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K.J. Walton equaled his season-high with 22 points and Tahjai Teague had a go-ahead layup plus a foul with 1:50 remaining to power Ball State to its fifth straight victory, 75-69 on Wednesday night over Loyola Chicago at the Joseph Gentile Center in Chicago.
The Ramblers made the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament last season, but Ball State dealt them their third loss in four games. NCAA hero Cameron Krutwig had 19 points, but the Cardinals (6-3) went 8 of 17 from beyond the arc to escape with the win.
OHIO STATE 77, ILLINOIS 67: The No. 19 Buckeyes got 18 points off the bench from guard Keyshawn Woods and overcame 19 turnovers to improve 8-1 and 2-0 in the Big Ten. Illinois' Trent Frazier and Kipper Nichols each had 18 points, but the Illini (2-7, 0-2) dropped their seventh game in eight outings.
BUTLER 70, BROWN 55: In Indianapolis, Paul Jorgensen scored 10 of his 19 points in the first four minutes of the second half to lead the Bulldogs. Butler went on an 16-3 run to take its first double-digit lead of the game with 11:14 remaining in the first half, and the Bulldogs kept at least a 14-point lead throughout the second half. Kamar Baldwin and Henry Baddley each scored 12 points for Butler (6-2).
TRINE 78, GREAT LAKES CHRISTIAN 67: In Angola, Langston Johnson and Maurice Hunter scored 18 points apiece to lead the Thunder. Trine (4-1) also received 17 points from Myles Copeland as it led by five at halftime and cruised to the win.
MANCHESTER 76, DEFIANCE 70: In Defiance, Ohio, the Spartans rallied from a six-point halftime deficit behind 18 points from Adrian Johnson. Matthew Westman scored 15 and Keiton Hall added 12 for Manchester (2-4, 1-1 HCAC).
GRACE 83, GOSHEN 74: At Goshen, the Maple Leafs (1-10), led at halftime and nearly pulled off a big upset, but Haden Deaton poured in 33 points and added nine rebounds to lead the Lancers (9-3) to the win and snap a three-game losing streak.
INDIANA 66, BUTLER 46: In Bloomington, Brenna Wise had a double-double of 22 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Hoosiers. Ali Patberg scored 16 and Bendu Yeaney added 13 for Indiana (8-0), which got 30 points in the paint, 14 points off turnovers, 11 second-chance points and 10 fast-break points. Butler (6-1) was led by 13 points apiece by Whitney Jennings and Tori Schickel.
OHIO 80, PURDUE 73: In Athens, Ohio, the Bobcats put together a huge second-quarter burst that proved the final difference to improve to 7-0. The Boilermakers' highlight of the night was junior Dominique Oden eclipsing the 1,000-career point mark, becoming the 33rd player in program history to accomplish the feat. She finished with 16 points, four rebounds, five assists and two steals. Homestead graduate Karissa McLaughlin added 14 points for Purdue (6-3).
TAYLOR 68, HUNTINGTON 59: In Upland, the No. 10 Trojans used a 22-5 third-quarter advantage to ride to the road win over the No. 24 Foresters. Taylor (10-4, 2-2 Crossroads League) was led by 17 points apiece by guards Abby and Becca Buchs. Huntington (8-4, 1-3) was led by Sam Hammel's 18 points.
GRACE 77, GOSHEN 65: In Goshen, Brooke Sugg scored a game-high 33 points to lead the Lancers to their third straight victory. It was the third straight game of at least 30 points for Sugg, the reigning Crossroads League Player of the Week, who hit four 3-pointers and was 9 of 9 from the foul line for the Lancers (8-5, 3-1 CL).
TRINE 75, KALAMAZOO 38: At Trine, the Thunder (7-1) picked up their fifth straight win behind 17 points from senior Cassidy Williams and nine points and a game-high nine rebounds from freshman Kelsy Taylor. Trine forced 20 turnovers.