No. 24 TCU snaps 3-game skid with 96-73 over Iowa State

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Jaylen Fisher brings plenty of energy to the court for No. 24 TCU. Alex Robinson and his teammates wanted to make sure they didn’t miss a beat without their injured point guard.

Vladimir Brodziansky had 26 points on 11-of-13 shooting, Robinson set a school record with 17 assists and the Horned Frogs snapped a three-game losing streak with a 96-73 win over Iowa State on Wednesday night in their first game without Fisher.

”Once it happened, we were all pretty shocked,” Robinson said about Fisher’s right knee injury in practice a day earlier. ”It was just going out there and making sure we perform.”

JD Miller added 21 points on 8-of-12 shooting with five 3-pointers for TCU (14-4, 2-4 Big 12), which shot 60 percent from the field and never trailed. Kouat Noi scored 16 points and Kenrich Williams had his eighth double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds.

”Obviously something we needed,” coach Jamie Dixon. ”We’ve had a lot of things going on.”

Fisher was scheduled to have surgery Thursday. The sophomore guard missed the team’s trip to Australia in August after tearing meniscus in his left knee during practice then, but was back for the start of the season after surgery.

”He was disappointed, obviously, with the injury and he knew what it was pretty early,” Dixon said.

Dixon called Fisher before the game to offer him some encouragement, and wasn’t sure the guard would be there. But Fisher, his knee locked up and needing to use crutches, showed up soon after tipoff and sat in a chair near the TCU bench.

Donovan Jackson had 19 points for Iowa State (10-6, 1-5). Freshmen Cameron Lard and Lindell Wigginton each had 16.

TCU jumped out to a 14-4 lead in the game’s first 5 minutes, and led by as many as 17 in the first half.

”We just got our butts kicked,” Iowa State coach Steve Prohm said. ”Just got absolutely punched in the face, didn’t respond. … It’s ridiculous.”

BIG PICTURE

Iowa St.: Even while they shot 51 percent from the field (30 of 59), the Cyclones couldn’t gain any momentum coming off their first Big 12 victory Saturday against Baylor.

”We’ve got to get an identity,” Prohm said. ”When people watch our teams play, they know what they should look like: tough, competitive, resilient, in synch, in synergy. This was bad, man.”

TCU: After so many close games, including consecutive overtime losses on the road last week, the Frogs finally had a game in which they didn’t have to press in the closing minutes. Their four Big 12 losses are by a combined 11 points, and their only previous conference win was by three points in overtime.

LOT OF HELPERS, FEW TURNOVERS

Robinson had only one turnover in 38 minutes while setting the school record for assists, setting up baskets for five different teammates. Seven of Brodziansky’s baskets come off passes from Robinson. The Frogs finished with 29 assists and a season-low four turnovers. It was their ninth straight game with 13 turnovers or less.

PERFECT INSIDE THE ARC

Brodziansky shot 11 of 13 for his third 20-point game in five games. He made all 11 of his shots inside the arc, and was 0-for-2 on 3-pointers.

UP NEXT

Iowa St.: Another ranked opponent for the Cyclones, who host No. 8 Texas Tech on Saturday.

TCU: The Horned Frogs play three of their next four games on the road. They are at Kansas State (13-5, 3-3) on Saturday.

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CSUN gets first Big West win, beats UC Riverside 66-57

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — Tavrion Dawson had 18 points and 11 rebounds and Cal State Northridge rolled to a 66-57 victory over UC Riverside on Wednesday night for its first Big West Conference win.

Dawson made four 3-pointers, collected his first double-double of the season, and surpassed 1,000 career points. Terrell Gomez chipped in 13 points and a career-high nine assists for the Matadors (4-14, 1-3). Reggie Theus Jr. added 10 points.

Chance Murray scored 15 of his 17 points in the second half for UC Riverside (5-14, 0-5), which has lost seven straight and remains winless in the conference. DJ Sylvester chipped in 15 points.

Theus scored four straight points and Gomez added eight during a 15-3 run, and Cal State Northridge led 55-41 with six minutes left and cruised from there.

The Matadors have won four straight and five of the last six against UC Riverside.

