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Monday, February 20, 2017
Men's College Basketball
Texas State vs. Georgia State 7:00 (EST)
Boston College vs. Florida State 7:00 (EST) Preview

Boston College-Florida St. Preview


Monday, February 20 at 1:08 PM (EST)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- It's not that Pittsburgh didn't deserve to win, or didn't outplay Florida State, or didn't outcoach them Saturday in the Panthers' upset win against the No. 19 Seminoles.

Because the Panthers did all three.

It's how the Seminoles' latest road loss went down that still has Florida State scratching its heads heading into Monday's game on short rest against Boston College.

"It's not that I don't like the quick turnaround," freshman forward Jonathan Isaac told after Florida State's 80-66 upset loss Saturday, dropping them to 2-6 in ACC road games this season. "It's that I don't want to just walk away from this loss. This is one that I want to rewatch before I move on."

Isaac should invite Dwayne Bacon to that film room session while he's at it.

Bacon, the Seminoles' star guard and ACC Player of the Year candidate, is coming the worst performance of his career at Florida State (21-6 overall, 9-5 in the ACC) after being held scoreless against Pitt. It was the first time Bacon was held to zero points, and the unusually bad outing also snapped a streak of 35 straight double-figure scoring games for the sophomore who came in averaging 17 points a game.

In addition to Bacon only attempting four shots in the loss -- finishing 0 for 4 -- his defense was listless and he spent long stretches on the bench, despite Florida State being within striking distance of Pitt several times in the first and second halves.

Florida State head coach Leonard Hamilton downplayed the poor game by his team's leading scorer, chocking it up to nothing more than an off night.

"I just think that every one of our guys will have one of those nights where they don't play particularly well," said Hamilton, whose team dropped from second in the ACC standings to fifth after the loss. "It just happened to be his night. I don't think it was anything different that (Pitt) did to him (on defense)."

There is some good news for Florida State, however, after its second straight loss: Monday's game against Boston College is at the Donald L. Tucker Center, where Florida State is 16-0 this year -- the best home record in the ACC.

The Seminoles, who have beaten Boston College (9-18, 2-12) five times in a row coming into Monday, hope to also take advantage of the fact the Eagles come in having lost 10 games in a row, 12 of their last 13 and sit dead last in the ACC. The Seminoles won both meetings last year, including a victory in the first round of the ACC Tournament.

The Eagles are 1-5 all-time in Tallahassee with the lone win coming in 2007, a 68-67 victory. But just like Pitt's offense gave Florida State problems on Saturday, Boston College also has a player who could give the Seminoles fits Monday: Guard Jerome Robinson, who ranks third in the ACC in scoring at 19.1 points a game. Robinson's 15 games of 20 or more points are the second-most among the Power 5 and Big East conferences.

But Robinson wasn't enough to keep the Eagles from falling in their last game 84-76 to Notre Dame, leaving head coach Jim Christian fired up.

"Make plays," Christian said when asked what this team needs to do more of to be successful. "I hate to say it, but it comes down to making plays. We had opportunities to make plays, we gotta make them. We gotta get big stops, we gotta make plays, and we get opportunities to win the game, in the ACC, you've gotta make that play. We hesitate at that time, or (lack confidence) at that time, because we haven't made them. If we can make plays, if those situations come up, we make them. That's what they do. It's a short answer to a complicated answer, but it's the truth."

Boston College has three games left after its meeting with Florida State -- its next one at home against Virginia Tech on Saturday, followed by its final two regular-season contests on the road at No. 21 Notre Dame and then at Clemson.

Similarly, Florida State also two road games and one home game left in its regular season after Monday, including a trip to Clemson next and then No. 10 Duke, followed by the regular-season finale at home March 4 against Miami. The Seminoles have already beaten each of those three teams this year.


Miami (FL) vs. Virginia 7:00 (EST) Preview

Miami-Virginia Preview


Monday, February 20 at 1:09 PM (EST)

Just a week ago, Virginia was up 14 points at the half against rival Virginia Tech and looking as if it would end the night tied for first place in the ACC.

Fast forward seven days and the 18th-ranked Cavaliers now find themselves three games out of first place and sputtering in the middle of their first three-game losing streak in six years.

