No. 18 TEXAS, LOUISIANA-MONROE 77-49
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Brady Sanders scored 15 points Tuesday night and No. 18 Texas rolled past Louisiana-Monroe 77-49.
Cokie Reed had 14 points and Imani McGee-Stafford had 11 points and 11 rebounds for the Longhorns (6-1). Empress Davenport also scored 11 points.
The Longhorns played their first game since losing to No. 14 UCLA 62-42 on Saturday in Houston. Texas led Louisiana-Monroe 35-21 at the break and opened up a 59-31 lead midway through the second half.
Tyler Holley led the Warhawks (2-7) with a career-high 14 points. Alexar Tugler scored 10 points for Louisiana-Monroe, which shot 25 percent from the field.
It was the first meeting between the teams since 1990.
No. 10 MARYLAND 88, TOWSON 43 women over Towson
TOWSON, Md. (AP) — In the first month of the season, coach Brenda Frese has tried to make things difficult on her Maryland Terrapins.
She’s scheduled some tough opponents along with several local mid-majors. Though the Terrapins have suffered two defeats, they’ve rebounded nicely from both of them.
In the eight days since Maryland lost to No. 2 Connecticut, the Terps have blitzed three teams by an average of nearly 40 points.
Alyssa Thomas had 23 points and 13 rebounds, and Katie Rutan added a season-high 16 points to lead No. 10 Maryland to an 88-43 win over Towson on Tuesday night.
Tianna Hawkins added 14 points and Alicia DeVaughn 12 for the Terrapins (7-2), who led by as many as 49 in the second half.
Maryland was ahead 43-21 at halftime and held the Tigers (4-4) scoreless for six minutes during a 21-0 run that gave the Terps a 68-25 lead midway through the second half.
“I like the way the team locks in and really focuses,” Frese said. “When you challenge this team, they get better.”
Ciara Webb scored 12 points to lead Towson, which lost its third straight. The Tigers shot just 29.1 percent and were outrebounded 47-29.
Towson coach Joe Mathews was very complimentary of Maryland.
“I still think they’re a Final Four team,” he said. “They have the opportunity to be very special.”
The last time Frese brought a team to the Towson Center, which will be replaced by a new arena next year, the Terrapins were upset on Dec. 10, 2009.
No. 3 MICHIGAN 67, BINGHAMTON 39
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Trey Burke scored 19 points and freshman Nik Stauskas added 12 to lead No. 3 Michigan to a 67-39 victory over Binghamton on Tuesday night.
The Wolverines (10-0) are off to their best start since their national title season of 1988-89, and this win was every bit the mismatch it was expected to be. The Bearcats (2-9), coming off a 22-point loss to Bryant, led 10-8 before the Wolverines went on a 19-2 run.
It was 34-14 at halftime.
Jordan Reed was Binghamton’s only player in double figures with 11 points. He also had eight rebounds.
The Wolverines were favored by 37½ points, but they got off to a slow start, allowing the Bearcats to match them in the early going. Rayner Moquete’s 3-pointer off a Michigan turnover put Binghamton up two, but the lead was short lived.
Tim Hardaway Jr.’s three-point play 23 seconds later put the Wolverines back ahead, and Stauskas and Hardaway made it 21-12 with back-to-back 3-pointers.
NO. 10 ILLINOIS 65, NORFOLK ST. 54
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Brandon Paul scored 14 points and D.J. Richardson overcame a shoulder injury to add 11, helping Illinois hold off Norfolk State.
The Illini (11-0), coming off a win at Gonzaga that helped move them into the top 10, were sluggish against the Spartans. Illinois came in shooting 46 percent but hit just 35 percent Tuesday.
Rashid Gaston scored 12 points and Pendarvis Williams added 11 for Norfolk State (6-6), which led for much of the first half.
Richardson left late in the first half with a badly bruised shoulder but returned. His layup with just under two minutes remaining put the Illini up 56-51 and they held on for the win.
LSU beats Chattanooga 80-67
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Andre Stringer made the most of his first start of the season and poured in 13 of his season-high 18 points in the first half to vault LSU to an 80-67 win over Chattanooga on Tuesday night.
