Wichita State defeats Evansville to remain perfect

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. -- Ron Baker scored 26 points and Fred VanVleet finished with 18 points, eight assists and five steals to lead No. 4 Wichita State to an 84-68 victory over Evansville on Sunday.

The Shockers (27-0, 14-0 Missouri Valley Conference) remained one of two unbeaten teams in major college basketball and extended their school-record winning streak. They are the 21st team in Division I history to go 27-0, a list that top-ranked Syracuse could join later this week.

D.J. Balentine and Egidiju Mockevicius each scored 19 points, not quite enough to prevent Evansville (11-16, 4-10) from losing for the fourth time in five games.

Evansville spent most of the second half trying to dig out of a double-digit deficit and got as close as 65-60 with about 6 minutes to play. Wichita State sealed it with a late 13-4 spurt.

No. 18 CREIGHTON 101, No. 6 VILLANOVA 80

OMAHA, Neb. -- Doug McDermott matched his season high with 39 points and passed Larry Bird for 13th place on the Division I career scoring chart during Creighton's victory over Villanova.

Creighton's second lopsided win over Villanova in a month moved the Bluejays (21-4, 11-2) into first place in the Big East, a half-game ahead of the Wildcats (22-3, 10-2).

NEBRASKA 60, No. 9 MICHIGAN STATE 51

EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Terran Petteway scored 23 points and Walter Pitchford added 18 as Nebraska topped Michigan State.

Petteway had 16 points in the last 20 minutes after Pitchford scored 12 before the break for the Cornhuskers (14-10, 6-6 Big Ten).

Gary Harris had 18 points and Adreian Payne 11 for the Spartans (21-5, 10-3), who remain in a first-place tie with Michigan. Harris was 5 for 15 from the field. Michigan State shot 34 percent, including 20.8 percent on 3-pointers.

The Cornhuskers led 32-25 at halftime and held off a second-half surge with a 9-2 closing run.

No. 13 LOUISVILLE 102, RUTGERS 54

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Luke Hancock scored a career-high 25 points, including six 3-pointers, and Louisville throttled Rutgers.

The Cardinals (21-4, 10-2 American Athletic Conference) made a season-high 16 shots from beyond the arc on 30 attempts for their fourth straight win, completing a season sweep of the Scarlet Knights (10-16, 4-9). Louisville shot 56 percent overall in posting its biggest win this season.

Freshman guard Terry Rozier added a career-high 16 points, hitting four 3s, and Wayne Blackshear scored 10 with a couple of 3-pointers in Louisville's last scheduled conference game against Rutgers.

No. 21 WISCONSIN 75, No. 15 MICHIGAN 62

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Frank Kaminsky had 25 points and 11 rebounds, and Wisconsin smothered Michigan in the first half before holding on.

The Wolverines (18-7, 10-3 Big Ten) cut an 18-point deficit to three in the second half, but Kaminsky personally went on a 7-2 run after that, helping Wisconsin regain control. The Badgers (21-5, 8-5) have won four straight -- and they committed only two turnovers.

Caris LeVert scored 17 of his 25 points in the second half for Michigan.

Sam Dekker had 15 points for Wisconsin.

The Badgers led 34-19 at halftime after holding Michigan without an assist in the first half.

TEMPLE 71,

No. 23 SMU 64

PHILADELPHIA -- Dalton Pepper scored 24 points to help Temple beat SMU.

Playing without injured starter and leading rebounder Anthony Lee, Temple (7-17, 2-10 American Athletic Conference) knocked off a Top 25 opponent for the first time since March 10 last year against No. 21 VCU. The Owls were 0-5 against ranked teams this season, but have now beaten at least one in each of the last seven years.

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