Saturday, April 21, 2018

Spartans stop Terps, end three-game skid

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Bryn Forbes pump-faked, put the ball on the floor and lofted a shot through the hoop.

The slumping shooting guard bounced back, and No. 11 Michigan State did, too.

Forbes scored 25 and Denzel Valentine had 19 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists to lead the Spartans to a 74-65 win over No. 7 Maryland on Saturday night that snapped a three-game losing streak.

"I felt like I was flowing," Forges said. "It felt great to do that again."

Forbes, who is averaging 13 points, had scored a total of five in the past two home games, both losses, on 1-of-14 shooting. The senior swished his second shot, a midrange jumper from the right wing, and finished with eight field goals, including four 3-pointers.

"We were going to Bryn right away," coach Tom Izzo said. "I felt like we had to do that. We had to get him going. I'm happy for him, too. There's no one who works harder."

Michigan State (17-4, 4-4 Big Ten) was in danger of its first four-game losing streak since 2006-07. "We felt like we were on the bottom of the world," Valentine said. "But I think we're back."

The Terrapins (17-3, 6-2) have lost two of their past 13 games, both in the state of Michigan. They fell to the Wolverines on the road earlier this month, and they weren't surprised the Spartans were motivated to win.

"They were eager to come get us," said Maryland's Melo Trimble, who scored 24.

NO. 1 OKLA. 82, NO. 13 BAYLOR 72: Buddy Hield had 14 of his 19 points after halftime as the Sooners (16-2, 5-2 Big 12) snapped a 15-game home winning streak by the Bears (15-4, 5-2) and tied them for the conference lead in a game that wasn't as close as the score. Oklahoma matched a season high with 16 3-pointers, had 29 assists on 31 field goals and never trailed after a half-ending run when Jordan Woodard scored 15 of his 20 with Hield sitting the last nine minutes.

NO. 3 KANSAS 76, TEXAS 67: Perry Ellis had 26 points, Wayne Selden added 19 and the host Jayhawks (16-3, 4-3 Big 12) countered their sluggish start with a torrid finish. Kansas had played dismally during a two-week stretch since its victory over No. 1 Oklahoma, losing to West Virginia and Oklahoma State and struggling to beat TCU.

NO. 5 XAVIER 84, SETON HALL 76: James Farr had a career-high 24 points as part of his fourth double double of the season, and the host Musketeers (17-2, 5-2 Big East) bounced back from their first home loss of the season. Xavier blew open a tight game with a 21-7 spurt in the second half led by Farr and Trevon Bluiett, who scored all of his 15 in the half.

NO. 6 W. VA. 80, TEXAS TECH 76: Tarik Patrick scored the Mountaineers' final eight, and visiting West Virginia (16-3, 5-2 Big 12) ended the game on a 10-2 run to rally and snap a two-game losing streak. The Red Raiders were up 76-72 with 1:10 left when Patrick hit a 3, got a layup and a free throw off a steal, then got the Mountaineers' final points on a dunk just before the buzzer.

NO. 10 TEXAS A&M 66, MIZZOU 53: Jalen Jones scored 17 of his 20 in the second half to help the host Aggies (17-2, 7-0 SEC) win their 10th straight. The Tigers led by two when Jones scored eight straight to give Texas A&M a 44-38 lead with about 13 minutes left.

CAL 74, NO. 12 ARIZONA 73: Gabe York dribbled off his foot then drove to the basket and missed a contested shot in the waning seconds, and the host Bears held on behind Jordan Mathews' season-best 28 points to upset the Wildcats (16-4, 4-3 Pac-12).

NO. 15 MIAMI 77, WAKE 63: Reserve Ja'Quan Newton had 18 points, and the host Hurricanes (15-3, 4-2 ACC) overcame a flurry of misses in the paint. Miami missed 11 layups and two dunks but pulled away by clamping down defensively and making 14 of 15 free throws in the final 10 minutes.

