five-game winning streak. They rushed for 199 of their 257 yards in the first half against Minnesota.
The Gophers have not won the Axe since 2003, the longest drought for either side in the history of a 125-year-old rivalry. A win also would have made them bowl eligible, and they were hoping to get a boost from the return of former coach Jerry Kill, who was forced to retire earlier this season after being unable to control the seizures caused by his epilepsy.
Kill led the Gophers out of the tunnel and waved a ''Jerrysota'' flag just before kickoff, receiving a roaring ovation.
Kill predicted before the game that the Gophers would control the line of scrimmage and bring the Axe back to Minnesota, but the Badgers' top-ranked defense hardly allowed them to breathe for most of the game.
Tanner McEvoy had two interceptions, Darius Hillary recovered two fumbles, the Gophers had 8 total yards in the first quarter and Wisconsin won the time of possession 40:35 to 19:25.
''Since Jerry's been here, we haven't been able to win the Axe,'' Gophers receiver Drew Wolitarsky said. ''So today, that was our goal, to get it for Jerry. Unfortunately we couldn't do that. I'm sure he's proud of the way we played.''
Alex Erickson had six catches for 66 yards on a day the Wisconsin passing game was hardly needed.
The Badgers' first play of the game was an interception that Briean Boddy-Calhoun returned 16 yards for a touchdown, so coach Paul Chryst kept it on the ground after that.
''That is who we are,'' Chryst said. ''We do stuff to put ourselves behind the 8-ball and they don't flinch.''
With four redshirt freshmen on the offensive line, the Badgers pulverized Minnesota's banged-up front seven with 22 rushes in the next 24 plays to take a 14-7 lead, getting 1-yard plunges from Alec Ingold and Deal to take control.
Running back Corey Clement did not make the trip to Minnesota after receiving two citations for disorderly conduct on Tuesday stemming from an altercation at his home on Nov. 8. But Ogunbowale and Deal did all the heavy lifting without any issues.
''There was just a point where things were just clicking and holes were opening and we were making guys miss,'' Ogunbowale said. ''Coach Chryst just kept calling run plays and we kept executing. There was no reason not to keep doing it.''
Chryst said he expected Clement to be available to play in a bowl game.
Rodney Smith scored on a 6-yard run to tie the game on the next possession for Minnesota, but Leidner's fumble set up Jones' second TD of the day and Ogunbowale scored on an 18-yard run around the left end just before halftime for a 28-14 lead.
Ogunbowale had not rushed for more than 56 yards in a game since Nebraska on Oct. 10 and the Badgers ranked an uncharacteristic 11th in the Big Ten in rushing offense with just 138.2 yards per game.
''As a running back group, we kind of challenged ourselves'' after the Northwestern loss, Ogunbowale said. ''There's a reason we haven't been able to run the ball well and we can't put that on anybody else but us.''
Joel Stave was 9 for 17 for 79 yards, but still won his 30th game, tying him with Brooks Bollinger for most by a Badgers quarterback.
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No. 2 Alabama claims SEC West with 29-13 win over Auburn
By JOHN ZENOR - AP Sports Writer
Saturday, November 28 at 8:59 PM (EST)
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) Adam Griffith created another indelible Iron Bowl memory, this one for a flawless performance.
Griffith emerged as an Iron Bowl hero for the Tide (11-1, 7-1 Southeastern Conference) two years after his last play attempt touched off the Tigers' winning Kick Six play. Griffith kicked five field goals to help propel the Crimson Tide to the SEC West title with a 29-13 victory over rival Auburn on Saturday.
He'll leave dwelling on the past to others.
''I feel like everybody is talking about that too much, the Kick Six,'' Griffith said. ''That's two years ago. It happened. I wasn't thinking about that at all.''
Derrick Henry, meanwhile, continued laboring as No. 2 Alabama's tireless leading man. He ran a school-record 46 times for 271 yards against Auburn (6-6, 2-6), the third-most in a game for a `Bama back and the most against the Tigers.
The Heisman Trophy candidate produced his fourth 200-yard game of the season against an SEC defense. He helped put it away with 19 runs in the fourth quarter, then extended his school-record streak of games with a rushing touchdown to 17 in the final minute.
Henry broke Trent Richardson's single-season rushing mark and had carries on 14 consecutive plays at the end.
''He's the go-to guy,'' Tide coach Nick Saban said. ''He didn't want to come out. He wanted to go.''
The Tigers stayed close into the fourth, aided by Jason Smith's 77-yard touchdown catch in the third quarter which he twice tipped back to himself.
''As I was running, I was like, `Man, no way,''' Smith said. ''I couldn't hear anything, at first, until I got in the end zone.''
The Tide will play No. 10 Florida next week at the Georgia Dome for the SEC championship and a second straight berth in the playoffs. Alabama entered the game No. 2 in the playoff rankings and like No. 1 Clemson had trouble shaking its struggling rival.
Clemson survived a 37-32 scare against South Carolina earlier in the day.
Alabama's win also didn't come without a fight against Auburn.
Jake Coker completed 17 of 26 passes for 179 yards, including a 34-yard touchdown to ArDarius Stewart in the third quarter after eluding two defenders.
Auburn bounced right back with Smith's improbable but eerily familiar touchdown catch. Smith tipped the deep ball from Jeremy Johnson into the air twice with his right hand before collecting it and racing to the end zone for the Tigers' longest pass play of the season.
It was reminiscent of Ricardo Louis's deflected catch for a touchdown to beat Georgia two years ago for Auburn. Only this time no SEC or national title shot was on the line.
''That play reminded me of the play they made against Georgia the same year they made the kick return against us,'' Saban said. ''But it was a big play and it counts for seven.''
Johnson was 10-of-23 passing for 169 yards. Jovon Robinson ran for 53 yards but only had two second-half carries.
''We had opportunities in the fourth quarter,'' Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said. ''We were right there and just didn't make the plays to win the game and they did. That's a good football team.''
Before Henry took over, Griffith kept the Tide ahead. His field goals went for 26, 40, 26, 50 and 47 yards. He came off the bench to attempt an even longer one on the final play against Auburn in 2013 that Chris Davis returned 109 yards for a winning touchdown that's even more of a distant memory now.
Auburn helped set up Griffith's fifth field goal with two 15-yard penalties on the same play. Johnathan Ford was flagged for hitting Coker out of bounds. The Tigers were also penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct after defensive coordinator Will Muschamp came out on the field screaming at officials, before getting led back to the sideline by other Auburn staffers.
Auburn's Daniel Carlson, a finalist for the Lou Groza Award, pushed his string of made field goals to a school-record 16 with two more before missing a 48-yarder.
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|UTEP||20||vs.||17||North Texas||Final Recap|
Johnson leads UTEP past North Texas 20-17 in season finale
Saturday, November 28 at 7:25 PM (EST)
DENTON, Texas (AP) Kavika Johnson passed for a touchdown and ran for another and Dashone Smith returned an interception 65 yards for a score to help UTEP beat North Texas 20-17 Saturday.
Johnson completed just 4 of 11 passes for 43 yards, but added 75 yards rushing on 16 carries and his 32-yard touchdown pass to Warren Redix with 7:51 left proved to be the winner.
Trevor Moore's 28-yard field goal with 2:18 left in the first quarter opened the scoring and North Texas (1-11, 1-7 Conference USA) took a 3-0 lead into halftime.
Johnson scored on a 5-yard run early in the third but UTEP (5-7, 3-5) missed the PAT and led 6-3.
North Texas sandwiched Tre Johnson's 53-yards punt return for a score and Cortney Finney's 13-yard fumble return for a touchdown around Smith's pick-6 to take a 17-13 lead into the fourth.
The teams combined for 461 total yards and seven turnovers.
No. 17 Northwestern beats Illinois 24-14 for 10th win
By PATRICK ROSE - Associated Press
Saturday, November 28 at 9:29 PM (EST)
CHICAGO (AP) After Northwestern's 10th victory of the season, coach Pat Fitzgerald took the blame for last year's disappointing loss to Illinois, and then took aim at the College Football Playoff Committee.
Justin Jackson rushed for 172 yards and a touchdown, and the 17th-ranked Wildcats beat the Illini 24-14 at Soldier Field on Saturday.
Freshman Clayton Thorson threw for 146 yards and a score as Northwestern (10-2, 6-2 Big Ten, No. 16 CFP) avenged last year's 47-33 home loss to Illinois. It was the fifth consecutive win for the Wildcats, putting them in position for a Jan. 1 bowl game.
''This game last year, I walked into the locker room, and not to take any credit away from our opponent, I was very self-critical,'' Fitzgerald said. ''I really felt like I failed the team. We had 30-plus guys out in this game a year ago and I was not going to let that be an excuse for our failure and our performance, so it wasn't the guys fault that were out there, it was my fault as the leader of the program that I didn't do enough to get the next group of guys ready.''
Fitzgerald then directed his frustration to what he thinks is a lack of respect for his team in the rankings. Specifically, Stanford is ranked higher than Northwestern despite the Wildcats' victory over the Cardinal in the season opener.
''I don't get it. Pop on the tape and watch the film,'' he said. ''Our kids dominated that game and I don't think they give them credit. We didn't win by 50 today, so we'll continue to get disrespected from that standpoint. We played a very competitive schedule. We had two bumps in the road. I think our overall performance speaks for itself so I look forward watching the College Football Playoff Committee get it right over the next two weeks. I know they will.''
A few hours before Illinois (5-7, 2-6) took the field, the school announced interim coach Bill Cubit had agreed to a two-year contract. Cubit took over for the fired Tim Beckman right before the season started.
''I'm looking forward to the challenge,'' Cubit said. ''I really am. I think we're this close. We just got to go out there and recruit. I think there's enough people out there.''
Wes Lunt threw for 241 yards and Ke'Shawn Vaughn had 62 yards on 12 carries, but the Illini lost for the sixth time in their last 10 meetings with the Wildcats.
Lunt praised the decision to bring back Cubit.
''I think it means a lot just to the stability within the program with so much going on,'' he said. ''To have him named as the head coach I think puts a little ease with the underclassmen.''
In front of a sparse crowd for an Illinois home game as part of the Windy City Series, Vaughn ran 16 yards to set up a 1-yard keeper by Lunt that gave Illinois a 7-0 lead with 8:59 left in the first quarter.
Then Northwestern took over.
Dan Vitale made a juggling catch and dove into the end zone for a tying 19-yard touchdown reception. A personal foul on Illinois' Caleb Day for leaping over the punt shield set up Warren Long's 3-yard touchdown run with 1:21 left in the first, giving Northwestern a 14-7 lead.
''Clayton put it exactly where it needed to be,'' Vitale said. ''He put it outside where they couldn't undercut me. Luckily, I kept my concentration and got in.''
The Wildcats kept up the pressure in the second quarter. Miles Shuler had a 39-yard reception and Jackson carried the ball in from the 3 to make it 21-7 with 11:41 left in the half.
Linebacker Mason Monheim's 58-yard interception return for a touchdown gave Illinois a flash of hope in the third quarter, but the Illini hurt themselves with a couple of big mistakes.
Matthew Harris picked off a Lunt pass at the Northwestern 19, and offensive tackle Christian DiLauro was flagged for a false start on fourth-and-1 at the Wildcats 4 on another promising drive. Taylor Zalewski then missed a short field-goal attempt.
Jack Mitchell made it a two-score game with a 39-yard field goal in the fourth quarter, giving the Wildcats a 24-14 lead.
The loss put a damper on Cubit's promotion. The hiring fills one of several top positions at Illinois opened by months of turmoil in athletics and elsewhere on campus.
Interim athletic director Paul Kowalczyk, who took over when Mike Thomas was fired Nov. 9, said Cubit earned the job.
''I think Bill is imminently qualified,'' Kowalczyk said. ''Obviously, he's been a head coach. He knows what has to be done to run an organization like this and a program like this. Some folks aren't ready for that for that move, but Bill knows.''
