No. 1 Kansas pushes past Colorado
Top 25: Texas, Pitt, Notre Dame among top-10 squads to fall
No. 1 Kansas 89, Colorado 63 – Box Score
LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Markieff Morris and No. 1 Kansas found the perfect cure for a bad Kansas State hangover: a big dose of Colorado.
Held to three points and zero rebounds in Monday night's 84-68 loss to the unranked Wildcats, Morris bounced back Saturday with 26 points and 15 rebounds in an 89-63 victory against a Colorado program the Jayhawks have dominated for decades.
It was a career-high in points for the elder (by 7 minutes) of the Morris twins and tied his career high in rebounds. In 29 minutes, the 6-10 junior also had two steals, two assists and two blocks as the Jayhawks (25-2, 10-2 Big 12) beat Colorado in Allen Fieldhouse for the 28th consecutive time.
Morris' eight offensive rebounds were the most by a Kansas player in a conference game in seven years.
Nebraska 70, No. 3 Texas 67 -- Box Score
LINCOLN, Neb. -- Count Texas among those very impressed by Nebraska's upset of the No. 3 Longhorns.
Brandon Richardson hit a pair of free throws with 7.2 seconds left to seal the Cornhuskers' 70-67 win on Saturday. Nebraska hadn't beaten a team ranked in the top three since knocking off No. 3 Missouri 98-91 in the 1994 Big Eight Conference tournament.
After Texas' 3-point attempt fell short at the buzzer, Nebraska students stormed the court and hoisted players on their shoulders.
The Cornhuskers' second win against a top 25 opponent this season broke Texas' school-record Big 12 winning streak at 11 games. Nebraska downed then-No. 13 Texas A&M 57-48 on Jan. 29.
Richardson led Nebraska with 15 points, 10 in the second half. Toney McCray added 14.
Jordan Hamilton and Brown each had 18 to top Texas. Cory Joseph had 13.
Nebraska (18-8, 6-6 Big 12), which trailed by seven points at halftime, took a 64-53 lead on Lance Jeter's driving layup with 2:35 left. But the Cornhuskers made just six of 11 free throws in the last two minutes to help Texas get back in it.
St. John’s 60, No. 4 Pittsburgh 59 – Box Score
NEW YORK -- Madison Square Garden has been a second home to St. John's basketball teams over the last eight decades. This current team has turned the building at 33rd Street and Eighth Avenue into a house of horrors for highly ranked teams.
The latest of the Red Storm's five wins against teams regarded as the best in the country was a heart-stopping, come-from-behind thriller against No. 4 Pittsburgh that has the players thinking of joining the ranks of the ranked themselves.
It's actually been just over a decade since St. John's was in The Associated Press poll.
Dwight Hardy's underhanded flip with 1.2 seconds left Saturday gave the Red Storm a 60-59 victory, their fifth this season against a team that spent time in the top 10 - and all of them have been at Madison Square Garden.
No. 6 San Diego State 70, Air Force 58 – Box Score
AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- Once they had dispatched of feisty Air Force, the sixth-ranked San Diego State Aztecs were free to focus on BYU, the only team to beat them this year.
They warmed up by holding off Air Force 70-58 Saturday and setting a school record with its 27th win. Thomas posted his seventh double-double of the season with 20 points and 13 rebounds, and Kawhi Leonard posted his 19th double-double with 18 points and 15 boards as the Aztecs (27-1, 12-1 Mountain West) beat the Falcons (13-12, 4-8) for the seventh straight time.
Air Force, which was led by Michael Lyons' 18 points, was beaten on the glass 50-27 and allowed 21 offensive rebounds. The Falcons fell to 0-30 against top-10 opponents and 1-71 all-time against ranked teams.
