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  • Monday, December 22, 2014
    Northwestern 63, llinois-Chicago 46
    By The Sports Xchange

    Guard Bryant McIntosh scored 22 points and center Alex Olah added 17 as Northwestern brushed off a late Illinois-Chicago rally for a 63-46 nonconference victory on Monday afternoon at Welsh-Ryan Arena in Evanston, Ill.

    • The Flames (3-10) closed to within seven points at 47-40 with 6:10 left in regulation but the Wildcats (8-4) used an 11-3 run for a 15-point lead late in the game.

      Guard D'Juan Miller scored 14 points -- all in the second half -- as Illinois-Chicago dropped its third straight and sixth in seven games.

      Olah scored nine points -- including a 3-pointer -- in the opening 4:14 as Northwestern bolted to a 16-2 lead. Illinois-Chicago scored the game's first basket but then missed 12 straight attempts over the next 7:34 until forward Ahman Fells' jumper made it 16-4.

      Illinois-Chicago was without guard Jay Harris (15.8-point average), who suffered a right foot injury in practice Sunday. He was in street closes and wore a boot as a precaution Monday.

      The Wildcats host Northern Kentucky on Saturday while the Flames travel to Bradley on Sunday.

  • Monday, December 22, 2014
    Kentucky still unanimous No. 1 in AP poll
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Kentucky Wildcats remained the unanimous No. 1 for the third week in a row in the Associated Press college basketball poll.

    • Kentucky (12-0) again received all 65 first-place votes in the new rankings released Monday.

      The Wildcats are coming off a 39-point rout of UCLA -- a 83-44 victory in the finale of Saturday's inaugural CBS Sports Classic. Kentucky led 41-7 at halftime, the fewest points it has ever allowed in any half since December 1943.

      Kentucky's next game will be against rival Louisville (10-0) on Saturday. The Cardinals remained at No. 4.

      Duke (10-0) stayed No. 2, followed by Arizona (12-0) and Louisville. Virginia (11-0) moved up one spot to fifth and swapped with Wisconsin (10-1).

      Villanova (11-0), Gonzaga (11-1), Texas (10-1) and Kansas (9-1) rounded out the top 10.

  • Sunday, December 21, 2014
    Top 25 roundup: No. 6 Virginia routs Harvard by 49 points
    By The Sports Xchange

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Sixth-ranked Virginia sent Harvard and head coach Tommy Amaker home with a sour taste in their mouths right before the holidays as the Cavaliers demolished the Crimson 76-27 Sunday afternoon at John Paul Jones Arena.

    • The Crimson ran into a Virginia (11-0) squad that is playing some of the best basketball in the nation and is off to its best start in 22 years.

      Center Mike Tobey played his premier game of the season for the Cavaliers as he scored 15 points, all in the first half, on 6-of-7 shooting. His previous high was 14 in Virginia's win over Maryland. He also pulled down 10 rebounds to complete the double-double.

      Guard Malcolm Brogdon also scored 15 points and added six rebounds and six assists. Three other Cavaliers scored at least eight points as they had 11 players score for the game.

      Virginia took its largest lead of the game of 49 points at the 3:51 mark and held on to that lead for the remainder of the contest.

      Harvard (7-2) broke a drought of 19 straight missed field goals that spanned over a 19:53 stretch with a layup by forward Steve Moundou-Missi at the 16:38 mark of the second half.

      No. 17 Maryland 73, Oklahoma State 64

      STILLWATER, Okla. -- The Terrapins pulled past the Cowboys in their first official road game at Gallagher-Iba Arena.

      Forwards Jake Layman and Jared Nickens fueled a 15-3 spurt out of the halftime break to start a surge that carried Maryland (11-1) to its fourth straight win. Layman and Nickens combined for 13 during the spurt and 32 overall.

      Layman finished with a game-high 21 points, pouring in 16 in the second half.

      Forward Le'Bryan Nash led all scorers with 11 points in the half, and he finished with a team-high 17 for the Cowboys (9-2).

  • Sunday, December 21, 2014
    Hampton 75, Northern Arizona 66
    By The Sports Xchange

    Guard Dwight Meikle scored 28 points and pulled down 15 rebounds to lead Hampton to a 75-66 nonconference victory over Northern Arizona on Sunday in Norfolk, Va.

    • Guards Brian Darden and Quinton Chievous each added 10 points for Hampton (6-6), which won for the fifth time in six games.

      The Pirates led 31-23 at halftime and started the second half effectively, but the Lumberjacks pulled within 42-37 on two free throws by guard Jaleni Neely.

      Hampton then went on a 9-1 run, and Northern Arizona (4-8) didn't get back within double digits until and a layup by forward Gaellan Bewernick to cut the margin to 75-66 with 16 seconds left.

      Neely scored 17 points to lead Northern Arizona, but he shot 3-for-11 from the floor. Bewernick finished with 13 points and 13 rebounds, while guard Aaseem Dixon added 13 points off the bench.

      The Lumberjacks dominated the offensive glass, with 23 of their 48 rebounds coming on that end of the floor. However, they shot just 31.3 percent from the floor and missed 18 of 22 3-point attempts.

      Hampton hit 43.6 percent of its shots from the floor, but forced 22 turnovers and kept Northern Arizona from getting comfortable on offense.

      The Lumberjacks lost their second game in a row.

  • Sunday, December 21, 2014
    Tested Maryland wins at Oklahoma State
    By The Sports Xchange

    STILLWATER, Okla. -- Maryland sought added validation to its strong start Sunday.

    • The No. 17 Terrapins found it in an unlikely place -- on the road -- pulling past Oklahoma State 73-64 at Gallagher-Iba Arena.

      During coach Mark Turgeon's first three seasons in College Park, Maryland had gone just 8-25 on the road, a sore spot for Turgeon to this point. Sunday's visit to OSU represented this team's first true road trip of the season, as well as an opportunity to tack on to a building resume.

      The Terrapins managed both, using a surge out of the halftime break to forge a big lead that held up.

      "We haven't been the best road team since I came to Maryland," Turgeon said. "It's been really disappointing. And we continue to talk about that."It's still early, but I feel like we've got two good road wins, even though Iowa State was in Kansas City."

      Forwards Jake Layman and Jared Nickens fueled a 15-3 spurt to start the second half, with the duo combining for 13 during the spurt and 32 overall. The Terrapins had to hold off a late Cowboys rally, as Oklahoma State pulled within five, 69-64 in the final minute, but finished it off to win their fourth straight and improve to 11-1 overall.

      "I think this is big for our confidence, especially with Big Ten play right around the corner," said freshman guard Jared Nickens. "We needed this win going into the Christmas break, for something to fall back on."

      And for something to grow on.

      Entering the game at No. 17 in the Associated Press poll, the Terrapins owned their highest ranking since 2007. Still, some national analysts seemed to be taking a wait-and-see approach to a squad that had been overhauled in the offseason and enjoyed only limited success in recent seasons.

      Sunday played like a statement, with Maryland -- still without injured leading scorer Dez Wells -- controlling a Cowboys team with a history of dominating nonconference foes at home.

      Layman finished with a game-high 21 points, pouring in 16 in the second half. And Nickens (11 points), guard Melo Trimble (15 points) and guard Dion Wiley (seven points), a trio of talented freshmen, combined for 33 points.

      After Sunday, trips to Ohio State, Michigan State, Iowa and the other Big Ten spots shouldn't seem so rugged.

      "This win was great for us as a team," Layman said, "to get this first road win in a tough environment. These young guys will learn from it."

      The Terrapins led 32-27 at halftime in a tight defensive matchup.

