College Basketball Scores
Today is Wednesday, December 13, 2017.
|Wednesday, December 13, 2017|
|Men's College Basketball|
|Mississippi Valley State||vs.||Duquesne||7:00 (EST)|
|FIU||vs.||North Florida||7:00 (EST)|
|Villanova||vs.||Temple||7:00 (EST) Preview|
No. 1 Villanova vies for Big 5 sweep, visits Temple
Tuesday, December 12 at 2:15 PM (EST)
PHILADELPHIA -- The Villanova Wildcats returned to a familiar spot in the rankings as they prepare to visit Big 5-rival Temple Wednesday night at the Liacouras Center.
Villanova (10-0) ascended to No. 1 Monday in the Associated Press poll for the third straight season after winning its first 10 games. The Wildcats will also attempt to sweep the Big 5 portion of their schedule for the fifth straight season and collect their 22nd consecutive win over Penn, La Salle, Saint Joseph's and Temple.
The Owls are 6-2 overall and 1-1 in the Big 5.
"It's always an honor to be ranked No. 1," Villanova coach Jay Wright said. "It's great for the 'Nova Nation and we appreciate the respect of the writers and coaches. We know it's early, though, and we need to get a lot better."
Villanova moved to No. 1 for the first time in program history in February 2016 and remained there for three weeks on its way to the program's second national championship. Last season, the Wildcats spent seven weeks at No. 1 during the regular season.
Ironically, Villanova struggled in its last game, a gritty 77-68 win over La Salle on Sunday at the Wells Fargo Center.
"We know how tough these games are," said Villanova guard Phil Booth, who scored 18 points against the Explorers.
"It's great to be involved in games like (La Salle) and come out with a win. These are really good teams that challenge you, especially at the defensive end."
Temple is the last team to defeat the Wildcats in Big 5 action, a 76-61 victory at The Pavilion on Dec. 5, 2012.
"Temple has played one of the toughest schedules in the country and it's reflected in their RPI," Wright said. "This is an outstanding team and it's Temple-Villanova at their place. We know how big a challenge this is."
The Owls will face Villanova when it's ranked No. 1 for the third straight season. They're 2-17 all-time against the top-ranked team in the country.
In Temple's last game on Saturday, it built a 16-point lead with about five minutes remaining before frantically clinging to an 81-78 victory over Saint Joseph's. Shizz Alston Jr. led the way with 20 points while Quinton Rose added 15 points and 11 rebounds. Senior guard Josh Brown knocked down 5 of 6 free throws in the final 33 seconds.
"I think any game you can win -- we're in this for the long haul," Temple coach Fran Dunphy said. "Obviously this was a good basketball team. I thought we did some really good things in stretches today.
"Obviously we didn't finish the game the way we would've liked to, although Josh saved us at the foul line. I thought he played great today and the other day as well (against Wisconsin). Very proud of him. It's always important to get a win."
Villanova leads the overall series against Temple 48-43, but the Owls hold a 16-9 advantage at home.
|Sam Houston State||vs.||Ole Miss||8:00 (EST)|
|Southern Miss||vs.||Alabama A&M||8:00 (EST)|
|Western Kentucky||vs.||Wisconsin||8:00 (EST)|
|New Orleans||vs.||SMU||8:00 (EST)|
|Arkansas State||vs.||Omaha||8:00 (EST)|
|Auburn-Montgomery||vs.||Spring Hill||8:00 (EST)|
|Jackson State||vs.||Southern Illinois||8:00 (EST)|
|Savannah State||vs.||Texas A&M||8:00 (EST) Preview|
No. 9 Texas A&M seeks home cooking vs. Savannah State
Tuesday, December 12 at 6:46 PM (EST)
After making trips to Europe, the East Coast and the Desert Southwest, Texas A&M gets stay home for a few weeks as it prepares to open Southeastern Conference play.
The No. 9-ranked Aggies play a second straight home game for the first time this season when they host Savannah State on Wednesday in College Station, Texas.
Their 73-53 win over Prairie View A&M on Saturday came in just their fourth home game of the season.
Texas A&M (8-1) went to Germany to beat then-No. 11 West Virginia in the season opener and beat Oklahoma State and Penn State to win the Progressive Legends Classic at the Barclays Center last month in New York.
