Hoops du Jour
Men: VMI at Penn State
Tipoff: 1 p.m., Jordan Center, University Park
Records: Virginia Millitary Institute (1-0); PSU (0-0)
TV: Big Ten-Plus
Notable: VMI coached by one-time PSU standout guard Dan Earl. … The Keydets’ first win was over Division II St. Andrews, 90-63, thanks to 15 points from Ta’Vonne Bond. … Nittany Lions had season opener with Drexel canceled.
Mirror prediction: Penn State, 55, VMI 45.
Mirror prediction record: 0-0
— Scott Franco
Men: Drexel at Pitt
Tipoff: 1 p.m., Petersen Events Center
Records: Drexel (0-0); Pitt (0-1)
TV: ACC Network Extra
Notable: Drexel’s opener was scheduled at Penn State this past Wednesday, but the game was canceled. … Pitt is 21-6 against non-ACC opponents under Jeff Capel. … The Panthers have never played Drexel.
Mirror prediction: Drexel 70, Pittsburgh 66
Mirror prediction record: 0-1
— Michael Boytim
Men: UMBC at Saint Francis
Tipoff: 3 p.m., DeGol Arena, Loretto
Records: Saint Francis (1-0), UMBC- (0-1)
TV/Streaming: NEC Front Row (Pat Farabaugh, Tom Fox)
Notable: First game SFU has played at home since March 7. … Red Flash fresh off historic victory at Pitt earlier this week (80-70). … Last season, SFU beat UMBC, 63-60. … The Retrievers are 14-11 all-time against Saint Francis.
Mirror prediction: Saint Francis 73, UMBC 63
Mirror prediction record: 0-1
— Damian Runk
Top 25 women
Top 25 Notre Dame falls to MAC school
ATHENS, Ohio — Cece Hooks scored 32 points, Erica Johnson added 24 and Ohio rallied to upset No. 22 Notre Dame, 86-85, spoiling Irish coach Niele Ivey’s debut in women’s collegiate basketball action Friday.
Ivey played on two Notre Dame Final Four teams and was an assistant coach for the other seven trips the Irish made to the Final Four. She was an assistant with the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies last season when a young Irish team went 13-18 in Hall of Famer Muffet McGraw’s 33rd and final season.
Dara Mabrey had a career-high 34 points for Notre Fame, hitting seven 3-pointers.
Bellwood-Antis graduate Alli Campbell came off the bench and hit on two-of three shots from the field for four points for the Irish.
Top 25 men
Top-ranked Gonzaga routs SEC team
FORT MYERS, Fla. — Drew Timme had 28 points and 10 rebounds, Corey Kispert scored 25 points and top-ranked Gonzaga routed Auburn 90-67 on Friday in the Rocket Mortgage Fort Myers Tip-Off.
Timme, who left the game with about eight minutes remaining, went 11 of 16 from the field. Kispert made four 3-pointers. Jalen Suggs, Gonzaga’s highest-rated recruit, added 12 points and six assists.
Allen Flanigan scored 20 points to lead Auburn (1-1).
A day after beating No. 6 Kansas 102-90, the Bulldogs (2-0) started strong in a game that tipped off at 11 a.m.
An 11-0 run gave Gonzaga a 16-6 lead. The sequence featured a three-point play by Timme, a 3-pointer by Jay Ayayi, a steal and slam by Suggs and a 3-pointer by Kispert.
The Bulldogs led by as much as 17 points in the first half and had a 49-35 advantage at halftime.
In the second half, another 11-0 run made it 74-47 and the margin went as high as 30 points.
NO. 5 IOWA 103, SOUTHERN 76: Luka Garza scored 41 points, missing just one shot, and Iowa beat Southern. Garza was 14 of 15 from the field, making all three of his 3-point attempts, and was 10 of 12 on free throws for the Hawkeyes (2-0). He also had nine rebounds and three blocked shots in 29 minutes. It was 18th consecutive game of 20 or more points for Garza, the lone unanimous selection to the AP preseason All-America team. Garza had 36 points in the first half, making all 12 of his field-goal attempts, and Iowa led 58-35 at halftime.
NO. 6 KANSAS 94, SAINT JOSEPH’S 72: Christian Braun scored 30 points and Kansas pulled away to beat Saint Joseph’s in the Rocket Mortgage Fort Myers Tip-Off. Braun made 10 of 13 shots, hit five 3-pointers and added nine rebounds.
NO. 8 ILLINOIS 77, OHIO 75: Ayo Dosunmu scored 24 points, Kofi Cockburn had 13 points and 11 rebounds and Illinois rallied to beat Ohioto improve to 3-0 Jason Preston scored 31 points for Ohio (2-1). Ben Vander Plas added 20 points. Ohio took a 71-67 lead on Preston’s free throw with 1:56 remaining. Dosunmu tied it at 71 with a 3-pointer and Da’Monte Williams put Illinois ahead 74-73 on a 3 with 35 seconds left. Wilson hit a jumper with 7.9 seconds left to give Ohio its last lead. After a timeout, Dosumnu was fouled going to the basket and made both free throws to put Illinois up 76-75 with 2 seconds remaining. Trent Frazier intercepted Ohio’s inbounds pass and was fouled with less than a second left. Frazier made the first free throw and missed the second on purpose. Ohio got off a last-ditch shot from mid-court that fell well short.
NO. 14 TEXAS TECH 84, SAM HOUSTON STATE 52: Mac McClung scored 18 points and Texas Tech beat Sam Houston State, Georgetown’s leading scorer last season, McClung has 38 points in his first two games for the Red Raiders (2-0). The 6-foot-2 junior guard had two 3-pointers and 10 points in the first eight minutes of the game against the Bearkats (0-2), helping Tech race to a 20-4 lead.
NO. 15 WEST VIRGINIA 70, WESTERN KENTUCKY 64: Derek Culver scored 15 points and West Virginia overcame a 10-point second-half deficit to beat Western Kentucky in the final of the Bad Boy Mowers Crossover Classic. Culver was selected the tournament MVP. Miles McBride had 14 points and Taz Sherman scored 12 for the Mountaineers (3-0).
NO. 17 HOUSTON 68, BOISE STATE 58: Quentin Grimes had 25 points and eight rebounds, Caleb Mills added 12 points and Houston beat Boise State in the Southwest Showcase.
NO. 22 UCLA 107, PEPPERDINE 98, 3OT: Tyger Campbell and Jules Bernard hit 3-pointers early in the third overtime, and Chris Smith added a three-point play to finish with 26 points and help UCLA outlast Pepperdine. Campbell scored 10 of his 22 points in the third overtime, seven of them in the last 1:40. Bernard scored 21 points. UCLA was routed 73-58 by San Diego State on Wednesday night in the four-team event at Viejas Arena.
NO. 24 RUTGERS 96, FAIRLEIGH DICKINSON 75: Ron Harper Jr. had a career-high 30 points on 11-of-16 shooting, including 5-of-9 from beyond the arc, and Jacob Young had 24 points and seven assists for Rutgers. Montez Mathis added 15 points for Rutgers (2-0).
The Associated Press