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  • Creighton's Watson turns himself in to answer sexual assault charge
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, February 26, 2017

    Creighton basketball player Maurice Watson Jr. turned himself in at Douglas County Jail in Omaha, Neb., on Sunday to answer a charge of first-degree sexual assault.

    • Watson turned himself in just hours after the Omaha Police Fugitive Unit and the U.S. Marshals Service announced that Watson remained at large.

      Watson's attorneys told authorities on Friday that Watson was traveling from Philadelphia to Omaha, Neb., and would turn himself in once he arrived that day.

      That didn't happen and attorney Stu Dornan told the Omaha World-Journal on Sunday that Watson got slowed by a snowstorm on his drive.

      Authorities began looking for Watson on Thursday after the sexual-assault charge was announced. One of Watson's attorneys told police he was in his hometown of Philadelphia rehabilitating the season-ending knee injury he suffered in mid-January.

      Mallory Hughes, another attorney for Watson, told the newspaper that Watson was "never dodging the police."

      "That's a trip that takes hours and hours," Hughes said. "The family was slowed by the snowstorm that moved across the nation's midsection and by the need to give Watson breaks from riding due to his injury. His doctor had told him he should not spend long periods in the car without a break."

      Watson is under investigation for an incident involving a 19-year-old Creighton student that occurred in the early-morning hours of Feb. 4 in Omaha.

      "We are adamantly denying these allegations," Hughes said on Friday. "They are false allegations."

      Hughes said Watson is being targeted as a high-profile athlete.

      "As a female, I can say that one of the biggest fears you have is being sexually assaulted," Hughes said. "As a student athlete with a bright future, I think that one of the biggest fears is being falsely accused of sexual assault.

      "(Watson) has an incredibly bright future ahead of him, and this false accusation could wreck that for him. So we as his attorneys are going to fight for him, for his future, for the game that he loves, against these false allegations, so that he can continue to pursue his career in basketball."

      Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine was displeased with Watson's team making a reference to "false allegations."

      "It's one thing to say, 'We're denying the allegations,'" Kleine said. "But to specifically say these are false allegations, that's a fairly strong statement to make without knowing what the evidence is.

      "They're throwing a lot out there without knowing what the evidence is."

      The woman who reported the sexual assault said it was a non-consensual incident. She said she was attacked in a bathroom.

      Creighton suspended Watson from all basketball activities last week.

      The university issued a statement on Thursday night after learning of the first-degree sexual assault charge.

      "Creighton University continues to cooperate with local officials in the investigation, and the announcement on Thursday, Feb. 23, has no impact on Creighton's ongoing investigation of the matter.

      "There is no tolerance for sexual misconduct at Creighton, and all the allegations will be investigated fairly and with dignity. As the process continues, we are extending care and concern for all involved."

      The Bluejays (22-7, 9-7 Big East) are 4-6 since losing Watson to the knee injury.

      Watson, an All-Big East first-team preseason selection, averaged 12.9 points, and his average of 8.5 assists led the nation at the time of his injury.

  • Top 25 roundup: BYU halts No. 1 Gonzaga's unbeaten season
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, February 25, 2017

    SPOKANE, Wash. -- Brigham Young scored 10 unanswered points in the last two minutes of the game to upset top-ranked Gonzaga 79-71 on Saturday night in a West Coast Conference game.

    • The defeat ends the Bulldogs' quest for an unbeaten regular season as they finish 29-1 overall and 17-1 in the WCC heading into next week's conference tournament in Las Vegas.

      BYU (20-11, 11-7) was led by Eric Mika's 29 points and 11 rebounds. His jump shot with 1:05 left put the Cougars ahead 73-71 after the second half included four ties and four lead changes.

      Consecutive turnovers by Gonzaga led to a layup by Corbin Kaufusi and two free throws by Mika to increase the lead to 77-71 with nine seconds left. Gonzaga's Nigel Williams-Goss missed a jumper and Nick Emery closed the scoring for BYU with two free throws with five seconds left.

      BYU rallied to win after trailing by 16 points in the first half. The Bulldogs had won 21 straight games by double digits.

      No. 2 Villanova 79, No. 23 Creighton 63

      VILLANOVA, Pa. -- Eric Paschall scored 19 points, Josh Hart added 16 and second-ranked Villanova clinched its fourth consecutive Big East championship with a victory over No. 23 Creighton at The Pavilion.

      Kris Jenkins scored 15 and Mikal Bridges had 11 for the Wildcats (27-3, 14-3 Big East), who competed in the last game in The Pavilion, which opened Feb. 1, 1986. The arena will undergo a major renovation beginning in June and is scheduled to re-open in the fall of 2018.

      Marcus Foster paced the Bluejays (22-7, 9-7) with 25 points while Khyri Thomas contributed 17 and Zach Hanson had 10. They had won three straight games over top 25 opponents before this game.

      No. 3 Kansas 77, Texas 67

      AUSTIN, Texas -- Josh Jackson scored 18 points to lead three teammates in double figures as No. 3 Kansas (26-3, 14-2) won its seventh straight game and clinched the outright Big 12 championship with two regular-season games remaining.

      Kansas won its 13th straight league title, 17th Big 12 championship overall and an NCAA-leading 60th all-time conference regular-season title. Frank Mason III added 16 points for the Jayhawks, who dominated in bench scoring (21-9), points off turnovers (28-13) and points in the paint (40-30).

      Jarrett Allen recorded a game-high 20 points and 11 rebounds for Texas (10-19, 4-12), which lost its fifth straight and seventh in the last nine outings. Andrew Jones added 18 points for the Longhorns, whose 19 losses are the most since the 1997-98 season.

      No. 5 UCLA 77, No. 4 Arizona 72

      TUCSON, Ariz. -- Guard Bryce Alford scored 15 points, point guard Lonzo Ball had eight assists, and No. 5 UCLA dealt No. 4 Arizona a rare home loss when the Wildcats air-balled a late 3-point attempt in the Pac-12 showdown.

      The Bruins led by 11 with under four minutes to go, but the Wildcats made a late run, sparked by a 3-pointer by guard Allonzo Trier, who scored a career-high 28 points. Arizona forward Lauri Markkanen made two free throws with 29.2 seconds left to make the score 75-72.

      UCLA guard Aaron Holiday missed the front end of a one-and-one with 22 seconds remaining, but Arizona guard Kadeem Allen air-balled a 3-point attempt in the final seconds. Alford finished up with two free throws with 1.2 seconds left.

      UCLA (26-3, 13-3 Pac-12) won its seventh consecutive game. Arizona (26-4, 15-2) lost at McKale Center for just the second time in the past 72 home games. The Wildcats had won 21 games in a row at home.

      No. 6 Oregon 75, Stanford 73

      STANFORD, Calif. -- Jordan Bell's tip-in with 14 seconds gave No. 6 Oregon the victory over Stanford in the Cardinal's final home game of the season.

      Oregon (26-4, 15-2 Pac-12) remained a game behind first-place Arizona in the loss column, pending the result of Arizona's game against UCLA on Saturday night. Tyler Dorsey scored 15 points for Oregon and Dillon Brooks added 14. Bell and Payton Pritchard had 13 apiece for the Ducks.

      Forward Reid Travis, who sat out last month's 69-52 loss to Oregon because of a shoulder injury, had 27 points and 14 rebounds, and his inside work kept the Cardinal (14-14, 6-10) in the game.

      No. 8 North Carolina 85, Pittsburgh 67

      PITTSBURGH -- Junior forward Justin Jackson scored 23 points and made five 3-point baskets to help No. 8 North Carolina post an 85-67 win over Pittsburgh to clinch at least a tie for the ACC regular-season title.

      Junior guard Joel Berry II connected on four 3-pointers while scoring 19 points for the Tar Heels (25-5, 13-3 ACC). Senior center Kennedy Meeks contributed 18 points (9-of-11 shooting) and 10 rebounds for his 10th double-double of the season.

      Senior forward Michael Young and senior guard Jamel Artis scored 17 points apiece for the Panthers (15-14, 4-12). Senior guard Chris Jones added 10 points for Pittsburgh, which was just 7 of 24 from 3-point range.

      The Tar Heels owned a 48-28 rebounding edge, including a season-high 24 offensive boards. North Carolina committed just eight turnovers.

      Iowa State 72, No. 9 Baylor 69

      AMES, Iowa -- Iowa State continued its late-season charge by knocking off No. 9 Baylor at Hilton Coliseum.

      The Cyclones (19-9, 11-5 Big 12) took control of momentum midway through the second half to notch their fifth straight victory and second win over a top-10 opponent this month. Guard Deonte Burton made the big shots Iowa State needed as he finished with 22 points. Guard Monte Morris added 17 points and seven assists.

      Forward Johnathan Motley scored 27 and grabbed 11 rebounds for Baylor (23-6, 10-6). Guard Al Freeman added 14, playing extended minutes with guard Manu Lecomte on the bench for much of the game with an ankle injury, and guard Ishmail Wainright also had 14.

      Miami 55, No. 10 Duke 50

      CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Guard Bruce Brown scored a game-high 25 points to lead unranked Miami victory over shorthanded Duke in an Atlantic Coast Conference matchup.

      The Hurricanes (20-8, 10-6 ACC) clinched their fourth consecutive victory when Brown scored on a breakaway layup with 5.2 seconds after Luke Kennard had brought the No. 10 Blue Devils (22-7, 10-6) within a single possession with a 3-pointer with 7.0 seconds remaining.

      Kennard and guard Frank Jackson ended up with 16 points each to lead the scoring for Duke, which was without junior guard Grayson Allen, who rested an ankle injury.

