Wednesday's basketball: Eastern cruises past Madonna
Ypsilanti — James Thompson IV had his fourth-straight double-double, Ray Lee scored 20 points on 7-of-9 shooting and Eastern Michigan cruised to a 97-60 win over NAIA Madonna on Wednesday.
Thompson made 11 of 15 from the field and finished with 24 points, 10 rebounds and two blocked shots. Willie Mangum IV scored 17 and Ty Toney had 10 points, a career-high tying eight assists and four steals.
Eastern Michigan (3-3) scored the first 11 points, used a 10-2 run to push its lead to 32-17 with 8:59 left in the half and led by as many as 22 before going into the break leading 51-31.
The Eagles scored 13 of the first 16 second-half points and cruised from there.
Nick Owens scored 15 and Andrew Myers had 11 points and eight assists — but committed nine turnovers — for Madonna.
EMU had a season-high 16 steals.
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(At) New Hampshire 86, Detroit Mercy 70: Tanner Leissner scored 18 of his career-high 31 points in the second half and Jaleen Smith had a double-double to lead New Hampshire.
Detroit Mercy trailed by 11 midway through the first half and closed within 33-30 on a DeShawndre Black jumper at the 3:19 mark before Leissner’s 3-pointer gave the Wildcats a 44-36 lead at the half.
New Hampshire quickly pushed its advantage to 13 in the second half before the Titans got within seven. Then Smith hit a 3 and followed Leissner’s layup with a jumper to make the difference 56-42 with 14:38 to go and Detroit Mercy never got it inside 10 again.
Smith had 20 points and 11 rebounds and Daniel Dion had 14 points for the Wildcats (3-2), who shot 56.5 in the second half despite making just 1 of 7 behind the arc.
Jaleel Hogan had 18 points, Black 14 and Josh McFolley 13 for the Titans (1-4).
Arkansas-Little Rock 91, Central Michigan 79: At Cedar Park, Texas, Jalen Jackson scored 24 points, and Arkansas-Little Rock shot 66 percent from the field in the Lone Star Showcase championship game. Little Rock (4-2) closed on a 10-0 run. Marcus Johnson Jr. made jumpers at 1:46 and 0:59, Jackson and Kemy Osse each added a pair of free throws, and Osse capped the scoring on a layup with 2 seconds left.
Central Michigan (4-2) trailed for the final 18 minutes but closed within 81-79 on Marcus Keene’s free throws with 2:06 left. The Chippewas missed their final five shots, four from 3-point range.
Jackson made all eight of his shots from the field, including a pair of 3-pointers, and hit 6 of 7 from the foul line. Osse added 20 points and Johnson and Maurius Hill added 14 points each.
Keene was 6 of 15 from 3-point range and scored 32 for Central Michigan. David DiLeo added 11.
(At) Ohio State 78, Jackson State 47: JaQuan Lyle scored 10 and dished out 11 assists in Ohio State’s blowout win over Jackson State in the Global Sports Invitational. Marc Loving and Kam Williams led the Buckeyes (5-0) in scoring with 19 and 15 points, respectively. Paris Collins led the Tigers (1-4) with 19 points, 14 in the first half.
(At) Rutgers 66, North Texas 53: Deshawn Freeman had 13 points and a career-high 15 rebounds as Rutgers defeated North Texas in the Scarlet Knight Showcase. Nigel Johnson and Mike Williams had 10 points each for the Scarlet Knights, who are 5-0 for the first time since 2000-01. Shane Temara had a career-high 16 points for North Texas (1-3).
No. 17 Purdue 96, Auburn 71: At Cancun, Mexico, Carsen Edwards broke out of his shooting slump with 21 points and Purdue shot 17 of 26 from 3-point range to capture the Cancun Challenge title. P.J. Thompson and Vincent Edwards each added 15 points for the Boilermakers (4-1), who had six players score in double figures in their third straight win since falling to national champion Villanova.
Edwards, a highly recruited freshman, had been 2 of 16 from 3-point range. But the 6-foot guard made 4 of 5 shots from behind the arc. He hit two 3-pointers and two free throws in a 16-4 run midway through the second half that broke open a close game.
Purdue shot 64 percent form the field and it was the second-most 3-pointers made in a game behind the 18 it had last season against Vermont.
Danjel Purifoy scored 22 points and Mustapha Heron added 15 points and eight rebounds for the Tigers (4-1), who were seeking their first 5-0 start since 2004-05.
(At) Penn State 72, Colgate 59: Payton Banks scored 20 points, Terrence Samuel added 16 and Tony Carr 14. The win snapped a two-game skid for the Nittany Lions (3-3).
Will Rayman led Colgate with 28 points. He made 10-of-16 field goals and made five 3-pointers as the teams combined for 21 3-pointers in a game Penn State controlled most of the way.
