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Park Grad Alex Vargo Buckets 8 Points in YSU Win

ALEX VARGO

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS — Wheeling Park grad Alex Vargo dropped in eight points to help Youngstown State defeat Northern Kentucky on ESPN2 on Sunday.

Vargo played 17 minutes of action, grabbed three rebounds and drained two clutch 3-pointers to help spark the Penguins.

NORTHWESTERN 79

No. 4 MICHIGAN STATE 65

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Boo Buie scored a career-high 30 points and Northwestern beat Michigan State for the first time in almost a decade, topping the No. 4 Spartans 79-65 on Sunday night.

Pete Nance added 15 points, 12 rebounds and four assists in Northwestern’s biggest victory since its first NCAA Tournament appearance in 2017. Freshman Ty Berry had 12 points in the Big Ten opener for each school, including three of the Wildcats’ 10 3-pointers.

Northwestern (4-1) stopped a 12-game slide in the series with its first victory over Michigan State since Jan. 14, 2012. It also was the Wildcats’ first win over a top-five team in the AP poll since an 83-65 victory over Magic Johnson and then-No. 4 Michigan State on Jan. 27, 1979.

This year’s Spartans looked rusty in their first game in a week and just their second overall since Dec. 7. They were supposed to play Virginia on Dec. 9, but that game was postponed because of COVID-19 issues with the Cavaliers.

NO. 6 HOUSTON 88

ALCORN STATE 55

HOUSTON (AP) — Quentin Grimes had 27 points and 10 rebounds, Reggie Chaney added 18 points and six rebounds and Houston overcame the absence of several key plays to rout Alcorn State.

NO. 9 CREIGHTON 76 UCONN 74, OT

STORRS, Conn. (AP) — Christian Bishop scored 19 points and Creighton had a 9-0 run in overtime to beat UConn in the Huskies’ first Big East game since March 2013.

NO. 11 TEXAS 77

OKLAHOMA STATE 74

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Freshman Greg Brown had 24 points and 14 rebounds to help Texas beat Oklahoma in the Longhorns’ Big 12 opener.

NO. 19 RUTGERS 91

NO. 13 ILLINOIS 88

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — Ron Harper Jr. scored 28 points, Jacob Young added 24 and Rutgers overcame a double-digit, first-half deficit to beat Illinois.

SATURDAY

Suggs, No. 1 Gonzaga return

with 99-88 win over No. 3 Iowa

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Jalen Suggs scored 18 of his career-high 27 points in the first half and No. 1 Gonzaga held off a late rally to beat No. 3 Iowa 99-88 on Saturday.

This was the Bulldogs first game since pausing activities in early December because of the coronavirus. Gonzaga showed little rust from not playing a game since Dec. 2.

Suggs, the West Coast Conference freshman player of the week before Gonzaga’s season was paused, entered the game against Iowa averaging 13.3 points per game. He blew by that midway through the first half and finished 8 for 17 from the floor and was 7 for 10 from the 3-point line. His previous career high was 24 against Kansas on Nov. 26.

Drew Timme added 15 points and Joel Ayai added 11 points and grabbed a career-high 18 rebounds for Gonzaga (4-0).

Luka Garza led Iowa (6-1) with 30 points and 10 rebounds on 13-of-18 shooting. Joe Wieskamp added 20 points and nine rebounds for the Hawkeyes.

No. 2 BAYLOR 100

KANSAS STATE 69

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — MaCio Teague had 23 points and 10 rebounds, Davion Mitchell scored 20 points and Baylor beat Kansas State.

Jared Butler had 14 points and 13 assists for his first career double-double with the Bears (5-0, 1-0 Big 12), and Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua scored 13 points.

This was the first game for Baylor in a week after the school paused team activity due to COVID-19 protocols.

No. 7 VILLANOVA 88

SAINT JOSEPH’S 68

VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) — Jeremiah Robinson-Earl scored 25 points with a broken nose, Caleb Daniels had 19 points and Villanova beat Saint Joseph’s in a hastily-scheduled game.

No. 12 WISCONSIN 85

No. 23 LOUISVILLE 48

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Micah Potter scored 20 points and Aleem Ford added 12 to lead Wisconsin over short-handed Louisville in a rescheduled ACC/Big Ten Challenge game.

UCF 86

No. 15 FLORIDA STATE 74

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Brandon Mahan scored 26 of his career-high 32 points in the second half and Isaiah Adams added 22 points as UCF ended Florida State’s 27-game home winning streak.

No. 20 OHIO STATE 77, UCLA 70

CLEVELAND (AP) — Duane Washington Jr. hit two free throws in the final minute and finished with 14 points, helping Ohio State hold off UCLA at the CBS Sports Classic.

Zed Key had 11 points and six rebounds and CJ Walker scored 10 points for the Buckeyes (6-1), who bounced back from a 70-67 loss at Purdue on Dec. 16. Neither team led by more than six points until the final minute.

UCLA (5-2) ended a five-game winning streak. It built a 54-48 lead on Johnny Juzang’s 3-pointer with 12:35 left. Cody Riley scored 15 points and Juzang had 13 for the Bruins.

Tyger Campbell’s free throw pulled UCLA within 73-68 with 2:46 left, and neither team scored again until Washington’s free throws with 51 seconds left made it a three-possession game.

No. 22 NORTH CAROLINA 75 KENTUCKY 63

CLEVELAND (AP) — Armando Bacot scored 11 of his team-high 14 points in the second half, rallying North Carolina from a double-digit deficit to beat Kentucky at the CBS Sports Classic.

Kentucky (1-5) has lost five in a row for the first time since John Calipari became coach in 2009.

Kerwin Walton scored 13 points and fellow freshman guard Caleb Love had 11 points and six assists for the Tar Heels (5-2), who outscored the Wildcats 33-15 to end the game.

Kentucky’s Davion Mintz scored 17 points — making all three of the Wildcats’ 3-pointers — and grabbed eight rebounds.

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