Josh Scott helps No. 15 Colorado survive overtime test at Washington St.
SPOKANE, Wash. -- Josh Scott scored eight of his 19 points in overtime as No. 15 Colorado held off Washington State 71-70 on Wednesday night.
Askia Booker added 18 points for Colorado (14-2, 3-0 Pac-12), which has tied the second-best start in program history.
Dexter Kernich-Drew scored a career-high 24 points to lead Washington State (7-8, 0-3), which was playing without leading scorer DaVonte Lacy, who has a rib injury.
Colorado dominated the free-throw shooting, making 26 of 38, while Washington State went to the line only three times, making them all.
Washington State's Que Johnson hit a 3-pointer to send the game into overtime.
Scott made two baskets to push Colorado's lead to 66-60. After D.J. Shelton's 3-pointer pulled the Cougars to 70-67, Spencer Dinwiddie made a free throw for the Buffaloes and Washington State's Royce Woolridge hit a 3 for the final margin.
MADISON, Wis. -- Ben Brust scored 18 points, Sam Dekker added 17 and No. 4 Wisconsin used a 20-0 run in the first half to easily beat No. 23 Illinois 95-70 on Wednesday night.
The Badgers improved to 16-0 (3-0 Big Ten), the best start in school history.
Wisconsin shot 53 percent from the field in the first half to open up a 25-point lead by halftime. The Illini (13-3, 2-1) stumbled badly in their debut this year as a top 25 team and lost a sixth consecutive to their border rival.
Rayvonte Rice led Illinois with 19 points on 7 of 21 shooting.
The Illini missed 13 consecutive shots, some on easy looks, while Wisconsin methodically wore them down inside and on the perimeter during the big first-half run.
WICHITA, Kan. -- Cleanthony Early and Ron Baker each scored 11 points, and No. 6 Wichita State cruised past Illinois State 66-47 on Wednesday night with tight defense and a balanced effort.
Wichita State (16-0, 3-0 Missouri Valley Conference) extended both the longest winning streak and best start to a season in program history by holding Illinois State (8-7, 1-2) to 27 percent shooting (18 of 55).
Bobby Hunter scored 11 points to lead the Redbirds, outrebounded 44-37.
Already up by 13 at halftime, Wichita State started the second half with seven consecutive points. Chadrack Lufile scored the first four down low, and Tekele Cotton hit a 3-pointer for a 44-24 lead.
An 8-3 Shockers run featuring Nick Wiggins hitting a 3-pointer and converting an alley-oop slam pushed the their lead to 54-30 with 10:53 remaining.
NEWARK, N.J. -- Darrun Hilliard scored 19 points and No. 8 Villanova hit a dozen 3-pointers in an 83-67 victory against undermanned Seton Hall on Wednesday night.
JayVaughn Pinkston added 17 points, Ryan Arcidiacono had 14 and the Wildcats (14-1, 3-0 Big East) shot 52 percent from the field and 3-point range in beating Seton Hall (10-6, 1-2) for the 11th time in the past 12 games.
Villanova has shot at least 50 percent from the field in its past three games, and four of five.
Brian Oliver had 20 points to lead Seton Hall, which has lost two in a row for the first time this season.
The Pirates played without swingman Fuquan Edwin, their second leading scorer, and Eugene Teague, their top rebounder. Edwin, who beat Villanova last season with a 3-pointer at the buzzer, has a knee injury. Teague missed his third consecutive game with a concussion.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Scottie Wilbekin scored 17 points before getting helped to the locker room with a sprained right ankle, and No. 10 Florida opened Southeastern Conference play with a 74-58 victory against South Carolina on Wednesday night.
Casey Prather and Patric Young added 13 points apiece for the Gators, (12-2, 1-0) who won their sixth consecutive and tied a school record by winning their 24th consecutive home game.
A fast start and strong finish were keys to the latest victory in the O'Connell Center.
But Wilbekin's injury was all that mattered afterward. The senior point guard badly sprained the same ankle Dec. 2 against Connecticut. He entered the game averaging 11.8 points and 4.0 assists.
He was driving up for a layup with just under 3 minutes to play and came down awkwardly on his right foot.
Tyrone Johnson led South Carolina (7-7, 0-1) with 12 points.
