Men’s College Basketball Roundup: Dosunmu leads Illinois past No. 9 Penn State

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Ayo Dosunmu scored 24 points and Illinois snapped a four-game losing streak with a 62-56 victory over No. 9 Penn State on Tuesday night.

Kofi Cockburn added 14 points for the Fighting Illini (17-9, 9-6 Big Ten), who led most of the way and ended Penn State’s eight-game winning streak. Dosunmu returned to the lineup after missing Saturday’s loss at Rutgers after suffering an injury to his left knee is a win over Michigan State on Feb. 11.

The win also snapped Illinois’ six-game losing streak against Penn State.

Lamar Stevens scored 13 points for the Nittany Lions (20-6, 10-5), who entered with their highest ranking in the AP Top 25 since they were No. 9 at the same point of the 1996 season.

Izaiah Brockington added 10 points for the Nittany Lions, who trailed 30-26 at halftime and by as many as nine points with 5:35 to play.

No. 1 Baylor 65, Oklahoma 54

NORMAN, Okla. — Jared Butler scored 22 points and Baylor beat Oklahoma for its Big 12-record 23rd consecutive win.

The Bears broke a tie with Kansas, which won 22 straight during the 1996-97 season.

Mark Vital had 10 points and Freddie Gillespie grabbed 10 rebounds for Baylor (24-1, 13-0 Big 12). Bears guard MaCio Teague, the team’s leading scorer in Big 12 play, sat out for the second straight game with a wrist injury.

Kristian Doolittle had 18 points and 10 rebounds for Oklahoma (16-10, 6-7), which hosted a No. 1 team for the first time in 23 years. The Sooners entered 11-1 at home.

No. 5 Dayton 66, VCU 61

RICHMOND, Va. — Jalen Crutcher scored 18 points and Dayton held off a late challenge and beat VCU, the Flyers’ 15th consecutive victory.

Obi Toppin added 12 points and Trey Landers 11 for the Flyers (24-2, 13-0 Atlantic 10). They were the highest ranked team ever to play on VCU’s home floor.

VCU (17-9, 7-6) closed to within one possession several times in the last seven minutes, the last on Vince Williams’ putback with 27 seconds left, but Dwayne Cohill made a pair of free throws with 22.4 seconds left and the Flyers held on.

Nah’Shon Hyland led VCU with 18 points and Marcus Santos-Silva had 12 points and 17 rebounds, but VCU lost for the fourth time in its last five games.

No. 7 Maryland 76, Northwestern 67

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Jalen Smith had 22 points and a career-high 19 rebounds for his ninth consecutive double-double, and Maryland extended its winning streak to nine games.

Smith achieved his 17th double-double of the season by halftime. In two games against Northwestern this season, the 6-foot-10 sophomore has 47 points and 30 rebounds.

Anthony Cowan Jr. scored 19 for the Terrapins (22-4, 12-3 Big Ten), who never trailed in improving their record at home to 15-0.

The victory, combined with Penn State’s loss to Illinois, left first-place Maryland with a two-game lead with five games to go.

Ryan Young scored 17 and Boo Buie added 15 for the Wildcats (6-19, 1-14) in their 10th successive defeat.

No. 8 Florida State 82, Pittsburgh 67

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Patrick Williams scored 16 points, Anthony Polite had 10 points and six rebounds and Florida State pulled away in the second half against Pittsburgh.

Williams, a freshman forward, scored in double figures for the 10th time this season as the Seminoles (22-4, 12-3 ACC) improved to 14-0 at home.

Au’Diese Toney had 15 points and seven rebounds, and Xavier Johnson added 12 points and seven assists for Pittsburgh (15-12, 6-10), which has lost six of its last eight games.

Balsa Koprivica had seven rebounds, helping Florida State gain a 40-27 edge on the boards.

No. 10 Kentucky 79, LSU 76

BATON ROUGE, La. — Immanuel Quickley scored 21 points and Kentucky made a timely string of 3-pointers to beat LSU.

Kentucky made seven of eight 3s in the second half, when graduate transfer Nate Sestina hit three, including two during an 8-0 run that widened the Wildcats’ lead to 15 points with 5:14 to go.

Nick Richards scored 13 points and blocked six shots for Kentucky (21-5, 11-2 SEC), which has won five straight and nine of 10.

Freshman Tyrese Maxey scored 14 points for Kentucky, while Sestina and Ashton Hagans each scored 11.

Skylar Mays scored 17 points and Darius Days had 13 points and 11 rebounds for LSU (18-8, 9-4), which lost for the fourth time in five games.

Marlon Taylor added 13 points for the Tigers and Charles Manning Jr. finished with 11.

No. 15 Creighton 73, No. 19 Marquette 65

MILWAUKEE — Ty-Shon Alexander scored 22 points and Marcus Zegarowski added 17, leading Creighton over Marquette.

Creighton (21-6, 10-4 Big East) won for the eighth time in nine games, including road victories over three ranked teams, and moved within a half-game of first-place Seton Hall in the conference standings.

Sacar Anim had 18 points for Marquette (17-8, 7-6).

Markus Howard, who entered as the nation’s leading scorer at 27.3 points per game, added 13 — all in the second half.

No. 17 West Virginia 65, Oklahoma State 47

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Miles McBride had 11 points in his first start, Sean McNeil also scored 11 and West Virginia took over early in the second half to beat Oklahoma State, giving coach Bob Huggins another milestone win.

Huggins earned his 879th career victory to tie North Carolina’s Dean Smith for sixth all-time among Division I coaches.

West Virginia (19-7, 7-6 Big 12) cut down on its turnovers in breaking a three-game losing streak, which including losses last week to top-ranked Baylor and No. 3 Kansas. The Mountaineers fell behind by 10 early but got back on track with tough defense.

Oklahoma State shot 17% (5 of 30) from the floor after halftime and was held to 14 points, the fewest allowed by West Virginia this season.

Oscar Tshiebwe had 15 rebounds, Derek Culver pulled down 10 off the bench and West Virginia outrebounded Oklahoma State 42-29.

Cameron McGriff scored 19 points for Oklahoma State (13-13, 3-10), which won its previous two games.

By Paul Wager

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