Northwestern defensive back Nick VanHoose took a knee to the helmet while breaking up a pass in the second quarter. VanHoose was hit by Nate Hall as he dove to the ground. VanHoose was alert and acknowledged teammates as he was carted off the field. School officials said he suffered a laceration.
|Kansas State||45||vs.||14||Kansas||Final Recap|
K-State special teams send Wildcats to 45-14 win over Kansas
By DAVE SKRETTA - AP Sports Writer
Saturday, November 28 at 8:27 PM (EST)
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) Being a Kansas kid, quarterback Joe Hubener put a little extra emphasis on leading Kansas State past the rival Jayhawks in the annual Sunflower Showdown on Saturday.
He won't have a whole lot of time to enjoy it.
After the Wildcats scored a pair of touchdowns off botched punts in the first quarter, and Hubener scored twice in a 45-14 victory over Kansas, the Wildcats must turn their attention to beating West Virginia in next weekend's regular-season finale to qualify for a bowl game.
The Wildcats have not missed out since the 2009 season.
''That was a big goal of ours,'' Hubener said, ''to get off to the right start offensively and put some points on the board early and hold them off for the rest of the game.''
Hubener threw for 133 yards while running for his two TDs, Winston Dimel also ran for two scores, and Kansas State (5-6, 2-6 Big 12) won their second straight after a six-game skid.
The Wildcats' Morgan Burns scored a touchdown on special teams for the third straight game, though this one was a blocked punt recovery. His previous two were 100-yard kickoff returns.
''The first half was satisfying. Can't say the same thing for the second,'' Kansas State coach Bill Snyder said. ''We're a team that hasn't put two halves together yet. We need to start consistent and finish and we haven't done that.''
Ryan Willis threw for 215 yards with two touchdowns and a pick for Kansas (0-12, 0-9), which concluded its first season under David Beaty by going winless for the first time since 1954.
There were only a few thousand fans around to see the finish on a cold, icy day in eastern Kansas, and most of them were wearing purple. They were able to rejoice in the Wildcats' seventh-straight win over the Jayhawks, along with Snyder's 20th victory over them.
The celebration might as well have begun two minutes into the game.
After going three-and-out, the Jayhawks had trouble with the ''out'' part of things - punter Matthew Wyman dropped the snap and was leveled by a Kansas State defender. The Wildcats took over and on the next play, Dimel rumbled for a 12-yard touchdown run.
Kansas answered quickly with a six-play, 79-yard drive capped by a 27-yard touchdown pass from Willis to Tre Parmalee. But the Wildcats scored nearly as quickly, going 73 yards the other direction and taking a 14-7 lead when Dimel plowed into the end zone from a yard out.
The Jayhawks' special teams struggles continued moments later, when Wyman's next punt was blocked by Sam Sizelove. Burns scooped it up in the end zone and the rout was on.
''I'm going to take the blame for it,'' said Wyman, a placekicker who is learning to punt on the fly. ''It's definitely hard to get back into a rhythm when two things go bad.''
Glenn Gronkowski added another TD run late in the first quarter for a 28-7 lead, and Hubener finished a grinding, methodical 54-yard march in the second quarter with a 2-yard TD run.
Things were so bad for the Jayhawks in the first half that their mascot was caught on video acting as if it was throwing up in a garbage can. The clip spread quickly on social media.
The loss concluded a frustrating first season for Beaty, who inherited a mess left by Charlie Weis. The Jayhawks began the season with just over 60 scholarship players, more than 20 below the Football Bowl Subdivision limit, then had numerous players - including its top three quarterbacks - go down with injuries as they struggled simply to be competitive.
''Its embarrassing to me personally and its embarrassing to KU, our university. They deserve better than that,'' Beaty said. ''We can't do much about what's behind us, but we certainly can do something about what's ahead of us.''
What lies ahead for Kansas State is an opportunity to keep its bowl streak going.
After losing six straight to begin league play, the Wildcats engineered the biggest comeback in school history in a 38-35 win over Iowa State last weekend. Now, following a blowout of Kansas, they need only to beat the Mountaineers on Senior Day to reach bowl eligibility.
''I feel like as a team we had a great game for the first time all season,'' Burns said. ''I have huge pride in my team and I'm proud how they never gave up.''
|Duquesne||49||vs.||52||William & Mary||Final Recap|
William & Mary beats Duquesne 52-49 in FCS Playoffs
Saturday, November 28 at 8:18 PM (EST)
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) Steve Cluley threw three touchdown passes to DeVonte Dedmon, Kendell Anderson added two rushing scores and William & Mary beat Duquesne 52-49 on Saturday in the first round of the FCS playoffs.
Up 31-24, William & Mary's Tyler Claytor blocked a 24-yard field goal and gave way to DeAndre Houston-Carson to scoop it up and race for a 65-yard touchdown.
In the fourth, Duquesne recovered a fumble but Dillon Buechel threw an interception on its next play. Two plays later, William & Mary fumbled again and Austin Crimmins made a 35-yard field goal to cut Duquesne's deficit to 45-41. But Anderson's 8-yard touchdown run made it 52-41.
Wayne Capers Jr. made a fingertip catch in the end zone for a 42-yard score and Duquesne converted the 2-point conversion with 1:11 left to pull within 52-49. But William & Mary recovered the onside kick.
Cluley threw for 251 yards with two interceptions for William & Mary (9-3). Dedmon had three catches for 99 yards and Anderson ran for 137 yards.
Buechel passed for 423 yards with a career-high six touchdown passes and two interceptions for Duquesne (8-4).
|Penn State||16||vs.||55||Michigan State||Final Recap|
Michigan State takes division with 55-16 rout of Penn State
By NOAH TRISTER - AP Sports Writer
Saturday, November 28 at 8:55 PM (EST)
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) Connor Cook began waving his arms, motioning for the crowd to yell louder.
Michigan State had turned its final home game into a blowout, so Cook didn't need the fans to be quiet as he lined up to take another snap.
''I was trying to have fun with it. It's our last time in Spartan Stadium,'' the senior quarterback said. ''I just wanted to get the crowd into it, because I knew Jack was going to score.''
The sixth-ranked Spartans capped their home finale by letting senior center Jack Allen run for a touchdown, and Michigan State wrapped up a spot in the Big Ten championship game with a 55-16 victory over Penn State on Saturday. It was the most emphatic win of the season for the Spartans, who will play unbeaten Iowa for the conference title next weekend. The winner will be in good position to advance to college football's playoff.
Michigan State (11-1, 7-1) is No. 5 in the selection committee's ranking.
The Spartans finished tied atop the Big Ten East with Ohio State, and Michigan State upset the Buckeyes last weekend with Cook sidelined because of a shoulder injury. The star quarterback came back Saturday and was brilliant against Penn State (7-5, 4-4). Cook went 19 of 26 for 248 yards and three touchdowns.
''Sitting out stunk,'' Cook said. ''Obviously, I've been very fortunate to be able to play in a lot of games and not have to sit out. That was a reality check.''
Michigan State will play in the Big Ten title game for the third time in five seasons. The Spartans also kept the Land-Grant Trophy with their most lopsided win in a series with Penn State that started in 1914.
It was 41-16 in the fourth quarter when Malik McDowell intercepted a pass that had bounced off fellow defensive lineman Shilique Calhoun. McDowell ran it back 13 yards for a TD.
After a Penn State fumble on the ensuing kickoff gave the Spartans the ball at the 9, Cook took the field and Allen lined up next to him in the backfield. The Nittany Lions couldn't stop the 296-pound lineman as he rumbled to the end zone.
Allen said that call was in the playbook for ''about five minutes.''
''Credit to the offensive coach and the o-linemen,'' he said. ''They got it done.''
Ohio State, which easily beat Michigan earlier Saturday, was holding out hope that Penn State would spoil the regular season finale in East Lansing, but the Nittany Lions didn't come close. Michigan State had to play both Michigan and Ohio State on the road this year. The Spartans beat the Wolverines when Michigan botched a punt on the final play, and they edged the Buckeyes on a last-second field goal.
Saturday's game was decided well before the final minutes. It was 20-10 at halftime, and the Spartans scored the only two touchdowns of the third quarter. Cook threw a 29-yard scoring pass to Aaron Burbridge to make it 27-10. Burbridge came back in from out of bounds - officials ruled he was forced out - and caught the pass around the 10. He bounced off one defender and spun past another before diving into the end zone.
''I think that we're playing our best football down the stretch,'' Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio said. ''If you compare us with last year's Big Ten champion, that's what they were able to do.''
Ohio State took the Big Ten last season and went on to win the national title.
Cook was hurt two weeks ago in a win over Maryland. He said he was able to practice Thursday, and against Penn State's formidable pass rush, his offensive line kept him out of harm's way.
''Didn't get touched once,'' Cook said.
Penn State moved the ball well in the first half but lost two crucial turnovers. Arjen Colquhoun intercepted a pass in the end zone on the game's first drive, and the Spartans turned that takeaway into a touchdown when Cook threw a 29-yard pass to R.J. Shelton.
The extra point was no good, and Penn State kicked a short field goal early in the second quarter, but Michigan State went ahead 13-3 on a 6-yard touchdown run by Gerald Holmes. Then Demetrious Cox of the Spartans picked up a fumble and returned it 77 yards for another TD.
''They were able to dictate the game to us, especially with their offense,'' Penn State coach James Franklin said. ''Then the turnovers with our offense put the team into a difficult position.''
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|Colgate||27||vs.||20||New Hampshire||Final Recap|
Holland rushes for 4 TDs, Colgate ousts New Hampshire 27-20
Saturday, November 28 at 7:28 PM (EST)
DURHAM, N.H. (AP) James Holland rushed for a career-high four touchdowns as Colgate defeated New Hampshire 27-20 in a first-round FCS playoff game on Saturday.
Colgate will meet fifth-seeded James Madison (9-2) Dec. 5.
Holland carried 23 times for 95 yards and put the Raiders (8-4) on the board early with a 6-yard TD run five-and-a-half minutes into the game. He added another, this time from the 1, in the second quarter for a 12-3 lead. Kicker Jonah Bowman's first PAT kick slid to the right, ending a 34-for-34 streak. His second was blocked.
Holland's first TD was set up after Chris Morgan recovered a New Hampshire fumble - the first of three turnovers - on the Wildcats' (7-5) opening drive. Holland scored twice after halftime, his fourth touchdown giving Colgate a 27-6 lead.
New Hampshire's Sean Goldrich threw a fourth-quarter touchdown pass to Rory Donovan, and ran for another, closing the gap to 27-20. He was intercepted with 3:33 remaining.
|North Carolina||45||vs.||34||North Carolina State||Final Recap|
No. 11 UNC beats rival NC State 45-34 for 11th straight win
By AARON BEARD - AP Sports Writer
Saturday, November 28 at 8:55 PM (EST)
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) North Carolina coach Larry Fedora spent all season dangling two goals in front of his players: an Atlantic Coast Conference division title as well as a mythical state championship by sweeping their instate opponents.
A week after accomplishing the first, the No. 11 Tar Heels took care of the second with a dominating start on the road against a longtime nearby rival.
Elijah Hood and T.J. Logan ran for touchdowns in a 35-point first quarter, helping UNC beat North Carolina State 45-34 on Saturday for its 11th straight win.
Hood finished with a career-high 220 yards rushing and two touchdowns to lead UNC (11-1, 8-0 ACC, No. 14 CFP), which had already wrapped up the Coastal Division title and a trip to next week's ACC championship game to play No. 1 Clemson.
But Fedora said he never sensed his players looking ahead.
''No one talked about it,'' he said. ''The coaches didn't talk about it. We knew what we had to do. This was to finish our goal. Now we reset those goals and we can talk about it now.''
UNC certainly came out with an edge, driven by memories of last year's 35-7 loss in which the Wolfpack physically beat up the Tar Heels and ran for 388 yards.
UNC had that score reversed by the end of the first quarter.
Logan scored on runs of 42 and 40 yards, while Hood had a 39-yard run before scoring from a yard out in that opening avalanche.
Gaping rushing lanes. Downfield matchups in the passing game. Personnel mismatches. UNC won them all in that opening quarter, running for 214 yards and totaling 308 yards on the way to 553 for the game.
