Duke sends Syracuse to its second loss in a row in another classic meeting
DURHAM, N.C. -- Rodney Hood scored 13 points and drew the game-changing charging call that helped No. 5 Duke beat No. 1 Syracuse 66-60 on Saturday night.
Freshman Jabari Parker had 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Blue Devils (22-6, 11-4 ACC).
Jerami Grant had 17 points and C.J. Fair finished with 13 for the Orange (25-2, 12-2).
The first meeting between these two was a classic that went to overtime and it looked as if Round 2 also was going to OT.
Syracuse had the ball down 60-58 in the final seconds when Fair drove past Tyler Thornton along the baseline for an apparent tying layup.
But official Tony Greene whistled Fair for charging -- and when Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim shot onto the court to argue, Greene slapped him with two technical fouls and ejected him.
Quinn Cook iced it by hitting three free throws with 10.4 seconds left.
OXFORD, Miss. -- Scottie Wilbekin scored 18 points, Michael Frazier II added 17 and No. 2 Florida rallied to beat Mississippi 75-71 on Saturday.
The Gators (25-2, 14-0 Southeastern Conference) extended their school-record winning streak to 19 games. Ole Miss (16-11, 7-7) has lost four in a row.
Florida survived a hot start from the Rebels' Marshall Henderson, who scored 22 points in the first half but was then held scoreless. Jarvis Summers added 20 points for Ole Miss.
The game was tied at 59 with 8 minutes left, but Florida scored the next six points to take control.
WICHITA, Kan. -- Tekele Cotton had 21 points, Darius Carter came off the bench to score 15 and No. 3 Wichita State pounded Drake 83-54 Saturday night.
Wichita State (29-0, 16-0 Missouri Valley Conference) is the first team to start 29-0 since Illinois in 2004-05 and is two wins away from a perfect regular season.
Fred VanVleet scored 15 for the Shockers, who cut down the nets after the game to celebrate their Missouri Valley championship.
Daddy Ugbede scored 14 points, Jordan Daniels had 13 and Aaron Hawley 10 for Drake (14-14, 5-11), which had more turnovers (20) than field goals (18).
In the deciding portion of the game, only halftime provided the Bulldogs some respite.
Wichita State wrapped a 31-4 run around the break, an onslaught so complete that the Shockers completed the 14-1 portion to start the second half without Drake even attempting a field goal.
BOULDER, Colo. -- Freshman Aaron Gordon scored 21 of his season-best 23 points in the second half and Nick Johnson added 20 points as fourth-ranked Arizona won at Colorado for the first time since 1973, routing the Buffaloes 88-61 Saturday night.
It was a rare breather for the Wildcats (25-2, 12-2 Pac-12), who scrapped their way through a series of close games since beating Colorado by 12 in Tempe, Ariz., on Jan. 23. They since had a two-point loss at California and a three-point loss in double-overtime at archrival Arizona State.
The Wildcats needed overtime to win at Utah in their previous game and they led this one by just four points early in the second half before running away with it.
Coming off an emotionally draining win against the Sun Devils on Wednesday night that burnished their NCAA tournament credentials, the Buffaloes (20-8, 9-6) came out ice cold, missing their first 14 shots.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Cameron Bairstow scored 26 points, including 10 during a second-half run that led New Mexico to a 58-44 victory against No. 6 San Diego State on Saturday night.
Kendall Williams added 10 points and Bairstow also had 10 rebounds for the Lobos (21-5, 12-2 Mountain West), who shot 50 percent (25 for 50) from the field.
Winston Shepard had 10 points for the Aztecs (23-3, 12-2), but leading scorer Xavier Thames shot 3 for 15 and finished with seven points -- 10 below his average.
The Lobos took the lead for good early in the first half with a 10-2 run to go up 16-8. San Diego State closed to 23-20 with an 8-0 run shortly before halftime.
However, after the Aztecs opened the second half with a bucket, New Mexico went on 21-2 run that featured Bairstow's 10 points to expand the lead to 50-26.
CINCINNATI -- Russ Smith's 18-foot jumper with 2.2 seconds left gave No. 11 Louisville a 58-57 victory against No. 7 Cincinnati on Saturday, the Cardinals' sixth consecutive win and 10th in 11 games.
Louisville (23-4, 12-2 American Athletic Conference) started the winning streak after a last-second 69-66 home loss to the Bearcats (24-4, 13-2) three weeks ago.
Cincinnati fought back from a 10-point second-half deficit to take a 55-52 lead with 90 seconds remaining in the game. Freshman Troy Caupain made two free throws with 12 seconds left to give the Bearcats a 57-56 lead.
