East Lansing — Aerial Powers scored a season-high 25 points and grabbed six rebounds to help No. 18 Michigan State beat Purdue 68-56 on Wednesday night.
Powers was 10-of-16 shooting from the field and hit 4 of 5 free throws.
Powers had 15 points in the first half as Michigan State jumped out to a 37-24 lead. She scored six of the first 10 Spartan points of the second half to extend their lead to 47-28.
Michigan State went on an 8-0 run for a 66-40 lead with 4:28 remaining, but Purdue closed on a 16-2 run.
Tori Jankoska hit four 3-pointers and scored 16 points for Michigan State (15-4, 6-2 Big Ten), which has won three in a row and 11 of its last 13. Branndais Agee added 11 points.
Torrie Thornton, Ashley Morrissette and Dominique McBryde each scored nine points for Purdue (15-5, 6-3).
More state women
(At) Central Michigan 53, Western Michigan 51: Amari Corley shot a 3-pointer with 2:27 left to win it for the Chippewas (11-7, 5-2 Mid-American Conference).
Presley Hudson scored 19 and Tinara Moore had 12 points and 12 rebounds for Central.
Miracle Woods scored 18 and Alex Morgan 10 for Western (12-7, 4-3).
(At) Bowling Green 67, Eastern Michigan 63: Cha Sweeney scored 15 while Phillis Webb added 11 and Sheyna Deans 10 for Eastern (13-6, 4-4), whose late rally fell short. Rachel Myers had 18 points while Lauren Tibbs and Sydney Lambert each had 14 to lead Bowling Green 8-9 (4-4 MAC).
Big Ten men
No. 21 Purdue 68, (at) Minnesota 64: Vince Edwards scored 24 points and grabbed eight rebounds to help Purdue hang on without freshman standout Caleb Swanigan.
Edwards finished 8 for 15 from the floor. A.J. Hammons added 16 points, Raphael Davis pitched in 10 and the Boilermakers (18-4, 6-3) bounced back from a loss to Big Ten leader Iowa for the second time this month.
Nate Mason had 15 points and a career-high 12 assists for the Gophers (0-9, 6-15), whose losing streak reached 10 straight games despite the reprieve provided by Swanigan's right ankle injury that kept the conference's leading rebounder out of the game.
Top 25 men
(At) Arkansas 74, No. 5 Texas A&M 71: Moses Kingsley had 18 points and 11 rebounds, Dusty Hannahs and Anthlon Bell scored 17 apiece and Arkansas (10-10, 4-4 Southeastern Conference) ended Texas A&M’s 10-game winning streak. Danuel House scored 24 points to lead Texas A&M (17-3, 7-1).
No. 16 Louisville 91, (at) Virginia Tech 83: Damion Lee scored 29 points and Louisville used sharp shooting from behind the 3-point arc to overcome foul trouble and beat Virginia Tech
Trey Lewis finished with 22 points, all but two coming in the second half, for Louisville (17-3, 6-1 Atlantic Coast Conference). Jalen Hudson scored 27 points, Seth Allen had 26 and Zach LeDay 20 for Virginia Tech (12-9, 4-4).
No. 17 Baylor 69, (at) Oklahoma State 65: Rico Gathers scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half to help Baylor defeat Oklahoma State. Taurean Prince scored 17 points and Lester Medford added 12 for Baylor (16-4, 6-2 Big 12). Chris Olivier scored 17 for Oklahoma State (10-10, 2-6).
(At) No. 20 Kentucky 88, Missouri 54: Tyler Ulis scored 20 points, Derek Willis added a career-best 18 and Kentucky (16-4, 6-2 Southeastern Conference) used an early 20-0 run to blow past outmanned Missouri. Wes Clark had 11 points for Missouri (8-12, 1-6).
(At) No. 22 Wichita State 80, Loyola 54: Shaquille Morris had 12 points to lead Wichita State past Loyola of Chicago. Wichita State (15-5, 9-0 Missouri Valley) had seven players score at least eight points, including Rashard Kelly with 11.Montel James and Earl Peterson each scored 11 for Loyola (9-12, 2-7).