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  • Wednesday, November 25, 2015
    Top 25 roundup: Jayhawks top Vandy in Maui
    By The Sports Xchange

    Junior guard Wayne Selden had 25 points and seven rebounds Wednesday to lead No. 5 Kansas past No. 19 Vanderbilt 70-63 in the final of the Maui Jim Maui Invitational in Lahaina, Hawaii.

    • The Jayhawks, making their sixth appearance in the tournament, claimed their first championship in the event since 1996.

      Sophomore guard Devonte Graham chipped in with 12 points for Kansas, which shot 62.5 percent from the field in the second half. The Jayhawks (4-1) finished with a 39-32 advantage on the boards.

      Junior center Damian Jones posted a double-double for the Commodores with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Junior forward Luke Kornet added 14 points.

      No. 2 Maryland 86, Rhode Island 63

      The Terrapins played their best half of the season in the first half, and they cruised to a victory over the Rams in the title game of the Cancun Challenge at the Hard Rock Hotel in Riviera Maya, Mexico.

      Forward Robert Carter Jr. had 13 of his 18 points in the first half and also had nine rebounds for Maryland (5-0). The Terps, who shot 64 percent in the first half, received 17 points each from point guard Melo Trimble and senior guard Rasheed Sulaimon. Trimble, who had 12 points in the first half, was selected tourney MVP.

      Forward Kuran Iverson topped Rhode Island (3-2) with 19 points.

      No. 6 Duke 80, Yale 61

      Guard Matt Jones scored 13 of his 17 points in the second half, and the Blue Devils shook off a sluggish first half to turn away the Bulldogs' upset bid in Durham, N.C.

      Guard Brandon Ingram added 15 points, guard Grayson Allen had 14 points and guard Luke Kennard chipped in 12 points for Duke (5-1). Coach Mike Krzyzewski earned his 950th win with the Blue Devils.

      Forward Justin Sears led Yale (3-2) with 19 points, and guard Makai Mason scored 13. Bulldogs forward Brandon Sherrod scored all eight of his points in the first eight minutes, but he fouled out with 11:15 to play.

      No. 10 Gonzaga 80, Washington 64

      Forward Kyle Wiltjer scored 24 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as the Bulldogs stopped the in-state rival Huskies in a quarterfinal game of the Battle 4 Atlantis in Nassau, Bahamas.

      Center Domantas Sabonis came off the bench to add 17 points, while starting center Przemek Karnowski contributed 12. The Bulldogs (3-0) made 50 percent of their field-goal attempts and marched to the foul line 44 times, hitting 30.

      Guard Andrew Andrews scored 21 points and hauled in 11 rebounds for the Huskies (3-1), but made only 4-of-17 field-goal attempts. Guard Dejounte Murray also tallied 21 points and added 11 rebounds before fouling out.

      No. 12 Virginia 80, Lehigh 54

      The Cavaliers got a game-high 23 points from senior guard Malcolm Brogdon in a rout of the Mountain Hawks in Charlottesville, Va.

      Brogdon led four Cavaliers in double figures as Tennessee transfer Darius Thompson threw in 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting. Virginia (5-1) shot 52 percent for the game, which is on par with its season average.

      Lehigh (0-5) shot 40 percent on the night and connected on eight 3-pointers, including four from guard Kyle Leufroy, who scored 14 points. Center Tim Kempton also put in 14 points for Lehigh. Lehigh (0-5) hung around until Virginia went on a 22-5 run early in the second half to break the game open.

      UNLV 72, No. 13 Indiana 69

      Sophomore guard Patrick McCaw finished with a game-high 20 points, six assists and five steals, and the Runnin' Rebels upset the Hoosiers in the fifth-place game of Maui Jim Maui Invitational at the Lahaina (Hawaii) Civic Center.

      Junior forward Ben Carter and senior guard Ike Nwamu each added 16 points, and senior point guard Jerome Seagears finished with 12 points and six assists for the Runnin' Rebels (5-1).

      Senior guard Nick Zeisloft scored 17 points and hit five 3-pointers to lead Indiana (4-2). However, his potential game-tying 3-point try was blocked by Carter with two seconds left. Sophomore guard James Blackmon Jr. added 13 points and seven rebounds for the Hoosiers, who connected on just 11 of 20 free throws.

      No. 19 Connecticut 74, Michigan 60

      Forward Daniel Hamilton had 16 points, nine rebounds and nine assists as the Huskies opened the Battle 4 Atlantis with a victory over the Wolverines in Nassau, Bahamas.

      Forward Shonn Miller and guard Rodney Purvis had 13 points each and guards Sam Cassell Jr. and Sterling Gibbs each contributed 11 as UConn (4-0) advanced to Thursday's semifinals. The Huskies will play Syracuse, an 83-70 first-round winner over North Carolina-Charlotte.

      Guard Caris LeVert led Michigan (2-2) with 21 points on 7-of-13 shooting from the field. Guard Derrick Walton added 10 points.

      No. 21 Oregon 91, Arkansas State 68

      Senior forward Chris Boucher set a school record with nine blocked shots to lead the Ducks to a win over the Red Wolves in a nonconference game in Eugene, Ore.

      Boucher also had 17 points and nine rebounds. Forward Dwayne Benjamin led Oregon with 25 points, and guard Tyler Dorsey had 15. Forward Elgin Cook added 13 points for Oregon (5-0).

      Guard Devin Carter scored 22 points to pace Arkansas State (2-3).

      No. 25 Texas A&M 84, Texas 73

      In the first meeting on the hardwood between the two in-state rivals since 2012, the Aggies defeated the Longhorns in the first round of the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament in Nassau, Bahamas.

      Guard Danuel House (19 points), guard Anthony Collins (15 points) and center Tyler Davis (14 points) -- led the scoring for the Aggies (5-0), while Admon Gilder added 12 points off the pine. Freshman guard Eric Davis. Jr. had a career-high 19 points off the bench for Texas, while center Cameon Ridley chipped in 14 points and five boards for the Horns (1-2).

      With the win, the Aggies advance to play No. 10 Gonzaga in the semifinals Thanksgiving, while Texas will play Washington.

  • Wednesday, November 25, 2015
    Kansas freshman Diallo receives clearance
    By The Sports Xchange

    The NCAA cleared Kansas freshman Cheick Diallo to begin playing next week.

    • The university had worked with the NCAA for several weeks on Diallo's eligibility before a decision was handed down Wednesday.

      Kansas coach Bill Self participated in a conference call on Saturday night to outline the steps the school had taken and athletic director Sheahon Zenger sent a letter to the NCAA indicating the case was not handled properly.

      Diallo, a 6-foot-9, 220-pound forward, will get his first opportunity to play on Tuesday when No. 5 Kansas plays host to Loyola. He is with the team this week in Hawaii for the Maui Invitational.

      "I really want to thank the NCAA staff for guiding this process to a fair conclusion in what was a very complicated situation," Zenger said.

      Diallo is from Mali. He came to the United States in 2012 and enrolled at a private high school in Centerreach, N.Y. Our Savior New American was part of an NCAA review that could have voided Diallo's core courses to make him ineligible to play college basketball.

      An independent review of the coursework determined that Diallo received limited assistance and he would have to sit out only five games as a college freshman.

      "Our goal is to have eligibility decisions made prior to the start of a student-athlete's season," said Oliver Luck, the NCAA executive vice president of regulatory affairs. "However, this was a complicated case involving international transcripts and a high school that remains under review. Additionally, staff considered a complex set of circumstances regarding amateurism."

      Diallo was one of the top recruits in the country this past season.

      "The decision today was nothing more than a pretextual justification for a flawed investigation," Diallo's attorney Don Maurice Jackson said in a statement. "There were no legitimate academic issue relative to Cheick's secondary school education and no legitimate amateurism issues. ... Conveniently, the fifth game of Cheick's five-game suspension is (Wednesday's) game."

  • Tuesday, November 24, 2015
    Top 25 roundup: NC State downs LSU in OT
    By The Sports Xchange

    In a rematch of last year's Round of 64 NCAA Tournament game, North Carolina State broke open a close game late in overtime to earn an 83-72 victory over No. 22 LSU in the consolation game of the Fanduel Legends Classic in Brooklyn on Tuesday.

    • Anthony Barber went 6-for-6 from the free-throw line in the final 30 seconds to secure the win. Barber led the Wolfpack (3-2) with 20 points. Abdul-Malik Abu added 15 points and 12 rebounds.

