Thursday's roundup: Kaminsky's return fuels Wisconsin
Madison, Wis. — Wisconsin got Frank Kaminsky back and may have found a capable replacement for Traevon Jackson.
Kaminsky scored 22 points in his return from a concussion that sidelined him a game to help No. 7 Wisconsin beat Nebraska 70-55 on Thursday night.
Bronson Koenig filled in well for Jackson, who hurt his ankle Sunday in the Badgers; loss at Rutgers. The sophomore scored 11 points and had one assist.
Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan said Kaminsky wanted to go Sunday and he wasn't surprised by Koenig's performance.
"He knows what I expect," Ryan said.
Kaminsky looked sharp early and finished 4 of 5 from 3-point range and 7 of 11 overall as he eclipsed the 1,000-point mark for his career. He had hit just one of his previous nine 3-point attempts over four games, but figured the law of averages had to catch up.
"You always regress to the mean," Kaminsky said.
Nigel Hayes scored 13 points for the Badgers (16-2, 4-1 Big Ten), and Sam Dekker added 11.
Wisconsin needed every bit of Kaminsky's performance early to counter Terran Petteway, who led Nebraska (10-7, 2-3) with 27 points. He had 20 in the first half.
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No. 8 Utah 76, (at) Arizona State 59: Delon Wright scored 21 points and No. 8 Utah remained the most dominating team in early Pac-12 play.
Jordan Loveridge added 14 points and Brandon Taylor had 13 for the Utes (14-2, 4-0). They shot 54 percent from the field and have won seventh straight heading into Saturday's showdown at No. 10 Arizona.
(At) No. 10 Arizona 68, Colorado 54: Stanley Johnson scored 22 points, Kaleb Tarczewski added 14 and Arizona pulled away to beat short-handed Colorado.
Arizona (15-2, 3-1 Pac-12) struggled offensively at times without injured guard Gabe York and had a hard time containing Askia Booker after losing to Oregon State in its last game.
The Wildcats pulled out their 31st straight home win by dominating inside, outscoring Colorado by 16 in the paint while grabbing 15 more rebounds.
(At) Oakland 69, Green Bay 66: Kahlil Felder scored 20 points and dished out 10 assists and Oakland held off Green Bay, handing the Phoenix their first loss in Horizon League play.
Green Bay's Turner Botz forced a steal and fed Keifer Sykes to pull the Phoenix within 69-66 with 48 seconds left. Oakland ran the clock down, called a timeout, and Tommie McCune missed a jumper with 14 seconds remaining to leave the door open for the Phoenix.
But Green Bay (14-4, 3-1 Horizon League) couldn't answer when Sykes missed a potential game-tying 3 with 5 seconds left.
Corey Petros scored 12 points and Tommie McCune added 11 for Oakland (6-12, 2-2).
Sykes scored 19 points to lead four Green Bay players in double figures. The Phoenix shot 14 of 20 from the line and just 2 of 14 from beyond the arc.
(At) Tiffin 65, Wayne State 59 (OT): Gavin Toma scored 11 for Wayne State (2-9, 2-6 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference), while Michael Lewis and Daniel Ball added 10 each.
Khaleal McCormick led Tiffin (5-10, 1-7) with 22 points.
(At) Michigan State 63, Illinois 56: Aerial Powers had 33 points and 11 rebounds as Michigan State earned its first Big Ten win in six tries.
Becca Mills added 13 points and 12 rebounds for the Spartans (9-8, 1-5), who built a 37-21 halftime lead, while Tori Jankoska turned in 11 points and 12 rebounds.
Brittany Carter scored 19 for Illinois (11-6, 2-3).
Oakland 71, (at) Valparaiso 54: Nola Anderson had 17 points and 12 rebounds, and Leah Somerfield came off the bnech to score 13 for Oakland (8-7, 2-0 Horizon).
Elena Popkey and Peyton Apsey (five steals) scored 12 apiece for Oakland.
Haylee Thompson scored 14 for Valparaiso (4-12, 0-3).
(At) Detroit 70, Illinois-Chicago 65: Ellisha Crosby scored 19 for Detroit, which built an 11-point hafltime lead and held on for the Horizon League win.
Rosanna Reynolds scored 15 for Detroit (6-10, 1-2 Horizon) and Minisha Frederick-Childress added 10 and four steals.
Melita Emanuel-Carr scored 22 for Illinois-Chicago (11-5, 1-2), and Ruvanna Campbell had 21 rebounds.
Wayne State 91, (at) Tiffin 52: Shannon Wilson scored 13, and Shareta Brown had 12 points and 10 rebounds as No. 6 Wayne State rolled to its eighth straight victory.
Jackie Jones scored 10 for Wayne State (12-1, 8-1 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference). Tiffin is 4-11, 3-6.