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College basketball: Men’s roundup — Jan. 8

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No. 4 Wisconsin 95, 
No. 23 Illinois 70

Ben Brust scored 18 points, Sam Dekker added 17 and host Wisconsin used a 20-0 run in the first half to easily beat Illinois. The Badgers improved to 16-0 (3-0 Big Ten), the best start in school history.

Wisconsin shot 53 percent from the field in the first half to open up a 25-point lead by halftime. The Illini (13-3, 2-1) lost for the sixth time in a row to their border rival.

Rayvonte Rice led Illinois with 19 points on 7-of-21 shooting.

The Illini missed 13 consecutive shots, some on easy looks, while Wisconsin methodically wore them down inside and on the perimeter during the big first-half run.

Minnesota 68, 
Penn State 65

DeAndre Mathieu scored 16 points and Andre Hollins added 14 as Minnesota overcame a late six-point deficit to defeat host Penn State. Four late free throw conversions by Malik Smith in the final 30 seconds and one by Elliott Eliason with 33 seconds, enabled the Gophers (13-3, 2-1) to hang on after taking its first lead of the second half with 1:43 remaining.

Tim Frazier scored 20 points for Penn State (9-7, 0-3) but was unable to finish the game after injuring his right leg with 2:08 left and Penn State leading 59-57.

Mathieu forced back-to-back Penn State turnovers, including a strip of John Johnson and his ensuing basket gave the Gophers a 63-60 lead and forced Penn State to foul.

The Nittany Lions’ Allen Roberts missed a game-tying 3-point shot with 1 second left.

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No. 6 Wichita State 66, 
Illinois State 47

Cleanthony Early and Ron Baker each scored 11 points, and host Wichita State cruised past Illinois State with tight defense and a balanced effort.

Wichita State (16-0, 3-0 Missouri Valley Conference) extended both the longest winning streak and best start to a season in program history by holding Illinois State (8-7, 1-2) to 27 percent shooting (18 of 55).

Bobby Hunter scored 11 points to lead the Redbirds, outrebounded 44-37.

Already up by 13 at halftime, Wichita State started the second half with seven consecutive points.

No. 8 Villanova 83, 
Seton Hall 67

Darrun Hilliard scored 19 points and visiting Villanova hit a dozen 3-pointers to beat an undermanned Seton Hall. JayVaughn Pinkston added 17 points, Ryan Arcidiacono had 14 and the Wildcats (14-1, 3-0 Big East) shot 52 percent from the field and 3-point range in beating Seton Hall (10-6, 1-2) for the 11th time in the last 12 games.

Brian Oliver had 20 points to lead Seton Hall.

No. 10 Florida 74, 
South Carolina 58

Scottie Wilbekin scored 17 points before getting helped to the locker room with a sprained right ankle, and host Florida opened Southeastern Conference play with a victory against South Carolina.

Casey Prather and Patric Young added 13 points apiece for the Gators, (12-2, 1-0) who won their sixth in a row and tied a school record by winning their 24th consecutive home game.

Tyrone Johnson led South Carolina (7-7, 0-1) with 12 points.

No. 11 Oklahoma State 87, Texas 74

Markel Brown scored 27 points and Marcus Smart had 24, helping host Oklahoma State beat Texas. Phil Forte added 14 points for the Cowboys (13-2, 1-1 Big 12), who shot 54 percent from the field in the second half after struggling early.

Demarcus Holland had 12 points and 10 rebounds and Damarcus Croaker scored 12 points for the Longhorns (11-4, 0-2).

No. 14 Kentucky 85, 
Mississippi State 63

James Young scored 26 points and host Kentucky rallied from a halftime deficit to beat Mississippi State.

The Wildcats (11-3, 1-0 Southeastern Conference) started slow offensively, trailing 40-37 at the break.

They regrouped to tie it at 47 with 16:47 remaining before going on a 27-6 run over the next 10:54 for a 74-53 lead.

Kentucky shot 65 percent in the second half. Mississippi State (10-4, 0-1) went nearly 9 minutes without recording a field goal.

