Michigan rolls past Nebraska

NOAH TRISTER AP Sports Writer Published:

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) -- For a second straight game, Nik Stauskas was held to only a few shot attempts from the field.

This time, Michigan didn't need much scoring from its standout sophomore.

"I'm never going to be a player that forces shots," Stauskas said. "If my teammates are open, I'm going to find them."

Freshman Zak Irvin scored all 16 of his points in the first half, and No. 10 Michigan breezed to a 79-50 victory over Nebraska on Wednesday night. Stauskas, the Wolverines' leading scorer, took only three shots from the field, but he finished with nine points, eight assists and five rebounds.

The Wolverines (17-5, 9-1 Big Ten) were coming off their first conference defeat, a 63-52 loss at Indiana on Sunday. They nearly matched that scoring total with a 49-point first half against the Cornhuskers (11-10, 3-6).

Glenn Robinson III led Michigan with 23 points, and Caris LeVert added 16 points with five assists and seven rebounds.

Shavon Shields scored 13 points for Nebraska.

Stauskas took only six shots against Indiana. That led to some concern about whether the Wolverines could adjust to defenses geared to stop the 6-foot-6 sophomore. He took even fewer shots Wednesday, but this time there were plenty of other contributors for Michigan.

The Wolverines were nearly flawless offensively for the first 30 minutes. They shot 62.5 percent from the field in the first half, going 9 of 17 from 3-point range. Michigan finished 14 of 14 on free throws.

Michigan finished 13 of 31 from 3-point range despite a late dry spell from beyond the arc.

Top 25

No. 4 WICHITA STATE 65,

INDIANA STATE 58

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- Cleanthony Early scored 19 points and Tekele Cotton added 14 as No. 4 Wichita State remained unbeaten with a 65-58 victory at Indiana State on Wednesday night.

The Shockers (24-0, 11-0 Missouri Valley) extended their school-record winning streak and improved to 11-0 in conference play for the first time in school history.

Manny Arop had 16 points and Jake Odum added 11 for Indiana State (17-6, 8-3) which was 8-0 at home this season and fell to 40-11 at the Hulman Center under fourth-year coach Greg Lansing.

No. 5 SAN DIEGO ST. 67,

BOISE ST. 65

BOISE, Idaho -- Dwayne Polee II hit a 3-pointer with 4 seconds left as San Diego State rallied from a 14-point deficit to extend its winning streak to 19 games.

Xavier Thames scored 23 points for the Aztecs (20-1, 9-0 Mountain West), who have won eight of nine meetings with the Broncos (15-8, 5-5). San Diego State eliminated Boise State from the past two conference tournaments and beat the Broncos 69-66 earlier this season.

No. 13 SAINT LOUIS 65,

SAINT JOSEPH'S 49

PHILADELPHIA -- Rob Loe scored 17 points and Jordair Jett had 10 points and seven assists to help Saint Louis to a team-record 15th straight victory.

The Billikens (21-2, 8-0 Atlantic 10) topped 14-game winning streaks set in the 1958-59 and 1993-94 seasons.

Ronald Roberts Jr. had 19 points for the Hawks (15-7, 5-3), who missed 14 of 15 3-point attempts.

No. 14 LOUISVILLE 77, HOUSTON 62

HOUSTON -- Russ Smith scored 17 points, Luke Hancock added 15 points, including hitting eight of nine free throws, while Montrezl Harrell also had 15 for Louisville.

The Cardinals (19-4, 8-2 American Athletic Conference) shot just under 70 percent from the field in the first half, including 6 of 10 from behind the arc in building a 19-point halftime lead.

TaShawn Thomas had 14 points and eight rebounds, and Jherrod Stiggers added 14 points for the Cougars (11-12, 3-7), who dropped their fifth straight and have lost seven of eight.

No. 20 VIRGINIA 77,

BOSTON COLLEGE 67

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Malcolm Brogdon had 17 points, a career-best 11 rebounds and seven assists and Virginia won its sixth straight.

Anthony Gill and Justin Anderson added 13 points each for the Cavaliers (18-5, 9-1 Atlantic Coast Conference). Virginia led 40-21 at halftime and never let its margin dip below 13 until the final minutes, when the Eagles scored 12 straight to get within 71-64 before Brogdon clinched it at the free throw line.

Ryan Anderson scored 20 points to lead the Eagles (6-16, 2-7), who lost for the ninth time in 11 games. Their only two victories in that stretch have both come against last-place Virginia Tech.

WEST VIRGINIA 91,

No. 21 OKLAHOMA 86, OT

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Eron Harris scored 26 of his 28 points after halftime for West Virginia.

