Simpson leads Colorado to 78-66 upset of No. 11 Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — KJ Simpson had 23 points and 10 rebounds, both career highs for the sophomore year, to lead Colorado to an upset 78-66 win over No. 11 Tennessee on Sunday.

Tristan de Silva added 14 points for the Buffaloes, who shot 43.5% from the field compared to 25.4% for the volunteers.

“Today was Colorado and (Simpson) was great,” said Buffaloes coach Tad Boyle. “KJ I thought he really took control of the game on the track there and really controlled the pace. The 23 points, I’m sure he’ll have other nights like this, but the 10 rebounds were fantastic.”

Josiah-Jordan James and Tyreke Key led Tennessee by 15 points each.

“We definitely didn’t go into this game with the right attitude,” said James. “It’s a good lesson for us. It’s a long basketball season. Of course I’m disappointed and angry that we lost, but I’m also curious to see how this team reacts.”

The Vols (1-1) couldn’t overcome a poor shooting performance to rally in the second half after finally giving up the lead 18-12 to play. The Buffaloes (2-1) led by as much as 14 points in a dominant second half in which they outplayed Tennessee 46-32.

“They deserved the win,” said Vols coach Rick Barnes. “They, I thought, pretty much controlled the game from start to finish.”

Simpson had 15 points in the second half.

“We just wanted to focus on going through the second half with even more energy than the first,” he said. “We really wanted to dial in and focus on coming out even better than the first.”

Tennessee led 34-32 at halftime after shooting just 23.1% from the field. Colorado was as much as eight points behind before halftime.

Key accelerated the Vols by 12 points in the first half, with all but three points coming from the free throw line.

Colorado’s bench surpassed Tennessee’s 52-34.

The win was the Buffaloes’ first over the Vols after dropping the previous four inter-school matchups.


NO. 4 IOWA 92, DRAKE 86

DES MOINES (AP) — Monika Czinano scored 36 points and Caitlin Clark added 28 to help No. 4 Iowa beat Drake 92-86 in overtime on Sunday.

Czinano and Clark scored all but two points from the Hawkeyes in overtime as Iowa edged the Bulldogs 10-4.

A layup by Drake’s Katie Dinnebier with 23 seconds left in the fourth quarter leveled the game at 82. The Hawkeyes (3-0) had a chance to win the game, but Gabbie Marshall’s shot missed with a second left.

Czinano, who led the nation in field goal percentage for the past two seasons, was 14th of 21 from the field. Clark, a unanimous Associated Press All-American preseason, struggled with her shooting, finishing 9 of 28 from the field.

Drake led by as many as nine points in the first half, the first time the Hawkeyes have been behind this season. Clark and Czinano combined for 27 straight points in the first half, but the Bulldogs led 45-41 at halftime.

All five Drake starters scored in double digits. Dinnebier led Drake by 24 points. Grace Berg had 18 points. Maggie Bair had 13 points. Sarah Beth Gueldner had 12. Megan Meyer had 11.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Hailey Van Lith scored 25 points, Payton Verhulst had a steal and the winning free throws by 2.2 seconds and Louisville evaded Belmont with a win.

The Cardinals scored the last four points of the game from the foul line after Belmont lost the ball when Madison Bartley was called out for an illegal screen with 7.6 seconds left.

Van Lith had two fouls with 6.4 seconds to go and on the ensuing inbounds play at half-court, the Bruins put the ball to Bartley in the left corner. She drove the baseline hoping to find Sydni Harvey in the right corner, but she was cut off by Olivia Cochran, who got hold of the pass and allowed Verhulst to shoot in and intercept him.

The final lead was the largest for the Cardinals (2-0) in a 17-tie, 20-lead game. Belmont (1-1) led by six points late in the second quarter.


PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Haley Jones had 17 points and Cameron Brink added 12 to help Stanford defeat Portland.

Stanford (4-0), who led by as many as 43 points, has not lost to a West Coast Conference team since his fall at Gonzaga in 2018.

Liana Kaitu’u led Portland by 13 points in the Pilots’ first loss of the season after opening with two straight wins.

Stanford earned a 98-44 victory over Pacific on Friday. Kiki Iriafen had 15 points and made all of her seven shots from the field.


RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Aziaha James came off the bench to score 19 points for North Carolina State in his rampage over Mount St. Mary’s.

Diamond Johnson had 13 points and Jada Boyd and Madison Hayes both had 11 points for the wolfpack (3-0) that overwhelmed the Mountaineers with a 63-21 rebound advantage. Hayes had 11 rebounds. James made 6 of 7 shots from the field, including two 3-pointers.

Natalie Villaflor scored 13 points for Mount St. Mary’s (0-3) who went 5 to 34 with 3 points.


BOSTON (AP) — Rebeka Mikulasikova and Jacy Sheldon had double-doubles and 14th-state Ohio capped an impressive opening week with a win over Boston College.

Mikulasikova had 23 points and 10 rebounds for the Buckeyes (2-0) who defeated No. 5 Tennessee 87-75 earlier in the week. Sheldon had the unusual double-double of 14 points and a school record 11 steals. She had eight steals against Tennessee.

Ohio State was 22-21 behind in the second quarter with about six minutes left but ended the period with a 21-3 run that accounted for most of its 18-point lead by the end of the game. The Buckeyes led 42-25 at the half.


BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Flau’jae Johnson scored 18 points, Angel Reese had her third straight double-double and LSU set a program record in a Western Carolina loss with their third straight 100-point game.

The Tigers (3-0), who had a school record of 125 points in their opening game and 111 in their second game, opened that game with 15 straight points and were never challenged.

Kehinde Obasuyi scored 10 points for the Catamounts (2-1), who shot 15%. Five or their nine baskets were 3-pointers. They were outrebounded 60-29 and had 20 turnovers.


COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Diamond Miller scored 22 points and grabbed 13 rebounds and Maryland turned back Fordham.

The Terrapins (2-1), suffering an 81-56 loss at No. 1 South Carolina, struggled to knock out the Rams (2-1).

After a 21:10 lead after a quarter, Maryland only led 34:33 at the break. A 14-0 run in the third quarter that included two 3-point goals from Vanderbilt transfer Brinae Alexander increased the lead to 54-39. The Rams came back with five 3-pointers and took a 59-58 lead. Miller’s late 3 put the Terps ahead 62-59 before heading into the fourth quarter.

Fordham, who was 10 of 11 from the foul line, was led by Anna DeWolfe with 24 points. Kaitlyn Downey had 17 with 10 rebounds, seven assists and three steals. Asiah Dingle added 16 points.

No. 19 ARIZONA 87, Cal State Northridge 47

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Esmery Martinez never missed a shot and scored 15 points to help Arizona beat Cal State Northridge.

The Wildcats scored 28 of the last 30 points in the first quarter to take a 22-point lead into the second quarter and led by at least 30 points in the second half.

Martinez went off the field 6 for 6, including a 3-pointer, and made each of her two free throw attempts. Kailyn Gilbert added 16 points, Cate Reese and Maya Nnaji added 14 each and Jade Loville added 12 for Arizona (2-0).

Jordyn Jackson scored 12 points for Northridge (0-3).

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