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College Basketball: No. 2 Mich. State Claims Big Ten Crown

  • Michigan State's Cassius Winston (5) celebrates after making a three-point basket against against Wisconsin during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018, in Madison, Wis. (AP Photo/Andy Manis)

  • Mississippi State's Morgan William (2) drives on Kentucky's Taylor Murray (24) during the first quarter of an NCAA college basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018, in Lexington, Ky. (AP Photo/James Crisp)



Associated Press
Monday, February 26, 2018

Madison, Wis. — Cassius Winston scored 20 points and went 6-for-6 from the 3-point line, and No. 2 Michigan State held off Wisconsin, 68-63, on Sunday to earn the outright regular-season Big Ten title.

Winston hit two 3s during an 11-2 run in the second half — the second with a defender in his face from well beyond the arc — to lead the Spartans (28-3, 16-2).

Brad Davison finished with 30 points for Wisconsin (14-17, 7-11), including a 3 with 4.7 seconds left that had hometown fans holding out hope for an upset.

No. 9 Purdue 84, Minnesota 60

West Lafayette, Ind. — Dakota Mathias matched his career high with 25 points and left to a standing ovation in his final home game as Purdue blew out Minnesota.

Carsen Edwards had 18 points for the Boilermakers (26-5, 15-3 Big Ten), who won their third straight after a three-game skid.

No. 11 Cincinnati 82, Tulsa 74

Highland Heights, Ky. — Gary Clark led a 24-4 run that put Cincinnati ahead to stay early in the second half, and the Bearcats held on to beat Tulsa and preserve their one-game lead in the American Athletic Conference heading into the final week.

No. 20 Nevada 92Colorado State 83

Reno, Nev. — Caleb Martin scored 25 points, Jordan Caroline had 21 points and 14 rebounds and Nevada beat Colorado State to earn the No. 1 seed in the Mountain West Tournament.

No. 23 Houston 109East Carolina 58

Houston — Rob Gray had 19 points and 11 assists, and Houston used a huge first half to rout East Carolina.

North Carolina State 92No. 25 Florida State 72

Raleigh, n.c. — Allerik Freeman scored 25 points to help North Carolina State beat Florida State.

Women

No. 2 Mississippi State 85Kentucky 63

Lexington, Ky. — Teaira McCowan had 20 points and 20 rebounds to match a career high, Victoria Vivians added 18 points and No. 2 Mississippi State routed Kentucky and become the first Southeastern Conference team to finish the regular season unbeaten in 20 years.

No. 4 Louisville 81, Pittsburgh 49

Louisville, Ky. — Asia Durr scored 20 points, and No. 4 Louisville claimed its first regular-season conference title in 17 years with a win over Pittsburgh. Louisville (29-2, 15-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) never trailed and cruised to its fourth straight victory and eighth in nine games.

The Cardinals led by as much as 34-14 thanks to the hot shooting of Durr and Myisha Hines-Allen, both of whom scored 12 points in the first half.

Hines-Allen finished with 18 points and 16 rebounds for 43rd double-double of her career.

The Panthers (10-19, 2-14) used a 10-2 run midway through the third quarter to get within 12 points, but Louisville ended the period on an 11-1 run to put the game away. Durr, who entered Sunday as the leading scorer in ACC play, ended the run in spectacular fashion.

With less than 3 seconds left, she took the inbounds pass from three-quarters court, took a couple dribbles and put up a fadeaway 3-pointer from the corner. The shot swished as she fell off the court.

Pittsburgh lost its sixth straight and 10th of 11. Yacine Diop led the Panthers with 18 points, and Jasmine Whitney added 16.

BIG PICTURE

Pittsburgh: The Panthers, the worst rebounding team in the ACC, saw that weakness exploited by Louisville. The Cardinals out-rebounded the Panthers 40-24, with 14 of them coming on the offensive end.

Louisville: The Cardinals have had some trouble getting off to strong starts lately, but that wasn’t the case Sunday. Louisville, which shot 52.4 percent overall, made nine of its first 12 shots and led by as many as 12 in the first quarter.

UP NEXT

Pittsburgh: The Panthers will begin conference tournament play on Wednesday in Greensboro, North Carolina. The game time and opponent have not yet been announced.

Louisville: The top-seeded Cardinals earned a double bye in the tournament and will start play in a Friday afternoon quarterfinal.

Young sheds mask, scores 22 as No. 5 Irish beat NC State

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Jackie Young shed a mask protecting a broken nose and scored 22 points to lead four players in double figures, and No. 5 Notre Dame closed out the regular season Sunday with its 12th straight victory, 86-67 over No. 21 North Carolina State.

Arike Ogunbowale had 21 points, Marina Mabrey had 17 and Kathryn Westbeld added 16 for the Irish (27-2, 15-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), who earned a share of the ACC regular-season title with No. 4 Louisville, the last team to beat coach Muffet McGraw’s team on Jan. 11.

Kaila Ealey scored 18 points, Chelsea Nelson had 15 and Kiara Leslie added 10 for N.C. State (22-7, 11-5), which had won three straight and 10 of its last 11 coming in.

Ogunbowale scored 10 points in the second quarter as the Irish led by as many as 13 points with 69.2-percent shooting before settling for a 39-31 halftime lead.

A 21-6 run fueled by Westbeld, Mabrey and Young — and with Ogubowale’s buzzer-beating 3-pointer supplying the exclamation point — sent Notre Dame into the fourth quarter up 66-49.

BIG PICTURE

N.C. State: The Wolfpack entered the game second nationally in rebound margin at plus-11, but Notre Dame had a 28-22 edge on the boards after three quarters. N.C. State, which had shot 626 free throws (seventh nationally) coming in, shot only eight in the first three quarters, making six.

Notre Dame: The Irish won a piece of their fifth straight ACC regular-season title and seventh conference title overall, counting two in the Big East. Notre Dame is now 77-3 (40-0 at home) in ACC regular-season play. One of the three losses was last season’s league opener at N.C. State.

UP NEXT

N.C. State: Plays its opening-round ACC tournament game either Thursday or Friday in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Notre Dame: Opens ACC tournament play in a quarterfinal on Friday.