By the time March arrives, any wounds Virginia absorbed from Sunday's 61-59 buzzer-beating loss to No. 1 Villanova will have healed. Still, as the Wells Fargo Center bursted at the seams with an intensity akin to tournament basketball, this one left the Cavaliers with broken hearts. Villanova's Donte DiVincenzo (6'5''-G-97) attempted just one shot, and all he got on the ball was the palm of his right hand with two-tenths of a second left after national Player of the Year candidate Josh Hart (6'5''-G-95) missed a layup with two seconds remaining. Yet, DiVincenzo's follow after he slipped in near the basket unguarded ended up being the decisive basket in a game No. 12 U.Va. (16-4, 6-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) controlled nearly the entire afternoon. 'So many times that happens,' Bennett said regarding not getting a body on DiVincenzo. 'We talked about trying to make them earn, block out, guys will be flying in there. (DiVincenzo) went flying in on a baseline screen. I think that might've been (U.Va. freshman guard Ty Jerome (6'5''-G)'s) block-out. … I mean, Ty made so many big plays. Again, we were trying to not foul. We talked about that. 'I wish it was two-tenths of a second a little slower, but it wasn't.' Despite playing exemplary defense in the first half to hold Villanova to 18.2 percent shooting from the floor, U.Va. let a 13-point lead slip away in the second half on the way to dropping its 19th consecutive game against a No. 1-ranked opponent. U.Va., which shot 50 percent from the floor for the game, fell to 1-29 all-time against top-ranked foes. The game was played before a crowd of 20,907 fans, the largest audience ever to witness a college basketball game in Philadelphia. Villanova (20-2, 7-2 Big East) got the home crowd on its feet in the second half, bouncing back to make 72.2 percent of its shots (13 of 18) in the final 20 minutes and finish the game shooting 42.5 percent overall. 'This game was just great,' Villanova coach Jay Wright said. 'There was incredible electricity in the building, and you're playing against a good team. You can tell your players all you want, that you might get away with this in this game, but when we play the best teams, we're not. (Villanova's players) were saying it to each other, that we need to keep grinding, and these guys are good.' Jerome came off the bench to lead U.Va. with 15 points, including 3-of-6 shooting from 3-point range, but video showed he did indeed fail to box out DiVincenzo on Villanova's last possession. DiVincenzo's tip-in bounced around the rim before falling through the net as the final horn sounded. 'We played good defense on it, and then just the offensive rebounding part, which is going to hurt when we watch it on film,' said U.Va. guard London Perrantes (6'2''-G), who was just 2-of-11 shooting and finished with four points, six assists and two turnovers. 'Just knowing that we could've gotten some extra minutes (in overtime) and were able to play and maybe pull it out, but I mean, we've just got to learn from it.' A brief video review of DiVincenzo's shot by officials confirmed what everybody in the building already knew. It came off his hand well before the buzzer went off. 'I looked at Josh Hart, and he had his shoulders downhill going to the rim,' said Jerome, who drove into the lane and made a tough short jumper with 15 seconds left to tie the game 59-59. 'I'm thinking there's no way he's passing. He missed and, I don't know, a friendly bounce (off the rim). I've got to go back and box (DiVincenzo) out. I'll look at it and figure it out.' Guard Marial Shayok (6'5''-G-95) added 14 points on 6-of-12 shooting for U.Va., and forward Isaiah Wilkins had 12 points, eight rebounds and two blocks. Despite giving up the big lead, U.Va. had chances down the stretch to pull it out. With the game tied 57-57, Perrantes had an open 3-pointer with 1:49 remaining rim out. Jerome also had a good look from 3-point range with 50 seconds left and the game still tied at 57, but his shot rattled out. 