On a Sunday that was overshadowed by the NFL, eight Big Ten teams played, including three ranked teams. By night’s end, one of those teams took their first loss of the season and another lost their star player to an ankle injury.
Let’s see what took place in Sunday’s Big Ten hoops action.
Game Of The Night:
-Texas Tech Red Raiders 85, No. 20 Northwestern Wildcats 49
Northwestern was dominated from the opening tip as Texas Tech began the game on a 9-0 run. They later added a 14-2 run to lead 23-5 midway through the first half.
The Wildcats were able to draw within 10 at 29-19 with five minutes remaining in the half in large part to Scottie Lindsey. He ended up scoring a team high 20 points, 17 of which came in the first 20 minutes.
However, the Red Raiders followed with a 10-0 run to get back up 20 and went into the break with a 41-25 lead.
Northwestern would get no closer than 13 in the second half as they fell 85-49 and likely out of the rankings.
Keenan Evans dropped 25 points on the No. 20 Northwestern Wildcats in the route in the championship game of the College Basketball Hall Of Fame Tipoff.
Northwestern (3-2) will be off until next Friday when they host Sacred Heart. Texas Tech (4-0) will be back in action Wednesday night when they host Wofford.
Eugene Omoruyi’s career-high 17 points off the bench and a Rutgers defense that held Coppin State to 295 shooting from the field led the undefeated Scarlet Knight over the Eagles Sunday afternoon.
Omoruyi was joined by three other Scarlet Knights who scored in double figures: Corey Sanders scored 13 and Geo Baker scored 11 while Deshawn freeman added 10.
Coppin State jumped out to a a quick 11-7 before. Rutgers responded with a 19-2 run and went into the half with a 28-22 lead.
In the second half, the Scarlet Knights got their lead as a high as 25 points on multiple occasions, including the final score. Rutgers used its length to dominate the Eagles in the game. They grabbed 52 rebounds in the game and out-scored Coppin State in the paint 36-14.
With Coppin State scoring less than 40 points, Rutgers has held three or more opponent s to under that mark for the first time since the 1945-46 season when they did so to Haverford, Franklin & Marshall, Panzer, and Camp Kilmer.
Rutgers (4-0) returns to action Tuesday night when they host Bryant University while Coppin State (0-5) will travel to Central Connecticut State on the same night.
Jae’Sean Tate was a perfect 10-10 from the field and led the Buckeyes with a career high 24 points while setting a school record for field goal percentage in a game in Ohio State’s win against Northeastern.
Kieta Bates-Diop also scored in double digits for Ohio State as he added 19.
The Buckeyes led 47-17 at the break and did not let up in the second half. With 17 minutes remaining the Huskies trailed 53-19 and would not get any closer than 25 points.
Ohio State (4-0) will make its way to Portland, Oreg. for the Phil Knight Invitational where they will take on #17 Gonzaga in the first round of the tournament. Northeastern (2-2) will return to action Friday night when they take on Utah State.
-Nebraska Cornhuskers 92, North Dakota Fighting Hawks 70
The Cornhuskers bounced back after getting dominated against St. Johns earlier in the week behind a 30 point, eight rebound performance from Isaac Copeland to get past North Dakota.
Copeland finished the game 12 of 14 from the field with 19 of his 30 points coming in the first half. Four other Cornhuskers finished in double figures. Anton Gill finished with a career-high 16 points and Glynn Watson tallied 13 while Isaiah Roby added 11.
The Cornhuskers opened the contest on an 11-0 run with Copeland being the catalyst right from the gun. After North Dakota go within six, the Cornhuskers used a 12-2 run and shot 61 percent from the field to go into the half leading 49-32.
In the second half, North Dakota was able to cut the deficit to single digits at 55-46 but go no closer as Nebraska was able to extend their lead back to double digits.
Nebraska (3-1) will make their way to Orlando, Fla. where they will take in Central Florida on Thursday in the first round of the Advocare Invitational. North Dakota (2-2) will return home where they will have their home opener against Northland College on Tuesday night.