Johnny O’Bryant III also tallied his third straight double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Tigers.
LSU (6-0) has won all six of its games under first-year coach Johnny Jones. The last time the Tigers opened the season with a 6-0 mark was during the 2008-09 season when the program won its last SEC regular-season championship.
Trailing 23-20 at the 9:35 mark of the first half, LSU ripped off 22 of the stanza’s final 29 points to take a 42-30 advantage into intermission. The Tigers limited Chattanooga (2-7) to a pair of field goals during the stretch.
The Mocs were paced by Z. Mason’s 22 points and Ronrico White added 17.
Rutgers beats George Washington 68-65
PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — Eli Carter led four players in double digits with 19 points, and Rutgers defeated George Washington 68-65 on Tuesday night.
Myles Mack contributed 13 points, Kadeem Jack had 12 points and a team-high six rebounds and Dane Miller scored 10 to lift Rutgers (6-2) to its sixth win in seven games.
Nemanja Mikic and Lasan Kromah both missed 3-pointers that would’ve tied the game in the 30 final seconds, and after Patricio Garino drained a 3-pointer with 9.1 seconds left to cut the deficit to one point, 66-65, Mack made two free throws to provide the final margin.
George Washington had one last chance to tie, but Garino’s 3-pointer from 30 feet glanced high off the backboard at the buzzer.
Isaiah Armwood had 18 points and Garino and Kromah scored 10 apiece for George Washington (4-6), which has lost three straight games by a total of 10 points.
Rutgers led by 15 with three minutes to play in the half, but George Washington closed on a 10-2 run to go into intermission down 37-30.
George Washington remained hot through the first nine minutes of the second half, making seven of its first 15 and going ahead 49-48 on the strength of Mikic’s 3-pointer with 12 minutes to play.
That marked the Colonials’ first lead and it capped a 29-13 run stretching back to the final three minutes of the first half.
Both teams went nearly five minutes without a field goal, but Rutgers went ahead for good, 58-56, by making all six from the free-throw line.
Villanova gets 65-61 win over Saint Joseph’s
VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) — Halil Kanacevic swung his right arm up like he was taking a hook shot and extended his middle finger toward the Villanova student section.
The Wildcats’ fans howled at the gesture and never stopped pestering Kanacevic with boos each time he touched the ball the rest of the game. Kanacevic was rattled down the stretch and missed the potential go-ahead free throws with 45 seconds left.
His misery turned into bliss for Villanova. James Bell would come down and hit the winning 3-pointer with 29 seconds left to rally Villanova to a 65-61 win over Saint Joseph’s on Tuesday night.
“The kid’s got guts, man,” Villanova coach Jay Wright said. “He really does. A lot of guts, man. I love having him on our side.”
Kanacevic made it 50-47 with a 3-pointer when he gestured toward the student section. The crowd went wild as Saint Joseph’s headed into a timeout. Kanacevic walked out of the huddle to the sounds of an obscene chant at his direction. A referee warned him not to make the motion again. He would be loudly booed each time he touched the ball and never recovered from his lapse of maturity.
With the Hawks up one with 45.8 seconds left, Kanacevic was fouled and went to the line in front of a student section that delighted in taunting him. He missed both free throws under pressure. Mouphtaou Yarou grabbed the rebound and called a timeout to set up the next possession.
Bell buried the 3 from the left wing with 29 seconds left for a 63-61 lead.
Kanacevic had one more chance to redeem himself. With no room to pass on an inbound play, Kanacevic tried to bounce the ball off a Villanova defender. But it shot off him and went out of bounds and Villanova (6-4) held on for the win.
Duquesne rallies past West Virginia 60-56
PITTSBURGH (AP) — First-year Duquesne coach Jim Ferry keeps looking for signs his players are buying into his rebounding-centric, defensive-first system.
Consider the search over.
Jeremiah Jones scored 16 points and Derrick Colter added 12 points and seven assists and the Dukes rallied past West Virginia 60-56 on Tuesday night.
