Tuesday's basketball: Oakland loses in thriller to Northeastern

Detroit News staff and wire services

Rochester — Northeastern took a little pre-holiday swing through the state of Michigan, and finished 2-0.

After stunning Michigan State in East Lansing on Sunday, Northeastern beat Oakland, 61-59, on a buzzer-beating fadeaway by T.J. Williams on Tuesday night at the O’rena.

The game was the first of a big three-in-four-days stretch for Oakland, which visits Michigan State tonight, and hosts Georgia on Friday night.

Oakland tied it at 59 with 10 seconds remaining when Martez Walker was fouled on an off-balance 3-point attempt. He made all three of them, for the first points of the night for Oakland’s leading scorer. (He finished 0-for-8 from the field.)

After a timeout, Williams, who scored 17 in the 81-73 victory over Michigan State, then drove down the court and put up the final shot, over Oakland freshman Isaiah Brock. After a brief review, officials ruled the shot definitely beat the buzzer.

Williams finished with 22 points for Northeastern (7-5), which led, 36-27, at the half.

The final minute or so was intense, with Northeastern getting a call its way on what seemed like a turnover. Instead, the ball was ruled out of bounds off Oakland and Northeastern was given a fresh shot clock.

Williams made a layup to put Northeastern up, 59-56. Williams, though, flicked the ball back after it went through the net, drawing a delay-of-game technical. Oakland’s Sherron Dorsey-Walker missed the free throw, though, and Stevie Clark missed two 3-point attempts.

Williams then missed a free throw, allowing Walker to put up his 3 — and draw the foul.

Jalen Hayes finished with 18 points for Oakland (9-2).

State women

(At) Michigan State 79, No. 2 Notre Dame 61: Brianna Turner had 19 points to lead Notre Dame (11-1), which never trailed. The Spartans (10-3) were led by Tori Jankoska’s 21 points and eight rebounds.

(At) Oakland 79, Vermont 55: Hannah Little had 22 points, 17 rebounds and nine steals to lift the Golden Grizzlies (6-5). Vermont fell to 3-8.

Big Ten

Maryland 88, Charlotte 72: Melo Trimble had 21 points and Maryland (12-1) extended its winning streak to five games. Anthony Cowan scored 16 for the Terrapins, who made 10 3-pointers in the second half. Jon Davis led Charlotte (6-5) with 28 points.

(At) Ohio State 77, Youngstown State 40: Keita Bates-Diop, Jae’Sean Tate and Kam Williams each scored 15 points as Ohio State (9-3) took advantage of poor-shooting Youngstown State (6-7).

(At) Nebraska 81, Southern 76: Jeriah Horne scored 13 of his career-high 18 points in the second half and hit the game-clinching jumper to carry Nebraska (6-6).

(At) Northwestern 87, IUPUI 65: Gavin Skelly had a career-high six blocks and 19 points and Barret Benson a career-best five blocks as the Wildcats (10-2) never trailed.

(At) Iowa 84, North Dakota 73: Jordan Bohannon and Peter Jok each scored 18 points and Iowa (7-5) held on for its fourth straight win.

Top 25

No. 9 Creighton 96, (at) Arizona State 85: Marcus Foster scored 29s, Justin Patton added 18 and Creighton (12-0) hit 14 3-pointers to remain undefeated.

(At) No. 11 West Virginia 84, Radford 57:  Esa Ahmad led three West Virginia players in double figures with 17 points. Jevon Carter had 15 points and Tarik Phillip added 13. West Virginia was able to score 41 points off 29 Radford turnovers, which is the most the Highlanders have committed all season.

(At) No. 17 Xavier 85, Eastern Washington 56: Edmond Sumner scored 12 of his 14 points while Xavier took control in the first half for its third straight win.

(At) No. 18 Arizona 77, New Mexico 46: Chance Comanche scored a career-high 14 points and Arizona (11-2) had five players reach double figures.

(At) No. 19 Saint Mary's 67, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 46: Calvin Hermanson scored 18 of his 19 points in the first half while Jock Landale added 15 points and 13 rebounds for the Gaels (9-1), who have won three straight.

(At) No. 20 Oregon 75, Fresno State 63: Jordan Bell scored a career-high 23 points and Oregon (11-2) won its ninth straight.