EAST LANSING, Mich. — Joshua Langford scored 12 of his 17 points in the first half to help No. 3 Michigan State take a huge lead it was able to restore in the second half against No. 5 Notre Dame in an 81-63 victory Thursday night.
The Spartans (6-1) have won five straight, including a rout against then-No. 9 North Carolina, since losing to top-ranked Duke.
The Fighting Irish (6-1) trailed by 20 at halftime and cut their deficit to seven with 13:09 left, but couldn’t get closer.
Michigan State’s Cassius Winston had 17 points and seven assists, Miles Bridges scored 14 points and Nick Ward added 12.
Notre Dame’s Bonzie Colson had 11 of his 17 points in the second half and Rex Pflueger scored 15.
No. 9 Texas A&M 78, Texas-Rio Grande Valley 60
COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Texas A&M junior guards D.J. Hogg and Admon Gilder scored 17 points each and the Aggies opened the game on a 16-0 run.
Texas A&M (7-0) only led UTRGV (3-6) by seven points with more than 7 minutes remaining before pulling away and staying undefeated on the season. UTRGV kept the game close through 3 1/2 quarters based on the Aggies’ struggles from the free throw line. Texas A&M made 18 of 30 from the free throw line compared to 11 of 13 for the Vaqueros.
The Vaqueros cut the Aggies’ lead to 57-50 on a short jumper by Mike Hoffman with 7:30 remaining, but the Aggies quickly responded on the other end when Tyler Davis found Tonny Trocha-Morelos wide open under the basket for a dunk and the start of a 9-0 run.
No. 19 West Virginia 102, NJIT 69
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Jevon Carter scored 25 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead West Virginia.
Carter had his five steals that made him WVU’s all-time leader with 255, passing Greg Jones’ record set in 1983.
West Virginia (7-1) started the game sluggish, allowing NJIT to lead throughout the first 10 minutes of the game.
The Mountaineers then outscored NJIT (4-3) 31-14 to close out the first half and opened the second half with a 15-2 run to cruise to victory.
Teddy Allen added a career-high 16 points for the Mountaineers.
Anthony Tarke led the Highlanders with 13 points.
Seton Hall 89, No. 22 Texas Tech 79
NEW YORK — Myles Powell scored seven of his 19 points in a span of 45 seconds to lift Seton Hall at Madison Square Garden.
Powell was one of four Seton Hall (6-1) players to finish in double figures. Desi Rodriguez finished with 24 points while Khadeen Carrington had 16 and Angel Delgado 12.
Keenan Evans led the Red Raiders (6-1) with 21 points while Jarrett Culver added 17, Zach Smith 12, Zhaire Smith 11, and Niem Stevenson 10.
Texas Tech entered the game fourth in the nation allowing 55 points per game.
Trailing by three at halftime, Seton Hall outscored Texas Tech 31-22 in the first 12:42 of the second half to take a 70-64 lead.