Rutgers Northwestern Basketball

Rutgers forward/center Myles Johnson, right, reacts after scoring a basket as Northwestern guard Anthony Gaines reacts during the second half of Wednesday's Big Ten game in Evanston. Rutgers won 59-56. 

Darrell Brown had 21 points as Bradley got past Loyola, 61-54, in Missouri Valley Conference basketball Wednesday night at Peoria.

Elijah Childs had 13 points and seven rebounds for Bradley (14-12, 6-7 MVC). Luuk van Bree added 11 points and 10 rebounds.

Marques Townes had 15 points and seven rebounds for the Valley-leading Ramblers (16-10, 9-4). Cameron Krutwig added 13 points and 11 rebounds.

Bradley plays at archrival Illinois State on Saturday. Loyola plays Missouri State at home on Sunday.

MISSOURI STATE 68, EVANSVILLE 56: Tulio Da Silva scored 17 points as Missouri State topped host Evansville. Ryan Kreklow and Jarred Dixon added 15 points each for the Bears.

Marty Hill had 15 points for the Purple Aces (10-16, 4-9). K.J. Riley added 10 points.

BIG TEN

RUTGERS 59, NORTHWESTERN 56: Geo Baker and Montez Mathis each had 12 points, Eugene Omoruyi added 11 and Rutgers rallied in the second half for a victory over Northwestern at Evnaston.

Baker also had five rebounds and five assists as Rutgers (12-12, 5-9 Big Ten) snapped a three-game losing streak.

Northwestern (12-12, 3-10) has dropped five straight. Vic Law had 17 points and A.J. Turner added 11 to lead the Wildcats.

The Scarlet Knight managed their second conference road win of the season despite shooting just 8 for 15 from the free-throw line and 3 for 16 on 3-pointers. Rutgers did shoot 48 percent from the field in the second half following a slow start.

Neither team could get much going offensively in the first half, especially from distance. Rutgers was 1 for 10 behind the 3-point arc, while Northwestern went 1 for 8. Overall, both teams shot below 35 percent in the first half, resulting in a tie at 22 at halftime.

The Scarlet Knights picked up their pace offensively early in the second half. Ron Harper Jr. converted a 3-point play with 11 minutes left to give Rutgers a 42-40 edge. Leading 42-41, Rutgers ran off seven straight points for a 49-41 advantage with six minutes to play. Omoruyi had five points during the run, including a 3-pointer to cap it.

Meanwhile, Northwestern's offensive struggles continued. The Wildcats managed just one point in a 5½-minute stretch and went nearly 6½ minutes without a field goal as Rutgers stretched its lead.

TOP 25

NO. 1 TENNESSEE 85, SOUTH CAROLINA 73: Admiral Schofield had 21 points and 10 rebounds as No. 1 Tennessee defeated South Carolina at Knoxville, Tenn., for its school-record 19th consecutive victory.

Tennessee owns the longest active winning streak of any active Division I team and is 11-0 in Southeastern Conference competition for the first time in school history.

The Volunteers (23-1, 11-0 SEC) also earned their 23rd straight home win. Tennessee's last home loss was a 94-84 setback against Auburn on Jan. 2, 2018.

NO. 13 VILLANOVA 85, PROVIDENCE 67: Eric Paschall scored 20 of his 25 points in the second half and Villanova rebounded from its first Big East loss by running away from Providence at Philadelphia.

Phil Booth added 22 for the Wildcats (20-5, 11-1), who were fresh off a one-point loss to No. 10 Marquette after getting off to a program best 10-0 start in league play.

NO. 17 FLORIDA STATE 88, WAKE FOREST 66: Senior Christ Koumadje recorded his first career double-double with 20 points and 12 rebounds to help Florida State beat Wake Forest at Tallahassee, Fla.

Koumadje, a 7-foot-4 center who is playing in his 109th career game, made 10 of 12 shots from the floor and set a career high in rebounds as the Seminoles won their sixth straight game.

Phil Cofer scored 13 points and Mfiondu Kabengele had nine points and seven rebounds for Florida State (19-5, 7-4 ACC).

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