The loss to the Hokies followed by setbacks to Duke and North Carolina suddenly have sent Tony Bennett and his team scrambling and desperate for a win entering Monday night's matchup against visiting Miami.

The Hurricanes have won two straight and four of their last five games and are tied with Virginia at 8-5 in the conference and 18-8 overall. In fact, Miami's only two losses in their last six games have against ranked opponents Florida State and Louisville.

"Part of the key for us is to be able to hold teams under 70 points," Miami head coach Jim Larranaga said. "If we can do that and do some good things offensively, then we have a good chance."

Miami has done just that in four of its last five wins as the Hurricanes' defense is continuing to be one of the best in the country. Miami ranks 32nd in the nation and is allowing just over 64 points per game.

That doesn't bode well for Virginia, which currently is searching for its offense.

"It's no mystery that we don't score inside," Bennett said after his team's 24-point loss to North Carolina on Saturday night. "So when we are missing perimeter shots, that puts a lot of pressure on us defensively."

While Virginia has still played pretty well on the defensive end, its last two losses to Duke and North Carolina have come with offensive droughts that no team could overcome. The Cavaliers shot a season-low 27 percent from the field against the Tar Heels after entering the game ranking second in the ACC in shooting percentage.

Virginia also started the game 0-for-17 from the 3-point line and finished 2-for-20.

"I think our poor offense hurt our defense," Bennett said. "When you miss those shots, that's a problem. Points are hard to manufacture for us if we are not hitting those outside shots."

The Hurricanes' balanced offensive attack will challenge Virginia's defense especially with guard Davon Reed's ability to shoot from 3-point range. Reed currently averages just shy of 16 points per game and shoots it at a 41 percent clip from beyond the arc.

In its six-point win over Clemson on Saturday, Miami held the Tigers to 17 percent shooting from the 3-point line and isn't likely to let up on the defensive end against a current stagnant Virginia offense.

Virginia will need to remedy its shooting woes against the Hurricanes and it will start with senior guard London Perrantes.

"I don't know what to say, we are struggling, obviously," Perrantes said. "We've just got to find a way to get over it, get over the hump, get over the slump."


UT Arlington vs. Georgia Southern 7:00 (EST)
North Carolina A&T vs. Maryland Eastern Shore 7:30 (EST)
Morgan State vs. Delaware State 7:30 (EST)
Norfolk State vs. Bethune-Cookman 7:30 (EST)
Alabama A&M vs. Alcorn State 8:00 (EST)
Coppin State vs. Savannah State 8:00 (EST)
Appalachian State vs. Troy 8:00 (EST)
Hampton vs. Florida A&M 8:00 (EST)
Coastal Carolina vs. South Alabama 8:05 (EST)
Mississippi Valley State vs. Texas Southern 8:30 (EST)
UAPB vs. Prairie View A&M 8:30 (EST)
Alabama State vs. Southern University 8:30 (EST)
Iowa State vs. Texas Tech 9:00 (EST)
Texas vs. West Virginia 9:00 (EST) Preview

Texas-West Virginia Preview


Monday, February 20 at 1:10 PM (EST)

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Elijah Macon acknowledged his 17 points and 12 rebounds against Texas Tech seemingly "came out of nowhere." No. 12 West Virginia hopes those types of performances become more common, especially with Monday's matchup looming against Texas freshman phenom Jarrett Allen.

Macon's 7-of-8 shooting while playing a career-high 33 minutes boosted the Mountaineers to an 83-74 double-overtime win Saturday. During his 93-game college career, the junior forward had averaged 4.9 points and 2.9 rebounds, landing short of expectations he carried as a top-60 Rivals recruit.

"Finally -- that's what he's capable of doing," said teammate Nathan Adrian, who arrived alongside Macon in West Virginia's 2013 recruiting class. "He wanted to get out there and play hard, and he did, so good things come from that."

Macon made all five shots and grabbed 10 rebounds after halftime against Texas Tech, big production that West Virginia sorely needed in a tight game. His only previous double-double was far less memorable, coming amid a 53-point victory over Bethune Cookman in November 2015.

"I haven't felt this good since AAU," said Macon, whose mother died from cancer during his freshman season. "This was definitely one of my best games. I pray to my mom everyday, like 'Let's go out and have a breakout game,' because I know what I can do."

