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MEN'S BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Second-half spark pushes Wisconsin past Indiana

2014-02-25T20:30:00Z 2014-02-26T03:17:06Z MEN'S BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Second-half spark pushes Wisconsin past IndianaThe Associated Press The Associated Press
February 25, 2014 8:30 pm  • 

Sam Dekker scored 16 points, and No. 14 Wisconsin shrugged off a slow start to beat visiting Indiana 69-58 on Tuesday night.

The Hoosiers (15-12, 5-9 Big Ten) held Wisconsin (23-5, 10-5) to its lowest point production in the first half this season, taking a 29-19 lead.

Yogi Ferrell scored 21 points to lead Indiana, while freshman Noah Vonleh added 18.

Indiana's Hanner Mosquera-Perea ended a two-game suspension after his Feb. 14 arrest for two Class A misdemeanors stemming from a drunk driving arrest. He didn't score in 2 minutes of action.

Evansville 61, Drake 48: D.J. Balentine scored 23 points and had seven assists in Evansville's final home game as the Aces beat Drake (14-15, 5-12 Missouri Valley Conference).

Blake Simmons added 13 points for Evansville (12-18, 5-12).

Illinois-Chicago 80, Milwaukee 58: Kelsey Barlow scored 23 points, and Illinois-Chicago (6-23, 1-14 Horizon League) snapped a 17-game losing streak, earning its first conference victory with a win over Milwaukee (16-13, 6-9).

DePaul 65, Seton Hall 60: Brandon Young had a team-high 19 points, including four in the final minute and a half, as DePaul (11-18, 3-13 Big East) snapped a 10-game losing streak with a victory over Seton Hall (14-14, 5-10).

Billy Garrett Jr. and Durrell McDonald had 15 points apiece and Sandi Marcius added 10 as the Blue Demons won for the first time since Jan. 14, a 77-75 victory against St. John's, with all the losses coming in-conference.

Missouri State 72, Loyola 56: Christian Kirk scored 16 points and Keith Pickens 14 as Missouri State (19-10, 9-8 MVC) defeated Loyola (9-20, 4-13) to stake out — for the moment — sole possession of third place in the Missouri Valley Conference, which begins its postseason tournament next week.

Tony Nixon led Loyola with 15 points off the bench. Joe Crisman added 14 before fouling out.

Missouri State is in a four-way scrum for third in the MVC and faces unbeaten Wichita State on Saturday.

No. 1 Florida 57, Vanderbilt 54: Dorian Finney-Smith scored 19 points, and Florida (26-2, 15-0 SEC) held off Vanderbilt (15-12, 7-8) to clinch at least a share of its second straight Southeastern Conference title and seventh overall.

No. 2 Wichita State 69, Bradley 49: Ron Baker scored 15 points to lead four Wichita State players in double figures, and the Shockers became the first Division I team to reach 30-0 in the regular season with a victory over Bradley.

Wichita State is the 11th team to reach 30-0, the previous 10 all hitting the 30-win mark during postseason play. The last team to reach 30-0 was UNLV in 1990-91. The Runnin' Rebels went 34-0 that season before losing to Duke in the national semifinals.

The Shockers (30-0, 17-0 Missouri Valley Conference) have one more regular-season game, at home Saturday against Missouri State. The last team to finish a regular season unbeaten was Saint Joseph's in 2003-04 at 27-0.

No. 6 Duke 66, Virginia Tech 48: Rodney Hood scored 21 points to help Duke (23-6, 12-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) beat Virginia Tech (9-18, 2-13).

Minnesota 95, No. 20 Iowa 89: Austin Hollins scored a career-high 27 points on 8-for-10 shooting; DeAndre Mathieu had 19 points and seven assists, and Minnesota (18-11, 7-9 Big Ten) bounced back from a monthlong slump with a victory over Iowa (19-8, 8-6).

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