UM fends off Badgers

GENARO C. ARMAS AP Sports Writer Published:

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Step back, dribble between the legs and fire away.

Nik Stauskas played it cool in front of a raucous road crowd late in the second half to hit a clutch shot that helped Michigan hold on for a rare win at Wisconsin.

Stauskas scored 23 points, including his key 3 with less than a minute left, and the Wolverines fended off a late surge for the 77-70 victory Saturday over the third-ranked Badgers.

Stauskas said his first thought was to go to the rim, but that defender Nigel Hayes was overplaying him.

"He kind of slid forward a little bit and I was open for 3 and I just tried to be aggressive and shoot it," Stauskas said.

Caris LeVert added 20 for the Wolverines (13-4, 5-0 Big Ten), who celebrated a victory in Madison for the first time since 1999.

But wins usually don't come easy at the Kohl Center for any team, and the Badgers (16-2, 3-2) made it difficult for Michigan in nearly overcoming a 15-point deficit.

Wisconsin went on a 14-2 run late, and Ben Brust's putback got them within 68-67 with about 2 minutes left.

But after whiffing on a 3 from the right wing, Stauskas hit his step-back 3 from the left side to give Michigan a 71-67 lead.

"That step back is so fast, and that release is so fast," coach Bo Ryan said. "He's quick, he's like a cat."

Josh Gasser had 16 points for the Badgers, who lost their second straight after a school-best 16-0 start.

"Kid just made a great play," Gasser said about Stauskas. Gasser, Wisconsin's best defender, said he was supposed to be covering him, but a switch ended up with Hayes guarding on the play.

Wisconsin's hopes of another nail-biting win over Michigan were dashed. Last year, Brust hit a shot from just inside midcourt before time expired in regulation, then hit a 3 with less than 40 seconds in overtime to give Wisconsin a 65-62 victory.

No such luck this year.

Stauskas added four foul shots in the final 24.7 seconds to seal Michigan's seventh straight win. He had 16 in the second half.

"This game wasn't going to be over until that buzzer went off and we had the win," coach John Beilein said. "That was a great shot by Nik, but that's a lot of time left still for them to win the game."

The Wolverines benefited from the cushion built from a first half in which they shot 60 percent. That's especially impressive given it was against Wisconsin, perennially one of the league's best defensive teams under coach Bo Ryan.

But defense was a problem again for the Badgers in their second straight loss after allowing Indiana to shoot 51 percent earlier in the week.

Ryan liked the effort for the most part. The Badgers credited their opponents for making their share of tough shots. Michigan got good looks inside early with crisp interior passing, though Ryan said he was happy overall with his team's ball-screen defense.

But it was two 3s by LeVert in the first half that especially frustrated Wisconsin's coach.

"Sometimes when you're trying to fix something, guys aren't quite sure and you just have to keep working through it," Ryan said.

Still, the Badgers came back, bolstered by boisterous students back in town for the spring semester. The Kohl Center was rocking after the Badgers' late run, during which Michigan at one point missed four shots and committed two turnovers.

Hayes' short jumper got Wisconsin within six with 4:45 to go before Brust put back his own rebound to get Wisconsin within a point.

That's when Michigan turned to Stauskas. His first 3-point attempt glanced off the rim but Michigan retained possession after a foul was called on Gasser.

The ball went back to Stauskas, who shook off Hayes on the perimeter and coolly hit his 3 for a late four-point lead.

"We're going to win this game and we're going to win the game by being aggressive and if you're afraid to shoot it, you're afraid to take it at them, then let's get (you) out of the game, is the message," Beilein said. "And nobody checked out."

Glenn Robinson III added 14 points on 6 of 8 shooting for Michigan, while Brust finished with 14 points and eight rebounds.

Michigan also took advantage of uncharacteristically sloppy play by the usually savvy Badgers, stretching a five-point halftime lead to as much as 15 midway through the second half.

TOP 25

No. 2 SYRACUSE 59,

No. 22 PITTSBURGH 54

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Freshman point guard Tyler Ennis scored 16 points, including two driving layups and two free throws in the final 2 minutes, and No. 2 Syracuse beat No. 22 Pittsburgh 59-54 in a battle for first place in the ACC between the two former Big East rivals.

Syracuse (18-0, 5-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) entered the game 2-0 against former Big East rivals, with victories over St. John's and Villanova. The Orange made it three straight and remained one of only three unbeatens in Division I.

In four of the past five seasons, Syracuse has started with at least 13 consecutive wins, and twice in the last four years Pitt (16-2, 4-1) had stopped those streaks.

No. 5 WICHITA ST. 68, INDIANA ST. 48

WICHITA, Kan. -- Ron Baker scored 16 points, Fred VanVleet added 15 and No. 5 Wichita State remained unbeaten with a 68-48 victory over Indiana State.

