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The Journal Gazette

Saturday, December 30, 2017 1:00 am

College Basketball

USF ties mark with 12th win in row

Staff, news services

The NAIA Division II No. 2 Saint Francis men tied a school record with its 12th consecutive victory Friday, beating No. 23 Michigan-Dearborn 69-67 in Dearborn. 

The Cougars also won 12 straight in 2015-16.

Saint Francis (13-2) has won eight in a row against top-25 teams, including four straight on the road. 

Bryce Lienhoop got his seventh double-double with 19 points and 13 rebounds. Chandler White added a career-high 13 rebounds, while Derek Hinen scored 12 points. 

The Cougars outrebounded the Wolverines 46-31, including 16-4 on offensive boards.

BALL STATE 75, FLORIDA A&M 54: In Muncie, the Cardinals won their eighth straight game, their longest streak since 1999-2000. 

Ball State (9-4) got 16 points from Tahjai Teague and 10 points each from Tayler Persons and Trey Moses. 

The Cardinals outscored the Rattlers (1-15) 45-28 in the second half in their final nonconference game.

INDIANA TECH 88, INDIANA WESLEYAN 84: At the Schaefer Center, the No. 6 Warriors took out the No. 4 Wildcats.

Max Huber led Indiana Tech (14-2) with 25 points and 11 rebounds, while Scott Schwieterman added 21 points.

GENEVA 71, MANCHESTER 65: In Atlanta, the Spartans fell in the Oglethorpe Holiday Inn Express and Suites Tournament at the Dorough Field House. 

Geneva (4-5) broke up a 30-all tie by outscoring Manchester (1-9) 41-35 in the second half. 

Kenny Doss had 16 points off the bench for the Spartans. 

No. 2 MICHIGAN STATE 111, CLEVELAND STATE 61: In East Lansing, Michigan, Nick Ward had 22 points and 14 rebounds as the Spartans rolled to a third straight game over 100 points.

Michigan State (13-1) is making short work of the weaker opponents on its schedule. The Spartans scored 107 points against Houston Baptist and 102 against Long Beach State.

Joshua Langford scored 23 points for Michigan State, and Miles Bridges added 18 with eight rebounds and seven assists.

No. 16 KENTUCKY 90, LOUISVILLE 61: In Lexington, Kentucky, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander came off the bench to score a career-high 24 points, PJ Washington added 16, and the Wildcats used several runs to blow out their rival in the annual showdown for Bluegrass supremacy.

The Wildcats (10-2) used a 20-6 run to close the first half. Their 24-11 surge over 8:41 built a 67-38 lead that eventually reached 32, a gap helped by 57 percent second-half shooting.

Playing its first rivalry game in 16 seasons without coach Rick Pitino, who was fired in October amid a federal bribery investigation of college basketball, Louisville (10-3) couldn't keep up after the early minutes.


AMHERST 41, TRINE 36: In Las Vegas, the Thunder suffered their first loss of the season against the defending NCAA Division III champions in the finals of the Classic. 

No. 6 Trine (11-1) made 12 of 46 (26 percent) from the field and held No. 1 Amherst (9-0) to 15 of 55 (27 percent) shooting. 

Montana Martin led the Thunder with eight points. 

CINCINNATI CHRISTIAN 60, HUNTINGTON 58: In Huntington, the Foresters' comeback came up just short in the loss.

Huntington (9-6) outscored Cincinnati Christian (2-10) 23-11 in the fourth quarter. 

Maddie Richer led Huntington with 22 points. 

XAVIER 69, BUTLER 62: In Indianapolis, former Canterbury standout Kindell Fincher scored a season-high 20 points to lead the Musketeers past the Bulldogs.

Fincher also had seven rebounds for Xavier (8-4, 1-0 Big East). Ex-Homestead star Sydney Buck had three rebounds for Butler (8-5, 0-1).