men’s college basketball Saturday’s games


No. 15 Michigan 75, No. 2 Michigan State 64

NEW YORK

Mo Wagner scored 14 of his 15 points after a dreadful first half and fifth-seeded Michigan moved within a game of its second straight Big Ten Tournament title with a victory over top-seeded Michigan State. Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman and Zavier Simpson also had 15 for the No. 15 Wolverines (27-7). Duncan Robinson added 13 points off the bench and Charles Matthews had 12.

No. 1 Virginia 62 Notre Dame 57

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA.

Devon Hall scored 17 points in his final game at John Paul Jones Arena and No. 1 Virginia outlasted Notre Dame. Ty Jerome added 13 points for the Cavaliers (28-2, 17-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), who won their fifth in a row. Bonzie Colson, playing in just his second game since missing 15 with a broken foot, had 24 points and 14 rebounds for the Irish (18-13, 8-10). Martinas Geben added 14 points and 10 rebounds. De’Andre Hunter hit 3 of 4 free throws to finish it.

No. 3 Xavier 65, DePaul 62

CHICAGO

Trevon Bluiett scored 22 points, and No. 3 Xavier set a school record for regular-season wins while clinching the top seed in the Big East with a victory over DePaul. The Musketeers (27-4, 15-3 Big East) hung on for their 12th win in 13 games after DePaul’s Eli Cain and Max Strus missed 3-pointers in the closing seconds. That ended Villanova’s four-year run of first-place finishes. Bluiett became the school’s all-time leader in 3-pointers, making four to give him 310 in his career.

No. 3 Villanova 97, Georgetown 73

PHILADELPHIA

Jay Wright moved into a tie atop Villanova’s career wins list with 413 in No. 4 Villanova’s win over Georgetown. Mikal Bridges scored 24 points and Jalen Brunson solidified his player of the year candidacy with 16 points and seven assists. Jesse Govan scored 30 points on 10-of-15 shooting from the field and he went 10-for-10 from the free-throw line. The second half served as a mere countdown toward Wright’s ascension to a share of the top of the record book.

No. 5 Duke 74, No. 9 North Carolina 64

DURHAM, N.C.

Marvin Bagley III had 18 of his 21 points in the second half along with 15 rebounds, and No. 5 Duke pulled away to beat No. 9 North Carolina. Grayson Allen added 15 points in his final game at Cameron Indoor Stadium, and Gary Trent Jr. had 13 points — including three 3-pointers in the final 10 minutes — to help the Blue Devils (25-6, 13-5) clinch the No. 2 seed in the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament. Cameron Johnson scored 16 points for the Tar Heels (22-9, 11-7), while Kenny Williams and Luke Maye each had 13.

Oklahoma State 82, No. 6 Kansas 64

STILLWATER, OKLA.

Kendall Smith scored a career-high 25 points and Mitchell Solomon had 16 points and seven rebounds to help lead Oklahoma State to a victory over No. 6 Kansas. Smith, who had scored just nine points in each of his two previous outings, hit 20 for the seventh time this season and for the fifth time in the last nine contests. Oklahoma State (18-13, 8-10 Big 12) swept the season series from Kansas, marking the first time that the Jayhawks have been swept in a home-and-home since 2003-04, a span of 103 series.

No. 8 Purdue 78, Penn State 70

NEW YORK

Carsen Edwards scored 27 points and No. 8 Purdue pulled away from Penn State in the second half of a victory that put the Boilermakers in the Big Ten Tournament championship game for the second time in three seasons. Third-seeded Purdue (28-5) faces No. 5 Michigan, which will try to repeat as tournament champs on Sunday at Madison Square Garden. Purdue frustrated conference scoring leader Tony Carr, holding him to 4-of-18 shooting and 12 points. Shep Garner led the Nittany Lions (21-12) with 33 points.

