New Mexico slows down No. 9 BYU
Top 25: Another wild Saturday sees 11 ranked teams lose
The Associated Press
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Freshman Tony Snell scored a career-high 16 points and had a strong defensive effort in the first half against BYU All-American Jimmer Fredette, helping New Mexico beat the No. 9 Cougars.
Kendall Williams, another New Mexico freshman, also had 16 points while Drew Gordon scored 15, Dairese Gary had 14 and Phillip McDonald 11 for the Lobos (15-7, 3-4 Mountain West), who ended BYU’s 10-game winning streak three days after the Cougars knocked off No. 4 San Diego State.
Fredette finished with 32 points after a 12 of 26 shooting effort that included 6 of 9 from 3-point range.
No. 1 Ohio State 58, Northwestern 57 -- Box Score
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Jared Sullinger hit the second of two free throws with 3.5 seconds left Saturday night and No. 1 Ohio State overcame a furious rally by Northwestern to beat the Wildcats 58-57 -- the unbeaten Buckeyes’ 22nd consecutive victory.
Sullinger finished with 21 points and Aaron Craft had 13 points for Ohio State.
Leading by only two at the half, Ohio State (22-0, 9-0 Big Ten) pulled out to a 13-point lead in the second half. But Northwestern, playing without leading scorer John Shurna, who has a concussion, came back behind senior guard Michael Thompson, who led the Wildcats with 16 points—13 in the second half.
Northwestern (13-8, 3-7) is now 0-16 all-time playing top-ranked teams.
No. 2 Pittsburgh 65, Rutgers 62 -- Box Score
PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Ashton Gibbs scored 24 points and No. 2 Pittsburgh avoided a second consecutive upset by holding off pesky Rutgers 65-62 on Saturday night.
The Panthers (20-2, 8-1 Big East) scored 12 of their last 15 points from the free throw line and hit only one basket in the final 7:03 -- a long 3-pointer by Gibbs with 55 seconds to play -- in posting its 10th straight 20-win season.
Gary McGhee added 13 points and Brad Wanamaker added nine, including seven free throws in the final 6:17.
Jonathan Mitchell, Mike Coburn and Robert Lumpkins had 12 points apiece for Rutgers (12-9, 3-6), which saw a game-tying 3-point attempt by Dane Miller hit off the backboard with less than seven seconds to play.
Pittsburgh got the rebound and ran out the clock, disappointing a loud and near-sellout crowd at the Rutgers Athletic Center.
No. 4 San Diego State 96, Wyoming 57 -- Box Score
SAN DIEGO -- Sophomore guard Chase Tapley scored a career-high 24 points and No. 4 San Diego State made a school-record 17 3-pointers as it bounced back from a loss at No. 9 BYU to rout Wyoming 96-57 on Saturday night.
SDSU (21-1, 6-1 Mountain West) quickly shook off the disappointment of its first loss, a 71-58 defeat at Provo on Wednesday night, when BYU's Jimmer Fredette scored 43 points. The Aztecs jumped to leads of 14-0 and 33-11 against the Cowboys.
Wyoming (8-13, 1-6) lost its fifth in a row. Desmar Jackson had 19 points and JayDee Luster 10.
The victory came several hours after BYU lost 86-77 at New Mexico. San Diego State won 87-77 at New Mexico on Jan. 15.
No. 23 Louisville 79, No. 5 Connecticut 78 -- Box Score
STORRS, Conn. -- Peyton Siva scored 19 points, including two driving layups in the second overtime, and No. 23 Louisville upset No. 5 Connecticut.
Terrence Jennings added 16 points and 10 rebounds, and Preston Knowles and Kyle Kuric each added 15 points for Cardinals (17-4, 6-2), who have won four of five and took sole possession of second place in the Big East.
The Cardinals came back from a nine-point second-half deficit and tied the game on Siva’s driving layup with 29 seconds left in regulation.
Shabazz Napier had 18 of his 23 points for UConn (17-3, 5-3) after halftime and Kemba Walker added 20. But Walker missed a jumper at the end of regulation and a long 3-pointer at the end of the second overtime that would have given the Huskies the win.
