Tennessee's Trae Golden would be happy if college basketball would ditch the possession arrow in favor of actual jump balls, like in the NBA. Then maybe the Volunteers might be talking about their first big upset of the year rather than just another loss.
With less than four seconds left and Tennessee down by two to No. 17 Pittsburgh, Golden took the ball down the court only to have Ashton Gibbs grab for it and the referees signal a jump ball with possession to the Panthers. Gibbs' stop set up a three-point play for John Johnson that sealed Pittsburgh's 61-56 victory on Saturday in the Big East/SEC Challenge. The Big East has now won eight of the first 10 games.
"When that tie ball happened, it was like a shot went through my stomach," Golden said.
Lamar Patterson and Dante Taylor both missed free throws for Pittsburgh, and Golden sank a three with 11 seconds left to cut the margin to 58-56. Taylor then missed his second foul shot, which set up Gibbs' clutch defensive stop.
No. 8 Connecticut 75, Arkansas 62: Freshman Ryan Boatright scored 23 points and had six assists in his home debut, and the host Huskies won in the Big East/SEC challenge. Boatright hit eight of his 12 shots and had five rebounds for Connecticut, which didn't score a field goal for the first five minutes of the game.
Louisiana State 55, Rutgers 50: Trailing most of the game, LSU outscored Rutgers 12-2 in the final five minutes to hand the Scarlet Knights their first home loss. LSU guard Andre Stringer led all scorers with 13 points.
No. 16 Marquette 61, No. 9 Wisconsin 54: Darius Johnson-Odom scored 17 points, and Todd Mayo added 14 for the Golden Eagles (7-0), which snapped the Badgers' 23-game home winning streak. Mayo, the younger brother of NBA player O.J. Mayo, had a critical late layup and an emphatic game-clinching dunk.
Illinois 82, No. 19 Gonzaga 75: Meyers Leonard scored 21 points and helped Illinois hold Robert Sacre to two second-half points in an upset at home. D.J. Richardson added 19 points for undefeated Illinois (8-0).
No. 11 Xavier 66, Purdue 63: Tu Holloway scored 21 points, including three consecutive three-pointers in the last two minutes, and the host Musketeers roared back from a 19-point second-half deficit.
No. 2 Ohio State 64, Texas-Pan American 35: Evan Ravenel scored a career-high 11 points in place of Jared Sullinger, and the host Buckeyes gave Coach Thad Matta his 300th win. Sullinger had back spasms during a victory over Duke Tuesday and will be re-evaluated for the Kansas game in Lawrence on Dec. 10.
No. 15 Kansas 70, South Florida 42: Tyshawn Taylor had 24 points, and Travis Releford's three-pointer sparked the sluggish Jayhawks at home. Thomas Robinson had 14 points and eight rebounds for Kansas (5-2), ending his stretch of six straight double-doubles.
No. 22 DePaul 70, Loyola 65: Lexington Christian graduate Anna Martin scored a game-high 27 points and grabbed six rebounds to lead the host Blue Demons.
Lindsey Wilson 76, Pikeville 73: Adair County graduate Kalen Kimberland had a season-high 26 points, and the visiting Blue Raiders rallied to hand the NAIA's pre-season No. 1 team its third loss in four games. Kimberland hit the go-ahead jumper with less than a minute left for Lindsey Wilson (7-3, 2-1 Mid-South).
Eastern Kentucky 107, Brescia 43: Eric Stutz led five Colonels in double figures with 22 points and grabbed eight rebounds as the Colonels rolled in their first home game of the season. EKU went 3-5 to start the year on an eight-game road trip.
Asbury 80, Ohio Midwestern 51: Dakotah Euton, a former Scott County star and Kentucky recruit, had 29 points and five rebounds to lead the Eagles at the Berea Classic. Euton is averaging 12 points and 6.1 boards this season.
Kentucky Wesleyan 74, Lewis 71: Cardell McFarland hit a three-pointer with one second left, and the visiting Panthers won their sixth straight to start the season. McFarland scored a game-high 28 points.
Bellarmine 78, St. Joseph's (Ind.) 75: Chris Dowe (Eastern) scored 20 points and hit four foul shots in the final 1:06 to win it for the defending Division III champion and top-ranked Knights on the road.
Eastern Kentucky 67, Chicago State 56: Three post players combined for 47 points and 30 rebounds in the consolation-game victory at the Aces Winter Classic in Evansville, Ind. Forwards Alex Jones and LaRa'e Allen and center Jade Barber helped EKU (3-5) outrebound the Cougars (0-9) by 17 and outscore CSU 34-16 in the paint. Jones led the way with 20 points and 11 rebounds.
Anderson 54, Transy 45: Amy Wuestefeld led the visiting Ravens with 18 points and eight rebounds in the Heartland Conference opener for both teams. Lafayette graduate Jariana Gillespie scored 14 to lead the Pioneers (1-4, 0-1).
Georgetown 65, Campbellsville 52: Dev King had 13 points and nine rebounds to lead the host Tigers to their fifth straight win, beating pre-season NAIA No. 8 Campbellsville.