Richmond's 23 leads Pirates over Rice
East Carolina 67, Rice 55
GREENVILLE (AP) — Southern Lee alum Akeem Richmond scored 23 points as East Carolina won back-to-back games for the first time since December with a 67-55 victory over Rice on Saturday.
East Carolina used a 15-0 run to build a 24-3 lead with 8:43 remaining in the first half. Richmond scored 14 points during the span.
Rice eventually pulled within two points, 46-44, with 9:46 to play. East Carolina answered with an 11-2 run to stretch its lead to 57-46 with 6:03 left. Sean Obi scored to get Rice within nine points with 2:26 to play, but ECU made 6 of 9 from the line to seal it.
Richmond was 7 of 12 from the floor, including five 3-pointers. Michael Zangari scored 17 points and Prince Williams added 10 points and dished out five assists for East Carolina (15-13, 4-9 Conference USA).
Obi scored 14 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead Rice (7-19, 2-11).
High Point 85, Longwood 59
FARMVILLE, Va. (AP) — Devante Wallace scored 20 points as High Point cruised to an 85-59 win over Longwood on Saturday.
High Point (14-13, 10-4 Big South) raced out to a 10-point lead just 5:02 in as Wallace's 3-pointer made it 15-5 and the Panthers ran up a 49-28 lead at the break. High Point opened the second half on a 13-4 run and cruised to the win.
Lorenzo Cugini had 14 points for the Panthers while John Brown added 13. Jorge Perez-Laham had 11 assists, as High Point tied the program's record with 26 assists in the game. High Point shot 54 percent from the floor, 11 of 20 from beyond the arc and 12 of 15 from the line.
Tristan Carey led Longwood (8-21, 3-11) with 17 points and eight rebounds.
UAB 64, Charlotte 62
CHARLOTTE (AP) — Fahro Alihodzic tipped in the game winner with 14 seconds left to play and Chad Frazier sealed the victory with a steal in the closing seconds of Alabama-Birmingham's 64-62 win at Charlotte Saturday.
Charlotte's Pierra Henry tied the game at 62 by drilling a 3-pointer with 41 seconds left.
Neither team led by more than three points in the second half of the back-and-forth game. The largest lead of the game came on Charlotte's 6-0 run to start the game.
Frazier scored 16 points to lead the Blazers, (17-10, 6-7 Conference USA). C.J. Washington added 14 points and grabbed nine rebounds.
Henry finished with 16 points to lead Charlotte (14-12, 5-8), with Terrence Williams adding 14 and Shawn Lester 12.
Western Carolina 70, The Citadel 52
CULLOWHEE (AP) — Trey Sumler scored 18 points as Western Carolina handled The Citadel with a 70-52 win on Saturday.
Western Carolina (17-12, 10-4 Southern) raced to an early 15-3 advantage, led 35-25 at halftime and was up by as many as 24 in the second.
Western Carolina blocked nine shots and broke its single-season blocks record, raising its season total to 142. Kenneth Hall led the Catamounts with four blocks.
James Sinclair added 13 points and Brandon Boggs scored 12 for Western Carolina, which has now won five of its last six.
Ashton Moore led The Citadel (4-25, 0-14) with 16 points as the Bulldogs hit just 17 of 54 from the field.
Elon 66, Georgia Southern 61
STATESBORO, Ga. (AP) — Lucas Troutman had 20 points and four blocks Saturday to lead Elon to a 66-61 victory and season sweep of Georgia Southern.
Elon (17-11, 10-3 Southern) used a 10-4 run to pull away to a 66-59 lead on Jack Isenbarger's free throws with 15 seconds left. The Phoenix had a 34-27 halftime advantage and led the entire second half.
Georgia Southern (12-17, 5-9) stayed close almost the entire way and pulled within 56-55 on Brian Holmes' 3-pointer with 4:58 left.
Elon answered with 3-pointers on back-to-back possessions by Isenbarger and Tanner Samson to spark Elon's late run.
Isenbarger had 14 points and Samson had 12 — each of them had four 3-pointers. Troutman passed Diffy Ross into 10th place on Elon's career scoring list.
Tre Bussey had 16 points and Marvin Baynham had 14 rebounds for the Eagles. Bussey missed a 3-point attempt to tie the game with 37 seconds left.
Furman 68, Appalachian St. 53
GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Stephen Croone and Keith Belfield scored 15 points each as Furman defeated Appalachian State 68-53 on Saturday.
William Gates added 13 points and Charlie Reddick 11 rebounds for the Paladins (9-18, 3-11 Southern). Though the Paladins hit only 4 of 17 3-point attempts, they made 25 of 50 overall for 50 percent. They also survived a 45-31 rebounding deficit.
The Mountaineers (8-19, 4-10) got 11 rebounds each from Tommy Spagnolo and Michael Obacha, and had 21 on the offensive glass, but couldn't overcome 19-of-61 shooting for 31.1 percent. Spagnolo scored 16 points, Tab Hamilton 12 and Jay Canty 10.