The win over the Panthers came on the heels of the Aggies' first loss of the season, 67-64 at Arizona on Dec. 5.
"Being on the road a lot has been good for us. We've learned a lot of lessons, and we've had some challenging games," junior Tyler Davis told reporters after the loss.
Now the Aggies are in the middle of four straight home games before the Christmas break.
"We were able to get something out of it," coach Billy Kennedy said. "We've survived traveling all over the road."
One thing he'll be working on is getting his team to put away overmatched opponents.
Texas A&M led Prairie View just 44-40 five minutes into the second half.
Earlier wins over Texas-Rio Grande Valley, UC Santa Barbara and Pepperdine followed similar scenarios.
"I thought our energy wasn't very good at times, but when we needed it we were able to raise it up a level at the end," Kennedy said after his team beat Pepperdine. "Winning two big games (in New York) and then coming home, we didn't play like a veteran team."
Now, Texas A&M must avoid a letdown against the heave-it-from-anywhere Tigers.
Savannah State (3-8) leads the nation with more than 39.5 3-point attempts per game. The Tigers are tied for 10th with 11.3 made 3-pointers per game, and they take more almost 55 percent of their shots from behind the arc.
"Savannah State is a unique team," Texas Tech coach Chris Beard said before his team faced the Tigers last month, according to the Lubbock (Texas) Avalanche-Journal. "They've got a style of play that's non-traditional. They pride themselves in being the fastest-tempo team in college basketball."
But the Tigers aren't what you would call offensively efficient.
They average a little more than 83 points a game but make just 38.8 percent of their field goal attempts -- by far the lowest of any team in the top 50 in scoring.
"It looks crazy, but you're trying to teach them how to play," head coach Horace Broadnax told The Washington Post. "You're teaching how to think real fast. You've either got the shot, and if you don't, you've got to get it to somebody else. If not, try to get a layup. We've got some rules and some structure to it, and they really have to think."
|Little Rock||vs.||Bradley||8:00 (EST)|
|Grand Canyon||vs.||Boise State||9:00 (EST)|
|Kennesaw State||vs.||Texas Tech||9:00 (EST) Preview|
No. 24 Texas Tech hopes to keep rising vs. Kennesaw State
Tuesday, December 12 at 8:37 PM (EST)
For a freshman, Texas Tech's Zhaire Smith seems to have a pretty good handle on college basketball despite being just eight games into his Red Raider career.
Along with averaging 9.4 points and ranking among the team leaders in steals, blocks and rebounds, Smith showed a decent understanding of the minds of AP Top 25 voters in the aftermath of the Red Raiders' victory over No. 22 Nevada last week.
"To me, every game is a big game," Smith said. "This one, I guess, was big because we're just trying to get back in the rankings. That was a ranked team. If we didn't win that, it would be hard to get back in the rankings until Big 12 play."
Now No. 24 Texas Tech will focus on staying ranked for a while longer, and that task begins with a home game against Kennesaw State (1-7) on Wednesday night.
Texas Tech debuted in the Top 25 this season after winning its first six games, which included a victory over then-No. 20 Northwestern. The Red Raiders were ranked 22nd for a week, but Seton Hall bumped them to the fringes of the poll when the Pirates claimed an 89-79 victory over Texas Tech at Madison Square Garden.
Just as Smith predicted, though, the Red Raiders (7-1) reentered the rankings on the strength of their 82-76 overtime victory over Nevada last week.
The Owls, with a mirror-opposite record of the Red Raiders, will be a decided underdog when they take the court at United Supermarkets Arena in Lubbock, Texas. But that's nothing new for Kennesaw State. So far this season, the Owls have played at Butler, Florida State and Washington and lost those games by an average of 17 points.
However, Kennesaw State might be closer to finding its rhythm. The Owls lost by 14 at Washington just eight days before the Huskies traveled to Kansas City to thump No. 2 Kansas by nine.
Texas Tech coach Chris Beard seems to think Kennesaw State's record hides the kind of threat the Owls actually pose, especially with coach Al Skinner on the bench.
