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College coaches' salaries increase despite threat of new tax

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 06:14:00 PST

A potential new tax on seven-figure salaries for employees of non-profits hasn't deterred schools from doling out huge contracts to new coaches.

Football powers aiming for a national title have continued to pay the market rate for proven coaches, topped by the 10-year, $75 million deal for Jimbo...


UMBC uses 18-0 first-half run to gain control in 81-74 men's basketball win over Coppin State

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 19:30:00 PST

In the midst of an early-season road show that so far has taken Coppin State to the likes of Oregon, Cincinnati, Georgetown and Connecticut, the Eagles made a rare stopover in the Baltimore area Tuesday night, still looking for coach Juan Dixon’s first win with the program.

Facing host UMBC, they...


LiAngelo Ball, LaMelo Ball sign with Lithuanian basketball team

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 16:50:00 PST

LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball have signed contracts to play with Lithuanian team Vytautas Prienai for the rest of the season, according to Harrison Gaines, the agent for those two players and Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball.

The two brothers will travel to Lithuania in the first week of January and have...


Northwestern sets team record with blowout of Chicago State

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 20:04:00 PST

Vic Law scored 18 points and Northwestern followed a seven-day layoff with its largest margin of victory in program history, beating Chicago State 96-31 on Monday night at Allstate Arena.

Northwestern (6-4) also established a program record for the fewest points yielded in a half in the shot-clock...


Big Ten power rankings: Michigan State in a class by itself

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 11:34:00 PST

The early Big Ten games left us entertained and confused. Eight teams split their two games. Three were winless. Michigan State remains in a class by itself. (Last week's ranking in parentheses)


College basketball: No. 16 Arizona State upsets No. 2 Kansas

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 21:00:00 PST

Bobby Hurley is no stranger to college basketball lore. So when his Arizona State team traveled to Allen Fieldhouse to face Kansas on Sunday, the former Duke star knew what they were in for.

“No one really wins here,” Hurley said. “You come in here, most of the time you’re not leaving real happy.”


State basketball roundup (Dec. 10): Anderson rallies Navy men past Columbia

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 19:31:00 PST

Shawn Anderson scored 21 points and had 12 rebounds for his first double double, and the Navy men's basketball team rallied in the second half Sunday to edge host Columbia, 73-68, for its fifth straight win.

Hasan Abdullah added 16 points and Evan Wieck 14 as the Midshipmen (9-3) erased an 18-point...


UConn Men: Five Takeaways From Win Over Coppin State

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 03:00:00 PST

The UConn men have a good record, but give off a bad vibe. That’s not unheard of in college basketball this time of year, but it’s not a typical state of affairs for the Huskies.

The suggestion they don’t play hard, recently addressed by observers inside and outside the program, is troubling. It’s...


UConn Men Get By Coppin State, 72-59

Sat, 9 Dec 2017 15:25:00 PST

The UConn men won the game, and kept the drama to a relative minimum.

This means the Huskies didn’t need overtime to beat winless Coppin State, 72-59, before 3,046 at Gampel Pavilion Saturday. They did just enough to beat another mid-major at home — and nothing that would score well in a fan confidence...


Jeff Jacobs: From Fair To Good at Coppin State, KeAndre Returns Home

Sat, 9 Dec 2017 03:00:00 PST

KeAndre Fair has played most every gym in Connecticut. He played the Mohegan Sun Arena four years in a row in the high school state finals. He played the Putnam Science Academy bandbox with Hamidou Diallo before Diallo took off for Kentucky last winter.

He has never played at Gampel Pavilion.



Ross, fellow guards lead Lehigh men’s basketball team past Mount St. Mary’s

Sat, 9 Dec 2017 14:45:00 PST

Mount St. Mary’s coach Jamion Christian has dubbed his team’s style of play “Mount Mayhem.”

Lehigh stayed calm against the Mountaineers’ pressure defense and persistent 3-point shooting to head into its exam break on a positive note.

A four-guard lineup featuring Kahron Ross, Lance Tejada, Kyle...


Towson clamps down on UMBC in 78-65 win, continuing Baltimore-area dominance

Sat, 9 Dec 2017 16:05:00 PST

The Towson men’s basketball team was squeezing out the last bit of life from UMBC on Saturday afternoon when star guard Jairus Lyles pump-faked, drove inside and met Tigers guard Eddie Keith II in the lane, the only obstacle between the Retrievers and a pulse.

There might be better scorers and...


Local basketball roundup (Dec. 9): UConn holds off Coppin State despite woes

Sat, 9 Dec 2017 18:58:00 PST

UConn's top three scorers hit just 14 of their 41 shots and the Huskies turned the ball over 15 times against winless Coppin State.

But host Connecticut held on to win 72-59 on Saturday, behind 15 points from Jalen Adams, 14 from Terry Larrier and 13 from Christian Vital.

"We're not going to be...