Juwan Staten added 20 points, 10 rebounds and six assists for the Mountaineers (14-9, 6-4 Big 12), who won their third straight. Terry Henderson scored 17 points.

Jordan Woodward led the Sooners (17-6, 6-4) with 23 points. Tyler Neal added 16 points, Buddy Hield had 15 and Ryan Spangler 10.

No. 23 GONZAGA 71, PORTLAND 66

SPOKANE, Wash. -- David Stockton, Angel Nunez and Kevin Pangos all scored 13 points as Gonzaga avenged a January loss to Portland.

Sam Dower Jr. added 10 points for Gonzaga (21-3, 11-1 West Coast), which has a three-game lead over BYU and San Francisco in the conference and is seeking its 15th regular season title in the past 17 years.

Ryan Nicholas scored 15 points to lead Portland (13-11, 5-7), which was seeking its first victory in Spokane since 2003.

No. 25 PITTSBURGH 59, MIAMI 55, OT

CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Lamar Patterson scored 10 of his 25 points in overtime as Pittsburgh ended a two-game losing streak.

Cameron Wright added 12 points and Talib Zanna had 10 for Pittsburgh (19-4, 7-3 Atlantic Coast Conference).

Rion Brown had 21 points for Miami (11-11, 2-7).

BIG TEN

PURDUE 77, MINNESOTA 74, 3OT

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- A.J. Hammons had 20 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Purdue Boilermakers to a 77-74 triple overtime victory over the Minnesota Golden Gophers on Wednesday night.

Kendall Stephens had 14 points, including four 3-pointers, and Ronnie Johnson had 11 points for the Boilermakers (14-9, 4-6 Big Ten), who snapped a season-worst four-game skid.

Maurice Walker had 17 points and six rebounds and DeAndre Mathieu added 15 points for the Golden Gophers (15-8, 4-6), who have lost three straight.

MAC

TOLEDO 83, BOWLING GREEN 76

TOLEDO -- Justin Drummond scored 22 points and J.D. Weatherspoon added 13 rebounds as Toledo held on to defeat Bowling Green 83-76 on Wednesday night.

The Rockets (19-3, 7-2 Mid-American Conference) jumped out to an 11-0 lead in the first 4:15 of the game and led the rest of the way. Weatherspoon finished with 12 points and Rian Pearson added 16.

Bowling Green (10-12, 4-5) climbed within two after a 6-0 run with 15:21 left to play.

AKRON 52, EASTERN MICHIGAN 48

AKRON -- Demetrius Treadwell scored 17 points and Nick Harney added 15 as Akron took its first lead of the game with 42 seconds remaining to beat Eastern Michigan 52-48 on Wednesday night.

Akron (15-7, 7-2 Mid-American Conference) trailed by nine points at the half and was still down by the same margin after a dunk by Eastern Michigan's DaShonte Riley with 5:57 left to play.

Daylen Harrison and Darell Combs each scored 10 points for the Eagles (12-10, 4-5), who went 2 of 11 from 3-point range and made 18 for 45 from the floor.

WESTERN MICHIGAN 90, OHIO 74

KALAMAZOO, Mich. -- Austin Richie scored 22 points and had a nearly perfect shooting night on Wednesday to lead Western Michigan over Ohio 90-74.

David Brown added 20 points, while Shayne Whittington and Connar Tava each scored 18 to pull the Broncos (13-8, 6-3 Mid-American) even with Ohio in conference play.

Maurice Ndour had 20 points to lead the Bobcats (16-6, 6-3).

CENTRAL MICHIGAN 78,

KENT STATE 73, OT

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. -- Rayshawn Simmons converted 3 of 4 from the free throw line in the closing seconds of overtime to earn Central Michigan its first Mid-America Conference victory -- a 78-73 win over Kent State Wednesday night.

John Simons led Central Michigan (8-13, 1-8 MAC) with 22 points and 11 rebounds. Chris Fowler added 18 points and Simmons and Braylon Rayson each added another 10.

Kris Brewer scored 17 points to lead Kent State (12-10, 3-6).

BUFFALO 69, BALL STATE 48

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Javon McCrea scored 19 points and hauled in 14 rebounds to lead Buffalo to a 69-48 blowout over Ball State on Wednesday night.

Buffalo (12-7, 6-3 Mid-American Conference) led most of the game but took control midway through the second half with a 12-2 run fueled by 10-for-10 shooting from the free-throw line to make it 60-41 with 5:34 to go.

Ball State (4-16, 1-8) pulled to within two on a 3-pointer by Chris Bond that made it 31-29 early in the second half but couldn't keep up.

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