'I thought both were in,' Jerome said of the 3-pointers. Before Jerome's jumper in the lane with 15 seconds left, Villanova's Jalen Brunson (6'2''-PG-96) drove for a layup with 35 seconds left to put the Wildcats ahead 59-57. Brunson and wing Mikal Bridges (6'6''-F/G-96) both scored 15 points to lead Villanova, which needed all the offense it could get from the duo, considering Hart and perimeter-shooting dynamo Kris Jenkins (6'6''-F-93) were off the mark for most of the game. Hart, who finished with 12 points, and Jenkins combined to miss their first 14 shots from the floor. Their struggles were huge reasons Villanova spun its wheels so much in the first half. Villanova made just 4 of 22 field-goal attempts in the opening 20 minutes, while U.Va. connected on 12 of 26 first-half shots to open up a 31-22 halftime lead. Both Hart and Jenkins got hot when Villanova needed them most. U.Va.'s lead grew to 45-32 with 13:46 left when Devon Hall drained a 3-pointer. Trailing 47-37 with less than 11 minutes left, Villanova got some assistance from four U.Va. turnovers in a 3 1/2-minute span. Hart made his first shot from the floor with 7:54 left on a 3-pointer to cut U.Va.'s lead to 49-42. Jenkins, who had eight points, made back-to-back 3-pointers with 7:23 left and 6:54 remaining to trim U.Va.'s advantage to 49-48. Villanova took its first lead since it was up 2-0 when Brunson made a pair of free throws with 5:32 left to put the Wildcats ahead 50-49. Hart dropped in another 3-pointer with 3:59 left to put Villanova up 54-53. The lead changed hands seven times in the final six minutes. 'We try to make everybody shoot a contested shot,' Bennett said. 'I thought we were defending well for the most part early, and then, obviously, they got some looks. Once we broke down a little bit late, they took advantage of it. That's what good players do.' Free throws and ball control kept Villanova in the game early on. Villanova made 13 of 14 free throws in the first half and only turned the ball over twice. U.Va., which turned the ball over just three times in the first half and nine times for the game, had trouble getting to the free-throw line throughout the game. It made all three of its free throws, while Villanova finished 20 of 24. 'That's a big discrepancy,' Bennett said. 'That's hard. I think it was eight to two for a while on the foul count. They were playing aggressive. We were trying to bounce it, but just couldn't get (to the free-throw line) as much as perhaps we needed.' Courtesy of: dailypress.com
Mika leads BYU to upset of No. 1 Gonzaga 79-71 - 1 hour ago
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Top-ranked Gonzaga's quest to go undefeated this season ended under a barrage of baskets by BYU's Eric Mika (6'10''-F) on Saturday night. Mika had 29 points and 11 rebounds, and BYU upset Gonzaga 79-71. It was the Cougars' first victory ever over a No. 1 team, after four losses, and spoiled the Bulldogs' perfect record in their last regular season game. The sophomore center made 10 of 14 shots from the floor and 9 of 13 free throws. His biggest basket put BYU ahead 73-71 with a minute lef... [read more]
Top-ranked Gonzaga's quest to go undefeated this season ended under a barrage of baskets by BYU's Eric Mika (6'10''-F) on Saturday night. Mika had 29 points and 11 rebounds, and BYU upset Gonzaga 79-71. It was the Cougars' first victory ever over a No. 1 team, after four losses, and spoiled the Bulldogs' perfect record in their last regular season game. The sophomore center made 10 of 14 shots from the floor and 9 of 13 free throws. His biggest basket put BYU ahead 73-71 with a minute left in the game. Gonzaga lost the ball on its next two possessions, and then Corbin Kaufusi (6'10''-C) had a putback and Mika hit two free throws to put the game out of reach. Gonzaga ended a string of 15 consecutive games where it didn't trail in the second half. "They haven't had anyone have a lead on them in the second half for quite a while," BYU coach Dave Rose said. "I thought that would be a really big emotional thing for us, and an emotional thing for them to have to respond. "You beat the No. 1 team on the road the last weekend of the season, it's good for a lot of reasons," Rose added. The Cougars rallied from an early 16-point deficit, and Mika said the team never wavered in its belief it could win. "I think all of us did and that was a big thing," Mika said. "I don't think a lot of teams, especially in our conference, believe 100 percent that they're going to come in and do that." The Cougars scored 44 points in the second half and made nine 3-pointers to just three for Gonzaga. Nigel Williams-Goss (6'3''-G-94) scored 19 points for Gonzaga (29-1, 17-1 West Coast), which