AMES, Iowa — Georges Niang and Bryce Dejean-Jones each scored 18 points and 14th-ranked Iowa State held off Southern 88-76 on Sunday night for its fifth straight victory.  The Jaguars actually produced more baskets than Iowa State, 29-28.

Tre Lynch scored 20 of his 22 points in the second half to lead Southern (2-8). Iowa State outscored the Jaguars 41-8 during one stretch.

Dejean-Jones missed Friday night’s 90-75 blowout at rival Iowa. He was suspended for one game by coach Fred Hoiberg after being arrested early Thursday on three charges, including a marijuana charge that was quickly dismissed and a pair of noise violations that remain pending.

Early on, Dejean-Jones and the rest of the Cyclones looked like a team suffering from a letdown after Friday’s excitement.

Iowa State was given a technical foul for dunking in warmups and fell behind 2-0 before the opening tip. The Jaguars pushed their lead to as much as 29-21 midway through the first half, and Adrian Rodgers scored 15 points in just under 12 minutes.

The Cyclones finally tied it at 31 on an alley-oop dunk from Niang to Dejean-Jones. Niang’s free throws gave Iowa State its first lead, 35-33, with 3:15 left before halftime.

Virginia Tech def Alabama A&M 65-55

BLACKSBURG, Va. – Alabama A&M feel to Virginia Tech Sunday night 65-55 in Blacksburgh.  The loss dropped the Bulldogs to 0-5 on the road this season, a string that includes losses to Dayton and Georgia Tech . The Bulldogs were playing their third road game of a six-game road string .Nicholas West, the Bulldogs’ second-leading scorer at 11 points per game coming in, finished with a double-double (17 points, 11 rebounds) before fouling out with 1:07 left.

The Hokies, coming off a 68-66 home loss to Radford last Sunday, struggled with Alabama A&M until late in the first half. Virginia Tech used a 20-0 run spanning both halves to pull away and never look back. The Hokies scored 17-straight points to end the first half, holding Alabama A&M scoreless over the final 5:49 before the break.

AAMU’s Ladarius Tabb led all scorers with 20 points and grabbed 16 rebounds.

Bibbs finished with 11 points and four assists for the Hokies, who committed just eight turnovers and shot nearly 50 percent (25 of 52 from the floor).

Beyer, now in his third season with the program, was making just the second start of his career and the first this season for the Hokies (5-4). Beyer hit 5-of-7 from the floor, 3-of-4 from the free-throw line and grabbed nine rebounds in 27 minutes. He tied his career high with nine points in the first half alone.

The Bulldogs (1-6) turned the ball over on five of their final seven possessions of the first half. Alabama A&M hit just one field goal in the final 11:09 — a 3-pointer by Matthew Cotton with 5:49 left in the opening half. The Bulldogs shot just 31.8 percent (7 of 22) in the first 20 minutes.

Texas Tech def Prairie View 79-51

LUBBOCK, Texas – Foul trouble plagued Prairie View A&M Sunday night on the road against Texas Tech.  The Red Raiders came out on top 79-51.

The Red Raiders (7-1) needed a big second-half run to put away Prairie View A&M (1-9), which received a game-high 25 points from Montrael Scott.

The Panthers struggled with fouls throughout the game. Reggis Onwukamuche fouled out, while John Brisco, Nolan Wilson and Karim York each picked up four. Just one Panther who appeared in the game didn’t pick up a foul. The Panthers committed 28 fouls to Texas Tech’s 11, and the Red Raiders shot 22 of 36 from the free-throw line.

Texas Tech led by six points, 32-26, at halftime, though the Panthers evened the score at 37 with 16:22 left. But then the Red Raiders went on a 20-3 run over the next eight minutes to build a 57-40 lead they didn’t come close to losing. Odiase and Onwuasor scored six points apiece during that stretch.

The Panthers could only trim the deficit to 15 points over the rest of the game and trailed by at least 20 points for the final 4:22. The Red Raiders shot 10 of 22 (45.5 percent) in the first half but 17 of 29 (58.6 percent) in the second half, when they outscored the Panthers 47-25.

The Red Raiders outrebounded Prairie View A&M 23-11 in the second half. They also appeared to wear down the Panthers, as Texas Tech’s bench outscored them 33-2 in the second half.