      An 18-4 run late in the half sent Maryland surging to a 32-22 edge -- the biggest lead by either team through the first 20 minutes. But the Cowboys scored the final two buckets of the half on a dunk by center Michael Cobbins and a 3-pointer by guard Phil Forte to close the gap.

      But Maryland quickly worked another run to open the second half, getting buckets on their first six possessions, including two 3s from Nickens and one from Layman.

      Soon the lead was 47-30.

      "I told the guys," Turgeon said, "‘This game doesn't have to be close if you don't want it to be close. You decide. If we keep guarding and rebounding,' which we didn't rebound as well in the second half, 'they'll have a hard time guarding us.'

      "There's always a streak in us. We have too many good offensive players. Too many guys you have to guard."

      While the Cowboys rallied, the big opening to the half was too much to overcome.

      "I don't know what it was, I thought our energy was good in the locker room coming out," Forte said. "I thought we were focused. We were only down five at halftime, so we were right in the game. And then we just came out flat.

      "We made some mistakes. They got some easy baskets. And we dug ourselves a big hole and were down (17) before you know it."

      Cowboys forward Le'Bryan Nash led all scorers with 11 in the half, and he finished with a team-high 17.

      Maryland returns to action Saturday at home against Oakland.

      Oklahoma State next faces Missouri in a neutral site game in Kansas City on Dec. 30.

      NOTES: The Terrapins were again without leading scorer Dez Wells, who has now missed six straight games following surgery to repair a fractured wrist. Wells, who averages 16.2 points per game, could return for Saturday's game against Oakland, although the Big Ten opener at Michigan State might be a better target date… This was only the second meeting between the two schools. Maryland won the first matchup back in 1966, 50-49, in the Memphis Invitational at the old Mid-South Coliseum… Oklahoma State had won nine straight home games and 14 straight nonconference home games, the latter streak dating back to 2012.

  • Sunday, December 21, 2014
    Maryland 73, Oklahoma State 64
    By The Sports Xchange

    STILLWATER, Okla. - The No. 17 Maryland Terrapins and the Oklahoma State Cowboys both sought added validation to strong starts Sunday.

    • The Terrapins found it in their first official road game, pulling past the Cowboys 73-64 at Gallagher-Iba Arena.

      Forwards Jake Layman and Jared Nickens fueled a 15-3 spurt out of the halftime break to start a surge that carried Maryland (11-1) to its fourth straight win. Layman and Nickens combined for 13 during the spurt and 32 overall.

      The Terrapins had to hold off a late Cowboys rally, as Oklahoma State pulled within 67-61 and had the ball in the final 30 seconds. But Cowboys guard Phil Forte turned the ball over on a drive to the basket, and Maryland hit two free throws at the other end to help finish off the Cowboys, who fell to 9-2.

      The Terrapins entered the game at No. 17 in the Associated Press poll, their highest ranking since 2007, yet some national analysts seemed to be taking a wait-and-see approach to a squad that had been overhauled in the offseason and enjoyed only limited success in recent seasons.

      Sunday played like a statement, with Maryland -- still without injured leading scorer Dez Wells -- controlling a Cowboys team with a history of dominating nonconference foes at home.

      Layman finished with a game-high 21 points, pouring in 16 in the second half. And Nickens (11 points), guard Melo Trimble (15 points) and guard Dion Wiley (seven points), a trio of talented freshmen, combined for 33 points.

      The Terrapins led 32-27 at halftime in a tight defensive matchup.

      An 18-4 run late in the half sent Maryland surging to a 32-22 edge -- the biggest lead by either team through the first 20 minutes. But the Cowboys scored the final two buckets of the half on a dunk by center Michael Cobbins and a 3-pointer by Forte to close the gap.

      The Terrapins shot just 38.7 percent from the floor in the first half, while Oklahoma State shot 42.9 percent. But six 3-pointers were the difference for Maryland, with forward Evan Smotrycz and Wiley firing in two each.

      Cowboys forward Le'Bryan Nash led all scorers with 11 in the half, and he finished with a team-high 17.

      Maryland returns to action Saturday at home against Oakland.

      Oklahoma State next faces Missouri in a neutral site game in Kansas City on Dec. 30.

  • Sunday, December 21, 2014
    Hartford 82, Florida International 69
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Hartford Hawks put five players in double figures and took advantage of the Florida International Panthers' careless ball-handling to post an 82-69 victory at Chase Arena in West Hartford, Conn., on Sunday.

    • The Hawks' balanced scoring overcame a 29-point effort by FIU forward Adrian Diaz, who dominated inside in going 13 of 14 from the field.

      Guard Yolono Moore II led Hartford with 19 points but got support from guard Taylor Dyson with 16, forward Mark Nwakamma with 15, guard Corban Wroe with 12 and guard Wes Cole with 11.

      Guards Dominique Williams and Ray Rodriguez with 11 points each were the only other Panthers in double figures.

      FIU dropped to 6-6 on the season in losing for the third time in its last four games, all on the road. Hartford improved to 7-5 in picking up its second victory in its last six games.

      The visiting Panthers shot 53.1 percent from the field, going 26 of 49 to Hartford's 45.8 percent on 27 of 59 but were done in by turnovers. They made 19 leading to 34 points for the Hawks, who were charged with 11 that led to 12 FIU points.

      The Hawks also had 13 3-pointers in 34 attempts to FIU's five on 16 attempts.

      Hartford used a pair of 11-0 runs in the first half to go into the intermission up 42-31. Then, after the Panthers pulled to within three points, 56-53 just past the midpoint of the second half, the Hawks went on a 14-4 run to take a 70-57 lead with just over four minutes remaining.

      The Hawks' biggest lead of the game was 14 points, 80-66 in the final minute.

  • Sunday, December 21, 2014
    Stony Brook 67, Loyola (Md.) 52
    By The Sports Xchange

    Jameel Warney finished with a double-double of 18 points and 11 rebounds as the Stony Brook Seawolves took command in the second half and scored a 67-52 victory over the Loyola (Md.) Greyhounds on Sunday at the Island Federal Credit Union Arena in Stony Brook, N.Y.

    • Warney, a forward, also added seven blocks as Stony Brook (6-6) made life tough for Loyola (3-7) inside. Both teams struggled on offense in the first half, which ended in a 26-26 tie.

      Stony Brook took the lead for good with a six-point run early in the second half. That put the Seawolves up, 41-35, and Stony Brook scored 41 in the final 20 minutes.

      The Greyhounds never found their rhythm on offense. They finished shooting just 32 percent (15-for-47) from the field and lost for the sixth time in seven games.

      Loyola would have found more trouble if it hadn't made 18 of 22 free throws. This was the Greyhounds' first game in 12 days, and they were sluggish.

      Guard Cam Gregory led the Greyhounds with 14 points, and back-court mate Tyler Hubbard added 10. But no other Loyola player scored more than six points.

      Loyola next plays on Dec. 28, when it heads to Fairfield as the Greyhounds will have played just one game in 19 days. Stony Brook will host American on Tuesday.

  • Sunday, December 21, 2014
    Virginia shuts down Harvard, wins by 49
    By The Sports Xchange

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Arms folded with a blank stare on his face, Harvard head coach Tommy Amaker knew it was going to be a long day as he glanced up at the scoreboard and found his team trailing by double-digits just minutes into the first half.

    • Meanwhile, a sold out crowd of 14,593 fans at John Paul Jones Arena gave their Cavaliers a standing ovation as Amaker called a timeout with Virginia leading by 20 points.

