Florida St. shuts down Clemson, 56-41
Florida State 56, Clemson 41
AP Sports Writer
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Ian Miller scored 15 points and Aaron Thomas and Devin Bookert had 10 apiece as Florida State held Clemson to its fewest points this season in a 56-41 victory Thursday night.
The Tigers (10-4, 1-1 ACC) came in as the country's top defense in points allowed, but it was the Seminoles (10-4, 1-1) who turned up the pressure to win their fifth straight game in the series.
Clemson's in-your-face defense seemed to rattle Florida State early as the Seminoles' didn't score the first four minutes. Then they went on a 13-2 run to gain a lead that they gradually increased to 16 points in the second half.
The Tigers got within 50-41 in the final four minutes, but Baron Bojanovsky broke free for a dunk. Clemson trailed by double digits the rest of the way.
K.J. McDaniels led Clemson with 14 points.
UNC-Greensboro 66, Appalachian St. 60
BOONE (AP) — Kyle Cain had 12 points and 14 rebounds and UNC-Greensboro ran away from Appalachian State in the second half for a 66-60 win on Thursday night.
After trailing 30-29 at halftime, UNCG (9-9, 2-1 Southern Conference) opened the second on a 13-6 run to take the lead for good. The Spartans had their biggest lead at 61-50 when Cain's layup capped an 8-2 run with 1:28 to play.
Appalachian State (4-11, 0-2) went on an 11-2 run to finish the first half. They fell behind early in the second but charged back to within 42-41 on Mike Neal's 3-pointer. Jordan Potts answered with four straight points to put UNCG back in control.
Nicholas Paulos and Tevon Saddler had 13 points each to lead UNCG in scoring.
Jay Canty led Appalachian State with 15 points, six rebounds and three steals. Tevin Baskin and Tab Hamilton added 13 points each.
Davidson 73, Furman 56
GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Chris Czerapowicz scored 21 points and De'Mon Brooks added 18 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead Davidson to a 73-56 Southern Conference win at Furman Thursday night.
The Wildcats built a 13-point first half lead by closing out the half on a 13-3 run over the final four-and-a-half minutes that was fueled by a pair of 3-pointers and two free throws by Czerapowicz.
Davidson (6-5, 2-0 Southern Conference) shot 50-percent from the field, hitting 24 of 48 shots, 11 of 26 from long range.
The Paladins (6-10, 0-3 Southern Conference) were led by Stephen Croone's 21 points on 10 of 14 shooting from the free throw line.
Furman committed 21 turnovers, which led to 16 Davidson points.
Charlotte 73, UTEP 68
EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Mike Thorne Jr. scored 16 points and added 14 rebounds as Charlotte carried a five-point halftime lead into a 73-68 victory over UTEP in the Conference USA opener for both teams on Thursday night.
Terrence Williams matched Thorne's 16 points and Pierria Henry added 13 to lead Charlotte (10-4), which held a 41-27 advantage on the glass.
The first half saw four lead changes and six ties before the 49ers moved ahead for good with 4:19 left before the break. The scoring was evenly matched at 39 in the second half.
John Bohannon scored 23 on 7-of-9 shooting and Julian Washburn added 19 for the Miners (10-6), whose five-game winning streak was snapped.
UTEP was without three players — Justin Crosgile, McKenzie Moore and Jalen Ragland— after the university announced Tuesday that they were no longer on the team because of betting on sporting events.
No. 24 Memphis 73, No. 12 Louisville 67
GARY B. GRAVES
AP Sports Writer
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Joe Jackson and Shaq Goodwin each scored 15 points and No. 24 Memphis rallied late for a 73-67 upset of No. 12 Louisville on Thursday night.
Geron Johnson added 13 points, Chris Crawford 12 and Austin Nichols 10 as all five starters scored in double figures to help the Tigers end a four-game losing streak to the defending national champions. Memphis (11-3, 2-1 American Athletic Conference) shot 51 percent and outrebounded the Cardinals 37-35 in a victory that almost slipped away in the second half.
Trailing 61-55 with 5:26 remaining, the Tigers closed with an 18-6 run led by Jackson, who scored 11 second-half points. His layup on goaltending by Montrezl Harrell put Memphis up 70-67 with 40 seconds left, Crawford added a free throw and Goodwin followed with a dunk in the final second to seal the hard-fought win.
Luke Hancock had a season-high 20 points to lead Louisville (13-3, 2-1).
No. 1 Arizona 79, UCLA 75
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nick Johnson scored 22 points and No. 1 Arizona withstood UCLA's late 15-1 run to beat the Bruins 79-75 Thursday night, equaling the best start in school history at 16-0.
The Wildcats (3-0 Pac-12) held on despite blowing a 13-point lead with 6:16 to play and committing a season-worst 17 turnovers.
Kaleb Tarczewski made all six of his field goal attempts and scored 16 points for the Wildcats, who snapped a three-game skid against the Bruins in the lone regular-season meeting between the longtime conference powers.
The 1931-32 Wildcats also began the season 16-0.
Freshman Zach LaVine hit a 3-pointer that got UCLA to 77-75 with 15 seconds left, but he missed another one with 2 seconds to go that would have left the Bruins down one.
Kyle Anderson had 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Bruins (12-3, 1-1).
California 96, No. 17 Oregon 83
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Freshman guard Jordan Mathews scored a season-high 32 points and California beat Oregon for the 12th straight time.
Justin Cobbs had 20 points and 11 assists for the Golden Bears (11-4, 2-0 Pac-12), who shot 52.6 percent and had five players in double figures.
Joseph Young scored 29 for the Ducks (13-2, 1-2), who went 5 of 19 from 3-point range and dropped their second consecutive game after opening 13-0. Oregon was held to 40.6 percent shooting overall.
No. 20 Iowa 93, Northwestern 67
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Aaron White had 18 points and 10 rebounds, Melsahn Basabe added 16 points with 10 boards and Iowa routed Northwestern.
Devyn Marble scored 15 points for the Hawkeyes, who never trailed despite playing without coach Fran McCaffery. He was suspended one game by the Big Ten for an outburst directed at officials during last weekend's loss at Wisconsin.
Iowa (13-3, 2-1 Big Ten) opened the game on a 10-0 run and never looked back. The Hawkeyes led by double digits the entire second half, improving to 10-0 at home.
JerShon Cobb had 18 points to lead Northwestern. The Wildcats (7-9, 0-3) were outrebounded 41-28 and let the Hawkeyes shoot 8 of 14 from 3-point range.
Portland 82, No. 22 Gonzaga 73
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Bryce Pressley had 16 points and nine assists to help scrappy Portland snap a 20-game losing streak to Gonzaga.
The loss also ended the Bulldogs' 22-game winning streak in West Coast Conference games.
The previous time Portland (10-7, 2-3) beat Gonzaga at home was in 1996, and the Pilots' last victory in the series came in 2003 in Spokane. Portland had not defeated a ranked opponent since 2009 against then-No. 22 Minnesota.
Gonzaga (14-3, 4-1) had won four straight to open the conference schedule after a 72-62 loss to Kansas State on Dec. 21. The Bulldogs, who were playing their first league game away from home, won their first four conference games by an average of 21.5 points. They had held their last six opponents under 62 points.