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Thursday night recap: Arkansas State pulls off upset, Northern Iowa pounds Arizona State

You don’t often walk out of McDonough Arena with a win. Mainly because you don’t often walk into McDonough Arena to begin with.

Mitchell Layton

It’s all fun and games until you get thoroughly out-played by Arkansas State for 35 minutes and have to dig yourself out of a 23-point hole.

That’s the new motto at Georgetown University, where the Hoyas hosted a rare game at their on-campus gym, McDonough Arena, and proceeded to fall to the school we all laughed at when they tried to make a Big 12 push over the summer.

Guard Devin Carter had 25 points on 10-15 shooting to lead the Red Wolves, who shot 65 percent from the field in the first half.

As for the Hoyas, well, let’s just say there’s a toxic atmosphere in our nation’s capital.

Heres the rest of the fun from Thursday:

Northern Iowa dismantles Arizona State

Jeremy Morgan had 20 points and Klint Carlson had 19 to lead the Panthers to an 82-63 opening-round statement victory over Arizona State in the Tire Pros Invitational. Northern Iowa made 13 threes in the game, including five from Spencer Haldeman. The Panthers advance to face Oklahoma in the tournament semifinals Friday night at 7 p.m. ET.

UMass beats Temple in old Atlantic 10 matchup

We’re always a fan of rekindling old rivalries, so yes, sign us up for a UMass-Temple game every year. Especially if it’s as exciting as this one. Temple’s Quinton Rose missed what would have been a game-tying three in the final seconds to give the Minutemen a 70-67 home win. Dejon Jarreau had 16 to lead UMass and Obi Enechionyia had 26 to lead all scorers. In a year where the top of the Atlantic 10 seems pretty set, keep an eye on the Minutemen, who have the potential to sneak up on some teams when conference play starts.

Davidson looking to bounce back after falling to Clemson

You can have a strong shooting game, but when the other team puts all five starters in double-figures, sometimes it’s just not enough. Davidson put up 78 on the Tigers on Thursday morning, but allowed 95 as Avry Holmes and company lit up the Wildcats. Clemson outscored Davidson 21-4 on turnovers and 38-24 in the paint — two areas Wildcats coach Bob McKillop pointed out after the game. Davidson faces Missouri at 11:30 a.m. in the consolation bracket at the Tire Pros Invitational.

Harvard uses 19 guys not named Siyani Chambers in win over Fisher

Oh, the Ivy League, where there are no athletic scholarships, so there’s plenty of room to run whoever you want out there against overmatched competition. That’s what the Crimson did on Thursday when 19 players appeared in a 78-51 win over Fisher. Siyani Chambers, who was hurt in the season-opener against Stanford, sat this one out, however, despite going through warmups.

Rutgers improves to 3-0 with win over DePaul

Don’t look now, but here come the Scarlet Knights. Rutgers is off to its best start in eight years after defeating DePaul, 66-59, in Rosemont. Of course, Rutgers couldn’t win this without also displaying its trademarked ineptitude. The Scarlet Knights led 54-32 before a Blue Demon blitz in the final minutes closed that gap. With three games coming up against Niagara, North Texas, and Hartford, we’re looking at the very real possibility of Rutgers starting 6-0. Steve Pikiell just might be a wizard.

Other scores:

Villanova 76 Western Michigan 65
Oregon 76 Valparaiso 54
Wisconsin 69 Chicago State 51
Louisville 88 Long Beach State 56
UCLA 88 San Diego 68
Texas 85 Eastern Washington 52
Nicholls State 86 Mississippi College 55
Wake Forest 103 UTEP 81
Abilene Christian 65 New Hampshire 57
UNC-Asheville 73 SC-Upstate 57
Hampton 70 Chowan 69 (OT)
Central Michigan 107 Marygrove 58
Akron 72 American 62
George Washington 61 Arkansas-Pine Bluff 41
Florida A&M 100 Florida Christian 91
Charleston 60 Boise State 47
Charlotte 76 East Carolina 64
Georgia 84 Furman 78
Elon 74 South Florida 61
Lafayette 84 NJIT 83 (OT)
Florida 73 St. Bonaventure 66
Savannah State 101 Middle Georgia State 93
Buffalo 85 Nazareth 38
Morgan State 88 Wilmington (Del.) 73
Sam Houston State 91 Southern 83
Louisiana-Lafayette 117 Oklahoma Panhandle 47
Saint Louis 74 Eastern Illinois 69
Grambling 59 North Carolina A&T 54
UAB 74 Troy 51
South Dakota 80 Doane 46
Missouri State 100 Fontbonne 27
Tennessee Tech 95 Alabama A&M 61
Northern Arizona 91 Benedictine Mesa 63
Auburn 85 Eastern Kentucky 64
Colorado 89 Louisiana-Monroe 70
BYU 96 Coppin State 59
Stanford 67 Weber State 49
Pepperdine 85 LIFE Pacific 79
Connecticut 65 Loyola Marymount 62
UC Davis 89 Holy Names 75
Cal Poly 75 CSU Dom. Hils 64
Denver 74 San Jose State 69
Portland State 113 George Fox 81
Sacramento State 82 Antelope Valley 60
Washington 104 Cal St. Fullerton 88