Darius Carter and Chadrack Lufile both scored 10 points inside for the Shockers (19-0, 6-0 Missouri Valley), which extended school records for winning streak and best start to a season.

Dawon Cummings scored 19 points for Indiana State (14-4, 5-1). He was 7 of 14 from the field while the rest of the team was 9 of 37 (24.3 percent).

No. 6 VILLANOVA 88, DEPAUL 62

VILLANOVA, Pa. -- James Bell had 17 points and eight rebounds, Ryan Arcidiacono scored 14 points, and No. 6 Villanova won its fifth straight game, 88-62 over DePaul.

The Wildcats (16-1, 5-0 Big East) made a whopping 19 of 26 shots (73 percent) in the second half as they continue to steamroll through the revamped conference. Villanova tied a season low with five turnovers.

Daniel Ochefu had 14 points and six rebounds, and Josh Hart hit three 3-pointers and scored 13 points for the Wildcats.

The Blue Demons (10-9, 2-4) entered on a rare two-game conference winning streak, but failed to get three straight for the first time since 2006-07. Brandon Young led them with 13 points.

No. 7 FLORIDA 68, AUBURN 61

AUBURN, Ala. -- Casey Prather scored 21 points in his return from a knee injury and helped No. 7 Florida survive a scare from Auburn in a 68-61 victory.

Prather had 16 points in the first half after missing the past two games with a badly bruised right knee. He made 8 of 10 shots for the Gators (15-2, 4-0 Southeastern Conference), who have won nine straight games and eight in a row at Auburn (8-7, 0-4).

Wilbekin finished with 16 points. Chris Denson led Auburn with 21.

TEXAS 86, No. 8 IOWA STATE 76

AUSTIN, Texas -- Jonathan Holmes scored 23 points and Cam Ridley had 16 points and 11 rebounds to lead Texas to an 86-76 win over No. 8 Iowa State, sending the Cyclones to their third consecutive loss.

The Longhorns (14-4, 3-2) got their biggest win of the season with their third in the row in the Big 12.

Javan Felix scored 17 for Texas, including a big 3-pointer in the momentum-changing run in the second half.

Georges Niang scored 18 to lead Iowa State, which started the season 14-0. The Cyclones (14-3, 2-3) hadn't lost three in a row since the 2010-2011 season and haven't won in Austin since 2005.

No. 15 KANSAS 80,

No. 9 OKLAHOMA STATE 78

LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Naadir Tharpe scored 21 points for Kansas, and Frank Mason stripped Oklahoma State's Le'Bryan Nash as the final buzzer sounded to preserve the 15th-ranked Jayhawks' 80-78 victory over the ninth-ranked Cowboys.

Joel Embiid added 13 points, 11 rebounds and eight blocks for the Jayhawks (13-4, 4-0 Big 12), who blew most of a 47-30 halftime lead before holding on at the finish.

Phil Forte hit seven 3-pointers and had 21 points for Oklahoma State (15-3, 3-2).

No. 10 SDSU 63, UNLV 52

SAN DIEGO -- Xavier Thames scored 18 points for No. 10 San Diego State, which used a 19-2 first-half run to beat UNLV 63-52 on Saturday for its 15th straight victory.

Josh Davis added 14 points and 14 rebounds for SDSU (16-1, 5-0 Mountain West), which hasn't lost since its second game, a 69-60 home defeat against Arizona, which is now ranked No. 1.

Bryce Dejean-Jones scored 15 points, Deville Smith had 13 and Roscoe Smith 11 for UNLV (11-7, 2-3) which had won eight of its previous 10 games.

No. 25 OKLAHOMA 66,

No. 12 BAYLOR 64

WACO, Texas -- Buddy Hield scored all 19 of his points after halftime and No. 25 Oklahoma stormed from behind with a big run on the way to a 66-64 victory at No. 12 Baylor.

The Sooners (14-4, 3-2 Big 12) were down by eight right after halftime before reeling off 16 consecutive points. Baylor regained the lead on a putback by Cory Jefferson with 9:13 left, and the lead changed hands three more times and there were three ties before Heild's 3-pointer with 4 minutes left made it 58-57. That put the Sooners ahead to stay.

Baylor (13-4, 1-3) had won 13 straight home games, and their only non-conference loss was to No. 2 Syracuse. The Bears next play at No. 15 Kansas on Monday night.

No. 13 KENTUCKY 74, TENNESSEE 66

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Freshman Andrew Harrison scored a season-high 26 points and No. 13 Kentucky used near-perfect free throw shooting to pull away from Tennessee for a 74-66 victory.

