Ypsilanti, Mich. — Elijah Minnie scored 14 of his 25 points in the final minutes and James Thompson IV added 17 points with 12 rebounds as Eastern Michigan held off Central Michigan 79-74 for its first Mid-American Conference win on Tuesday night.
Thompson scored six points to start the second half as Eastern Michigan broke a 38-38 halftime tie to go ahead 52-46 following a 14-8 sprint. Gavin Peppers nailed a 3-pointer to tie at 56-56 with 8:59 remaining.
Minnie drilled a 3-pointer, had a tip-in and nailed two more from distance to give Eastern Michigan a 72-65 lead with 3:16 left. Minnie dunked and hit a free throw in the final seconds.
Ty Groce, who fouled out, finished with 15 points and eight rebounds for the Eagles (10-6, 1-2).
Cecil Williams made 9 of 10 free throws for a career-high 23 points and Kevin McKay added 15 for Central Michigan (12-4, 1-2).
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(At) Toledo 84, Western Michigan 61: Tre’Shaun Fletcher had 21 points. Fletcher made four 3-pointers and finished 8-of-12 shooting from the field, and added eight rebounds and eight assists. Luke Knapke and Jaelan Sanford chipped in 16 points each, and Marreon Jackson had 13 for Toledo (10-6, 2-1 Mid-American Conference).
Thomas Wilder had 28 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and four steals to lead Western Michigan (10-6, 2-1). Bryce Moore added 16 points.
Fletcher’s 3-pointer capped a 27-9 run to start the game as the Rockets built a 36-28 halftime advantage. The Broncos pulled to a 44-38 lead early in the second half, but the Rockets answered with a 14-4 surge. Fletcher converted a 3-point play off a dunk and a hit a 3-pointer, Knapke made a 3-pointer, and Sanford scored five points during the stretch and Toledo cruised from there.
(At) Indiana 74, Penn State 70: Juwan Morgan scored 21 points and Josh Newkirk added 16. The Hoosiers (10-7, 3-2) have won two in a row and four of five.
Tony Carr had 28 points and Lamar Stevens finished with 20 to lead the Nittany Lions (12-6, 2-3), who have split their last four games.
(At) Nebraska 63, Wisconsin 59: James Palmer Jr. had 18 points and Nebraska opened up a double-digit lead early in the second half then held off three Wisconsin surges. Nebraska (12-6, 3-2 Big Ten) led by as many as 13 early in the half, then saw the lead shrink to five as Wisconsin (9-9, 2-3) made five of six field goals.
(At) West Virginia 57, Baylor 54: Jevon Carter sank the go-ahead 3-pointer with 57.5 seconds left. West Virginia (15-1, 4-0 Big 12) struggled to make shots the entire game but extended the nation’s longest winning streak to 15, the Mountaineers’ best since winning 22 straight in 1988-89.
Lamont West and Daxter Miles Jr. led West Virginia with 12 points apiece.
Baylor’s Manu Lecomte scored 13 points and Jo Lual-Acuil Jr. had 11 points and 10 rebounds for his eighth double-double of the season.
West Virginia, which had little inside success on offense against the taller Bears (11-5, 1-3), shot 31.1 percent (19 of 61) from the floor and was held to its lowest point total of the season.
But the Mountaineers never trailed in the second half of a close game with few scoring runs. Baylor made one field goal over the final eight minutes.
(At) No. 3 Virginia 68, Syracuse 61: Kyle Guy scored 22 points, De’Andre Hunter added 15 and Virginia beat Syracuse.
Guy made five 3-pointers for Virginia (15-1, 4-0 Atlantic Coast Conference). The Cavaliers attempted a season-high 27 3s and made nine. Devon Hall added 13 points, eight assists and seven rebounds for Virginia.
Frank Howard scored 18 points to lead the Orange (12-5, 1-3). Oshae Brissett added 16 points and Paschal Chukwu scored nine points and grabbed 16 rebounds, but the Orange shot under 40 percent against the nation’s top scoring defense and managed just three assists on 23 baskets.
(At) No. 9 Oklahoma 75, No. 8 Texas Tech 65: Trae Young scored 22 of his 27 points in the second half to help Oklahoma top Texas Tech.
Young, a freshman point guard who leads the nation in scoring and assists, shot just 1 of 12 in the first half. He went 6 for 11 in the second to help the Sooners bounce back from a loss to No. 2 West Virginia on Saturday.
Young also had nine assists and four steals for Oklahoma (13-2, 3-1 Big 12), which won its 11th straight at home. Christian James had 15 points and Khadeem Lattin added 11 points, eight rebounds and seven blocks.
Oklahoma shot 56 percent in the second half. Texas Tech entered the night ranked fourth in the nation in scoring defense, allowing 59 points per game.
Keenan Evans scored 19 points for Texas Tech (14-2, 3-1).
(At) No. 20 North Carolina 96, Boston College 66: Luke Maye had career highs of 32 points and 18 rebounds, and North Carolina’s small lineup got off to a fast start in an easy win against Boston College.
Cameron Johnson added 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Tar Heels (13-4, 2-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), who avoided their first three-game losing streak since January 2014. UNC coach Roy Williams juggled his starting lineup to move in Johnson over freshman forward Garrison Brooks — and that wing-heavy unit responded by getting out in transition and on the attack in their active opening minutes.
Maye became the first North Carolina player with at least 30 points and 15 rebounds at home since Antawn Jamison in 1997-98, according to ESPN Stats & Info.
Ky Bowman scored 21 points to lead Boston College (11-6, 2-3), which has lost 11 straight against the Tar Heels.
(At) No. 21 Kentucky 74, Texas A&M 73: PJ Washington made a steal that led to Kevin Knox’s go-ahead layup with 2:28 left, then added four points down the stretch to help Kentucky rally past Texas A&M.
Trailing 59-53 with 8:43 remaining, the Wildcats clawed back to tie the game three times before Washington stole a high pass and fed Knox for a 69-67 lead. Washington added a layup between two free throws for a 73-69 edge.
The Aggies weren’t done, taking advantage of missed Kentucky free throws to get within a point with four seconds left on Robert Williams’ tip-in. Two misses by Washington at the line set up a final chance for Texas A&M, but a long pass sailed out of bounds as time expired.
Hamidou Diallo had 18 points as Kentucky (13-3, 3-1 Southeastern Conference) bounced back from last weekend’s loss at No. 24 Tennessee.
Tyler Davis scored 21 for the Aggies (11-5, 0-4), who lost their second consecutive one-point game.