Ann Arbor, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - The No. 1 Arizona Wildcats stayed among
the ranks of the unbeaten Saturday after surviving the Michigan Wolverines in
their first-ever visit to the Crisler Center. Michigan was seemingly in
control throughout the intense matchup and led by as many as 11 before the
Wildcats showed why they rose to the top of the polls. Nick Johnson hit the
tying and go-ahead free throws with 24.6 seconds remaining and Arizona
escaped with a hard-fought 72-70 victory in hostile territory. The
frontcourt combination of Brandon Ashley, Kaleb Tarczewski and Aaron
Gordon were the difference, as the trio combined for 46 points and 20
rebounds, while Johnson finished with 14 points in the victory. The Wildcats
(11-0) owned a 37-24 edge on the glass and made all but one of their 15 free
throws attempts, including six from Johnson in crunch time. Glenn Robinson
III led Michigan with 20 points, but 16 of those came in the first half.
Caris LeVert and Nik Stauskas provided 15 and 14 points, respectively, for the
Wolverines (6-4), who fell to 2-24 all-time against No. 1 ranked opponents.
Final Score: (3) Ohio State 79, North Dakota State 62
Columbus, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - LaQuinton Ross and Lenzelle Smith, Jr. each
supplied 18 points to lead No. 3 Ohio State to a 79-62 victory over North
Dakota State on Saturday as part of the Gotham Classic from Value City Arena.
Sam Thompson and Marc Loving netted 12 points apiece for the Buckeyes (10-0),
who have won all 10 games by double digits. Aaron Craft contributed six points
and seven assists to move his career assist total to 581, surpassing Jamar
Butler (579) for the most career helpers in Ohio State history. Tyler Braun
paced the Bison (7-4) with a game-high 21 points, while Marshall Bjorklund
donated 12 points for North Dakota State, which had won five straight.
Final Score: (4) Wisconsin 86, Eastern Kentucky 61
Madison, WI (SportsNetwork.com) - Ben Brust scored 20 points, Nigel Hayes
added 17 and the No. 4 Wisconsin Badgers stayed undefeated by rolling past
Eastern Kentucky, 86-61, on Saturday. The Badgers (12-0) are off to the best
start in the program's modern history, which dates back to 1946. Sam Dekker
scored 15 of his 16 points in the first half as Wisconsin built a huge lead
and won going away. Frank Kaminsky battled through a foot injury and put up 13
points, six rebounds and four assists in the resounding win. Glenn Cosey
provided 21 points for the Colonels (7-4), who were beaten soundly on the
boards, 33-20, were outscored at the free throw line by a wide 25-9 margin and
watched the Badgers shoot 60.5 percent from the field.
Final Score: (5) Michigan State 67, Oakland 63
Auburn Hills, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - The fifth-ranked Michigan State
Spartans have had trouble this season winning convincingly against lesser
competition. The same could be said Saturday as the Spartans battled
and ultimately pulled off a 67-63 win over the upset-minded Oakland Golden
Grizzlies from the Palace at Auburn Hills. Michigan State (8-1) leaned on
seniors Keith Appling and Adreian Payne as both players put the Spartans on
their backs at different points of the contest. Appling scored 18 of his
team-high 21 points in the second half, while Payne took the reigns in the
first half, scoring 16 of his 20 points and grabbing seven of his 10 rebounds
in the opening stanza. Branden Dawson was the only other Spartan in double-
figures with 16 points to go along with 13 rebounds. Michigan State was
without its leading scorer Gary Harris. Averaging 17.6 points per game,
Harris netted 17 points in a 79-65 setback against North Carolina on Dec.
4, but a lingering ankle injury kept the sophomore guard out of action
Saturday. Duke Mondy paced all scorers with 24 points and seven steals,
while Travis Bader added 18 points on 5-of-20 shooting for Oakland (2-9),
which has lost two straight following a two-game winning streak.
Final Score: (6) Louisville 79, Western Kentucky 63
Louisville, KY (SportsNetwork.com) - Russ Smith led with 14 points and 10
assists as the sixth-ranked Louisville Cardinals defeated the Western Kentucky
Hilltoppers, 79-63, in the Bill Minardi Classic at the KFC Yum! Center. Smith
was one of five Louisville (9-1) scorers in double digits. Mangok Mathiang
had 13, Wayne Blackshear and Tim Henderson each contributed 12, and Chane
Behanan had 11 coming off the bench. Henderson scored all 12 of his points
on 4-of-6 shooting from beyond the arc for the Cardinals, who are winners of
four straight. T.J. Price had a game-high 22 points to pace the Hilltoppers
(5-4), who have lost two of their last three.