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Heidegger with 24, UC Santa Barbara upend CS Fullerton 83-64

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — Max Heidegger scored 24 points and UC Santa Barbara dealt Cal State Fullerton its first conference loss with an 83-64 win on Wednesday night.

Heidegger was 10 of 15 from the field including four from distance for the Gauchos (13-5, 2-2 Big West Conference). Marcus Jackson added 19 points, Leland King II had 17 points and seven rebounds and Jalen Canty had 10 points and seven rebounds.

Heidegger sank a pair of 3-pointers and Jackson made another as part of a 13-6 start for the Gauchos and they dominated the first half, building to a 46-31 lead at the break.

King hit a jumper and Heidegger and Jackson each added a layup midway through the second half to stretch the lead to 67-43 with 8:18 to play. The Gauchos led by at least 18 points the rest of the way.

Khalil Ahmad and Kyle Allman scored 19 and 14 points, respectively, for CS Fullerton. The Titans (11-6, 4-1) were riding a four-game win streak before tonight’s loss.

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Reserve Harrell leads Creighton past No. 19 Pirates 80-63

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The way Creighton let a road win slip away at Seton Hall last month surely provided motivation for the Bluejays for Wednesday night’s rematch. If that weren’t enough, the Bluejays also had redemption on their minds after an ugly 22-point loss at Xavier last weekend.

With Marcus Foster scoring 25 points and reserve Ronnie Harrell Jr. adding a career-high 18, Creighton unleashed some pent-up fury in an 80-63 win over No. 19 Seton Hall.

The Bluejays built an early 16-point lead, and after a lull before halftime they went on a 17-9 run that put away the Pirates.

”Proud of the way our team responded coming off a game in which we weren’t ourselves at Xavier,” Creighton coach Greg McDermott said. ”We needed to refocus, maybe a little bit more commitment to the fundamentals of the defensive end and offensive end and the importance of communication. When we watched film on Monday, I think the guys understood my message and what needed to change. To their credit, they changed it.”

The Bluejays (15-4, 5-2 Big East) split the season series with the Pirates (15-4, 4-2), avenging a 90-84 road loss last month in which they blew a double-digit lead and failed to score the last 3 1/2 minutes.

”That was definitely motivation for us just because of how close we were to winning that game,” Foster said. ”It was little mistakes that made us lose that game. As you saw tonight, we fixed those mistakes and were able to win by (almost) 20.”

Harrell scored seven of Creighton’s 17 points during its decisive run, and he later brought the sellout crowd to its feet with a behind-the-back move as he drove to the basket.

”I was going to pass it, and then I saw (the defender) commit toward me, so something cool happened after that,” Harrell said, referring to his slick play.

A moment later, Foster waved his arms urging fans to make more noise when Seton Hall star Angel Delgado elbowed Toby Hegner for a flagrant-1 foul on the other end. It was Delgado’s fourth personal, and Hegner made the free throws for a 67-47 lead with 8 minutes to play.

Delgado, who came into the game off seven straight double-doubles and had 18 points and 14 rebounds in the first meeting with Creighton, was in foul trouble all night as Creighton played aggressive defense against him. He was limited to four points and four rebounds in 20 minutes.

”The best thing about it is that he’ll bounce back,” Pirates coach Kevin Willard said.

Desi Rodriguez, the Pirates’ season scoring leader, missed all six of his shots from the floor. He didn’t play in the second half and finished with four points.

”Des has logged a ton of minutes and has been grinding and playing great,” Willard said. ”Just one of those nights I think he’s a little worn out.”

Willard had all of his starters out of the game with 6 minutes left. Myles Powell led the Pirates with 19 points.

”When you’re down 20 and you have Xavier coming in and those guys are playing hard,” Willard said, ”it was more or less let’s rest those guys and get ready for Saturday”

BIG PICTURE

Seton Hall: This was a debacle from the beginning. The Pirates shot a season-low 38.1 percent, committed 17 turnovers and had their lowest scoring output of the season. Time to forget this one and get ready for the showdown with Xavier.

