Top 25 college basketball roundup

Michigan State's Miles Bridges celebrates a teammate's 3-pointer as he waits to check into the game against Notre Dame during the first half of Thursday's game in East Lansing, Mich. Michigan State won, 81-63. (Al Goldis/AP Photo)
Michigan State's Miles Bridges celebrates a teammate's 3-pointer as he waits to check into the game against Notre Dame during the first half of Thursday's game in East Lansing, Mich. Michigan State won, 81-63. (Al Goldis/AP Photo)


No. 3 Michigan State 81, No. 5 Notre Dame 63

Joshua Langford scored 12 of his 17 points in the first half to help Michigan State take a huge lead it was able to restore in the second half against Notre Dame in a victory Thursday night.

The Spartans (6-1) have won five straight, including a rout against then-No. 9 North Carolina, since losing to top-ranked Duke.

The Fighting Irish (6-1) trailed by 20 at halftime and cut their deficit to seven with 13:09 left, but couldn't get closer against a team with a lot of options on offense that is defending and rebounding as if it is in mid-season form under Hall of Fame coach Tom Izzo.

In the marquee matchup of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, the Spartans turned a highly anticipated game into a showcase of their talent and depth.

Michigan State's Cassius Winston had 17 points and seven assists, Miles Bridges scored 14 points and Nick Ward added 12.

Notre Dame's Bonzie Colson had 11 of his 17 points in the second half and Rex Pflueger scored 15. Matt Farrell was scoreless in the first half and finished with 10 points and T.J. Gibbs added 11 points for the Irish.

No. 9 Texas A&M 78, Texas-Rio Grande Valley 60

Texas A&M junior guards D.J. Hogg and Admon Gilder scored 17 points each and the Aggies opened the game on a 16-0 run.

Texas A&M (7-0) only led UTRGV (3-6) by seven points with more than 7 minutes remaining before pulling away and staying undefeated on the season. UTRGV kept the game close through 3 ½ quarters based on the Aggies’ struggles from the free throw line. Texas A&M made 18 of 30 from the free throw line compared to 11 of 13 for the Vaqueros.

The Vaqueros cut the Aggies’ lead to 57-50 on a short jumper by Mike Hoffman with 7:30 remaining, but the Aggies quickly responded on the other end when Tyler Davis found Tonny Trocha-Morelos wide open under the basket for a dunk and the start of a 9-0 run.

No. 19 West Virginia 102, NJIT 69

Jevon Carter scored 25 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead West Virginia.

Carter had his five steals that made him WVU’s all-time leader with 255, passing Greg Jones’ record set in 1983.

West Virginia (7-1) started the game sluggish, allowing NJIT to lead throughout the first 10 minutes of the game.

The Mountaineers then outscored NJIT (4-3) 31-14 to close out the first half and opened the second half with a 15-2 run to cruise to victory.

Teddy Allen added a career-high 16 points for the Mountaineers.

Anthony Tarke led the Highlanders with 13 points.

Seton Hall 89, No. 22 Texas Tech 79

Myles Powell scored seven of his 19 points in a span of 45 seconds to lift Seton Hall at Madison Square Garden.

Powell was one of four Seton Hall (6-1) players to finish in double figures. Desi Rodriguez finished with 24 points while Khadeen Carrington had 16 and Angel Delgado 12.

Keenan Evans led the Red Raiders (6-1) with 21 points while Jarrett Culver added 17, Zach Smith 12, Zhaire Smith 11, and Niem Stevenson 10.

Texas Tech entered the game fourth in the nation allowing 55 points per game.

Trailing by three at halftime, Seton Hall outscored Texas Tech 31-22 in the first 12:42 of the second half to take a 70-64 lead.


No. 14 Duke 69, No. 8 Ohio State 60

Lexie Brown and Rebecca Greenwell scored 19 points each to help Duke beat Ohio State in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.

Erin Mathias had 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Blue Devils (6-1), who won after giving up a 17-point lead in the second half.

