Notre Dame crushes S. Florida
Top 25: Ohio St., Syracuse, Kentucky all fall to ranked teams
The Associated Press
TAMPA, Fla. -- Jack Cooley came off the bench during an early 22-0 run and finished with a career-high 18 points, leading No. 8 Notre Dame to a 78-55 rout of South Florida on Saturday.
The victory is the seventh consecutive for the Fighting Irish (21-4, 10-3), who have won three consecutive Big East road games for the first time in 10 years.
Cooley made his first nine shots - giving him a stretch of 14 consecutive field goals over two games - before missing a 15-footer in the closing minutes.
Carleton Scott scored 13 points and Ben Hansbrough and Tim Abromaitis had 12 apiece for Notre Dame, which had six players score in double figures.
Shaun Noriega led South Florida (8-18, 2-11) with a career-best 23 points.
No. 13 Wisconsin 71, No. 1 Ohio State 67 -- Box Score
MADISON, Wis. -- Jordan Taylor scored 21 of his 27 points in the second half to rally No. 13 Wisconsin from a 15-point deficit to beat previously unbeaten No. 1 Ohio State 71-67 on Saturday.
Wisconsin (19-5, 9-3 Big Ten) beat a No. 1 opponent for the first time since 1962, when it was also Ohio State. The Badgers joined Florida as the only programs to knock off the same No. 1 school in both football and men's basketball in the same academic year.
Fans at the Kohl Center stormed the court, just like when they rushed the field at Camp Randall Stadium following the Badgers' 31-18 win there over then-No. 1 Ohio State on Oct. 16.
William Buford scored 21 points for Ohio State (24-1, 11-1). Freshman Jared Sullinger made an easy layup to push the Buckeyes' lead to 47-32 with 13:21 left, setting the stage for the comeback.
No. 2 Kansas 89, Iowa State 66 -- Box Score
LAWRENCE, Kan. -- In a victory that might nudge Kansas from No. 2 to No. 1, twin brothers came within one basket of twin stats.
Marcus Morris had 16 points and 11 rebounds as the Jayhawks piled up a big early lead and cruised past Iowa State 89-66 on Saturday, just hours after No. 1 Ohio State lost. The 6-foot-9 Markieff Morris, one inch taller and 7 minutes older, had 14 points and 11 rebounds for his Big 12-leading ninth double-double.
Coupled with the previously unbeaten Buckeyes' 71-67 loss to No. 13 Wisconsin, the win could put the Jayhawks (24-1, 9-1 Big 12) atop the AP poll for the first time this season.
The Jayhawks are no stranger to No. 1. They held the top spot for 14 weeks in the regular season last year. So far this season, their only loss was a 74-63 setback against then-No. 10 Texas on Jan. 22 that ended their school-record home court winning streak at 69.
The Cyclones, the Big 12's leading 3-point shooters, went 14 of 32 from beyond the arc, including six straight at one point, but couldn't recover from a 23-4 run that enabled the Jayhawks to take a 45-26 halftime lead.
No. 3 Texas 69, Baylor 60 -- Box Score
AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas keeps winning. Is a return to No. 1 next?
Freshman Tristan Thompson had 17 points and 13 rebounds and No. 3 Texas held off a furious rally by LaceDarius Dunn and Baylor to remain undefeated in the Big 12 with a 69-60 victory Saturday.
The Longhorns have won 10 in a row. And given top-ranked Ohio State's loss to Wisconsin and the fact that Texas handed No. 2 Kansas its only loss of the season, the Longhorns could find themselves sitting at No. 1 come Monday.
Dunn scored 22 points in the second half as the Bears cut an 18-point deficit to three in the final 2 minutes. Texas led 65-60 when Dunn's 3-pointer rattled in and out with about 25 seconds left. Texas' Gary Johnson made two free throws to put the game away.
No. 4 Pittsburgh 57, No. 9 Villanova 54 -- Box Score
VILLANOVA, Pa. -- Brad Wanamaker scored 21 points, Nasir Robinson had 15 and No. 4 Pittsburgh escaped with a 57-54 win against No. 9 Villanova on Saturday night.
It was a festive homecoming for Wanamaker and Robinson, two local players who shunned the Philadelphia schools and headed to Western Pennsylvania.
The Panthers (23-2, 11-1 Big East) show no sign of relinquishing their conference lead with six games left. They stormed into town and did what no team had done since Jan. 17, 2007 - beat the Wildcats in their on-campus home.
Antonio Pena tried to win it for Villanova (19-6, 7-5) in the final minute. He hit a 3-pointer with 58 seconds left to make it a three-point game, then forced a turnover on Pitt's possession.
Dominic Cheek missed a tying 3-point attempt and the offensive rebound was kicked out to Maalik Wayns. His shot swished through the net - moments after the final buzzer.
