No. 21 Iowa scrambles to edge Indiana in OT
Junior forward Tyler Cook recorded 18 points and eight rebounds as No. 21 Iowa rallied for a 76-70 overtime victory over Indiana on Friday night in Big Ten play at Iowa City, Iowa.Junior guard Jordan Bohannon scored 17 points and knocked down the tying 3-pointer with 27.3 seconds left in regulation to force overtime. Bohannon added three more 3-pointers in the extra session to finish with five overall.Sophomore forward Luka Garza added 16 points and nine rebounds for the Hawkeyes (21-6, 10-6 Big Ten), who won for the fifth time in six games.Senior forward Juwan Morgan scored 15 points, registered a career-high six blocked shots and added three steals for Indiana (13-14, 4-12). The Hoosiers have lost five straight games and 12 of their past 13.Indiana freshman guard Romeo Langford scored 14 points, freshman guard Rob Phinisee added 13 points and four steals, senior forward Evan Fitzner tallied 11 points and junior forward De'Ron Davis had 10.Indiana shot 41.3 percent from the field but just 6 of 27 from 3-point range.Iowa was just 7 of 25 from long range despite Bohannon's late-game flurry. The Hawkeyes shot 41.9 percent overall.The Hawkeyes took their first lead since late in the first half when Cook scored the first points of overtime with 3:25 left. After Indiana tied the score, Bohannon connected on a 3-pointer to give Iowa a 68-65 edge with 2:47 left.Davis converted a three-point play to tie the score 22 seconds later. But Bohannon knocked down another 3-pointer to give the Hawkeyes a 71-68 lead with 2:01 left and Cook split two free throws to make it a four-point margin with 1:10 remaining.
College basketball notebook: Boeheim to coach Saturday
Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim will be on the bench for the Orange's Saturday matchup against Duke, three days after he was involved in an automobile accident that killed a pedestrian on a highway.Syracuse athletic director John Wildhack announced that Boeheim will coach the team in the Saturday home game.After Syracuse defeated Louisville on Wednesday, Boeheim was driving home from a restaurant on Interstate 690 when he struck and killed 51-year-old Jorge Jimenez. While riding as a passenger in a vehicle that was involved in its own accident, Jimenez exited that car before he was struck."The Boeheim family is heartbroken over what happened, as we all are," Wildhack said, in part, in a statement Friday. "This is a very difficult time. I know that coach Boeheim's players gain strength from him, just as he gains strength from his players. Our entire community gains strength from each other."--ESPN will not take its "College GameDay" show to Syracuse on Saturday, a decision made after Boeheim was involved in the fatal car accident.The show had been scheduled to be broadcast from the Carrier Dome from 11 a.m.-noon ET, hours before the Orange meet No. 1 Duke in a key Atlantic Coast Conference game."Due to the recent tragedy, and after careful consideration due to the celebratory nature of the show, ESPN's College GameDay will originate from ESPN headquarters in Bristol, Conn., this weekend, instead of at Syracuse University," ESPN media relations representative Anna Negron said in a prepared statement. "We spoke with school officials and they understand the decision."--The shoe malfunction and subsequent Grade 1 right knee sprain Duke freshman Zion Williamson sustained Wednesday against North Carolina is expected to keep him out of the Syracuse game, Stadium Sports Network reported.Williamson was flashing toward the free-throw line in the opening minute of the ACC rivalry showdown when he planted his left foot and his shoe ripped open, sending him sprawling awkwardly to the court. His right knee struggled to support his weightWilliamson did not return to the 88-72 loss. Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski later said that the sprain was mild. Williamson's timetable for returning to the court is unknown, although the school has labeled his status as "day-to-day."
