Sunday’s college basketball: Oakland routed in key game
Dayton, Ohio — Freshman Loudon Love had a double-double in the first half and finished with 18 points and a season-high tying 17 rebounds to lead Wright State by Oakland, 64-51, on Sunday afternoon.
The loss puts Oakland (14-9, 6-4) three games back of first-place Wright State (17-6, 9-1), making the Golden Grizzlies a significant long shot to repeat as Horizon League regular-season champions.
Kendrick Nunn scored 18 on 5-of-18 shooting for Oakland. He was just 2-of-12 from distance and the rest of the Golden Grizzlies matched that mark. Jalen Hayes had 13 points and eight boards and Martez Walker scored 11.
Love had 15 first-half points and 11 rebounds for his ninth double-double of the season as Wright State led 37-24 at halftime. The Raiders had a 25-14 edge on the glass and used 10 assists for 14 field goals.
Jaylon Hall added 15 points for Wright State, which got 14 offensive rebounds for a 46-31 advantage on the glass.
Love was named Horizon League freshman of the week for the fourth time in six weeks.
More state men
(At) Northern Kentucky 72, Detroit Mercy 44: Carson Williams scored 13, Drew McDonald added 12 and Northern Kentucky cruised past Detroit Mercy.
Detroit Mercy (6-17, 2-8 Horizon League) never got untracked, going 4-of-20 from long range and shooting 28 percent. Corey Allen had 11 for the Titans.
Northern Kentucky is 15-7, 8-2.
No. 16 Michigan 80, (at) Northwestern 59: Katelynn Flaherty scored 27, Hallie Thome added 25 and Michigan gave coach Kim Barnes Arico her 400th career win.
Thome had 19 points on 8-of-11 shooting as the Wolverines (19-4, 8-2 Big Ten), who won their sixth straight, led 37-28 at the half.
Barnes Arico, already the wins leader in six seasons at Michigan with 130, is the seventh active Big Ten coach with 400 wins. She had 176 wins in 10 seasons at St. John’s.
Northwestern is 9-14, 2-7.
Top 25 men
No. 1 Villanova 85, (at) Marquette 82: Jalen Brunson scored 31 despite leaving the game briefly because of a left ankle injury, Donte DiVincenzo added 23 and Villanova (20-1, 7-1 Big East) avoided another upset in Milwaukee. It was a year ago that Marquette (13-8, 4-5) upset a then-No. 1 Villanova team in another down-to-the-wire thriller .
No. 3 Purdue, (at) Indiana 67: Isaac Haas matched his career high with 26 points, Vincent Edwards added 19 and Purdue (21-2, 10-0 Big Ten) earned its school-record 17th consecutive victory. Indiana is 12-10, 5-5.