No. 15 Colorado 71, 
Washington State 70

Josh Scott scored eight of his 19 points in overtime as visiting Colorado held off Washington State. Askia Booker added 18 points for Colorado (14-2, 3-0 Pac-12), which has tied the second-best start in program history.

Dexter Kernich-Drew scored a career-high 24 points to lead Washington State (7-8, 0-3), which was playing without leading scorer DaVonte Lacy, who has a rib injury.

Colorado dominated the free-throw shooting, making 26-of-38, while Washington State 3-of-3.

No. 18 Kansas 90, 
Oklahoma 83

Wayne Selden Jr. shot 5-for-10 from 3-point range and finished with a career-high 24 points as Kansas started Big 12 Conference play with a win at Oklahoma.

Kansas (10-4, 1-0) won its conference opener for the 23rd year in a row, a streak that began with the 1991-92 season. Oklahoma, in January 1991, was the last team to beat Kansas in a league opener.

After a 5-0 start, Kansas lost four of its next eight and was coming off a 61-57 loss to San Diego State on Sunday that ended the Jayhawks’ 68-game home winning streak against nonconference foes. Perry Ellis had 22 points on 6-for-8 shooting and 11 rebounds, helping the Jayhawks shoot 55 percent from the field.

Cameron Clark had a career high-tying 32 points for Oklahoma (12-3, 1-1).

No. 19 Massachusetts 66, 
Saint Joseph’s 62

Chaz Williams scored eight of his 22 points in the closing six minutes to lead host Massachusetts to a comeback win over Saint Joseph’s in the Atlantic-10 Conference openers for both teams.

Maxie Esho scored 12 points and Raphiael Putney had 11 for the Minutemen (13-1 overall, 1-0).

Halil Kanacevic led Saint Joseph’s (9-5, 0-1) with 19 points and 13 rebounds. Langston Galloway had 18 points and DeAndre Bembry 16 for the Hawks.

UMass pulled out the win despite an off night by center and second-leading scorer Cady Lalanne, who picked up two early fouls. He finished with four points.

Georgia 70, 
No. 21 Missouri 64

Charlie Mann scored 18 points, including the go-ahead basket with 35.8 seconds to go in overtime, and Georgia overcame its free-throw shooting struggles to beat Missouri in a Southeastern Conference opener.

Nemanja Djurisic had 16 points and hit the tying 3-pointer with 1:39 to go, and Kenny Gaines and Brandon Morris hit a pair of free throws apiece in the final half-minute.

The Bulldogs (7-6, 1-0) ended Missouri’s 26-game home winning streak. Jabari Brown had 19 points for Missouri (12-1, 1-1).

Eastern Michigan 56,
Bowling Green 51

Mike Talley scored 14 points and Karrington Ward added 13 to propel Eastern Michigan past host Bowling Green.

The Eagles (9-5, 1-0) looked to pull away early in the second half as Glenn Bryant’s three-point play and ensuing dunk ignited a 9-0 run, putting Eastern Michigan up 35-27.

Bowling Green (6-8, 0-1) fought right back, with Anthony Henderson converting a three-point play and hitting a 3-pointer to tie the score at 36, the Eagles powered ahead from there with an 18-7 surge.

Miami 77, 
Central Michigan 70

The visiting Miami RedHawks used a strong second-half performance to rally past Central Michigan. Central Michigan led by four points in the first half, but Miami built an 11-point margin with 5:50 to play. Geovonie McKnight and Will Sullivan scored 17 each to pace a Miami’s (5-7, 0-1) balanced scoring. Chris Fowler scored 22 to lead Central Michigan (7-6, 1-0).

Western Michigan 87, Toledo 76.

Connar Tava couldn’t miss, hitting all nine shots from the field to score a career-high 25 points and lead host Western Michigan over Toledo. Back-to-back layups by Tava put the Broncos (8-5, 1-0) up 4-3 and they never trailed again, racing away on a 12-0 run over Toledo (12-2, 0-1).

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