Summit Men Pick Up Three Wins Wednesday (Dec. 5)
North Dakota State 69, Morehead State 57
MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) - Taylor Braun scored 23 points and grabbed nine rebounds, and North Dakota State opened the second half with a 12-0 run en route to a 69-57 victory over Morehead State on Wednesday night.
Angelo Warner led Morehead State (4-5) with 14 points, and Milton Chavis and Chad Posthumus scored 13 apiece.
After leading 33-19 at halftime, North Dakota State (7-3) put the game away with the run. Kory Brown, TrayVonn Wright and Braun each scored four points each. That gave the Bison a 45-19 advantage 4:16 into the second half before Angelo Warner hit a jumper to make it 45-21.
Morehead State shot 42.3 percent from the field (22 of 52) to the Eagles' 30.5 percent (18 of 59) and outshot them from 3-point range 7 of 19 to 2 of 17.
It marked the first meeting between the teams, but they square off again in Fargo on Dec. 21.
Western Illinois 57, Eastern Illinois 45
CHARLESTON, Ill. (AP) - Adam Link scored 15 points and Ceola Clark added 14 as Western Illinois defeated Eastern Illinois 57-45 on Wednesday night.
Terrell Parks had 11 points, eight rebounds and six blocked shots for the Leathernecks (6-3).
Malcolm Herron led the Panthers (3-7), with eight points, and three players added seven points each.
A 20-4 run during a second-half stretch of 9:58 gave Western Illinois control.
Parks had seven points and Jack Houpt keyed the rally. Eastern Illinois shot 2 for 8 from the floor and had five turnovers during the stretch, which gave the Leathernecks a 49-38 cushion with 2:30 remaining.
Houpt had nine points.
Kansas City 73, North Dakota 70
GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) - Nate Rogers scored a career-high 16 points and UMKC held on to beat North Dakota 73-70 on Wednesday night.
Five players finished in double figures for the Kangaroos (4-4). Thomas Staton had 14 points, Estan Tyler scored 12, and Fred Chatmon and Nelson Kirksey had 10 points apiece. Chatmon also had a career-high 13 rebounds as Kansas City had a 41-28 edge on the boards.
Jamal Webb made 9 of his 11 shots and finished with a game-high 20 points for North Dakota. Aaron Anderson had 11 points and Josh Schuler scored 10 for UND, which has lost four in a row. The hosts made just 14 of 30 from the free-throw line.
Anderson's layup with 5 seconds left got North Dakota within 71-70, but Tyler made two free throws for the Kangaroos. Anderson missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer for the tie.
Butler 87, IUPUI 55
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Rotnei Clarke and Kellen Dunham scored 17 points apiece, and Butler took control early in an 87-55 victory over crosstown rival IUPUI on Wednesday night.
Clarke hit four 3-pointers and Dunham had three for the Bulldogs (6-2), who never trailed, opened the game on a 35-8 run and led by as many as 37 in the second half. Andrew Smith added 11 points, Erik Fromm and Khyle Marshall had 10 apiece, and every player on Butler's roster saw at least 4 minutes of action.
The Bulldogs shot 56 percent from the floor and made 11 of their 21 3-point attempts. They also turned 19 IUPUI turnovers into 22 points.
Donovan Gibbs and Mitchell Patton led the Jaguars (3-7) with 10 points each, and Gibbs had a game-high six rebounds. IUPUI's campus is just 5 miles away from Butler's.
Butler improved to 73-11 in Hinkle Fieldhouse under coach Brad Stevens.
Valparaiso 63, Fort Wayne 52
VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) - Ryan Broekhoff scored 21 points and Kevin Van Wijk added 12 to lead Valparaiso to a 63-52 victory against cold-shooting Fort Wayne on Wednesday night.
Broekhoff had nine rebounds for the Crusaders (6-2).
Frank Gaines scored 19 points for the Mastodons (5-5), who shot just 31.4 percent from the floor, including 4 of 20 in the second half, which prevented them from staying in a game they trailed by three points at halftime.
Broekhoff scored six straight points to ignite a 10-2 second-half run that gave Valpo control. With the score 45-41, Broekhoff made a 3-pointer, drained a jumper and hit a free throw on consecutive possessions, and the Crusaders built a 55-43 lead with 5:33 remaining.
Fort Wayne got no closer than nine the rest of the way.