Notre Dame wins in Mike Brey's return to Delaware

Sat, 9 Dec 2017 19:20:00 PST

Mike Brey reunited with old friends, felt at home on a familiar sideline, and soaked in the cheers from Delaware fans still grateful for the way he stamped the program on the basketball map.

The happy homecoming was going well — except for those peeks at the scoreboard.

“First 15 minutes, I'm like,...


College basketball: No. 16 Arizona State holds off St. John's at Basketball Hall of Fame Classic

Fri, 8 Dec 2017 19:15:00 PST

Romello White scored 22 points and No. 16 Arizona State held off St. John's 82-70 on Friday night in the opener of the Basketball Hall of Fame Classic tripleheader at Staples Center.

Shannon Evans II added 18 points for the Sun Devils (8-0), off to their best start since 1980-81.

St. John's rallied...


UCLA men's basketball team, whose biggest challenges have come off the court, faces its 'toughest' test yet

Fri, 8 Dec 2017 15:00:00 PST

Strong winds buffeted the plane carrying the UCLA basketball team shortly after takeoff from Los Angeles International Airport on Thursday, providing a white-knuckle start to its latest trip.

A rocky reminder of life on the road was not necessary.

The Bruins lost one game and three players over...


LaMelo and LiAngelo Ball hire an agent, could play together overseas

Thu, 7 Dec 2017 11:25:00 PST

What has been presumed for months is official now. LaMelo Ball will officially not follow his brothers Lonzo and LiAngelo to UCLA.

LaMelo and LiAngelo hired agent Harrison Gaines, officially ending their NCAA eligibility. Gaines also represents Lonzo, the Lakers point guard.

The family is looking...


After loss, Morgan State's Todd Bozeman tees off on officials: 'They're not professional'

Thu, 7 Dec 2017 05:30:00 PST

Morgan State men’s basketball coach Todd Bozeman’s opening remarks after an 82-78 overtime loss Wednesday at Towson were expected: kudos to Tigers coach Pat Skerry and his team, surprise that his Bears had allowed 14 3-pointers, disappointment over another “tough” night.

His next five-plus minutes...


Schmuck: New Coppin State men's basketball coach Juan Dixon proves you can go home again

Wed, 6 Dec 2017 18:05:00 PST

Juan Dixon has been greeted by loving crowds throughout his basketball career, but this was different.

It wasn’t a giant crowd like the ones that greeted him at Cole Field House while he was leading the Maryland men’s basketball team to its only NCAA national title. Far from it. It certainly wasn’t...


State basketball roundup (Dec. 6): UMBC rallies past Hornets; Loyola falls at Florida State

Wed, 6 Dec 2017 20:27:00 PST

Visiting UMBC scored 46 points in the second half in a 81-60 come-from-behind men's basketball victory over Delaware State on Wednesday night.

The Retrievers improved to 6-4 and the Hornets fell to 2-8.

Jarius Lyles had a game-high 21 points for UMBC, which trailed 40-35 at the half.

Florida State...


Navy takes big lead, squelches Coppin State's comeback bid, 70-53, in Dixon's home debut

Wed, 6 Dec 2017 19:10:00 PST

Navy took a huge first-half lead and held on to spoil Juan Dixon’s home coaching debut with a 70-53 victory over winless Coppin State on Wednesday night at the Physical Education Complex.

Midshipmen junior forward George Kiernan scored from all over the court on the way to a team-high 17 points...


Martin's 25 points, tying 3-pointer help Towson men beat Morgan State in OT, 82-78

Wed, 6 Dec 2017 20:20:00 PST

Over its first nine games this season, the Towson men’s basketball team had played on Florida’s Gulf Coast and Northern Ireland’s East Coast. It had won in blowouts and on last-second jumpers, as in Saturday’s Basketball Hall of Fame Belfast Classic final.

But what happened in Belfast — the seventh...


Washington springs 74-65 upset on No. 2 Kansas

Wed, 6 Dec 2017 20:40:00 PST

Coach Bill Self, who has compiled a 423-89 record in 15 seasons at Kansas, is 0-1 as a grandpa.

Washington of the Pac-12 Conference became the third team in two seasons to defeat the Jayhawks in their Sprint Center home-away-from-home, knocking off No. 2-ranked KU, 74-65, on Wednesday night. The...


No. 5 Gators shocked 65-59 by 16.5-point underdog Loyola-Chicago

Wed, 6 Dec 2017 19:05:00 PST

The Florida Gators’ hangover continues.

A Nov. 26 collapse against Duke still lingers.

Loyola-Chicago is the latest team to capitalize, stunning the nation’s fifth-ranked team 65-59 Wednesday night in the O’Connell Center.

Two days after an 83-66 loss to Florida State, the Gators looked to get...


Breakout second half lifts ODU to 79-60 win over Richmond

Wed, 6 Dec 2017 13:45:00 PST

There were no magic words of wisdom at halftime from the head coach. No speech or tirade that fired up the troops.

Though Old Dominion sure played like it. Looking stale and almost bored in the first half, the Monarchs shifted into a higher gear and cruised to a 79-60 win over Richmond Wednesday...


