Sooners cancel, Florida back in at Mohegan Sun
Florida is packing for a delayed trip north to play Army and Boston College at the Mohegan Sun in Connecticut.The Gators were scheduled to play Oklahoma on Wednesday, but the Sooners canceled due to COVID-19 factors.Florida scheduled Army at 2:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday and a Thursday night game with Boston College at the "Bubbleville" location that began hosting games a day before Thanksgiving.Florida was originally scheduled to play in the two-week hoops event before pausing team activities amidst a number of positive COVID-19 test results.The Gators are still scheduled for their home opener Sunday against Stetson.
Stanford routs Alabama in opener
Ziaire Williams collected 19 points and eight rebounds in his collegiate debut to lift Stanford to an 82-64 victory over Alabama on Monday at the Maui Invitational in Asheville, N.C.Williams, who was the highest-rated signing in school history, made 8 of 15 shots from the field and 3 of 5 from 3-point range.Bryce Wills scored 13 of his 15 points in the second half before exiting the contest with just over seven minutes to play with an apparent right leg injury.Oscar da Silva and Daejon Davis each added 13 points for the Cardinal (1-0), who will face No. 14 North Carolina on Tuesday. The Tar Heels posted a 78-51 win over UNLV on Monday night.Alabama's Jahvon Quinerly had 14 points and Jaden Shackelford finished with 10 to record his 17th straight game in double-digit scoring. Herbert Jones and Jordan Bruner each added eight points for the Crimson Tide (1-1), who will face the Runnin' Rebels on Tuesday.Williams made his presence known right from the start, draining a 3-pointer to open the scoring and connecting again from beyond the arc to give Stanford a 15-12 lead.
Seton Hall downs Iona for first win
Sandro Mamukelashvili scored seven points in a game-breaking 19-2 second half run Monday night as Seton Hall spoiled coach Rick Pitino's debut with Iona, posting an 86-64 nonconference win in Newark, N.J.Jared Rhoden paced the Pirates (1-1) with 26 points on just 14 shot attempts, canning three 3-pointers and going 9 of 10 at the line. Mamukelashvili added 18 points and seven rebounds, and Myles Cale was good for 15 points. Tyrese Samuel added 12 in a reserve role.Isaiah Ross paced the Gaels with 23 points and Nelly Junior Joseph scored 13, but Iona completely ran out of steam over the last 15 minutes, getting outscored by 23 points after Dwayne Koroma's 3-pointer lifted it to a 45-44 lead.Samuel hit a short jumper to start the big run for Seton Hall, followed by four free throws from Rhoden. After Joseph canned two foul shots for the Gaels, Mamukelashvili checked in with a layup and Shavar Reynolds added a jumper.Following a Rhoden dunk, Mamukelashvili tacked on a dunk and a 3-point play 35 seconds apart, turning a potential upset into a rout.The game was set up on 48 hours' notice between Pitino and Pirates coach Kevin Willard, who once worked under Pitino at Louisville. Pitino was fired three years ago after a series of scandals.
LSU blows out SE Louisiana, 96-43
Freshman Cam Thomas scored a game-high 21 points for his third consecutive 20-point game to start his career as LSU rolled to a 96-43 victory against Southeastern Louisiana on Monday night in Baton Rouge, La.Thomas, who had 27 points and 25 points in his first two games, made 4 of 8 3-pointers and 9 of 10 free throws as the Tigers (2-1) won their home opener.Trendon Watford scored 13 of his 20 points as LSU raced to 50-18 halftime lead. Mwani Wilkinson finished with 12 points, Darius Days scored 11 and Javonte Smart had 10.Keon Clergeot scored 17 and Joe Kasperzyk added 13 to lead the Lions (0-3).LSU allowed an average of 83 points in its first two games as Southern Illinois-Edwardsville and Saint Louis University shot a combined 53.1 percent on field goals and 45.1 percent on 3-pointers.But the Tigers' defense was much more effective against the Lions, whose early-season shooting struggles continued.Southeastern, which shot below 40 percent from the floor and made just 5 of 49 3-pointers in its first two games, shot 22 percent (13 of 59) against the Tigers, making 5 of 29 3-pointers (17.2 percent).The Lions are in the midst of a 10-game road trip to start the season, the longest road trip in program history.Southeastern took its only lead of the game at 4-3 lead before LSU went on a 13-0 run to seize control.
