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Wednesday's basketball: Davis scores 30, Detroit Mercy falls late

Associated Press and News staff
Maryland guard Eric Ayala, center, drives the ball as he is pressured by Virginia guards Kyle Guy, left, and Kihei Clark during the second half.

Detroit — Freshman Antoine Davis, the second-leading scorer in the nation, had 30 more points but Detroit Mercy let a late lead slip away in falling to Kent State, 76-72, on Wednesday night at Calihan Hall.

Davis was 10-for-25 shooting including 3-for-10 from 3-point range as the Titans (3-4) saw their three-game winning streak come to an end.

Detroit Mercy trailed by seven at halftime, but Davis made a jumper with 1:36 left to up the lead to 70-62, before Kent State (6-1) got hate late and pulled out the victory.

Derrien King added 13 points and Chris Brandon 12 for the Titans, outrebounded, 47-35.

Jaylin Walker scored 36 for Kent State.

More state men

Central Michigan 81, (at) Sam Houston State 65: The Chippewas turned a nine-point halftime deficit into a rout.

Larry Austin scored 23 with seven assists and six rebounds for Central (6-1), which won its third straight. Kevin McKay added 18, and Shawn Roundtree 14.

Chad Bowie scored 21 for Sam Houston State (3-5).

Big Ten-ACC Challenge

No. 4 Virginia 76, (at) No. 14 Maryland 71: Kyle Guy scored 18 and Virginia (7-0) combined effective outside shooting with its stout defense to slip past Maryland. Anthony Cowan Jr. scored 15 for the Terrapins (6-1).

Syracuse 72, (at) No. 16 Ohio State 62: Tyus Battle scored 20 and Elijah Hughes added 18 to help Syracuse (4-2) upset Ohio State (6-1). C.J. Jackson had 19 points for Ohio State.

Rutgers 57, Miami 54: Geo Baker blocked a 3-point try with six seconds left during a frantic final flurry, punctuating a strong defensive effort that helped Rutgers (5-1) beat Miami (5-2).

(At) No. 15 Florida State 73, No. 19 Purdue 72: Trent Forrest forced a turnover with 16 seconds left and drove the lane to hit a pull-up jumper with 5.2 seconds remaining.  The basket was Forrest’s only one of the second half, but the defensive play was part of a critical sequence as the Seminoles (6-1) held on after Purdue led by eight points with 3:43 left.

Purdue (5-2) didn’t score after holding that eight-point lead. That included a pair of missed free-throw attempts by Carsen Edwards, who led the Boilermakers with 24 points on 7 of 19 shooting.

(At) Northwestern 67, Georgia Tech 61: Ryan Taylor had 20 points, Vic Law added 14 and nine rebounds and Northwestern survived a second-half offensive drought. Dererk Pardon had 12 points and 10 rebounds as Northwestern (6-1) won its third straight.

The Wildcats had a 28-point lead with 16 minutes remaining before the offense suddenly went cold.

Jose Alvarado had 24 points for Georgia Tech (4-2).

State women

(At) Michigan State 91, Virginia 66: Jenna Allen scored 21 and Tory Ozment 19, and Nia Clouden had 10 points and 11 assists, for the Spartans (5-1).

(At) Western Michigan 64, Eastern Kentucky 53: Shane Clipfell recorded his 100th victory as head coach of the Broncos (2-3). Meredith Miller and Leighah-Amori Wool each scored 12.

Iowa suspends broadcaster

Learfield Sports suspended Iowa play-by-play broadcaster Gary Dolphin for two games for negative comments directed at guard Maishe Dailey that inadvertently made it to the air during a commercial break Tuesday.

Iowa announced Wednesday that Dolphin, who has broadcast Hawkeyes games for over 20 years, will miss Friday’s game against No. 22 Wisconsin and Monday’s at No. 9 Michigan State after comments dismissive of Dailey’s play aired during Tuesday’s 69-68 win over Pittsburgh.

Sister Jean receives ring

Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt now has a little bling to go along with the international attention she gained as the near-centenarian team chaplain during Loyola-Chicago’s run to the NCAA Final Four .

Loyola great Jerry Harkness, who was a member of its 1963 title team, helped present a Final Four ring Tuesday to Schmidt before the Ramblers’ rematch of their NCAA Tournament game with Nevada. Schmidt, who turned 99 in August, sat in a wheelchair courtside for the presentation. She joked afterward she felt as if the ring added five pounds to her.

The Catholic nun became a celebrity last March for her fandom and for praying before each game for her Ramblers.