''We know what happened last year,'' Hood said. ''They kind of took it to us for sure. We knew we had to make a statement and come out here and play a different type of game, bring a totally different mindset - had to show we aren't the same team as we were last year.''
UNC also got TD catches from Quinshad Davis and Mack Hollins, tying the program's single-quarter scoring record. That was too big of a hole for the Wolfpack (7-5, 3-5), who managed to slow the Tar Heels' early run but never recovered.
''I take ownership for (the first quarter),'' Wolfpack coach Dave Doeren said. ''We weren't ready. For whatever reason, we weren't setting edges, we weren't tackling and doing the things we've normally done.''
Jacoby Brissett threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more for N.C. State, which put together a couple of long drives in the second quarter to finally slow the Tar Heels' pedal-to-the-floor start.
But the Wolfpack got no closer than 12 after the opening quarter until a meaningless TD in the final 2 minutes.
The Tar Heels didn't finish particularly strong. They had three turnovers for the second straight week after going three games without one, and Hollins dropped a sure TD catch in the third quarter to help the Wolfpack hang around.
Still, they added another memorable moment in what has become a historic season.
They earned their first 8-0 mark in ACC play. They became only the fourth team to match the program single-season record of 11 wins, last set in 1997 in Mack Brown's final season before taking over at Texas.
More recently, it marked the first time UNC has swept the rest of the ''Big Four'' - North Carolina-based ACC teams Duke, N.C. State and Wake Forest - in the same season since 2004.
''I've been saying it all year: this team's got a lot of grit,'' Fedora said. ''This is a special group, they really are.''
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Dobbs, Hurd help Tennessee trounce Vanderbilt 53-28
By STEVE MEGARGEE - AP Sports Writer
Saturday, November 28 at 8:56 PM (EST)
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee will head into its bowl game with the type of momentum it hasn't enjoyed in several years.
Joshua Dobbs threw two touchdown passes to Von Pearson and ran for a third score Saturday as Tennessee trounced Vanderbilt 53-28 to end the regular season with its first five-game winning streak since 2007. This also marks the first time Tennessee (8-4, 5-3 SEC) has won at least eight games in a season since the 2007 team finished 10-4.
''I believe we're one of the best teams in the country, and our players believe that,'' Tennessee coach Butch Jones said. ''There's a lot of positive energy surrounding our program.''
Tennessee's Jalen Hurd rushed for 120 yards and a touchdown, and Cameron Sutton scored on an 85-yard punt return. Vanderbilt stayed close for most of the first half before Tennessee reeled off 33 straight points, turning a 20-14 game into a 53-14 runaway.
Ralph Webb rushed for 149 yards and Kyle Shurmur threw three touchdown passes for Vanderbilt (4-8, 2-6).
''We were our own worst enemy tonight,'' Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason said. ''I thought we hadn't done anything any different just in terms of game plan and execution. We looked at these guys. We knew who they were, and they weren't any different than what we thought. We just needed to tackle better, we needed to get off the field on third down and just do a better job overall of just playing the game.''
Tennessee beat Vanderbilt for a second straight year after losing to its in-state rival in 2012 and 2013. Tennessee has won 31 of its last 34 meetings with Vanderbilt overall.
The Volunteers put up their highest point total against a Southeastern Conference opponent since a 59-21 victory over Mississippi State in 2003 to continue their remarkable turnaround from a 3-4 start.
''There's no quit in us,'' Sutton said. ''Our hunger grows week in and week out. Adversity's going to hit a team, and it hit us early, but we put it upon the leaders of the team to step up, embrace it and make a change. We did that and came together.''
Tennessee trounced Vanderbilt with a well-rounded attack. Tennessee rushed for 331 yards, the defense produced a safety when Derek Barnett sacked Shurmur in the end zone and Aaron Medley kicked three field goals. Alvin Kamara rushed for 99 yards, and Dobbs ran for 93 yards while throwing for 140 yards.
Sutton arguably delivered the biggest play of all.
Vanderbilt was only trailing 20-14 late in the second quarter before Sutton's punt return helped Tennessee seize control of the game. Sutton stumbled initially, but he regained his footing and headed toward the right sideline before sprinting into the end zone.
This marked the second straight year Sutton has scored on a punt return against Vanderbilt, as he had a 76-yarder to open the scoring last season in Tennessee's 24-17 victory. Sutton, who scored on an 84-yard return against Kentucky last month, is the first Tennessee player to score two touchdowns on punt returns in one season since Terry Fair in 1996. Sutton has 467 yards in punt returns this season, breaking Bobby Majors' 46-year-old school record.
''It's a blessing,'' Sutton said. ''It's amazing.''
Tennessee has scored on a total of six returns this season. Evan Berry has three touchdowns on kickoff returns and Kamara scored one touchdown on a punt return.
According to STATS LLC, Tennessee has the most combined touchdowns on punt and kickoff returns in one season by any Football Bowl Subdivision program since North Carolina had seven in 2013. North Carolina scored on five punt returns and two kickoff returns that season.
Sutton's touchdown turned the momentum in Tennessee's favor for good after Vanderbilt hung around for the first 25 minutes.
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|Southern University||23||vs.||34||Grambling State||Final Recap|
Grambling State beats Southern University 34-23
Saturday, November 28 at 11:09 PM (EST)
NEW ORLEANS (AP) Johnathan Williams threw three touchdowns and ran for a fourth as Grambling State scored 28-consecutive points in a 34-23 comeback victory over Southern University in the Bayou Classic on Saturday.
''Our coaches did a great job of calling plays that put our athletes in space with chances to make plays,'' said Williams. ''The 28 points, it was just a matter of time before we got rolling. Our defense played well, and everything fell into place for us.''
The Tigers (9-2, 9-0 Southwestern Athletic Conference) ended three-straight wins by Southern (6-5, 6-3) in the game between the Louisiana rivals. Grambling advances to next week's SWAC championship game against Alcorn State in Houston for the first time since 2011.
Williams, who leads the SWAC in total offense, completed 20-of-34 passes for 272 yards and rushed for 78 yards on nine carries. He threw scoring passes to KaJandre Domino and Verlan Hunter in the second quarter. He rushed for a touchdown in the third and completed a 54-yard scoring pass eight seconds into the fourth quarter that all but sealed the outcome.
''Southern made a couple of mistakes early that helped us get back in the ball game,'' Grambling State coach Broderick Fobbs said. ''I thought we did a really good job of making them turn the ball over, putting the ball in the end zone and taking advantage of the whole situation from the second quarter on.''
The Jaguars appeared on their way to taking total control early in the first half, sprinting to a 20-3 lead by midway through the second quarter. But after Southern's third first-half touchdown - a 13-yard scoring run by quarterback Austin Howard early in the second quarter - Grambling answered with Williams taking the Tigers 75 yards in 10 plays and the drive ending with a 3-yard scoring pass to Domino in the right corner of the end zone. Williams was stripped of the ball on the play while scrambling to his right, but it bounced up into his hands.
The scoring strike to Hunter came with 4:44 left in the first half and suddenly, the Jaguars were clinging to a 20-17 lead at halftime.
Grambling State took the lead for good, 24-20, midway through the third quarter on Williams' 1-yard sneak.
''It looked like they tackled well, and we didn't execute in the second half,'' Southern coach Dawson Odums said. ''We were playing with great rhythm and executing, but against good teams you have to sustain that for 60 minutes. We would make plays, and then we would have penalties.''
Southern's Greg Pittman kicked a 33-yard field goal with 8:04 left in the fourth, bringing the Jaguars to 31-23. But Williams responded by leading the Tigers on a 57-yard drive capped by Marc Orozco's 22-yard field goal with 2:09 left in the game for the final score.
Howard finished with 241 yards passing for the Jaguars.
|Eastern Illinois||17||vs.||53||UNI||Final Recap|
Northern Iowa rolls Eastern Illinois 53-17 in FCS opener
Saturday, November 28 at 8:38 PM (EST)
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) Aaron Bailey threw for three touchdowns and Tyvis Smith rushed for 147 yards and a score to lead Northern Iowa to a 53-17 win over Eastern Illinois in the FCS playoffs on Saturday night.
Bailey only threw 11 passes, completing 7 for 162 yards.
Northern Iowa (8-4) plays at sixth-seeded Portland State in the second round.
Northern Iowa broke the game open in the second quarter as Michael Schmadeke kicked three of his four field goals, Bailey hit Daurice Fountain for a 32-yard score and Smith scored on a 1-yard run for a 23-7 lead.
Bailey connected with Charles Brown on a 52-yard score and Fountain for 41 yards when Northern Iowa built the lead to 43-17 after three quarters.
Ray Buchanan Jr. added a 70-yard interception return to close it out.
Jalen Whitlow completed 27 of 49 passes with one touchdown but had two interceptions for Eastern Illinois (7-5), which had four turnovers.
|Notre Dame||36||vs.||38||Stanford||Final Recap|
No. 13 Stanford rallies past No. 4 Notre Dame 38-36
By JOSH DUBOW - AP Sports Writer
Saturday, November 28 at 11:24 PM (EST)
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) Kevin Hogan put quite a capper on his Stanford career on senior day.
Hogan threw four touchdown passes and drove the 13th-ranked Cardinal to the winning 45-yard field goal by Conrad Ukropina on the last play of a 38-36 victory over No. 4 Notre Dame in a playoff elimination game Saturday night.
Hogan threw for 269 yards and calmly led the winning drive in the final 30 seconds for the Cardinal (10-2, No. 9 CFP), who kept their slim playoff hopes alive with the win. Stanford needs to beat Southern California in the Pac-12 championship game next week and then get help in the other title games to make the four-team playoff.
DeShone Kizer had given the Irish (10-2, No. 6 CFP) a one-point lead on his 2-yard run with 30 seconds left only to see Hogan drive Stanford to the winning score.
The drive was aided by a facemask penalty on Isaac Rochell on the first play and then Hogan connected on a 27-yard pass to Devon Cajuste to get Stanford in field goal range. After a short run by Christian McCaffrey, Ukropina came on and drilled the field goal setting off a wild celebration with the fans rushing the field.
McCaffrey gained 228 all-purpose yards to become the third FBS player top 3,000 in a season, but was held to 94 on the ground to have a nine-game streak of 100-yard games snapped.
Kizer threw for 234 yards and ran for 128 more for the Irish. Josh Adams added 168 on the ground but it wasn't enough. Notre Dame now awaits its bowl bid, but the Irish's hopes of making the playoff are gone after being dealt their second loss.
The game was a contrast in styles with Notre Dame thriving on big-play scores with Stanford moving the ball efficiently down the field and dominating on both sides of the ball in the red zone.
The Irish were held to field goals on their first three trips inside the 20, costing them a chance to build a substantial lead. Notre Dame was actually more potent from farther away from the end zone, getting three touchdowns of more than 60 yards on the game.
The Cardinal turned all five of their red zone trips into touchdowns with Hogan throwing for four and Remound Wright running in one. Hogan's 10-yard pass to Austin Hooper on the opening play of the fourth quarter put Stanford up 35-29.
Notre Dame had taken the lead the previous possession when Adams burst through the line for a 62-yard touchdown run as the offenses dominated.
The defenses then combined to force four straight punts before the two late scoring drives.
Notre Dame lived by the big play in an odd first half that saw Stanford run the first 23 plays from scrimmage in the game. The Cardinal drove 75 and 78 yards the first two times they had ball, leading to TD passes from Hogan to Remound Wright and Devon Cajuste.
In between, C.J. Sanders returned a kickoff 93 yards for a touchdown. The Irish then took the lead late in the half when Fuller got behind the defense for a 73-yard touchdown catch that made it 20-14.
The Cardinal then easily moved the ball down the field for Hogan's third TD pass with 48 seconds left to Rector to make it 21-20 at the break.
Kizer lost a fumble in the closing seconds one play after his 48-yard scramble put the Irish in the field goal position.
AP college football website: http://collegefootball.ap.org
|Colorado State||27||vs.||24||Fresno State||In-Progress|
|Ole Miss||38||vs.||27||Mississippi State||Final Recap|
No. 19 Mississippi beats No. 23 Miss. St 38-27 in Egg Bowl
By DAVID BRANDT - AP Sports Writer
Saturday, November 28 at 11:42 PM (EST)
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) Mississippi quarterback Chad Kelly was a little bewildered earlier in the week by Mississippi State's trademark noisemaker, saying he was essentially a city kid who had never even been around a cowbell before.