Iowa announcer suspended for 'King Kong' comment
Iowa radio announcer Gary Dolphin has been suspended for the rest of the season after using a "King Kong" reference to describe Maryland big man Bruno Fernando during Tuesday's broadcast.The suspension was announced by Learfield, which owns Hawkeyes Sports Properties. The University supported Learfield's decision.Fernando scored the winning basket with 7.6 seconds left as the Terrapins prevailed 66-65, prompting this play-by-play description by Dolphin."Twelve 3s on 22 made baskets. That's some pretty good long-range shooting," Dolphin said on the broadcast alongside. "And then Fernando was King Kong at the end of the game."Dolphin released a statement to apologize for the phrasing."During the broadcast, I used a comparison when trying to describe a talented Maryland basketball player. In no way did I intend to offend or disparage the player," Dolphin said in the statement. "I take full responsibility for my inappropriate word choice and offer a sincere apology to him and anyone else who was offended.
Perkins stars as No. 25 Buffalo routs Kent State
Sixth man Nick Perkins poured in a career-high 27 points, and No. 25 Buffalo stretched its winning streak to five games by defeating visiting Kent State 80-57 on Friday.Perkins, whose previous career best was 26 points, added six rebounds and three steals. CJ Massinburg had 18 points, five rebounds and five steals as Buffalo stretched its home winning streak to 24 games. Jeremy Harris added 12 points.The Bulls (24-3, 12-2 Mid-American Conference) took sole possession of first place in the MAC East Division as Bowling Green lost at Ohio on Friday.The Golden Flashes (19-8, 8-6) were led by Antonio Williams' 17 points. Anthony Roberts contributed 13 points off the bench, and Jaylin Walker added 12.The Bulls shot 43.7 percent from the field despite making just 4 of 26 3-point tries. They limited Kent State to 40.4 percent shooting and forced 24 turnovers, a season high for the Golden Flashes.Buffalo trailed by two points with less than two minutes remaining in the first half. Perkins then scored eight points in a 10-0 outburst that gave the Bulls a 35-27 halftime lead. Jayvon Graves scored the other two points on a put-back after a Kent State turnover.
Report: Duke's Williamson won't play Saturday at Syracuse
The shoe malfunction and subsequent Grade 1 right knee sprain Duke freshman Zion Williamson suffered Wednesday against North Carolina is expected to keep him out of Saturday's clash at Syracuse, Stadium Sports Network reported Friday.Williamson was flashing toward the free-throw line in the opening minute of Wednesday's Atlantic Coast Conference rivalry showdown when he planted his left foot and his shoe ripped open, sending him sprawling awkwardly to the court. His right knee struggled to support his weightWilliamson did not return to the 88-72 loss and Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski later said that the sprain was mild. Williamson's timetable for returning to the court is unknown, although Duke has labeled him "day-to-day."
College basketball notebook: Nike under fire for shoe blowout
Nike's stock price slid 1.05 percent Thursday as the company faced a social media backlash after Duke freshman star forward Zion Williamson sustained a knee injury when his shoe split apart Wednesday night.Shares in Nike Inc. were down as much as 1.7 percent before rebounding a bit.Williamson was injured 30 seconds into the game when he planted his left foot while dribbling near the top of the key. His left shoe ripped apart down the middle of the sole as he sprawled awkwardly to the ground. He did not return to the highly anticipated matchup, and eighth-ranked North Carolina defeated the top-ranked Blue Devils, 88-72.After an MRI exam Thursday, Williamson was diagnosed with a Grade 1 right knee sprain, and he is listed as day-to-day. Williamson was wearing the Nike PG 2.5, a Paul George-themed model.--If Williamson is picked outside of the NBA draft lottery because of the knee injury, he could reportedly cash in an $8 million loss of value insurance policy.Darren Rovell of The Action Network reported the star forward took out a policy with International Specialty Insurance that kicks in if he is selected 16th or later in June's draft.The 6-foot-7, 285-pound freshman has been projected by most experts as the No. 1 overall pick in the June NBA draft.--Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim struck and killed a pedestrian while driving on Interstate 690 late Wednesday night.
