College Basketball: Spartans get win over PSU
STATE COLLEGE, PA. — Bryn Forbes scored 20 points and No. 5 Michigan State welcomed back Denzel Valentine in a 92-65 victory over Penn State on Sunday.
Forbes made six of the Spartans' 10 3-pointers and scored all his points in the first half. Valentine returned from his knee injury to score all 10 of his points after the break.
Eron Harris and Gavin Schilling each scored 13 points for Michigan State (16-1, 3-1 Big Ten).
Shep Garner had 19 points for Penn State (10-7, 1-3).
NO. 11 VILLANOVA 60, NO. 18 BUTLER 15
INDIANAPOLIS >> Josh Hart scored 22 points and Ryan Arcidiacono had 11 to help Villanova beat Butler.
The Wildcats (14-2, 4-0 Big East) have won six straight to remain the conference's only unbeaten team in league play.
Butler (12-4, 1-3) closed to 58-55 in the final minute and had a chance to tie, but Jordan Gathers missed a 3-pointer with 13 seconds left. Roosevelt Jones led Butler with 20 points.
NO. 15 SMU 88, UCF 73
DALLAS >> Ben Moore had a career-high 23 points, Nic Moore added 20 and SMU remained undefeated midway through its season.
The Mustangs (15-0, 4-0 American Athletic Conference) will play only 30 games because of a postseason ban as part of NCAA sanctions handed down last fall that included Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown missing the team's first nine games. The 75-year-old Brown wasn't on the bench after halftime Sunday because he wasn't feeling well. Brown experienced some symptoms of vertigo.
Justin McBride had 20 points and nine rebounds for UCF (8-6, 2-1).
CLEMSON 66, NO. 16 LOUISVILLE 62
GREENVILLE, S.C. >> Jaron Blossomgame scored 17 points to lead Clemson past Louisville.
Avry Holmes added 16 points for the Tigers (10-6, 3-1 Atlantic Coast Conference).
Chinanu Onuaku led Louisville (13-3, 2-1) with 14 points. Scoring leader Damion Lee had six points on 2-of-12 shooting, and the Cardinals were 3 of 23 on 3-pointers.
ILLINOIS 84, NO. 20 PURDUE 70
CHAMPAIGN, ILL. >> Malcolm Hill scored 30 points and Kendrick Nunn added 22 to lead Illinois past Purdue.
Nunn returned after missing Illinois' loss Thursday night at Michigan State for the birth of his son. He started slowly but scored 18 points in the second half for the Illini (9-8, 1-3 Big Ten).
Caleb Swanigan and P.J. Thompson each had 12 points for Purdue (14-3, 2-2).