was seeking to become the first team since Kentucky in 2014-15 to finish the regular season without a loss. "Obviously, it didn't go as we hoped," Gonzaga coach Mark Few said. "We missed a lot of free throws and turned the ball over too much to be able to win a close game like that." Gonzaga missed 13 of its 29 free throws and had 16 turnovers but still led most of the game. "The season isn't over," Gonzaga guard Jordan Mathews (6'4''-G-94) said. "It is a great season. We'd love to be 30-0, but we are 29-1." T.J. Haws added 17 points and Elijah Bryant 14 for BYU (21-10, 12-6). The last team to finish the entire season undefeated was Indiana in 1975-76. Gonzaga came out fired up and jumped to an 18-2 lead in the first five minutes, making 7 of 10 shots. The Zags cooled off, and three consecutive 3-pointers by BYU's Haws cut Gonzaga's lead to 26-22. Mika's basket cut Gonzaga's lead to one point before the Bulldogs closed with a 10-5 run to take a 41-35 lead at halftime. Zach Collins (7'0''-F-97)' putback gave Gonzaga a 58-46 lead midway through the second. A technical foul on Gonzaga helped BYU cut its deficit to 58-53 and seemed to spark the Cougars. A pair of 3-pointers by Nick Emery (6'2''-G) cut Gonzaga's lead to one, and Mika's basket gave the Cougars their first lead at 61-60. The teams traded baskets until Mika put the Cougars ahead for good. Courtesy of: abcnews.com
Behind a double-double from Jae'Sean Tate (6'4''-F) and hot shooting nights from C.J. Jackson (6'1''-PG) and Jaquan Lyle (6'5''-G-96), Ohio State handled No. 16 Wisconsin, 83-73, in head coach Thad Matta 's Ohio State-record 457th game at the helm of the Buckeyes Thursday at Value City Arena. Tate went for 15 points and 12 boards for his second-consecutive double-double while Jackson went 4-for-4 from beyond the arc en route to a team-high 18 points to go along with four rebounds, four as... [read more]
Behind a double-double from Jae'Sean Tate (6'4''-F) and hot shooting nights from C.J. Jackson (6'1''-PG) and Jaquan Lyle (6'5''-G-96), Ohio State handled No. 16 Wisconsin, 83-73, in head coach Thad Matta 's Ohio State-record 457th game at the helm of the Buckeyes Thursday at Value City Arena. Tate went for 15 points and 12 boards for his second-consecutive double-double while Jackson went 4-for-4 from beyond the arc en route to a team-high 18 points to go along with four rebounds, four assists and four steals. Lyle added 17 points, including all 10 from the charity stripe, while also tacking on four helpers for the Buckeyes (16-13, 6-10 Big Ten). Bronson Koenig (6'4''-G) led all scorers with 27 for the Badgers (22-6, 11-4 Big Ten). After a Koenig 3-pointer gave Wisconsin a 6-4 lead just over two minutes into the game, the Buckeyes used a 9-0 run to take a 13-6 advantage with 14:40 remaining in the half. The Buckeyes then got hot from the field, turning it into a 44-31 halftime lead. For the half, Ohio State shot 51.6 percent while connecting on five shots from behind the arc. Tate turned in a double-double with 13 points and 10 boards in 17 first-half minutes while Jackson added nine points and three assists. Koenig kept the Badgers in it with 14 in the first half, including four 3-pointers. The Badgers had the Buckeyes lead trimmed to nine at 56-47 with 11:00 remaining but back-to-back 3-pointers by Lyle and Jackson pushed the Ohio State advantage up to 15 at 62-47 with 9:19 left to play. Wisconsin was unable to get within 13 until the final minute of play as the Buckeyes hit on 5 of 6 3-pointers after the half. Courtesy of: mariononline.com
San Diego, CA - Jenny Craig Pavilion had never hosted the No. 1 team in the country before Gonzaga showed up on Thursday night. The top ranked Bulldogs (29-0) came in and systematically dismantled the University of San Diego (12-17) 96-38, recording the largest margin of victory ever for a No. 1 team on the road. Gonzaga jumped out to an 11-0 lead while USD missed its first nine shots and pushed that lead to 28 at halftime despite nine turnovers and 50 percent shooting from the foul line. [read more]
San Diego, CA - Jenny Craig Pavilion had never hosted the No. 1 team in the country before Gonzaga showed up on Thursday night. The top ranked Bulldogs (29-0) came in and systematically dismantled the University of San Diego (12-17) 96-38, recording the largest margin of victory ever for a No. 1 team on the road.
