ROUNDUP UM women rally, beat Mar­quette

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Ann Arbor — Kate­lynn Fla­herty scored seven of her 27 points in the fi­nal two min­utes and No. 24 Michi­gan took the lead in the third quar­ter be­fore hold­ing off Mar­quette, 82-76, on Thurs­day night.

Mar­quette (4-4) led by nine in the sec­ond quar­ter but the Wolver­ines (7-2) scored the last five to close within 33-29. The run con­tin­ued for an­other seven points in the third quar­ter with Nicole Munger’s 3-pointer giv­ing Michi­gan the lead.

An 8-0 run turned into a 12-2 surge when Fla­herty hit back-to­back buck­ets and Michi­gan even­tu­ally took a 57-46 lead into the fourth quar­ter.

The lead reached 16 points with 7:46 re­main­ing be­fore Mar­quette stormed back. Af­ter a 9-0 run, Erika Daven­port had four free throws in 13 sec­onds to cut it to 68-65 with 4:58 to play and her layup 35 sec­onds later cut it to two.

Fla­herty’s 3-point play with 1:46 to go made it a six-point game. Fla­herty hit four straight free throws to help seal it.

Hal­lie Thome had 17 points for Michi­gan and Jil­lian Dun­ston had 14 re­bounds.

Daven­port led Mar­quette with 23 points, match­ing her ca­reer high, Al­lazia Block­ton had 19 points and 11 re­bounds and Danielle King scored 19.

More state women

Cen­tral Michi­gan 94, (at) South­ern Illi­nois-Ed­wardsville 56: Cassie Breen scored 20, Reyna Frost 16 with 18 re­bounds and Mi­caela Kelly 13 for Cen­tral Michi­gan (7-1).

Lau­ren White scored 14 for SIUE (3-4).

(At) Ash­land 120, Wayne State 70: Laina Snyder scored 25 for Ash­land (9-0, 3-0 GLIAC). Jes­sica Mur­phy scored 13 for Wayne State (6-3, 1-2).

Top 25 men

(At) No. 21 Pur­due 80, Val­paraiso 50: Vin­cent Ed­wards scored 15, Carson Ed­wards and Isaac Haas fin­ished with 10 each for Pur­due (9-2).

Pur­due used ag­gres­sive de­fense and fast-paced of­fense, to force 11 turnovers in the first half that re­sulted in 11 points.

Joe Bur­ton scored 19 for Valpo (8-1).

Ga­tors drop­ping

Florida coach Mike White walked through the bas­ket­ball fa­cil­ity Thurs­day car­ry­ing a cup of cof­fee in one hand and an ink pen in the other.

Given how the fifth-ranked Ga­tors have played re­cently, the need for both was ob­vi­ous: Late nights ahead and new ideas to draw up.

Florida (5-3) has lost three con­sec­u­tive games, in­clud­ing two in three days to un­ranked op­po­nents at home.

It’s a sig­nif­i­cant slide that has White re­assess­ing ev­ery­thing about his seem­ingly over­rated team.

“None of it’s been shock­ing,” White said. “We’re just a very av­er­age de­fen­sive and re­bound­ing team, and when we’re not mak­ing shots, it’s hard to beat any­body.”

Keatts out of hos­pi­tal

The South Carolina State player who col­lapsed on the court dur­ing a week­end game at North Carolina State has been re­leased from the hos­pi­tal.

N.C. State coach Kevin Keatts said Thurs­day he had just spo­ken with Tyvoris Solomon and his fa­ther as they headed home. Rex Hos­pi­tal spokesman Alan Wolf con­firmed in an email to The As­so­ci­ated Press that Solomon had been dis­charged.

Solomon, a red­shirt se­nior, col­lapsed near the team’s bench dur­ing the first half of S.C. State’s 103-71 loss. Emer­gency med­i­cal per­son­nel ad­min­is­tered chest com­pres­sions be­fore Solomon was taken from the court on a stretcher and to the hos­pi­tal.

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