SUNDAY’S COLLEGE BASKETBaLL GAMES
No. 15 Michigan 75, No. 8 Purdue 66
Zavier Simpson was a catalyst on both ends of the floor, running Michigan’s efficient offense and leading its lock-down defense, and back-up big man Jon Teske scored 14 as the 15th-ranked Wolverines beat No. 8 Purdue 75-66 Sunday to repeat as Big Ten Tournament champions. Fifth-seeded Michigan (28-7) became the first team to repeat as Big Ten Tournament champs since Ohio State in 2010 and ’11. Simpson finished with 10 points, five assists and five rebounds and Moe Wagner led Michigan with 17 points, despite playing only 17 minutes because of foul trouble — which plagued him all tournament. That’s where Teske stepped up. The 7-foot-1 sophomore scored 12 points in the first half and picked up the slack guarding Purdue’s 7-2 center Isaac Haas. Simpson and Teske put an exclamation point on Michigan’s four-day Madison Square Garden party with 6:02 left in the second half. The 6-foot Simpson drove and dished to Teske, who finished with a one-handed slam over Haas. That made it 66-48 and brought chants of “Tes-key!” from the Michigan fans — who showed up in droves for the first Big Ten Tournament played in New York. Purdue (28-6) chipped away late with Michigan missing free throws run but it was way too late. Haas led Purdue with 23 points, but Purdue’s top-two scorers, Carsen Edwards and Vincent Edwards, combined for 16 points on 6-of-22 shooting. This Michigan team has been coach John Beilein’s best on the defensive side since he took over in Ann Arbor in 2007.
No. 10 Cincinnati 62, No. 11 Wichita State 61
Jacob Evans scored 19 points to lead Cincinnati to a 62-61 victory over Wichita State, giving the Bearcats the American Athletic Conference title. Cincinnati (27-4, 16-2) survived a slugfest of a second half as the teams combined for just two baskets in the final five minutes. Wichita State (24-6, 14-4) needed a victory to share the conference title and would have earned the top seed in the AAC tournament after having defeated Cincinnati earlier this season. Jarron Cumberland and Kyle Washington each scored 11 points for the Bearcats, and Gary Clark added 10. Landry Shamet and Shaquille Morris each scored 16 points for Wichita State. Clark had a layup with four minutes remaining and two free throws with 3:27 to play, giving Cincinnati a 62-58 lead it didn’t relinquish. Conner Frankamp hit a 17-foot jumper, Wichita State’s first basket in almost five minutes, to pull the Shockers within 62-61 with 47.2 seconds remaining. The Shockers had three shots in the final 15 seconds to win but could not score.
No. 25 Houston 81, UConn 71
Rob Gray scored 30 points, Corey Davis Jr. had 17 and Houston held off UConn. Gray was 10 of 15 from the floor for the Cougars (24-6, 14-4 American Athletic Conference), who have won ten of their last 12. Devin Davis added 12 points for Houston, which shot 45 percent from the field and hit eight of 20 from behind the arc. The Cougars finished 15-0 at home, the first time Houston has done that since 1983-84. Jalen Adams had 22 points and six assists, Terry Larrier added 19 points and seven rebounds, and Christian Vital had 11 points for Uconn (14-17, 7-11), which has lost three of its last four. The Huskies shot 51 percent from the field, including 55 percent in the first half.
Milwaukee 80, Illinois-Chicago 75
Brock Stull scored 25 points, Brett Prahl scored 14 and sixth-seeded Milwaukee defeated No. 3 seed Illinois-Chicago 80-75 in a Horizon League Tournament quarterfinal game. Milwaukee (16-16) moves on to play second-seeded Wright State in a semifinal game today. Illinois-Chicago (17-15) ended the season with a three-game losing streak after having won nine of 10. Dikembe Dixson’s 3-pointer with 5:04 left brought Illinois-Chicago within 63-62 before Milwaukee went on 8-0 run with Stull sinking three free throws and a jump shot. The Flames made eight straight free throws on four consecutive possessions but Milwaukee got another 3 from Stull and a jumper from Jeremiah Bell for a 76-70 lead and maintained safe distance from there. Bell scored 12 and Bryce Nze added 10 points with nine rebounds. The Flames were led by Tarkus Ferguson’s 23 points, Marcus Ottey scored 14, Dixson, 13, and Jordan Blount had 10.
Oakland 62, IUPUI 55
Horizon League player of the year Kendrick Nunn scored 18 points and short-handed Oakland beat IUPUI in the quarterfinals of the league tournament. Nunn, the nation’s second-leading scorer at 26.4 points per game, was just 6 of 20 from the field, including 2 of 10 from distance but his four free throws in the closing seconds sealed it. Nick Daniels and Jalen Hayes each added 13 points and Isaiah Brock had 10 points and six blocks for Oakland (19-13), which was without third-leading scorer Martez Walker at 17.6 points and four others with injuries. Fourth-seeded Oakland will face No. 8 seed Cleveland State, which upset top-seeded Northern Kentucky, today in the semifinals.
No. 13 Ohio State 79, No. 17 Maryland 69
Kelsey Mitchell scored 25 points and Ohio State beat Maryland on Sunday night to win the Big Ten women’s basketball tournament. After trailing 22-17 at the end of the first quarter, Ohio State outscored Maryland 27-9 in the second period to take a 44-31 lead into the half. The Buckeyes started the second quarter with a 16-2 run before the Terrapins finally called timeout in an attempt to slow Ohio State’s momentum. The scoring onslaught gave the tournament’s top-seeded Buckeyes the cushion they needed when the Terrapins made a run in the second half.