Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era
Burke, Michigan surge past Purdue ASSOCIATED PRESS
Trey Burke had 15 points and eight assists and gave No. 2 Michigan a boost on defense, helping the host Wolverines shake free of Purdue in the second half for a 68-53 win Thursday night.
Tim Hardaway Jr. added 13 points for Michigan, which has a chance to move to No. 1 in the country if it can win at Illinois on Sunday. Duke, the current top-ranked team, lost Wednesday.
The Wolverines (18-1, 5-1 Big Ten) trailed by seven in the first half, but Purdue (10-9, 3-3) couldn't keep up its torrid outside shooting. Terone Johnson scored 14 points for the Boilermakers.
Michigan took control with a 14-2 run in the second half.
Mississippi 62, Tennessee 56: Marshall Henderson scored 28 points, hitting six 3-pointers in the second half, as No. 23 Mississippi rallied over Tennessee.
Henderson is the Southeastern Conference's leading scorer with 18.9 points per game and he put on a show in the second half, nearly single-handedly carrying the Rebels (16-2, 5-0 SEC) to their eighth consecutive victory.
Tennessee (9-8, 1-4) led for much of the game, but couldn't withstand Henderson's hot shooting. Jordan McRae led the Volunteers with 26 points while Trae Golden added 11.
Richmond 86, VCU 74: Kendall Anthony scored 21 of his 26 points after halftime and Darien Brothers hit two huge 3-pointers as Richmond (13-7, 3-2) ended No. 19 VCU's 13-game winning streak in overtime.
Brothers had 18 points and Cedrick Lindsay 13 as the Spiders won for only the second time in their last nine meetings with the Rams.
Juvonte Reddic had 20 points and 10 rebounds and Treveon Graham had 15 points, all after halftime, and 10 rebounds for VCU (16-4, 4-1).
UCLA 84, Arizona 73: Shabazz Muhammad scored 23 points, Jordan Adams added 15 and UCLA (16-4, 6-1) rode a dominating start over No. 6 Arizona.
Nick Johnson had 23 points, Mark Lyons added 16 and Solomon Hill 13 for the Wildcats (16-2, 4-12), who went 5 for 24 from 3-point range.
Clarke cleared: Butler shooting guard Rotnei Clarke has returned to practice and could play Saturday against Temple.
The ninth-ranked Bulldogs have been without their leading scorer since he sustained a severely sprained neck after crashing head-first into a padded basket support Jan. 12 at Dayton.