South Dakota State 85, Belmont 72
BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) - Brayden Carlson scored 20 and Jake Bittle added a career-high 19 points to lead South Dakota State to an 85-72 upset over visiting Belmont on Saturday.
The victory was big for South Dakota State (5-7) as it came against a Belmont squad that entered the game with its daily RPI of 22 and a victory over No. 18 North Carolina on its resume.
The Jackrabbits opened the second half shooting 9 of 11 from the floor to lead 59-43 with 13:08 remaining and held their largest advantage at 65-46 before Belmont answered with an 18-6 run to cut the deficit to 71-64 with 4:43 to go.
The Jackrabbits made 9 of 12 free throws to hang on for the win. Bittle added six steals and four assists and Cody Larson had 16 points, eight rebounds and four assists.
Craig Bradshaw led Belmont (8-3) with 17 points and 3-of-3 3-point shooting.
Omaha 82, Nevada 80
RENO, Nev. (AP) - John Karhoff scored a season-high 25 points to lead Omaha to an 82-80 victory over Nevada on Saturday night.
Karhoff hit 8 of 14 from the field and sank 9 of 12 from the line. Four other Omaha players were in double digits including Devin Patterson with 18 points, CJ Carter 13 and Mike Rostampour 11 plus seven rebounds. The win was the fifth straight for the Mavericks (8-3).
Down by nine with 6 minutes left in the second half, Nevada's Deonte Burton hit a 3-pointer, sparking a 15-6 run to tie the game at 80 with 40 seconds left to play.
In the final 10 seconds, Mavericks forward Matt Hagerbaumer grabbed a rebound after a missed Burton jumper and Carter sank a layup to break the tie for the win.
Jerry Evans Jr. had 24 points for the Wolf Pack (4-7).
Fort Wayne 95, SIUE 75
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (gomastodons.com) - Fort Wayne scored 56 second-half points, running away with a 95-75 win over the SIU Edwardsville Cougars on Saturday evening in the Gates Sports Center.
Luis Jacobo scored a game-high 20 points for Fort Wayne (9-4), as Pierre Bland picked up his first double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds from his guard position. Isaiah McCray and Michael Kibiloski each scored 11, while Steve Forbes chipped in 10 in the balanced Fort Wayne effort. Three others – Joe Reed (8), Joe Edwards (7), and Mo Evans (7) were also within striking distance of double-figures in the win.
Bland pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds, as the Mastodons out-rebounded the Cougars 37-to-24, as Fort Wayne picked up nine offensive boards. Evans dished out a career-high-tying four assists, while Bland led the squad with three steals.
The Mastodon offense struggled out of the gate in the game, as the team scored just six points in the first five minutes of action, as the team found itself trailing by as many as four in the first half, and wouldn't take its first lead until the game was seven and a half minutes old.
Trailing by one at 18-17, Fort Wayne ran off seven straight points on lay-ins by Forbes and Bland, a jumper by Evans, and a free throw from Forbes, as the 'Dons pushed ahead to a six-point lead, and never trailed again in the game.
SIUE fought back, closing the gap to two at 29-27, but a 10-2 Fort Wayne run pushed the hosts ahead by double digits, sending the Mastodons into the locker room with a 39-31 advantage.
A 15-6 run to start the second half put Fort Wayne ahead by 17 just over three minutes into the second half, and the margin never reached single digits the rest of the way.
#3/2 Ohio State 79, North Dakota State 62
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - LaQuinton Ross and Lenzelle Smith Jr. each scored 18 points to lead No. 3 Ohio State past North Dakota State 79-62 on Saturday night.
Freshman Mark Loving had a career-high 12 points, and Sam Thompson also had 12. Aaron Craft added six points and seven assists for the Buckeyes, who shot 53 percent from the field.
The game was part of the BlackRock Gotham Classic.
Taylor Braun led the Bison (7-4) with 21 points, while Marshall Bjorklund had 12 and Lawrence Alexander 10. NDSU shot 42 percent from the field and was outrebounded 36-26.
The Bison were coming off a 73-69 victory at Notre Dame on Wednesday. It was the program's first win against an ACC team, and it came against a Fighting Irish squad that was 124-10 at home over the last six-plus seasons.
