Men’s College Basketball Roundup

Utah routs ASU; Michigan wins to take Big Ten lead

2014-02-24T00:00:00Z Utah routs ASU; Michigan wins to take Big Ten leadThe Associated Press The Associated Press
February 24, 2014 12:00 am  • 

SALT LAKE CITY — Delon Wright scored 22 points, collected nine rebounds and had six assists and Utah blocked a season-high 12 shots to fuel an 86-63 victory over Arizona State on Sunday night.

Jordan Loveridge added 18 points and six rebounds, Renan Lenz had 14 and Princeton Onwas 12 to help the Utes (18-9, 7-8 Pac-12) break a two-game losing streak. Utah dominated around the basket from start to finish. The Utes outrebounded the Sun Devils 44-36 and had a 38-26 edge in points in the paint.

Shaquielle McKissic had 16 points, while Egor Koulechov and Bo Barnes added 11 apiece for Arizona State (19-8, 8-6) which has lost two straight after winning six of its previous seven games.

Utah, which was coming off an overtime loss to No. 4 Arizona on Wednesday, led 51-26 at halftime.

California 77, USC 64: In Berkeley, Calif., Justin Cobbs broke out of two-game shooting slump to score 22 points and freshman Jabari Bird added a pair of late three-pointers as Cal won.

Oregon 67, Washington State 53: In Eugene, Ore., Mike Moser had 21 points and a season-high five three-pointers for Oregon.

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No. 20 Michigan 79, No. 13 Michigan State 70: In Ann Arbor, Mich., Nik Stauskas scored 21 of his 25 points in the second half, and Michigan won to take over first place in the Big Ten.

“I just came out with the mindset in the second half that I wasn’t going to be stopped,” Stauskas said. “Once I made a couple shots, it kept going from there.”

Caris LeVert added 23 points for the Wolverines (19-7, 11-3), who won both regular-season meetings against their in-state rivals. Michigan has now won six of its last eight against Michigan State.

The Spartans (22-6, 11-4) started well but were only up 36-34 at halftime. Then Stauskas and LeVert led a second-half charge. The Wolverines trailed 52-51 before going on a 13-0 run.

No. 11 Creighton 72, Seton Hall 71: In Omaha, Neb., Doug McDermott had 29 points to become one of the top-10 scorers in college basketball history (2,917 points), and Creighton (23-4, 13-2 Big East) survived shaky free throw shooting at the end to win.

SMU 64, No. 21 Connecticut 55: In Storrs, Conn., Nick Russell and Nic Moore each scored 15 points to lead SMU (22-6, 11-4 American) to a win over UConn and a sweep of their season series.

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