Montana-UCLA basketball game canceled due to wildfire

Wed, 6 Dec 2017 14:05:00 PST

Scores of UCLA students walked past the statue of John Wooden outside Pauley Pavilion on Wednesday with their faces masked. Inside the basketball home of the Bruins, things were quieter than expected.

UCLA canceled its game against Montana, scheduled for Wednesday night, because of concerns related...


Women's Basketball: McDaniel gobbles up Goucher for road win

Wed, 6 Dec 2017 17:00:00 PST

McDaniel put together a 21-2 run in the first quarter and never trailed by fewer than 17 points for the final 31 minutes, topping Goucher 87-44 in non-conference women's basketball action on Wednesday in Towson.

Hannah Ravenscroft was one of three players in double figures for the Green Terror...


Ahead of 'Battle for Greater Baltimore,' Towson is soaring and Morgan State is waiting

Wed, 6 Dec 2017 02:00:00 PST

Towson men’s basketball coach Pat Skerry has a team that’s feeling good and looking good, which is always good.

“I like this as much, if not more, potentially,” than previous Tigers teams, he said Tuesday. Towson has remained healthy throughout an 8-1 start, the program’s best in Division I history....


Coppin State seeks first victory of year in Juan Dixon's home coaching debut vs. Navy tonight

Wed, 6 Dec 2017 02:00:00 PST

Navy (7-3) at Coppin State (0-8)

When: Tonight, 7


Radio: WNST (1570 AM), WNAV (1430 AM, 99.9 FM)

Series: Tied 1-1

What’s at stake: There would be no better night for the Eagles to earn their first win of the season than in coach Juan Dixon’s first game...


College basketball roundup: Villanova’s Mikal Bridges puts on show in prime time

Tue, 5 Dec 2017 21:30:00 PST

Mikal Bridges had his coming-out performance as one of top players in the nation, scoring a career-high 28 points to lead No. 4 Villanova to an 88-72 victory over No. 12 Gonzaga in the Jimmy V Classic at New York’s Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night.

Bridges, a 6-foot-7 junior guard, had shown...


Syracuse Too Much For UConn; Huskies Fall, 72-63

Tue, 5 Dec 2017 21:25:00 PST

All that goes with playing at Madison Square Garden has usually worked to UConn’s advantage.

The glare of the lights and magnitude of the stage were never intimidating factors. Maybe the Huskies weren’t shellshocked Tuesday night, but they were overmatched by the size, strength and skill of their...


Ball State shocks No. 9 Notre Dame 80-77 with late 3-pointer

Tue, 5 Dec 2017 18:51:00 PST

Tayler Persons hit 3-pointer from the left wing with 1.7 seconds remaining and Ball State shocked No. 9 Notre Dame 80-77 on Tuesday night at Purcell Pavilion.

Persons scored 24 points, Tahjai Teague added 13 and Sean Sellers had 11 as Ball State knocked off a nationally ranked opponent for the...


LaVar and LiAngelo Ball talk about China, life after UCLA [Video]

Tue, 5 Dec 2017 08:25:00 PST

LiAngelo Ball called himself “stupid” for shoplifting in China and said the time he spent there in a jail cell was “horrible.”

Ball and his father, LaVar Ball, spoke in an interview that aired on NBC’s “Today” show Tuesday morning, the day after the family announced that LiAngelo was withdrawing...


LaVar Ball says he hasn't been thanked for the 'patriotic' shoes he sent Donald Trump

Tue, 5 Dec 2017 09:55:00 PST

LaVar Ball, the aspiring shoe entrepreneur and impresario of his family's soap opera, fired the latest dart in his verbal spat with President Donald Trump on Tuesday, saying in an interview that he had never been thanked for the "patriot" shoes he had mailed to the White House.

Ball told CNN's...


Only one local hoops team received an AP Top 25 vote. It wasn't Maryland.

Tue, 5 Dec 2017 05:00:00 PST

The Associated Press Top 25 men’s basketball poll came out Monday, as it does every week. The one voter who ranked Maryland No. 25 in last week’s poll was not impressed by losses to Syracuse and Purdue and an overtime win at Illinois, and so the Terps received no votes.

Towson does not have a pair...


Big Ten basketball power rankings: Michigan State at No. 1; Wisconsin, Iowa at bottom

Mon, 4 Dec 2017 14:52:00 PST

Early December is not known for Big Ten basketball showdowns. But because the conference tournament has been moved up to late February, teams are cramming in two games before returning to nonconference play.


Florida State stuns No. 5 Florida Gators 83-66

Mon, 4 Dec 2017 20:05:00 PST

The Florida Gators had the ranking and résumé, but Florida State showed it still owned the rivalry.

Behind a career-high 25 points by shooting guard Terance Mann, the Seminoles stunned the Gators 83-66 Monday night to remain unbeaten and extend their winning streak in the series to four games.