      No. 11 Kentucky 76, No. 13 Florida 66

      LEXINGTON, Ky. -- No. 11 Kentucky took control of the Southeastern Conference race by beating No. 13 Florida at Rupp Arena.

      Freshman guard Malik Monk scored 30 of his 33 points in the second half for Kentucky (24-5, 14-2 SEC), which holds a one-game lead over Florida (23-6, 13-3) with two games to play. If the Wildcats beat Vanderbilt on Tuesday and Texas A&M next Saturday, they will win the SEC regular season crown for the 48th time in school history.

      Florida got 24 points from sophomore guard KeVaughn Allen and 13 from senior forward Justin Leon. Monk's scoring spree helped to ignite a 26-8 run over that pushed the Wildcats from a 52-44 deficit to a 70-60 lead with 3:48 to play.

      No. 12 West Virginia 61, TCU 60

      FORT WORTH, Texas -- Daxter Miles' free throw after a controversial foul with 4.8 seconds left carried No. 12 West Virginia to a one-point win and dented TCU's postseason tournament hopes.

      Miles finished with only three points, but his last one made the difference for West Virginia (23-6, 11-5 Big 12), coming after Horned Frogs guard Jaylen Fisher was whistled for a slight bump as Miles tried a 15-foot runner.

      Fisher scored a game-high 18 points but TCU (17-12, 6-10) committed 21 turnovers and lost its fifth consecutive game to slip deeper into NCAA bubble peril. Jevon Carter scored 15 and Nathan Adrian had 13 points for the Mountaineers, who swept the season series and improved to 11-0 all-time in the series.

      Michigan 82, No. 14 Purdue 70

      ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Sophomore forward Moritz Wagner scored 22 of his game-high 24 points in the first half to lead Michigan to the upset of No. 14 Purdue.

      Wagner shot 9 of 12 in the first half for the Wolverines (19-10, 9-7 Big Ten), who have won five of their last six games since a home loss to Ohio State on Feb. 4. Derrick Walton had 17 points and 11 rebounds for Michigan.

      Caleb Swanigan and freshman Carsen Edwards each scored 18 points for Purdue (23-6, 12-4), which saw a six-game winning streak snapped and its lead in the Big Ten standings trimmed to a half-game over second-place Wisconsin.

      No. 17 SMU 69, Connecticut 61

      HARTFORD, Conn. -- SMU is nationally ranked and has won 11 straight games but the Mustangs, leading the American Athletic Conference, will likely enter the NCAA Tournament in March as a legitimate sleeper.

      But there was nothing drowsy about the performance by the nation's No. 17-ranked team at the XL Center. The Mustangs put together lethal display of shooting and four players scored in double figures as SMU defeated Connecticut.

      Shake Milton, a sophomore shooting 41 percent from 3-poing range this season, matched his career high with six threes in the first half and finished with 20 points for the Mustangs (25-4, 15-1 AAC). UConn (14-14, 9-7) never got closer than five points in the second half.

      No. 18 Virginia 70, N.C. State 55

      RALEIGH, N.C. -- No. 18 Virginia found the cure for a four-game losing streak with some outside shooting that helped provide its victory over North Carolina State .

      Reserve Kyle Guy made five 3-point baskets on the way to 19 points, becoming a big part of the Cavaliers' 11-for-16 shooting from long range. Devon Hall's 18 points and London Perrantes' 16 points also boosted Virginia (19-9, 9-7 ACC), which had slipped from contending for first place to a tie for eighth place in the matter of a couple of weeks.

      Dennis Smith Jr. scored 13 points, Abdul-Malik Abu supplied 12 points, Markell Johnson had 11 and Terry Henderson added 10 points for N.C. State (15-15, 4-13), which posted one victory in February.

      No. 19 Florida State 76, Clemson 74

      CLEMSON, S.C. -- Xavier Rathan-Mayes scored 15 points as No. 19 Florida State held off Clemson in an Atlantic Coast Conference game at Littlejohn Coliseum.

      Rathan-Mayes made just 5 of 12 shots from the floor, but came up big down the stretch, scoring 13 of his points in the second half, including four in the final 1:45 as the Seminoles (23-6, 11-5 ACC) staved off a strong upset bid by Clemson (14-14, 4-12).

      Freshman forward Jonathan Isaac added 14 points for Florida State while sophomore forward Dwayne Bacon had 12. Senior forward Jaron Blossomgame led Clemson with 24 points.

      No. 20 Saint Mary's 70, Santa Clara 56

      MORAGA, Calif. -- Jock Landale had 17 points and six rebounds to help No. 20 Saint Mary's knock off Santa Clara in West Coast Conference play.

      Emmett Naar and Calvin Hermanson added 13 points apiece for the Gaels (26-3, 16-2). Second-place Saint Mary's shot 55.6 percent from the floor and made 7 of 14 3-point shots.

      Jared Brownridge and Matt Hauser scored 15 points apiece for the Broncos. Santa Clara (16-15, 10-8) wound up in a tie for fourth place in the WCC.

      Iowa 83, No. 24 Maryland 69

      COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Jordan Bohannon hit eight of 10 shots from 3-point range and scored a career-high 24 points to help Iowa defeat No. 24 Maryland in Big Ten play.

      Tyler Cook scored 15 of his 21 points in the first half for the Hawkeyes (16-13, 8-8). Peter Jok and reserve Nicholas Baer each added 11 points for Iowa.

      Maryland was paced by Kevin Huerter, who had 13 points. Anthony Cowan scored 11 for the Terrapins, who lost three straight games by double digits.

      No. 25 Wichita State 86, Missouri State 67

      SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- No. 25 Wichita State earned a share of its fourth consecutive MVC title with an easy win over Missouri State at JQH Arena in Springfield, Mo.

      Wichita State (27-4, 17-1 MVC) finished in a tie with Illinois State, but the Redbirds will earn the top seed in the conference tournament because of their edge in the tiebreaker of RPI rank.

      Freshman guard Landry Shamet scored a career-high 23 points for the Shockers and junior center Shaq Morris added 18 points, which made 11 of 26 3-point shots, including 8 of 16 in the second half. Missouri State (16-15, 7-11) ended the season with losses in six of seven games.

  • Duke, Miami battle for position in ACC
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, February 24, 2017

    With Wednesday's loss to Syracuse on a banked 3-pointer at the buzzer, Duke not only dropped two games behind leader North Carolina in the Atlantic Coast Conference race, the Blue Devils now find themselves in a mix with at least a half-dozen teams fighting for a double-bye in next month's ACC tournament in Brooklyn.

    • One of those teams is next on Duke's schedule.

      The 10th-ranked Blue Devils (22-6, 10-5 ACC) take on unranked Miami (19-8, 9-6 ACC) Saturday in the Hurricanes' Watsco Center home in Coral Gables. Tipoff is at 4 p.m. with CBS telecasting the game.

      The Hurricanes have won three games in a row and are alone in sixth place in the standings, a game back of the Blue Devils, Louisville, Florida State, and Notre Dame.

      The Hurricanes could sneak into a top-four spot with a big finish, but they have pursuers as well.

      "I told the team yesterday that we are one game out of second," Miami coach Jim Larranaga said, "and we are one game out of 10th."

      Right behind the Hurricanes at 9-7 in the league is Syracuse. A full-game back at 8-7 are Virginia Tech and Virginia, and just behind them are Georgia Tech at 7-8 and Wake Forest at 7-9. Teams five through nine get first-round byes. The top four finishers go directly into the quarterfinals.

      "I think the byes are critical," Larranaga said.

      With a 70-58 loss to the Blue Devils back in January, Miami realistically needs to gain a split with Duke to reach their goal, and even that won't guarantee anything. The Hurricanes still will have games on the road against Virginia Tech and Florida State remaining.

      The Blue Devils, meanwhile, will have Florida State at home and North Carolina on the road left in the regular season.

      The Blue Devils are 4-1, including a win over North Carolina, since coach Mike Krzyzewski returned from back surgery, and they had won seven in a row before the loss to the Orange.

      Krzyzewski says his players need to match the "hunger" of opponents looking for an impressive win to get into the NCAA Tournament.

      "We're not desperate right now, and we're not going to be desperate because we know we're going to be in the tournament," he said. meaning the NCAAs. "Over the years that's called psychology. It's tough to beat that old "p" or human nature. A lot of these things right now are not X's and O's. They're human nature. We need to do better in that regard."

      Miami will welcome back point guard Ja'Quan Newton from a three-game suspension, but Larranaga said the team's second-leading scorer (15.0 ppg) won't start.

      "The team that has started the last three games will continue to start for the very simple reason they're playing well," Larranaga said. "I like the chemistry and the way they're playing."

  • Time running short for Connecticut, which hosts SMU
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, February 24, 2017

    It's still the regular season, but excuse the Connecticut Huskies for feeling that they are playing tournament games every time they take the court.

    • A loss doesn't mean elimination or the end of the season. Not yet. But any loss is another opportunity slipping through their fingers. And in late February that can be devastating to a team trying to overcome a rough start back in November.

      With No. 17 SMU (24-4, 14-1 American) coming into the XL Center Saturday (noon), there is an opportunity for a signature win. It just doesn't seem as promising as it might have been if UConn (14-13, 9-6) had held on for a victory over Houston on Wednesday.

      UConn's four-game winning streak ended when the Huskies couldn't hold a 39-29 halftime and the Cougars went to a 75-70 win that moved them into third place in the American behind SMU and Cincinnati.

      Coach Kevin Ollie and the Huskies agreed that they stopped playing smart basketball at the start of the second half,

      "We went back to playing 'me' basketball," Ollie said. "Turnovers, people taking ill-advised shots and that's not UConn basketball,"

      UConn's season appeared all but over early in January when the Huskies had lost six of eight games and were dropping like a malfunctioning elevator in the American Athletic Conference standings and the RPI. But the Huskies energized their fan base by winning seven of eight, including a squeaker against Memphis and a buzzer beater at Temple last week.

