BTN.com staff, November 23, 2011
It was a night full of Big Ten hoops Wednesday. There were eight games, including a BTN doubleheader. In the first game, Ohio State scored 107 and routed VMI. Nebraska wasn't as lucky in the nightcap, as Oregon handed it its first loss. Catch up on all of Wednesday's action and get all the stats on our Big Ten scoreboard.
You can also find video highlights and analysis, plus halftime and game recaps for every game, in this post. Speaking of highlights, did you see Purdue senior Lewis Jackson's dunk Wednesday night? He's 5-foot-9, and it was the first dunk of his career. Watch the powerful slam now.
FINAL: Draymond Green paced Michigan State with 18 points to lead the Spartans to a 68-53 victory over Milwaukee on Wednesday at Jack Breslin Student Events Center in East Lansing. The Spartans went into the locker room with the momentum and came out of the second half flying as well. The game was tied 26-26 before Michigan State went on a 17-4 run to take a 13-point lead early in the second half. Derrick Nix was 4-of-6 from the floor and chipped in 11 points for the Spartans. Michigan State went 22-of-36 from the charity stripe as a team (61 percent). Kaylon Williams contributed 14 points and shot 6-of-10 from the field for the Panthers in the game. James Haarsma shot 4-of-6 from the field and scored 11 points for Milwaukee. The Panthers shot just 38 percent from the field (21-of-55).
HALFTIME: Neither Michigan State's Keith Appling nor Milwaukee's Ja'Rob McCallum have been able to get going, but the Spartans lead 34-30 at the half. Michigan State was able to draw fouls and get to the line with regularity. The Spartans attempted 16 free throws in the first 20 minutes. Appling, the leading scorer this season for Michigan State, has not made much of an impact through the first 20 minutes. He has three points at the break. The Panthers' leading scorer, McCallum, has been shut down thus far. He enters halftime with two points. Draymond Green's big game so far includes 10 points. Kaylon Williams led the way for Milwaukee in the first half, with eight points.
FINAL: Jared Sullinger scored 17 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lift Ohio State to a 107-74 win over Virginia Military on Wednesday at Value City Arena in Columbus. Both Sullinger and William Buford played well for the Buckeyes. Sullinger knocked down 8-of-10 shot attempts. Buford tallied 23 points, contributed six assists, and went 10-of-16 from the field. The Keydets allowed Ohio State to go above its season average of 81 points per game. The Buckeyes hit 68 percent of their field goals (46-of-68). Deshaun Thomas shot 4-of-5 from the field and scored 11 points for Ohio State. In addition to Buford's production, Sullinger's contribution, and Thomas' contribution, Aaron Craft scored 13 points and J.D. Weatherspoon chipped in 10 points. Ron Burks had 19 points and yanked down five rebounds for Virginia Military in a losing effort. The Keydets had trouble finding their touch, shooting just 38 percent (25-of-66) from the field. In addition to Burks' efforts, Keith Gabriel scored 21 points and Stan Okoye scored 12 points. The Buckeyes won the rebounding battle en route to victory, pulling down 45 boards to 23 for Virginia Military. Ohio State never trailed. The Buckeyes' largest lead was 40, which came in the middle of the second half.
HALFTIME: William Buford scored 16 points for Ohio State in the first half to carry it to a 57-44 lead over Virginia Military. Buford and Jared Sullinger are leading the way for the Buckeyes. Buford shot 7-of-10 from the field. Sullinger scored nine points, grabbed five rebounds, and shot 4-of-4 from the field. Ohio State distributed the ball with 14 assists on 23 field goals in the first half. The Buckeyes led by 20 points with 10:35 to go in the first half before the Keydets tightened the game back up. Leading 19-13, Ohio State went on an 11-0 run to open up a 30-13 advantage. Ron Burks led the way for Virginia Military in the first half, with 11 points.
FINAL: Tim Frazier scored 26 points to lift Penn State to an 82-71 win over Youngstown State on Wednesday at Bryce Jordan Center in University Park. The Nittany Lions beat their season average of 61.8 points per game by a wide margin. Penn State hit 57 percent of its field goals (26-of-46). The Nittany Lions were on fire from beyond the arc during the game, shooting 50 percent (11-of-22). Penn State went 19-of-31 from the charity stripe as a team (61 percent). Cammeron Woodyard was 4-of-5 from the floor and chipped in 10 points for the Nittany Lions. Besides Frazier's production and Woodyard's contribution, Trey Lewis scored 12 points. Blake Allen contributed 25 points, knocked down 9-of-17 shot attempts, and shot 7-of-12 from long range for the Penguins in the loss. Youngstown State shot just 39 percent from the field (24-of-61). The Penguins were on fire from beyond the arc during the game, shooting 52 percent (14-of-27). In addition to Allen's performance, Kendrick Perry tallied 23 points. Penn State never trailed. The Nittany Lions' largest lead was 21, which came late in the first. Penn State was winning 26-18 in the first before it went on an 18-5 run to extend its lead to 21 points with 1:23 left in the first half. Frazier finished the run off with a field goal, which helped Penn State lead 44-26 at halftime.
