Brandon Rachal pocketed two free throws 0.1 seconds ahead and hosts Tulsa Golden Hurricane knocked out fifth-placed Houston Cougars 65-64 on Tuesday.
Rachal hit a season high of 22 points with eight rebounds and finished the free-throw line with 8 points out of 8 when Tulsa (5-3, 2-1 American Athletic Conference) came for the first time since beating No. 5 UCLA on November 20, 1996.
Caleb Mills sank a baseline jumper to give Houston (7-1, 2-1) the lead by 6.3 seconds. But Rachal attacked the basket in subsequent possession and pulled a foul on Cougars center Brison Gresham, which messed up the game.
Quentin Grimes led Houston with 19 points and seven boards, while Marcus Sasser got 14 points and Mills 11 points. The Cougars only shot 4 out of 21 points in 3-point attempts.
# 1 Gonzaga 112, Dixie State 67
Corey Kispert scored 25 points and Joel Ayayi added 21 points, 11 rebounds and six assists as the Bulldogs got past the Trailblazers in Spokane, Wash.
Gonzaga newcomer Oumar Ballo added a season high of 17 points in 13 minutes from the bench and made all six of his field attempts. The Bulldogs (9-0) have completed the non-league portion of their schedule and will begin the West Coast Conference game against San Francisco on Saturday.
Cameron Gooden scored 20 points and led the Trailblazers (4-2), who play in their first season in NCAA Division I. It was Dixie State’s first game against a DI opponent.
No. 2 Baylor 93, Central Arkansas 56
MaCio Teague scored 20 points and led five Baylor players in a double-digit win in Waco, Texas.
Jared Butler added 17 points, all in the first half for Baylor (7-0). Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua had 13 points (6 for 6 shots) and 11 rebounds for Baylor and Davion Mitchell distributed 12 assists. DeAndre Jones approached Central Arkansas (1-7) with 19 points.
Baylor led nine minutes after the start of the game by only five points, but tore off a lightning-fast 10-0 run, used only 1:35 and increased the lead to 30:15. Then he never looked back.
No. 9 West Virginia 73, Northeastern 51
The mountaineers’ blow against Derek Culver and Oscar Tshiebwe proved too much for the huskies in a non-conference game in Morgantown, W.Va.
Culver scored a game high of 18 points in the 8-of-11 shooting, while Tshiebwe scored a 12-point attempt for West Virginia with 15 rebounds (8-2). The climbers overcame poor shooting from 3 point range (2 out of 21) by owning the boards and playing their typical sturdy defense.
The huskies (1-5) were paced by Quirin Emanga with 13 points, while Tyson Walker managed 10 points, seven below his average. Walker was involved in five of Northeastern’s 19 sales. The climbers converted this mistake into 22 points.
No. 10 Iowa 87, No. 19 Northwestern 72
The Hawkeyes returned to the Victory Column when they defeated the Wildcats in Iowa City.
Jordan Bohannon led the Hawkeyes (8-2, 2-1 Big Ten) with 24 points in 7v11, adding five assists and five rebounds. CJ Fredrick had 19 points and Luka Garza followed at 18 for Iowa, who lost 102-95 overtime in Minnesota on Friday.
Junior Pete Nance hit a career high of 21 points (6-2, 3-1) for Northwestern.
No. 13 Texas Tech 79, Word Incarnated 51
Kevin McCullar returned to action and led the Red Raiders to a one-sided 79-51 win over Incarnate Word in Lubbock, Texas.
In the first nine games with an ankle injury, the sophomore year ended with 11 points in 12 minutes when Texas Tech (8-2) prevailed in its final vote before resuming the Big 12 Conference season.
Marcus Santos-Silva also scored 11 points for Texas Tech, while Kyler Edwards showed signs of thawing after a recent 10-point slump. Keaston Willis beat Incarnate Word with 13 points. The Cardinals (1-4) played for the first time since December 5th after a break triggered by COVID-19.
No. 14 Rutgers 81, Purdue 76
Junior Montez Mathis reached a career height of 25 points when the Scarlet Knights overcame the absence of leading scorer Ron Harper Jr. to beat the Boilermakers in Piscataway, NJ
Mathis made a career high five 3-point and didn’t miss past the bow for Rutgers (7-1, 3-1 Big Ten). Geo Baker added a season high of 19 points and Jacob Young added 13 points.
Trevion Williams scored 15 of his 21 points for Purdue after half-time (7-4, 2-2). Williams made 10 out of 12 shots and also grabbed 12 rebounds. Sophomore Isaiah Thompson reached a career high with 17 points in 7-of-8 shooting.
Clemson 77, No. 18 Florida State 67
Nick Honor and Al-Amir Dawes together scored 24 points in the second half as the Tigers tied off the visiting Seminoles.
Honor, a transfer from Fordham, scored 10 points in an important second half spurt in which the Tigers (7-1, 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) retreated from a 54-54 draw for their second straight win over the To attain the Seminoles. Clyde Trapp led Clemson with 15 points. Honor and Dawes, both goalless in the first half, added 13 and 11 respectively.
Florida State (5-2, 1-1) received 14 points from Scottie Barnes and 11 from MJ Walker.
No. 24 Virginia Tech 80, Miami 78
Keve Aluma scored 26 points to help the Hokies turn the Hurricanes off for a win in Blacksburg, Va.
Isaiah Wong scored 13 of his 16 points in the second half to lead the rally of the Hurricanes in the second half, but he missed a 3-pointer from the tip of the key by just over three seconds that would have given Miami the lead .
The Hokies’ Justyn Mutts, who ended up with 15 points, nine rebounds and three steals, missed two free throws on the other end and Miami’s Nysier Brooks snapped the rebound. However, Brooks lost the ball and made the Hurricanes’ 19th turnover in the game. Time was running out.
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