Smith hits seven 3s as Missouri overwhelms Southern Illinois
Mark Smith hit seven 3-pointers en route to a career-high 23 points, and Missouri used a strong defensive effort to beat visiting Southern Illinois 64-48 on Sunday in Columbia, Mo.Smith hit four of his first five 3-point shots as the Tigers (6-4) used a 14-0 run during the first half to essentially take control of the contest. For the game, Smith missed only two of his nine attempts from beyond the arc for the Tigers, who shot 45.5 percent from the field.Missouri has won back-to-back contests for the first for the first time since Nov. 18 and 20, which was followed by a three-game losing streak that included a rough home setback to Charleston Southern.Javon Pickett came off the bench to score 13 for Missouri, which also got it done on the defensive end by holding SIU (4-7) to a season-worst 29.4 percent shooting for the game. The Salukis went more than 10 minutes without a field goal during the second half.Eric McGill scored 11 points for the Salukis, who went more than five minutes without a field goal during Missouri's big run in the first half. They managed just five field goals in the first half.
Northwestern dominates SIU-Edwardsville at home
Ryan Young's 25-point, 12-rebound double-double Sunday enabled host Northwestern to cruise past nonconference foe SIU-Edwardsville 72-54 at Welsh-Ryan Arena in Evanston, Ill, on Saturday.Pat Spencer added 15 points for the Wildcats (5-4) and Anthony Gaines scored 13. Northwestern 40.6 percent from the field, but used big discrepancies in points in the paint and off turnovers to create its comfortable margin.The Wildcats earned a 19-2 advantage in points off turnovers, forcing 18 and committing only six. They also outscored the Cougars 44-26 in the paint, scoring 14 second-chance points to the visitors' none. Northwestern carved out a 38-29 advantage on the glass.Zeke Moore scored 18 points and grabbed seven rebounds for SIU-Edwardsville (2-8), going 8 of 13 from the field. Tyresse Williford added 12 points and Brandon Jackson contributed 10, but the Cougars put just three other players in the scoring column.The Wildcats took control early in the second half, doubling their 31-25 halftime lead with an 8-2 spurt to start the half. Spencer's transition dunk made it 39-27 with 17:39 left, forcing a timeout from SIU-Edwardsville. The margin stayed in double figures for most of the game's remainder.
Wofford hands No. 17 North Carolina 3rd straight loss
Trevor Stumpe scored 19 points as visiting Wofford produced a 68-64 victory against No. 17 North Carolina on Sunday afternoon at Carmichael Arena in Chapel Hill, N.C.The short-handed Tar Heels (6-4) lost their third consecutive game and their fourth in their last five outings. This was game was played on campus at the team's former home facility, but there were not good feelings by the end for the Tar Heels.Storm Murphy added 15 points, and freshman forward Messiah Jones had 13 points off the bench for Wofford (7-4), which has won five games in a row.Garrison Brooks' 17 points and Brandon Robinson's 16 points paced North Carolina.North Carolina was without two starters as guards Cole Anthony (knee) and Leaky Black (ankle) were held out.Wofford has won two of its last three meetings with the Tar Heels, with both victories coming in Chapel Hill. The Terriers won in 2017 at the Smith Center.The Terriers took 40 of their 66 field-goal attempts from 3-point range, making 14 of those. Murphy had five treys, and Stumpe hit four.Among the biggest of those was Nathan Hoover's connection with 28 seconds left for a 68-61 lead. Robinson responded with a 3-pointer for North Carolina, but there wasn't enough time to complete a comeback.
Mack's triple-double leads Nebraska over Purdue
Cam Mack posted the first triple-double in Nebraska history and the Cornhuskers pulled away late for a 70-56 Big Ten victory against Purdue on Sunday afternoon in Lincoln, Neb.Mack grabbed a rebound in the final minute to finish with 11 points, 10 boards and 12 assists to lead Nebraska (5-6, 1-1 Big Ten). Dachon Burke scored 18 points and Thorir Thorbjarnarson added 13 in head coach Fred Hoiberg's first Big Ten win.Trevion Williams posted career highs with 18 points and 16 rebounds for Purdue (6-4, 1-1). Isaiah Thompson added 10 points for the Boilermakers, who slashed a 15-point deficit to 52-50 with eight minutes to play.The Cornhuskers jumped on the Boilermakers from the start as Thorbjarnarson opened and closed a 12-0 run with 3-pointers.Purdue reeled off 10 straight points of its own -- capped by Williams' short jumper at the 10:42 mark -- to forge a 12-12 tie.The Boilermakers took an 18-17 lead on Matt Haarms' free throw with 5:30 left in the first half, but Nebraska responded with the half's last big run.The Cornhuskers scored 12 in a row in a 2:07 stretch as Mack kept pushing the pace and finding teammates for open shots. Mack dished to Haanif Cheatham for a layup to trigger the run, then Mack found Kevin Cross for a 3-pointer and wrapped things up with a left-handed bullet pass to Matej Kavas for a layup and a 29-18 lead with 2:47 to go.
