Eastern Michigan had the prettiest number in an ugly game.
Derek Thompson scored 8 points, and the Eagles turned the ball over just five times and held off Purdue 47-44 on Saturday. The win was the school’s first against a Big Ten team since 1997 at Michigan, and just the 10th in school history.
“It feels really good,” said guard J.R. Sims, who finished with 7 points. “We haven’t beaten a major program in a long time.”
The Boilermakers (4-5) rebounded a missed free throw and had a chance for a tying basket with 8.7 seconds to play, but Dru Anthrop threw the ball away near midcourt. It was a fitting end for Purdue, which coughed up the ball 18 times and lost despite outrebounding its hosts 51-33.
“We’re frustrated,” coach Matt Painter said. “We feel like we continue to beat ourselves.”
Eastern Michigan’s Daylen Harrison had 11 rebounds on an afternoon that saw both teams struggle from the floor. Purdue made just under 30 percent of its field-goal tries, and the Eagles were barely over that number.
“In 20 years I don’t think I’ve ever had a game when we didn’t allow a double-figure scorer but lost the game,” Painter said.
Michigan St. 73, Loyola 61:
Gary Harris scored 20 points and No. 19 Michigan State (8-2) broke away in the second half to beat visiting Loyola (6-3). Down 32-30 at the break, the Spartans went on a 22-9 run to take control. Harris hit three 3-pointers during the burst.
Ben Averkamp had 25 points, including four 3s, and 8 rebounds for the Ramblers.
Loyola held its own on the boards against one of the nation’s top rebounding programs, getting outrebounded by only 33-31. The Ramblers overcame a 10-point deficit in the first half and took a 28-25 lead on a 3 from Cully Payne, a transfer from Iowa who had played in Breslin Center in 2010.
Marquette 60, Wisconsin 50:
Junior Cadougan scored 13 of his 18 points in the final 10 minutes and Vander Blue added 17 points to lead Marquette (6-2) past rival Wisconsin in Milwaukee.
Marquette led the entire game but wasn’t able to shake the Badgers (6-4) until the closing minutes.
No Wisconsin player scored in double digits with Jared Berggren and Ryan Evans each scoring 9 points.
Neither team had success with free throws. Marquette missed 10 of 17 and Wisconsin missed 14 of 23.
Michigan 80, Arkansas 67:
Jordan Morgan scored a season-high 12 points and matched a season high with 10 rebounds to help No. 3 Michigan beat visiting Arkansas (4-4). The Wolverines (9-0) are off to their best start since they won the first 11 games of the 1988-89 season, when they went on to win the program’s only national title.
Indiana 100, Cent. Conn. St. 69:
Christian Watford scored 21 points and Cody Zeller had 19 points and a career-high 19 rebounds, and No. 1 Indiana (9-0) suffocated visiting Central Connecticut State (4-4).
Ohio St. 89, Long Beach St. 55:
Deshaun Thomas had 18 points, including a 3-pointer in an 11-point run in the first half, to lead No. 7 Ohio State (6-1) past tired visiting Long Beach State (3-6). LaQuinton Ross had 16 points in a reserve role for the Buckeyes.
Penn State 78, Army 70:
D.J. Newbill scored 19 points and Jermaine Marshall added 16 as host Penn State (5-4) survived a second-half surge by Army (4-4).Copyright © 2014 Paddock Publications, Inc. All rights reserved.