      Tim Quarterman had 19 points to pace LSU (3-2). Ben Simmons finished with 16 rebounds and 10 assists, but went 1-for-6 from the floor and 2-for-5 from the free throw line to finish with four points.

      No. 1 Kentucky 82, Boston University 62

      Senior forward Alex Poythress came off the bench to produce 14 points and 10 rebounds as No. 1 Kentucky cruised past Boston University at Lexington, Ky.

      Freshman forward Skal Labissiere was tops in scoring with 16 points for the Wildcats (5-0). Sophomore point guard Tyler Ulis had 15 points, followed by freshmen guards Jamal Murray and Isaiah Briscoe with 12 and 11, respectively.

      Guard John Papale scored 15 points to lead the Terriers (2-3).

      No. 2 Maryland 77, Illinois State 66

      Guard Rasheed Sulaimon scored 18 points as No. 2 Maryland fended off a serious challenge from Illinois State, pulling away in the final five minutes for the win in the Cancun Challenge semifinals.

      Point guard Melo Trimble added 15 points and seven assists, while forward Damonte Dodd contributed 13 points. The Terrapins (4-0) trailed 57-52 lead with 7:13 remaining before scoring 10 of the next 11 points to regain the advantage for good.

      Forward MiKyle McIntosh scored 17 points to lead the Redbirds (2-3). Guard Paris Lee added 15.

      No. 5 Kansas 92, UCLA 73

      Senior forward Perry Ellis scored 24 points as No. 5 Kansas rolled past UCLA in the semifinals of the Maui Invitational at Lahaina Civic Center.

      The victory places the Jayhawks (3-1) into Wednesday's championship game against No. 19 Vanderbilt. Kansas hasn't won the Maui Invitational since 1996 -- finishing third in 2001, seventh in 2005 and was runner-up in 2011.

      Junior guard Isaac Hamilton scored 19 points for UCLA (3-2).

      No. 7 Oklahoma 96, Incarnate Word 63

      Buddy Hield scored 22 points as No. 7 Oklahoma routed Incarnate Word at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla.

      Ryan Spangler added 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Sooners (3-0), who led by as many as 43 points.

      Jontrell Walker led Incarnate Word (2-2) with 16 points.

      No. 9 North Carolina 80, Kansas State 70

      Forward Justin Jackson scored 22 points as No. 9 North Carolina outscored Kansas State 17-2 in the final 3:28 to land the victory in the championship game of the CBE Hall of Fame Classic at Sprint Center.

      Forward Kennedy Meeks with 15 added 15 points for the Tar Heels (5-1). Guard Theo Pinson scored 11 points and forward Brice Johnson had 10.

      Freshman guard Kamau Stokes who scored a career-high 24 points for Kansas State (4-1). Guard Justin Edwards added 10 points.

      No. 13 Indiana 83, St. John's 73

      Yogi Farrell scored 22 points and dished out eight assists to power No. 13 Indiana over St. John's in consolation bracket play in the Maui Invitational at Lahaina Civic Center in Maui, Hawaii.

      Thomas Bryant had 19 points and Troy Williams, who had a team-high 16 points in Monday's loss to Wake Forest in the tournament's first round, finished with seven points and nine rebounds for Indiana (4-1). James Blackmon contributed 12 points but gave the ball away four times for the Hoosiers, who won despite committing 16 turnovers.

      Ron Mvouika and Federico Mussini paced St. John's (3-2) with 17 points each.

      No. 19 Vanderbilt 86, Wake Forest 64

      Center Damian Jones and point guard Wade Baldwin scored 17 points apiece to lead No. 19 Vanderbilt past Wake Forest in the Maui Jim Maui Invitational at the Lahaina Civic Center in Maui, Hawaii.

      Power forward Jeff Roberson added 12 points for the Commodores (5-0), who led by 15 at halftime and extended the margin to 24 in the second half. Jones added a game-high 10 rebounds.

      Freshman guard Bryant Crawford scored 15 points and freshman power forward John Collins added 14 for the Demon Deacons (3-2).

      No. 24 Cincinnati 64, Southeastern Louisiana 49

      In their first game of the season as a ranked team, No. 24 Cincinnati came out flat, but was able to fend off pesky Southeastern Louisiana.

      Troy Caupain had 15 points, with his two threes down the stretch playing a large role in creating some breathing room for the Bearcats. Gary Clark led the way with eight rebounds, and also contributed 12 points for Cincinnati (5-0).

      Zay Jackson had 15 points while Joshua Filmore added 12 for the Lions (1-4).

  • Tuesday, November 24, 2015
    Top 25 roundup: LSU phenom sparkles in loss
    By The Sports Xchange

    Freshman Ben Simmons had a monster game, but it was the shot he didn't take that made the difference in No. 22 LSU's 81-80 loss to Marquette in the semifinals of the FanDuel Legends Classic on Monday at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.

    • Simmons had given LSU its first lead of the game with 21.5 seconds to go, driving the lane to put the Tigers up 80-79. But LSU's Josh Gray fouled Marquette's Jajuan Johnson, who hit both free throws with 10.8 seconds left.

      LSU brought the ball down the court quickly, but Simmons passed up a chance to attempt the winning shot and kicked it instead to Jalyn Patterson, who missed a long 3-pointer.

      Despite the loss, Simmons gave the fans and NBA scouts their money's worth with 21 points, 20 rebounds, seven assists and two blocks.

      No. 3 Michigan State 89, Eastern Michigan 65

      Denzel Valentine approached another triple-double and five players reached double figures as the Spartans cruised to an easy win.

      Valentine compiled 12 points, nine rebounds and seven assists before he was removed with 5:47 remaining.

      Valentine had 29 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists against Kansas last week.

      No. 4 Iowa State 83, Chattanooga 63

      The Cyclones, built to win games with a devastating offense, relied on the 3-point shot to make easy work of the Mocs.

      Iowa State hit 14 3-pointers and shot 48.3 percent from beyond the arc to cruise to their third straight win to open the season.

      Naz Mitrou-Long led the way with 24 points while draining six 3s. Forward Georges Niang scored 19 points and guard Monte Morris had 14 points and 10 assists.

      No. 5 Kansas 123, Chaminade 72

      Wayne Selden Jr. and Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk scored 18 points each, and the Jayhawks connected on 15 3-pointers.

      The Jayhawks' 123 points were the most in coach Bill Self's 432 games with the Jayhawks.

      The Jayhawks took control immediately after, going on a 20-3 run helped by four 3-pointers from Selden, who made two and one from Mykhailiuk and Devonte' Graham.

      No. 9 North Carolina 80, Northwestern 69

      The Tar Heels shook off a loss in its last game to soundly defeat the Wildcats.

      The Tar Heels will face Kansas State in the championship game Tuesday night after K-State defeated Missouri 66-42 in the first semifinal.

      The Tar Heels blew open a close game with a 23-5 run early in the second half. North Carolina had four players in double figures, including forward Justin Jackson with 19 points.

      Wake Forest 82, No. 13 Indiana 78

      Bryant Crawford scored on a driving layup with 3.2 seconds left to break a tie and lead the Demon Deacons over the Hoosiers.

      With the score tied at 78 with 13.1 seconds remaining, Wake Forest inbounded the ball and Crawford, a guard, drove the right side of the lane before banking in a driving shot.

      After a timeout, Indiana' forward Collin Hartman attempted a fullcourt pass that was intercepted. Wake Forest was fouled and forward John Collins made a pair of free throws with 0.7 seconds to play.

      No. 14 Cal 89, Sam Houston State 63

      Jaylen Brown posted his second double-double of the season to lead the Bears over the visiting Bearkats.

      Brown had 18 points, 11 rebounds and four assists for Cal. Jordan Mathews also scored 18 points.

      Tyrone Walker had 17 points, seven rebounds and six assists.

      No. 19 Vanderbilt 92, St. John's 55

      Luke Kornet scored 13 points to lead the Commodores.

      Kornet was one of four players in double figures for the Commodores.

      Jeff Roberson recorded a double-double with 11 points and 13 rebounds while Camron Justice scored 11 points.

      No. 23 Xavier 78, Northern Kentucky 66

      Trevon Bluiett scored 14 points to go along with a career-high 16 rebounds and forward James Farr added 13 points, lifting the Musketeers.

      The Musketeers were coming off a victory at then-No. 24 Michigan and looked sharp again Monday with six players scoring in double figures.

