Kent, Ohio — Paul Jackson had 17 points and eight assists, Elijah Minnie added 15 points, three blocks and three steals and Eastern Michigan beat Kent State, 71-67, on Tuesday night.
Eastern Michigan (14-10, 5-6 Mid-American Conference) won in Kent for the first time since beating the Golden Flashes 79-73 on Feb. 7, 1998.
Jordan Nobles hit a 3-pointer before Jackson scored the last four points in a 7-0 spurt that gave the Eagles a 65-57 lead with 65 seconds to play. Adonis De La Rosa and Jalen Avery made back-to-back layups and, after a dunk by James Thompson IV, Jaylin Walker hit a deep 3 to pull Kent State within three points with 21 seconds left. Minnie answered with a dunk before Walker made a 3 from well beyond NBA-range to make it 69-67 with 11.7 seconds remaining, but Jackson sealed it with two free throws.
Walker led Kent State (12-12, 6-5) with 24 points, including six 3-pointers. Danny Pippen added 13 points and 10 rebounds.
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(At) Western Michigan 68, Miami (Ohio) 64: Reggie Jones finished with 20 points, eight rebounds and five assists and Josh Davis hit a go-ahead 3-pointer late. Davis, who scored 17, connected from long distance with 2:16 left to give the Broncos (14-10, 6-5 Mid-American Conference) a 65-64 lead. Jones hit 1 of 2 free throws with 11 seconds remaining and Thomas Wilder, who added 12 points, sank two more for the victory. The RedHawks (13-11, 6-5) missed their final four shots, all from 3-point range.
Nike Sibande scored 13 to pace Miami, while Dalonte Brown added 12 points and eight rebounds.
The RedHawks led 38-36 at halftime and stretched their advantage to 53-46 on a Jalen Adaway dunk midway through the second half. Miami led 61-54 with 5:23 remaining, but hit just three free throws from there.
Western Michigan swept the season series and beat the RedHawks for the fourth straight time.
Buffalo 88, (at) Central Michigan 82: Jeremy Harris hit four 3-pointers and finished with 22 points and Wes Clark made 4-of-4 free throws in the final 28 seconds. Clark finished with 16 points, seven rebounds and six assists. CJ Massinburg added 18 points, including three 3-pointers, and Nick Perkins scored 13 for Buffalo (18-6, 10-1 Mid-American Conference).
Josh Kozinski’s 3-pointer capped a 12-2 run and trimmed Central Michigan’s deficit to 74-66 with nearly 3 1/2 minutes to play and Shawn Roundtree hit four consecutive free throws to pull within six points with 36 seconds left. Clark and Massinburg combined to make 5-of-6 free throws from there to seal it.
Cecil Williams had 23 points and nine rebounds and Roundtree scored 20 for Central Michigan (15-9, 4-7).
Clark’s layup gave the Bulls, who never trailed, a 12-point lead midway through the first half. Harris made back-to-back 3-pointers and Massinburg converted a 4-point play during a 10-2 spurt that made it 72-54.
Nebraska 91, (at) Minnesota 85: Sophomore Isaiah Roby led a balanced attack with a career-high 21 points and eight rebounds as Nebraska won its sixth in seven games.
James Palmer Jr. had 19 points and nine assists for the Huskers (18-8, 9-4 Big Ten). Anton Gill scored 12 points, while Glynn Watson Jr. and Isaac Copeland each scored 10 for Nebraska.
Nate Mason poured in a career-high 34 points and added six assists for the Golden Gophers (14-12, 3-10), who have lost six in a row. Jordan Murphy scored 22 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, while freshman Isaiah Washington scored 10 points and dished out eight assists.
Nebraska ranks 13th out of 14 Big Ten teams in shooting percentage, but the Huskers came out firing. They hit nine of their first 15 shots from the floor, including 5 for 7 on 3-pointers, as they pulled out to a 23-18 lead.
That was all without a point from Palmer, who had averaged 25.2 points over his last six games. But he ran off seven straight points before Gill hit a transition layup and a 3 to push Nebraska’s lead to 37-22.
