Tulsa rolls past Pirates, 76-58
Tulsa 76, East Carolina 58
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — James Woodard scored 21 points to lead Tulsa to a 76-58 win over East Carolina on Thursday.
Shaquille Harrison added 11 points and Stevie Repichowski and Brandon Swannegan came off the bench to add 13 and 10 respectively, for the Golden Hurricane (12-12, 7-3 CUSA).
Akeem Richmond and Paris Roberts-Campbell had 17 points each to lead the Pirates (13-12, 2-8). Caleb White added 10.
Tulsa shot 50 percent in the first half, scoring the last four points to lead 33-29.
East Carolina took a 45-44 lead with 11:48 to go when Repichowski sparked a 7-0 burst with a layup and a 3-pointer. Woodard then scored eight straight points during a Tulsa run leading to a 70-53 lead with 3:07 to go. He made a layup, a three-pointer and three free throws on consecutive possessions.
Radford 102, UNC Asheville 92
RADFORD, Va. (AP) — Ya Ya Anderson and Rashun Davis each scored 21 points as Radford defeated UNC Asheville 102-92 Thursday night in a game closed to the general public due to snow accumulation.
Davis scored 15 points in the second half and dished out five assists. Anderson hit four 3-pointers and finished 7 of 12 from the field.
Radford (17-9, 7-4 Big South) is tied with Virginia Military Institute for the top spot in the North Division. UNC Asheville (13-12, 7-4) drops into a three-way tie in the South.
Jaron Lane scored to cap a 22-10 run, pulling Asheville within a point at 71-70 with 8:54 to play. Davis answered with six points, and a Kion Brown layup stretched the lead to 79-72 and the Bulldogs would not get closer.
Freshman guard Andrew Rowsey scored a career-high 41 points on 14-of-28 shooting to lead UNC Asheville (13-12, 7-4).
UNC-Wilmington 55, Northeastern 45
WILMINGTON (AP) — Craig Ponder scored 11 points and Dylan Sherwood added 10 as North Carolina-Wilmington pulled away from Northeastern for a 55-45 win Thursday night.
Sherwood sparked a late run for UNC-Wilmington (8-19, 2-10 CAA), hitting a pair of free throws to put the Seahawks up 44-41, before connecting on a 3-pointer to extend the lead to 47-41. The Seahawks trailed 41-40 with 5:42 left, but closed the game on a 15-4 run.
UNC-Wilmington was 7 of 10 from the free-throw line over the final 1:07 to preserve the win.
Northeastern (8-18, 5-7) made just one field goal in the last 5 minutes of the game.
David Walker led the Huskies with 18 points. Scott Eatherton had 10 points and 16 rebounds for the Huskies, posting his 16th double-double of the season.
The Seahawks have now won two consecutive games after snapping a 14-game losing streak.
Appalachian St. 74, Samford 68
BOONE (AP) — Tommy Spagnolo scored 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as Appalachian State beat Samford 74-68 on Thursday.
It was Spagnolo's fourth straight double-double in a mid-afternoon game that was moved up because of snow in the area.
Tab Hamilton added 18 points and Chris Burgess and freshman Ty Toney had 14 apiece for Appalachian St. (8-16, 4-7 Southern). Burgess started the game 3 of 3 from beyond the arc, but the Mountaineers shot just 33 percent in the first half and trailed 34-30. Appalachian St. got hot in the second, making 71.4 percent.
Appalachian St. made 21 of 37 free throws (56.8 percent) in the game, but hit 6 of 8 in the final minute.
Isaiah Williams scored 13 for Samford (11-16, 5-7) and Tim Williams 12.
There were nine ties in the game and 15 lead changes as Samford dropped to 2-13 on the road this season.
UNC Greensboro 68, Georgia Southern 56
STATESBORO, Ga. (AP) — Freshman Tyrone Outlaw scored a season-high 17 points, with five 3-pointers, as UNC Greensboro ended a three game losing streak against Georgia Southern, 68-56 on Thursday.
UNCG led by three points with just under 7 minutes left, but back-to-back 3-pointers by Outlaw gave the Spartans their biggest lead of the game at 61-52 with 4:25 remaining.
Georgia Southern managed just four points in the final 4 minutes, and UNCG made 7 of 8 free throws in the last 1:07 to secure the win.
Tevon Saddler added 12 points, eight rebounds and five assists for UNCG (12-14, 5-6 Southern). RJ White and Kyle Cain combined for 23 rebounds, 12 and 11 respectively.
Georgia Southern (11-15, 4-7) was paced by Brian Holmes and Tre Bussey with 12 apiece. Angel Matias added 10 points and 11 rebounds for the Eagles.
The afternoon game was postponed from Wednesday night due to winter weather.
No. 9 Michigan St. 85, Northwestern 70
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Adreian Payne had 20 points and 14 rebounds, and No. 9 Michigan State cruised past Northwestern 85-70 on Thursday night to stay tied atop the Big Ten.
The Spartans (21-4, 10-2) are even in the standings with rival Michigan — and those two teams meet in Ann Arbor on Feb. 23.
Gary Harris added 14 points for Michigan State, rebounding a bit from a poor shooting performance in a loss to Wisconsin last weekend. The Spartans shot 53 percent from the field against a Northwestern team that came in with a sterling defensive reputation.
The Wildcats (12-13, 5-7) had not allowed 80 points in a game in over a month.
Michigan St. was without point guard Keith Appling, who has been bothered by a wrist injury.
No. 18 Creighton 68, Butler 63
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Doug McDermott scored 26 points and made the go-ahead 3-pointer with 47.8 seconds left to give Creighton a win over Butler.
The Bluejays (20-4, 10-2 Big East) have won five of six and 15 of 17, and are now within a half-game of No. 6 Villanova in the conference standings.
Kellen Dunham had 16 points and Alex Barlow added 13 for Butler (12-13, 2-11), which has lost four straight.
After leading most of the first half, Creighton found itself in a back-and-forth struggle most of the second half and couldn't fend off Butler's charges until McDermott hit the 3 to make it 64-63.
Andrew Chrabascz had two chances to give Butler a late lead but twice lost the ball and a 3 from Dunham that might have forced overtime was short.
No. 21 Wisconsin 78, Minnesota 70
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Frank Kaminsky scored 17 points and Wisconsin regained some of its frontcourt swagger in a win over Minnesota.
Fellow forward Nigel Hayes added 15 for the Badgers, who kept Minnesota in the game following late free-throw woes.
But Wisconsin (20-5, 7-5 Big Ten) benefited from a hot start up front. The Badgers are at their best active in the lane, and that was the case on both ends of the floor in building a 13-point lead against sloppy Minnesota (16-9, 5-7).
Outside shooting helped the Gophers hang around after Austin Hollins and Malik Smith hit 3s on back-to-back possessions to get to 73-68 with 55.2 seconds left.
Ben Brust finally sealed the win with two foul shots for an eight-point lead with 38 seconds left.