STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Nick Ward had 16 points and 11 rebounds to lead No. 6 Michigan State to a 71-56 win over Penn State on Sunday.
Matt McQuaid added 15 points and Cassius Winston chipped in 11 for the Spartans (15-2, 6-0 Big Ten), who have won 10 straight. They also beat the Nittany Lions (7-10, 0-6) for the 10th consecutive time.
Kenny Goins added 10 rebounds for the Spartans, who only trailed for 10 seconds and led by as many as 21 with 6:44 to play.
Lamar Stevens led Penn State (7-10, 0-6) with 20 points. Myles Dread, Josh Reaves and Mike Watkins all scored 11 points.
Dayton 72, UMass 67
DAYTON — Jordan Davis scored 21 points and Jalen Crutcher’s go-ahead 3-pointer with 56 seconds left helped send Dayton past UMass 72-67 on Sunday.
Rashaan Holloway’s jumper with 1:36 remaining tied it at 67 for the Minutemen but they missed their last two shot attempts thereafter. Trey Landers made two of four foul shots in the final 13 seconds and Dayton (11-5, 3-0 Atlantic 10) held on. Dayton led 38-33 at halftime and never trailed after intermission.
Crutcher scored 19 points, Josh Cunningham added 15 and Landers 12. The Flyers made 11 of 19 shots from beyond the 3-point arc and were 13 of 21 from the foul line compared to 3 of 4 for UMass (7-9, 0-3).
Luwane Pipkins scored 19 for the Minutemen, Carl Pierre 16 and Keon Clergeot and Rashaan Holloway each scored 10.
The Flyers share a three-way tie for first place in the conference with Davidson and Saint Louis. The Flyers own a six-game win streak and have won seven of their last nine.
Xavier 70, Butler 69
CINCINNATI — Things weren’t looking good for Xavier at the last media timeout, with the Musketeers trailing by 10 points and struggling to make shots. Coach Travis Steele reminded the Musketeers that they were capable of an improbable rally.
Paul Scruggs scored 23 points while leading another big comeback, and Naji Marshall made a free throw with 3.2 seconds left, sending the Musketeers to a 70-69 victory over Butler on Sunday.
Down by 10 points with 4 minutes left, the Musketeers (11-7, 3-2 Big East) went on a closing 16-5 spurt that featured Scruggs’ fifth 3-pointer , a career high. Scruggs moved to the point guard spot with Quentin Goodin injured and had a team-high eight rebounds with six assists in 40 minutes.
Butler (10-7, 1-3) led by 12 points early in the second half and by 10 at the final media timeout , but managed only two baskets and a free throw the rest of the way. With the score tied 69-69, Paul Jorgensen missed a 3-point shot, giving Xavier its final chance.
Marshall was fouled while driving to the basket with 3.2 seconds left, missed the first free throw and made the second. Butler’s Kamar Baldwin came up short on a tipped 3-point shot at the buzzer and finished with 18 points.
Villanova 90, Creighton 78
OMAHA, Neb. — Villanova called on Phil Booth again. As usual, he delivered.
Booth scored 19 of his 28 points after halftime to ignite the Wildcats’ surge as they came from behind to beat Creighton 90-78 on Sunday.
Booth made all four of his 3-pointers in the second half and scored eight straight points early in a 26-6 spurt that turned Villanova’s 47-38 deficit into a 64-53 lead with 9½ minutes left. The Bluejays had two scoring droughts of more than 4 minutes as Villanova (13-4, 4-0 Big East) pulled away.
The defending champion Wildcats came back from sizeable deficits for the third time in four games. They trailed by 13 before beating No. 24 St. John’s on Tuesday and by 14 in a win over DePaul on Jan. 2. Booth hit the go-ahead 3-pointer late and scored 23 points against St. John’s.
Notre Dame 78, Wake Forest 48
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Marina Mabrey scored 18 points and No. 1 Notre Dame dominated from start to finish in a 78-48 victory over Wake Forest on Sunday.
Jessica Shepard had 16 points while Brianna Turner had 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Fighting Irish (16-1, 4-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), who got a rare off-day from leading scorer Arike Ogunbowale. Ogunbowale, who had 30 points Thursday in Notre Dame’s 82-68 win over No. 2 Louisville, saw her 37-game double-digit scoring streak end. She scored just four points on 1-of-11 shooting from the field.
But roommate Mabrey hit 7 of 11 shots, including 4 of 7 3-pointers, and had seven rebounds and four assists. Shepard finished with six rebounds, five assists and four steals.
Christina Morra scored 13 points and Ivana Raca had 12 for the Demon Deacons (9-7, 0-3).