College Basketball: Ball State Upsets No. 9 Irish

  • Rutgers guard Issa Thiam grabs a loose ball in front of Michigan State forward Jaren Jackson Jr. (2) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, in Piscataway, N.J. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

South Bend, Ind. — Tayler Persons hit 3-pointer from the left wing with 1.7 seconds remaining and Ball State shocked No. 9 Notre Dame 80-77 on Tuesday night at Purcell Pavilion.

Persons scored 24 points, Tahjai Teague added 13 and Sean Sellers had 11 as Ball State knocked off a nationally ranked opponent for the first time since downing No. 4 UCLA 91-73 more than 16 years ago.

Notre Dame (7-2) lost a nonconference home game for the first time since falling to North Dakota State four years ago.

The Cardinals (5-4) led by a high of 67-58 with 6:45 to go, but the Irish charged all the way back to a 77-77 tie on Matt Farrell’s 3-pointer with 20 seconds to go.

Persons then drained his 3-pointer off the dribble for the victory.

No. 3 Michigan St. 62Rutgers 52

Piscataway, n.j. — Miles Bridges scored 21 points and No. 3 Michigan State (8-1, 2-0 Big Ten)overcame its worst offensive performance of the season with a victory over surprising Rutgers.

Jaren Jackson Jr. scored all 11 of his points in the second half and had eight of the Spartans’ season-high 13 blocks.

No. 4 Villanova 88No. 12 Gonzaga 72

New York — Mikal Bridges had his coming out performance as one of top players in the nation, scoring a career-high 28 points to lead Villanova over Gonzaga in the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden.

Bridges, a 6-foot-7 junior guard, had shown Villanova (9-0) what he could do this season with three games of 20-plus points that already signaled he may be the best player on the Big East champs.

No. 6 Wichita St. 95South Dakota St. 85

Wichita, Kan. — Landry Shamet had 21 points and eight assists, Shaquille Morris added 20 points and Wichita State rallied to beat scrappy, hot-shooting South Dakota State.

Conner Frankamp added 16 points, setting the school record by hitting a 3 in his 30th straight game, and the Shockers (7-1) slowly dug out of a 13-point second-half hole.

No. 10 Miami 69, BU 54

Coral Gables, Fla. — Freshman Lonnie Walker IV scored a season-high 26 points and Miami surged in the second half to beat Boston University.

No. 18 West Virginia 68No. 15 Virginia 61

Morgantown, W.Va. — Jevon Carter had 23 points and 10 rebounds, Lamont West scored 22 points and West Virginia (8-1) beat Virginia (8-1), sending the Cavaliers to their first loss.

Daxter Miles Jr. added 12 points for the Mountaineers (8-1).

Marquette 91, Vermont 81

Milwaukee — Markus Howard buried six 3-pointers and tied his career high with 34 points to power Marquette (6-3) over Vermont.

Freshman Stef Smith came off the bench to shoot 6 of 6 from 3-point range and score a career-high 20 for the Catamounts (6-3).

Niagara 78, UNH 70

Durham, n.h. — Kahlil Dukes and Matt Scott scored all of Niagara’s points during a 13-2 run over the final four minutes and the Purple Eagles (4-5) beat New Hampshire (2-7).

Tanner Leissner had 24 points and Elijah Jordan scored 19 for New Hampshire.

UCLA’s Ball Leaves School

Los Angeles — UCLA coach Steve Alford said he was caught by surprise when he learned through media reports that suspended freshman guard LiAngelo Ball was leaving the basketball team and withdrawing from school.

Ball’s father, LaVar Ball, has said he’s withdrawing his son from school so he can prepare to play in the NBA. LiAngelo Ball did not play in any of the Bruins’ eight games this season after being suspended indefinitely by UCLA for his involvement in a shoplifting incident during the team’s season-opening trip to China.

Alford said neither LaVar nor LiAngelo spoke to him about the decision to quit the team and leave school.


No. 8 Baylor 105North Dakota 43

Waco, Texas — Kalani Brown scored 21 points in 12 minutes to lead five players in double figures for Baylor.

No. 4 Louisville 91UT Martin 56

Louisville, Ky. — Myisha Hines-Allen scored 16 points and Louisville broke away early to cruise past UT Martin.

No. 5 South Carolina 69 College of Charleston 43

Columbia, s.c. — A’ja Wilson had her eighth double-double this year with 26 points and 15 rebounds, and South Carolina put away College of Charleston.