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Tuesday’s basketball: Detroit Mercy ends losing streak

Associated Press

Detroit — Chris Jenkins scored 25 points with four 3-pointers, Jaleel Hogan had 24 points and 12 rebounds, and Detroit Mercy beat Cleveland State 91-83 on Tuesday night to end a three-game skid.

Josh McFolley added 17 points and Jarod Williams had 10 boards and nine assists for the Titans (7-21, 5-11), who shot 59.2 percent from the floor, outrebounded the Vikings 40-28, and outscored them 38-24 in the paint.

Trailing by 10 at halftime, the Vikings closed to 48-42 on a 10-6 run, capped by Anthony Wright’s 3-point play, and trailed 55-49 with 13 minutes left. The Titans scored 16 of the next 20 points to open a 71-53 lead with 8:25 to go, but Cleveland State got within six again, 77-71 , on Daniel Leavitt’s 3-pointer. McFolley’s dunk sparked an 8-0 run for an 85-71 lead with 1:42 left and Detroit held on.

Levitt hit 6 of 7 3-pointers for a career-high 18 points for Cleveland State (8-21, 4-13), which has lost four straight.

More state men

(At) Ball State 79, Eastern Michigan 72: Franko House had 16 points, six rebounds, five assists and two blocked shots, Ryan Weber scored 13 of his 15 points in the second half and Ball State rallied from a 19-point deficit.

Tayler Persons scored 16 as well, Sean Sellers had nine of his 11 points after halftime, and Trey Moses grabbed 11 rebounds for Ball State (18-10, 9-6 Mid-American), which maintained first place in the West division of the conference standings.

Willie Mangum IV hit four 3s in fewer than two minutes to cap a 19-1 run that gave Eastern Michigan (13-15, 5-10) a 31-12 lead with 8:27 left in the half. The Cardinals answered with 10-straight points to trim their deficit to nine points when Persons hit a 3 about five minutes later and House scored eight points during an 11-0 run that spanned halftime and made it 35-all with 18:59 to play. Weber hit two 3s during a 9-3 spurt that made it 63-56 with 4:22 remaining and Ball State hit 13 of 16 free throws from there to seal it.

Mangum hit a career-high eight 3-pointers and finished with 26 points, Ray Lee scored 22 and James Thompson IV added 17 points with 11 rebounds — his 15th double-double this season — for Eastern Michigan.

Ball State outscored the Eagles 26-12, including 19-5 in the second half, from the free-throw line.

Western Michigan 61, (at) Toledo 56, OT: Bryce Moore scored his only points of the game on a 3-pointer from the wing with 29 seconds left in overtime and Tucker Haymond added two free throws. Thomas Wilder led the Broncos with 30 points on 11-for-19 shooting, and Drake LaMont added 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Western Michigan (12-15, 8-7 Mid-American Conference) was trailing 42-27 when LaMont rebounded a teammate’s miss and put it back up to score. That led to a stretch in which Toledo was held to seven points in the last 12 minutes.

Each team missed a chance to break the 49-49 tie in the last minute of regulation. Toledo (14-14, 7-8) scored first in OT when Steve Taylor Jr. had a shot blocked by LaMont, controlled the rebound and fed Jaelen Sanford for a jumper.

But Haymond followed with a 3 and Wilder scored back-to-back buckets. Nate Navigato hit a 3-pointer to bring Toledo into a 56-56 tie but then Moore, who had been 0-for-6 shooting, hit his lone 3. Western Michigan has won five in a row.

Taylor paced Toledo with 17 points. Navigato was held to five, half his average.

Northern Illinois 89, (at) Central Michigan 66: Levi Bradley scored 18 points, Marin Maric had 16 points and nine rebounds, and Northern Illinois snapped a four-game losing streak. Eugene German also scored 16 points, Jaylen Key added 12 and Dontel Highsmith 10 for Northern Illinois (15-13, 7-8 Mid-American), which scored the first four points and led throughout.

Northern Illinois had three players score in double figures in the first half en route to a 46-30 lead. Bradley scored 11, and German and Key each added 10 points.

Marcus Keene, the nation’s scoring leader at 30.2 points per game, missed his first eight shots from the field for Central Michigan (16-12, 6-9) and he was just 2-of-11 shooting in the first half for nine points. The Chippewas only made 8 of 30 field goals (26.7 percent) in the first half and finished at 35.8 percent in their fourth straight loss.

Keene finished with 18 points, Braylon Rayson hit two 3-pointers to become CMU’s career leader in made 3s with 257, and Cecil Williams tied a career high with 15 points.

Big Ten

No. 14 Purdue 74, (at) Penn State 70, OT: Ryan Cline scored six of his 11 points in overtime to lift Purdue.

Cline hit consecutive 3-pointers to secure his team’s sixth straight win in a game the Boilermakers led for just 9:16.

Vincent Edwards added 14 points, Isaac Haas chipped in 13 and Dakota Mathias scored 12 for the Boilermakers (23-5, 12-3 Big Ten).

