Illinois' slump continues

DAVID MERCER Associated Press Published:

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- Northwestern and Illinois were both looking to bounce back from bad blowouts Thursday night, games where neither team could shoot or play defense.

Only the Wildcats improved, extending No. 23 Illinois' losing streak to three games while handing the Illini a 68-54 home loss that could cost them their Top 25 ranking.

After starting slow against Iowa and never catching up in the 70-50 whipping, Northwestern coach Bill Carmody was looking for a faster start.

The Wildcats (11-7, 2-3 Big Ten) delivered with a barrage of 3-pointers early and 10 points in the first 10 minutes from Reggie Hearn.

"I thought they really came out tonight and played well," Carmody said. "Hearn was very good early. ... If they make shots you're a good coach."

Illinois (14-5, 1-4) has lost five of seven after its 12-0 start and fallen near the bottom of the Big Ten.

TOP 25

No. 3 DUKE 73, GEORGIA TECH 57

DURHAM, N.C. -- Seth Curry scored 24 points to lead No. 3 Duke past Georgia Tech 73-57 on Thursday night.

Mason Plumlee added 16 points and 13 rebounds after going just 2 for 12 during an awful first half, and the Blue Devils (16-1, 3-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) shot 53 percent from the field over the final 20 minutes to bounce back from their only loss.

Freshman Chris Bolden's 20 points were the most scored by a Georgia Tech player this season.

No. 5 MICHIGAN 83,

No. 9 MINNESOTA 75

MINNEAPOLIS -- Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 21 points and Trey Burke had 18 points and nine assists for Michigan.

Hardaway hit four 3-pointers in the first half for the Wolverines (17-1, 4-1 Big Ten), who had the lead for the final 33 minutes of the game and finished with 13 steals to fuel their fast break. Nik Stauskas added 11 points.

Austin Hollins led the Gophers (15-3, 3-2) with 21 points and four steals, and Trevor Mbakwe had 13 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks. Andre Hollins was drawn into early foul trouble, but he came alive after halftime to finish with 13 points and four assists.

No. 8 GONZAGA 71, PORTLAND 49

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Kelly Olynyk had 21 points and eight rebounds as Gonzaga won its eighth straight.

Olynyk, the 7-foot center who leads the West Coast Conference in scoring, got off to a slow start against the Pilots after two straight games with more than 30 points, scoring just one basket in the first half.

Kevin Pangos added 14 points, including four 3-pointers for Gonzaga (17-1, 4-0 WCC), as the Bulldogs extended the best start in school history.

No. 10 FLORIDA 68, TEXAS A&M 47

COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Mike Rosario scored 19 points and Patric Young added 18 for Florida.

The Aggies led by one point midway through the first half before a big run by the Gators gave them a 35-18 halftime lead.

No. 22 VCU 92,

SAINT JOSEPH'S 86, OT

RICHMOND, Va. -- Treveon Graham scored six of his 25 points in overtime after Virginia Commonwealth rallied late in regulation to tie it.

Darius Theus added a career-high 22 points and 10 assists and four steals for the Rams (15-3, 3-0 Atlantic 10), who won their 12th straight. Juvonte Reddic added 15 points and 17 rebounds for the Rams.

No. 24 UCLA 74, OREGON STATE 64

LOS ANGELES -- Shabazz Muhammad scored 21 points and Kyle Anderson added 17 as UCLA won its 10th straight.

Travis Wear added 17 points for the Bruins (15-3, 5-0 Pac-12), who equaled their longest winning streak since 2008-09. They have won 23 of the last 24 games played against Oregon State on their home court.

OHIO COLLEGES

MILWAUKEE 69,

CLEVELAND STATE 57

MILWAUKEE -- Austin Arians scored a career-high 19 points off the bench, helping Milwaukee to its first conference victory of the season, 69-57 over Cleveland State on Thursday night.

Arians, a freshman, was 6 of 12 from the field, including five 3-pointers, and also pulled down nine rebounds. Paris Gulley added 17 points and eight rebounds for the Panthers (5-13, 1-3 Horizon League).

GREEN BAY 67,

YOUNGSTOWN STATE 58

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Jordan Fouse led a balance Green Bay attack with 12 points and nine rebounds, helping the Phoenix defeat Youngstown State 67-58 Thursday night.

Carrington Love and Brennan Cougill added 11 points apiece and Keifer Sykes had 10 for Green Bay (9-9, 3-2 Horizon), which has won six of its last eight games.

Kendrick Perry led Youngstown State (9-8, 1-3) with 21 points, and Blake Allen added 10.

OTHER COLLEGES

OAKLAND 81, UMKC 68

ROCHESTER, Mich. -- Travis Bader scored 30 points, including 23 in the second half, to help Oakland pull away for an 81-68 victory over UMKC on Thursday night.

Oakland (8-12, 3-3 Summit) increased its home winning streak to 10 games.

Valentine scored 19 points and Corey Petros had 16 points and 10 rebounds.

Estan Tucker scored 20 points for UMKC, including four 3-pointers.

IPFW 62, SOUTH DAKOTA 60

FORT WAYNE, Ind. -- Isaiah McCray's two free throws with 13 seconds left turned out to be the winning points in IPFW's 62-60 victory over South Dakota on Thursday night.

McCray's foul shots put the Mastodons (9-11, 2-4 Summit League) ahead 61-58, and after Brandon Bos' layup pulled the Coyotes (7-12, 3-4) within two,

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