NO. 17 L'VILLE 75, GA. TECH 71: Damion Lee had 17 points, Anas Mahmoud added 15 and the visiting Cardinals (16-3, 5-1 ACC) held on in the closing seconds to win their third straight.

CREIGHTON 72, NO. 18 BUTLER 64: Maurice Watson scored 20 and Isaiah Zierden had 13 as the host Bluejays capitalized on the Bulldogs' cold shooting and foul trouble for their first win in 12 games against ranked teams. Reserve Kelan Martin scored 17 of his 22 in the first half for Butler (13-6, 2-5 Big East).

NO. 19 IOWA ST. 73, TCU 60: Monte Morris had 18 points and six assists for the visiting Cyclones (15-4, 4-3 Big 12), who started slowly six days after a win over top-ranked Oklahoma but went ahead for good with an 11-0 run late in the first half.

NO. 20 DUKE 88, N.C. STATE 78: Grayson Allen had 28 points for the visiting Blue Devils (15-5, 4-3 ACC), who took control with a second-half flurry to end a three-game losing streak. Duke trailed by 10 late in the first half but seized momentum with its go-ahead 14-0 run.

NO. 23 KENTUCKY 76, VANDY 57: Tyler Ulis had 21 points, Jamal Murray added 18 and the host Wildcats (15-4, 5-2 SEC) shot 64 percent in the second half. Kentucky led throughout thanks to strong shooting, finishing at 55 percent from the field.

TENN. 78, NO. 24 S.C. 69: Kevin Punter had a career-high 36 points for the host Volunteers, who made their first seven 3-pointers of the second half and upset the Gamecocks (17-2, 4-2 SEC).

NO. 25 INDIANA 89, N'WESTERN 57: Kevin "Yogi" Ferrell had 17 points and six assists for the host Hoosiers (17-3, 7-0 Big Ten), who won their 12th straight and are off to their best conference start since 1992-93.

ECKERD 79, PB ATLANTIC 67: Bradley Reibel had 15 points for the host Tritons (17-2, 8-0 SSC), who bounced back from their first loss since the season opener.

ROLLINS 59, TAMPA 58: Austin Rettig had 12 and seven rebounds for the host Spartans (5-13, 1-8 SSC), who let a late lead slip away.

SAINT LEO 80, NOVA SE 61: Tyreece Bryce came off the bench to post career bests of 26 points and nine rebounds for the visiting Lions (12-7, 5-4 SSC).

SCHEDULING CHANGE: Today's game between host Virginia Tech and No. 2 North Carolina has been moved to a 3 p.m. start. The game was originally slated to tip at 6:30 p.m. The ACC cited "continued weather conditions."


NO. 1 UCONN 90, SMU 37: Breanna Stewart had 15 points, 12 rebounds and nine blocks to help the visiting Huskies (18-0, 8-0 AAC) win their 55th straight game, the third-longest streak in Division I women's history.

NO. 4 BAYLOR 77, IOWA ST. 61: Khadijiah Cave had 18 points and 13 rebounds, and the visiting Bears (19-1, 6-1 Big 12) cruised to their sixth straight win.

NO. 6 TEXAS 83, NO. 19 OKLA. 76: Imani Boyette had 18 points, 11 rebounds and seven blocks as the host Longhorns (18-1, 7-1 Big 12) held off the Sooners (13-5, 4-3) for the 999th victory in program history.

PB ATLANTIC 71, ECKERD 64: Anna Deegan had 13 points for the host Tritons (9-7, 4-4 Sunshine State), who never recovered after being outscored 16-3 in the second quarter.

TAMPA 71, ROLLINS 57: Elena de Alfredo had 15 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists for the host Spartans (11-8, 5-4 SSC), who won their fifth straight conference game.

NOVA SE 79, SAINT LEO 64: Chelsy Springs had 19 points for the visiting Lions (4-14, 1-8 SSC), who tied it at 51 after three quarters before the Sharks opened the fourth quarter on a 12-0 run.

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