East Lansing — Aerial Powers scored 10 of her 18 points in the fourth quarter and No. 21 Michigan State closed the game on a 19-4 run to beat Rutgers, 59-48, on Tuesday night.
Powers’ steal and fast-break layup extended Michigan State’s lead to 47-44 with 4:49 left and her nifty reverse layup made it 56-47 at the 44-second mark.
Powers also grabbed 12 rebounds for Michigan State (14-4, 5-2 Big Ten).
Michigan State went the final four minutes of the first quarter without a field goal and Morgan Green’s jumper was the Spartans’ first basket of the second at the 7:35 mark.
Michigan State opened the third on a 5-0 run for a 30-28 lead — its first advantage since 13-12. But the Spartans only made one of their final 13 field-goal attempts in the quarter.
Northern Kentucky 90, (at) Oakland 73: Jalen Billups had 22 points and eight rebounds, Tyler White added 20 points and made five 3-pointers, and Northern Kentucky (6-11, 2-4 Horizon) pulled away late.
Drew McDonald scored 18 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, Lavone Holland II added 16 points, and the Norse outrebounded Oakland 42-27 and shot 53 percent from the field.
Kahlil Felder pulled Oakland within 67-60 with a putback with 6:09 to go, and Jalen Hayes’ two free throws made it 67-62, but the Golden Grizzlies got no closer.
(At) Akron 92, Eastern Michigan 88: Reggie McAdams made a career-high seven 3-pointers and scored 28 points, and Akron won its eighth straight at home.
Willie Mangum IV led Eastern Michigan (10-8, 2-3) with 22 points on 8-of-12 shooting.
(At) Northern Illinois 75, Central Michigan 70: Travon Baker scored 19 points including a pair of field goals and two free throws down the stretch. The win makes the best 18-game start for Northern Illinois (15-3, 4-1 Mid-American) since the 1990-91 season and, coupled with Ball State’s loss Tuesday to Kent State, lifts the Huskies to sole possession of first place in the MAC’s West Division.
Levi Bradley added 14 points for Northern Illinois and Marin Maric 12. The Huskies made 30 field goals and shot 48 percent to overcome 10 3-pointers by the Chippewas.
Chris Fowler led Central Michigan (9-9, 2-3) with 16 points and eight assists, Rayshawn Simmons added 14 points, Josh Kozinski 12 on four 3-pointers, and the Chippewas welcomed the return of Braylon Rayson, who added 11 points. Rayson, averaging a team-best 17.4 points per game, missed Saturday’s game to attend a family funeral.
(At) Ohio 82, Western Michigan 64: Jaaron Simmons had 24 points and nine assists, and Antonio Campbell added 16 points with a career-high 16 rebounds. Simmons made all four of his 3-point attempts as Ohio hit 11 of 20.
Ohio was held scoreless for the first four minutes of the second half until back-to-back 3-pointers gave the Bobcats a 41-39 lead. Simmons scored eight straight points to extend it to 57-48 and Ohio led by at least eight points the rest of the way.
Gavin Block added 16 points for Ohio (11-6, 2-3 Mid-American) and Kenny Kaminski had 14.
Block and Campbell had 10 points each in the first half to help Ohio build a 35-31 lead.
Thomas Wilder led Western Michigan (7-11, 1-4) with 21 points, including 9-of-12 shooting from the stripe.
Western Michigan trailed 18-13 midway through the first half before going on a 14-0 run for a 27-18 lead.
Big Ten men
(At) No. 25 Indiana 103, Illinois 69: Troy Williams scored 21 and Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell finished with 16 points and nine assists, helping No. 25 Indiana (16-3, 6-0 Big Ten) blow out Illinois.
The Hoosiers extended their winning streak to 11 and set a school record with 19 3-pointers.
(At) No. 7 Maryland 62, Northwestern 56, OT: Melo Trimble scored 18 points, and Diamond Stone made a pivotal three-point play with 1:13 left in overtime. The Terrapins (17-2, 6-1 Big Ten) shot 44 percent and were outrebounded 41-31 by the scrappy, hustling Wildcats (15-5, 3-4).