      Junior forward Jalen Reynolds had five rebounds and his first career 3-pointer in the first five minutes as Xavier took control. He finished with 11 points and six rebounds.

  • Monday, November 23, 2015
    Wake Forest 82, No. 13 Indiana 78
    By The Sports Xchange

    Bryant Crawford scored on a driving layup with 3.2 seconds to play to break a tie and lead Wake Forest to an 82-78 upset of No. 13 Indiana Monday in first-round action of the Maui Jim Maui Invitational in Lahaina, Maui.

    • With the score tied at 78 with 13.1 seconds remaining, Wake Forest inbounded the ball and Crawford, a guard, drove the right side of the lane before banking in a driving shot.

      After a timeout, Indiana' forward Collin Hartman attempted a fullcourt pass that was intercepted. Wake Forest was fouled and forward John Collins made a pair of free throws with 0.7 seconds to play.

      Indiana (3-1) led 75-67 with 4:50 to play before the Demon Deacons (3-1) closed the game on a 15-3 run.

      Wake Forest advances to face Vanderbilt in Tuesday's championship semifinal, while Indiana will play St. John's. Vanderbilt won the first game of the day, 92-55.

      Center Devin Thomas led Wake Forest with 21 points and forward Dinos Mitoglou added 18.

      Indiana was led by forward Troy Williams with 16 and guard Robert Johnson with 14.

      Wake Forest led by five at halftime and by as many as seven early in the second half before Indiana got back in it with a 9-0 run. Another 9-0 Indiana run later in the game snapped a 63-all tie and put the Hoosiers up 72-63 on a Johnson layup with 7:33 to play.

  • Monday, November 23, 2015
    Kentucky moves up to No. 1 in AP poll
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Kentucky Wildcats moved into the top spot of the Associated Press college basketball poll released Monday following North Carolina's stunning loss to Northern Iowa.

    • Kentucky (4-0) beat then-No. 5 Duke in the Champions Classic and Wright State last week. The Wildcats received 59 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel.

      Northern Iowa upset then-top-ranked North Carolina 71-67 on Saturday to drop the Tar Heels to No. 9.

      The Wildcats, who were No. 1 every week last season in the AP poll, moved up one spot. Maryland (3-0) moved up one spot to second and received the other six first-place votes.

      Michigan State beat then-No. 4 Kansas in the Champions Classic and jumped from 13th to No. 3. The Spartans were followed in the top 10 by Iowa State, Kansas, Duke, Oklahoma, Villanova, North Carolina and Gonzaga.

      Arizona is ranked No. 11, followed by Virginia, Indiana, California, Miami, Purdue, Notre Dame, Connecticut, Vanderbilt, Wichita State, Oregon, LSU, Xavier and Cincinnati. Texas A&M and SMU are tied at No. 25.

  • Sunday, November 22, 2015
    Top 25 roundup: Allen-led Duke wins 2K Classic
    By The Sports Xchange

    Sophomore guard Grayson Allen scored a career-high 32 points and No. 5 Duke survived a physical Georgetown squad and registered an 86-84 victory in the championship game of the 2K Classic Sunday afternoon at New York City's Madison Square Garden.

    • Duke (4-1) won the tournament for the second time thanks to one of the best individual performances in the event's 20-year existence. Allen won the MVP of the event and set a tournament record by scoring 62 points in two games, four more than the previous mark set by Rodney Carney for Memphis in 2004.

      Guard Derryck Thornton added 14 points and guard Matt Jones added 11 for Duke, which also won the event in 2008 when it beat Michigan State.

      Forward Issac Copeland led the Hoyas (1-3) with 21 points. He was scoreless in the second half until hitting two 3-pointers in the final minute and missed a game-winning three-pointer at the buzzer.

      No. 6 Virginia 83, George Mason 66

      The Cavaliers knocked off the Patriots to capture the 2015 Charleston Classic title in Charleston, S.C., and take home a took home a preseason tournament title for the third time in as many years.

      Virginia (4-1) put four players in double figures, with senior guard Malcolm Brogdon leading the way with a game-high 21 points. Guard London Perrantes, who was named tournament MVP, recorded a career-high assists 11 assists and added 16 points.

      George Mason (2-3) got a team-high 16 points from guard Jaire Grayer.

      No. 11 Villanova 75, Akron 56

      VILLANOVA, Pa., -- Junior swingman Josh Hart scored a career-high 27 points as the Wildcats overcame a slow start to blow out the Zips.

      Senior point guard Ryan Arcidiacono contributed 15 points, eight assists, and no turnovers for Villanova (4-0).

      Leading the charge for Akron (3-1) was sophomore guard Antino Jackson with 11 points.

      No. 12 Arizona 61, Northwestern State 42

      TUCSON, Ariz., -- Guard Gabe York scored 18 points as the cold-shooting Wildcats had a hard time shaking Northwestern State before increasing their home winning streak to 42 games, tops in the nation.

      Backup center Dusan Ristic added nine points and 10 rebounds for Arizona, which made 36.7 percent of its shots from the field and went 5 of 22 from 3-point range. The Wildcats (4-0) made only half of their 24 free throw attempts.

      Guard Zeek Woodley scored 14 points to lead Northwestern State (0-4), which had several chances in the second half to cut the deficit to single digits but never could.

      No. 16 Utah 74, Temple 68

      SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Center Jakob Poeltl scored a career-high 32 points and added 11 rebounds as the Utes survived a late Temple rally to edge the Owls in the third-place game of the Puerto Rico Tip-off.

      Guard Brandon Taylor added 10 points for the Utes and buried a jumper with 27 seconds remaining that put Utah (4-1) ahead for good.

      Guard Quenton DeCosey scored 14 points and forward Obi Enechionyia added 13 points to lead the Owls. Temple (1-3) trailed by as many as 14 points in the second half before rallying and taking a lead in the final minutes.

      No. 21 Purdue 85, Florida 70

      UNCASVILLE, Conn., -- Guard Rapheal Davis scored 18 points, point guard P.J. Thompson came off the bench for 15 points and the Boilermakers defeated the Gators in the championship game of the Hall of Fame Tipoff Classic.

      Sophomore forward Vince Edwards added 14 for Purdue (5-0). It is the first tournament championship for the Boilermakers since the 2009 Paradise Jam when Purdue defeated Tennessee in the title game in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

      Center John Egbuno scored 19 points for Florida (3-1).

      Miami 85, No. 22 Butler 75

      SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- The Hurricanes frittered away all but four points of an early 21-point advantage but hung on to upset the Bulldogs and capture the title game of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off Tournament.

      Guard Angel Rodriguez led the way with 19 points for Miami (5-0). Guard Ja'Quan Newton added 17 points and center Tonye Jekiri had 12 points and 12 rebounds.

      Butler guard Kellen Dunham led all scorers with 23 points, dropping in five 3-pointers after scoring just three points in the first half. Guard Roosevelt Jones added 19 for the Bulldogs (3-1).

      No. 25 Oregon 73, Valparaiso 67

      EUGENE, Ore., -- Forward Dillon Brooks had 26 points and 13 rebounds to lead No. the Ducks over the Crusaders.

      Guard Tyler Dorsey added 21 points while senior forward Elgin Cook had 13 points for the Ducks (4-0).

      Guard Tevonn Walker scored 14 points to pace Valparaiso (5-1).

  • Sunday, November 22, 2015
    Oklahoma State 82, Long Beach State 77
    By The Sports Xchange

    Long Beach State fell short of an upset bid and Oklahoma State claimed third place in the Charleston Classic on Sunday in Charleston, S.C.

    • Nick Faust had 15 points for Long Beach State but the 49ers couldn't find the basket late in the game, missing 11 straight shot attempts. The teams meet again in Stillwater, Okla., on Friday.

      Oklahoma State (4-1) had five players in double figures and freshman guard Juwan Evans had 21 points and seven rebounds after posting four points in 51 minutes in the first two games in the tournament.

      The Cowboys made 21 of 24 free throws and almost let the game slip away with 27 seconds left when Long Beach State's Justin Bibbins went to the line for four consecutive foul shots.

      Sophomore guard Tyree Griffin was fouled twice and sealed the win with four consecutive makes for the Cowboys.

  • Saturday, November 21, 2015
    Top 25 roundup: Northern Iowa shocks No. 1 North Carolina
    By The Sports Xchange

    Senior guard Wes Washpun had 21 points and eight assists, and senior guard Matt Bohannon scored 19 points as Northern Iowa beat a No. 1 team for the second time in school history by recording a 71-67 victory over North Carolina at Cedar Falls, Iowa.