No. 6 San Diego State 63, UNLV 57 -- Box Score
LAS VEGAS -- D.J. Gay scored 20 points and Kawhi Leonard had 14 points and 10 rebounds to lead No. 6 San Diego State to a 63-57 victory against UNLV on Saturday.
San Diego State (25-1, 10-1 Mountain West Conference) trailed for only the second time in the game when Tre'Von Willis drove in for a layup with 3:07 left to give the Rebels (18-7, 6-5) a 55-54 lead. But the Aztecs made nine of 10 free throw attempts in the final 2:12 to seal their fifth consecutive win.
UNLV missed all 10 of its 3-point tries after halftime, including an 0-for-6 mark after Willis gave the Rebels their lone lead of the second half.
Willis led UNLV with 13 points. Oscar Bellfield scored 12 and Brice Massamba had 11 points and six rebounds.
James Rahon added 12 points for the Aztecs.
No. 7 BYU 72, Utah 59 -- Box Score
PROVO, Utah -- Jimmer Fredette scored 23 points, fill-in starter Charles Abouo added 22 and No. 7 BYU pulled away late from rival Utah 72-59 on Saturday in their final regular-season meeting as Mountain West Conference foes.
Fredette scored 17 points in the final 9 minutes and 12 in a row to help the Cougars (24-2, 10-1 MWC) take control after the game was tied at 48.
Abouo, a junior from the Ivory Coast who entered with a season high of 13 points, scored 17 and grabbed six rebounds in the first half alone. He also finished with 10 rebounds.
Senior guard Jackson Emery also helped spark BYU's second-half charge, after the Cougars led 31-30 at the break, by scoring 13 of his 17 points after intermission. The school's career steals leader added six to his total.
The Utes (10-15, 3-8 MWC) stayed close for 34 minutes behind Will Clyburn (16 points), J.J. O'Brien (10 points and seven rebounds) and Chris Kupets (14 points off the bench).
No. 16 Louisville 73, No. 12 Syracuse 69 -- Box Score
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Kyle Kuric scored 23 points, Preston Knowles added 22 and Peyton Siva dropped in the clinching free throws in the final moments to lead No. 16 Louisville past slumping No. 12 Syracuse 73-69 on Saturday.
The Cardinals (19-6, 8-4 Big East) continued their mastery of the Orange (20-6, 7-6) behind some hot 3-point shooting and just enough defense to beat Syracuse for the seventh consecutive time.
Brandon Triche led the Orange with a season-high 21 points and Scoop Jardine had 20 points and four assists but Syracuse couldn't quite erase a 20-point second-half deficit to lose for the sixth time in its last eight games.
The Orange pulled within three points twice in the final 2:10 but Louisville survived thanks to clutch free throws from Siva and Chris Smith.
Louisville was 13 of 27 from 3-point range to overcome Syracuse's distinct size advantage.
No. 17 Florida 61, Tennessee 60 -- Box Score
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Erving Walker hit a driving layup with 14 seconds left and No. 17 Florida overcame a six-point halftime deficit to beat Tennessee 61-60 on Saturday.
Walker led the Gators with 16 points and Kenny Boynton and Vernon Macklin each added 12. Alex Tyus chipped in 10 for Florida (20-5, 9-2 Southeastern Conference), which has won four consecutive and seven of eight.
Tennessee got 22 points from Scotty Hopson and 11 from Brian Williams. The Volunteers (15-10, 5-5) lost their third consecutive game and second in a row since coach Bruce Pearl returned from an eight-game SEC suspension for lying to NCAA investigators about a secondary violation.
The win also kept the Gators in control of the SEC East. Florida began the day with a 2 1/2-game lead over four teams tied for second place.
No. 23 Vanderbilt 81, No. 18 Kentucky 77 -- Box Score
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- John Jenkins scored a career-high 32 points, hitting six 3-pointers, to lift No. 23 Vanderbilt to an 81-77 victory against No. 18 Kentucky on Saturday.
With the win, the Commodores (18-6, 6-4) swept a three-game homestand that will keep them tied for second in the Southeastern Conference's Eastern Division. They came into Saturday tied with Kentucky, Georgia and Tennessee two losses behind Florida.
Kentucky (17-7, 5-5) dropped to 1-5 on the road in the SEC this season and to the bottom of the East.
Jenkins had Vanderbilt's first 30-point game against the Wildcats since Mike Rhodes on Jan. 19, 1980. Festus Ezeli added 14 points, Steve Tchiengang scored all 12 of his in the first half off and Brad Tinsley had 11.
Terrence Jones led Kentucky with 25 points, Brandon Knight had 20 and DeAndre Liggins 10.