Terry Rozier passed the ball to Smith, catching the notoriously stingy Cincinnati defense off guard and he made the jumper. The Cardinals tipped the inbounds pass, giving Cincinnati no opportunity to get off a shot before the buzzer sounded.
Montrezl Harrell, who was just 5 of 12 from the free-throw line, led the Cardinals with 21 points, Rozier had 11 and Smith finished with 10 on 3-of-10 shooting.
Sean Kilpatrick had 28 points for the Bearcats, who had won 19 in a row at home.
LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Andrew Wiggins scored 21 points, Joel Embiid briefly flirted with a triple-double and No. 8 Kansas trounced No. 19 Texas 85-54 Saturday night to seize control of the Big 12.
Embiid finished with 13 points, seven rebounds and six blocks for the Jayhawks (21-6, 12-2), who lead the league race by three games with four to play. Kansas can wrap up at least a share of its 10th consecutive title when Oklahoma visits Allen Fieldhouse on Monday night.
Kansas also exacted a little revenge for a lopsided loss to the Longhorns (20-7, 9-5) in Austin, using a 32-5 run during a long stretch of the first half to put the game away early.
It was the Jayhawks' fifth win in the past six meetings and easily the most impressive.
PHILADELPHIA -- Darrun Hilliard scored 18 points, Ryan Arcidiacono had 12 and No. 9 Villanova beat St. John's 57-54 on Saturday.
It was the second consecutive win for Villanova (24-3, 12-2 Big East) since its second loss of the season to No. 11 Creighton.
D'Angelo Harrison had 15 points for St. John's (18-10, 8-7), Rysheed Jordan scored 13 and JaKarr Sampson had 12 points and 10 rebounds as the Red Storm's six-game winning streak ended.
ST. LOUIS -- Jordair Jett scored 16 points, Rob Loe added 12 and No. 10 Saint Louis earned its 19th consecutive win by holding off George Washington 66-59 Saturday night.
Reserve Grandy Glaze added 10 points for the Billikens (25-2, 12-0 Atlantic 10), and Austin McBroom and Mike McCall both sank two free throws in the final 20.7 seconds to seal the win.
Joe McDonald scored 21 points and Kevin Larsen had 14 for George Washington (20-7, 8-5). Larsen and Isaiah Armwood grabbed 11 rebounds apiece.
The Colonials, who trailed 41-27 early in the second half, went on a 14-2 run to tie the score at 50 on Maurice Creek's short jumper with 9:18 left.
George Washington was just 3 of 18 after tying the game.
Wichita State (28 in a row) and Stephen F. Austin (22) are the only teams with longer winning streaks than the Billikens.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Akil Mitchell and Anthony Gill both scored 15 points and No. 14 Virginia used a 30-5 second-half run to blow open a close game and beat Notre Dame 70-49 on Saturday, the Cavaliers' 11th consecutive victory.
Justin Anderson helped fuel the run by blocking a dunk attempt by Notre Dame's Zach Auguste, bringing a sellout crowd at John Paul Jones Arena to its feet. The victory gave Virginia (23-5, 14-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) 14 conference wins for the first time.
Pat Connaughton led the Fighting Irish (14-14, 5-10) with 11 points, but Notre Dame went nearly 9 minutes in the second half without a point as Virginia turned a 41-38 deficit into a 68-43 lead. The Cavaliers scored 25 consecutive points before Demetrius Jackson's layup broke the spell with 2:32 left.
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Frank Kaminsky had 21 points and a crucial late steal as No. 16 Wisconsin beat No. 15 Iowa 79-74 on Saturday for its fifth consecutive win.
Sam Dekker added 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Badgers (22-5, 9-5 Big Ten), who swept the season series and moved a half-game ahead of the Hawkeyes (19-7, 8-5) in the Big Ten standings.
Josh Oglesby's jumper with 1:01 left put Iowa up 72-71, but Kaminsky answered with a bank shot that gave Wisconsin a one-point lead. Kaminsky then stripped Iowa's Roy Devyn Marble under the basket and hit two free throws as the Badgers went up 75-72 with 24.5 seconds left.
Marble had 21 points and 11 assists to lead the Hawkeyes, who lost their third home game in four tries.
FORT WORTH, Texas -- DeAndre Kane scored 20 points, Georges Niang had 19 points and eight rebounds and No. 17 Iowa State kept TCU winless in the Big 12 with a 71-60 victory Saturday.
