Thursday’s roundup: Powers, Jankoska lead MSU romp
State College, Pa. — Aerial Powers and Tori Jankoska each had 21 points and 10 rebounds on Thursday night and No. 23 Michigan State beat Penn State, 71-55.
The Spartans (11-3, 2-1 Big Ten) never trailed, opening with a 16-6 run and leading by double digits throughout the second half to win for the seventh time in their last eight games.
Michigan State had a 12-point lead at halftime and opened the third quarter with a 10-4 run to lead 45-27 on Powers’ jumper with 6:16 left in the period.
Powers made 8 of 10 from the foul line and Jankoska shot 3-of-7 from 3-point range.
Teniya Page had 16 points, Brianna Banks scored 14 and Candice Agee added 10 for the Nittany Lions (6-8, 1-2).
After trailing by 12 in the second quarter, Penn State scored six straight to get to 26-20, but got no closer.
(At) Michigan 82, Iowa 75: Katelynn Flannery scored 24 and Kelsey Mitchell had 15 points and 11 rebounds for Michigan (9-5, 1-2 Big Ten), which trailed by 13 before rallying in the second half, making 20 of its 36 shots.
Chase Coley scored 18 and Ally Disterhoft and Megan Gustafson scored 14 each for the Hawkeyes (12-3, 2-1).
Detroit 72, (at) Valparaiso 66: Brianne Cohen scored 19, Rosanna Reynolds had 15 points and eight assists and Nicole Urbanik added 12 points for Detroit (6-8, 2-1 Horizon).
Dani Franklin scored 19 for Valparaiso (5-9, 1-2).
Oakland 78, (at) Illinois-Chicago 76: Taylor Jones scored 21, Olivia Nash 20 and Taylor Gleason had 15 points and 10 assists for Oakland (10-4, 2-1 Horizon).
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(At) UCLA 87, No. 7 Arizona 84: Bryce Alford scored 25 points, hitting a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1.8 seconds left that gave the Bruins their first Pac-12 win after opening league play with consecutive road losses.
Aaron Holiday added 15 points, Isaac Hamilton had 14 points and Tony Parker had 14 points and 12 rebounds for UCLA (10-6, 1-2).
Ryan Anderson had 15 points and 15 rebounds to lead the Wildcats (13-2, 1-1), who had an eight-game winning streak snapped.
(At) No. 15 SMU 59, Cincinnati 57: Jordan Tolbert tipped in Nic Moore’s missed shot for the go-ahead score with 28 seconds left and then had a big block as SMU rallied to remain undefeated.
The short-handed Mustangs (14-0, 3-0 American Athletic), off to the best start in school history, overcame a seven-point deficit in the final 3-1/2 minutes.
No. 16 Louisville 77, (at) North Carolina State 72: Quentin Snider scored a career-high 21 for Louisville.
Freshman Ray Spalding had 12 points off the bench for the Cardinals (13-2, 2-0 Atlantic Coast), who shot 51 percent and used a 9-0 run in the second half to build a double-digit lead before having to hang on against a frantic comeback by the Wolfpack.
The Cardinals led by 16 with 3:38 left only to see the Wolfpack (10-5, 0-2) crawl to 75-72 on Anthony “Cat” Barber’s three-point play with 16.8 seconds left.
But Damion Lee hit two free throws with 3.5 seconds left to seal it, holding on in a finish that was much tighter than expected.
Anthony “Cat” Barber scored 20 for N.C. State.