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Thursday’s basketball: Wayne State wins in a laugher

Detroit News staff and wires

Detroit — The Wayne State men’s basketball team turned a close game at halftime into a laugher by the end, rolling past Northwood, 89-66, at Matthaei Center on Thursday.

Chuck Key scored 20 for Wayne State and Marcus Moore added 17 as the Warriors improved to 9-6 and 6-5 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

David Jelinek scored 15 for Northwood (4-16, 2-9).

State women

Northwood 60, (at) Wayne State 49: Nastassja Chambers scored 16 and Shannon Wilson 13 for Wayne State (6-13, 3-9). Jordyn Nurenberg and Lindsay Orwat scored 19 for Northwood (9-8, 6-6).

Big Ten men

(At) Northwestern 73, Nebraska 61: Vic Law scored 20 and Dererk Pardon had 19 points and 22 rebounds for Northwestern (17-4, 6-2). Nebraska dropped to 9-11, 3-5.

Top 25 men

(At) No. 3 Gonzaga 79, San Diego 43: Nigel Williams-Goss scored 25 points as Gonzaga cleared one obstacle to a possible No. 1 ranking next week. Johnathan Williams added 13 points and 12 rebounds for Gonzaga (21-0, 9-0 West Coast), which has the nation’s longest winning streak at 21 games. The Zags are the nation’s last remaining undefeated Division I team.

If Gonzaga can win at Pepperdine on Saturday, the Zags have a good chance of claiming the top spot in the next Top 25 as No. 1 Villanova and No. 2 Kansas lost this week.

Olin Carter III scored 12 points for San Diego (10-11, 3-6), which has lost five straight to Gonzaga.

(At) No. 7 Arizona 79, Washington St. 62: Allonzo Trier scored 17 points in his first home game of the season and Lauri Markkanen had a double-double for Arizona.

Trier scored 12 points against UCLA on Saturday in his first game back from a 19-game suspension for performance-enhancing drugs. He scored 11 points in the second half to help Arizona (19-2, 8-0 Pac-12) finally shake the pesky Cougars.

Markkanen finished with 16 points and 13 rebounds in Arizona’s 13th straight win overall and 17th straight at home.

Conor Clifford had 19 points for Washington State (10-10, 3-5).

(At) No. 9 North Carolina 91, Virginia Tech 72: Justin Jackson scored 26 and North Carolina (19-3, 7-1 ACC) hit a season-high 14 3-pointers.

The Hokies are 15-5, 4-4.

No. 10 Oregon 73, (at) Utah 67: Dillon Brooks returned from missing a game with a foot injury to score 17 points for Oregon.

The Ducks (19-2, 8-0 Pac-12) led by as many as 13 points in the second half, but Kyle Kuzma’s 3-pointer made it 70-66 with 1:40 to play.

But the Utes (14-6, 5-3) were denied multiple chances at the rim, including Chris Boucher’s block of Kuzma’s shot with 31 seconds left.

Jordan Bell had 15 points and Dylan Ennis added 13 for the Ducks, who extended the longest winning streak in Oregon history to 17 games.

Kuzma scored 18 points and Daniels had 11 for Utah.

(At) No. 19 Cincinnati 86, No. 24 Xavier 78: Jacob Evans III scored 21 and led Cincy’s second-half surge, ending Xavier’s streak of three straight wins in their annual crosstown rivalry game.

The Bearcats (18-2) got their 11th straight.

Xavier is 14-6.

(At) No. 21 Saint Mary's 66, San Francisco 46: Calvin Hermanson scored 18 points and sparked a 14-0 run in the second half that carried Saint Mary’s to its 12th win in 13 games.

Hermanson started the decisive stretch early in the second half by hitting a 3-pointer and capped it with a layup as the Gaels (18-2, 8-1 West Coast Conference) won for the 23rd time in the past 24 meetings against the Dons (14-8, 4-5).

Emmett Naar scored 18 points and Jock Landale added 13 for Saint Mary’s.

Charles Minlend scored 13 points for the Dons, who had won three straight games.