Six days after snapping a 19-game losing streak against Top 25 foes, Indiana did it again Wednesday night — and this time the fans didn't even storm the court.
Juniors Tom Pritchard and Verdell Jones each scored 12 points, and the host Hoosiers led from start to finish, holding off two second-half comebacks by No. 18 Minnesota for a 60-57 victory.
"Last week's win definitely boosted our confidence. I think we got five straight stops at the end of that game, and we got a couple of more like that tonight," Pritchard said. "I think we've grown into being a good team."
The Hoosiers (12-11, 3-7 Big Ten) still have plenty to prove, but they are making strides.
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On Wednesday, three of Indiana's projected opening-day starters — Maurice Creek (fractured knee), Guy-Marc Michel (ineligible) and Christian Watford (broken hand) — were dressed in street clothes. A fourth, Jones, came off the bench with inflammation in his right knee. It was Jones' first game action since Jan. 20.
South Carolina 64, Louisiana State 56: Bruce Ellington scored 20 points, and South Carolina snapped a two-game skid with a road victory that sent the Tigers to their fifth straight loss. Malik Cooke added 12 points for the Gamecocks (13-7, 4-3 Southeastern Conference), who never trailed and led by as many as 13 before holding off a late LSU comeback bid by allowing only three points over the final 3:52.
Alabama 75, Mississippi St. 61: Tony Mitchell scored 23 points to lead Alabama to a home victory, and the Crimson Tide (14-7, 6-1 SEC) remained atop the league standings with their fourth straight win. Alabama improved to 12-0 at Coleman Coliseum.
The Bulldogs (11-10, 3-4) cut an 18-point deficit in half, pulling to within nine, 53-44, on two free throws by Kodi Augustus with 11:14 left.
No. 17 Syracuse 66, No. 6 Connecticut 58: Rick Jackson had 13 points and 13 rebounds, and the visiting Orange avoided the first five-game losing streak in Coach Jim Boeheim's 35 seasons. Brandon Triche had 16 points for Syracuse (19-4, 6-4 Big East).
No. 8 BYU 69, Wyoming 62: Jimmer Fredette scored 26 points, and Brandon Davies had 20 as the Cougars held on to win on the road. With the temperature outside at 23 below, BYU (21-2, 7-1 Mountain West) was held to 40.7 percent shooting from the field and well below its team scoring average of 84.9 points. Fredette, who entered the game averaging 27.6 points, shot 7-for-21 from the field, including 2-for-11 from three-point range.
Iowa 72, Michigan State 52: Matt Gatens scored 19 points as the host Hawkeyes handed the reeling Spartans their fourth loss in five games. Iowa (9-13, 2-8 Big Ten) started off hot on the way to their second win in 10 tries.
No. 7 San Diego State 56, Colorado State 54: D.J. Gay sank a jumper with 1.8 seconds left to lift visiting San Diego State. Travis Franklin's layup for Colorado State had tied it with 10.1 seconds left.
Thomas More 70, Geneva 41: Simon Kenton graduate Chelsea Tolliver scored a game-high 12 points, and the host Saints (20-0), ranked first nationally in Division III, remained undefeated and clinched their sixth straight 20-win season.
Western Kentucky 56, South Alabama 41: Arnika Brown led the Lady Toppers with 18 points and grabbed nine rebounds, and WKU won in front of 7,094 fans on hand for Spread the Red Education Day. The school said 6,109 students in grades three through six showed up for the game at 11:30 a.m. CST.