Wednesday’s roundup: Miami forges tie for first in ACC

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South Bend, Ind. — Angel Rodriguez matched his season high with 19 points, Sheldon McClellan added 17 and No. 7 Miami jumped to an early 18-point lead and beat Notre Dame, 68-50, Wednesday night to move back into a tie with North Carolina for first place in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

The Hurricanes (24-5, 13-4) held the Fighting Irish (19-10, 10-7) to a season-low 34 percent shooting as Notre Dame struggled offensively for the fourth straight game, losing three of those.

The Hurricanes also had a 39-16 advantage in rebounds and a 32-24 edge in points in the paint.

Zach Auguste led the Irish with 18 points and 11 rebounds and Bonzie Colson add 11 points.

The Hurricanes jumped to a 21-3 lead early and never let the Irish get any closer than seven points.

The Irish cut to the lead to nine points with 12 minutes to go, but Miami quickly stretched the lead back out to 15. Notre Dame made one last gasp with a 6-0 spurt to cut the lead to 59-50 with a jumper by V.J. Beachem with 3:03 left.

The Hurricanes ended the streak with a 6-0 run of its own, capped by a pair of free throws by Rodriguez.

Tonye Jekiri scored 14 for the Hurricanes and Davon Reed 10.

The Hurricanes have won eight of their last nine.

Big Ten men

Wisconsin 62, (at) Minnesota 49: Bronson Koenig had 14 points and six assists, Ethan Happ added 12 points and 10 rebounds and the Badgers breezed to their 11th win in their last 12 games.

Vitto Brown pitched in 12 points and six rebounds for Wisconsin (20-10, 12-5 Big Ten), which moved into a tie for second place with No. 2 Michigan State.

Stephon Sharp scored 16 points and Jordan Murphy added 15 for the Gophers (8-21, 2-15), who played without suspended guards Kevin Dorsey, Nate Mason and Dupree McBrayer for the second straight game.

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No. 9 Oregon 76, UCLA 68: Tyler Dorsey scored 20 and Oregon rallied in the second half to earn at least a share of the Pac-12 title for the first time since 2002.

Dillon Brooks added 15 points, and Elgin Cook had 14 points, making all six of his free throws, for the Ducks (24-6, 13-4 Pac-12), who won their fourth in a row and 10th in 12 games. Dorsey had a team-high nine rebounds, helping the Ducks control the boards, 40-28.

Isaac Hamilton scored 19 points, Tony Parker added 18, and Bryce Alford 16 for the Bruins (15-15, 6-11).

(At) No. 10 West Virginia 90, Texas Tech 68: Daxter Miles Jr. and Jaysean Paige each scored 15 for West Virginia (23-7, 12-5 Big 12).

Justin Gray’s 15 points and Aaron Ross’ 14 led the Red Raiders (18-11, 8-9).

State women

Eastern Michigan 63, (at) Western Michigan 52: Chanise Baldwin scored 19 for Eastern (19-9, 10-7 Mid-American Conference).

Eastern will host a first-round game on Monday in the conference tournament.

Jessica Jessing scored 14 and Breanna Mobley had 12 points and 13 rebounds for Western (15-14, 7-10).

(At) Toledo 76, Central Michigan 72: Tinara Moore scored 26 and Presley Hudson 23 for Central (19-9, 13-4 MAC).

Big Ten women

Penn State 75, Illinois 66: Teniya Page scored 18 points, including four free throws in the final minute, and had nine assists to help 11th-seeded Penn State hold off 14-seed Illinois in the first round of the Big Ten women’s tournament in Indianapolis.

The Lady Lions (12-18) will take on sixth-seeded Purdue (19-10) on Thursday.

Sophomore Chatrice White finished with 26 points and reached 1,000 for her career for the Fighting Illini (9-21). Kyley Simmons made five 3-pointers and added 21 points.

Northwestern 76, Wisconsin 72 (OT): Nia Coffey and Christen Inman scored 18 points apiece and 12th-seeded Northwestern played without its senior leader Maggie Lyon in its overtime victory.

Ashley Deary added 16 points for the Wildcats (16-15), who play No. 5 seed Minnesota (19-10) on Thursday.

Michala Johnson led the Badgers (7-22) with 22 points.