      It was just a microcosm of what was to come as sixth-ranked Virginia sent Harvard and Amaker home with a sour taste in their mouths right before the holidays with a 76-27 dismantling of the Crimson Sunday afternoon.

      "I think we were sharp," Virginia head coach Tony Bennett said. "Harvard is a lot better than what they showed. Defensively we were really ready and I have great respect for Harvard. You could see it, they were sluggish and had one of their poorer games."

      The Crimson ran into a Virginia (11-0) squad that is playing some of the best basketball in the nation and is off to its best start in 22 years.

      "It was a very disappointing effort by our team," Amaker said. "Nonetheless, an outstanding job by Virginia. I thought they were terrific in every facet of the game."

      Center Mike Tobey played his premier game of the season for the Cavaliers as he scored 15 points, all in the first half, on 6-of-7 shooting. His previous high was 14 in Virginia's win over Maryland. He also pulled down 10 rebounds to complete the double-double.

      Guard Malcolm Brogdon also scored 15 points and added six rebounds and six assists.

      "I think we are playing a really high level right now," Brogdon said. "We have guys that have all bought in to our system and our defense leads to our offense. Coach Bennett has given us the confidence to go out there and shoot the ball with confidence."

      Three other Cavaliers scored at least eight points as they had 11 players score for the game.

      "Sometimes it's hard when you're not scoring, to have that defensive energy," Amaker said. "On the other end you start to sulk and hang your head a little bit and that's normal, its human nature."

      Virginia took its largest lead of the game of 49 points at the 3:51 mark and held on to that advantage for the remainder of the contest as they shot 60 percent from the field and knocked down six of their 11 3-pointers.

      Harvard (7-2) broke a drought of 19 straight missed field goals that spanned over a 19:53 stretch with a layup by forward Steve Moundou-Missi at the 16:38 mark of the second half. It finished the game 8-for-50 from the floor with its lone bright spot coming in the fashion of back-to-back 3-pointers by guard Corbin Miller in the second half.

      "I challenged our guys to not let (Harvard) get anything easy," Bennett said. "I thought the few easy ones they got, they struggled. It's hard to be in that spot and I just challenged our guys to play hard and have respect how Harvard has played."

      The Crimson's leading scorer, guard Wesley Saunders, who entered the game averaging 20 points per game, was held to just four points, all from the free throw line, as he was 0-for-7 from the floor.

      Harvard's only field goal of the first half came at the 16:31 mark on a layup by forward Zena Edosomwan. The rest of the Crimson's points in the half came from the foul line where they were 6 of 12. The Crimson's one made field goal in the half tied the NCAA record for fewest made field goals in a half in the shot clock era.

      Saunders scored four points to lead Harvard in the first half.

      Tobey scored the first nine points of the game for the Cavaliers and finished the half with 15 points on 6-of-6 shooting.

      Virginia started the game on an 11-2 run and never looked back as they shot 61.5 percent in the half and made all five of their free-throw attempts.

      NOTES: This was the first ever meeting between the two schools. ... This is Virginia's first 11-0 start since the 1992-93 season. ... Harvard G Wesley Saunders is the only player in the nation currently averaging at least 20 points, seven rebounds and four assists per game. ... Virginia currently has three players averaging at least 12 points per game. ... Virginia has won 17 straight home games with 16 of them being by double-digits. ... Virginia hosts Davidson next Tuesday while Harvard travels to play Arizona State on Sunday. Harvard's 16 percent from the floor was the lowest FG percentage by a Virginia opponent.

  • Sunday, December 21, 2014
    Top 25 roundup: Kentucky blows out UCLA
    By The Sports Xchange

    CHICAGO -- Top-ranked Kentucky opened with 24 unanswered points and cruised to an 83-44 victory over unranked UCLA in the finale of a CBS Sports Classic doubleheader on Saturday at the United Center.

    • The Wildcats (12-0) held UCLA scoreless for 7 minutes, 43 seconds, a shutout finally broken by Kevon Looney's layup after an 0-for-16 start from the field by the Bruins.

      "They're not machines and they're not computers," Kentucky coach John Calipari said. "They don't play great every time out."

      Kentucky led 41-7 at halftime, the fewest points it has ever allowed in any half since December 1943. It was also UCLA's least number of points scored in school history. The previous low mark was 14.

      Devin Booker scored 19 points, including five 3-pointers, while Aaron Harrison added 15 for the Wildcats, who have won by double-digit margins in every game this season and led the nation in winning margin (28.2 points) entering Saturday.

      With his team leading, 16-0, Booker entered the game and scored the next eight points, including back-to-back 3-pointers.

      Bryce Alford topped UCLA (8-4) with 13 points and guard Isaac Hamilton added 12 in front of an announced crowd of 19.726 at the Chicago arena.

      No. 24 North Carolina 82, No. 12 Ohio State 74

      CHICAGO -- Brice Johnson scored 18 points and Marcus Paige added 16 as North Carolina withstood Ohio State's late surge in the first game of the CBS Sports Classic.

      The Tar Heels (8-3) saw a 14-point second half lead dwindle to seven with 1:19 to play after Marc Loving's 3-pointer, but the Buckeyes (9-2) never got closer.

      Justin Jackson added 11 points and Kennedy Meeks had a game-high 13 rebounds for the Tar Heels.

      Loving scored a game-high 19 points and Sam Thompson added 17 for the Buckeyes, who saw a four-game winning streak snapped. D'Angelo Russell and Shannon Scott had 11 and 10 points, respectively.

      No. 4 Louisville 76, Western Kentucky 67

      Terry Rozier scored a career-high 32 points, including 26 in the second half, to lead Louisville over Western Kentucky in Bowling Green, Ky.

      Montrezl Harrell was ejected with 38.7 seconds remaining in the first half. The preseason All-American was assessed a flagrant-2 foul for throwing an elbow following a shoving match after a scramble for a loose ball.

      Chris Jones added 10 points for Louisville (10-0). Freshman Anas Mahmoud added six points and five rebounds.

      T.J. Price scored 24 points and D.J. Clayton added 14 for the Hilltoppers (5-5).

      No. 7 Villanova 82, Syracuse 77 (OT)

      JayVaughn Pinkston had 25 points and 10 rebounds to lead Villanova to an overtime win over Syracuse in Philadelphia.

      Darrun Hilliard added 23 points for the Wildcats (11-0), who rallied from a 15-point deficit in regulation. Pinkston tied the score 69-all with 4.2 seconds left in regulation on a basket off a turnover.

      Rakeem Christmas and Michael Gbinije each scored 18 points for Syracuse (6-4).

      No. 8 Gonzaga 63, Cal Poly 50

      SEATTLE -- Kevin Pangos made three 3-points and scored 11 of his 16 points in the second half to help Gonzaga shake Cal Poly in KeyArena.

      Center Przemek Karnowski also had 16 points for Gonzaga (11-1).

      David Nwaba scored a game-high 21 points for Cal Poly (5-5).

      No. 10 Kansas 96, Lafayette 69

      LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Freshman Kelly Oubre posted career bests of 23 points and 10 rebounds Kansas claimed its eighth straight victory by trouncing Lafayette.

      The Leopards of the Patriot League carried a four-game win streak into the game and trimmed a 17-point halftime deficit to seven, 59-52, on a 3-pointer by Monty Boykins with 11:35 remaining.

      The Jayhawks (9-1), however, used their depth to pull away, using runs of 12, eight and 12 unanswered points in the second half. Kansas also capitalized on 43 bench points.

      Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk, a Ukrainian freshman Kansas hoped could warm up from 3-point range, provided three treys in the first half.

      Seth Hinrichs led Lafayette (7-3) with 15 points and seven rebounds.

