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College basketball

Boilermakers pull away with strong 2nd half

– Sam Ostarello scored 14 of her 16 points in the second half, and Taylor Manuel also scored 16 as No. 15 Purdue overcame a challenge from Tennessee-Martin to win 68-60 Sunday after trailing at halftime.

The Boilermakers (9-1) opened the second half with a 15-0 run, including nine points by Ostarello, to lead 40-29.

Purdue shot 53.8 percent (14 of 26) in the second half to 26.7 percent (8 of 30) for the Skyhawks (4-7) and outrebounded them 24-11.

Ostarello and Drey Mingo each grabbed 10 rebounds for Purdue, with Mingo also scoring 11 points. KK Houser had eight assists.

No. 4 DUKE 60, ST. JOHN’S 42: In New York, Elizabeth Williams had 16 points and five blocks to help the Blue Devils win in the seventh annual Maggie Dixon Classic.

Haley Peters added 11 points for Duke (8-0). Nadirah McKenith had 19 points to lead St. John’s (4-3).

No. 7 KENTUCKY 68, MIDDLE TENNESSEE STATE 56: In Lexington, Ky., DeNesha Stallworth had 16 points, and the Wildcats used a first-half surge to win.

Kentucky (8-1) limited the Blue Raiders (6-4) to two points over an 11-minute span in the first half to stretch the lead from two points to 16.

No. 10 PENN STATE 97, GEORGETOWN 74: In State College, Pa., Maggie Lucas scored a career-high 39 points and ignited the Nittany Lions’ potent transition game in the rout.

Lucas was 11 of 21 from the field including 7 of 13 from three-point territory. She had 26 alone in a first half in which Penn State (7-2) led by as much as 34.

No. 17 KANSAS 97, NEWMAN 64: In Lawrence, Kan., Carolyn Davis scored 24 points and the Jayhawks never trailed.

Ten Jayhawks scored in the contest as Kansas (8-1) built a 51-31 lead at halftime. Davis was 11 of 16 from the field – Kansas shot 55 percent – and matched the team high with nine rebounds.

No. 20 OHIO STATE 81, LAFAYETTE 41: In Columbus, Ohio, Tayler Hill scored 19 points and the Buckeyes never trailed in running their home winning streak to 28 games.

Hill, who has scored in double figures in 42 straight games, hit a three-pointer 20 seconds into the contest and Ohio State (6-2) never looked back. The Buckeyes led 38-16 at halftime and by as many as 47 points, 78-31, with 4:11 left in the game.

No. 22 IOWA STATE 60, FAIRFIELD 43: In Ames, Iowa, Hallie Christofferson scored 18 points to lead the Cyclones.

Chelsea Poppens, back after missing three games with a concussion, had 12 points and nine rebounds for Iowa State (6-1).


No. 16 CREIGHTON 77, AKRON 61: In Omaha, Neb., Doug McDermott scored 30 points as the Bluejays broke away late in the first half to win.

McDermott, who made a career-high six three-pointers, also had 30 points against Wisconsin last month and on seven other occasions in his career for Creighton (9-1).

No. 21 UNLV 76, CALIFORNIA 75: In Berkeley, Calif., Quintrell Thomas grabbed Anthony Marshall’s airball under the basket and scored on a short hook shot with 1.2 seconds remaining to lift the Rebels (7-1) to their sixth consecutive win.

UNLV led for most of the second half but trailed 75-74 after two free throws by Cal’s Justin Cobbs with 11.9 seconds left. Marshall then rushed a long jumper that Thomas alertly grabbed and flipped in. Thomas was fouled on the play but missed the free throw. Justin Hawkins then blocked a three-point attempt by Cobbs from midcourt as the buzzer sounded.