Friday's basketball: Central Michigan falls on buzzer-beater
Bimini, Bahamas — Israel Barnes hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give Weber State a 78-76 win over Central Michigan in the second night of the Junkanoo Jam on Friday.
Cody John grabbed the rebound off David DiLeo’s missed free throw with 7.8 seconds left and drove it inside the top of the key before kicking to Barnes on the left wing.
Weber State (3-1) closed the game on an 8-2 run starting with Zach Braxton’s dunk with 1:06 left in the game. The Wildcats improved their record to 2-0 in the tournament and will face CSU Bakersfield to close out the tournament on Sunday.
Jerrick Harding scored 25 to lead Weber State. John added 18 points and Braxton had 16 on 6-of-8 shooting.
Larry Austin scored 30 points for Central Michigan (3-1), which led 69-61 on Austin’s layup with 4:35 left. The Chippewas will face San Jose State on Sunday.
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UNLV 74, Oakland 61: At Las Vegas, Shakur Juiston scored 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as UNLV won its second straight game, building a big first-half lead. The Runnin’ Rebels got their first win of the season Tuesday, when they beat UC Riverside. UNLV plays seven straight home games to open the season and does not play on the road until Dec. 8 at Illinois.
Xavier Hill-Mais hit a jumper and a trey to get Oakland out to a 5-0 lead, but Juiston hit two free throws and dunked to spark a 14-0 UNLV run to take control of the contest. Juiston hit back-to-back jumpers to push the lead to 24-7 with 7:27 left in the first half and the Rebels took a 42-28 lead into intermission.
Cheikh Mbacke Diong contributed 12 points and Amauri Hardy added another dozen off the bench for UNLV. The Rebels hit 31 of 59 from the field (52.5 percent), including 4 of 15 from distance.
Hill-Mais was 11 of 15 from the field, including 2 of 4 from deep, to lead Oakland with 29 points.
Miami (Ohio) 78, Detroit Mercy 59: Savannah Kluesner scored 25 points on 11-of-15 shooting for Miami (3-0). Ashley Miller and Jess Bicknell each had 14 points while Lexey Tobel added 10 for Detroit Mercy (1-3).
(At) No. 2 Kansas 89, Louisiana Lafayette 76: Lagerald Vick hit seven 3-pointers and had a career-high 33 points. Vick also had nine rebounds while topping his 32-point outburst earlier in the week against Vermont. Dedric Lawson added 19 points for the Jayhawks (3-0), and Udoka Azubuike had 17 points and eight rebounds.
Justin Miller scored all 22 of his points in the first half for Louisiana-Lafayette (1-2). JaKeenan Grant finished with 18 points, Malik Marquetti had 14 and Cedric Russell had 10 points and five assists.
No. 4 Virginia 97, Coppin State 40: De’Andre Hunter scored 20 points, and Virginia routed Coppin State.
Hunter was outscoring the Eagles for most of the first half after hitting two early 3-pointers for the Cavaliers (3-0). A 3-pointer by Ibn Williams with 6:10 left finally gave Coppin State more points than the sophomore forward, but the Eagles trailed 26-13.
Williams and Lamar Morgan led Coppin State (0-4) with six points each. The Eagles trailed 45-17 at halftime and 63-20 after a 15-0 run by Virginia in the second half.
Mamadi Diakite started for Virginia in place of Jack Salt and had a career-high 18 points on 7-for-9 shooting. Salt was sidelined by a stiff back.
(At) No. 7 North Carolina 108, Tennessee Tech 58: Luke Maye had 15 points to help North Carolina to the runaway win.
Sterling Manley added 13 points for the Tar Heels (4-0), who shot 55 percent against an overmatched opponent. Seventh Woods had seven points and a career-best eight assists off the bench, including a behind-the-back pass to set up a corner 3-pointer from Cameron Johnson after halftime.
The Tar Heels finished with 29 fast-break points, higher than any total last season.
Micaiah Henry scored 20 points for the Golden Eagles (0-4), who shot 36 percent and had 22 turnovers.
No. 12 Kansas State 95, Eastern Kentucky 68: Xavier Sneed scored 16 points to lead five Kansas State players in double figures.
Dean Wade and Cartier Diarra each had 14 points, helping the Wildcats (3-0) advance to the semifinals of the Paradise Jam tournament. Kamau Stokes and Barry Brown Jr. had 10 points apiece.
Dujuanta Weaver scored 12 points and Nick Mayo added 11 points for the Colonels (2-2), whose only lead came when Kelvin Robinson’s jumper 19 seconds in made it 2-0.
No. 13 Oregon 80, No. 15 Syracuse 65: Bol Bol had 26 points and nine rebounds, and Oregon beat Syracuse in the consolation game of the 2K Classic.
Payton Pritchard added 18 points for the Ducks (3-1). Kenny Wooten had 12 in the first-ever meeting between the ACC and Pac-12 programs.
Syracuse (2-2) lost on consecutive nights, also falling 83-76 to UConn on Thursday. The Orange shot 35 percent (18 for 51) from the field.
Tyus Battle scored 17 points for Syracuse, and Elijah Hughes and Jalen Carey each had 14.
No. 16 Virginia Tech 88, Northeastern 60: Nickeil Alexander-Walker scored 20 points, helping Virginia Tech advance to the championship of the Charleston Classic.
The Hokies (3-0) grabbed control in the first half, going from trailing 24-23 to leading 46-26 at the break.
Next up is Sunday’s championship against No. 23 Purdue, which advanced with a 79-58 victory over Davidson.
Tomas Murphy led Northeastern (2-2) with 11 points. The Huskies will play Davidson for third place.
(At) No. 17 Mississippi State 79, Long Beach State 51: Quinndary Weatherspoon scored 21 points, Tyson Carter added 17 and Mississippi State beat Long Beach State.
Mississippi State went on a 32-4 run over 15 minutes spanning the end of the first half and beginning of the second half.
Lamar Peters scored 16 points for the Bulldogs (3-0), and Reggie Perry had 14 rebounds.
Long Beach State (1-3) was hurt by 20 turnovers. The 49ers were led by Bryan Alberts and KJ Byers, who both scored eight points.
(At) No. 22 LSU 74, Louisiana Tech 67: Ja’vonte Smart made a late 3-pointer and finished with 16 points, leading LSU to the victory.
Tremont Waters had 14 points for LSU (4-0). Skylar Mays and Daryl Edwards each scored 12.
The Bulldogs tied it at 62 on a jumper by Daquan Bracey with 2:29 remaining, but Smart hit a big 3 on the next possession for the Tigers. LSU increased its lead to eight points on a layup by Kavell Bigby-Williams and three free throws by Mays.
Anthony Duruji led Louisiana Tech (3-1) with 22 points. Sophomore Exavian Christon matched his career high with 15 points and Amorie Archibald had 10.
No. 23 Purdue 79, Davidson 58: Carsen Edwards had 29 points, and Purdue beat Davidson to reach the final of the Charleston Classic.
Edwards had six of Purdue’s 13 3-pointers. It was his fifth straight game with 20 or more points.
The Boilermakers (4-0) opened the second half with a 19-7 surge to break the game open. They are going for their third in-season tournament title in four years.
Kellen Grady had 18 points for Davidson, which will face Northeastern for third place in the eight-team tournament.