Lawson leads South Carolina past rival Clemson
A.J. Lawson scored 20 points and visiting South Carolina snapped a three-game losing streak against state rival Clemson on Sunday afternoon with a 67-54 victory at Littlejohn Coliseum.Lawson, a sophomore guard, scored 20 or more points for the fifth time this season as the Gamecocks (7-4) prevailed in a sloppy affair in which the teams combined for 43 turnovers.Clemson (5-5), which has lost four consecutive games, committed a season-high 22 turnovers while South Carolina turned the ball over 21, also a season high.Lawson, the Gamecocks' leading scorer with a 15.9-point average entering the game, made 8 of 15 shots from the floor, including 4 of 7 from 3-point range.Senior forward Maik Kotsar added 11 points for South Carolina, while junior guard Jair Bolden scored 10 points. South Carolina shot 45.1 percent from the floor.Clemson was led by junior forward Aamir Simms, who scored 21 points, hitting double figures for the seventh time this season. The Tigers' leading scorer, graduate transfer forward Tevin Mack, was held to three points on 1-of-8 shooting.Freshman guard Al-Amir Dawes added 13 points for the Tigers.Clemson, which has won 11 of its last 16 games against South Carolina, fell to 8-2 in its past 10 games against Southeastern Conference opponents.
Okongwu, USC pull away from Long Beach State
Onyeka Okongwu scored 28 points, and Jonah Mathews added 18 as Southern California remained undefeated in December with an 87-76 non-conference victory Sunday over visiting Long Beach State.Okongwu went 13 of 19 from the field and scored 24 of his points in the second half as the Trojans (9-2) put the game away. It was the freshman forward's fifth game of at least 20 points in the first 11 games of his career.Chance Hunter scored 18 points, and Colin Slater added 15 for the Beach (3-8), who lost their fourth consecutive game.The Trojans took an 11-8 lead three minutes into the game on a 3-pointer by Mathews and never trailed again, extending their lead to as much as 14 points in the opening 20 minutes on the way to a 40-34 advantage at the break. USC shot 45.7 percent in the first half and made seven 3-pointers.Long Beach pulled to within five points at 47-42 early in the second half, but a 13-3 USC run gave the Trojans a 60-45 advantage and they were never threatened again.
Minnesota hands No. 3 Ohio State first loss of season
Marcus Carr scored 28 of his career high 35 points in the second half when Minnesota knocked No. 3 Ohio State from the ranks of the unbeaten with an 84-71 victory at Williams Arena in Minneapolis, Minn., on Sunday.Daniel Oturu had 14 points and 13 rebounds, and Gabe Kalscheur added 15 points as the Golden Gophers (5-5, 1-1 Big Ten) got their first win over a top-three team since beating No.1 Indiana on Feb. 26, 2013.Freshman D.J. Carton had a career best 19 points and Kaleb Wesson 12 for the Buckeyes (9-1, 1-1).Home teams in the Big Ten are 13-0 this season.Minnesota, which had a 38-29 halftime lead, shot 54 percent from the floor and held Ohio State to 38 percent.Ohio State trailed 45-36 when the Golden Gophers went on an 8-2 run. The lead reached 18 before OSU pulled to within 69-60 with 3:50 left. Carr then made a traditional 3-point for a 72-60 advantage with 3:30 left.His previous best was 24 points.The Buckeyes played without starting guard Duane Washington Jr., who is second on the team in scoring at 11.4 points per game. The team announced Sunday morning he would not play because of a rib injury. Senior forward Andre Wesson started for him.
