Friday's Big Ten hoops roundup: Top teams win big
BTN had a tripleheader of Big Ten hoops action today, featuring three conference contenders. Michigan State cruised by Mount St. Mary’s, 98-65 in the first game of the day. No. 20 Michigan coasted past Coppin State, 87-45, and No. 6 Ohio State walloped North Florida, 99-64.
Track all the action, plus get video highlights, in this post.
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(AP) DaVonte Lacy scored 16 points and Washington State beat Purdue 69-54 in the Old Spice Classic consolation round on Friday. The Cougars (3-3) also got 13 points from both Jordan Railey and Royce Woolridge in stopping a three-game losing streak. Terone Johnson had 16 points for Purdue (5-2), which was coming off a 97-87 loss Thursday to No. 5 Oklahoma State.
(AP) Keith Appling came off the bench to score 17 points and Denzel Valentine and Travis Trice added 15 apiece Friday to power Michigan State to a 98-65 victory over Mount St. Mary’s and help the Spartans continue their domination of non-conference opponents at home during November. The last time the Spartans (7-0) lost at home in November was to a David Robinson-led Navy team on Nov. 29, 1986. Michigan State has won 74 straight games against unranked non-conference opponents at home.
(AP) Playing without leading scorer Nik Stauskas, No. 22 Michigan found plenty of offensive firepower to rout Coppin State, 87-45, on Friday afternoon. Freshman Zak Irvin matched his career-high of 10 points by halftime, when Michigan led 42-23, and brought the Crisler Center crowd to its feet by connecting on three consecutive 3-point baskets for a 63-31 lead with 13:24 left to play. The freshman finished with 24 points on 9-of-13 shooting, including 6-of-10 from 3-point range.
(AP) LaQuinton Ross broke out of a frigid shooting spell by scoring 17 points Friday night and No. 7 Ohio State rode a 19-point first-half run to a 99-64 victory over North Florida. Amir Williams and Amedeo Della each hit career highs for the Buckeyes (6-0), with 18 and 17 points, respectively. Aaron Craft added 16 points, making his first 3-pointer of the season, while Lenzelle Smith Jr. had 10.
(AP) Aaron White scored 17 points, Zach McCabe added 14 and No. 23 Iowa rolled into the championship game of the Battle 4 Atlantis, easily beating Texas-El Paso 89-53 on Friday night. Peter Jok scored 14 and Melsahn Basabe finished with 10 for the Hawkeyes (7-0), who have already won five times this season by at least 31 points. Iowa will meet either Kansas or Villanova for the tournament title on Saturday.
(AP) Tim Frazier scored six of his game-high 29 points in overtime to lead Penn State to an 89-82 win over St. John’s in the second game of the Barclays Center Classic Friday night. D.J. Newbill had 25 points, and Ross Travis and Brandon Taylor each had 10 points for Penn State, which improved to 6-1. The Nittany Lions will play Mississippi in the championship game of the two-day tournament Saturday afternoon.
(AP) Rayvonte Rice scored 17 points and Tracy Abrams added 15, including 12 in the second half, as Illinois held off feisty Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne for a 57-55 win on Friday. Joseph Bertrand added 11 points for the Illinois (7-0).