Creighton: The Bluejays bounced back from the loss to Xavier in resounding fashion. They shot 51.7 percent, making them the first Seton Hall opponent to hit more than half its shots. They’re a half-game behind first-place Villanova.

KRAMPELJ CONCERN

Creighton lost starting forward Martin Krampelj late in the first half to a knee injury. McDermott said he wouldn’t know Krampelj’s status until Thursday.

QUOTABLE

”When you come here in this building, the way they’re playing, if you don’t have your ‘A’ game you’re going to struggle. We didn’t have our ‘A’ game and we struggled.” – Willard.

UP NEXT

Seton Hall: hosts No. 11 Xavier on Saturday.

Creighton: visits Providence on Saturday.

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Kerem Kanter rallies No. 11 Xavier over St. John’s 88-82

CINCINNATI (AP) — Chris Mack didn’t get to do much as a Xavier player because of knee injuries. As the Musketeers’ coach, nobody has won more games.

Kerem Kanter scored 22 points and made the biggest plays during a late run that swept the 11th-ranked Musketeers to an 88-82 victory over St. John’s on Wednesday night, making Mack the school’s leader in career coaching wins.

In his ninth season, Mack moved ahead of Pete Gillen – his former coach – with 203 wins.

”I didn’t have much of an impact as a player because of injuries, but I’ve made an impact here with the guys I’ve coached and we’ve won some games,” Mack said. ”It’s humbling, it really is. When I first became a coach at Xavier, I didn’t think about it at all, quite honestly.”

One of his newest additions made the difference in win No. 203.

Kanter had eight points and an emphatic block during a 17-2 run that kept Xavier (17-3, 5-2 Big East) unbeaten in 13 games at the Cintas Center this season. He also matched his career high with 13 rebounds for his third double-double of the season.

”Kerem played his best game in a Xavier uniform,” Mack said.

The graduate student came from Green Bay hoping to play in a lot of big games during his final college season. He played the biggest role in getting Mack the breakthrough win. After the game, Mack was presented with a commemorative basketball on the court.

”He’s a great X’s and O’s coach,” Kanter said. ”I love the plays he runs. He has so much energy on the sideline and our team feeds off that energy and brings it onto the court.”

Trevon Bluiett emerged from a shooting slump by scoring 24 points during a 92-70 win over then-No. 25 Creighton on Saturday. He followed with 23 points Wednesday.

St. John’s (10-9, 0-7) led midway through the second half before Xavier surged ahead 79-67 with 2:56 left. The Red Storm dropped their seventh straight. Justin Simon had a career-high 28 points.

”Scoring 28 doesn’t mean a lot to me personally,” Simon said. ”Scoring is not my game. I just do what they need me to do.”

BIG PICTURE

St. John’s: The Red Storm keep coming close and coming up short. Five of the losses during their skid have been by seven points or fewer.

Xavier: The Musketeers have regained their footing after consecutive road losses at Providence and No. 1 Villanova that dropped them from No. 5 nationally to No. 11. Their 3-point shooting was a big problem during the two losses, and they found their touch during the two wins. They went 14 of 26 from beyond the arc on Wednesday.

QUOTE OF THE NIGHT

Asked if he thought his team could ”steal” a win after getting ahead in the second half, St. John’s coach Chris Mullin said: ”We’re looking to steal anything at this point. I’d steal your lungs right about now if you don’t watch out. It’s been a tough stretch for us. We’ve actually played pretty good basketball and not gotten a win for it.”

GATES’ ENCORE

Xavier forward Kaiser Gates responded to being dropped from the starting lineup against Creighton by scoring 16 points. He followed with 11 points in 21 minutes on Wednesday.

JONES LIMITED

Xavier forward Tyrique Jones sat out the win over Creighton because of an injured right hand. His right thumb was taped Wednesday. He played 9 minutes, got two rebounds and missed both of his shots.

NO SHOWING OFF

Simon opened the game with a dunk and got a technical for hanging on the rim in celebration.

COULDN’T MISS

St. John’s made its first 11 shots in the second half but went cold after getting the lead, going only 5 of 13 the rest of the way.