Syracuse's Boeheim to coach after fatal accident
Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim will be on the bench for Saturday's Atlantic Coast Conference matchup against Duke, three days after he was involved in an automobile accident that killed a pedestrian on a highway.Syracuse athletic director John Wildhack announced that Boeheim will coach the Orange in the Saturday evening home game.After Syracuse defeated Louisville on Wednesday, Boeheim was driving home from a restaurant on Interstate 690 when he struck and killed 51-year-old Jorge Jimenez. While riding as a passenger in a vehicle that was involved in its own accident, Jimenez exited that car before he was struck."The Boeheim family is heartbroken over what happened, as we all are," Wildhack said, in part, in a statement Friday. "This is a very difficult time. I know that coach Boeheim's players gain strength from him, just as he gains strength from his players. Our entire community gains strength from each other."
Texas suspends leading scorer Roach
Texas has suspended leading scorer Kerwin Roach II for an indefinite period, the school announced Friday.The suspension is for a violation of unspecified team rules and is the second of the season for the senior guard.Roach is averaging 15 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game.
Arizona ends losing streak, extends Cal's skid
Arizona power forward Ryan Luther tied his season high with 19 points as the Wildcats snapped their longest losing streak in 36 years with a 76-51 victory over Cal on Thursday in Tucson, Ariz.The Wildcats (15-12, 6-8 Pac-12) had lost seven consecutive games, their worst skid since the 1982-83 season.Cal (5-21, 0-14) extended its school record to 15 consecutive defeats overall. The Bears also have dropped 17 straight road games and 21 regular-season conference games in a row.Luther scored eight points -- hitting two 3-pointers -- during an 11-0 run early in the second half that gave Arizona a 43-25 lead. Cal never challenged after that.Luther, a graduate transfer from Pitt, made 5 of 8 3-point attempts and is 13 of 23 from beyond the arc in the past three games. He hit 7 of 10 field-goal attempts against Cal, including a dunk on a drive in the second half when the Bears closed out too hard to take away his 3-point shot.He fell one point short of his career high, set in December 2016 against Rice.Arizona guard Alex Barcello came off the bench to score 14 points. Freshman guard Devonaire Doutrive scored a career-high 11 points to go with six rebounds and three assists. Center Chase Jeter had 13 points and seven rebounds. Point guard Justin Coleman had eight assists.
Boatwright shines again, leads USC over Oregon
Bennie Boatwright scored 20 points, hitting six 3-pointers, as Southern California earned a 66-49 Pac-12 Conference victory Thursday over Oregon at Los Angeles.Nick Rakocevic scored 17 points as the Trojans (15-12, 8-6) won their second consecutive conference game following a three-game losing streak.Freshman forward Louis King scored 16 points, and sophomore guard Victor Bailey Jr. added 10 points as the Ducks (15-11, 6-7) lost their second consecutive game and fell for the third time in their last five contests.Boatwright's offensive show came after he scored 36 points and hit 10 3-pointers in a victory Saturday at Cal. Boatwright's 16 3-pointers were tied for the most for the Trojans in consecutive games since 2006.USC trailed with just over five minutes remaining in the first half before closing out the opening 20 minutes on a 9-2 run to take a 30-25 lead. USC, which entered leading the Pac-12 in 3-point field-goal percentage, missed its first seven shots from distance before Boatwright hit one midway through the half.The Trojans dominated the second half against the Ducks, shooting 62.5 percent from the field and 50 percent from 3-point range, making five of their 10 shots from distance.
