A quick look at the important happenings in the world of college basketball:
Creighton 81 Long Beach State 79: Doug McDermott lit it up for 36 points but it was Antoine Young’s buzzer-beating jumper that propelled Creighton to victory over Casper Ware (21pts) and Long Beach. The lead at the buzzer was the first for Creighton since 13-12 in the first half.
Houston 73 Southern Mississippi 71: The Cougars knocked off the leaders of Conference USA leaving them in a tie with Memphis, with Tulsa lurking a half game back.
Michigan 56 Ohio State 51: Michigan picks up a key home win led by Trey Burke’s 17 points. Jared Sullinger and Deshaun Thomas combined for 39 of the Buckeyes’ 51 points in the loss.
Xavier 86 Dayton 83 OT: Tu Holloway scored 30 to help Xavier to a big home win over their in-state rivals, keeping them in the hunt in the Atlantic 10.
San Francisco 66 Gonzaga 65: The loss keeps the Zags a half game behind St. Mary’s in the West Coast Standings. The Dons were had 4 guys score in double figures, led by Perris Blackwell’s 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Murray State 65 St. Mary’s 51: Murray State showed the world they have recovered from their loss to Tennessee State by handily beating St. Mary’s. Isaiah Canaan was again the catalyst for the Racers, leading them with 23 points.
Florida 98 Arkansas 90: The Gators had 4 players combine for 90 of their 98 points, led by Erivng Walker’s 31. B.J. Young had 31 in a losing effort for Arkansas.
Holy Cross 54 Bucknell 52: It is the 2nd straight loss for Bucknell after falling late to Lehigh. A once comfortable lead in the Patriot League is now down to just 1 game over Lehigh and American.
Kansas State 57 Baylor 56: K-State keeps its at-large hopes alive with a road win in Waco and some stingy defense denying Baylor’s Quincy Miller inside as time ran out.
New Mexico 65 UNLV 45: New Mexico staked its claim as the top team in the Mountain West. First with a win at San Diego State and now a 20-point blow out of the Rebels thanks to Drew Gordon who had 27 points and 20 rebounds. The Lobos held UNLV to just 18 2nd half points.
Air Force 58 San Diego State 56: Michael Lyons continued the shake up at the top of the Mountain West with his 27 points leading the Falcons to victory over SDSU. The loss has the Aztecs even with UNLV but 2 full games behind New Mexico.
Louisville 90 DePaul 82 OT: Rick Pitino’s squad erased a 15-point deficit to grab the road victory.
Florida State 76 NC State 62: In what may be the strangest game of the day, not because of the score but because referee Karl Hess ejected 2 former NC State greats, Chris Corchiani and Tom Gougliotta from the crowd. Overshadowing what was a big blow to the at-large hopes of the Wolfpack.
Wichita State 91 Davidson 74: The Shockers out scored Davidson by 16 in the 2nd, spearheaded by Joe Ragland’s 30 points came away with a convincing road win. Jake Cohen was dominant for Davidson with 25 points but foul trouble kept him from being completely effective.
UTEP 60 Memphis 58: Conference USA has suddenly become a 3-team race after UTEP’s upset of Memphis. Southern Mississippi remains in a first place tie and Tulse is just a half game back. Tarik Black had 26 points and 10 rebounds in defeat for the Tigers.
Washington 79 Arizona 70: Terrence Ross and Tony Wroten had 47 points and 14 rebounds to help Washington remain in a first place tie with California in the PAC-12.
Jacksonville 81 Mercer 75: The loss keeps mercer a half game behind Belmont and 1 game ahead of South Carolina-Upstate in the tight Atlantic Sun.
Iona 90 Nevada 84: This game was full of stat stuffers; Scotty Machado with 13 points 15 assists, Momo Jones with 18 points and Michael Glover with 15 points and 9 rebounds for the victors. Nevada was led by 21 points from Deonte Burton, 28 points and 7 rebounds from Olek Czyz and 15 points and 14 rebounds from Dario Hunt.
Old Dominion 73 Missouri State 67: Kent Bazemore’s career-high 28 points and 7 rebounds helped ODU boost their post-season resume with a road win.
Other Notable Performances:
Reggie Hamilton: The Nation’s scoring co-leader had 34 points in a loss to Illinois State. While the victors were led by Jackie Carmichael’s 25 points and 19 rebounds.
Keiton Page: Scored 40 to lead Oklahoma State to a win over Texas.
Wendell McKines: Had 25 points and 12 rebounds in New Mexico State’s win over Drake.
Andrew Nicholson: 32 points and 13 rebounds in St. Bonaventure’s blow out win over Rhode Island.
Louie Krogman: Had 37 points for South Dakota in a heart breaking 93-92 loss to Texas State that saw Brooks Ybarra (29 pts) make 2 free throws with 4 seconds left for the win. Krogman has been hot, averaging 24 points over his last 5 games for the Coyotes.