There were thousands of them clanging in his ears on Saturday night.
The junior never seemed to mind. If anything, he thrived.
Kelly threw for 236 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another score to lead No. 19 Mississippi over No. 23 Mississippi State 38-27 at Davis Wade Stadium.
Ole Miss (9-3, 6-2 Southeastern Conference, No. 18 CFP) jumped out to a 28-3 halftime lead and was never in serious trouble during the second half. Kelly threw two touchdown passes - both to Damore'ea Stringfellow - and ran for another while Tony Bridges returned an interception 45 yards for a touchdown.
It's just the second time the road team has won the Egg Bowl in 12 years.
''It was a hard-fought win,'' Kelly said. ''Anytime you can come to someone else's home and get a victory it's huge.''
Mississippi State (8-4, 4-4, No. 21) struggled in quarterback Dak Prescott's final home game. Prescott completed 31 of 42 passes for 254 yards and two touchdowns, but was sacked seven times and rarely looked comfortable in the pocket.
''We got after him early,'' Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze said. ''He was uncomfortable in the pocket early and that was our plan.''
Ole Miss finished its second straight nine-win regular season.
It's the first time the Rebels have won in Starkville since 2003 when Eli Manning was in his senior season. Freeze has won three Egg Bowls in his four seasons.
''I understand the importance of this game,'' Freeze said. ''I don't run from it. I realize I'll be judged upon it. It's always a huge, huge game and it sure makes Christmas much, much sweeter.''
Ole Miss found out about five minutes before the game start that it would not play for an SEC championship. No. 2 Alabama clinched the Western Division title instead with a 29-13 win over Auburn in the Iron Bowl.
But there was no early letdown for the Rebels, who stunned the home crowd with three quick touchdowns to take a 21-0 lead by the end of the first quarter.
Kelly was spectacular as Ole Miss built its lead, running for a 27-yard touchdown and then finding Stringfellow in the corner of the end zone for a 2-yard touchdown. Kelly, a Buffalo, New York, native, said he had never heard a cowbell before Saturday, but didn't seem to mind the early raucous atmosphere, calmly leading the Rebels on productive drives.
Bridges scored the Rebels' third touchdown, stepping in front of a Mississippi State receiver and returning the interception down the left sideline untouched. Prescott was hit hard as he threw - which was a common theme throughout the game.
Ole Miss slowed down a little in the second quarter, but not much. Kelly found Stringfellow again over the middle for a 36-yard touchdown and the Rebels took a 28-3 lead into halftime.
Mississippi State briefly made things interesting with 10 straight points to start the third quarter but Ole Miss responded with a 48-yard field goal from Gary Wunderlich to push its lead to 31-13 at the end of the third quarter.
Mullen said he was proud Mississippi State fought after getting down 21-0 in the first quarter. He said the Bulldogs had to absorb several injuries along the offensive line.
Starting left tackle Rufus Warren didn't dress out because of kidney stones and one of his replacements, Justin Senior, left midway through the game with an injury. Without them, Mississippi State had a hard time keeping Prescott off the ground.
''We just dug ourselves too big of a hole,'' Mullen said.
Jordan Wilkins' 38-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter sealed the win for the Rebels.
Kelly completed 21 of 30 passes and ran for 74 yards. Jaylen Walton ran for a team-high 93 yards.
Mississippi State's Fred Ross finished with 12 catches for 117 yards.
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|Texas A&M||7||vs.||19||LSU||Final Recap|
AD says Miles to stay, LSU beats Texas A&M 19-7
By BRETT MARTEL - AP Sports Writer
Saturday, November 28 at 11:51 PM (EST)
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) Les Miles is staying at LSU.
Minutes after the embattled coach was carried off on his players shoulders while fans serenaded him, athletic director Joe Alleva said Miles will remain at the school.
Leonard Fournette ran for 159 yards, Derrius Guice had a 50-yard scoring run and a touchdown and LSU beat Texas A&M 19-7 on Saturday night in the home finale at Death Valley.
Guice had 73 yards rushing and also had a 75-yard kickoff return for LSU (8-3, 5-3 Southeastern Conference), which ended a three-game skid that had raised questions about Miles' job security. LSU's administration had declined to comment on Miles' status, fueling speculation that his days roaming Death Valley's home sideline were about to end after 11 seasons.
But as the game ended, fans chanted, ''Keep Les Miles! Keep Les Miles!''
And they got their wish.
Fournette, who was one of Miles' prized 2014 recruits, finished the game owning LSU's single-season rushing record at 1,741 yards, surpassing the mark of 1,686 yards set by Charles Alexander in 1977.
Kyle Allen passed for 161 yards and one touchdown for the Aggies (8-4, 4-4), but had a pass intercepted by Donte Jackson inside the final 2 minutes, all but sealing LSU's victory.
Through game day, Miles' biggest fans made sure they were seen and heard.
During the ''Tiger Walk,'' from the team busses to the stadium, Miles was greeted like a hero as he waved to the crowd, at times pausing and turning around as if to soak it all in. Many fans held up signs expressing support for the embattled coach, some urging LSU to give him at least one more season.
Inside Death Valley before kickoff, the crowd roared when Miles was introduce during Senior Day ceremonies. The coach tipped his trademark baseball cap to acknowledge the crowd, raising the volume a little more. As the clock wound down, fans serenaded the coach by chanting his name.
Miles overall record improved to 111-32. LSU could have had a nine-win regular season if not for lightning canceling the season opener against heavy underdog McNeese State.
Yet, some of the very aspects of LSU's game that have bothered Miles' critics showed up often during the regular season finale for both teams.
There were a handful of pre-snap penalties and the passing game was largely ineffective. Brandon Harris was 7 of 21 for 83 yards, no touchdowns and an interception. A number of his passes sailed over intended receivers or skipped off the grass short of their mark. Most of his receptions came on check downs to running backs, including a critical third-down swing pass to Fournette for a 17-yard gain that sustained the Tigers' final scoring drive.
LSU's frustrations on offense were encapsulated by the opening possession of the second half, which began on the A&M 25 after Guice's long kickoff return in which he broke more than a half-dozen tackles before finally getting pushed out of bounds.
Hindered by a false start and a sack, the Tigers had to settle for a 46-yard field goal try, which Trent Domingue pushed wide right for the kicker's third miss of the game.
When the Tigers finally got a big play to take a 13-7 lead, it came on Guice's long run.
Thanks largely to Fournette, LSU drove into field goal range four times in the first half, but Domingue, who'd missed one field goal attempt all season coming in, missed two of four in the first half.
That allowed Texas A&M to take a 7-6 lead into halftime. The Aggies' lone score came on Allen's 8-yard, third-down pass over the middle to Ricky Seals-Jones.
The Aggies squandered a chance to widen their lead when Allen was sacked and stripped by Kendell Beckwith on the LSU 13, with the Tigers' Devon Godchaux recovering.
No. 25 Temple beats UConn 27-3, goes to American title game
By AARON BRACY - Associated Press
Saturday, November 28 at 11:47 PM (EST)
PHILADELPHIA (AP) Temple players got tired of losing, and coach Matt Rhule made them believe they could win.
Jahad Thomas ran for 129 yards and two touchdowns and P.J. Walker threw for 160 yards and a score to help the No. 25 Owls beat UConn 27-3 on Saturday night and secure a spot in the American Athletic Conference's inaugural championship game.
''We had so many guys step up,'' Rhule said. ''I'm just really proud of our guys. Perseverance conquers.''
Romond Deloatch caught a touchdown for the Owls, who will play at No. 21 Houston for the American conference title on Saturday with a New Year's Six bowl bid possibly at stake for the winner.
Temple (10-2, 7-1, No. 25 CFP) reached 10 wins for just the second time in program history, capping a three-year turnaround under Rhule that now includes winning the American East Division. The Owls were 10-2 in 1979.
''It's big deal to us,'' Rhule said. ''I want to see us answer the call in big moments and we did that tonight. Just credit the character of the seniors. There are a lot of high-character guys.''
Temple was 8-16 in Rhule's first two seasons.
''We kept buying in, buying in,'' said senior linebacker Tyler Matakevich, who had 11 tackles. ''We didn't want to lose anymore. We just said, `No more. Enough is enough.' That's what's happening right now. This team is something special.
''It's such an amazing feeling. Give credit to all the seniors who stuck it out.''
UConn (6-6, 4-4), playing without starting quarterback Bryant Shirreffs, struggled offensively. The Huskies had just 138 yards of offense, including only nine rushing yards. It was the fourth time this season the Owls held an opponent under 200 total yards.
''It looked like a lot of open edges,'' UConn coach Bob Diaco said. ''We need to figure out a way to get those edges secure.''
UConn's backup QB combination of Tim Boyle and Garrett Anderson finished 13 for 21. Shirreffs suffered a head injury last week in the first quarter of UConn's 20-17 upset victory over previously unbeaten Houston.
Thomas, a junior, eclipsed 100 yards for the fifth time in his career with a 60-yard sprint to the end zone with 8:40 left in the game that gave Temple a 27-0 lead.
He got the Owls on the scoreboard just over seven minutes into the contest with a 9-yard TD scamper around the right side that capped a four-play, 49-yard drive. Earlier on the drive, Thomas had a highlight-reel, 16-yard run that featured a nifty spin move.
''Wow, we're going to a championship,'' Thomas said.
The Owls extended their lead to 10-0 on the first of two Austin Jones field goals, this one a 20-yarder with 6:23 left in the first half that capped an 11-play, 56-yard drive lasting 5:42.
Jones later connected from 37 yards with 6:21 left in the third quarter to make it 13-0.
A defensive holding penalty nullified Andrew Adams' interception late in the third quarter that would've given UConn the ball at the Owls' 30-yard line. And Temple took advantage.
Deloatch caught a 6-yard touchdown pass from Walker with 41 seconds left in the quarter and the Owls went up 20-0. One play earlier, Deloatch hauled in an apparent touchdown on the opposite side of the field, only to have the play overturned after an officials review determined he didn't complete the catch before going out of bounds.
Bobby Puyol's 45-yard field goal with 5:51 remaining in the game accounted for UConn's only points.
Temple limited UConn to just 61 total yards of offense and three first downs in a dominating defensive first half.
The Huskies, who are bowl eligible for the first time since 2010, dropped to 3-24 against ranked teams since joining the FBS in 2000.
Rhule wouldn't address a report that he is scheduled to meet with Missouri on Sunday to discuss the Tigers' head coaching position.
''I won't talk about jobs,'' he said.
Oklahoma-Oklahoma St. Preview
Tuesday, November 24 at 7:35 PM (EST)
(AP) - Oklahoma State has plenty of reason to be disappointed.
A 45-35 loss to Baylor on Saturday night probably cost the team a shot at the College Football Playoff. But the No. 9 Cowboys (10-1, 7-1 Big 12, No. 11 CFP) still have plenty at stake in Saturday night's regular-season finale against No. 5 Oklahoma (10-1, 7-1, No. 3 CFP). The Cowboys would also need either No. 15 TCU on Friday, or Texas the following week, to defeat the Bears in order to win their first Big 12 title since 2011 and second overall.
''Obviously, there was disappointment. They wanted to win,'' coach Mike Gundy said Monday. ''We've put that game behind us. The attitude of the players is really good, and they practiced well (Sunday) night, so we're back to work and getting ready for (Oklahoma).''
Oklahoma State's players remained positive, realizing there is still plenty of work left to do.
''It's not easy. You definitely don't want to lose a game, especially after the season we've been having,'' junior linebacker Seth Jacobs said. ''But when it comes down to it, we still have a lot to play for and there's a lot at stake, so it's time to focus on the task at hand, and that's playing against OU and winning.''
Several factors will also help ensure that the Cowboys do not have a mental letdown. The biggest additional consideration is the Bedlam rivalry with Oklahoma, which always seems to produce memorable games under important circumstances.