-No. 2 Michigan State Spartans 93, Stony Brook Seawolves 71
The Spartans survived a Miles Bridges injury and a slow first half to beat Stony Brook behind Nick Ward’s first double-double of the season.
Ward led the Spartans with 22 points and 11 boards while four other Spartans scored in double figures. Bridges scored 20 points before leaving midway through the second half with an ankle injury. Josh Langford added 19 points while Cassius Winston added in 13 as MSU was able to bounce back after a seven points loss against Duke on Tuesday.
Michigan State actually trailed for over 12 minutes in the first half as Stony Brook knocked down four out of their first five shots behind the arc. However, the Seawolves finished the half just one for their last nine shots from the field as MSU took a 44-38 lead into halftime.
The Spartans stretched their lead to double digits early in the second half. Stony Brook drew back within six at 50-44 with 16 minutes remaining. Michigan State scored seven straight points to extend their lead back to double-digits. Again, the Seawolves punched right back by cutting the deficit to single digits at 62-53. However, the #2 ranked Spartans clamped fists on the game and used a 9-0 run to extend their lead to 71-53 with 10 minutes remaining.
The lead for Michigan State got as high as 24 points when they led 89-65 with two minutes to play.
The Spartans shot 57 percent from the field and made a third of their shots behind the arc to down the Seawolves.
Michigan State (2-1) will also make its way down to Oregon where they will meet DePaul in the first round of the Phil Knight Invitational. Stony Brook (0-4) will host Brown in their home opener Wednesday night.
-No. 14 Minnesota Golden Gophers 92, West Carolina Catamounts 64
Jordan Murphy continued his hot start to the season by leading Minnesota with 23 points and 11 rebounds and recorded his fourth straight double-double to begin the year as they cruised past West Carolina.
Four other Gophers joined Murphy in double figures on the night. Amir Coffey added 15 and Dupree McBrayer tallied 14 while Nate Mason and Isaiah Washington scored 13 and 10 points respectively.
The Golden gophers held a slight 42-33 at the break. Then Murphy took over. He recorded 15 of his 23 points and nine of his eleven rebounds in the second half to create distance between his team and the Catamounts.
Washington also played a huge part in Minnesota’s big second half. He came in for Mason with his team only leading by five. When he came out, the Golden Gophers held a 20-point lead, partly due to Washington’s six points and zero turnovers during that stretch.
Minnesota (4-0) will be back in action Tuesday night when they host Alabama A&M while Western Carolina (1-3) will travel to UMASS on the same night.
Leron Black and Kipper Nichols each scored 17 points to lead Illinois past a tough Marshall team on Sunday afternoon.
Freshman Mark Smith and Michael Finke each scored 13 points to make for Illini in total to score in double figures in the game.
After leading by only 10 at the half, Illinois opened up a 23 point lead with 12 minutes remaining at 66-43. Marshall could never cut the deficit to single digits to give themselves a chance in the second half.
The Illini used a strong performance on the glass to get past Marshall by out-rebounding the Thundering Herd 45-20.
Illinois (4-0) will be back in action Tuesday night when they host Augustana (D-III) while Marshall (2-2) will host North Carolina Central on Wednesday.
-Indiana Hoosiers 70, South Florida Bulls 53
Robert Johnson was the look-to offensive player for Indiana as he dropped 21 points to help the Hoosiers get past South Florida 70-53.
The Hoosiers trailed 34-33 at the half, partly due to nine first half turnovers. However, the offense was more clean and efficient and the defense clamped down in the second half to push the Hoosiers over the hump.
Indiana committed just three turnovers in the final 20 minutes and held the Bulls to just 19 points compared to their 37. Juwan Morgan took care of most of that. 13 of his 15 points were part of those 37 second half points.
The Hoosiers took a 45-43 lead with 12 minutes remaining and did not trail the rest of the contest.
Indiana (2-2) will host Arkansas State Wednesday night in the third game of the Hoosier Tipoff Classic while South Florida returns home to take on Howard on the same night.