Ross great, but Cougars fall
Spartans survive upset bid; Hoosiers roll, NIU loses
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).