Dotson scores 22, leads No. 3 Kansas past Tennessee 74-68
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Devon Dotson scored 22 points, Udoka Azubuike added 18 and No. 3 Kansas beat Tennessee 74-68 Saturday in the Big 12/SEC Challenge.
Azubuike was the lone big man for the Jayhawks (16-3) after Silvio De Sousa was suspended 12 games and David McCormack banned two for their roles in a brawl Tuesday against Kansas State.
After Azubuike went to the bench with two fouls early, Yves Pons hit consecutive 3-pointers to put the Volunteers (12-7) on a 14-2 run for a 20-13 lead. Kansas answered when Azubuike checked back in, stringing together a 12-0 run en route to a 37-30 lead at halftime.
Azubuike finished with 11 rebounds and four blocks.
Pons led the Volunteers with 24 points, and Jordan Bowden knocked down three 3-pointers and finished with 19 points after a scoreless first half.
NO. 1 BAYLOR 72, FLORIDA 61
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — MaCio Teague and Devonte Bandoo scored 16 points apiece and Baylor extended its winning steak to 16 games with a win over Florida in the Big 12/SEC Challenge.
The Bears improved to 6-1 in the annual inter-conference series, the best record of any team in either conference.
Baylor also gave the Big 12 an even split (5-5) in the daylong series.
The Bears (17-1) overcame an eight-point deficit early and led by 19 points in the second half before Florida mounted a minor rally. The Gators (12-7) had a chance to make it a single-digit game with a little more than 7 minutes to play, but they missed the front end of three consecutive one-and-ones.
Keyontae Johnson led Florida with 20 points. Andrew Nembhard added 16 points and eight assists.
NO. 2 GONZAGA 92, PACIFIC 59
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Killian Tillie scored 22 points and blocked four shots to help Gonzaga beat Pacific for its 13th straight victory.
Corey Kispert added 16 points and Filip Petrusev had 15 for Gonzaga (21-1, 7-0 West Coast). The Bulldogs also won their 35th consecutive home game, the longest streak in the nation.
Jahlil Tripp scored 21 points and Pierre Crockrell II added 10 for Pacific (15-8, 3-4), which is making strides under fourth-year coach Damon Stoudamire. The Tigers have lost 15 in a row to Gonzaga.
NO. 5 FLORIDA STATE 85, NOTRE DAME 84
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Wyatt Wilkes scored 19 points and Florida State held off Notre Dame for its 10th straight victory.
Wilkes drilled 5 of 6 from 3-point range and the Seminoles (17-2, 7-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) made 12 of 18 from beyond the arc.
Florida State missed its last nine shots from the floor and Notre Dame (11-8, 2-6) nearly took advantage. The Fighting Irish had a few chances in the final moments, including Rex Pflueger’s desperation 3-pointer that fell short at the buzzer.
Trent Forrest and RaiQuan Gray each scored 13 points for Florida State, which has also won 10 consecutive home games.
Prentiss Hubb scored 24 points, hitting 5 of 11 3-pointers, and John Mooney had 16 points for Notre Dame, which shot 22 of 27 (81.5%) from the free-throw line.
NO. 6 LOUISVILLE 80, CLEMSON 62
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Darius Perry set career highs with 19 points and five 3-pointers, and Louisville beat Clemson for its sixth straight win.
The Cardinals (17-3, 8-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) pulled away with a 20-0 first-half run and shot 66% before halftime.
Perry finished 7 of 12 from the field and 5 of 6 from deep to eclipse his previous high of 17 points last reached against Vermont on Nov. 16, 2018. The junior point guard also had five rebounds.
Freshman Samuell Williamson scored 14 points off the bench, Steven Enoch had 11 points and seven rebounds, and Jordan Nwora scored 10 points for Louisville.
Clemson (10-9, 4-5) had won four of five, including victories at North Carolina and over then-No. 3 Duke. Clyde Trapp had 11 points for the Tigers.
NO. 7 DAYTON 87, RICHMOND 79
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Obi Toppin had 24 points and 12 rebounds and Dayton pulled away from Richmond after halftime and won its ninth straight game.
Jalen Crutcher added 24 points, eight rebounds and seven assists for the Flyers (18-2, 7-0 Atlantic 10). They led 40-32 at halftime and took control with a 12-0 run after Grant Golden opened the second-half scoring for Richmond.
Jacob Gilyard scored 27 points and Nick Sherod had 23 points and nine rebounds for the Spiders (15-5, 5-2).
NO. 9 VILLANOVA 64, PROVIDENCE 60
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Collin Gillespie grabbed a rebound and found Jeremiah Robinson-Earl on the fast break for a dunk as Villanova turned back a Providence rally with 55 seconds left for its sixth straight win.
Gillespie, who also hit a pair of free throws with 28 seconds to play, scored 18 and had eight rebounds for the Wildcats (16-3, 6-1 Big East). Robinson-Earl finished with 17 points, making one of two foul shots with 13 seconds left to keep it a two-possession game.
Nate Watson had 18 points and nine rebounds and David Duke had 11 and 10 for Providence (11-10, 4-4). The Friars have lost four of five — with all of the losses coming against ranked teams.
NO. 14 WEST VIRGINIA 74, MISSOURI 51
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Jermaine Haley had 15 points and nine rebounds, Miles McBride scored 15 points and West Virginia broke open a close game with a huge run early in the second half to beat cold-shooting Missouri.
