Senior Houston holds on to beating Saint Mary’s 53-48


FORT WORTH, Texas — J’Wan Roberts scored 15 points, Marcus Sasser added 13 and leaders Houston held on Saturday night to beat Saint Mary’s 53-48.

The Cougars (8-0) won twice in their first week as the No. 1 team since the last poll of the 1982-83 regular season, when Clyde Drexler and Hakeem Olajuwon led the high-flying Phi Slama Jama.

Logan Johnson had 17 points and Aidan Mahaney had 14 for the Gaels (6-3), who lost their third straight game after a 6-0 start.

Houston was the favorite to win it all in the second of three straight trips to the Final Four nearly 40 years ago, but lost to Jim Valvano and North Carolina State in one of those legendary championship games.

Coach Kelvin Sampson’s first quality team has made trips to the Final Four and Elite Eight for the last two seasons.

For the third year in a row, the postseason begins at Dickie’s Arena, where Sampson likes to take his team during the regular season to prepare for the American Athletic Conference tournament.


CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Kihei Clark scored 18 points and Virginia overcame a poor shooting to beat Florida State and win its 15th opener of the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Virginia (7-0) was 22-21 behind after both teams shot under 30% in the first half. The Cavaliers started the second half with a 22-9 run and led 43-31 midway through the half.

Florida State (1-9) went on to score the next six points and then didn’t score for five minutes as the Cavaliers restored their lead.

Darin Green Jr. scored 17 points in the Seminoles’ fifth straight loss.

RUTGERS 63, NO. 10 Indiana 48

PISCATAWAY, NJ — Freshman guard Derek Simpson scored 10 straight points in a game-winning run and Rutgers defeated Indiana for a sixth straight year.

Caleb McConnell led the Scarlet Knights with 16 points and 10 rebounds (6-2, 1-0 Big Ten). Simpson finished at 14, all in the second half.

Miller Kopp scored a best result of the season with 21 points for Indiana (7-1, 0-1). Star forward Trayce Jackson-Davis was held on 13 points and 10 rebounds before fouling late. The rest of the team had 14 points.


FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Trevon Brazile scored 23 points and Arkansas broke away in the second half to beat San Jose State.

The Razorbacks (7-1) led 40-35 at the break before breaking out. It was the first men’s basketball matchup between the schools.

Ricky Council IV had 17 points for Arkansas. Promised freshman guard Nick Smith Jr. contributed 16 points and five assists in his first career start in just his second game as a collegiate player.

Omari Moore scored 21 goals for the Spartans (6-3).

NO. 11 ALABAMA 78, State of South Dakota 65

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Freshman Noah Clowney’s breakout game — 22 points, nine rebounds, four assists and a steal — helped Alabama rebound from a 20-point lead and beat South Dakota State.

Clowney shot 8 of 17, including 5 of 12 on 3s, in his highest-scoring game of the season.

Alabama (7-1) led 37-17 with 6 1/2 minutes remaining in the first half. South Dakota State (3-6) rallied to take a 51-50 lead at Alex Arians’ 3-pointer by 11 1/2 minutes.

Charlie Easley and Arians each scored 17 points for the Jackrabbits.


DURHAM, NC — Mark Mitchell scored 15 points and Kyle Filipowski had 13 points and 10 rebounds for the freshman’s fifth double-double as Duke defeated Boston College in the opening game of the Atlantic Coast Conference for both teams.

The Blue Devils (8-2), who shot 52.8% from the field, are unbeaten in six home games under first-year coach Jon Scheyer.

CJ Penha had 16 points and Jaeden Zackery had 14 for Boston College (5-4), who have lost to Duke eight straight years.

NO. 25 STATE OHIO 96, ST. FRANCIS (Pa.) 59

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Brice Sensabaugh led the Buckeyes with 15 points and Bruce Thornton added 13 as Ohio State went up to St. Francis in the second half.

The Red Flash reduced a 16-point deficit to eight in the first half, with Josh Cohen taking the first points after the break. But Ohio State (6-2) went on a 13-5 run, keeping St. Francis (2-7) scoreless for about five minutes in the second half and up 39 points at one point.

Roddy Gayle Jr. had 12 points, Zed Key had 11, and Sean McNeil and Felix Okpara each scored 10 for Ohio State, which shot 50.7% from the field.

Cohen finished his first double-double of the season with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Cam Gregory added 15 points and Maxwell Land scored 14 for the Red Flash.

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