Niang had two three-point plays in the last 5 minutes to help the Cyclones (21-5, 9-5 Big 12) build a cushion after entering the game in a three-way tie for third place in the conference with Oklahoma and Kansas State.
Kane gave the Cyclones their first double-digit lead when he knocked the ball away from Kyan Anderson for a steal and caught a long pass from Melvin Ejim for a layup.
Ejim, the Big 12 leader at 19.1 points per game coming in, scored 14 after setting a Big 12 record with 48 in Iowa State's 84-69 win against at TCU at home.
Anderson, who averaged 26 points in his past four games, scored 18 to lead the Horned Frogs (9-17, 0-14). TCU is 2-30 in conference in two Big 12 seasons.
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Julius Randle scored in the lane with 3.9 seconds remaining in overtime to give No. 18 Kentucky a hard-earned 77-76 victory against LSU on Saturday.
After Andre Stringer's jumper with 12 seconds left gave LSU a 76-75 lead, James Young's shot on the other end was blocked. Randle was able to grab the loose ball and hit the game-winning short jumper, sparking a delirious celebration with his Wildcats teammates piling on top of him on LSU's end of the court.
Randle's shot provided a fitting end to a tight, tense game symbolized by the back-and-forth overtime period before Kentucky (21-6, 11-3 Southeastern Conference) made good use of its last possession for an emotional win that earned a season split with LSU (16-10, 7-7).
Randle finished with eight points and 15 rebounds for Kentucky, which got 21 points from Aaron Harrison and 20 from Young.
Johnny O'Bryant III and Anthony Hickey both had 20 points for LSU.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Austin Nichols had 17 points, 12 rebounds and seven blocks on Saturday night as No. 22 Memphis beat Temple 82-79 in overtime.
Quenton DeCosey scored 23 for Temple, but missed a 3-pointer from the top of the key with a second left as Memphis won its second in a row and fifth in the past six.
Shaq Goodwin led Memphis with 20 points, while Joe Jackson and Michael Dixon had 12 apiece, Jackson adding eight assists. Geron Johnson scored 10 points.
Dixon's two free throws with 17.4 seconds remaining in overtime provided the final margin.
Will Cummings led Temple with 24 points and six assists, while Dalton Pepper had 20 points.
There were three ties and nine lead changes in the game. The teams were deadlocked at 74 at the end of regulation.
STANFORD, Calif. -- Chasson Randle made a career-high seven 3-pointers and scored 26 points to help Stanford boost its case for an at-large NCAA tournament berth with an 83-74 victory against No. 23 UCLA on Saturday.
Josh Huestis tied a career high with 22 points and Anthony Brown had 18 for the Cardinal (18-8, 9-5 Pac-12), who have won five of six.
This might have been the most impressive of the bunch, coming against a ranked team playing its best basketball of the season. Stanford made 62 percent of its shots, topping 60 percent in a conference game for the first time since exactly 11 years ago against UCLA.
Zach LaVine and Norman Powell scored 14 points each and Tony Parker added 13 for the Bruins (21-6, 10-4).
The Cardinal are just looking to make the NCAA tournament for the first time in six seasons under head coach Johnny Dawkins and this was the type of win they needed to impress the selection committee. Stanford has now beaten three ranked teams, its most in a single season since winning six in 2007-08 on the way to the round of 16 under former head coach Trent Johnson.
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Sam Thompson scored 16 of his 19 points in the second half, leading No. 24 Ohio State back from a 12-point deficit to a 64-46 victory against Minnesota on Saturday night.
The Buckeyes outscored the Golden Gophers 46-18 in the second half.
Lenzelle Smith Jr. added 13 points and Shannon Scott 10 for the Buckeyes (22-6, 9-6 Big Ten), who trailed by 10 at the half and by 12 early in the second half before taking control with a 17-0 run.
Andre Hollins had 13 points and DeAndre Mathieu added 12 for Minnesota (17-11, 6-9), which has lost six of its past eight games to slide off the NCAA bubble. The Golden Gophers beat the Buckeyes 63-53 at home on Jan. 16.
SAN DIEGO -- Finally beating Gonzaga was everything and then some to the San Diego Toreros, who were enveloped by a sea of happy students after the final buzzer sounded Saturday night.
Duda Sanadze scored 15 points, including three free throws in the final 2.9 seconds that helped clinch the 69-66 victory against No. 25 Gonzaga, the first time the Bulldogs have lost consecutive games this season.
The Toreros (16-14, 7-10 West Coast Conference) snapped an 11-game losing streak to Gonzaga (23-6, 13-3), which once again was denied clinching the outright league title. The Zags have clinched at least a tie for the title.