Louisville routs Rutgers
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 No. 11 Louisville to a 68-48 victory over Rutgers on Wednesday.
Russ Smith added 14 points and six rebounds and fellow guard Peyton Siva had nine points and seven assists as the Cardinals (19-4, 7-3 Big East) won its third straight game by holding Rutgers to a season-low point total.
Gorgui Deng added eight rebounds and six blocked shots as Louisville beat Rutgers for the seventh straight time and 11th in 12 meetings.
No. 12 MICH. 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.
The Spartans (19-4 8-2 Big Ten) moved into a second-place tie with No. 3 Michigan, whom they host Tuesday night. They picked up their eighth win in nine games since losing the conference opener against the Golden Gophers (17-6, 5-5) on the road.
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.
INDIANA STATE 76, No. 16 CREIGHTON 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.
For Creighton (20-4, 9-3), it was a dismal night. Doug McDermott finished with just eight points, all in the first half, and the nation’s top shooting team was held to just 41.7 percent from the field as its three-game winning streak ended.
PROVIDENCE 54, No. 17 CINCINNATI 50
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Kadeem Batts scored 25 points and Providence (12-11, 4-7 Big East) narrowly won its second straight game after holding a late lead, beating Cincinnati.
The Bearcats had cut their biggest deficit, 47-34 with 6:49 left, to 49-48 on two free throws by Cheikh Mbodj with 2:28 remaining. It was 52-50 when Batts missed two free throws with 13.4 seconds to go and Justin Jackson rebounded for Cincinnati. But Sean Kilpatrick, who led Cincinnati (18-5, 6-4) with 13 points, lost the ball on a backcourt violation with 2 seconds to play and Batts finished the scoring with two free throws.
No. 22 OKLA. ST. 69, BAYLOR 67
STILLWATER, Okla. — Michael Cobbins blocked a shot then Markel Brown converted a fast-break layup with two-tenths of a second left in overtime, lifting Oklahoma State over Baylor.
Marcus Smart scored 14 points and Brown added 13 for Oklahoma State (16-5, 6-3 Big 12 Conference), which blew a 14-point lead in the final 7:40 of regulation and twice trailed by three points in overtime before extending its winning streak to four games.
No. 24 MARQUETTE 70, SOUTH 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.