LaVar Ball says he is withdrawing son LiAngelo from UCLA

Mon, 4 Dec 2017 17:20:00 PST

In a high-profile divorce between UCLA and one of its most prominent basketball families, the father of freshman shooting guard LiAngelo Ball said Monday that he intended to withdraw his son from school.

LaVar Ball told The Times that the withdrawal was the result of his dissatisfaction with UCLA’s...


State basketball roundup (Dec. 3): Georgetown men beat Coppin State, 76-60

Sun, 3 Dec 2017 21:43:00 PST

Jessie Govan scored a season-high 26 points and had a career-high 16 rebounds and unbeaten Georgetown beat winless Coppin State, 76-60, on Sunday night.

Govan, a point off his career high, now has four double-doubles this season. He scored 16 points in the first half, made seven of 10 from the...


Abdullah breaks out, leads Navy basketball win

Sun, 3 Dec 2017 16:30:00 PST

When challenged by his coach to improve his play, slumping Navy point guard Hasan Abdullah responded.

Abdullah scored 12 of his15 points during crucial moments of the second half to lead Navy to a 66-59 victory over Morgan State at Alumni Hall.

The win was Navy’s sixth in seven games as the Mids...


College basketball: Long Beach State upsets Stanford; No. 17 Louisville upset by Seton Hall

Sun, 3 Dec 2017 16:10:00 PST

Jordan Griffin scored a career-high 21 points, Deishuan Booker had 13 points and eight rebounds, and Long Beach State pulled away from Stanford late for a 76-68 win on Sunday.

Long Beach State (4-6) won for just the second time in its last eight games. It was LBSU's first win against Stanford,...


Chris Collins decries free-throw disparity after Northwestern's 74-69 loss at Purdue

Sun, 3 Dec 2017 17:50:00 PST

Losing a tight game at Purdue brought out Chris Collins’ sarcastic side.

“I gotta make it quick,” the Northwestern coach said after the game. “Dererk Pardon is getting stitches from (Isaac) Haas putting his elbow in his face. But (Pardon) only shot three free throws, so …”

That would become the...


No. 5 Notre Dame survives ejections to Bonzie Colson, Mike Brey in 71-53 win

Sun, 3 Dec 2017 15:35:00 PST

It's the kind of game No. 5 Notre Dame has been waiting to see from 6-foot-10 senior center Martinas Geben — his first career double-double coming Sunday in a 71-53 victory over St. Francis (Brooklyn).

Fighting Irish coach Mike Brey and All-American forward Bonzie Colson would have preferred not...


State basketball roundup (Dec. 2): Morsell gives Towson men Belfast title

Sat, 2 Dec 2017 20:37:00 PST

Mike Morsell hit a baseline jumper with 1.5 seconds left to give the Towson men's basketball team a 56-55 victory over Manhattan on Saturday for the championship of the inaugural Basketball Hall of Fame Belfast Classic in Northern Ireland.

Towson missed two shots in the final 11 seconds but both...


South Carolina State player collapses in loss at N.C. State

Sat, 2 Dec 2017 19:41:00 PST

After their teammate collapsed on the court in a terrifying scene, South Carolina State's players wanted to honor him by resuming the game.

Tyvoris Solomon was taken to a hospital after collapsing during the first half of the Bulldogs' 103-71 loss at North Carolina State on Saturday.

A Rex Hospital...


State basketball roundup (Dec. 1): Towson tops La Salle in Northern Ireland, 67-60

Fri, 1 Dec 2017 21:46:00 PST

Zane Martin scored 20 points, Mike Morsell added 17 and the Towson men's basketball team outscored La Salle 9-2 in the last 2 1/2 minutes Friday for a 67-60 win in the inaugural Basketball Hall of Fame Belfast Classic in Northern Ireland.

The Tigers (7-1), who have won seven straight, face Manhattan...


College basketball: No. 15 Gonzaga rallies in second half to defeat No. 25 Creighton

Fri, 1 Dec 2017 21:50:00 PST

Killian Tillie scored 22 points and Zach Norvell Jr. added 21 points, all in the second half after missing all five of his shots in the first, and No. 15 Gonzaga came back to beat No. 25 Creighton 91-74 on Friday night in Spokane, Wash.

Silas Melson also scored 21 points and Johnathan Williams...


Navy blows lead but recovers to beat Delaware

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 21:00:00 PST

Playing only its third home game of the season, Navy battled ferociously to defend its home court Friday, coming from behind after blowing a 15-point lead to hold off Delaware, 82-76, at Alumni Hall.

After playing red hot in the first half to lead 42-27, Navy suddenly turned cold as Delaware ran...


Northwestern outlasts Illinois in OT for much-needed win in Big Ten opener

Fri, 1 Dec 2017 22:13:00 PST

It was only the first day of December, but Northwestern already had raised concerns about the probability of a repeat NCAA tournament appearance.

Come March, the Wildcats' 72-68 overtime victory on Friday night against rival Illinois may not be their saving grace. But a loss in the way-too-early...


