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No. 2 Purdue outlasts Iowa in Big Ten opener

December 4, 2021 GMT
Purdue guard Jaden Ivey (23) reacts after a dunk against Iowa during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in West Lafayette, Ind., Friday, Dec. 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
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Purdue guard Jaden Ivey (23) reacts after a dunk against Iowa during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in West Lafayette, Ind., Friday, Dec. 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
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Purdue guard Jaden Ivey (23) reacts after a dunk against Iowa during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in West Lafayette, Ind., Friday, Dec. 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Jaden Ivey scored 19 points, Trevion Williams had 13 points and 18 rebounds, and No. 2 Purdue held off a late Iowa rally to win 77-70 on Friday night in the Big Ten opener for both teams.

Mason Gillis added 12 points off the bench for the Boilermakers (8-0).

The Hawkeyes (7-1) were without leading scorer and rebounder Keegan Murray, who injured his ankle in Monday’s victory at Virginia. Murray is averaging 24.6 points and 8.9 rebounds per game. His twin brother, Kris Murray, started in his place.

Patrick McCaffery led Iowa with 15 points. Tony Perkins scored 14 and Murray 12 for Iowa.

NO. 8 KANSAS 95, ST. JOHN’S 75

NEW YORK (AP) — Christian Braun had a career-high 31 points, Ochai Agbaji scored 23 and Kansas emphatically turned back a second-half charge to beat St. John’s in the first basketball game at new UBS Arena, home of the NHL’s New York Islanders.

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Senior forward David McCormack was a force inside with 15 points and 13 rebounds for the Jayhawks (6-1), who have bounced back from a one-point loss to Dayton last week with consecutive double-digit wins.

Remy Martin added 12 points and five assists, and Kansas clamped down on defense late.

Julian Champagnie scored all but four of his 24 points after halftime for the Red Storm (5-2).

NO. 7 TEXAS 88, TEXAS RIO GRANDE VALLEY 58

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Christian Bishop scored 17 points and Texas used suffocating defense in the second half to beat Texas Rio Grande Valley.

Bishop, a senior transfer from Creighton, is a backup who played 14 minutes. He made all nine of his free throws.

Timmy Allen and Tre Mitchell scored 13 points each for Texas (6-1).

RayQuan Taylor led UTRGV (4-5) with 15 points, and Justin Johnson scored 12.

NO. 15 HOUSTON 111, BRYANT 44

HOUSTON (AP) — Tramon Mark tied a career high with 22 points, Josh Carlton added 17 and Houston routed Bryant for its third straight win.

Kyler Edwards had 12 points and 10 rebounds, and Marcus Sasser scored 12 points for Houston (7-1), which won its 30th straight home game. The Cougars shot a season-high 62% and made 10 of 23 3-pointers.

Houston scored a season high in points and had its largest margin of victory (67 points) since beating Florida Tech by 69 on Nov. 22, 2005.

Chris Childs scored 13 points for Bryant (3-5).

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