Mich. St. opens Big Ten play with win
Top 25: Aggies overcome double-digit deficit, beat McNeese St.
The Associated Press
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Durrell Summers scored 14 of his 19 points in the second half and No. 20 Michigan State opened Big Ten play with a 71-62 victory against No. 14 Minnesota on Friday.
Summers' 3-pointer midway though the second half started an 8-0 run that gave the Spartans (9-4, 1-0) the lead for good. It was the last of five straight 3s by Michigan state, which ended the game 8 for 24 from behind the arc after making just one of its first 14 tries.
Draymond Green scored 14 points and Korie Lucious and Delvon Roe both added 11 for the Spartans, who also got 10 points and seven assists from Kalin Lucas.
Trevor Mbakwe had 17 points and nine rebounds and Blake Hoffarber added 12 points for the Golden Gophers (11-3, 0-2), who lost their second straight.
Minnesota closed the first half on a 12-5 run for a 28-22 lead. Michigan State got plenty of good looks from the field in the opening half but shot just 26 percent (8 for 31).
The Spartans entered the game averaging more than 16 turnovers per game but gave it away just eight times as coach Tom Izzo improved to 6-0 in Big Ten openers at the Breslin Center.
No. 2 Ohio State 85, Indiana 67 -- Box Score
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- William Buford scored 24 points, and No. 2 Ohio State made 13 of 19 3-pointers, pulling away from Indiana for an 85-67 victory Friday.
The Buckeyes (14-0, 1-0 Big Ten) have won eight straight road games -- their longest such streak since winning nine in a row from 1970-72. And for the first time in school history, the Buckeyes have won three consecutive games at Assembly Hall. Ohio State hadn't won three straight in Bloomington since 1968-70, before the current arena opened.
Ohio State did it with flair, too, shooting 60.5 percent from the field and tied the record for most 3s by an opponent at Assembly Hall. Northwestern made 13 last season in Bloomington.
Christian Watford scored 17 points for Indiana (9-6, 0-2), which has lost four straight and two in a row at home.
Jared Sullinger had 19 points for Ohio State.
No. 4 Connecticut 66, South Florida 61 (OT) -- Box Score
HARTFORD, Conn. -- Kemba Walker had 24 points and eight rebounds to lead No. 4 Connecticut to a 66-61 overtime victory against South Florida on Friday.
The Huskies (11-1, 1-1 Big East), coming off their first loss of the season to No. 6 Pittsburgh, avoided losing two straight despite shooting 37.5 percent from the field and trailing throughout the game. South Florida shot 41.8 percent.
Tied at 58 at the end of regulation, UConn outscored South Florida 8-3 in the 5-minute overtime and held the Bulls (6-9, 0-2) scoreless until Anthony Crater hit a 3-pointer as time expired.
Alex Oriahki scored 15 points for UConn.
Augustus Gilchrist had 21 points and Crater added 14 for the Bulls, who have lost six of seven.
Crater hit a 3-pointer with 28 seconds left in regulation to tie it after Walker's jumper had given the Huskies a 58-55 lead.
No. 7 San Diego State 93, Occidental 50 -- Box Score
SAN DIEGO -- Chase Tapley scored a season-high 15 points while Kawhi Leonard had 14 points and 10 rebounds for seventh-ranked and undefeated San Diego State in a 93-50 laugher against Division III Occidental on Friday.
The Aztecs improved to 15-0 for the first time in school history. Their 15-game winning streak is also the longest in school history and is second nationally to No1. 1 Duke's 22-game run. San Diego State is one of seven undefeated teams left in Division I.
The 43-point victory margin tied for 10th-largest in school history. The Aztecs were 21 of 24 (87.5 percent) in the second half. They outrebounded the Tigers 42-13.
James Rahon tied his season-high with 15 points for the Aztecs and Malcolm Thomas had 14 points and nine rebounds. Forward Billy White sat out after spraining his right ankle in practice on Wednesday. He was replaced by Brian Carlwell, who scored seven points.
