Sunday’s college basketball: Barnes Arico gets 400th win

Detroit News staff and wires
After a week of preparation, Barnes Arico emphasized the team’s one-on-one defense, especially against players like Penn State’s Teniya Page.

Evanston, Ill. — Katelynn Flaherty scored 27 points, Hallie Thome added 25 and No. 16 Michigan gave coach Kim Barnes Arico her 400th career win, 80-59, over Northwestern on Sunday.

Thome had 19 points on 8-of-11 shooting as the Wolverines (19-4, 8-2 Big Ten), who won their sixth straight, led 37-28 at the half. Flaherty went 4 of 4 from 3-point range and scored 20 points in the second half as Michigan improved to 50-5 when scoring 80 points under Barnes Arico.

Barnes Arico, already the wins leader in six seasons at Michigan with 130, is the seventh active Big Ten coach with 400 wins. She had 176 wins in 10 seasons at St. John’s, still the record for the Red Storm. She is 400-273 in 21 seasons.

Jillian Dunston had 13 rebounds for Michigan, which had 22 assists on 28 baskets and went 17 of 17 from the foul line.

Abi Scheid had 18 points and Lindsey Pulliam 15 for Northwestern (9-14, 2-7), which has lost four straight.

State men

(At) Northern Kentucky 72, Detroit Mercy 44: Carson Williams scored 13 points, Drew McDonald added 12 and Northern Kentucky cruised past Detroit Mercy.

Williams had a layup and two free throws to start a run of 13 straight points, which ended with two Mason Faulkner 3-pointers, and after a Detroit Mercy basket Williams made a layup to close the half with the Norse up 33-16. His free throw helped carry the run, which became 20-2, into the second half for a 38-16 lead.

Northern Kentucky (15-7, 8-2 Horizon), 19th in the nation at 57 percent shooting inside the arc, made 7 of 18 3-pointers in the first and just 5 of 12 closer to the basket. Detroit missed its first eight 3s and shot less than 20 percent.

Northern Kentucky, which won the first meeting 56-54, finished 11 of 30 from distance, 16 of 29 closer.

Detroit Mercy (6-17) never got  on track, going 4 of 20 from long range and shooting 28 percent. Corey Allen had 11 for the Titans.

(At) Wright State 64, Oakland 51: Freshman Loudon Love had a double-double in the first half and finished with 18 points and a season-high tying 17 rebounds to lead Wright State.

The loss puts Oakland (14-9, 6-4) three games back of first-place Wright State (17-6, 9-1), making the Golden Grizzlies a significant long shot to repeat as Horizon League regular-season champions.

Kendrick Nunn scored 18 on 5-for-18 shooting for Oakland. He was just 2-of-12 from distance and the rest of the Golden Grizzlies matched that mark. Jalen Hayes had 13 points and eight boards and Martez Walker scored 11.

Love had 15 first-half points and 11 rebounds for his ninth double-double of the season as Wright State led 37-24 at halftime. The Raiders had a 25-14 edge on the glass and used 10 assists for 14 field goals.

Jaylon Hall added 15 points for Wright State, which got 14 offensive rebounds for a 46-31 advantage on the glass.

Top 25 men

No. 1 Villanova 85, (at) Marquette 82: Jalen Brunson scored 31 despite leaving the game briefly because of a left ankle injury, Donte DiVincenzo added 23 and Villanova avoided another upset in Milwaukee.

It was a year ago that Marquette (13-8, 4-5) upset a then-No. 1 Villanova team in another down-to-the-wire thriller.

DiVincenzo’s putback off a missed 3 with 15 seconds to go gave Villanova (20-1, 7-1 Big East) a five-point lead. Andrew Rowsey led Marquette (13-8, 4-5) with 27 points, including a deep 3 from the wing that pulled the Golden Eagles to 83-80 with 1:30 left.

No. 3 Purdue, (at) Indiana 67: Isaac Haas matched his career high with 26 points, Vincent Edwards added 19 and Purdue held off Indiana for its school-record 17th consecutive victory.

The Boilermakers (21-2, 10-0 Big Ten) extended the nation’s longest active winning streak with their 12th straight conference victory, also a school record. Purdue hasn’t lost since Nov. 23.

Juwan Morgan had 24 points and seven rebounds, and Robert Johnson finished with 21 points and six assists to lead Indiana (12-10, 5-5).

(At) No. 17 Wichita State 90, Tulsa 71: Austin Reaves hit seven 3-pointers in the first half and scored all of his career-high 23 points before halftime to lead Wichita State.

Reaves made his first seven 3-point attempts. He finished 7 of 11 from outside the arc.

Shaquille Morris scored 20 points for Wichita State (17-4, 7-2 American Athletic Conference).

Corey Henderson, a transfer from Wichita State, scored 28 points for Tulsa (11-10, 4-5).

No. 18 Clemson 72, (at) Georgia Tech 70: Gabe DeVoe scored a career-high 25 points, Marcquise Reed hit a decisive layup in the closing seconds and Clemson held off Georgia Tech.

The Tigers (17-4, 6-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) snapped a three-game road losing streak. They took their first lead on Elijah Thomas’ three-point play early in the second half and didn’t trail again even though Georgia Tech tied it at 70-all on two free throws by Josh Okogie with 41.2 seconds remaining.

Okogie finished with 26 points for Georgia Tech (10-11, 3-5).