No. 7 BYU 79, TCU 56 -- Box Score
FORT WORTH, Texas -- While Jimmer Fredette scored 23 points despite another tough shooting game, four other Cougars also scored in double figures in No. 7 BYU's 79-56 road victory against TCU Saturday in a sold-out arena filled with Cougar fans and others just wanting to get a look at the nation's leading scorer.
After Garlon Green hit a 3-pointer to get TCU within 27-24, the Cougars (25-2, 11-1 Mountain West) took control with an 18-4 run during the final 6:09 of the first half. That started with 11 consecutive points scored by five different BYU players - none of them named Fredette, whose only point in that half-ending run came on a free throw in the final minute.
The highlight scorer was coming off a 7-of-19 shooting game in a win against Utah when he also had 23 points. He has scored at least 20 points in 12 consecutive games.
Stephen Rogers scored 15 points in 15 minutes for BYU. Davies and Jackson Emery scored 11 each and Noah Hartsock had 10.
J.R. Cadot had 17 points and nine rebounds for TCU, which has lost 10 consecutive games and 14 of 15. The Frogs have also lost 15 in a row against BYU, including all 14 games since Rose became the coach in 2005.
West Virginia 72, No. 8 Notre Dame 58 – Box Score
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- One of Truck Bryant's best games of the year gave West Virginia the start it needed to a difficult five-game stretch run.
Bryant broke out of a slump by scoring 24 points and West Virginia took command early in the second half to beat No. 8 Notre Dame 72-58 on Saturday, ending the Irish's seven-game winning streak.
The Mountaineers (17-9, 8-6 Big East) got a badly needed win against a ranked opponent to prop up their NCAA tournament hopes. West Virginia had been struggling since a 68-64 win over No. 11 Purdue on Jan. 16 that pushed its record to 12-4.
The Mountaineers had lost five of nine entering Saturday.
Bryant had shot 24 percent from the floor and averaged six points over his last five games, but went 5 of 11 against Notre Dame - and 10 of 2 from the foul line - as the Mountaineers outscored the Irish 20-8 on free throws.
No. 9 Georgetown 61, South Florida 55 -- Box Score
TAMPA, Fla. -- Chris Wright made six free throws in the final 29.7 seconds to finish with a season-high 26 points and ninth-ranked Georgetown held off South Florida 61-55 on Saturday night for its ninth victory in 10 games.
The Hoyas (21-6, 10-5 Big East) rebounded from an eight-point loss to Connecticut, pulling away during an 18-8 surge and hanging on despite getting a season-low four points on 2 of 10 shooting by Austin Freeman, the conference's third-leading scorer.
Jason Clark was the only other Georgetown player in double figures with 10 points, including a layup that gave the Hoyas their biggest lead of the night at 49-38 with 6:40 remaining.
USF's leading scorer, Augustus Gilchrist, had his best game in nearly a month, however his 22 points on 10 of 16 shooting wasn't enough to prevent the Bulls (8-20, 2-13) from losing for the 15th time in 17 games.
No. 12 Arizona 87, Washington 86 -- Box Score
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Derrick Williams powered through defenders and the pain in his taped-up right pinky to score at the rim. He soared over opponents to snare rebounds. One of Arizona's worst 3-point shooters in practice, he again came through with the lights on, hitting a big one from the perimeter in the closing minutes.
All that turned out to be just the build-up to the big finish.
Coiling and springing from just inside the paint, Williams leaped up and swatted Darnell Grant's shot into the stands, then topped it off by stealing the inbound pass to preserve No. 12 Arizona's wild, 87-86 win against Washington on Saturday.
Playing the way he did before his pinky injury three weeks ago, Williams powered over and through Washington for 26 points and 13 rebounds. He scored 10 of his points in the final 6 minutes and hit a 3-pointer from in front of Arizona's bench to put the Wildcats up one with just over a minute left.
No. 15 Villanova 77, DePaul 75 (OT) – Box Score
ROSEMONT, Ill. -- Corey Fisher refused to let this one slip away.