Gonzaga jumped out to an 11-0 lead while USD missed its first nine shots and pushed that lead to 28 at halftime despite nine turnovers and 50 percent shooting from the foul line. The Zags came out even more focused in the second half and shot an astounding 74 percent from the field including 8-of-11 from 3-point range. Gonzaga hit 13 3's on the night while USD managed just 14 made buckets, a recipe for disaster. The Zags imposed their will defensively challenging every shot and staying solid. Combine that effort with smart play and you get that type of performance as they only committed 12 fouls in the game.
Every night it can be one of several players leading the way for the Zags and on this night the first standout was Johnathan Williams III (6'9''-F-95). The 6-9 junior transfer from Missouri made his presence known early on both ends of the floor. USD was determined to quickly double Przemek Karnowski on every touch and he was more than willing to pass out of the traps. Williams found himself on the receiving end of passes out of the rotations resulting in 10 first half points despite missing 4-of-6 free throws. He was more dominant on the defensive end grabbing 13 first half rebounds while USD only grabbed eight as a team. Williams was aggressive and used his size and athleticism to attack everything coming off the rim. His performance allowed the guards to leak out in transition and push the pace offensively leading to several of those open 3-point looks. Williams finished the night with 14 points on 6-of-7 shooting and 19 rebounds. He is now shooting 61 percent from the floor on the year.
The Tritons came out determined not to let the 7-1 Karnowski beat them and he was held to just three field goal attempts notching just five points and three rebounds. But he became a facilitator in successfully passing out of the post and initiating the offensive attack. It has been the calling card all year long of the unselfish Bulldogs who made it look easy all night long in shooting 66 percent for the game.
Leading scorer 6-5 junior Nigel Williams-Goss had a typical game for him with 14 points, six rebounds and five assists. The player of the year candidate is averaging 16.2 points, 5.8 rebounds and 4.8 assists. He is always in control, is a vocal leader on the floor and plays extremely hard on the defensive end. He had the ability to get to the rim whenever he wanted yet he displayed patience by working the offense and finding even easier shots for his teammates. Many of those open looks went to Josh Perkins and Zach Collins. Perkins (6-3 soph.) knocked down 5-of-8 from 3-point range and seemed to be unguarded all night long. He also chipped in five rebounds and led the team with six assists, which shows he was not forcing shots up.
The Bulldogs also have the luxury of bringing a 7-foot McDonald's All-American off the bench in freshman Collins. Collins is third on the team in scoring at 10.7 per game despite only playing 17 minutes per game. He has the look of a future lottery pick written all over him. He has a great combination of size and athleticism to go along with polished post moves and a soft touch. He can score on either block with either hand. He made one play where he caught the ball at the high post in a high-low set, saw the pass was not there then took one hard dribble to his left and finished it left handed like a guard. He is also a good defender and has 3-point range (43.8%).
There were not many bright spots for USD on a night where they shot just 24 percent, which was not their worst performance of the year on their home court (19 percent vs. St. Mary's). Sophomore 6-2 guard Olin Carter was the only player in double figures for the Tritons finishing with 15 on 6-of-16 shooting. He worked hard offensively trying to find cracks in the Bulldog defense but mostly had to settle for contested jump shots. When given good looks he can knock down shots consistently, but those opportunities were rare on this night. Brett Bailey leads the team averaging 15.6 points but he was held in check tonight. The 6-6 forward out of Spokane could not find his stroke going just 3-of-11 for seven points. He created a few scoring opportunities using his ability to put the ball on the floor against the bigger defenders but was unable to finish around the rim.
The Bulldogs proved once again that they are in the national title hunt with this dominating performance. According to Synergy Stats they are No. 2 in offensive points per possession and No. 1 in defensive points per possession. They are big, athletic, deep, unselfish and play with poise and purpose on both ends of the floor. They are going to be a tough out in March. Gonzaga will host BYU on Saturday and try and finish the regular season undefeated. San Diego will host Portland, also on Saturday.
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