College basketball roundup

Purdue nips Badgers

Moore’s 20 spark Boilermakers’ win

E’Twaun Moore steals the ball from Wisconsin’s Keaton Nankivil in the second half of Purdue’s victory. Nankivil scored 25 points in a losing cause. E’Twaun Moore steals the ball from Wisconsin’s Keaton Nankivil in the second half of Purdue’s victory. Nankivil scored 25 points in a losing cause. (Michael Conroy/Associated Press)
Associated Press / January 29, 2010

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E’Twaun Moore scored 20 points and No. 10 Purdue held off No. 16 Wisconsin, 60-57, last night in a matchup of Big Ten contenders that came down to the final seconds in West Lafayette, Ind.

JaJuan Johnson added 14 points and Robbie Hummel had 12 points, 13 rebounds, and 5 assists for the Boilermakers (17-3, 5-3 Big Ten), who won their third straight and moved within a half-game of Wisconsin for second place in the conference.

A loss would have left Purdue four games behind league leader Michigan State with 10 to play.

Trevon Hughes missed a contested runner in the closing seconds that could have won it for Wisconsin. Keaton Nankivil scored a career-high 25 points and shot 7 of 8 on 3-pointers for the Badgers (16-5, 6-3).

Pittsburgh 63, St. John’s 53 - Ashton Gibbs and Gary McGhee scored key baskets to start a game-ending 9-1 run and the No. 17 host Panthers overcame some cold shooting and a large rebounding disparity for a victory over the Red Storm.

Brad Wanamaker scored 16 points, Gibbs added 14 points, and McGhee scored 8 of his 10 points in the second half as the Panthers (16-4, 6-2 Big East) rallied from a 6-point deficit.

Justin Burrell scored 14 points and Dwight Hardy had 12 despite making only 3 of 10 shots for St. John’s (12-8, 2-6), which lost its seventh in 10 games.

Mississippi 84, Auburn 74 - Chris Warren scored 20 points and Terrico White had 19, leading the No. 18 Rebels over the host Tigers.

The Rebels (16-4, 4-2 Southeastern Conference) shot 57 percent and got 53 points from their three starting guards, including 14 from Eniel Polynice.

The Tigers (10-11, 1-5) stayed in it with 3-pointers but cooled off in the second half, launching 36 and making 11 for the game.

Georgia Tech 79, Wake Forest 58 - D’Andre Bell led a balanced offense with 16 points, Derrick Favors blocked five shots, and the No. 22 Yellow Jackets (15-5, 4-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) pulled away early in the second half for a rout of the Demon Deacons (14-5, 4-3) in Atlanta.

Stanford 71, Arizona State 48 - Kayla Pedersen had 23 points and seven rebounds and the No. 2 Cardinal (18-1, 8-0 Pac-10) fought back after trailing at halftime for the first time all season, beating the Sun Devils (12-7, 4-4) to extend their home winning streak at Maples Pavilion to 39 games.

Ohio State 81, Minnesota 58 - Samantha Prahalis had 23 points, 10 assists, and 6 rebounds to lead the No. 4 Buckeyes (21-2, 9-1 Big Ten) over the Golden Gophers (11-9, 4-5) in Columbus, Ohio.

Tennessee 85, Auburn 56 - Angie Bjorklund broke a shooting slump and scored 20 points as the No. 5 Lady Vols (18-2, 6-1 SEC) beat the Tigers (11-10, 2-6) in Knoxville, Tenn.

Mississippi State 74, Georgia 66 - Alexis Rack had 34 points and the host Bulldogs (14-7, 5-3 SEC) scored their second straight upset of a ranked team with a victory over No. 9 Georgia (18-3, 5-3).

BU 66, UNH 59 - Caitlynn Moran sank eight straight free throws and ended with a game-high 20 points and Alex Young added 17 to power the Terriers (10-10, 6-2 America East) over the Wildcats in Durham, N.H. The Wildcats (7-14, 2-6) were led by Candace Williams with 14 points.

Drexel 91, Northeastern 84 - Gabriela Marginean scored a season-high 41 points, including 12 straight in the final minutes, to propel the Dragons (13-6, 7-1 Colonial Athletic Association) over the host Huskies (7-12, 2-6) in overtime.

Maine 61, Albany 58 - Samantha Wheeler scored 18 points and Samantha Baranowski had 16, including 6 for 6 at the free throw line, to spark the visiting Black Bears (7-13, 3-5 America East) over the Great Danes (7-13, 0-7).