BIG TEN: No. 4 Michigan 79, Penn State 71
Trey Burke scored a season-high 29 points and freshman Glen Robinson III matched a career high with 21 to help host Michigan bounce back from an embarrassing loss with a victory over Penn State on Sunday.
The Wolverines (22-4, 9-4) had dropped three of their previous four games, including a 23-point loss Tuesday night on the road against No. 8 Michigan State, and needed a half to shake off their slump.
Michigan appeared to still be struggling to get over its blowout against the rival Spartans when it trailed for much of the first half against a last-place team without a conference win.
The Nittany Lions (8-17, 0-13) led by as many as eight points in the first half.
D.J. Newbill and Ross Travis had 11 points apiece for the Penn State.
Top 25: No. 3 Miami 45, Clemson 43
Kenny Kadji scored 12 points, including the go-ahead 3-pointer with 36 seconds left to keep Miami perfect in Atlantic Coast Conference play after a victory over host Clemson.
The Hurricanes (21-3, 12-0) finished with their fewest points of the season, and high-scoring guards Durand Scott and Shane Larkin were a combined 3-of-16 shooting for 10 points. Still, Miami pulled it out on Kadji’s wide-open 3.
Clemson (13-12, 5-8) had three chances to answer back, but Rod Hall was called for an offensive foul on one trip and, after Trey McKinney Jones made a foul shot, Hall missed a layup and K.J. McDaniels failed on a tip.
The Hurricanes hugged each other when the horn sounded, grateful to escape on the road and continue the league’s longest undefeated start since Duke went 16-0 in 1998-99. They’ll likely supplant the Blue Devils, who lost Saturday 83-81 at Maryland, as the country’s No. 2 team when the new rankings come out today.
No. 9 Arizona 68, Utah 64
Mark Lyons scored 18 points, freshman Brandon Ashley added 10 in a reserve role and Arizona defeated host Utah to snap a two-game skid.
Arizona led by as many as 13 early in the second half only to see Utah respond with a 14-3 run to tie it at 51 with 7:28 remaining on Jason Washburn’s tip-in.
A 3-pointer by Dakarai Tucker pulled Utah within two with 4:46 left, but a putback by Kevin Parrom and a layup by Lyons helped seal it for the Wildcats (21-4, 9-4 Pac-12), who were coming off their worst loss of the season.
Jarred DuBois had 16 points, Washburn 15 and Jeremy Olsen 12 for the Utes (11-14, 3-10), who have yet to win back-to-back conference games since joining the Pac-12 two years ago.
No. 12 Louisville 59, South Florida 41
Russ Smith scored 15 points and Louisville stayed within a game of first place in the Big East with a victory over host South Florida.
Smith, Wayne Blackshear and Kevin Ware did all the scoring for the Cardinals during a 22-3 run in the first half. Smith finished with six rebounds and four assists for Louisville (21-5, 9-4), which has won four of five.
Blackshear’s 3-pointer tied it 11-all with 12:58 left in the first half and launched the decisive rally. Smith scored the final seven points of the spurt, which left the Cardinals with a 30-14 lead.
JaVontae Hawkins’ 3-pointer provided USF’s only points in a 9-minute span.