With last-second fadeaways, blowouts and close games, Tuesday night had it all.
Who did what, and how did it all go down? Let’s take a look:
Monmouth 96, Princeton 90: The Game of the Night
A tight game the whole way ended with Monmouth making crucial plays down the stretch to win. Monmouth set a school record with its ninth win, as it came out in the second half really ready to play. Je’lon Hornbeak notched the first double-double of his career with 25 points and 10 rebounds. Justin Robinson led Monmouth with 27 points and seven assists on 10-of-18 shooting. Senior forward Steven Cook led Princeton with 30 points in the loss. Here’s Monmouth head coach King Rice after the game:
Hear from HC King Rice & Je'lon Hornbeak after the 96-90 win over Princeton! #FlyHawks pic.twitter.com/t0KlzQMAKd— Mon Digital Network (@MDigitalNetwork) December 21, 2016
Northeastern 61, Oakland 59: The Fade away wins it all
As the final seconds ticked down, T.J. Williams put up a fade away jumper against Oakland. SPOILER: it went in.
Anyone catch @SportsCenter last night? https://t.co/vJcMFK2GBN pic.twitter.com/xXvsI5VgFV— Northeastern MBB (@GoNUmbasketball) December 21, 2016
He led all categories with 22 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists. Northeastern was leading 36-27 at the half, but Oakland kept itself in the game. The battle came down to the final seconds, with the ball in Williams’ hands. With the win, the Huskies have now pulled two straight upsets on the road — remember, they beat Michigan State in a shocker on Sunday. Oakland has a quick turnaround and will visit the Spartans themselves Wednesday night.
Iowa 84, North Dakota 74: That time Fran McCaffery got mad
Senior guard Quinton Hooker led the Fighting Hawks against Iowa. He had a team-high 18 points, but his 4-of-10 shooting was an issue against a tough Iowa defense. Sophomore forward Conner Avants was right behind Hooker in the scoring column, scoring 17 points on 8-of-13 shooting. The Fighting Hawks didn’t even get the chance to shake hands with the Hawkeyes after the game.
North Dakota, down 11, tried to beat the buzzer.— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) December 21, 2016
Fran McCaffery wasn't a fan, so he had Iowa walk off the court. https://t.co/PLkItzgxq0
No. 17 Xavier 85, Eastern Washington 56: The Blowout
Eastern Washington was no match for the Musketeers. What was a 16-point Xavier lead at the half turned into a 29-point victory, as Eastern Washington struggled all night. The majority of the Eagles’ production came from their wings (see what we did there), led by Jacob Wiley’s 16 points. He was the only Eastern Washington player in double figures, though Felix Von Hofe added nine and Bogdan Bliznyuk added eight more.
Maryland 88, Charlotte 72: The Near Upset
Despite forcing 13 turnovers and slow start from Maryland in the first half, Charlotte fell on the road. Sophomore guard Jon Davis had an exceptional night from the floor, scoring 28 points on 10-of-12 shooting. Charlotte showed it can compete and its defense kept the Terrapins in check for most of the game. Still, it was the 49ers’ third-straight loss.
Arkansas 71, North Dakota State, 55: This game also happened
What was a six-point lead for Arkansas at halftime turned into a dominant second half. Daryl Macon scored 15 points to lead Arkansas. The Razorbacks also had key stops down the stretch to limit North Dakota after the Bison tied it two minutes into the second half on a jumper from Carlin Dupree. From there, the Bison would enter a five-minute shooting drought, lasting until just over 13 minutes remained in the game. In that stretch, Arkansas scored 16 points.