Vols Come Up Empty
Tennessee snapped a streak of 461 consecutive games with a 3-pointer in Monday’s 77-67 loss to Duke in Maui. After averaging 13 3s in their first two games, the Volunteers missed all eight of their attempts. It marked the first time since February 1, 1997 against Wofford.
Bench Keys Wolfpack Comeback
NC State toppled Texas 77-74, charging back from an 18-point second-half deficit. Trailing 65-47 with 11:42 remaining, the Wolfpack went on a 28-2 run. It was NC State’s bench that made difference. They accounted for 17 of the 28 points during that pivotal stretch.
It was a pair of typical starters who really made the difference. Playing in just his second game this season, C.J. Leslie led all scorers with 17. Scott Wood returned from an ankle injury to score 16. The Wolfpack’s 40 points off the bench are their most against a major conference opponent since 2005 against Wake Forest.
BC’s Bay State Blues
The Commonwealth Classic was anything but on Monday, as UMass rolled over Boston College 82-46. Up by 14 with 10 minutes remaining, the Minutemen closed the game out on a 28-6 run. It was the fewest points scored by the Eagles against a non-conference opponent since a 75-45 loss to UMass in 1998.
Boston College is 0-2 against in-state opponents. The Eagles last lost to UMass and Holy Cross in the same season in 1990-91.
Morrison’s Big Night
The top scorer from Monday was Oral Roberts’ Dominique Morrison with a season-high 30 points. Morrison almost single-handedly got the Golden Eagles off to a hot start in their 62-56 win over SMU. Morrison scored 13 of ORU’s first 15 points, as they got out to a 15-7 lead. He was one of only four Golden Eagles to connect on a field goal.
Marquette Squeaks By
Last Monday, Marquette cruised to a 31-point win over Norfolk State. It wasn’t so easy in yesterday’s rematch. Marquette won 59-57, as Norfolk State missed a pair of shots in the final four seconds.
The Golden Eagles entered this one having scored at least 90 points in each of their first four games, but shot just 33.9 percent in the win.