Pearson and Toledo beat BG on jumper

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BOWLING GREEN (AP) -- Rian Pearson's jumper with 5 seconds to play gave Toledo a 60-58 win over Bowling Green on Thursday night, moving the Rockets into a first-place tie with Western Michigan in the West Division of the Mid-American Conference.

Toledo (22-4, 10-3) opened up a 19-point lead when Julius Brown hit a 3 with 17:13 remaining. Bowling Green then went on a 25-7 run to make it 49-48 with 8:26 to play.

Jordan Lauf, a freshman for the Rockets, netted five points in the triumph.

Cameron Black made one of two free throws with 1:39 left, giving BGSU (11-15, 5-8) its first lead, 57-56, since it led 2-0 in the game's opening minutes.

Brown, who finished with 21 points, made a jumper about a minute later before Spencer Parker tied the game at 58 by making the first of two free throws with 12 seconds to go.

Jehvon Clarke missed a potentially game-winning 3 in the final seconds.

Anthony Henderson paced BGSU with 15 points.

NORTH CAROLINA 74, No. 5 DUKE 66

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Marcus Paige scored all 13 of his points in the second half, including two big baskets in the final 2 1/2 minutes, to help North Carolina beat No. 5 Duke 74-66 on for their eighth straight win.

Senior Leslie McDonald added a season-high 21 points for the Tar Heels (19-7, 9-4 Atlantic Coast Conference), who rallied from 11 down in the second half to snap a two-game home losing streak to the Blue Devils (21-6, 10-4).

It was by far North Carolina's most impressive win during the run that has helped the Tar Heels dig out from an 0-3 ACC start.

When it was over, UNC students and fans stormed to midcourt to celebrate a win that was came eight days later than they had hoped due to a winter storm that forced the game's postponement last week.

The Tar Heels shot 47 percent and made their last 10 free throws in the final 6 minutes after a disastrous start at the line.

Jabari Parker and Quinn Cook both scored 17 points to lead Duke, which led 51-40 with about 15 minutes left before going ice cold from the field. The Blue Devils missed 13 straight shots and went scoreless for 6 minutes at one point.

No. 13 MICHIGAN ST. 94, PURDUE 79

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Gary Harris scored 25 points, Adreian Payne added 23 and Michigan State hit a school-record 17 3-pointers.

Harris and Payne combined to make 10 3-pointers for the Spartans (22-5, 11-3 Big Ten), who made 13 3s in the first half.

No. 21 CONNECTICUT 68, TEMPLE 55

PHILADELPHIA -- Shabazz Napier had 17 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists for Connecticut.

Ryan Boatright added 14 points and DeAndre Daniels had 13 for the Huskies (21-5, 9-4 American Athletic Conference), who won their fourth straight despite shooting 2 for 13 from 3-point range.

No. 22 MEMPHIS 64, RUTGERS 59

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Michael Dixon Jr. scored 13 of his 15 points in the second half for Memphis, which led from start to finish.

The Tigers (20-6, 9-4 American Athletic), coming off an overtime loss at No. 21 Connecticut on Saturday, got 11 points from Joe Jackson and 10 each from Shaq Goodwin and Austin Nichols.

BIG TEN

NEBRASKA 80, PENN STATE 67

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Terran Petteway scored 26 points to lead five Nebraska players in double figures, and the upstart Cornhuskers defeated Penn State 80-67 on Thursday night for their fourth straight win and seventh in nine games.

MAC

NORTHERN ILLLINOIS 61, EASTERN MICHIGAN 59

DEKALB, Ill. -- Jordan Threloff grabbed a career-high 18 boards and scored 27 points, including the game-winning layup with 4 seconds left in double overtime to lift Northern Illinois past Eastern Michigan 61-59

OHIO COLLEGE

YOUNGSTOWN STATE 88, MILWAUKEE 83

YOUNGSTOWN -- Kendrick Perry scored a career-high 35 points and set the Youngstown State single-season record for free throws made as the Penguins beat Milwaukee 88-83 in overtime.

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