Well it was your typical Thursday night in the world of college basketball; an 80-foot shot made, multiple overtimes, surprising defeats and much-needed victories. Here’s a look at some of the key happenings.
#8 North Carolina 74 NC State 55: The Wolfpack discovered that even though they were 4-1, the road to the ACC title still runs through Chapel Hill (and Durham). Tyler Zeller was a man on a mission for the Tar Heels pouring in 21 points and grabbing 17 rebounds in the win.
The lone highlight for NC State came at the end of the first half, trailing 47-30
Lorenzo Brown happened
Alas, that was the lone highlight for NC State on thins evening.
#13 Florida 64 Mississippi 60: After trailing by as many as 16 in the first half, the Gators righted the ship and grinded out a four-point win, in Oxford something no one had been able to do this season. Florida climbed back in the game with balanced scoring (Patric Young led the team with 15 points) and good second half defense, holding the Rebels to just 27.6% shooting in the final 20 minutes. The win keeps the Gators in the thick of the SEC race at 4-1.
Monmouth 58 Central Connecticut State 56 OT: The other Blue Devils (6-3) took a step back in the logjam atop the Northeast Conference falling to the Monmouth Hawks at home in overtime. Mike Myers Keitt scored two of his five points at the free throw line with 14 seconds left to give Monmouth the lead and the win. Ken Horton registered 16 points and 11 boards in the loss.
Gardner-Webb 78 Campbell 72: Campbell fell a full two games behind Big South leader UNC-Asheville with this loss to GWU. The Bulldogs had 4 of their 5 starters score in double figures to backbone the win. The key in this game came at the free throw line where GWU outscored the Camels by 16. Campbell gets a chance to get right back in the race, traveling to Asheville on Saturday looking to avenge a -point loss earlier in the year.
Oakland 92 South Dakota State 87: Yes the 2nd best team in the Summit League fell to Oakland on the road last night, but they didn’t just fall to Oakland they fell to Sophomore Travis Bader who set a school record with 10 3-pointers and 37 points off the bench, yes off the bench! For the win.
Robert Morris 75 Long Island 66: Things got even tighter at the top of the Northeast thanks to RMU’s (7-2) win over conference leader Long Island (8-1). Robert Morris never trailed in the game and took the lead for good at the 18:01 mark of the first half, 5-3. Impressive statement against the team you’re chasing.
Milwaukee 53 Butler 42: The Panthers used stellar defense, holding the Bulldogs (6-4) to 28% shooting including 1-16 behind the line to hold Butler to 17 2nd half points. Milwaukee also used a 13-1 run to begin the 2nd half to take control of the game. Milwaukee now welcomes fellow 7-2 Valparaiso to US Cellular Arena on Saturday.
Green Bay 75 Valparaiso 60: The reason Valpo is 7-2 is because they fell victim to the Resch Center just as seven others before them. After a Ben Boggs hit a layup to cut the lead to 42-40, the Phoenix went on a 23-9 run to seize control.
#25 Wisconsin 57 #17 Indiana 50: When you walk into the Kohl Center you know what you are in for; a football game on a basketball court. The leading scorer in the game was Ben Brust for the Badgers with 13. Wisconsin forced Indiana (4-5) to grind out every possession in handing them their 4th loss in the last 5 games. Meanwhile Wisconsin (6-3) was just as deliberate on the offense end en route to their fifth straight win.
Nevada 68 New Mexico State 60: Nevada (6-0) grabbed a 2-game lead in the WAC with this victory over the Aggies in Las Cruces. The Wolf Pack had 4 starters in double figures and shot 57% from the field for the win. New Mexico State (4-2) was led by Hernst Laroche who had 21 points 5 rebounds and 3 assists in the loss.
#20 St. Mary’s 71 Loyola Marymount 64: The Gaels (9-0) went into Los Angeles and came out with their 11th straight victory and a stranglehold on the West Coast Conference. Matthew Dellavedova and Stephen Holt combined for 32 points. Out dueling the trio of Drew Viney,Anthony Ireland andAshley Hamilton who combined for 47 for Loyola Marymount (5-3).
Long Beach State 77 UC Riverside 70 OT: LBSU (8-0) kept their at-large bid alive (should they not win the Big West) but got all they could handle from a UC Riverside (4-3) that led by five with 3;37 to play. That was before Casper Ware took over scoring 11 of his team-high 18 in the extra session.
Whose down with Outstanding Player Performances?
Kevin Murphy-had 34 points and 6 rebounds in Tennessee Tech’s 82-65 win over Eastern Kentucky.
Brandon Richardson– had 25 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists in Nebraska’s win over Iowa.
CJ McCollum was a one-man show with 24 points and 14 rebounds for Lehigh in there win over Navy Thursday night.
J.P. Primm–had 30pts, 4 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals as UNC-Asheville beat High Point 90-70 to stay atop the Big South.
Leon Powell–Poured in 12 points and grabbed 18 rebounds (9 offensive) in Southeast Missouri State’s 65-60 win over Austin Peay.
Idaho State 99 Northern Colorado 94 2OT: These two teams might as well have played a game of 3-on-3 Thursday. Tevin Svihovec,Elliott Lloyd and Emmanuel Addo (28 off the bench) combined for 74 points but it wasn’t enough to beat the trio of Chase Grabau,Kenny-McGowen, and Melvin-Morgan who combined for 70 points in the win.
Southern Utah Starters: Southern Utah defeated Missouri-Kansas City 57-47 last night with 4 of their 5 starters in double figures. The rest of the team–4 points.
Vander Joaquim-Had 24pts and 14 rebounds for Hawaii in a 77-72 loss to Utah State.