      No. 14 Utah 59, UNLV 46

      LAS VEGAS -- Delon Wright scored 16 points and Brandon Taylor had 15 to lead Utah over UNLV in the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

      Rashad Vaughn was the only UNLV player to score in double figures with 16 points.

      Neither team shot well. Utah finished at 39.6 percent from the field and 57.1 percent at the free throw line. UNLV shot just 32.7 percent from the floor and 43.5 percent from the foul line.

      Indiana 82, No. 23 Butler 73

      INDIANAPOLIS -- Troy Williams and Yogi Ferrell led a second-half comeback as Indiana defeated Butler in the Crossroads Classic.

      Williams, who came in averaging 12.1 points, finished with 22 points and 11 rebounds. Ferrell scored all 20 of his points during a second half in which the Hoosiers (9-2) outscored the Bulldogs 44-35.

      Kellen Dunham led Butler (8-3) with 23 but scored only five during a second half when the Bulldogs led by as many as five before Ferrell and Williams dominated the final 11 minutes.

      No. 21 Notre Dame 94, Purdue 63

      INDIANAPOLIS -- All five Notre Dame starters scored in double figures and the Fighting Irish pulled away from Purdue in the Crossroads Classic.

      Starters Pat Connaughton, Demetrius Jackson, Jerian Grant, Zach Auguste and Steve Vasturia spread the wealth as the Irish improved to a 11-1, beating the Boilermakers for a third consecutive time.

      Jackson led Notre Dame with 22 points, Connaughton added 19 points and 14 rebounds, and Grant had 10 points and nine assists. Vasturia finished with 11 for Notre Dame, and Auguste added 10 for the balanced Irish.

      A.J Hammons, Jon Octeus and Bryson Scott each had 11 points for Purdue (8-4).

      No. 13 Iowa State 83, Drake 54

      Naz Long scored 13 points as Iowa State dominated Drake in Des Moines, Iowa.

      Monte Morris added 12 points and Dustin Hogue 10 for the Cyclones (9-1).

      Trevor Berkeley and Jacob Enevold Jensen led Drake (2-9) with 10 points each.

      Texas Southern 71, No. 25 Michigan State 64

      Chris Thomas scored 22 points to lead Texas Southern to a stunning overtime win over Michigan State in East Lansing, Mich.

      The Tigers (2-8) were coming off a 40-point loss to Gonzaga.

      The Spartans (8-4) were without starter Branden Dawson, who fractured his wrist in a win over Eastern Michigan earlier in the week.

      Javon Bess' free throw with 6.8 seconds left in regulation forced overtime, but the Spartans never led in the extra session. Matt Costello scored 17 points for Michigan State.

      No. 9 Texas 78, Long Beach State 68

      Javan Felix scored 17 points to help Texas defeat Long Beach State in Austin, Texas.

      Jonathan Holmes added 14 points and Cam Ridley had 13 for Texas (10-1). Connor Lammert scored 10 points and grabbed 12 rebounds.

      Mike Caffey scored 23 points for Long Beach State (5-7).

      No. 16 Washington 69, No. 15 Oklahoma 67

      Jernard Jarreau scored 12 points to lead Washington over Oklahoma at the MGM Grand Showcase in Las Vegas

      The Huskies (10-0) had to hold on after leading by as many as 20 in the first half.

      Jordan Woodard had a look at a potential winning jumper in the final seconds but missed.

      Andrew Andrews and Robert Upshaw finished with 11 points apiece for Washinigton.

      Isaiah Cousins and Buddy Hield scored 17 points apiece for Oklahoma (7-3).

      No. 19 San Diego State 70, Ball State 57

      SAN DIEGO -- San Diego State rebounded from its first loss earlier this week, defeating Ball State behind 15 points from Winston Shepard and 13 from JJ O'Brien.

      The Aztecs (8-3), who fell 71-62 in overtime to Cincinnati on Wednesday, pulled away in the second half and Shepard's two free throws provided a 64-47 lead with more than eight minutes left in the second half.

      Jeremie Tyler scored 17 points and Matt Kamieniecki had 15 points and 10 rebounds for Ball State (3-6).

      No. 22 West Virginia 83, NC State 69

      NEW YORK -- West Virginia won its third consecutive game behind 24 points from Juwan Staten and 16 from Devin Harris in the Gotham Classic.

      Staten added six assists and was named Most Outstanding Player of the tournament.

      Trevor Lacey had 24 points and Anthony Barber added 16 for North Carolina State (9-3).

      West Virginia opened a 41-32 halftime lead and fought off several NC State challenges in the second half.

  • Sunday, December 21, 2014
    Lehigh 84, Arizona State 81 (3 OT)
    By The Sports Xchange

    Sophomore guard Austin Price scored 18 points and three players posted double-doubles to help Lehigh outlast Arizona State 84-81 in a triple-overtime thriller on Saturday evening at Wells Fargo Arena in Tempe, Ariz.

    • Sophomore center Tim Kempton had 16 points and 11 rebounds for Lehigh (5-5), which handed Arizona State its first home loss.

      Freshman guard Kahron Ross had 15 points and 14 assists for the Mountain Hawks. Junior forward Justin Goldsborough had 10 points and 13 rebounds.

      Sophomore forward Savon Goodman had 24 points and 11 rebounds for Arizona State (6-5). Sophomore guard Chance Murray scored 17 points.

      Lehigh led 32-24 at halftime. The Mountain Hawks briefly extended their lead to double digits early in the second half and again with 13 minutes to play, but Arizona State battled back.

      The Sun Devils tied the score at 61 with 2:01 remaining. The Mountain Hawks momentarily reclaimed the lead, but the game went into overtime after Goodman scored with 53 seconds left in regulation.

      The Mountain Hawks had a chance to take the lead with 35 seconds left in the first overtime, but Kempton missed two free throws. Murray then missed a layup with two seconds remaining, sending the game into double overtime.

      Price tied the score at 73 with 1:53 to go in the second overtime. The Sun Devils regained the lead with 1:20 left, but Ross scored with nine seconds left, forcing triple overtime.

      The teams exchanged leads in the third overtime until baskets by Ross and Goldsborough put the Mountain Hawks up 81-78 with 2:04 to go. The Sun Devils had a chance to tie it, but senior forward Jonathan Gilling missed a 3-pointer with three seconds remaining.

  • Saturday, December 20, 2014
    Manhattan 73, Morgan State 69
    By The Sports Xchange

    Forward Shane Richards scored 20 points and Manhattan snapped a two-game losing streak with a scoring surge in the final minutes for a 73-69 victory over Morgan State on Saturday night at Draddy Gymnasium in Riverdale, N.Y.

    • The Jaspers (3-7) shot 45 percent (9 of 20) from beyond the 3-point line and benefited from 19 turnovers by the visiting Bears. Forward Emmy Andujar had 16 points, six assists and five rebounds.

      Center Zach Smith had 19 points and 15 rebounds for the Bears (2-10), losers of two straight and five of six. Forward Cedric Blossom scored 18 points and guard Blake Bozeman added 12 for Morgan State.

      Neither team led by more than three points inside the final 9:36 until guard Torin Childs-Harris drained a 3-pointer for a 65-61 Morgan State lead. Manhattan tied the score 13 seconds later with four straight free throws by Richards after a personal and technical foul called on Bozeman. that started a game-ending 12-4 run.

      Guard Tyler Wilson's layup with 1:53 remaining after a Morgan State turnover and Andujar's offensive rebound put the Jaspers in front for good at 67-65. Manhattan made four free throws during the final 30 seconds.