But Trimble came up big in overtime, opening the scoring with a three-point play and getting assists on two baskets, including the layup by Stone that put Maryland ahead 58-55.
Stone finished with 11 points and Robert Carter Jr. added 10. Despite struggling mightily in this one — giving up 16 offensive rebounds and collecting only four — the Terrapins swept the season series after beating the Wildcats 72-59 on Jan. 2.
Aaron Falzon scored 13 points for the Wildcats before fouling out with 3:36 left in overtime. Bryant McIntosh had 12 points on 5-for-18 shooting.
Top 25 men
(At) Oklahoma State 86, No. 3 Kansas 67: Freshman Jawun Evans had 22 points, eight assists and six rebounds to help Oklahoma State upset No. 3 Kansas.
Georgetown 81, (at) No. 5 Xavier 72: Tre Campbell scored a career-high 21 points — 17 in the first half — and Georgetown’s front line held its own as the Hoyas built a double-digit lead in the second half and held on. The Hoyas (12-7, 5-2 Big East) pulled ahead 39-33 at halftime behind Campbell’s big game and led by as many as 11 in the second half while sending the Musketeers (16-2, 4-2) to their first home-court loss of the season.
(At) No. 8 SMU 77, Houston 73: Nic Moore had 23 points and had some part in five consecutive SMU baskets down the stretch as the Mustangs remained Division I’s only undefeated team. Markus Kennedy had 16 points and 10 rebounds, and his two free throws with 5:35 left broke the game’s 12th and final tie to put the Mustangs (18-0, 7-0 AAC) ahead to stay. Kennedy’s tip-in a minute earlier tied the game and was part of an 8-0 spurt.
Moore, the senior point guard, then had consecutive baskets before missing two in a row — one tipped in by Sterling Brown and the other followed by Ben Moore to make it 67-64.
Damyean Dotson was on the 3-point line for a long jumper that got the Cougars (13-5, 3-3) within a point before Nic Moore’s pass to Brown for a 3-pointer.
(At) No. 10 Texas A&M 71, LSU 57: Jalen Jones scored 20 points and freshman Tyler Davis tied a season-high with 18 to lead Texas A&M to its ninth straight win. The win improves the Aggies (16-2) to 6-0 in Southeastern Conference play, which is their best start to league play since they won their first seven in 1993-94 when they were in the Southwest Conference.
The lead changed several times throughout the first half and the early part of the second half and it was tied at 44-44 with about 15 minutes left.
The Aggies took over, using a 16-3 run to make it 60-47 with about 9 minutes remaining. Alex Caruso scored four points in that span and he was under heavy pressure from Ben Simmons when he passed to Jones, who finished with a two-handed dunk to highlight the run.
Tim Quarterman had 12 points for LSU (11-7, 4-2).
(At) No. 13 Virginia 69, Clemson 62: Malcolm Brogdon scored 20 points and Anthony Gill had two big baskets late as Virginia squandered most of a 13-point lead and then held on. The Cavaliers (14-4, 3-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) led 52-39 after a 17-4 run with 9 minutes left, then saw the Tigers close within 55-53 with about 3 1/2 minutes remaining. But Gill scored on a putback after a miss by Brogdon, then took a feed from Brogdon moments later for a fast-break dunk that built the margin back up to 59-53.
The Tigers (12-7, 5-2), seeking their sixth consecutive victory and third straight over a ranked team, got back within 62-59 on a 3-pointer by Jordan Roper and three free throws by Jaron Blossomgame with 1:36 to play, but Brogdon made two free throws with 30.7 seconds for the Cavaliers.
(At) No. 16 Providence 71, No. 18 Butler 68: Ben Bentil scored 13 of his 20 points in the second half, and 16th-ranked Providence rallied late to outlast No. 18 Butler.
No. 24 South Carolina 77, (at) Mississippi 74 (OT): Michael Carrera scored 19 points, Laimonas Chatkevicius added 17 and No. 24 South Carolina rallied to beat Mississippi in overtime.