Of course, a win not only gives OSU a chance to win the Big 12, it prevents Oklahoma from clinching the title, as well as a possible spot in the playoff.
This will be the fifth time in the last eight years that the Bedlam game will have a direct impact on determining the Big 12 champion.
''Not much has to be said at all - it's Bedlam,'' senior backup quarterback J.W. Walsh said. ''You walk around campus and you go out to eat and people are talking about it. Anywhere you go in town, it's being talked about, so there's not much that needs to be said inside our locker room. We know how big a game it is, we know the impact and we're fired up to play it.''
It is also the final home game for 17 seniors on the roster. Walsh acknowledged that the pregame ceremony will be an emotional experience, but he was ready to embrace the moment.
''There's going to be a lot of emotion, but that's who I am,'' said Walsh, who leads the team with 11 rushing touchdowns and has also passed for 11. ''I play with a lot of emotion, so I'm not going to try to hold anything back. I let my emotions play with me and I wear them on my sleeve, but it's going to be a lot of fun.''
Gundy expects his team to be mentally ready to come out and give Oklahoma its best game, with the Big 12 title on the line.
''Bedlam takes care of anything that would have happened,'' Gundy said of any potential letdown following Saturday's loss. ''I would like to think that our team has been prepared mentally for, at any time, whether it's a big win or a disappointing loss - you have to get ready to go to work on Sunday. I think they understand that.''
And Oklahoma State apparently won't catch a big break, as the Sooners are optimistic quarterback Baker Mayfield will be able to play despite suffering a concussion in last week's 30-29 win over the Horned Frogs. He took a helmet-to-helmet hit from linebacker Ty Summers early in the second quarter and finished the period, but didn't play in the second half.
Coach Bob Stoops said that the Heisman hopeful successfully went through concussion protocol Sunday and will be monitored the rest of the week to see if he'll be ready.
''If he continues this way with no issues, like he's had yesterday and so far today, then he is expected to play,'' Stoops said. ''If he has a setback in any way with the protocol and the testing that our doctors and trainers do, he will not. To this point, it has all checked out well.''
Mayfield has completed 69 percent of his passes, with 33 touchdowns and five interceptions. He also has 343 yards rushing and six TDs.
''We'll talk to Baker about avoiding as many hits as he can, but he's fairly stubborn,'' Stoops said. ''Hopefully, he'll go down when he can, get out of bounds when he can and avoid some of that.''
Samaje Perine rushed for 188 yards last week but the Sooners had to hold on without Mayfield, getting outscored 16-0 in the fourth quarter. They needed Steven Parker to bat away a 2-point conversion attempt with less than a minute left for the victory.
Oklahoma State upset then-No. 18 Oklahoma 38-35 at Norman on Dec. 6, with Perine running for 151 yards and two touchdowns.
Arizona St.-California Preview
By MICHAEL WAGAMAN - Associated Press
Friday, November 27 at 3:07 PM (EST)
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) Arizona State's run of success under coach Todd Graham began, coincidentally, with a late September trip to California in 2012.
Back then the Sun Devils were in the middle of putting together their first winning season in five years, but the rookie coach was still looking for a signature victory to establish the program.
A 27-17 road win over the Golden Bears provided exactly that and wound up being the springboard Graham and his program needed.
It's a memory that resonates even more now with Graham as Arizona State prepares to play California for the first time since then.
''Winning breeds winning,'' Graham said. ''It's not easy. But I think that game, when we went over there and won, was big to change that. That started it, and then obviously we've built upon that.''
Arizona State had lost four straight and eight of nine to California before winning at Memorial Stadium three years ago. The two teams meet there again Saturday, though the stakes are significantly different.
While both teams are already bowl eligible, each is trying to build some momentum for the postseason push.
California (6-5, 3-5 Pac-12) is sputtering after opening the season 5-0 and hasn't defeated a team with a winning record since tripping up Washington State on Oct. 3. The Bears also haven't won seven games or more since 2011 - a big motivator for quarterback Jared Goff.
''If you can go into a bowl game 7-5 as opposed to 6-6, you can finish with an eight-win season,'' Goff said. ''I don't know recently how many Cal teams have finished with eight wins but that would be a huge thing for us. That eight-win mark is a big deal and something we want to do.''
Arizona State (6-5, 4-4) has won two straight following a three-game skid and is coming off an emotional draining win last week over rival Arizona.
Graham was concerned how his team would respond after beating the Wildcats and emphasized that with both his players and assistants.
''I told our staff we need to be the most organized we've been,'' Graham said. ''This is all about who wants it. We've got to want it and get back up, and I know these guys will rise to the occasion.''
Here are some things to watch for when California hosts Arizona State:
GOFF'S MEMORIAL FINALE? While he has yet to announce his plans for 2016, Goff could be playing in his final home game for California. The Bears' quarterback has been touted as a likely first-round draft pick should he forgo his senior season, which would then make Saturday's game at Memorial Stadium Goff's last.
Goff, though, isn't getting too caught up in the hype. To him, it's just another game on the schedule.
''I'm just trying to win the game and not worry about that stuff right now,'' Goff said. ''Right now I'm just trying to beat Arizona State, go to 7-5 and then go to a bowl game and win that. That's all I can really worry about now. I owe it to myself and my teammates to do that.''
LONGINO ON A ROLL: Goff should have a field day against Arizona State's pass defense, provided he can avoid from Sun Devils linebacker Antonio Longino. Longino has 11 sacks this season and 32 for his career, four coming last week against Arizona.
''He's a guy that can play inside or outside linebacker, and now he's shown this year he can land on the end of the line of scrimmage and really play well,'' Graham said. ''I don't think we've had anybody that's developed and improved any more than what he has.''
SIMONE ON THE SIDELINES: Jordan Simone's season ended prematurely two weeks when he sustained a season-ending knee injury. Simone, who was the Pac-12's second-leading tackler before getting hurt, had previously talked about getting into journalism after college but might be changing his mind after spending last week helping coach some of the Sun Devils' defensive backs while standing on the sidelines. ''Coach Graham always tells me he wants me to be a coach, but I haven't really decided on anything right now,'' Simone said.
SAFETY SHAKEUP: California will be down to its third-string safety for the game, though the Bears aren't quite certain who it will be. With Damariay Drew sidelined with a knee injury and backup Griffin Piatt out with a broken collarbone, the Bears will rely on either Khari Vanderbilt, Derron Brown or Luke Rubenzer. ''We've got some injuries there but the good thing is we have depth,'' California coach Sonny Dykes said.
|Florida State||27||vs.||2||Florida||Final Recap|
No. 14 FSU beats No. 10 Florida 27-2, 3rd straight in Swamp
By MARK LONG - AP Sports Writer
Saturday, November 28 at 11:40 PM (EST)
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Florida State made history in the Swamp on Saturday night.
Dalvin Cook ran for 183 yards and two touchdowns, Roberto Aguayo kicked two long field goals and the No. 14 Seminoles upended 10th-ranked Florida 27-2.
Florida State won its third consecutive game at Florida Field - the first time that's happened in the storied rivalry - and ended any chance the Gators (10-2) had of making the College Football Playoff in which it was ranked 12th.
Florida avoided its first shutout in the Swamp since 1988 when FSU quarterback Sean Maguire recovered a fumble in the end zone for a safety with 8:58 remaining.
It was little consolation for the Gators, who will be huge underdogs next week for the Southeastern Conference championship game in Atlanta against second-ranked Alabama.
Florida State (10-2, No. 13 CFP), which didn't make the Atlantic Coast Conference title game, awaits its bowl assignment. The Seminoles probably locked up a spot in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl on Dec. 31 in Atlanta.
The Gators flirted with losses in their last three games, so struggling against the Seminoles was no surprise. They needed a late field goal to beat Vanderbilt on homecoming. They got a late touchdown to hold off South Carolina on the road the following week. And they had to have a touchdown in overtime and then a fourth-down stop to defeat Florida Atlantic last week.
Florida reached the red zone twice Saturday, but failed to convert a fourth-and-2 play and had a 37-yard field goal blocked.
Quarterback Treon Harris was the biggest problem once again.
Harris was inaccurate and indecisive for the fourth consecutive week. Starting his 12th game and sixth straight since Will Grier was suspended for testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs, Harris missed wide-open receivers all over the field, held the ball too long and played with the awareness of a freshman.
He completed 19 of 38 passes for 134 yards. He was sacked four times.
It didn't help that leading receiver Demarcus Robinson was suspended for the fourth time in three seasons.
The Gators announced the suspension about 75 minutes before kickoff. Robinson leads the team with 47 receptions for 505 yards and two touchdowns. The junior from Fort Valley, Georgia, has talent, but has been benched and/or demoted twice this season and suspended twice as a freshman and for the 2014 season opener against Idaho, a game that was canceled because of thunderstorms.
It's unclear if Robinson will be reinstated before the SEC title game.
The Gators might want to find a new kicker, too. Austin Hardin was wide left from 51 yards out and had a low trajectory on the one that was blocked.
Florida State had considerably fewer issues.
Cook ran for 150 yards in the fourth quarter, most of it with the game out of hand. He scored on a 15-yard run with 6:17 to play - sending many of the record crowd (90,916) to the exits - and added a 29-yarder with 20 seconds left.
Maguire completed 14 of 28 passes for 160 yards. He was sacked twice, but played mistake-free football aside from the fumble.
The Seminoles led 10-0 at halftime, making the most of three huge plays.
The biggest came when Maguire rolled right on fourth down, threw across his body and found Jeremy Kerr between two defenders in the end zone.
Aguayo was good from 45 and 51 yards.
AP college football website: www.collegefootball.ap.org
|Nevada||7||vs.||14||San Diego State||In-Progress|
|Air Force||14||vs.||31||New Mexico||In-Progress|
|Sunday, November 29, 2015|
|National Hockey League|
|Panthers||vs.||Red Wings||2:00 (EST) Preview|
Panthers-Red Wings Preview
By ALAN FERGUSON - STATS Writer
Saturday, November 28 at 6:00 PM (EST)
The Florida Panthers are heading into one of their longest road trips of the season on a positive note and will try to stay in a good mood by adding to their recent success in Detroit.
The Panthers seek a fifth consecutive road win against the Red Wings but will face a team attempting to extend a six-game point streak Sunday.
Florida (9-9-4) topped the New York Islanders 3-2 in a shootout and snapped a three-game skid in Friday's finale to its five-game homestand. Aleksander Barkov and goaltender Roberto Luongo allowed the Panthers come away with two points after they blew a two-goal lead in the third period.
Luongo moved into eighth place all-time with his 408th win, surpassing Glenn Hall.
"It was big for us," Luongo said. "We've been up and down for quite a while, but this was the last game before a long road trip, so it was important for us to get the win."
The Panthers are beginning their five-game trek at Joe Louis Arena, where they've gone 5-0-1 in their last six visits. Each of those games has been decided by one goal or in a shootout.
They won three of four overall against Detroit in 2014-15, but the Red Wings (12-8-3) are 4-0-2 in their last six contests. They opened a six-game homestand with a 3-2 overtime loss to Boston on Wednesday but won 4-3 in the extra period against Edmonton two days later.
Niklas Kronwall scored the winning goal in Detroit's third consecutive overtime game and sixth straight home contest that's been decided by one goal.
"We got to continue to mature as a hockey team and learn how to win those games in regulation," coach Jeff Blashill said. "It's a process, it's something we're going to have to get better at."
Rookie forward Dylan Larkin registered his fifth goal in six contests while Tomas Tatar scored his fifth in eight games. Tatar has two goals and four assists in nine career matchups versus Florida.
Luongo kept him out of the net and stopped 26 shots in a 3-1 victory March 19 after going 2-4-0 with a 4.47 goals-against average in his prior six matchups.
Petr Mrazek will start in net for the Red Wings on Sunday and is 1-1-0 with a 3.55 GAA in two matchups against Florida, both on the road last season. He's 2-1-2 with a 1.72 GAA in six home appearances in 2015-16.
Tomas Jurco is expected return to Detroit's lineup after getting sent down to the minors Nov. 17, and Jakub Kindl is slated to get back on the ice after being a healthy scratch the last four contests.
