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Daily Links: Lamar pulls major upset, Rhode Island avoids one

The Cardinals won a sloppy game in Corvalis

NCAA Basketball: Lamar at Virginia Tech
Tic Price and Lamar picked up a big win last night.
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Any night a mid-major pulls a major upset is a good night, right?

Lamar - which is projected toward the middle of the Southland - went on the road and stunned Oregon State in a sloppy game. Meanwhile across the country, a ranked Rhode Island team had to fight until the final minutes to hold off Brown.

Here’s what else happened last night, as well as a look ahead to one pivotal mid-major game today:

Oregon State Succumbs to 27 Turnovers, Loses to Lamar 63-60 | Building the Dam

The folks at Building the Dam react to Lamar’s upset, which one kind-of-well-known person says was significant.

MAC Men’s Basketball Power Rankings: Ohio near-unanimous #1 | Hustle Belt

The Bobcats take the pole position after Akron’s loss to Youngstown State.

No. 21 Rhode Island survives Brown’s upset bid | NBC College Basketball Talk

Rhode Island had its first scare of the season. The 21st-ranked Rams narrowly defeated Brown, 79-72, on Wednesday evening in a game in which Rhode Island had to sweat until the final moments.

Wichita State easily dispatches Tulsa 80-53 | Wichita Eagle

Wichita State trailed for the first time this season. Other than those 51 seconds of unfamiliar territory, not much changed for the Shockers.

Kent State players invite crowd to stand with them during national anthem | CBSSports

A powerful, respectful, original, diversity-filled moment preceded Kent State's home tip-off against Mississippi Valley State on Wednesday night.

Texas Southern takes down Rice before extended road trip | Houston Chronicle

Texas Southern savored the moment. While it wasn't a home game at H&PE Arena, Wednesday's 71-68 win over Rice at Tudor Fieldhouse was the only time the Tigers would play in Houston for the next two months.

Thomas’ 20 points lead Rider to an 84-68 win at Hartford | WTOP

The Broncs are one of just two MAAC teams - Fairfield being the other - to start the year 2-0 after winning at Hartford.

Hoops Game 2: Clemson vs. Davidson preview | Shakin the Southland

It’s just a few hours until tip-off, and it’s still unclear if Jack Gibbs will play after missing the Wildcats’ opener with a shoulder injury. This is a big game for any at-large hopes Davidson may have this year.