Tony Carr scored 21 points, Lamar Stevens added 18 and Mike Watkins finished with 11 for Penn State (14-14, 6-9).

(At) Illinois 66, Northwestern 50: Malcolm Hill scored 18 points to lead Illinois. The teams played a tight contest and the deficit didn’t grow larger than four points for much of the game. But Northwestern suffered an eight-minute scoring drought in the last 10 minutes and Illinois build its lead to double digits for the first time.

Illinois (16-12, 6-9 Big Ten) controlled the pace for much of the game, including offensively. The Illini shot 40 percent from the field and 6 of 18 from 3-point range.

Leron Black had a strong presence, scoring seven of the Illini’s first eight points. He finished with 11 points and eight rebounds.

Bryant McIntosh led the way for Northwestern (20-8, 9-6) with 16 points.

The Wildcats shot well from the field, 32 percent, but failed to take advantage of the numerous open 3-point opportunities, shooting 4-fpr-18.

(At) Iowa 96, Illinois 90, OT: Senior Peter Jok scored 35 points as Iowa rallied from 13 down to end a three-game losing streak.

Jok made a program record 22 free throws for the Hawkeyes (15-13, 7-8 Big Ten), who made 39 free throws to Indiana’s 16.

Jok hit a pair of free throws and two more off a subsequent steal, putting Iowa ahead 84-81 with 2:14 left in OT. The Hawkeyes then forced another turnover, and Jok made it six straight free throws and an 86-81 Hawkeyes lead.

Tyler Cook’s dunk with 59 seconds left sealed it for Iowa, which came back from a 17-4 deficit to start play.

Iowa took its first lead, 73-71, on a Cook 3-point play with 2:10 left in regulation, but Josh Newkirk’s free throws with 25.6 seconds to go brought the Hoosiers even at 75-all. Cook missed a jumper at the buzzer to push the game into overtime.

Robert Johnson scored 19 points with seven assists and Thomas Bryant finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds for Indiana (15-13, 5-10), which committed 22 turnovers in losing its fifth straight.

Top 25

(At) No. 9 Baylor 60, Oklahoma 54: Johnathan Motley had 21 points with 16 rebounds and Baylor ended a two-game slide and remained in a tie for second place in the Big 12. Baylor almost blew all of a 15-point lead in the second half, and held on even after not making a field goal in the last 6 minutes

Oklahoma used a 21-8 run to get within 49-47 on Jamuni McNeace’s jumper with 9:21 left. But Manu Lecomte then hit consecutive 3-pointers for the Bears, though those were more than 2 minutes apart and their last field goals.

The Bears (23-5, 10-5) stayed even with No. 12 West Virginia and Iowa State in the conference standings with three games left in the regular season.

Kameron McGusty had 13 points to lead the Sooners (9-18, 3-12).

No. 11 Kentucky 72, (at) Missouri 62: Bam Adebayo’s fourth double-double of the season helped Kentucky avoid a late-season upset, as the freshman scored 22 points and grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds.

Terrence Phillips led Missouri with a career-high 22 points, shooting 4 for 8 from 3-point range while the rest of the Tigers shot a combined 0 for 14.

Neither team led by more than two possessions in a low-scoring first half. Missouri (7-20, 2-13 Southeastern Conference) took a 28-24 lead with 4:27 remaining in the half following a 7-0 run. John Calipari called a timeout after a layup by Jordan Barnett capped the Tigers’ run, and the Wildcats held a 31-30 halftime lead despite shooting 1 for 8 from the field to close the half. Barnett finished with 13 points and seven rebounds.

Kentucky (23-5, 13-2) dominated the glass in the second half, outrebounding the Tigers 26-12 led by Adebayo, who had 10 second-half rebounds.

(At) No. 13 Florida 81, South Carolina 66: KeVaughn Allen scored 26 points for Florida.

Devin Robinson added 14 points for Florida, which won its ninth consecutive game and locked up one of the top four seeds in the Southeastern Conference Tournament. Chris Chiozza and Kasey Hill chipped in 12 and 10 points, respectively.

South Carolina (20-8, 10-5 SEC) dropped its third in a row and fourth in five games.

The Gators (23-5, 13-2) looked much more comfortable in their second game without center John Egbunu, who is out for the season with a torn ligament in his left knee. Sophomore Kevarrius Hayes finished with seven points, six rebounds and three steals.

Sindarius Thornwell led the Gamecocks with 23 points and 10 rebounds.

(At) No. 25 Wichita State 109, Evansville 83: Shaq Morris had 18 points, Connor Frankamp and Markis McDuffie added 13 each for Wichita State in its return to the Top 25.

Landry Shamet added 12 points and Darral Willis Jr. had 11 for the Shockers (26-4, 16-1 Missouri Valley), who finally elbowed their way into the poll this week for the sixth straight season.

The nation’s No. 2 team in scoring margin and one of the best defensive teams in the country hasn’t lost since Jan. 14.

Jaylon Brown had 25 points to lead Evansville (14-16, 5-12), which has dropped nine straight to Wichita State.