Big Ten enters men's basketball conference play after a bumpy November

Fri, 1 Dec 2017 06:00:00 PST

Big Ten teams have not fared well in Top 25 matchups, but Maryland has yet to face a ranked team.(image)

Full-time strength coach gives Navy men's basketball a lift

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 16:00:00 PST

Head coach Ed DeChellis got creative and went in a different direction when filling a vacancy on the Navy men’s basketball staff.

After veteran assistant Ernie Nestor retired, DeChellis replaced him with a strength and conditioning coach. DeChellis felt the Midshipmen needed someone in that area...


College basketball: Rick Pitino lawsuit asks for $38.7 million

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 19:25:00 PST

Rick Pitino has sued the University of Louisville Athletic Association for $38.7 million, saying it breached his contract by placing him on unpaid administrative leave without notice and firing him last month with no legally justified “cause.”

The ULAA fired the Hall of Fame coach on Oct. 16, weeks...


Big Ten/ACC Challenge roundup: Top-ranked Duke pulls away from Indiana down the stretch

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 21:04:00 PST

Marvin Bagley III finished with 23 points and 10 rebounds and Grayson Allen added 21 points to help No. 1 Duke get past pesky Indiana 91-81 on Wednesday night in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.

It wasn't easy for the Blue Devils (9-0), who needed a late 17-4 spurt to finally pull away for their first...


College basketball roundup: Miami beats Minnesota to stay unbeaten

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 21:45:00 PST

Dewan Huell scored 23 points in 27 minutes and Bruce Brown Jr. added 16 points and nine rebounds to help No. 10 Miami beat No. 12 Minnesota 86-81 on Wednesday night in Minneapolis as part of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.

The Hurricanes (6-0) shot 56% from the field after halftime and had 17 points...


Digest (Nov. 29): Towson's Morsell named CAA Men's Basketball Player of the Week

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 19:40:00 PST

Towson's Mike Morsell was named the Colonial Athletic Association's men's basketball Player of the Week after the 6-foot-5, 210-pound guard earned Most Valuable Player honors at the Gulf Coast Showcase. He led the Tigers to the tournament title, averaging 14.0 points a game in Towson's victories...


Hokies earn their first grimy win with rout of Iowa

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 15:25:00 PST

Virginia Tech won a basketball game without scoring 95 points Tuesday night. Won without exceptional shooting. Won despite a rebounding deficit that was at times glaring.

All were firsts for the Hokies this season. They won’t be lasts.

Tech’s 79-55 thumping of Iowa in the Big Ten-ACC Challenge...


Digest (Nov. 28): Loyola sunk on layup with 1.7 seconds remaining

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 19:58:00 PST

Dartmouth's Brendan Barry made a layup with 1.7 seconds remaining to defeat Loyola Maryland, 64-63. Barry had 14 points to lead Dartmouth (2-2), while Chuck Champion led Loyola (1-5) with a career-high 26 points. Cam Gregory also produced a career high for the Greyhounds, scoring 22.

Arena football:...


Big Ten/ACC Challenge: Northwestern loses at buzzer; Illinois suffers first defeat

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 21:26:00 PST

Tadric Jackson hit a layup at the buzzer, Ben Lammers scored 13 points and Georgia Tech rallied in the closing seconds to beat Northwestern 52-51 on Tuesday night.

Jackson took a pass on the left side from Jose Alvarado and drove through the lane past two defenders to score at the rim. His basket...


Big Ten/ACC Challenge: Virginia tops Wisconsin, Syracuse holds off Maryland

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 20:35:00 PST

Kyle Guy scored 17 points, and No. 18 Virginia held Wisconsin scoreless for more than 7 minutes in the second half in a 49-37 victory Monday night in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.

Devon Hall added 16 points for the Cavaliers (7-0), who led by four points before scoring the next 12 to stretch the lead...


State basketball roundup (Nov. 27): Morgan State holds off Mount St. Mary's

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 22:06:00 PST

Phillip Carr had 14 rebounds and scored 12 points to help Morgan State beat Mount St. Mary's in men's basketball for the first time since 1982 with a 69-63 win Monday night.

The Bears (4-2) broke away in the second half with a 13-2 run capped by Kyson Rawls' 3-pointer to make it 49-37 with 11:19...


College basketball: Former USC coach Tim Floyd retires after UTEP loss

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 22:20:00 PST

Texas El Paso coach Tim Floyd announced his retirement Monday after the Miners lost to visiting Lamar 66-52.

“I’m done,” Floyd said, according to the El Paso Times. “This is my last game as a coach.”

Floyd, 63, coached at USC from 2005 to 2009.

Texas El Paso is 1-5, having lost five in a row.



Duke holds No. 1 spot, Arizona plummets in AP men's basketball poll

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 18:00:00 PST

Duke capped an exciting week of college basketball Sunday night.

The Blue Devils rallied from a 17-point deficit in the final 10 minutes to stave off impressive Florida 87-84 in the Phil Knight Invitational in Portland, Ore. Two days earlier, Duke erased a 16-point second-half deficit to beat Texas...


