Akron 80, Bowling Green 78
Freshman Virshon Cotton drilled a 3-pointer with three seconds left to give Akron a win over Bowling Green to snap a three-game skid. Lucas Smith snatched the offensive rebound after Jimond Ivey, who totaled 19 points, missed a trey with :25 remaining. Cotton took the next shot for the win. The Zips (8-8, 1-3 MAC) won without Emmanuel Olojakpoke, who underwent open-heart surgery on Friday after experiencing dizzy spells earlier in the week. Akron will be without the 6-8 sophomore from Houston for the rest of the season. He was named MAC Player of the Week on Dec. 11. Cotton led the Zips with 23 points.
Michigan 82, No. 4 Michigan State 72
EAST LANSING, MICH.
Moritz Wagner scored a career-high 27 points, lifting Michigan to a victory over No. 4 Michigan State. The Wolverines (15-4, 4-2 Big Ten) have won eight of nine games this season and two straight against their rivals. The Spartans (16-3, 4-2) are struggling, losing two of three games with an overtime win over Rutgers in between the setbacks. Zavier Simpson made a go-ahead layup with 14:28 left, the 13th lead change in an intense game with 11 ties. Simpson finished with 16 points, taking advantage of a game plan that called for him and his teammates to drive toward the basket against a shot-blocking team. Michigan’s Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman scored 13 points and Charles Matthews added 10. Michigan State’s Miles Bridges had 19 points, six rebounds, five assists and two steals.
No. 5 Purdue 81, Minnesota 47
Vincent Edwards scored 25 points in 29 minutes on 9-for-14 shooting for fifth-ranked Purdue, and the Boilermakers easily beat undermanned Minnesota for their 13th consecutive victory. Isaac Haas pitched in 14 points and five rebounds for Purdue (17-2, 6-0), which produced its best Big Ten start since going 8-0 to begin conference play in the 1989-90 season. This is the fourth 6-0 start in the Big Ten in Boilermakers history. They’re tied for the program’s best record at the 19-game overall mark since 1987-88. Jordan Murphy had 10 points and four rebounds for the Gophers (13-6, 2-4).
No. 7 Duke 89, Wake Forest 71
Marvin Bagley III had 30 points and 11 rebounds, and No. 7 Duke beat Wake Forest in a game Hall of Fame coach Mike Krzyzewski missed due to a virus. With longtime assistant Jeff Capel in charge, the short-handed and illness-ravaged Blue Devils (15-2, 3-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) won their second straight and moved their conference record over .500 for the first time this season. Gary Trent Jr. added 19 points and six 3-pointers, Wendell Carter Jr. had 15 points and 11 rebounds, Grayson Allen had a career-best 12 rebounds and reserve Alex O’Connell scored 13 points. Bryant Crawford scored 21 points and Keyshawn Woods had 15 to lead Wake Forest (8-9, 1-4), which hasn’t won at Cameron Indoor Stadium in 21 years.
No. 8 Texas Tech 72, No. 2 West Virginia 71
Keenan Evans scored 20 points, Brandone Francis had a career-high 17 and No. 8 Texas Tech won the first-ever Top 10 matchup on its home court, beating second-ranked West Virginia. Evans hit a lean-in jumper to give the Red Raiders (15-2, 4-1 Big 12) a four-point lead in the final minute and send the first sellout crowd of the season into a frenzy. The Mountaineers had their nation-leading 15-game winning streak stopped. Jevon Carter scored 28 points — one off his career high — for West Virginia (15-2, 4-1).
No. 9 Oklahoma 102, No. 16 TCU 97, OT
Trae Young scored 29 of his 43 points after halftime, and No. 9 Oklahoma defeated No. 16 TCU in overtime. Young, the freshman who leads the nation in scoring and assists, also had 11 rebounds and seven assists. Brady Manek added 22 points for the Sooners (14-2, 4-1 Big 12), who made a school-record 19 3-pointers. It was Young’s second dominant performance against TCU this season. He had 39 points and 14 assists and made the game-winning free throws with 7 seconds left in a 90-89 win over the Horned Frogs on Dec. 30. Jaylen Fisher had a career-high 22 points and Vlad Brodziansky added 21 for TCU (13-4, 1-4), which lost its second overtime game of the week.
No. 10 Xavier 92, No. 25 Creighton 70
Trevon Bluiett emerged from his shooting slump with 24 points, Kaiser Gates responded to getting dropped from the starting lineup by scoring 16, and No. 10 Xavier recovered from back-to-back road losses by routing No. 25 Creighton.The Musketeers (16-3, 4-2 Big East) shook up their starting lineup and got back in form after losses to Providence and No. 1 Villanova. They pulled ahead by 27 points midway through the second half. The Bluejays (14-3, 4-2) gave up a season high in points and took their most lopsided loss.
No. 11 Arizona State 77, Oregon State 75
Shannon Evans scored seven of his 22 points in a late 10-0 run for Arizona State. Cody Justice added 14 points, including four 3-pointers, for the Sun Devils (14-3, 2-3 Pac-12), who were coming off an upset home loss to Oregon on Thursday night. Stephen Thompson Jr. scored 21 for the Beavers (10-7, 2-3), including five 3s (in 10 attempts). Arizona State prevailed despite an off night from point guard Tra Holder. The Pac-12’s leading scorer at 20.9 points per game made 1 of 9 shots for four points. Tres Tinkle scored 18 for Oregon State but missed a 3-pointer that would have won the game at the buzzer.
