Tonight was full of important games to start off the college basketball season. We got to see Harvard try to bounce back from their loss to Holy Cross, #10 Texas go against one of the Big Ten's best teams in Iowa, and #23 ranked Syracuse play California.
#10 Texas 71 - Iowa 57 - Isaiah Taylor proved himself tonight in the Longhorns' win over Iowa. The Wooden Watch point guard scored 15 points and showed his skills to lead a team. Although the game was close at first Texas ended up pulling away with the game. Their second half push was led by Jonathan Holmes who finished with 19 points. Aaron White was Iowa's high scorer with 23 points and he also grabbed 8 rebounds. Texas now plays California for the 2k Classic Championship tomorrow night in the Madison Square Garden.
Harvard 71 - FAU 49 - After Harvard's tough loss to Holy Cross on Sunday the Crimson planned to bounce back tonight. But to send his message, Tommy Amaker started all bench players to motivate his starters who played poorly on Sunday. The response was great and was led by Wesley Saunders who scored 19 points and also dished out 6 assists. FAU's high scorer was Justin Massey who scored 17 points. Their only other player that scored double digits was Marquan Botley who scored 12. Harvard, now unranked, looked like the old Harvard with great defense and a great sense of team basketball.
Cal 73 - #23 Syracuse 59 - With Syracuse's loss tonight they will not move on in the 2k Classic Tournemnt, nor will they be ranked after Sunday. California pulled away at the beginning of the second half and never let up. Jordan Matthews led their surge and finished with 22 points. Syracuse freshman Chris McCullough had a nice game with 12 points and 6 rebounds and showed he is still capable of producing more. California will now play Texas in the 2k Classic Championship tomorrow night.
#22 SMU 68 - Indiana 74 - Upset alert! The Indiana Hoosiers pulled it off. Not that it's to much of a feat at the beginning of the season, but with doubts of their ability this year it's a big win for the Hoosiers. Freshman James Blackmon Jr. scored 26 and grabbed 7 rebounds. On other hand, the story of the night was SMU's turnovers. They had 19 compared to Indiana's 7. SMU will now most likely fall out of the rankings now and will have to fight their way back in as the season continues.
#17 UConn 65 - Charleston 57 - Ryan Boatright helped will the UConn Huskies to slim margin of victory over Charleston. He had 19 points and 5 assists in 37 minutes. Daniel Hamilton also played great and scored 15 points along with 5 rebounds. For Charleston, Anthony Stitt led them in scoring with 17 points. UConn is now 2-0 while Charleston fell to 1-2 on the season.
Boston College 69 - New Mexico 65 - BC bounced back from Sunday's loss to UMass with a big win over the Lobos of New Mexico today. Olivier Hanlan led BC to victory with 20 points and 6 assists. He carried much of the weight for the Eagles all night and will continue to all season long. For the Lobos Hugh Greenwood dominated. He had 24 points and led the team in scoring. New Mexico was behind BC all game and tried to make a late push but it just was to little to late.