Akeem Richmond breaks own ECU record, but UTEP tops Pirates
Texas-El Paso 58, East Carolina 47
GREENVILLE (AP) — John Bohannon scored 12 points and grabbed 14 rebounds as Texas-El Paso pulled away from East Carolina in a 58-47 win Thursday night.
UTEP (17-6, 7-1 Conference USA) took the lead on a 12-2 run sparked by a C.J. Cooper 3-pointer to close out the first half with a 27-18 advantage. The conference leading Miners never trailed again after that.
Cooper ended the game with 15 points and Julian Washburn had 14 for UTEP, which shot 52 percent from the field to win its third straight conference road game for the first time since the 1993-94 season. Cedrick Lang had 10 rebounds.
East Carolina (12-11, 1-7) was led by Akeem Richmond, who scored 20 points, including six 3-pointers to break his own school record for most three-pointers made in a season with 106. Paris Roberts-Campbell added 12 points in the loss.
Appalachian St. 54, The Citadel 45
BOONE (AP) — Tab Hamilton scored 17 points and Mike Neal added 15 as Appalachian State pulled away from The Citadel in a 54-45 win Thursday.
Appalachian St. (7-15, 3-6 Southern) overcame a scoring drought of more than 7 minutes, hitting three late shots and icing the game at the free-throw line.
Tommy Spagnolo, who had 12 points and 12 rebounds, snapped the drought on a basket with 3:39 remaining to give the Mountaineers a 44-41 lead. Spagnolo also scored a key basket assisted by Neal with 36 seconds left for a 48-43 advantage.
Neal and Hamilton combined to go 6 of 6 at the line in the final 23 seconds. The Bulldogs (4-21, 0-10) made 2 of their last 10 field goal attempts, and the two teams combined for six field goals over the final 8:45.
Quinton Marshall led The Citadel with 13 points and Matt Van Scyoc added 12.
Elon 72, UNC Greensboro 66
ELON (AP) — Ryley Beaumont scored 14 points as Elon beat UNC Greensboro for the ninth consecutive time with a 72-66 victory on Thursday night.
Following an 11-1 run by UNC Greensboro, Elon (13-11, 6-3 Southern) trailed 44-41 with less than 11 minutes to play. But the Phoenix scored nine straight points to take a 50-44 lead that they never relinquished.
UNC Greensboro (11-14, 4-6) cut its deficit to 62-59 with 1:08 left but Lucas Troutman hit a jumper for Elon and the Phoenix made a pair of free throws on each of their next two possessions to help seal the win.
Troutman and Kevin Blake had 13 points apiece for Elon and Sebastian Koch added 11.
Kyle Cain and Tevon Saddler both added 16 points for UNC Greensboro, which shot just 35.9 percent from the field and 2 of 13 from beyond the arc.
Davidson 109, Samford 88
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — De'Mon Brooks scored 28 points and Brian Sullivan added 25 as Davidson shot a school-record 72.7 percent from 3-point range and beat Samford 109-88 on Thursday night.
Davidson (13-11, 9-1 Southern) hit 16 of 22 from beyond the arc, 7 of 10 coming from Sullivan. The Wildcats shot 64.9 percent from the field overall.
Tyler Kalinoski added 19 points and Tom Droney had 18 points and 10 assists for Davidson, which won its sixth straight game. Brooks went 10 of 13 from the field.
The Wildcats went on a 36-17 run over a span of less than 10 minutes in the first half en route to a 61-44 halftime lead.
Tim Williams led Samford (10-15, 4-6) with 26 points. The Bulldogs shot 58.9 percent from the field but couldn't stop Davidson.
No. 2 Arizona 67, Oregon 65
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Nick Johnson scored 18 points, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson had 14 points and 10 rebounds in place of injured starter Brandon Ashley and No. 2 Arizona grinded out a 67-65 victory over Oregon on Thursday night.
Coming off its first loss of the season, Arizona (22-1, 9-1 Pac-12) labored offensively in its first game without Ashley, who is out for the season with a foot injury.
As they have so many times this season, the Wildcats pulled out a victory by turning up the defensive pressure late to overcome a 4-for-16 effort from 3-point range and 16 missed free throws.
T.J. McConnell hit a 3-pointer with 90 seconds left and Johnson went 5 of 6 from the free throw line in the final minute to prevent the Wildcats' first losing streak of the season.
Joseph Young and Jason Calliste had 14 points each and Damyean Dotson added 12 for the Ducks (15-7, 3-7) , who missed key free throws in the closing seconds and a desperation 3-point attempt at the buzzer.
No. 7 Cincinnati 63, No. 22 Connecticut 58
CINCINNATI (AP) — Sean Kilpatrick scored 26 points, and Justin Jackson led a second-half surge as Cincinnati won its 15th straight.
The Bearcats (22-2, 11-0 AAC) trailed most of the game in front of a crowd of 12,432 — their biggest of the season.
Cincinnati has won 18 straight at home, including all 16 this season. The Bearcats are off to their best start in 12 years.
Jackson had six points and blocked a shot during a 13-4 run that rallied Cincinnati midway through the second half. Jermaine Sanders' two free throws with 18.5 seconds left gave Cincinnati a 61-58 lead.
UConn's Niels Giffey missed a 3-point shot, and Kilpatrick got the rebound, was fouled and made both free throws.
Shabazz Napier scored 16 points for the Huskies (17-5, 5-4) who were playing their highest-ranked opponent this season. They are 2-2 against Top 25 teams, with wins over Florida and Memphis and losses to Louisville and Cincinnati.
No. 9 Michigan St. 82, Penn St. 67
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Adreian Payne scored 12 points in his return from a foot injury, and Michigan State kept pace atop the Big Ten.
Payne hadn't played since Jan. 7 because of a sprained foot, but although he didn't start Thursday, he did play 18 minutes, going 5 of 9 from the field. The Spartans (20-3, 9-1 Big Ten) were still nowhere near full strength. Keith Appling, who has been dealing with a wrist problem, sat out, and Branden Dawson is still out because of a broken hand.
Kenny Kaminski scored a career-high 19 points for the Spartans.
Tim Frazier scored 22 points for Penn State (12-11, 3-7), which had its three-game winning streak snapped.
Despite all of its injury woes, Michigan St. is tied for first with Michigan atop the Big Ten.