NCAA BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: No. 1 Arizona holds off Michigan
Nick Johnson made six free throws over the final 25 seconds, and No. 1 Arizona held on for a 72-70 victory over Michigan on Saturday 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 two free throws, and after two more free throws by Johnson made it 71-67, Albrecht made a 3-pointer with 2 seconds left. Arizona’s Gabe York added a free throw to end the scoring. Brandon Ashley scored 18 points for Arizona.
Glenn Robinson III had 20 points for Michigan, while Caris LeVert added 15 points.
NO. 3 OHIO STATE 79, NORTH DAKOTA STATE 62: LaQuinton Ross and Lenzelle Smith Jr. each scored 18 points to lead Ohio State to the easy win.
Freshman Mark Loving had a career-high 12 points, and Sam Thompson also had 12. Aaron Craft added six points and seven assists for the Buckeyes, who shot 53 percent from the field.
The game was part of the BlackRock Gotham Classic.
Taylor Braun led the Bison (7-4) with 21 points, while Marshall Bjorklund had 12 and Lawrence Alexander 10. NDSU shot 42 percent from the field and was outrebounded 36-26.
The Bison were coming off a 73-69 victory at Notre Dame on Wednesday.
NO. 4 WISCONSIN 86, E. KENTUCKY 61: Ben Brust scored 20 points to lead four Wisconsin players in double figures.
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 that hampered him this week to add 13.
Glenn Cosey scored 21 points to lead the Colonels (7-4), while Orlando Williams added 13.
Wisconsin, which averages 21 free throws a game, went 25 of 33 from the free throw line — led by Hayes going 13 of 17. The Badgers finished 9 of 15 from beyond the 3-point line with Brust making five, two short of his school record.
NO. 5 MICHIGAN ST. 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 lead Michigan State.
Branden Dawson added 16 points and 13 rebounds for the short-handed Spartans (8-1), who were rusty early and turnover-prone after a 10-day break.
Michigan State played without leading scorer Gary Harris, who is still nursing an ankle injury. The Spartans were also without big men Matt Costello (mononucleosis) and Kenny Kaminski (academic suspension).
Duke Mondy, the nation’s leader in steals, had 24 points and seven swipes for the Golden Grizzlies (2-9). Travis Bader scored 18 points.
Michigan State got all but 10 of its points from Appling, Payne and Dawson and only had five players score. But a 41-32 edge in rebounds gave the Spartans just enough to bounce back from the 79-65 loss to North Carolina that knocked them out of the No. 1 spot in the poll.
NO. 6 LOUISVILLE 79, W. KENTUCKY 63: Russ Smith had 14 points and 10 assists and Louisville shot 69 percent from the field in the second half.
With starting point guard Chris Jones sidelined at least a game with a sprained right wrist, the Cardinals (9-1) got numerous backcourt contributions to beat their in-state rival for the fifth straight time. Freshman Terry Rozier grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds starting in Jones’ place while reserve Tim Henderson added career highs of 12 points on four 3-pointers and four assists.
Their efforts helped Louisville pad a 31-28 halftime lead as the Cardinals made 13 of their first 21 attempts from the field after the break to build a 63-44 lead with 6:02 left. They shot 18 of 26 in the second half.
Louisville held the Hilltoppers (5-4) scoreless for nearly 6 minutes.
T.J. Price’s 22 points led WKU, which shot just 36 percent and was outscored 36-14 inside.
NO. 7 OKLAHOMA ST. 70, LOUISIANA TECH 55: Le’Bryan Nash had 22 points and 10 rebounds as Oklahoma State overcame a sluggish start.
Marcus Smart scored three points in the first half and finished with 13 for the Cowboys (9-1), who had not played a game in more than a week.
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).
Markel Brown scored 13 points for the Cowboys and Kamari Murphy had 10.
Chris Anderson scored 14 points and Alex Hamilton added 12 for Louisiana Tech, which held Oklahoma State scoreless over the first 4 minutes of the game.
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 for North Carolina.
J.P. Tokoto added 15 points for the Tar Heels (7-2), who grinded out yet another marquee non-conference victory in a first month of the season filled with wild swings. UNC 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).
It wasn’t always pretty for the Tar Heels, from 19 missed free throws to seeing the Wildcats swat away seven of their shots.
Yet the Tar Heels managed to add another big name to their early wins against then-No. 1 Michigan State and then-No. 3 Louisville — all coming while top scorer P.J. Hairston and Leslie McDonald sit out due to NCAA eligibility concerns.
Aaron Harrison scored 20 for Kentucky, which shot 41 percent and committed 17 turnovers. Heralded freshman Julius Randle struggled all afternoon, finishing with 11 points on 3-for-9 shooting.
NO. 12 WICHITA ST. 70, TENNESSEE 61: Tekele Cotton scored all 19 of his points in the second half and Wichita State is off to 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).
Jordan McRae scored 26 points for Tennessee (6-3), which shot 16 of 47 (34 percent) over the final 35 minutes.
The game was played before 14,356 in the downtown Intrust Bank Arena.
A 3-pointer by Cotton started a 7-0 run that gave Wichita State a 58-49 lead with 4:47 remaining.
NO. 13 KANSAS 80, NEW MEXICO 63: Perry Ellis scored 21 points, Joel Embiid added a career-high 18 and Kansas stopped a frustrating two-game skid.
Andrew Wiggins, who dealt with foul trouble much of the night, added 11 points for the Jayhawks (7-3), who led 39-38 at halftime but used two big runs over the final 20 minutes to blow it open.
It was the Jayhawks’ ninth straight win at the Sprint Center, including their run to last year’s Big 12 tournament title.
After dropping games at Colorado and Florida, the win also kept Kansas from losing three straight non-conference games for the first time since the 1982-83 season.
Cameron Bairstow and Kendall Williams had 24 points apiece, but that was about it for the Lobos (7-2). Alex Kirk, who came into the game averaging 18.6 points, was held to just five on 2-for-8 shooting.
NO. 22 UMASS 80, NORTH ILLINOIS 54: Cady Lalanne scored 16 points to lead UMass.
Chaz Williams, coming off career highs of 32 points and 15 assists against Brigham Young on Dec. 7, had 12 points and seven assists for the Minutemen (9-0), who are off to the program’s best start since the 1995-96 team started 26-0.
Raphiael Putney added 13 points — including three 3-pointers in an early 11-0 run — and Maxie Esho had 12 points and seven rebounds for the Minutemen.
Dontel Highsmith led the Huskies (3-5) with 10 points.
UMass Freshman reserves Clyde Santee scored the first 13 points of his college career — all in a span of 5:34.
The 54 points were the fewest allowed by UMass this season.