K-State holds off UMKC for first win
Kansas State ran off to a big lead in the first half and then held off Missouri-Kansas City, 62-58, for the Wildcats' first win of the season Monday night in Manhattan, Kan.The Wildcats avoided their first 0-3 start since 1965-66.K-State coach Bruce Weber had never been part of an 0-2 start in his 42-year coaching career, as an assistant or head coach, prior to this season.Kansas State (1-2) was led by DaJuan Gordon and Nigel Pack with 14 points each.UMKC (2-2) was led by Brandon McKissic with a game-high 24. He was joined in double-figures by Franck Kamgain with 11 points. Josiah Allick, who led UMKC in scoring (19.0 points per game) coming in, had just one point. He was 0-for-7 from the floor, including 0-for-3 from long range.K-State kept UMKC at bay for most of the second half.The Wildcats' largest lead was 15 points, but the Roos went on a 7-0 spurt to cut it back to just eight points. A McKissic 3-pointer cut the lead to 58-51, and a Kamgain free throw drew the Kangaroos within six points. A last-second 3-pointer by McKissic allowed UMKC to get within four.
UCLA vs. Long Beach State postponed
Monday night's contest between UCLA and visiting Long Beach State was postponed due to COVID-19 protocol issues within the Long Beach State program.Statements issued by both schools said the game was postponed due to "an abundance of caution." The programs plan to reschedule the game.Long Beach State said in its statement that it will not be taking a break."The Long Beach State program has been cleared to continue basketball activities, and no pause will be taken at this time," the school said.The Beach is slated to visit Loyola Marymount on Friday in what would be their season opener.According to reports, a game-day test led to the postponement. It isn't immediately known whether that involved a player.
Carr's late bucket leads Minnesota past Loyola Marymount
Marcus Carr hit a stepback 3-pointer with 2.7 seconds remaining to give Minnesota a 67-64 win over Loyola Marymount in the second meeting in three days between the teams at Minnesota.Carr finished with a game-high 26 points, 21 of which came in the second half.The Golden Gophers (3-0) trailed 61-59 with 3:47 remaining, but they scored five straight points to take a 64-61 lead with 1:09 left after a floater in the lane by Carr.The Lions then tied the game at 64-64 with 23.3 seconds left on a 3-point play by Keli Leaupepe, who was fouled after converting a putback layup following an offensive rebound.That set the stage for Carr, who hit his shot from the wing in front of the Minnesota bench.Loyola Marymount had one last chance to tie, but Minnesota's Isaiah Ihnen blocked a 3-point attempt by Jalin Anderson of Loyola Marymount before the buzzer sounded.Leaupepe scored 16 points and Eli Scott added 13 points for Loyola Marymount (1-2), which was coming off an 88-73 loss to Minnesota on Saturday.Leading 31-30 early in the second half, Minnesota went on an 11-3 run to take a 42-33 lead with 15:38 remaining, but Loyola Marymount didn't go away.
Mississippi State routs Texas State for first win of season
Guard D.J. Stewart Jr. scored a career high 23 points and hit 5 of 6 from 3-point range, leading previously winless Mississippi State to a 68-51 win over Texas State on Monday night in Starkville, Miss.Mississippi State (1-2) got 12 points from forward Tolu Smith as the Bulldogs got head coach Ben Howland his 500th career win."It was tough being 0-2 coming into this game," Howland said after the game. "We showed growth, we showed improvement, and we're getting better."Mason Harrell led Texas State (2-1) with 15 points. The Bobcats had averaged 86.5 points per game in their first two games but struggled to score on Monday.Texas State led 5-0 early, but the advantage dissipated quickly. Stewart and Smith combined for 19 of the Bulldogs' 26 first-half points. But neither team shot the ball very well, and Mississippi State had 10 turnovers in the first 20 minutes, though the Bulldogs led 26-24 at the break.Stewart scored eight points in the first 4:23 of the second half, six on a pair of 3-pointers. The Bulldogs extended their lead to 11, 42-31, on back-to-back treys from forward Jalen Johnson.
