No. 16 Wichita State posts fourth win in eight days, tops Tennessee State 85-71
WICHITA, Kan. -- Wichita State was trailing at halftime again, and coach Gregg Marshall let his team know what he thought about the slow start.
The Shockers got the message.
Tekele Cotton scored 18 points to help No. 16 Wichita State beat Tennessee State 85-71 on Saturday.
Cotton was 6 of 8 from the floor as Wichita State (4-0) won its fourth game in eight days despite trailing at halftime for the second consecutive game. William & Mary was up 39-38 at the break on Thursday night, and the Shockers went on to a 79-62 win.
So when Wichita State trailed 29-28 as it headed to the locker room on Saturday, Marshall ripped into the Shockers.
''He chewed us up,'' Cotton said, smiling.
Cleanthony Early had 16 points for Wichita State, and Nick Wiggins scored 10 of his 12 in the second half.
Patrick Miller had 23 points for Tennessee State (0-4), and M.J. Rhett added 16 points and 11 rebounds.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- C.J. Fair scored 20 points, freshman guard Tyler Ennis hit four 3-pointers for 12 points, and No. 9 Syracuse beat Colgate 69-50 on Saturday.
Michael Gbinije had 11 points in 18 minutes and Trevor Cooney scored 10 for the Orange, who outrebounded Colgate 52-34, including a 26-7 advantage on the offensive glass. Syracuse scored 30 points in the paint and forced 21 turnovers.
Syracuse (3-0) has won 48 consecutive against Colgate for a 121-45 advantage in the longest-running series for both teams. Colgate (0-2) was coming off an 89-78 road loss to Wake Forest last week in the Raiders' season opener.
Colgate led for much of its first game and had six players score in double figures. It also led the Orange in the early going before Syracuse used its superior athleticism to take control.
Ethan Jacobs led Colgate with 13 points and Austin Tillotson, a transfer from Monmouth who had 14 points and nine assists against Wake Forest, finished with nine points and four assists.
MILWAUKEE -- A short jumper off the glass. A stutter-step shot that drew a foul. An easy layup after a teammate sealed off a defender in the middle.
After a bruising tussle with Marquette in the first half, Shannon Scott helped energize No. 10 Ohio State early in the second half for a big win on the road.
Scott scored 13 points, including the three buckets during the 12-4 run after halftime, and the Buckeyes pulled away for a 52-35 win Saturday over the cold-shooting, 17th-ranked Golden Eagles.
Sam Thompson also scored 13, while Aaron Craft added 10 points and 10 assists for the Buckeyes (3-0), who ended Marquette's 27-game home winning streak, second-longest in the nation.
Scott, Craft and Thompson were the sparks, while Marquette (2-1) came out flat in the second half in front of a full house of 18,700 friendly fans in the BMO Harris Bradley Center.
It was the school's first loss at home since Vanderbilt beat the Golden Eagles 74-57 on Dec. 29, 2011. Only South Dakota State (30) had a longer winning streak in the country entering Saturday.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Casey Prather scored 27 points and Dorian Finney-Smith showed great versatility in his Florida debut, helping the 11th-ranked Gators shake loose from Arkansas-Little Rock for an 86-56 win Saturday.
Prather put back a loose ball, scored on a driving layup and capped off a 17-4 run with a dunk off a steal by DeVon Walker as Florida (2-1) woke up from a first-half malaise. The score was tied at 27 after a sloppy opening half.
The Gators stepped up the pressure against the Trojans (0-2) and it paid off in a big way. They outscored the Trojans 59-29 in the second half.
Finney-Smith, who sat out the first two games with a suspension, had 17 points and nine rebounds. The Virginia Tech transfer was 3 of 4 on 3-pointers.
RICHMOND, Va. -- Briante Weber scored 16 points and No. 14 Virginia Commonwealth pulled away in the second half to remain unbeaten with a 92-71 victory against visiting Winthrop on Saturday night.
The Rams are 3-0 for the first time since the 2010-2011 season, which ended with a trip to the Final Four. They led 58-52 when redshirt freshman Mo Alie-Cox hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key. Rob Brandenberg came up with a steal at one end and a layup at the other, and JeQuan Lewis followed with another layup to push the lead to 13.
The Eagles would come no closer than an eight-point deficit the rest of the way.
Weber was one of six VCU players in double figures. Treveon Graham finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds and Lewis, Brandenberg and Juvonte Reddic had 11 each. Alie-Cox finished with 10 points and six rebounds.
Andre Smith led Winthrop (2-1) with 15 points, 14 in the first half, and seven rebounds. James Bourne and Keon Johnson added 11 points each.
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Frank Kaminsky scored 16 points and Sam Dekker added 13 to help No. 20 Wisconsin rally for a 69-66 win against Wisconsin-Green Bay on Saturday night.
The Badgers (3-0) were down seven in the second half and overcame a career-high 32 points by Green Bay junior guard Keifer Sykes. His potential game-tying 3-pointer bounced off the rim as the buzzer sounded.
Wisconsin improved to 19-1 all-time against the Phoenix (1-1).
A sellout crowd of 9,906 at the Resch Center set a home attendance record for Green Bay. The previous record was 9,759, when the Phoenix upset then-No. 23 Wisconsin 88-84 in overtime on Dec. 9, 2009.
Josh Gasser added 11 points for the Badgers, who were coming off a 59-53 win against No. 11 Florida in Madison on Tuesday.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- One minute into the second half, Virginia coach Tony Bennett called a timeout and lit into his team.
The 25th-ranked Cavaliers then put together a nice surge and went on to defeat winless Davidson 70-57 on Saturday.
''We talked about setting the tone in the second half and I didn't like what I saw to start,'' Bennett said. ''I told them 'That's enough. Let me see you scrap.' I was ticked and they needed to hear it -- and they needed to respond. And for the most part, they did.''
Mike Tobey had 18 points and Malcolm Brogdon added 17 for Virginia (2-1), which rebounded from a tough loss to No. 14 VCU on Tuesday. Tobey and Brogdon each had seven rebounds.
Akil Mitchell, who played high school basketball in Charlotte, overcame a sluggish start and finished with 11 points -- all in the second half -- and nine rebounds for Virginia.
Justin Anderson added 12 rebounds and eight rebounds for Virginia, which managed to get the win despite Joe Harris being held without a field goal.
Tyler Kalinoski had 13 points and 11 rebounds for Davidson (0-3), which shot just 31 percent from the field.