UP NEXT

St. John’s: plays a second straight road game at Georgetown. The Red Storm lost at home to the Hoyas 69-66 on Jan. 9.

Xavier: plays at No. 19 Seton Hall on Saturday. The rematch is Feb. 14 at the Cintas Center.

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Roach scores 20 as Texas beats No. 8 Texas Tech 67-58

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas guard Kerwin Roach had already missed two games with a fractured left hand and was supposed to be on the bench for at least one more.

Even when X-rays showed Roach’s hand was healing quickly and he suited up for pregame warmups, Longhorns coach Shaka Smart didn’t think his sophomore guard would play against No. 8 Texas Tech.

Then came a sly hint from the team trainer just before tipoff.

”I literally was walking out on the court at the beginning of the game and turned to the trainer and said, ‘Can (Roach) play or not?’ And he winked at me. That’s how I found out,” Smart said.

Roach had a huge night in his surprise return, scoring 20 points and igniting Texas’ offense as the Longhorns earned their second home win over a ranked opponent in a week, beating the Red Raiders 67-58.

Roach said he hadn’t done anything in practice for the past two weeks other than conditioning drills.

”It really was a game-time decision. The first half, I was nervous. I settled my nerves with my first bucket,” Roach said.

That was an early 3-pointer from the corner. The moment it swished through, Roach jogged back down the court with a big smile while nodding his head.

The Longhorns – who beat then-No. 16 TCU 99-98 in double-overtime last Wednesday – also played their best defense in weeks, anchored by freshman center Mo Bamba under the basket. Bamba had 15 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks.

”He’s special,” Texas Tech coach Chris Beard said. ”I think he could block the moon and the sun. He’s got great timing.”

Texas (12-6, 3-3 Big 12) led by 13 early in the second half before the Red Raiders rallied to get within four. But the Longhorns got two big 3-pointers by Eric Davis Jr., including one with 3:28 left that pushed the lead back to 10.

Davis had averaged 20 points the previous two games, but had been lost in the Longhorns offense until his late baskets gave Texas a much-needed boost.

”He was frustrated earlier in the game. You could see it in his face, his body language wasn’t good. If this was a different era of basketball, I might have grabbed him and shaken him,” Smart said.

Jarrett Culver scored 16 points to lead Texas Tech (15-3, 4-2).

BIG PICTURE

Texas Tech: The Red Raiders are having their best season in years and Beard has them contending for the Big 12 title. But they missed a chance to pick up an important road win and dropped their 22nd consecutive game in Austin. The Red Raiders haven’t beaten Texas in Austin since 1996, when both programs were in the old Southwest Conference.

”It’s really early in this race,” Beard said. ”The Big 12 doesn’t even really start until February. Everybody is jockeying for position.”

Texas: The Longhorns will get a shot of confidence in an inconsistent season with another big win. Most of all the Longhorns showed they can protect a big lead, even if just barely. Texas let a double-digit second half lead get away in a crushing road loss at Oklahoma State last week.

”We wanted our guys to be aggressive, confident and loose,” Smart said.

LIMITING TURNOVERS

Texas has given away games with late turnovers and it appeared it could happen again, when three in a 3-minute span helped the Red Raiders get within 47-43. But Texas cleaned up the sloppy ball handling and had just two more over the final 8 minutes.

”We’ve been here before,” Bamba said. ”We just have to take care of the ball, All the games we’ve lost, it was (not) taking care of the ball.”

HONORING JONES

Texas played its third game since the program announced that starting guard Andrew Jones was diagnosed with leukemia and is undergoing treatment. Opponents continue to find ways to express support for his recovery. Texas Tech players honored Jones in the pregame ceremonies by wearing jackets with his name and jersey No. 1.

A fundraising website set up by Texas has raised more than $100,000.

UP NEXT

Texas Tech plays at Iowa State

Texas plays at No. 6 West Virginia

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Lyons scores 22 as Air Force rallies past Colorado St. 76-71

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — Trevor Lyons scored 22 points and Jacob Van made four straight free throws in the last 25 seconds as Air Force rallied from nine points down to clip Colorado State 76-71 on Wednesday night.