"It starts with the coach," Beard said. "Al Skinner is a Basketball Hall of Fame-type coach. Coach Skinner is well respected. He's in the early stages of building that program there. They've got really good players. They've played a really competitive schedule this year and been in every game."
Kennesaw State and Texas Tech both thrive on scoring from the guard position. Owls guards James Scott and Nick Masterson average 16.1 and 11.6 points, respectively, while guard Keenan Evans leads the Red Raiders at 17.9 points per game. Texas Tech guards Jarrett Culver and Smith follow averaging 10.9 and 9.4 points.
Kennesaw State will likely have problems contending with the Red Raiders' depth.
Texas Tech has used a 10-player rotation so far this season with all 10 averaging five points or better. Evans took over the game against Nevada to lead Texas Tech to the crucial win last week, but he's still averaging just 26.8 minutes per game as the Red Raiders liberally dole out playing time.
After the midweek game against Kennesaw State, Texas Tech will play a throwback game against Rice on Saturday at Lubbock Municipal Coliseum, where the program played home games from 1956-1999.
|Denver||vs.||Northern Colorado||9:00 (EST)|
|UAPB||vs.||Fresno State||10:00 (EST)|
|St. Martin's||vs.||Seattle||10:00 (EST)|
|Portland State||vs.||Oregon||10:01 (EST)|
|Tuesday, December 12, 2017|
|Men's College Basketball|
|Army West Point||76||vs.||64||St. Francis Brooklyn||Final|
|Mississippi State||50||vs.||65||Cincinnati||Final Recap|
No. 25 Cincinnati hands Mississippi State first loss
Tuesday, December 12 at 10:21 PM (EST)
HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. -- Coming off two straight losses and with a trip to UCLA looming this weekend, the Cincinnati Bearcats desperately needed a win.
"In college basketball, every win is important," said Bearcats guard Jacob Evans III. "But, it was important for us to get back on track, to build that confidence."
Evans scored 24 points and Kyle Washington added a season-high 16, helping No. 25 Cincinnati hand Mississippi State its first loss of the season, 65-50 on Tuesday night at BB&T Arena.
Cincinnati (8-2) avoided its first three-game losing streak since 2015. The Bearcats were coming off consecutive losses to crosstown rival Xavier and Florida.
Cincinnati has won 31 consecutive home games dating to a 77-70 loss to Temple on Dec. 29, 2015.
"Losing two in a row doesn't happen often here," Bearcats head coach Mick Cronin said. "I was concerned about the guys' confidence level. It's hard to shield them from the outside world. I'm sure the sky was falling in that world because we lost a couple games."
Mississippi State (8-1) was off to its best start since 2003, when it began the season 13-0, but cold shooting doomed the Bulldogs on Tuesday. They shot just 30.2 percent overall and 28.6 percent from 3-point range.
"If you hold a team to 50 points, you're going to win a lot of games," Cronin said. "This was a defensive victory."
Junior forward Aric Holman tied a career-high with 18 points and had 10 rebounds for his fourth career double-double, and Nick Weatherspoon and Quinndary Weatherspoon each scored 12 for the Bulldogs.
"Aric did a good job rebounding the basketball, which is something we need to do," said Bulldogs head coach Ben Howland. "We need to get others to step up and be able to score for us inside."
Cincinnati had the lead for all but 25 seconds on Tuesday.
Washington's jumper with 10:44 left in the first half gave the Bearcats their largest advantage to that point, 19-11. He had 14 points in the half, helping Cincinnati lead by as many as 12 points.
Washington also scored 16 in a win over Wyoming on Nov. 22.
"We weren't even thinking about personal stuff," said Washington. "We just had to get a win. We're not used to losing."
Mississippi State missed 10 consecutive shots during a seven-plus-minute scoring drought, and Cincinnati responded with an 8-0 run to build a 23-11 lead.
"We were really inept attacking their zone," Howland said. "We really didn't expect to see zone on the first possession of the game. They haven't played a lot of it coming in to today. It's my fault, we have to do a better job in our preparation."
The Bulldogs shot 35.7 percent in the half. Holman, who scored 12 in the half, had a dunk just before the halftime buzzer to cut the Bearcats' lead to 35-25.