No. 12 Kansas 73, Kansas State 72
Devonte Graham had 23 points, Malik Newman hit the go-ahead foul shots with 15 seconds left and No. 12 Kansas held on to beat Kansas State in a back-and-forth affair. Udoka Azubuike added 18 points and eight rebounds for the Jayhawks (14-3, 4-1 Big 12), who beat their Interstate 70 rival for the sixth straight time and 12th in a row at Allen Fieldhouse. Kansas State (12-5, 2-3) led 67-64 with 3 minutes left when Lagerald Vick knocked down a 3-pointer in front of the Jayhawks’ bench and Newman scored on a put-back to give Kansas the lead.
No. 13 Seton Hall 74, Georgetown 61
Desi Rodriguez and Myles Powell each scored 19 points to lead Seton Hall to a victory over Georgetown. The Pirates (15-3, 4-1 Big East), who remained undefeated at home (11-0), received 11 points and 13 rebounds from Angel Delgado. The Hoyas (12-5, 2-4) were led by Marcus Derrickson, who scored 18 points while Jahvon Blair and Jessie Govan scored 11 points each.
No. 17 Arizona 90, Oregon 83
Allonzo Trier scored 25 points, Deandre Ayton added 24 and No. 17 Arizona used a late run to outlast Oregon. Arizona (14-4, 4-1 Pac-12) grinded out a defense-dominated win over Oregon State on Thursday. Arizona scored eight straight points to go up 84-77 with 72 seconds left. The Wildcats shot 53 percent from the field. Oregon (12-6, 2-3) rallied from double-digit deficits three times, but couldn’t muster a final comeback to leave the desert with a split between the Pac-12’s two Arizona schools.
No. 19 Clemson 72, No. 18 Miami 63
Donte Grantham had 18 points, including four 3-pointers, and Mark Donnal had 12 points, including two critical second-half 3s, as No. 19 Clemson outlasted 18th-ranked Miami. The Tigers (15-2, 4-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) continued their best start in nine seasons and bounced back from their first ACC defeat that snapped a 10-game win streak at North Carolina State on Thursday night. But Clemson used its timely, long-range shooting — a season-high 12 3-pointers — to hold on in the Top 25 matchup. Anthony Lawrence II and Lonnie Walker IV had 16 points each for Miami (13-3, 3-2).
No. 20 North Carolina 69, Notre Dame 68
SOUTH BEND, IND.
Joel Berry II hit two free throws with 7.1 seconds left as North Carolina earned its first Atlantic Coast Conference road victory of the season. Berry finished with 15 points while Luke Maye had 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Tar Heels (14-4, 3-2). Sophomore point guard T.J. Gibbs got a game-high 19 points and six assists for the Irish (13-5, 3-2).
No. 21 Kentucky 74, Vanderbilt 67
Kevin Knox scored five straight points to put Kentucky ahead to stay. With the score tied at 59, Knox hit a jumper with 3:48 left and hit the free throw that put Kentucky ahead for good. He added a layup on the next possession for the Wildcats (14-3, 4-1 Southeastern Conference). Wenyon Gabriel added a tip-in, and Hamadou Diallo knocked down a 3-pointer for a 10-2 run clinching the victory. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander led Kentucky with 22 points. Knox finished with 17. Jeff Roberson led Vanderbilt (6-11, 1-4) with 20 points.
No. 22 Auburn 76, Mississippi State 68
Bryce Brown scored 23 points, Mustapha Heron and Desean Murray both added 14 and No. 22 Auburn rallied to beat Mississippi State. Auburn (16-1, 4-0 Southeastern Conference) won its 14th straight game despite trailing by 13 points early in the second half. It’s the program’s longest winning streak since the 1999-2000 season, when the Tigers also won 14 in a row.
No. 24 Florida State 101, Syracuse 90, 2OT
Briain Angola scored 24 points, including five in the second overtime, and Christ Koumadje added a career-high 23 as No. 24 Florida State defeated Syracuse in double overtime. Tied at 82 at the end of the first overtime, the Seminoles scored the first six points of the second extra session to take control. Two free throws by Tyus Battle cut FSU’s lead to 88-84 but it scored nine of the next 11 points to put it out of reach. Phil Cofer added 16 points for Florida State (13-4, 2-3 Atlantic Coast Conference). Battle, who had five points at halftime, led the Orange (12-6, 1-4) with 37 points and Oshae Brissett added 14.
No. 24 Tennessee 75, Texas A&M 62
Jordan Bowden scored 15 points as Tennessee handed Texas A&M its fifth consecutive loss. Kyle Alexander had 14 points, Admiral Schofield scored 12 and Jordan Bone added 10 as Tennessee (12-4, 3-2 Southeastern Conference) won its third straight in Volunteers coach Rick Barnes’ 1,000th career game. After being ranked fifth in the nation at the start of SEC play, Texas A&M (11-6, 0-5) hasn’t won since.