MORE COLLEGE BASKETBALL FROM THURSDAY
No. 5 Wichita State 95, East Carolina 60
Rauno Nurger scored 14 points and fifth-ranked Wichita State shook off a slow start to roll past East Carolina. Shaquille Morris added 12 points for the Shockers (14-2), who improved to 4-0 in their first season in the American Athletic Conference. Wichita State trailed 14-9 early after a 3-for-12 shooting start, but the Shockers quickly settled in to take complete control. Wichita State went ahead for good on a 15-0 run, part of a 36-9 avalanche to close the first half and drain the fight out of a once-feisty Minges Coliseum crowd. By the time the Shockers added two more baskets to open the second half, Wichita State led 49-23 and soon had many fans streaming toward the exits. B.J. Tyson scored 16 points for the Pirates (7-9, 1-4), who shot 32 percent in the opening half to quickly see any chance of an upset disintegrate.
No. 15 Gonzaga 103, Portland 57
Silas Melson scored a career-high 23 points, making seven 3-pointers, as No. 15 Gonzaga routed Portland. Rui Hachimura added 20 points for Gonzaga (15-3, 5-0 West Coast), which has romped through the bottom of the West Coast Conference so far. Marcus Shaver Jr. scored 16 points for Portland (6-12, 0-5), which is in the second year of a rebuilding effort under former NBA player Terry Porter. The Pilots have dropped five games in a row. Melson hit 7 of 12 from 3-point range and the Zags finished with 13 3s in the game. The Zags also dominated inside, easily winning the rebound battle. Portland was undone by 30 percent shooting from the field. Gonzaga went on an early 13-2 run for a 16-6 lead. Consecutive 3-pointers by Corey Kispert and Josh Perkins pushed the lead to 24-10. Gonzaga led 45-29 at halftime, behind 12 points from Hachimura. Gonzaga leading scorer Johnathan Williams suffered what appeared to be a knee injury late in the first half. He limped off the court and did not return. Melson hit four 3-pointers in the opening 4 minutes of the second half as the Zags built a 61-37 lead.
No. 17 Arizona 62, Oregon State 53
Allonzo Trier scored 15 of his 21 points in the second half and No. 17 Arizona pulled away from a sluggish, close game in the final 7 1/2 minutes to beat Oregon State. Deandre Ayton had 14 points and 10 rebounds and Rawle Alkins scored 11 points, nine in the second half, for the Wildcats (13-4, 3-1 Pac-12), coming off a loss Saturday at Colorado. Tres Tinkle scored 18 points and Stephen Thompson Jr. had 14 for the Beavers (10-6, 2-2), who have won just once in Tucson in the last 35 years (2010). Oregon State led the entire first half and was up 22-21 at the break, the lowest-scoring half for Arizona this season, and the lowest-scoring for a Beavers opponent. But the Wildcats outscored the visitors 24-14 over the final 7:33.
N.C. State 78, No. 19 Clemson 77
Omer Yurtseven scored a career-high 29 points, and North Carolina State held on to beat No. 19 Clemson after Gabe DeVoe missed the third of three free throws with 0.2 seconds left that would have forced overtime. Allerik Freeman finished with 14 points for the short-handed Wolfpack (12-5, 2-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), who blew nearly all of a 12-point lead with less than 90 seconds remaining but held on to claim their second home win over a Top 25 opponent in six nights after knocking off then-No. 2 Duke on Saturday night. Marcquise Reed scored 17 points, Donte Grantham added 16 and Mark Donnal finished with a season-high 13 for Clemson (14-2, 3-1), which had its 10-game winning streak end. The Tigers had the ball down by three points twice in the final minute, the last coming after DeVoe’s layup with 1.3 seconds remaining. Clemson got the ball back after the officials ruled Torin Dorn’s ensuing inbounds pass to Braxton Beverly bounced off the end line. Sam Hunt then fouled DeVoe as he flung up a 3-pointer from the corner. DeVoe hit the first two free throws, and after N.C. State coach Kevin Keatts called a timeout to ice him, the Clemson guard bounced his last attempt off the left iron.
No. 3 Louisville 100, No. 2 Notre Dame 67
Asia Durr scored 36 points, Myisha Hines-Allen had a career-high 31 and No. 3 Louisville overwhelmed No. 2 Notre Dame on both ends for a blowout victory in an Atlantic Coast Conference showdown. The unbeaten Cardinals (19-0, 5-0 ACC) erased an early deficit to dominate the short-handed Irish in nearly every phase during a marquee matchup between top teams. Louisville went on to the program’s biggest victory since upsetting top-seeded Baylor in the 2013 NCAA Tournament and snapped an 11-game losing streak against Notre Dame (15-2, 4-1 ACC). Playing before a crowd of 12,614, Durr quickly set the tone with three first-quarter 3-pointers and eight overall in shooting 13 of 18 from the field. Hines-Allen kept pace with her, hitting 15 of 20 while grabbing 12 rebounds. Louisville also overcame recent struggles in finishing off opponents by pouring it on against the Irish, leading by 44 early in the fourth in handing the Irish their 11th-largest loss in program history. Jackie Young had 23 points and Marina Mabrey 14 for the Irish, who had won eight straight.
Michigan St 82, No. 11 Maryland 68
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Taryn McCutcheon scored a career-high 25 points, and Michigan State surprised No. 11 Maryland to end the Terrapins’ 13-game winning streak. The depleted three-time conference champions used an 11-0 run in the third quarter to close to 43-42, but Michigan State (13-5, 3-2) regained control with a 12-1 spurt and cruised to the finish. McCutcheon made successive 3-pointers during the pivotal third-quarter surge, and the sophomore’s long-range jumper with 6 minutes left made it 69-58 — effectively ending any hope Maryland had of making a comeback.