DES MOINES — Billy Wampler hit eight 3-pointers and scored a career-high 27 points and Drake snapped an eight game losing streak with a 101-69 win over Mississippi Valley State on Thursday night.
Wampler’s eight 3s were the second most in school history for a single game, one shy of the school record. It was the first time the Bulldogs topped the 100-point barrier since 2013.
Reed Trimmer hit three 3-pointers to finish with 15 points for Drake (2-10). Overall the Bulldogs shot 52.9 percent, hit 17 total 3s, and dished out 27 team assists for its 36 field goals.
Rashaan Surles had 21 points to lead Mississippi Valley State (0-13), which has been on the road the entire month of December and hasn’t played at home since a Nov. 22 tilt with UMass-Lowell.
N’western edges Houston Baptist 72-63
EVANSTON, Ill. — Scottie Lindsey had 19 points, Isiah Brown added 12 and Northwestern overcame a sluggish first half for a 72-63 victory over Houston Baptist on Thursday night.
Sanjay Lumpkin and Vic Law had 11 points apiece as the Wildcats (11-2) won their eighth straight game.
Colter Lasher and Atif Russell had 13 points apiece for HBU (4-6).
Before Thursday, HBU had allowed opponents to shoot a blistering 48.7 percent from the field, but Northwestern made only 8 of 30 (26.7 percent) first-half shots. Lindsey, Law and Bryant McIntosh — the Wildcats’ top three scorers — were a combined 4-for-23 before the break.
HBU, which led by as many as 12 points, took a 35-25 halftime lead.
Lumpkin opened the second half scoring with a 3-pointer and, roughly seven minutes later, his putback of a McIntosh miss gave the Wildcats a 45-44 lead — their first since early in the first half.
Beilein wins 750th game
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Michigan’s Moritz Wagner scored 13 of his 18 points in the first half and Zak Irvin finished with 16 points and seven assists, helping Michigan hold off Furman for a 68-62 victory Thursday night.
“My teammates are trusting me and wanting me to be aggressive,” Wagner said. “I took a lot of shots. That isn’t my style.”
It might be if he keeps making shots and giving opponents someone to defend other than Irvin and fellow senior Derrick Walton Jr.
Wagner made 7 of 16 shots, including a 3-pointer, all three of his free throws and grabbed a team-high six rebounds. The 6-foot-11, 240-pound forward from Germany has scored in double figures in seven of his last eight games, including 15 against Texas, 11 against UCLA and a career-high 20 against Kennesaw State.
“It’s like your bigs are guarding a guard, and it’s so difficult to handle,” Furman coach Niko Medved said. “He’s a touch matchup and he’s really improved since last year.”
Wagner helped the Wolverines (10-3) give Coach John Beilein his 750th victory, 492 as a Division I coach, with their third straight win.