Detroit — Juwan Howard Jr. scored 22 points and Detroit held off a late second-half rally to beat South Alabama 66-53 on Saturday.
South Alabama went on a 13-4 run after trailing by 16 to close within 60-53, with 1:18 to play. Detroit (2-2) finished 4 for 4 from the free-throw line and Howard dunked to end the game.
Howard was just 4-of-15 shooting from the floor, but went a perfect 14 of 14 at the foul line. Anton Wilson chipped in 11 points as the only other Titan to score in double figures.
The Jaguars dominated on the boards, pulling in 48 to Detroit's 37, but struggled at the line and finished with 52.2-percent shooting (12 of 23) on free throws.
Taishaun Johnson scored 15 points and had 10 rebounds to lead South Alabama. The Jaguars (1-2) had 22 turnovers.
More state men
(At) Western Michigan 91, Drake 75: Connar Tava had 20 points, seven assists and five rebounds. Tucker Haymond had 24 points and three assists, including a pair of 3-pointers, and David Brown added 14 points, four assists, four rebounds and three steals for Western Michigan (3-0).
Reed Timmer had 23 points and Chris Caird added 13 points for Drake (0-3).
Timmer scored 16 points in the first half to put Drake up 46-41 at halftime, but Western Michigan responded in the second half.
Haymond converted a layup while being fouled midway through the second half to cap a 19-2 run, which put Western Michigan up 60-50. The Broncos made eight of their final 11 shots, including seven straight points by Haymond to close it out.
(At) Eastern Michigan 70, North Carolina-Greensboro 62: Raven Lee pumped in 25 points and Karrington Ward added 12 points and 10 rebounds. The Eagles jumped to a 30-19 lead in the first half, led by Lee's 10 points. Both teams caught fire from the field — each team shot better than 50 percent in the second half — but the Spartans were unable to dig out of the 11-point first-half hole.
Mike Talley scored 17 points for Eastern Michigan (4-0). The Eagles were 9 of 27 (33.3 percent) in the first half and 14 for 25 (56 percent) in the second.
Kayel Locke had 14 points and Tevon Saddler 13 to lead UNCG (1-3). The Spartans struggled from the floor in the first half, shooting just 24 percent (6 of 25), but scored at a 53.8 percent clip (15 for 28) in the second half.
Big Ten men
Northwestern 68, Elon 67 (OT): Tre Demps scored 21 points and hit the winning basket for a second straight game as Northwestern rallied down the stretch. Demps, the junior guard, also had the winning basket Thursday against North Florida. Northwestern (4-0) remained unbeaten despite trailing throughout and managing to make only three of 14 3-pointers. Freshman Vic Law had 16 points for the Wildcats.
Tanner Samson led Elon (1-2 Colonial Athletic Association) with 24 points on 8-for-18 shooting from 3-point range. Elijah Bryant added 16 points.
(At) No. 3 Wisconsin 78, Boise State 54: Frank Kaminsky scored 26 points, Nigel Hayes added 15 for the Badgers (4-0), and Traevon Jackson had 11. Derrick Marks led Boise State (3-1) with 16 points.
Rhode Island 66, No. 21 Nebraska 21 (OT): E.C. Mathews scored 26 points, including six in overtime. Jared Terrell added 12 points, including two 3-pointers in the extra session to the delight of the sellout crowd.
Mathews added 10 rebounds as the Rams outrebounded the Cornhuskers 48-35.
Terrell made a 3-pointer in the opening minute of the extra session to put the Rams back on top, and this time that's where they would stay, thanks to another 3-pointer by Terrell, a free throw by T.J. Buchanan and Matthews' last five points, all from the free-throw line.
Shavon Shields had 25 points and nine rebounds to lead Nebraska.
(At) Indiana 85, Lamar 72: Freshman James Blackmon Jr. pumped in 21 points as Indiana held on late to in a game that was closer than expected. In his second game eligible following a four-game suspension, freshman Emmitt Holt got his first action of the season for the Hoosiers. Despite limited minutes, Holt showed his potential to be a low-post presence for Indiana (4-0) this season. Holt sparked a 7-0 run by the Hoosiers in the first half, and scored four points, gathered two rebounds, and recorded a steal.
Indiana extended its home winning streak in non-conference games to 43.
The loss drops Lamar to 1-3, with its victory coming against LSU-Alexandria, an NAIA team.
(At) Minnesota 69, UMBC 51: Mo Walker had 15 points, five rebounds and five blocks, helping Minnesota escape. Playing in their third game in five days, the Gophers (3-1) eventually overcame a poor shooting start to live up to their heavy-favorite billing against the Retrievers (0-3). Walker and Andre Hollins, who finished with 12 points, led a 15-6 run before intermission and Minnesota never looked back after missing 13 of its first 19 shots.
