college basketball Friday’s games
No. 2 Michigan State 63, Wisconsin 60
Cassius Winston hit a go-ahead jumper with 7:17 to play and No. 2 Michigan State won its 13th straight game, beating Wisconsin in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament. Miles Bridges led the Spartans (29-3) with 20 points and Winston finished with 17 in advancing to the semifinals Saturday against No. 15 Michigan. The ninth-seeded Badgers, who had won five of their last seven games, had a chance to tie the game in the waning seconds but the Spartans played tough defense and Brad Davison’s long, contested 3-pointer from beyond the top of the key never hit the rim. Wisconsin also hurt its chances with its free throws. Khalil Iverson missed a chance to finish off a three-point play with under three minutes to play and his team down 60-58. He missed a 1-and-1 seconds later. Ethan Happ, who had 22 points, also missed a 1-and-1 with 1:51 to go and the Badgers still down two points.
No. 15 Michigan 77, Nebraska 58
Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman scored 21 points and Moe Wagner had 20 as No. 15 Michigan dealt a significant blow to Nebraska’s NCAA hopes, beating the Cornhuskers in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament. The fifth-seeded Wolverines (26-7) face top-seed Michigan State on Saturday in the first semifinal at Madison Square Garden. Against the fourth-seeded Huskers (22-10), Wagner and Abdur-Rahkman were full-go and Nebraska could not do much to stop them. Wagner drove the baseline for a dunk late in the first half that helped the Michigan go up 34-24 at the break. Abdur-Rahkman’s 3 with 6:01 left in the second half made it 61-42 for the Wolverines.
Davidson 63, No. 17 Rhode Island 61
Jon Axel Gudmundsson’s driving layup with 3.1 seconds left lifted Davidson to an upset over No. 17 Rhode Island. LaBrae High School graduate Peyton Aldridge, who had a career-high 45 points in a 117-113 triple-overtime loss to St. Bonaventure on Tuesday night, had 18 points and 12 rebounds for the Wildcats (18-11, 13-5 Atlantic 10). Gudmundsson finished with 11 points. Davidson outscored Rhode Island 9-0 over the final 1:47 of the game. The Rams (23-6, 15-3) squandered a 6-point lead in the final 41 seconds after missing the front end of three straight 1-and-1 free throws. Jared Terrell had a game-high 22 points.
Akron 67, Kent State 65
Daniel Utomi had 20 points and eight rebounds, Eric Parrish made a pair of free throws with three seconds left and Akron closed the regular season with a win over Kent State. The Zips (15-16, 9-9 Mid-American Conference) held the Golden Flashes (13-17, 6-12) scoreless for the final 3:38 and scored five points, all at the foul line, during that time. Adonis De La Rosa gave the Flashes a 65-62 lead at the 3:38 mark and they missed three shots and had two turnovers from there. Parrish and Jimond Ivey added 11 points, and Malcolm Duvivier scored 10 for Akron. Kevin Zabo led Kent State with 16 points.
No. 13 Ohio State 82, Rutgers 57
Kelsey Mitchell scored 22 points, Stephanie Mavunga added 18 and No. 13 Ohio State cruised into the Big Ten Conference Tournament semifinals for the fifth straight year with a quarterfinal win over Rutgers.The top-seeded Buckeyes (26-6), who have won five straight, meet Minnesota on Saturday night. Mitchell hit a 3-pointer and Linnae Harper followed with a layup and Ohio State led 25-19 after one quarter. The Buckeyes closed the half with a 15-2 run for a 41-26 lead as the Scarlet Knights missed their last eight shots.