Hachimura sets school record as No. 2 Gonzaga routs Pepperdine
Junior forward Rui Hachimura scored 23 points on 10-of-13 shooting and sophomore guard Zach Norvell Jr. added 21 points and four steals as No. 2 Gonzaga recorded a 92-64 victory over visiting Pepperdine on Thursday night in West Coast Conference play at Spokane, Wash.Senior point guard Josh Perkins scored 10 points and also notched nine assists as the Bulldogs (26-2, 13-0 WCC) stretched the nation's longest winning streak to 17 games. Perkins became the all-time assists leader (670) in Gonzaga history, surpassing school legend Matt Santangelo (668 from 1996-2000)."It means a lot, it means everything," Perkins said in a postgame television interview on AT&T SportsNet. "A lot of credit goes to my teammates. Without them, I'm nothing."Junior power forward Brandon Clarke contributed 16 points on 8-of-10 shooting and collected 11 rebounds and five blocked shots for the Bulldogs, who defeated Pepperdine for the 36th straight time. Gonzaga shot 62.7 percent from the field, including 8 of 21 from behind the arc.Senior forward Darnell Dunn had 16 points and seven rebounds to pace the Waves (12-16, 5-9), who have lost their last 21 visits to Spokane.Sophomore swingman Jade' Smith added 13 points and sophomore guard Colbey Ross had 12 points and eight assists for Pepperdine, which shot just 38.8 percent from the field and 7 of 23 from 3-point range.Hachimura scored 21 first-half points on 9-of-11 shooting and Norvell knocked down four 3-pointers while adding 17 points as Gonzaga led 53-33 at the break.Hachimura ended the half with a 3-pointer with four seconds left to give Gonzaga its first 20-point lead.
ESPN cancels Syracuse 'GameDay' appearance following crash
ESPN will not take its "College GameDay" show to Syracuse on Saturday, a decision make after head coach Jim Boeheim was involved in a fatal car accident.The show had been scheduled to be broadcast from the Carrier Dome from 11 a.m.-noon ET, hours before the Orange meet No. 1 Duke in a key Atlantic Coast Conference game."Due to the recent tragedy, and after careful consideration due to the celebratory nature of the show, ESPN's College GameDay will originate from ESPN headquarters in Bristol, Conn., this weekend, instead of at Syracuse University," ESPN media relations representative Anna Negron said in a prepared statement. "We spoke with school officials and they understand the decision."Boeheim was driving on Interstate 690 late Wednesday, a few hours after his team defeated No. 18 Louisville, when he struck and killed a pedestrian.The victim, 51-year-old Jorge Jimenez of Syracuse, was a passenger in a vehicle that lost control on the road and struck a guardrail. He stepped out of the car and was walking on the side of the highway when he was hit at 11:22 p.m. He was pronounced dead at a local hospital.
Smith’s late layup leads UCLA past Oregon State
Chris Smith's driving layup with 21.2 seconds left Thursday night enabled UCLA to edge Oregon State 68-67 in a Pac-12 Conference game at Los Angeles.Smith, one of five Bruins in double figures with 10 points, whirled into the lane and drew a foul from Stephen Thompson Jr. as he softly banked his shot home. Smith missed the free throw, but UCLA (14-13, 7-7) stonewalled the Beavers on their next-to-last possession.The ball never made it past the 3-point arc, Oregon State's Tres Tinkle tossing up a 3-pointer from the right wing that sailed over the rim and out of bounds with 1.8 seconds left. While the Bruins' Jaylen Hands missed two foul shots with 1.0 seconds left, all the Beavers could do was get a full-court heave from Tinkle that wasn't close.Moses Brown's 14 points and 10 rebounds paced the balanced UCLA offense while Hands finished with 12 points and eight assists. Kris Wilkes and reserve Jules Bernard each added 10 points.Thompson tallied a game-high 21 points and doled out seven assists for Oregon State (16-9, 8-5), which fell out of second place in the conference. Tinkle contributed a 19-point, 16-rebound double-double.The Bruins derived a major advantage at the foul line, making 18 of 28 attempts as opposed to the Beavers' 1 for 3.