    • Bohannon hit the tie-breaking 3-pointer with 2:55 remaining and junior guard Jeremy Morgan made a key steal to thwart a tying attempt by the Tar Heels.

      Senior guard Paul Jesperson added 14 points and seven rebounds, and Morgan had 10 points and three thefts for the Panthers (2-1), who also beat No. 1 Kansas in the 2010 NCAA Tournament.

      Sophomore forward Jackson scored 25 points for North Carolina (3-1). Junior forward Kennedy Meeks had 10 points and nine rebounds and senior forward Brice Johnson added 10 points for the Tar Heels, who blew a 16-point second-half lead.

      No. 9 Wichita State 76, Emporia State 54

      Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall won his 400th game and the ninth-ranked Shockers routed NCAA Division II Emporia State in Wichita, Kan.

      The Shockers bounced back from a loss at Tulsa with a strong defensive effort, overwhelming the Hornets early in the first half and leading 38-13 at halftime.

      Ron Baker led Wichita State with 23 points. Joshua Oswald scored 16 points for Emporia State.

      No. 18 Notre Dame 83, UMass Lowell 57

      Senior Zach Auguste registered 19 points and 10 rebounds as Notre Dame rolled to an easy victory over Massachusetts-Lowell in South Bend, Ind.

      Demetrius Jackson added 15 points and five assists as the Fighting Irish never trailed. Steve Vasturia added 12 points and Bonzie Colson contributed 11 points and nine rebounds.

      Matt Harris scored 16 points to lead the Red Hawks.

      No. 19 UConn 83, Furman 58

      Shonn Miller scored 18 points and freshman Jalen Adams added a career-high 14 off the bench as UConn rolled over Furman in Storrs, Conn.

      The Huskies improved to 3-0 as they wore down the Paladins with their size and athleticism, holding Furman to 34.8 percent shooting. The Huskies began the game with a 12-1 run and held a double-digit lead throughout. Rodney Purvis added 13 points for the Huskies, who play Michigan in Bermuda at the Battle 4 Atlantis on Wednesday.

      UConn's defense smothered Furman as it held the Paladins to only one 2-point field goal in the first half and 16 points in the paint the entire game. The Paladins shot 20 percent, 1 of 8 on 2-pointers, in the first half as the Huskies led 39-19.

      No. 21 Purdue 61, Old Dominion 39

      Senior 7-footer A.J. Hammons had 18 points and six rebounds, and Purdue used smothering defense to romp to a victory against previously undefeated Old Dominion in the Hall of Fame Tipoff Classic semifinals at Uncasville, Conn.

      The Boilermakers led 36-30 with just more than 13 minutes remaining, then used a 25-5 run that included three 3-pointers from guard Kendall Stephens and two from guard Dakota Mathias to extend their advantage to 61-35 with 1:49 remaining.

      Stephens scored 12 points for Purdue, and 7-2 sophomore center Isaac Haas added 10 points and seven rebounds.

  • Friday, November 20, 2015
    Kansas suspends G Greene six games
    By The Sports Xchange

    Kansas junior guard Brannen Greene has been suspended six games for unspecified conduct detrimental to the team.

    • Jayhawks coach Bill Self announced the suspension Friday. Greene will not travel to Hawaii this weekend for the Maui invitational, held Nov. 23-25. Greene will be able practice with the team when the No. 4 Jayhawks (1-1) return from Hawaii.

      Greene has averaged 11.5 minutes and 12 points in two games this season. He has made all six of his shots from the field, including five 3-pointers.

      Kansas also announced that the NCAA is allowing freshman forward Cheick Diallo to travel to Maui, though he has not been cleared to play. The NCAA is investigating Diallo's past curriculum. He attended middle school in Mali before transfering to Our Savior New American in Centereach, N.Y, in the ninth grade. Diallo, 19, is projected as a potential high lottery pick in the NBA draft next summer.

  • Thursday, November 19, 2015
    Top 25 roundup: No. 6 Virginia bounces back from loss
    By The Sports Xchange

    Sixth-ranked Virginia rebounded from a loss at George Washington earlier this week with an 82-57 win over Bradley Thursday night in the quarterfinals of the Charleston Classic in Charleston, S.C.

    • The Cavaliers shot 65 percent in the second half as they put four players in double figures en route to the 25-point win.

      Senior forward Anthony Gill scored a game-high 16 points and pulled down seven rebounds as Virginia (2-1) outscored the Braves 42-24 in the paint. Senior guard Malcolm Brogdon dropped in 13 points while junior guards London Perrantes added 12.

      Leading by 12 at halftime, Virginia used a 13-5 run to start the second half to take control of the game. The Cavaliers outscored Bradley 45-32 in the second half as they knocked down 16 of their 17 free throw attempts for the game.

      Virginia will advance to Friday night's semifinals, where they will take on Long Beach State, which knocked off Seton Hall 80-77 in the quarterfinal round.

      No. 12 Arizona 88, Boise State 76

      Arizona guard Gabe York scored a career-high 23 points, Ryan Anderson had 15 rebounds, and the 12th-ranked Wildcats beat Boise State in Tucson.

      The game was played at a fast pace from the start, with York pouring in 15 points in the first half to help Arizona take a 44-42 lead at the break. Boise State led briefly at the start of the second half, but the Wildcats used a big edge in bench scoring, 38-3, to slowly gain separation.

      Arizona backup Parker Jackson-Cartwright, a sophomore, scored a career-high 14. Allonzo Trier had 13 points off the bench, including nine in a row for Arizona in the second half.

      No. 14 Indiana 86, Creighton 65

      Thomas Bryant is quickly becoming a fan favorite at Indiana. The 6-foot-10 freshman center, playing in his third collegiate game, came up big, scoring 17 points and pulling down seven rebounds to help lead No. 14 Indiana to a victory over Creighton in the Gavit Games at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind.

      Indiana (3-0) led by 19 at halftime and never by less than 17 in the second half in its final tuneup before leaving for the Maui Jim Maui Invitational beginning Monday. Indiana opens that tournament against Wake Forest.

      James Blackmon Jr. led five Indiana scorers in double figures with 19 points and tied Bryant with seven rebounds. Yogi Ferrell had 15 points, six assists and topped the team with a career-high nine rebounds. Troy Williams had 13 points and Nick Zeisloft had 12.

      No. 16 Utah 73, Texas Tech 63

      Lorenzo Bonam scored 20 points and Jordan Loveridge added 18 points to lift No. 16 Utah to a victory over Texas Tech in the opening round of the Puerto Rico Tip-off in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

      Jakob Poeltl chipped in 15 points and nine rebounds for the Utes. Utah will play Miami in a semifinal game on Friday. Devaugntah Williams scored 13 points and Toddrick Gotcher added 12 points for the Red Raiders, who will play Mississippi State in a consolation game on Friday.

      Utah prevailed despite shooting just 38.3 percent (23-of-60) from the field and 25 percent (6-of-24) on 3-pointers. Texas Tech shot 39.1 percent (25-of-64) from the floor but just 15.8 percent (3-of-19) from 3-point range.

      No. 17 Vanderbilt 79, Stony Brook 72 (OT)

      Vanderbilt trailed Stony Brook by double digits in the second half, but behind stellar play from Wade Baldwin, the 17th-ranked Commodores lived to tell about it.

      Baldwin, playing through back pain, scored 21 points and gathered six rebounds, as Vanderbilt knocked off the upset-minded Seawolves in overtime, at Memorial Gymnasium.

      Stony Brook forward Jameel Warney scored 22 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, outplaying Vandy's heralded tandem of Luke Kornet and Damian Jones. But Warney picked up a fourth foul in overtime, and the Commodores were able to pull away in overtime through lay-ups and free throws.

      No. 22 Butler 93, Missouri State 59

      No. 22 Butler didn't smash any school scoring records, but it lit up the scoreboard again while easily advancing to the semifinals of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off.

      Andrew Chrabascz and reserve Kelan Martin each scored 18 points as the Bulldogs clobbered Missouri State at Coliseo Roberto Clemente in San Juan.

      Coming off a 144-point performance in its season opener on Saturday night against The Citadel, Butler shot 60 percent from the floor as it established a 49-25 halftime lead and never really let up until the margin reached 38 points with 10:19 remaining.

