Bracket Busters: Griz fall in OT; Gaels triumph
Jake Cohen scored 28 points and De’Mon Brooks added 18 points to lead Davidson to a 93-87 win in overtime against Montana on Saturday in a BracketBuster men’s basketball game in Davidson, N.C.
Chris Czerapowicz and JP Kuhlman each added 11 points for the Wildcats (21-7), who extended their win streak to 12 games. Tyler Kalinoski added 10 points.
Kareem Jamar made two free throws for the Grizzlies to tie the game at 76-all with 18 seconds left and force overtime. Davidson never trailed in the extra period.
Montana cut the score to 87-85 when Jamar made a jumper with 2:23 remaining, but Tom Droney scored on a layup and Chris Czerapowicz made two free throws to push the lead to six points for the Wildcats.
Jamar finished with 28 points, 12 rebounds and six assists for Montana (19-6).
Saint Mary’s 74, Creighton 66: Matthew Dellavedova scored 19 points and made five 3-pointers to lead the Gaels (24-5) past the Bluejays (22-7) in Moraga, Calif.
Stephen Holt added 13 points and Brad Waldow 12 points and 12 rebounds for Saint Mary’s, which never trailed.
Doug McDermott scored 22 points and Gregory Echenique added 18 for Creighton.
Saint Mary’s won the rebounding battle 39-27.
The Gaels scored the last eight points before halftime to take a 38-24 lead. Creighton was hurt by 29.6 percent shooting in the first 20 minutes, its lowest performance in any half this season.
Murray State 73, South Dakota State 62: Isaiah Canaan tallied 22 points and five assists to lead the Racers (20-7) past the Jackrabbits (21-9) in Murray, Ky., for their fourth consecutive BracketBuster win.
The Racers used a 30-9, second-half run to rally from a 14-point deficit and deal South Dakota State its first back-to-back losses since the second and third games of the 2011-12 season.
Nate Wolters led the Jackrabbits with 18 points and five assists.
Valparaiso 82, Eastern Kentucky 60: Ryan Broekhoff and Will Bogan scored 13 points apiece and LaVonte Dority added 12 off the bench, leading the hot-shooting Crusaders (22-7) to an easy victory over the Colonels (22-7) in Valparaiso, Ind.
Kevin Van Wijk chipped in 11 points, and Ben Boggs had 10 points and seven rebounds for the winners, who shot 68 percent from the floor to help them overcome 18 turnovers.
Corey Walden had 20 points and Mike DiNunno 19 for the Colonels, who took their only lead, 25-24, on DiNunno’s free throws 5:32 before halftime.
But the Crusaders closed the first half on a 15-4 run and steadily pulled away from there during the second half.
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