SMU defeats Rutgers 77-65 for first victory as ranked team in 29 years
PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Nic Moore scored 16 of his 21 points in the second half and No. 23 SMU won as a ranked team for the first time in 29 years, beating Rutgers 77-65 Friday night.
Nick Russell had 16 points and Cannen Cunningham scored 10 off the bench as the Mustangs (20-5, 9-3 American Athletic Conference) reached the 20-win plateau for just the second time in 13 years.
Myles Mack had 17 points and Kadeem Jack scored 15 for the Scarlet Knights (10-15, 4-8), who were swept in the season series against surging SMU.
The Mustangs led for the game's final 32 minutes to win their fourth consecutive and for the ninth time in 10 games. Playing its first game as a ranked team since the 1984-85 season, SMU held Rutgers without a field goal over the final 6:17 of the first half and went into halftime with a 36-29 lead.
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Jermaine Marshall scored eight of his 29 points in the second overtime and Jordan Bachynski blocked T.J. McConnell's layup attempt with 6 seconds left, sending Arizona State to a 69-66 victory against No. 2 Arizona on Friday night.
With both teams struggling offensively most of the night, Arizona State (19-6, 7-5 Pac-12) turned to Marshall when it counted. He went over 20 minutes without a field goal, but hit consecutive 3-pointers and scored on a drive with 14 seconds left to put the Sun Devils up 67-66.
McConnell then tried to drive the lane, but Bachynski swatted his shot away, leading to a breakaway dunk by Jahii Carson.
Arizona State's fans rushed the court, had to be cleared because there was 0.8 seconds left, then poured out of the stands again after Nick Johnson missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer.
McConnell led Arizona (23-2, 10-2) with 17 points and five rebounds.
PHILADELPHIA -- Montrezl Harrell scored a career-high 22 points and No. 13 Louisville built a 30-point first-half lead en route to an 82-58 victory against Temple on Friday night.
Russ Smith added 15 points to help the Cardinals (20-4, 9-2 American Athletic Conference) improve to 7-1 in their past eight games.
Wayne Blackshear finished with 13 points, Luke Hancock scored 11, and Harrell had 10 rebounds and four blocks in the game postponed a day because of a snowstorm.
Anthony Lee and Will Cummings led Temple (6-17, 1-10) with 14 points apiece. The Owls shot 37.3 percent from the field to drop their fourth consecutive game and fall into a tie for last place in the conference with Central Florida.