This was the final Southern Conference meeting between the schools with the Mountaineers going to the Sun Belt Conference next season.
No. 2 Florida 75, Mississippi 71
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Scottie Wilbekin scored 18 points, Michael Frazier II added 17 and No. 2 Florida rallied to beat Mississippi 75-71 on Saturday.
The Gators (25-2, 14-0 Southeastern Conference) extended their school-record winning streak to 19 games. Ole Miss (16-11, 7-7) has lost four in a row.
Florida survived a hot start from the Rebels' Marshall Henderson, who scored 22 points in the first half but was then held scoreless. Jarvis Summers added 20 points for Ole Miss.
The game was tied at 59 with 8 minutes left, but Florida scored the next six points to take control.
No. 11 Louisville 58, No. 7 Cincinnati 57
CINCINNATI (AP) — Russ Smith's 18-foot jumper with 2.2 seconds left gave Louisville its sixth straight win and 10th in 11 games.
Louisville (23-4, 12-2 American Athletic Conference) started the winning streak after a last-second 69-66 home loss to the Bearcats (24-4, 13-2) three weeks ago.
Cincinnati fought back from a 10-point second-half deficit to take a 55-52 lead with 90 seconds remaining. Freshman Troy Caupain made two free throws with 12 seconds left to give the Bearcats a 57-56 lead.
Terry Rozier passed the ball to Smith for the winning jumper. The Cardinals tipped the inbounds pass, giving Cincinnati no opportunity to get off a shot before the buzzer sounded.
Montrezl Harrell, who was just 5 of 12 from the free throw line, led the Cardinals with 21 points, Rozier had 11 and Smith finished with 10 on 3-of-10 shooting.
Sean Kilpatrick had 28 points for the Bearcats, who had won 19 straight at home.
No. 9 Villanova 57, St. John's 54
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Darrun Hilliard scored 18 points and Ryan Arcidiacono had 12 for Villanova.
It was the second straight win for Villanova (24-3, 12-2 Big East) since its second loss of the season to No. 11 Creighton.
D'Angelo Harrison had 15 points for St. John's (18-10, 8-7), Rysheed Jordan scored 13 and JaKarr Sampson had 12 points and 10 rebounds as the Red Storm's six-game winning streak ended.
Arcidiacono hit a 3-pointer from the top of the circle to give Villanova a 53-50 lead with 3:43 left.
Harrison made a driving layup to cut it to 54-53. Daniel Ochefu made one of two free throws to give Villanova a 2-point lead with 34 seconds left. With a chance to tie or give the Red Storm a lead, Phil Greene IV was called for traveling with 14 seconds to go. Arcidiacono's free throw made it 56-53. But the Red Storm couldn't get a 3-point shot off and Harrison was fouled going for a layup with 1.5 seconds left. He made the first free throw and purposely missed the second, but a lane violation gave the ball to Villanova.
Josh Hart made one free throw and the Red Storm missed a desperation 3-point shot at the buzzer.
No. 14 Virginia 70, Notre Dame 49
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Akil Mitchell and Anthony Gill both scored 15 points and Virginia used a 30-2 second-half run to blow open a close game and go on to its 11th consecutive victory.
Justin Anderson helped fuel the run by blocking a dunk attempt by Notre Dame's Zach Auguste, bringing a sellout crowd at John Paul Jones Arena to its feet. The victory gave Virginia (23-5, 14-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) 14 conference wins for the first time.
Pat Connaughton led the Fighting Irish (14-14, 5-10) with 11 points, but Notre Dame went nearly 9 minutes in the second half without a point as Virginia turned a 41-38 deficit into a 68-43 lead. The Cavaliers scored 25 consecutive points before Demetrius Jackson's layup broke the spell with 2:32 left.
No. 16 Wisconsin 79, No. 15 Iowa 74
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Frank Kaminsky had 21 points and a crucial late steal as Wisconsin won for its fifth straight.
Sam Dekker added 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Badgers (22-5, 9-5 Big Ten), who swept the season series and moved a half-game ahead of the Hawkeyes (19-7, 8-5) in the Big Ten standings.
Josh Oglesby's jumper with 1:01 left put Iowa up 72-71, but Kaminsky answered with a bank shot that gave Wisconsin a one-point lead. Kaminsky then stripped Iowa's Roy Devyn Marble under the basket and hit two free throws as the Badgers went up 75-72 with 24.5 seconds left.
Marble had 21 points and 11 assists to lead the Hawkeyes, who lost their third home game in four tries.
No. 17 Iowa St. 71, TCU 60
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — DeAndre Kane scored 20 points and Georges Niang had 19 points and eight rebounds as Iowa State kept TCU winless in the Big 12.
Niang had two three-point plays in the last 5 minutes to help the Cyclones (21-5, 9-5 Big 12) build a cushion.
Kane gave the Cyclones their first double-digit lead when he knocked the ball away from Kyan Anderson for a steal and caught a long pass from Melvin Ejim for a layup.
Ejim, the Big 12 leader at 19.1 points per game coming in, scored 14 after setting a Big 12 record with 48 in Iowa State's 84-69 win over at TCU at home.
