No. 24 Texas A&M escapes early hole, beats Ole Miss 69-61 No. 22 UNLV women beat Nevada, end MWC regular season 18-0 Duke beats N.C. State for fifth consecutive win, 71-67 Murray scores 26 to lead Iowa past No. 15 Indiana 90-68 No. 12 Tennessee beats Arkansas 75-57, Zeigler hurt Rice sparks Boise State past No. 18 San Diego State, 66-60
OXFORD, Mississippi. Tyrees Radford scored 13 points as Texas A&M No. 24 cut an early 12-point deficit to beat Mississippi 69-61 on Tuesday night.
Wade Taylor IV added 12 points and seven assists, and Julius Marble scored 10 points for Aggie, who hit 13-for-16 from the free throw line in the second half to prevent a late play Rebel attempt.
Texas A&M (22-8, 14-3 Southeastern) trailed 20-8 after seven minutes, but took a 29-26 lead thanks to Taylor’s 3-pointer with 4:06 left in the first half. Aggie never fell behind again, leading 34–28 at half-time and extending their lead to 10 points in the second half.
“Obviously we didn’t handle the intensity or the pace before,” said Texas A&M coach Buzz Williams. “But by the break we had fallen from 13th place to the leaders. We were able to change the rhythm to be more favorable to us and who we are.”
Matthew Murrell made 8 of 11 of 3 points and scored 26 points to clear Ole Miss (11-19, 3-13).
“We showed we could play anyone and the SEC Tournament still exists,” said Win Case, Ole Miss interim coach. “We knew they were going to win because they are a really good team, but today I’m really proud of our team.”
Aggie shot just 37.9% from the field and 22.7% from three-point range. However, they had only five turns.
Texas A&M: Since Christmas, the Aggies are 16-3, second in the SEC standings and second in the conference tournament. Tuesday’s win wasn’t pretty, but the Aggies held their own on the road against an enthusiastic opponent. Now they have to prepare for the meeting with the number two Alabama.
“We have a lot of work to do before Saturday,” Williams said. “I know they have the best players. I know they are #1 in the league both offensively and defensively. I haven’t had time to look at them yet, but I know so much about them.”
Ole Miss: The Rebels continue to play hard for Case, who replaced the sacked Kermit Davis on February 24.
Texas A&M: Hosts Alabama on Saturday.
Ole Miss: In Missouri on Saturday.
Desi-Rae Young scored 20 points, Alyssa Durazo-Frescas added 18 points, and No. 22 UNLV rallied in the fourth quarter to beat Nevada 71-66 on Tuesday night to end the regular season undefeated in the Mountain West Conference.
UNLV is the second program to go unbeaten on the 18-game Mountain West (Colorado 2016) schedule. It’s also only the fourth time the Mountain West have finished the regular season undefeated in the conference. UNLV hasn’t lost in a conference since they went 8-0 against the Big West in 1985.
UNLV trailed 54–44 with 3:07 left in the third quarter, but opened the fourth with a 13–1 record and led 62–57 with 4:32 remaining. Young scored six points and Durazo-Frescas scored five during the stretch. The Rebels outscored the Wolf Pack 22-10 in the fourth.
Young was 6 of 10 from the floor and 8 of 8 from the free throw line. Durazo-Frescas was 5 of 10 shots from the field with four 3s. Kiara Jackson added 11 points and Alyssa Brown added 10 for UNLV (28-2, 18-0).
Victoria Davis scored 19 points ahead of Nevada (9-20, 6-12). Alyssa Jimenez added 13 points and Megan Ormiston added 10.
UNLV’s 19-game winning streak is the longest since the 1989-90 season, when the team won 22 consecutive games.
Durham, North Carolina — Jeremy Roach scored 20 points to help Duke hold North Carolina State in a 71-67 win Tuesday night to win his fifth straight game and end a 16-0 home schedule.
Tyrese Proctor added 12 points, scoring 8 of 9 on the line, including four in the last 18 seconds, to bring Duke to zero (22-8, 13-6). Kyle Filipovsky scored 11 points and grabbed 14 rebounds, making the freshman his 13th double-double. Mark Mitchell scored 12 points and Derek Lively II grabbed 12 rebounds.
Yarkel Joyner led the Wolf Pack (22-9, 12-8) with 26 points, hitting six three-pointers and scoring over 2,000 points in his career. Casey Morsell and DJ Burns scored 13 points each. Terquavion Smith, who along with Joyner is averaging over 17 points per game and scored 24 points in the Wolf Pack’s 84–60 victory over the Blue Devils on January 4, finished with eight.
Roach scored 12 points in the final 13 1/2 minutes, scoring multiple balls in a row to give Duke a 12-point lead with two minutes left.
NC State made a final push and was within three with 32 seconds left after Joyner hit back-to-back threes. Proctor made four free throws around Joyner’s miss. 3 Smiths at the end provided a four-point lead.