      Landing an at-large spot in the NCAA field is no longer an attainable goal for the Huskies, who currently are fourth in the AAC.

      "That (Houston) game is behind us," guard Jalen Adams said. "We've got to get ready for SMU. We've got to win that game."

      A spot in the NIT might be the most realistic aspiration, But if they can finish in the top five of the American, theyearn a bye in the first round bye and begin play in the quarterfinals. They will have the advantage of playing in the XL Center, their second home arena, but would still need three consecutive wins to win the championship and gain the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA.

      SMU remains the hottest team in the AAC. The Mustangs have won 10 straight, their second such streak of the season, They have clinched no worse than the No. 2 seed in the conference tourney, but Tim Jankovich's team has its aim on the top seed.

      SMU has held 20 of the last 21 opponents to 66 points or less. The Mustangs have a season scoring defense of 58.9 that ranks third in the NCAA. SMU is also among the national leaders with a rebound margin of plus-10.9, best in the AAC. The Mustangs have outrebounded 25 of 28 opponents. They are coming off a 76-66 win over Houston.

      "We looked at this season as an opportunity to, not necessarily get back on the map, but just to get what we owe ourselves," sophomore guard Jarrey Foster said. "We owe ourselves a lot, just how much we've been through."

      UConn lost three injured players -- including two starters -- to injuries in November, SMU started the season with 10 scholarship players, three under the NCAA limit, due to sanctions handed down because of violations under former coach Larry Brown.

      "Of course, I wish we didn't have the sanctions that we have and the limitations," Jankovich said. "But you know what, we're not going to use this as an excuse, we've just learned to deal with the hand that we're dealt."

  • Attorney for Creighton G Watson denies 'false allegations'
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, February 24, 2017

    Injured Creighton guard Maurice Watson Jr. "adamantly" denies the first-degree sexual assault charge he faces, an attorney for the star player said Friday.

    • Watson is under investigation for an incident involving a 19-year-old woman that occurred in the early-morning hours of Feb. 4 in Omaha, Neb.

      "We are adamantly denying these allegations," said Mallory Hughes, one of three attorneys representing Watson. "They are false allegations."

      Watson's attorneys said the player was traveling from his hometown of Philadelphia to Omaha and plans to turn himself in.

      Hughes said Watson is being targeted as a high-profile athlete.

      "As a female, I can say that one of the biggest fears you have is being sexually assaulted," Hughes said. "As a student athlete with a bright future, I think that one of the biggest fears is being falsely accused of sexual assault.

      "(Watson) has an incredibly bright future ahead of him, and this false accusation could wreck that for him. So we as his attorneys are going to fight for him, for his future, for the game that he loves, against these false allegations, so that he can continue to pursue his career in basketball."

      Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine was displeased with Watson's team making a reference to "false allegations."

      "It's one thing to say, 'We're denying the allegations,'" Kleine said. "But to specifically say these are false allegations, that's a fairly strong statement to make without knowing what the evidence is.

      "They're throwing a lot out there without knowing what the evidence is."

      The woman who reported the sexual assault said it was a non-consensual incident. She said she was attacked in a bathroom.

      Creighton suspended Watson -- who is out for the season due to a knee injury -- earlier this week.

      The university issued a statement on Thursday night after learning of the first-degree sexual assault charge.

      "Creighton University continues to cooperate with local officials in the investigation, and the announcement on Thursday, Feb. 23, has no impact on Creighton's ongoing investigation of the matter.

      "There is no tolerance for sexual misconduct at Creighton, and all the allegations will be investigated fairly and with dignity. As the process continues, we are extending care and concern for all involved."

      The No. 23 Bluejays (22-6, 9-6 Big East) fell to 4-5 without Watson after an 68-66 loss to Providence on Wednesday.

      Watson, an All-Big East first-team preseason selection, averaged 12.9 points, and his average of 8.5 assists led the nation at the time of his injury.

      He was in Philadelphia as part of his rehabilitation from the knee injury.

  • Kansas G Jackson charged with misdemeanor property damage
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, February 24, 2017

    Kansas freshman guard Josh Jackson was charged with one count of misdemeanor criminal damage to property, Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson announced Friday.

    • The charge is related to an incident in the early hours of Dec. 9, when Jackson allegedly damaged the car of Jayhawks women's basketball player McKenzie Calvert.

      Jackson is averaging 16.5 points and 7.1 rebounds and is one of two finalists for the Wooden Award, which goes to the nation's top player. He is expected to apply for the NBA draft after the season and figures to be among the first five selections.

      The incident occurred outside a bar named the Yacht Club in Lawrence, Kan. Witnesses identified Jackson as the person who kicked the driver's side door and rear taillight of Calvert's car.

      According to a police report, Calvert and Kansas men's player Lagerald Vick had a disagreement shortly before 2 a.m. and Calvert tossed a drink into Vick's face. Jackson followed Calvert to her car and an argument ensued. Calvert got in her car and Jackson began kicking the vehicle.

      Calvert and Vick have a history. A school investigation found that Vick "likely committed domestic violence" against a female student multiple times in 2015. That student was later identified as Calvert, according to the Kansas City Star.

  • Creighton G Watson faces sexual-assault charge
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, February 24, 2017

    A felony warrant was issued by authorities in Omaha, Neb., charging Creighton senior point guard Maurice Watson Jr. with first-degree sexual assault.

    • According to a police report, a 19-year-old female said Watson had non-consensual sexual intercourse with her at a residence at about 3 a.m. on Feb. 4. The Creighton student contacted police later that morning.

      The university is cooperating with police and issued the following statement: "There is no tolerance for sexual misconduct at Creighton, and all allegations will be investigated fairly and with dignity. As the process continues, we are extending care and concern for all involved."

      The university also announced Wednesday that Watson is not allowed to participate in any "athletic-related activities for alleged actions that are contrary to university policies and core values."

      Watson hasn't played since Jan. 16, when he tore the ACL in his left knee, ending his season. He went to Philadelphia to have surgery Feb. 6 and wasn't part of any team activities since.

      The No. 23 Bluejays (22-5) fell to 4-5 without Watson after an 68-66 loss to Providence on Wednesday. Watson, an All-Big East first-team preseason selection, averaged 12.9 points, and his average of 8.5 assists led the nation at the time of his injury.

  • Top 25 roundup: No. 1 Gonzaga routs San Diego 96-38
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, February 24, 2017

    SAN DIEGO -- Top-ranked Gonzaga is one game away from an undefeated regular season after a 96-38 drubbing of San Diego on Thursday behind five double-figure scorers in a West Coast Conference game.

    • The Bulldogs are 29-0 (17-0 WCC) with their last regular-season game against BYU in Spokane, Wash., on Saturday night. The Toreros (12-17, 5-12) shot 24.1 percent from the field.

      Gonzaga shot 66.1 percent from the field and was led by 15 points apiece from Jordan Mathews and Josh Perkins. Johnathan Williams had 14 points and a career-high 19 boards, almost outrebounding San Diego on his own. The Toreros finished with 20.

      Nigel Williams-Goss added 14 points, six rebounds and five assists and Zach Collins had 12 points and seven rebounds for the Bulldogs.

      No. 4 Arizona 90, USC 77

      TUCSON, Ariz. -- Allonzo Trier scored a season-high 25 points as Arizona stayed in control of the Pac-12 race by defeating the Trojans.

      The Wildcats (26-3, 15-1 Pac-12), who shot 50.8 percent from the field, 55.0 percent from 3-point range and 88.2 percent from the line, improved their conference lead to one game over Oregon. Rawle Alkins scored 12 points in only 16 minutes -- making all five of his shots from the field -- as he came off the bench for the first time this season for Arizona.

      Bennie Boatwright scored 23 points USC (21-7, 8-7), which was winless in a three-game conference gauntlet -- Oregon, at UCLA and at Arizona. The Trojans' Chimezie Metu had 15 points and 12 rebounds.

      No. 5 UCLA 87, Arizona 75

      TEMPE, Ariz. -- TJ Leaf scored 25 points and Aaron Holiday had 17 as the Bruins dominated the Sun Devils inside en route to victory.

      Ike Anigbogu had a career-high 12 points and Bryce Alford added 15 to help UCLA (25-3, 12-3 Pac-12) win its sixth straight and set up a showdown at No. 4 Arizona on Saturday. The Bruins enjoyed a 49-30 rebounding advantage.

      Torian Graham scored 28 points and Kodi Justice had 19 for Arizona State (13-16, 6-10), which had won three of five. The Sun Devils' Obinna Oleka contributed 12 points and 11 rebounds for his 14th double-double of the season.

      No. 15 Cincinnati 87, Memphis 74

      CINCINNATI -- Kyle Washington scored 16 points and Jacob Evans added 15 as the Bearcats extended their home winning streak to 25 games.

      Cincinnati (25-3, 14-1 American Athletic Conference) is off to its best start to a season in coach Mick Cronin's 11-year tenure. Troy Caupain had 12 points and seven assists for the Bearcats.

      Dedric Lawson, the Tigers' leading scorer and the AAC's top rebounder, recorded his 18th double-double of the season with 21 points and 10 boards. Jeremiah Martin scored 23 points for Memphis (18-10, 8-7 AAC).

      Ohio State 83, No. 16 Wisconsin 73

      COLUMBUS, Ohio -- C.J. Jackson scored 18 points and was 4 for 4 from 3-point range as the Buckeyes prevented the Badgers from moving back into a tie for the Big Ten lead.