No. 6 Kansas 90, Kansas State 66 -- Box Score
LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Thomas Robinson, two days after his mother's funeral, shook off a slow start and had 17 points and nine rebounds Saturday to help lead No. 6 Kansas past Kansas State 90-66.
Markieff Morris had 20 points and nine rebounds for the Jayhawks (20-1, 5-1 Big 12), who celebrated the 150th anniversary of Kansas' statehood with their 181st victory against the outmanned Wildcats (14-8, 2-5) in a series that began in 1907.
Robinson had three consecutive buckets in one span that brought the biggest roar of the night from the a sellout crowd of 16,300 which had stood and applauded when he entered the game.
Tyshawn Taylor had 13 points and Josh Selby had 12 as Kansas took charge from the opening tip.
Jacob Pullen had 21 points and moved into second place on Kansas State's career scoring list.
No. 7 Texas 71, No. 11 Missouri 58 -- Box Score
AUSTIN, Texas -- Jordan Hamilton had 16 points and a career-high 13 rebounds, and No. 7 Texas beat No. 11 Missouri 71-58 Saturday night to remain undefeated in the Big 12.
The Longhorns (18-3, 6-0) have won six in a row overall and snapped a three-game losing streak to the Tigers (17-4, 3-3).
Texas had another stellar defensive effort, holding the highest-scoring team in the Big 12 to its lowest point total of the season. Texas limited Missouri to 34 percent shooting.
Gary Johnson added 15 points and nine rebounds, and Tristan Thompson had 13 rebounds for Texas.
Phil Pressey scored 12 points for Missouri.
No. 21 Georgetown 69, No. 8 Villanova 66 -- Box Score
PHILADELPHIA -- Austin Freeman scored 10 of Georgetown’s final 12 points and finished with 30 to lead the 21st-ranked Hoyas against No. 8 Villanova.
Freeman, the Big East preseason player of the year, took over the offense by himself as the Hoyas (16-5, 5-4) lost most of a nine-point lead with 5 minutes to play.
The Wildcats (17-4, 5-3) cut the lead to one point three times in the final 1:15 and each time Freeman found a way to get the lead back to three.
Corey Fisher, who finished with 15 points, got Villanova to 63-62 with two free throws with 1:15 to go.
Marquette 76, T-No. 9 Syracuse 70 -- Box Score
MILWAUKEE -- Jae Crowder scored 13 of his 25 points in the second half and Marquette handed No. 9 Syracuse its fourth loss in a row.
C.J. Fair’s layup tied the game at 64, but Crowder’s layup put Marquette ahead by two. Kris Joseph’s jumper tied it for the last time for Syracuse which never led in the game. Jimmy Butler hit a 3-pointer with 1:51 to go and then Darius Johnson-Odom made another 3 as Marquette withstood the charge.
Kris Joseph led the Orange with 18 points, but it wasn’t enough as Syracuse (18-4, 5-4 Big East) lost its fourth in a row for the first time since Jan. 16-29, 2006.
Butler finished with 19 for Marquette (14-8, 5-4).
No. 12 Purdue 73, No. 16 Minnesota 61 -- Box Score
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- JaJuan Johnson scored 24 points in leading No. 12 Purdue to a win against No. 16 Minnesota.
The Big Ten’s leading scorer made 8 of 13 field goals to notch his sixth consecutive game with at least 20 points.
Ryne Smith scored all 15 of his points in the second half and Lewis Jackson had 13 points and five assists for the Boilermakers (18-4, 7-2 Big Ten), who remained in second place in the conference. Purdue bounced back from an 87-64 drubbing at Ohio State on Tuesday night.
Trevor Mbakwe had 17 points and 12 rebounds for Minnesota (16-5, 5-4), and Blake Hoffarber added 14 points.
Nebraska 57, No. 13 Texas A&M 48 -- Box Score
LINCOLN, Neb. -- Jorge Brian Diaz scored 16 points and Nebraska held 13th-ranked Texas A&M to two field goals over the final 10 minutes.
