Purdue nips Badgers
Moore’s 20 spark Boilermakers’ win
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.
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).