Anei, Oklahoma State hold off Houston late
Yor Anei scored 18 points, including a huge basket and a pair of free throws in the final minute, as visiting Oklahoma State built an 18-point lead, gave it all back and then made key plays late to outlast Houston 61-55 on Sunday afternoon.The Cougars trailed by 16 points at halftime and by 10 with 6:51 to play but came back to tie the game at 50 on a pair of free throws by Caleb Mills with 4:11 remaining.Oklahoma State forged a 57-53 lead on a 3-pointer by Lindy Waters III and a layup by Cameron McGriff off an assist by Waters with 1:23 to play. Houston's Quentin Grimes missed a 3-pointer before Anei hit a layup to push the advantage to 59-53.A bucket by Caleb Mills brought Houston within three points, but the Cougars never threatened again.McGriff added 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Cowboys (8-2), who snapped a two-game losing streak. Waters and Thomas Dziagwa hit for 11 points apiece for Oklahoma State, which played without point guard Isaac Likekele for the third straight game because of an undisclosed illness.Mills had a career-high 23 points for the Cougars (6-3). Nate Hinton added 11 points and nine rebounds for Houston, which had won four in a row and 38 of its last 40 games at home.Dziagwa shot 4 of 4, including 3 for 3 from beyond the arc, in the first 12 minutes as the Cowboys rolled to a 35-19 lead at halftime.
NC State tops UNCG on Johnson's half-court shot
Markell Johnson drained a half-court shot at the buzzer to give North Carolina State an 80-77 victory against host UNC Greensboro on Sunday afternoon in Greensboro, N.C.Johnson took one dribble and let loose a shot that prevented overtime after UNCG's Isaiah Miller tied the game with a basket from the lane with 2.1 seconds to play.Johnson, who finished with 19 points, had limped off the court a few minutes before the winning shot.C.J. Bryce scored 17 points and Pat Andree tallied 15 points for NC State (8-2).Miller racked up 21 of his 26 points in the second half for UNCG (8-3), which had a five-game winning streak snapped.Kyrin Galloway's 13 points were critical for UNCG, while freshman Keyshaun Langley hit four 3-pointers in the first half and ended up with 12 points.Greensboro Coliseum was a full roar as the Spartans stormed back from a 13-point second-half deficit and pulled within one, having two possessions with a chance to go ahead.Bryce then beat the shot clock with a corner 3 with 3:47 to go.Before the winning basket, Johnson's last points came on a drive to the basket for a 77-73 edge with 2:58 left before he was helped off the court.Miller then drained two free throws at the 1:32 mark.
Washington State pulls away from UC Riverside
CJ Elleby scored 16 of his game-high 20 points in the second half as Washington State defeated visiting UC Riverside 70-56 Sunday afternoon in a nonconference game in Pullman, Wash.Jeff Pollard added 16 points and seven rebounds, Aljaz Kunc scored 13 points and Isaac Bonton had 12 for the Cougars (6-4), who won their third consecutive game. It was the opener of a six-game homestand for WSU, which includes the start of Pac-12 play on Jan. 2.Angus McWilliam had 13 points and six rebounds and George Willborn III scored 11 points for the Highlanders (7-4), who lost for just the second time in their past seven games. McWilliam scored all but three of his points in the first half, and Willborn had all his in the second.Guard Khyber Kabellis didn't score for UCR, but had team-high totals of seven rebounds and five assists.Leading 38-37 with 12:13 remaining, Washington State used a 12-0 run to pull away. Elleby, a sophomore forward, made a 3-pointer and a three-point play during the streak, and the Highlanders trailed by double-digits the rest of the game.The Cougars might have been in trouble if not for big runs to start both halves.WSU took a 9-0 lead in the opening 1:53 on three 3-pointers, two by Kunc and the other by Pollard.
Miller leads Texas A&M to narrow win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi
Emanuel Miller scored 20 points, and Josh Nebo added 13 points and 13 rebounds as Texas A&M came from behind to defeat Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 63-60 on Sunday in College Station, Texas.A&M-CC led 57-55 before the Aggies tied the game with an alley-oop layup by Emanuel Miller with 2:07 to play. Texas A&M then took the lead on a free throw by Jay Jay Chandler at the 1:33 mark.A free throw by the Islanders' Nolan Bertain knotted the contest at 58 with 46 seconds to play. Andre Gordon gave Texas A&M the 60-58 lead with 30.1 seconds left.After a missed shot with 10 seconds to play, the Aggies' Savion Flagg grabbed the defensive rebound and was fouled, making one of his free throw chances to help Texas A&M clinch the victory.Chandler added 11 and Flagg had 10 for the Aggies (4-5), which snapped a four-game losing streak.Jordan Hairston scored a career-high 25 points for the Islanders (4-6), with Myles Smith hitting for 16 points and Elijah Schmidt taking 10 rebounds for A&M-CC.The game was tied at 19 after Flagg's jumper with 4:31 to play in the half but the rest of the period belonged to the Islanders. A&M-CC ended the half with a 12-5 run and owned a 31-24 lead at the break.
