No. 4 WISCONSIN 86,
E. KENTUCKY 61
MADISON, Wis. — Ben Brust scored 20 points to lead four Wisconsin players in double figures.
Freshman reserve Nigel Hayes scored a career-high 17 points for the Badgers (12-0), who are off to the best start to a season since 1915-16 when they started 12-0 and finished 20-1. Sam Dekker added 16 points, while Frank Kaminsky shrugged off a right foot injury that hampered him this week to add 13.
Glenn Cosey scored 21 points to lead the Colonels (7-4), while Orlando Williams added 13.
Wisconsin, which averages 21 free throws a game, went 25 of 33 from the free throw line — led by Hayes going 13 of 17. The Badgers finished 9 of 15 from beyond the 3-point line with Brust making five, two short of his school record.
No. 5 MICHIGAN ST. 67,
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Keith Appling scored 18 of his 21 points in the second half and Adreian Payne had 20 points and 10 rebounds to lead Michigan State.
Branden Dawson added 16 points and 13 rebounds for the shorthanded Spartans (8-1), who were rusty early and turnover-prone after a 10-day break.
Michigan State played without leading scorer Gary Harris, who is still nursing an ankle injury. The Spartans were also without big men Matt Costello (mononucleosis) and Kenny Kaminski (academic suspension).
Duke Mondy, the nation’s leader in steals, had 24 points and seven swipes for the Golden Grizzlies (2-9) in their home game played at the Palace of Auburn Hills. Travis Bader has 18 points and was 4 for 14 from 3-point range for Oakland, winless in 12 games in the series.
Michigan State got all but 10 of its points from Appling, Payne and Dawson and only had five players score. But a 41-32 edge in rebounds gave the Spartans just enough to bounce back from the 79-65 loss to North Carolina that knocked them out of the No. 1 spot in the poll.
No. 6 LOUISVILLE 79,
W. KENTUCKY 63
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Russ Smith had 14 points and 10 assists and Louisville shot 69 percent from the field in the second half.
With starting point guard Chris Jones sidelined at least a game with a sprained right wrist, the Cardinals (9-1) got numerous backcourt contributions to beat their in-state rival for the fifth straight time. Freshman Terry Rozier grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds starting in Jones’ place while reserve Tim Henderson added career highs of 12 points on four 3-pointers and four assists.
Their efforts helped Louisville pad a 31-28 halftime lead as the Cardinals made 13 of their first 21 attempts from the field after the break to build a 63-44 lead with 6:02 left. They shot 18 of 26 in the second half.
Louisville held the Hilltoppers (5-4) scoreless for nearly 6 minutes.
T.J. Price’s 22 points led WKU, which shot just 36 percent and was outscored 36-14 inside.
No. 7 OKLA. ST. 70,
LOUISIANA TECH 55
OKLAHOMA CITY — Le’Bryan Nash had 22 points and 10 rebounds as Oklahoma State overcame a sluggish start.
Marcus Smart scored three points in the first half and finished with 13 for the Cowboys (9-1), who had not played a game in more than a week.
Smart added five rebounds and five assists, but the Big 12 Conference’s leading scorer watched as Nash did the bulk of the scoring against Louisiana Tech (8-3).
Markel Brown scored 13 points for the Cowboys and Kamari Murphy had 10.
Chris Anderson scored 14 points and Alex Hamilton added 12 for Louisiana Tech, which held Oklahoma State scoreless over the first 4 minutes of the game. But the Bulldogs couldn’t get any closer after pulling within 49-42 in the second half in Chesapeake Energy Arena, home of the Oklahoma City Thunder.
No. 22 UMASS 80,
N. ILLINOIS 54
AMHERST, Mass. — Cady Lalanne scored 16 points to lead UMass.
Chaz Williams, coming off career highs of 32 points and 15 assists against Brigham Young on Dec. 7, had 12 points and seven assists for the Minutemen (9-0), who are off to the program’s best start since the 1995-96 team started 26-0.
Raphiael Putney added 13 points — including three 3-pointers in an early 11-0 run — and Maxie Esho had 12 points and seven rebounds for the Minutemen.
Dontel Highsmith led the Huskies (3-5) with 10 points.
UMass Freshman reserves Clyde Santee scored the first 13 points of his college career — all in a span of 5:34.
The 54 points were the fewest allowed by UMass this season.