HALFTIME: Youngstown State has struggled to give Penn State a test, as the Nittany Lions leads 44-26 at the half. Penn State never trailed in the first half and led by as many as 21 points. Leading 26-18, the Nittany Lions went on a 10-0 run to open up a 36-18 advantage. Penn State has been able to make the most of its good looks from long range, hitting at a 70 percent clip (7-of-10). The Penguins' leading scorer, Kendrick Perry, has been shut down thus far. He enters halftime with five points. The Nittany Lions' Tim Frazier already has 14 points. Youngstown State's Blake Allen had a big first half, with eight points.
FINAL: A run lasting across the halftime break allowed Purdue to defeat Western Michigan 80-37 on Wednesday at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette. The Boilermakers led 28-22 late in the first before they widened the margin to 26 points with a 20-0 run that ended early in the second half. Kelsey Barlow carried the offensive load for Purdue, finishing with 12 points and 4-of-4 shooting from the field. The Boilermakers hit 49 percent of their field goals (30-of-61). Purdue was hot from long range, hitting 8-of-19 threes for a 42 percent night from beyond the arc. Along with Barlow's performance, Robbie Hummel totaled 11 points and Jacob Lawson registered 10 points. The Broncos struggled from the floor, shooting 18 percent (8-of-45). Western Michigan went 18-of-27 from the charity stripe as a team (67 percent).
HALFTIME: Purdue leads 33-22 over Western Michigan at the half thanks to the efforts of Robbie Hummel, who has seven. In the first 20 minutes, the Boilermakers' Hummel. Purdue was leading 10-7 when it used a 9-0 spurt to widen its advantage to 19-7. Matt Stainbrook, the leading scorer this season for the Broncos, has not made much of an impact through the first 20 minutes. He enters halftime with zero points. Demetrius Ward led the way for Western Michigan in the first half, with seven points.
FINAL: Zack Novak scored 22 points to lift Michigan to a 79-63 win over UCLA on Wednesday at Lahaina Civic Center in Lahaina in the Maui Invitational. Novak and Tim Hardaway Jr. both had good games for the Wolverines. Novak shot 7-of-8 from the field and drilled 4-of-5 three-pointers. Hardaway Jr. contributed 20 points, dished out five assists, and knocked down 8-of-13 shot attempts. Michigan shot 60 percent from the field (29-of-48). To go along with Novak's efforts and Hardaway Jr.'s stellar play, Jon Horford racked up 12 points. Joshua Smith tallied 12 points, pulled down five rebounds, and went 6-of-8 from the field for the Bruins in the loss. It was a team effort for UCLA, as it had 15 assists on 23 baskets. To go with Smith's efforts, Travis Wear scored 16 points and Jerime Anderson tallied 12 points. Winning the battle on the boards was crucial for the Wolverines as they grabbed 30 rebounds to 24 for the Bruins. Leading 26-23 with 5:06 to go in the first half, Michigan used a 10-2 spurt to open its cushion to 11 points with 2:32 left in the first half. Horford capped the run off with a field goal that helped the Wolverines lead 38-31 at the half.
HALFTIME: Jon Horford scored 10 points for Michigan in the first half to carry it to a 38-31 lead over UCLA. Travis Wear led the way for the Bruins in the first half, with 10 points.
FINAL: Eric Griffin picked up the offensive burden for Campbell, finishing with 21 points and 9-of-10 shooting from the field to help the Fighting Camels card a 77-61 victory at Iowa. Campbell hit 62 percent of its field goals (28-of-45) and went 17-of-23 from the charity stripe as a team (74 percent). Besides Griffin's production, Darren White registered 17 points, Trey Freeman totaled 15 points, and Rico Ferguson contributed 12 points. Matt Gatens tallied 17 points for Iowa in the game. Roy Devyn Marble shot 6-of-11 from the field and scored 14 points for the Hawkeyes. Iowa struggled from the floor, shooting 37 percent (24-of-65). The Fighting Camels led 20-18 in the first before they widened the margin to 16 points with an 18-4 run that ended late in the first. Griffin finished the run off with a field goal, which helped Campbell lead 38-31 at halftime.
