Whatever the reason, 12th-ranked Saint Mary’s was a shadow of itself Thursday night during a surprising 65-51 home loss at the hands of quality mid-major Texas Arlington. A Saint Mary’s team that entered play leading the nation in points per possession didn’t crack 50 points until less than a minute remained in the game. The previously unbeaten Gaels shot 32.7 percent from the field and committed 16 turnovers, costly mistakes on a night when even open shots weren’t falling.
Kansas forward Carlton Bragg Jr. was arrested on suspicion of domestic battery, according to a report from the Kansas City Star. Bragg, who was still in custody as of Friday morning, is being held without bond. Bragg is a 6-foot-8 sophomore that lost his spot in the starting lineup earlier this year. UPDATE (6:20 p.m.): According to a press release sent out by the Douglas County district attorney’s office, police received a call around 1 a.m. from a woman who said that “her boyfriend had struck her and pushed her down stairs during an argument.” The DA also included a note in the statement that, essentially, said the only reason Bragg wasn’t charged with domestic violence was due to a technicality.
Yankuba Sima will transfer out of the St. John’s program, the school announced on Friday. “I want to thank the coaching staff and the administration for all of their support since I arrived at St. John’s,” said Sima. “I enjoyed my experience at St. John’s, but right now I feel it is best for me to explore options that will be a better fit for me as I work toward my goals.” “We wish Yankuba the best of luck,” said head coach Chris Mullin. “I know this wasn’t an easy decision for him, but we respect and understand it. He’s a good basketball player and a good person with a bright future ahead.” Sima started 26 of the 34 games he played with the Johnnies, including eight starts this season. He was