Friday, February 23, 2018

Surging Michigan snaps 15-year drought in Madison

MADISON, Wis. — Step back, dribble between the legs and fire.

Nik Stauskas played it cool in front of a raucous road crowd, hitting a clutch shot late in the game that helped Michigan hold on for a rare win at Wisconsin.

Stauskas scored 23, including his key 3 with less than a minute left, and the Wolverines fended off a late surge for a 77-70 victory Saturday over the third-ranked Badgers, who lost their second straight after a school-best 16-0 start.

Stauskas said his first thought was to go to the rim, but he noticed 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 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 two 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," Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan said. "He's quick, he's like a cat."

NO. 2 SYRACUSE 59, NO. 22 PITT 54: Freshman point guard Tyler Ennis had 16 points, including two driving layups and two free throws in the final two minutes, and the host Orange (18-0, 5-0 ACC) rallied past the Panthers (16-2, 4-1) in a battle for first in the league between the former Big East rivals.

NO. 4 MICH. ST. 78, ILLINOIS 62: Gary Harris had 23 points and Denzel Valentine 11 rebounds for the visiting Spartans (17-1, 6-0 Big Ten), who stayed on top of the league with their 10th straight win.

NO. 5 WICHITA ST. 68, INDIANA ST. 48: Ron Baker had 16 points as the host Shockers (19-0, 6-0 MVC) extended the school records for winning streak and start to a season.

NO. 6 VILLANOVA 88, DEPAUL 62: James Bell had 17 points and eight rebounds, and the host Wildcats (16-1, 5-0 Big East) made 19 of 26 shots (73 percent) in the second half.

TEXAS 86, NO. 8 IOWA ST. 76: Jonathan Holmes scored 23 for the host Longhorns, who sent the Cyclones (14-3, 2-3 Big 12) to their first three-game losing streak since the 2010-11 season.

NO. 15 KANSAS 80, NO. 9 OKLA. ST. 78: Naadir Tharpe had 21 points for the host Jayhawks (13-4, 4-0 Big 12), and Frank Mason stripped Le'Bryan Nash at the final buzzer to snuff a rally by the Cowboys (15-3, 3-2).

NO. 10 San Diego St. 63, UNLV 52: Xavier Thames had 18 points for the host Aztecs (16-1, 5-0 MWC), who used a 19-2 first-half run to win their 15th straight.

NO. 25 OKLA. 66, NO. 12 BAYLOR 64: Buddy Hield scored all of his 19 after halftime for the Sooners (14-4, 3-2 Big 12), who snapped a 13-game home winning streak by the Bears (13-4, 1-3).

NO. 13 KENTUCKY 74, TENN. 66: Freshman Andrew Harrison scored a season-high 26 for the host Wildcats (13-4, 3-1 SEC), who made 23 of 24 free throws, including their first 17.

NO. 16 UMASS 84, ELON 74: Cady Lalanne had 16 of his 23 points in the first half and Chaz Williams scored all of his 20 in the second for the visiting Minutemen (16-1).

NO. 17 MEMPHIS 101, LEMOYNE-OWEN 78: Nick King had 18 points for the host Tigers (13-4), who had lost two straight home games.

NO. 18 L'VILLE 76, UCONN 64: Russ Smith scored 18 of his 23 in the second half for the visiting Cardinals (16-3, 5-1 AAC), who won their fifth in six games.

PROVIDENCE 81, NO. 20 CREIGHTON 68: Bryce Cotton had 23 points and six assists for the host Friars, who snapped a 10-game winning streak by the Bluejays (15-3, 5-1 Big East).

NO. 21 COLO. 83, USC 62: Josh Scott had 20 points for the host Buffaloes (15-4, 4-2 Pac-12), still shaken by the loss of star guard Spencer Dinwiddie to a season-ending knee injury.

NO. 23 DUKE 95, N.C. STATE 60: Jabari Parker had 23 points and the Blue Devils (14-4, 3-2 ACC) scored 33 off turnovers to keep the Wolfpack winless at Cameron Indoor Stadium since 1995.

NO. 24 St. LOUIS 74, FORDHAM 48: Dwayne Evans had 21 points and 10 rebounds as the host Billikens (17-2, 4-0 Atlantic 10) won their 11th straight.

UTAH 74, NO. 25 UCLA 69: Jordan Loveridge had 17 points and nine rebounds to help the host Utes earn their first victory over the Bruins (14-4, 3-2 Pac-12) since the 1983 NCAA Tournament.

N'WESTERN 54, INDIANA 47: Tre Demps scored 13 of his 15 in the second half for the Wildcats (9-10, 2-4 Big Ten), who held the Hoosiers (12-6, 2-3) to 25 percent shooting (15-of-60).

UNC 82, BC 71: Marcus Paige scored 21 for the host Tar Heels (11-6, 1-3 ACC), who avoided their first 0-4 start in conference play.

MIAMI 56, GA. TECH 42: Freshman Manu Lecomte had a career-high 16 points, and the visiting Hurricanes (10-7, 2-3 ACC) used their tight zone defense to hold off the Yellow Jackets.

SMU 58, UCF 46: Markus Kennedy had 15 points and eight rebounds for the visiting Mustangs, who used a 19-5 second-half run to get by the Knights (9-7, 1-4 AAC).

FAMU 78, S.C. STATE 72: Jamie Adams scored 27 to help the visiting Rattlers (7-11, 3-2 MEAC) hold off a second-half surge.

SAVANNAH ST. 70, B-CU 60, OT: Keierre Richards scored five of his 17 in overtime for the host Tigers, who handed the Pirates (2-18, 0-5 MEAC) their 16th straight loss.

TAMPA 51, LYNN 46: Eric Moraes had 11 points and 10 rebounds to lead the host Spartans (11-4, 4-2 Sunshine State).

BARRY 68, ECKERD 65: Savad Garner hit a go-ahead layup with 13 seconds left, then forced a turnover to hold off a rally by the Tritons (9-7, 2-3 SSC).

SAINT LEO 74, PB ATLANTIC 71: Ron Foxx had 18 points, 12 rebounds and a season-high four blocks, and reserve Taylor Bassett hit 3 of 4 3-pointers in a two-minute second-half stretch to help rally the host Lions (14-4).


USF 63, UCF 38: Courtney Anderson had 18 points for the visiting Bulls (9-8, 4-2 AAC), who held the Knights (8-9, 1-5) to 14-of-57 shooting from the field (24 percent) to improve to 3-0 in conference road games.

TAMPA 77, LYNN 52: Juliana Cavallaro had 20 points and Ellen Nurmi 17 for the host Spartans (10-5, 4-2 SSC).

BARRY 69, ECKERD 55: The host Tritons (7-7, 1-4 SSC) shot 16.7 percent (4-of-24) in the second half and blew a nine-point halftime lead.

NO. 11 OKLA. ST. 82, TEXAS TECH 56: Brittney Martin had 15 points to lead the host Cowgirls (16-1, 5-1 Big 12).

KANSAS ST. 80, NO. 13 IOWA ST. 74: Top scorer Hallie Christofferson went more than 33 minutes between field goals as the visiting Cyclones (14-3, 3-3 Big 12) lost their third straight.

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