West Virginia (21-6, 9-5 Big 12) has shown what it can do against some of the nation's top programs, while also suffering three losses against teams in the bottom half of the conference. On Jan. 14 at Texas, the Mountaineers led for less than 16 minutes of a 74-72 victory.

That was just one more sad chapter in a disastrous season for the Longhorns (10-17, 4-10), who come to Morgantown on a three-game skid after falling Saturday to Kansas State 64-61.

"It's really hard, especially for the seniors," said Texas guard Kendall Yancy. "We have to be able to respond after losses and be able to win the next game because there's still hope. Any hope we can find we'll take it and run with it."

Hope is dissipating for a Texas team that's 0-12 away from Austin, not at all what fans envisioned for $3 million-a-year coach Shaka Smart. After making five straight NCAA tournament appearances at Virginia Commonwealth, he owns a 30-30 record in his second season with the Longhorns.

"I'm certainly disappointed our record is what it is," Smart said. "You question what do you do, as a coach. You have to look really close at what you need to do differently. Obviously, we've got to get better."

Smart has a big-time freshman in Allen (13.2 point, 8.4 rebounds), though the 6-foot-11 center could be a one-and-done candidate for the NBA draft. During the first matchup against West Virginia, Allen produced 19 points, seven rebounds and two blocks.

Fellow freshman Andrew Jones (11.3 points, 3.4 assists) has picked up his play in the absence of sophomore guard Tevin Mack, a 14-points-per-game scorer suspended since mid-January.

Texas ranks 330th nationally in 3-point accuracy (30.3 percent), 311th at the foul line (64.9 percent) at 281st in scoring (68.6), relying on defense to keep games competitive.

Press Virginia still leads the nation by forcing 21.8 turnovers per game, though it has backed off at times to avoid foul trouble. During an effective second-half stretch against Texas Tech, the Mountaineers took 6-9 Nathan Adrian off the inbounder to put another defender in the passing lanes.

"You've got to have some wrinkles to throw them of guard a little bit," Adrian said.


North Carolina Central 39 vs. 29 Howard In-Progress
Sunday, February 19, 2017
Men's College Basketball
Michigan 78 vs. 83 Minnesota Recap

Murphy helps Minnesota outlast Michigan


Sunday, February 19 at 10:02 PM (EST)

Sophomore Jordan Murphy had 16 points and 15 rebounds to help Minnesota win its fifth straight game with an 83-78 overtime triumph over Michigan on Sunday night at Williams Arena in Minneapolis

Trailing 75-74 with 3:18 remaining in overtime, Minnesota scored five straight points to take a 79-75 lead with 26 seconds remaining after junior Nate Mason split a pair of free throws.

Michigan junior D.J. Wilson hit a 3-pointer with 11 seconds left to cut the lead to 79-78, but Minnesota freshman Amir Coffey hit a pair of free throws with eight seconds remaining to give the Gophers an 81-78 lead.

The Wolverines (17-10, 7-7) had one last chance to tie, but a 3-pointer by senior guard Derrick Walton rimmed out and was rebounded by Murphy, who hit two free throws with one second left to put the game away.

Michigan trailed by eight at 68-60 with 2:54 left in regulation, but stormed back and tied the game with 1.8 seconds left in regulation on a deep 3-pointer by Wilson.

With the win, Minnesota (20-7, 8-6) moved into a tie for fifth place in the Big 10 standings with Michigan State.

Sophomore guard Dupree McBrayer had 15 points and Mason added 13 points for Minnesota, which outrebounded Michigan, 44-31, and went 28 of 41 from the free-throw line.

Walton and Wilson each scored 16 points and sophomore Moritz Wagner added 15 points for Michigan, which shot just 9 of 18 from the free-throw line.

The Wolverines saw a three-game winning streak overall and a nine-game winning streak against Minnesota come to an end.


Utah 67 vs. 68 Oregon State Recap

Thompson's game-winner lifts Oregon State by Utah


Sunday, February 19 at 10:46 PM (EST)

Stephen Thompson Jr. scored the winning basket with 11 seconds to play to help Oregon State end its 15-game losing streak with a 68-67 victory over Utah in a Pac-12 Conference game Sunday at Gill Coliseum in Corvallis, Ore.

Thompson scored 31 points for Oregon State (5-23, 1-14 Pac-12), which won for the first time since Dec. 21. Drew Eubanks added 12 points for the Beavers.