      The Bears, who led 33-31 at halftime, fell to 0-8 on the road this season. Morgan State is now two games into a stretch of seven straight played away from home.

      Richards drained 4 of 6 3-pointers for Manhattan, matching Morgan State's output (4 of 12) by himself.

  • Saturday, December 20, 2014
    George Mason 86, Iona 81
    By The Sports Xchange

    George Mason has yet to win on the road, going 0 for 6 thus far. The Patriots didn't have to worry about that on Saturday night while playing host to Iona at the Patriot Center in Fairfax, Va., when sophomore guard Marquise Moore led four players in double figures with 23 points in a 86-81 win.

    • Junior center Shevon Thompson added 13 points and 15 rebounds for the Patriots.

      George Mason (4-6) led by as many as 13 points in the second half before the Gaels rallied to trim the deficit to six with 4:17 to play. Moore hit two free throws, though, and junior guard Patrick Holloway added a layup to push the lead back to double digits, 72-62, with 2:59 to play.

      Iona (6-4) made one last run, trimming the deficit to four in the final minute, but the Patriots made enough free throws in the final three minutes to hang on for the victory. Holloway's layup was the last field goal of the game for George Mason.

      The Gaels built an early 10-point lead before George Mason mounted a comeback. Sophomore forward Jalen Jenkins' three-point play with 12:12 left in the first half gave the Patriots their first lead of the game at 21-20.

      George Mason used a 20-12 run in the next 10 minutes to build a nine-point lead. The Patriots ended the first half ahead 45-38, though neither team scored a point in the final 1:38 before halftime.

      Junior guard Kelvin Amayo led the Gaels with 23 points, and senior forward David Laury added 16 points and 16 rebounds.

  • Saturday, December 20, 2014
    La Salle 67, Towson 53
    By The Sports Xchange

    Jordan Price scored a season-high 31 points to lead visiting La Salle to a 67-53 victory over host Towson in a nonconference matchup Saturday.

    • Jerrell Wright had 10 points for La Salle, while center Steve Zack had 14 rebounds. The Explorers (6-5) won for just the second time in seven games.

      La Salle scored 24 points off 16 Tigers turnovers.

      Four McGlynn scored 14 points for Towson (7-4), which has lost three straight games for the first time in two seasons.

      A jumper by Khalid Lewis and a pair of free throws by Rohan Brown gave La Salle an 18-10 lead with 8:50 left in the first half. The Explorers stayed in control and a pair of field goals in the final minute by Price extended the lead to 32-15 at the break.

      The Tigers were just 6-for-24 (25 percent) from the field.

      La Salle stayed in control and a layup by Zack extended the margin 38-22 with 15:24 left in the game. Price, a transfer from Auburn, continued to dominate and he made another jumper and layup that provided a 15-point lead midway with nine minutes remaining.

      The Tigers trailed by double-digits the rest of the way.

  • Saturday, December 20, 2014
    Richmond 65, Pepperdine 63
    By The Sports Xchange

    Richmond did just enough down the stretch to outlast Pepperdine 65-63 at the Gotham Classic on Saturday night in New York.

    • The Spiders led in the late stages of the second half, but Pepperdine got within 56-54 on a jumper by Atif Russell with 4:42 to play and then forward Trey Davis made just one of his two free throws on Richmond's next possession.

      But the Waves turned the ball over on the next possession and came up empty on its next two possessions before guard Kendall Anthony hit a 3-pointer to put the Spiders up 60-54.

      Pepperdine didn't come within a possession again until Shawn Olden converted a three-point play with 46 seconds left.

      After Richmond forward T.J. Cline dribbled the ball off his foot with 15 seconds left, Anthony fouled Jeremy Major on the other end. Major hit both free throws to get Pepperdine within 64-63. Richmond forward Terry Allen then made just one of two free throws, but Olden's attempt at a tying basket was off the mark.

      Cline led Richmond with 13 points. Davis and Allen each added 11.

      Olden scored 13 points to lead Pepperdine.

  • Saturday, December 20, 2014
    Saint Joseph's 75, Marist 58
    By The Sports Xchange

    Saint Joseph's forward Isaiah Miles continued his solid junior season as the Hawks won their second straight game, taking down Marist 75-58 on Saturday night at McCann Arena in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

    • Miles, a 6-foot-8 combo forward, averaged just three points as a sophomore in fewer than 10 minutes per game, but he had 23 points on 9-of-14 shooting from the field to lead all scorers. He has scored 20 or more points in two of the last four games.

      For Marist (1-10), the killer was a combination of 17 turnovers and allowing Saint Joseph's (6-4) to shoot 56 percent from the field, with Miles and forward DeAndre Bembry (16 points) doing the most damage.'

      The loss was the Red Foxes' sixth in a row.

      St. Joseph's senior guard Chris Wilson started the game with a 3-pointer and the Hawks never trailed. The led grew to 17 by the midway point of the first half and it was 35-9 with 5:25 left in the first half before Marist closed to within 37-22 at the break.

      The Red Foxes never got closer than nine the rest of the way.

      Senior guard Chavaughn Lewis led Marist with 15 points, slightly below his 17.9-point average, and junior forward Phillip Lawrence added 14.

      Saint Joseph's will look to continue its winning streak after a nine-day layoff with a trip to the University of Denver on Dec. 29. Marist visits Elon the day before that. Both teams then start conference play.

  • Saturday, December 20, 2014
    Balanced scoring helps Notre Dame dominate Purdue
    By The Sports Xchange

    INDIANAPOLIS -- Beginning with a loss at Florida State, the Notre Dame football season has been a disappointment, to say the least.

    • The Fighting Irish basketball team is having the kind of success usually associated with the football program.

      All five Notre Dame starters scored in double figures, and the 21st-ranked Fighting Irish pulled away from Purdue for a 94-63 Crossroads Classic victory on Saturday in Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

      Starters Pat Connaughton, Demetrius Jackson, Jerian Grant, Zach Auguste and Steve Vasturia spread the wealth as the Fighting Irish improved to a 11-1, beating the Boilermakers for a third consecutive time.

      "Our team is about unselfishness, and we get those good plays because of ball movement and the chemistry we have," Connaughton said. "Based off statistics and watching us play, our offense is something that can really ignite us. Our offense wasn't flowing in the first half, but we stuck with it defensively. Our offense is going to come. it is just a matter of when."

      Jackson led Notre Dame with 22 points, Connaughton added 19 points and 14 rebounds, and Grant had 10 points and nine assists. Vasturia finished with 11 for Notre Dame, and Auguste added 10 for the balanced Irish.

      For Jackson, the game is becoming easier as he continues to take care of the basketball.

      "It is about getting the ball to guys in certain spots," Jackson said. "I have confidence in my ability to make plays for myself and for my teammates."

      Notre Dame shot 51.6 percent (33 of 64).

      "We were down eight early, and their big guys were giving is some trouble, but we finished the half with poise and at good run at them, and then in the second half, we did it at both ends," said Irish coach Mike Bray, whose team outscored Purdue 49-24 in the second half while shooting 54.3 percent in the final 20 minutes.

      "We did a better job on their bigs, and then you saw what we can do offensively. When we get out and run and share the ball, we're really good. I can't say enough about Connaughton and Jackson. Demetrius really ignited us with his ball pressure, and then he had a dunk that was kind of the exclamation point. We're playing well, and you kind of want to bottle it."

      Center A.J Hammons, guard Jon Octeus and guard Bryson Scott each had 11 points for Purdue (8-4).

      A 23-7 run that began with 13:40 remaining produced a 77-53 advantage with 7:27 left, capped by Jackson's 3-pointer.

