Monday's basketball: Detroit Mercy downs Youngstown State
Detroit — Josh McFolley hit eight 3-pointers and scored 26 points — both career highs — to lead Detroit Mercy to an 87-71 win over Youngstown State on Monday night.
Jarod Williams finished with 11 while Patrick Robinson Jr. and Gerald Blackshear each scored 10 for Detroit (4-14, 2-4 Horizon League), which shot 48.3 percent from the field and hit 14 3-pointers.
The win give the Titans two straight, their first winning streak of the season.
Braun Hartfield scored 19 and Cameron Morse 16 for Youngstown State (8-12, 2-5). The Penguins shot 45.6 overall, but hit just 10 of 17 free throws and committed 21 turnovers.
Two McFolley free throws pushed Detroit’s lead to 46-36 early in the second half. The Titans led by double figures for much of the second half and a Robinson Jr. 3 made it 83-67, the largest lead of the game, with 3:50 to play.
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Cleveland State 76, (at) Oakland 65: Jalen Hayes scored 25 and Martez Walker 10 for Oakland (14-5, 4-2 Horizon).
... Detroit Mercy’s Jaleel Hogan and Corey Allen swept the Horizon League’s weekly awards .
Hogan, a junior forward, earned his first player of the week honor after scoring a career-high 39 points with 11 rebounds in last week’s 93-88 win over Oakland .
Allen picked up his second freshman of the week selection. He had 17 points and five rebounds against Oakland.
Wright State 73, (at) Oakland 61: Taylor Jones scored 17 and Hannah Little had 13 points and 12 rebounds for Oakland (9-7, 3-2 Horizon).
(At) Detroit Mercy 57, Northern Kentucky 49: Nicole Urbanick scored 20 and Rosanna Reynolds 16 for Detroit (8-9, 4-2).
... Michigan guard Kysre Gondrezick was named Big Ten freshman of the week after averaging 17 points, 5.5 rebounds and four assists in two victories.
...UM center Hallie Thome and Michigan State guard Tori Jankoska were on the Big Ten honor roll.
(At) No. 1 Villanova 76, Seton Hall 46: Kris Jenkins scored 16 and Jalen Brunson 13 to lead No. 1 Villanova (18-1, 6-1 Big East).
Villanova fell from the top spot to third in the poll following a Jan. 4 loss at Butler. But wins over Marquette and Xavier vaulted the Wildcats over the Kansas Jayhawks and back into the top spot.
Led by four 3s from Jenkins, the Wildcats set a school record 47 straight wins at the Pavilion. Seton Hall (12-6, 2-4) was just the latest to go down in front of the 177th straight sellout crowd.
No. 2 Kansas 76, (at) Iowa State 72: Frank Mason III had 16 points, Landen Lucas scored 14 and No. 2 Kansas held off Iowa State in Ames, Iowa, on Monday night for its 17th straight win.
Svi Mykhailiuk added 13 for the Jayhawks (17-1, 6-0 Big 12), who snapped a two-game skid in Ames and opened 6-0 in the Big 12 for the 10th time.
Though it was never comfortable for Kansas, the Jayhawks led the entire second half. Iowa State star Monte Morris drilled a long 3 and two free throws to make it 75-72 with 14.6 seconds left. But then Devonte Graham’s free throw made it a two-possession game and Morris missed a 3 that would’ve made for an interesting finish.
No. 7 Creighton 72, (at) Xavier 67: Cole Huff got a pivotal rebound and made a pair of free throws with 16.7 seconds left, and Creighton wasted an 11-point lead before rallying.
Creighton (18-1, 5-1 Big East) scored the final six points after Xavier (13-5, 3-3) pulled ahead 67-66. The Bluejays have won five straight since an 80-70 home loss to No. 1 Villanova on Dec. 31.
Xavier had won 15 straight at home.
(At) No. 9 North Carolina 85, Syracuse 68: Hall of Fame coach Roy Williams earned his 800th career victory when Isaiah Hicks scored 20, and Kennedy Meeks had 15 points and 12 rebounds for the Tar Heels (17-3, 5-1 Atlantic Coast Conference.
Syracuse (11-8, 3-3) got as close as three early in the second half, but never pushed ahead.
(At) No. 13 Butler 88, Marquette 80: Kelan Martin scored 22 points and Butler (16-3, 5-2 Big East) rallied from an 18-point deficit..