Edey scores 21 as No. 24 Purdue beats No. 8 Duke 75-56

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PORTLAND, Ore. – Zach Edey and No. 24 Purdue shook off a slow start. When No. 8 Duke tried to rally in the second half, the Boilermakers finished strong.

Edey had 21 points and 12 rebounds, and Purdue beat Duke 75-56 on Sunday in the championship game of the Phil Knight Legacy men’s tournament.

Fletcher Loyer scored 18 points for Purdue (6-0), and reserve Caleb Furst finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

“I feel like we weren’t getting the looks we wanted early. As we settled into the game, we kept our poise and kept getting the shots that we wanted,” Edey said. “They were making some tough twos at the beginning of the game, shots we’re OK with all season.”

The 7-foot-4 Edey was 7 for 13 from the field and 7 for 8 at the line. He was named tournament MVP.

“They have the most unique player in the country,” Duke coach Jon Scheyer said of Edey. “He’s a hard guy to prepare for because there’s nobody else like him.”

Duke (6-2) shot 36.2% (21 for 58) from the field. Tyres Proctor scored 16 points for the Blue Devils. Kyle Filipowski and Jeremy Roach each had 14.

Ethan Morton had a steal and a dunk to help Purdue open a 58-41 lead with 15:37 left in the second half.

Duke countered with an 8-0 run, capped by two foul shots by Dariq Whitehead. But Furst made a layup and a jumper to help hold off the Blue Devils.

A hook by Edey and a 3-pointer by Loyer made it 68-56 with 5:03 remaining.

Duke got off to a 14-7 start before Purdue worked its way back into the game.

“I don’t feel like we came out bad today, but they matched our energy,” Edey said.

A 3-pointer by Brandon Newman pushed the Purdue lead to 46-28. A late run by Duke cut the Boilermakers’ lead to 46-35 at halftime.

BIG PICTURE

Duke: It looked as if Roach had an issue with his left foot at one point, but he went back into the game. Scheyer said Roach had hurt his toe.

Purdue: Although neither team had great offensive games, Purdue was the better team from range. Purdue made seven 3-pointers to just two for Duke.

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Duke: Hosts Ohio State on Wednesday.

Purdue: Visits Florida State on Wednesday.

Sueing leads Buckeyes past No. 21 Texas Tech 80-73 in Maui

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LAHAINA, Hawaii – Justice Sueing couldn’t have asked for a much better homecoming, especially after sitting out nearly all of last season with an injury.

The Honolulu native scored 23 of his career-high 33 points in the second half to help Ohio State hold off No. 21 Texas Tech for an 80-73 win in the fifth-place game in the Maui Invitational on Wednesday.

Sueing scored 15 points in a row for the Buckeyes in the last 10 minutes to turn back the Red Raiders each time they threatened to make a run.

“It means a lot, especially because I was able to play in front of my family,” said Sueing, who played in the first two games last season before an abdominal injury sidelined him. “The past couple of games I’ve been struggling a little bit just trying to get back into the flow of things being out from injury.”

Ohio State (5-1) shot 52% from the field, made all 18 of its free throws and never trailed after the first two minutes while ending its visit to Maui with wins in two of three games.

“It’s a great tournament,” Sueing said. “It’s a challenge. That’s what we said coming into this, that we were going to get three really good games, and that’s what we got.”

Texas Tech (4-2) got a career-high 21 points from Daniel Batcho and 19 from Kevin Obanor.

The Buckeyes led 41-37 at half and never let the Red Raiders get closer, largely because of the work of Sueing.

“They’ve got so many players that you have to focus in on that could get 15, 20 points,” Texas Tech coach Mark Adams said. “Just a very, very explosive offense.”

Obanor muscled in a shot from in close to pull Tech within 62-58, but Sueing was fouled shooting a 3-pointer on the Buckeyes’ next possession and he made all three free throws.

After Jaylon Tyson hit a 3 from the wing, Sueing put back his own miss, got fouled and made the free throw to make it 68-61.

Sueing scored on a putback and dunked after catching a long inbound pass to put Ohio State up 74-67 and end his personal 15-point flurry.

Sueing also had eight rebounds and five assists, and Sean McNeil added 13 points for the Buckeyes.

Ohio State committed 10 turnovers against a Tech defense that had forced a combined 31 in its first two games in Hawaii.

Sueing had come into the game after making just 7 of 24 shots in his previous two games. He was 12 of 19 against the Red Raiders.

“I wanted him to see a few shots fall because he’s a better shooter than how he’s shot it,” Buckeyes coach Chris Holtmann said, “and I think he needed that. He’s a much better shooter, his numbers showed that, than what he’s shown.”

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Texas Tech: The Red Raiders, who went 1-2 in Maui, turned in the defensive performance of the year when they held Louisville to 38 points on Tuesday. Their trademark defense understandably softened in its third game in three days.

