Penn State falls at Illinois
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Mike Davis scored 22 points, including 10 on dunks, to lead struggling Illinois past Penn State, 68-51, on Tuesday night in front of a sparse crowd held down by a winter storm.
Davis scored seven straight points midway through the second half to give the Illini (15-7, 5-4 Big Ten) a 50-39 lead with just over 10 minutes to play. Four minutes later, he calmly made a pair of free throws that put the game out of reach. Bill Cole added 10 for the Illini, who had lost their past two games.
Penn State (12-9, 5-5) lost senior forward Jeff Brooks just before halftime to a dislocated right shoulder. Tim Frazier and Talor Battle had 12 points each for the Nittany Lions.
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• No. 2 Kansas 88, Texas Tech 66 — In Lubbock, Texas, Marcus Morris scored 18 points to give the Jayhawks their first win at Texas Tech since 2003.
Kansas (21-1, 6-1 Big 12) never trailed and steadily built an insurmountable lead. The Jayhawks were hot from the outset, and though their shooting cooled in the second half, they prevailed against the Red Raiders (11-12, 3-5) with ease.
• No. 19 Wisconsin 66, No. 11 Purdue 59 — In Madison, Wis., Jon Leuer scored 24 points, and reserve Ryan Evans made two big plays in the final minute for Wisconsin.
Evans hit a jumper from the free-throw line with 50 seconds left to put the Badgers (16-5, 6-3 Big Ten) ahead for good, 60-59. He tied up the Boilermakers’ E’Twaun Moore for a jump ball that went to Wisconsin with 25 seconds left and added a breakaway dunk in the final seconds for the last of his 10 points.
JaJuan Johnson led Purdue (18-5, 7-3) with 23 points.
• Mississippi 71, No. 10 Kentucky 69 — In Oxford, Miss., Chris Warren rattled in a 25-footer over two defenders with 2.9 seconds remaining for the Rebels (14-8, 2-5).
Warren, who scored 22 points, gave the Rebels their first victory against a top-10 team during the five-year tenure of coach Andy Kennedy. Warren finished 9 of 15 from the field, including 4 of 7 from 3-point range.
Terrance Jones scored 22 points for the Wildcats (16-5, 4-3).
• No. 23 North Carolina 106, Boston College 74 — In Boston, freshman Harrison Barnes scored 26 points for North Carolina.
Tyler Zeller scored 18 points, and Reggie Bullock hit four 3-pointers during a 22-4 surge late in the first half when the Tar Heels (16-5, 6-1 ACC) turned a five-point deficit into a 13-point lead. Bullock scored 14 points in the first half and finished with 16.
Joe Trapani had a season-high 25 points for Boston College (14-8, 4-4).
• No. 14 West Virginia 59, Providence 45 — In Morgantown, W.Va., Liz Repella scored 16 points, as West Virginia bounced back from consecutive road losses.
Asya Bussie added 14 points, and Madina Ali scored 13 for the Mountaineers (20-3, 6-3 Big East), who extended their school record of consecutive home wins to 31. Mi-Khida Hankins scored 11 points for Providence (9-11, 2-6), which lost to West Virginia for the sixth straight time.
West Virginia scored the first 10 points but didn’t go ahead by double digits for good until Bussie made two free throws with 5:22 left for a 53-43 lead.