The senior guard scored a career-high 34 points, nailing the tying 3-pointer near the end of regulation, and No. 15 Villanova beat DePaul 77-75 in overtime Saturday.
Maalik Wayns added 17, Mouphtaou Yarou grabbed 15 rebounds, and the Wildcats escaped with a tough win over the Big East's last-place team. DePaul had dropped 12 consecutive overall and 25 in a row against conference opponents before beating Providence on Thursday.
Fisher simply carried the Wildcats, converting acrobatic drives and burying shots from the perimeter. He hit 5 of 8 3-pointers, none bigger than the one he nailed with six seconds left in regulation that tied the game at 62.
Jeremiah Kelly led DePaul (7-19, 1-13) with 25 points, hitting 7 of 13 3-pointers. Cleveland Melvin scored 16 and Moses Morgan added 15, but the Blue Demons came up just a little short.
No. 17 Syracuse 84, Rutgers 80 (OT) -- Box Score
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- On a rugged day in the Big East, when the top two teams in the conference both lost, No. 17 Syracuse survived - barely.
Kris Joseph scored six of his 21 points in overtime, and the Orange converted 34 of 47 free throws to hold off Rutgers 84-80 on Saturday.
That's 72.3 percent for those keeping track. Not bad for a team that entered the game ranked 280th out of 335 in free-throw shooting at 64.9 percent.
The Scarlet Knights were called for 30 fouls to 18 against Syracuse. The total was five off the school record for free throws attempted in a game and the 34 made were just six off the team record set in Syracuse's win over Connecticut in the 2009 Big East tournament - and that one took six overtimes.
No. 18 Vanderbilt 77, Auburn 60 – Box Score
AUBURN, Ala. -- John Jenkins scored 22 points and No. 18 Vanderbilt used a dominant second-half stretch to turn a tie game into a 77-60 rout against Auburn on Saturday.
The Commodores (20-6, 8-4 SEC) went on a 23-4 run after Auburn (9-17, 2-10) managed to tie it six minutes into the second half. Their fifth consecutive victory gave Vandy its sixth 20-win season during coach Kevin Stallings' 12 seasons.
Jenkins hit 5 of 11 3-pointers and scored 16 in the second half. Jeffery Taylor had 20 points and 10 rebounds for the Commodores while Brad Tinsley scored 16. Ezeli Festus only had six points but also blocked five shots.
Earnest Ross led Auburn with 19 points and Kenny Gabriel added 13. They were a combined 10-of-18 shooting while the rest of the team made just 12 of 32 attempts.
No. 19 North Carolina 48, Boston College 46 – Box Score
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Tyler Zeller scored 16 points and No. 19 North Carolina held off a late rally to beat Boston College 48-46 on Saturday.
Freshmen Kendall Marshall and Harrison Barnes had 10 points each for the Tar Heels (20-6, 10-2 ACC), who held Boston College to season lows of 26.9 percent shooting and total points.
North Carolina overcame its lowest-scoring game under Roy Williams to reach the 20-win mark for the seventh consecutive season under him.
Joe Trapani and Reggie Jackson scored 13 points apiece for the Eagles (16-10, 6-6), who pulled within 48-46 on Jackson's 3-pointer with 1:10 left.
After Marshall missed on a drive with about 35 seconds left, Dallas Elmore rebounded and the Eagles called timeout with 17.6 seconds left to set up their final play. With about 5 seconds left, Jackson pulled up for a 3-pointer over 6-foot-10 John Henson that rimmed out.
No. 20 Missouri 76, Iowa State 70 – Box Score
AMES, Iowa -- Missouri can finally celebrate on a trip back to Columbia instead of sulking about yet another road loss in the Big 12.
Marcus Denmon scored 25 points, Laurence Bowers added 16 and the No. 20 Tigers beat Iowa State 76-70 on Saturday, winning their first league road game and their first away from Mizzou Arena since beating Illinois in St. Louis in December.