State basketball roundup (Nov. 26): Small's 23 & 10 lift No. 15 Maryland women over Miami, 79-71

Sun, 26 Nov 2017 20:20:00 PST

Ieshia Small had a career game with her first double double, Kaila Charles also had a double double and the No. 15 Maryland women's basketball team held off Miami, 79-71, on Sunday to win the Miami Thanksgiving Tournament in Coral Gables, Fla.

Small had 23 points and 10 rebounds, both career highs,...


Donyell Marshall Returns To Central Following Leave Of Absence

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 09:05:00 PST

Central Connecticut men’s basketball coach Donyell Marshall compared his Monday morning return following a near monthlong leave of absence to a holiday.

“It was like Christmas,” Marshall said. He was wearing a blue Central basketball T-shirt, peering into a computer at Detrick Gym a little after...


College basketball: Duke dominates at the finish to defeat Florida

Sun, 26 Nov 2017 22:15:00 PST

Marvin Bagley had 30 points and 15 rebounds, and No. 1 Duke rallied late to beat No. 7 Florida 87-84 on Sunday night for the Motion Bracket championship at the Phil Knight Invitational tournament in Portland, Ore.

Gary Trent Jr., who had a pair of free throws that pulled the Blue Devils in front...


USC erases halftime deficit, then promptly falters down the stretch in loss to Texas A&M

Sun, 26 Nov 2017 22:25:00 PST

Inside the huddle along USC’s bench, coach Andy Enfield surveyed his team. Hands were on hips. Heads darted toward the floor.

“You could just see it on their faces,” Enfield said.

USC kept shooting. USC kept missing. In a flurry of clanging iron and Texas A&M swishes, the biggest game of the young...


Big Ten looks to regain bragging rights from ACC in Challenge

Sun, 26 Nov 2017 17:30:00 PST

Last year the Big Ten lost the Big Ten-ACC Challenge for the first time since 2008 after five wins and two ties. The 19th edition of the conference showdown starts Monday, and the Big Ten should get back on top.

The Challenge will feature some must-sees (check out Louisville at Purdue, Miami at...


U.Va., Wisconsin meet again in Big Ten-ACC Challenge after low-scoring affair in '13

Sun, 26 Nov 2017 14:45:00 PST

When Wisconsin last came to Charlottesville four years ago and beat Virginia 48-38 in an ACC-Big Ten Challenge game, even a man who appreciates all things defense like Cavaliers coach Tony Bennett couldn’t help but notice how both programs appeared to forget how to shoot.

Stout defense and grind-it-out...


Kevin Knox leads No. 8 Kentucky past UIC 107-73

Sun, 26 Nov 2017 18:24:00 PST

Kevin Knox scored a career-high 25 points to lead No. 8 Kentucky to a 107-73 victory over the University of Illinois-Chicago on Sunday night to conclude play in the Adolph Rupp Classic.

The win gave Kentucky coach John Calipari his 700th career victory, three years after he notched his 600th. He...


Tot's 50-foot buzzer-beater gives W&M a 79-77 win over ODU

Sat, 25 Nov 2017 15:55:00 PST

The way William and Mary was shooting from the 3-point arc Saturday night, you’d have expected anything to go in. Anything except what Oliver Tot put up at the buzzer.

Tot’s 50-foot heave, his only shot of the night, capped a wild finish and lifted the Tribe to a 79-77 win over Old Dominion at...


State basketball roundup (Nov. 24): UMBC men top Nicholls State, 89-88

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 20:46:00 PST

Jairus Lyles made two free throws with 12.6 seconds left and the UMBC men's basketball team held off visiting Nicholls State, 89-88, on Friday.

The Retrievers' Arkel Lamar made one of two free throws with 41.2 seconds left to pull to 88-87. Nicholls State dribbled down the clock, Kevin Johnson...


State basketball roundup (Nov. 25): Navy men dropped in FGCU Shootout

Sat, 25 Nov 2017 19:17:00 PST

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Brandon Goodwin tossed in 19 points, on 7-of-11 shooting, and Christian Terrell finished with a double-double as Florida Gulf Coast dominated the second half on its way to a 70-54 win over Navy at the FGCU Shootout on Saturday night.

Terrell totaled 12 points and 10 rebounds,...


College basketball: Alabama finishes game with three players on the court after bench-clearing brawl

Sat, 25 Nov 2017 17:15:00 PST

Nate Mason scored 20 points to lead No. 14 Minnesota to an 89-84 victory over No. 25 Alabama, which finished the game with only three players, in the championship game of the Barclays Center Classic on Saturday in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Jordan Murphy had 19 points and 14 rebounds for the Golden Gophers...


College basketball: No. 1 Duke rallies past Texas in overtime; No. 2 Arizona loses third in a row

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 23:05:00 PST

Freshman Marvin Bagley III had a career-high 34 points and added 15 rebounds, and No. 1 Duke rallied to defeat Texas 85-78 in overtime on Friday to reach the final of the PK80 Invitational in Portland, Ore.

