College basketball: No. 23 N.C. State held to 24 points in loss to No. 12 Virginia Tech
No. 23 North Carolina State was held to a stunningly low point total, beaten by No. 12 Virginia Tech 47-24 on Saturday in the Wolfpack’s lowest-scoring output of the shot-clock era.
Kerry Blackshear had 13 points and 13 rebounds and Nickeil Alexander-Walker added 11 points for the Hokies (18-3, 7-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), who led the entire way despite playing without point guard Justin Robinson.
Virginia Tech didn’t put up huge numbers, shooting just 36% and making only seven of 21 shot from three-point range.
Then again, Virginia Tech didn’t need much production against the cold-cold-cold-shooting Wolfpack (16-6, 4-5). N.C. State made only 9 of 54 shots during the game, a conversion rate of 16.7% that included two of 28 from the three-point arc.
It was N.C. State’s lowest scoring output in any game since managing 12 points in a win against Duke in the 1968 ACC tournament, nearly two decades before the implementation of the shot clock.
No. 1 Tennessee 93, at Texas A&M 76: Grant Williams scored 22 points and Tennessee set a school record with its 16th straight win.
The Volunteers (20-1, 8-0 Southeastern Conference) surpassed the 15-game streak they had from February 1915 to January 1917 and are off to their best start in conference play since also going 8-0 in 1981-82.
Tennessee was clinging to a two-point lead midway through the second half before a 5-0 run, capped by a 3-pointer from Jordan Bowden, made it 70-63. Those five points were the start of a 10-3 spurt, with a 3 from Lamonte Turner that extended the lead to 75-66 with 8 1/2 minutes to go. Williams added a dunk in that stretch and had a big defensive play with a block on TJ Starks.
Wendell Mitchell finished with 18 points for Texas A&M (8-12, 1-7), which lost for the fifth time in the last six games.
at No. 2 Duke 91, St. John’s 61: Freshman phenom Zion Williamson scored 29 points, Tre Jones flirted with a triple-double and the Blue Devils won in a rout.
RJ Barrett added 15 points and 14 rebounds while Jones had 13 points, seven rebounds and seven assists while also playing lockdown defense on Shamorie Ponds. The Blue Devils (19-2) shot 56% while winning their fifth straight.
Williamson stuffed the stat sheet in this one — hitting 13 of 17 shots while finishing with five steals, two blocks and a couple of his customary highlight-reel dunks.
LJ Figueroa had 14 points and Marvin Clark II added 12 for the Red Storm (16-6), who fell behind by 20 points before they hit a shot in the second half while losing their third in four games.
at No. 3 Virginia 56, Miami 46: De’Andre Hunter scored 14 points, Mamadi Diakite had 11 points and three blocks, and the Cavaliers were locked down on defense again. Kyle Guy added 10 points on just 4-for-15 shooting for the Cavaliers (20-1, 8-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), who played without point guard and third-leading scorer Ty Jerome because of a sore back.
Chris Lykes scored 16 points to lead the Hurricanes (9-12, 1-8), who lost their fifth in a row. Zach Johnson and Sam Waardenburg each added 10, but Miami became the ninth team held below 50 points by the Cavaliers this season. The Hurricanes entered averaging 74.4 points per game.
at No. 4 Gonzaga 85, San Diego 69: Rui Hachimura scored 32 points and Gonzaga beat San Diego to go undefeated through the first half of the West Coast Conference season.
Zach Norvell Jr. added 21 points for Gonzaga (21-2, 8-0), which won its 12th consecutive game since a pair of December losses knocked it from the No. 1 spot in The AP Top 25.
Isaiah Pineiro tied a career high with 30 points and added 11 rebounds for San Diego (15-8, 4-4), one of the surprise teams in the league this season. Isaiah Wright added 16 points.
Indiana 79, at No. 6 Michigan State 75: Romeo Langford hit a go-ahead 3-pointer early in overtime and Indiana ended a seven-game skid, taking advantage of Michigan State’s poor foul shooting.
The banged-up Hoosiers (13-9, 4-7 Big Ten) stopped their longest losing streak in nearly eight years. Already minus ailing forward Zach McRoberts, they lost star forward Juwan Morgan to a shoulder injury in the first half.
The Spartans (18-4, 9-2) have dropped two straight for the first time this season. Michigan State doomed its chances to win at the line, making just 8 of 22 free throws
No. 7 Kentucky 65, at Florida 54: Tyler Herro scored 19 points, including a dagger 3-pointer with about three minutes to play, and Kentucky rallied from an 11-point deficit to beat Florida.
PJ Washington added 15 points and 12 rebounds for the Wildcats (18-3, 7-1 Southeastern Conference), who won their eighth consecutive game and ended a two-game skid against the Gators (12-9, 4-4).
Kentucky used a 14-0 run during a 5-minute span late in the second half to turn the game around. Herro came up big in the spurt, scoring five points and finding Keldon Johnson in the corner for a 3. Herro’s 3 made it 55-48. Florida fans soon started heading for the exits.
at No. 8 Nevada 93, Boise State 73: Caleb Martin scored 30 points and twin brother Cody Martin added a season-high 21 as Nevada cruised past Boise State.
Nevada (21-1, 8-1 Mountain West) struggled the previous time it played the Broncos, winning 72-71 on Cody Martin’s 3-pointer in the final seconds at Boise on Jan. 15. This time, the Wolf Pack broke away shortly before halftime and wound up shooting 55.6 percent. Nevada went on a 9-2 run and led 41-30 at the break.
