Valparaiso held off Milwaukee to hold on to first place in the Horizon League standings by one game with two games remaining in the regular season. Oakland kept pace with an impressive offensive effort against Youngstown State, assisting on 29 of its 39 field goals. Northern Kentucky picked up a key win against Wright State to complete the season sweep and pull even with WSU in the standings at 10-6. Green Bay maintained its one-game edge over Northern Kentucky and Wright State with a road win against UIC. Detroit Mercy earned a split of the season series with Cleveland State behind Chris Jenkins’ 25-point effort in his final home game.
at Valparaiso 67, Milwaukee 61*
VALPARAISO, Ind. -- Alec Peters hit four 3-pointers and finished with 23 points to help Valparaiso beat Milwaukee 67-61 on Tuesday night and maintain a one-game lead in the Horizon League standings.
Tevonn Walker and Max Joseph scored nine points apiece for Valpo (23-6, 13-3).
Five Crusaders scored, including a 3 by Peters, during an 11-4 run that gave them the lead for good and made it 49-43 with eight minutes to play. Back-to-back buckets by Brett Prahl pulled Milwaukee to 56-53 with 3:20 left, but Peters answered with a 3-pointer, Joseph tipped in a Peters miss to make it 61-53 and Valpo made 6 of 8 free throws in the final 1:21 to seal it.
MBB Pages: Valparaiso | Milwaukee
at Oakland 101, Youngstown State 72*
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) -- Jalen Hayes scored 24 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to help lead Oakland to a 101-72 drubbing of Youngstown State on Tuesday night.
It was the second time this season the Golden Grizzlies broke the 100-point barrier, the first coming on Nov. 19 against Chicago State.
Martez Walker finished with 19 points and six assists for Oakland (22-7, 12-4), which has won six straight and remains locked in a struggle with Valparaiso for the Horizon League crown.
The Golden Grizzlies shot 52 percent overall and dished out 29 assists on their 39 field goals.
MBB Pages: Oakland | Youngstown State
at Northern Kentucky 83, Wright State 76*
HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – Three different Norse players scored at least 18 points on Tuesday as the Northern Kentucky men's basketball team closed the game on a 20-9 run to overcome a double-digit deficit and defeat Wright State, 83-76, at home.
With two games left in the regular-season, NKU is now one win away from a 20-win campaign. The Norse improve to 19-10 overall and 10-6 in the Horizon League. Wright State dips to 19-10 overall and 10-6 in League play.
MBB Pages: Northern Kentucky | Wright State
Green Bay 87, at UIC 79*
CHICAGO, Ill. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) – Green Bay scored 56 points in the second half at the UIC Pavilion on Tuesday night, winning its final road game of the regular season 87-79 over UIC to move into sole possession of third place in the Horizon League. The Phoenix (17-11, 11-5 HL) enjoyed a 15-0 run late in the second half to put away the Flames (14-15, 7-9 HL), setting up a key matchup on Friday night against Oakland.
The Phoenix entered the half against UIC trailing 38-31 after missing 13 of its final 14 shots from the field to close out the first half. The second half was a different story for Green Bay, as the team outscored UIC 56-41, thanks to four made 3s by Warren Jones in the first four minutes of the final 20 minutes.
Jones finished with a season-high and game-high 22 points thanks to a 5-for-7 effort from 3-point range and a perfect 7-for-7 at the free throw line. Jones had made just one 3 in the last four games, but came through with five when his team needed a spark out of the locker room.
MBB Pages: Green Bay | UIC
at Detroit Mercy 91, Cleveland State 83*
DETROIT-- Senior Chris Jenkins posted a game and season-high 25 points and senior Jarod Williams nearly recorded a triple-double as the University of Detroit Mercy men's basketball team raced past Cleveland State, 91-83, on Senior Day on Tuesday night.
Prior to the game, the Titans recognized their senior class in Jenkins, Williams, Patrick Robinson Jr., and Matthew Grant.
Jenkins was 6-of-12 from the field, 4-of-5 from three and 9-of-11 at the free line along with adding seven rebounds. Williams recorded 10 rebounds, eight points and a career-high eight assists.
MBB Pages: Detroit Mercy | Cleveland State
THIS WEEK’S GAMES
F24 Oakland at Green Bay* 7:00 PM ESPNU
F24 UIC at Northern Kentucky* 7:30 PM ESPN3
F24 Valparaiso at Wright State* 7:30 PM ESPN3
F24 Detroit Mercy at Milwaukee* 8:00 PM ESPN3
F25 Youngstown State at Cleveland State* 3:30 PM ESPN3
F26 Valparaiso at Northern Kentucky* 1:00 PM ESPN3
F26 UIC at Wright State* 2:00 PM ESPN3
F26 Detroit Mercy at Green Bay* 3:00 PM ASN
F26 Oakland at Milwaukee* 3:00 PM ESPN3
THIS WEEK’S RESULTS
F21 at Detroit Mercy 91, Cleveland State 83*
F21 at Northern Kentucky 83, Wright State 76*
F21 at Oakland 101, Youngstown State 72*
F21 Green Bay 87, at UIC 79*
F21 at Valparaiso 67, Milwaukee 61*
*Horizon League game