College Basketball Roundup : No. 2 Purdue Defeats Iowa, 73-66
Troy Lewis scored 20 points and second-ranked Purdue pulled away in the first 10 minutes of the second half to turn back No. 13 Iowa, 73-66, Monday night at Iowa City, Iowa, and maintain sole possession of the Big Ten lead.
Lewis hit five three-point baskets, his 39th straight game with at least one three-pointer, as Purdue (21-2 overall, 10-1) remained a game ahead of Michigan.
Purdue led, 36-34, at halftime and never trailed after consecutive baskets by Melvin McCants and Todd Mitchell gave the Boilermakers a 42-38 lead with 15:48 left.
Everette Stephens’ three-pointer and his lob pass to Mitchell for a dunk made it 47-40 and reserve Ryan Berning connected on a three-point basket and a follow shot for a 56-46 lead with 10:24 remaining.
Iowa (17-8, 7-4) never got close again. Jeff Moe led the Hawkeyes with 13 points.
Bradley 85, Drake 83--Hersey Hawkins followed in Luke Jackson’s missed free throw with two seconds left to give the No. 17 Braves a Missouri Valley Conference victory over the Bulldogs at Peoria, Ill.
Jackson tied the game two seconds earlier by making the front end of a one-and-one situation before Hawkins went around Drake’s Bart Frederick to grab the rebound and put in the winning points.
Hawkins, the nation’s leading scorer, had 38 points for Bradley (17-4 overall, 7-2 in the MVC), while Frederick scored 20 points for Drake (14-10, 5-6).
Georgetown 56, Villanova 54--Charles Smith scored 17 of his 22 points in the second half, including two insurance free throws with seven seconds left, and the 15th-ranked Hoyas downed the Wildcats in a Big East game at Landover, Md.
Smith scored 11 straight points for the Hoyas (17-6, 7-5) midway through the second half and then grabbed two big rebounds in the final 90 seconds to help hold off a rally by Villanova (16-9, 8-5).
Villanova’s Gary Massey hit a free throw with 13 seconds remaining and Tom Greis made a layup three seconds later to pull the Wildcats within 54-52 before Smith made his free throws.
Barry Bekkedam scored 19 points for Villanova.
North Carolina State 99, Maryland-Baltimore County 77--Charles Shackleford scored 16 of his 20 points in the second half and the No. 14 Wolfpack routed the Retrievers at Raleigh, N.C.
Shackleford sprained his ankle injury making the first basket of the game and N.C. State (17-5) struggled to a 41-31 halftime lead. The Wolfpack broke it open with a 21-8 surge to start the second half.
Jerry Reynolds scored 32 points for the Retrievers (11-12).