Ohio State: Winning two of three games in Maui bodes well for a team that returned three players and has 10 newcomers. Sueing, a transfer from California, picked up the team offensively after freshman Brice Sensabaugh, who came in averaging 17 points per game, had all 10 of his points in the first half.

UP NEXT

Texas Tech hosts Georgetown on Wednesday.

Ohio State visits Duke on Wednesday in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

Dickinson, No. 20 Michigan shuck Ohio’s late shot, win in OT

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The wildest play of the game belonged to the Bobcats. The win, eventually, went to the Wolverines.

Hunter Dickinson scored 24 points and had 14 rebounds as No. 20 Michigan, startled by a crazy buzzer-beater at the end of regulation, beat Ohio 70-66 in overtime Sunday.

“I’m exhausted,” Michigan coach Juwan Howard said.

Down 63-61 with 2.1 seconds left in the second half, Ohio threw a length-of-the-court inbounds pass that hit the far rim. After a lucky bounce and a short miss, Dwight Wilson tossed in a floater to tie it as time expired.

As several Wolverines stared in disbelief, the basket stood after a video review and forced overtime.

Michigan (4-1) had taken a late lead when Kobe Bufkin was fouled after he grabbed a rebound of a missed Ohio shot with 2.1 seconds left and the score 61-all. Bufkin made both free throws, setting up Wilson’s basket.

The Wolverines ended up outscoring Ohio 7-3 in overtime.

“I feel like I played for 45 minutes, and I didn’t run up and down the floor. So I know those young men must be extremely tired,” Howard said.

“I have to give credit to Ohio,” he said. “I’m not going to say we came out flat. Ohio did some good things out there that caused some of our missed shots and seven offensive rebounds in the first half, which gave them seven extra possessions. They did some really good things in the first half.”

Jett Howard added 13 for the Wolverines.

Wilson had 21 points to lead Ohio (1-3), while Jaylin Hunter had 14 points and Miles Brown 11.

“We’re really proud of our guys,” Ohio coach Jeff Boals said. “Coming off the loss at Detroit, we had a couple good days of practice. They responded and competed right from the start.”

Ohio led most of the first half, but Michigan went on a 15-4 run to end the half to take a 33-31 lead. Dickinson scored Michigan’s last eight points, ending the run with a 3-pointer at the buzzer.

It was the first meeting between the schools since March 16, 2012, when Ohio beat Michigan 65-60 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Michigan had won the previous three meetings.

Both were coming off of lopsided losses: Ohio lost at Detroit Mercy 88-74 on Wednesday, and Michigan lost 87-72 to Arizona State on Thursday.

“I think it shows toughness,” Bufkin said. “Being able to find a way to win is always important, especially when you’re getting into the tournaments. You don’t always want to be in those situations, but sometimes it’s good to be in that experience.”

POLL IMPLICATIONS

A narrow win over a Mid-American Conference opponent likely won’t improve Michigan’s ranking when the latest poll comes out.

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It was the first of three consecutive home games for Michigan after three in a row on neutral sites. Ohio begins a three-game homestand of its own on Friday.

UP NEXT

Ohio: Home vs. Eastern Illinois on Friday.

Michigan: Hosts Jackson State on Wednesday.

Murray scores career-high 29, Iowa beats Seton Hall 83-67

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NEWARK, N.J. – Kris Murray tied a career-high with 29 points, Filip Rebraca added 10 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks and Iowa beat Seton Hall 83-67 on Wednesday night at the Gavitt Tipoff Games.

Rebraca blocked a shot at the halftime buzzer to keep Iowa ahead 34-22. The Hawkeyes shot just 33.3% from the field in the first half, but their defense held Seton Hall to 20% shooting with 11 turnovers.

Connor McCaffery sank a wide-open 3-pointer, off a nice pass from Ahron Ulis, to extend Iowa’s lead to 70-59. The Hawkeyes led by at least nine points the rest of the way.

Murray also grabbed 11 rebounds for his second career double-double. Tony Perkins had 18 points with five assists and McCaffery finished with 11 points for Iowa (3-0), which plays Omaha on Monday.

Dre Davis scored 13 points for Seton Hall (2-1). Kadary Richmond and Jamir Harris each added 11.

Michigan State outlasts Tshiebwe, No. 4 Kentucky in 2OT

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INDIANAPOLIS – Michigan State found a way to finish.

The search continues for No. 4 Kentucky – even with consensus national player of the year Oscar Tshiebwe back in action.

Malik Hall forced two extra periods with dunks off inbounds plays, Mady Sissoko delivered two game-changing slams late in the second overtime, and Michigan State rallied to beat No. 4 Kentucky 86-77 on Tuesday night.

“I just saw (coach) Tom (Izzo) in the hallway and I said you were more prepared to finish than we were,” Kentucky coach John Calipari said.