Kyle Kuzma had 19 points and nine rebounds for Utah (17-10, 8-7). David Collette had 13 points.

The Utes led by four with two minutes remaining, but the Beavers got within one on a 3-pointer by Thompson and tied the game on a free throw by Jaquori McLaughlin. The Utes went up 67-64 on a 3-pointer by Kuzma, but the Beavers prevailed after getting two clutch baskets from Thompson in the final 28 seconds.

Oregon State jumped out to an early 16-6 advantage. Utah battled back, mounting a 14-2 run to take a 20-18 lead on a jumper by Devon Daniels.

The Utes went up 24-20 on a dunk by Collette and extended their lead to six on a 3-pointer by Kuzma. They led 28-24 at the break.

Utah took an eight-point lead following baskets by Daniels and JoJo Zamora early in the second half. The Utes went up by 10 on a layup by Lorenzo Bonam. They led 51-38 following a 3-pointer by Gabe Bealer, but the Beavers later staged a 9-2 run to get within six on a jumper by Gligorije Rakocevic.

The Utes briefly regained a double-digit lead on a layup by Kuzma, but Thompson answered with a 3-pointer. The Beavers trailed by eight with just over three minutes remaining, but they cut the deficit to three following a basket by Eubanks and two sets of free throws by Thompson, setting the stage for an exciting finish.


UC Riverside 60 vs. 79 UC Irvine
Bucknell 86 vs. 66 Boston University
George Washington 77 vs. 70 Duquesne
Holy Cross 69 vs. 54 American University
Lehigh 81 vs. 55 Lafayette
Colgate 66 vs. 56 Loyola Maryland
Penn 71 vs. 55 Yale
Maryland 60 vs. 71 Wisconsin Recap

No. 11 Wisconsin rallies to beat No. 23 Maryland


Sunday, February 19 at 5:10 PM (EST)

MADISON, Wis. -- Senior forward Nigel Hayes and sophomore forward Ethan Happ made the most of their time in the paint for No. 11 Wisconsin against Maryland.

Hayes posted a double-double with 21 points and 10 rebounds as the Badgers rallied to a 71-60 win over No. 23 Maryland on Sunday afternoon at the Kohl Center.

Happ delivered 20 points, seven rebounds and three assists to halt a two-game losing skid for the Badgers.

The win kept Wisconsin (22-5, 11-3 Big Ten) in a tie for first place in the league standings with Purdue. Maryland fell one game behind the leaders.

"They were terrific," Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said of Hayes and Happ, who combined for 25 second-half points. "We couldn't guard them, we couldn't double them, we couldn't double them head up."

Junior guard Melo Trimble scored a game-high 27 points for the Terrapins (22-5, 10-4), who suffered their second Big Ten road loss of the season. Trimble shot 9 of 17 from the field in the setback.

Turgeon said he sat Trimble in the final 4 minutes, 32 seconds of regulation to give the standout some rest.

"If would have made a little run, I would have put him back in but we've got four games in 10 days," Turgeon said. "Wisconsin was dominating the game."

The Terrapins' 60-point effort was their second-lowest total of the season.

Junior forward Michal Cekovsky added 10 points for Maryland, which was outrebounded 44-27 in the loss. The Terrapins failed to score a field goal for more than six minutes late in the second half.

Cekovsky twisted his ankle in the second half and Turgeon said he had ice on the ankle after the game.

Senior guard Bronson Koenig registered nine points off the bench for the Badgers. Koenig returned to the lineup after missing one game with a left calf strain.

Wisconsin strung together a 15-3 run to start the second which consisted of five straight points from Koenig. Koenig's jumper with 15:52 left put Wisconsin in front at 38-36. Happ capped the run with a layup to increase the Badgers' margin to 42-36 with 14:21 remaining.

The Badgers made 17 of 33 field goals (51.5 percent) in the second half and committed only one turnover. They posted their second-best effort in points per possession at 1.47 against Maryland.

Hayes spent time talking to Wisconsin coach Greg Gard during a one-on-one meeting two days ago and vowed to be more aggressive on offense.

Hayes, who posted his fourth double-double of the season, said the Badgers performed with a sense of urgency in the second half against Maryland that was lacking in recent games.

