AJ Green gave Northern Iowa the lead for good with his ninth 3-pointer midway through the second half and the visiting Panthers pulled away from previously unbeaten St. Bonaventure for a 90-80 nonconference victory over the No. 16 Bonnies on Saturday.
Green, the Missouri Valley Conference Playerof the Year in 2020 who played just three games last year before a season-ending hip injury, tied his career high with 35 points, equaling his total in 2020 game against Bradley.
Green, who passed Matt Bohannon for the school all-time lead in 3-pointers in his last outing, buried his career-best nine in 15 attempts, including five in a flurry over the final 3:01 of the first half that allowed Northern Iowa (2-3) to break from a 33-all tie and take a 47-34 advantage.
St. Bonaventure (5-1), down by as many as 19 early in the second half, rallied to a 62-all tie on a Jalen Adaway dunk with 10:49 remaining. Green, however, followed that with a 3-pointer and Tywhon Pickford added a 3-pointer of his own, allowing the Panthers to seize the lead for good.
No. 2 UCLA 73, UNLV 51
The Bruins used a 12-0 run midway through the second half to end the Runnin' Rebels' hope for a comeback, and cruised to a win in Las Vegas.
UCLA (6-1) built a 15-point halftime lead, thanks to a stifling defense and effective 3-point shooting. The Bruins held UNLV to just nine first-half field goals while hitting 6-of-11 from beyond the arc on their own end.
UNLV (4-3) trimmed the deficit to single digits through the first five minutes out of intermission before UCLA took over. Five different Bruins scored baskets during the 12-0 burst, which proved to be decisive. The Runnin' Rebels could never get closer than 16 points the rest of the way and finished with just 14 points in the final 14:43 of regulation.
No. 17 Arizona 105, Sacramento State 59
Azuolas Tubelis had 22 points, six rebounds and three assists to lead the host Wildcats to an easy win over the Hornets in Tucson, Ariz.
Christian Koloko, who scored 20 points and made 8 of 10 shots from the field with seven rebounds, left the game for good with 16:14 left and Arizona (6-0) leading 62-22 because of an injury to his left ankle sustained trying to block a shot.
Sacramento State (3-3) went on a 9-0 run after Koloko's exit, but a pair of 3-pointers by Kim Aiken Jr. pushed Arizona's lead to 70-35 with 12:00 left.
No. 18 BYU 75, Utah 64
Te'Jon Lucas scored 18 points Saturday night to lead four players in double figures as the Cougars erased a halftime deficit to post a win over the host Utes in Salt Lake City.
Alex Barcello added 17 for the Cougars (6-0), going 11 of 12 at the foul line. Gavin Baxter chipped in 14 points and Caleb Lohner contributed a 10-point, 12-rebound double-double. Lohner's efforts helped BYU control the boards 45-28, including 20-11 in the second half.
Branden Carlson scored 17 points for the Utes (5-1), who suffered their first loss under new coach Craig Smith. Rollie Worster added 13 points, six rebounds and five assists. Off the bench, Lazar Stefanovic tallied 12 points.
--Field Level Media