Anderson, who averaged 26 points in his past four games, scored 18 to lead the Horned Frogs (9-17, 0-14). TCU is 2-30 in conference in two Big 12 seasons.
No. 18 Kentucky 77, LSU 76 - OT
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Julius Randle scored in the lane with 3.9 seconds remaining in overtime to give Kentucky the hard-earned win.
After Andre Stringer's jumper with 12 seconds left gave LSU a 76-75 lead, James Young's shot on the other end was blocked. Randle was able to grab the loose ball and hit the game-winning short jumper, sparking a delirious celebration with his Wildcats teammates piling on top of him.
Randle finished with eight points and 15 rebounds for Kentucky (21-6, 11-3 Southeastern Conference), which got 21 points from Aaron Harrison and 20 from Young.
Johnny O'Bryant III and Anthony Hickey both had 20 points for LSU (16-10, 7-7).
Miami 69, Boston College 42
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Rion Brown scored 22 points to lead Miami to a 69-42 win over Boston College on Saturday.
Brown shot 8 of 14 from the field and made four 3-pointers for Miami (14-13, 5-9 ACC). Erik Swoope tied a career high with 14 points, while Manu Lecomte and Garrius Adams had 11 and 10 points, respectively.
The Hurricanes opened the second half with a 14-6 spurt and increased a five-point halftime advantage to 13 for their first double-digit lead. Brown's jumper with 14:08 remaining capped the early second half surge and gave Miami a 41-28 lead.
Brown's fast-break layup off a steal with 4:50 remaining gave the Hurricanes their first 20-point lead at 60-40.
Patrick Heckmann scored 15 points but was held to two points in the second half for Boston College (7-20, 3-11).
The Eagles, who defeated No. 1 Syracuse on Wednesday, have lost six of their last seven.
Clemson 63, Georgia Tech 55
ATLANTA (AP) — K.J. McDaniels scored 10 of his 16 points in the second half, when Clemson overcame a six-point deficit to win 63-55 at Georgia Tech.
The Tigers (17-9, 8-6 ACC) took advantage of the sloppy Yellow Jackets (13-14, 4-10) after intermission as Tech committed nine of its 15 turnovers and Clemson scored 14 points off those miscues.
DaMarcus Harrison added 15 points for Clemson, which swept the two-game season series against Georgia Tech, and Landry Nnoko scored 13.
Senior point guard Trae Golden returned to the starting lineup for Georgia Tech after being slowed for three weeks by a groin injury, and led the Yellow Jackets with 17 points. The Tennessee transfer was guilty of five turnovers, however.
Tech center Daniel Miller pitched in 14 points and eight rebounds before fouling out, and Marcus Georges-Hunt scored 13.
The Jackets took a 29-23 lead to halftime, enjoying Golden's return to form.
Georgia Tech entered the game lagging the entire 15-team ACC in turnover margin (-3.46 per game), and that bugaboo caught up to the Yellow Jackets in the second half.
When reserve forward Josh Smith rebounded a free throw missed by Nnoko and stuck it back in with 10:02 remaining, the Tigers had their first lead of the second half at 42-40.
Davidson 59, Wofford 49
DAVIDSON (AP) — De'Mon Brooks scored 18 points on 6-of-6 shooting and had eight rebounds, pacing a balanced Davidson attack in a 59-49 win over Wofford to push further ahead in the Southern standings.
The Wildcats (17-11, 13-1) shot 52.4 percent from the field, with Tyler Kalinoski scoring 10 points and five other players chipping in at least five for Davidson. Brooks was 6 of 7 on free throws.
Wofford (16-11, 10-4) was held to 17-of-50 shooting (34 percent) and was outrebounded 33-24. Spencer Collins finished with 16 points and Karl Cochran added 15.
Entering the second half tied at 26, Tom Droney hit a 3-pointer to ignite a 16-4 run, pushing the Wildcats to a 10-point lead at the midway mark. Wofford pulled within three with 5:35 remaining, but Brooks responded with a three-point play, two jumpers and a pair of free throws, sparking an 11-4 surge to close the game.
North Carolina Central 73, North Carolina A&T 55
GREENSBORO (AP) — Jeremy Ingram hit 8 of 16 field goal attempts to score 30 points and lead North Carolina Central to a 73-55 victory over North Carolina A&T Saturday night.
Alfonzo Houston added 21 points for NCCU (21-5, 12-1 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference). The Eagles, who have now won 13 straight, remain alone atop the conference standings.
NCCU's defense stymied North Carolina A&T in the early going as they struggled to get into double digits at the midway point of the first period. The Aggies did come back, pulling within 34-23 at the half and closed to 37-30 with 17:19 remaining. North Carolina A&T stayed within striking distance, trailing 55-46 with 7:02 to play after Ahmad Abdullah hit a 3-point shot. NC Central responded with five unanswered points and went on to take a commanding 66-47 lead.
Lamont Middleton and Bruce Beckford had 15 points apiece to lead the Aggies (8-20, 4-9).