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College Top 25 men’s basketball roundup

Associated Press

No. 1 Arizona 72, 
Michigan 70

Nick Johnson made six free throws over the final 25 seconds, and visiting Arizona held on for a dramatic win Saturday over Michigan after rallying from an 11-point deficit in the second half.

The Wolverines (6-4) led by one when Johnson drew a foul on a drive with 24.6 seconds left. He made both free throws, and Michigan’s Nik Stauskas missed at the other end. After a tie-up, the possession arrow gave the Wildcats (11-0) the ball with 9.5 seconds remaining.

Johnson pushed the lead to three with two more free throws, and Arizona fouled Spike Albrecht at the other end. Albrecht made only one of the two free throws, and after two more free throws by Johnson made it 71-67, Michigan hit a late 3-pointer.

No. 4 Wisconsin 86, Eastern Kentucky 61

Ben Brust scored 20 points to lead four Wisconsin players in double figures and the host Badgers beat Eastern Kentucky (7-4). Freshman reserve Nigel Hayes scored a career-high 17 points for the Badgers (12-0), who are off to the best start to a season since 1915-16 when they started 12-0 and finished 20-1. Sam Dekker added 16 points, while Frank Kaminsky shrugged off a right foot injury to add 13.

No. 5 Michigan State 67, Oakland 63

Keith Appling scored 18 of his 21 points in the second half and Adreian Payne had 20 points and 10 rebounds to enable Michigan State to hold off host Oakland at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

Branden Dawson added 16 points and 13 rebounds for the shorthanded Spartans (8-1). Duke Mondy had 24 points and seven swipes for the Golden Grizzlies (2-9).

No. 6 Louisville 79, Western Kentucky 63

Russ Smith had 14 points and 10 assists and host Louisville used a strong start to the second half to pull away from Western Kentucky. Freshman Terry Rozier grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds while reserve Tim Henderson added career highs of 12 points on four 3-pointers and four assists. The Cardinals made 13 of their first 21 shots from the field after half to build a 63-44 lead with 6:02 left. They held the Hilltoppers (5-4) scoreless for 6 minutes.

No. 7 Oklahoma St. 70, Louisiana Tech 55

Le’Bryan Nash had 22 points and 10 rebounds and No. 7 Oklahoma State overcame a sluggish start to pull away to a 70-55 victory over Louisiana Tech in the All-College Classic at in Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City.

All-America guard Marcus Smart scored three points in the first half and finished with 13 for OSU (9-1).

Smart added five rebounds and five assists, but the Big 12 Conference’s leading scorer watched as Nash did the bulk of the scoring against Louisiana Tech (8-3).

No. 15 Oregon 71, Illinois 64

Mike Moser had 14 points and nine rebounds, and Oregon remained unbeaten with a victory over Illinois. Joseph Young added 14 points for the Ducks in the game at Portland’s newly renamed Moda Center.

No. 18 North Carolina 82, No. 11 Kentucky 77

Marcus Paige scored 21 of his 23 points in the second half and James Michael McAdoo had 20 points to enable host North Carolina to beat Kentucky. J.P. Tokoto added 15 points for the Tar Heels (7-2), who shot 57 percent after halftime and scored 20 points off turnovers to finally wrestle control of a foul-filled game away from the Wildcats (8-3).

No. 12 Wichita St. 70, Tennessee 61

Tekele Cotton scored all 19 of his points in the second half and host Wichita State beat Tennessee (6-3) to give the unbeaten Shockers the best start in school history. Darius Carter had 11 points and 14 rebounds and Cleanthony Early added 13 points for the Shockers (10-0).

No. 13 Kansas 80, 
New Mexico 63

Perry Ellis scored 21 points, Joel Embiid added a career-high 18 and host Kansas pulled away in the second half to end a frustrating two-game skid. Andrew Wiggins, who dealt with foul trouble much of the night, added 11 points for the Jayhawks (7-3).

No. 22 Massachusetts 80, Northern Illinois 54

Cady Lalanne scored 16 points to lead host Massachusetts. Chaz Williams had 12 points and six assists for the Minutemen (9-0), who are off to the program’s best start since the 1995-96 team started 26-0.


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