Persons, a Northern Kentucky transfer, finished with 24 points on 10-for-19 shooting to lead the Cardinals to their first win over the Fighting Irish in 10 all-time meetings. The game marked the first time Ball State (5-4) beat a Top 25 opponent since it knocked off No. 4 UCLA on Nov. 20, 2001.
Notre Dame (7-2) lost for the second time in the past three games. The Fighting Irish entered the game as nearly 20-point favorites over their in-state opponent but instead dropped to 3-1 at home.
Persons raised his arms after drilling the go-ahead shot from several feet past the arc. He stepped back against Notre Dame guard Rex Pflueger and hit the deep attempt.
No. 1 Duke 124, St. Francis (Pa.) 67
DURHAM, N.C. -- Marvin Bagley III's 21 points led five players in double figures as Duke pounded St. Francis (Pa.).
Marques Bolden (17 points), Wendell Carter Jr. (15), Grayson Allen (14) and Gary Trent Jr. (14) added to the scoring, while Javin DeLaurier and Alex O'Connell both scored nine points. Bagley's 11 rebounds gave the freshman forward nine double-doubles. Bolden had 10 rebounds.
The Blue Devils (11-0) had a 100-54 advantage with 8:32 to play, reaching the century mark for the first time this season after eclipsing 90 points six previous times.
No. 3 Michigan State 62, Rutgers 52
PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Miles Bridges scored 21 points to lead Michigan State to victory over Rutgers.
The Spartans (8-1, 2-0 Big Ten) had won their previous six games by 18 or more points. Joshua Langford added 15 points and Jaren Jackson contributed 11 points and eight of the Spartans' season-high 13 blocked shots.
Michigan State, the best in the nation in defensive field-goal percentage, held the Scarlet Knights (6-3, 0-2) to 25.8 percent shooting. Deshawn Freeman led Rutgers with 13 points and nine rebounds.
No. 4 Villanova 88, No. 12 Gonzaga 72
NEW YORK -- Mikal Bridges produced career-high totals with 28 points and five 3-pointers to lead Villanova over Gonzaga in the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden,
Bridges also had six rebounds for the Wildcats (9-0). Phil Booth added 20 points on 9-of-14 shooting, and point guard Jalen Brunson, who averages 17.2 points and 4.3 assists, finished a foul-plagued game with 12 points and three assists for Villanova.
The Bulldogs (7-2) were led by Zach Norvell Jr.'s 22 points. Josh Perkins added 16 points with five rebounds and five assists. Two Gonzaga starters -- guard Silas Melson and forward Johnathan Williams -- fouled out.
No. 6 Wichita State 95, South Dakota State 85
WICHITA, Kan. -- Landry Shamet and Shaquille Morris combined for 41 points to help Wichita State survive a scare from South Dakota State.
Shamet finished with 21 points and eight assists, and Morris added 20 points for the Shockers (7-1), who have bounced back from a loss to Notre Dame in the Maui Invitational championship game with three consecutive wins. Wichita State has won 43 consecutive nonconference home games.
Mike Daum scored 31 points and hit seven of the Jackrabbits' 14 3-pointers. South Dakota State is 7-4.
Arizona 67, No. 7 Texas AM 64
PHOENIX -- Deandre Ayton had his fifth double-double and Brandon Randolph hit four free throws down the stretch as Arizona held off Texas AM.
Ayton had 13 points and 10 rebounds and Randolph had 13 points as the Wildcats (6-3) won their third straight after falling from No. 2 in the AP poll following three straight losses in the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament two weeks ago. Randolph made 4 of 6 free throws in the final 27 seconds to keep Arizona in front.
Tyler Davis had 21 points and guard Duane Wilson had 14 for the Aggies (7-1), who were attempting to start 8-0 for the first time in 10 seasons.
No. 10 Miami 69, Boston University 54
CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Freshman guard Lonnie Walker IV scored a season-high 26 points in his first collegiate start to lead No. 10 Miami over Boston University.
DJ Vasiljevic added 15 points as the Hurricanes (8-0) shook off the determined Terriers (3-4) in the second half. Walker was 9 of 15 from the field, including 5 of 7 on 3-pointers, and also had seven rebounds.
Max Mahoney led BU with 12 points.
Nebraska 78, No. 14 Minnesota 68
LINCOLN, Neb. -- Glynn Watson Jr. recorded season highs of 29 points and nine rebounds as Nebraska upset Minnesota.
Isaiah Copeland scored 12 points and James Palmer Jr. added 11 for the Cornhuskers (7-3, 1-1 Big Ten), who lost 86-57 to No. 3 Michigan State on Sunday.
Nate Mason led the Golden Gophers (8-2, 1-1) with 20 points, Amir Coffey added 17 and Jordan Murphy finished with 10. It was the second loss in three games for Minnesota, which dropped an 86-81 home decision on Nov. 29 to Miami (Fla.).
No. 18 West Virginia 68, No. 15 Virginia 61
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Lamont West scored 22 points, capped by two tiebreaking baskets late in the game, as West Virginia outlasted Virginia.
Jevon Carter scored 17 of his 23 points in the second half for the Mountaineers (8-1), and the point guard added 10 rebounds and seven assists. Daxter Miles Jr. scored 12 points for West Virginia.
Devon Hall finished with 19 points and six assists for the Cavaliers (8-1), who stayed close thanks to an 18-point second-half outburst from top shooter Kyle Guy. Guy started 0 of 6 from the floor and went scoreless until 13:52 remained.
No. 20 TCU 94, SMU 83
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Kenrich Williams scored a career-high 27 points and grabbed nine rebounds as TCU expanded the nation's longest winning streak to 14 games.
The Horned Frogs (9-0) snapped a five-game losing streak to SMU, defeating their long-time Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex rival for the first time in eight years, as Williams finished one rebound shy of his fifth consecutive double-double for TCU. Williams added five assists and three steals, but committed seven of his team's 20 turnovers.
Ethan Chargois led the Mustangs (7-3) with 21 points while Jarrey Foster scored 19 and Shake Milton hit for 18.
Texas Tech 82, No. 22 Nevada 76 (OT)
LUBBOCK, Texas -- Keenan Evans scored 32 points, including 25 after halftime, as Texas Tech wore down Nevada.
Caleb Martin scored 28 points to lead the Wolf Pack (8-1). Cody Martin finished with 22 and guard Kendall Stephens added 15 for Nevada.
The Red Raiders rallied from an 11-point deficit in the second half. Justin Gray's free throws with 23 seconds left sent the game into overtime.