Tuesday’s basketball: Central Michigan rolls to victory

Detroit News staff and wires

Mount Pleasant — John Simons made six 3-pointers and scored 18 points, Luke Meyer had 14 points with a career-high 13 rebounds, and Central Michigan beat Howard, 72-52, on Tuesday night.

Rayshawn Simmons and Chris Fowler added 11 points apiece for the Chippewas (6-5). Simmons had 10 assists and Fowler added four as they had 18 assists on 26 made field goals.

Central Michigan hit 12 of 29 3-pointers to reach double-digit makes for its fifth consecutive game.

Central Michigan led just 36-31 at halftime, but the Chippewas made three 3-pointers, two by Simons, in the first three minutes of the second half to build a 47-31 lead.

James Daniel, who entered as the nation’s leading scorer with 29.3 points per game, scored 19 points for Howard (7-6). He was held to just two second-half points.

The Bison were averaging 81.2 points per game.

More state men

Fort Wayne 89, (at) Western Michigan 86 (OT): Max Landis made a 3-pointer with 14 seconds left in overtime and Fort Wayne beat the hosts.

Thomas Wilder converted a 3-point play to give Western Michigan an 86-84 lead with two minutes remaining in overtime. John Konchar made a layup to pull the Mastodons to an 86-86 tie.

Landis made a layup with 29 seconds left in regulation to give Fort Wayne an 81-79 lead. Anthony Avery Jr. made a jumper at the buzzer to force overtime.

Landis scored 25 (six 3-pointers) to lead Fort Wayne (10-4).

Tucker Haymond had 24 points for Western Michigan (5-6).

(At) Western Kentucky 79, Detroit 74: Aaron Cosby scored seven of his 17 points in the final 2:15 and Justin Johnson finished with 17 points and 12 rebounds to help the Hilltoppers slip past the Titans.

Fredrick Edmond scored 14 on 7-of-9 shooting while Ben Lawson and Chris McNeal added 10 points apiece for Western Kentucky (7-5). Lawson had five blocked shots and McNeal had a career-high seven assists.

Detroit scored 11 in a row, including 3-pointers by Josh McFolley and Anton Wilson, to take a 69-67 lead with 2:49 left.

Johnson converted a three-point play and Cosby made two free throws then hit a 3-pointer to put Western Kentucky up by six with 1:29 remaining.

Chris Jenkins made a pair of free throws and McFolley hit another three to make it 75-74 with 41 seconds left, but Cosby and McNeal combined to make 4 of 4 free throws to seal it.

McFolley led Detroit (6-4) with 15 points. Jenkins added 14 points and Wilson and Paris Bass had 13 apiece for Detroit (6-4).

Big Ten men

(At) Ohio State 64, Mercer 44: JaQuan Lyle scored 12 of 18 points in the second half when the Buckeyes pulled away.

Ohio State (7-5), winners of three straight, also got 13 points from Jae’Sean Tate and 12 by Keita Bates-Diop.

The Buckeyes started the first five minutes of the second half on a 13-4 run to move ahead 38-28.

Coming off a 74-67 win against then-No. 4 Kentucky on Saturday where the Buckeyes hit 9 of 18 3-pointers, they missed their first 16 long-range attempts and finished 3-for-22 (14 percent).

Desmond Ringer scored 18 to lead the Bears (9-3), who were 3-for-18 (17 percent) from behind the arc.

The Buckeyes led 25-24 at the half but was 11-for-29 (37.9 percent) from the floor and committed 12 turnovers, one more than the entire game against the Wildcats.

They had just four turnovers in the second half.

(At) Indiana 99, Kennesaw State 72: Troy Williams and Thomas Bryant each scored 20 and James Blackmon Jr. added 19 to lead the Hoosiers (10-3).

Yogi Ferrell added 16 points for Indiana, which shot 64.7 percent overall, including 11-of-19 on 3-pointers.

Indiana led by only eight points with under 12 minutes to play at 59-51. But a 15-2 run gave IU a more comfortable 21-point lead.

Yonel Brown had 26 points and Kendrick Ray added 22 to lead Kennesaw State (3-11).

(At) No. 14 Purdue 68, Vanderbilt 55: A.J. Hammons had 21 points and 10 rebounds as Purdue rallied to victory.

