Friday’s college basketball: U-D Mercy wins two in a row

Detroit News staff and wires

Detroit — Corey Allen had 34 points, Jermaine Jackson Jr. added a career-high 32 and Detroit Mercy rallied to beat Youngstown State, 93-91, Friday night at Calihan Hall in a Horizon League game.

The Titans had a 13-4 run to lead 84-76 with 1:10 left. The Penguins battled and Cameron Morse had a pair of back-to-back 3-pointers in the final 20 seconds that cut the deficit to 91-89, but Jackson pushed the lead back to four for the Titans (6-13, 2-4 Horizon) on a pair of free throws with seven seconds left.

Devin Haygood’s jumper for the Penguins (5-13, 3-2) capped the scoring as time expired.

Roschon Prince added 10 points and nine rebounds for Detroit Mercy, which was behind by as many as 10 in the first half and trailed for most of the first 35 minutes.

Morse led Youngstown State with 26 points. Haygood added 14, Naz Bohannon 13, and Garrett Covington and Tyree Robinson each had 11 apiece.

More state men

(At) Oakland 81, Cleveland State 68: Jalen Hayes had 30 points and 11 rebounds and Kendrick Nunn added 20 points with five 3-pointers as Oakland rallied for its fifth win in six games.

Martez Walker scored 11 for the Golden Grizzlies (11-8, 3-3 Horizon) who overcame 37 percent first-half shooting to finish shooting 53.6 percent from the floor while holding the Vikings to 22 of 61 field goals (36.1 percent ).

Down by three at halftime after trailing the entire first half, Oakland opened the second half with a 20-7 run in which Walker scored eight points and rallied to a 49-39 lead on Isaiah Brock’s dunk with 13:37 to play.

Nunn, who leads the nation in made 3s per game (4.87), hit three straight 3-pointers for a 63-50 Oakland lead, then hit back-to-back 3s to make it 79-64 with 2:29 to go. Cleveland State got no closer than 11 from there.

Carpenter scored 17, Tyree Appleby added 14 with seven assists, and Stefan Kenic scored 10 for Cleveland State (4-14, 1-4), which has lost three straight.

Big Ten men

(At) Penn State 76, Nebraska 74 (OT): Tony Carr scored nine of his 17 points, including a game-winning long jumper with three seconds left in overtime for Penn State.

Lamar Stevens scored 26 points and Mike Watkins added 20 and grabbed 15 rebounds for the Nittany Lions (13-6, 3-3 Big Ten), who led by as many as 16 in the second half.

Glynn Watson Jr. and Isaac Copeland scored 21 points apiece while Isaiah Roby and Anton Gill scored 12 and 10, respectively, for the Cornhuskers (12-7, 3-3).

Penn State led 33-24 at halftime after closing out the first 20 minutes on a 21-9 run. Nebraska made just five of its final 14 field goals in that span and finished the first half 9-for-32 from the floor.

Shep Garner made a 3-pointer to give Penn State its largest lead at 42-26 just over two minutes into the second half.

But the Huskers fought back from there.

They put together a 39-23 run that included back-to-back 3-pointers from Copeland and Watson that made it a two-point game with 3:28 to play. They combined for four free throws and Watson hit the final shot of regulation moments later to send it to overtime tied at 65.

Texas starts support fund

The University of Texas launched a fundraising website for Longhorns guard Andrew Jones as he undergoes treatment for leukemia.

The site’s donation tracker showed more than $32,000 pledged within the first few hours after it was launched.

Texas announced Wednesday the 20-year-old sophomore had started treatments for leukemia, but disclosed no more details on his condition or diagnosis. Jones had returned to the Longhorns after considering a move to the NBA after his freshman season.

Texas said donations to the website will be given directly to the Jones family to help with medical and necessary family expenses as permitted within NCAA rules. It is the only donation website approved by the Jones family.

Utah AD fined $10K

Utah athletic director Chris Hill was fined $10,000 and reprimanded by the Pac-12 for inappropriate language and public comments regarding men’s basketball officiating after Sunday’s 80-77 loss to No. 11 Arizona State.

Coach Larry Krystkowiak had to stop mid-sentence during his postgame news conference as a man could be heard shouting and swearing from another room.

The man turned out to be Hill and he was yelling at Pac-12 coordinator of men’s basketball officiating Bobby Dibler. Hill apologized in a statement on Thursday.

“The Pac-12 membership has established conduct rules that prohibit our administrators from derogatory language, as well as publicly commenting about officiating,” commissioner Larry Scott said in a statement Friday. “We have an obligation to our members to enforce approved conference rules.”