Gary Clark's dunk off a lob from Cane Broome put Cincinnati ahead 43-31 early in the second half. Clark finished with nine points and 13 rebounds.
Mississippi State went cold again midway through the second half, missing 14 shots in a row as the Bearcats pulled away.
Cincinnati scored 22 points off 16 Bulldogs turnovers and had 11 blocked shots.
"We took away a multitude of things from them," Evans said.
Cronin said he'll give his banged-up Bearcats a day off before they begin preparing for Saturday's game against the Bruins, who last year behind Lonzo Ball knocked them out in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
"We still remember losing to them in the tournament," Evans said. "But we know it's a different team. We just have to be ready."
NOTES: The Bearcats are playing their home games on the campus of Northern Kentucky University while Fifth Third Arena undergoes an $87 million renovation. ... Mississippi State has lost 18 consecutive games vs. ranked opponents. ... Cincinnati leads the all-time series, 3-2. Mississippi State hasn't beaten the Bearcats since the 1996 NCAA Tournament, a victory that sent the Bulldogs to the Final Four. ... Entering Tuesday, Mississippi State led the SEC and ranked 21st nationally in fewest points allowed at 61.9.
|Catholic University||59||vs.||76||Maryland||Final Recap|
Maryland rolls past Division III Catholic
Tuesday, December 12 at 9:22 PM (EST)
Sophomore guard Anthony Cowan had 18 points, five rebounds and seven assists and classmate Kevin Huerter added 14 points and five assists as the Maryland Terrapins overcame a sluggish start to defeat the Division III Catholic Cardinals 76-59 on Tuesday at The Xfinity Center in College Park, Md.
Swingman Jared Nickens added 14 points for the Terrapins (10-3), who were coming off a win at home Saturday against Gardner-Webb.
Catholic (2-5) was paced by senior forward Jay Howard, who had 20 points and seven rebounds, and freshman forward/center Riley Hayes, who added 14 points. Howard, an all-region player last season, entered the game averaging 24.7 points per contest.
Maryland led by just 37-31 at halftime but went on a 10-2 run to start the second half to take a 47-33 lead.
Freshman guard Darryl Morsell made a basket early in the second half to give the Terrapins a lead of 57-38.
Soon after that Maryland took a 20-point lead for the first time on a free throw by guard Huerter, and seconds later a dunk by the New York native gave the Terrapins a lead of 60-38.
Catholic cut the lead to 64-48 before Maryland took another 20-point lead on a basket by Morsell with 4:51 left in the game for a 68-48 edge as the Terrapins were able to clear the bench in the final minutes.
Freshman forward Bruno Hernando missed his second game in a row for Maryland after he hurt his ankle at Illinois on December 3. Maryland coach Mark Turgeon (398 career wins) said Monday on his weekly radio show he hopes Hernando will be ready for practice Friday after a few days off for exams.
Turgeon said Hernando most likely would have played Tuesday had it been a Big Ten conference game. The Terrapins return to action at home Dec. 21 against Fairleigh Dickinson of the Northeast Conference.
Catholic won the Division III national title in 2001 under head coach Mike Lonergan, who later became a Maryland assistant coach and was at the game Tuesday. Maryland won the Division I crown in 2002.
The Cardinals will host fellow Washington Division III school Gallaudet on Saturday.
Maryland and Catholic played an exhibition game at the start of 2013-14 season in College Park. Maryland, which shot 51 percent from the field but had 15 turnovers, now leads the series 14-9.
The Terrapins were also without sophomore Justin Jackson, who has been ill.
|Georgia Southern||74||vs.||51||George Mason||Final|
|St. Augustine||vs.||Catawba||7:00 (EST)|
|Columbia||66||vs.||81||Boston College||Final Recap|
Boston College shakes off slow start, Columbia
Tuesday, December 12 at 9:24 PM (EST)
Jerome Robinson led five players in double figures with 21 points, and Boston College shook off a slow start following its upset of No. 1 Duke to score an 81-66 home victory over Columbia on Tuesday night in Chestnut Hill, Mass.
The Eagles fell behind 24-13 in the first half but led 43-35 at halftime and never trailed again. Boston College (8-3) led by as many as 20 points.
The loss was the ninth in a row for the Lions (1-10), who have battled injuries and sustained their share of close losses.
Robinson, just named as one of the 20 players vying for the Jerry West Award given to the nation's top shooting guard, was 5 of 11 from the floor and went 9 of 9 from the foul line. He added five rebounds, four assists and three steals as Boston College moved to 6-0 at home.
Jordan Chatman scored 20 points for the Eagles. Ky Bowman had 13 points, 12 rebounds, six assists and two blocks, Nik Popovic also scored 13 points, pulling down eight rebounds, and Steffon Mitchell had 10 points and eight boards for Boston College.
Mike Smith scored a game-high 25 points and had six rebounds and six assists to lead the Lions. Quinton Adlesh was the only other Columbia player in double figures, scoring 11 points.
The Eagles host Central Connecticut State on Sunday, while the Lions hit their lengthy exams break and are off until a Dec. 30 home game against Maine.
|Saint Peter's||61||vs.||84||Seton Hall||Final Recap|
No. 15 Seton Hall blows past Saint Peter's
Tuesday, December 12 at 11:05 PM (EST)
SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. -- Seton Hall coach Kevin Willard admitted he doesn't like playing at the No. 15 Pirates' cozy on-campus Walsh Gym.
"It was my bright idea to play here," Willard said sarcastically about the 1,650-seat gym. "I hate it. We don't practice at Walsh. We don't shoot-around at Walsh.
"We got very comfortable playing at the Prudential Center. Sometimes when you bring schools that are used to playing in small gyms they are more comfortable than playing at the Prudential Center."
If Willard had any trepidation about playing at Walsh Gym, it didn't show in his players as Seton Hall cruised to a wire-to-wire 84-61 victory over Saint Peter's on Tuesday.
Angel Delgado picked up his 57th career double-double with 18 points and 11 boards, moving into third place on the Pirates' all-time rebounding list.
"It just shows you what a workhorse he's (Delgado) been," Willard said. "How much intensity and how much he has brought it every game. You can't get the numbers if you don't bring it every game."
Seton Hall (9-1) has won five straight since losing by one point to Rhode Island on Thanksgiving. The Pirates have won 26 consecutive non-conference home games, the 10th-longest streak in the country.
The Pirates own their highest ranking since January 2001, when they also were No. 15.
"We embrace it," Willard said of the ranking. "You have to. You respect it and understand how you got there and you don't want to lose it."
Seton Hall is 46-7 at home and 64-24 in the all-time series with Saint Peter's. The Pirates are 4-0 this season against New Jersey-based schools.
"The seniors have done a phenomenal job in getting the younger kids to understand, to the local schools it not a Super Bowl game, but a bigger game and it's their chance for them to knock us off," Willard said.
Desi Rodriguez contributed 17 points for Seton Hall, and Khadeen Carrington added 11 points and five assists against no turnovers. Carrington has posted a positive assist-to-turnover ratio in all but one game this season, and registered four or more assists in seven of 10 games.
The Pirates outscored their New Jersey rivals 46-22 in the paint and scored 19 points off of 15 Peacocks turnovers.
"I told Kevin (Willard) before the game I don't get overly impressed watching too many teams when I'm preparing for them, but I'm really impressed with these guys," Saint Peter's coach John Dunne said. "They have all the pieces. They can make shots, they offensive rebound, they play with ridiculous intensity and energy and they're playing unselfishly.
"They're (Seton Hall) legit. That's what I told my team. We made some mistakes that I'm not happy about that were self-inflicted, but at the same time we didn't lose to a bad team."
Davauhnte Turner topped Saint Peter's (4-5) with 13 points, and Quinn Taylor chipped in with 10 points and seven rebounds.
Saint Peter's trailed by 19 at halftime and never got closer than 16 points in the second half.
"We were stymied by their (Pirates) switch-up and match-ups," Dunne said. "When we played our two bigs it made our offense even more choppy. We had to do that because of their size. Plus their length. It was combination of things."
Seton Hall increased its lead to 61-38 by going on a 7-0 run with 10:29 to play.