Leonard, a sophomore forward, had his ninth double-double of the season and 26th of his career.
It was the final non-conference game for the Aztecs, who open Mountain West Conference play at TCU on Wednesday night. The Aztecs hadn't played since close victories over San Francisco and IUPUI on Dec. 21-22 in the Las Vegas Holiday Hoops Classic.
Deshun McCoy scored 18 points and Jack Hanley added 10 for Occidental (5-4).
SDSU cruised to a 42-24 halftime lead and continued to pour it on. The Aztecs used an 11-0 run to push their lead to more than 30 points. Rahon hit a 3-pointer and Leonard and Thomas both made two shots to run the lead to 68-33. One of Leonard's shots was a baseline reverse layup, and Thomas followed that with a slam dunk.
The Aztecs later had a 13-0 run, after the reserves had taken over.
No. 12 Purdue 82, Northwestern 69 -- Box Score
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- E’Twaun Moore tied his career high with 31 points, including a career-high seven 3-pointers, for Purdue.
Moore matched his point total from a win over Southern Illinois on Nov. 26, and had seven rebounds. JaJuan Johnson had 19 points and nine rebounds and Ryne Smith scored 10 of his 13 points in the second half to help the Boilermakers (13-1, 2-0 Big Ten) win their eighth straight game.
Michael Thompson scored 18 points and Luka Mirkovic tied a career high with 16 for Northwestern (9-2, 0-1). John Shurna, ranked ninth nationally in scoring with a 23.3 average, was held to a season-low 11 points as Purdue’s Kelsey Barlow and D.J. Byrd held him to eight shots from the field.
The Boilermakers outrebounded the Wildcats 41-27 and outscored Northwestern 23-9 from the free throw line.
No. 13 Texas 95, Coppin St. 75 -- Box Score
AUSTIN, Texas -- Jordan Hamilton hit five 3-pointers and scored 24 points to lead Texas.
Tristan Thompson scored a career-high 22 points and pulled down nine rebounds for the Longhorns (11-2).
With 11 minutes remaining in the game and the Eagles (4-7) trailing 57-52, Hamilton stole an inbounds pass and converted a layup on the fast break. Hamilton was fouled on the play and his free throw completed the three-point play.
Hamilton gave the Longhorns an 83-61 lead after rebounding a missed free throw by Thompson for an easy layup.
Tony Gallo scored 22 points for Coppin State and Michael Harper added 18.
No. 17 Kansas St. 100, North Florida 76 -- Box Score
MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Kansas State, playing without three starters, got huge games from Jamar Samuels and Wally Judge.
Samuels had 26 points while Judge added 22, both season highs, for the Wildcats (11-3).
Parker Smith hit seven 3-pointers and scored 25 points to lead North Florida (4-9).
Kansas State was without leading scorers Jacob Pullen and Curtis Kelly due to suspensions for violating NCAA rules by receiving impermissible benefits in the form of clothing at a local department store. Starting center Freddy Asprilla missed the game due to illness.
No. 18 Texas A&M 66, McNeese State 57 -- Box Score
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Khris Middleton scored 13 points and No. 18 Texas A&M overcame a double-digit deficit to beat McNeese State 66-57 on Friday.
The Aggies (12-1) trailed 28-18 with 7:51 remaining in the first half, and 37-30 at halftime before mounting a comeback.
The Cowboys (8-5) led 44-39 with 14:28 remaining in the game before the Aggies went on a 14-3 run over the next 7 minutes to lead 53-47.
Patrick Richard and P.J. Alawoya paced McNeese State with 12 points each.
A&M guard Dash Harris drained a 16-foot jumper as the shot clock expired to give the Aggies a 60-53 lead with 2:10 remaining. B.J. Holmes quickly followed with a 3-pointer that iced A&M's ninth consecutive victory.