WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Zach Edey scored a career-high 38 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, helping No. 1 Purdue beat Michigan State 77-61 on Sunday.
David Jenkins Jr. added a season-best 11 points as the Big Ten-leading Boilermakers (21-1, 10-1) won their eighth straight. Edey also had three assists, three steals and a blocked shot.
A.J. Hoggard led Michigan State with 20 points and Jaden Akins had 12.
The Spartans (14-8, 6-5) haven’t won at Mackey Arena since 2014. Edey, who had 32 points and 17 rebounds in a 64-63 win at Michigan State on Jan. 16, stood in their way once again.
When Michigan State went on a 7-0 run to close to 53-43, Edey made two layups and four free throws to make it 61-45 with 8:58 to play.
NO. 23 PROVIDENCE 70, VILLANOVA 65
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jared Bynum scored 17 of his 19 points after halftime, leading Providence to the win.
The game was played at the Wells Fargo Center and ended about an hour before the Philadelphia Eagles hosted the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC championship game across the street at Lincoln Financial Field. There were some Eagles chants and plenty of green jerseys throughout the arena.
Ed Croswell scored 14 points for the Friars (17-5, 9-2 Big East). Providence trailed by seven midway in the second half before rallying.
Cam Whitmore had 21 points for Villanova (10-11, 4-6), which returned to the court after an eight-day layoff. Eric Dixon added 14 points.
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