The Spartans (2-1) were ready thanks in part to what they endured on Friday, when they lost by one point to No. 2 Gonzaga on the deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln.

But they also got some help when Oscar Tshiebwe, last season’s consensus national player of the year, fouled out late in the first overtime after scoring 22 points and pulling down 18 rebounds in his season debut for the Wildcats (2-1).

Joey Hauser scored 23 points, Hall had 20 and Sissoko had a career-high 16 points with eight rebounds for the Spartans, who spent most of the second half playing catch-up.

Sissoko changed the tenor of the game with his tiebreaking alley-oop slam with 1:45 left in the second OT.

“There’s nothing better than seeing Mady going up for a lob because you know it’s going to be a dunk,” Hauser said.

And with Tshiebwe on the bench, Michigan State closed it out by outscoring Kentucky 13-1, the final blow coming on another dunk by Sissoko in the final minute.

“Yeah, I set them up. I said, `Let’s just go dunk the the damn ball,” Izzo said sarcastically. “I like dunks probably because I never could.”

Kentucky led 62-60 near the end of regulation when Tshiebwe lost Hall on an inbound pass. Hall took advantage by dunking with 3.7 seconds left.

“Give them credit, they did what they had to do,” Calipari said. “But the (first) out-of-bounds play, that’s something we never do. We just left him.”

It happened again in the first overtime when Hall broke free as the Spartans moved the ball into the front court. He drove in for the dunk to tie it 71-71 with 1.4 seconds left.

After Cason Wallace’s 3-pointer early in the second overtime gave Kentucky a 76-73 lead, the Spartans locked down Kentucky’s shooters and pulled away.

BIG PICTURE

Michigan State: Izzo’s teams always seem to finish stronger than they start and if these Spartans do that again this season, they could be scary. Despite poor early shooting, they overcome a sluggish start to knock off a top-five team.

Kentucky: The Wildcats returned to the venue from their last loss, a first-round NCAA Tournament defeat to Saint Peter’s in March, and left with the same result. Yes, they’re big, long, athletic and defend well. But they’ll need to develop a closing punch.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Michigan State: The Spartans were unranked in the preseason AP Top 25 and again this week. They’ll likely move into the poll after two strong showings against top-five foes.

Kentucky: Calipari’s squad didn’t need Tshiebwe last week. He missed the first two games while recovering from a knee procedure. But when he’s on the floor, the Wildcats are clearly one of the nation’s top teams. They may slide a few spots after this loss but will have a chance to recover – if they can beat No. 2 Gonzaga on the road this weekend.

HE’S BACK

Dick Vitale returned to ESPN’s broadcast Tuesday night following his battle against cancer. Vitale missed most of last season when his signature voice was impaired by lymphoma and melanoma.

He sat at midcourt, in front of Wildcats fans, and opened the broadcast by thanking everyone who sent text messages and notes of support and acknowledged the famous words of his late friend Jim Valvano – “Don’t give up. Don’t ever give up” – inspired him to persevere.

HE SAID IT

“That’s a really good team and that will be a great team,” Izzo said. “So all you Kentucky fans, don’t jump off the ship. I told John, it’s illegal to have that many seniors at Kentucky.”

UP NEXT

Michigan State: Hosts Villanova on Friday.

Kentucky: Hosts South Carolina State on Thursday.

No. 20 Creighton women rout No. 22 Nebraska 77-51

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OMAHA, Neb. – Molly Mogensen scored 22 points, Morgan Maly added 16 with eight rebounds and No. 20 Creighton routed No. 22 Nebraska 77-51 on Tuesday night in the first matchup between the in-state rivals when both were ranked.

It was Creighton’s largest series win over Nebraska and came before a record 2,306 fans at Omaha. The previous biggest spread was 18, 76-58, in 1986. Nebraska won last year to end a five-game losing streak in the series.

Moregensen had 19 points at the half with Creighton taking a 45-28 lead.

Jayme Horan drilled a 3-pointer in the middle of the third quarter to put the Bluejays on top by 24, 59-35. Nebraska scored the last six points of the quarter to make it 60-44 but Horan and Maly made 3-pointers as Creighton opened the fourth with an 8-0 run.

Carly Bachelor finished with 15 points on 7-of-10 shooting and Lauren Jensen had 13 points, seven assists and six rebounds for the Bluejays (3-0), who picked up their second win over a ranked opponent.

Jaz Shelley led Nebraska (2-1) with 14 points and Alexis Markowski had 12 with 11 rebounds. Allison Weidner, who scored 39 combined points in the first two games, was held to five.

Creighton went 11 of 24 behind the arc and shot 45% overall while Nebraska made five 3s and shot 31% from the field. The Cornhuskers had twice as many turnovers and the Bluejays turned 18 turnovers into 15 points.