      JaQuan Lyle scored 17 points while going 10 of 10 from the free-throw line and Jae'Sean Tate delivered 15 points and 12 rebounds to help Ohio State (16-13, 6-10 Big Ten) end a three-game losing streak.

      Bronson Koenig scored 27 points for Wisconsin (22-6, 11-4), which dropped one game behind Purdue in the Big Ten. Ethan Happ, the Badgers' leading scorer this season, was held to four points.

      No. 20 Saint Mary's 78, Pepperdine 49

      MALIBU, Calif. -- Jock Landale had 23 points on 10-of-14 shooting and added 14 rebounds as the Gaels routed the Waves.

      Calvin Hermanson added 13 points for Saint Mary's (25-3, 15-2 West Coast Conference), which shot 52.5 percent from he field and limited Pepperdine to 29.3 percent shooting.

      Lamond Murray Jr., the WCC's leading scorer, had 17 points for Pepperdine (9-20, 5-12).

  • Top 25 roundup: Kansas wins 13th straight conference title
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, February 22, 2017

    LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Third-ranked Kansas, which played one close game after another during the past month, pulled away from TCU to make some NCAA history Wednesday.

    • A sizzling second half lifted the Jayhawks to an 87-68 victory over the Horned Frogs as Kansas clinched at least a tie for its 13th consecutive regular-season conference championship, matching UCLA for the all-time mark.

      Balance was the name of the game for the Jayhawks (25-3, 13-2 Big 12) as Frank Mason led the way with 20 points, playing all but the final 66 seconds. Devonte Graham (17 points), Josh Jackson (15) and Carlton Bragg (15) also had big games.

      TCU (17-11, 6-9) led for much of the first half but still failed in its bid to win for the first time in Lawrence. Alex Robinson paced the Horned Frogs with 15 points, Jaylen Fisher added 11 and JD Miller had 10. Kenrich Williams grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds.

      No. 22 Butler 74, No. 2 Villanova 66

      VILLANOVA, Pa. -- Kelan Martin had 22 points and eight rebounds, Kamar Baldwin added 15 and the Bulldogs snapped the Wildcats' 48-game home winning streak.

      Avery Woodson contributed 13 points for Butler (22-6, 11-5 Big East), which swept Villanova this season. Andrew Chrabascz also had a terrific all-around game with four points, seven rebounds and eight assists.

      Jalen Brunson led the Wildcats (26-3, 13-3) with 24 points while Josh Hart scored 18. Villanova played without Darryl Reynolds, who missed his fourth consecutive game with a rib injury.

      No. 6 Oregon 68, California 65

      BERKELEY, Calif. -- Dillon Brooks hit a 3-point shot with 0.2 seconds left as the Ducks overcame a 16-point halftime deficit to defeat the Golden Bears.

      Brooks, who also hit a late-game shot to beat UCLA earlier this season, finished with 22 points. Chris Boucher added 18 points and Dylan Ennis had 13 for Oregon (25-4, 14-2 Pac-12), which trailed 30-16 at halftime.

      Jabari Bird led Cal (18-9, 9-6) with 20 points, but Cal missed a chance for a quality win that would have enhanced their chances for an NCAA tournament berth. The Bears led by 15 with 9:44 remaining and 10 with 4:15 to play.

      No. 8 North Carolina 74, No. 7 Louisville 63

      CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Justin Jackson scored 21 points as the Tar Heels pulled away from the Cardinals, putting a stranglehold on the ACC regular-season title.

      Joel Berry poured in 15 points, Kennedy Meeks added 14 points and Theo Pinson had 13 for North Carolina (24-5, 12-3 ACC). The Tar Heels hold a two-game lead on Louisville, Florida State, Notre Dame and Duke with three games remaining.

      Donovan Mitchell's 21 points and Quentin Snider's nine points paced Louisville (22-6, 10-5), which entered the game averaging 77.8 points. Adel Deng was shut out in the second half after scoring eight points before the break.

      Syracuse 78, No. 10 Duke 75

      SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- John Gillon's 3-pointer at the buzzer lifted the Orange over the Blue Devils.

      Gillon tied the score at 75 with a layup with 37 seconds remaining. After Duke's Luke Kennard missed a jumper that would have given the Blue Devils the lead, Syracuse got the rebound and Gillon raced up the floor to launch the game-winner from well beyond the key.

      Gillon led all scorers with 26 points. Kennard had 23 for the Blue Devils. The Orange (17-12, 9-7 ACC) snapped their three-game losing streak, while Duke (22-6 10-5) had its seven-game win streak end in heartbreaking fashion.

      Providence 68, No. 23 Creighton 66

      OMAHA, Neb. -- Kyron Cartwright's 23-foot 3-pointer with three seconds lifted the Friars to an upset victory over the Bluejays.

      Emmitt Holt scored 18 points while Cartwright added 13 and Rodney Bullock 10 for Providence (17-11, 7-8 Big East).

      Marcus Foster scored 18 points for Creighton (22-7, 9-6), Justin Patton had 17 and Khyri Thomas recorded 12 points and a team-high nine rebounds. The loss was a blow to the Bluejays' chances of securing a first-round bye in the Big East tournament.

      Minnesota 89, No. 24 Maryland 75

      COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Dupree McBrayer had 18 points, Nate Mason added 17 and Akeem Springs had 16 as the red-hot Golden Gophers upset the Terrapins.

      It was the sixth win in a row for Minnesota (21-7, 9-6 Big Ten), who won for the first time in four games at Maryland. Nate Murphy added 15 points for the Gophers.

      The cold-shooting Terrapins (22-6, 10-5) were paced by reserve Ivan Bender, who had 12 of his 15 points in the first half while Anthony Cowan and Melo Trimble added 11 apiece.

  • Top 25 roundup: Kentucky, Florida prevail, set up showdown
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, February 21, 2017

    COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Eleventh-ranked Kentucky got 22 points and a career-best 15 rebounds from Bam Adebayo in its 72-62 victory over Missouri on Tuesday night.

    • The victory sets up a showdown with No. 13 Florida on Saturday at Rupp Arena with first place on the line in the SEC. The Gators defeated South Carolina 81-66 earlier Tuesday.

      De'Aaron Fox added 13 points and Malik Monk scored 11, keeping his streak alive of scoring in double figures in every game this season, for the Wildcats (23-5, 13-2).

      The Tigers (7-20, 2-13) were led by Terrence Phillips, who finished with a career-best 22 points. Jordan Barnett added 13.

      No. 13 Florida 81, South Carolina 66

      GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- KeVaughn Allen contributed 26 points and seven rebounds as the Gators won their ninth straight game.

      Allen connected on 13 of 14 free throws while posting his second-highest scoring output of the season. Devin Robinson scored 14 points and Chris Chiozza added 12 points for Florida (23-5, 13-2 SEC).

      Sindarius Thornwell had 23 points and 10 rebounds to pace the Gamecocks, who lost for the fourth time in five games. Duane Notice added 16 points for South Carolina (20-8, 10-5).

      No. 9 Baylor 60, Oklahoma 54

      WACO, Texas -- The Bears turned to their shot-swatting zone defense and Johnathan Motley to fend off the Sooners.

      Motley finished with 21 points and 16 rebounds, and Jo Lual-Acuil scored 11 points and added nine rebounds and seven blocks as Baylor (23-5, 10-5 Big 12) ducked a comeback bid by Oklahoma in the second half. The Bears outrebounded the Sooners 43-34 and blocked 10 shots.

      Kameron McGusty led Oklahoma (9-18, 3-12) with 13 points, but was the only Sooner to score in double digits.

      No. 14 Purdue 74, Penn State 70 (OT)

      STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Ryan Cline hit back-to-back 3-pointers in overtime to lift the Boilermakers.

      Vincent Edwards scored 14 points, Isaac Haas added 13 and Dakota Mathias chipped in 12 for Purdue (23-5, 12-3 Big Ten), which won its sixth straight. Cline scored 11 off the bench.

      Tony Carr led all players with 21 points, Lamar Stevens added 18 and Mike Watkins finished with 11 for the Nittany Lions (14-14, 6-9). Penn State had a four-game win streak snapped against Top 25 at the Bryce Jordan Center dating to Feb. 6, 2016.

      No. 25 Wichita State 109, Evansville 83

      WICHITA, Kan. -- Shaquille Morris scored 18 points -- one of six Shockers to reach double figures in their rout of the Purple Aces.

      Wichita State (26-4, 16-1 MVC) won its 11th consecutive game while shooting 53.8 percent from the floor and 56.5 percent from 3-point range. Conner Frankamp, Markis McDuffie and Rashard Kelly each had 13 points for the Shockers.

      Evansville (14-16, 5-12) was led by 25 points from Jaylon Brown and 19 from Dru Smith. The Aces also shot well at 49.1 percent from the field and 52.9 from 3-point range, and also made 20 of 23 at the foul line.

  • No. 2 Villanova looks to clinch versus No. 22 Butler
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, February 21, 2017

    VILLANOVA, Pa. -- Second-ranked Villanova can clinch the Big East regular season championship with a victory over No. 22 Butler Wednesday night at The Pavilion.

    • The Wildcats improved to 26-2 overall and 13-2 in the league after blitzing Seton Hall on the road 92-70 last Saturday. Jalen Brunson had 22 points and a career-best 10 assists while Kris Jenkins also scored 22 points as Villanova shot a sizzling 67.3 percent from the field, a season high.

      Butler (21-6, 10-5) will be a formidable opponent on the Wildcats' home floor, where Villanova has won a program-record 48 in a row. The Bulldogs defeated Villanova 66-58 on Jan. 4 at Hinkle Fieldhouse, snapping a school record 20-game win streak.

      The home winning streak at The Pavilion began in February 2013, the game after losing 55-52 to Providence.

