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VCU flattens George Washington en route to eighth straight win

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VCU flattens George Washington en route to eighth straight win

RICHMOND, Va. — Justin Tillman controlled the paint with 20 points and 13 rebounds, and VCU won its eighth straight in an 85-55 victory over George Washington on Wednesday night.

Tillman entered shooting 70 percent in 24 Atlantic 10 games since the start of the 2015-16 season. He was 10 for 15 (66.6 percent) from the floor against GW for his second straight double-double.

VCU led 41-27 at halftime and outscored George Washington 21-6 through the first 9:30 of the second half for a 62-33 lead.

Mo Alie-Cox added 14 points for VCU (14-3, 4-0) and Jonathan Williams scored 11.

VCU opened A-10 play 9-0 last year en route to a 14-4 mark and a share of the regular-season crown. The Rams started 7-0 in league action in the 2014-15 season.

Yuta Watanabe had 17 points and seven rebounds for George Washington (9-8, 1-3), which fell to 2-10 all-time against VCU. GW made just 2 of 16 3-pointers.

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Jalen Smith taunts Indiana crowd after a crazy come-from-behind Maryland win

Jalen Smith taunts Indiana crowd after a crazy come-from-behind Maryland win

Sunday's game against Indiana was the best of Jalen Smith's collegiate career. 

The 6-10 forward had just set another career-high. Pouring on 29 points and sinking the game-winning layup to vault the Maryland Terrapins over Indiana, he was on top of the world. What he did next is what many will remember the most from Smith's performance that afternoon. 

'Stix,' as many in the Terrapins community call him, was clearly overcome with emotion. Once the postgame interviews were completed, he walked toward a large contingent of Hoosier fans and began chirping back at a raucous crowd.

He is seen mouthing the words "this is my court," before bending down and tapping Indiana's logo.

Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon saw Smith's taunting and quickly stepped in to diffuse the situation. Immediately he shut down Smith and expressed his displeasure to the sophomore. 

Smith was then escorted off the court by two Maryland assistants. 

Normally Smith is the calm, cool and easy-going player on a roster full of characters. Postgame he is extremely forthcoming with the media and stays to answer every question asked of him. When he's around there is an infectious smile that he proudly boasts. 

This, however, was something not seen by Smith before. Less than an hour following his antics, Smith apologized on Twitter. 

"I want to sincerely apologize to all the Indiana’s fans and players for how I acted at the end of the game. I let my emotions get the best of me and it won’t happen again. I have nothing but respect for all Indiana’s fans and players. Please forgive me and I wish you all the best," Smith said.

It appeared to be a situation where Smith lost control of his emotions after the Terps clawed back by scoring the final seven points of the game. Turgeon admitted that this was not how Smith normally acts and apologized on behalf of him. 

"It's not who he is," Turgeon explained postgame. "I apologize to Archie [Miller], the team, Indiana nation - or whatever you guys call yourself - Hoosier nation. We're sorry for the way we acted."

On Monday morning he further explained Smith's character and how abnormal his actions were during a weekly appearance on The Sports Junkies.

"Jalen Smith is one of the greatest kids I've ever coached. He's the most humble superstar you'll ever be around and he lost his mind for a minute," Turgeon told The Junkies. "That will never happen again, I can promise you that... I hope people don't judge him on that one minute. I hope they judge him on what kind of competitor he was yesterday and what a great kid he is."

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Maryland rises in AP poll after back-to-back Big Ten road wins

Maryland rises in AP poll after back-to-back Big Ten road wins

After two Big Ten road victories this week, the Maryland Terrapins men's basketball team has risen two spots in the latest Associated Press poll.

The Terps trailed by as many as 15 against Northwestern on Tuesday but stormed back in the second half to defeat the Wildcats for their first road victory of the season. Sophomore Jalen Smith had a career night for the Terps, finishing with 25 points, including 21 in the second half.

On Sunday, Maryland appeared to be on the ropes against Indiana, trailing by six with under 90 seconds to play. But the Terps finished the back-and-forth matchup with a 7-0 run, capped by Smith's game-winning basket with 14.5 seconds remaining. 

The Hoosiers missed a last-second attempt, and Maryland escaped Assembly Hall with their third consecutive victory. Smith, who had a career-high of 25 against Northwestern, topped that performance with a 29-point effort against Indiana.

Five other Big Ten teams were in the Top 25: No. 14 Michigan State, No. 18 Iowa, No. 19 Illinois, No. 24 Penn State and No. 25 Rutgers.

Below is the full poll.

1. Baylor
2. Gonzaga
3. Kansas
4. San Diego State
5. Florida State
6. Louisville
7. Dayton
8. Villanova
9. Duke
10. Seton Hall
11. Oregon
12. West Virginia
13. Kentucky
14. Michigan State
15. Maryland
16. Butler
17. Auburn
18. Iowa
19. Illinois
20. Colorado
21. Houston
22. LSU
23. Wichita State
24. Penn State
25. Rutgers

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