Sophomore Michael Flowers scored a career-high 25 points and Western Michigan cruised to an 88-77 victory over Youngstown State on Saturday.
Flowers hit 9 of 14 shots from the floor, 3 of 7 from 3-point range, and added four rebounds and three assists for the Broncos (5-4). Flowers had 15 points as Western Michigan shot 59 percent from the floor (19 of 32) and 55 percent from distance (11 of 20) to take a 49-38 lead at halftime. Josh Davis had his fourth double-double of the season with 17 points and 10 rebounds. The Broncos are the only NCAA team with two players with at least four double-doubles — Seth Dugan has five. Jared Printy scored 14.
Garrett Covington led five Penguins in double figures with 15 points. Kendale Hampton came off the bench to score 14, Darius Quisenberry and reserve Antwan Maxwell Jr. had 11 points apiece and Donel Cathcart III scored 10. Youngstown State shot 44 percent from the floor, including 34.5 percent from distance, and was outrebounded 42-32.
The two teams were playing for the first time in 18 years. Western Michigan leads the all-time series 4-1.
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(At) Central Michigan 95, Southern Utah 86: Larry Austin Jr. scored 20 points, Kevin McKay added 16 points and 13 rebounds and Central Michigan (8-2) has won four of its last five games.
David DiLeo made five 3-pointers and all four of his free-throw attempts to finish with 19 points for Central Michigan. Shawn Roundtree Jr. added 14 points, Rob Montgomery had 11 and Matt Beachler 10. The Chippewas shot 28 of 40 from the line, with Austin and Roundtree making eight free throws apiece.
Jason Richardson scored 19 points and Brandon Better had 17 to lead Southern Utah, which shot 54 percent from the field but committed 16 turnovers and 26 fouls.
Central Michigan built a 42-31 halftime advantage. Southern Utah pulled to 53-45, but DiLeo and Beachler answered with back-to-back 3-pointers and Southern Utah didn’t get closer.
(At) Eastern Michigan 105, Central State 53: Paul Jackson scored 16 points and had four assists to lead four Eagles in double-digit scoring and Eastern Michigan never trailed in beating Division II Central State to snap a four-game skid.
Elijah Minnie also scored 16 points, Ty Groce added 14 with nine rebounds and two steals and Boubacar Toure had 11 points for Eastern Michigan (5-5), who held the Marauders to 30 percent shooting and outrebounded them 47-28.
James Thompson IV’s layup sparked an 11-3 run and Eastern Michigan led 48-21 at halftime after holding the Marauders to 24 percent shooting. Paul Jackson and Minnie scored nine points apiece and the Eagles shot 58 percent in the half.
Groce’s 3 sparked a 14-2 run for a 71-32 lead early in the second half and the Eagles were never threatened.
Michael Reeves scored 15 points and Quinton Glaspie had 13 for Central State, which has lost six straight.
(At) Northeastern 92, (at) Oakland 83: Donnell Gresham Jr. scored a career-high 26 points with seven rebounds, Anthony Green scored 16 and Northeastern beat Oakland.
Jordan Roland scored 20 points for Northeastern (5-5), which made 32 of 53 shots from the floor (60 percent) including 9 of 18 from 3-point range. The Huskies’ shooting from the floor almost matched their 65.5 percent (19 of 29) free-throw shooting. Jason Strong scored 13 for the Huskies as he and Green together combined to make 13 of 14 shots.
Strong’s layup a little more than five minute in tied it at 11 before the Huskies used a 14-5 run and led 25-16 on Strong’s jump shot. The Huskies closed the half with a Strong bucket and led 48-32.
Jaevin Cumberland buried a 3, followed with a layup and Oakland (4-6) was within 72-70. Another Cumberland 3 with 5:08 left to play reduced Oakland’s deficit to 75-74, but they couldn’t take the lead.
Xavier Hill-Mais led Oakland with 22 points, Cumberland scored 21 and Karmari Newman added 19.
(At) Grand Valley State 95, Wayne State 62: Hunter Hale scored 19 and Justin Greason 17 for Grand Valley (7-2, 3-1 GLIAC). Latin Davis scored 23 for Wayne State (1-7, 1-3).
State men scores
Ashland 72, (at) Davenport 60
(At) Ferris State 74, Saginaw Valley State 69
Northwood 91, (at) Lake Superior State 83
(At) Michigan Tech 78, Purdue Northwest 62
(At) Northern Michigan 77, Wisconsin-Parkside 67
(At) Albion 75, Chicago 69, OT
(At) Case Western Reserve 80, Kalamazoo 57
(At) Wisconsin-Oshkosh 92, Calvin 56
(At) Wisconsin-Whitewater 101, Alma 97, OT
Wisconsin-Stevens Point 82, (at) Hope 74
Wheaton 92, Olivet 81
Eastern Michigan 87, (at) Purdue Fort Wayne 72: Courtnie Lewis poured in 28 points on 9 of 14 shooting as Eastern shot a season-best 56 percent from the field. Danielle Minott had 17 points, Natalia Pineda 12, Corrione Cardwell 11 and Lorraine Enabulele 10 for EMU (5-2). Jaelencia Williams scored 21 for the Mastodons (3-7).
(At) Grand Valley State 73, Wayne State 42: Jenn DeBoer and Maddie Dailey each scored 15 while Natalie Koenig added 14 for Grand Valley (8-2, 4-0 GLIAC). Ja'Nae Williams had 17 points for Wayne State (4-5, 2-2), which shot only 24 percent (7-of-29) from the floor in the first half.
State women scores
(At) Ferris State 72, Saginaw Valley 44
Ashland 83, (at) Davenport 51
(At) Northern Michigan 72, Wisconsin-Parkside 39
(At) Michigan Tech 79, Purdue Northwest 54
Northwood 69, (at) Lake Superior State
(At) Olivet 70, Alma 66
Trine 62, (at) Calvin 50
(At) Hope 74, Albion 66
(At) Saint Mary’s (Ind.) 71, Adrian 56