      Connaughton's dunk with pushed Notre Dame into a 56-46 lead, prompting a Purdue timeout. Seconds later, Grant sank a 3-pointer off a steal for a 59-46 advantage.

      The Fighting Irish continued to apply the offensive pressure, taking a 63-49 lead at the 11:37 mark.

      "We just have to play hard," Purdue junior guard Rapheal Davis said when asked about the Boilermakers second-half meltdown. "We have to finish a game. We can't stop playing when we bet down."

      Purdue coach Matt Painter said there is no excuse for what happened in the final 13 minutes.

      "We got what we deserved," Painter said. "Our shot selection when we were down two points was poor. We really talked about the tempo of the game and about how good Notre Dame's guards were. If you make mistakes and take bad shots, they definitely will convert.

      "Even when we were up 16-8, we probably had four ill-advised jumpers. You have to take good shots. We should have been in a better position at that point in the first half. Even early in the second half, we were down 46-44, and then we have two bad shots or turnovers, and they dunked twice. It snowballed from there. They stole our spirit, and our guys have in."

      Notre Dame entered the game leading the nation in field goal percentage (55.7) and was close to 50 percent (14-of-29) in building a 46-39 halftime lead.

      Purdue led, 14-8, early, but the Fighting Irish stormed back, leading by as many as 11 points during the first 20 minutes.

      Connaughton had 12 first-half points for the Irish, and Jackson and Vasturia each contributed nine. Octeus led Purdue with eight in the first half.

      Notre Dame also helped its cause by turning the ball over only once during the first 20 minutes. The Irish enjoyed a 7-0 advantage in points off turnovers in the opening half.

      NOTES: Notre Dame improved to 3-1 in the Crossroads Classic, including 2-0 against Purdue. ... The Fighting Irish improved to 2-0 this season against the Big Ten Conference, also defeating Michigan State, 79-78, in overtime on Dec. 3 in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. ... Notre Dame is 11-0 when leading at halftime. ... Purdue fell to 0-4 in the Crossroads Classic, losing twice each to Notre Dame and to Butler. ... While they are 6-1 at home, the Boilermakers are 2-3 in games played away from Mackey Arena. ... Purdue entered the game leading the Big Ten in blocked shots (6.5 per game) and was second in offensive rebounds (13.2).

  • Saturday, December 20, 2014
    No. 1 Kentucky trounces UCLA
    By The Sports Xchange

    CHICAGO -- Perhaps it was the desire to escape for Christmas that gave top-ranked Kentucky an extra lift on Saturday.

    • Whatever the motivation, the Wildcats had plenty to spare as they blitzed UCLA 83-44 in the finale of Saturday's inaugural CBS Sports Classic before an announced crowd of 19,726 at the United Center.

      "Most importantly we started with energy," said freshman guard Devon Booker, who scored a game-high 19 points. "As a team it was a great performance. We came out with energy and we just kept it up throughout the entire game."

      Kentucky (12-0) opened with 24 unanswered points held UCLA scoreless for 7 minutes, 43 seconds in the first meeting between the teams.

      The shutout was finally broken by forward Kevon Looney's layup after an 0-for-16 Bruins start.

      Kentucky led 41-7 at halftime, the fewest points it has ever allowed in any half since December 1943. It was also UCLA's least number of points scored in school history. The previous low mark was 14.

      With margins like that, the Wildcats found other ways to stay motivated.

      "We just have to play against ourselves," Booker said. "Coach (John Calipari) always stresses that to us keep playing. You can't look at the score, you just have to keep going."

      Booker has five 3-pointers off the bench while guard Aaron Harrison added 15 for the Wildcats, who have won by double-digit margins in every game this season and led the nation in winning margin (28.2 points) entering Saturday.

      With his team leading 16-0, Booker entered the game and scored the next eight points, including back-to-back 3-pointers.

      Guard Isaac Hamilton topped UCLA (8-4) with 14 points while guard Bryce Alford added 13 points.

      "When you're playing a team like that you just can't get yourself in a hole like we got ourselves in a hole in the first 20 minutes," Bruins coach Steve Alford said. "There are no excuses. We just didn't get the job done on either side of the ball in that first 20 minutes and that made it really, really difficult for us."

      In Saturday's first game, No. 24 North Carolina beat No. 12 Ohio State 82-74.

      Kentucky, which had a 46-point lead at one point in the second half, shot 32-of-64 (50 percent) from the field and 12-of-26 (46.2 percent) on 3-pointers.

      UCLA was 3-of-27 (8.1 percent) in the first half and 18-of-71 for the game (25.4 percent).

      "You never should play a team where you score seven points in a half," Looney said. "We're a much better offensive team than that."

      NOTES: The Wildcats have beaten four ranked opponents this season by an average of 19.5 points, the latest an 84-70 decision over North Carolina last Saturday. ... Kentucky has allowed 55 or fewer points in all but two games this season, and held all but Boston University, North Carolina and UCLA to season-low totals. The Wildcats how have a 7-4 series lead. ... Kentucky is idle until Dec. 27 when it travels to Louisville. ... After playing 11 games in a 30-day stretch, UCLA gets a break with six games over the next 30 days. ... The Bruins and Wildcats will meet in a home-and-home series starting in December 2015 at Pauley Pavilion. ... UCLA freshman F Kevon Looney entered the game ranked seventh nationally and first in the Pac-12 in rebounding (10.9) and was the first UCLA player with double-doubles in four of his first five games as a freshman. ... The CBS Sports Classic moves to Barclays Center in Brooklyn next year with the same four-team field.

  • Saturday, December 20, 2014
    Maryland-Baltimore County 66, Kennesaw State 53
    By The Sports Xchange

    Cody Joyce dominated inside and finished with a game-high 21 points as the Maryland-Baltimore County Retrievers defeated the Kennesaw State Owls, 66-53, on Saturday at the KSU Convocation Center in Kennesaw, Ga.

    • Maryland-Baltimore County (2-9) has won two straight after dropping its first nine games this season. The Retrievers played a solid game and earned their first road victory despite dressing only eight players.

      Kennesaw State (4-8) could not stop the 6-foot-8 Joyce inside. The Retrievers repeatedly fed him down low, and the forward often made spin moves and finished. He hit 10-of-16 shots from the field.

      Maryland-Baltimore County repeatedly drove to the basket and scored from the paint, getting 46 of its 66 points from there.

      Guard Wayne Sparrow finished with 15 points, eight rebounds and four assists, and guard Jourdan Grant added 11 points, five rebounds and five assists, plus three steals.

      Grant made a number of good plays at both ends of the floor as the Retrievers scored 12 of the game's final 16 points.

      Guard Yonel Brown led Kennesaw State with 13 points. But the Owls scored only 15 second-half points after posting 90 in a win over Youngstown State on Wednesday.

      The Retrievers have a break until they host Lehigh on Dec. 28. Kennesaw State next plays on Monday, when it hosts Elon.

  • Saturday, December 20, 2014
    Kansas 96, Lafayette 69
    By The Sports Xchange

    LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Freshman guard Kelly Oubre posted career bests of 23 points and 10 rebounds as No. 10 Kansas claimed its eighth straight victory Saturday by trouncing Lafayette, 96-69, in Allen Fieldhouse.

    • The Leopards (7-3) of the Patriot League carried a four-game win streak into the game and trimmed a 17-point halftime deficit to seven, 59-52, on a 3-pointer by Monty Boykins with 11:35 remaining.

      The Jayhawks (9-1), however, used their depth to pull away, using runs of 12, eight and 12 unanswered points in the second half. Kansas also capitalized on 43 bench points.

