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Ross great, but Cougars fall

Spartans survive upset bid; Hoosiers roll, NIU loses

Published: Friday, Nov. 15, 2013 11:54 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Nov. 15, 2013 11:54 p.m. CDT
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Indiana's Hanner Mosquerra-Perea (12) dunks between Samford's Tim Williams (left) and Brandon Roberts on Friday in Bloomington, Ind.

Despite the heroics of Dixon High School and Sauk Valley Community College product Matt Ross, Chicago State fell 77-64 Friday night at Bradley.

Ross turned in a double-double, scoring a game-high 18 points and pulling down 11 rebounds. He also had two assists, two blocks and two steals.

Ross was 7-for-17 from the floor, including 1-for-7 from 3-point range, for the Cougars (2-2).

Omari Grier led Bradley (4-0) with 19 points.

No. 2 Michigan State 62, Columbia 53: Adreian Payne scored 26 points and No. 2 Michigan State avoided a stunning upset, holding off Columbia in the final minutes in East Lansing, Mich.

The Spartans (3-0) beat top-ranked Kentucky earlier in the week, and they'll have a chance to move to the top of next week's AP Top 25, but only after trailing for a majority of the second half against the poised, patient Lions (1-2).

Maodo Lo had 12 points for Columbia.

Michigan State scored the game's first nine points, but the Spartans trailed 26-22 at halftime and didn't lead again until Gary Harris' three-point play put Michigan State ahead 49-46 with 7:28 to go.

The Spartans held Columbia without a field goal for the final 4:27.

Indiana 105, Samford 59: Yogi Ferrell scored a career-high 26 points and added six assists to lead undefeated Indiana to a rout of Samford in Bloomington, Ind.

Noah Vonleh contributed 13 points and 10 rebounds, his third straight double-double to begin his college career.

The Hoosiers led by as many as 51 points, and are 3-0 for the fourth time in four seasons. Indiana shot 57.1 percent from the field and outrebounded Samford 53-32 to improve to 10-0 all-time against Southern Conference opponents.

Indiana took a 10-point lead less than 5 minutes into the game, went up 16 2 minutes later, and led by 20 for the first time with 12:17 remaining in the half. Samford (1-2) never got closer than 18 after that and trailed by at least 28 throughout the second half.

James Madison 60, Northern Illinois 55: Ron Curry scored a game-high 19 points to lead the Dukes past the Huskies at the NIU Invitational in DeKalb.

Charles Cooke added 13 points for James Madison (1-1). Travon Baker scored 17 points and Aaron Armstead 16 for the Huskies (0-2).

 

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