Washington hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to cut Nebraska’s halftime lead to 44-37. The Huskers shot 59 percent from the floor and hit 8 of 12 from 3-point range in the first half.
Mason almost single-handedly willed the Gophers back into the game in the second half. Trailing by eight, the senior guard hit three free throws, and after a Thomas Allen 3-pointer, Mason made a driving layup, dished to Bakary Konate for a dunk, and drained a 3 to cut Nebraska’s lead to 60-59 with 10 minutes to play.
No. 5 Xavier 98, (at) Butler 93 (OT): Trevon Bluiett scored 17 of his 26 points in the final 141/2 minutes of regulation and overtime. Kerem Kanter added 22 points, including the go-ahead basket with 2:56 left in overtime, which started the decisive 5-0 run. The Musketeers (22-3, 10-2 Big East) have won seven straight overall and three in a row in the series.
Kelan Martin had 34 points and Sean McDermott 17 to lead the Bulldogs (17-8, 7-5), whose four-game winning streak was stopped.
Butler erased an 18-point first-half deficit and led 62-56 with 9:13 to go when Bluiett, playing his final college game in his hometown, turned it up. He scored eight points in a 16-6 spurt that gave Xavier a 72-68 cushion.
(At) No. 6 Cincinnati 77, Central Florida 40: Kyle Washington scored 13 points, Gary Clark added 12, and had another dominating defensive performance for its 15th straight win. The Bearcats (22-2, 11-0 American Athletic) dug in against a low-scoring team and extended the nation’s longest active home-court winning streak to 39. The Knights managed 13 points in the first half, matching the fewest that Cincinnati has allowed in an opening half during coach Mick Cronin’s 12 seasons.
UCF (14-9, 5-6) was 0 for 14 beyond the arc overall and went more than 12 minutes without scoring in the first half. Ceasar DeJesus had 12 points for the Knights, who shot 28 percent overall.
(At) No. 10 Kansas 71, TCU 64: Devonte’ Graham scored 24 points, Udoka Azubuike added 16 and Kansas (19-5, 8-3 Big 12) avoided dropping two straight in Allen Fieldhouse thanks to a grind-it-out finish.
Kouat Noi led the way for the Horned Frogs (16-8, 4-7) with 17 points. Vlad Brodzianksy had 15 points and eight rebounds.
Foul trouble limited Azubuike to play just seven minutes in the first half for Kansas, but the rest allowed him to play 18 in the second. He finished with a game-high 11 rebounds.
No. 15 Tennessee 61, (at) No. 24 Kentucky 59: Lamonte Turner scored 16 points, including a clutch 3-pointer with 26 seconds remaining, Admiral Schofield followed with a dunk off a turnover and Tennessee won its sixth straight. The Volunteers ran down the shot clock in the final minute before Turner fired from long range for the go-ahead basket in a tight game featuring 17 lead changes and 13 ties. Kentucky’s attempt to go ahead resulted in a turnover in the lane leading to Schofield’s dunk with 4 seconds left for a 61-58 lead.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander made the first throw with 1.3 seconds left and intentionally missed the second, but Tennessee came up with the rebound as time ran out. The joyous Vols (18-5, 8-3 Southeastern Conference) came away with just their fifth Rupp Arena victory and first since 2006 while handing the Wildcats their second consecutive loss.
Jordan Bowden had 13 points and Schofield 12 for the Vols, who won a game in which both teams shot 42 percent.
Quade Green and Gilgeous-Alexander each had 15 points for Kentucky (17-7, 6-5).
No. 22 Wichita State 85, (at) Memphis 65: Austin Reaves scored 22 points, Landry Shamet added 20 points and five assists and Wichita State overcame early shooting struggles to beat Memphis.
Darral Willis Jr. finished with 13 points and 12 rebounds, while Zach Brown scored 11 points for the Shockers (18-5, 8-3 American Athletic Conference), who were coming off an overtime loss at Temple on Saturday.
Jeremiah Martin led Memphis (14-10, 5-6) with 16 points, but was 2 of 10 from the field, including misfiring on all five shots from outside the arc. Kareem Brewton Jr. scored 12 points and Raynere Thornton had 11 points, missing only one of his six shots.