Thursday's college basketball: No. 1 Gonzaga trails at halftime but gets past Pacific
Stockton, Calif. — Drew Timme scored 21 points after a sluggish start and No. 1 Gonzaga overcame a sloppy performance to beat Pacific 76-58 on Thursday night.
The Bulldogs (18-0, 9-0 West Coast Conference) trailed at halftime for only the second time this season and didn’t pull away until midway through the second half, extending the nation’s longest active winning streak to 22 games dating to 2019-20.
WCC leading scorer Corey Kispert had an off night. He was held to two points in the first half and spent much of the second half on the bench in foul trouble, but he scored 11 points in a two-minute burst and finished with 14.
Daniss Jenkins scored 13 points for Pacific (5-5, 2-4).
Big Ten men's
►No. 7 Ohio State 89, (at) No. 8 Iowa 85: E.J. Liddell, Kyle Young and Duane Washington Jr. each had 16 points as Ohio State beat Iowa.
Ohio State (15-4, 9-4 Big Ten) trailed 61-50 with 14:29 to play, but rallied with a 17-5 run.
The Buckeyes held Iowa’s Luka Garza, the nation’s leading scorer at 26.5 points per game, to 16 points.
Jack Nunge and Jordan Bohannon each scored 18 points for Iowa (13-5, 7-4). Joe Wieskamp had 17 points and 10 rebounds.
►Rutgers 76, Minnesota 72: Geo Baker scored eight of his 16 points in the final four minutes on Thursday night to help Rutgers win its fourth straight game, 76-72 over Minnesota.
Baker gave the Scarlet Knights (11-6, 7-6 Big Ten) the lead for good at 73-72 on a pull-up jumper with 1:01 left in the game. It was the ninth lead change in the final five minutes and the 22nd of the game.
Ron Harper Jr. made 3 of 4 free throws to secure the win for Rutgers, which entered the game ranked 345th out of 347 Division I teams in free throw shooting at 59.1% on the season.
Myles Johnson had 14 points and 12 rebounds for his 13th career double-double and Caleb McConnell added 14 points with a key 3-pointer that made it 71-70 for the Knights with 1:38 left.
Rutgers won four straight conference games for the first time since 2003-04 when it was a member of the Big East.
►MSU 81, Illinois 60: Junior guard Nia Clouden scored 28 points for her sixth-straight 20-plus point game, helping Michigan State cruise past Illinois 81-60 at the Breslin Center on Thursday.
The win ends a two-game losing streak for the Spartans (10-4, 5-4 Big Ten), while the Illini (2-11, 0-10) remain winless in conference play.
Clouden also had six rebounds and a team-high five assists. Junior forward Alisa Smith added 10 points and six boards.