The Wildcats (13-4, 3-1 Southeastern Conference) made 23 of 24 from the line including their first 17 before Aaron Harrison, Andrew's twin, missed the front end of a 1-and-1 with 32 seconds remaining.

Andrew Harrison made all 10 of his free throw attempts along with a couple of 3-pointers and freshman Julius Randle was 5 of 5 from the free throw line and 6 of 9 from the field for 18 points.

Kentucky overcame a nine-point first-half deficit to beat the Volunteers (11-6, 2-2). Trailing 18-9 with 12:16 left in the half, the Wildcats closed with a 25-14 run over the final 11:06 and led by as many as 11 points in the second half.

Kentucky was outrebounded 39-24 by the Vols, who made just 16 of 23 from the free throw line.

No. 16 UMASS 84, ELON 74

ELON, N.C. -- Cady Lalanne scored 16 of his 23 points in the first half and Chaz Williams scored all 20 of his points in the second half as No. 16 Massachusetts held off several Elon rallies to win, 84-74.

Maxie Esho finished with 17 points for the Minutemen (16-1), who won a non-conference matchup between the teams for the third season in a row. Williams provided 14 of his points in the last seven minutes.

Lucas Troutman scored 19 points and Sebastian Koch had 18 points for Elon (10-9), which had its three-game winning streak end. Tanner Samson added 14 points.

No. 17 MEMPHIS 101,

LEMOYNE-OWEN 78

MEMPHIS -- Nick King scored 18 points and No. 17 Memphis beat Division II LeMoyne-Owen, 101-78.

The win was a needed relief for the Tigers (13-4), who had dropped two consecutive home games.

Meanwhile, LeMoyne-Owen (4-10), a member of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, lost their third straight and fifth in the last six.

Austin Nichols and Geron Johnson finished with 12 points each for Memphis with hitting all six of his shots. Kuran Iverson had 11 points and Shaq Goodwin added 10 for Memphis.

Daequan Mitchell-Fields led the Magicians with 16 points, Marcel Hawkins had 11 and Jerry Hampton.

Memphis coach Josh Pastner promised to play LeMoyne-Owen to benefit the small school located in South Memphis and scheduled the game to keep his word.

No. 19 CINCINNATI 61, S. FLORIDA 54

TAMPA, Fla. -- Sean Kilpatrick scored 18 points to help lead No. 19 Cincinnati past South Florida.

Shaquille Thomas added 10 points for the Bearcats (17-2, 6-0 AAC), who have won 10 straight games.

South Florida (10-8, 1-4) got 15 points from Javontae Hawkins. Bulls point guard Anthony Collins missed his eighth game in a row due to left knee soreness.

Cincinnati extended its streak of holding an opponent to under 70 points to 26 consecutive games, which is the nation's longest active stretch. The school record of 35 games that spanned three seasons started with the Bearcats' 71-59 1962 NCAA championship game victory over Ohio State.

No. 21 COLORADO 83, USC 62

BOULDER, Colo. -- Josh Scott scored 20 points, Askia Booker had 13, and No. 21 Colorado, shaken by the loss of star guard Spencer Dinwiddie to a season-ending knee injury, rebounded from its first home defeat to rout Southern Cal, 83-62.

Xavier Johnson and Jaron Hopkins had 10 points each for Colorado (15-4, 4-2 Pac-12), which sent Southern Cal (9-9, 0-5) to its season-high fifth consecutive loss. It is the worst start in conference play for the Trojans since opening the 2012 season with an eight-game skid.

Omar Oraby and J.T Terrell both had 16 points to lead the Trojans, who trail the all-time series with Colorado 5-3, including an 0-4 mark in Boulder.

No. 23 DUKE 95, N.C. STATE 60

DURHAM, N.C. -- Jabari Parker scored 23 points and No. 23 Duke scored 33 points off turnovers to beat North Carolina State.

Rasheed Sulaimon added 13 points for the Blue Devils (14-4, 3-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), who led by 13 at halftime and by 37 afterward to keep the Wolfpack winless at Cameron Indoor Stadium since 1995.

Duke shot 50 percent and went 11 for 24 from 3-point range.

T.J. Warren scored 23 points to lead N.C. State (11-7, 1-4), which shot 48 percent but committed 21 turnovers to undermine any chance at building momentum.

Fifteen of those turnovers came by halftime, with Duke taking a 23-2 edge in points off turnovers to build a 45-32 lead. Things only got worse from there for N.C. State, which hasn't beaten Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski at Cameron -- the 1995 win came while Krzyzewski was on medical leave -- since February 1988.

