MAC/Big Ten Men's Basketball Roundup (Dec. 28): No. 9 Duke rolls past Eastern Michigan, 82-59

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DURHAM, N.C.-- Jabari Parker scored 23 points and No. 9 Duke beat Eastern Michigan 82-59 on Saturday.

Andre Dawkins added 20 points with a season-high six 3-pointers as a late replacement for an ill Rodney Hood in the starting lineup.

Rasheed Sulaimon added 13 points and came up with the key hustle play during the decisive second-half run that helped the Blue Devils (10-2) polish off their fourth straight win.

Toledo 85, Coppin State 66

TOLEDO -- Rian Pearson scored 22 points on Saturday and Toledo beat Coppin State 85-66 to win its 12th straight, matching its best season start since 1966-67.

South Carolina 78, Akron 42

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Brenton Williams scored a season-high 24 points on Saturday to lead South Carolina to a 78-42 rout of Akron in their second-straight game since Christmas Day, when they beat them 69-59 at the 2013 Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic.

The senior guard connected on 6-of-8 3-point attempts for his third-straight game in double figures.

The Gamecocks (5-6) blew open a close game with a 17-1 run to open the second half. The Zips (6-5) missed their first six shots of the half and suffered seven turnovers in the first 8 minutes to allow South Carolina to race to a 47-25 lead. Akron went 9:55 without a field goal until Pat Forsythe broke the streak with a jumper with 11:51 remaining.

Michael Carrera scored 13 and grabbed seven rebounds for South Carolina and Mindaugas Kacinas finished with 11 points.

Quincy Diggs led Akron with 13 points.

No. 5 Michigan State 101, New Orleans 48

EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Keith Appling scored 16 of his career-high tying 27 points in the first half to help No. 5 Michigan State pull away and rout New Orleans 101-48 Saturday.

The Spartans (11-1) struggled for several minutes before taking control with a 12-0 run midway through the first half. They led 44-27 at halftime and easily added to their comfortable cushion in the second half, finishing with their highest-scoring game since beating Nebraska-Omaha 110-68 two years ago.

Illinois 74, Illinois-Chicago 60

CHICAGO -- Rayvonte Rice led a furious second-half comeback on Saturday, scoring 28 points as the University of Illinois beat the University of Illinois-Chicago 74-60.

Cincinnati 74, Nebraska 59

CINCINNATI -- Justin Jackson had his third straight double-double, and Cincinnati used its free-throw shooting and defense to overcome a poor shooting game by top scorer Sean Kilpatrick on Saturday, pulling away to a 74-59 victory over Nebraska.

The Bearcats (11-2) have won four in a row since back-to-back losses to New Mexico and Xavier.

Jackson had 15 points and 10 rebounds for his fifth double-double of the season. Freshman Kevin Johnson had a career-high 11 points, all in the first half as Cincinnati pulled ahead to stay.

Kilpatrick, who averages 18.9 points per game, went 2-of-13 from the field and missed all of his five shots from behind the arc.

He drew fouls and went 17 of 18 from the line. Cincinnati was 25 of 30 overall on free throws.

Terran Petteway scored 22 points and Ray Gallegos matched his season high with 18 points for Nebraska (8-4).

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