Final Score: (7) Oklahoma State 70, Louisiana Tech 55
Oklahoma City, OK (SportsNetwork.com) - Le'Bryan Nash scored a game-high 22
points with 10 rebounds as the seventh-ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys defeated
the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs, 70-55, in the All-College Classic at Chesapeake
Energy Arena. Markel Brown and Marcus Smart both contributed 13 points and
Kamari Murphy had 10 points off the bench as the Cowboys (9-1) won their
second straight game. Chris Anderson had 14 points and eight rebounds, while
Alex Hamilton notched 12 points for the Bulldogs (8-3), who won their previous
two games before falling to the Cowboys in the first meeting between the two
programs since 1993.
Final Score: (18) North Carolina 82, (11) Kentucky 77
Chapel Hill, NC (SportsNetwork.com) - Marcus Paige scored 21 of his 23 points
in the second half as No. 18 North Carolina once again played the role of
giant killer with an 82-77 ousting of 11th-ranked Kentucky at Smith Center.
James Michael McAdoo contributed 20 points and J.P. Tokoto had 15 on 7-of-10
shooting to help the unpredictable Tar Heels (7-2) to their third signature
non-conference win this season. North Carolina previously knocked off both
defending national champion Louisville and then-No. 1 Michigan State,
along with being handed upset losses by Belmont and UAB. The inexperienced
Wildcats showed their youth in their first true road game of the season,
committing 17 turnovers and 31 fouls while struggling offensively for much of
the game. Aaron Harrison went 8-for-12 from the field to pace Kentucky
(8-3) with 20 points. Twin brother Andrew Harrison recorded 17 along with
seven assists, with James Young netting 16 points in the loss.
Final Score: (12) Wichita State 70, Tennessee 61
Wichita, KS (SportsNetwork.com) - Tekele Cotton made sure history did not
repeat itself Saturday. Cotton scored all 19 of his points in the second half
and No. 12 Wichita State downed Tennessee, 70-61, to reach the 10-0 mark for
the first time in school history. The Shockers (10-0) won their first nine
games a season ago before losing to Tennessee a year ago Friday. This time
Wichita State made the necessary plays down the stretch and limited the
Volunteers to 38.5 percent shooting. Cleanthony Early added 13 points and
Darius Carter chipped in with 11 points and 14 rebounds in the victory. Jordan
McRae paced Tennessee (6-3) with 26 points.
Final Score: (13) Kansas 80, New Mexico 63
Kansas City, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Joel Embiid scored a career-high 18
points and keyed a pair of big second-half runs that propelled No. 13 Kansas
to an 80-63 victory over New Mexico at the Sprint Center. The Jayhawks (7-3)
were coming off back-to-back road losses to Colorado and Florida, but got
back on track behind big efforts from Embiid and Perry Ellis, who had a
game-high 21 points on 9-of-14 shooting and added nine rebounds. Embiid
tallied 16 of his points after halftime. Cameron Bairstow and Kendall
Williams each finished with 24 points for the Lobos (7-2), who shot just
27.3 percent (6-for-22) in the second half en route to having a four-game
win streak halted.
Final Score: (15) Oregon 71, Illinois 64
Portland, OR (SportsNetwork.com) - Mike Moser had 14 points and nine rebounds
and Johnathan Loyd added 11 points and seven rebounds to lead 15th-ranked
Oregon to a 71-64 win over Illinois at Moda Center on Saturday. Joseph Young
scored 14 points, Elgin Cook added 12 and Damyean Dotson chipped in with 10
for the Ducks (9-0), who are off to their best start since going 13-0 to
start the 2006-07 campaign. Tracy Abrams and Ryvonte Rice finished with 16
points apiece and Jon Ekey chipped in with 10 points and eight rebounds
for the Fighting Illini (9-2), who lost for the second time in four games.
Final Score: (20) Gonzaga 68, South Alabama 59
Seattle, WA (SportsNetwork.com) - Gary Bell Jr. scored 20 points and Sam Dower
Jr. contributed 12 points and 11 rebounds, as 20th-ranked Gonzaga overcame a
great effort from Augustine Rubit and beat South Alabama, 68-59, at KeyArena.
Kevin Pangos added 10 points for the Bulldogs (10-1), who have won five in
a row since a loss to Dayton on Nov. 25. Rubit had 35 points on 11-of-16
shooting from the field and a perfect 10-of-10 from the foul line, but
the Jaguars (5-5) suffered their second straight loss.
Final Score: (22) Massachusetts 80, Northern Illinois 54
Amherst, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - Cady Lalanne scored 17 points and No. 22
Massachusetts pulled away in the second half en route to an 80-54 rout of
Northern Illinois that kept the Minutemen unbeaten. Raphiael Putney and Clyde
Santee each added 13 points for the Minutemen (9-0), who extended the
program's best start to a season since the 1995-96 squad opened with 26
consecutive wins on the way to a Final Four appearance that was later vacated.
Dontel Highsmith paced Northern Illinois (3-5) with 10 points, the lone Huskie
in double figures.
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