In that game, Bjorklund went 11 of 14 from the field for 26 points -- the second-best scoring game of his career. Lawrence Alexander added 16 points and a career-high 14 rebounds.
Down by as many as 19 points against the Buckeyes, the Bison went on a 7-2 run to pull within 14 midway through the second half.
But Craft came up with a loose ball and fed Thompson, who was thrown to the floor by Bjorklund.
Thompson hit both free throws after the flagrant foul, and then on the resulting possession, Craft lobbed an alley-oop to Thompson for a dunk that brought the crowd to its feet.
Loving then hit back-to-back 3s and the lead was back up to 65-43 with 8 1/2 minutes left.
Ohio State shot 52 percent from the field in building a 41-28 lead at the break. Ross overcame a sluggish start with 13 points while Smith had 10.
The Buckeyes closed the first half with a 7-0 burst.
Ross got a pass from Craft and buried a 3. After a Bison miss, Thompson hit a foul shot. Off another miss, Craft drove the lane and then twisted to fire a pass from underneath the basket to Thompson in the right corner. He put up a 3 that caught only net with 1.7 seconds left.
That final pass tied Craft with Jamar Butler for the career record at Ohio State with 579 assists.
Then on the Buckeyes' first possession of the second half, Craft found Ross all alone under the basket for the record-breaker and a 43-28 lead.
The Bison were playing a ranked Division I opponent for only the seventh time. They've lost the last five since beating No. 13 Wisconsin and No. 9 Marquette in 2006.
It was the first meeting between the teams.
Green Bay 89, South Dakota 85
VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) - Keifer Sykes scored 23 points and Alec Brown added 17 with eight rebounds as Green Bay held off South Dakota 89-85 Saturday night.
The Phoenix (5-3) overcame an early 8-0 deficit and climbed back to take the lead on a Carrington Love 3-pointer, which sparked a 10-0 run to make the score 60-52 midway through the second half.
South Dakota (3-6) cut the lead to three multiple times, but couldn't pull any closer. A Trey Norris three-point play made the score 86-83 with 19 seconds left, but Green Bay countered with a Greg Mays dunk. Sykes hit a free throw following a Brandon Bos layup for the final margin.
Green Bay had five players score in double figures. Mays scored 15 points, and Jordan Fouse finished with 11 and 14 boards.
Bos scored 19 points, and Trevor Gruis contributed 16 with eight rebounds to lead the Coyotes.
Marquette 86, IUPUI 50
MILWAUKEE (AP) - Davante Gardner scored 20 points and grabbed 11 rebounds and Jamil Wilson added 16 points to lead Marquette to an 86-50 win over IUPUI on Saturday, snapping a two-game losing streak.
Marquette (6-4) led 43-18 at half, and opened the second half on a 10-2 run, taking a 53-20 lead early in the second half.
Marquette's Deonte Burton grabbed a rebound and went all the way down the court for a highlight-reel dunk that brought Marquette's bench and crowd to its feet as the Golden Eagles took a 65-28 lead with 10:35 remaining.
IUPUI (4-8) got no closer the rest of the way. The Golden Eagles' biggest lead of the game was 45 points.
Marquette dominated the game from the start. After IUPUI's Ian Chiles hit a jumper to tie the score at 2-2, the Golden Eagles scored 16 unanswered points to grab an 18-2 lead when Juan Anderson hit a 3-pointer.
Anderson hit three 3-pointers during the run as Marquette made four of its first five 3-pointers in the game. Anderson led Marquette with 11 points in the first half as the Golden Eagles hit 58.6 percent of their shots and had 15 assists on 17 made baskets.
Chiles led IUPUI with 13 points in the first half, hitting 6 of 14 shots. Other than Chiles, the Jaguars hit just 2 of 14 shots in the first half as IUPUI shot only 28.6 percent.
Anderson tied a career-high with 11 points and added five assists for Marquette.
Chiles led IUPUI with 21 points, the only IUPUI player to score in double figures.
The loss snapped IUPUI's three-game winning streak, as the Jaguars shot just 29.5 percent from the field. IUPUI had lost seven of their first eight games the season.