COLLEGE BASKETBALL ROUNDUP | Wednesday’s games
No. 2 Virginia 74, Louisville 64
Kyle Guy scored 22 points and No. 2 Virginia held off hot-shooting Louisville to win its 13th straight. Ty Jerome added 16 points and Devon Hall 12 for the Cavaliers (21-1, 10-0 Atlantic Coast Conference). Virginia’s start is its best in ACC play since the 1980-81 team won its first 12 games. The winning streak is its longest since winning 19 in a row to begin the 2014-15 season. Ray Spalding scored 16 points and Deng Adel had 15 points for the Cardinals (16-6, 6-3). Louisville made nine of 10 shots at one point down the stretch, closing to within 62-57 on a long 3-pointer by Ryan McMahon with 3:44 left, but Jerome answered with back-to-back 3s for the Cavaliers.
No. 3 Purdue 75, Maryland 67
WEST LAFAYETTE, IND.
Isaac Haas had 20 points and nine rebounds, Carsen Edwards scored 17 points and No. 3 Purdue pulled away from Maryland to extend the nation’s longest active winning streak to 18. The Boilermakers (22-2, 11-0 Big Ten) also continued their best conference start in school history, broke another school record with their 13th consecutive win over a league foe and still won their 21st straight home game. Only Cincinnati (38) has a longer home-court streak. Bruno Fernando finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds to lead Maryland (15-9, 4-7). Kevin Huerter had 16 points and four 3s for the Terrapins, who have lost three straight with the last two coming to top-10 teams.
No. 5 Michigan State 76, Penn State 68
EAST LANSING, MICH.
Miles Bridges had 23 points and nine rebounds, helping Michigan State come back from a double-digit deficit to beat Penn State. The Spartans (21-3, 9-2 Big Ten) rallied to win after trailing by 12 with 15:23 left after coming back from 13-point deficit to win their previous game at Maryland. Cassius Winston made a go-ahead layup midway through the second half and Michigan State led by as much as 15. The Nittany Lions (15-9, 5-6) had won two straight, including a buzzer-beater at Ohio State, and they didn’t give up their winning streak easily. They went on an 11-2 run to pull within six points with 37 seconds left after Tony Carr made consecutive 3-pointers in 6 seconds. Carr just missed a 3-pointer with 19 seconds left.
No. 8 Cincinnati 80, Houston 70
HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, KY.
Jacob Evans III scored 18 points, hitting the pivotal shots during Cincinnati’s rally from an 18-point deficit, and the Bearcats extended the nation’s longest home-court winning streak by beating Houston. After trailing 33-15, the Bearcats (20-2, 9-0 American Athletic) closed out the first half with a flourish that featured Evans’ steal and banked-in 3-pointer at the buzzer. His 3 gave Cincinnati its first lead of the second half. Cincinnati has won 13 in a row since back-to-back losses against Xavier and Florida, the only ranked teams it has played. The Bearcats have won 38 straight home games, the longest active streak.
Houston (16-5, 6-3) couldn’t get a breakthrough win in the series. The Cougars fell to 0-16 on the Bearcats’ home court and 2-30 overall against Cincinnati.
Iowa State 93, No. 15 West Virginia 77
Donovan Jackson scored 25 points, Lindell Wigginton added 22 and Iowa State upset West Virginia, sending the short-handed Mountaineers to their fifth loss in six games. Cameron Lard scored 18 points with 13 rebounds for the Cyclones (12-9, 3-6 Big 12). They took advantage of the absence of West Virginia’s Daxter Miles Jr. (illness) by handing the Mountaineers (16-6, 5-4) their biggest defeat since a 23-point blowout at the hands of Texas A&M in the opener. The Cyclones had West Virginia playing catch-up from the opening tip. The Mountaineers caught them just once — but were never able to overtake them.
No. 18 Tennessee 84, LSU 61
James Daniel III scored 17 points off the bench to continue his recent surge as Tennessee trounced LSU for its fourth consecutive victory. With nine games remaining in the regular season, Tennessee (16-5, 6-3 SEC) already has matched its 2016-17 win total. Tennessee went 16-16 last year and failed to earn an NCAA Tournament or NIT bid for a third straight season. Tennessee has won seven of its last eight games while LSU (12-9, 3-6) has lost five of its last six. Daniel shot 5 of 7 from 3-point range and matched a season high in scoring. Tennessee shot 12 of 25 on 3-pointers as a team.
No. 18 Ohio State 94, Penn State 64
Kelsey Mitchell scored 27 points to move into fourth in NCAA history and Stephanie Mavunga and Linnae Harper had double-doubles to lead Ohio State past Penn State. Mitchell has 3,125 points for her career. She made a 3-pointer for the 80th straight game, tying the NCAA record. Her five treys were her most since draining seven on Nov. 24. She also had six rebounds, five assists and two steals. Mitchell had 12 points in the first quarter as the Buckeyes (18-5, 7-3 Big Ten) used a 14-0 run to grab a 24-10 lead. Mavunga, who finished with 11 rebounds, had 11 of her 19 points in the second quarter and Ohio State had the game under control by the half with a 49-28 lead. Harper had a season high 13 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for her third straight double-double. Sierra Calhoun scored 12 points. Jaida Travascio-Green had 14 points for the Nittany Lions (13-10, 4-6).