A Delgado lay-in capped a 7-0 run and gave the Pirates their largest lead of the half at 42-23 with 41 seconds left. Seton Hall shot a sizzling 54 percent in the first half, outscoring the Peacocks 26-10 in the paint.
A 10-2 burst propelled the Pirates to a 26-8 cushion with 7:14 left in the half.
Saint Peter's connected on just one of its first 12 shots in the first 10 minutes.
The Pirates opened with a 12-2 run in the first 5:12. The Peacocks went nearly four minutes without a basket, missing five shots and committing three turnovers.
"I loved the way we came out and played defensively," Willard said. "I thought the first 10 minutes of the game defensively was terrific.
"The way John (Dunne) plays, he has one of the slowest tempos and they run their offense so well, we just wanted to play a little bit of a zone to get them out of rhythm."
NOTES: Saint Peter's coach John Dunne was an assistant coach with Seton Hall from 2001-06. He helped guide the Pirates to two NCAA Tournament berths and one NIT appearance. ... Seton Hall leads the Big East in offensive rebounding and offensive-rebounding percentage. ... The Peacocks lead the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference in scoring defense, field-goal-percentage defense, 3-point-field-goal defense and turnover margin.
|Green Bay||63||vs.||85||Indiana State||Final|
Balanced Rutgers' attack keys win over Fordham
Tuesday, December 12 at 9:28 PM (EST)
Deshawn Freeman scored 14 points to lead a balanced Rutgers attack as the Scarlet Knights defeated Fordham 75-63 on Tuesday in Piscataway, N.J.
Freeman, who was 6 for 9 from the floor and pulled down 10 rebounds, led six Scarlet Knights in double figures.
The Scarlet Knights pushed their lead to 20 thanks to a 16-5 run midway through the second half. Geo Baker scored the final four points of the spurt to make it 63-43 with 7:01 to go.
Fordham answered with a 13-2 run to cut the Rutgers lead to 65-56 with 3:44 remaining but could get no closer.
The Scarlet Knights (9-3) dominated the boards 45-27.
Freshman Ivan Raut made five 3-pointers and led Fordham (4-6) with 19 points and seven rebounds.
The Rams' Will Taveres, who came into the game averaging a team-best 17 points, struggled offensively. The 6-foot-6 senior made 4-of-13 shots from the floor and finished with 11 points.
Rutgers couldn't quite shake the visitors in the first half.
After Fordham closed to within two, the Scarlet Knights scored the final six points of the first half and led 36-28 at the break. Rutgers shot 50 percent but was 1-for-4 from deep in the opening 20 minutes.
Rutgers used an 11-2 run to take an 18-9 lead midway through the first half.
The Scarlet Knights will host No. 15 Seton Hall on Saturday.
|Point University||70||vs.||90||Georgia State||Final|
|Fisk University||69||vs.||77||Alcorn State||Final|
|North Dakota||63||vs.||99||South Dakota State||Final|
|Murray State||55||vs.||69||Saint Louis||Final|
|Tennessee State||64||vs.||45||Alabama State||Final|
|San Diego||69||vs.||59||Colorado||Final Recap|
San Diego gets road win at Colorado
Tuesday, December 12 at 10:36 PM (EST)
Isaiah Wright scored 20 points as San Diego recorded a 69-59 win over Colorado on Tuesday night at the Coors Event Center in Boulder, Colo.
The junior guard connected on 3 of 4 attempts from beyond the arc as the Toreros used 39.1 percent shooting from 3-point range (40.8 percent from the floor) to improve to 8-2 on the season.
The Buffaloes dropped to 7-3 with their second loss in as many games.
All told, four San Diego players scored in double figures to guide the Toreros to their third consecutive win. Tyler Williams contributed 13 points, while Isaiah Pineiro and Olin Carter III each added 10 points.
Colorado kept things close in the first half before the Toreros pulled away with a late run to take a 29-21 lead into the break.
Wright and San Diego continued their hot shooting to begin the second half, pushing the lead to 16 points.
Colorado chipped away at the deficit, cutting the margin to five points with five minutes to play as San Diego found itself in foul trouble. Four Toreros rung up at least four fouls en route to 23 team fouls. Colorado guard Deleon Brown fouled out with six points.
