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.
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. Sima started 26 of the 34 games he played with the Johnnies, including eight starts this season.
The Huskies are off to a dismal 4-4 start despite the presence of transcendent freshman Markelle Fultz (AP). Less than two minutes into the second half of his team’s 98-71 demolition of Washington on Wednesday night, Gonzaga’s Przemek Karnowski found himself in a position he has seldom experienced before. The plodding center beat every Huskies player down court, caught a perfectly weighted pass in stride and threw down an uncontested two-handed transition dunk.