Men's Basketball

NJIT gives Michigan j-o-l-t; Arizona shakes Zags in OT

Arizona forward Brandon Ashley, right, tried to get past Gonzaga counterpart Kyle Wiltjer (33) in the first half Saturday in Tucson. Wilter, who transferred from Kentucky, led the Bulldogs with 15 points.
Arizona forward Brandon Ashley, right, tried to get past Gonzaga counterpart Kyle Wiltjer (33) in the first half Saturday in Tucson. Wilter, who transferred from Kentucky, led the Bulldogs with 15 points. AP

Michigan is in the midst of a basketball renaissance, reaching the Elite Eight last season and the national title game in 2013.

With success also comes attention. So when a team like New Jersey Institute of Technology leaves Crisler Center with a 72-70 upset, the 17th-ranked Wolverines know there will be backlash.

"We're on this national stage," Michigan Coach John Beilein said. "You have to react both ways. When you beat a team like Syracuse, you have to say, 'OK, that's good.' But this is no different. This is something that is humbling."

The Highlanders (3-5) had never played a ranked opponent before, much less beat one. They used a 13-0 run midway through the second half to build a lead and held the Wolverines' comeback efforts at bay, sealing the win when Daquan Holiday corralled the ball with 4.3 seconds remaining and made two free throws.

No. 3 Arizona 66, No. 9 Gonzaga 63 (OT): T.J. McConnell scored six of his 12 points in overtime and Arizona held on after Gonzaga's Gary Bell Jr. air-balled the first of three missed free throws with 3.3 seconds left.

Arizona (8-0) rallied from a poor-shooting first half and a couple of deficits in the second half to force overtime. McConnell, limited in the first half by foul trouble, was assertive in the extra period, leading the Wildcats to their 26th straight home win.

Gonzaga (7-1) shot well inside but went 4-for-17 from three-point range and had two key turnovers late in overtime. Bell had a chance to tie the game after being fouled on a three-pointer, but he was well short on his first attempt and clanged away the other two.

Kentucky transfer Kyle Wiltjer led the Bulldogs with 15 points.

No. 2 Wisconsin 49, Marquette 38: Josh Gasser scored 12 points on four three-pointers, 7-footer Frank Kaminsky added 15 points and 10 rebounds and Wisconsin managed a win in Milwaukee.

The Badgers (8-1) shot 32 percent while contending with a 2-3 zone defense. The Golden Eagles don't have a starter taller than 6-7.

Marquette (4-4) chipped away at a 10-point halftime deficit. Two foul shots by Sandy Cohen III with 8:57 left cut the lead to 35-33 at the Bradley Center.

Gasser steadied Wisconsin with a three on the next trip.

Green Bay 68, No. 15 Miami 55: Keifer Sykes scored 18 points and junior Carrington Love had a career-high 20 to help Green Bay hand Miami its first defeat.

"It was a great program win for us, something we haven't been able to do since I've been at Green Bay," fourth-year coach Brian Wardle said.

Miami, which has never been ranked so high so early in a season, fell to 8-1.

No. 8 Wichita State 81, Saint Louis 52: Ron Baker scored 18 points, and Wichita State rebounded from Wednesday's overtime loss at Utah.

No 7 Virginia 74, VCU 59: Justin Anderson scored 21 points, including a key three-pointer in a late 15-0 run, and Virginia ended VCU's 22-game home winning streak.

No. 10 Villanova 74, Saint Joseph's 46: Josh Hart scored 12 points for unbeaten Villanova. The host Wildcats (8-0) scored the first eight points and led by 15 only 6 minutes into the game.

No. 14 Ohio St. 70, Colgate 50: D'Angelo Russell scored 14 of his 19 points in the second half and Marc Loving added 17 points to lead Ohio State (6-1) at home.


South Carolina 75, Oklahoma State 49: Duane Notice scored 20 points as host South Carolina ended the cold-shooting Cowboys' perfect start to the season.

The Gamecocks (5-3) used a 20-4 run midway through the second half to take control in the Big 12/SEC Challenge game.

After Anthony Hickey's basket drew Oklahoma State (7-1) to 37-32, Demetrius Henry and Notice hit jumpers to start the surge.

The Cowboys, averaging better than 79 points this year, finished with their lowest output in five seasons. Leading scorers Phil Forte III and Le'Bryan Nash were 5-for-29 for 18 points, less than half their combined average.

Tennessee 65, Kansas State 64: Josh Richardson scored 17 points as host Tennessee withstood a late three-point onslaught from Marcus Foster.

Tennessee (3-3) had a 10-point lead with less than 2 minutes left before Kansas State made five three-pointers. Foster sank four three-pointers in the final minute and finished with 23 points.

The Vols held Kansas State (4-4) without a basket for a stretch of nearly 111/2 minutes during the first half and forced 22 turnovers.

Tulane 59, Mississippi State 54: Jay Hook scored 17 points and hit five three-pointers, including one from NBA range with 29 seconds left as Tulane won at home.

Travis Daniels led Mississippi State with 13 points and nine rebounds but scored only five after halftime. Mississippi State (5-2) tied the score at 54 with 2:36 left, then went scoreless the rest of the way. The Bulldogs lost for the 18th consecutive time on an opponent's home court.

Xavier 97, Alabama 84: Myles Davis scored a career-high 18 points and the host Musketeers snapped a two-game losing streak.

Xavier (6-2) opened the season with five straight wins before losing to Texas-El Paso and Long Beach State in the Wooden Classic at Anaheim.

Ricky Tarrant scored a season-high 23 points and Levi Randolph scored 13 of his 15 in the second half for Alabama (5-2).

The game was marred by a combined 53 personal fouls, 29 on the visiting Crimson Tide. Each coach was whistled for a technical foul. The Musketeers matched their season high in scoring. Alabama's previous season high in points allowed was in its first loss, giving up 84 to Iowa State on November 24.

State/region men

Murray State 93, Western Kentucky 81: Jarvis Williams had 24 points and 12 rebounds in leading host Murray (5-4).

T.J. Price led WKU (3-4) with 21 points. George Fant added 19.

Oakland 70, Morehead St. 68 (OT): Corey Petros hit a jumper in the lane with 1.6 seconds left in overtime to give Oakland (4-5) a victory in Morehead.

Lyonell Gaines scored four points in overtime for Morehead State (4-7), including a putback with 32 seconds left to tie it before Petros hit the game-winner.

Penn State 73, Marshall 69: D.J. Newbill, John Johnson and Brandon Taylor each scored 17 points, leading Penn State at Marshall.

Penn State (8-1) is off to its best start since going 9-1 in the 2000-01 season. The Thundering Herd (3-5) lost their fifth straight under new coach Dan D'Antoni.

Rose-Hulman 67, Transylvania 66: Senior Michael Hallstein's layup at the buzzer lifted the host Fightin' Engineers (2-4, 1-1 HCAC). Transy fell to 0-5, 0-2.