#16 Baylor 58 Colorado 60: Revenge is a dish best served cold, and Baylor got a big plate of it from Colorado. Baylor eliminated Colorado from the NCAA Tournament last season, the Buffaloes returned the favor by eliminating the Bears from the Charleston Classic 60-58.
The Buffaloes not only had to beat Baylor but themselves for the victory, the foul line almost did in Colorado down the stretch going just 1-6 from the line in the final minute, keeping Baylor’s hopes alive. Askia Booker led Colorado with 19 points and Andre Roberson cleaned up the glass with 12 rebounds. Spencer Dinwiddie added 11 points for the Buffaloes.
Cory Jefferson led the Bears with 17 points in the loss.
#3 Kentucky 101 Lafayette 49: The Kentucky Wildcats destroyed Lafayette in Lexington, the Cats had five guys in double figures led by Kyle Wiltjer’s seven three pointers and 23 points and Alex Poythress’ 22. The fightin’ Calipari’s shot 65% from the field and forced 27 Lafayette turnovers on their way to a 51-31 halftime lead. In the second half things got even worse for the Leopards, as they were outscored 50-10 in the first 18 minutes of the 2nd half trailing 101-41 with 1:20 to play.
#6 North Carolina State 94 Massachusetts 76: T.J. Warren led N.C. State with 21 points as the Wolfpack coasted to an 18-point victory over Massachusetts. The Wolfpack jumped out to a 16-point halftime lead on the back of point guard Lorenzo Brown who had 11 points and 10 assists. Richard Howell added 19 points for the victors.
Jesse Morgan’s 15 points five Minutemen in double figures including Terrell Vinson who had 13 points and seven rebounds. UMass, who had won consecutive games at the buzzer fell to 2-1 on the year.
#11 North Carolina 78 Long Beach State 63: James Michael McAdoo scored 18 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead the Tar Heels over Long Beach State. P.J. Hairston, Marcus Bullock and Marcus Paige led a 3-point barrage for Carolina each hitting on three attempts. Paige ended the game with 15 and Hairston added 14. Leading by just one at the half North Carolina actually trailed 43-42 with 15:40 left then went on a 24-7 run to go up 66-50 and put the game out of reach.
James Ennis led Long Beach State with 18 points, eight rebounds and four blocks and Mike Caffey added 14 but he also had six of the team’s 12 turnovers in the game.
#14 Missouri 74 Nicholls State 54: Alex Oriakhi had 17 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Tigers over Nicholls State Friday. Missouri used runs of 7-0 and 11-1 in the first half to go into the break up 32-25, and used their size advantage inside, outrebounding the Colonels 38-22 to pull away from Nicholls State in the 2nd half.
Earnest Ross added 16 while Keion Bell had 13 and Laurence Bowers chipped in with 12 for Missouri. The Colonels were led by Fred Hunter who poured in a game-high 22 points and T.J. Carpenter helped out with 14.
#20 Notre Dame 70 St. Joseph’s 79 OT: St. Joseph’s finished regulation on an 8-0 run to send their game with Notre Dame into overtime. In the extra session Ronald Roberts scored the first seven points to help the Hawks pull the upset. Roberts finished the game with 21 points and 16 rebounds, Chris Wilson added 19 points as all five St. Joseph’s starters finished in double figures. Halil Kanacevic filled up his stat line to the tune of 15 points, eight rebounds, six assists, three blocks and three steals.
Jack Cooley paced Notre Dame, who didn’t score during an eight-minute stretch to end regulation and start overtime, with 14 points and 14 rebounds and Eric Atkins added 12 points, 10 assists and five rebounds in defeat.
#23 Connecticut 77 Wake Forest 71: Connecticut got 16 points from Shabazz Napier and Ryan Boatright and 12 from Enosch wolf and DeAndre Daniels as they defeated Wake Forest in the first round of the Paradise Jam. The game was won at the free throw line by the Huskies who shot 80% from the charity stripe. Napier and Boatright shot a combined 19-24, besting the entire Demon Deacons’ squad who shot just 12-22.
Wake Forest was led by guards C.J. Harris and Codi Miller-McIntyre who scored 21 and 17 respectively, Travis McKie added 16 and eight rebounds in the loss.