      Backup guard Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk, a Ukrainian freshman Kansas hoped could warm up from 3-point range, provided three treys in the first half.

      The Jayhawks used an 11-0 run to gain a 17-7 lead and expanded the margin to 45-28 at halftime.

      Two other subs, forwards Jamari Traylor and Cliff Alexander, added 11 and 10 points, respectively, for Kansas.

      Also, forward Hunter Mickelson, an Arkansas transfer, played his most significant minutes of the season and responded with eight points and seven rebounds.

      The Jayhawks claimed a 44-26 advantage on the glass.

      Among Kansas starters, point guard Frank Mason had 14 points and nine assists, while playing extended minutes with Devonte Graham out because of a foot injury.

      Shooting guard Wayne Selden added 12 points. Another regular, Perry Ellis, had a string of seven straight double-figure scoring game snapped with four points.

      The Jayhawks shot 50 percent from the field, including 12-of-23 accuracy from 3-point range. That matched the Leopards, who also connected for 12 3-point goals, but rely heavily on bombs.

      Senior forward Seth Hinrichs scored 15 points to lead Lafayette, which dropped its 11th straight against a ranked opponent, a skid that dates to a win over Rutgers on Dec. 2, 1978.

  • Saturday, December 20, 2014
    Indiana 82, Butler 73
    By The Sports Xchange

    INDIANAPOLIS -- Forward Troy Williams and point guard Yogi Ferrell led a second-half comeback, and Indiana defeated 23rd-ranked Butler, 82-73, on Saturday in the Crossroads Classic at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

    • Williams, who came in averaging 12.1 points, finished with 22 points and 11 rebounds. Ferrell scored all 20 of his points during a second half in which the Hoosiers (9-2) outscored the Bulldogs, 44-35.

      Guard Kellen Dunham led Butler with 23 but scored only five during a second half when the Bulldogs led by as many as five before Ferrell and Williams dominated the final 11 minutes.

      Butler fell to 3-1 in the Crossroads Classic, while Indiana improved to 2-2, snapping a two-game losing streak in this event that also includes Purdue and Notre Dame, who played in the second game.

      Indiana also dominated the rebounding category, 45-35.

      Nick Zeisloft's 3-pointer from the right corner and a driving layup by Williams pushed Indiana's lead to 71-65 with 4:47 remaining, prompting a Butler timeout.

      Williams made another layup, and when Ferrell followed with a 3-pointer, Indiana's lead was 76-65 with 3:06 remaining.

      Dunham's second 3-pointer of the game pushed the Bulldogs into a 51-47 lead with 14:24 to play. With 11:53 remaining, each team was 20-of- 49 from the field, 40.8 percent.

      Williams' short jumper and a driving layup and free throw by James Blackmon Jr. capped a 14-4 burst and gave Indiana a 66-61 lead with 7:53 remaining. Until that layup, Blackmon was 1-of-10 from the field.

      The game was tied, 38-38, at halftime. Dunham led Butler with 18 points and Williams led the Hoosiers with 12.

      Bolstered by a 4-1 advantage in 3-point baskets and a 25-18 rebounding edge, Indiana built a 37-27 with 3:18 remaining in the first half before Butler closed the opening 20 minutes on an 11-1 run to pull even.

      The Hoosiers' non-starters outscored the Butler bench, 15-5, in the opening half, but the Bulldogs outscored Indiana, 11-6, from the free throw line before intermission, with Dunham making 9-of-9.

      NOTES: Indiana entered the game leading the Big Ten Conference in scoring (87.5) and in 3-point field goals per game (9.3). ... The Hoosiers' James Blackmon Jr. entered the Butler game leading all Division I freshmen in scoring at 19.2 points a game. ... Eight of Indiana's coach Tom Crean's former players are playing professional basketball. ... Before playing Indiana, Butler was 9-2 all-time in Bankers Life Fieldhouse. ... Dunham entered the game with 1,013 career points, the 36th Bulldog to score at least 1,000 points in his Butler career. ... The Bulldogs had made 160 free throws before playing Indiana, and Bulldog opponents had attempted 178. ... Butler did not commit its first foul until 10:12 remained in the first half.

  • Saturday, December 20, 2014
    Tar Heels hold off Buckeyes
    By The Sports Xchange

    CHICAGO -- North Carolina dominated early but second half stumbles kept it from locking down a win over Ohio State until the final stages on Saturday.

    • The No. 24 Tar Heels finally prevailed 82-74 behind forward Brice Johnson's 18 points in a CBS Sports Classic doubleheader opener on Saturday at the United Center.

      North Carolina (8-3) led 43-31 at halftime and by as many as 14 in the second half before No. 12 Ohio State (9-2) surged and cut the deficit to seven in the late stages.

      "We stunk up down the stretch," said North Carolina coach Roy Williams. "It's a man's game out there and we missed an awful lot of easy shots."

      The Tar Heels shot 12-of-32 (37.5 percent) in the second half and missed 10 free throws.

      North Carolina guard Marcus Paige had 16 points, guard Justin Jackson added 11 points and forward Kennedy Meeks collected a game-high 13 rebounds.

      The Tar Heels (8-3) saw a double-digit lead dwindle to seven at 77-70 with 1:19 to play after forward Marc Loving's 3-pointer, but the Buckeyes (9-2) never got closer.

      The game was the first of two in Saturday's inaugural CBS Sports Classic. The finale featured No. 1 Kentucky against unranked UCLA.

      Loving scored a game-high 19 points while forward Sam Thompson added 17 for the Buckeyes, who saw a four-game winning streak snapped. Guards D'Angelo Russell and Shannon Scott had 11 and 10 points, respectively.

      "It was very disappointed," said Thompson. "It wasn't that we came up short but it was the way we came up short. This was the second time we dug ourselves a big hole and tried to dig out."

      North Carolina won its sixth straight in the series to improve to 11-2. Ohio State last beat the Tar Heels in 1992, an 80-73 decision in a NCAA Midwest Regional.

      Ohio State led only at the game's outset and shot just 33.3 percent (5-of-15) in the early going, while North Carolina a 21-17 lead. Tar Heels forward J.P. Tokoto's 3-point play with 8:04 left gave the Tar Heels a 27-17 lead.

      Paige's four-point play with under a minute left in the half gave North Carolina a 43-27 lead, its largest to that point. He closed the half with nine points as the Tar Heels shot 17-of-33 (51.5 percent).

      Ohio State was 12-of-32 for the half (37.5 percent), but had late back-to-back buckets, including forward Jae'Sean Tate's buzzer beater that trimmed the Tar Heels lead to 43-31.

      North Carolina maintained a double-digit advantage through much of the second half. Ohio State climbed to within 47-38 on Russell's 3-pointer early in the half.

      "(The Tar Heels) made all the plays they needed to make and we weren't able, especial in the first half, to draw the line," said Buckeyes coach Thad Motta.

      Going forward, Williams said he expects better play across the board.

      "There's not one phase where we can't get better," he said. "We need to shoot it better, we need to rebound better, we need to defend better and we need to talk more on the defensive end."