      "We made shots," Villanova coach Jay Wright told reporters after the 22-point win at Seton Hall. "When you make shots you're going to win most games. We made some tough shots -- it wasn't their defense. We haven't shot the ball that well in a while. I think that was a big difference in the game. That was one of our best offensive performances we've had this season."

      Villanova won without senior forward Darryl Reynolds, who has been out the last three games with a rib injury. It's unclear if he'll be available against Butler as Villanova looks to extend a seven-game winning streak.

      That's what made the road victory more impressive. The Wildcats essentially used a six-man rotation along with deep reserve Dylan Painter, who managed to contribute two points and one rebound in 13 minutes.

      Brunson, a sophomore point guard, was a steadying influence on his way to a double-double, the first of his career.

      "Jalen just controlled the game," Wright said. "When he sees that we need scoring from that position, he does that. When he sees we need to get organized, he does it. That's the beauty of a great point guard. Some guys can score but aren't as good at running an offense. Or they are good at getting other people shots but not as good at scoring themselves. Jalen does both."

      Butler has already posted its 11th 20-win season in the last 12 years.

      In the last matchup against Villanova, Kethan Savage and Andrew Chrabascz paced four Bulldogs in double figures with 13 points each.

      On Sunday, Butler defeated St. John's 82-66 for its second straight win. The balanced Bulldogs were led by Nate Fowler with 15 points and Tyler Lewis with 10 points, eight assists and zero turnovers.

      Butler put together consecutive victories for the first time in nearly a month.

      "All around us, people said the sky was falling and we were still practicing well," Butler coach Chris Holtmann told reporters after the win against St. John's. "That's a credit to them."

      The Bulldogs have registered five wins over ranked teams this season and now has a rare chance to sweep the defending national champions.

  • Maryland's Cekovsky (ankle) out for season
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, February 21, 2017

    No. 24 Maryland will be without Michal Cekovsky for the remainder of the season after the junior center fractured his left ankle Sunday during the Terrapins' 71-60 loss at Wisconsin.

    • The 7-foot-1 Cekovsky sustained the injury after he blocked a shot with four minutes remaining in Madison, Wis. The team disclosed the severity of the injury on Monday afternoon after he underwent an MRI.

      Surgery will be scheduled soon, but there is no timetable in place yet or no announcement of how long the recovery will take.

      Cekovsky battled lower-body injuries all season but was just starting to get regular playing time before the latest malady. He had 10 points against Wisconsin at the time of the injury.

      "I feel badly for Ceko as he has endured a number of injuries throughout the season," Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said in a press release. "It felt like he was really starting to turn the corner and his best basketball was ahead of him. We anticipate a full recovery for next season and we will be there to support him through the rehabilitation process."

      With the loss, the Terrapins (22-5, 10-4 Big Ten) fell behind first-place Wisconsin and Purdue in the Big Ten standings.

      In 17 games this season, Cekovsky averaged 7.6 points and 2.8 rebounds.

      Maryland plans to make up for the loss of depth with Damonte Dodd playing more productive minutes and Ivan Bender getting more time on the court.

      Maryland's first game without Cekovsky will be Wednesday at home against Minnesota. The Terrapins play three of their final four Big Ten regular-season games at the Xfinity Center.

  • Huggins: On-court scare caused by defibrillator going off
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, February 20, 2017

    West Virginia coach Bob Huggins went down to his knees due to chest pains during the first half of the Mountaineers' home game against Texas on Monday, but he returned to the bench in the second half.

    • Huggins told ESPN's Holly Rowe that his internal defibrillator "went off" and was causing him problems. Rowe also said that Huggins told his players he was fine.

      ESPN's broadcast showed Huggins kneeling on the court and holding his chest during a timeout as Mountaineers players and staff summoned medical personnel.

      Huggins, 63, had the defibrillator installed after a 2002 heart attack.

  • Top 25 roundup: Miami trips up No. 18 Virginia
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, February 20, 2017

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Miami overcame dreadful shooting to outduel No. 18 Virginia 54-48 in overtime on Monday night at John Paul Jones Arena.

    • The one saving grace for the Hurricanes was the Cavaliers' even poorer performance on the offensive end. Virginia was held to 32 percent from the field after shooting 27 percent in a loss to North Carolina on Saturday.

      Miami (19-8, 9-6 ACC) got 14 points from Bruce Brown and 10 points apiece from DJ Vasiljevich and Kamari Murphy. Devon Hall led Virginia (18-9, 8-7) with 15 points and Isaiah Wilkins had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

      No. 12 West Virginia 77, Texas 62

      MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- The absence of Esa Ahmad left West Virginia short-handed, but reserve Lamont West picked up the slack with a career-high 23 points on 6-of-8 shooting from 3-point range and Jevon Carter produced 24 points and 10 rebounds against Texas.

      Jarrett Allen finished with 17 points and seven rebounds for Texas (10-18, 4-11 Big 12), which fell to 0-13 away from home this season. Ahmad, West Virginia's second-leading scorer at 11.7 points per game, was sidelined with lower back strain, but the Mountaineers (22-6, 10-5) led 46-32 at intermission and by 20 points in the second half.

      There was a scary episode when West Virginia coach Bob Huggins dropped to his knees during a timeout late in the first half, rendering the WVU Coliseum silent. But he was able to continue coaching.

      No. 19 Florida State 104, Boston College 72

      TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida State responded to its two-spot drop in the AP Top 25 with an ACC win over struggling Boston College, which lost its 11th straight game.

      The victory ended a two-game skid for the Seminoles (22-6, 10-5 ACC). Florida State got a team-high 16 points from Dwayne Bacon, who was held scoreless two days earlier in a road loss to Pittsburgh.

      The Seminoles, whose bench outscored Boston College by a staggering 59-2, improved to 17-0 at the Donald L. Tucker Center this season -- the best home record in the ACC. Florida State owns a 20-game home winning streak dating to last season.

      Boston College (9-19, 2-13) fell to 1-6 against Florida State in Tallahassee, despite 24 points and 11 rebounds from Ky Bowan.

  • No. 10 Duke-Syracuse matches 1,000-win coaches
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, February 20, 2017

    The Duke Blue Devils and Syracuse Orange will make Division I men's college basketball history Wednesday night when two coaches with 1,000 career wins face each other for the first time.

    • No. 10 Duke (22-5, 10-4 ACC) will carry a seven-game winning streak into the Carrier Dome against Syracuse (16-12, 8-7) in first game of an ESPN doubleheader featuring four Hall of Fame coaches: Duke's Mike Krzyzewski, Syracuse's Jim Boeheim, North Carolina's Roy Williams and Louisville's Rick Pitino.

      Krzyzewski is the leader with 1,065 wins. Boeheim is No. 2 with 1,001 wins and an asterisk -- that total includes 101 wins vacated by the NCAA because the Orange violated NCAA rules from 2004-07 and 2010-12.

      Still, most of the college basketball world outside of the NCAA headquarters in Indianapolis credits Boeheim with 1,0001 wins, making him and Krzyzewski the only coaches in Division I history with more than 1,000.

      Krzyzewski recently turned 71 and Boeheim, 72, is expected to retire after next season, so next year's Duke-Syracuse game or games will likely be the last time we'll see this kind of matchup for a long time.

      Williams (806) and Pitino (765) are next on the wins list among active coaches, and they’re still a long way from 1,000.

      What makes the matchup even more intriguing is that Krzyzewski and Boeheim are close friends. When USA Basketball tabbed Krzyzewski to coach its team after a bronze-medal finish in the 2004 Olympics, Krzyzewski named Boeheim as one of his assistants and they won gold in 2008, 2012 and 2016.

      Krzyzewski called to congratulate Boeheim after he posted his 1,000th win on Feb. 4 against Virginia. Under NCAA rules, Syracuse and Boeheim could not acknowledge the milestone victory, but Boeheim shed some light on his personal feelings by saying, "I know how many wins I've had and I'm very proud of it."

      "We love seeing coach happy because he works so hard, he cares so much, (and) just to see his work pay off means a lot to me and for me to be able to help him (win his 1,000th game) and be just a little part of it is huge," Syracuse fifth-year senior transfer point guard John Gillon said.

      Wednesday's game is also huge for a Syracuse team that's reeling with three consecutive losses that have put the Orange squarely on the NCAA Tournament bubble. Since they have played far better at home than on the road (14-3 at the Dome, 2-9 on road or neutral courts), Duke represents Syracuse's last best chance to notch a quality win for its tournament resume.

      Syracuse lost 71-65 at Georgia Tech on Sunday night after a controversial moving screen call against Tyler Roberson with 15 seconds remaining robbed the Orange of a chance to tie the score or go ahead.

      "We knew it was a big game for us," freshman guard Tyus Battle told after the game. "Now every game from here on out is a big game for us. We'll be ready for the next few. We're back at home against Duke. They're a really good team. That would be a really big win for us."

      Duke is perhaps the hottest team in college basketball. The Blue Devils have won seven consecutive games and are 5-0 since Krzyzewski returned after sitting out most of January following back surgery. Duke has overcome several obstacles this season -- injuries to key players, Krzyzewski's absence, and the ongoing scrutiny of guard Grayson Allen's on-court conduct -- to pull within one game of North Carolina (11-4) in the ACC standings.

      Duke defeated No. 8 North Carolina 86-78 on Feb. 9 at Cameron Indoor Stadium, and the rivals will meet again March 4 at the Dean Smith Center in the game that could decide the conference regular-season champion.

      Duke won its seventh consecutive game Saturday, when ACC Player of the Year candidate Luke Kennard scored 23 points and freshman forward Jayson Tatum added 19 in a 99-94 win over Wake Forest at Cameron.