Duke led 52-35 before Ohio State answered with a 22-5 run to tie the game early in the fourth quarter.

But Greenwell hit a driving layup to spark a 9-0 spurt by the Blue Devils, and Ohio State scored just three points in the final nine minutes.

Haley Gorecki scored 11 points for Duke, which won its eighth straight at home against ranked opponents.

Kelsey Mitchell scored 24 points on 9-of-27 shooting to lead Ohio State (7-2). Linnae Harper added 12 points for the Buckeyes, who shot 32 percent from the floor.

No. 9 Baylor 90, No. 20 Kentucky 63

Kristy Wallace scored 15 of her 20 points in the first half and No. 9 Baylor held No. 20 Kentucky without a field goal in the third quarter on way to a 90-63 victory Thursday night in the Big 12/SEC Challenge.

The Lady Bears outscored the Wildcats 23-6 in that decisive quarter, with Kentucky (6-1) missing all 13 of its shots from the floor while losing for the first time.

Wallace led six players in double figures for Lady Bears (6-1), who shot 54 percent (35 for 65) from the floor and 53 percent (9 for 17) on 3-pointers. The senior guard had plenty of help in the backcourt, with Alexis Morris scoring 15 points and Juicy Landry 14.

Maci Morris had a game-high 22 points for Kentucky, which had four players in double figures and made 11-of-19 3-pointers (58 percent). But the Wildcats shot only 32 percent overall after shooting only 8 for 40 inside the arc.

Baylor was up only 25-21 in the second quarter when Kentucky was called for a flagrant foul. Wallace made the two free throws, Morris added layup to make it a four-point trip and start a 12-2 run.

Kentucky was back within seven before Landrum made two 3s and Wallace added one from long range in a 67-second span just before halftime for a 50-34 lead.

Jaida Roper added 12 points for Kentucky, while Taylor Murray and Makenzie Cann had 10 each.

No. 2 Texas 88, Louisiana Tech 54

Brooke McCarty had 15 points, five assists and five steals to lead Texas to a victory over Louisiana Tech.

McCarty, a senior guard who was Big 12 player of the year last season, converted her first six shots, including three 3-pointers.

Guard Lashann Higgs scored 13 points on 6-for-8 shooting for Texas (6-0). Alecia Sutton added 10 points and five assists, and Ariel Atkins had eight points, seven assists and three blocks.

Taylor Stahly led Louisiana Tech (4-3) with 13 points, including three 3-pointers. Maria Delgado added 10 points.

Tech never offered any resistance, falling behind 37-9 early in the second quarter. The Longhorns asserted themselves in the first quarter by forcing eight turnovers — all on steals — that they turned into 10 points.

McCarty had four steals during that stretch, with the tenacious defense enabling Texas to grab a 10-0 advantage in fast-break points in the first quarter.

Tech finished with 22 turnovers, and Texas produced 29 points from them.

No. 4 Louisville 72, Indiana 59

Myisha Hines-Allen had 25 points and 12 rebounds to help Louisville use a big third quarter to beat Indiana in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

Jazmine Jones finished with 12 points and seven rebounds for the Cardinals (7-0).

Louisville native Jaelynn Penn led Indiana (4-3) with 17 points.

Louisville closed the first half with a 9-2 run to take a nine-point led at the break, and then had a 10-2 binge in the third quarter to extend their lead to 51-36. Indiana managed pull to 65-57 with a little more than four minutes left in the fourth, but that was as close as it got.

The Cardinals outscored the Hoosiers 54-30 in the paint.

For the majority of the first half, the Cardinals struggled with the Hoosiers, unable to build and maintain a comfortable lead.

Indiana kept the game within reach early on, even trailing 28-26 with four minutes left in the second quarter. But that’s when Kylee Shook scoring all five of her points during the run that took Louisville into the locker room with a 37-28 lead.

Louisville started the second half where it left off.