UCF overcomes poor shooting to drop Auburn
UCF placed just three players in double figures but still overcame cold shooting and 18 turnovers to capture its season opener 63-55 over equally cold-shooting Auburn on Monday night in Orlando.Guard Dre Fuller Jr. led the Knights with 13 points and Brandon Mahan and Darin Green added 12 and 10, respectively, as the Knights led for most of the night despite shooting only 36.8 percent from the field.Oregon transfer C.J. Walker scored 9 points in his UCF debut. Freshman Isaiah Adams, last season's Florida Mr. Basketball with Jacksonville Paxon High, also added 9 for the Knights.Junior guard Jamal Johnson led all scorers and was the only player in double figures for the Tigers (1-2) with 18 points. Guard Allen Flanigan, who scored 20 points in the loss to No. 1 Gonzaga in Auburn's previous outing, scored only three points.The Knights increased a nine-point halftime lead to 12 points, 35-23, in the first three minutes of the second period before the Tigers recovered. The Knights were up 47-43 with just more than six minutes remaining in the game but increased that to 54-44 with 4:33 left on Adams' 3-pointer and Mahan's jumper.The Tigers got their deficit down to 57-52 on Justin Powell's three-point play with 39.5 seconds left, but the Knights closed out the game on a 6-3 run.
Xavier staves off Eastern Kentucky in OT
Nate Johnson hit consecutive 3-pointers in overtime to lift host Xavier to a 99-96 nonconference win over Eastern Kentucky on Monday night in Cincinnati.The Colonels led 88-85 when Johnson drilled the tying 3-pointer in transition with 2:39 left to even the score. On the Musketeers' next possession, Johnson got a pass in the left corner from Zach Freemantle and drilled the go-ahead jumper for the last of his 18 points.Freemantle's jump hook with 1:02 remaining beat the shot clock and made it 93-88, but Eastern Kentucky (2-1) didn't fold. It appeared to tie the game when the officials signaled that Jomaru Brown banked in a 3-pointer from the top of the key with 1.8 seconds left, but they reversed the call when replay revealed both feet were on the line.KyKy Tandy made two foul shots with 1.1 seconds left, and a desperation midcourt heave came after time expired, enabling the Musketeers to up their record to 4-0.Freemantle led four players in double figures with 24 points and 13 rebounds for Xavier, while Tre King scored a game-high 25 points and grabbed 13 boards for the Colonels. King forced overtime when he drained a stepback 24-footer from the left wing over Freemantle with 0.3 seconds left in regulation.
Cal rides 3-point shooting to defeat Nicholls State
California held visiting Nicholls State to six points in the first 14 minutes of the game, blew a 15-point lead and then rode uncharacteristically good 3-point shooting to a 60-49 nonconference victory on Monday night.Matt Bradley connected on three 3-pointers to account for almost one-third of his game-high 26 points for the Golden Bears (2-1), who were playing their home opener.Grant Anticevich (three), Makale Foreman (two) and Ryan Betley (two) also dropped in multiple treys as Cal, one of the worst 3-point-shooting teams in the nation last season, went 10-for-26 from beyond the arc.The Golden Bears made 10 3-pointers only once in 32 games last season, that coming in a nonconference win over Pepperdine.After the Colonels (2-2) had rallied from a 21-6 deficit into a 23-all tie, Bradley bombed in a 3-pointer with 17:18 remaining in the game to give Cal the lead for good.The Golden Bears, who have won two straight after a season-opening loss at Oregon State, went on to lead by as many as 15.Anticevich backed Bradley with 11 points, while Andre Kelly had a game-high-tying nine rebounds off the bench to complement four points.Foreman and Betley each finished with six points, all on 3-pointers.