The Cornhuskers (15-5, 3-3 Big 12) used a 10-1 spurt to turn a 42-39 deficit into a 49-43 lead in the matchup of the league’s top two defensive teams.
Brandon Richardson and Lance Jeter had 10 points apiece for Nebraska, which had lost three to the Aggies (17-3, 4-2).
Nathan Walkup scored 13 points and Khris Middleton had 12 for Texas A&M. The Aggies shot 24 percent from the field in the second half and 39 percent for the game. They also committed 14 turnovers and made just 6 of 14 free throws.
No. 14 Kentucky 66, Georgia 60 -- Box Score
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Doron Lamb scored 19 points, including a pair of crucial baskets to halt a late Georgia rally, and No. 14 Kentucky held off the Bulldogs.
The Wildcats (16-4, 4-2 Southeastern Conference) avenged a loss at Georgia three weeks ago by clamping down on the cold-shooting Bulldogs (14-6, 3-4) down the stretch.
Darius Miller added 14 points and seven rebounds for Kentucky, which never trailed while winning its 29th consecutive game at Rupp Arena, the second-longest active home streak in the country.
Dustin Ware led Georgia with 18 points, but the Bulldogs shot a season-low 37 percent (21 of 57) and star Trey Thompkins struggled. The junior power forward, who lit up Kentucky for 25 points in a 77-70 victory Jan. 8, had nine points on 2 of 10 shooting in the rematch.
Penn St. 56, No. 17 Wisconsin 52 -- Box Score
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Talor Battle scored 20 of his 22 points after halftime and Penn State turned up the defensive pressure in the second half to upset No. 17 Wisconsin.
Jeff Brooks had 12 points and Andrew Jones grabbed 14 rebounds to the help the Nittany Lions (12-8, 5-4 Big Ten) overcome a 13-point deficit in the first half to beat the Badgers for the first time since 2003.
Jon Leuer had 18 points to lead Wisconsin (15-5, 5-3), and Jordan Taylor had 16 before fouling out.
It was Penn State’s third consecutive win at home against a ranked Big Ten opponent.
Arkansas 89, No. 19 Vanderbilt 78 -- Box Score
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Rotnei Clarke scored a season-high 36 points and Michael Sanchez had a career-high 20 points off the bench as the Arkansas handed the Commodores’ their first home loss this season.
Vanderbilt (15-5, 3-3 Southeastern Conference) had won its first 11 at Memorial Gym, and the Commodores had a sold out crowd cheering them on.
Arkansas (14-6, 4-3) hadn’t had much success here, winning only three of previous 10 trips. But the Razorbacks shot a season-high 57.4 percent from the floor.
John Jenkins led Vanderbilt with 24 points. Festus Ezeli had 18 points, Jeff Taylor 13 and freshman Rod Odom had a season-high 12.
Clemson 62, No. 22 Florida State 44 -- Box Score
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Jerai Grant had 14 points, Demontez Stitt added 12 and Clemson knocked off its first ranked opponent under coach Brad Brownell.
The Tigers (15-6, 4-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) ran out to 22-6 lead and never the Seminoles get closer than eight the rest of the way. Florida State (15-6, 5-2) had been off to its best conference start since 1992-93 and were tied with Duke for first place in the ACC coming in.
But the Seminoles had no answers for Clemson and nobody reached double-figure scoring. Leading scorer Chris Singleton managed just two points the first 35 minutes. He hit a pair of 3-pointers down the stretch, but those came with Florida State well behind.
Mississippi State 71, No. 24 Florida 64 -- Box Score
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Dee Bost scored 24 points, Kodi Augustus and Renardo Sidney each added 16, and Mississippi State beat No. 24 Florida.
The Bulldogs (11-9, 3-3 Southeastern Conference) have won four of the last five against the Gators. Bost made 8 of 14 shots from the field, including 4 of 8 from 3-point range. He also added five assists and three rebounds.
Only four Mississippi State players scored, but all of them finished in double figures. Ravern Johnson scored 15 points, including 13 in the first half, as the Bulldogs beat a ranked team for the first time this season.
Erving Walker led Florida (16-5, 5-2) with 18 points, making 6 of 17 shots from the field.