Tuesday's roundup: CMU dominates EMU
Ypsilanti — John Simons had a season-high 23 points, including a career-high seven 3-pointers, and seven rebounds to help lead Central Michigan past rival Eastern Michigan 72-56 on Tuesday night.
Josh Kozinski added 18 points off the bench for Central Michigan (21-5, 11-4 Mid-American Conference), which has won six straight games and recorded its first sweep of Eastern Michigan since 2011-12. The Chippewas' 21 wins are their most in a season since 2002-03, when they won 25 games.
Central Michigan hit 16 of 37 3-pointers, 11 more than Eastern Michigan. The Chippewas currently rank third in the nation in 3-pointers made per game (10.4).
The Eagles (17-11, 6-9) opened the game on an 8-2 run. But Central Michigan quickly responded, ripping off a 23-5 stretch to take a double-digit lead. The Chippewas pushed the lead as high as 21 late.
Mike Talley scored 16 for Eastern Michigan.
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Western Michigan 53, (at) Ball State 48: Connar Tava had 13 points, David Brown added 12 and A.J. Avery came off the bench to score 11. Western Michigan (17-11, 8-7 Mid-American Conference) led throughout the second half but the Cardinals stayed close, trailing 50-44 with 29 seconds left when Sean Sellers banked in a 3-pointer to close to 50-47. Western Michigan was up 51-48 when Sellers got the ball again and posted up for a 3-pointer, but Brown forced him out of bounds. Austin Richie then made two straight free throws to seal the win.
The Broncos picked up 17 points off of 15 forced turnovers and scored 20 in the paint.
Bo Calhoun had 15 points, Sellers had 13 and Franko House added 10 for Ball State (7-19, 2-13).
(At) No. 14 Maryland 59, No. 5 Wisconsin 53: Dez Wells scored 26, and Maryland ended the Badgers' 10-game winning streak and ruined their bid to clinch a share of the Big Ten regular-season title. Melo Trimble scored 16 for the second-place Terrapins (23-5, 11-4), who blew an 11-point halftime lead but finished the game with a 12-6 run.
The victory improved Maryland's home record to 17-1. The Terrapins are 9-0 in games decided by six points or fewer, and they've won their last three by a total of 17 points.
Maryland led 55-52 before Trimble made a driving layup and was fouled. He missed the free throw, but after Wisconsin misfired twice on the other end, Trimble iced it with a pair of foul shots.
The Badgers (25-3, 13-2) missed nine of their last 10 shots.
(At) Michigan 81, Purdue 50: Nicole Elmblad and Katelynn Flannery each scored 19 and Cyesha Goree had 17 points and 11 rebouinds for Michigan (16-12, 8-9).
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(At) No. 6 Villanova 89, No. 25 Providence 61: Darrun Hilliard scored 19 of his game-high 24 points in the second half, JayVaughn Pinkston had 16 points and eight rebounds, and Villanova clinched at least a share of its second straight Big East regular-season title. Ryan Arcidiacono added 13 points and four assists for the Wildcats (26-2 overall, 13-2 Big East), who shot 53 percent from the field and 52 percent from 3-point range en route to their ninth straight win.
Tyler Harris led Providence (19-9, 9-6) with 18 points on 8-for-11 shooting.
Before the game, Hilliard and Pinkston were honored for Villanova's senior night ceremony. Tuesday's game was the Wildcats' last of the season at the Pavilion, their on-campus gym where they've won 26 straight dating to the 2012-13 season.
Syracuse 65, (at) No. 9 Notre Dame 60: B.J. Johnson scored 19 points, Rakeem Christmas added 14 despite being in foul trouble and Syracuse held Notre Dame to 35 percent shooting. The Irish trailed by 10 in the first half and by seven with less than 2 minutes left, but managed to cut the lead to 59-57 when Jerian Grant sank a pair of free throws with 39 seconds remaining. The Orange put the game away with a fast-break dunk by Johnson and a free throw when he was fouled.
The Orange (18-10, 9-6 Atlantic Coast Conference) beat the Irish for the sixth time in the last seven games. Notre Dame (24-5, 12-4) dropped to third place in league standings.
Bonzie Colson led the Irish with 16 points and Grant and Pat Connaughton added 13 points each, although Jackson finished 2-of-8 from the field.
North Carolina State 58, (at) No. 15 North Carolina 46: Anthony "Cat" Barber scored 15 points and North Carolina State earned its first road win in the series in a dozen years. Trevor Lacey and Ralston Turner each added 14 points for the Wolfpack (17-11, 8-7 Atlantic Coast Conference), who earned a second marquee road victory this month in pursuit of a fourth straight NCAA Tournament trip. N.C. State didn't shoot particularly well, but it played with toughness and composure while frustrating the Tar Heels (19-9, 9-6) just about all night.
By the end, N.C. State had held UNC to its lowest point total in its nearly three-decade run in the Smith Center, and beat a Roy Williams-coached Tar Heels team in Chapel Hill for the first time.
Freshman Justin Jackson scored 16 points for the Tar Heels, who shot 35 percent.
(At) No. 18 Arkansas 81, Texas A&M 75: Bobby Portis scored 22 points and Arkansas won its seventh straight. The win solidifies the Razorbacks (23-5, 12-3 Southeastern Conference) hold on second place in the SEC heading into a showdown with No. 1 Kentucky on Saturday. It also gives Arkansas, which has won 10 of 11 overall, 12 wins in SEC play for the first time since the 1994-95 season.
Anthlon Bell added 14 points and Alandise Harris and Ky Madden had 11 each for the Razorbacks, who led by as many as 25 points in the first half before holding off a second-half rally by the Aggies (19-8, 10-5).
(At) No. 20 West Virginia 71, Texas 64: Devin Williams scored 14 points, Daxter Miles Jr. and Jonathan Holton added 12 points each and Jevon Carter had 10 for West Virginia. Their outside scoring helped the Mountaineers (22-6, 10-5 Big 12) break open a close game in the second half and end a four-game losing streak to the Longhorns (17-11, 6-9).
Demarcus Holland scored 14 points and Isaiah Taylor added 13 for Texas, which couldn't overcome an 18-point first-half deficit and lost its third straight.
West Virginia figured out a way to outfox the bigger, more physical Longhorns. West Virginia scored 28 points in the paint — 14 more than in a 77-50 loss to the Longhorns last month in Austin, Texas.