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Top 25 CBB roundup: No. 2 Purdue holds off Iowa

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Dec 3, 2021; West Lafayette, Indiana, USA;  Purdue Boilermakers guard Jaden Ivey (23) celebrates a victory after the match against the Iowa Hawkeyes at Mackey Arena. Boilermakers won 77-70. Mandatory Credit: Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 3, 2021; West Lafayette, Indiana, USA; Purdue Boilermakers guard Jaden Ivey (23) celebrates a victory after the match against the Iowa Hawkeyes at Mackey Arena. Boilermakers won 77-70. Mandatory Credit: Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports

Jaden Ivey scored a game-high 19 points and Trevion Williams recorded 13 points and 18 rebounds as No. 2 Purdue topped Iowa 77-70 on Friday night in West Lafayette, Ind., in the Big Ten opener for both schools.

Purdue (8-0, 1-0 Big Ten) remained unbeaten while sending Iowa (7-1, 0-1) to its first loss of the season. Patrick McCaffery paced the Hawkeyes with 15 points, while Tony Perkins (14) and Kris Murray (12) followed in double figures.

Ivey starred throughout, shooting 7-for-13 and providing a handful of booming dunks that sent the home crowd into a frenzy. He contributed eight points, three rebounds and a steal to a tide-turning, 13-3 run in the second half that helped the Boilermakers climb ahead by as many as 19.

They needed the cushion, as Iowa used a 13-2 run to get within 72-70 with 2:32 to go.

No. 7 Texas 88, UT Rio Grande Valley 58

Christian Bishop scored 17 points off the bench as the Longhorns rode a dominating early-second-half surge to their fifth straight win, a blowout of the Vaqueros in Austin, Texas.

Tre Mitchell and Timmy Allen added 13 points each for Texas (6-1) while Marcus Carr had 11. The Longhorns outscored the Vaqueros 42-17 in the second half, shot 50.8 percent overall and forced 22 turnovers.

RayQuan Taylor led UT Rio Grande Valley with 15 points, with Justin Johnson and Mike Adewunmi adding 12 and 10 points, respectively. The Vaqueros (4-5) lost their third game in a row.

No. 8 Kansas 95, St. John’s 75

Christian Braun recorded a career-high 31 points while adding eight rebounds and four assists as the visiting Jayhawks thumped the Red Storm in Elmont, N.Y.

Braun went 10 for 16 while helping the Jayhawks (6-1) weather a rally by the Red Storm (5-2) early in the second half. Ochai Agbaji added 23 points for Kansas, and David McCormack notched his first double-double of the season with 15 points and 13 boards.

After trailing by 13 at halftime, St. John’s rallied to within 62-59 as Julian Champagnie nailed his first five 3-pointers of the second half. Champagnie posted team highs of 24 points and eight rebounds.

No. 15 Houston 111, Bryant 44

The host Cougars had little trouble with the Bulldogs.

Houston (7-1) had five players score in double figures and shot 62 percent from the field. The Cougars also shot 43.5 percent from the 3-point mark, hitting 10 of 23 attempts, and 81.3 percent from the free throw line. Tramon Mark had a game-high 22 points, Josh Carlton had 17 and Fabian White Jr. added 16. Kyler Edwards totaled 12 points and 10 rebounds, and J’Wan Roberts grabbed 12 boards.

Bryant (3-5) entered the game off a 63-61 overtime loss to Dartmouth, its previous lowest point total of the season. Chris Childs led the Bulldogs with 13 points, and Charles Pride scored only two points on 1-for-10 shooting, well below his 14.9 scoring average entering the game.

–Field Level Media