Poole paces No. 7 Michigan past Minnesota
Jordan Poole had 22 points, and No. 7 Michigan moved into a first-place tie in the Big Ten with a 69-60 victory over Minnesota on Thursday at Minneapolis.The Wolverines (24-3, 13-3 Big Ten) pulled even with Michigan State in the standings. The in-state rivals will square off on Sunday at Michigan's Crisler Center.Jon Teske supplied 17 points, seven rebounds and five blocks while freshman Ignas Brazdeikis added 10 points for the Wolverines.Jordan Murphy had 18 points and 15 rebounds to lead Minnesota (17-10, 7-9). Daniel Oturu contributed 18 points and 12 rebounds.The Wolverines shot 43.9 percent from the field and held the Gophers to 37.3 percent shooting. Minnesota made just one of 10 3-point attempts, though it did control the boards, 45-38.Michigan needed a buzzer-beater from Charles Matthews to defeat the Gophers last month. The rematch was controlled by the Wolverines most of the way.The Wolverines led 28-18 at halftime. Their defense held the Gophers to 22.9 percent shooting, allowing them to overcome a 35.5 percent performance from the field.Poole was the only Michigan player who got into an offensive flow as he scored 11 points before the break. Oturu achieved a double-double by halftime with 10 points and 10 rebounds, including a layup just before the half expired.
Duke’s Williamson (knee sprain) is day-to-day
Duke freshman star forward Zion Williamson was diagnosed with a Grade 1 right knee sprain and his status is listed as day-to-day, the team announced on Thursday.Posting the announcement on the team's Twitter account, Duke also reported, "He is progressing as expected."That's the good news coming out of the episode that happened Wednesday night, when Williamson, expected to be the No. 1 pick in this year's NBA draft, was injured 33 seconds into the game against No. 8 North Carolina. As he planted his left foot while dribbling near the top of the key, his left shoe ripped apart down the middle of the sole, and he sprawled awkwardly to the ground.The injury, seen on television replays across the nation, drew reaction from numerous sports figures, and even from former U.S. President Barack Obama, who attended the game at Cameron Indoor Stadium that the Tar Heels won 88-72. Obama went to Twitter after the game to send Williamson his best wishes."Zion Williamson seems like an outstanding young man as well as an outstanding basketball player," Obama wrote. "Wishing him a speedy recovery,"On Thursday, Golden State Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins had a few harsher things to say about Williamson's injury, advising the star to sit out the rest of the season rather than put his health at risk before the draft."Well, knowing what I know now, college is bulls---," Cousins said after Thursday's shootaround. "College basketball and the NCAA is bulls---. So my advice to him is, 'Do what's best for you and your family.'"Obviously college ... it does nothing for [Williamson] at this point. You've proven you're the No. 1 pick coming out, you've proven your talent. Get ready for the next level, because it's happening. That's my opinion, knowing what I know now. Obviously, when I was at that age, you enjoy the moment, you're enjoying the experience and all that. But there's so many risks involved to get to the ultimate goal, which is this level. So just do what's best for him and his family."Cousins played one season at Kentucky, then became the fifth overall pick by the Sacramento Kings in the 2010 NBA Draft.
Creighton maintains dominance over DePaul
Ty-Shon Alexander and Marcus Zegarowski hit 3-pointers to thwart a DePaul second-half rally Wednesday night, allowing Creighton to continue its dominance over its Big East Conference rival with a 79-67 victory in Chicago.Creighton (14-13, 5-9 Big East) snapped a four-game losing streak and won on the road for just the third time this season.The Bluejays have now beaten the Blue Demons nine straight times dating back to January 2015 and six in a row at DePaul since November 2005.DePaul (13-12, 5-9) lost its third straight.The Blue Demons rallied from an 11-point halftime deficit to within 58-55 on a 3-pointers by Devin Gage with 9:50 to play.However, Alexander countered with a trey to double the Creighton advantage, and Zegarowski made it a nine-point game with his second 3-pointer of the game with 8:04 to play.The Bluejays went on to lead by as many as 13 before coasting home, getting the game's final five points on free throws.Alexander led five Bluejays in double figures with 16 points to complement five rebounds and a game-high six assists.Martin Krampelj had 14 points and a team-high seven rebounds, while Davion Mintz chipped in with 12 points, Zegarowski 11 and Connor Cashaw 10 for Creighton, which will host DePaul in the Big East regular-season finale on March 9.
