Recap: January 7

There was a nice slate of games last night, some of which ended in thrilling fashion. Here is a recap of last night’s action!

UCLA 87, #7 Arizona 84
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With Kevin Durant and UCLA alum Russell Westbrook in attendance, the Bruins were able to hold off a late Arizona rally when G Bryce Alford (25 pts, 6 ast) nailed a go-ahead 3-pointer with just 1.8 seconds left on the clock. The Bruins dominated most of the game, but the Wildcats were able to tie the game late, before Alford’s dagger. With the upset, UCLA gets its first win in Pac-12 play after opening with road losses to Washington and Washington State.

#15 SMU 59, Cincinnati 57
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The Mustangs don’t have much to play for this season, as they are ineligible for the postseason due to NCAA sanctions, but despite that, they were able to pull off a big come-from-behind victory over Cincinnati to remain unbeaten (14-0). PG Nic Moore (14 pts, 4 ast) and F Ben Moore (15 pts, 5 blks) led the charge for SMU, who won despite a big effort from Cincy G Farad Cobb (18 pts, 6-11 3PT),

#5 Michigan State 79, Illinois 54
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In what looks to be their last game without star G/F Denzel Valentine, Michigan State improved Coach Tom Izzo’s record in Big Ten home openers to 18-3 with a throttling of Illinois. G Bryn Forbes (17 pts, 7-13 FG) did most of the damage for the Spartans, while F Deyonta Davis chipped in with 10 points, 6 boards and 4 blocks off the bench. Valentine is expected to return from injury this Sunday against Penn State.

#20 Purdue 87, Michigan 70
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Michigan hung tough with Purdue for most of this contest, but the Boilermakers proved to be too much in the end, pulling away and finishing with a 17-point triumph. C A.J. Hammons was the leader for Purdue, tallying 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 blocks. He was aided by G Raphael Davis, who finished with 16 points and 6 assists. Michigan’s leading scorer, G Caris LeVert, sat this game out due to injury.

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