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Michigan takes over first place in Big Ten

Associated Press

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BIG TEN:

No. 20 Michigan 79, No. 13 Michigan State 70

Nik Stauskas scored 21 of his 25 points in the second half, and host Michigan beat Michigan State to take over first place in the Big Ten.

Caris LeVert added 23 points for the Wolverines (19-7, 11-3), who won both regular-season meetings against their in-state rivals. Michigan has won six of its last eight against Michigan State.

The Spartans (22-6, 11-4) led by as many as 11 in the first half, but Michigan State was only up 36-34 at halftime. Then Stauskas and LeVert led a second-half charge. The Wolverines trailed 52-51 before going on a decisive 17-4 run that sent the Crisler Center crowd into delirium.

Nebraska 76, Purdue 57

Terran Petteway scored 29 points to lead host Nebraska, which won its fifth straight game, over Purdue.

Nebraska (16-10, 8-6 Big Ten) used a 26-8 second half run to take down the Boilermakers (15-12, 5-9).

The Huskers have won five straight conference games for the first times since 1998-99 and have won eight conference games for the first time since 2008-09 when it was a member of the Big 12.

Nebraska took control of the game late in a low-scoring first half. With Purdue center A.J. Hammons on the bench, Nebraska went on a 7-0 run capped by a Petteway fast break layup to take a 21-14 lead and stretched that advantage to 30-20 on Shavon Shields’ three-point play with 1:04 left in the first half.

Shields finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds for Nebraska and Walter Pitchford had 10.

Terone Johnson led Purdue with nine points.

TOP 25:

SMU 64, No. 21 UConn 55

Nick Russell and Nic Moore each scored 15 points to lead Southern Methodist to a win over host Connecticut and a sweep of their season series with the Huskies.

Markus Kennedy added 13 points and seven rebounds for the Mustangs (22-6, 11-4 American), who have won 11 of their last 13 games.

Ryan Boatright and Shabazz Napier combined to shoot 8-for-28 for Connecticut (21-6, 9-5), but each had 15 points. The Huskies had won four in a row and 10-of-12.

The Mustangs never trailed. They led by two at halftime, but extended that to 10 points midway through the second half.

The Huskies cut the lead to 55-49 on a 3-pointer by Napier, but Sterling Brown answered with a 3-pointer and SMU held on down the stretch.

No. 11 Creighton 72, Seton Hall 71

Doug McDermott had 29 points to become one of the top-10 scorers in college basketball history, and host Creighton survived shaky free-throw shooting at the end to post a hard-earned victory over Seton Hall.

Grant Gibbs added a season-high 16 points, and the Bluejays (23-4, 13-2) took a half-game lead over Villanova in the Big East standings.

Fuquan Edwin had 21 points to lead the Pirates (14-13, 5-9), who have lost four out of five.

Creighton missed five of its last six free throws, allowing Seton Hall to stay in the game to the end. McDermott, an 89 percent foul shooter, missed two before Austin Chatman fouled Edwin on the other end. Edwin made both free throws to make it a one-point game with 8.2 seconds left.

Wragge missed two free throws with 4 seconds left, but Edwin’s desperation 3-pointer bounced off the backboard at the buzzer.

MID-AMERICAN

Miami 55, Bowling Green 52

Willie Moore and Will Felder scored 11 points each as host Miami (Ohio) built a big lead and held on at the end against Bowling Green.

Miami (10-15, 6-8 Mid-American Conference) scored 15 straight early in the game, including seven from Moore, and led 35-25 at the break.

Bowling Green (11-16, 5-9) chipped away the entire second half, cutting its deficit to one at 53-52 on Richaun Holmes’ jumper with 1:47 left. But Geovonie McKnight and Moore both made 1-of-2 free throws inside 29 seconds and Bowling Green missed its last two shots to fall short at the end.

Miami was just 4-of-14 from beyond the arc, but Bowling Green was worse — just 2-of-13.

Spencer Parker led Bowling Green with 18 points on 8-of-11 shooting. Cameron Black gathered 10 rebounds to go with eight points.

Central Michigan 70, Northern Illinois 67

Braylon Rayson scored 19 points and Austin Stewart added 16 to lead host Central Michigan past Northern Illinois.

Stewart scored on a four-point play to give Central Michigan a 17-13 lead and the Chippewas led the rest of the way. Aaric Armstead hit back-to-back 3-pointers to pull Northern Illinois within four points, 63-59 with 2:18 to play, but the Chippewas made 7-of-10 free throws down the stretch to seal it.

Rayson was 7-of-14 from the field, including three 3-pointers. Stewart finished on 5-of-6 shooting and grabbed six rebounds. Chris Fowler scored 15 points and gave out eight assists for Central Michigan (10-16, 3-11 Mid-American).

Armstead finished with 19 points on 8-of-13 shooting. Darrell Bowie scored 14 points and Daveon Balls added 10 for Northern Illinois (12-14, 6-8). Jordan Threloff chipped in eight points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Huskies.

Western Michigan 75, Eastern Michigan 67

Shayne Whittington scored 22 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, his 10th double-double of the season, as host Western Michigan beat Eastern Michigan.

Western Michigan won its seventh straight game and avenged an early season loss to Eastern Michigan.

David Brown added 20 points, 11 from the free-throw line, and had seven rebounds for Western Michigan (18-8, 11-3 Mid-American Conference).

Toledo 85, Ball State 74

Julius Brown scored 20 points as host Toledo stayed undefeated at home this season and beat Ball State.

Justin Drummond and Nathan Boothe added 17 apiece for Toledo (23-4, 11-3 Mid-American Conference).

The Rockets are now just one win away from trying the school record for most wins in a season.

Ball State was without Majok Mojok, due to an ankle injury.


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