Wednesday's roundup: Western Michigan wins 4th straight

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Oxford, Ohio – — Austin Richie scored 16 points and Tucker Haymond added 15 as Western Michigan came back to beat Miami (Ohio), 69-58, on Wednesday for its fourth straight win.

Richie made four of the Broncos' seven 3-pointers and Haymond hit eight of their 20 free throws.

David Brown and Drake LaMont scored 10 points apiece as Western Michigan (13-5, 4-1 Mid-American) won back-to-back games on the road. Connar Tava, the only Broncos starter not in double-figure scoring, had nine points and 10 rebounds.

LJ Livingston scored 12, Jaryd Eustace 11 and Eric Washington 10 for Miami (6-12, 1-4).

Western Michigan trailed 23-21 at the break.

Haymond's three-point play capped a 10-2 run for a 45-37 lead with 10:49 left.

(At) Bowling Green 74, Eastern Michigan 58: Anthony Henderson made three of his team's 11 3-pointers and finished with 17 points for the Falcons (12-4, 4-1 MAC).

Tim Bond led Eastern Michigan (12-6, 1-4) with 13 points and Raven Lee added 11.

Richaun Holmes (13 points, 10 rebounds) and Zack Denny (10, 10) both had double-doubles for the Falcons, and Delvin Dickerson pitched in 12 points.

Bowling Green jumped out to a 37-26 lead at the half after shooting 43 percent and forcing nine turnovers.

(At) Central Michigan 84, Buffalo 73: Chris Fowler had 14 points and 10 assists for Central, which trailed 45-38 at halftime.

Braylon Rayson led the Chippewas (13-3, 3-2) in scoring with 19 points, John Simons had 15 points and nine rebounds and Rayshawn Simmons scored 11.

Central Michigan hit 16 of its 29 3-point tries, with Rayson and Simons each making five.

Trailing at halftime, 45-38, the Chippewas 10-0 at home, took the lead for good 52-50 on a shot by Fowler with 14:37 left.

The Bulls (12-5 3-2) were led by 26 points and nine rebounds by Justin Moss.

Big Ten men

(At) Illinois 66, Purdue 57: Illinois survived a cold start and got double-figure scoring from four players Wednesday to hold off Purdue.

The Illini survived a late Purdue charge but a Nnanna Egwu dunk with 18 seconds left put the Illini up 64-57.

Malcolm Hill led Illinois (13-7, 3-4 Big Ten) with 18 points. Leron Black had 15, Kendrick Nunn 14 and Egwu 11.

The Illini shot just 28.6 percent in the first half but somehow went to the locker room with a 32-30 lead.

Illinois also relied on efficient free throw shooting while keeping the Boilermakers away from the line. Illinois was 21 of 24 while Purdue was just 4 of 9.

Jon Octeus and Raphael Davis scored 14 apiece for the Boilermakers (11-8, 3-3), who played most of the game without leading scorer Kendall Stephens, who left with an unspecified injury.

Top 25 men

(At) No. 12 Utah 86, Washington State 64: Brandon Taylor had 18 points and seven assists, and Delon Wright added 17 points and eight assists for the Utes (15-3, 5-1 Pac-12).

Jordan Loveridge scored 14 points for Utah, which played without Jakob Poeltl but exploited a 20-1 edge in points off turnovers to turn the game into a blowout.

DaVonté Lacy scored 15 points and Jordan Railey had 12 for Washington State (9-9, 3-3).

No. 14 Wichita State 76, (at) Missouri State 53: Ron Baker made five 3-pointers and finished with 15 points to lead the Shockers.

Tekele Cotton and Fred VanVleet also scored 15 apiece for Wichita State (17-2, 7-0 Missouri Valley), which has won 25 consecutive conference games dating to last year. VanVleet also had seven assists and Darius Carter scored 14.

Chris Kendrix and Dorrian Williams each had 10 points for Missouri State (8-11, 2-5). The Bears were outrebounded 38-24 and have lost five straight games.

(At) No. 15 North Carolina 87, Wake Forest 71: Brice Johnson scored 19, and Kennedy Meeks scored 12 of his 16 after halftime to help the Tar Heels (15-4, 5-1 ACC) pull away.

Brice Johnson had 19 points as the other half of a two-headed inside attack that helped North Carolina score 50 points in the paint on the way to its fourth straight league win.

Codi Miller-McIntyre scored 20 to lead the Demon Deacons (9-10, 1-5).

(At) No. 20 Northern Iowa 66, Indiana State 60: Matt Bohannon scored 17 points, Seth Tuttle had 16 and Northern Iowa (17-2, 6-1 Missouri Valley) held on for its sixth straight victory.

Justin Gant and Brenton Scott each had 13 points for Indiana State (9-10, 5-2).

(At) No. 21 Baylor 81, Huston-Tillotson 61: Rico Gathers set career highs with 25 points and a Big 12-record 28 rebounds, and the Bears (14-4) finally pulled away in the second half over their NAIA visitors.

Shai Fields had 27 points with five 3-pointers for the Rams (3-13).

State women

(At) Western Michigan 82, Bowling Green 52: Miracle Woods had 19 points and 12 rebounds for the Broncos, who had a 44-19 advantage on the boards. A.J. Johnson added 15 points, Jessica Jessing 11 and Marquisha Harris 10 for Western (11-6, 4-2 MAC).

Freshman Rachel Myers scored a career-high 21 for the Falcons (8-9, 1-5 MAC).

(At) Eastern Michigan 56, Miami (Ohio) 38: Cha Sweeney scored 12 and Janay Morton and Phillis Webb added nine apiece for the Eagles (9-7, 2-3 MAC), who led 24-14 at the half.

Kayla Brown scored 11 for the RedHawks (3-14, 0-6).

Slam dunks

Washington State center Shalie Dheensaw, who leads her team at 7.2 rebounds a game, will miss the rest of the season after suffering a right knee injury last Friday at Oregon State.