"They're fighting for their tournament lives and trying to build a resume," he said of losses against Northwestern and Michigan. "We should be fighting to keep the lead that we did have. We've given it away, so now we finally have that sense of urgency on our own end where we know we have to keep ourselves on top."

The game on Sunday was tied seven times and had eight lead changes in the first, and didn't have much flow as officials whistled 22 fouls. Maryland's 12 fouls kept Wisconsin close, as the Badgers were 12 of 21 from the charity stripe.

Trimble scored 15 first-half points, including 3-pointers on consecutive possessions to increase Maryland's lead to 33-27 with 33 seconds to go in the first.

Trimble shot 5 of 8 from the field in the first and had four of Maryland's 11 turnovers in the opening 20 minutes. Despite the miscues, the Terrapins held a 33-27 advantage in the opening 20 minutes.

Happ scored nine first-half points for Wisconsin, which made just 1 of 8 field goals in its last nine possessions of the half. The Badgers made only two baskets in the final 12:14 of the half and shot 28 percent from the field.

Koenig came off the bench and shot 0 of 3 from the field in 14 minutes. In the five games prior to his return, Koenig made 7 of 31 3-pointers (22.6 percent) and 14 of 55 shots overall (25.5 percent). He averaged 8.8 points per game in that span.

The Badgers play their next two games on the road, at Ohio State on Thursday and Michigan State on Feb. 26.

Gard said he was pleased with the Badgers' aggression in the post in the second half. Wisconsin also shot 21 of 37 from the foul line.

"We finished around the rim and didn't fade away," Gard said. "We went through people and drew fouls. When we do that, that makes us really good.

"When 3-pointers go down, that will happen, then we start to sparkle and shine. We've always been a team that wants to pound it inside."

NOTES: New England Patriots RB James White met with the media prior to Wisconsin's game against Maryland. White, a former Badgers player, was asked who the most famous person he has met since the Patriots' Super Bowl LI overtime win over the Atlanta Falcons. "Some guy from New Edition," White said of the 1980s R&B music group. White caught 14 passes for 110 receiving yards and one touchdown, and had six carries for 29 yards and two scores, including the game-ending, 2-yard touchdown run in overtime. ... Maryland junior G Melo Trimble has registered double-digit scoring in 25 games this season. ... The game against Wisconsin and Maryland was the teams' only regular-season meeting. They split a two-game series last season, with the Badgers handing the Terrapins their only home loss. Maryland won in Madison on a 3-pointer by Trimble with 1.2 seconds left in regulation.


DePaul 66 vs. 82 Butler Recap

Fowler, Martin propel No. 24 Butler past DePaul


Sunday, February 19 at 5:02 PM (EST)

INDIANAPOLIS -- As much as anything, a willingness to accept roles has No. 24 Butler in second place to No. 2 Villanova in the Big East Conference and solidly in the NCAA tournament field.

On Sunday, for example, three of the Bulldogs' four double-digit scorers were on the bench when the 82-66 victory against DePaul in Hinkle Fieldhouse began.

Non-starter Nate Fowler led the way with 15 points, Kelan Martin scored 14 and Tyler Lewis contributed 10 points, eight assists and no turnovers to go with starting guard Avery Woodson's 12 points.

The Bulldogs' non-starters outscored DePaul's bench, 44-17.

"That is a credit to being at this place," Butler coach Chris Holtmann said. "It is what this program has been about for many years. It's a winning culture."

DePaul coach Dave Leitao appreciates the fact Butler is an unselfish team.

"Butler just plays with great rhythm, no matter who is on the floor," Leitao said. "They don't worry about stats and self. Credit the balance that they have."

Butler (21-6, 10-5) used a 21-0 run from the first half's 4:38 mark until 17:31 remained in the second to take a 43-27 lead on DePaul (8-19, 1-13), which has lost 10 in a row.

Trailing 27-22 after two Eli Cain free throws with 4:52 remaining in the first half, Butler closed the opening 20 minutes on a 14-0 run to lead 36-27. Cain led all scorers with 24 points.

Three-point plays by Andrew Chrabascz and Fowler, 3-pointers from Woodson and Martin and a short jumper from Martin comprised the 14-0, half-ending burst.

"We focused more on the defensive end during that run," Fowler said. "We really locked down on them. It was more defensive than it was offensive."

