Couldn’t stay awake for today’s early-morning hoops? No problem. Here’s what went down in today’s ESPN Tip-Off Marathon while you were sleeping:
San Diego State @ 14. Gonzaga (12 AM)
Jordan Matthews scored 17, Zach Collins added 15 off the bench and 14th-ranked Gonzaga pulled away early to defeat San Diego State 69-48.
Gonzaga held the Aztecs to only 28.3% shooting and forced 16 turnovers. Gonzaga didn’t light it up on the offensive end either (39.4% from the field), but it was an extremely impressive showing by the Bulldogs’ defense.
Nigel Williams-Goss also scored 10 for the Zags. Jeremy Hensley and Trey Kell led SDSU (1-1) with 14.
Green Bay @ Pacific (2 AM)
Pacific pulled away mid-second half and never looked back on the way to beating the Phoenix 76-58.
The Tigers moved to 1-1 with the victory, while Green Bay fell to 1-1.
Florida Atlantic @ Hawai’i (4:30 AM)
Gibson Johnson scored 13, including the game-winning layup with 8 seconds remaining, and Hawaii defeated FAU (0-3) 64-63 in the Rainbow Classic.
The Owls nearly pulled away with a minute remaining, but Johnson went on a personal 7-0 run (including the layup) to move the Rainbow Warriors to 2-1.
Noah Allen led Hawaii with 15. They will face no. 5 UNC on Saturday.
Niagara @ Hartford (6:30 AM)
Jalen Ross and Jason Dunne combined for 55 points and Hartford defeated Niagara 82-78 in overtime.
Niagara (0-3) missed two three pointers in the final seconds of regulation that would have won the game for the Eagles, who were led by 26 points from Matt Scott. In OT, Dunne hit a three pointer and two free throws in the final minute to seal the win for the Hawks (1-1).
George Blagojevic added 15 for Hartford.
Winthrop @ Manhattan (8:45 AM)
Star guard Keon Johnson scored 22, Josh Davenport shot 16-18 from the line in a game marred by penalties, and Winthrop used a 17-5 run over both halves to beat Manhattan (94-81 and move to 2-0 on the year.
Davenport scored 22 total and Anders Broman added 15 for the Eagles. Zavier Turner led the way with 16 for Manhattan.
The teams combined for a whopping 68 fouls, with 4 players fouling out and only one combined starter with less than 3 fouls.
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