      No. 23 LSU 68, South Alabama 66

      With his team's lead down to 10 points, LSU freshman forward Ben Simmons single-handedly produced a 6-0 run midway through the second half, with two of the three baskets coming on massive dunks, to propel No. 23 LSU past a pesky South Alabama team in Baton Rouge, La.

      Simmons and fellow freshman guard Antonio Blakeney, who buried three 3-pointers in the first six minutes of the second half, carried an otherwise inconsistent LSU offense, scoring 55 of LSU's 78 points. After Simmons' spurt, the Tiger deficit never dipped below 11.

      Simmons finished with 23 points, Blakeney had 22, and Elbert Robinson III added 10 before leaving midway through the second half with an ankle injury.

  • Thursday, November 19, 2015
    NC State G Henderson out after ankle surgery
    By The Sports Xchange

    North Carolina State guard Terry Henderson will be sidelined 6-to-8 weeks after undergoing ankle surgery, the school confirmed Thursday.

    • Henderson was injured seven minutes into the season-opening contest against William & Mary and underwent the surgery earlier this week.

      Henderson, a junior, was playing in his first game for the school. He sat out last season after transferring from West Virginia.

  • Thursday, November 19, 2015
    George Mason 68, Ole Miss 62
    By The Sports Xchange

    Shooting more efficiently and dominating the rebound battle, George Mason pulled off a mild upset on Thursday at the Charleston Classic, dumping Ole Miss 68-62 at TD Arena in Charleston, S.C.

    • Center Shevon Thompson dominated the paint for the Patriots (1-2), compiling a 19-point, 16-rebound double-double while making 8-of-10 field-goal attempts. His three-point play with 4.3 seconds remaining sealed the verdict.

      Thompson also blocked three shots, including a clutch rejection of Rebels forward Sebastian Saiz's dunk in the last 20 seconds to prevent Ole Miss from drawing within a point.

      Guard Jaire Grayer added 15 points, going 3-of-4 on 3-pointers. Guard Marquise Moore scored 12 and point guard Otis Livingston contributed 10 points as George Mason handed new coach Dave Paulsen his first win.

      Guard Stefan Moody paced the Rebels (2-1) with 18 points, going 7-of-12 from the field. But his teammates combined to make only 16-of-54 shots as the team hit only 34.8 percent for the day.

      Guard J.T. Escobar came off the bench to add 11, while guard Sam Finley scored 10 points but made only 4-of-15 shots.

      The Patriots sank 27-of-55 field-goal attempts and outboarded Ole Miss 44-29, more than making up for committing 18 turnovers while forcing just four.

      George Mason advances to Friday's semifinals against either Towson or Oklahoma State.

  • Thursday, November 19, 2015
    New Mexico F Williams suffers career-ending injury
    By The Sports Xchange

    New Mexico junior forward Devon Williams will no longer play college basketball after suffering a spinal injury during a recent game against New Mexico State.

    • Williams was initially diagnosed with a bruised cervical spine cord but further evaluation displayed he has spinal stenosis - a narrowing of the spinal canal.

      Lobos coach Craig Neal told ESPN that a specialist advised Williams to no longer play basketball.

      "There was a fear of him being paralyzed," Neal said. "(The specialist) said he was very lucky that it didn't happen against New Mexico State. He is fine. He is walking with no problems."

      The 6-foot-8 Williams was injured during Sunday's contest and was attended to on the court for nearly 10 minutes. He was taken away by stretcher and transported to a nearby hospital in Las Cruces.

      Williams averaged 6.7 points last season as a sophomore and was slated to be a key reserve this season.

  • Wednesday, November 18, 2015
    Arizona State 91, Kennesaw State 53
    By The Sports Xchange

    Senior center Eric Jacobsen had a double-double and senior guard Gerry Blakes was one basket short as Arizona State beat Kennesaw State 91-53 on Wednesday at Wells Fargo Arena in Tempe, Ariz.

    • Jacobsen had a season-high 15 points and 10 rebounds and Blakes had eight points and 12 rebounds.

      The Sun Devils (2-1) had a decisive 53-24 rebounding edge and scored 20 second-chance points.

      Junior college transfer forward Obinna Oleka had a career-high 15 points and six rebounds, forward Willie Atwood had 10 points and eight rebounds and guard Tra Holder had 14 points as the Sun Devils won their second straight.

      Arizona State scored 19 of the first 24 points, with Oleka's layup with 13:24 remaining capping the run.

      Forward Nigel Pruitt had 19 points and guard Yonel Brown had 11 points and three assists for Kennesaw State (0-3), which also has lost road games to Alabama and LSU.

      Arizona State shot 52.4 percent from the field and limited Kennesaw State to 32.8 percent.

      Kennesaw State trailed by 11 points at halftime and never closed within in single digits in the second half, trailing by as many as 40 points.

  • Wednesday, November 18, 2015
    Top 25 roundup: No. 1 UNC handles Wofford
    By The Sports Xchange

    Brice Johnson, Kennedy Meeks and Joel Berry scored 16 points apiece as top-ranked North Carolina shook off pesky Wofford to win 78-58 on Wednesday night at the Smith Center.

    • Wofford was within 50-47 with less than 14 minutes to play. North Carolina scored the next eight points, taking almost four minutes to do so.

      The Tar Heels did the bulk of their work in the lane with Meeks, Johnson and Isaiah Hicks, who finished with 12 points, converting in the second half.

      Jaylen Allen's 15 points led Wofford, which faced a No. 1-ranked team for the first time.

      No. 21 Purdue 96, Incarnate Word 61

      Sophomore Isaac Haas had 17 points and 12 rebounds, and 21st-ranked Purdue rode a 53-point first half to an easy victory against Incarnate Word in Mackey Arena.

      The Boilermakers made 21 of 29 field goal attempts during the first 20 minutes, including 17 of 19 from inside the arc.

      Rapheal Davis added 14, Vince Edwards had 13, Kendall Stephens scored 12 and Caleb Swanigan finished with 10 for Purdue.

      Kyle Hittle had 17 for Incarnate Word, including five 3-pointers.

      No. 10 Gonzaga 91, Northern Arizona 52

      Domantas Sabonis scored a career-high 26 points and Kyle Wiltjer added 23 as 10th-ranked Gonzaga breezed to a nonconference victory over Northern Arizona at the McCarthey Athletic Center in Spokane, Wash.

      The game served as the official season opener for the Bulldogs, whose game with Pittsburgh last Friday was cancelled at halftime due to a slippery playing surface in Okinawa, Japan.

      Kris Yanku led Northern Arizona with 18 points and Ako Kaluna added 11 points and seven rebounds.

  • Tuesday, November 17, 2015
    Top 25 roundup: Valentine's triple-double lefts Spartans past Jayhawks
    By The Sports Xchange

    CHICAGO -- Michigan State got the big November win it was looking for on Tuesday in the Champions Classic against Kansas, and all it took was an unbelievable night from Denzel Valentine.

    • The senior guard scored a career-high 27, grabbed 11 rebounds and handed out 12 assists to become the fourth Michigan State player to record a triple-double as he led the 13th-ranked Spartans to a 79-73 victory over the No. 4 Jayhawks.

      The back-and-forth battle with the tension of a tournament game in March saw Valentine hit a pair of free throws with 29 seconds left to give the Spartans a three-point lead. Moments later, freshman Deyonta Davis put the game away scoring the final two points on free throws.

      No. 2 Kentucky 74, No, 5 Duke 63

      Tyler Ulis controlled the game at both ends of the floor and the Wildcats eased past the Blue Devil in the Champions Classic.

      A Chicago product who didn't start a game last season, Ulis played all 40 minutes, scored a career-high 18 points with six assists and four rebounds to lead Kentucky's balanced offense. Guard Jamal Murray added 16 points for Kentucky.

      Duke was led by forward Amile Jefferson and Nate Jones with 16 points each.

      No. 3 Maryland 75, Georgetown 71

      Melo Trimble had 24 points and three assists as the Terrapins beat the Hoyas in the first meeting in College Park, Md., in more than 40 years between the two local schools.

      Rasheed Sulaimon (10 points), a transfer from Duke, hit a 3-pointer with 1:14 left to give the Terrapins a 71-68 edge. Trimble hit two free throws with 12.3 seconds left before D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera (14 points) sank a 3-pointer with 4.7 seconds to go to trim the margin to 73-71. Trimble made two free throws with 3.9 seconds left to seal the win.

      Jake Layman added 15 points for the Terrapins. Bradley Hayes had 16 points and Isaac Copeland and Marcus Derrickson each added 13 points for the Hoyas.