West Virginia’s Bob Huggins earned his 876th win, tying Adolph Rupp for seventh place on the NCAA Division I coaching list.
Oscar Tshiebwe added 14 points and eight rebounds, Gabe Osabuohien grabbed 12 rebounds and Derek Culver had 11 rebounds for the Mountaineers (16-3).
Torrence Watson scored 19 points to lead Missouri (9-10).
NO. 15 KENTUCKY 76, NO. 18 TEXAS TECH 74, OT
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Nick Richards scored seven of his 25 points in overtime, including the game-deciding free throws with 10 seconds left, and Kentucky beat Texas Tech in the only Big 12/SEC Challenge game featuring two ranked teams.
Richards scored the first five points in overtime for the Wildcats (15-4), who blew a 10-point lead in second half and went the final six minutes of regulation without a field goal.
Texas Tech (12-7), which had won 54 consecutive non-conference home games since December 2013, had one last possession. But Davide Moretti was stripped when starting a drive in the lane.
Immanuel Quickley had 21 points for the Wildcats, including a buzzer-beating 3-pointer from halfcourt that put them up 36-34 at halftime.
Kyler Edards had 18 points for the Red Raiders, while Moretti had 15 and Terrence Shannon 12.
NO. 16 AUBURN 80, IOWA STATE 76
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Isaac Okoro scored 19 points, Samir Doughty had 18 and Auburn held off Iowa State.
Okoro had 10 straight points to help the Tigers (17-2) take a 76-62 lead with under six minutes to play. The Cyclones (9-10) responded with 10 points in a row.
Okoro, a true freshman, hit two foul shots with nine seconds left to seal it.
Rasir Bolton led the Cyclones with 23 points and Tyrese Haliburton, the team’s leading scorer going into the game, added 12.
SMU 74, NO. 20 MEMPHIS 70
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Kendric Davis had 20 points and five assists, Emmanuel Bandoumel added 14 and SMU used a late run to knock off Memphis.
Isiaha Mike scored 13 points, all in the second half, and Tyson Jolly finished with 10 as the Mustangs (15-4, 5-2 American Athletic Conference) won their third straight.
D.J. Jeffries led Memphis (14-5, 3-3) with 18 points, while Precious Achiuwa had 15 points and nine rebounds. The loss was the Tigers’ second straight and fourth in the last six.
NO. 21 ILLINOIS 64, MICHIGAN 62
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Ayo Dosunmu hit a contested jumper from the free throw line with 0.5 seconds remaining to lift Illinois over Michigan.
The Illini (15-5, 7-2) moved into sole possession of first place in the Big Ten for the moment, and they extended their winning streak to six. Michigan (11-8, 2-6) has dropped four in a row and may have lost forward Isaiah Livers again to an injury.
Dosunmu finished with 27 points.
Livers returned for Michigan after missing six games with a groin injury, but he left in the second half after appearing to hurt himself again.
ARIZONA STATE 66, NO. 22 ARIZONA 65
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Alonzo Verge Jr. scored on a layup with 10.9 seconds left and Remy Martin led Arizona State’s comeback from a 22-point deficit in a victory over Arizona.
The Wildcats (13-6, 3-3 Pac-12) shook off a shaky start with a massive run, building the 22-point lead midway through the first half.
The Sun Devils (12-7, 2-3) stormed back with a 16-0 run spanning halftime, putting a charge into an already-lit-up home crowd.
The rivals traded blows the rest of the way until Verge scored on a contested layup to put the Sun Devils up one. Arizona got a final look, but Josh Green was bumped and couldn’t get a shot to the rim.
Martin finished with 24 points, Rob Edwards 15 and Verge added 13 — none bigger than his final two.
Zeke Nnaji had 21 points and 10 rebounds, and Nico Mannion added 16 points for the Wildcats.
NO. 23 COLORADO 76, WASHINGTON 62
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Tyler Bey returned to the lineup and scored 16 points, McKinley Wright IV had 15 and Colorado beat Washington, snapping a five-game losing streak to the Huskies.
Lucas Siewert added 12 points for Colorado (16-4, 5-2 Pac-12), which has won nine of its last 11 games. Bey missed Thursday night’s win over Washington State with a hand injury suffered in practice earlier in the week.
Freshman Isaiah Stewart had 23 points and four blocks, including two on Bey on consecutive possessions, for the Huskies.
Nahziah Carter and RaeQuan Battle each scored 12 points for Washington (12-9, 2-6), which lost its third straight, its longest skid of the season.
NO. 24 RUTGERS 75, NEBRASKA 72
PISCATAWAY, NJ (AP) — Geo Baker hit a 3-pointer with 1.2 seconds left as Rutgers extended its home winning streak to 14 games with a win over Nebraska.
Rutgers had four double-digit scorers, with Akwaski Yeboah leading the way with 20 points. Caleb McConnell and Jacob Young each had 12 and Montez Mathis 10.
Rutgers (15-5, 6-3 Big Ten) was up by 14 early in the second half before Nebraska (7-13, 2-7 Big Ten) went on a 22-7 run for a short-lived lead.
Nebraska, down 38-33 at the half, was led by Cam Mack with 19 points while Thorir Thorbjarnarson had 17 points and eight rebounds.
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