Friday’s top 25 men’s basketball games
No. 12 Murray State 78, Tennessee Tech 58
Donte Poole scored 25 points, and Murray State cruised in the Ohio Valley Conference tournament semifinals. Now the Racers (29-1) will play the winner of Tennessee State-Morehead State in the championship Saturday trying to add a 15th overall tournament title to their regular season title. The Racers beat Tennessee Tech 69-64 to wrap up the regular season on Feb. 25. They showed fresh legs and no rust while beating the Golden Eagles for the third time this season.
No. 15 Wichita State 72, Indiana State 48
Toure Murry and Joe Ragland scored 14 points each and Garrett Stutz had 12 rebounds to lead Wichita State past Indiana State and into the quarterfinals of the Missouri Valley Conference tournament. The Shockers (27-4) won their season-high ninth straight and will play Northern Iowa or Illinois State on Saturday for a spot in the championship. Wichita State, which won the regular season title with a 16-2 mark, is looking for its first Missouri Valley tournament title since 1987.
No. 20 Notre Dame 75, Providence 69
SOUTH BEND, IND.
Jack Cooley scored a career-high 27 points and had 17 rebounds as Notre Dame wrapped up a double bye in next week’s Big East tournament. Notre Dame (21-10, 13-5) locked up the No. 3 seed in the tournament and ended a two-game losing skid.
No. 25 Creighton 68, Drake 61.
Greg McDermott scored 26 points and Antoine Young added 16 points to help Creighton reach the semifinals of the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament.