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SUNDAY’S SNACKS: No. 4 Maryland, Syracuse take care of business

Robert Carter

Maryland forward Robert Carter (4) stands on the court in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Marshall, Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015, in College Park, Md. (AP Photo/Matt Hazlett)


GAME OF THE DAY: Fairfield 101, Bucknell 91

This was a wild one, as the Stags and Bison combined to score 192 points with the winning team shooting 17-for-32 from three. Tyler Nelson led the way for Fairfield with 25 points and Jerome Segura dished out nine assists on the afternoon. Ryan Frazier led five Bison in double figures with 20 points, but Bucknell was outscored 51-15 from three.


No. 4 Maryland 87, Marshall 67: Robert Carter Jr. led four Terrapins in double figures with 19 points while also grabbing eight rebounds and blocking two shots as Maryland moved to 11-1 on the season. Maryland held a major advantage beyond the arc, as they shot 13-for-27 from distance with the Thundering Herd going 6-for-31. The one issue for Maryland in the win: turnovers. They finished with 18 as Marshall was able to speed things up in the first half, with Melo Trimble and Rasheed Sulaimon committing five apiece.

Syracuse 80, Texas Southern 67: Michael Gbinije went for 15 points, seven rebounds and four assists to lead the Orange past the Tigers at the Carrier Dome. Five Syracuse players scored in double figures including center DaJuan Coleman, who scored 14 to go along with seven rebounds, four steals and two blocks. The concern for the Orange ahead of their ACC opener at Pittsburgh Wednesday is the status of freshmen wing Malachi Richardson, who left the game in the second half after taking a hard fall.

Northwestern 74, Loyola (MD) 59: Playing their final non-conference game before the start of Big Ten play, the Wildcats struggled mightily in the first half as they got used to playing without injured senior center Alex Olah. Chris Collins’ team was much better in the second half, shooting 65.6 percent from the field and 7-for-10 from three in the game’s final 20 minutes. Bryant McIntosh led the way with a career-high 33 points and eight assists, and Scottie Lindsey scored 11 of his 14 points in the second half.


Henry Ellenson, Marquette: 17 points, 15 rebounds and four blocks in a win over Presbyterian.

Keita Bates-Diop, Ohio State: Bates-Diop tallied 24 points and ten rebounds in the Buckeyes’ win over South Carolina State.


Marshall’s three-point shooters: The Thundering Herd shot 6-for-31 from three in their loss at No. 4 Maryland.

Tashombe Riley, South Carolina State: Shot 2-for-12 from the field, scoring five points, in the Bulldogs’ loss at Ohio State.


  • They didn’t play their best game but Marquette managed to beat Presbyterian 84-66 in Milwaukee. Henry Ellenson went for 17 points, 15 rebounds and four blocks in the win.
  • VCU rolled to an 85-57 win over Liberty in their final tune-up before the start of Atlantic 10 play. Melvin Johnson led a balanced scoring attack with 15 points, and the Rams shot 53.3 percent from the field and 10-for-19 from three.
  • Despite shooting 15-for-33 from the foul line, South Dakota State managed to hold off Middle Tennessee State 65-61. The Jackrabbits, who are now 11-3, received 16 points and eight rebounds from Deondre Parks.
  • Keita Bates-Diop posted a double-double (24 points, ten rebounds) and Kam Williams scored 12 points off the bench as Ohio State beat South Carolina State, 73-57. With Austin Grandstaff transferring, Williams will have the opportunity to earn more minutes.