No. 5 South Carolina 101, Western Carolina 43

A’ja Wilson scored 29 points and Alexis Jennings had 19 as South Carolina bounced back from its first loss of the season with a pummeling of Western Carolina.

The Gamecocks (7-1) fell behind 2-0, then broke off a 17-0 run powered by the 6-foot-5 Wilson and 6-2 Jennings that put the game out of reach for the Catamounts (1-5) of the Southern Conference.

Wilson and Jennings combined to score the team’s first eight points then never let up against their overmatched opponent. It was a welcome beatdown for South Carolina, which fell to No. 3 Notre Dame 92-85 in the finals of the Gulf Coast Showcase.

Wilson, the two-time defending Southeastern Conference player of the year, has turned her scoring up for the defending national champions, scoring 33, 17, 34 and 29 points her past four games. She came close to her third 30-point game of the season, but was taken out for good with five minutes remaining.

Wilson made 13 of 19 shots and grabbed seven rebounds.

Lauren Laplant, Sherae Bonner and Nikki Johnson had eight points each to lead Western Carolina.

It was South Carolina’s first time hitting the century mark since last year’s NCAA Tournament run as it defeated Quinnipiac 100-58 in the round of 16. It was the Gamecocks’ biggest margin of victory since topping Savannah State 111-49 in December 2014.

No 12 Tennessee 77, Central Arkansas 34

Mercedes Russell had 19 points and 10 rebounds as Tennessee trounced Central Arkansas to remain undefeated.

The Lady Vols are off to just their second 7-0 start in Holly Warlick’s six seasons as coach. Tennessee started 10-0 in 2013-14 and went on to finish 29-6 with a loss in the NCAA regional semifinals.

Tennessee held Central Arkansas (3-2) scoreless for the game’s final 11 minutes, 4 seconds, and capitalized on its depth to outscore the Sugar Bears 17-0 in the fourth quarter even after emptying its bench. Central Arkansas scored just two points in the last 15:36 of the game.

Tennessee was playing its first game since going 3-0 in last week’s Cancun Challenge, an event that included a 101-99 overtime squeaker over Marquette.

This game didn’t have nearly as much suspense.

Central Arkansas had won a 106-23 blowout of NAIA program Crowley’s Ridge just two nights earlier but struggled against much tougher opposition Thursday. After the Sugar Bears grabbed a 6-5 lead midway through the first quarter, Tennessee scored the next 15 points and never looked back.

The 6-foot-6 Russell capitalized on her height advantage over a Central Arkansas team that didn’t play anyone taller than 6-2. Tennessee also got better production than usual from Meme Jackson, who scored all 11 of her points in the first half.

Jackson scored in double figures for the first time since a 10-point effort against Vanderbilt on Jan. 5. Anastasia Hayes added 14 points for Tennessee.

Taylor Baudoin had 11 points and seven rebounds for Central Arkansas.

No. 24 California 87, Seattle 67

Kristine Anigwe scored 25 points, C.J. West added a career-high 18 and California defeated Seattle.

Anigwe had 12 points in the first quarter when the Golden Bears (4-2) made 9 of 16 shots to open a 25-10 lead. The Redhawks (3-4) missed their first five shots and were 4 of 16 from the field. Anigwe had 21 points by the half on 10-for-12 shooting and Cal stretched the lead to 44-24.

West had 15 points in the second half as the Golden Bears continued to shoot well, finishing the second half at 59 percent and the game at 56.

Alexis Montgomery had 16 of her 26 points in the second half for Seattle, which finished the game at 41 percent despite making 10 of 15 shots in the fourth quarter, including 5 of 9 on 3-pointers. Jacinta Beckley added 15 points.

Anigwe grabbed eight rebounds as Cal had a 46-26 advantage on the boards with 16 coming on the offensive end. That led to the Bears scoring 20 second-chance points and building a 58-28 difference on points in the paint.

More than 4,000 elementary and middle school students attended the fourth annual School Hass Rock game.


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