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Thursday's roundup: Purdue handles slumping Rutgers

Associated Press

West Lafayette, Ind. — Basil Smotherman scored a career-best 17 points and Rapheal Davis had 16 points and 10 rebounds Thursday night, leading Purdue to a 92-85 victory over slumping Rutgers.

Jon Octeus had 14 points, A.J. Hammons scored 13 and Dakota Mathias and Kendall Stephens each added 11 for Purdue. Kadeem Jack led Rutgers with 18 points and 11 rebounds.

It was the 100th Big Ten victory for Boilermaker coach Matt Painter, who became the 20th man to achieve that milestone in conference history. Painter is in his 10th season at Purdue, his alma mater.

The Boilermakers (19-9, 11-4) are tied with Maryland for second place in the Big Ten, two games behind league-leading Wisconsin. Purdue shot 60 percent (15-of-25) during the pivotal first half when Rutgers (10-19, 2-14) made only 10 of 30 shots (33.3 percent).

The Scarlet Knights (10-19, 2-14) have lost 12 consecutive Big Ten games.

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(At) Ohio State 81, Nebraska 57: Jae'Sean Tate scored a career-high 22 points, Sam Thompson had 15 and Shannon Scott 13 to lead Ohio State.

D'Angelo Russell had 11 points and six assists before leaving with leg cramps for the Buckeyes (20-8, 9-6 Big Ten), who had lost their last two.

Tarin Smith had 13 points, Terran Petteway 12 and David Rivers 10 for Nebraska (13-15, 5-11), which lost its sixth straight and fell to 0-8 in conference road games. Nebraska hasn't won since beating Northwestern, 76-60, on Feb. 3.

Tate, who also had seven rebounds, ended up shooting 8-for-9, missing one of his two 3-point attempts. The freshman's previous career high was 20 against Rutgers.

Scott also had six assists.

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No. 7 Arizona 82, (at) Colorado 54: Stanley Johnson scored 11 of his 15 points in the second half for Arizona.

Kaleb Tarczewski and Gabe York scored 14 apiece for the Wildcats.

Arizona (25-3, 13-2), which has won five straight, can clinch the Pac-12 title with a win at Utah on Saturday.

Colorado fell to 12-15, 5-9.

No. 21 Southern Methodist 66, (at) Memphis 57: Nic Moore scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half and SMU (23-5, 14-2 American Athletic) pulled away.

Shaq Goodwin led the Tigers (17-11, 9-6) with 17 points and seven rebounds.

State women

Wright State 74, (at) Detroit 59: Lariah Stevens scored 17 and Rosanna Reynolds had 11 for Detroit (10-16, 5-8 Horizon), but an early second-half run by Wright State proved costly.

Breanna Stucke scored 19 to lead five in double figures for Wright State (21-7, 10-4).

Green Bay 70, (at) Oakland 55: Olivia Nash scored 16 for Oakland (11-16, 5-9 Horizon), which trailed 38-20 at the half.

Sam Terry led Green Bay (23-4, 13-1) with 16 points.

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(At) No. 5 Maryland 83, Indiana 72: Laurin Mincy scored a career-high 28 points and Maryland moved within one victory of completing a perfect Big Ten regular season.

Malina Howard and Shatori Walker-Kimbrough each added 16 for the Terrapins (26-2, 17-0), who won their 20th straight game.

Karlee McBride led Indiana (14-14, 4-13) with 18 points.