STILLWATER, Okla. -- Markel Brown scored 27 points and Marcus Smart had 24, helping help No. 11 Oklahoma State beat Texas 87-74 on Wednesday night.
Phil Forte added 14 points for the Cowboys (13-2, 1-1 Big 12), who shot 54 percent from the field in the second half after struggling early.
Demarcus Holland had 12 points and 10 rebounds and Damarcus Croaker scored 12 points for the Longhorns (11-4, 0-2).
Oklahoma State, which entered averaging 86 points, eventually overwhelmed the Longhorns.
With Oklahoma State coaching great Eddie Sutton in attendance, the Cowboys bounced back from Saturday's loss at Kansas State.
SAN DIEGO -- A Boise State-San Diego State matchup at Viejas Arena somehow invites wild swings and crazy finishes.
Like Wednesday night, when No. 13 San Diego State held on for a 69-66 victory after BSU's Derrick Marks missed the potential game-winning shot with 4 seconds left.
''I don't know. I think this place is haunted,'' Marks said, noting that Boise State has lost by 2, 1 and 3 points in the three games the Broncos have played here since joining the Mountain West Conference in the 2011-12 season.
''That's great for us,'' SDSU's Winston Shepard said.
Shepard and Xavier Thames scored 16 points each for the Aztecs (13-1, 2-0), who won their 12th consecutive game. They led by 18 points in the first half before allowing the Broncos (11-4, 1-1) to come almost all the way back in the closing minutes.
Marks hit a jumper with 54.2 seconds left to pull BSU to 67-66. After an Aztecs turnover, the Broncos held the ball for the final shot. Marks missed a 17-foot jumper with 4 seconds left and Thames rebounded. A foul was called on BSU's Ryan Watkins with 0.2 seconds and Thames hit the two free throws.
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- James Young scored 26 points and No. 14 Kentucky rallied from a halftime deficit to beat Mississippi State 85-63 on Wednesday night.
The Wildcats (11-3, 1-0 Southeastern Conference) were playing for the first time since Dec. 28 and started slow offensively, trailing 40-37 at the break. They regrouped to tie the game at 47 with 16:47 remaining before going on a 27-6 run during the next 10:54 for a 74-53 lead.
Kentucky shot 65 percent in the second half to easily win the SEC opener for both schools. Mississippi State (10-4, 0-1) went nearly 9 minutes without a field goal.
Young shot 8 of 18 from the field to lead Kentucky, which made 49 percent overall.
Willie Cauley-Stein and Alex Poythress each added 12 points for the Wildcats. Julius Randle grabbed 14 rebounds to go with eight points.
Craig Sword led the Bulldogs with 19 points.
NORMAN, Okla. -- Wayne Selden Jr. shot 5-for-10 from 3-point range and finished with a career-high 24 points as No. 18 Kansas started Big 12 Conference play with a 90-83 win against Oklahoma on Wednesday night.
Kansas (10-4, 1-0) won its conference opener for the 23rd consecutive year, a streak that began with the 1991-92 season. Oklahoma, in January 1991, was the last team to beat the Jayhawks in a conference opener.
After a 5-0 start, Kansas lost four of its next eight and was coming off a 61-57 loss to San Diego State on Sunday that ended the Jayhawks' 68-game home winning streak against nonconference foes. Perry Ellis had 22 points on 6-for-8 shooting and 11 rebounds, helping the Jayhawks shoot 55 percent from the field.
Cameron Clark had a career high-tying 32 points for Oklahoma (12-3, 1-1), which lost for the second time in three games.
AMHERST, Mass. -- Chaz Williams scored eight of his 22 points in the closing six minutes Wednesday night, leading No. 19 Massachusetts to a 66-62 comeback win against Saint Joseph's in the conference openers for both teams.
Maxie Esho scored 12 points and Raphiael Putney had 11 for the Minutemen (13-1 overall, 1-0 Atlantic-10).
Halil Kanacevic led Saint Joseph's (9-5, 0-1) with 19 points and 13 rebounds. Langston Galloway had 18 points and DeAndre Bembry 16 for the Hawks, who had their five-game winning streak snapped.
UMass pulled out the win despite an off night by center and second-leading scorer Cady Lalanne, who picked up two early fouls. He finished with four points.