Deion James and Prentiss Nixon canned consecutive 3-pointers around an Air Force miss and the Rams led 54-46 with just under 10 minutes to play.

But Van hit a 3-pointer that cut the gap to one, then hit another for a 65-64 Air Force lead with 2:54 left. Lavelle Scottie hit from distance to put Air Force (8-10, 2-4 Mountain West) back in the lead for keeps, 68-67, with 1:45 left. Trevor Lyons and Van scored the last eight points.

Colorado State missed five of its last seven shots.

The Falcons made 12 3-pointers in the game, Lyons was 4 of 4 from distance. Van scored 15 points, Scottie 14.

Nixon led Colorado State (10-10, 3-4) with 18 points and seven assists, Nico Carvacho scored 12 points and pulled down 12 rebounds and J.D. Paige added 10 points as Colorado State shot 5 of 17 from distance.

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SE Louisiana distances itself from Houston Baptist 85-69

HAMMOND, La. (AP) — Jordan Capps scored a career-high 31 point on 12-of-18 shooting and Southeastern Louisiana pulled away from Houston Baptist 85-69 on Wednesday night.

Southeastern Louisiana (11-8, 5-1 Southland Conference) led 39-38 at halftime and stretched it to 56-45 on Marlain Veal’s jumper with 13:04 left. Jalon Gates made a 3-pointer and Tim Myles’ jumper reduced Houston Baptist’s deficit to six (56-50), but Joshua Filmore sandwiched a pair of 3s between Ian DuBose’s 3-point play and Keith Charleston’s jumper made it 64-53.

The Huskies (4-15, 0-6) drew within 67-61 on David Caraher’s 3, but Houston Baptist went scoreless in the next 4 1/2 minutes while Capps scored a layup and back-to-back dunks and Filmore added a 3 and free throw for a 16-point lead with 5:12 left.

Capps scored the last 10 points of the first half for the Lions to put them up before the break. Filmore scored 22 points and was 7-of-11 shooting from 3-point range.

DuBose lead the Huskies with 17 points, Gates and Braxton Bonds each scored 13 and Caraher had 10.

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Harris leads Stephen F. Austin past Abilene Christian, 76-66

ABILENE, Texas (AP) — Kevon Harris put up 23 points and Stephen F. Austin kept pace with the leaders in the Southland Conference by beating Abilene Christian, 76-66 on Wednesday night.

The Lumberjacks, Sam Houston and Southeast Louisiana all have five wins in six conference games and are a half-game behind 6-1 Nicholls.

Harris hit 7 of 11 from the field, including 4 of 5 from behind the 3-point arc, to lead the Lumberjacks. Leon Gilmore III added 16 points and Ivan Canete added 13.

T.J. Holyfield finished with seven rebounds for Stephen F. Austin (16-3, 5-1), leaving him one shy of 500 career boards. Ty Charles had four rebounds and now is six shy of the same landmark.

Tevin Foster converted 9 of 10 from the free throw line and finished with 20 points for the Wildcats (12-8, 4-3). Jaren Lewis and Payten Ricks added 13 and 11 points, respectively.

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Reynolds scores 22 as Tulane holds off Houston 81-72

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Cameron Reynolds scored 22 points and made back-to-back 3-point jumpers to wrest back the lead and Tulane made 10 free throws down the stretch to hold off Houston 81-72 Wednesday night.

Houston had won five of its previous six games, falling only to No. 9 Wichita State on January 4, and had taken its biggest lead of the game, 52-49, on a Wes VanBeck 3-pointer. Reynolds’ sank two from distance in less than a minute to put the Green Wave (12-6, 3-3 American) back in the lead 55-54 with 10:23 to play.

Rob Gray gave Houston a one-point lead twice more as the teams battled but Ray Ona Embo made a pair of free throws and Caleb Daniels threw down a dunk as Tulane led 66-63 with four minutes remaining and never trailed again.

Samir Sehic and Jordan Cornish scored 14 apiece for Tulane, which made 10 3-pointers – the sixth game this season it made 10 or more in a game.

Gray led the Cougars (14-4, 4-2) with 24 points and Corey Davis, Jr. added 15.

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