Dec 30, 2019 3:33 PM

12/30 Big Ten Conference news

Posted Dec 30, 2019 3:33 PM

CLEVELAND (AP) — Miles McBride scored six of his season-high 21 points in the final 2:22 and No. 22 West Virginia rallied to beat No. 2 Ohio State 67-59. The Mountaineers trailed by nine late in the first half but went ahead for good at 55-54 on a push-shot by Derek Culver with 3:31 left. McBride, a freshman guard, followed with two free throws and an 18-foot jump shot to extend the lead to 59-54. Ohio State was held to a season low in points and committed season highs of 22 turnovers and 25 fouls.

UNDATED (AP) — Michigan State's basketball team has always been considered among the Big Ten favorites this season, but the surprising start by coach Juwan Howard at Michigan has the Wolverines eyeing the top of the league standings. Throw in Maryland, surprising starts by Ohio State and Indiana, and complete wild cards such as Iowa, and the Big Ten figures to be one of the most intriguing conference races in major college basketball.

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Foster Loyer scored a career-high 16 points in his start for Michigan State and the No. 14 Spartans shook off a slow start without All-American Cassius Winston to rout Western Michigan 95-62. Loyer took over at point guard with Winston sidelined after bruising a bone in his left knee during practice Friday. Xavier Tillman added 15 points and 11 rebounds, Aaron Henry also scored 15 points, and Kyle Ahrens had 12.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Luka Garza scored 23 points and Ryan Kriener added a career-high 20 as No. 25 Iowa closed its non-conference schedule with a 93-51 win over Kennesaw State. Joe Wieskamp had 18 points for the Hawkeyes (10-3, who also had a season-high 14 steals.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Chol Marial dunked less than a minute into his college debut and No. 13 Maryland beat Bryant 84-70. The 7-foot-2 Marial missed the Terrapins' first 12 games following surgery on both legs. Anthony Cowan Jr. scored 19 points, Aaron Wiggins added 15 points and Jalen Smith had 11 points and 10 rebounds for his eighth double-double of the season. The Terrapins struggled with turnovers in losses at Penn State and Seton Hall and committed 16 giveaways Sunday. They overcame them this time and pulled away late to improve to 8-0 at home. 

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Mike Watkins scored 16 of his 19 points in the first half and No. 20 Penn State beat Cornell 90-59. Lamar Stevens added 19 points, Myreon Jones scored 18, Izaiah Brockington had 11 and Watkins added 10 rebounds for the Nittany Lions. They won their 13th straight home game. Penn State led for all but 2:01 after Stevens took over midway through the first half. The big forward broke a 9-all tie with three-straight baskets that made it 16-9. Jimmy Boeheim scored 17 points for the Big Red.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Jon Teske had 25 points and eight rebounds, Eli Brooks added 15 points and No. 11 Michigan closed its nonconference schedule with a 86-60 rout over UMass Lowell. The Wolverines played their first game without leading scorer Isaiah Livers after he injured his groin last week against Presbyterian. He's out indefinitely. Teske scored the first four points of each half and Michigan never trailed, opening the game on a 10-2 run. The 7-foot-1 senior center dominated against the River Hawks, who do not have a player over 6-7.

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Isaiah Joe scored 24 points and Mason Jones had 21, including a pair of 3-pointers on back-to-back possessions late, and Arkansas erased an 11-point, second-half deficit for a 71-64 win at Indiana.