Jurco, who had one assist in his first four games for the Red Wings, had five goals and four assists in five games with Grand Rapids.
"He went down and did what we asked him to do," Blashill told the team's official website. "He went down and was great from all accounts. We wanted him to gain some confidence. We think obviously playing the way he's played down there, he should come back with lots of confidence."
Detroit's Gustav Nyquist has five goals and one assist in his last seven games against Florida. His goal and assist in Friday's victory gave him just four points in his last nine contests.
The Panthers' Jaromir Jagr needs one goal to tie Marcel Dionne for fourth on the all-time list. He has three goals and two assists in his past five games against Detroit.
|Saturday, November 28, 2015|
|National Hockey League|
Simmonds, Mason spark Flyers' 3-0 win over Rangers
By DENIS P. GORMAN - Associated Press
Saturday, November 28 at 6:01 PM (EST)
NEW YORK (AP) After a slow start, the Philadelphia Flyers are starting to get their season turned around.
Wayne Simmonds had two goals and an assist and Steve Mason made 24 saves and the Flyers beat the New York Rangers 3-0 Saturday.
''The guys did their job, battled for each other,'' Flyers coach Dave Hakstol said.
''Everybody (is) figuring some things out, team-wise. I haven't seen any (cracks) in that armor over the last few weeks. Guys have battled hard for each other.''
The shutout was Philadelphia's league-leading fourth this season. Reserve goaltender Michal Neuvirth has Philadelphia's other three shutouts.
''It's nice to have a shutout,'' Mason said. ''But at the end of the day, you trade the shutout for more wins.''
Sean Couturier also scored for the Flyers, who have won two straight. It was the Flyers' first win at Madison Square Garden since Feb. 20, 2011.
''That's the type of effort that you need to win hockey games,'' Mason said. ''We haven't won here in a long time and had to have a strong game after playing (Friday).''
Following a strong start to the season, New York has dropped three in a row.
''Probably we've gotten some of those wins because of extraordinary goaltending,'' coach Alain Vigneault said after the Rangers fell to 16-6-2, despite Antti Raanta making 31 saves. ''I thought we had (another) extraordinary goaltending performance, but the rest of our game was absent.''
Simmonds' fourth goal of the season opened the scoring 12:24 into the second period.
After Jesper Fast missed on an attempted tip, Philadelphia counterattacked with Matt Read carrying the puck up the ice. Read sent a diagonal cross-ice pass to Simmonds, who skated by Kevin Klein before wristing a quick shot past Raanta.
The goal was Simmonds' first point since Nov. 14.
''I was calling for the pass with there being a little bit of a gap,'' Simmonds said. ''There was maybe 10 inches between the two sticks and (Read) made a perfect pass. It was a great play.''
Philadelphia's lead grew to 2-0 at 3:06 of the third period as Couturier jammed a rebound past Raanta. Couturier's goal was his second of the season. Simmonds added an empty netter in the final minute.
Despite one of its best periods of the season, New York entered the first intermission in scoreless draw. The Rangers outshot the Flyers 10-4 in the first, and played with significant energy.
Dylan McIlrath was a source of that energy for the Rangers.
New York surged when McIlrath hit Nick Schultz in the offensive zone, then had a fight with Luke Schenn. The hit caused Schultz to miss the remainder of the game with an upper body injury. The Flyers did not have an update on Schultz's condition following the game.
''He's a heart and soul guy,'' Rick Nash said of McIlrath, the 10th overall pick in the 2010 draft. ''It's tough to find these days guys like him.''
For coming to the aid of his teammate, Schenn was assessed a minor for instigating, a major for fighting and a 10-minute misconduct.
Still the Flyers rallied around Schenn's decision to drop the gloves.
''It was huge,'' Simmonds said. ''In the beginning of the year we weren't really sticking up for each other. (Schultz) has an unfortunate incident and (Schenn) gets back there before I could even blink. That's where it all started. We have to have each other's back and (Schenn) really set it off for us.''
Following McIlrath's hit and subsequent fight, the Rangers fired seven shots on goal, but New York couldn't break through against Mason. The goaltender's biggest save in the period was a lunging stop against Dominic Moore.
''That's when they had their biggest push,'' Mason said of the Rangers' opening period. ''But you look at the game as a whole (and) I thought our energy level and compete was a huge factor in determining the outcome. You weather the storm in the first period and you keep pushing through.
''That set us up for the rest of the game.''
New York was unable to generate much after the first period, as Mason only had to make 14 saves in the final 40 minutes. The Flyers finished the game outshooting New York 34-24.
''We all need to man up,'' Vigneault said. ''I need to get this group to play better, and I'm very confident this group knows the right way to play. I'm very confident that we have the right leadership in that dressing room. I am confident that they know can execute and play a lot better than we are right now.''
NOTES: New York played its first game without center Derek Stepan, who suffered two broken ribs in the Rangers' 4-3 loss to the Boston Bruins on Friday. New York coach Alain Vigneault reinserted Emerson Etem and Viktor Stalberg into the lineup, and had Kevin Hayes center a second line of Etem and Chris Kreider. ... Vigneault said New York would ''have a better idea'' Sunday how long Stepan will be out. He was scheduled to see a doctor Saturday. ... Philadelphia scratched Sam Gagner, Vincent Lecavalier and Brandon Manning. Dan Boyle was New York's lone scratch.
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Upshall leads Blues past Blue Jackets 3-1
Saturday, November 28 at 11:23 PM (EST)
ST. LOUIS (AP) Scottie Upshall scored in the third period to lead the St. Louis Blues to a 3-1 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday night.
Vladimir Tarasenko scored his 14th goal for the Blues (15-6-3), who were 3-3-2 over their last eight games. Alexander Steen added an empty-netter, and Jake Allen made 23 saves.
Ryan Johansen scored and Sergei Bobrovsky made 29 saves for the Blue Jackets (10-15-0), who had won three of four and six of their last eight.
Columbus jumped in front at 14:46 of the first after St. Louis failed to clear the puck from the defensive zone. David Savard banked it off the end boards and Johansen poked it past Allen for his sixth goal of the season.
Johansen's goal, which was originally credited to Boone Jenner, gave him a team-high 12 points in November.
The Blues tied it early in the second period after Jenner was sent off for tripping.
After hitting the post earlier on the power play, Tarasenko then slipped a wrist shot past Bobrovsky from the left circle at the 2:09 mark, assisted by Kevin Shattenkirk and Steen.
The Blue Jackets killed off a 5-on-3 power play for 1:13 late in the second, and the teams were tied at 1 after two periods despite the Blues outshooting the Blue Jackets 18-8 in the second.
Upshall put the Blues ahead with 13:58 remaining on a wrist shot from the edge of the left circle that beat Bobrovsky high on the glove side. The goal, assisted by David Backes, was the fourth of the season for Upshall.
NOTES: Tarasenko also assisted on Steen's ninth goal at 19:05. ... Columbus C Brandon Dubinsky was suspended one game by the NHL for his cross check on Sidney Crosby in Friday's game. ... Columbus F Markus Hannikainen made his NHL debut. He suffered an upper-body injury in the second period and did not return. ... Shattenkirk's assist extended his point streak to eight games. ... The attendance of 19,927 was the fifth sellout of the season for St. Louis.
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Capitals win 5th straight, beat Maple Leafs 4-2
Saturday, November 28 at 11:53 PM (EST)
TORONTO (AP) The Capitals got a look at the Maple Leafs' backup goaltender on Saturday night. As if things hadn't been going well enough.
Jason Chimera had a goal and an assist and Washington beat Jonathan Bernier and Toronto 4-2 for its fifth straight victory.
Tom Wilson, Marcus Johansson and Justin Williams also scored, Braden Holtby made 32 saves and the Capitals improved to 7-2-0 on the road and 17-5-1 overall.
Chimera's goal was a knuckler, Wilson scored after an ugly miscue by Toronto and Johansson's goal was of the pinball variety. Bernier had no chance on Williams' snapshot that put the game out of reach just past the midway point of the second period.
''Sometimes it's real tough for those goaltenders,'' Capitals coach Barry Trotz said. ''We didn't have a lot of shots and it's hard for a goalie mentally. He wants to grab the puck and get some action and we didn't really give him any early.''
It was the third straight loss for last-place Toronto. Bernier made 19 saves in his first start in nearly two weeks - starter James Reimer sat with a lower-body injury.
Fair or not, he'll be an easy target for criticism in Toronto. He did not look sharp after and his positional play was suspect at times. Rust may have been a factor, but Bernier was simply not up to the task and his coach was not impressed with the overall performance.
''You can't give up four in the National Hockey League and win,'' Mike Babcock said. ''It's just impossible. We've got to find a way to win games. It didn't work in that area tonight. We've got to find a way to bounce back, to not lose energy and to get back playing.''
Peter Holland and Leo Komarov scored for Toronto.
The Capitals played their second game in two nights and appeared sluggish early. They made a number of sloppy passes and Toronto took advantage to pull even after Chimera's goal.
Holland cut off a pass to give the Leafs possession in the Washington end. Dion Phaneuf chipped the puck on goal from a bad angle and Holland one-timed the rebound through traffic at 6:13.
Toronto outshot Washington 16-4 in the opening period.
The Capitals came out with more jump in the second and pulled ahead at 4:06 on an ugly goal that deflated the crowd of 19,053. Defenseman Morgan Rielly overskated the puck and left it in the goalmouth area for Wilson to bank in off Bernier's pad for his first goal of the season.
With John Carlson off for interference, the Maple Leafs pulled even when Komarov tipped Phaneuf's one-timer from the point at 6:26. It was his eighth goal of the campaign.
Washington answered with a power-play goal at 11:08 after Nazem Kadri's high-sticking penalty. Alex Ovechkin took a slap shot from the faceoff circle that deflected off Roman Polak's stick and Johansson's left knee before crossing the line.
The Capitals' power play struck again at 13:26. With Phaneuf off for interference, Chimera did the grunt work along the boards before getting a pass to Williams, and he snapped it into the top corner past a frozen Bernier for his seventh goal of the season.
The crowd let out a Bronx cheer after Bernier's next save. He fell to 0-8-1 this season with a 3.28 goals-against average and .888 save percentage.
''I've got to be better,'' said Bernier.
The Maple Leafs were well-rested after a five-day break and pressed early in the third, but Holtby was up to the task.
With Ovechkin in the penalty box for cross-checking, Toronto hit the post twice on the power play but couldn't cut into the lead. The Maple Leafs outshot the Capitals 33-23.
Notes: Reimer was injured last Tuesday at practice and was back on the ice Friday but didn't participate in the game-day skate on Saturday. It wasn't clear if he'd be ready to return for a home game Monday against the Edmonton Oilers. Toronto called up netminder Garret Sparks from its AHL affiliate earlier in the day to serve as a backup. ... Holland has four goals on the season while Chimera hiked his total to seven. ... With Sparks getting the callup, the Maple Leafs sent defenseman Scott Harrington down to the Marlies. ... Reimer is 7-3-4 with a 2.01 goals-against average and .936 save percentage this season. Bernier entered play with a 3.17 GAA and .895 save percentage.
Moore scores in OT as Devils beat Canadiens 3-2
Saturday, November 28 at 11:59 PM (EST)
MONTREAL (AP) One day after Montreal rallied for a win in New Jersey, John Moore and the Devils returned the favor against the Canadiens.
Moore scored in overtime, and New Jersey beat NHL-leading Montreal 3-2 on Saturday night.
''We stuck to a game plan that we thought was going to work,'' Devils forward Mike Cammalleri said. ''It took longer than you hope for but we got the two points we really needed.''
Patrik Elias and Kyle Palmieri scored in regulation for New Jersey (12-9-2). In his first career game at the Bell Centre, Corey Schneider stopped 30 shots.
Alex Galchenyuk scored twice for Montreal (18-4-3). Mike Condon made 28 saves while subbing for injured starter Carey Price.
''It's definitely disappointing,'' Canadiens coach Michel Therrien said. ''When you're leading 2-0, you owe it to yourself to finish the job you started. And we weren't able to do that tonight.