Men's Top 25
No. 6 North Carolina 90, Davidson 72: Kennedy Meeks had 19 points and 12 rebounds, and Justin Jackson added 18 points. The Tar Heels (3-0) got 13 points from Marcus Paige and 10 points and seven rebounds from J.P. Tokoto for their first road win.
Meeks was 9 of 13 from the field as the taller and more athletic Tar Heels outshot Davidson 47 percent to 33 percent.
North Carolina held a double-digit lead for the entire second half, then began to pull away late.
The Tar Heels outrebounded the Wildcats 51-42.
Peyton Aldridge had six 3-pointers and finished with 25 points to lead Davidson (2-1). Tyler Kalinowski added 12 points for the Wildcats.
(At) No. 13 Gonzaga 109, St. Thomas Aquinas 55: Angel Nunez scored 24 points and Byron Wesley 22 in the NIT Season Tip-Off. Nunez was 3 of 4 from 3-point range and grabbed 11 rebounds, and Wesley needed just 23 minutes to make 8 of 10 shots.
Domantas Sabonis added 19 points in 19 minutes for Gonzaga (4-0). Kyle Wiltjer had 17 and 11 boards and Przemek Karnowski finished with 10 points. The Bulldogs made 75.9 percent of their 29 shots in the second half.
Gonzaga concluded its four-game homestand to open the season having outscored its opponents 379-211.
Matthew Lee led St. Thomas Aquinas (0-3) with 13 points. Sam Berlin, the only STAC player listed over 6-foot-6, added nine points. The Spartan were outrebounded 43-21.
(At) No. 22 SMU 77, Eastern Washington 68: Nic Moore scored 22, Keith Frazier added a career-high 17 and SMU bounced back from a pair of losses on the road. A former Dallas high school standout who was the first big recruit for Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown with the Mustangs, Frazier scored seven straight SMU points early in the second half to help build a 13-point lead.
The Mustangs (2-2) were coming off road losses to No. 13 Gonzaga and Indiana that were likely to drop them out of the Top 25. It was the first of seven straight games at renovated Moody Coliseum, where SMU is 14-1 since it reopened last season.
Tyler Harvey scored 24 points to lead Eastern Washington (3-1).
Other men's scores
Albion 96, Earlham 43
Aquinas 79, Marygrove 62
Concordia 80, Indiana Tech 68
Davenport 70, Madonna 57
Ferris St. 70, Lewis 67
Grand Valley St. 71, Cedarville 56
Lake Superior St. 69, Kentucky Wesleyan 65
Lourdes 52, Lawrence Tech 48
Michigan Tech 60, Minn. Duluth 58
Ohio Northern 72, Adrian 60
Ohio Wesleyan 83, Calvin 69
Waynesburg 82, Alma 78
Wis.-Eau Claire 76, Olivet 61
Wis.-Stevens Pt. 77, Hope 66
No. 13 Kentucky 71, (at) Central Michigan 68: Jennifer O'Neill scored 19 points, including five 3-pointers. Kentucky (4-0) took a 47-28 advantage into the break but shot just 36.5 percent from floor overall and barely held off a Central Michigan rally in the second half to seal the win. O'Neill's five 3-pointers tied her single-game career best, but Kentucky shot just 8 of 28 from long range.
Makayla Epps contributed 12 points, Linnae Harper had 10 and Azia Bishop snagged 11 rebounds for the Wildcats, which have opened the season with four straight wins for the fourth time in five seasons.
Central Michigan (1-1) was led by Jessica Green, who had 16 points, while Lorreal Jones added 12 and Jas'Mine Bracey had nine points and 10 rebounds.
St. Bonaventure 68, (at) Detroit 56: Gabby Richmond scored 12 for St. Bonaventure (2-2). Elisha Crosby scored 16 for Detroit (1-3).
(At) Texas-Pan American 81, Eastern Michigan 75: Shawnte Goff scored 26 for Texas-Pan American (4-2). Shannise Heady scored 11 for Eastern (1-2).
Other women's scores
Alleghany 66, Albion 55
Aquinas 75, Marygrove 68
Calvin 81, Hiram 58
Davenport 73, Madonna 55
Ferris State 68, Trevecca Nazarene 60
Grand Valley St. 73, Indianapolis 57
Hope 77, Defiance 43
Indiana Tech 98, Concordia 72
Lawrence Tech 84, Lourdes 65
Ohio Northern 87, Adrian 80, OT
Olivet 61, Chapman 54
Siena Heights 92, Michigan-Dearborn 50
Spring Arbor 91, Indiana-East 85