Russell, Moore lead SMU past No. 21 UConn
STORRS, Conn. -- Nick Russell and Nic Moore each scored 15 points to lead SMU to a 64-55 win Sunday against No. 21 Connecticut and a sweep of their season series with the Huskies.
Markus Kennedy added 13 points and seven rebounds for the Mustangs (22-6, 11-4 American Athletic Conference), who have won 11 of their past 13 games.
Ryan Boatright and Shabazz Napier combined to shoot 8 for 28 for Connecticut (21-6, 9-5), but each had 15 points. The Huskies had won four in a row and 10 of 12.
The Mustangs never trailed. They led by two at halftime, but extended that to 10 points midway through the second half.
The Huskies cut the lead to 55-49 on a 3-pointer by Napier, but Sterling Brown answered with a 3-pointer and SMU held on down the stretch.
No. 11 Creighton survives against Seton Hall
OMAHA, Neb. -- Doug McDermott had 29 points to become one of the top-10 scorers in college basketball history, and No. 11 Creighton survived shaky free-throw shooting at the end to post a hard-earned 72-71 victory against Seton Hall on Sunday.
Grant Gibbs added a season-high 16 points, and the Bluejays (23-4, 13-2) took a half-game lead on Villanova in the Big East standings.
Fuquan Edwin had 21 points to lead the Pirates (14-13, 5-9), who have lost four of five.
Creighton missed five of its last six free throws, allowing Seton Hall to stay in the game to the end. McDermott, an 89 percent foul shooter, missed two before Austin Chatman fouled Edwin on the other end. Edwin made both free throws to make it a one-point game with 8.2 seconds left.
Wragge missed two free throws with 4 seconds left, but Edwin's desperation 3-pointer bounced off the backboard at the buzzer.
No. 20 Michigan beats No. 13 Michigan State 79-70
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Nik Stauskas scored 21 of his 25 points in the second half, and No. 20 Michigan beat No. 13 Michigan State 79-70 on Sunday to take over first place in the Big Ten.
Caris LeVert added 23 points for the Wolverines (19-7, 11-3), who won both regular-season meetings against their in-state rivals. Michigan has now won six of its past eight against Michigan State.
The Spartans (22-6, 11-4) led by as many as 11 in the first half, but Michigan State was only up 36-34 at halftime. Then Stauskas and LeVert led a second-half charge. The Wolverines trailed 52-51 before going on a decisive 17-4 run that sent the Crisler Center crowd into delirium.
Gary Harris scored 21 points for Michigan State.