      NOTES: Saturday's color leaned towards light purple for the family of Ohio State G Shannon Scott, who bleeds scarlet and is second nationally with an average 7.8 assists. His Dad, Charlie Scott, wore light blue as he played at North Carolina from 1967-70. ... Buckeyes freshman D'Angelo Russell is third in the nation among true freshmen, averaging 18 points per game. ... Ohio State resumes play on Monday, hosting Miami (Ohio). ... Saturday's game was North Carolina's first at the United Center since a 85-63 win over Valparaiso on Dec. 20, 2008. ... The Tar Heels entered the game with wins over two ranked teams (UCLA and Florida) and a loss to No. 1 Kentucky. ... Sophomore F Kennedy Meeks and G Marcus Paige were averaging team-best 13.8 and 13.1 points per game, respectively. ... North Carolina is idle until Dec. 27 when it hosts Alabama-Birmingham. ... The CBS Sports Classic moves to Barclays Center in Brooklyn for its second run in 2015.

  • Saturday, December 20, 2014
    Hokies lose lead. still win
    By The Sports Xchange

    BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Virginia Tech very nearly ended up on the wrong side of history but prevailed in the end, narrowly escaping The Citadel, 64-61, in Cassell Coliseum on Saturday afternoon.

    • Despite trailing by five after a miserable first half, the Hokies sprinted out of the gate in the second. Virginia Tech put together a 20-6 run and took its first lead since the 12:47 mark of the first half.

      Virginia Tech's offensive burst was sparked when guard Adam Smith quickly found his shooting stroke. Smith poured in eight points in the opening 2:27 of the second half to propel the Hokies, finishing with a team-high 16 points.

      Guard Devin Wilson and center Joey Van Zegeren each added 10 points.

      The Citadel (4-6) did not go away quietly.

      Trailing by as many as nine points in the second half, the Bulldogs countered with a 21-8 run, including four 3-pointers. The Citadel led 54-52 with 4:54 left in a game that featured six ties and 14 lead changes.

      Virginia Tech coach Buzz Williams talked about his team's mindset after blowing a nine-point lead late in the game.

      "True confidence can only come from your work," Williams said. "I'm not exactly sure the appropriate thing to say publicly. I didn't say anything necessarily negative to our guys.

      "We have to play with confidence, and it's almost like when we go on that run or other runs intermingled throughout the season… it's almost like we go, 'We're winning. Now what are we going to do?'"

      The Bulldogs were hunting their first win over a power conference opponent in 26 years, and very nearly got it.

      Guard Ashton Moore, who put forth a heroic performance, had a potentially game-tying 3-pointer partially blocked as time expired.

      Coach Chuck Driesell told the media after the game that he was happy with Moore's final shot.

      "I thought the last shot wasn't a bad look, considering the situation," Driesell said. "I've got my best player, who's one of our best 3-point shooters, and he had a decent look.

      "I was satisfied somewhat with our shot selection there at the end, not overly (satisfied), though."

      Moore finished with a game-high 27 points and eight rebounds, including seven three pointers. The seven treys set the record for an opposing player in Cassell Coliseum.

      "He was tough," Driesell said. "He handled the pressure very well. He's had games like that for us. But we knew if we were going to win we needed him to play well. And he did. He hit big shots. I don't think he came out of the game, but for two minutes, so that wasn't easy on him."

      Having already lost three one-possession games this season, Williams said his team needed to learn how to win one.

      "I don't know, to be honest with you, that they knew how to process it," William said. "In some ways, we had become accustomed to being on the other end of it and like it's a moral victory. You play to win. You don't play to lose by one possession."

      The Citadel leveraged a bit of sharp shooting from long range to build a 27-22 halftime lead. The Bulldogs made only nine field goals in the first half, but seven of them were 3-pointers.

      Driesell's team entered the game ranked 41st in the nation in 3-point shooting, but connected on 58.3 percent from downtown in the first half.

      Thirteen of the Bulldogs' 21 field goals in the game were 3-pointers, but the hot-shooting faded in the second half as Driesell's team shot 27.3 percent from long range in the second half and finished at 38.2 for the game.

      Guard Jake Wright contributed three treys and scored 12 points, but connected on only 1-of-6 from distance in the second half.

      Virginia Tech managed to connect on only 35.7 percent of its shots and finished the half a meager 1-for-9 from 3-point range. The Hokies managed only one field goal in the final 5:11 of the first half, and trailed for nearly 13 of the opening 20 minutes.

      Guard Ahmed Hill led the Hokies in with seven points at the intermission.

      For the second game in a row, Williams sent out a couple of walk-ons out for the opening tip. Center Christian Beyer, who posted a career-high 13 points against Alabama A&M, got the start alongside guard Will Johnston.

      NOTES: The Citadel remained winless against NCAA Power Conference opponents since the 1988-89 season, when it defeated South Carolina, 88-87. ... The Citadel visits Michigan State on Monday night, while Virginia Tech hosts Virginia Military Academy on Monday.

  • Saturday, December 20, 2014
    Fairleigh Dickinson 76, Delaware 74
    By The Sports Xchange

    Freshman wing Earl Potts Jr. scored seven points in the final three minutes, including the tying and game-winning free throws, as Fairleigh Dickinson edged Delaware, 76-74, on Saturday at Stratis Arena in Teaneck, N.J.

    • Delaware (0-9) led, 74-66, with 3:04 remaining before the Knights (4-5) closed the game on a 10-0 run.

      Potts was responsible for most of those late points, hitting a 3-pointer, followed by a dunk at the 1:27 mark that narrowed the gap to 74-73.

      Potts was fouled with 25 seconds remaining and hit both free throws to put Fairleigh Dickinson ahead, 75-74.

      The furious finish capped a contentious game that included 17 lead changes and nine ties. It also added to the winless start for the Blue Hens, who made the NCAA tournament last season.

      Freshman guard Darian Anderson scored 16 points, including the final free throw, while Potts finished with 14. Guard Matt MacDonald added 13 points and guard Malachi Nix scored 11.

      Delaware sophomore Cazmon Hayes scored 21 points. Senior guard Kyle Anderson, who missed the Blue Hens' first seven games recovering from a broken hand, scored 17, leaving him three shy of 1,000 for his career.

      Fairleigh Dickinson despite being outshot from the field by nearly 10 percent, firing at a .381 clip compared to Delaware's .474 mark. The Knights did force 22 turnovers, and scored 16 second-chance points.

  • Saturday, December 20, 2014
    Belmont 73, Fairfield 61
    By The Sports Xchange

    Belmont snapped a three-game losing streak Saturday against Fairfield, using a strong second-half start to spur a 73-61 victory at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Conn.

    • The teams headed to halftime with the Bruins ahead, 29-27, but an 11-3 run right out of intermission helped Belmont (8-4) add some cushion.

      Although the Stags would narrow the deficit to 56-54 in the second half, they could get no closer.

      Guard Craig Bradshaw led Belmont with 15 points, and added three rebounds and two assists.

      Fairfield (4-6), saw its a two-game win streak end, despite a game-high 18 points from forward Marcus Gilbert. Gilbert also had seven rebounds.

      Stags guard Tyler Nelson added 14 points on 4-of-6 shooting from 3-point range. Forward Kevin Degnan added 12 points and six rebounds, and forward Amadou Sidibe had 10 points and seven rebounds.

      Belmont got solid games from forwards Amanze Egekeze, Nick Smith and Evan Bradds. Bradds chipped in 13 points, Smith added 12 points and Egekeze finished with 11 points.

      Bruins guard Reece Chamberlain collected six points, 11 rebounds and seven assists.

      It was the second-ever meeting between Belmont and Fairfield. The teams met for the first time last season, when the Bruins won, 62-53, in Nashville, Tenn.

      The game was rescheduled after the Stags had to cancel the original date because of traveling issues related to a snowstorm.

      Belmont has eight days off before arguably its toughest test all season at No. 23 Butler on Dec. 28.

      Saturday's game was the first of three straight non-conference games over the next eight days for the Stags, who next play Monday at Albany.