Thursday’s basketball: Louisville women hold off Spartans
East Lansing, Mich. — Mariya Moore and Asia Durr scored 20 points apiece and Louisville took control early and held off No. 19 Michigan State, 85-78, on Thursday night in the ACC/Big 10 Challenge.
Briahanna Jackson had 11 of her 13 points in the first half and Moore had 10 when the Cardinals (2-4) shot 61 percent, including 6-of-9 from 3-point range, to open a 45-32 lead.
Aerial Powers had 21 points and Branndais Agee 17 for the Spartans (4-2), who trailed by 17 early in the second half. They made it a one-point game early in the fourth quarter, but a 16-6 run pushed the lead back to 12 with 3:27 left.
The Spartans cut it to 80-77 with 36 seconds left but Moore made 3 of 4 free throws and Durr added two to close it out.
Cortnee Walton and Myisha Hines-Allen had 12 points apiece for Louisville, which forced Michigan State into 27 turnovers.
The Spartans shot 43 percent in the first half, when they had 12 of their turnovers.
More state women
(At) Michigan 82, Pittsburgh 45: Katelyn Flaherty scored 24 points to lead the Wolverines, who jumped to a 46-22 lead at the half.
Lauren Brozoski added 13 points and Danielle Williams brought down 10 rebounds for Michigan (7-0).
Yacine Diop scored 26 for Pittsburgh.
Duquesne 68, (at) Central Michigan 49: Presley Hudson had 12 points and six rebounds and Jewel Cotton added 10 points and eight rebounds, but the Chippewas (4-2) went cold in the third quarter, when they were outscored 16-6.
Kadri-Ann Lass scored 16 and Deva’Nyar Workman and Amadea Szamosi had 15 apiece for Duquesne (6-1).
(At) James Madison 63, Western Michigan 57: Thomas Wilder contributed 18 points, six assists and four rebounds for the Broncos, who couldn’t keep up with their hosts in the second half.
Tucker Haymond added 10 points for Western (3-5).
Ron Curry led the Dukes (6-3) with 21 points.
(At) Grand Canyon 75, Central Michigan 72: Gerard Martin and De’Andre Davis scored 17 apiece to lead Grand Canyon, which had just enough after a 36-36 tie at the half.
Braylon Rayson scored 25 points and John Simons had 24 for the Chippewas.
Top 25 men
(At) No. 6 Oklahoma 111, Central Arkansas 68: Jordan Woodard matched his career-high with 24 points for the Sooners (5-0), who posted their highest point total since 1996.
Woodard made six 3-pointers in a 3:30 stretch early in the second half. The junior had never even attempted more than five 3s in a game. Oklahoma made 11 of its 13 3-pointers in the second half.
Buddy Hield had 19 points and Isaiah Cousins had 16 and a career-high 11 rebounds for the Sooners.
Jordan Howard scored 16 points, Derreck Brooks had 13 and Jake Zuilhof added 11 for Central Arkansas (1-6), which lost its third straight.
Ruling helps Boeheim
The NCAA has upheld its nine-game suspension of Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim, but he will be allowed to begin serving it immediately.
The NCAA Infractions Appeals Committee issued its ruling Thursday, saying Boeheim was not directly involved in underlying violations of academic misconduct, extra benefits and the university’s drug-testing policy.
The Committee on Infractions had ruled in March that the suspension be served during Atlantic Coast Conference play.
The change means the 71-year-old Boeheim will now miss six non-conference games and only three ACC games, returning for North Carolina on Jan. 9. Assistant coach Mike Hopkins will lead No. 14 Syracuse on Saturday at Georgetown.