Thursday night featured a heavy slate of games, six to be exact, as the season gets into its full swing. Maryland, Wisconsin, Ohio State, Rutgers, Iowa and Michigan all had non-conference games. Only Iowa lost, and the other five teams won by an average of 19 points. Let’s take a closer look at each game.
Game of the Night:
-Ohio State Buckeyes 72, Providence Friars 67
Down 10 at the half, Providence pulled to within two with four minutes left in the game, but could never overtake the lead. JaQuan Lyle scored 21 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. Jae’Sean Tate pitched in 14 points and six rebounds.
Providence’s Rodney Bullock led all scorers with 27 points. Providence shot just 35 percent. (The Friar bench was 2-for-10.)
Ohio State remains undefeated at 3-0. The Buckeyes next play at home against Western Carolina on November 21st.
-Seton Hall Pirates 91, Iowa Hawkeyes 83
The only Big Ten team to fall tonight, Iowa drops its first game of the season (now 2-1). Peter Jok (30 points and 11 rebounds) and Tyler Cook (24 points) combined for 54 of the team’s 83 points. Beyond those two, production was hard to come by; Iowa’s bench scored just nine points.
Iowa gets an opportunity to right things on Saturday against UT Rio Grande Valley.
-Maryland Terrapins 93, St Mary’s (MD) 45
Coming off a huge comeback victory over Georgetown two nights ago, Maryland really took it to St. Mary’s (MD). The Terrapins led 54-22 at halftime, so not really close at all. In fact, almost midway through the first half, the Terps led 26-5.
Four players scored in double-figures for Maryland. L.G. Gill, a senior forward, led the way with 15 points on 9-of-13 at the freethrow line. Maryland is now 3-0, and takes on Towson at home on November 20th.
-Michigan Wolverines 79, Marquette Golden Eagles 61
The Wolverines rolled Marquette by scoring 50 points, and took a 24-point lead into the half.
The game was tied at 15 apiece, with just over 13 minutes left in the first half. From that point, Michigan went on a 35-11 run to close the first 20 minutes.
Five Wolverines scored in double-figures, but Zak Irvin led Michigan with 16 points, five rebounds and six assists. Michigan is 3-0 on the year.
The Wolverines will now face SMU on Friday.
-Rutgers Scarlet Knights 66, DePaul Blue Demons 59
Rutgers led by as many as 22 points (around the 10-minute mark of the second half), and was able to hold off a late Blue Demon push. Corey Sanders scored 15 points for Rutgers.
The Scarlet Knights are now 3-0 under new coach Steve Pikiell, and they play the Niagara Purple Eagles on November 20th.
-Wisconsin Badgers 69, Chicago State Cougars 51
There must be something about Wisconsin starting the game in an 8-0 hole. For the second consecutive game (Creighton, Chicago State), the Badgers started the game down 8-0. Fortunately, for Wisconsin, the end result was different.
Khalil Iverson scored a career-high 11 points off the bench, and seemed to play above the rim all night. Vitto Brown led the Badgers with 12 points, including 2-for-3 from three. Wisconsin struggled from the three point line again, shooting just 5-for-19 as a team. No matter tonight though as they moved to 2-1 overall, and next fly to Hawaii for the Maui Invitational, where they’ll play Tennessee in the tournament’s first round.