Aggressive UH outplays Northern Arizona
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Garrett Nevels scored 24 points to lead Hawaii over Northern Arizona 76-66 on Saturday.
The score was even at 25 at intermission with Hawaii — averaging 87 points per game — making up for a rebound disadvantage (17-13) by forcing ten NAU turnovers.
Both teams opened aggressively in the second half with 21 points scored in the first 3 minutes. By the time play relaxed, Hawaii led 45-37 following a pair of Nevels jumpers and Davis Rozitis layups.
The Warriors (6-2) maintained that margin over the next six minutes before opening a 17-point lead with 4:54 remaining. The Lumberjacks (2-7) closed the gap to eight, but Hawaii’s Keith Shamburger went 8-of-8 from the free throw line in the final two minutes to preserve the win.
Hawaii also posted 14 steals and 6 blocked shots.
No. 6 Kansas 72
BOULDER, Colo. — Askia Booker brought Colorado fans spilling onto the court by swishing a 30-footer at the buzzer Saturday, marking the program’s first victory over the Jayhawks in its last 20 tries.
Colorado (9-1) squandered a six-point lead with 1:44 left and Kansas tied the game with a bucket by Perry Ellis with 4 seconds left. But after a timeout, Buffs forward Xavier Johnson got the ball to Booker, who dribbled a few paces past half court — about even with where John Elway’s courtside seats were located — and launched the shot that hit nothing but net.
No. 2 ARIZONA 63,
TUCSON, Ariz. — T.J. McConnell had 13 points, six assists and seven rebounds, and made critical plays down the stretch to help Arizona escape with a victory over UNLV.
Brandon Ashley also had 13 points, and Nick Johnson and Kaleb Tarczewski added 12 apiece for the Wildcats (9-0). However, Johnson shot just 4 for 15.
Bryce DeJean-Jones scored 16 points, Khem Birch had 12 and Roscoe Smith 10 for the Rebels (3-4) in their first road game of the season.
No. 4 SYRACUSE 93,
SYRACUSE, N.Y. — C.J. Fair scored 19 points, Trevor Cooney had 17 and Syracuse subdued Binghamton with a long-range barrage.
Syracuse (9-0), which beat Indiana 69-52 Tuesday night, upped its nonconference home winning streak to 48 games in the Carrier Dome and figures to move up to No. 2 next week after top-ranked Michigan State and No. 3 Kentucky lost this week.
No. 5 OHIO STATE 74,
CENTRAL CONNECTICUT 56
COLUMBUS, Ohio — LaQuinton Ross scored four of his career-high 23 points in a 10-0 second-half run to lead Ohio State past stubborn Central Connecticut State.
Lenzelle Smith Jr. added 17 points and Amir Williams had 11 for the Buckeyes (8-0), who finally pulled away midway through the second half.
No. 7 LOUISVILLE 113,
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Montrezl Harrell scored 20 points to carry Louisville past Louisiana-Lafayette.
What looked like a challenge midway through the first half for the Cardinals (8-1) ended with them reaching a season high for points, helped by 38-of-62 shooting from the field (61 percent). The Ragin’ Cajuns (6-3) rallied from an 18-9 deficit to grab the last of several small leads at 41-39 before Louisville turned up the intensity on both ends.
No. 8 WISCONSIN 70,
MADISON, Wis. — Sam Dekker had 20 points and 10 rebounds, and Wisconsin withstood a late Marquette rally to snap its two-game losing streak in the intrastate rivalry.
Frank Kaminsky added 11 points, including a straightaway 3 to give Wisconsin (10-0) a 60-54 lead with 1:18 left. The crucial bucket stopped a 10-2 run by Marquette that helped close an 11-point deficit.
No. 11 WICHITA STATE 71,
ORAL ROBERTS 58
WICHITA, Kan. — Cleanthony Early scored 16 points, Chadrick Lufile had 14 and Wichita State rallied from yet another halftime deficit to beat Oral Roberts.
Darius Carter scored 10 of his 12 points in the second half and Tekele Cotton added 11 points for Wichita State (9-0).
No. 14 VILLANOVA 98,
SAINT JOSEPH’S 68
PHILADELPHIA — James Bell had 25 points and 14 rebounds, JayVaughn Pinkston scored 27 points, and Villanova beat Saint Joseph to remain unbeaten.
No. 16 MEMPHIS 96,
NORTHWESTERN STATE 76
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Shaq Goodwin scored a career-high 21 points and Memphis shot 54 percent in defeating Northwestern State.
No. 17 IOWA STATE 91,
NORTHERN IOWA 82, OT
DES MOINES, Iowa — Melvin Eim scored 20 of his 22 points in the second half and overtime, and Iowa State rallied from 18 points down to beat Northern Iowa for its best start in 10 years.
NO. 18 UCLA 71
COLUMBIA, Mo. — Jabari Brown scored 22 points and Jordan Clarkson added 21 to help Missouri upset UCLA (8-1).
No. 21 UMASS 105, BYU 96
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Chaz Williams had career highs of 32 points and 15 assists, and Sampson Carter scored 20 to help Massachusetts remain undefeated with a victory over Brigham Young.
No. 22 MICHIGAN 107,
HOUSTON BAPTIST 53
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Nik Stauskas scored 17 of his 25 points in the first half, and Michigan overwhelmed Houston Baptist, reaching its highest point total in over 15 years.
No. 23 IOWA 83, DRAKE 66
DES MOINES, Iowa — Melsahn Basabe had a season-high 15 points and Iowa cruised past Drake on a neutral floor.
ILLINOIS STATE 81,
No. 25 DAYTON 75
NORMAL, Ill. — Daishon Knight had 20 points and six rebounds as Illinois State upended Dayton.