Cassius Winston scored 23 points, Nick Ward had 21 points with 10 rebounds and sixth-ranked Michigan State blew past No. 19 Iowa 82-67 on Thursday night, extending its winning streak to 13 games.
Matt McQuaid added three second-half 3-pointers for the Spartans (18-2, 9-0 Big Ten), who used a 24-2 run just after halftime to secure a school-record 21st consecutive league victory.
Tyler Cook scored 11 points in the first four minutes of the second half to give Iowa a 50-42 lead. But he was soon matched by the unflappable Winston, who hit three 3s in a row to help the Spartans retake the lead, 53-50.
Ward’s three-point play pushed the run to 14-0 and put Michigan State ahead 56-50. McQuaid’s 3 and three more points from Winston, this time at the foul line, gave the Spartans a 66-52 edge.
Luka Garza scored 20 points and Tyler Cook had 17 for Iowa (16-4, 5-4), which won its previous five games. The Hawkeyes entered leading the nation in free throw attempts and makes, but they hit just eight.
at No. 23 Louisville 84, No. 21 NC State 77: Christen Cunningham scored 17 points with five critical free throws in the final 2 minutes, and Malik Williams added a pair from the line for 14 points to help No. 23 Louisville outlast No. 21 North Carolina State on Thursday night.
Back in the Top 25 for the first time since early last season, the Cardinals (14-5, 5-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) needed scoring from everyone down the stretch to earn their fourth consecutive victory. They succeeded at the foul line, making 24 of 29 and closing the game by sinking 9 of 10 to win a tight game against the Wolfpack 15-4, 3-3).
Ryan McMahon’s two makes with 46 seconds remaining provided a 79-75 lead before Cunningham and Williams each made their two shots for an eight-point edge. Cunningham made 1 of 2 with 11.2 seconds left for the final margin.
Jordan Nwora had 13 points and Dwayne Sutton and Steven Enoch each added 10 to complete Louisville’s balanced effort.
No. 4 Gonzaga 98, at Santa Clara 39: Josh Perkins had 18 points and eight assists, and every Gonzaga starter scored in double figures as the No. 4 Bulldogs rolled past Santa Clara on Thursday night.
Zach Norvell Jr. added 16 points and eight rebounds, Rui Hachimura also scored 16, Corey Kispert had 13 and Brandon Clarke scored 12 points to help Gonzaga (19-2, 6-0 West Coast Conference) to its 19th straight win over Santa Clara. Bulldogs coach Mark Few’s team also extended its conference road winning streak to 27 games, the longest active mark in the nation.
Gonzaga held leads of 14-0, 20-2 and 48-10 while dominating Santa Clara on both ends of the floor in the first half, and was up 61 late in the second half well after Few pulled his starters.
Josip Vrankic had 12 points and six rebounds and Trey Wertz scored 11 for Santa Clara. The Broncos (11-10, 3-4) have lost four of six since their six-game winning streak in December.
Cal State Bakersfield 88, at Cal Baptist 84: Jarkel Joiner scored a season-high 34 points for the Roadrunners (14-6, 6-1 Western Athletic), who held on to win the first WAC battle between the schools. Washington transfer Milan Acquaah led the Lancers (10-8, 2-3) with 27 points.
at San Diego 71, Loyola Marymount 58: Tyler Williams scored 14 points, including a three-pointer just before halftime that gave the Toreros (14-7, 3-3 West Coast) the lead for good. The Lions (14-6, 2-4) shot 52.1% from the field but made only one of nine three-point attempts.
at Cal State Fullerton 81, UC Santa Barbara 60: Kyle Allman Jr. scored 21 points as the Titans handed the Gauchos their first Big West Conference loss. The Titans (7-12, 3-2) shot 55% from the field en route to their third straight win. Devearl Ramsey led the Gauchos (14-4, 3-1) with 16 points.