No. 19 Missouri 84, Oklahoma 61 -- Box Score
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- No. 19 Missouri overwhelmed Oklahoma with its bench, getting 16 points from Michael Dixon and 11 from Justin Safford in an 84-61 victory on Saturday.
Marcus Denmon, Missouri's leading scorer with a 16.5 point average, was struck in the face under the Oklahoma basket with just under 18 minutes remaining and did not return, finishing with nine points. He was treated on the bench for several minutes before leaving the court.
The Tigers (19-6, 5-5 Big 12) romped without needing much from Kim English, either. English, restored to the lineup after a two-game absence, was scoreless for 33 minutes, finished with six points on 2 for 10 shooting.
Ricardo Ratliffe had 13 points for Missouri and Laurence Bowers had eight points and nine rebounds.
No. 20 North Carolina 64, Clemson 62 -- Box Score
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Freshman Harrison Barnes scored 20 points, John Henson had 14 points and 12 rebounds and No. 20 North Carolina bounced back from its collapse at Duke to beat Clemson 64-62 on Saturday.
Barnes dunked with 3:01 left to put the Tar Heels (18-6, 8-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) ahead to stay, 53-51. Freshman Kendall Marshall followed with a steal of Clemson senior Demontez Stitt and made an easy layup to extend the lead.
Clemson (17-8, 6-5) cut a 61-53 lead to the final margin in the last 10 seconds with 3-pointers by Bryan Narcisse and Stitt.
North Carolina held a 14-point halftime lead at No. 5 Duke this past Wednesday, but lost 79-73. The Tar Heels have won 12 of the last 13 against Clemson.
Stitt led the Tigers with 17 points, 13 in the second half.
No. 21 Utah State 71, Fresno State 55 -- Box Score
LOGAN, Utah -- Nate Bendall scored 13 points on 5 of 6 shooting and grabbed eight rebounds to lead four Utah State players in double figures as the No. 21 Aggies ran past Fresno State 71-55 on Saturday night.
Brian Green also scored 13 points off the bench for Utah State (23-3, 12-1 Western Athletic Conference), while Pooh Williams and Tai Wesley had 10 apiece.
The Bulldogs (11-14, 5-8) were led by Nedeljko Golubovic with 15 points and Bracken Funk with 14.
Fresno State forced turnovers with a full-court press and pulled within 53-37 with 8:19 remaining after Steven Shepp made a 3-pointer, the closest the Bulldogs had been in the second half after trailing by 21 at halftime.
FSU forced 12 turnovers but was only able to grab 21 rebounds to 36 by the Aggies. Utah State led by as many as 26 midway through the second half.
No. 22 Texas A&M 70, Texas Tech 67 -- Box Score
LUBBOCK, Texas -- Khris Middleton scored 16 points to lead No. 22 Texas A&M past Texas Tech 70-67 on Saturday, the Red Raiders' third consecutive loss.
The Aggies overcame a 10-point deficit in the first half.
D'wayln Roberts made a layup to pull Texas tech within 68-67 with less than 15 seconds left. B.J. Holmes hit two free throws to give the Aggies a 70-67 lead and 3-point tries by Brad Reese and John Roberson missed their mark.
The Aggies outrebounded Texas Tech 34-27.
Holmes added 14 points for A&M (19-5, 6-4).
Reese scored 18 points to lead Texas Tech (11-14, 3-7)
Texas A&M had lost four of its last five games before pulling out a win in overtime at Colorado on Wednesday.
No. 24 Temple 75, Dayton 63 -- Box Score
DAYTON, Ohio -- Ramone Moore scored 26 points on Saturday, and No. 24 Temple won its sixth in a row, beating Dayton 75-63 despite missing top rebounder Lavoy Allen.
The Owls (19-5, 9-2 Atlantic 10) remained one game behind league leaders Xavier and Duquesne, who play for sole possession of first place Sunday on the Dukes' court.
Allen sprained his left ankle in Temple's last game and didn't play. The short-handed Owls held their own on the boards and let their defense do the rest. Scootie Randall added 17 points in a balanced offense.
Dayton (17-9, 5-6) shot 37 percent from the field against the A-10's stingiest defense. Chris Wright led the Flyers with 15 points.
No. 25 West Virginia 82, DePaul 71 -- Box Score
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- West Virginia coach Bob Huggins was pleased to see his team get going on offense after a six-game lull.
John Flowers led West Virginia's balanced offense with 15 points and the 25th-ranked Mountaineers never trailed in beating DePaul 82-71 on Saturday.
After averaging 58 points in its previous six games, West Virginia surpassed that figure midway through the second half. It marked the first time since Jan. 13 that the Mountaineers scored more than 80 points.
But after its highest first-half output of the season, West Virginia (16-8, 7-5 Big East) ran into lulls after halftime and didn't put away DePaul (6-18, 0-12) until the final minutes.