Thursday's college basketball: Purdue, Ohio State fall
Madison, Wis. — Ethan Happ made his mentor proud.
On a night when Wisconsin honored Frank Kaminsky, one of the best players in program history, Happ led the current crop of Badgers to their biggest win of a challenging season.
Happ finished with 21 points and 12 rebounds after the school retired Kaminsky’s jersey, and Wisconsin beat No. 6 Purdue, 57-53, on Thursday to hand the Boilermakers their third straight loss.
Carsen Edwards, who finished with 22 points, missed a 3 with 12 seconds left to end Purdue’s comeback hopes. Wisconsin’s Brevin Pritzl went 3 of 4 from the foul line over the final 19 seconds to seal a win so big in Madison that fans rushed the court after the final buzzer — including Kaminsky.
It felt like 2015 again, when Kaminsky led the Badgers to the national championship game as a senior.
“You want to say ‘thanks’ to Frank and ‘thanks’ to all the alumni? The best way to show your respect … go out and play really well,” coach Greg Gard said.
Happ didn’t play that season as a redshirt, but he did practice against Kaminsky every day. Those afternoons trading elbows in the paint and learning moves from Kaminsky have paid off — to the point where Happ passed his role model for 11th place on the school’s career scoring list on Thursday.
“It’s funny how life works sometimes, to have this be the game with Frank, who taught me so much,” Happ said. “It’s very special to do that.”
The Boilermakers had seemingly overcome early offensive hiccups after a 10-0 run gave them a 39-32 lead with 9:37 left when Wisconsin (12-16, 5-10 Big Ten) answered with aggressive play sparked by freshman guard Brad Davison (16 points).
It was a debilitating loss for Purdue’s chances of winning the league. The Boilermakers (23-5, 12-3) are struggling with the conference tournament just a couple weeks away.
“We’re a team that has to have good balance in our jump-shooting, coming off screens,” coach Matt Painter said. “It was one of those games where things weren’t going your way. You had to grind it out.”
A choppy first half ended with a 21-all tie after the teams combined to miss 37 shots.
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(At) Houston 67, No. 5 Cincinnati 62: Corey Davis Jr. and Devin Davis each scored 16 points, and Houston beat Cincinnati to snap the nation’s longest winning streak at 16 games.
Rob Gray chipped in 13 points and Armoni Brooks added 12 as the Cougars (20-5, 10-3 American) earned their second win this season over a top-10 team after beating then-No. 7 Wichita State on Jan. 20.
Houston last beat two top-10 teams in a season in 1984, when it did that four times en route to the national championship game.
Cincinnati (23-3, 12-1) had a 50-49 lead with 4:18 left after Jacob Evans’ free throw, but Gray hit a 3-pointer to give the Cougars back the lead with 3:32 left. Brooks nailed a 3-pointer from the right wing with 2 minutes left and Davis came up with a steal and went the length of the court for a layup to give the Cougars a seven-point advantage with 1:47 left.
(At) Penn State 79, No. 8 Ohio State 56: Tony Carr scored 30 points and Penn State routed No. 8 Ohio State 79-56 to sweep the Buckeyes.
Mike Watkins added 11 points and 10 rebounds for his tenth double-double of the season, and Shep Garner and Josh Reaves added 13 and 10 points apiece for the Nittany Lions (19-9, 9-6 Big Ten), who won their sixth in seven tries since beating the Buckeyes in Columbus on Jan. 25.
C.J. Jackson led Ohio State (22-6, 13-2) with 13 points and Keita Bates-Diop added 10 for the Buckeyes, who had their four-game winning streak snapped.
(At) No. 9 Gonzaga 76, Loyola Marymount 46: Corey Kispert led a balanced attack with 14 points and Gonzaga retained at least a share of first place in the West Coast Conference.
Gonzaga scored the first 17 points and easily beat Loyola Marymount for the 18th straight time since 2010.