      While Duke is winning, it's not dominating. None of the seven wins were decided by more than 10 points, and the Blue Devils' average margin of victory in that span is 6.4 points.

      "We're trying to teach them how hard it is to win," Krzyzewski said. "It's easy to lose. It's hard to win, because it's not just about, 'I want to, I'm prepared, I have a good attitude.' You have to keep an edge."

      That shouldn't be a problem Wednesday. Syracuse is expecting a crowd of about 30,000. The two previous Duke-Syracuse games at the Carrier Dome sold out and set the NCAA on-campus record with crowds of 35,446.

  • Unbeaten Gonzaga No. 1 for fourth straight week
    By The Sports Xchange / Monday, February 20, 2017

    Stability reigned in the latest Associated Press college basketball poll released on Monday, with undefeated Gonzaga holding down the No. 1 ranking for the fourth consecutive week.

    • The Bulldogs (28-0), who have two games remaining in their bid for a perfect regular season, Villanova (26-2) and Kansas (24-3) were 1-2-3 for the third week in a row.

      Gonzaga received 59 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel, the reigning national champion Wildcats were named on five ballots and the Jayhawks received the remaining No. 1 vote.

      Three Pac-12 schools hold down the Nos. 4-6 slots, with Arizona (25-3), UCLA (24-3) and Oregon (24-4) each moving up one spot.

      They were followed by a strong ACC contingent led by Louisville (22-5) at No. 7, North Carolina (23-5) at No. 8 and Duke (22-5) at No. 10. Baylor (22-5) dropped five spots to ninth after losses at Texas Tech and Kansas.

      Kentucky (22-5) led the second 10 and was followed by West Virginia (21-6), Florida (22-5), Purdue (22-5) and Cincinnati (24-3). Wisconsin (22-5) plummeted five spots to 16th while the rest of the top 20 was filled out by SMU (24-4), Virginia (18-8), Florida State (21-6) and Saint Mary's (24-3).

      Rounding out the poll were Notre Dame (21-7), which moved up four spots, Big East foes Butler (21-6) and Creighton (22-5), Maryland (22-5) and newcomer Wichita State (25-4).

      South Carolina, ranked 21st a week ago, was the only team to drop out following losses to Arkansas and Vanderbilt.

  • Wild D-III brawl takes 25 officers to break up
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, February 19, 2017

    A wild scene at a Division III men's basketball game ended Saturday with the arrest of a Daniel Webster College player on charges of assault, criminal threatening and disorderly conduct in Nashua, N.H.

    • Guard Marquise Caudill was held on $50,000 cash bond after the on-court brawl required 25 officers to break up. Caudill, of Windsor, Conn., apparently threatened a security officer during the melee against Southern Vermont College.

      Teammate Antwaun Boyd of Stamford, Conn., also was accused of trying to incite the crowd around the security officer. He was charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct and released after he posted bail.

      A woman, 43-year-old Elizabeth Morris of Malsen, Mass., was charged with obstruction of government administration for attempting to stop officers from arresting Caudill. She was released after posting bail.

      Caudill, the team's leading scorer at 13.7 points per game, decked Southern Vermont sophomore Kyle DePollar with a punch with 14:34 left in the game. DePollar had recently returned from a concussion.

      "(DePollar) seems to be doing fine," Southern Vermont coach Dan Engelstad told "The situation at DWC was unfortunate, but we're looking forward to the NECC tournament. I'm very proud of our team and how they responded to yesterday."

      It was the final regular-season home game for Daniel Webster. The school will close at the end of the school year.

      Daniel Webster, which was leading 56-38 when the mishap occurred, forfeited the game. It had forfeited several other games earlier this season after using an eligible player.

      Daniel Webster officials did not comment.

  • Michigan State G Harris to have knee surgery
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, February 19, 2017

    Michigan State senior guard Eron Harris will undergo season-ending surgery on his right knee, Spartans coach Tom Izzo announced Sunday.

    • Harris was injured during the second half of Saturday's 80-63 loss to Purdue. He drove toward the hoop and landed awkwardly and was eventually wheeled off the court on a stretcher.

      The end of Harris' college career was tough for Izzo to grasp.

      "It's cruel to see a senior's career end this way," Izzo said in a news release. "If there is a silver lining, it's that we expect Eron to be able to make a full recovery and pursue a basketball career after graduation.

      "He's always worked for everything he's accomplished on the court, and that same passion and mindset will serve him well in his recovery. Basketball is important to all players, but for Eron it was a way of life. Very few have spent more time in this facility or worked harder than Eron has.

      "That's why I'm confident his best basketball is still in front of him."

      Harris ranks third on the Spartans with a 10.7 scoring average and started 24 of the team's 27 games. He has connected on a team-leading 43 3-point baskets.

      Harris played his first two college seasons for West Virginia before transferring to Michigan State. He has 1,489 career points.

      Izzo said Harris' teammates were devastated to see him sustain such a serious injury.

      "Over the last month, he's grown even more as a leader and been an example to his young teammates," Izzo said. "And maybe I didn't even fully grasp it until I walked on the court and saw the admiration his teammates had for him and the tears in their eyes.

      "There's no faking the respect they have for Eron as a man, as a player, and most importantly a teammate."

  • Top 25 roundup: No. 11 Wisconsin tops No. 23 Maryland
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, February 19, 2017

    MADISON, Wis. -- Senior forward Nigel Hayes posted a double-double with 21 points and 10 rebounds as No. 11 Wisconsin rallied to a 71-60 win over No. 23 Maryland on Sunday afternoon at the Kohl Center.

    • Sophomore forward Ethan Happ delivered 20 points to halt a two-game losing skid for the Badgers (22-5, 11-3 Big Ten).

      Junior guard Melo Trimble scored a game-high 27 points for the Terrapins (22-5, 10-4), who suffered their second Big Ten road loss of the season. Trimble shot 9 of 17 from the field in the setback.

      No. 20 Creighton 87, Georgetown 70

      OMAHA, Neb. -- Junior guard Marcus Foster led the Bluejays with 35 points on 13-of-19 shooting to topple the Hoyas.

      In a 71-51 loss to the Hoyas (14-13, 5-9 Big East) on Jan. 25 in Washington, Creighton made just 1-of-19 3-pointers in its second game after starting point guard Maurice Watson was lost for the season with a torn ACL.

      The Bluejays (22-5, 9-5) had no problems from the outside in the 17-point rout of the Hoyas. Creighton finished 34-of-64 from the field (53.1 percent) and 9-of-20 from behind the arc before a CenturyLink Center crowd of 17,626.

      No. 24 Butler 82, DePaul 66

      INDIANAPOLIS -- Nate Fowler scored 15 points, Kelan Martin added 14 and the Bulldogs pulled away from the Blue Demons in Hinkle Fieldhouse.

      Butler (21-6, 10-5 Big East) used a 21-0 run from the first half's 4:38 mark until 17:31 remained in the second to take a 43-27 lead on DePaul (8-19, 1-13), which has lost 10 in a row.

      Trailing 27-22 after two Eli Cain free throws with 4:52 remaining in the first half, Butler closed the opening 20 minutes on a 14-0 run to lead 36-27. Cain led all scorers with 24 points.

  • Georgia's Maten out indefinitely with sprained knee
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, February 19, 2017

    Georgia star forward Yante Maten is out indefinitely with a sprained right knee, Bulldogs coach Mark Fox announced Sunday.

    • Maten was injured in the second minute of Saturday's 82-77 loss to Kentucky when he collided with Wildcats guard Isaiah Briscoe while battling for a rebound. He limped off the floor and Fox described the injury as "serious" and "significant" after the contest.

      Maten was examined Sunday but Fox didn't give a timetable for his return.

      "I am very disappointed for Yante," Fox said in Sunday's statement. "He loves to play, and it's tough when that is taken away by injury. Fortunately, it appears that surgery is not needed, and he should make a full recovery in time."

      Maten, a junior, entered Saturday's game with a team-leading scoring average of 19.4, which ranked third in the SEC. He was averaging 7.2 rebounds.

      Fox wasn't interested in venturing a guess over whether Maten will be available again this season.

      "I really don't know," Fox said. "I'll tell you this. He's as good a kid I've ever coached. Our deal is we tell our parents we'll treat them like our kids. If there is any risk he won't play."

      The Bulldogs are off until Thursday's game at Alabama. Georgia is 15-12 overall, and 6-8 in SEC play.

  • Georgia F Maten suffers serious knee injury
    By The Sports Xchange / Sunday, February 19, 2017

    Georgia standout forward Yante Maten suffered a right knee injury during Saturday's loss to Kentucky that coach Mark Fox termed "serious" and "significant."

    • Maten was injured in the second minute of the 82-77 loss when he collided with Wildcats guard Isaiah Briscoe while battling for a rebound. He limped off the floor and is slated to undergo further testing to determine the severity.

      "Yante has an injury, obviously, that kept him out of the game," Fox said afterward. "Obviously it's a serious injury. How serious we do not know. It would've been nice to have him."

      Maten, a junior, entered Saturday's game with a team-leading scoring average of 19.4, which ranked third in the SEC. He was averaging 7.2 rebounds.

      The Bulldogs are off until Thursday's game at Alabama but Fox wasn't interested in venturing a guess over whether Maten will be available for that game or any in the future.

      "I really don't know," Fox said. "I'll tell you this. He's as good a kid I've ever coached. Our deal is we tell our parents we'll treat them like our kids. If there is any risk he won't play. Obviously, it's a significant injury but we won't know until we get the images what it is. Until we do, we'll just pray for him."

      Georgia is 15-12 overall, and 6-8 in SEC play.

