Around college basketball: Michigan rallies to beat Purdue

Thursday March 7, 2013 7:02 AM
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Trey Burke, a Columbus native, scored 26 points to lead Michigan over Purdue.

No. 7 Michigan 80, Purdue 75: Trey Burke had 26 points and five rebounds to lead Michigan’s rally against host Purdue last night in the Big Ten.

Nik Stauskas had 17 points and Tim Hardaway Jr. 16 points and five rebounds for the Wolverines (25-5, 12-5), who have won four of their past five games and remain in the race for a share of the Big Ten title.

“Why can’t it be us? So let’s just go for it,” Michigan coach John Beilein said. “We will have a regular routine and whatever happens, happens.”

Michigan will play host to No. 2 Indiana on Sunday.

“It’s going to be a crazy environment on Sunday,” Burke said. “Indiana is one of the best, if not the best. We’ve already lost down in Bloomington and they come to Ann Arbor Sunday, so we will be ready.”

Terone Johnson scored a career-high 35 points and Rapheal Davis 15 for Purdue (14-16 7-10), which has lost five of it past seven games. The Boilermakers led 52-40 in the second half shortly after Johnson scored nine straight points for them.

Burke started Michigan’s run with a three-pointer and Stauskas hit a three to make it 54-48. Burke made two free throws Robinson two to make it 55-52 with 7:43 left. Hardaway’s three-pointer with 3:46 left gave Michigan a 66-64 lead.

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Xavier 77, No. 16 Saint Louis 66, OT: Travis Taylor had 19 points and a career-high 19 rebounds, and host Xavier (17-12, 9-6 Atlantic 10) never trailed in overtime in defeating Saint Louis (23-6, 12-3) to end the Billikens’ 11-game winning streak and leave the Atlantic 10 title up for grabs.

Saint Louis fell into a first-place tie with No. 21 VCU. Each team has one game remaining.

Villanova 67, No. 5 Georgetown 57: JayVaughn Pinkston scored 20 points to help host Villanova (19-12, 10-8 Big East) defeat a top-five team for the third time this season. Otto Porter Jr. had 17 points for the Hoyas (23-5, 13-4), whose 11-game winning streak ended.

Washington State 73, No. 23 UCLA 61: Brock Motum had 20 points and 11 rebounds, and last-place Washington State (12-18, 3-14 Pac-12) upset visiting UCLA (22-8, 12-5) to break a 19-game home losing streak to the Bruins that extended to 1993.

Minnesota 53, Nebraska 51: Brandon Ubel scored Nebraska’s last 10 points and finished with 15, and the host Cornhuskers (14-16, 5-12 Big Ten) defeated Minnesota (20-10, 8-9) in its final game at Bob Devaney Sports Center. The Huskers are moving to an off-campus arena next season.

Dayton 75, St. Bonaventure 63: Kevin Dillard had 18 points and eight assists to lead host Dayton (17-12, 7-8 Atlantic 10). St. Bonaventure is 14-14, 7-8.

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