Johnathan Williams had 12 points and 13 rebounds, and Killian Tillie scored 12 points for Gonzaga (24-4, 14-1), which has won eight games in a row.
Eli Scott scored 16 points for Loyola Marymount (8-18, 3-12), which is second from the bottom of the league.
(At) San Francisco 70, No. 15 St. Mary's 63: Frankie Ferrari made a key 3-pointer as part of a big San Francisco run late in the second half, and then added a clinching layup with 58.5 seconds remaining.
Ferrari finished with 20 points and seven assists, Jordan Ratinho scored 13 and Jimbo Lull had 10 points and seven rebounds to help San Francisco (15-13 7-8 WCC) to its first win in five games against ranked opponents this season.
It was a bitter loss for the Gaels (24-4, 13-2), who lost their second straight and dropped a game behind No. 9 Gonzaga in the WCC. Saint Mary’s back-to-back losses have come on the heels of a 19-game winning streak that was the longest in the nation.
No. 17 Arizona 77, (at) No. 25 Arizona State 70: Deandre Ayton had 25 points and 16 rebounds, and Arizona held off Arizona State to sweep the season series.
Arizona (21-6, 11-3 Pac-12) started fast, quieting a raucous crowd at Wells Fargo Arena by playing well at both ends while building an 18-point lead.
The Sun Devils (19-7, 7-7) revved up their run game and the fans after finding their groove, going on a 31-6 halftime-spanning run to go up seven. Arizona clawed its way back and the rivals traded baskets until the Wildcats scored seven straight points to go up 70-63 with 90 seconds left.
Allonzo Trier added 19 points for Arizona.
Tra Holder had 20 points and Kodi Justice 19 for Arizona State.
(At) No. 19 Wichita State 93, Temple 86: Shaquille Morris had 23 points and 13 rebounds, including a tie-breaking putback in the final two minutes, to lead Wichita State.
Darral Willis had 24 points for the Shockers (20-5, 10-3 American Athletic Conference), who trailed by 14 at halftime. Morris and Willis, senior posts, were combined 18 of 21 from the floor. Austin Reaves scored 11 points for Wichita State, and Landry Shamet and Conner Frankamp each scored 10.
Temple (15-11, 7-7) hit a season-high 16 3-point shots on 29 attempts. Obi Enechionyia led Temple with 17 points and other Owls were in double figures – Quinton Rose (16), De’Vondre Perry (15), Shizz Alston (15) and Josh Brown (13).
(At) Saginaw Valley 78, Wayne State 71: DJ Hoskins had 22 points and Fred John Jr. added 15 points and eight rebounds for Saginaw Valley (11-14, 8-9 GLIAC). Marcus Moore had 21 points and 10 rebounds and Chuck Key scored 20 for Wayne State (13-9, 11-6).
Detroit Mercy 73, (at) UIC 60: Anja Marinkovic scored 25 for Detroit (2-23, 2-12 Horizon). Gabyrelle Johnson had 14 points to lead UIC (7-18, 0-14).
IUPUI 73, (at) Oakland 55: Danielle Lawrence racked up 29 points for IUPUI (19-6, 11-3 Horizon). Taylor Jones had 16 points and Cierra Bond 15 for Oakland (11-14, 4-10).
Wayne State 60, (at) Saginaw Valley 52: Ja’Nae Williams had 17 points and Shannon Wilson grabbed 13 rebounds to lead Wayne State (17-6, 12-5 GLIAC). Anna Hall scored 19 for Saginaw Valley (5-19, 5-12).
Lynch drops appeal
Former University of Minnesota basketball standout Reggie Lynch dropped his appeal of his expulsion over allegations of raping two women, while insisting “I did not commit any of the acts that I am being accused of.”
Flanked by his lawyer and mother, the senior center appeared at a news conference rather than as scheduled before a student panel on sexual misconduct. His mother, Marlene Lynch, said she believed him “100 percent.”