Duke made just 2 of 19 three-point shots, but made 21 of 36 inside the arc and made 23 of 29 free throws against only 7 of 8 for the Wolf Pack.
The Blue Devils were leading 33–29 at halftime, taking a permanent lead after a 9–0 series which Lively shut down with a bucket six minutes before halftime.
Duke ends the regular season in North Carolina on Saturday. North Carolina State has ended its regular season and is out until the ACC tournament starting next Tuesday.
BLOOMINGTON, Indiana. Iowa came to the Tuesday night game tired of playing catch-up. So, Hawkeyes completely avoided the trap.
Just three days into the historic comeback, Chris Murray had 26 points, Tony Perkins was flirting with the first triple-double in high school history, and the Hawkeyes were never behind in a 90-68 rout of No. 15 in Indiana.
“I thought he hit the first two threes,” coach Fran McCaffery said, referring to Murray. “I thought our ball movement, screening and hooking with the target was critical.”
Whatever the explanation, Hawkeyes (19-11, 11-8 Big Ten) got it right.
Murray made five of Iowa’s 13 3-pointers and grabbed seven rebounds. Perkins finished with 23 points, 10 rebounds and a career-high eight assists, returning to his home state. Flip Rebekaa and Payton Sandfod each scored 16 points, and the top scoring team in the conference also played defense.
The combination was virtually unbeatable and at seemingly perfect timing after the team gained a 13-point lead in the last 94 seconds of regulation time to beat Michigan State 112-106 in overtime on Saturday – the Big Ten’s highest-scoring game yet. ‘ for the entire season. In terms of encores, Iowa posted the highest-scoring first half (47-36) in a conference game this season and took its fourth straight win in the series, with Bloomington’s most uneven.
“We’re really making progress,” Murray said. “About this time last year, we were doing the same thing, winning the big games we need on the road.”
Meanwhile, Indiana (20-10, 11-8) struggled all night with their worst home defeat since a 20-point loss to Purdue Fort Wayne in December 2017.
Yes, Trace Jackson Davis led the Hoosiers with 26 points and 13 rebounds and passed Alan Henderson and Walt Bellamy to lead the school in rebounding with 1,096.
But the Hoosiers looked worthless after beating rival Purdue on Saturday, and Iowa wasted no time in taking advantage.
The Hawkeyes took the first six points, quickly extended their lead to 16–5, and were still leading 47–36 at halftime. The Hawks then used the second half 14-2 to make it 61-40 and continued to break through the last 15 1/2 minutes.
“This is the worst day of the season for us,” Indiana coach Mike Woodson said on his post-game radio show. “They hit threes, twos, whatever they wanted. This is not Indiana basketball and this is unacceptable.”
Iowa: The Hawkeyes have been on the road all season, at least until Tuesday. This time around, they gained momentum after a stunning Saturday comeback that at times looked almost unbeatable. If they can repeat that performance, the reigning Big Ten champions will have a hard time again next week.
Indiana: Whatever the explanation, the Hoosiers looked lost. They had no flow and never synced, in stark contrast to the previous six weeks where they showed steady improvement and real struggle. Neither was in this game, and while that may be an anomaly, coach Mike Woodson knows it can’t happen again.
Jackson-Davis increased his high school block record to 253 on another Tuesday. He also advanced within 56 points, tying Don Schlundt (2,192 points) for third on Indiana’s career-highs list. And the 48th double-double of his career puts him on par with Henderson at No. 3 on the school’s career list.
CONSEQUENCES OF THE SURVEY
If Indiana thought she was going through the first part of this week’s schedule, she was wrong. The Hoosiers never entered the game and such a loss could see them crash even if they save Sunday’s victory. Meanwhile, Iowa continues to prove that it deserves a top 25 spot.
Iowa: hosts Nebraska in the Big Ten regular season finale on Sunday.
Indiana: Playing their home final on Sunday against Michigan.
KNOXVILLE, Tennessee. – Olivier Ncamhua scored 16 points to lead No. 12 Tennessee to a 75-57 win over Arkansas on Tuesday night.
Despite the victory, the Volunteers (22-8, 11-6 Southeastern Conference) may have suffered significant losses. In the third minute of the game, sophomore point guard Zakai Zeigler, who energizes both offense and defense, went down due to a left knee injury.
“We all hurt for Zakai,” Tennessee coach Rick Barnes said. “If he stays lying (on the floor), he hurts. (The players) knew it was serious.”
The extent of the injury was not immediately known, but he did not return.
“(Tennessee) played a lot better with Zeigler’s injury,” Arkansas coach Eric Musselman said.
Santiago Vescovi, who took over the role of point guard Zeigler, scored 14 points, while Josiah-Jordan James scored 11 points.
“(The Arkansas Defenders) worked (Vescovy) all night,” Barnes said. “They tried to take away his left …