  • Top 25 roundup: No. 3 Kansas tips No. 4 Baylor
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, February 18, 2017

    WACO, Texas -- Kansas has had a knack for surviving hard-fought, back-and-forth conference games all season and the Jayhawks grabbed another one by edging Baylor 67-65 in a battle of Big 12 heavyweights on Saturday at the Ferrell Center.

    • The third-ranked Jayhawks (24-3, 12-2 Big 12) trailed by six late, but finished the game on an 8-0 run to knock off fourth-ranked Baylor (22-5, 9-5) on the Bears' home court.

      Forward Landon Lucas made a pair of free throws with 11.5 seconds left to give Kansas the lead and the Bears couldn't answer. Guard Manu Lecomte took a desperation 3-pointer with Kansas guard Frank Mason III in his face, but the shot came up short.

      Mason finished with 23 points and guard Josh Jackson added 16 to lead Kansas. Forward Johnathan Motley scored 19 points to lead Baylor.

      No. 1 Gonzaga 82, Pacific 61

      SPOKANE, Wash. -- Top-ranked Gonzaga had five scorers in double figures led by Nigel Williams-Goss with 18 points in the West Coast Conference win over Pacific.

      Johnathan Williams added 12 points and 11 rebounds and Zach Collins had 14 points and nine rebounds as Gonzaga improved to 28-0 overall and 16-0 in the WCC. Przemek Karnowski had 13 points and eight rebounds and Jordan Mathews added 10 points.

      Pacific (10-19, 4-12) was short-handed without leading scorer T.J. Wallace (who averages 12.5 points a game) and Jacob Lampkin, who scored 18 points for Pacific in the previous game with Gonzaga in Stockton, Calif. Wallace did not travel with the team because of a foot strain and Wallace is out for the rest of the season with a fractured left foot.

      No. 2 Villanova 92, Seton Hall 70

      NEWARK, N.J. -- Jalen Brunson and Kris Jenkins each scored 22 points, leading No. 2 Villanova over Seton Hall at the Prudential Center.

      Brunson was 7 of 7 from the floor and 6 of 7 from the line to go with 10 assists for Villanova (26-2, 13-2 Big East). Jenkins was 8 of 10 from the field, including 5 of 6 3-pointers. Josh Hart and Angel Delgado each added 19 points and Mikal Bridges added 15 points for Villanova.

      The Pirates (16-10, 6-8) had been the only Big East team that defeated Villanova in each of the first three seasons since the conference was reconfigured in 2013-14.

      No. 5 Arizona 76, Washington 68

      Arizona forward Lauri Markkanen had 26 points and 13 rebounds, guard Allonzo Trier scored 21 points and the Wildcats held on to beat Washington in Seattle despite playing without two starters.

      Arizona center Dusan Ristic was out with a sprained ankle, and guard Kadeem Allen was sidelined with an injured finger.

      Arizona (25-3, 14-1 Pac-12) stayed a game ahead of Oregon in the conference race. The Huskies (9-18, 2-13) lost their ninth consecutive game despite a big game from freshman Markelle Fultz, who had 26 points and six assists.

      No. 6 UCLA 102, USC 70

      Bryce Alford scored 26 points and No. 6 UCLA steamrolled USC at Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles.

      TJ Leaf posted 19 points and eight rebounds for UCLA (24-3, 11-3 Pac-12) Thomas Welsh recorded a double-double, finishing with 16 points and 16 rebounds.

      Lonzo Ball had 15 points, eight rebounds and eight assists for the Bruins. Isaac Hamilton added 13 points.

      Bennie Boatwright had 20 points and 10 rebounds for USC (21-5, 8-5). Chimezie Metu had 14 points and six rebounds.

      No. 7 Oregon 101, Colorado 73

      EUGENE, Ore. -- Junior forward Dillon Brooks scored 23 points as No. 7 Oregon finished off a second straight unbeaten home schedule by routing Colorado at Matthew Knight Arena.

      Senior guard Dylan Ennis added 20 points as the Ducks (24-4, 13-2 Pac-12) finished 17-0 at home to stretch the nation's longest active home winning streak to 42 in a row. Senior center Chris Boucher scored 18 points before fouling out, while junior guard Casey Benson added 14 points.

      Junior forward George King scored 18 points to lead Colorado (16-12, 6-9). Guard Dominique Collier added 13 points as the Buffaloes shot 43.3 percent from the field.

      No. 8 Louisville 94, Virginia Tech 90

      LOUISVILLE -- No. 8 Louisville survived an incredible 17 three-pointers from feisty Virginia Tech in its win at the KFC Yum! Center.

      The Cardinals (22-5, 10-4 in the ACC) got 26 points from Donovan Mitchell, 19 from Quentin Snider and 16 from Jaylen Johnson. Mitchell hit 8 of 13 shots, including 5 of 7 3-pointers.

      Virginia Tech (18-8, 7-7) was led by Seth Allen's 23 points, which included six 3-pointers. The Hokies tied the Yum! Center record with 17 3-pointers.

      No. 9 West Virginia 83, Texas Tech 74 (2OT)

      MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Jevon Carter scored 24 points and Daxter Miles provided two put-backs in double-overtime as No. 9 West Virginia overcame another late-game meltdown to defeat Texas Tech.

      Elijah Macon produced a season-high 17 points and 12 rebounds for the Mountaineers (21-6, 9-5 Big 12), who failed to hold a six-point lead in the final 1:12 of regulation. That came on the heels of Monday's loss at Kansas in which West Virginia squandered a 14-point cushion in the final 2:45.

      Point guard Keenan Evans, whose fall-away 3-pointer with 4.6 seconds left in regulation tied it at 64, matched his career best with 28 points for Texas Tech (17-10, 5-9). Niem Stevenson added 17 points for the Red Raiders.

      No. 10 North Carolina 65, No. 14 Virginia 41

      CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Justin Jackson scored 20 points and Kennedy Meeks scored all 13 of his points in the second half for first-place North Carolina (23-5, 11-3 Atlantic Coast Conference).

      Virginia's point total marked the fewest ever scored against a Roy Williams-coached North Carolina team. Marial Shayok's 13 points and London Perrantes's 12 points paced Virginia (18-8, 8-6), which has its first three-game losing streak since 2011.

      Jackson was 4 for 8 on 3-pointers and the Tar Heels pulled away despite attempting just seven free throws, making four.

      Virginia missed its first 17 attempts from 3-point range, finishing 2 for 20 from beyond the arc.

      No. 12 Duke 99, Wake Forest 94

      DURHAM, N.C. -- Luke Kennard scored 23 points and No. 12 Duke needed a couple of late defensive stops to defeat Wake Forest at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

      Wake Forest failed to score on three possessions in a row in the final minute, helping Duke push its winning streak to seven games. Jayson Tatum added 19 points, Amile Jefferson had 16 points, Frank Jackson notched 12 points, Grayson Allen scored 11 and Matt Jones supplied 10 for the Blue Devils (22-5, 10-4 Atlantic Coast Conference), who shot 59 percent from the field.

      Sophomore forward John Collins scored a career-high 31 points to go with 15 rebounds for the Demon Deacons Bryant Crawford added 21 points, Keyshawn Woods tallied 13 points and Brandon Childress had 10 points for Wake Forest (15-12, 6-9).

      No. 13 Kentucky 82, Georgia 77

      ATHENS, Ga. - Kentucky remained in a tie with Florida for first place in the Southeastern Conference by winning a game that featured 13 ties and 15 lead changes.

      Kentucky (22-5, 12-2 SEC) won the game, in part, by hitting 17 straight free throws down the stretch. Eight of those were by freshman point guard De'Aaron Fox, who scored 10 of Kentucky's final 13 points over the final 2:07.

      Fox and freshman guard Malik Monk each finished with 16 points. Freshman forward Bam Adebayo had 13 points, eight rebounds and a huge blocked shot that enabled Kentucky to take the lead for good in the closing minute.

      Georgia (15-12, 6-8) was led by junior guard J.J. Frazier with a career-bests 36 points.

      No. 15 Florida 57, Mississippi State 52

      STARKVILLE, Miss -- Junior point guard Chris Chiozza scored 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting to help No. 15 Florida escape with a victory over Mississippi State.

      Sophomore guard KeVaughn Allen added 11 points as the Gators (22-5, 12-2 SEC) won their eighth straight game. Sophomore center Kevarrius Hayes contributed nine points, 10 rebounds and four blocked shots while starting in place of injured junior center John Egbunu (knee).

      Sophomore guard Quinndary Weatherspoon scored 17 points for the Bulldogs (14-12, 5-9), who lost their fourth straight game and sixth of their last seven.

      No. 16 Purdue 80, Michigan State 63

      WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Caleb Swanigan had 24 points and 15 rebounds, and Isaac Haas added 18 points as No. 16 Purdue pulled away from Michigan State in Mackey Arena.

      The Boilermakers (22-5, 11-3 Big Ten) took a half-game lead in the conference over Maryland and Wisconsin, each of which is 10-3. The double-double was Swanigan's 23rd this season. He had 25 points and 17 rebounds in Purdue's 84-73 victory at Michigan State (16-11, 8-6) on Jan. 24.

      It is the first time since the 1996-97 season that the Boilermakers swept a two-game, regular-season series from the Spartans. Miles Bridges led Michigan State with 14 points.

      Pittsburgh 80, No. 17 Florida State 66

      PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh took a three-point lead with 8:23 remaining in the first half and never gave it back as the Panthers upset No. 17 Florida State at the Petersen Events Center.

      Pitt forward Sheldon Jeter, who came into the game averaging just 7.6 points per game, led the Panthers with 29 points on 12-of-14 shooting as well as eight rebounds. Guard Jamel Artis added 16 points for the Panthers, who also got 10 points from guard Cameron Johnson.