Woodson had 12 first-half points -- all on 3-pointers -- and Martin came off the bench for eight points, five rebounds and an assist. Woodson finished with 12.

"I have been trying to regain my confidence and impact the game in a variety of ways," said Martin, who has started and played off the bench this season. "I have learned from that. The past two games have been great. I was thinking too much for a while there."

Butler won its second in a row and is 3-1 in February heading to No. 2 Villanova on Wednesday and to Xavier on Feb. 26.

"It's nice to know that we already have 21 wins," Lewis said. "But we're not taking the NCAA tournament for granted. We still have a lot to play for."

Butler shot 50 percent (14 of 28) in the first half and outrebounded the Blue Demons 15-14.

Cain had nine first-half points for DePaul, and Joe Hanel and Chris Harrison-Docks each added eight. The Blue Demons shot 44 percent in the first halt (11 of 25) but only 1 of 9 from beyond the arc.

"Playing on the road in this league is a difficult task," Leitao said. "I thought we really established ourselves in the first five or 10 minutes, but then Butler changed defenses and got us back on our heels. At that point, they took the ball right at us. We allowed them to play advantage basketball."

NOTES: In these teams' Jan. 21 meeting in Chicago, DePaul led 25-5, but Butler rallied for a 70-69 overtime victory. ... DePaul did not make a field goal during the final 13:39 of regulation in that January game. ... The Bulldogs lead this series 8-6 and have won seven in a row. ... Butler has won at least 20 games in 11 of the past 12 seasons. ... With the victory, the Bulldogs remain in second place in the Big East, three games behind Villanova. ... DePaul has not won since beating Providence 64-63 on Jan. 10 in Chicago. ... The Blue Demons were facing their fourth consecutive Top 25 opponent -- Xavier, Creighton, Villanova and now Butler. ... DePaul is 4-15 when trailing at halftime.


UAB 64 vs. 76 Western Kentucky
Valparaiso 83 vs. 63 Detroit
Canisius 74 vs. 76 Marist
Albany 74 vs. 56 Maine
Fairfield 55 vs. 74 Saint Peter's
UIC 75 vs. 87 Oakland
Georgetown 70 vs. 87 Creighton Recap

Foster powers No. 20 Creighton past Georgetown


Sunday, February 19 at 6:57 PM (EST)

OMAHA, Neb. -- Creighton avenged its biggest defeat of the season Sunday with an 87-70 Big East Conference victory over Georgetown.

Junior guard Marcus Foster led the No. 20-ranked Bluejays with a career high 35 points that came on 13-of-19 shooting, including 4-of-6 from 3-point range. His previous high was 34 points when he played at Kansas State.

In a 71-51 loss to the Hoyas on Jan. 25 in Washington, Creighton made just 1-of-19 3-pointers in its second game after starting point guard Maurice Watson was lost for the season with a torn ACL.

On Sunday, it was Georgetown's offense that went south. The Hoyas (14-13, 5-9 Big East) made just 3 of their 22 3-point attempts and were 25-of-65 (38.5 percent) overall.

The Bluejays (22-5, 9-5 Big East) had no problems from the outside in the 17-point rout of the Hoyas. Creighton finished 34-of-64 from the field (53.1 percent) and 9-of-20 from behind the arc before a CenturyLink Center crowd of 17,626.

"Obviously, this was a big win for us," Creighton coach Greg McDermott said. "Our league is crazy this year. I'm not sure there's a ton of difference between the middle eight teams right now with some of the injuries and things that have happened.

"You've got to be ready to hook it up every game. I thought our guys were really focused, understood what had to happen defensively, and some things we needed to change from last game."

Georgetown coach John Thompson III said not playing defense as well as they did in the first meeting made things easier for Creighton to execute its offensive game plan.

"Our defense in key stretches I think let us down," Thompson said. "The first game our defense was pretty good for most of the game."

There was no slow start this time for Creighton as the Bluejays made seven of their first 11 shots in jumping to a 15-8 lead.

The Bluejays twice extended that lead to nine points before Georgetown began whittling away. But Creighton had offensive answers at the right moments and never lost its lead in the first half.

A 10-3 run that closed with a jumper from the left side by Rodney Pryor brought the Hoyas within 24-22, but that's as close as Thompson's charges would get in the opening 20 minutes.