The Nittany Lions led 30-23 at halftime thanks to timely 3-point shooting.
Banks drained four of his team’s six first-half 3-pointers which came in handy as high-percentage shots refused to fall. Penn State made 4 of 21 2-pointers and were just 4-for-14 on tip-ins or layups in the first half.
As Penn State sputtered, the Raiders used a 21-9 run to take a 21-15 lead, their largest of the game with 5:31 left. Penn State snapped out of its funk and regained control with eight points in less than a minute. Banks hit his fourth 3-pointer to put Penn State up for good, 23-21, with 4:22 left.
No. 4 North Carolina 71, No. 16 Wisconsin 56: At Lahaina, Hawaii, Kennedy Meeks had 15 points and a career-high 16 rebounds, Joel Berry II scored 22 points and No. 4 North Carolina ran away to win its fourth Maui Invitational title. The long, athletic Tar Heels (7-0) ran roughshod through the deep Maui field, so good in the semifinals that Oklahoma State coach Brad Underwood called them the “best team in the country.”
North Carolina looked the part again in the title game, dominating Wisconsin (4-2) at both ends of the court.
The Tar Heels held the Badgers to 38 percent shooting and harassed their leading scorer, Bronson Koenig, into a 1-for-13 night.
(At) No. 1 Kentucky 101, Cleveland State 70: Malik Monk scored 23 points and De’Aaron Fox added 16 to propel 1 Kentucky (5-0) to a rout of Cleveland State. Bam Adebayo added 14 points and seven rebounds while Mychal Mulder matched a career high with 13 points for Kentucky, which shot a season-best 52 percent from the field. Rob Edwards’ 28 points on 12-of-21 shooting led Cleveland State (1-3).
(At) No. 2 Villanova 63, College of Charleston 47: Josh Hart had 13 points and 11 rebounds and Kris Jenkins scored 11 points for Villanova. Mikal Bridges and Eric Paschall added eight points each for the Wildcats, who improved to 6-0 a season after winning the national championship. Jarrell Brantley led Charleston with 18 points and seven rebounds.
The Cougars shot 4 for 22 from 3-point range and committed 14 turnovers. Jenkins, who famously hit the title-winning shot to beat North Carolina at the buzzer last April, was held out of the starting lineup by head coach Jay Wright because he missed a class. But the senior forward came in just 3 minutes into the game and played 28 minutes, shooting 4 for 7 from the field.
(At) No. 6 Duke 88, William & Mary 67: Freshman Frank Jackson scored 19 points to lead Duke. Grayson Allen added 17 points to help the Blue Devils (5-1) win their third straight since their loss to No. 5 Kansas last week. Duke shot 50 percent and outrebounded the Tribe 39-25.
Amile Jefferson finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds, Luke Kennard had 11 points and Matt Jones scored 10 points. Duke has had five double-figure scorers in every game this season. Jack Whitman and Daniel Dixon scored 13 points each for William & Mary (2-2), which hasn’t beaten a ranked team since 1977 and has never beaten one on the road.
No. 10 Louisville 68, Old Dominion 62, OT: At Paradise Island, Bahamas, Donovan Mitchell scored all 17 of his points after halftime for Louisville in the opening round of the Battle 4 Atlantis.
Mitchell put Louisville ahead for good with a long 3-pointer to start the extra period and came up with several key plays that helped the Cardinals (4-0) advance on a night they struggled to knock down much of anything. Louisville finished the game shooting 30 percent.
Quentin Snider scored 18 points to lead the Cardinals, while Mangok Mathiang nearly won it in regulation for Louisville with an inside basket with 14.4 seconds left.
Brandan Stith scored 20 points, including a putback with 6.3 seconds left to answer Mathiang and force overtime for the Monarchs (2-1). Old Dominion shot just 38 percent, but hurt its chances most by missing 17 of 32 free throws.
No. 13 Oregon 79, UConn 69: At Lahaina, Hawaii, Chris Boucher scored 21 and Tyler Dorsey added 19 as Oregon took fifth place in the Maui Invitational. Dylan Ennis had 15 points and Jordan Bell added 12 for Oregon (4-2), which shot 54 percent and made 9 of 21 from 3-point range. Jalen Adams led the Huskies (2-4) with 27 points and Rodney Purvis added 13.
No. 20 Baylor 71, VCU 63: At Paradise Island, Bahamas, Al Freeman scored 15 points and came up with three baskets during a critical second-half sequence to help Baylor in the opening round of the Battle 4 Atlantis. Johnathan Motley scored 19 points for the Bears (4-0). In addition, Manu Lecomte shook off a rough shooting game to finish with 16 points. JeQuan Lewis had 21 points for the Rams (3-1).