Alvarado's career-high 29 leads Georgia Tech over Pitt
Guard Jose Alvarado scored a career-high 29 points and helped Georgia Tech break a seven-game losing streak with a 73-65 win over visiting Pittsburgh on Wednesday in Atlanta.Alvarado played all 40 minutes of the game, was 9-for-13 from the field, 5-for-6 from the free-throw line while adding six rebounds and five assists. He broke his previous career best of 24 points, set this season against Northwestern.Georgia Tech (12-15, 4-10 ACC) got seven points and eight rebounds from Moses Wright, who hit two big free throws with 1:41 left and blocked two shots in the final two minutes. James Banks III had 10 rebounds and five rebounds before fouling out with 2:01 remaining.Pitt (12-15, 2-12) was led by Jared Wilson-Frame with 19 points, including five 3-pointers, and 14 points from Xavier Johnson.Johnson surpassed the school record for most points scored by a freshman. He now has 448, passing the mark of 435 set by Charles Smith in 1985.Pitt has lost 10 straight and saw its losing streak in ACC road games stretch to 23. The Panthers were only 20-for-38 from the line and shot 33.3 percent from the field (19-for-57).Georgia Tech took advantage of some poor Pitt shooting early in the first half. The Panthers made only four of their first 24 field-goal attempts, which allowed the Yellow Jackets to lead by 18 when Kristian Sjolund made a 3-pointer with 7:54 remaining go make it 25-7.
Howard powers No. 11 Marquette past Butler
Markus Howard scored a game-high 28 points Wednesday night while Theo John kicked in a double-double as No. 11 Marquette took control of first place in the Big East Conference with a 79-69 win over Butler at Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee.John tallied 15 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, while Sam Houser added 11 points for the Golden Eagles (22-4, 11-2), who jumped over Villanova atop the conference. Earlier Wednesday night, the Wildcats lost at Georgetown 83-75.The Bulldogs (15-12, 6-8) got 27 points from Sean McDermott, plus 12 from Kamar Baldwin and 10 from Paul Jorgensen. But it wasn't enough to keep them from dropping their 11th straight game against a top-25 foe.Butler controlled most of the first 25 minutes of the game, establishing its biggest lead when Joey Brunk converted a layup at the 18:31 mark of the second half to make it 37-29. After Marquette called a timeout, though, the Bulldogs weren't able to hold it off.The Golden Eagles rattled off eight straight points, with John's transition layup with 15:07 left tying the game at 37.Butler was able to gain a bit of traction and still led as late as the 12:45 mark after Baldwin hit two foul shots.
No. 8 UNC tops No. 1 Duke after Williamson goes down
North Carolina senior Luke Maye scored 30 points in his final appearance at Cameron Indoor Stadium and the eighth-ranked Tar Heels took advantage of the absence of Duke's Zion Williamson for an 88-72 victory Wednesday night in Durham, N.C.Williamson, the standout forward for top-ranked Duke, departed in the opening minute with a knee injury and didn't return after his shoe tore apart as he fell awkwardly to the court. He was assisted to the locker room, and soon after it was announced he wouldn't return to the game.Maye, who reached the 30-point mark for the fifth time in his career, shot 14-for-24 from the floor, with many of the baskets in the lane that was minus Williamson's presence. Maye also pulled down 15 rebounds.Cam Johnson's 26 points and Garrison Brooks' 14 points also gave a boost to the Tar Heels (21-5, 11-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), who moved into a first-place tie with Duke (23-3, 11-2) and Virginia (23-2, 11-2).North Carolina has defeated a No. 1 team 14 times -- more than any other team in the country. Eight of those victories have come against Duke, including four times in Durham.RJ Barrett poured in 33 points and Cam Reddish scored 27 points as the freshman duo paced Duke's scoring. The Blue Devils were playing while holding the No. 1 ranking against North Carolina for the first time in 13 years.Williamson entered the game averaging 22.4 points per game, second best in the ACC behind Barrett.