Wright’s late spree helps Buffaloes beat No. 4 Oregon 74-65
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — McKinley Wright IV scored 11 of his 21 points in the final 5 minutes, and Colorado beat another ranked team, taking down No. 4 Oregon 74-65 on Thursday night.
Tyler Bey added 15 points and grabbed 14 rebounds as the Buffaloes (12-2, 1-0 Pac-12) improved to 9-0 all-time against the Ducks (11-3, 0-1) in Boulder.
Colorado also moved to 2-1 against ranked teams this season. The Buffaloes are 19-32 under coach Tad Boyle versus teams in the AP Top 25 since he took over in 2010-11. He accounts for 30% of Colorado's 63 wins over ranked opponents since 1949-50.
This was a matchup between the teams picked to finish first (Oregon) and second (Colorado) in the Pac-12 preseason media poll.
Payton Pritchard had 21 points to lead Oregon, while Chris Duarte added 10. The Buffs held Oregon to 3 of 18 shooting from 3-point range.
NO. 14 MICHIGAN STATE 76, ILLINOIS 56
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Cassius Winston had 21 points and Xavier Tillman scored 19 to lead Michigan State past Illinois.
The Spartans (11-3, 3-0 Big Ten) have won six straight and have won their first three conference games to stay alone in first place.
Michigan State was in control from the outset but had just a six-point edge at halftime. The Spartans pulled away early in the second half with a 15-3 run.
Ayo Dosunmu scored 13 of his 18 points in the first half for the Illini (9-4, 1-2) and Alan Griffin finished with 17.
NO. 20 DAYTON 84, LA SALLE 58
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Obi Toppin scored 20 points and Dayton used a big first-half run to cruise past La Salle in its Atlantic 10 opener.
Toppin was one of five Dayton players to score in double figures as the Flyers clamped down defensively on the Explorers, holding them without a 3-pointer until midway through the second half.
The Flyers (12-2, 1-0) broke the game open midway through the first half with an 18-0 run over a five-minute stretch that moved their lead to 38-14.
Ed Croswell led La Salle (9-4, 0-1) with 14 points.