Vermont Handles UNH
Burlington — Luke Apfeld scored 16 points and Vermont jumped on New Hampshire early en route to a 63-48 win over the Wildcats last night in an America East men’s game.
The Catamounts (15-7, 8-2), last year’s America East champions, stormed to a 34-16 halftime lead over New Hampshire (7-15, 2-7) and coasted home. This was much easier than Vermont’s 64-51 win at New Hampshire on Jan. 2.
Apfeld, whose 16 points included two 3-pointers, helped the Catamounts build a 27-8 lead. He got help from Clancy Rugg, who also hit two treys, and Ethan O’Day. They scored 13 and 10 points, respectively. Bryan Voelkel grabbed 14 rebounds.
The Wildcats hurt themselves from 3-point range. They made just 3 of 14 treys, all three from Scott Morris in five attempts. Vermont was 7 of 22 from long range.
Patrick Konan led New Hampshire with 15 points, shooting 7 for 15 from the field.
No. 11 Louisville 68 Rutgers 48
Piscataway, n.j. — Wayne Blackshear scored a career-high 19 points and hit a 3-pointer to ignite a 23-2 run early in the second half that carried Louisville over Rutgers.
No. 12 Michigan St. 61
No. 18 Minnesota 50
East Lansing, Mich. — Gary Harris scored 15 points and Keith Appling added 14 points before leaving the game with an injury to help Michigan State bounce back from a poor first half to beat Minnesota.
Appling left the court with 1:17 left, holding his right shoulder after getting tied up with Joe Coleman. He returned to the bench in the final minute.
No. 14 Butler 77
St. Bonaventure 58
Indianapolis — Rotnei Clarke scored 17 points and Butler defeated St. Bonaventure.
Andrew Smith added 13 points and Khyle Marshall and Chase Stigall each scored 12 as the Bulldogs (19-4, 6-2 Atlantic 10) improved to 12-0 at home this season.
No. 16 Creighton 76 Indiana St. 57
Terre Haute, Ind. — Jake Odum scored 22 points, topping the 1,000-point mark for his career and leading Indiana State past Creighton.
It was a huge night for the Sycamores (15-8, 8-4 Missouri Valley Conference), who earned the 1,400th win in school history and beat a ranked team at home for the first time since December 2006.
Providence 54, No. 17 Cincinnati 50
Providence, r.i. — Kadeem Batts scored 25 points and Providence narrowly won its second straight game after holding a late lead, beating Cincinnati.
On Saturday, Providence (12-11, 4-7 Big East) beat Villanova 55-52 on a 3-pointer by Bryce Cotton after blowing a nine-point lead with 4:34 left.
No. 22 Oklahoma St. 69 Baylor 67 (ot)
Stillwater, Okla. — Michael Cobbins blocked a shot then converted a fast-break layup with two-tenths of a second left in overtime, lifting Oklahoma State over Baylor.
No. 24 Marquette 70, S. Florida 47
Tampa, Fla. — Todd Mayo and Vander Blue both scored 13 points to help Marquette beat South Florida.
Mayo had all of his season-high 13 points in the first half as Marquette (16-5, 7-2 Big East) grabbed a 39-16 halftime lead.
St. John’s 71, Connecticut 65
New York — JaKarr Sampson had 18 points to lead St. John’s over Connecticut at Madison Square Garden, the Red Storm’s sixth win in seven games.
Omar Calhoun had 21 points for the Huskies (15-6, 5-4), who had won their last three games while Shabazz Napier had 14 — all in the second half — and Deandre Daniels added 12.
No. 1 Baylor 86, Kansas 45
Waco, Texas — Brittney Griner had 26 points and had 13 rebounds to help Baylor rout Kansas.
No. 25 Iowa State 67
Austin, Texas — Anna Prins scored 19 points, Nikki Moody added 15 and Iowa State rolled to a victory at Big 12 Conference foe Texas.