''Details made all the difference on the two last goals tonight.''
New Jersey bounced back nicely from Friday's 3-2 loss to Montreal, when the Canadiens rallied from two goals down to beat the Devils in a shootout in the first game of their home-and-home series. Condon and Schneider started both games.
Leading 2-1 in the final minute of regulation, Montreal iced the puck while shooting for New Jersey's empty net. The Devils won the ensuing faceoff, and Palmieri scored his eighth of the season with 22 seconds left.
''I tried to come out of the crease to take away the shot,'' Condon said. ''I tried to track the shot but didn't do it very well. That's a save I have to make for my team. Put that one on me.''
In overtime, Moore, who assisted on Palmieri's goal, cashed in his own rebound at 2:31 to give New Jersey the victory.
Elias got the comeback started for New Jersey when he deflected Adam Larsson's shot from the point between Condon's legs at 11:01 of the third.
It was just the third loss this season for Montreal when leading after two periods (11-1-2).
After a scoreless first period, Galchenyuk put Montreal in front at 9:06 of the second with his fourth goal in as many games. The second-line center deflected a Nathan Beaulieu shot past Schneider, who never saw the puck.
Galchenyuk's four-game goal streak is the longest of his career.
''I've worked hard in practice and worked hard in games to get my offensive game going,'' he said. ''I'm happy I'm able to chip in offensively.''
David Desharnais almost doubled the lead minutes later on a breakaway, but Schneider made a nice pad save. Schneider also denied Christian Thomas from point blank range in the third.
Galchenyuk scored his second of the game at 8:50 of the third. Nine seconds into an interference penalty for Elias, the 21-year-old Galchenyuk jumped on a loose puck in the crease after Schneider stopped Max Pacioretty's initial shot.
NOTES: Price, Brendan Gallagher, Alexander Semin and Torrey Mitchell were not in Montreal'S lineup due to injuries. ... Montreal D Alexei Emelin was a healthy scratch. Greg Pateryn started in his place. ... Thomas, recalled from the AHL's St. John's IceCaps on Thursday, made his season debut.
This story corrects Cory Schneider's save total to 30 instead of 29.
By JEFF BARTL - STATS Senior Writer
Saturday, November 28 at 1:14 AM (EST)
Suffering a defeat in their first home game after a perfect road trip wasn't enough to get the San Jose Sharks panicking about what they basically wrote off as an off night.
What they haven't explained, though, is why winning at the SAP Center has been so difficult.
The Calgary Flames won all three times they've visited San Jose last season, and they'll try to extend that streak Saturday night after dropping the first two on their trip.
The Sharks (13-9-0) swept a six-game trip before losing 5-2 to defending champion Chicago on Wednesday, when it took more than 13 minutes to put their first shot on goal.
Brent Burns got San Jose on the board later in the first period, and Patrick Marleau scored in the third before Chicago added two goals to ice it.
''We were sloppy and a little soft in the first period and they made us pay,'' coach Peter DeBoer said. ''The story of the game was the first period and how we started. We've got to go back to the drawing board and find a way."
Joe Pavelski, who assisted on Burns' goal, didn't seem too concerned. The Sharks ended up outshooting the Blackhawks 29-26, with 15 of those shots coming on five power plays.
"We're (22) games in," Pavelski said. "At the end of the day we just weren't good enough with the puck. We just didn't get the flow going. We'll regroup and come back and hopefully play a faster game next time."
Wednesday's loss, though, marked San Jose's third straight at home, where they are 3-6-0 on the season. The Sharks' 22 home losses last season were their most since dropping 23 in 1996-97.
Calgary (8-13-2) outscored San Jose 10-4 while winning the three road matchups last season, with Jiri Hudler scoring in each.
Hudler returned Friday after missing the previous two with an illness and assisted on Mark Giordano's goal, but the Flames fell 2-1 to Arizona in overtime. They dropped to 3-8-2 on the road and 0-1-1 on a three-game trip.
Calgary led 2-0 and had a one-goal advantage heading into the third period Tuesday, but it allowed three unanswered goals in the final 20 minutes of a 5-3 loss at Anaheim.
''(Friday) was a good road game,'' coach Bob Hartley said. ''We played smart, we played hard, it's just the result, we wish we could change it.''
Giordano's goal came on the power play after the Flames went 0 for 12 in their previous five with the man advantage. They came up empty on five other chances, though, and have converted just 14.1 percent of their opportunities on the season.
''Obviously, we'd like to score on those power plays and grab some momentum, but we did some good things,'' defenseman Kris Russell said. ''I thought we played a good game throughout, but at the end of the day, on special teams, we get one there, that's the difference in the game.''
Karri Ramo is 6-5-1 with a 2.74 goals-against average while starting the Flames' last 12. That stretch includes one back-to-back set, but it's unclear if he'll get the nod in San Jose despite his 1.23 GAA in his last four against the Sharks.
Martin Jones had a 1.56 GAA while winning his previous five starts before losing to Chicago. He won his only career start against the Flames 3-2 on March 10 while with Los Angeles.
Tavares scores late, Islanders top Lightning 3-2
By MARK DIDTLER - Associated Press
Saturday, November 28 at 11:04 PM (EST)
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The New York Islanders had struggled to score on road power plays so far this season.
Not so much on Saturday night.
John Tavares scored a tiebreaking power-play goal in the third period, and the Islanders held on for a 3-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Tavares put the Islanders ahead during a goalmouth scramble with 3:36 left. New York scored twice on the power play after entering with just two on the road this season.
''I had faith in our power play,'' coach Jack Capuano said. ''We had a couple of good ones in the last nine periods of hockey we played, but we didn't have the results that we had (tonight). Fortunately, tonight we got the bounces that we needed.''
Josh Bailey and Cal Clutterbuck also scored for New York, which was coming off a 3-2 loss Friday night at Florida, a game that the Panthers won in a five-round shootout.
''A lot of things haven't been bouncing our way, but we've been really working for everything we've been getting,'' Tavares said. ''We're getting timely goals and certainly we seem to be getting better as the game goes on.''
Alex Killorn and Anton Stralman scored for the Lightning, who blew a two-goal lead. Steven Stamkos had two assists.
''Credit the Islanders, they hung in there,'' Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper said. A ''2-0 lead in our home and we found a way to cough it up.''
Tampa Bay has dropped two in a row after winning three straight. It has given up five power-play goals over the last two games.
''It's frustrating, that's for sure,'' Cooper said.
Killorn put in a rebound from the low slot at 16:20 of the first after a tip-in try by Stamkos.
Stralman made it 2-0 from near the post off a backhand pass from the slot by Stamkos 1:39 into the second.
Bailey cut the Islanders' deficit to 2-1 on a give-and-go with Brock Holt during a power play at 3:51 of the second.
Thomas Greiss had a nifty poke check to stop Stamkos from getting the puck on net during a penalty shot with 9:34 to go in the second. The goalie also made a save 30 seconds later on Valtteri Filppula's breakaway shot.
''Obviously, when you get the penalty shot and the breakaway, he made big saves,'' Capuano said. ''It's a boost for your hockey club. The guys fed off it, and I thought the third period was one of our best periods.''
Greiss finished with 29 saves.
Clutterbuck tied it at 2 with 3:09 left in the second by poking the puck past Ben Bishop after Lightning defenseman Braydon Coburn lost control of it in front of net.
Bishop stopped 19 shots.
NOTES: Tavares has eight goals and 21 points in 21 games against the Lightning. ... Tampa Bay C Tyler Johnson, who played just one shift in Friday's 4-2 loss at Washington before leaving with an undisclosed injury, didn't play. ... The Islanders activated D Thomas Hickey (lower body) from injured reserve. He had been out since Oct. 26. ... New York recalled G JF Berube from Bridgeport of the AHL and placed him on IR with a lower body injury. ... Tampa Bay recalled LW Mike Angelidis from Syracuse of the AHL.
Hendricks, Eberle lift Oilers in shootout over Pens 3-2
By DAN SCIFO - Associated Press
Saturday, November 28 at 11:24 PM (EST)
PITTSBURGH (AP) Matt Hendricks and Jordan Eberle scored in a shootout and the Edmonton Oilers beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-2 on Saturday night.
Hendricks deked around Penguins goaltender Jeff Zatkoff to start the shootout, and then Eberle put a quick shot between Zatkoff's legs. Oilers goaltender Anders Nilsson stopped David Perron and Sidney Crosby.
Leon Draisaitl scored his eighth and Lauri Korpikoski his third and the Oilers ended a five-game road losing streak and three-game skid overall.
After Edmonton led 2-0, Pittsburgh's Evgeni Malkin scored his 10th and 11th goals early in the second period. The Penguins dropped their second straight and have lost three of four.
Edmonton also won in Pittsburgh for the first time since Jan. 10, 2006 and has won here just twice in 22 1/2 years. Edmonton lost eight of its previous 10 against the Penguins.
Malkin has seven goals and 10 points in his last six games and Crosby continued a season-high five-game point streak with an assist. Pittsburgh has at least one point in five of its last six games.
Nilsson, making his fifth start in six games, stopped 39 shots. Zatkoff, making his second start against Edmonton and fifth this season, made 34 saves.
Pittsburgh was forced to kill an overtime penalty after Crosby hooked Oscar Klefbom on a breakaway following a turnover. The Oilers nearly ended it in overtime, but Ryan Nugent-Hopkins' one-timer from the top of the crease sailed over the goal.
Zatkoff kept the game tied at 2 early in the third period when he stopped Benoit Pouliot on a penalty shot. He denied Nugent-Hopkins later from point-blank range following Adam Clendening's turnover, and then Iiro Pakarinen missed a centering pass with Zatkoff out of position.
Draisaitl scored his eighth of the season 2:02 into the game, converting a rebound off Taylor Hall's shot in front. He has points in nine of 14 games since he was recalled Oct. 29 from AHL Bakersfield.
Korpikoski gave the Oilers a 2-0 lead later in the period, a power-play goal scored 5 seconds after Penguins D Rob Scuderi was called for tripping.
Malkin scored twice in the first 3:29 of the second period to tie it.
His first, scored 48 seconds into the period, was a highlight-reel goal that started when he stripped Klefbom on a backcheck in the neutral zone. Malkin entered 1-on-1 against Mark Fayne, spun to his backhand and roofed a shot over Nilsson's shoulder.
Malkin tied it 2:41 later with a slap shot from the right point on the power play. The Penguins have a power-play goal in a season-high six straight games. Pittsburgh, which started the season with two power-play goals in its first nine games, has scored with the man advantage in 11 of the previous 14 contests.
NOTES: Oilers F Jujhar Khaira became the third player of East-Indian descent to play in the NHL. ... Saturday marked the 500th regular-season game in which Crosby and Malkin have played together. ... Oilers D Justin Schultz returned to the lineup for the first time since Oct. 25. He was out with a back injury. ... The Oilers close a five-game trip Monday night at Toronto. Pittsburgh will begin a four-game West Coast trip Tuesday night against San Jose.
Reinhart scores 2 goals, Sabres beat Predators 4-1
By JIM DIAMOND - Associated Press
Saturday, November 28 at 11:22 PM (EST)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Sam Reinhart scored twice to lead the Buffalo Sabres to a 4-1 victory over the Nashville Predators on Saturday night.
Jamie McGinn and Ryan O'Reilly also scored for the Sabres, winners of back-to-back games.
Mike Fisher had the goal for the Predators, who have dropped five of their last six.
Fisher scored the game's first goal at 11:42 of the opening period and has one in three straight games.
After Reinhart was whistled for a tripping penalty at 11:38, Fisher won the faceoff against O'Reilly. The puck came to James Neal in the low slot, where he slipped a backhand pass through the legs of Buffalo defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen to Fisher, who had an easy tap-in by Buffalo goaltender Chad Johnson on the short side.
Johnson finished with 28 saves.
Nashville held the 1-0 lead until midway through the second, when Viktor Arvidsson was assessed a major penalty for cross-checking and a game misconduct. Inside the Buffalo zone, Arvidsson's stick hit Sabres defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo in the throat at 11:43.
Colaiacovo did not return.