No. 12 Texas Tech 79, TCU 75

LUBBOCK, TEXAS

Keenan Evans scored 23 points and No. 12 Texas Tech stopped a four-game losing streak with a win over TCU. Desmond Bane scored 21 points for the Horned Frogs (21-10, 9-9), who had their first four-game conference winning streak in 20 years stopped. With Texas Tech leading by two in the final 2 minutes, Evans hit a layup before Justin Gray and Zhaire Smith each hit a free throw for a six-point lead with 20 seconds to go.

No. 14 Auburn 79, South Carolina 70

AUBURN, ALA.

Bryce Brown scored 29 points, making eight 3-pointers, and No. 14 Auburn claimed at least a share of the Southeastern Conference title with a comeback victory over South Carolina. Brown led a comeback after Auburn trailed by 14 points midway through the first half. He made 8 of 12 3-pointers after going 7 for 39 over the previous four games while nursing foot and shoulder injuries. Jared Harper finished with 18 points and eight assists. Mustapha Heron scored 12 points and made all 10 free throw attempts. Horace Spencer added 11 points.

No. 16 Tennessee 66, Georgia 61

KNOXVILLE, TENN.

Admiral Schofield scored 23 points to lead Tennessee’s second-half comeback Saturday as the 16th-ranked Volunteers rallied past Georgia to win a share of the Southeastern Conference regular-season championship. The Vols have won four straight and 11 of their last 13. Tennessee’s latest victory ended Georgia’s five-game winning streak in this series.

Syracuse 55, No. 18 Clemson 52

SYRACUSE, N.Y.

Oshae Brissett and Tyus Battle each scored 17 points and Syracuse rallied to beat No. 18 Clemson to remain in the hunt for a postseason berth. Marcquise Reed had 21 points and Elijah Thomas 18 to lead Clemson as the pair accounted for every Clemson point in the second half. Gabe DeVoe was 2 of 13, 0 of 6 from beyond the arc, for four points. Frank Howard finished with 11 points for the Orange, who shot just 30.2 percent (16 of 53) for the game. Battle also boosted his career points to 1,006.

No. 19 Arizona 66, California 54

TUCSON, ARIZ.

Deandre Ayton had 26 points and 20 rebounds, helping No. 19 Arizona clinch the Pac-12 regular-season title outright with a victory over California. Arizona closed the game with a 13-1 run, finishing off its fifth Pac-12 title in six seasons in the final home game for seniors Dusan Ristic, Parker Jackson-Cartwright and Keanu Pinder.

Texas 87, No. 20 West Virginia 79, OT

AUSTIN, TEXAS

Matt Coleman and Kerwin Roach II each scored 22 points and Texas used an 11-0 run early in overtime to pull away from No. 20 West Virginia. The Big 12’s worst offensive team made 11 3-pointers, including two in the overtime by Coleman and Jacob Young, and shot 57 percent from the field. West Virginia led 48-42 early in the second half before Texas ripped off a 15-2 run keyed by a pair of 3-pointers from Dylan Osetkowski, who made five in the game.

Florida 80, No. 23 Kentucky 67

GAINESVILLE, FLA.

Jalen Hudson scored 22 points, Chris Chiozza broke the school’s all-time assist record and Florida beat No. 23 Kentucky. The Gators won their third straight, swept Kentucky for the first time in four years and secured the No. 3 seed in next week’s Southeastern Conference Tournament. The Wildcats showed some life midway through the second half, whittling a 23-point deficit to single digits (65-56). But Hudson answered with one of his biggest shots of the game, a 3-pointer from the wing that rattled around the rim before falling through with 6:17 remaining.

Marshall 76, No. 24 Middle Tennessee St. 67

MURFREESBORO, TENN.

Jon Elmore scored 23 points and Marshall swept two games from No. 24 Middle Tennessee.The Thundering Herd (21-10, 12-6 Conference USA) was the only C-USA team to beat the Blue Raiders (24-6, 16-2) this season as they ended Middle’s 11-game winning streak. Marshall redshirt freshman Jannson Williams came off the bench to record a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Middle led 57-56 with 8:28 left before Marshall rallied for the road win. C.J. Burks scored 20 points and Marshall’s bench outscored Middle 26-9. Brandon Walters led the Blue Raiders with 20 points and Nick King added 18.

Associated Press

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