OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Frankie Fidler scored 23 points as Omaha beat South Dakota 91-84 on Thursday night.

Fidler also contributed six rebounds and six assists for the Mavericks (13-14, 6-6 Summit League). JJ White scored 18 points while shooting 7 for 10, including 3 for 5 from beyond the arc. Marquel Sutton had 14 points and was 5 of 10 shooting and 4 of 8 from the free throw line.

Bostyn Holt led the Coyotes (10-16, 3-8) in scoring, finishing with 22 points. Lahat Thioune added 20 points and six rebounds for South Dakota. In addition, Kaleb Stewart finished with 18 points and four assists.

Streaking UCLA wins 6th in a row, edging Colorado 64-60 for 8th win in 9 games since losing start

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sebastian Mack scored 19 points and UCLA rallied after blowing a 14-point, second-half lead to beat Colorado 64-60 on Thursday night for its sixth consecutive victory.

The Bruins (14-11, 9-5 Pac-12) took over sole possession of third place, passing idle Oregon with their eighth win in nine games since starting the season 6-10.

“Obviously this team has grown up a lot,” Bruins coach Mick Cronin said. “Late in the game we got the job done. It's a great win.”

UCLA opened the second half with five straight points for its largest lead of the game. But the Buffs worked to erase it.

Colorado twice tied the game, first on a dunk by Tristan da Silva and then at 54-54 on his 3-pointer.

Mack and Lazar Stefanovic combined to score nine straight for the Bruins, who led 63-56.

“We stayed together. We didn't hang our heads,” Mack said. “If we stay together, we'll be able to handle the adversity.”

Eddie Lampkin Jr. and Cody Williams scored back-to-back to leave Colorado trailing 63-60.

KJ Simpson blocked Dylan Andrews' jumper out of bounds. With 3 seconds left on the shot clock, Stefanovic missed a 3-pointer in front of UCLA's bench.

After Colorado's timeout, da Silva missed a layup and Stefanovic grabbed the defensive rebound. After a scramble, the Bruins gained possession on the held ball.

The Buffs were forced to foul after a timeout. Stefanovic missed the first, made the second and the Bruins hung on.

“We just figuring out together how to win games,” Andrews said.

Williams scored 18 points and Da Silva added 16 for the Buffaloes (16-9, 7-7). They've dropped two in a row and four of five. Simpson, who averages a team-leading 19.4 points, was held to four on 1 of 7 shooting.

Adem Bona had 14 points and seven rebounds for the Bruins. Andrews finished with 13 points.

Bona had 10 points in the half, including two highlight plays. He blocked J'Vonne Hadley and Will McClendon grabbed the defensive rebound and fed Bona for a dunk at the other end. Julian Hammond III turned the ball over and Bona dunked off McClendon's alley-oop pass to beat the shot clock.


Colorado: Of the Buffs' six remaining regular-season games, five are against opponents who are below them in the league standings. Oregon is the only school above them.

UCLA: The Bruins play four of their final six regular-season games at home, where they are 8-4. Among the opponents coming to Pauley Pavilion are slumping rival USC and No. 5 Arizona.


Colorado: Visits Southern California on Saturday.

UCLA: Hosts Utah on Sunday in the second of three straight home games.

Transfer Maddie Nolan and her long-range jumper smoothly settle in, help No. 8 Colorado to 20-4 mark

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Maddie Nolan craved a change of scenery. The mountains proved to be a persuasive motivator.

So, too, was a potent all-the-ingredients-assembled Colorado team that could use her long-range touch to take another step.

That's how, after four years at Michigan where she blossomed into one of the program's top 3-point shooters, Nolan wound up in Boulder. She simply wanted to step out of her comfort zone and take in a different view.

Nolan has quickly settled in and helped elevate the eighth-ranked Buffaloes (20-4, 10-3 Pac-12) to heights they haven't reached in decades, with their eyes focused on the program's first Final Four appearance and beyond.

“Why not step outside of your comfort zone, try to grow and and just see something new and be a part of something that maybe you haven’t been a part of before,” explained Nolan, whose team plays at No. 22 Utah on Friday. “It’s personal growth, but also just trying to see something new.”

Nolan’s smooth outside jumper has been a welcome addition to the Buffaloes’ backcourt. Same with her basketball smarts.

For that advanced hoops IQ, she can give an assist to her mom, Kris, a standout forward at New Mexico State who left as the school’s all-time leading scorer (now in fourth place). Maddie Nolan's parents coached her from the time she could dribble until middle school as she grew up in Zionsville, Indiana.

They also nurtured her love of the game by taking her to Indiana and Purdue women's basketball contests. In addition, she watched the Indiana Fever, where her favorite player, Tamika Catchings, led the Fever to an WNBA title in 2012.

Nolan’s tough as they come, too, playing on a left knee that’s missing a chunk of cartilage, which causes the bones to pound against each other. It's been that way since high school and she wears a brace to stabilize the knee.

For her tenacity on the court, she gives credit to her brother, Luke, a defensive lineman at DePauw University who used to challenge her to tough games of one-on-one in the driveway.

She’s all about family, whether it's her Michigan one (“I absolutely loved my time at Michigan, wouldn’t change anything there,” she reflected), her Colorado crew (“everyone's so willing to take us under their wings,” she said) and, of course, her actual one. Her mom and grandpa show up at Colorado games as often as they can, with Nolan sending them a heart symbol with her fingers when she spots them in the crowd.

These days, it’s getting more and more difficult to spot anyone in the packed stands at CU Events Center. The Buffaloes have recorded four of their top 15 home crowds in program history this season, including 11,338 for a loss to No. 9 UCLA on Jan. 19.

The surge in attendance coincides with a rise in the rankings, where the Buffaloes have been as high as No. 3 in the AP Poll this season. They're a multi-faceted team, too, led by the inside presence of Aaronette Vonleh and Quay Miller, the shooting of Frida Formann, the high energy of point guard Jaylyn Sherrod, the spark off the bench from Kindyll Wetta, and of course the addition of transfers such as Sara-Rose Smith (Missouri) and Nolan.

At 20-4, the Buffaloes are off to their best start since going 22-2 in 1994-95.

“Everyone’s really just locked in on being better for each other,” Miller said.

That sort is cohesiveness is precisely what drew Nolan to Colorado. She caught their Sweet 16 game last season against Iowa, when Caitlin Clark led the Hawkeyes to an 87-77 win, and admired the Buffaloes' underdog determination. Their grit, too.

The decision to leave Michigan wasn't easy. She was a key outside contributor for the Wolverines, ranking seventh in program history with 167 made 3-pointers. She was comfortable with the system, with everything.

But she wanted to mix things up in an extra year provided because of the COVID-19 pandemic. She's seamlessly stepped into Colorado coach JR Payne's system, starting 14 of 24 games. She turned in quite a contest against Oregon last week, when she scored 14 of her game-high 19 in the second quarter.

Nolan's second on the team in 3-pointers and has yet to miss a free throw (small sample size but 5 for 5 is 5 for 5). She also plays top-notch defense for a team that's held 11 opponents under 60 points this season.

“I try to be whatever the team needs me to be that night,” said Nolan, who's become an avid hiker with the mountains so close. “Just have fun, play with joy — be a consistent source of positive energy."