Friday’s college basketball: Central, Eastern win
Mount Pleasant, Mich. — David DiLeo made 7 of 10 from 3-point range and scored 25 on Friday night to help Central Michigan beat NAIA Lawrence Tech 91-73.
The Chippewas (11-2) led by at least 18 throughout the second half and improved to 7-0 at home in their final nonconference game before opening their Mid-American Conference schedule.
Cecil Williams added 20 points and Shawn Roundtree scored 16 for Central Michigan, which closed the first half with three straight 3-pointers — the last two by DiLeo — to make it 61-36 at the break.
Lawrence Tech battled for the first 10 minutes, erasing an early eight-point deficit to take the lead at 23-22 and again at 26-25. Central Michigan then pulled away with 13 straight points.
Ty’rese Searles made 7 of 13 3-point attempts and scored 27 for the Blue Devils. Devonte Myles added 21 points and Travis Baker scored 11.
Lawrence Tech was 17 of 32 from 3-point range. Central Michigan was 15 of 43.
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(At) Eastern Michigan 67, Rochester 48: Paul Jackson and Kevin McAdoo scored 12 points each and Eastern Michigan wrapped up its nonleague season with a win. The Eagles (9-4), who are 10-0 against the Royals over the past seven seasons, took charge with an 11-3 run midway through the first half. A 14-4 run pushed it to double figures before the Eagles scored the last seven of the half for a 45-22 lead.
Cap Wilson had 14 points and Kash Blackwell 10 for the Royals, who used the game as an exhibition.
(At) Indiana 79, Youngstown State 51: Juwan Morgan scored 16 points and Robert Johnson added 13 to help Indiana close out its non-conference schedule. The Hoosiers (8-6) have won back-to-back games for the first time since late November.
Jaylen Benton and Naz Bohannon each had 10 points to lead Youngstown State (2-11), which has lost nine straight.
(At) Iowa 98, Northern Illinois 75: Luka Garza scored 25 points and Iowa cruised past Northern Illinois 98-75 for its fifth straight win. From the game’s opening tip, Iowa (9-6) controlled the tempo and jumped out to a quick 13-0 lead in the first three minutes thanks in part to Tyler Cook’s aggressive start. The sophomore forward scored nine points, grabbed two rebounds (both offensive), and notched an assist within the contest’s initial moments.
Cook finished with 17 points on 6-of-7 shooting.
From there, it was all about efficient basketball. Iowa sank 67 percent of its first-half shots and finished the game shooting at 58 percent.
Ball movement helped Hawkeyes find open teammates, as Iowa recorded a season-high 34 assists on 36 baskets. Five players dished out four or more assists, with Jordan Bohannon leading the way with seven.
Iowa’s assist total tied the school record.
Northern Illinois (7-6) only recorded 13 assists and turned the ball over 12 times.
(At) Maryland 66, Maryland-Baltimore County 45: Kevin Huerter scored 20 points, and Maryland bounced back from a miserable first half. The Terrapins (12-3) had more turnovers (10) than field goals (six) before halftime and trailed 24-18 at the break. With Huerter leading the way, Maryland opened the second half with a 14-5 run and never relinquished the lead.
It was the 400th career victory for Maryland coach Mark Turgeon, including 150 with the Terrapins. Turgeon is 400-230 in a run that began at Jacksonville State in 1998, followed by stops at Wichita State and Texas A&M before his arrival at Maryland in 2011.
Jairus Lyles scored 14 points for the Retrievers (8-6), who are 0-14 against Maryland in a series that began in 1987 but had been stagnant since 2002.
(At) Nebraska 71, Stetson 62: Tanner Borchardt came off the bench to score a career-high 8 points and grab 10 rebounds, all in the second half. Nebraska (10-5) trailed just once in the game, after Stetson’s Luke Doyle hit a 3-pointer on the opening possession of the second half. But the Huskers couldn’t shake the Hatters, who tied the game three times in the final minutes, the last at 48 on Doyle’s 3-pointer with 9:15 left. Stetson (7-8) then went scoreless for more than 5 minutes and Nebraska went on a 10-point run that began with an Evan Taylor steal and layup and ended with a pair of James Palmer, Jr. free throws that put Nebraska up 58-48 with 4:25 left.
No. 7 West Virginia 85, (at) Oklahoma State 79: Teddy Allen scored 15 points to lead six West Virginia players in double figures in the Big 12 opener for both teams.
West Virginia (12-1, 1-0 Big 12), trailed by seven early in the second half, but rode Allen, who scored 13 of his team-high points over the final 20 minutes. The Mountaineers, who won their 12th straight, got 13 points from Sagaba Konate, 12 each from Javon Carter and Daxter Miles Jr., 11 from Lamont West and 10 from James Bolden in a balanced scoring night.
The Cowboys (10-3, 0-1), the nation’s No. 2 free throw shooting team entering the game, went just 11 of 19 from the line in the second half.
Jeffrey Carroll and Tavarius Shine scored 17 points each to lead the Cowboys.
No. 11 Kansas 92, (at) Texas 86: Devonte’ Graham had 23 points and eight assists, converting six 3-point baskets, for Kansas in the Big 12 opener for both teams.
Kansas (11-2, 1-0 Big 12), which converted 17 of 35 3-point attempts, including 11 in the second half, won a conference opener for the 27th consecutive season.
Lagerald Vick scored 21 points, making a career-best five 3s. Svi Myhailiuk added 20 points, hitting five 3-pointers.
Sophomore center Udoka Azubuike had 13 points and a career-best 13 rebounds for Kansas.
Kansas has won 13 of its last 14 games against Texas, including eight in a row.
Freshman Mohamed Bamba led Texas (9-4, 0-1) with 22 points, 15 rebounds and eight blocks, all season bests.
(At) No. 16 Kentucky 90, Louisville 61: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander came off the bench to score a career-high 24 points and PJ Washington added 16 for Kentucky in the annual showdown for Bluegrass supremacy.
The Wildcats (10-2) used a 20-6 run to close the first half. Their 24-11 surge over 8:41 built a 67-38 lead that eventually reached 32, a gap helped by 57 percent second-half shooting.
Kentucky earned its biggest series win since a 76-46 rout in the 1999-00 season.
Deng Adel had 13 points for Louisville (10-3).
(At) No. 22 Texas Tech 77, No. 18 Baylor 53: Keenan Evans scored 18 points and freshman Zhaire Smith added 15 in his Big 12 debut as Texas Tech won in the conference opener for both teams.
Jarrett Culver finished with 13 points and Niem Stevenson had 11 points and a game-high five assists for the Red Raiders (12-1, 1-0 Big 12) in the first meeting out of 135 with both of these longtime conference rivals ranked.
Mark Vital scored 12 points for the Bears (10-3, 0-1), who were missing Big 12 rebounding leader Jo Lual-Acuil because of a left foot sprain. Baylor was outrebounded 39-21, including 22-8 in the first half while falling behind 40-19.