Rochester — AJ Pacher sank the winning layup just ahead of the buzzer Sunday as Wright State rallied late in the second half to defeat Oakland 72-71.
Trailing by 10 with barely 2 minutes to play, Wright State (15-13, 7-6 Horizon League) scored 13 of the next 15 points to take its first lead of the second half on a pair Cole Darling free throws that made it 70-69 with 21 seconds to go. Duke Mondy briefly put Oakland (10-18, 5-8) back on top with a pair of free throws, before Pacher drove inside at the other end for the winning layup.
Darling finished with 21 points, while Pacher scored 15 and grabbed a career-high 10 rebounds for the Raiders, who shot 50 percent from the field.
Oakland was led by Mondy’s 20 points and seven rebounds. Ralph Hill had 15 points and Kahlil Felder 14 in the loss.
Michigan 70, (at) Illinois 63: Cyesha Goree had 30 points and 19 rebounds to lead Michigan (16-10, 7-6 Big Ten), which owned a 48-19 advantage in rebounding.
Siera Thompson added 11 points, and Shannon Smith scored 10. Amber Moore scored 19 for Illinois (9-17, 2-11).
Top 25 men
No. 4 Wichita State 84, Evansville 68: Ron Baker scored 26 and Fred VanVleet finished with 18 points, eight assists and five steals to lead Wichita State (27-0, 14-0 Missouri Valley Conference), which remained one of two unbeaten teams in Division 1 (Syracuse).
(At) No. 13 Louisville 102, Rutgers 54: Luke Hancock scored a career-high 25, including six 3-pointers, as Louisville (21-4, 10-2 American Athletic Conference) throttled Rutgers.
(At) No. 18 Creighton 101, No. 6 Villanova 80: Doug McDermott matched his season high with 39 points and passed Larry Bird for 13th place on the Division I career scoring chart to move Creighton (21-4, 11-2) into a first-place tie with Villanova (22-3, 11-2) in the Big East.
(At) Temple 71, No. 23 SMU 64: Dalton Pepper scored 24 points and Temple (7-17, 2-10 American Athletic Conference) knocked a top-25 opponent for the first time since March 10 against No. 21 VCU. The Owls were 0-5 against the Top 25 this season, but have now beaten a ranked opponent in each of the last seven seasons.
Minnesota 54, (at) Northwestern 48: DeAndre Mathieu scored 13 of his 18 points in the second half and Minnesota came back to defeat cold-shooting Northwestern.
Lamar has fired coach Pat Knight, son of Hall of Fame coach Bob Knight, with the Cardinals having won just six games the past two seasons.
... Nebraska women’s coach Connie Yori was hospitalized after collapsing during the second half of the 21st-ranked Cornhuskers’ game against Indiana. She walked off the court under her own power and received treatment in the athletic training room at Pinnacle Bank Arena.