NCCU (Henry Dickerson) (2-18) vs. Central State (Ohio)
The Eagles got their 2nd win of the season in a 74-68 win over Central State on Friday. The Eagles were led by guard Jamar Briscoe who scored 21 points in the contest. Guard Bryan Ayala also added 14 points and 9 assists.
Rio Grande Valley Vipers (Clay Moser) (8-14) vs. Tulsa
The Vipers got a 104-100 win over the Tulsa 66ers on Friday night. The Vipers were led by strong performance from Trent Strickland who scored 19 points and added 9 rebounds. Alpha Bangura also helped the Vipers by scoring 20 points and grabbing 5 rebounds.
#14 Marquette (Scott Monarch) (16-2) vs. Providence
No. 14 Marquette rallied from a 13-point deficit in the second half and beat Providence 91-82 on Saturday night. Lazar Hayward scored 25 points, hitting the go-ahead 3-pointer with 2:10 left, and Jerel McNeal also scored 25 as Marquette (16-2, 5-0 Big East) extended the best start of its tenure in the Big East. The Golden Eagles last started 5-0 in the conference when they were a member of the Great Midwest in 1992-93.
Tennessee Tech (Steve Payne) (9-8) vs. Murray State
Daniel Northern scored 13 points to lead Tennessee Tech to a 61-55 win over Murray State on Saturday night. Northern, who also grabbed seven rebounds and blocked five shots, was the only player to score in double figures for the Golden Eagles (9-8, 3-4 Ohio Valley Conference). After Tennessee Tech led 34-27 at halftime, the teams traded leads throughout the second half until the Racers’ Isacc Miles scored on a layup to tie the score at 52-52 with 1:55 left in the game. But the Golden Eagles went on a 9-3 run from that point, hitting 7 of 8 free throws down the stretch to seal the win. Tennessee Tech got its revenge over Murray State with the win, as the Racers won the last matchup in the OVC tournament’s opening round last season.
Southeast Missouri State (Rodney Hamilton) (3-16) vs. Eastern Kentucky
Eastern Kentucky hit a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to give them a 74-71 win over Southeast Missouri on Saturday. Jaycen Herring led Southeast Missouri (3-16, 0-8) with a season-high 25 points. With 23 second remaining in regulation and EKU ahead 71-69, Eastern Kentucky missed the front end of a one-and-one. On the next possession, Herring grabbed his own rebound and made a floater in the paint to tie the score at 71-71 with three seconds left. After a time out, Eastern Kentucky passed the ball the length of the court to set up the game winner. Eastern Kentucky made 14 of 36 3-pointers while Southeast Missouri made just 7 of 19.
Arkansas State (Elwyn McRoy) (12-6) vs. South Alabama
South Alabama defeated Arkansas State 74-67 in Sun Belt Conference play Saturday. South Alabama was ahead by only two points at the halftime with 30-28 on the scoreboard. While ASU (12-6, 4-3) outshot its opponent overall in free throws with 74.1 percent to South Alabama’s 61.8 percent, the victors fared better in field goals and 3-pointers. Donald Boone led for Arkansas State with 17 points. JeJuan Brown added 14, and Daniel Bryant scored 11 points.
UIC (Tracy Dildy) (9-8) vs. #18 Butler
Hayward hit seven 3-pointers and tied his career-high with 25 points as Butler (No. 18 ESPN/USA Today, No. 17 AP) mounted a second-half comeback for a 59-52 victory over Illinois-Chicago on Saturday. Tori Boyd scored 13 points, Robo Kreps had 11 and Scott VanderMeer had 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Flames (9-8, 2-5). Butler used a 13-4 run to pull within four points, then went on a 7-0 run to take a 43-42 lead with 8:26 remaining.
NCCU (Henry Dickerson) (2-19) vs. Chowan
Chowan hit a 3-pointer with 15 seconds left to give them a 72-70 win over North Carolina Central on Saturday night. With the Hawks leading 69-68 with :52 seconds left, Stevy Worah-Ozimo hit a jump shot to put the Eagles up 70-69 with 0:33 left. The Eagles (3-18) were led by Jamar Briscoe with 31 points, including 10-for-10 from the free-throw line. Worah-Ozimo chipped in 13 points, and Vincent Davis and Bryan Ayala each added 10 for the Eagles. The Eagles, who hit 3 of 9 3-pointers in the first half which they led 29-27, made just 16.7 percent (2 of 12) from long range in the second.
Savannah State (Horace Broadnax) (9-9) vs. Longwood
Longwood got an 86-76 victory over Savannah State on Saturday. Leading 41-36 at halftime, Longwood opened the second half on a 6-0 run for a 47-36 advantage with 18:30 remaining. Savannah State (9-9), which had won two straight games, cut the lead to 77-73 on Tracy Rankins’ layup with 1:41 left, but Longwood hit a 3-pointer for an 80-73 advantage and they sealed the win at the line. Anthony Jones led Savannah State with 21 points. Rankins finished with 12 points and Jovonni Shuler added 11.