Chicago Sun-Times (Sunday)
No. 17 Creighton tops pesky DePaul
DePaul more than held its own against one of the best teams in the Big East before falling to No. 17 Creighton 69-62 on Saturday at Wintrust Arena.
The Blue Demons (3-7, 1-7 Big East) led 60-59 after a three-pointer by Ray Salnave with 3:19 left, but the Bluejays (13-4, 9-3) outscored them 10-2 the rest of the way to avoid the upset.
Marcus Zegarowski led four players in double figures for Creighton, which entered the game leading the conference in scoring and shooting percentage but shot only 41%, including 6-for-22 from three-point range.
Christian Bishop and Denzel Mahoney added 14 points apiece and Ryan Kalkbrenner 12 for the Bluejays, who won their third consecutive game overall and their 13th in a row against DePaul.
Salnave scored 21 points and Javon Freeman-Liberty 13 for the Blue Demons, who played without leading scorer Charlie Moore, who suffered an injury to his right elbow Wednesday against St. John’s. DePaul shot just 37%.
Northern Kentucky 69, UIC 67
Bryson Langdon made a tiebreaking jumper from the paint with a second left to lift the Norse past the Flames in Highland Heights, Kentucky.
After Langdon pulled Northern Kentucky (9-8, 7-5 Horizon League) even with a jumper with 45 seconds left, Braelen Bridges — who led UIC with 17 points and eight rebounds — missed two free throws with 22 seconds left to set the stage for Langdon’s game-winner.
Trevon Faulkner scored 15 points, Langdon 12 and Marques Warrick 11 for the Norse, who earned their fourth consecutive victory and completed a sweep of the two-game series after their 72-68 victory Friday.
Maurice Commander added 14 points and Teyvion Kirk 10 for the Flames (8-7, 5-5).
Notre Dame 84, Pittsburgh 58
Cormac Ryan matched his career high with 19 points, Prentiss Hubb scored 17 to go with nine assists and each made five threepointers to fuel the Irish to a rout of the Panthers in Pittsburgh.
Dane Goodwin added 16 points and Juwan Durham 14 for Notre Dame (6-9, 3-6 Atlantic Coast Conference), which shot 56% from the field (32-for-57) on its way to winning for the third time in its last four games.
Justin Champagnie had 19 points and 11 rebounds and two blocked shots to lead Pittsburgh (8-5, 4-4), which suffered its largest margin of defeat this season.
Penn State 81, Wisconsin 71
Myreon Jones scored 20 points, and the Nittany Lions ended a decadelong skid at the hands of the No. 14 Badgers with a victory in State College, Pennsylvania.
Izaiah Brockington added 18 points and John Harrar 17 for Penn State (6-7, 3-6 Big Ten), which had lost 13 consecutive games against Wisconsin (13-5, 7-4) — including eight at home — since its last victory in the series in 2011.
Nate Reuvers scored 18 points, Aleem Ford 15 and Tyler Wahl 13 for the Badgers.
Purdue 81, Minnesota 62
Brandon Newman made five three-pointers on his way to a careerhigh 29 points, and the Boilermakers dominated the second half en route to drubbing the No. 21 Golden Gophers in West Lafayette, Indiana.
Trevion Williams added 17 points and 14 rebounds and Mason Gillis 11 points and nine rebounds for Purdue (12-6, 7-4 Big Ten), which trailed 35-30 at the break before outscoring Minnesota 51-27 in the second half.
Liam Robbins had 15 points, seven rebounds and six blocked shots for the Golden Gophers (11-6, 4-6), who were outrebounded 44-27.