Wednesday’s basketball: EMU routs CMU
Mount Pleasant, Mich. — Raven Lee scored a season-high 32 points on 10-of-13 shooting, including 5-of-7 from 3-point range, to lead Eastern Michigan past Central Michigan, 99-80, in the Mid-American Conference opener for both teams Wednesday night.
James Thompson IV, Willie Mangum IV and Jodan Price scored 19 apiece for Eastern Michigan (9-5), a career-high for Price. Thompson grabbed 14 rebounds.
Lee and Thompson scored five each during an 11-3 run that put the Eagles up 71-61 midway through the second half. They led by at least seven the rest of the way.
The Eagles hit 13 3-pointers and shot 65 percent — both season highs — from behind the arc. They came in averaging 5.1 made 3s per game and shooting just 26.6 percent from deep.
Josh Kozinski scored 18 and Braylon Rayson had 17 points for Central Michigan (7-7). Chris Fowler and Rayshawn Simmons scored 13 apiece. Simmons had nine assists.
The Chippewas had their seven-game home winning streak snapped.
Big Ten men
(At) No. 3 Maryland 88, Rutgers 63: Jake Layman scored 18 points, Diamond Stone had 15 points and 10 rebounds, and Maryland took control early in a rout.
The Terrapins (14-1, 3-0 Big Ten) never trailed in their eighth straight victory. Using runs of 10-0 and 12-2, Maryland built a 46-18 halftime lead and coasted to its ninth consecutive conference victory.
Rutgers (6-10, 0-3) made six field goals and collected only one offensive rebound in the decisive first half.
The second half wasn’t much different than the first. After Rutgers closed to 56-34, the Terps reeled off 18 straight points to go up by 40.
Maryland’s leading scorer, sophomore Melo Trimble, sat out the second half with tightness in his hamstring. He finished with four points — all at the free throw line.
Corey Sanders scored 16 for the Scarlet Knights, who are 2-19 in conference play since joining the Big Ten last season.
Ohio State 65, (at) Northwestern 56: Kam Williams scored 21 points, and Ohio State won its seventh straight. Williams finished one point shy of his season high and hit five 3-pointers.
He was about the only one connecting for either team, helping the Buckeyes (11-5, 3-0 Big Ten) extend their best streak since a 15-0 start in 2013-14. They pulled away down the stretch to beat Northwestern (13-3, 1-2) for the 28th time in 29 games.
Trevor Thompson had 12 points and 10 rebounds for Ohio State and the Buckeyes prevailed despite shooting 10 of 22 from the foul line and 5 of 18 on 3-pointers.
Northwestern struggled in a big way from the field, shooting 31 percent overall and 6 of 25 on 3-pointers after hitting just 2 of 20 in Saturday’s loss to then-No. 4 Maryland.
Northwestern got 15 points and six assists from Bryant McIntosh.
Top 25 men
(At) No. 11 Villanova 72, Seton Hall 63: Daniel Ochefu had 20 points and 18 rebounds in one of the best games for a Villanova big man in years.
Ochefu, a 6-foot-11, 245-pound forward, made 6 of 13 shots and was 8-of-10 from the free throw line to help the Wildcats (13-2, 3-0 Big East) win their fifth straight game.
Josh Hart added 15 points and 10 rebounds.
Isaiah Whitehead led the Pirates (12-3, 2-1) with 20 points.
No. 14 Duke 91, (at) Wake Forest 75: Grayson Allen scored 24 points and Duke pulled away.
Freshman Luke Kennard added 23 points, Marshall Plumlee finished with a career-high 18, and Brandon Ingram had 17 for the Blue Devils (13-2, 2-0 Atlantic Coast).
They shot 52 percent and overcame some serious foul trouble to their thin, seven-man rotation to win their fourth straight and open an ACC season with consecutive road victories for just the second time under coach Mike Krzyzewski.
Devin Thomas had 21 points and 12 rebounds, while Codi Miller-McIntyre had a season-best 20 points for the Demon Deacons (9-5, 0-2).
(At) No. 24 Pittsburgh 89, Georgia Tech 84: James Robinson and Jamel Artis scored 18 apiece and Pittsburgh held off Georgia Tech.
Robinson added eight assists for the Panthers (13-1, 2-0 Atlantic Coast). They won their ninth straight behind a balanced attack even with second-leading scorer Michael Young limited early by foul trouble. Young finished with 17 points in just 18 minutes.
Adam Smith led the Yellow Jackets (10-5, 0-2) with a career-high 30 points, including eight 3-pointers.
(At) No. 25 Dayton 93, Massachusetts 63: Charles Cooke scored 18 and Dayton had 26 points off turnovers.
The Flyers (12-2, 2-0 Atlantic 10) forced 10 turnovers in the first half and converted them into 17 points to build a 40-24 lead. Dayton also had 10 second-chance points to zero for UMass (8-6, 1-1).
The Flyers shot 56.7 percent from the field overall and committed only four turnovers in the first half. They held the Minutemen to 44 percent shooting and forced 16 turnovers.
Dayton, which entered the Top 25 this week, also got 13 points from freshman center Steve McElvene, and 11 apiece from Dyshawn Pierre, Kyle Davis and freshman John Crosby. Sam Miller added 10.
Pierre, in his third game back from suspension, made his first start in place of Kendall Pollard, who is day-to-day with a strained Achilles tendon.
Donte Clark and Trey Davis scored 21 points apiece to lead UMass.
BYU says Utah has canceled the rivals’ contracted basketball game scheduled for Provo next season, a series that dates to 1909 with only one season without a matchup (1944).
There was controversy at the end of this season’s game when BYU guard Nick Emery was kicked out for throwing a punch and was suspended for a game by the West Coast Conference. Utah won the game 83-75 in Salt Lake.
... The University of Hawaii is appealing the NCAA’s decision to ban the men’s basketball program from postseason games over a finding that former head coach Gib Arnold violated ethical conduct rules and provided false or misleading information to investigators.
... SMU junior guard Keith Frazier is still away from the undefeated No. 15 Mustangs (13-0) working through personal issues, with the support of coach Larry Brown and the program. Frazier is still on the roster, but will miss his second game Thursday when SMU hosts Cincinnati.