College basketball notebook: Burke, Michigan topple Purdue
Trey Burke had 15 points and eight assists and gave No. 2 Michigan a boost on defense last night, helping the Wolverines shake free of visiting Purdue in the second half for a 68-53 victory.
Tim Hardaway Jr. added 13 points for Michigan, which has a chance to move to No. 1 in the next Associated Press poll if it can win at Illinois on Sunday. Duke, the top-ranked team, lost Wednesday.
“We would be lying to you if we didn’t have that in our mind, but we really are trying to do a great job of just trying to get better as a team each and every day,” Hardaway said.
The Wolverines (18-1, 5-1 Big Ten) trailed by seven in the first half, but Purdue (10-9, 3-3) couldn’t keep up its torrid outside shooting. Terone Johnson scored 14 points for the Boilermakers.
Michigan took control with a 14-2 run in the second half. The Wolverines have won 28 of their past 29 home games — the only loss was to Purdue in February 2012.
UCLA 84, No. 6 Arizona 73 — Shabazz Muhammad scored 23 points and Jordan Adams 15, and UCLA (16-4, 6-1 Pac-12) rode a dominating start to an upset of host Arizona (16-2, 4-2). UCLA raced to a 16-point lead in the game’s first seven minutes, and Arizona pulled no closer than four points the rest of the way. Nick Johnson had 23 points the Wildcats.
Richmond 86, No. 19 VCU 74 — Kendall Anthony got 21 of his 26 points after halftime, Darien Brothers hit two huge three-pointers and host Richmond (13-7, 3-2 Atlantic 10) ended VCU’s 13-game winning streak. Juvonte Reddic had 20 points and 10 rebounds and Treveon Graham had 15 points, all after halftime, and 10 rebounds for VCU (16-4, 4-1).
Ohio Dominican 75, Ashland 71 — Senior Morgan Jones scored 22 points and passed 1,000 for his career to lead host Ohio Dominican (4-14, 1-12 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference). Bobby Stauffer added 10 points and 10 rebounds. Brook Turson scored 21 for Ashland (5-11, 3-10).
No. 18 South Carolina 55, No. 5 Kentucky 50 — Ieasia Walker had 16 points and eight rebounds, as South Carolina (18-2, 6-1 Southeastern) defeated visiting Kentucky (17-3, 5-2), ending the nation’s longest winning streak at 17 games. Kentucky led for most of the second half before the Gamecocks went on an 18-4 run to take a 52-44 lead with 3:34 left.
No. 10 Maryland 85, No. 11 North Carolina 59 — Tianna Hawkins scored 25, Alyssa Thomas had 17 points and 10 rebounds, and host Maryland (16-3, 7-1 Atlantic Coast) defeated North Carolina (18-2, 6-1) to end the Tar Heels’ 11-game winning streak. Krista Gross and Tierra Ruffin-Pratt each scored 15 for the Tar Heels, who made 1 of 19 three-point attempts.
Nebraska 59, No. 25 Michigan State 54 — Jordan Hooper scored 25 points to lead host Nebraska (14-6, 4-3 Big Ten), which led most of the way. Kiana Johnson scored 22 points, making four three-pointers, to lead the Spartans (16-3, 4-2), who had won three in a row.