Stanford uses tight defense to crush San Jose St.
Oscar da Silva scored 25 points and visiting Stanford held San Jose State to 29.8 percent field goal shooting to earn a 78-58 win on Saturday.Da Silva dominated on the interior all game, scoring on a variety of dunks, hooks and lay-ins en route to an 11-for-17 shooting performance. He added eight rebounds and contributed to the defensive effort with two blocked shots and two steals.Stanford (9-1), playing its first game in 13 days, showed no signs of rust on the defensive side. The Cardinal allowed San Jose State just four made field-goal attempts and 19 points in the first half.Stanford scored 17 points, more than half their first-half total of 32, off 13 San Jose State turnovers. The Spartans committed 15 turnovers on the game.San Jose State (3-8) may have taken better care of the ball after intermission, but its shots did not fall with much more regularity. The Spartans shot 7 of 31 from behind the 3-point line for the game. Brae Ivey made three of those 3-pointers and finished with 11 points.Seneca Knight led San Jose State with 12 points.
Boston College pounces to keep Central Connecticut winless
Senior guard Jared Hamilton led a balanced scoring effort with a career-high 18 points in Boston College's 74-55 victory over winless Central Connecticut in a nonconference game Sunday in Chestnut Hill, Mass.Steffon Mitchell added 13 points and 12 rebounds, Jay Heath finished with 16 points and former Duke and USC player Derryck Thornton had 12.Greg Outlaw led Central Connecticut with 18 points and seven rebounds, and Trey Tennyson finished with 10 points.Boston College (7-5) has won three straight games, including a win at Notre Dame on Dec. 7, after losing four consecutive games and five of six. The Eagles next play Saturday against California in San Francisco.Central Connecticut is 0-10 with its next game at Dartmouth on Wednesday.An 11-0 run put Boston College ahead 15-7 with 13:16 left in the first half, and the Eagles kept the lead the rest of the way.Both teams finished the half cold with Boston College scoring only a free throw in the last 3 minutes, by Heath with 1:38 remaining, giving the Eagles their biggest lead at that point, 35-20.
No. 6 Gonzaga holds off No. 15 Arizona
Corey Kispert led four Gonzaga players in double figures with 18 points as the sixth-ranked Bulldogs took advantage of cold-shooting No. 15 Arizona and then held on for an 84-80 victory on Saturday night in Tucson, Ariz.Filip Petrusev had 16 points and seven rebounds for Gonzaga (11-1), while Joel Ayayi added 15 points and Admon Gilder chipped in 13.Arizona (10-2) shot 38.5 percent from the field for the game -- and made just two of its first 20 3-pointers -- allowing the Bulldogs to lead by 16 points with 2:12 to go. But the Wildcats responded with a furious 15-1 run that forced Ryan Woolridge to make two free throws with 1.7 seconds left to seal the win.Arizona post player Zeke Nnaji had 16 points and a career-high 18 rebounds, while fellow freshman Josh Green scored a team-high 17. But star freshman point guard Nico Mannion struggled from the field, making 3 of 20 shots and missing his first nine 3-point attempts, although he did have 10 assists.Gonzaga, which was up 35-34 at half, gained separation with a 12-0 run, started by a 3-pointer from Gilder for a 45-45 tie. Gilder added another 3-pointer during the spurt as the Bulldogs took a 54-45 lead on a fast-break layup by Kispert with 12:31 to go.Arizona was within five before a 12-3 run pushed Gonzaga's lead back to 69-55.