George King posted a double-double to lead Colorado with 14 points and 11 rebounds. McKinley Wright IV added 12 points.
The Buffaloes, however, couldn't overcome 25.9 percent shooting, including a paltry 3 of 18 (16.7 percent) from 3-point range. Colorado ultimately was doomed by two scoreless stretches of more than five minutes each in the second half.
Colorado is back in action on Friday in Boulder, playing host to South Dakota State. San Diego returns home on Saturday for a matchup versus North Texas.
|Valley City State||58||vs.||101||North Dakota State||Final|
|Eastern New Mexico||62||vs.||84||New Mexico State||Final|
Michigan hangs on for victory at Texas
Tuesday, December 12 at 11:38 PM (EST)
Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman scored 17 points and pulled down 10 rebounds as Michigan built a double-digit halftime lead and held on for 59-52 victory over Texas on Tuesday at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas.
Michigan led 53-47 after a layup by Texas' Matt Coleman with 2:13 to play before the teams traded turnovers and fouls on ensuing possessions. Abdur-Rahkman's jumper from the top of the key with 57 seconds remaining provided a cushion for the Wolverines and helped them hang.
Charles Matthews added 12 points for Michigan (9-3) while Moritz Wagner and Duncan Robinson scored 10 points apiece for the Wolverines.
Texas (6-3) got 17 points from Dylan Osetkowski, 11 points from Kerwin Roach II, and 10 points and 10 rebounds from Mohamed Bamba.
Michigan made only 4 of its first 14 shots over the first 10-plus minutes of the game but still led 10-6 because the Longhorns were even more futile from the floor, hitting 3 of 13 field goal attempts over the same period, including 0 of 5 from beyond the arc.
The Wolverines found their stride in the final eight minutes of the first half, running out to a 32-20 lead at intermission behind nine points from Abdur-Rahkman, a 51.9 percent to 30.4 percent shooting advantage and a 20-12 rebounding edge.
Texas used an 11-2 run over a five-minute stretch early in the second half to pull to within 37-34 with 14:11 to play. Michigan answered with 3-pointers from Matthews and two from Wagner to move back to a 12-point advantage at 46-34.
Texas played its first game without starting guard Andrew Jones, who suffered a broken right wrist in the Longhorns win at VCU on Dec. 5. Jones leads Texas in scoring at 15.3 points per game and will be out indefinitely.
|Jacksonville State||69||vs.||70||Oregon State||Final Recap|
Thompson helps Oregon St. hold off Jacksonville St.
Wednesday, December 13 at 12:36 AM (EST)
Stephen Thompson Jr. scored 18 points and Oregon State shot 52.2 percent from the floor to hold off Jacksonville State 70-69 on Tuesday at Gill Coliseum in Corvallis, Ore.
Beavers forwards Drew Eubanks and Tres Tinkle came up big down the stretch, answering Jacksonville State's late challenge with timely baskets. They joined Thompson and Kendal Manuel in double-figures with 13 and 10 points, respectively.
Eubanks grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds, and blocked a pair of Gamecocks' shot attempts in the late going -- including the would-be game-winning attempt from Jacksonville State's Jamall Gregory in the final seconds.
The Beavers (7-3) fell behind in the first half and trailed 36-33 at the break, but Thompson's four-point play coming out of the locker room gave Oregon State a lead it held for nearly the duration of the second half.
The Gamecocks (7-3) never trailed by more than five points, but Oregon State's efficient field-goal shooting -- including 8 of 18 from behind the 3-point line -- prevented them from regaining the lead.
Thompson made 4 of 8 from deep, including the 3-pointer after halftime on which he was fouled for the four-point swing.
Jacksonville State shot 16 for 17 from the free throw line, and the Gamecocks held a slight rebounding advantage at 32-27.
Jacksonville State got 20 points from guard Malcolm Drumwright, who connected on one of his three 3-pointers to pull the Gamecocks within one at 5:26. He later hit on a jump shot to make it 68-67 with 2:58 left.
|Albany State||vs.||Georgia Southwestern||11:00 (EST)|
|Kentucky Christian||57||vs.||85||Morehead State||Final|
|Charleston Southern||88||vs.||91||South Carolina State||Final|