February 23, 2014 at 8:27 pm

Sunday's college basketball roundup: Western Michigan tops Eastern Michigan, runs win streak to 7

Kalamazoo ó Shayne Whittington scored 22 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, his 10th double-double of the season, as Western Michigan beat Eastern Michigan 75-67 on Sunday.

Western Michigan won its seventh straight game and avenged an early-season loss to Eastern Michigan.

David Brown added 20 points, 11 from the free-throw line, and had seven rebounds for Western Michigan (18-8, 11-3 Mid-American Conference).

Darell Combs had 21 for Eastern Michigan (15-12, 7-7), on 8-of-16 shooting.

Combs scored 13 points during an Eastern Michigan 15-4 run, including three 3-pointers, to tie the game at 52 with 11:20 left.

With the game knotted at 62, Whittington scored five points, during a 7-0 run, and Western Michigan made 6 of 8 free throws in the final minute to seal it.

There were 55 fouls called in the contest. Western Michigan made 34 of 44 free throws, while the Eagles connected on 8 of 18.

More state men

(At) Central Michigan 70, Northern Illinois 67: Braylon Rayson scored 19 points and Austin Stewart added 16 to lead Central Michigan (10-16, 3-11 Mid-American).

Stewart scored on a four-point play to give Central Michigan a 17-13 lead and the Chippewas led the rest of the way. Aaric Armstead hit back-to-back 3-pointers to pull Northern Illinois (12-14, 6-8) within four points, 63-59 with 2:18 to play, but the Chippewas made 7 of 10 free throws down the stretch to seal it.

State women

Eastern Michigan 62, (at) Ball State 60: Cha Sweeney scored 20, including her teamís final five points, as Eastern (15-10, 5-9 MAC) held off Ball State (11-14, 6-8).

Natachia Watkins added eight points and 12 rebounds for Eastern. Nathalie Fontaine led Ball State with 16 points.

Western Michigan 60, (at) Toledo 59: Marquisha Harris came off the bench to score 20, including a jumper with 47 seconds left that proved to be the difference, to lead Western (11-14, 7-7 MAC).

Miracle Woods added 10 for Western. Andola Dortch led Toledo (13-12, 8-6) with 18 points.

Top 25 men

SMU 64, (at) No. 21 UConn 55: Nick Russell and Nic Moore each scored 15 points to lead SMU to a 64-55 win Sunday over No. 21 UConn and a sweep of their season series with the Huskies.

Markus Kennedy added 13 points and seven rebounds for the Mustangs (22-6, 11-4 American), who have won 11 of their last 13 games.

Ryan Boatright and Shabazz Napier combined to shoot 8 for 28 for Connecticut (21-6, 9-5), but each had 15 points. The Huskies had won four in a row and 10 of 12.

(At) No. 11 Creighton 72, Seton Hall 71: Doug McDermott had 29 points to become one of the top-10 scorers in college basketball history, and No. 11 Creighton (23-4, 13-2 Big East) survived shaky free-throw shooting at the end to defeat Seton Hall.

Big Ten men

(At) Nebraska 76, Purdue 57: Terran Petteway scored 29 to lead surging Nebraska (16-10, 8-6), which won its fifth straight game.

Nebraska used a 26-8 second half run to take down Purdue (15-12, 5-9).

The Huskers have won five straight conference games for the first times since 1998-99 and have won eight conference games for the first time since 2008-09 when it was a member of the Big 12.

Detroit News staff contributed