      Pitt (15-12 overall, 4-10 ACC) jumped out to an early 15-point second half lead but allowed Florida State (21-6, 9-5) to come within three points in the second half. But the Panthers reclaimed a double-digit lead with 2:26 remaining in the game, halting Florida State's final comeback attempt.

      No. 18 Cincinnati 80, Tulsa 60

      CINCINNATI -- Kyle Washington scored 18 points and Jacob Evans added 17 as No. 18 Cincinnati defeated Tulsa as coach Mick Cronin picked up his 300th career win.

      Cronin improved to 300-156 in 14 seasons, including a 231-132 mark at Cincinnati, in a game the Bearcats broke open in the second half before a crowd of 13,386.

      The Bearcats (24-3, 13-1 American Athletic) used a 16-2 run that ensured a 20-point lead less than seven minutes into the second half. Junior Etou finished with a team-best 22 points and eight rebounds for the Golden Hurricane (12-14, 6-8).

      No. 19 SMU 76, Houston 66

      SMU managed to hang on to first place in the American Athletic Conference with a road win in Houston.

      SMU (24-4, 14-1 AAC) relied on the strength of forward Semi Ojeleye, who scored 22 points, and forward Ben Moore, who had 18 points and 13 rebounds, to hold off a Houston (18-8, 9-5) team that had won five games in a row.

      SMU leaned on Ojeleye and Moore to turn a game that was tied 51-51 with five minutes left into an eight-point advantage with a minute to play.

      Houston guard Rob Gray, the leading scorer in the AAC with a 20.5 average, led the Cougars with 23 points despite playing just 28 minutes because of foul trouble.

      Vanderbilt 71, No. 21 South Carolina 62

      NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Guards Matthew Fisher-Davis, Riley LaChance and Nolan Cressler combined for 44 points to lead Vanderbilt to the upset over No. 21 South Carolina in SEC play.

      The trio had 17, 14 and 13 points, respectively, as another great performance from Gamecocks guard Sindarius Thornwell (21 points) went to waste. Vanderbilt (14-13, 7-7) has won five of its last seven games.

      South Carolina (20-7, 10-4) has now dropped three of its last four, and fell two games behind Florida and Kentucky for the title chase with four games left. The Gamecocks forced 15 turnovers, but a 59.1 percent performance from the foul line, which included three key misses in the final two minutes, proved fatal.

      No. 22 St. Mary's 70, BYU 57

      PROVO, Utah -- Calvin Hermanson scored 17 points and Evan Fitzner added 15 to lead No. 22 Saint Mary's past BYU.

      The Gaels (24-3, 14-2 WCC) won in Provo for the first time since 2013 behind crushing defense. The Cougars shot just 39.7 percent from the field and went 4 of 14 from 3-point range.

      Eric Mika scored 18 points, Yoeli Childs added 13 and T.J. Haws chipped in 11 to lead BYU.

      No. 25 Notre Dame 81, North Carolina State 72.

      RALEIGH, N.C. -- A big effort from senior captain V.J. Beachem kept No. 25 Notre Dame rolling against North Carolina State.

      Beachem scored a game-high 27 points as the Irish ran their Atlantic Coast Conference win streak to four at PNC Arena. The Fighting Irish improved to 21-7 overall 10-5 in the ACC. Dennis Smith Jr. led N.C. State (14-14, 3-12) with 16 points.

      The Irish led by as many as 23 following a Beachem wing 3-pointer to beat the shot clock with 14 minutes remaining. They led by 13 with just over four minutes to go following a 3-point play from Bonzie Colson.

  • Top 25 roundup: No. 1 Gonzaga improves to 27-0
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, February 17, 2017

    SPOKANE, Wash. -- Nigel Williams-Goss scored 18 of his 30 points in the second half and Przemek Karnowski added 23 to lead No. 1 Gonzaga past San Francisco 96-61 on Thursday.

    • Williams-Goss made all six of his field goal attempts in the second half and was 10 of 14 in the game. He also had six of his seven assists in the second half, leading the Bulldogs (27-0, 15-0 WCC) to the pull-away victory after they led 42-35 at halftime.

      Gonzaga outscored the Dons 54-26 in the second half by shooting 54.3 percent from the field in the half.

      Chase Foster led San Francisco (18-10, 8-7) with 13 points and Ronnie Boyce contributed 10.

      No. 5 Arizona 78, Washington State 59

      PULLMAN, Wash. -- Lauri Markkanen broke out of a four-game slump with a double-double and Parker Jackson-Cartwright scored a career-high 20 points to lead the Wildcats.

      Markkanen made 7 of 13 shots from the field after making five field goals in his previous four games. The 7-foot freshman, who entered the night averaging a team-high 15.2 points, scored 19 and pulled down 11 rebounds for his fourth double-double.

      Arizona (24-3, 13-1 Pac-12) stayed one game ahead of Oregon in the conference race. Ike Iroegbu scored 17 points and Robert Franks added 11 off the bench for the Cougars (11-15, 4-10), who lost their fifth straight game.

      No. 7 Oregon 79, Utah 61

      EUGENE, Ore. -- Dillon Brooks scored 20 points as the Ducks routed the Utes to extend the nation's longest active home winning streak to 41.

      Jordan Bell added 17 points and Tyler Dorsey had 16 as Oregon (23-4, 12-2 Pac-12) stayed in second place in the conference. The Ducks shot 53.4 percent from the field.

      Jayce Johnson scored 14 points and David Collette added 12 for Utah (17-9, 8-6). The Utes played without Kyle Kuzma (ankle), who averages team bests of 15.7 points and 10.2 rebounds.

      Michigan 64, No. 11 Wisconsin 58

      ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Moritz Wagner scored 21 points and Zak Irvin had 18 to lead the Wolverines to an upset victory over the Badgers.

      Michigan (17-9, 7-6 Big Ten) greatly enhanced its NCAA Tournament resume, adding another win over a top-30 team in the RPI rankings to go along with a victory over No. 19 SMU earlier this season. Abdur-Rahkman added 12 points for the Wolverines.

      Ethan Happ scored 22 points to lead Wisconsin (21-5, 10-3), but only four came after halftime when Michigan employed more double-teams on him. The Badgers played without Bronson Koenig, who has a calf injury.

      No. 22 Saint Mary's 81, Loyola Marymount 48

      MORAGA, Calif. -- Jock Landale recorded all 16 of his points in the first half and also 11 rebounds as the Gaels bounced back from their loss to No. 1 Gonzaga by routing the Lions.

      Saint Mary's (23-3, 13-2 West Coast Conference) shot 59.6 percent from the field and beat Loyola Marymount (12-14, 5-10) for the 11th straight time. The Gaels' Evan Fitzner scored all of his season-high 13 points in the first half.

      Brandon Brown scored 10 points for the Lions.

  • College basketball notebook: Fired Gottfried to finish season at NC State
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, February 16, 2017

    Embattled North Carolina State coach Mark Gottfried was fired Thursday, the school announced after days of speculation.

    • Gottfried will complete the rest of the season. The Wolfpack have a 14-13 record, including 3-11 in ACC play.

      Gottfried, 53, is 122-82 in six seasons at the school, and below .500 (47-55) in ACC play. His first four teams at NC State made the NCAA Tournament before the school missed the tourney last season. The Wolfpack will need to win the ACC postseason tournament to qualify this season.

      Gottfried's contract, which ran through the 2019-2020 season, reportedly contains a buyout of $2.28 million.

      -- Colorado State investigated coach Larry Eustachy in 2013-14 after he created an atmosphere of fear and intimidation among his players, the Coloradoan reported.

      Former Colorado State athletic director Jack Graham told the newspaper that a recommendation was made to fire Eustachy, whom he hired in 2012. According to the report, Eustachy called the players derogatory names, threw chairs as well as unopened soda cans. The school required Eustachy to attend anger management sessions and apologize to his team.

      The Coloradoan divulged that 14 players and athletic department staff members were interviewed and said the investigation spanned 99 days during the 2013-14 season.

      -- Wisconsin senior guard Bronson Koenig sat out Thursday's game against Michigan, the team announced.

      Freshman D'Mitrik Trice made his first start in place of the 22-year-old Koenig, who will miss his first collegiate game due to injury as he nurses a strained left leg.

      Koenig, who was limited to just two points in a 66-59 loss to Northwestern on Sunday, is averaging 13.4 points and 2.2 assists per game this season for the 11th-ranked Badgers (21-4, 10-2 Big Ten).

  • North Carolina State fires Gottfried
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, February 16, 2017

    Embattled North Carolina State coach Mark Gottfried was fired on Thursday, the school announced after days of speculation.

    • Gottfried will complete the rest of the season. The Wolfpack have a 14-13 record, including 3-11 in ACC play.

      "Mark and I met today to discuss the future direction of our program," athletic director Debbie Yow said in a statement. "While it has long been my practice to evaluate the body of work at season's end, in reviewing the overall direction of our program, we believe a change in leadership is necessary moving forward.

      "Our focus now remains on supporting our student-athletes and staff over the final weeks of our season."

      Gottfried, 53, is 122-82 in six seasons at the school, and has a below-.500 mark (47-55) in ACC play.

      Gottfried's first four teams at NC State made the NCAA Tournament before the school missed the tourney last season. The Wolfpack will need to win the ACC postseason tourney to qualify this season.

      "It has been a privilege to serve as head coach of NC State, and I'm proud of what we have accomplished during my time here," Gottfried said in a statement. "NC State is a special place and I appreciate the opportunity to finish the remainder of the season."

      Gottfried's contract, which ran through the 2019-2020 season, reportedly contains a buyout of $2.28 million.

      Gottfried has a 400-237 career mark over 20 seasons at Murray State, Alabama and North Carolina State.

      The school is immediately beginning the search for a replacement.