Ethan Happ had 28 points in one of his best all-around efforts of the season, and undermanned Wisconsin overcame another injury to beat Indiana 71-61 on Tuesday night in Madison.
“He plays hard. He makes a lot of good things happen,” Wisconsin coach Greg Gard said of the 6-foot-10 Rockridge grad. “It’s not always pretty but ... a lot of good things happen by just playing hard.”
Happ hit 11 of 17 shots, and added nine rebounds, four assists, four steals and two blocks for the Badgers (9-7, 2-1 Big Ten). They won their fifth straight game despite being without starting guard Brevin Pritzl, who was scratched 90 minutes before tipoff with a head injury.
“I think it’s just something at Wisconsin where it’s next man up – that’s how we transition with new guys in different roles,” Happ said.
Brad Davison added 14 points for Wisconsin, which extended its winning streak over the Hoosiers (8-7, 1-2) in Madison to 16 games.
Collin Hartmann led Indiana with a career-high 18 points, hitting 4 of 8 from behind the arc off the bench. Robert Johnson added 14 points and five assists.
Michigan 75, Iowa 68: Zavier Simpson and Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman each scored 15 points, and the Wolverines extended their winning streak to six games.
Charles Matthews scored 14 points, and Isaiah Livers had 13 for Michigan (13-3, 2-1 Big Ten), who won in Iowa City for the first time since 2011. The Wolverines made eight of their first 11 3s, and an early 19-4 run helped put them ahead by as much as 18 late in the first half.
“We couldn’t miss,” Michigan coach John Beilein said. “We really shot the ball well. If we had missed some of those shots, I might have a different story to tell.”
Iowa (9-7, 0-3) briefly closed to within seven early in the second half. But it kept leaving Michigan open for easy 3s, including one from Abdur-Rahkman that made it 69-54 with 6:49 left. The Wolverines finished 11-for-25 on 3s.
Tyler Cook had 28 points and eight rebounds for the Hawkeyes. They shot 15-for-37 from the floor on shots not taken by Cook.
“It was kind of like, ‘Go ahead [Cook]. Go score,’” Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said. “We’ve got to make sure we can play off of him a little bit more.”
Maryland 75, Penn St. 69: Freshman Bruno Fernando had 17 points and 11 rebounds, Anthony Cowan Jr. scored 18, and the Terrapins rallied past the visiting Nittany Lions for their seventh straight victory.
Kevin Huerter scored all 13 of his points in the final 12 minutes to fuel the comeback, and Michal Cekovsky contributed 10 points and six rebounds for Maryland (13-3, 2-1 Big Ten), which trailed 61-56 with just over 6 minutes left before scoring nine straight points to take their firts lead since early in the second half.
Mike Watkins had 17 points and a career-high 17 rebounds for Penn State (11-5, 1-2), and Tony Carr finished with 16 points and eight assists – but he missed 17 of 23 shots. The Nittany Lions took only four foul shots and were outscored 23-2 at the line.
N. Illinois 75, Kent St. 61: Levi Bradley scored 25 points and a tied a career-high with 14 rebounds, and the Huskies pulled away in the second half to win their MAC opener in DeKalb.
Bradley also set a career best with 14-for-14 shooting from the free-throw line. Northern Illinois led 33-32 at halftime before Desmond Ridenour’s layup put the Golden Flashes up 51-48 with 11 minutes left.
Dante Thorpe responded with a jumper and a layup to ignite the Huskies (8-6) on a 16-3 run, and a pair of free throws from Bradley made it 64-54 with just under 5 minutes to play.
After Kevin Zabo’s three-point play, Eugene German scored nine of NIU’s final 13 points to preserve the win. German finished with 20 points and seven rebounds, and Thorpe finished with 17 on 8-for-12 shooting. Newman grad Noah McCarty had two points and five rebounds in 13 minutes.
Jaylin Walker led Kent State (6-8) with 18 points, but was 5-for-17 from the field – including 1-for-10 from 3-point range. Zabo scored 17.