A roundup of Big Ten basketball action from Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015:
The “rivalry resumed” lived up to the hype, as the Terps and Hoyas turned in a thriller. Maryland was trailing or tied most of the game and trailed by as many as seven in the second half, but Melo Trimble’s 3-pointer tied the game at 61 with four minutes to play. Jake Layman and Rasheed Sulaimon hit tie-breaking 3s in the game’s final minutes, Sulaimon’s pushing the score to 71-68 and proving to be the game-winning shot. Trimble had 24 points — including 13 from the free-throw line — to lead all scorers, and Layman had 15, all in the second half.
Denzel Valentine turned in a performance for the ages, scoring 29 points, grabbing 12 rebounds and handing out 12 assists to become the fourth Spartan ever to record a triple-double. With Michigan State trailing by double digits midway through the second half, Valentine took over, scoring bucket after bucket to bring the Spartans back, put them in front and keep them there. He got help with big shots from Bryn Forbes and Matt McQuiad, the freshman hitting a pair of clutch 3-pointers in the final minutes. The Spartans were the lowest-ranked team at the Champions Classic but made perhaps the biggest impression.
Villanova 87, Nebraska 63
The Huskers had a first-half lead as big as seven on the No. 11 team in the country, but the Wildcats turned it on midway through the first and ran away for the win. Nova outscored Nebraska, 22-2, after that seven-point gap until halftime, then had an 11-point second-half scoring edge. The Wildcats shot nearly 50 percent from the field, and the Huskers had a whopping 22 turnovers. Andrew White led Nebraska with 18 points, and Shavon Shields and Glynn Watson had 12 points apiece.
Ohio State 82, Grambling State 55
The Buckeyes allowed just 20 first-half points, cruising to a blowout win. They shot a sterling 58.8 percent from the field. Kam Williams led the way with 22 points (including three made 3-pointers), five rebounds, four steals and two assists. Keita Bates-Diop was close to a double-double with 14 points and eight rebounds, while Marc Loving had 14 points and five rebounds. Ohio State had an off night from the free-throw line, though, making just 11 of the 24 shots it took from the stripe.
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Penn State 68, DePaul 62
DePaul had the Penn State lead at just three points with seven minutes to play, but the Blue Demons turned the ball over four times in the final seven minutes, allowing the Lions to keep the game at arm’s length. The lead was again just three with two and a half minutes left, but Shep Garner and Brandon Taylor hit back-to-back 3-pointers to prevent a late comeback. Taylor led the way for Penn State with 22 points and four made 3-pointers. Garner had 16 points.
Wisconsin 78, North Dakota 64
The points weren’t exactly coming in bunches and Wisconsin only outscored North Dakota by a point in the second half, but after allowing just 22 first-half points, the Badgers came away with an easy win. Wisconsin was actually out-shot, 48 percent to 43.9 percent, but held a 40-31 rebounding advantage and turned the ball over just six times while forcing 17 turnovers. All five starters scored in double figures, led by the 17 each for Bronson Koenig and Ethan Happ.