Northwestern def Mississippi Valley State 101-49

EVANSTON, Ill. — Alex Olah scored 17 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, and Northwestern snapped a three-game losing streak by beating Mississippi Valley State 101-49 on Sunday.

MVSU allowed five Northwestern players in double figures — and shot 57.4 percent, including 11 of 24 from beyond the arc, after dropping decisions to Northern Iowa, Georgia Tech and Butler.

Cobb averaged 12.2 points last season but has struggled so far, contributing only 5.1 through eight games. He wore a large gray walking boot on his right leg during the game.

The Delta Devils shot only 29 percent from the field and lost their second straight following their lone victory of the season, a 66-63 win over North Carolina A&T on Nov. 29.

Sunday was MVSU’s first game since their 74-50 defeat on Dec. 3 at Oregon State. They have also lost to major-conference opponents Indiana, Mississippi State, and Texas Christian, with a matchup against Iowa State on Dec. 31 looming.

The Delta Devils don’t play their first home game until Dec. 20, and that’s against North Carolina Central in Clarksdale, Mississippi. Their first game in Greenwood is Jan. 10 against Alabama A&M. Sunday was the Delta Devils’ second game against a Big Ten opponent, following their loss to Indiana on Nov. 14.

Western Illinois def Alabama State 78-68

Luther Page and Maurice Strong each scored 18 points and 10 rebounds, but it was not enough for the Hornets as they fell at Western Illinois 78-68.

ASU scored the first basket of the game, but did not lead again as the home-standing Leathernecks went on to lead by as many as 15 points in the first half and 21 in the game.

Along with Page and Strong, Jamel Waters finished with 14 points and a team-high six assists.  That was most of the scoring as the rest of the team only scored 18 points.

Even though ASU rebounded to shoot 52 percent in the second half a cold first half of shooting left ASU with a cool 43 percent shooting for the game.  The largest problem shooting was the three for 19 effort (16%) from beyond the three point line.  ASU entered the game as the SWAC’s top shooting three point team knocking down over 44 percent of those.

ASU’s leading scorer DeMarcus Robinson was injured during the game but when he played he failed to score missing on all five of his field goal attempts.

The biggest problem for ASU (3-4) was the 16 turnovers which the opportunistic Leathernecks were able to turn into 26 points.  ASU also struggled at the free throw line connecting on only seven of their 15 attempts.

WIU (4-5) shot 45 percent from the field but hit eight of their 22 three point field goals and hit 12 of 17 from the free throw line.

Garret Covington had 18 points for WIU while J.C. Fuller came off the bench to score 15.  Mohamed Conde scored 14 points and Jabari Sandifer added 11 and a game-high eight assists.

Turnovers and cold shooting hampered the Hornets in the first half as they went into the locker room trailing the Leathernecks 45-31.  ASU shot 35 percent from the field.  ASU’s 11 turnovers led to WIU’s 14 points off those turnovers.

Ohio def Alcorn State 65-55

Key plays hurt Alcorn State down the stretch in a 66-55 loss to Ohio at the Convocation Center in Athens, Ohio Saturday night.

The Braves came out with tons of energy in the first half.  Junior forward Tyrel Hunt put the Braves ahead early 2-0 on a made layup .

Both teams traded baskets throughout the first half but with about four and half minutes left, Ohio took a six-point advantage 24-18.

Two minutes later, Keynan Pittman cut the lead to 27-26 on back-to-back layups with 2:09 to play.

Sophomore Marquis Vance gave the Braves a 29-27 lead on a three-pointer with 1:09 to go before the break.  Ohio’s Khari Harley would nail a long three-pointer to give the Bobcats a 30-29 lead at the half.

The Braves had outrebounded Ohio 18-10 in the first half and were shooting 41.4% from the field.

Ohio went on a quick 4-0 run to increase their lead to 34-29 before LeAntwan Luckett scored on a put back to get the Braves out of the drought.

Freshman phenom Reginald Johnson hit a three-pointer to tie the game for the Braves at 38-38 with 12:51 to play.

Ohio would go ahead by as many as nine (51-42) before the Braves came charging back.

The Braves went on a 10-2 run going 6-for-6 from the charity stripe in the process to cut the lead to 53-52 with 4:47 to play.  But Ohio would would go finish the game outscoring the Braves 13-3 in the last four minutes.

