Detroit Mercy Youngstown St Basketball

Detroit Mercy Antoine Davis is pressured by Youngstown State guard Garrett Covington during the first half of Thursday’s game in the quarterfinals of the Horizon League tournament in Youngstown, Ohio. David Dermer/Associated Press

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Antoine Davis outscored them all – except for “Pistol” Pete.

Detroit Mercy’s star guard finished four points shy of surpassing Pete Maravich as the NCAA career scoring leader on Thursday night, scoring 22 in a gritty 71-66 loss to Youngstown State in the Horizon League tournament.

Davis came in needing 26 points to break Maravich’s hallowed mark that stood for over 50 years. But after picking his fourth foul with 3:36 left, the 6-foot-1 guard didn’t drive to the basket and then missed four 3-pointers – one of them a wide-open look – in the final two minutes of the intense game.

After the final buzzer, tempers briefly flared and Davis, who was pestered by Youngstown State defenders all night, had to be restrained from going after one of the Penguins players. There was some debris thrown at him from the student section as he was whisked off the floor.

Unless Detroit Mercy gets an unlikely postseason bid, Davis finishes with 3,664 points in five seasons. Maravich amassed 3,667 points in just three years while playing for his dad, Press, and he did it before there was a 3-point line or shot clock.

That doesn’t diminish what Davis accomplished as one of the most prolific scorers in college history.


Davis had just seven points at halftime as the top-seeded Penguins harassed him all over the floor and made it tough for him to get a good look at the basket. He began to find his range in the second half, but couldn’t put together one of his patented sprees.

Davis scored 38 on Tuesday night in a win over Purdue Fort Wayne to advance the Titans (14-18) and close in on the mark that Maravich set as an All-American for LSU from 1967-70.

Davis already holds several NCAA records, including consecutive games in double figures (143) and 3-pointers (584). He led Division I with 159 3s this season, and finished four from breaking Stephen Curry’s record of 162 in a season (2007-08).

(1) HOUSTON 83, WICHITA STATE 66: Jamal Shead scored a career-high 25 points, Marcus Sasser added 24 and Houston defeated visiting Wichita State.

Shead shot 10 of 17 from the field. The junior was 4 of 8 on 3-pointers.

Sasser tied the school career record for most 3-pointers set by Robert McKiver with 261. He also scored at least 20 points for the sixth straight game, and chants of “Sasser” filled the Fertitta Center after it was over.


Jarace Walker had 11 points and nine rebounds for Houston (28-2, 16-1 American Athletic Conference). The Cougars shot 47%, including 9 of 25 on 3s, in winning their 10th straight game.

Houston forced 20 turnovers, which it converted into 17 points.

Craig Porter Jr. had 17 points and seven rebounds, Jaron Pierre Jr. added 16 points and Kenny Pohto had 12 for Wichita State (15-14, 8-9).
The Shockers lost despite shooting 65% (24 of 37) from the field. They were worse at the foul line, making only 12 of 21 (57%).

IOWA STATE: Former Iowa State basketball player Caleb Grill said he has been battling mental illness and regrets what led to his dismissal.

Coach T.J. Otzelberger announced Wednesday that Grill had failed to meet program expectations and was no longer on the team. Grill was the Cyclones’ third-leading scorer and started 22 of 25 games this season.

As part of a social media post in which he thanked Otzelberger for the opportunity to play for the Cyclones, Grill said he had been battling mental illness.


“Lastly, one day when I am brave enough, I hope to be able to share my story about my mental health and my mental illness I have been battling through all season,” Grill wrote. “While everyone was commenting about the hair, or funny actions on the court, it was a way for me to get out of that state of mind and feel like me being myself instead of the dark place I have been in this season.

“If it was not for the love and support from family network back home … I am not sure I would be alive and I would have made a decision that would have affected so many people’s lives.”

Otzelberger’s statement did not elaborate on the reason for Grill’s removal from the team, and Grill’s message on Twitter indirectly referenced it. He was called for a technical foul in the second half of the Cyclones’ 72-69 loss to West Virginia on Monday.

“Unfortunately, I said something that I regret which has cost me the opportunity to finish out my dream at Iowa State,” he wrote. “I hope that all the players and Iowa State fans can find it in their hearts to forgive me.”


EMERSON 14, UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND 12: Nicholas Fulgione scored six goals and broke an 11-11 tie with 4:51 remaining as the Lions (3-1) edged the Nor’easters (1-3) in Biddeford.


Andrew Lawrence paced UNE with three goals and two assists. Ryan Hazard had two goals and two assists, and Finn McCoy also scored twice.


(6) STANFORD 76, OREGON 65:  Cameron Brink had 22 points and 11 rebounds as Stanford (28-4) overcame a lot of early misses and beat Oregon (17-14) in the Pac-12 tournament quarterfinals in Las Vegas.

Stanford made just three of 20 shots in the first quarter. Brink and the Cardinal found their rhythm after that and improved to 20-1 all-time in the conference tournament quarterfinals.

(17) MICHIGAN 63, PENN STATE 61: Laila Phelia and Emily Kiser scored 13 points each and Michigan(22-8) and survived a Penn State (14-17) comeback in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament in Minneapolis.

The 17th-ranked and fifth-seeded Wolverines will play fourth-seeded Ohio State in Friday quarterfinals. The Buckeyes swept Michigan in two regular-season meetings.


(18) NORTH CAROLINA 68, CLEMSON 58: Alyssa Ustby scored 15 points with six rebounds, four assists and two steals and North Carolina (21-9), the seventh-seed, pulled away from Clemson (17-15) in the second round of the ACC Tournament.

The Tar Heels now face 13th-ranked and second-seeded Duke on Friday in the quarterfinals. The teams met last Sunday with North Carolina rallying for a 45-41 win.

(19) UCLA 73, (21) ARIZONA 59:  Emily Bessoir had 18 points and 13 rebounds for her first career double-double, Charisma Osborne also scored 18 points and UCLA (24-8) beat Arizona (21-9) in the Pac-12 Tournament.


GEORGIA: Defensive tackle Jalen Carter returned to the NFL scouting combine after turning himself in to Athens police Wednesday night and posting a combined bond of $4,000 on charges of reckless driving and racing in relation to a fatal crash that killed a teammate and team staffer.

Carter, originally projected as one of the top players in next month’s NFL draft, could lose millions of dollars if he drops from the top of the first round because of his alleged connection to the Jan. 15 crash that killed teammate Devin Willock and a recruiting staffer, 24-year-old Chandler LeCroy.

Police allege in an arrest warrant that Carter was racing his 2021 Jeep Trackhawk against the 2021 Ford Expedition driven by LeCroy at the time of the crash. Willock was a passenger in the SUV LeCroy was driving.

Carter turned himself in at 11:33 p.m. and was released at 11:49 p.m., according to Athens-Clarke County jail records. He posted bond of $2,500 on the racing charge and $1,500 on the reckless driving charge.

Carter issued a statement on Twitter after the warrant was made public Wednesday, saying he expects to be “fully exonerated.”

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