No. 3 Louisville pulls away to beat Miami of Ohio 70-46

Louisville guard David Johnson (13) is defended by Louisville forward Dwayne Sutton (24) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Louisville, Ky., Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)
Tennessee's Jordan Bowden (23) shoots against Cincinnati's Chris Vogt (33) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Jordan Nwora scored 20 points and No. 3 Louisville pulled away with a 17-0 run to beat Miami of Ohio 70-46 on Wednesday night.

Ryan McMahon added 11 points for Louisville (11-1), and Dwayne Sutton tied a career-high with 15 rebounds.

Mekhi Lairy led the Redhawks (5-6) with 10 points.

While the Cardinals never trailed, it was much closer than the final score indicated. Louisville used a 14-2 first-half run to take a 12-point lead, but the Redhawks cut it to 28-25 on Dalonte Brown's dunk 1:10 into the second half.

Miami trailed just 44-40 with 9:02 left after Josh Brewer's 3-pointer. The Cardinals used the 17-0 run over the next 5:17 to finally put away the pesky Redhawks.

CINCINNATI 78, NO. 21 TENNESSEE 66

CINCINNATI — Trevon Scott scored 15 points and Cincinnati recovered from back-to-back losses by knocking off Tennessee.

The Bearcats (7-4) got the better of a back-and-forth game by getting inside one of the country's stingiest defenses for close-up baskets. Forty-six of Cincinnati's points came in the paint.

Keith Williams had a steal and layup during a 9-0 run that put the Bearcats in control 67-57 with 3:27 left. Williams finished with 11 points and five rebounds.

For a second straight game, Tennessee's Rick Barnes came up short again in his attempt to get career victory No. 700. He'd be only the 22nd coach to reach that mark in Division I.

The Volunteers (7-3) were coming off a 51-47 loss to No. 13 Memphis that highlighted their offensive shortcomings. Tennessee has lost back-to-back games for the first time in two seasons. John Fulkerson had a team-high 14 points. The Volunteers were 3 of 15 from beyond the arc.

NO. 9 VIRGINIA 56, STONY BROOK 44

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Kihei Clark scored 14 points and Jay Huff had eight of his 12 during a second-half run for Virginia.

Huff ended a 5-minute scoreless drought for the Cavaliers (9-1) with a putback dunk with 12:11 remaining and added six more points as Virginia turned a 35-30 lead into a 49-38 edge.

Elijah Olaniyi scored 11 for Stony Brook (7-6).

NO. 15 MICHIGAN STATE 77, NORTHWESTERN 72

EVANSTON, Ill. — Cassius Winston scored 21 points and Xavier Tillman had 15 points and 10 rebounds, helping Michigan State beat Northwestern.

Winston went 8 for 16 from the field for the Spartans (8-3, 2-0 Big Ten) in their 11th consecutive victory against the Wildcats. Boo Buie scored a career-high 26 points for Northwestern (5-5, 0-2).

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