Sunday’s roundup: Felder gets Oakland back on track
Rochester — Kahlil Felder scored 18 of his 26 points in the first half and Oakland beat Illinois-Chicago, 86-61, on Sunday.
Felder was 11 of 17 from the field as Oakland made 48 percent and hit 32 of 41 from the stripe compared to 14 of 22 for UIC.
Jalen Hayes and Brad Brechting added 10 points apiece for Oakland (10-7, 2-2 Horizon), which snapped a two-game losing streak at the end a four-game homestand.
Oakland had a 35-21 lead at halftime despite going 0 for 8 from 3-point range. UIC was just 8 of 26 from the field and turned it over 10 times.
Freshman Dikembe Dixson tied a season-high with 28 points to finish with 20-plus for the fifth time this season for UIC (2-12, 0-3). The Flames knocked Oakland out of the league tournament last season for its first win in the series in nine meetings.
Valparaiso 92, (at) Detroit 74: Alec Peters had career highs of 39 points and 14 rebounds and Valparaiso (13-3, 3-0) won a battle for first place in the Horizon League.
Peters was 12-of-20 shooting and made all nine of his free throws in tying the Crusaders’ Division I single-game scoring record. He also posted his fourth double-double in the last five games.
Tevonn Walker added 21 points for the Crusaders (13-3, 3-0), who won their third consecutive game and ended the Titans’ three-game winning streak and their run of 12 straight home victories.
Anton Wilson hit 4 of 5 3-point attempts and 9 of 9 free throws in scoring 23 points for Detroit (9-6, 3-1). Paris Bass added 16 points and 10 rebounds.
Valparaiso led 50-29 at halftime. Detroit rallied within seven with 7:25 left but Peters had a bucket and three free throws and the lead remained in double figures.
Top 25 men
(At) No. 15 SMU 88, Central Florida 73: Ben Moore had a career-high 23 points, Nic Moore added 20 and short-handed No. 15 SMU (15-0, 4-0 American Athletic Conference) is still undefeated.
SMU took control with an early 15-0 run that included a 57-second span with three 3-pointers. The first of those 3s was an alley-oop that actually went through the hoop, though the Mustangs did have five dunks by halftime — and three more after that.
Justin McBride had 20 points and nine rebounds to lead UCF (8-6, 2-1), while Matt Williams has 12 points and A.J. Davis 10.
Larry Brown, SMU’s 75-year-old Hall of Fame coach, wasn’t on the bench after halftime because he wasn’t feeling well. Brown experienced some symptoms of vertigo, which he has dealt with at times in the past.
(At) Clemson 66, No. 16 Louisville 62: Jaron Blossomgame scored 17 points and Avry Holmes 16 to lead the Tigers (10-6, 3-1 Atlantic Coast Conference).
Chinanu Onuaku led Louisville (13-3, 2-1) with 14 points. Scoring leader Damion Lee had six points on 2-of-12 shooting, and the Cardinals were 3 of 23 on 3-pointers.
Big Ten men
(At) Illinois 84, No. 20 Purdue 70: Malcolm Hill scored 30 and Kendrick Nunn added 22 to lead Illinois (9-8, 1-3).
Nunn returned after missing Thursday’s loss at Michigan State for the birth of his son. He started slowly but scored 18 in the second half.
That included a nine-point run to open the half and turn a 37-all tie into a 46-37 Illinois lead.
(At) Indiana 85, Ohio State 60: Troy Williams scored 23 and Indiana won its ninth straight game.
Thomas Bryant added 18 points and 13 rebounds for the Hoosiers (14-3, 4-0 Big Ten), who outrebounded Ohio State 50-31. Yogi Ferrell had 16 points and Robert Johnson 11 and both had six assists.
Big Ten women
(At) No. 23 Michigan State 74, No. 16 Northwestern 51: Aerial Powers recorded her sixth double-double of the season with 21 points and 12 rebounds to lead MSU (12-3, 3-1 Big Ten).
Powers has 40 career double-doubles, which puts her alone in second place in program history. She trails MSU Hall of Famer Mary Kay Intyre (1978-80) by three.
Tori Jankoska had 12 points to finish in double figures for the 15th time this season for Michigan State.
Nia Coffey had 13 points, nine rebounds and four blocks for Northwestern (12-4, 1-3), which made just 18 of 66 field-goal attempts (27 percent).
Michigan State went on a 9-2 run to open the second quarter for an 11-point lead. Northwestern only made one field goal in the last four minutes of the half as Michigan State closed on an 11-3 run for a 42-24 lead. Northwestern was held to just 9-of-36 shooting.
Michigan 93, (at) Minnesota 86: Sophomore Katelynn Flaherty scored a game-high 33 and Michigan bolted to a 15-point lead in the first quarter en route to the win.
Siera Thompson (18 points), Hallie Thome (16) and Kelsey Mitchell (13 points, nine rebounds) also scored in double figures for Michigan (10-5, 2-2).
Jillian Dunston added eight points and 15 rebounds.
Michigan scored a season-best 35 points in the opening quarter.