LATE NIGHT SNACKS: No. 7 Arizona falls, No. 5 Michigan State rolls
GAME OF THE NIGHT: UCLA 87, No. 7 Arizona 84
Bryce Alford’s three-pointer with 1.8 seconds remaining gave the Bruins the win in a game they led by 15 with five minutes remaining. How’d Arizona get back into the game? A combination of better execution offensively and some bad UCLA possessions on the other end of the floor. Alford led four Bruins in double figures with 25 points and also dished out six assists, while Ryan Anderson led Arizona with 15 points and 15 rebounds. The question coming out of this one: why can’t UCLA play with the effort and energy they displayed for much of this game on a consistent basis?
No. 15 SMU 59, Cincinnati 57: Nic Moore hit two huge threes and Jordan Tolbert added a tip-in and a key blocked shot as the Mustangs outscored Cincinnati 11-2 over the final 3:09. SMU had four players in double figures and managed to win (and remain undefeated) despite having just six scholarship players for most of the game.
No. 16 Louisville 77, NC State 72: Quentin Snider scored 21 points and played some solid defense on Cat Barber to help lead the Cardinals to a five-point win in Raleigh. Barber scored 20 points for the Wolfpack but did so on 7-for-22 shooting, with Snider and the other Louisville guards being a key reason why. As a team NC State shot just 36.1 percent from the field.
Weber State’s Joel Bolomboy: One of the best rebounders in the country, Bolomboy scored 20 points and grabbed 23 rebounds in a win over North Dakota.
Ole Miss’ Sebastian Saiz: Saiz tallied 21 points and 16 rebounds in a win over Alabama.
Manhattan’s Shane Richards: Richards shot 11-for-14 from the field, making six of his seven three-pointers, to score 32 points in a win at Canisius.
BYU’s Kyle Collinsworth: Collinsworth picked up the ninth triple-double of his career, going for 21 points, 11 rebounds and ten assists in a blowout win over Santa Clara.
Michigan’s Zak Irvin: Irvin scored seven points on 2-for-10 shooting in a loss at No. 20 Purdue. Of course, being guarded for most of the game by one of the best defenders in the country in Rapheal Davis doesn’t help matters.
Bryant’s Nisre Zouzoua: Zouzoua shot 1-for-8 from the field, scoring two points in a loss at Wagner.
Georgia Southern’s Tookie Brown: Brown scored 17 points in a six-point loss to South Alabama, but he shot 5-for-18 from the field in doing so.
THE REST OF THE TOP 25
- With Denzel Valentine out of the lineup No. 5 Michigan State rolled to a 79-54 win over Illinois in East Lansing. Bryn Forbes scored 17 for the Spartans, who expect Valentine to return to the lineup this weekend.
- Also taking care of business at home was No. 20 Purdue, which beat Michigan 87-70. A.J. Hammons, who finished with 17 points, five rebounds, three assists and four blocks, moved to 4-for-4 on the season from three and Rapheal Davis added 16 points and six boards.
OTHER NOTABLE RESULTS
- Notre Dame won 82-54 at Boston College, with Demetrius Jackson scoring 17 points and dishing out nine assists.
- Darell Combs scored 18 points to lead IUPUI to a 74-67 win over South Dakota State. The Jackrabbits shot just 7-for-28 from three on the night.
- Terry Tarpey finished with 21 points, six rebounds and six steals in William & Mary’s 72-63 win at Drexel.
- Shane Richards scored a career-high 32 points to lead Manhattan to a 94-86 win at Canisius.
- Old Dominion ended Louisiana Tech’s 39-game home win streak with a 56-53 victory in Ruston. Trey Freeman and Aaron Bacote combined to score 38 points for the Monarchs.
- UT-Arlington moved to 3-0 in the Sun Belt with a 71-67 win at Appalachian State. Jalen Jones scored 14 points and Erick Neal 13 for the 12-2 Mavericks.
- Weber State moved to 2-0 in the Big Sky with a 74-62 win over North Dakota. In addition to Joel Bolomboy’s impressive stat line, Jeremy Senglin scored a game-high 26 for the winners.
- Ole Miss opened its sparkling new building with a 74-66 win over Alabama. Sebastian Saiz and Stefan Moody scored 21 apiece, with Saiz also grabbing 16 rebounds.
- Walter Wright scored 22 points and dished out nine assists to lead Montana to a 79-66 win over Portland State. The Grizzlies, who lost in last year’s Big Sky title game, are now 3-0 in conference play.
- Pascal Siakam finished with 20 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks in New Mexico State’s 78-66 win at Utah Valley.
- Saint Mary’s remained undefeated in WCC play with a comfortable 73-48 win at Loyola Marymount. Emmett Naar scored 15 points, grabbed five rebounds and dished out five assists for the Gaels.
- USC moved to 2-1 in Pac-12 play with a 75-65 win over Arizona State. The Trojans led by as much as 16 in the second half before the Sun Devils rallied to within two, but Bobby Hurley’s team was unable to get over the hump.
- Preseason Big West favorite UC Irvine took care of the reigning regular season champions UC Davis by 21, 76-55. Luke Nelson led the balanced offensive effort with 16 points.
- Cal-State Fullerton erased a 20-point second half deficit to win by six at UC Riverside. Lionheart Leslie led five Titans in double figures with 25 points.