HALFTIME: Iowa went on a 9-0 run to close the gap late in the first half and now trails Campbell 38-31. It could've been an even dimmer outlook for the Hawkeyes, which trailed the Fighting Camels by as many as 16 points late in the first. Campbell fired often and fired with accuracy from distance, hitting 60 percent (3-of-5) of its three-point attempts. Matt Gatens' big game so far includes nine points. Eric Griffin led the way for the Fighting Camels in the first half, with 12 points.
FINAL: Garrett Sim led five of Oregon's players in double digits with 20 points as the Ducks defeated Nebraska 83-76 on Wednesday at Bob Devaney Sports Center in Lincoln. Aside from Sim's performance, E.J. Singler scored 14 points, Olu Ashaolu chipped in 12 points, Tony Woods recorded 10 points, and Jeremy Jacob contributed 10 points. Sim hit 4-of-6 three-pointers. Defense was an afterthought, as both teams poured on the points. Oregon shot 49 percent (27-of-55) and the Cornhuskers shot 49 percent (27-of-55) during the game. The Ducks were hot from long range, hitting 8-of-19 threes for a 42 percent night from beyond the arc. Oregon shot 25-of-35 from the free throw line. Tyrone Nared's field goal gave the Ducks a 15-point lead in the middle of the second half, but they nearly threw that advantage away. Jorge Brian Diaz had 21 points and made 8-of-12 shots from the floor for Nebraska in a losing effort. Brandon Ubel was 6-of-8 from the floor and chipped in 17 points for the Cornhuskers. Nebraska was hot from long range, hitting 8-of-20 threes for a 40 percent night from beyond the arc. The Cornhuskers shot 21-of-26 from the free throw line. Besides Diaz's production and Ubel's contribution, Dylan Talley scored 18 points, Bo Spencer totaled 11 points, and Caleb Walker racked up 10 points. Trailing 36-31 with 4:39 to go in the first half, Oregon went on a 14-2 run to seize a seven-point advantage with 1:34 left in the first half. Sim finished the run off with a free throw, which helped Oregon lead 47-43 at halftime.
HALFTIME: Nebraska and Oregon's offenses came to play today as points have come early and often during the first half, but the Ducks lead 47-43 at halftime. Neither team has been able to take control of the game thus far. The Cornhuskers and Oregon traded the lead 13 times in the first half. Nebraska should feel pretty good, considering with 1:34 left in the first half it trailed the Ducks by as many as seven points. Oregon was able to draw fouls and get to the line with regularity. Through 20 minutes of play, the Ducks have attempted 20 free throws. The Cornhuskers have been more effective from beyond the arc than the inside and might want to attempt more three-point shots in the second half after shooting 55 percent (6-of-11) from three-point range in the first half. Bo Spencer, the leading scorer this season for Nebraska, has not made much of an impact through the first 20 minutes. He enters halftime with three points. E.J. Singler, the leading scorer this season for Oregon, has not made much of an impact through the first 20 minutes. He enters halftime with three points. The Cornhuskers' Dylan Talley already has 13 points. Garrett Sim's big game so far includes 12 points.
FINAL: Jackie Carmichael scored 17 points, but it wasn't enough to lead Illinois State past Illinois, as the Redbirds fell 63-59 on Wednesday at Moon Palace Resort in Cancun in the Cancun Challenge – Riviera Division. Sam Maniscalco sparked the Fighting Illini as he tallied 14 points for Illinois in the game. Along with Maniscalco's work, D.J. Richardson contributed 13 points, Brandon Paul scored 12 points, and Meyers Leonard scored 10 points. Jon Ekey shot 5-of-8 from the field and scored 14 points for Illinois State. The Redbirds were on fire from beyond the arc during the game, shooting 50 percent (9-of-18). To go with Carmichael's efforts and Ekey's stellar play, John Wilkins racked up 10 points.
HALFTIME: While Jon Ekey had a strong first half, Illinois State still trails Illinois 34-27 at the half. In the first 20 minutes, the Redbirds' Ekey scored 12 points and shot 4-of-7 from the field. Illinois State has been able to make the most of its good looks from long range, hitting at a 42 percent clip (5-of-12). The Redbirds' leading scorer, Tyler Brown, has been shut down thus far. He has three points at the break. The Fighting Illini's D.J. Richardson had a big first half, with eight points.
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