Creighton's lead stayed between three and six points through the next four minutes before the Bluejays scored the eventually went to the intermission with a 41-33 lead.

Applying a stronger, more consistent defensive effort was a point of emphasis for the Jays during practice leading up to Sunday's game. Senior guard Cole Huff that mission was accomplished on several fronts.

"I think we did a great job of defending their Princeton offense," Huff said. "The first game we gave up a lot of back door cuts and things like that. As far as the transition game, they got a couple here and there, but they weren't nearly as efficient as they were the previous game."

In just 20 minutes, the Bluejays had scored just 10 fewer points than they did during the entire game in January's 20-point loss to the Hoyas in Washington.

Foster and Cole Huff led the Bluejays at the break with 15 and 10 points, respectively. Jessie Govan had 10 to pace Georgetown.

In the first minute of the second half, LJ Peak scored five points to get the Hoyas back within three points at 41-38. That little burst got Creighton's attention as the Bluejays outscored Georgetown 19-6 over the next seven minutes to build a 60-44 lead with 11:55 remaining in regulation.

It was Foster who led the way with eight points during that key stretch. Eventually that lead grew to 18 points at 75-57 on a 3-pointer deep in the right wing by Isaiah Zierden.

Zierden, Huff and Justin Patton joined Foster in double figures with 13, 10 and 10 points, respectively. Peak paced Georgetown with 23 points; Pryor added 16 and Govan finished with 12.

Creighton is now a half-game back of Butler for second place in the Big East standings.

NOTES: Even on All-Star Sunday, NBA teams keep their scouts busy. Representatives from Oklahoma City, Indiana, Brooklyn, Golden State, the Los Angeles Clippers and Dallas Mavericks were courtside for Sunday's game. ... The game was a homecoming for Hoyas junior C Akoy Agau. The Louisville transfer graduated from Omaha Central High School, which is less than one mile from CenturyLink Center. Agau finished with nine points after making four of his eight field goals and one free throw; he also led the Hoyas with nine rebounds. ... The Bluejays will host Providence on Wednesday, while Georgetown will host DePaul, also on Wednesday.


IUPUI 83 vs. 72 Denver
Connecticut 64 vs. 63 Temple
Loyola Chicago 63 vs. 65 Illinois State
UNLV 64 vs. 77 San Diego State
Southern Illinois 74 vs. 68 Indiana State
Rider 103 vs. 85 Iona
Quinnipiac 74 vs. 95 Manhattan
Syracuse 65 vs. 71 Georgia Tech Recap

Georgia Tech edges Syracuse


Sunday, February 19 at 8:46 PM (EST)

Center Ben Lammers scored 23 points and guard Tadric Jackson added 20 to help Georgia Tech keep its postseason hopes alive with a 71-65 win over Syracuse on Sunday at McCamish Pavilion in Atlanta.

Syracuse trailed by as many as 13 points in the second half but trimmed the deficit two points and had the ball with a chance to tie before Tyler Roberson was called for a foul while setting a pick. Georgia Tech's Josh Heath made both free throws to put the game away with 15.5 seconds left.

Lammers was 11 of 18 from the field and added seven rebounds and seven blocks. Jackson scored 15 of his points in the second half. Georgia Tech (16-11, 7-7 Atlantic Coast Conference) also got 13 points and six rebounds from guard Josh Okogie.

Syracuse (16-12, 8-7) lost its third consecutive game. Taurean Thompson led the Orange with 18 points and 12 rebounds. Andrew White III scored 17, snapping a streak of seven 20-point games. Tyler Lydon had a game-high 15 rebounds.

Georgia Tech quickly erased a three-point halftime deficit early in the second half by outscoring the Orange 10-3. The Yellow Jackets stretched the advantage to 44-37 on a Lammers dunk with 12:19 that capped a 15-5 streak.

The first half was closely contested, with neither team able to solve their opponent's zone defense. Neither led by more than three points until Syracuse, sparked by back-to-back 3-pointers from White, made a late 10-0 run to take a 30-21 lead with 1:17 left. Georgia Tech closed the deficit to 32-29 at halftime when Jackson hit a long 3-pointer at the horn.

Georgia Tech plays again on Tuesday at home against North Carolina State. Syracuse hosts Duke on Wednesday.



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