By The Associated Press
Josh Huestis tied a career-high with 18 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, Aaron Bright hit the go-ahead 3-pointer, and Stanford came away with a wild 70-68 victory over Northwestern on Friday in Evanston.
The Cardinal (8-4) built an 18-point lead in the first half and took a four-point advantage to the locker room after Northwestern (8-4) pulled within one.
But they prevailed down the stretch, ending a rough week on a positive note.
It included a loss at North Carolina State and the news that prized prospect Jabari Parker of Chicago was headed to Duke, after tabbing Stanford as one of his five finalists.
Northwestern’s Tre Demps nailed a 3-pointer and scored in the lane to tie it at 61 with 6:34 remaining.
He hit another 3 with 1:50 left to tie it at 67, but Bright immediately answered with one of his own to make it 70-67.
No. 22 Notre Dame 89, Niagara 67: Jack Cooley had 24 points and 15 rebounds, both season highs, to lead the Irish in Notre Dame, Ind.
The 6-foot-9 senior jumped out to a quick start, tying his season-high game total of 20 points by halftime. The Fighting Irish led 42-34 at the break.
Niagara (5-7) committed 11 fouls in the first half and the Irish (12-1) took advantage, hitting 12 of 14 (86 percent) free throws.
Cooley made half of those and was perfect from the stripe.
The Irish got rolling as the game wore on, shooting a season-high 62 percent.
They put the game away with a 23-7 run during a 7-minute span midway through the second half, extending their lead to 20.
No. 6 Indiana 88, Florida Atlantic 52: Cody Zeller had 24 points and six rebounds, leading four Indiana players in double figures, and the sixth-ranked Hoosiers romped in Bloomington, Ind.
The Hoosiers (11-1) have won 29 straight home games against nonconference foes.
Since losing to Butler on Saturday, the Hoosiers have shot a combined 64 of 106 from the field (60.4 percent).
Florida Atlantic (5-7) was led by Greg Gantt, who scored 25 points. Gantt has 1,556 career points, three behind all-time leader Earnest Crumbley.
Southern Illinois 65, Nicholls State 53: Desmar Jackson scored 21 points and grabbed 11 rebounds and Southern Illinois defeated Nicholls State 65-53 in the World Vision Basketball Challenge at Utah State in Logan, Utah.
Jeff Early also had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds for Southern Illinois (7-3), which had a 42-29 advantage on the glass. Dantiel Daniels chipped in with 13 points.
Fred Hunter scored 14 points to lead Nicholls State (1-7), and Dantrell Thomas scored 13 points along with dishing out six assists.
Southern Illinois had a 20-4 advantage in second-chance points and a 42-18 edge in scoring in the paint.
Illinois State 69, Illinois 68: Jamie Russell, a 2008 Rock Falls High School graduate, scored nine points and pulled down five rebounds in the Redbirds’ one-point win in Champaign.