No. 24 SAINT LOUIS 70, FORDHAM 48

ST. LOUIS -- Dwayne Evans had 21 points and 10 rebounds and Jordair Jett lacked a rebound for his first career double-double, leading No. 24 Saint Louis to a 70-48 rout over Fordham.

Saint Louis (17-2, 4-0 Atlantic 10) has won 11 straight games. The Billikens held Fordham (7-10, 0-4) to season lows for first half and game scoring on 29 percent shooting.

Jett had 18 points, nine rebounds and six assists and topped 1,000 career points with two free throws late in the game. He had eight rebounds in the first half, already topping his previous career best by one.

Jon Severe had 22 points for Fordham, which has lost six straight and trails the series 9-1. The other half of the highest-scoring duo in the conference, Branden Frazier, was scoreless on 0-for-10 shooting.

UTAH 74, No. 25 UCLA 69

SALT LAKE CITY -- Jordan Loveridge scored 17 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead a balanced attack as Utah held off a late rally to surprise No. 25 UCLA, 74-69.

Delon Wright, Brandon Taylor and Kenneth Ogbe each scored 12 points to help the Utes (14-4, 3-3 Pac-12) earn their first victory over the Bruins since the 1983 NCAA tournament.

Kyle Anderson had 28 points, seven rebounds and seven assists for UCLA, and Zach LaVine added 15 off the bench for the Bruins. UCLA (14-4, 3-2) stormed back from a 17-point deficit to get within two in the final minute, but could not overcome a costly turnover by Anderson in the final seconds.

BIG TEN

NORTHWESTERN 54, INDIANA 47

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Tre Demps scored 13 of his 15 points in the second half and Northwestern defeated Indiana, 54-47.

Drew Crawford added 17 points and 11 rebounds as the Wildcats (9-10, 2-4 Big Ten) won their first Big Ten road game since Jan. 17, 2013, at Illinois.

Kale Abrahamson added 9 points for Northwestern, which won despite shooting 19-of-51 (37.3 percent). Helping the Wildcats' cause: Indiana's own poor shooting.

Noah Vonleh had 17 points and 12 rebounds for the Hoosiers (12-6, 2-3), who shot just 25 percent (15-of-60) while having its two-game winning streak snapped.

PURDUE 65, PENN STATE 64

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Terone Johnson had 14 points and five rebounds to lead Purdue to a 65-64 win over Penn State.

Kendall Stephens and Basil Smotherman each scored 12 points for the Boilermakers (13-5, 3-2 Big Ten), who have won three straight Big Ten games for the first time since February 2012.

Tim Frazier had 19 points and 10 rebounds and D.J. Newbill added 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Nittany Lions (9-10, 0-6), who have lost six straight, all in league play.

MAC

TOLEDO 75, AKRON 61

AKRON -- Julius Brown scored 25 points and J.D. Weatherspoon added a career-high 20 and grabbed 14 rebounds as Toledo beat Akron, 75-61.

It was Brown's second 20-plus game after hitting a last-second shot on Wednesday to lift Toledo to a two-point win over Buffalo. He made 4 of 9 3-pointers against Akron and all five of his free throws. Brown entered the game ranked fourth in the nation in assists per game (7.2) but was credited with just one on the day.

It was Toledo's (15-2, 3-1 MAC) first win against Akron since 2007 and its first victory on Akron's home court since 2001.

Demetrius Treadwell led Akron (11-6, 3-1) with 18 points and 10 rebounds. The Zips were out-rebounded 42-28. Jake Kretzer added 14 points and Nick Harney had 11. Akron made just 16 of its 27 free throw attempts.

MIAMI (OH) 64, BALL STATE 52

MUNCIE, Ind. -- Will Felder scored 19 points as Miami (Ohio) snapped a two-game losing skid with a 64-52 victory over Ball State.

Miami (6-9, 2-2 Mid-American) bounces back after having lost two straight conference games by a combined eight points.

Zavier Turner scored a career-high 24 points to lead Ball State (3-12, 0-4). Chris Bond had 14 points and Majok Majok grabbed 10 rebounds for the Cardinals, who have lost four straight.

BUFFALO 71, KENT STATE 60

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Will Regan scored 19 of 25 points in the second half, and grabbed 10 rebounds, to lead Buffalo past Kent State, 71-60.

Devareaux Manley's 3-pointer early in the second half gave Kent State (11-6, 2-2 Mid-American) a 34-29 lead before Regan scored five straight, sparking a 23-6 run by the Bulls.

K.K. Simmons made 1 of 2 free throws with 8:43 remaining to pull the Golden Flashes within nine, 43-52, but Regan responded by scoring seven straight and giving Buffalo (9-5, 3-1) its biggest lead, 59-43. Kent State never got within single digits again.

Joshua Freelove scored 14 points for the Bulls.

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