The Associated Press
PROVO, Utah — Jimmer Fredette scored 21 points and Jackson Emery hit five 3-pointers to lead No. 9 BYU to an 83-67 victory over TCU on Tuesday night.
The victory was the eighth consecutive for the Cougars, who improved to 18-1 overall and 4-0 in the Mountain West Conference.
Ronnie Moss led TCU (10-10, 1-4) with 27 points.
BYU went on a 12-0 run to take a 25-7 lead with 10:40 left in the first half. Fredette hit two 3-pointers, including one from 30 feet to cap the spurt.
Fredette, who entered as the nation’s leading scorer at 26.1 points per game, scored 47 points at Utah last week. This time, he shot 6 for 16 from the field and 7 of 8 at the free throw line.
The night otherwise belonged to Emery, honored before the game for breaking Danny Ainge’s school career steals mark (195) set in 1981.
Emery, who had two more steals Tuesday night to give him 199, went 5 of 7 from beyond the arc and scored 17 points.
Alabama 68, No. 12 Kentucky 66 — Box Score
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Ben Eblen grabbed a loose ball and made one of two free throws with 2.8 seconds left to help Alabama preserve a victory over Kentucky.
The Wildcats, who had nearly erased a 20-point deficit, rebounded the missed foul shot but couldn’t get a good shot off at the buzzer. Terrence Jones dribbled across midcourt and heaved a wild 3-pointer in traffic that caromed high off the backboard.
The Crimson Tide (11-7, 3-1 Southeastern Conference) had lost the last five meetings with Kentucky and had been 2-7 against ranked teams under coach Anthony Grant.
This time, Alabama surged to a 52-32 lead with a 15-2 spurt over the first 5 minutes of the second half before the Wildcats (14-4, 2-2) rallied.
Then, Brandon Knight and Doron Lamb botched an exchange on the perimeter and Eblen grabbed the ball in the final seconds.
No. 23 Illinois 71, No. 17 Michigan State 62 – Box Score
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Brandon Paul scored 17 of his 20 points in the first half to lead No. 23 Illinois past 17th-ranked Michigan State 71-62 on Tuesday night.
The Illini (14-5, 4-3 Big Ten) led 53-43 on a 3-pointer by Paul with 13:08 to play. But they had to hold off a late Spartans charge, getting seven free throws from four players to build a two-point edge back up to 65-57 with 5:25 left.
Demetri McCamey had 15 points and 11 assists and Jereme Richmond added 14 points off the bench for Illinois. The win ended a two-game skid for the Illini that included defeats at Penn State and Wisconsin.
Michigan State (12-6, 4-2) was led by Kalin Lucas, who scored 15 points. Raymond Green had 12 but fouled out with 36 seconds to play.
No. 23 Georgetown 80, Seton Hall 75 — Box Score
NEWARK, N.J. — Austin Freeman scored 28 points and Georgetown went 8 for 9 from the free throw line in the final 2:11 as the Hoyas held on to beat Seton Hall.
The win was the second in three days in New Jersey for the Hoyas (14-5, 3-4 Big East), who had lost three consecutive games before beating Rutgers on Saturday.
Jeff Robinson had 21 points for the Pirates (8-11, 2-5), who have lost five of six.
Seton Hall took advantage of a sudden shooting slump by the Hoyas with a 19-2 run that gave it a 52-45 lead with 12:13 to play.
Georgetown stayed within reach but didn’t take the lead again until Chris Wright made one of two free throws with 53 seconds left to make it 74-73.
Wright had 17 points and six assists while Hollis Thompson added 14 points for the Hoyas.