Ron Baker scored 18 points to lead Wichita State to an 83-58 win over Southern Illinois on Saturday.
Conner Frankamp added 14 points and Markis McDuffie had 10 for Wichita State (10-5, 4-0 Missouri Valley), which hit 12 of 24 from long range and never trailed. Fred VanVleet had 12 rebounds, pushing him to 407 career boards, and became just the second player in the MVC to reach 1,000 points, 500 assists and 400 rebounds.
Leading by 14 at the break, Wichita State continued to pull away over the final 20 minutes. McDuffie’s layup gave the Shockers their biggest advantage of the game, 73-40, with 7:05 to play.
Anthony Beane led Southern Illinois (14-3, 3-1) with 15 points and Bola Olaniyan had 11.
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With the win, Wichita State is the only Missouri Valley team still unbeaten in conference play.
Northwestern 77, Minnesota 52
Aaron Falzon tied his career-high with 20 points and Tre Demps added 13 as Northwestern defeated Minnesota on Saturday in Minnesota.
Joey van Zegeren added 11 points and Bryant McIntosh had 10 assists for the Wildcats (14-3, 2-2 in the Big Ten), who posted their biggest victory ever at Minnesota’s Williams Arena.
Nate Mason scored 13 points and Bakary Konate added 12 for the Gophers (6-10, 0-4), who have lost eight of their last nine games overall.
Falzon, a freshman forward, was 6 for 9 from the 3-point line. He hit two of them early in the second half as Northwestern quickly expanded a six-point halftime cushion and blew the game open.
The Gophers have been plagued by poor 3-point defense, and it came back to bite them again early. Falzon knocked down four 3-pointers in the game’s first 11 minutes, keying a 15-2 run that put Northwestern on top 20-11.
Missouri State 56, Loyola Chicago 54
Daquon Miller shut the door on Loyola of Chicago, hitting a runner with 3.4 seconds left and Missouri State beat the Ramblers on Saturday in Chicago.
Miller, who led Missouri State (6-10, 2-2 Missouri Valley) with 16 points, scored the final four in the last 1:19 to foil a late comeback by the Ramblers (7-9, 0-4).
Loyola closed the first half on a 10-5 run to grab a 29-23 lead, hitting five shots without a miss. They extended the lead to 33-23 before Missouri State came to life.
Obediah Church slammed two dunks as the Bears went on a 19-8 run to lead 42-41. Loyola climbed back as the Bears went through an extended dry spell. Milton Doyle stole an inbounds pass and drove for a 54-54 tie with seven seconds left, but Loyola was unable to get a final shot off in time.
Eric Peterson led the Ramblers with 18 points, Doyle 13.
IUPUI 67, Western Illinois 60
Darell Combs made four 3-pointers and scored 22 points, and IUPUI pulled away in the final three minutes to beat Western Illinois on Saturday in Macomb.
Combs was 8 of 13 from the floor. Nick Osborne had 16 points on 7-of-10 shooting with 10 rebounds for IUPUI (7-12, 3-1 Summit League). Matt O'Leary added nine points.
Garret Covington scored 16 points and Jalen Chapman had 13 with 10 rebounds to lead Western Illinois (7-7, 0-3), which has lost five-straight games.
Covington made a pair of free throws to tie it at 53-all with 3:40 to play. Marcellus Barksdale answered with a jumper to spark a 10-1 surge and the Jaguars led 63-54 with a minute left. Osborne tipped in his missed jumper, O'Leary had a steal and scored a layup, and the Leathernecks missed seven shots during the stretch.
Indiana St. 77, Illinois St. 65
Brenton Scott scored a career-high 25 points to help Indiana State push past Illinois State in a Missouri Valley Conference showdown Saturday afternoon at Terre Haute, Ind.
Scott drained five of Indiana State’s nine 3-pointers as the Sycamores (9-7, 3-1) rallied from 34-28 down at halftime. Devonte Brown scored 15 for Indiana State.
The Redbirds (9-8, 3-1), who led the entire first half, closed to within 63-62 with 5:20 remaining in the game after an 8-1 surge. MiKyle McIntosh led with 20 points, Paris Lee added 18 with five assists and four steals, and DeVaughn Akoon-Purcell 11 points.
Scott scored three consecutive 3-pointers to cap a 26-12 start to the second half for Indiana State, which led 54-46, never trailing again. McIntosh and Lee each scored six points as Illinois State closed to within one point.
But Matt Van Scyoc hit a 3 and the Sycamores closed 11 of 14 from the line.
Evansville 67, Bradley 35
D.J. Balentine scored 13 of his 16 points in the first half and Evansville held Bradley to 26 percent shooting in a victory on Saturday in Evansville, Ind.
Evansville jumped out to an 8-0 lead as Bradley went scoreless for the first four minutes. The Braves later went without a field goal for seven-plus minutes as Evansville extended its lead to 21-6.
The Purple Aces doubled up Bradley 36-18 at halftime after holding the Braves to just 6-of-26 shooting (23 percent) from the field.
Jaylon Brown added 14 points for Evansville (14-3, 3-1 Missouri Valley) and Simmons finished with 13.
Donte Thomas scored 11 points for Bradley (2-15, 0-4), which has scored 49 points or fewer in five games this season.
It was the fewest points scored by the Braves since at least the 1996-97 season.
Belmont 85, Eastern Illinois 59
Belmont used an 18-3 run midway through the first half as the Bruins broke open a tie game to pull away for a win over Eastern Illinois in an Ohio Valley Conference matchup in Nashville.
A.J. Riley led Eastern Illinois with 20 points.
Taylor Barnette added 11 points for Belmont.
EIU fell to 4-12 overall, 1-3 in the OVC. Belmont improved to 11-6 overall, 3-0 in the OVC.
Georgetown 74, DePaul 63
D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera and L.J. Peak scored 17 points apiece and Georgetown hit 11 3-pointers to beat DePaul for the second time in 10 days on Saturday in Washington, D.C.
Peak hit all three of his 3-pointers, which included a 4-point play, and had 11 points in the first half. Smith-Rivera was 9 of 14 from the foul line as the Hoyas (10-6, 3-1 Big East), who won the game in Chicago 70-58, went 20 of 25 from the stripe in the second half.
Billy Garrett Jr. went 12 of 12 from the foul line and scored 16 points for the Blue Demons (6-10, 0-4), who were 20 of 23 from the line but had just three 3s.
Detroit 87, Illinois-Chicago 69
Paris Bass led five players in double figures with 16 points and Detroit got off to a fast start to defeat Illinois-Chicago in Detroit.
Carlton Brundidge had 15 points and Chris Jenkins 14 for the Titans (9-5, 3-0 Horizon League), who are off to their best start in league play since the 1998-99 team won its first four. They have also won 12 straight on Dick Vitale Court.
Dikembe Dixson had 22 points and Najeal Young 15 for the Flames (2-11, 0-2), who lost their third straight.
Seattle 66, Chicago State 50
Jadon Cohee and Jack Crook scored 12 points apiece, Brendan Westendorf added 11, and Seattle cruised to a win over Chicago State on Saturday in Chicago.
Chicago State missed its first eight shots from the floor, didn’t score a basket until after five minutes, and trailed Seattle (7-9, 1-1 Western Athletic Conference) 26-7 with 7:13 left in the half.
Chicago State (4-11, 0-1) was led by freshman Anthony Eaves with a career-high 18 points off the bench.