      No. 8 Oklahoma 84, Memphis 78

      Preseason All-American candidate Buddy Hield scored 30 points to lead the Sooners to a season-opening victory.

      The reigning Big 12 Player of the Year made four consecutive free throws in the final 15 seconds to seal the win for the Sooners.

      Tulsa 77, No. 9 Wichita State 67

      Shaquille Harrison delivered 20 points to pace the Golden Hurricane to the upset victory.

      Tulsa received vital contributions off the bench from Marquel Curtis as the Golden Hurricane snapped a seven-game losing streak against their former Missouri Valley Conference rival.

      No. 11 Villanova 87, Nebraska 63

      The Wildcats used a massive first-half run and some lockdown defense to run past the Cornhuskers in the first of several matchups this week between the Big East and Big Ten.

      Daniel Ochefu had his second double-double in as many games with 17 points and 10 rebounds, while Josh Hart led Villanova with 19 points.

      Andrew White paced the Cornhuskers with 18 points.

      No. 18 Notre Dame 86, Wisconsin-Milwaukee 78

      A career night from junior wing V.J. Beachem and plenty of points from the rest of the starting lineup helped the Irish avoid an upset.

      Beachem scored a career-high 19 points and added a career-high eight rebounds while all five Irish starters scored in double figures.

      No. 19 UConn 85, New Hampshire 66

      Sterling Gibbs scored 21 points and the Huskies shot 48 percent from 3-point range in an easy win over the Wildcats.

      The Huskies, led by Gibbs and guard Rodney Purvis (20 points) made 13 3-pointers on 27 attempts.

  • Tuesday, November 17, 2015
    Louisville 87, Hartford 52
    By The Sports Xchange

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Louisville remained unbeaten on the young season with an 87-52 win over Hartford Tuesday night at the KFC Yum! Center.

    • The Cardinals held Hartford (1-2), shooting 41.9 percent on 3-point attempt in its first two games this season -- to just 3-for-17 shooting from distance.

      Guard Damion Lee, a graduate transfer who scored 1,538 points for Drexel and was fourth nationally last season with 21.4 points per game, had a team-leading 18 points despite missing the final 16:38 of the first half with foul trouble.

      Center Chianu Onuaku also scored 18 for the Cardinals, who shot 50 percent from the field and went 6-for-18 on 3-point attempts.

      Junior guard Pancake Thomas scored 20 points to lead the Hawks, who hit 31 percent of their shots and were 3-for-17 from beyond the arc.

  • Tuesday, November 17, 2015
    Kentucky lands top-10 recruit Adebayo
    By The Sports Xchange

    Edrice Adebayo will play for the University of Kentucky next season, the top-10 college basketball recruit announced Tuesday on national television.

    • "They're a winning program with a great all-around environment. Whatever I need to do for Kentucky, I'll do it," Adebayo said.

      Adebayo, a 6-foot-10 forward who was also considering Auburn and North Carolina State, is the fourth five-star prospect from the Class of 2016 to commit to the Wildcats.

      Head coach John Calipari, who has had the top recruiting class four times since coming to Lexington in 2009, already received commitments for 2016 from point guard De'Aaron Fox, forward Wenyen Gabriel and forward Sacha Killeya-Jones.

      Adebayo averaged 32 points and 21 rebounds while leading the Northside-Pinetown (North Carolina) Panthers in 2014-15. He transferred from Northside to High Point Christian for this season.

  • Tuesday, November 17, 2015
    Men's Top 25 roundup: GW upsets Virginia
    By The Sports Xchange

    Guard Patricio Garino and forward Tyler Cavanaugh each had 18 points and five rebounds as George Washington shot 50 percent from the field in the first half and upset No. 6 Virginia 73-68 Monday before a sellout crowd of 5,025 in Washington.

    • Cavanaugh, a transfer from Wake Forest, gave the Colonials a 64-55 with two free throws at the 5:24 mark.

      After the Cavaliers (1-1) trimmed the lead to 64-58, forward Yuta Watanabe made a basket to build the margin back up to nine at 68-59 with 4:16 remaining and the Colonials (2-0) held on to post their biggest home win in nearly 20 years.

      Guard Malcolm Brogdon had 28 points and eight rebounds for the Cavaliers, who had won their last 15 nonconference games and allowed just 51.5 points per contest last season.

      No. 7 Iowa State 106, Chicago State 64

      Chicago State had no answer for Iowa State's Jameel McKay and as a result had no chance as the Cyclones ran away with a 106-64 win on Monday at Ames, Iowa.

      McKay was the Iowa State offense early. He finished with a career-high 25 points on 12-of-15 shooting, and most of his attempts were in close range. The senior forward finished with nine dunks and 11 rebounds as he recorded his sixth career double-double.

      Elliott Cole scored 18 points to lead the Cougars (1-1).

      No. 12 Arizona 90, Bradley 60

      Freshman Allonzo Trier made all 14 of his free-throw attempts while scoring 22 points as the Wildcats pulled away from the Braves in Tucson, Ariz.

      Trier, a McDonald's High School All-American, hit four of five shots from the field, and his 14-of-14 performance from the line tied for the second-best effort in school history. Jerryd Bayless went 16-for-16 against Stanford in 2008.

      Arizona (2-0) got 15 points from Ryan Anderson. Ronnie Suggs scored 17 points to pace Bradley (1-1).

      No. 14 Indiana 102, Austin Peay 76

      The Hoosiers hit 15 shots in a row in a span of more than 12 minutes in the second half, and they raced to a victory over the Governors in an opening-round game of the Maui Jim Maui Classic played at Assembly Hall.

      Indiana (2-0) was particularly proficient from beyond the 3-point arc, making 16 of 27 attempts. That was two 3-pointers off of the school record set against Minnesota last season.

      Senior Yogi Ferrell led the Hoosiers with 22 points, and James Blackmon Jr. had 20. Chris Horton led Austin Peay (0-2) with 17 points, and Khalil Davis scored 16.

      No. 15 Cal 85, UC Santa Barbara 67

      Tyrone Wallace scored 24 points to lead the Bears past the Gauchos in Berkeley, Calif.

      All five starters scored in double figures for Cal (2-0). Freshman Jaylen Brown had 17 points and seven rebounds.

      Guard Michael Bryson scored 23 points for UC Santa Barbara (1-1).

      No. 16 Utah 81, San Diego State 76

      Jordan Loveridge scored 21 points, and Jakob Poeltl added 15 points and 12 rebounds to help the Utes escape with an victory over the Aztecs in Salt Lake City.

      Kyle Kuzma added 14 points and seven rebounds, while Lorenzo Bonam chipped in 14 points for the Utes. Utah (2-0) snapped a six game losing streak to San Diego State dating back to 2009.

      Winston Shepard scored 19 points, and Trey Kell and Dakarai Allen added 15 points apiece for San Diego State. The Aztecs (1-1) shot 41.9 percent from the field and 8-for-17 from 3-point range.

      No. 17 Vanderbilt 98, Gardner-Webb 62

      The Commodores ran off a 19-0 spurt early in the first half, then scored 16 straight early in the second and cruised to a victory over the Bulldogs at Memorial Gymnasium.

      Led by Jeff Roberson's career-high 18 points, Vanderbilt (2-0) ran away from Gardner-Webb (0-2).

      Tyrell Nelson led Gardner-Webb with 16 points.

      No. 25 Oregon 74, No. 20 Baylor 67

      Senior Chris Boucher scored 15 points and grabbed eight rebounds Monday, leading the Ducks to a win over the Bears in a nonconference game at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Ore.

      Elgin Cook and Dwayne Benjamin had 15 and 13 points, respectively, for the Ducks. Freshman Tyler Dorsey added 12 points, and Dillon Brooks had 10 for Oregon (2-0).

      Al Freeman had 22 points to pace Baylor (1-1), while Johnathan Motley added 17. Taurean Prince scored 10.

      No. 23 LSU 91, Kennesaw State 69

      Freshman Ben Simmons powered his way to 22 points, and Josh Gray made an efficient return from a one-game suspension to pace the Tigers to a rout of the Owls in Baton Rouge, La.

      Simmons, who took just seven shots in LSU's season-opening win against McNeese State, made seven in the first half, keying a 30-8 run that sent the Tigers (2-0) into the locker room with a 44-21 lead.

      Kennesaw State (0-2) got a game-high 25 points from Kendrick Ray.

