Purdue beats Michigan for 16th straight victory

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Purdue’s Isaac Haas stood his ground Thursday night.

If he saw one defender in the post, the 7-foot-2 center went straight to the rim. If he was double-teamed, he let teammates make the plays. The strategy worked perfectly, again.

Vincent Edwards scored a career-high 30 points, Haas added 24 and No. 3 Purdue used one late charge to finally get past No. 25 Michigan 92-88 for a school-record tying 16th consecutive win.

“I knew going into the game that Michigan wasn’t going to try to double that much because we have too many good shooters and I figured they’d take their chances going one-on-one in the paint,” Haas said after celebrating the milestone with Edwards near midcourt. “I capitalized on it a lot today.”

Meanwhile, Purdue (20-2, 9-0 Big Ten) just keeps stacking its resume.

For the first time in 30 years and the fourth time overall, the Boilermakers have won 16 in a row.

The defending Big Ten champs extended their home-court winning streak to 20 and their winning streak over conference foes to 11. They are 9-0 in league play for the first time in the NCAA Tournament era and completed their first regular-season sweep of the Wolverines (17-6, 6-4) in 10 years.

And now they have a win in one of this season’s most entertaining games — courtesy of a 9-0 run midway through the second half.

“Who has five guys who can shoot on the run? And you ask about trying to guard Haas, well you guys go try and guard him,” Michigan coach John Beilein said. “He’s a difficult matchup for us.”

For anyone, really. Haas also had six rebounds, three assists and three blocks.

Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman had career-high 26 points, and Zavier Simpson added 16 to lead Michigan.

No. 11 Arizona 80, Colorado 71

TUCSON, Ariz. — Allonzo Trier scored 23 points, Deandre Ayton added 20 and Arizona avenged its lone loss of the Pac-12 season.

The 7-foot-1 Ayton, expected to be at or near the top of the NBA draft this year, was 12 of 12 at the foul line as the Buffaloes tried to get physical with the big rookie, without much success.

Dusan Ristic added 15 points on 7-of-8 shooting for the Wildcats (17-4, 7-1 Pac-12). George King scored 22 points for Colorado (12-9, 4-5).

Penn State 82, No. 13 Ohio State 79

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Tony Carr hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give Penn State an upset victory over Ohio State, handing the Buckeyes their first Big Ten loss.

Carr had 28 points and was 4 for 5 from 3-point range for the Nittany Lions (14-8, 4-5 Big Ten). They were 11 for 14 from beyond the arc in beating a Top 25 team for the first time this season.

Keita Bates-Diop led Ohio State (18-5, 9-1) with 25 points. He had three 3-pointers in the last 2:07, tying it with the last with 5 seconds left.

No. 15 Gonzaga 95, Portland 79

PORTLAND, Ore. — Killian Tillie had 27 points and seven rebounds, and Gonzaga cruised to a victory over Portland.

Corey Kispert added a season-high 23 points and 10 rebounds for the Bulldogs (18-4, 8-1 West Coast Conference), who won their 20th straight conference road game.

It was Gonzaga’s 10th straight win over the Pilots (8-14, 2-7). The Bulldogs are 27-2 against Portland under coach Mark Few.

Freshman Marcus Shaver Jr. had 16 points for the Pilots (8-14, 2-7), who trailed by as many as 28 points in the second half.

No. 16 Saint Mary’s 75, BYU 62

MORAGA, Calif. — Jock Landale had 32 points and 14 rebounds and Saint Mary’s pulled away in the second half to beat BYU, extending the Gaels’ winning streak to 15 .

The 15-game winning streak matches the longest in Saint Mary’s history. The Gaels also won 15 straight in 2008-09.

Emmett Naar added 13 points and 12 assists and Evan Fitzner made a key 3-pointer late to help the Gaels (20-2, 9-0 West Coast Conference) hold on for their fifth consecutive win over the Cougars (17-5, 6-3).

No. 17 Wichita State 81, Central Florida 62

WICHITA, Kan. — Shaquille Morris scored 19 points to lead Wichita State.

Morris, demoted from his starting spot, was 8 of 10 from the floor in 21 minutes. Darral Willis had 12 points and nine rebounds for the Shockers (16-4, 6-2 American Athletic Conference).

Dayon Griffin scored 15 points for Central Florida (13-7, 4-4).

Utah 80, No. 21 Arizona State 77, OT

TEMPE, Ariz. — Sedrick Barefield scored 17 points and hit the tying 3-pointer with 1.8 seconds left in regulation, helping Utah knock off Arizona State in overtime.

Utah (13-7, 5-4 Pac-12) led 79-77 late in overtime and had a chance to stretch it, but David Collette missed two free throws with 20.9 seconds left.

Arizona State (15-5, 3-5) missed two shots on the next possession and Barefield hit 1 of 2 free throws. The Sun Devils’ final shot, a running 3-pointer by Tra Holder at the buzzer, was nowhere close.

Holder led Arizona State with 23 points.

By Paul Wager

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