Logansport High School product Jasmine Penny recorded the first double-double of her college career to lead the No. 25-ranked DePaul women’s basketball past visiting Illinois State 80-67 on Monday.
Penny, a senior forward, made 8 of 12 shots from the field en route to a game-high 21 points and she also had 10 rebounds.
DePaul improved to 3-0 overall.
Three other Blue Demons joined Penny in double figures. Junior guard Brittany Hrynko scored 16 points to go with eight assists and freshmen Brandi Harvey-Carr (14 points) and Jessica January (12 points) went for career-highs off the bench.
DePaul led by just four at halftime, but followed with a 6-0 run at the start of the second half for a 10-point lead.
Leading 51-42 four minutes later, DePaul launched an 8-0 run capped by a Harvey-Carr bucket that gave the Blue Demons their biggest lead of the game at 59-42. The Redbirds would get no closer than nine points the rest of the way as Penny put the game away with four straight points.
Next up for the Blue Demons is a meeting with Notre Dame on Tuesday, Nov. 26 in South Bend.
NO. 1 MICHIGAN STATE 82, PORTLAND 67
Keith Appling matched a career high with 25 points to help No. 1 Michigan State pull away to beat visiting Portland 82-67 in its first game as a top-ranked team in 13 years.
The Spartans (4-0) struggled in the first half, leading by four points after seven lead changes and three ties.
Travis Trice’s 3-pointer broke a tie with 12:26 left and he followed that up seconds later with a steal and layup. Gary Harris made a 3-pionter — the team’s 11th from behind the arc — midway through the second half that put Michigan State ahead by 10 points for the first time.
No. 6 DUKE 91, UNC ASHEVILLE 55
Jabari Parker had 21 points and 10 rebounds, and Rodney Hood had 15 of his 18 points in the first half for Duke in the opening round of the NIT Season Tip-Off.
The Blue Devils (3-1) never trailed and shot 57 percent.
No. 9 SYRACUSE 56, ST. FRANCIS BROOKLYN 50
Jerami Grant scored 13 points, including a tying follow with 1:43 left, and set up the go-ahead basket by Michael Gbinije in the final minute for Syracuse in an opening-round game of the Maui Invitational played on the Orange’s home floor.
Syracuse (4-0), making its first appearance in the tournament since winning it in 1998, plays its next game in Hawaii in a week against Minnesota.
The Orange closed the game on a 10-0 run, holding St. Francis scoreless for the final 4:10.
No. 16 FLORIDA 67, SOUTHERN 53
Casey Prather had 10 points and nine rebounds for Florida, which lost point guard Kasey Hill to an ankle injury.
Hill, a freshman averaging 10 points a game, badly sprained his left ankle early in the second half and had to be helped to the locker room. He did not return.
The injury could be problematic for Florida (3-1), which already is without point guard Scottie Wilbekin. The senior is suspended indefinitely, but he could return as early as next week.
Evansville 89, Mercer 76
Kokomo High School product D.J. Balentine continued his hot play to lead Evansville past visiting Mercer 89-76 Monday night.
Balentine scored 29 points for the third time in as many games this season for the unbeaten Aces. He made 7 of 16 shots from the field, including 1 of 3 from 3-point range, and he connected on 14 of 15 attempts from the free throw line. He has made 35 of 38 charity attempts on the season.
Balentine previously had 29-point games against Martin Methodist and IUPUI. He is the first Evansville player to open a season with three straight 20-point games since current coach Marty Simmons had five straight 20-point games to open the 1987-88 season.
Ball State 87, Southeast Missouri State 83
Chris Bond scored 20 points, including the go-ahead dunk in the second half, to lift Ball State to an 87-83 win over visiting Southeast Missouri State.
Zavier Turner and Jesse Berry added 19 points apiece for the Cardinals (2-1), marking Turner’s third straight game in double digits. Majok Majok scored 11 points and hauled in 12 rebounds.
Jarekious Bradley led Southeast Missouri State with 26 points and nine rebounds.