Evan Turner's ugly fall overshadowed No. 15 Ohio State's 111-60 home win over Eastern Michigan on Saturday. A crowd of 12,135 hold its collective breath after the star player's awkward, back-first, 7-foot drop onto the hardwood.
"It got pretty quiet in the gym," said Jon Diebler, who led OSU with 21 points. "It got really quiet."
Turner sustained broken bones in his back that will sideline him for the next eight weeks. Initial tests at The Ohio State University Medical Center did not show any broken bones or substantial damage. But subsequent tests determined that Turner has a transverse process fracture on the second and third lumbar vertebra of his spine, trainer Vince O'Brien said. Turner was averaging 20.6 points and 12.9 rebounds.
After the game, Ohio State Coach Thad Matta said he was optimistic about Turner's situation. But that was before all the tests were completed.
Wake Forest 77, No. 17 Gonzaga 75: Gonzaga forward Elias Harris said he is not sure why he was ejected late in the first half against Wake Forest. What is sure is that No. 17 Gonzaga could not recover from the game-changing loss of its second-leading scorer and top rebounder, and fell 77-75 to Wake Forest on Saturday.
"My feeling is I did nothing wrong," said Harris, who came in averaging 14 points and 8 rebounds a game. Harris said he and Wake Forest's Chas McFarland were struggling for rebound position on C.J. Harris' missed three-pointer. The referees whistled Elias Harris for a flagrant foul and ejected him from the game with Gonzaga (6-2) leading 31-22 with just over 2 minutes left in the half.
C.J. Harris was awarded five free throws — three for the foul on his shot and two for the technical on Harris — and he sank four. Wake Forest (5-2) also got the ball back, and Ari Stewart made a three-pointer to cut Gonzaga's lead to 33-31.
No. 4 Purdue 101, Buffalo 65: Chris Kramer and E'Twaun Moore each scored 14 points to lead the host Boilermakers (7-0), who had been shooting 27 percent from three-point range but made six threes in the first 10 minutes of the second half to put it away.
No. 6 Duke 80, St. John's 71: Kyle Singler scored 10 of his 17 points in the second half, and the host Blue Devils bounced back from their first loss. Duke (7-1) scored 17 straight points in the first half and claimed its NCAA-record 73rd straight nonconference victory at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
No. 8 Syracuse 101, Maine 55: Freshman guard Brandon Triche had 16 points, Arinze Onuaku added 14 and the host Orange rolled after taking a 48-point lead in the first half as the Black Bears made only four baskets.
No. 23 Butler 84, Valparaiso 67: Gordon Hayward scored 18 points and the host Bulldogs had five players reach double figures, including former Bryan Station star Shelvin Mack with 11. The Bulldogs (6-2, 1-0 Horizon League) shot 68.8 percent from the field in the second half and have won 15 straight over Indiana foes.
Arkansas 91, Mississippi Valley 54: John Pelphrey got the best of former Kentucky teammate Sean Woods on Saturday. In doing so, Pelphrey's Razorbacks also snapped a four-game losing streak. Eleven players scored, and Pelphrey beat fellow Unforgettable Woods in Fayetteville. "We made a little progress," Pelphrey said of the Razorbacks' victory. "But we obviously still need to get better." The Razorbacks shot 51.6 percent from the floor while outrebounding Mississippi Valley State 45-28.
Vanderbilt 67, DePaul 54: A.J. Oglivy scored 13 of his game-high 19 points from the line to lead Vandy at home. Ogilvy, who entered Wednesday's game against Missouri as a 54 percent free-throw shooter for the season, was 13-for-15 Saturday — after an 11-for-12 outing three days ago. Ogilvy scored 16 points in the second half and rallied the Commodores (7-1), who trailed 28-27 at halftime.
Mississippi State 105, St. Bonaventure 53: The host Bulldogs (5-2) hit a school-record-tying 16 three-pointers and shot 59.7 percent from the field. Ravern Johnson scored 18 points to lead the Bulldogs as all five starters finished in double figures.
Mississippi 81, Southern Mississippi 79: Eniel Polynice slammed a breakaway dunk with two seconds remaining to lift Mississippi at home. The dunk, off a long defensive rebound and assist from Chris Warren, capped a rally that erased Southern Mississippi's 77-71 lead in the final minute. Warren led the Rebels (7-1) with 20 points and six assists, and Polynice added 15.
Alabama 74, Louisiana-Monroe 46: JaMychal Green and Senario Hillman scored 12 points each to lead the host Tide (6-2), which never trailed.
Eastern Kentucky 85, Tennessee-Martin 74: Papa Oppong scored 18 points, and the Colonels won at home. Oppong, averaging 17.7 points over the past three games, was 7-for-10 against the Skyhawks. The Colonels (6-2, 1-1 Ohio Valley Conference) shot 64.3 percent from the field (27 of 42), including 57.9 percent from 3-point range (11 of 19).
Transylvania 54, Bluffton 49: Freshman Barrett Meyer of Franklin County scored 10 of his 15 points in the second half, and senior Matthew Parton added all of his 11 after the break as the host Pioneers (4-3, 2-0 Heartland Conference) rallied from a 22-17 deficit.
Berea 102, Temple Baptist 83: Mason County graduate Mikah Turner scored a game-high 31 points, hitting six of 11 three-point attempts, and Rudy Evans added 20 points and five assists. The Mountaineers (8-3) trailed 50-41 after the first half.
Claflin 65, Kentucky State 54: Tony Johnson's 21 points and seven assists weren't enough as the visiting Thorobreds remained winless through four games.
Asbury 100, Warren Wilson 65: Justin Jones and Cory Britt scored 20 points apiece, and Jones added a game-high 16 rebounds in the Eagles' road rout.
Southern Indiana 69, Northern Kentucky 50: Jamar Smith led all scorers with 29 points on 11-for-15 shooting for the hosts. NKU fell to 0-2 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.
Union 92, Virginia Intermont 81 (OT): Darrel Jackson scored 18 points, and Beau Brown added 18 points and 10 rebounds off the bench to lead the host Bulldogs, who outscored Intermont 15-4 in overtime.
Transylvania 66, Bluffton 52: Transy scored its final 16 points from the free-throw line and held off Bluffton in the Beck Center for its fifth win in a row. Ashley Pait and Lyon County's Olivia Akridge led the Pioneers (6-1, 2-0 Heartland Conference) with 13 points each, and Scott County's Holly Milburn added 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Eastern Kentucky 56, Tennessee-Martin 53: Henry Clay graduate Brittany Coles scored 13 points, and Elizabethtown's Alex Jones added 12 points and 13 rebounds as the Colonels held off a second half surge by the hosts. EKU was up 33-24 at the half on 50 percent shooting.
Morehead State 58, Murray State 51: Chynna Bozeman had 16 points and five assists, and Tiffany Hamilton added 12 as the host Eagles improved to 2-0 in the Ohio Valley Conference. Murray's Heath graduate Kayla Vance led all scorers with 19 points.
Kentucky State 71, Claflin 50: Stephanie Harper had 18 points and six rebounds, and Kiarra Morgan added a game-high 12 boards to lead the Thorobrettes (3-3) at home.
Union 86, Virginia Intermont 64: Senior Brooke Smith out of Bell County became the Union women's all-time leading scorer with 32 points to match her season high and give her 2,285 total, surpassing Amber Spencer's mark of 2,273.