Maryland Purdue Basketball

Maryland guard Aaron Wiggins (center) loses the ball to Purdue forward Aaron Wheeler (left) during the first half of Thursday’s game in West Lafayette, Ind.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Carsen Edwards scored 20 points and Aaron Wheeler had a season-high 15 on Thursday to help Purdue pull off a 62-60 upset over No. 23 Maryland.

The Boilermakers (6-3, 1-1 Big Ten) snapped a two-game losing streak and avoided going 0-2 in conference play for the first time since 2013-14.

Anthony Cowan Jr. finished with 18 points and six assists for the Terrapins (7-2, 1-1).

Bruno Fernando had 10 points and 13 rebounds while Darryl Morsell scored 12 points.

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No. 19 Kentucky 75, Rhode Island 72

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Maci Morris scored 29 points and made five 3-pointers Thursday night to help No. 19 Kentucky stay undefeated with a win over Rhode Island.

The Wildcats (9-0) pulled away with a 29-point third quarter that included a 19-2 run.

Kentucky ended the period with a 59-35 lead and led by at least 22 throughout the fourth quarter.


Wake Forest 80, Charlotte 56

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Isaiah Mucius scored 16 points and Wake Forest beat Charlotte.

Olivier Sarr added a career-high 14 points, Chaundee Brown also had 14, Brandon Childress scored 13 and Jaylen Hoard finished with 12 for the Demon Deacons (5-3).

They shot 44 percent and built a 43-31 rebounding advantage to snap out of a slump of two dispiriting losses to mid-major teams in three games.


Roanoke 72, Hollins 39

Molly Hassell (Lord Botetourt) canned each of her three 3-point attempts for 13 points and Kristina Harrel added 10 points as the Maroons jumped on Hollins early and cruised to the ODAC victory.

Roanoke enjoyed a 45-27 advantage in rebounds and forced 18 Hollins turnovers

Keenan Surles led Hollins with 11 points.

Southern Virginia 67, Shenandoah 58

BUENA VISTA — Katie Garrish scored 20 of her game-high 30 points in the second half as the Knights used a big fourth quarter to pull away from the Hornets.

Savanna Christensen added 12 points for Southern Virginia.

Ashley Stone led Shenandoah with 16 points, while Sierra St. Cyr added 14 and Jordan Sondrol chipped in with 12 points.


Top South Florida recruit picks Duke

MIAMI — Vernon Carey, perhaps the greatest basketball prospect South Florida has ever produced, is joining Duke.

The five-star center from University School made his college choice Thursday in a ceremony televised live on ESPN. The senior picked Duke over North Carolina and Michigan State, his other finalists.

Injured Jayhawks big man targets return

LAWRENCE, Kan. — Kansas coach Bill Self is hopeful injured center Udoka Azubuike will be back on the floor when the Jayhawks open Big 12 play against Oklahoma on Jan. 2.

The 7-footer sustained a high ankle sprain against Wofford on Tuesday.


No. 1 Gonzaga 81, Washington 79

SPOKANE, Wash. — Rui Hachimura’s short turnaround jumper with half a second left lifted top-ranked Gonzaga (9-0) over in-state rival Washington.

No. 14 UNC 97, UNC Wilmington 69

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Cameron Johnson scored 21 points to help North Carolina win its first game since losing at Michigan. North Carolina (7-2) led 44-35 at halftime and went on a 30-3 run to blow the game open.

No. 21 Villanova 69, Temple 59

VILLANOVA, Pa. — Jermaine Samuels hit three 3-pointers in the second half that kept Villanova (7-2) from its worst home losing streak in 25 years.

Minnesota 85, No. 24 Nebraska 78

MINNEAPOLIS — Amir Coffey scored a career-high 32 points, helping Minnesota rally for the win.

VCU 54, Texas 53

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas coach Shaka Smart’s invitations for former programs he led and ex-staff members he employed to visit from the state of Virginia are not being graciously received.

VCU, where Smart coached from 2009-15, beat the Longhorns 54-53 Wednesday on Texas’ home court.

That outcome compounded a Nov. 30 home loss to visiting Radford, coached by Smart’s former VCU aide Mike Jones, by 62-59.

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