Around college basketball: Miami watches lead vanish late in surprising loss to Wilmington

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Fairfield's Marcus Gilbert, right, blocks a shot by Louisville's Wayne Blackshear in the Cardinals' win.

Wilmington 65, Miami University 63: R.J. Leppert hit the first of back-to-back three-pointers, leading a 15-3 run to give Wilmington a win over host Miami in a nonconference game yesterday.

Leppert hit a three-pointer to pull Wilmington (1-1) within two with 2:21 remaining. Miami (0-4) missed a three-point shot before Klarke Ransome hit a three-pointer, giving the Quakers a 63-62 lead with 1:42 to play.

Leppert, who finished with 23 points, made two free throws to close the scoring for the Quakers. The Redhawks’ Quinten Rollins was fouled with five seconds remaining, but made only 1 of 2 free throws. Leppert grabbed the rebound from Rollins’ miss to end the game.

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No. 1 Michigan State 87, Oklahoma 76: Keith Appling scored 27 points and Michigan State (6-0) pulled away to beat Oklahoma (4-1) in the championship game of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic in New York.

Appling, who was 8 of 12 from the field, scored eight points in the final 3:04 after the Sooners closed to 75-71.

No. 3 Louisville 71, Fairfield 57: Chris Jones scored 15 points to lead Louisville (5-0) over Fairfield (1-4) in the Hall of Fame Tipoff Tournament in Uncasville, Conn.

Montrezl Harrell added 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Cardinals, who extended their winning streak to 21 games.

 

No. 12 Wisconsin 76, Oral Roberts 67: Frank Kaminsky scored 21 points to lead five Wisconsin players in double figures, helping the host Badgers (6-0) hold off Oral Roberts (2-3) .

Josh Gasser added 15 points for Wisconsin, and Ben Brust finished with 12. Traevon Jackson scored 11, and Sam Dekker had 10.

 

Ohio 85, Heidelberg 57: Nick Kellogg made 4 of 6 three-pointers and scored 18 points to lead host Ohio (4-1) over Heidelberg (1-2).

Jon Smith contributed 17 points and eight rebounds as Ohio struggled early but took control in the second half. Maurice Ndour had 11 rebounds for the Bobcats.

Heidelberg led 24-22 with 6:54 remaining in the first half. Kellogg made two free throws to tie the score and made a three-pointer on the next possession to put the Bobcats ahead 27-24. They led 38-29 at halftime.

 

South Alabama 74, Wright State 70: Augustine Rubit scored 23 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as South Alabama (3-2) defeated Wright State (3-3) in a CBE Hall of Fame Classic regional matchup in Mobile, Ala.

AJ Pacher led Wright State with 18 points.

 

Cleveland State 87, Robert Morris 74: Bryn Forbes led six Cleveland State players in double figures with 18 points as the host Vikings (3-2) defeated Robert Morris (3-3).

The Vikings led 33-29 at the half, then built their lead to 18 points by outscoring the Colonials 20-6 over the first six minutes of the second half.

 

Saint Louis 74, Bowling Green 47: Dwayne Evans scored 14 points to pace crisp-shooting host Saint Louis (4-0) to a second victory in the Cancun Challenge tournament, running away from Bowling Green (1-3).

Spencer Parker led Bowling Green with 13 points.

 

Kent State 102, Niagara 97: Mark Henniger scored 20 points to lead five Kent State players in double figures as the host Golden Flashes (6-1) held on with the help of Kellon Thomas’ late free throws to defeat Niagara (1-4).

Trailing by 11 with 5:20 to go, Niagara closed to 96-93 with 26 seconds left after Antoine Mason made a layup and free throw. But Thomas converted six free throws as Kent State prevailed.

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