NCAA hoops roundup: Rough night for Illinois, Northwestern

NCAA hoops roundup: Rough night for Illinois, Northwestern
January 15, 2014, 11:15 pm
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CHAMPAIGN -- A.J. Hammons scored 17 points to lead Purdue to a 66-58 win over Illinois on Wednesday.

The Boilermakers (12-5, 2-2 Big Ten) trailed 33-29 at halftime, but they opened the second half with 10-5 run to regain the lead and held off the Illini (13-5, 2-3).

The 7-foot Hammons was a force inside for Purdue. He finished with a game-high eight rebounds - the Boilermakers held a 42-31 advantage on the boards - and was a big reason why Purdue scored 30 points in the paint.

Ronnie Johnson added 13 points for Purdue while Terone Johnson had 10.

The loss was the third straight for the Illini.

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Harris leads No. 4 MSU past Northwestern

EVANSTON -- Gary Harris sees the wins piling up for No. 4 Michigan State. What he doesn't see is a finished product.

The Spartans hardly looked like one against Northwestern on Wednesday night. They still prevailed 54-40, with Harris scoring 14 points to lead them to their ninth straight victory.

"We know that we weren't playing as well as we can offensively," Harris said. "We had to do something defensively to kind of get us going. Get stops and get the lead. That's what we did. That's how we pulled away from them."

The preseason favorite to win the Big Ten, the Spartans (16-1, 5-0) continue to roll along, although it was hardly an easy night for them. They overcame a sluggish start and pulled away down the stretch even though they struggled in a big way from the outside.

They were 2 of 16 on 3-pointers with six airballs, by coach Tom Izzo's count. Harris missed all six from long range and Keith Appling was 0 for 3.

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Maryland rallies past Notre Dame

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Dez Wells scored all 17 of his points in the second half as Maryland beat Notre Dame 74-66 Wednesday night to climb back over .500 in Atlantic Coast Conference play.

Seth Allen contributed 14 points in his first start of the season and Nick Faust added 13 to help the Terrapins (11-7, 3-2) end a two-game skid.

Maryland shot just 39.7 percent and went 7 for 26 from beyond the arc, but that was good enough to hand Notre Dame its third straight defeat.

Pat Connaughton scored 19 for the Irish (10-7, 1-3). Notre Dame went 10 for 26 from the floor and committed eight turnovers over the final 20 minutes while letting a nine-point halftime lead get away.

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Loyola defeats Drake 

Milton Doyle scored 28 points and Loyola (Ill.) defeated Drake 70-60 on Wednesday night.

Devon Turk added 14 points and Christian Thomas and Jeff White 10 apiece for the Ramblers (7-10, 2-3 Missouri Valley), who snapped a two-game losing streak by shooting 50 percent from the floor. They also picked up 15 points off turnovers.

The Bulldogs (10-7, 1-4), who lost their fourth in a row, got 19 points from Richard Carter and 12 from Aaron Hawley while Jacob Enevold Jensen grabbed 11 rebounds.

Tied 32-32 at the half, the Ramblers went on a 17-1 run to take a 62-52 lead on Doyle's basket with 5:37 remaining. The Bulldogs failed to get a field goal during the 7-minute run while Turk and Thomas had five points each for Loyola during that stretch.

White's layup with 1:43 remaining had the Ramblers up by 14, their largest lead of the game.

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Kent State rallies past Northern Illinois

DEKALB -- Devareaux Manley hit a 3-pointer with 39 seconds left to tie at the end of regulation and Kris Brewer kicked off the extra period with a jumper as Kent State defeated Northern Illinois 73-64 in overtime on Wednesday night.

Brewer scored nine points in overtime, finishing with 25 - three shy of his season high - to lead the Golden Flashes (11-5, 2-1 Mid-American Conference). Derek Jackson added 14 points and Manley 10. Jackson hit a 3-pointer at halftime to tie at 30 and assisted on Manley's 3-pointer to force the OT at 58-58.

Kent State launched 27 3s, hitting 10. Northern Illinois made just 5 of 12.

Aaron Armstead scored 15 points and had 10 rebounds for the Huskies (7-8, 1-2) who held 11-point leads in each half. Northern Illinois went without a field goal for more than 11 minutes in the second half as Kent State clawed back.

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Illinois State beats Evansville in OT

NORMAL -- Zach Lofton scored 21 points and pulled down six rebounds as Illinois State beat Evansville 79-78 in overtime Wednesday night.

Daishon Knight came off the bench to add 16 points for the Redbirds (10-7, 3-2 Missouri Valley Conference). Bobby Hunter scored 10 points and Reggie Lynch had eight points and six rebounds. The team was 45 percent from the field and 58.3 percent from the line overall.

Illinois State led by two at the break but Evansville battled back to lead 61-60 with five minutes to play in regulation. With the Redbirds down by three, Knight hit from beyond the arc with eight seconds left to tie the game, 70-70, and send it into overtime.

In overtime, Knight sank two buckets from the paint and Lofton hit a 3-pointer with a minute left to help give the Redbirds the edge.

D.J. Balentine scored 22 points for the Aces (8-10, 1-4).

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