big ten roundup

MSU stymies opponent, stays unbeaten

• NO. 3 MICHIGAN STATE 76, BINGHAMTON 33: Denzel Valentine had 13 points and 12 rebounds and Bryn Forbes scored 14 points for the host Spartans, who improved to 9-0. Michigan State stormed to a 41-12 halftime lead, making 15 of 29 shots and holding cold-shooting Binghamton (2-5) to 4-for-31. "I thought we did defend well today," coach Tom Izzo said. "The only disappointing thing today for me is we didn't hit some open shots and missed some layups."

• NO. 11 PURDUE 70, NEW ­MEXICO 58: Seven-foot-two Isaac Haas scored 21 points and 7-foot A.J. Hammons added 16 for the Boilermakers in a home victory over the Lobos. Purdue is 8-0 for the first time since the 2009-10 team started 14-0.

• PENN STATE 81, EASTERN MICHIGAN 70: Brandon Taylor scored 14 of his 27 points in the second half, leading the Nittany Lions (5-2) past the Eagles (5-3).

•SETON HALL 84, RUTGERS 55: Khadeen Carrington scored 18 points for the Pirates (6-2), who beat the Scarlet Knights (3-5) in the Garden State Hardwood Classic Piscataway, N.J. Mike Williams led Rutgers (3-5) with 16 points. Seton Hall outrebounded the Scarlet Knights 53-32.

• OHIO STATE 89, VMI 62: Marc Loving, Jae'Sean Tate, Keita Bates-Diop and Trevor Thompson all scored in double figures, helping the host Buckeyes (3-4) end a four-game losing streak. They had not won since an 82-55 decision over Grambling on Nov. 17.

• INDIANA 92, MOREHEAD STATE 59: Troy Williams scored 16 points and Yogi Ferrell added 15 with seven assists for the host Hoosiers (6-3), who scored 50 points by halftime against a Morehead State team that came in leading the nation in scoring defense, at 54.5 points per game. Indiana had five players score in double figures. It has had at least five players score in double figures in all five home games. Morehead State (5-2) was led by Lyonell Gaines' 13 points.

• ILLINOIS 80, WESTERN ­CAROLINA 68: Kendrick Nunn scored 27 points and Michael Finke added 24 to help Illinois (4-5) win in Champaign, Ill. Their teammates combined for only 29 points.

• IOWA 95, MISSOURI-KANSAS CITY 75: Dom Uhl notched 14 points and 10 rebounds, leading the host Hawkeyes (6-2) to their third victory in a row. Iowa had five double-digit scorers.

• NEBRASKA 73, ABILENE CHRISTIAN 63: Andrew White III had 30 points, including seven during a second-half spurt for the host Cornhuskers (6-3). "I don't think I've ever, in my years of playing basketball, shot that many free throws," said White who made 14 of 16.

• MICHIGAN 82, HOUSTON BAPTIST 57: Caris LeVert had 25 points and eight rebounds, and the host Wolverines improved to 6-2 after starting the season with back-to-back losses.

•NORTHWESTERN 81, SIU-EDWARDSVILLE 56: The host Wildcats (7-1) shot 51.7 percent and made nine three-pointers. They were boosted by 12 first-half points from Alex Olah, who scored 21, and have their best eight-game start since 2011-12, when they also began 7-1.

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