Top 25 basketball roundup: Virginia Tech upends No. 3 Michigan State
Field Level Mediaon
Virginia Tech made 10 3-pointers, including five over a pivotal run in the second half, in a 71-66 upset victory over No. 3 Michigan State in opening-round Maui Invitational action on Monday in Lahaina, Hawaii.
The Hokies (6-0) came into Monday's matchup shooting better than 42 percent from behind the 3-point arc, with 68 made as a team. The long ball served them well again, particularly during a 19-7 run spanning almost six minutes late in the second half.
Michigan State (3-2) committed 16 turnovers, which Virginia Tech turned into 20 points. The Hokies advance to face Dayton in the semifinals while the Spartans will oppose Georgia in the losers' bracket.
Hokies guard/forward Landers Nolley II made 4 of 6 from behind the arc, including a critical shot late. He scored a game-high 22 points. Aaron Henry had 18 points for Michigan State.
No. 4 Kansas 93, Chaminade 63
Sophomore guard Devon Dotson scored 19 points on 7-for-12 shooting as the Jayhawks overwhelmed the Division II Silverswords in the first round of the Maui Invitational at Lahaina, Hawaii.
The victory was the fourth straight for the Jayhawks (4-1), who advanced to Tuesday's semifinal round, where they will face BYU. Chaminade (2-1) will oppose UCLA in the consolation bracket.
Foul trouble prevented Udoka Azubuike, the Big 12 preseason player of the year, from attempting a shot in the first half, but the 7-foot senior center finished with 15 points and seven rebounds. Andre Arissol scored 18 points for the Silverswords.
No. 10 Ohio State 71, Kent State 52
Kaleb Wesson led four players in double figures with 17 points, and the host Buckeyes used a 17-0 run to defeat the Golden Flashes in Columbus, Ohio.
Ohio State (6-0) got 16 points from Duane Washington Jr., 13 from Luther Muhammad and 11 from D.J. Carton. Danny Pippen had 19 points with eight rebounds and Antonio Williams 17 for Kent State (5-1).
The Golden Flashes would not go away, and a Williams free throw for his 17th point tied the score at 48 with 10:29 to play. The Buckeyes responded by scoring the game's next 17 points to put the game away.
No. 17 Tennessee 58, Chattanooga 46
Lamonte Turner's 17 points and 12 assists paced the Volunteers to a nonconference win over the Mocs in a defensive-minded slugfest in Knoxville, Tenn.
John Fulkerson scored all 14 of his points after halftime for the Volunteers (5-0) while Jordan Bowden chipped in with 13 points and 12 rebounds. Tennessee survived 37.3 percent field-goal shooting to extend the nation's longest home winning streak to 30 games.
David Jean-Baptiste and Matt Ryan each scored nine points for the Mocs (3-3), who couldn't muster up enough offense to offer a serious challenge. Chattanooga made only 33.9 percent of its field-goal tries and couldn't make up for it with rebounding, as the Vols won that category 43-30 and allowed only six offensive boards.
No. 18 Auburn 84, New Mexico 59
The Tigers survived their coldest-shooting night of the season to post a victory over the Lobos in the Roman Legends Classic semifinals in New York.
Auburn (6-0) will face Richmond, who defeated Wisconsin 62-52 in the other semifinal, in the Legends Classic championship game. The Lobos and Badgers will meet in the consolation game.
The Tigers shot 32 of 76 from the field, a season-low 42.1 percent. Sami Doughty led the team in scoring with 19 points, and Austin Wiley added 14 points and a career-high 13 rebounds. Makuach Maluach scored 14 points to lead New Mexico (5-2).
No. 20 VCU 78, Alabama State 62
Marcus Evans scored 25 points to help the host Rams improve to 6-0 for the first time in school history with a victory against the Hornets in Richmond, Va.
Marcus Santos-Silva had nine points and nine rebounds, and Nah'Shon Hyland added 12 points for VCU (6-0), which has won 17 consecutive games at the Siegel Center dating back to last season.
Tobi Ewuosho scored 17 points and redshirt junior Kevion Stewart added 14 points for Alabama State (0-5).