LeAntwan Luckett led the Braves with 15 points.  Marquis Vance scored 12 points and collected seven rebounds while Tyrel Hunt chipped in 10 points and eight rebounds.

Air Force def Arkansas Pine Bluff 80-47

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Max Yon hit 5 of 8 three pointers and scored 24 points to lead Air Force past Arkansas-Pine Bluff 80-47 on Saturday.

Jovaughn Love led Arkansas-Pine Bluff with 17 points on 6-of-9 shooting. Marcel Mosley scored 10, six below is season average while Tevin Hammond chipped in nine points with six assists and three steals.

A layup by Trent Whiting pulled Arkansas-Pine Bluff (1-8) within 11-9, but Air Force scored 20 of the next 24 and the Golden Lions never again threatened. Yon scored nine and Zach Moer had seven points during the decisive run.

The Falcons (5-3) outrebounded Arkansas-Pine Bluff 31-15 and made 26 of 43 (60.5 percent) field goals, including 11 of 21 from 3-point range, and 17 of 24 free throws. The Golden Lions were 7 of 11 from the charity stripe.

Marek Olesinski added 12 points and three steals for Air Force. Matt Mooney added nine points and six assists.

Loyola Chicago def Jackson State 58-46

CHICAGO — Earl Peterson netted 21 points, including three 3-pointers, to lead Loyola Chicago to a 58-46 win over Jackson State on Saturday night.

Jackson State scored the final six points of the first half but trailed 30-27 at halftime. Down 15 with 3:24 remaining, the Tigers scored back-to-back baskets to mount a comeback, but Loyola held the off the run.

Loyola shot 51.2 percent from the field ( 22 of 43) and Jackson State shot 39.1 percent (18 of 46).

Christian Thomas had 13 points on 5-of-8 shooting and Milton Doyle added eight points on 4-of-4 shooting for the Ramblers (6-2).

Loyola shot 90.9 percent (10 of 11) from the free-throw line, while Jackson State shot 58.3 percent (7 of 12) from the line.

Raeford Worsham had 15 points and five steals, Derell Taylor added nine points and seven boards, and Javares Brent tallied eight points, including two 3-pointers, for the Tigers (1-8).

Florida def Texas Southern 75-50
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Deverell Biggs led the Texas Southern (1-7) with 18 points, three more than teammate Chris Thomas.  Florida, which won consecutive games for the first time this season, was its healthiest since the second game of the season &  topped TSU 75-50 Friday night.

Texas Southern will finish its second of a 10-game road swing that includes outings at Gonzaga, Michigan State, Auburn, Kansas State and New Mexico State.

The Gators (5-4) never trailed, scoring the first nine points of the game, leading by 17 at halftime and extending that to a 25-point advantage late in the second half.

Robinson’s performance was the only real surprise.

Michael Frazier and Dorian Finney-Smith each chipped in 11 points for Florida, which had five players in double figures. Jon Horford added 10 for the Gators.

Eli Carter, who missed the last two games with a sprained foot, returned and played 14 minutes. He finished with six points.

Finney-Smith also has missed time with hairline fractures in his left, non-shooting hand. He added seven rebounds and four assists.

Minnesota def Southern 85-57

MINNEAPOLIS — Andre Hollins scored 24 points as Minnesota defeated Southern 85-57 on Wednesday night.

Mo Walker and Carlos Morris each scored 11 points while DeAndre Mathieu added 10 points and five assists for the Gophers (8-2), who shot 54.7 percent from the field and led by as many as 37 points in the second half.
Adrian Rodgers led the Jaguars (2-7) with 18 points, while Trelun Banks added 15 and Tre Lynchchipped in 10. Southern shot 40 percent from the field but did post a season-high 10 team steals.
The Jaguars hit three of their first four shots and took a quick 6-3 lead, but then Minnesota’s pressure defense went to work. Southern missed its next six field-goal attempts as the Gophers went on a 12-0 run to take charge. Hollins knocked down a pair of 3-pointers in the run.
Two nights after they shot 60 percent in a win over North Dakota, the Gophers lit it up again in the first half, hitting 17 of 25 shots (68 percent). Hollins was 5 for 6 from the floor with three 3-pointers.


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