Men's Basketball

Long Beach St. upsets Pitt; Vols, Georgia, Penn St. win

Penn State's Tim Frazier went up for a shot in the Nittany Lions' victory over Long Island University on Wednesday. Frazier led Penn State with a career-high 26 points and 10 assists. Now 3-0, Penn State plays Kentucky on Saturday.
Penn State's Tim Frazier went up for a shot in the Nittany Lions' victory over Long Island University on Wednesday. Frazier led Penn State with a career-high 26 points and 10 assists. Now 3-0, Penn State plays Kentucky on Saturday. MCT

Casper Ware scored a career-high 28 points and visiting Long Beach State ran away from No. 9 Pittsburgh 86-76 on Wednesday night.

James Ennis added 19 points for the 49ers (2-0), who snapped Pitt's 58-game nonconference winning streak at the Petersen Events Center.

Ashton Gibbs led the Panthers (2-1) with 20 points and Nasir Robinson added 19, but the Panthers simply couldn't keep up with the 49ers.

Long Beach State took a nine-point halftime lead and never let up.

The victory was Long Beach State's first over a top-10 team since 1993.

Tennessee 85, Louisiana-Monroe 62: Trae Golden scored 17 points as Tennessee found its groove in the second half.

The game featured eight lead changes before the Volunteers (2-0) outscored the visitors 52-29 in the second half.

Tennessee began the game with a 9-0 lead before the Warhawks battled back in the latter portion of the first half. Louisiana-Monroe scored seven unanswered points to go up 16-15 after a Fred Brown three-pointer with 10:25 on the clock.

Fabio Ribeiro's bucket with 13:45 to play in the second half gave Louisiana-Monroe a 48-46 lead. Then Tennessee countered with a 9-0 run that was capped by a Skylar McBee three-pointer with 11:26 on the clock.

McBee finished with 15 points for the Vols.

Georgia 72, South Dakota State 61: Donte' Williams scored 17 points to lead Georgia past visiting South Dakota State.

South Dakota State led by seven points in each half and was tied as late as 14:09 to play. But Georgia's (3-0) Nemanja Djurisic came off the bench to score 12 of his 14 points in the second half as the Bulldogs pulled away.

Penn State 77, Long Island University 68: Tim Frazier got 26 points and 10 assists, his third career double-double and second in as many games, and Penn State beat visiting Long Island University.

The 26 points were a career-high for Frazier.

Cammeron Woodyard added 13 points while Billy Oliver posted a career-high 10 rebounds as Penn State (3-0) used a 21-8 run over the final 8:22 to pull away.

All of Woodyard's points came in the second half.

Penn State plays Kentucky Saturday in Connecticut.

No. 25 Florida State 79, Stetson 66: Okaro White scored 18 points to lead Florida State to its 17th straight victory over Stetson, dating to 1975.

No. 14 Wisconsin 68, Colgate 41: Reserve Ben Brust scored a career-high 17 points to lead Wisconsin past visiting Colgate.

Brust, a sophomore guard, scored 13 points in the first half, including four three-pointers. The Badgers (2-0) were 8-for-14 from beyond the arc as they built a 42-20 halftime lead.

Indiana 94, Evansville 73: Verdell Jones scored 17 points and Christian Watford had 15, leading Indiana past Evansville.

It was the Hoosiers' second true road victory in Coach Tom Crean's four seasons and their most lopsided win outside of Bloomington since a 24-point rout at Ball State on Dec. 31, 2005. Indiana (3-0) has now won three straight by 20 or more points for the first time since December 2007.

Texas Tech 69, North Texas 64: Robert Lewandowski scored 17 points, hitting all seven of his free throws, to lead Texas Tech over visiting North Texas as the Red Raiders withstood a late rally.

Chris Jones led North Texas with 31 points, shooting 12 of 13 from the foul line.

The Mean Green (1-1) cut the Red Raiders' lead to one three times in the final 2 minutes, but Texas Tech, coached by former Kentucky coach Billy Gillispie, hit a pair of free throws after each North Texas basket during the stretch to put the lead back to three.

STATE COLLEGES

Pikeville 98, Mountain State 93: Pikeville, ranked No. 1 in the NAIA, used a 20-3 run in the middle of the second half to beat No. 2 Mountain State in front of 2,521 at the East Kentucky Expo Center.

It was a rematch of last season's NAIA title game, which Pikeville won.

Pikeville (6-0) went on the run after the Cougars ran off a 26-3 outburst early in the frame. Mountain State fell to 4-3 with its third consecutive loss.

The game ended without either head coach, both ejected following arguments that began when Mountain State's Devon Peterson threw the ball at Pikeville's Jamar Board, a transfer from Mountain State. Board had been called for a foul.

Trevor Setty fired in a game-high 30 for Pikeville, pulled down eight rebounds and blocked four shots. Board followed with 29, hitting all 15 free throws.

Pikeville, which hosts No. 8 Georgetown College on Saturday in the Mid-South Conference opener, won the rebounding battle 49-43.

UCLA struggling

In the span of four surprising days, UCLA went from being a Top 25 team tabbed to win the Pac-12 title to 0-2. The Bruins have staggered out of the gate with double-digit losses to two mid-majors and the suspension of starter Reeves Nelson for his bad attitude.

The Bruins are 0-2 for the first time since 2002-03, when they lost to San Diego and Duke to start Coach Steve Lavin's final season in Westwood.

Now coached by Ben Howland, their latest setback was an 86-66 loss to Middle Tennessee State on Tuesday in which the Blue Raiders shot 71 percent from the floor and made 10-of-11 three-pointers.

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