St. John’s holds off BC behind Champagnie’s 29 points
Julian Champagnie came off the bench in his season debut to score a career-high 29 points to lead the St. John's Red Storm past the Boston College Eagles, 97-93, on Monday at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.Boston College (1-2) was down 20 in the second half before a 14-2 run made it a one-point game in the final minute.But the Storm's Greg Williams made 3-of-5 free throws, and BC's Jay Heath missed two would-be tying 3-pointers -- one of them blocked by Champagnie -- in the final seconds.Champagnie missed the first two games of the season with an ankle injury for the Storm (3-0). He made 11-of-20 from the floor, including 2-of-5 on 3-pointers. He also converted 5-for-5 free throws and added 10 rebounds.The Storm are still not completely healthy because guard Rasheem Dunn (concussion) missed his second straight game.Even so, the Storm got a third consecutive strong performance from true freshman point guard Posh Alexander, who had 18 points, five assists and four rebounds. He made 7-of-11 shots from the floor, and one of his misses was an open dunk, losing control of the ball on his windmill attempt.Williams had 17 points on 5-for-6 shooting and added six assists for the Storm.Boston College had five double-figure scorers: Wynston Tabbs (23), CJ Felder (18), Heath (13), Makai Ashton-Langford (13) and Rich Kelly (11).
No. 14 North Carolina routs UNLV after slow start
R.J. Davis scored 16 points and No. 14 North Carolina ran away from UNLV for a 78-51 rout, despite a horrendous opening stretch on the first day of the relocated Maui Invitational on Monday night in Asheville, N.C.UNLV scored the game's first 13 points, but the Tar Heels caught up at 27-27 and dominated most of the rest of the way.North Carolina (2-0) will take on the winner of the Monday nightcap between Alabama and Stanford on Tuesday afternoon. UNLV faces the Alabama-Stanford loser in a consolation round game Tuesday night.Garrison Brooks posted 14 points and Armando Bacot had 12 points for North Carolina. Andrew Platek added 11 points off the bench, one of six reserves to score for the Tar Heels.North Carolina held a 55-35 rebounding edge, led by guard Leaky Black's 10 boards.Bryce Hamilton's 15 points and Caleb Grill's 10 points paced for UNLV (0-2).North Carolina's lead was 37-30 at halftime.The Runnin' Rebels managed only nine points across the first 15 1/2 minutes of the second half. That was a carryover from the first half when they had just one field goal in the final 4:50.UNLV finished at 29 percent (18-for-62) from the field. Hamilton was 7 of 19.
Indiana locks up Providence early in Maui Invitational win
Junior Race Thompson posted his first career double-double with a career-high 22 points and 13 rebounds, lifting Indiana to a 79-58 win over Providence at the Maui Invitational in Asheville, N.C.Aljami Durham added 19 points for the Hoosiers (2-0), who more than held their own in a physical challenge. Indiana outrebounded the Friars 42-33 and limited Providence to 37.3 percent shooting from the floor, while also outscoring Providence 36-26 in the paint.Trayce Jackson-Davis had 12 points for Indiana, while point guard Rob Phinisee had 11 points and five assists.Nate Watson and David Duke led Providence (1-1) with 12 points apiece. Duke struggled finding his shot, going just 3 of 12 from the floor. As a team, Providence was just 3 of 17 (17.6 percent) from 3-point range.Thompson scored 11 points in the first half, helping the Hoosiers jump to a 37-24 halftime lead.Thompson made his first four attempts from the floor on a variety of inside baskets and mid-range jumpers. An inside jumper from Thompson gave the Hoosiers an early 15-5 lead, then a driving layup from Phinisee extended Indiana's lead to 25-11.
Syracuse C Sidibe to undergo knee surgery
Syracuse senior center Bourama Sidibe is scheduled to undergo knee surgery on Tuesday after being injured in the Orange's season-opening win over Bryant on Friday.Sidibe suffered a meniscus tear in his left knee during the contest. A school doctor said he will be sidelined for about four weeks.The 6-foot-10 Sidibe had two points and one rebound in four minutes before leaving the contest with the injury. Syracuse won the game 85-84.
