NORMAL, Ill. — Cleanthony Early and No. 5 Wichita State now have something else in common with Larry Bird’s Indiana State team.
Wichita State beat Illinois State 70-55 to remain unbeaten, along with No. 1 Arizona and No. 2 Syracuse.
The Shockers (20-0, 7-0 Missouri Valley Conference), coming off a Final Four appearance last season, are the second MVC team to open a season 20-0, joining Bird’s Indiana State squad of 1978-79 that played in the Final Four.
Early scored 23 points and added 10 rebounds, making 6 of 9 from three-point range as the Shockers dominated the longball category. The Shockers made 11 of 27 from three-point range compared to 1 of 25 for Illinois State.
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Ryan Baker added 15 points as Wichita used a 22-6 surge out of halftime to quiet a crowd of 9,510, Illinois State’s largest in three years.
The Redbirds (11-8, 4-3) had won 10 of 13.
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At Minnesota 81, No. 9 Wisconsin 68
DeAndre Mathieu and Mo Walker each scored 18 points, an outside-inside combination that helped Minnesota deal Wisconsin its third straight loss. Malik Smith added 14 points, including the exclamatory, shot-clock-beating three-pointer with 39 seconds left. Austin Hollins had 11 points and four steals for the Golden Gophers (15-5, 4-3 Big Ten). Sam Dekker led the Badgers (16-3, 3-3) with 20 points and six rebounds.
No. 7 San Diego State 75, at San Jose State 50
Xavier Thames scored 15 points as San Diego State extended the second-longest winning streak in school history to 16 games. Josh Davis added 10 points and 12 rebounds, and Winston Shepard and Skylar Spencer scored 12 apiece for the Aztecs (17-1, 6-0 Mountain West), who won their first six conference games for the first time since starting 7-0 in 1966-67. San Diego State has also won its last 39 games against California schools.
At No. 21 Michigan 75, No. 10 Iowa 67
Nik Stauskas scored 26 points and Michigan held off Iowa to remain unbeaten in the Big Ten. The Wolverines (14-4, 6-0) have won eight straight to set up a showdown in East Lansing on Saturday night with rival Michigan State, the Big Ten’s only other unbeaten team in conference play. Aaron White scored 14 points down the stretch but it wasn’t enough to rally the Hawkeyes (15-4, 4-2) from an 11-point deficit.
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At No. 1 Connecticut 83, Memphis 49
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis scored 21 points and Bria Hartley added 20 to lead Connecticut (20-0, 7-0 American Athletic Conference). Breigha Wilder-Cochran scored 12 points for Memphis (10-9, 3-4).