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MEN'S BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Michigan takes title with win at Illinois

2014-03-04T23:00:00Z 2014-03-05T01:48:05Z MEN'S BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Michigan takes title with win at IllinoisThe Associated Press The Associated Press
March 04, 2014 11:00 pm  • 

Nik Stauskas scored 24 points, and Michigan shot 70 percent from the 3-point line to win its first outright Big Ten title since 1986 with an 84-53 rout of Illinois on Tuesday night.

Stauskas had a career-high seven 3-pointers in nine attempts. The Wolverines (22-7, 14-3) were 16 of 23 from beyond the arc overall.

Michigan bolted to a 52-30 halftime lead. The Wolverines hit five straight 3-pointers midway through the half to break it open.

Caris LeVert added 15 points for Michigan and Glenn Robinson III (Lake Central) had 13.

The Illini (17-13, 6-11) had won three straight. Rayvonte Rice led Illinois with 16 points.

W. Michigan 61, N. Illinois 56: Shayne Whittington scored 21 points, and David Brown added 18 as Western Michigan downed Northern Illinois.

Western Michigan (20-9, 13-4 Mid-Atlantic Coast States) has already clinched at least a double-bye to the MAC tournament quarterfinals, and can still take No. 1 seed with two wins and a Buffalo loss this week.

Northern Illinois (13-6, 7-10) led 25-24 at halftime after Aaric Armstead's layup.

The Huskies pulled ahead 35-30 in the second on Jordan Threloff's two-point tip shot, but the Broncos took a 49-48 lead on a free throw by Brown. Armstead's three free throws tied it at 55, but Connar Tava's layup put the Broncos up 57-55, then Austin Richie and Whittington each made a pair of free throws to clinch the win.

Armstead finished with 15 and Threloff 13 with 13 boards.

No. 1 Florida 72, South Carolina 46: Michael Frazier II set a Florida record with 11 3-pointers on his way to a career-high 37 points, leading the Gators to a victory against South Carolina.

Florida (28-2, 17-0) has won a school-record 22 straight games to move within one win of a perfect Southeastern Conference regular season.

Frazier kept the Gators in the game when his teammates struggled in the opening half. Florida took control with a 23-5 run midway through the second half.

Frazier broke the 28-year-old Florida mark of Joe Lawrence, who made nine 3s against California on Dec. 27, 1986.

Mindaugus Kacinas had 12 points for South Carolina (11-19, 4-13), which was coming off a win over Kentucky.

Georgia Tech 67, No. 7 Syracuse 62: Trae Golden scored 16 points, including six clutch free throws in the final seconds, and Georgia Tech stunned struggling Syracuse.

Syracuse (26-4, 13-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) had lost three of four coming into the game and dropped three more spots in the rankings after starting the season with 25 straight wins and spending three weeks at No. 1.

Georgia Tech (14-16, 5-12) snapped a four-game losing streak.

Georgetown 75, No. 13 Creighton 63: D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera had 18 points and a career-high 12 rebounds, and Georgetown frustrated Doug McDermott until late in the game.

Markel Starks added 17 points and a career-best 11 assists, and Jabril Trawick had 15 points for the Hoyas (17-12, 8-9), who shot 54 percent and advanced their cause as a bubble team for the NCAA tournament. They also still have a chance to be one of the six teams in the overhauled, 10-team Big East to get a bye in next week's conference tournament.

McDermott scored 16 of his 22 points in the second half, making a series of 3-pointers that helped cut a 16-point deficit to five. The Bluejays (23-6, 13-4) have lost two straight and are left with an outside chance at winning the regular-season title in their first year in the conference.

Baylor 74, No. 16 Iowa State 61: Brady Heslip scored 18 points, and Baylor got a much-needed boost to its NCAA tournament hopes.

There were 15 lead changes and four ties before Heslip put the Bears (20-10, 8-9 Big 12) ahead with a tiebreaking 3 with 2:14 left — the start of a game-ending 13-0 run.

Iowa State (22-7, 10-7), in the mix for the No. 2 seed in next week's Big 12 tournament, lost its second road game in four days.

No. 25 Kentucky 55, Alabama 48: Julius Randle had 12 points and 11 rebounds and Kentucky ended a two-game losing streak.

Needing a bounce after Saturday's loss at South Carolina with a huge hurdle looming this weekend at No. 1 Florida, the Wildcats (22-8, 12-5 Southeastern Conference) used a 15-2 second-half run to build a 43-34 lead.

Kentucky avoided its first three-game losing streak under coach John Calipari and clinched second place in the conference.

Trevor Releford had 13 points for Alabama (12-18, 6-11).

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