Massinburg, Bulls upset No. 13 West Virginia
Senior scores 43 points to lead 99-94 OT win
C.J. Massinburg scored 35 of his 43 points in the second half and overtime as the University at Buffalo men’s basketball team upended No. 13 West Virginia, 99-94, late Friday night in Morgantown.
Massinburg’s 43 points set the school record for points in a road game and is one shy of the school record. He added 14 rebounds and was 9-for-15 from three-point range, including a pair of clutch threes to force the overtime.
UB (2-0) trailed by as many as 13 points on several occasions in the second half.
Massinburg made back-to-back threes to trim an eight-point lead to two at 81-79 with three minutes left. Brandon Knapper upped the lead to five at 84-79 when he made one of two free throws with 1:07 remaining. UB’s Jeremy Harris answered with a layup.
Massinburg then buried a three with 15 seconds left to tie the score at 84-84.
In the overtime, UB scored on the first possession but West Virginia answered. The Bulls then went on a 9-0 run fueled by a layup, two free throws and a three from Massinburg.
Harris had 16 points and nine rebounds for the Bulls while Jayvon Graves added 14.
UB pulled off a rare non-conference win at WVU Coliseum. The Mountaineers were 64-5 in nonconference home games in 12 years under Bob Huggins.
The Bulls remain on the road and face Southern Illinois in Carbondale on Monday.
Southern Illinois opened its season Friday with a 71-59 loss to Kentucky.
No. 2 Kentucky bounced back from an embarrassing 34-point loss to No. 4 Duke in the Champions Classic to beat the visiting Salukis.
Kentucky (1-1) was led freshmen Keldon Johnson and Immanuel Quickley with 15 points each, but the spark came from sophomore Quade Green’s 14 points off the bench. Sophomore Nick Richards added 19 rebounds.
Southern Illinois, which returned all five starters from a 20-win team and finished second in the Missouri Valley Conference last year to NCAA Tournament darling Loyola-Chicago, was led by junior Aaron Cook with 18 points and 16 from senior Kavion Pippen.
BYU gets probation
The BYU men’s basketball team must vacate 47 wins and will serve a two-year probation as a result improper benefits boosters gave to a player.
The report issued by the NCAA Committee on Infractions also laid out additional penalties, including the loss of one scholarship, a limit on official visits through the 201920 academic years, a disassociation of one of the boosters and a $5,000 fine.
No. 13 Syracuse 54, Louisville 23:
With a 37-7 lead at halftime due to a 30-point second quarter effort by the Orange, Syracuse had its work cut out in the second half. Moe Neal led the run game for the Orange, with 159 yards and two touchdowns on eight carries. Quarterback Eric Dungey also rushed for two touchdowns and passed for one. Dungey had 192 passing yards, with the touchdown going to Nykeim Johnson and Andre Szmyt went 4-for-4 on field goals.
No. 23 Fresno State (8-1) at Boise State,
TCU at No. 9 West Virginia (7-1),
South Carolina at No. 15 Florida (6-3),
Wisconsin at No. 20 Penn State (6-3),