Gary Trent Jr. added 17 points for the Blue Devils (7-0), who trailed by 16 in the second...


Notre Dame rallies to win Maui Invitational

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 05:46:00 PST

The list of champions at the Maui Invitational includes some of the best programs in college basketball. Duke, North Carolina, Kansas, Arizona.

Notre Dame coach Mike Brey believed his team belonged up there, too.

Now they are after a gritty comeback against one of the nation's top teams.



State basketball roundup (Nov. 22): Towson men hand Georgia Southern first loss in Gulf Coast title game

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 20:06:00 PST

Mike Morsell scored 16 points and grabbed four rebounds and Towson edged previously unbeaten Georgia Southern 70-67 in the Gulf Coast Showcase on Wednesday night.

Eddie Keith II made a three-point play to give Towson the lead for good, 63-62, with 1:25 to play. Morsell made a layup after that and...


Navy routs Washington College in tune-up for weekend

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 21:00:00 PST

With a stretch of three games within 48 hours just two days away, Navy’s men had to look forward to a contest on Wednesday against Division III program Washington College.

Though the game counted for the Mids (3-2), it was considered an exhibition for Washington – and the two teams respectively...


N.C. State stuns No. 2 Arizona 90-84 in Battle 4 Atlantis

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 18:39:00 PST

Freshman Braxton Beverly scored a season-high 20 points and sparked the decisive late run that helped North Carolina State upset No. 2 Arizona 90-84 in Wednesday's first round at the Battle 4 Atlantis.

Allerik Freeman scored 24 points to lead the Wolfpack (5-0). But it was Beverly — who missed...


College basketball: No. 2 Arizona, No. 18 Purdue upset in Battle 4 Atlantis openers

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 18:35:00 PST

Freshman Braxton Beverly scored a season-high 20 points and sparked the decisive late run that helped North Carolina State upset No. 2 Arizona 90-84 in Wednesday's first round of the Battle 4 Atlantis at Paradise Island, Bahamas.

Allerik Freeman scored 24 points to lead the Wolfpack (5-0). But...


State basketball roundup (Nov. 21): Towson defeats Penn, advances to final in Florida

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 20:14:00 PST

Mike Morsell scored 18 points as Towson beat Penn, 79-71, in a semifinal of the Florida Gulf Coast Showcase at Estero, Fla., in men's basketball Tuesday night. The Tigers improved to 3-0 and the Quakers fell to 3-3. Coach Pat Skerry got his 100th win and Towson faces Georgia Southern in tonight's...


College basketball: No. 22 Baylor beats Creighton for Hall of Fame Classic title

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 21:50:00 PST

King McClure had 19 points, Terry Maston made a series of big baskets down the stretch and No. 22 Baylor rallied to beat Creighton 65-59 on Tuesday night in the Hall of Fame Classic title game at Kansas City, Mo.

Maston finished with 15 points, and Jo Lual-Acuil Jr. had 15 points and 15 rebounds...


Men's Basketball: Mount St. Mary's staves off York for win in home opener

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 16:25:00 PST

Mount St. Mary’s first home contest of the season began with some celebration, as fans cheered for the unveiling of last season’s Northeast Conference regular-season and tournament championship banners inside Knott Arena.

Then the game itself started.

York College filled the role of feisty Division...


Navy celebrates Thanksgiving holiday with basketball doubleheader, promotion

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 15:00:00 PST

Navy’s athletic department is dishing up a festive atmosphere for Wednesday’s basketball doubleheader at Alumni Hall.

Marketing wizards with the Naval Academy Athletic Association have created a “Stuffing Alumni Hall” promotion since the event is being held on the eve of Thanksgiving. Free bread...


Aaron Holiday's last-second shot lifts No. 23 UCLA over Wisconsin

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 20:35:00 PST

Tyus Edney was just talking about his famous game-winning shot, which propelled UCLA past Missouri en route to the 1995 national title, so it was fitting that a final-second layup by another diminutive Bruins guard — junior Aaron Holiday — proved to be the difference Tuesday in a 72-70 victory...


Missouri's Michael Porter Jr. out for the season after back surgery

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 11:37:00 PST

Missouri freshman Michael Porter Jr. will miss the remainder of the season after undergoing lower back surgery.

The 6-foot-10 Porter, the top prep prospect in the country last season, played in only two minutes of the season-opening win over Iowa State before missing the last three games with the...


UCLA's basketball team tries to block out distractions caused by players suspended in China incident

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 07:00:00 PST

UCLA men’s basketball coach Steve Alford said Monday he has had no update on the status of three freshmen players who are suspended indefinitely after being detained in China.

LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley, and Jalen Hill were held on suspicion of shoplifting at three luxury stores in Hangzhou during...


LaVar Ball to Donald Trump on CNN: 'Let's just stay in our lane'

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 05:02:00 PST

Outspoken basketball dad LaVar Ball questioned the extent of President Donald Trump's involvement in securing his son's release from the custody of Chinese authorities during a combative 20-minute CNN interview on Monday night.

