No. 4 Michigan St. rolls at Northwestern
No. 4 Michigan St. 54, Northwestern 40
EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Gary Harris scored 14 points and No. 4 Michigan State beat Northwestern 54-40 on Wednesday night for its ninth straight win.
The preseason favorite to win the Big Ten, the Spartans (16-1, 5-0) continue to roll along, although it was hardly an easy night for them. They overcame a sluggish start and pulled away down the stretch even though they shot 2 of 16 on 3-pointers.
Keith Appling scored 11 points and Branden Dawson, fighting an illness, had 11 rebounds and three blocks for MSU, which was missing one of its top players in Adreian Payne. The 6-foot-10 forward sat out his second straight game because of a sprained right foot.
Tre Demps did his best to keep Northwestern (8-10, 1-4) in the game, scoring 10 of his 12 points in the second half, but leading scorer Drew Crawford managed just six.
No. 9 Oklahoma St. 82, Texas Christian 50
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Marcus Smart scored 20 points to help Oklahoma State defeat TCU.
Smart, the reigning Big 12 player of the week, also had eight rebounds and five assists for the Cowboys (15-2, 3-1).
Markel Brown scored 14 points and Le'Bryan Nash added 13 points and eight rebounds for Oklahoma State, which needed to win to stay within range of Big 12 leader Kansas. The 15th-ranked Jayhawks (4-0 Big 12) host the Cowboys on Saturday.
Oklahoma State won for the eighth time in nine games and improved to 9-0 at home.
Karviar Shepherd scored 13 for the Horned Frogs (9-7, 0-4) in their most lopsided loss of the season.
No. 10 San Diego St. 68, Fresno St. 60
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Xavier Thames scored 28 points and Winston Shepard keyed a 12-2 run for San Diego State, which rallied past Fresno State for its 14th straight win.
The Aztecs (15-1, 4-0 Mountain West), who often looked ragged, won their 38th consecutive game against a team from California. On Monday, SDSU reached its highest AP ranking since it was No. 6 on March 14, 2011.
Tyler Johnson had 24 points and 11 rebounds for Fresno State (8-10, 1-4), which lost for the fourth time in five games.
SDSU won it at the line. Fresno State was whistled for 25 fouls and the Aztecs made 26 of 41 free throws. SDSU was called for only 14 fouls and Fresno State was 11 of 15 from the line.
Texas Tech 82, No. 12 Baylor 72
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Jaye Crockett had 19 points, Toddrick Gotcher added 17 and Texas Tech beat Baylor for its first Big 12 win of the season.
Dejan Kravic and Robert Turner scored 14 apiece for the Red Raiders (9-8, 1-3), who led all the way and ended a four-game slide against Baylor in Lubbock.
Kenny Chery scored 22 points for the Bears (13-3, 1-2). They finished with only six assists, a season low for a team averaging 16.3.
No. 16 Massachusetts 88, George Mason 87
FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — Chaz Williams had 26 points and eight assists, Derrick Gordon made a go-ahead layup with 8 seconds remaining and Massachusetts edged George Mason.
The Minutemen (15-1, 3-0 Atlantic 10) rallied from eight points down in the second half to win their fifth straight.
Sherrod Wright scored 26 points and Allen had 21 to lead the Patriots (7-10, 0-3), who lost for the eighth time in 10 games. George Mason was seeking its first win over a ranked opponent in more than six years.
Williams, who entered second in the country in assists at 7.5 per game, shot 11 for 17 from the field — including a layup to draw the Minutemen to 87-86 with 18 seconds remaining. Williams' basket came after the first of two costly late turnovers by Wright.
No. 24 St. Louis 66, St. Bonaventure 60
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Dwayne Evans scored 18 points and Saint Louis won its first game since breaking into the Top 25 for the first time this season, holding off St. Bonaventure.
Jordair Jett scored 10 of his 15 points in the second half for Saint Louis (16-2, 3-0 Atlantic 10), which has won 10 in a row. The start is the school's best since the 1993-94 team was 19-1.