      No. 24 Michigan 88, Elon 68

      Derrick Walton Jr. recorded 24 points, seven assists and six rebounds as the Wolverines scored the first 10 points of the second half and rolled to a victory over the Phoenix in Ann Arbor, Mich.

      Michigan (2-0) took a 43-33 lead to halftime after Duncan Robinson came off the bench to score 13 of his 19 points. He was 6-for-6 from the field in the game.

      Reserve Dainan Swoope led Elon (1-1) with 15 points.

  • Monday, November 16, 2015
    Tar Heels keep No. 1 hold in AP poll
    By The Sports Xchange

    North Carolina, after opening with victories over Temple and Fairfield, is No. 1 in the first Associated Press regular-season men's college basketball poll released Monday.

    • The Tar Heels were the preseason No. 1 for a record ninth time. North Carolina received 37 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel. Kentucky, with eight first-place votes, is No. 2 and Maryland, with 14 top votes, is third. Kansas is fourth with five first-place votes.

      Defending national champion Duke is fifth, followed by Virginia, which had the other first-place vote. Iowa State, Oklahoma, Wichita State and Gonzaga round out the top 10.

      Villanova is No. 11, followed by Arizona, Michigan State, Indiana, California, Utah, Vanderbilt, Notre Dame, Connecticut, Baylor, Purdue, Butler, LSU, Michigan and Oregon.

      Tuesday night's Champions Classic doubleheader at Chicago's United Center may shake up next week's rankings. Kentucky meets Duke, and Kansas faces Michigan State.

  • Sunday, November 15, 2015
    Top 25 roundup: No. 1 North Carolina routs Fairfield
    By The Sports Xchange

    Nate Britt scored 11 of his 17 points in the second half as top-ranked North Carolina pulled away to drub Fairfield 92-65 its home opener Sunday in Chapel Hill, N.C.

    • Forward Brice Johnson added 16 points and guard Joel Berry had 15 points as the Tar Heels (2-0) shot 54.8 percent from the field in the second half. Guard Theo Pinson and forward Justin Jackson each tallied 11 points.

      Forward Marcus Gilbert had 16 of his 25 points in the first half for Fairfield (0-2) before he fouled out at the 3:12 mark. Forward Jonathan Kasibabu fouled out with 6:02 remaining after collecting 10 rebounds without scoring.

      The Stags were within 28-27 with less than six minutes to play in the first half, before North Carolina held a 40-32 edge at the break and pulled away in the second half.

      No. 23 Purdue 107, Vermont 79

      Sophomore guard Dakota Mathias scored 17 points, and Purdue made a single-game school-record 18 3-pointers during an easy victory over Vermont in West Lafayette, Ind.

      The former record of 16 made 3s occurred on Feb. 7, 1998 during a victory at Ohio State. Sophomore center Isaac Haas scored 16 points for the Boilermakers (2-0) and freshman forward Caleb Swanigan had 14 points and 13 rebounds,

      Guard Ernie Duncan led Vermont (0-2) with 18 points.

      No. 17 Wisconsin 92, Siena 65

      Junior point guard Bronson Koenig scored 23 points to pace the Badgers to a rout of the Saints in Madison, Wis.

      Koenig shot 8-for-14 from the field, including 3-for-6 on 3-point tries, in the Badgers' first meeting against Siena. He also had four assists and five rebounds in the win. Wisconsin (1-1) played nearly the entire first half without junior forward Nigel Hayes, their leading scorer, who sat with two fouls. Hayes returned and scored 10 of his 14 points in the second.

      Freshman guard Nico Clareth came off the bench and poured in a team-high 21 points on 7-of-14 shooting for Siena (0-2). Junior point guard Marquis Wright added 17 points.

  • Friday, November 13, 2015
    Top 25 roundup: No. 1 North Carolina rolls in opener
    By The Sports Xchange

    ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Kennedy Meeks finished with 25 points and 10 rebounds as No. 1 North Carolina pulled away in the second half for a 91-67 victory over Temple in the season opener at the Navy Veterans Classic Friday night.

    • Meeks, a 6-foot-10, 260-pound junior forward, proved too much for Temple to handle wherever he went. He made shots inside and outside and helped the Tar Heels take command by scoring nine of their first 11 second-half points.

      Overall, Meeks made 10 of 14 from the field, leading a balanced North Carolina attack which featured four players in double figures, including senior forward Brice Johnson (16 points), junior guard Nate Britt (15) and sophomore guard Joel Berry II (14).

      Britt didn't finish, however, getting ejected after a brief shoving match with 59.4 seconds left.

      North Carolina's size overwhelmed Temple inside. The Tar Heels held a 49-32 edge on the boards and rarely let the Owls get follow-up shots.

      North Carolina will play its first few games without star guard Marcus Paige, who broke his hand during training camp.

      No. 2 Kentucky 78, Albany 65

      Freshman guard Jamal Murray led the way with 19 points, including four dunks, for Kentucky in its season opener. He added eight assists and three rebounds in the home victory.

      The second half was a time for freshman Skal Labissiere to shine. After being held without a point in the first half, the 6-foot-11 forward, who is projected to be a top-five NBA draft pick, scored with 15:58 to play. He finished with nine points and five rebounds.

      No. 3 Maryland 80, Mount St. Mary's 56

      Five players scored in double figures to pace No. 3 Maryland to a season-opening win at Xfinity Center.

      Senior forward Jake Layman led the balanced Terrapins with 16 points, and sophomore guard Melo Trimble added 14, but they had plenty of support. Jared Nickens added 11 off the bench, and Robert Carter and prized freshman Diamond Stone each chipped in 10.

      Mount St. Mary's, the favorite to win the Northeast Conference crown this season, was led by BK Ashe with 18 points.

      No. 4 Kansas 109, Northern Colorado 72

      Junior guard Brannen Greene scored 18 points on 6-for-6 shooting, and No. 4 Kansas hit 15 3-pointers on its way to a easy win over Northern Colorado on Friday night at Allen Fieldhouse.

      Senior forward Perry Ellis contributed 16 points and junior guard Wayne Selden added 15, as KU won its 43rd straight home opener. The Jayhawks also scored 100 points for the first time since a 108-96 overtime victory over Iowa State on Feb. 25, 2013.

      No. 5 Duke 92, Siena 74

      Guard Grayson Allen scored 26 points, picking up where he left off in April, as fifth-ranked Duke opened the season by ripping Siena at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

      Duke forward Amile Jefferson added 19 points and 12 rebounds, and freshman Brandon Ingram tacked on 15 points in his collegiate debut.

      No. 6 Virginia 86, Morgan State 48

      Virginia had four players in double figures and opened the season with a blowout at John Paul Jones Arena.

      Senior center Mike Tobey led the way for Virginia with a strong second-half performance and a game-high 15 points on 7-of-8 shooting with eight rebounds.

      Virginia outrebounded Morgan State 50-21 and shot 49 percent on the night.

      No. 7 Iowa State 68, Colorado 62

      New Iowa State basketball coach Steve Prohm wanted to install a tougher defensive mentality with the Cyclones. It took all of one game for it to show up. The No. 7 Cyclones held Colorado to 36.5 percent shooting in the contest played in Sioux Falls, S.D.

      Georges Niang led the Cyclones with 17 points.

      Colorado made nine threes and used an 11-0 run to cut their deficit to 43-40 with 9:48 left, but they never seized the lead in the second half.

      No. 10 Wichita State 88, Charleston Southern 63

      Ron Baker scored 15 points, and guards Landry Shamet and forward Eric Hamilton, both freshmen, scored 13 apiece to lead Wichita State in its opener in Wichita, Kansas.

      Wichita State point guard Fred VanVleet started, but played three minutes before deciding not to push a strained left hamstring.

      No. 11 Villanova 91, Fairleigh Dickinson 54

      Villanova had no trouble in its season opener, opening up a double-digit lead on Fairleigh Dickinson in the first five minutes and never looking back.

      Daniel Ochefu, the Wildcats' senior center, had a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds as all five Villanova starters finished in double figures.

      No. 12 Arizona 79, Pacific 61

      Power forward Ryan Anderson and point guard Kadeem Allen had successful Arizona debuts as the new-look 12th-ranked Wildcats opened with a win in Tucson, Ariz.

      Anderson, a senior transfer from Boston College, scored 18 points and pulled down 12 rebounds in 25 minutes..

      Allen, who redshirted last season after being the 2014 junior college player of the year at Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College, had 13 points, five assists and four rebounds with one turnover.

