No. 6 Michi­gan starts fast, beats No. 24 Mary­land

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - College Basketball -

Charles Matthews scored 14 points and Iggy Brazdeikis added 13 to lift No. 6 Michi­gan to a 65-52 vic­tory over No. 24 Mary­land on Satur­day.

The Wolver­ines (23-3, 12-3 Big Ten) re­bounded from their loss at Penn State ear­lier in the week. Michi­gan raced out to a 14-2 ad­van­tage and led by as much as 15 in the first half. The fast start was too much for Mary­land (19-7, 10-5) to over­come.

Bruno Fer­nando scored all 12 of his points in the sec­ond half for the Ter­rap­ins.

Michi­gan led 27-18 at half­time. Mary­land turned the ball over 13 times in the first half. The Terps had only three turnovers in the sec­ond, but the dam­age was done.

With Mary­land down five, An­thony Cowan Jr. had a chance to cut furth- er into the lead, but he missed an easy layup, and Brazdeikis made a 3-pointer at the other end to make it 50-42.

Top 25

No. 4 Vir­ginia 60, Notre Dame 54: Kyle Guy scored 22 points and De’An­dre Hunter had 20 with 10 re­bounds for the host Cava­liers (22-2, 10-2 ACC). Hunter scored six points dur­ing a 9-0 run for the Cava­liers after the Fight­ing Ir­ish closed to within 45-44 with 8:12 left. But Notre Dame (1312, 3-9) then went more than five min­utes with­out a point as Hunter scored in­side and hit four free throws. Guy added a 3pointer and it was 54-44 with less than five min­utes to play. No. 12 Pur­due 76, Penn St. 64: Carsen Ed­wards scored 13 of his 21 points in the sec­ond half and Matt Haarms added a ca­reer-high 18 points to help the host Boil­er­mak­ers (18-7, 11-3 Big Ten) re­claim a share of the con- fer­ence lead with their ninth win in 10 games. La­mar Stevens fin­ished with 18 points and Rasir Bolton had 17 to lead Penn State (9-16, 2-12). No. 14 Kan­sas 78, West Vir­ginia 53: Devon Dot­son and K.J. Law­son each scored 15 points to help the host Jay­hawks (20-6, 9-4 Big 12) beat de­pleted West Vir­ginia. West Vir­ginia (10-15, 2-10) strug­gled with­out for­mer starters Esa Ahmed and Wes­ley Har­ris, who were dis­missed from the team ear­lier in the week. No. 15 Texas Tech 86, Bay­lor 61: Jar­rett Cul­ver scored 18 points and Da- vide Moretti added 17 as the host Red Raiders (21-6, 9-4 Big 12) cruised past short-handed and turnover-prone Bay­lor. The Bears (16-9, 7-5) were with­out key back­court play­ers Makai Ma­son and King McClure for the third con­sec­u­tive game. No. 17 Florida State 69, Ge­or­gia Tech 47: Christ Koumadje had 10 points and 12 re­bounds as the vis­it­ing Semi­noles (20-5, 8-4 ACC) tied a school record with a sev­enth straight ACC win. Ge­or­gia Tech (11-15, 3-10) lost its sev­enth straight ACC game.

No. 22 Vir­ginia Tech 70, Pitts­burgh 64: Kenny Black­s­hear poured in a sea­son-high 29 points to help the vis­it­ing Hok­ies (20-5, 9-4 ACC) hold off slump­ing. The 6-foot-10, 250-pound ju­nior made 8 of 9 shots from the field, in­clud­ing all three of his 3-point at­tempts, and went 10 of 11 from the free throw line. Pitt is 12-14, 2-11.

No. 23 Iowa State 78, No. 18 Kan­sas State 64: Lin­dell Wig­gin­ton hit five 3-point­ers and scored 23 points and Talen Hor­tonTucker buried six 3s and had 20 to help the vis­it­ing Cy­clones (19-6, 8-4 Big 12) pull away late and tighten up the Big 12 ti­tle race. The Wild­cats are 19-6, 9-3 with six games to go in the con­fer­ence sched­ule.


Michi­gan guard Jor­dan Poole makes a layup as Mary­land guard Dar­ryl Morsell de­fends dur­ing Satur­day’s sec­ond half in Ann Ar­bor, Mich.

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