Matthew Wright had 17 points for St. Bonaventure (11-6, 1-2), which was in foul trouble early and ended with four players drawing four fouls apiece.
The Billikens are 3-0 in conference play for the first time since winning the first three in the Mid-Continent Conference in 1989-90.
Coastal Carolina 81, UNC Asheville 78
CONWAY, S.C. (AP) — Josh Cameron made 5 of 6 3-point attempts en route to a career-high 29 points and Coastal Carolina survived a late UNC Asheville surge for an 81-78 victory on Wednesday night.
Trailing 71-59 with 3:36 remaining, Asheville battled back to close the deficit to two, 77-75, on Andrew Rowsey's turnaround 3-pointer with 19.9 seconds left. Cameron made two free throws to put the Chanticleers up by four. Rowsey missed a layup and, in a scramble for the loose ball, Coastal Carolina's El Hadji Ndieguene was fouled with 6.8 seconds left. He made both free throws for the final margin.
Elijah Wilson added 19 points, Warren Gillis 14 and Uros Ljeskovic 10 for CCU (9-8. 2-1 Big South).
David Robertson led the Bulldogs (8-9, 2-1) with 18 points. Rowsey added 15, Sam Hughes 13 and Jaron Lane 11. D.J. Cunningham had his sixth career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Gardner-Webb 56, Winthrop 51
ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) — Naji Hibbert scored 11 points and Tyrell Nelson 10 as Gardner-Webb broke a three-game losing streak with a 56-51 victory over Winthrop on Wednesday night.
Nelson hit a 10-foot bank shot with 24.3 seconds remaining to put Gardner-Webb (8-10, 1-2 Big South) ahead 54-49. Keon Moore responded with a basket with 14 seconds to again close the gap to three, but Josh Castellanos made a pair of free throws with 12.3 seconds left for the final margin.
Moore scored 20 points and James Bourne 10 for the Eagles (8-7, 2-1). Winthrop, which made 15 3-pointers in its previous game, a victory over Charleston Southern, made only 4 of 20 from long range on Wednesday. The Eagles shot 27.8 percent and missed 10 of their 27 free-throw attempts.
The victory was the first at Winthrop Coliseum for the Runnin' Bulldogs since its first season in the Big South in 2008-09.
High Point 83, Longwood 75
HIGH POINT (AP) — John Brown scored 24 points and pulled down seven rebounds Wednesday night to lead High Point past Longwood 83-75.
After Tristan Carey's layup with 16:14 remaining gave Longwood a 38-37 lead, High Point (5-11, 1-2 Big South) scored 13 of the next 16 points to pull ahead by nine. The Lancers never got closer than six again.
Longwood (5-13, 0-3) made 27 of 47 (57.4 percent) from the field and 9 of 19 (47.4 percent) from 3-point range, but committed 19 turnovers which the Panthers turned into 20 points.
High Point lead by as many as 12 points in the second half, when it got to the free throw line 24 times — converting 21.
Devante Wallace hit 4 of 7 from 3-point range while scoring a career-high 21 points in the win. Anthony Lindauer added 11 points and Lorenzo Cugini 10.
Carey finished with 15 points and seven boards.
Hofstra 69, NC-Wilmington 64
WILMINGTON (AP) — Zeke Upshaw scored 27 points, including seven 3-pointers, to lift Hofstra to a 69-64 win over North Carolina-Wilmington on Wednesday night.
The Pride (6-11, 2-1 Colonial Athletic Association) held on to a narrow lead throughout the second half and needed a 5-0 spurt that included an Upshaw trey with about five minutes left to hold off the Seahawks for the win.
Jordan Allen and Moussa Kone contributed 10 points apiece for Hofstra, which hit 23 of 50 from the field. Upshaw's 7 of 10 from 3-point range in a single game tied a school record.
UNC-Wilmington (6-13, 0-4) kept the game close and twice tied it up in the second half, once at 46 on a Luke Hager 3-pointer with 11:51 to go and then again at 53 on an Addison Spruill jumper three minutes later.
Chris Dixon had 15 points for the Seahawks and Cedrick Williams had 14.