Alex Hobbs led Boise State (10-12, 5-4) with 21 points. Justinian Jessup and Derrick Alston each scored 19.
No. 9 North Carolina 79, at No. 15 Louisville 69: Luke Maye had 20 points and 11 rebounds and Cameron Johnson finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds, helping the Tar Heels avenge a blowout loss to the Cardinals. The victory came three weeks after the Tar Heels were pounded by 21 points by Louisville, their worst defeat at home under coach Roy Williams.
The Tar Heels (17-4, 7-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) returned the favor in the rematch and ended Louisville’s six-game winning streak. They set the tone with a 22-4 first-half run over 8:34. It put them up 34-19 and gave them a lead they never lost against one of the league’s co-leaders.
The Cardinals (16-6, 7-2) cut a 19-point deficit to 68-59 midway through the second half but came no closer. Dwayne Sutton had 19 points and Christen Cunningham 15 with nine assists for Louisville.
at No. 11 Kansas 79, No. 16 Texas Tech 63: Dedric Lawson had 25 points and 10 rebounds, Devon Dotson added 20 points and Kansas took out the frustration of a lousy week on Texas Tech.
Lagerald Vick added 13 points and Ochai Agbaji had 10 for the Jayhawks (17-5, 6-3 Big 12), who came into the showdown of Big 12 title contenders having lost two straight and three of four.
The Jayhawks roared to a 20-point halftime lead against Texas Tech (17-5, 5-4), the league’s dominant defensive team, then weathered a shaky start to the second half before pulling away again.
Arkansas 90, at No. 19 LSU 89: Mason Jones hit a driving floater off the glass with 22 seconds left and Arkansas handed LSU its first conference loss this season and first home loss in more than a year.
Daniel Gafford scored 23 points and Isaiah Joe added 18 points for the Razorbacks (13-8, 4-4 SEC), who squandered an 18-point, second-half lead before pulling out the win and halting LSU’s streaks of 18 straight victories at home and 10 overall.
Naz Reid scored 19 and Javonte Smart 18 for LSU (17-4, 7-1), which was trying to start 8-0 in the league for the first time since 1981 — and very nearly did.
at No. 20 Iowa State 65, Texas 60: Talen Horton-Tucker scored 15 points, Marial Shayok had 12 and the Cyclones held off the Longhorns for a fifth win in six games. Nick Weiler-Babb had 11 points and seven rebounds for the Cyclones (17-5, 6-3 Big 12), who hit their last four field goals to avoid the upset.
Kerwin Roach finished with 19 points and Matt Coleman had 13 points and five assists for Texas (12-10, 4-5), which committed 13 turnovers and shot just 26% from long range.
No. 22 Mississippi State 81, at Mississippi 75: Quinndary Weatherspoon scored 27 points, freshman Reggie Perry added a career-high 21 and Mississippi State earned a road win over rival Mississippi.
Mississippi State (16-5, 4-4 SEC) has won four of its last six games. The Bulldogs got some payback after they lost to Ole Miss 81-77 at home last month.
Ole Miss (14-7, 4-4) led for a big portion of the second half before Mississippi State used a 9-0 run to take a 66-60 lead with eight minutes left. The Rebels pulled even at 73 on Breein Tyree’s 3-pointer, but never could regain the lead.
at No. 25 Florida State 59, Georgia Tech 49: Mfiondu Kabengele and Terance Mann each scored 12 points, and the Seminoles won their third straight game when the Yellow Jackets failed to score in the last 4:14. This was the lowest point total by a Florida State opponent this season and it ties the lowest output by Georgia Tech in a game this season.
Kabengele has scored in double figures in 14 of the Seminoles’ 21 games, all as a reserve. Trent Forrest added nine points and six rebounds for the Seminoles (16-5, 4-4 Atlantic Coast Conference). Abdoulaye Gueye had 14 points on 6 of 7 shooting and grabbed seven rebounds for Georgia Tech (11-11, 3-6), which has dropped five of its last six games.
at Brigham Young 67, Loyola Marymount 49: Gavin Baxter had career highs with 25 points and 10 rebounds to help the Cougars (14-10, 6-3 West Coast Conference) rout the Lions (16-7, 4-5). Dameane Douglas scored 10 points to lead LMU.
UC Davis 84, at UC Riverside 71: TJ Shorts II scored 23 points and made all 11 of his foul shots and the Aggies (6-14, 2-4 Big West) beat the Highlanders (8-16, 2-6). UC Davis set a school record, finishing 23 for 23 from the line.
Cal Baptist 75, at Seattle 64: Jordan Heading scored 22 points, Milan Acquaah added 16, and the Lancers (11-10, 3-5 Western Athletic Conference) pulled away in the middle of the second half to beat the Redhawks (13-10, 1-7).
at Cal State Northridge 83, Cal Poly 65: Lamine Diane had 22 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Matadors (10-13, 4-3 Big West) in a rout of the Mustangs (5-15, 1-6). Marcellus Garrick scored 12 points and Job Alexander had 11 for Cal Poly.
UC Irvine 82, at Long Beach State 80: Evan Leonard scored 18 points and Eyassu Worku had 15 as the Anteaters (19-5, 7-1 Big West) held off the 49ers (8-15, 2-5), who got a game-high 29 points from Deishuan Booker.
at Pacific 66, Pepperdine 59: Lafayette Dorsey made a key three-pointer late and finished with 20 points to help the Tigers (13-11, 3-6 WCC) beat the Waves (11-12, 4-5). Dorsey’s three-pointer with three minutes left capped a 16-2 run.
Washington State at USC, Noon
Washington at UCLA, 12:30 p.m.
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