Martin, White drive Arizona State to rout of Georgia
Remy Martin had 23 points, three 3-pointers and six assists as the host Arizona State Sun Devils ran away from the Georgia Bulldogs in the second half for a 79-59 victory on Saturday night.Romello White had his fourth double-double of the season with 18 points and a career-high 17 rebounds. Alonzo Verge Jr. had 15 points and five rebounds, and Kimani Lawrence had a season-high 11 points for the Sun Devils (8-2), who held Georgia to a season-low 34.9 percent shooting from the field. Arizona State has won five in a row, with its only losses to No. 9 Virginia and No. 24 Colorado.Top NBA prospect Anthony Edwards had 12 of his 13 points the first half but missed all five of his 3-point attempts while playing only 24 minutes. Tye Fagan had 15 points for the Bulldogs (6-3), who had been 6-0 against unranked teams.The Bulldogs were 2 of 24 from 3-point range. Their previous low was four 3-pointers in a 19-point loss to Dayton in the Maui Invitational. Georgia entered averaging 86.1 points per game, fourth in NCAA Division 1.White, who was 7 of 8 from the floor, has 65 points and 58 rebounds in his last four games, all double-doubles, while hitting 22 of 26 field goals. White is from Suwanee, Ga., 50 miles west of the Bulldogs' campus in Athens.
Providence holds off visiting Stony Brook
David Duke and Luwane Pipkins each scored 21 points and Alpha Diallo added 17 points and 12 rebounds to help the host Providence Friars hold off visiting Stony Brook 82-78 on Saturday night.Elijah Olaniyi scored 25 points on 9-of-15 shooting (3 of 5 from behind the arc) for the Seawolves (7-5) of the America East Conference.Miles Latimer's 3-pointer from the left corner pulled Stony Brook within 72-68 with 55 seconds left. After Providence's Kalif Young sank two free throws, Mouhamadou Gueye hit a trey to make it 74-71 with 41 seconds to go.Pipkins sank eight free throws in the final 40 seconds to help secure the decision for the Big East's Friars (6-5), who sank 12 of 27 overall from 3-point range.Providence had more points off turnovers (29-12) and second-chance points (18-9).Stony Brook scored the first 11 points of the second half to grab a 35-34 advantage. Olaniyi's five points fueled the spurt.The Friars responded with a 12-0 run -- including five points from Diallo -- to go ahead 46-35 with 14:22 left.After Stony Brook got within six points, A.J. Reeves' 3-pointer capped an 8-0 run that gave Providence a 56-42 cushion with 10:33 to go. The Seawolves then scored eight consecutive points to cut their deficit to six with 8:43 left.Duke scored 11 points and Pipkins added 10 to help the Friars build a 34-24 halftime lead. Providence led by as many as 14 points, 32-187, with under three minutes before intermission.
North Carolina PG Anthony (knee) out indefinitely
North Carolina star freshman Cole Anthony is out indefinitely with an injured right knee.The school announced that the point guard would not play in the 17th-ranked Tar Heels' game Sunday against Wofford in Chapel Hill, N.C.Treatment plans are being evaluated for Anthony, who leads North Carolina in scoring at 19.1 points per game to go with averages of 6.3 rebounds and 3.4 assists.
No. 13 Memphis ends No. 19 Tennessee's home win streak
D.J. Jeffries and Tyler Harris each scored 11 points Saturday to help No. 13 Memphis defeat intrastate rival Tennessee 51-47, snapping the 19th-ranked Volunteers' 31-game home winning streak.Damion Baugh added 10 points for the Tigers (9-1), who outrebounded UT 49-39.Josiah-Jordan James scored 14 points to lead the Volunteers (7-2), which had held Division I's longest active home winning streak.Baugh's 3-pointer gave Memphis a 49-47 edge with 1:43 remaining. After each team had a possession ending with a missed shot, James fired an errant 3-pointer that Pons rebounded and was fouled. But Pons missed a free throw with 21 seconds to go.Alex Lomax (eight points) sank two free throws with 7.9 seconds left to virtually seal the victory.Both teams struggled shooting. The Volunteers shot 25 percent (15 of 60) overall, 15 percent (4 of 26) from 3-point territory and 72 percent (13-18) from the foul line. The Tigers were 34 percent (19 of 56) overall, 38 percent (5 of 13) from long distance and 62 percent (8 of 13) from the free-throw line.The Tigers' victory denied Tennessee coach Rick Barnes career victory No. 700.The largest lead during the first 10 minutes of the second half was four points, twice by Memphis. The teams then battled back forth the rest of the way, with seven lead changes in the final 8:04.