Rapheal Davis added 14 points and Caleb Swanigan had 13 for the Boilermakers (12-1), who extended their Mackey Arena winning streak to 15 games.

Wade Baldwin scored 13 points and Jeff Roberson added 12 for Vanderbilt (7-4), coached by former Purdue guard and assistant coach Kevin Stallings.

Two Hammons free throws with 4:05 to play gave Purdue a 51-42 lead, capping a 22-8 run that included a 3-pointer from Ryan Cline and nine points from Hammons.

(At) Iowa 85, Tennessee Tech 63: Peter Jok scored 21 on a career-high five 3-pointers to lead the Hawkeyes.

Freshman Nicholas Baer added 19 points on 8-of-10 shooting off the bench and Mike Gesell had 10 assists for Iowa (9-3).

Torrance Rowe scored 15 points and Hakeem Rogers had 13 points and six rebounds for Tennessee Tech (8-5).

The Hawkeyes fired up a season-high 30 3-pointers, connecting on 11.

(At) Nebraska 81, Prairie View A&M 50: Shavon Shields and Andrew White III each had 19 points and five rebounds and the Cornhuskers blew past the visitors in the second half.

Nebraska (8-5) led by as many as 16 in the first half, but fell behind Prairie View A&M, 32-31, on Zachary Hamilton’s basket with 18:40 remaining.

The Huskers responded with a 23-5 run, going up 45-34 on Tai Webster’s steal and layup with 14:40 left and taking a 54-37 lead on White’s 3-pointer with 11:40 remaining. The Panthers (0-11) got no closer than 15 the rest of the way.

State women

(At) Oakland 81, Fort Wayne 74: Taylor Jones scored a career-high 25 and Olivia Nash posted her third double-double (21 points, 10 rebounds) for the Golden Grizzlies.

Taylor Gleason and Elena Popkey added 14 and 13 points, respectively, for Oakland (7-4).

Kamilah Carter scored 23 for Fort Wayne (4-8).

Top 25 men

No. 6 Xavier 78, (at) Wake Forest 70: Trevon Bluiett scored 14 of his 17 in the second half for Xavier in the Skip Prosser Classic.

Freshman Edmond Sumner added 13 of his season-high 21 points after halftime for the Musketeers (12-0).

Bryant Crawford had 16 points for the Demon Deacons (8-3).

No. 11 Iowa State 81, at No. 22 Cincinnati 79: Abdel Nader hit a 3-pointer with 11 seconds left that put Iowa State ahead, and Cincinnati missed three shots in the closing seconds.

Georges Niang led Iowa State (10-1) with 24 points and 10 rebounds.

Troy Caupain scored 18 for Cincinnati (10-3).

No. 13 Miami 95, (at) La Salle 49: Ivan Cruz Uceda scored 20 and Tonye Jekiri had 10 points and 14 rebounds for Miami (10-1).

(At) No. 17 Villanova 78, Delaware 48: Josh Hart posted a double-double (18 points, 14 rebounds), freshman Jalen Brunson added 13 points and Villanova (9-2) relied on stingy defense and timely 3-point shooting.

Slam dunks

Oakland officials announced a 10-year extension to keep outfitting its 18 athletic teams and 300-plus athletes in Nike apparel.

The deal is believed to be worth between $1.13 million and $1.2 million.

The old deal, to expire in May 2016, was worth much less — $45,000 over three years.

Oakland’s new deal stipulates the school must purchase $150,000 of Nike gear per year.

... Howard Moore is returning to Wisconsin as an assistant to fill a vacancy on the staff left by the abrupt retirement of coach Bo Ryan.

Moore, a former head coach at Illinois-Chicago, was working with the Big Ten Network as an analyst. Moore worked under Ryan from 2005-10 and also played for the Badgers.

... Hawaii was put on three years probation after it was found former coach Gib Arnold violated ethical conduct rules.

As a result, Hawaii will lose two scholarships during the next two seasons, leaving it with 11, and cannot play in postseason games during the 2016-2017 academic year. The NCAA approved a $10,000 fine that the university previously imposed on itself. Hawaii also must also pay a penalty equaling 1 percent of the basketball program’s budget over the previous three years.