Schedule roundup: Vandy withdrawal leads to Legends shakeup
Vanderbilt on Monday pulled out of this week's Roman Legends Classic at Uncasville, Conn., due to a positive COVID-19 test in the program, according to the school.Vanderbilt said it has temporarily paused all men's basketball activities.The Commodores were scheduled to face Connecticut on Tuesday and then play either Southern California or BYU on Thursday.Vanderbilt's withdrawal led to the tournament to scrap its championship format.UConn and USC will meet Thursday, while the Huskies' second game of the tournament will be on Saturday against North Carolina State. BYU's will play St. John's on either Wednesday or Thursday, according to reports, after St. John's pulled out of Thursday's road game at Texas Tech.According to the New York Post, St. John's opted out of the contest in West Texas due to concerns about the high positive COVID-19 rates in the area.Texas Tech reportedly is looking to line up an opponent to replace St. John's.Also, Villanova vs. Hartford was added to Tuesday's slate to replace the Vanderbilt-UConn contest.--No. 21 Oregon announced it has scheduled games against Missouri on Wednesday and Seton Hall on Friday.
Ramey's late basket lifts No. 17 Texas over Davidson
Courtney Ramey scored 14 points and hit the game-winning reverse layup with 20 seconds left as No. 17 Texas outlasted Davidson 78-76 on Monday afternoon in a quarterfinal game at the Camping World Maui Invitational in Asheville, N.C.The Longhorns will face either Indiana or Providence on Tuesday in the semifinals of this event, with all eight teams here playing three games in three days.Texas (2-0) led by four at halftime and never trailed over the final 20 minutes, using its depth to overcome foul trouble for three players and repel the Wildcats (1-1) down the stretch.Davidson clawed back to tie the game at 76-76 on a hook shot by Luka Brajkovic with about a minute to play before Ramey's layup put the Longhorns back in front.After a timeout, Davidson's Sam Mennenga missed two 3-pointers in the final seconds.Andrew Jones and Kai Jones added 13 points each for the Longhorns, while Jericho Sims hit for 12, Greg Brown scored 11 and Matt Coleman tallied 10. It's the first time Texas had six players in double figures since November 2017.
Gonzaga No. 1 in regular season's first Top 25 poll
Gonzaga remained No. 1 in the first Associated Press Top 25 men's basketball poll of the regular season after wins against Kansas and Auburn.The Bulldogs (2-0), who were No. 1 in the preseason poll, received 57 of 63 first-place votes and a total of 1,569 points.No. 2 Baylor (2-0) held its position and received the other six first-place ballots and 1,513 points following victories against Louisiana and Washington.No. 3 Iowa (2-0) climbed two spots, with fellow Big Ten members Wisconsin (2-0) and Illinois (3-0) rounding out the top five.No. 7 Kansas (1-1) fell one place after losing to Gonzaga, but the Jayhawks made history with their 222nd consecutive week in the Top 25. That broke UCLA's all-time record set from 1966-80.Villanova (2-1) dropped nine spots to No. 12 after a loss to No. 16 Virginia Tech (3-0), one of two newcomers to the poll.
William & Mary postpones all games through Dec. 12
The William & Mary men's basketball team postponed all games through Dec. 12 after a positive COVID-19 test.The Tribe will not travel from Williamsburg, Va., to Raleigh, N.C., for Monday night's game at North Carolina State.Games at home against Hampton (Dec. 3), at George Washington (Dec. 5), at Norfolk State (Dec. 9) and at Virginia (Dec. 12) will not be played as scheduled.All players, coaches, trainers and managers will quarantine for 14 days, according to a statement released Monday."The health and safety of our student-athletes, staff and community will always be the priority," interim athletic director Jeremy Martin said. "We will continue to work closely with university leadership and our medical personnel to ensure we are maintaining the safest possible environment for all involved."
NC State-William & Mary won't play Monday night
North Carolina State's scheduled Monday night game was canceled Sunday due to COVID-19 issues within the William & Mary program.NC State announced it would explore several options to replace the game.The Wolfpack (2-0) opened the season Wednesday against Charleston Southern, winning 95-61, and followed that effort with an 86-51 win over North Florida on Friday.