The president, in tweets Sunday, said he should have left LiAngelo...


Digest: Towson men rout Florida Atlantic for spot in Gulf Coast semifinals

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 21:26:00 PST

Zane Martin scored a career-high 23 points to lead the Towson men's basketball team to a 76-52 win over Florida Atlantic (2-2) on Monday night to advance to the semifinals of the Gulf Coast Showcase in Estero, Fla. Eddie Keith II had a career-best-tying 13 points and Justin Gorham (Calvert Hall)...


College basketball: No. 6 Wichita State rallies to beat California 92-82

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 21:15:00 PST

Wichita State’s players looked stunned against California’s defensive pressure, throwing errant passes easily picked off, casting up rushed shots as their deficit climbed.

The Final Four? The Shockers didn’t look like they could get out of the first round in Maui.

With one necessary, tactical switch,...


Michigan State falls, Kansas rises in AP men's basketball poll

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 14:20:00 PST

The Champions Classic caused some Top 25 commotion.

Michigan State’s loss to top-ranked Duke in the doubleheader at the United Center cost the Spartans two spots in this week’s Associated Press poll as they fell from No. 2 to No. 4.

Kansas moved up from No. 4 to No. 3 after beating Kentucky, while...


State basketball roundup (Nov. 19): UMBC men fall to Colgate, 93-88

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:00:00 PST

Jordan Burns made 12 of 15 shots for a career-high 26 points, Will Rayman hit five 3-pointers and scored 23 points and the Colgate men's basketball team (2-1) rallied in the second half to beat visiting UMBC.

It was Colgate's most points since scoring 101 at the Citadel on Dec. 2 last season.



Donald Trump fires back at LaVar Ball for saying he did nothing to help UCLA players in China

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 19:15:00 PST

President Donald Trump chastised LaVar Ball, the father of one of three UCLA players who were released by Chinese authorities after efforts by Trump and his Chinese counterpart, tweeting that "I should have left them in jail!"

Trump was responding early Sunday afternoon to Ball's comment that Trump...


No. 20 Northwestern gets thumped by Texas Tech 85-49

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 19:38:00 PST

A veteran Texas Tech squad didn't want to wait until the Big 12 season to try and earn respect.

The Red Raiders started that campaign Sunday with Keenan Evans scoring 25 points to lead his team over No. 20 Northwestern 85-49 in the championship game of the Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament.



State basketball roundup (Nov. 18): Three players combine for 55 points in Mount's triumph

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 19:49:00 PST

The trio of Junior Robinson, Jonah Antonio and Greg Alexander combined for 55 points and all nine 3-pointers as Mount Saint Mary's slipped past North Florida 84-81 in a game that came down to the wire on Saturday in Orlando, Fla.

Robinson scored a jumper to break a 78-78 tie with 37 seconds remaining...


Towson uses complete effort to down crosstown rival Loyola, 95-72, in men's hoops

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 18:05:00 PST

Before the season, Towson men’s basketball coach Pat Skerry had a plan for the defense his Tigers would play and a wish for the defenses his Tigers would face.

The plan: Press and press and press some more, up and down the court, wearing teams out with Towson’s depth and length. The wish: that...


No. 23 UCLA gets back to basketball with victory over South Carolina State

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 22:45:00 PST

A week into the season, everything about UCLA continues to revolve around three freshmen.

Their names Friday night were Jaylen Hands, Chris Smith and Kris Wilkes. The trio generated the kind of feel-good buzz that the Bruins had not enjoyed inside Pauley Pavilion since last season.

Hands made almost...


State basketball roundup (Nov. 16): Jones, Small pace Maryland women

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 19:39:00 PST

Stephanie Jones (Aberdeen) had a career-high 21 points and nine rebounds, Ieshia Small added a career-best 18 points, and No. 15 Maryland beat visiting Niagara, 92-65, on Thursday.

Jones was 8-for-10 from the field, and Small also missed just two shots as Maryland shot 57 percent.

Maryland led...


College basketball: Xavier pulls away to defeat Wisconsin

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 22:25:00 PST

Trevon Bluiett scored 25 points, including back-to-back three-pointers in a decisive run over the final 1:47, to help No. 15 Xavier pull away late for an 80-70 victory over Wisconsin on Thursday night in Madison, Wis., in one of the Gavitt Tipoff Games.

J.P. Macura added 20 points for the Musketeers...


Student kicked off Kansas community college basketball team in anthem flap

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 17:40:00 PST

A Muslim student athlete who refused to observe the national anthem for religious reasons at a basketball game in Kansas has been kicked off the team following altercations with a team supporter, who accused him of disrespecting the American flag, and a coach.

The case has ignited concerns over...


UCLA's conduct code gives wide latitude to dean who will decide basketball players' punishment

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 14:45:00 PST

When UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero and coach Steve Alford read prepared statements to a room full of television cameras and journalists Wednesday, they offered few specifics about punishment for three basketball players whose shoplifting created an international incident.

The players — freshmen...