MORAGA, Calif. – Dillon Jones scored a career-high 29 points and had 10 rebounds, and Weber State scored 14 in the second half to stun No. 23 St Mary’s 61-57 on Sunday night.
Jones, a unanimous preseason pick to be Big Sky MVP, had nine points as part of a 23-4 run midway through the second half that erased a 49-35 deficit and put the Wildcats (2-0) ahead to stay behind. they trailed the entire first half.
Aidan Mahaney and Harry Wessels scored 11 points each to pace the Irish (2-1).
Neither team shot well from the perimeter. Saint Mary’s was 5 of 27 (18.5%) on 3-pointers. Weber State went 6 of 21 (28.6%) beyond the arc.
The Irish were sloppy in the last five minutes and committed three of their 15 turnovers, a problem that plagued St. Mary’s in their win over New Mexico earlier in the week.
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With several NBA scouts in attendance, Jones chose the perfect night to have his career game. He shot 11 of 20 and overcame five turnovers to lead the Wildcats to the win.
NO. 19 NORTH CAROLINA 90, LEHIGH 68: Armando Bacot’s 22 points, a 20-rebound effort and RJ Davis’ 22 points led North Carolina to a win over Lehigh.
Harrison Ingram added 14 points for the Tar Heels, who broke away after Lehigh got within three points about seven minutes into the second half. North Carolina (2-0) outscored the Mountain Hawks 23-3 on free throws.
Bacot produced the third game of his career with 20-20 numbers, reaching the 20-rebound mark for the seventh time. He sat out the last four minutes.
Keith Higgins Jr. scored. 14 of his 16 points in the first half and Tyler Whitney-Sidney had 10 points for Lehigh (0-3).
North Carolina’s 43-34 halftime lead was cut to 53-50, but the Mountain Hawks had seven kills in less than seven minutes to open the second half in a steady diet of free throws for the Tar Heels. Two foul shots by RJ Davis started a 9-0 run.
NO. 20 BAYLOR 77, GARDNER-WEBB 62: Ja’Kobe Walter scored 14 points, Jayden Nunn added 12 and Baylor ran away from Gardner-Webb in Waco.
In a game that featured 16 lead changes in the first 27 minutes, Baylor (3-0) finally took control in the second half with a 12-2 run that lasted nearly five minutes. That spurt was highlighted by a coast-to-coast layup from RayJ Dennis off a Yves Missi block that gave Baylor a 50-48 lead with 13:07 left, and the Bears never trailed again.
Baylor won despite not making a 3-pointer (0-for-9) for the first time since a game against Texas Tech in 1990, ending a streak of 1,032 games with at least one. Gardner-Webb didn’t fare much better from beyond the arc, hitting just two of his 17 attempts.
Missi, a 7-foot freshman making his first career start, dominated the paint defensively by blocking five shots and altering several others. He finished with 11 points and eight goals. Missi’s first basket came three seconds into the game, when he won a layup for Dennis, then beat the Bulldogs down the floor and received a pass from Dennis for a layup.
Dennis finished with nine points, ending a 51 game scoring streak in double figures.
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