Thursday’s basketball: Michigan women cruise
Ann Arbor — Katelynn Flaherty scored 25, Kysre Gondrezick 21 and Hallie Thome 20 for No. 25 Michigan, which ended a two-game losing streak Thursday night with an 88-60 victory over Nebraska.
Gondrezick had nine rebounds and Thome seven for the Wolverines (22-7, 11-4 Big Ten), who took a 28-11 lead after the first quarter and coasted from there. Michigan is 13-1 at home this season.
Nebraska is 6-21, 2-13.
More state women
Oakland 80, (at) Youngstown State 58: Nola Anderson scored 14 and Leah Somerfield 13 for the Golden Grizzlies (17-11, 11-6 Horizon).
(At) Cleveland State 75, Detroit Mercy 50: Brianne Cohen scored 198 for the Titans (15-13, 11-6 Horizon).
Saginaw Valley State 77, (at) Wayne State 70: Nastassia Chambers scored 22 for Wayne State (8-20, 5-16 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) in its finale. Emily Wending had 25 points and 11 rebounds for Saginaw Valley (21-6, 17-4 GLIAC).
(At) Wayne State 57, Saginaw Valley State 53: Chuck Key scored 20 for the Warriors (16-9, 13-8 GLIAC), who now advance to the GLIAC tournament. Saginaw Valley is 17-11, 10-11.
Big Ten men
(At) Ohio State 83, No. 16 Wisconsin 73: C.J. Jackson scored 18 points on 4-for-4 shooting from 3-point range for Ohio State.
JaQuan Lyle had 17 points and Jae’Sean Tate added 15 points and 12 rebounds for the Buckeyes (16-13, 6-10 Big Ten), who snapped a three-game losing streak and beat a ranked team for the first time in nearly a year.
Bronson Koenig had 27 points for Wisconsin (22-6, 11-4), which lost the lead in the game’s first minute and could never get any traction. The Badgers have lost three of four.
Ohio State led by 12 points with 10 minutes left on a 3 by Lyle and never let Wisconsin get closer than nine points.
No. 1 Gonzaga 96, (at) San Diego 38: Josh Perkins and Jordan Mathews scored 15 points apiece, and Johnathan Williams had 14 points and 19 rebounds as Gonzaga improved to 29-0 and clinched the West Coast Conference title. The 58-point victory margin was the biggest of the season for Gonzaga, which also has won games by 47, 46 and 39 points.
And it was merely the latest laugher for Gonzaga (17-0 WCC), the only unbeaten team in Division I. It has won all 17 conference games by double digits.
Nigel Williams-Goss scored 14 points and Zach Collins had 12 for Gonzaga.
Olin Carter III scored 15 for USD (12-17, 5-12), which has lost six straight and 39 of its last 42 games to Gonzaga.
(At) No. 4 Arizona 90, USC 77: Allonzo Trier scored a season-high 25 points, including four 3-pointers, and Arizona remained alone atop the Pac-12 standings.
Rawle Alkins added 12 points and Lauri Markkanen had 11 for the Wildcats (26-3, 15-1) in Arizona’s 21st consecutive home win.
Bennie Boatwright scored 23 points and Chimezie Metu had 15 for the Trojans (22-7, 8-7), who lost their third in a row — to the top three teams in the conference (Arizona, Oregon and UCLA).
The Wildcats closed the first half with a 12-2 run and were up by as many as 16 points in the second half.
Arizona made 11 3-pointers in 20 attempts, its most 3s in a Pac-12 game this season.
No. 4 UCLA 87, (at) Arizona State 75: T.J. Leaf scored 25 points for UCLA.
The Bruins (25-3, 12-3 Pac-12) won their sixth straight game. Aaron Holiday added 17 points and Thomas Welsh had eight points and 11 rebounds in 18 minutes.
Torian Graham led Arizona State with 28 points and Kodi Justice added 19. The Sun Devils hit 14 3-pointers but were outrebounded 49-30.
The Sun Devils (13-16, 6-10) scored the first seven points of the second half and got a near capacity crowd on its feet when Shannon Evans II made a fastbreak layup to trim UCLA’s lead to 45-43.
(At) No. 15 Cincinnati 87, Memphis 74: Jacob Evans III scored 12 of his 15 points during Cincinnati’s dominant first half and the Bearcats held on for their 25th straight home victory.
Cincinnati (25-3, 14-1 American Athletic) led by as many as 24 points during its highest-scoring opening half in conference play this season, pulling ahead 51-32 at the break. The Tigers cut the lead to six points before fading.
The Bearcats’ front line dominated. Gary Clark had 13 points and nine rebounds while Kyle Washington had 16 points and six rebounds.
Memphis (18-10, 8-7) has dropped a season-high three straight. Jeremiah Martin led the Tigers with 23 points and Dedric Lawson had 21 with 10 rebounds.
No. 20 Saint Mary’s 78, (at) Pepperdine 49: Jock Landale had 23 points and 14 rebounds to lead Saint Mary’s.
The Gaels (25-3, 15-2 West Coast) continued to roll in winning 10 of their last 11 games. Their only loss in that stretch was to No. 1 Gonzaga.
Lamond Murray Jr. had 17 points for Pepperdine (9-20, 5-12), which lost its third consecutive game.
A power outage caused the lights to go out with 18:41 left in the second half. Pepperdine official Roger Horne said power surges throughout campus caused the 15-minute delay. Players stayed loose by shooting in the dark.
The delay didn’t slow down Saint Mary’s, which led 41-21 before the lights went out. Landale, the junior center from Australia, had an empathic dunk for the first basket after play resumed and the Gaels cruised from there.