On the five-minute power play, McGinn struck first at 13:09, when he corralled the rebound from his own shot and put it past Juuse Saros, who made his NHL debut. Reinhart then beat Saros on the glove side with a wrist shot from the high slot at 16:13.
Entering Saturday, Buffalo had not scored a power-play goal in their previous five games.
Reinhart got his second at 58 seconds of the third period. Saros denied his initial shot, but the rebound got stuck on the goaltender's skate and the puck trickled across the goal line.
It was the first multi-goal game of Reinhart's career.
O'Reilly added an empty-net goal at 17:47.
Saros made 20 saves.
NOTES: Nashville RW Craig Smith played his 300th career NHL game. ... Saros and Arvidsson were recalled earlier Saturday from Milwaukee of the AHL. ... The Predators are 11-2-2 when scoring first this season. ... The Sabres are 7-4-0 all time in Nashville. ... Kane has points in his last six games played against the Predators.
Seguin scores in OT and Stars beat Wild 4-3
By BRIAN HALL - Associated Press
Sunday, November 29 at 12:00 AM (EST)
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Coach Lindy Ruff wanted his Dallas Stars to score one goal in the first 5 minutes of the third period on Saturday night.
Dallas obliged, and then added plenty more.
Tyler Seguin scored with just over a minute remaining in overtime and the Dallas Stars came back from a three-goal deficit to beat the Minnesota Wild 4-3.
Alex Goligoski scored 4:57 into the third before Jamie Benn and John Klingberg also scored to erase a 3-0 lead. Antti Niemi made 23 saves and the Stars won for the fifth time in six games.
''This year we've been able to stay a lot more patient,'' Seguin said. ''It's a message that really speaks loudly. Even going to the third period, we know how we can play, we know how much power we have in this locker room, not only up front but on the back end.''
Darcy Kuemper made 40 saves and Minnesota lost its third in a row at home and fifth in six games overall.
With both teams playing the second game of a back-to-back situation, Dallas had the staying power.
Minnesota led 3-0 in the second after Jason Pominville scored his first regular-season goal since April 9 of last season, snapping a goalless streak of 22 games.
But the Stars, who beat Vancouver in overtime at home a night earlier, outshot the Wild 35-15 in the second and third periods. Benn's league-leading 18th goal came short-handed.
''I thought we had a few guys that didn't have a lot of energy, so I basically just tried to go with the guys I thought was going best and got down to three lines,'' Ruff said. ''We got a little bit more aggressive in our play in the offensive zone, got our defense involved a lot more. I thought we played a heck of a 40 minutes.''
In overtime, Seguin's found a loose puck in front and roofed a shot past Kuemper for his 13th goal of the season after Benn created a flurry in front. Dallas is 4-0 in overtime games this season with the league's new 3-on-3 rules.
''We've worked hard on that part of the game,'' Ruff said. ''We're not giving up the 2-on-1s and we're not giving up the breakaways. But we're getting those opportunities off playing well in our zone and creating turnovers.''
The Wild lost 3-1 in a matinee against Winnipeg on Friday, prompting coach Mike Yeo to scold his team for its inconsistent effort. After taking control early against Dallas and letting a three-goal lead slip away, Yeo was just as blunt on Saturday.
''Boy, what a great 21 minutes and (11) seconds we played; that's great,'' Yeo said. ''Too bad the game didn't end there.''
NOTES: Minnesota switched defensemen on Saturday by sending Christian Folin to Iowa of the AHL and recalling rooking Gustav Olofsson. Olofsson played his second career game Saturday, skating 7:42. Olofsson and Kurtis Gabriel were re-assigned to Iowa after the game. ... F Justin Fontaine returned to the lineup for Minnesota for the first time since Oct. 30. He missed 11 games with a sprained MCL in his knee. ... Dallas entered the game with the Western Conference's leading power play at 26.9 percent. The Wild had the league's worst home penalty kill. The Stars were 0 of 2 on the power play. ... Minnesota goaltender Devan Dubnyk had started 13 straight games.
By JORDAN GARRETSON - STATS Writer
Friday, November 27 at 9:39 PM (EST)
The Chicago Blackhawks escaped with another victory on their circus trip, and they'll look to cap it with a second win against the Los Angeles Kings this month Saturday night.
The Kings, though, are just as eager for a win given their recent play.
Chicago is 3-1-1 on this season-high six-game trip while the Ringling Brothers Circus is at the United Center. The Blackhawks (13-8-2) won 3-2 in overtime at Anaheim on Friday, their second win past regulation on the trip after opening it with a 4-3 overtime victory against Edmonton on Nov. 18.
Artem Anisimov scored at the 1:53 mark of the extra period Friday, giving him five goals and four assists in his last nine games. That was after Marian Hossa and Duncan Keith found the back of the net in the final two minutes of the third period to force overtime.
"Well, I don't think that is the way we'd like to draw it up, but we'll take the win," Keith said. "I thought they outworked us most of the game. We just found a way at the end and snuck out with the two points."
Patrick Kane assisted on Keith's goal to extend his point streak to 18 games, tying Phil Kessel and Eddie Olczyk for the longest run by an American-born player. He has 10 goals and 19 assists in that span and his 35 points lead the NHL.
The Blackhawks also have a come-from-behind victory against Los Angeles under their belt, scoring three goals in the third period of a 4-2 home win Nov. 2. Anisimov and Kane each had a goal and an assist, and Kane has four goals and 10 assists in his last seven meetings including the playoffs.
Los Angeles (13-8-1) has dropped three of four, matching the amount of losses in the previous 15 games. The Kings closed a five-game trip with a 2-1 shootout loss to Tampa Bay on Wednesday, falling despite a 38-30 advantage in shots. They're 4-4-1 when recording at least 35 shots and rank near the bottom of the league with a 7.7 shooting percentage.
Marian Gaborik and Trevor Lewis combined for 11 shots but neither could convert. Gaborik has three goals this season despite taking 52 shots.
"We did a good job of creating opportunities," said Milan Lucic, who scored the lone goal. "But no matter how good the goalie is playing, you have to find a way to get a few past him."
Lucic has five goals in his last nine games but one in 11 meetings with Chicago.
The Kings have been better at home, winning seven of nine while scoring seven power-play goals on 27 chances. Leading goal scorer Tyler Toffoli has eight goals and four assists in 12 home contests compared to three and five in 10 on the road.
Jonathan Quick's performance against the Lightning was encouraging. He surrendered one goal for the second straight start after giving up three or more in six of his previous eight. He's 2-6-0 with a 3.92 goals-against average in his last eight starts against the Blackhawks, however.
Chicago backup Scott Darling will get the nod having won his only previous start against Los Angeles.
The Blackhawks have won 22 of the last 32 meetings including the postseason.
By JORDAN GARRETSON - STATS Writer
Friday, November 27 at 8:41 PM (EST)
The Colorado Avalanche knocked off the Winnipeg Jets earlier in the week, but that win looks more and more like an outlier in what has been a dismal stretch for Colorado.
Winnipeg will get another shot Saturday night when it visits Denver in a Central Division matchup.
The Avalanche (8-13-1) won 4-1 at Winnipeg on Monday, their only victory in a five-game span in which they've surrendered 22 goals. They returned home from a seven-game trip Wednesday but loss 5-3 to Ottawa, falling to an NHL-worst 2-6-1 at home.
"There's no moral victories. We need points," said Nathan MacKinnon, who has six goals and seven assists in his last 11 games after tallying one of each against the Senators. "This was a good opportunity to get them and we didn't show up."
Semyon Varlamov is expected to start in net despite struggling again. He was pulled in the second period in favor of Reto Berra after surrendering three goals on 15 shots, and coach Patrick Roy was particularly critical of the first one he allowed.
"When I saw the first one going in I said, `C'mon Varly. That can't happen,'" Roy said, hours after he issued a public vote of confidence for Varlamov following the team's morning skate despite his 3.22 goals-against average - the second-highest among qualifying goaltenders.
"That was not a dangerous shot at all. It was coming from the boards and it really hurt us a lot. It took some momentum off of our game."
Roy reiterated his support for Varlamov on Friday, however.
"He's our No. 1 goalie, and I'm behind him. I remember '93, it was a tough year (for me), and it would have been easy for coach (Jacques) Demers to put the other guy in," the third-year coach told the team's official website, referring to 1992-93 when he posted a 3.20 regular-season GAA before helping Montreal win the Stanley Cup. "He stood by my side, and in the end made a big impact. I said the same thing this morning with Varly, 'I'm with you for the good and the bad, and we'll find a way to get your game going.'"
Varlamov is just 4-3-2 with a 3.04 GAA in his last nine starts against Winnipeg, though he made 20 saves in Monday's victory.
Winnipeg (11-11-2) had also been giving up far too many goals, allowing 38 while dropping eight of 10 prior to Friday's 3-1 win at Minnesota.
Dustin Byfgulien recorded his seventh goal and assist of the season and Mathieu Perreault found the back of the net for the a second straight contest following a 16-game drought. Connor Hellebuyck only needed to stop 14 shots in his NHL debut to help the Jets snap a six-game road losing streak.
"A lot of things have been going wrong around here, and we needed some way to get back to our game plan," Byfuglien said. "New blood in the pipes never hurts, and the kid played great."
Michael Hutchinson figures to draw this start, however, and owns a 4.06 GAA in his last five games for the Jets.
Seven of the previous nine meetings before Monday's matchup went to overtime or a shootout.
By TAYLOR BECHTOLD - STATS Writer
Saturday, November 28 at 1:30 AM (EST)
Following an impressive win at Western Conference-leading Dallas, Ottawa coach Dave Cameron hoped the current road swing would become one the Senators could build upon.
Ottawa may have to figure out a way to contain Mikkel Boedker to sweep the three-game trip and extend its win streak to five Saturday night against the Arizona Coyotes.
The Senators (12-5-5) had difficulty coming through with timely goals during a 1-1-3 stretch before outscoring their opponents 19-7 during their longest streak of the season.
After Mike Hoffman and Jean-Gabriel Pageau each had two goals in Tuesday's 7-4 win at Dallas to open the trip, Shane Prince scored the first two of his career in a 5-3 win at Colorado on Wednesday.
"I haven't been able to get a bounce so far this year," Prince said. "So my mindset was to throw everything on net and shoot every chance I get. Sure enough, first shift I get a little squeaker there and the floodgates open."
Hoffman and Kyle Turris, who has a team-high 11 goals, are playing well with three goals and two assists on the streak. Erik Karlsson, second among NHL defensemen with 24 points, has five goals and seven assists on a career high-tying eight-game point streak.
"We talked after we got the win in Dallas that we had a chance to make this a great road trip," Cameron said. "You win the first of three, you have a chance for a great road trip. A win in there and great becomes a reality."
Cameron's squad will try to get that done against the Coyotes (12-9-1), who are looking to sweep a three-game homestand following Friday's 2-1 overtime win over Calgary.
Martin Hanzal scored in the second period before Oliver Ekman-Larsson delivered the winner four minutes into overtime, giving coach Dave Tippett his 500th career victory.
"I've been involved in a lot of ugly games in that 500, so it's probably fitting that was an ugly game," said Tippett, who has 229 wins with Arizona and the rest with Dallas.
Brad Richardson has four assists over his last three at home, and first-year winger Max Domi has a goal and four assists during a three-game win streak at Gila River Arena.
Mike Smith improved to 6-2-0 with a 2.40 goals-against average in eight starts this month, though he could give way to backup Anders Lindback in the second of a back-to-back.
Lindback finished with 35 saves in a 4-1 win at Ottawa on Oct. 24, while Boedker also shined with a career high-tying three goals - one an empty-netter with two minutes left.
The left wing has four goals and five assists over a five-game point streak against the Senators.
Craig Anderson is expected to get the nod for Ottawa after making 20 of his season-high 40 saves in the third period Wednesday. He's posted a 1.75 GAA while winning his last four starts, but fell to 4-7-1 with a 2.58 GAA over his 12 versus Arizona in last month's 22-save effort.
Coyotes captain Shane Doan is day-to-day after missing his second straight game with a lower-body injury. The right wing scored at Montreal and Winnipeg in his last two games.