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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. (AP) — Lindsey Pulliam and Veronica Burton scored 19 points apiece and No. 23 Northwestern took over in the third quarter and cruised to an 82-59 win over Penn State. Abbie Wolf added 15 points and Abi Scheid 13 for the Wildcats, who moved into a tie with Iowa atop the Big Ten Conference, a half-game in front of Maryland. Trailing 38-37 at halftime, Northwestern hit all five of its 3-point attempts and 11 of 19 overall to outscore Penn State 29-7 in the third quarter.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Nate Reuvers scored 15 points, D’Mitrik Trice had 14 and Aleem Ford added 13 to help Wisconsin edge No. 14 Michigan State 64-63. Wisconsin won despite missing guard Brad Davison because of a suspension. The Badgers also lost Kobe King, the team’s second-leading scorer, when he announced this week that he intended to transfer. Trice had six rebounds and five assists for the Badgers, who snapped a two-game losing streak. Cassius Winston scored a game-high 23 points and Rocket Watts had 16 for Michigan State, which has lost three of its last four Big Ten road games.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Myles Dread scored 14 points, Lamar Stevens and Myreon Jones had 13 apiece, and No. 24 Penn State pulled away early in the second half on its way to a 76-64 win over struggling Nebraska. Stevens became the third 2,000-point scorer in Penn State program history. Mike Watkins had 11 points and a season-high 17 rebounds to pass John Amaechi as the Nittany Lions' all-time leading rebounder in Big Ten play. The Cornhuskers lost their seventh in a row as season scoring leader Cam Mack was held without a point for the first time this season. Haanif Cheatham led the Huskers with 15 points.
EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Sasha Stefanovic made a 3-pointer with 3.1 seconds left and Trevion Williams scored 13 points as Purdue rallied to beat Northwestern 61-58. After more than 7 minutes without a field goal, Purdue woke up and went on an 11-0 run to win the game. Purdue's Jahaad Proctor made a 3 to tie the game at 58 with 53.9 seconds left. After a replay overturned a Northwestern possession, the Boilermakers went down the floor and set up a long 3 for Stefanovic. Miller Kopp scored 15 points to lead Northwestern, which lost its sixth straight.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Kaleb Wesson had 15 points and 11 rebounds to push Ohio State to a 68-59 win over Indiana. The Buckeyes went on a 3-point tear in the second half in winning their second in a row and avenging a 66-54 loss to Indiana in Bloomington three weeks ago. They did it without freshman guard and third-leading scorer D.J. Carton, who said this week he was stepping away from the team for mental health reasons. CJ Walker had 14 points for the Buckeyes, and Justin Ahrens added 11 on 3-for-5 3-point shooting in the second half.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — No. 19 Illinois and No. 18 Iowa meet on Sunday in a key Big Ten game. Illinois (15-5, 7-2) is tied for first place with No. 14 Michigan State in a league that has shown some parity in the first month of conference play. Still the Illini are the surprise team so far, reeling off seven straight wins. They won at Michigan last Saturday and at home against Minnesota on Thursday night. It will be the first meeting of the season for Iowa and Illinois. They'll meet again in the regular-season finale on March 8. The Hawkeye women (18-3, 9-1) lead the Big Ten, average 80 points and extended their winning streak to nine on Thursday. They'll travel to Michigan on Sunday.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan point guard Zavier Simpson has been reinstated after he was suspended one game for an unspecified violation of team rules. Simpson missed Michigan's win at Nebraska but is set to play Saturday against No. 25 Rutgers at Madison Square Garden in New York. The Nebraska game was the first Simpson had missed in his Michigan career, snapping a streak of 135 in a row. The senior averages 12.8 points and 8.3 assists per game. Simpson said he made some disappointing decisions last weekend and accepts responsibility.
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