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Friday, January 14, 2022 1:00 am

College basketball

Mastodons hang on to get 3rd consecutive victory

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Purdue Fort Wayne held off a late charge from Detroit Mercy to win 62-60 at Memorial Coliseum on Thursday for its third consecutive victory that put the Mastodons above .500 overall and in the Horizon League.

Damian Chong Qui scored 10 points and Ra Kpedi had nine points and 10 rebounds for PFW (8-7, 4-3 Horizon League), which was playing its first home game since Dec. 11

Detroit Mercy (5-8, 3-1) missed a pair of 3-point attempts in the final 12 seconds that would have tied the game at 61. After Kpedi grabbed the rebound on Antoine Davis' miss, PFW's Jalon Pipkins split a pair of free throws, leaving a few seconds left for the Titans, but the visitors couldn't get a tying shot off.

The Mastodons took control of the game with a 15-2 run midway trough the second half that left them ahead 53-46 with 6:45 left. Bobby Planutis, who finished with nine points, made two 3s during the stretch and Deonte Billups put PFW in front for good with a 3.

JoJo Peterson and Jarred Godfrey, the Mastodons' leading scorer, each had nine points for PFW.

Purdue Fort Wayne went 11 of 34 from 3-point range and held the Titans to just 36.5% shooting.

Davis, son of former IU coach and current Detroit Mercy coach Mike Davis, led all scorers with 17 points.

BUTLER 72, GEORGETOWN 58: In Washington, Jair Bolden had a season-high 23 points as the Bulldogs topped the short-handed Hoyas.

Georgetown coach Patrick Ewing missed the game because of what his team said Wednesday were D.C. Department of Health guidelines. The Hoyas were also without Dante Harris (13 ppg), Donald Carey (12.8) and Kobe Clark due to illness.

Bryce Nze had 14 points, eight rebounds and three blocks for Butler (9-6, 2-2 Big East Conference). Bryce Golden added 11 points.

No. 13 WISCONSIN 78, No. 16 OHIO STATE 68: In Madison, Wisconsin, Brad Davison scored 23 points to lead the Badgers to their sixth straight victory.

Tyler Wahl added 20 points, one point shy of his career high, for the Badgers (14-2, 5-1 Big Ten). Johnny Davis had 14 points and nine rebounds. Wisconsin was 10 of 23 from 3-point range.

E.J. Liddell scored 18 points for Ohio State (10-4, 4-2).


No. 1 SOUTH CAROLINA 65, TEXAS A&M 45: In Columbia, South Carolina, Aliyah Boston had 19 points and 15 rebounds for her 10th consecutive double-double and the Gamecocks (16-1, 4-1 Southeastern Conference) used a third-quarter surge to put away the Aggies. 

No. 6 INDIANA 72, NEBRASKA 65: In Bloomington, Grace Berger scored 22 points and the Hoosiers survived a late push from the Cornhuskers.

Aleksa Gulbe added 17 points and Nicole Cardaņo-Hillary scored 13 for the Hoosiers (13-2, 5-0 Big Ten), who are 5-0 in the conference for the first time.

Mackenzie Holmes, who leads Indiana in points per game and rebounds per game, missed the matchup with a left knee injury. Kiandra Browne had her first career start in Holmes' place and had two points and five rebounds in 25 minutes.

Alexis Markowski led Nebraska (13-3, 2-3) in scoring with 17 points and Jaz Shelley added 15.

IOWA 79, PURDUE 66: At West Lafayette, Purdue (11-5, 2-3 Big Ten) saw its five-game winning streak come to an end.

Hawkeyes center Monika Czinano led all scorers with 27 points on 12-for-14 shooting and Caitlin Clark, the nation's leading scorer, had 24 points on 14 of 16 at the foul line and added nine assists and eight rebounds. Iowa (9-4, 3-1) shot 0 for 15 from 3-point range, but 68% from inside the arc.

Purdue, led by Abbey Ellis's 18 points, shot 37% overall.

No. 11 MICHIGAN 74, PENN STATE 57: In University Park, Pennsylvania, Naz Hillmon had 21 points, Leigha Brown scored 15 of her 17 points in the first half and the Wolverines earned their sixth straight win in the series. Maddie Nolan had 15 points and Emily Kiser added 13 for Michigan (14-2, 5-1 Big Ten).

No. 20 NOTRE DAME 74, WAKE FOREST 64: In Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Dara Mabrey scored a season-best 22 points, Olivia Miles added 15 points and 12 assists and the Irish built a big lead early and cruised.

Notre Dame (12-3, 3-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), which rebounded from a two-point loss to ranked Duke that ended a four-game win streak, made nearly half its shots (27 of 56) and forced 19 turnovers.

Sam Brunelle added 16 points and Maya Dodson had 12 for Notre Dame.

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