Omaha 68, Chicago State 66
VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) - Justin Simmons' 3-pointer with 1:15 to play Saturday capped a 17-point effort and gave Omaha the lead for good in a 68-66 win over Chicago State in the Joe Cipriano Nebraska Classic.
Alex Phillips also scored 17 points for the Mavericks (2-5), who snapped a five-game losing streak and handed the Cougars (1-5) their fourth straight defeat. Caleb Steffensmeier chipped in 11 points.
Jeremy Robinson and Greg Tucker had 14 points apiece for Chicago State, and Robinson pulled down 11 rebounds. Matt Ross added 13 points, and Tucker and Ross each hit three 3-pointers.
The back-and-forth game saw neither team manage more than a six-point lead at any point. After Simmons' go-ahead 3-pointer, Phillips and Steffensmeier combined to make three free throws in the final minute to secure the win.
Omaha moved to 3-0 all-time against Chicago State, which last faced the Mavericks in the 1976-77 season.
Fort Wayne 70, Dartmouth 66
HANOVER, N.H. (AP) - Isaiah McCray netted a career-high 18 points as Fort Wayne made a 13-point halftime advantage hold for a 70-66 nonconference win over Dartmouth Saturday.
The Mastodons (4-3) opened the game with a 22-13 lead, and rolled to a 37-24 halftime advantage. Fort Wayne dominated the first half, closing with three consecutive Luis Jacobo 3-pointers and Joe Edwards' layup to set the 13-point advantage.
The double-digit lead held through the first three minutes of the second half before the Big Green (1-2) began to chip away. Dartmouth closed the gap to 66-63 on Alex Mitola's jumper with 2:40 left. After McCray hit a pair of free throws, Dartmouth's Jvonte Brooks hit a foul shot and John Golden two more to close the gap to 68-66.
But free throws by Edwards and McCray and a pair of missed 3-point attempts for Dartmouth ensured the Fort Wayne win.
South Dakota 84, Waldorf 59
VERMILLION, S.D. (goyotes.com) - Five South Dakota players scored in double figures as the Coyotes topped Waldorf 84-59 Saturday at the DakotaDome. The win moves USD to 3-3 while Waldorf fell to 1-6.
USD freshman forward Tyler Flack flirted with a triple-double. He had 14 points, seven rebounds and eight blocked shots – two blocks shy of the Coyotes' single-game record. Teammate Karim Rowson led all scorers with 15 points.
Robert Burns led the Warriors with 12 points. Jordan Nelson and Gunsby DeJohnett added 11 and 10 points, respectively.
South Dakota led 43-23 at halftime backed by Brandon Bos' 10 points off the Coyote bench. Bos finished with season highs of 12 points, four rebounds and four assists. USD shot 42 percent from the field and was 11-of-12 from the free-throw line in the first half.
South Dakota committed a season-low six turnovers one night after committing a season-high 22 in a win against Culver-Stockton. Only one of those turnovers came in the second half. Point guard Juevol Myles had 12 points, six assists and no turnovers in 23 minutes of play.
USD guard Jordan Boots made three 3-pointers and had 11 points off the bench. The Coyotes' bench out-scored the Warriors 33-15.
Green Bay 74, North Dakota State 59
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - Keifer Sykes was one of five Green Bay players in double figures, scoring 21 points to lead the Phoenix over North Dakota State 74-59 on Saturday night.
Sultan Muhammad had 13 points, Brennan Cougill and Kam Cerroni each had 12 and Alec Brown chipped in with 10.
The Phoenix started off hot, hitting seven of their first 10 shots from the field capped off by Muhammad's 3-pointer to give his team a 16-3 lead only 5:56 into the contest and Green Bay never looked back.
Green Bay (3-3) had an outstanding shooting night and were just shy of 50 percent from the floor, making 24 of 49, while sinking nine 3-pointers and going 17 of 23 from the free-throw line. The Phoenix shared the ball well with 20 assists.
Marshall Bjorklund and Lawrence Alexander each had 14 points and Kory Brown had 10 in the loss for the Bison (5-2).
Savannah State 39, Western Illinois 38
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Rashad Hassan and Preston Blackman scored 13 points apiece as Savannah State held off Western Illinois 39-38 Saturday in nonconference action.
Blackman also tallied a game-high five assists to go with five rebounds and Cedric Smith grabbed nine rebounds for the Tigers, who outrebounded Western Illinois 33-26.
Savannah State (4-3) jumped out to a 22-13 halftime lead behind 11 first-half points from Hassan.
Western Illinois (3-3), following a 23.1 percent (6 of 26) first-half shooting performance, bounced back after intermission. The Leathernecks shot 50 percent (10 of 20) from the field and cut what was an 11-point second-half lead to one, 39-38, with 50 seconds remaining.
The Leathernecks held Savannah State scoreless over the final minute of the game but the Tigers' Arnold Louis blocked Don McAvoy's 3-point attempt as time expired.
Adam Link led Western Illinois with 11 points and had four of the Leathernecks' eight steals.