Missouri survived with a stellar effort from the line in the second half, hitting 16 of 20 free throws and four consecutive to go ahead 66-60 with 3:27 left. Bowers then capped a scrambling possession with a putback, giving the Tigers a 68-60 lead with 1:55 to go.
Iowa State got to 72-68 with 24 seconds left. But Missouri iced the game with four free throws from Michael Dixon, who was 0 of 7 from the field but a perfect 6 for 6 from the line.
Jake Anderson had 17 points for Iowa State (14-13, 1-11), which lost its ninth consecutive game after an encouraging 14-4 start.
No. 21 Texas A&M 67, Oklahoma State 66 -- Box Score
STILLWATER, Okla. -- David Loubeau scored 22 points, B.J. Holmes hit two key free throws in the final seconds and No. 21 Texas A&M continued its recent dominance against Oklahoma State with a 67-66 victory on Saturday night.
Texas A&M (21-5, 8-4 Big 12) maintained its hold on third place in the conference standings and extended its winning streak to four games. The Aggies have won three consecutive against Oklahoma State (16-10, 4-8) and four of the last five in the series.
The loss put a damper on Oklahoma State's already tenuous NCAA Tournament hopes, and it won't get easier soon for the Cowboys, who visit No. 1 Kansas on Monday.
Reger Dowell scored a career-high 22 points for Oklahoma State and put the Cowboys up 66-65 with two free throws with 17 seconds left. But he fouled Holmes in the backcourt with 15.9 seconds left and Holmes hit both free throws.
No. 22 Kentucky 90, South Carolina 59 – Box Score
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Darius Miller scored a career-high 22 points and No. 22 Kentucky had little trouble in a 90-59 win against South Carolina on Saturday.
Terrence Jones added 19 points and 12 rebounds for the Wildcats (19-7, 7-5 SEC), who remain unbeaten at Rupp Arena under John Calipari. Kentucky scored the game's first 14 points and led by as much as 36 to push its home winning streak to 32, the second-longest in school history.
The Wildcats knocked down 11 of 20 3-pointers and had five players score at least 11 points, including junior guard DeAndre Liggins, who didn't start for the first time this season.
Malik Cooke led South Carolina (13-12, 4-7) with 12 points but the Gamecocks shot just 34 percent from the floor in losing their fifth straight.
Leading scorers Bruce Ellington and Sam Muldrow combined for 13 points on 3-of-17 shooting as South Carolina suffered its worst loss of the season.
No. 24 Xavier 79, Fordham 72 -- Box Score
CINCINNATI -- Tu Holloway had his second career triple-double with 26 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists to lead No. 24 Xavier past Fordham 79-72 on Saturday night.
Mark Lyons added 16 points and Kenny Frease had 14 for the Musketeers (20-6, 11-1 Atlantic 10), who won their fifth consecutive game and 12th in 13 games.
Chris Gaston scored 26 points to lead the Rams (6-18, 0-12), who lost their 14th in a row. Brenton Butler added 21 points, 14 in the second half when he hit four 3-pointers, and Alberto Estwick chipped in 14 for Fordham.
Xavier has reached 20 wins for the sixth consecutive season and 14th in the last 15.
No. 25 Utah State 75, Saint Mary's (Calif.) 65 -- Box Score
MORAGA, Calif. -- Tai Wesley and Brockeith Pane scored 22 points apiece to help No. 25 Utah State bolster its position for an NCAA tournament bid by beating Saint Mary's 75-65 Saturday night in a BracketBuster game.
The Aggies (25-3) rallied from a 10-point deficit early in the second half by the strong inside play of Wesley and a tight defense that forced the Gaels (23-6) to miss 16 of their first 20 shots in the second half for their first home loss of the season.
Brady Jardine put the exclamation point on the victory with an emphatic dunk over Mitchell Young for a three-point play that made it 68-59 with 2:26 to go.