Thursday night in Big Ten hoops provided fans with a couple of intriguing matches in the Gavitt Tipoff Games between Xavier and Wisconsin and St. John's vs. Nebraska. The night of hoops also gave a couple Big Ten teams (Michigan and Iowa) chances to see how well they can overcome second half adversity.
Lets take a look at all of the action from Thursday night.
Game Of The Night:
-No. 15 Xavier Musketeers 80, Wisconsin Badgers 70
Trevon Bluiett and J.P. Maura willed Xavier to a win Thursday night as the Wisconsin Badgers were handed their first loss of the season.
Wisconsin went into the half tied at 34-34 while using a 9-0 run with Ethan Happ on the bench to get back into the game before the break.
Happ continued is hot start to the season by leading the Badgers with 21 points, eight assists, and four rebounds. Guards Brad Davison and Brevin Pritzl also had productive nights for the Badgers scoring 12 and 13 points respectively.
A very experienced Xavier team received huge performances out Trevon Bluiett and J.P Macura who led the Musketeers with 25 and 20 points respectively. Bluiett also brought in nine rebounds leaving him one short of a double-double.
Bluiett showed why he is one of the best returning players in the Big East Monday night when he scored 10 of Xavier's last 14 points including the game winning 3-pointer to put the Musketeers up for good at 69-66. This came after the Badgers used an 8-0 run to tie the game at 64-64.
The Badgers (2-1) will match up with the Baylor Bears Monday night as they participate in the Hall of Fame Classic in Kansas City, Mo.
Xavier (3-0) returns home Monday night for a game against the Hampton Pirates.
St. John's extended their early season winning streak to three games with a blowout victory at home.
The Cornhuskers were completely outmatched in almost every facet of Monday night's game. They shot just 28 percent from the field and went 6-26 behind the arc. They struggled to hang on to possession all game as they surrendered 16 turnovers. The Red Storm used a dominating performance on the glass and in the paint to consistently beat the Cornhuskers defense. Nebraska got out-rebounded 50-39 which led to a huge 44-16 paint points advantage in the game.
Guard Shamorie Ponds led the way for St. Johns finishing with 22 points, seven rebounds, and five assists. Marcus Lovett added in 14 points of his own as well.
James Palmer was the only Cornhusker to finish in double figures as he led Nebraska with 13 points, five rebounds, and three assists.
Nebraska (2-1) returns home for a game against North Dakota Sunday night.
St. John's (3-0) gets a week off before return to the court on Thanksgiving Day as they travel to Oregon State.
-Michigan Wolverines 61, Southern Miss Golden Eagles 47
The Michigan Wolverines have struggled in the first half throughout the beginning of the season. That trend continued Monday night as they trailed at halftime before outscoring Southern Mississippi by 15 in the second half to earn their third win on the season.
Four Wolverines scored in double figures, led by Muhammed Ali Abdur-Rahkmaq's 14 points. Moe Wagner and Jon Duncan Robinson each scored 12 points while Jon Teske added in 10 points of his own. Teske also added 11 rebounds as he recorded his first double-double in his career.
Michigan opened the game on a 20-6 run before the Golden Eagles went on a 13-3 run of their own to tie the game up at 25-25 late in the first half.
The Golden Eagles led 33-32 at the half by shooting over 50 percent from the field but failed to continue their hot shooting mark after the break. The Michigan defense held Southern Miss. to just 26 percent shooting from the field in the final 20 minutes.
Over the course of eight minutes, Michigan went on a 15-0 run to open the game up in the second half.
Michigan (3-0) begins their quest for a Maui Invitational Championship Monday night against LSU.
Southern Miss. (1-1) returns home for a game Monday night against Blue Mountain University.
Ohio State improved their record to 3-0 on the year after an 18 point victory over Texas Southern.
The Buckeyes led by 18 early in the second half but Texas Southern used a 24-8 run to pull within four points with seven minutes remaining in the game.
Donte Clark played a huge part during that run to get the Tigers back into the game. He finished the game with a team-leading 27 points.
Ohio State added a 16-2 run with three minutes remaining in the game to put the Tigers away.
Kieta Bates-Diop, Jae'Sean Tate, and Micah Potter each scored 17 points to lead the Buckeyes. Bates-Diop added in 12 rebounds to complete his second double-double of the season. Freshman Musa Jallow also added 13 points to be Ohio State's fourth player in the game with double figures in scoring.
The Buckeyes (3-0) return to action Sunday night for a home game against Northeastern.
Texas Southern returns to action on Sunday as well as they travel to the Carrier Dome to take on Syracuse.
-Iowa Hawkeyes 85, Grambling State Tigers 74
The Iowa Hawkeyes came up big late in the game to overcome a second half deficit and remain perfect on the season with a win over Grambling State.
The Tigers led the game 59-56 with 11 minutes after an Anthony Gaston 3-pointer. However, they followed that possession up with going over six minutes without scoring a point while Iowa completed a 14-0 run to put the game away.
The Hawkeyes had a plethora of offensive production in the game as they received double-digit scoring from five players. Jack Nunge led the Hawkeyes with 17 points while Tyler Cook and Isaiah Moss added in 15 points each. As a team, the Hawkeyes shot over 50 percent from the field.
The Tigers were led by Axel Mpoyo who led all players with 21 points and also grabbing six rebounds.
Iowa (3-0) returns to action Monday as they host Louisiana-Lafyette.
It will be a quick turnaround for Grambling State (0-2) as they travel to South Dakota to take on the Coyotes tomorrow night.