NCAA Roundup: Wichita State remains undefeated with win over Loyola

NCAA Roundup: Wichita State remains undefeated with win over Loyola
February 19, 2014, 11:30 pm
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Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) Fred VanVleet attempted six shots from the field and made them all. He took 10 foul shots and every one of those went in, too.

Just another perfect line for Wichita State on Wednesday night.

VanVleet scored 22 points and the third-ranked Shockers beat Loyola of Chicago 88-74 to remain the only unbeaten team in major college basketball.

"We want to be undefeated," VanVleet said. "We don't play the game to lose."

Wichita State and top-ranked Syracuse began the day as the last Division I schools with perfect records. But the Orange lost 62-59 to Boston College in overtime, and the Shockers used an 11-2 run early in the second half to help close out the Ramblers.

"Every single night in college basketball when you're playing another Division I program is a potential loss," Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall said, "especially on the road. These guys find a way."

Cleanthony Early scored 18 points as Wichita State became the 19th school to begin a season with 28 straight victories. VanVleet, who grew up in Rockford, Ill., also had eight rebounds and six assists with only one turnover.

"We're going to have to talk about that one turnover," Marshall cracked.

The Shockers (28-0, 15-0) can clinch the Missouri Valley Conference title with a victory at home against Drake on Saturday night.

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Brown leads Miami past Notre Dame 71-64

 

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) Rion Brown scored 21 points to lead Miami to a 71-64 victory over Notre Dame on Wednesday night.

 

The Hurricanes (13-13, 4-9 Atlantic Coast Conference) built a 15-point lead early in the second half and withstood a late Irish rally in the final 5 minutes.

 

Notre Dame cut Miami's lead to 65-64 on Demetrius Jackson's layup with 22 seconds remaining.

 

Brown's two free throws with 21 seconds left put Miami ahead 67-64. Then Raphael Akpejiori added two free throws after he was fouled rebounding a Jackson miss.

 

Garrius Adams scored 14 points and Davon Reed finished with 12 points for the Hurricanes.

 

Manu Lecomte's driving jumper with 57 seconds remaining put Miami ahead 63-56 but the Irish got within 63-62 after consecutive 3-pointers by Pat Connaughton and Steve Vasturia.

 

Connaughton scored 22 points and made 6 of 7 3-pointers for Notre Dame (14-13, 5-9).

 

Brown's 3-pointer with 15:42 remaining in the second half extended a 12-point Miami lead at halftime to 49-34.

 

The Hurricanes never trailed after a 13-0 run midway through the first half. Adams' jumper capped the surge and gave Miami a 24-10 lead. Tom Knight's 3-pointer ended a field-goal scoring drought of 5:25 for the Irish and cut Miami's lead to 25-14. Erik Swoope's jumper with 59 seconds left gave the Hurricanes their largest lead of the first half at 38-23.

 

Miami shot 62 percent from the field in the first half.

 

The game was Miami's first conference win at home this season after six previous losses.

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Martin's 22 lifts Xavier past DePaul 83-64

CINCINNATI (AP) Justin Martin scored 22 points and Dee Davis added 15 points and seven assists, lifting Xavier to an 83-64 victory over DePaul on Wednesday at Cintas Center.

Semaj Christon contributed 15 points to help the Musketeers (18-8, 8-5) retain at least a share of third place in the Big East Conference.

It was the most complete performance of the season for Davis who also had two steals, just one turnover, and went four of five from 3-point range.

Freshman Billy Garrett Jr. scored 16 points and Forrest Robinson added 14 points off the bench for DePaul (10-17, 2-12), which lost for the ninth straight time.

Brandon Young added 12 points for the Blue Demons who again played short-handed. For the third straight game DePaul played without star forward Cleveland Melvin who left the program for unspecified reasons after averaging 16.7 points in seven contests.

Melvin scored 25 points on Jan. 20 in an 84-74 loss to Xavier in Chicago, his last game prior to serving a four-game suspension for violating team rules.

Sophomore guard Durrell McDonald made just his third start of the season.

Although Xavier was a heavy favorite, head coach Chris Mack wanted a consistent defensive effort from his team, which it hadn't done often this season.

The Musketeers made things tough for the Blue Demons early, holding them to 1-of-11 shooting. DePaul went scoreless until Young's layup with 15:37 left.

The Blue Demons shot 30 percent in the first half, as compared to 60 percent for Xavier. But, DePaul also committed 10 turnovers resulting in 13 of XU's points.

Myles Davis' 3-pointer put Xavier ahead 12-2.

Christon, who scored 27 points in the first meeting, scored 10 points in the first hal, helping Xavier build a 12-point halftime lead.

Despite being short-handed, the Blue Demons didn't go quietly.

Consecutive 3's by Robinson helped them get within 10 points late in the first half. But, Xavier didn't relent.

Matt Stainbrook's layup off a lob from Christon, highlighting a 14-0 Musketeers' run to begin the second half. Davis' transition layup off a feed from Christon capped the run and made the score 53-27.

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