Duquesne (6-4) trailed by 13 at the half but Ferry stressed to his roster dotted with newcomers not to abandon the gameplan the coaching staff put together, one predicated on getting stops at one end before worrying about the offense later.
“We told ‘em we’re not going to hit a 13-point shot to start the second half,” Ferry said. “We’re going to have to grind this out. It really came down to us defending the way we’re supposed to defend.”
Having the Mountaineers go ice cold helped. West Virginia (4-4) shot just 28 percent (9 of 32) in the second half while losing to the Dukes for the first time since 2003.
Juwan Staten led the Mountaineers with 13 points and Gary Browne and Matt Humphrey added 10 points each, but West Virginia saw its three-game winning streak end during a miserable 20 minutes in which it couldn’t seem to get into a rhythm of any variety.
Denson leads Auburn past Grambling State 92-42
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Chris Denson scored 13 points in his first appearance this season as Auburn defeated Grambling State 92-42 Tuesday night, snapping a four-game losing streak.
Auburn (3-5) won for only the second time in seven games as Denson provided Frankie Sullivan, the leading scorer in the Southeastern Conference, some much-needed support.
A junior guard, Denson missed the first seven games because he was academically ineligible. Last season, he averaged 8.7 points per game. Denson had seven by halftime against Grambling State.
Sullivan, who came in averaging 19.7 points per game, had 10 points, five assists, four rebounds and three steals. Noel Johnson and Jordan Price added 14 points apiece off the bench and Rob Chubb had 10 points.
Grambling State (0-7), which has lost all of its games on the road, was led by guard Derron Hobbs’ 11 points. Leading scorer Terry Rose was held to eight points, half his average.
Chambers helps Harvard beat Boston U 65-64
BOSTON (AP) — Siyani Chambers scored 17 of his 21 points in the second half and hit the game-winning jumper with 4 seconds left to lift Harvard past Boston University 65-64 Tuesday night.
Wesley Saunders chipped in with 16 points to help Harvard (5-4) win its fourth game in a row against Boston.
Trailing 62-60 late in the second half, Boston (3-6) tied the game on Dom Morris’ layup with 1:13 left to play.
Harvard answered with 46 seconds left when Saunders made 1 of 2 free throws to give the Crimson the lead 63-62.
D.J. Irving’s jumper put Boston ahead 64-63 with only 9 seconds left, but Chambers responded, connecting with the game-winning jumper with just 4 ticks remaining.
Irving missed a jumper as time expired, sealing the victory for Harvard.
Irving led Boston with 24 points and Morris added a double-double, 15 points and 12 rebounds.
Stony Brook beats St Francis (NY) 77-61
BROOKLYN HEIGHTS, N.Y. (AP) — Dave Corley scored 19 points and grabbed eight boards to lead Stony Brook past St. Francis (N.Y.) 77-61 Tuesday night.
Anthony Jackson chipped in with 15 points and Jameel Warney added 13 points to go along with nine rebounds to help Stony Brook (7-2) win its third game in a row.
Stony Brook shot the ball well in the first half to build a big early lead. The Seawolves shot 60 percent (15 for 25) in the first half compared to St Francis’ 33.3 percent (10 for 33). Stony Brook led at halftime 40-24.
The Terriers (2-6) never made it a contest in the second half as Stony Brook rode its early lead to victory.
Stony Brook outscored St. Francis in the paint by eight points and held a 22-8 edge in bench points.
Jalen Cannon and Kevin Douglas scored 14 points apiece to lead St. Francis.
IUPUI beats Indiana-Northwest 65-59
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — John Hart scored 18 points and Lyonell Gaines grabbed a career-high 19 rebounds to help IUPUI hold off Indiana-Northwest 65-59 on Tuesday night.
Ian Chiles added 15 points for the Jaguars (4-8), who ended a four-game losing streak. Gaines, who scored eight points, was one short of the school record for rebounds in a game. Ten of the rebounds came on the offensive boards.
Brandon Grubl and Devin Ellis scored 21 points apiece for the Redhawks (4-11), who led 32-26 at the half. Grubl also had nine rebounds for the NAIA school, which led by as many as nine points early.