      Arizona won its 39th consecutive game at McKale Center.

      No. 13 Michigan State 82, FAU 55

      Freshman forward Deyonta Davis piled up 13 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks in his debut to help Michigan State roll past Florida Atlantic in East Lansing, Mich.

      Senior guard Denzel Valentine collected 13 points, eight rebounds and nine assistsm and center Matt Costello supplied 15 points and seven rebounds for the Spartans.

      No. 14 California 97, Rice 65

      Senior guard Tyrone Wallace scored 20 points on 9-of-12 shooting and added six rebounds and eight assists to help Cal blow by Rice In Berkeley, Calif.

      Cal's two highly touted freshman, forwards Jaylen Brown and Ivan Rabb, scored 14 points apiece in their debuts, and Rabb added 13 rebounds and two blocks to his statistical line.

      Forward Egor Koulechov scored 19 points for Rice, which trailed by 18 points in the first half and never recovered.

      No. 15 Indiana 88, Eastern Illinois 49

      James Blackmon Jr. scored 17 points, and Yogi Ferrell added 13 as Indiana had an easy time in a season-opening victory over Eastern Illinois at Assembly Hall in Blommington, Ind.

      Freshman Thomas Bryant had 11 points and nine rebounds for the Hoosiers, and six players scored in double figures for Indiana.

      No. 16 Utah 82, Southern Utah 71

      Sophomore center Jakob Poeltl scored 26 points and pulled down 11 rebounds and sophomore forward Kyle Kuzma added 23 points and 12 boards to lead no. 16 Utah past Southern Utah in Salt Lake City.

      Senior forward Jordan Loveridge added 24 points for the Utes, who overcame a sluggish first-half start.

      The Thunderbirds shot 10-of-19 from 3-point range, but could not overcome Utah's 41-29 dominance on the boards.

      Western Illinois 69, No. 17 Wisconsin 67

      Garret Covington sank two free throws with 10 seconds remaining and Western Illinois upset No. 17 at the Kohl Center in Milwaukee.

      The Leathernecks led by six, 64-58, at the four-minute mark. But a frantic Badgers comeback gave the home team life as a layup by Vito Brown knotted the score at 67 all with 1:59 to go.

      With 10 seconds left, a foul by guard Khalil Iverson sent Covington to the free-throw line, where he made both shots.

      Guard Bronson Koenig missed a jumper with four seconds left that would have tied the game.

      No. 18 Vanderbilt 80, Austin Peay 41

      Vanderbilt, ranked in the Top 25 in the preseason for the first time since 2011-12, rolled past visiting Austin Peay at Memorial Gymnasium on Friday night.

      Power forward Luke Kornet had 13 points and 13 rebounds, and point guard Wade Baldwin added 14 points, four rebounds and four assists.

      No. 19 Notre Dame 87, St. Francis (Pa.) 56

      After unveiling its 2015 ACC Tournament championship banner just before tip-off, Notre Dame then went out and dismantled visiting St. Francis (Pa.).

      Junior guard Demetrius Jackson and senior big man Zach Augeste are the new leading men for Notre Dame. Jackson finished with a career-high 27 points and eight boards, while Augeste had a double-double (15 points, 14 boards) for Notre Dame, which improved to 16-0 in season openers under Mike Brey.

      No. 20 Connecticut 100, Maine 56

      Point guard Sterling Gibbs scored 20 points in his Connecticut debut and center Amida Brimah dominated at both ends of the floor with 18 points and nine blocked shots as UConn opened with an easy win.

      UConn shot 53.8 percent from the floor in the second half before a sellout crowd of 10,167 at Gampel Pavilion. Forward Shonn Miller, a graduate transfer from Cornell, scored 17 points and pulled down 10 rebounds in his debut for the Huskies.

      No. 21 LSU 81, McNeese State 70

      Freshman forward Ben Simmons looked as good as advertised in his college debut, as he finished with 11 points, 13 rebounds, five assists and a pair of blocked shots for No. 21 Louisiana State in Baton Rouge, La.

      Guard Antonio Blakeney led LSU with 22 points and pulled down 10 rebounds.

      The attendance at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center was 11,697 -- the largest crowd for an LSU home opener since 1991, Shaquille O'Neal's final season.

      No. 22 Baylor 97, Stephen F. Austin 55

      Baylor's balanced scoring led by forward Rico Gathers' 18 points was too much for visiting Stephen F. Austin in the 22nd-ranked Bears' victory in Waco, Texas.

      The Bears, who shot 64.3 percent from the field, got a combined 60 points from its five starters.

      No. 23 Purdue 81, North Carolina A&T 40

      Purdue placed six in double figures, getting 14 each from guards Rapheal Davis and Kendall Stephens, and rolled to a season-opening victory in the Naismith Hall of Fame Tipoff Classic in Bloomington, Ind.

      Purdue finished 12 of 30 from 3-point range while the Aggies were 0 of 15 from beyond the arc and only 14 of 58 overall (24.1 percent).

      No. 25 Michigan 70, Northern Michigan 44

      Senior guard Caris LeVert had 18 points and five assists to lead Michigan to victory in Ann Arbor, Mich.

      Sophomore forward Aubrey Dawkins added 15 points as the Wolverines pulled away in the second half. Dawkins was 6 of 7 from the field against the Division II Wildcats.

      The Wolverines played without junior forward Zak Irvin, who is recuperating from back surgery.

      Gonzaga-Pittsburgh cancelled

      The Armed Forces Classic between No. 9 Gonzaga and Pittsburgh in Okinawa, Japan, was cancelled at halftime due to floor safety issues.

      The slippery floor caused Pittsburgh's senior guard James Robinson to fall and injure his right cheek. Tournament officials and coaches gathered during halftime to assess the safety of the court and decided to suspend play with Pittsburgh leading 37-35 at intermission.

  • Friday, November 13, 2015
    North Carolina State exends Gottfried's contract
    By The Sports Xchange

    North Carolina State extended the contract of men's basketball coach Mark Gottfried through the end of the 2019-2020 season, the school announced Friday.

    • The deal raises Gottfried's annual compensation from $2.06 million to $2.48 million.

      Gottfried has a 92-52 record with the Wolfpack. His teams have qualified for the NCAA tournament in each of his first four seasons and have twice reached the Sweet 16.

      "This shows the investment and commitment that both NC State and I have made to continue building this program for years to come," Gottfried said in a statement.

      North Carolina State also extended the contract of third-year women's basketball coach Wes Moore through 2020. Moore's annual compensation will increase from $385,000 to $460,000.

  • Thursday, November 12, 2015
    College basketball notebook: Former Arizona star Wright a homicide victim
    By The Sports Xchange

    Former Arizona basketball star Michael Wright was found slain in a vehicle in New York City.

    • Wright, 35, was last seen Nov. 5 and his body was discovered on Tuesday. There was a gunshot wound in his forehead and the medical examiner ruled Wright's death was a homicide.

      A New York Daily News report quotes police saying Wright's body was found under a pile of trash bags in the backseat of an SUV. The Daily News reported police were investigating a link between the murder and a male Wright might have encountered through a dating app.

      The 6-foot-8 Wright played three seasons at Arizona and was the second-leading scorer on the team that lost to Duke in the 2001 NCAA title game. He was the power forward on a squad that included future NBA players Gilbert Arenas, Richard Jefferson and Luke Walton.

      ---Katina Powell is scheduled to meet with NCAA investigators and turn over detailed documents surrounding her allegations against Louisville's basketball program.

      Powell is under investigation for possible criminal charges, but her attorney, Larry Wilder, said that strengthens her reasoning for wanting to meet with the NCAA.

      Her book, "Breaking Cardinals Rules," makes damning claims against Louisville with claims that former staff member Andre McGee organized paid for sex parties for players and recruits. Head coach Rick Pitino claims no knowledge of the alleged wrongdoing, which Powell said took place in a campus dormitory.

      ---The NCAA Tournament Selection Committee is moving its March meeting and announcement to New York City in 2016.

      Oklahoma athletic director and men's tournament chair Joseph Castiglione said expanded attention and media opportunities for broadcast partners CBS and Turner Sports drove the decision.

      "Our motivation behind this change is simple. We want even more focus on selection week, which will give March Madness considerable momentum heading into the best three weeks of the year," said Castiglione in a statement released by the NCAA. "New York provides us with countless platforms to provide insight and share updates on where the committee is with the process of building the bracket."