No. 9 Mizzou upset in Boulder
Top 25: Eight Top 25 teams fall, with other close calls
The Associated Press
BOULDER, Colo. -- Super sophomore Alec Burks scored a career-high 36 points and the Colorado Buffaloes upset ninth-ranked Missouri 89-76 in their final Big 12 opener.
The Buffaloes (12-4, 1-0), who join the expanded Pac-12 next season, snapped a streak of 13 consecutive losses in conference openers going back to 1997.
The Tigers (14-2, 0-1) had won nine consecutive games overall and nine in a row against the Buffaloes, whose last win over a top-10 team was a 93-80 upset of third-ranked Texas on Feb. 4, 2003.
The Buffs took control early on behind Burks and a solid supporting cast. Cory Higgins scored 18, Levi Knutson added 13 and Austin Dufault had 12. Michael Dixon Jr.'s 17 points led the Tigers.
No. 4 Syracuse 61, Seton Hall 56 -- Box Score
NEWARK, N.J. -- Kris Joseph scored 17 points and Brandon Triche had all 15 of his in the second half to lead No. 4 Syracuse to a 61-56 victory against Seton Hall on Saturday in a game in which both teams struggled offensively.
Scoop Jardine added 12 points and Rick Jackson had nine points and 14 rebounds for the Orange (16-0, 3-0 Big East), who entered the game as one of the last seven unbeaten teams in Division I.
The Orange's last 16-0 start was in 1999-2000, when they won their first 19 games of the season.
Jeff Robinson had 17 points and 14 rebounds and Herb Pope had 14 points and 20 rebounds for Seton Hall (7-9, 1-3), which has lost three straight and six of seven.
The Pirates entered the game as the worst shooting team in the Big East (40.4 percent) and that number looked like an impossible dream in the first half when they shot 22.9 percent (8-of-35).
No. 5 Pittsburgh 89, Marquette 81 -- Box Score
PITTSBURGH -- Ashton Gibbs scored 19 points and Brad Wanamaker led a first-half surge in which No. 5 Pittsburgh rapidly opened up a 16-point lead, carrying the hot-shooting Panthers past Marquette 89-81 on Saturday.
Wanamaker scored 15 points and Gilbert Brown added 14 points and seven rebounds for the Panthers (15-1, 3-0 in Big East), who were tied at 26 before going on a 22-6 run lasting six minutes that put them ahead 48-32.
Darius Johnson-Odom scored 20 points, Dwight Buycks had 19 and Jimmy Butler 17 for Marquette (11-5, 2-1), which had four players in double figures yet still lost its fourth in a row against Pittsburgh in Big East play.
No. 6 San Diego State 71, Utah 62 -- Box Score
SALT LAKE CITY -- Kawhi Leonard scored 20 points, D.J. Gay hit four 3-pointers in the second half, and No. 6 San Diego State survived a scare from Utah to win 71-62 Saturday and remain undefeated.
The Utes, who came in on a five-game losing streak, led 34-33 at halftime thanks to Will Clyburn’s 14 points.
But then Gay, who was making his 100th career start despite a leg injury, found his shot. His back-to-back 3-pointers capped a 13-5 Aztec run to open the second half that gave San Diego State a 46-39 lead.
After Utah pulled within 57-56 on a layup by J.J. O’Brien with 8:45 left, Gay fueled a 10-0 run with two more 3-pointers to extend the SDSU lead to 67-56.
The win improved San Diego State to 17-0 (2-0 Mountain West Conference), while Utah fell to 7-9 (0-2).
Josh Watkins led Utah with 24 points and Clyburn added 17.
No. 8 Connecticut 82, No. 12 Texas 81 (OT) -- Box Score
AUSTIN, Texas -- Kemba Walker, the nation’s leading scorer, made a 15-foot jumper with 5 seconds left in overtime to lift No. 8 Connecticut to a 82-81 victory against No. 12 Texas on Saturday.
The Longhorns quickly moved the ball to midcourt before calling timeout, but freshman Cory Joseph’s juggling 3-pointer after the inbound pass fell well short.
Walker finished with 22 points against a tough defensive effort by Texas that shut him down for long stretches of the game. But Walker came up with the big shot when the Huskies needed it, shooting over Dogus Balbay for the winner.
Connecticut (12-2) ended Texas’ 27-game home winning streak against non-conference opponents. Jordan Hamilton and J’Covan Brown each scored 20 points for the Longhorns (12-3).
Georgia 77, No. 10 Kentucky 70 -- Box Score
ATHENS, Ga. -- Trey Thompkins scored 25 points and Georgia upset No. 10 Kentucky 77-70 on Saturday, pulling away for its ninth consecutive win.
The Bulldogs (12-2) stamped themselves as a contender in their Southeastern Conference opener, snapping a seven-game winning streak by the Wildcats (12-3, 0-1).
Thompkins hit a key one-handed shot from the baseline with 2:40 remaining. The ball appeared to come up short, but it crawled over the rim to give Georgia a 66-59 lead after it had squandered an 11-point halftime advantage.
From there, the Bulldogs clinched it at the line, hitting 11-of-12 free throws, and Kentucky kept missing from beyond the 3-point arc in a futile attempt to catch up.
Terrence Jones led Kentucky with 24 points.
West Virginia 65, No. 13 Georgetown 59 -- Box Score
WASHINGTON -- Casey Mitchell scored 28 points and West Virginia forced 18 turnovers on Saturday, taking advantage of another subpar game from Georgetown's top seniors for a 65-59 win over the No. 13 Hoyas.
Mitchell had his best Big East game yet for what is already a spark plug season for the senior, whose scoring average has risen from 3.7 points last season to 17.6 this season. The National Junior College Athletic Association player of the year at Chipola College in 2009, Mitchell went 10 of 19 from the field, including 4 for 7 from 3-point range.
Kevin Jones added 15 points for the Mountaineers (10-4, 2-2) in a rematch of last year's Big East tournament championship game, won by West Virginia 60-58.
Jason Clark scored 16 points to lead the Hoyas (12-4, 1-3), who are off to their worst Big East start since the 2003-04 season, Craig Esherick's last as coach.
No. 14 Notre Dame 76, St. John's 61 -- Box Score
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Ben Hansbrough scored 12 of his 26 points from 3-point range, and No. 14 Notre Dame beat St. John's 76-61 on Saturday night, ending the Red Storm's five-game winning streak and handing them their first Big East loss.
Tim Abromaitis and Scott Martin added 12 each for the Irish (14-2, 3-1 Big East), and Abromaitis had nine rebounds. Notre Dame improved to 11-0 at home, delighting the Joyce Center crowd that turned out despite a storm that dumped nearly 3 feet of snow on the South Bend area.
Justin Brownlee led St. John's (10-4, 3-1) with 17 points and seven rebounds. But unlike the last five games, when four players averaged double figures, he didn't get much help. Dwayne Polee II (12 points) was the only other player in double figures, and St. John's shot just 38 percent, well below the 52 percent it shot during its winning streak.
No. 15 BYU 76, Air Force 66 -- Box Score
PROVO, Utah -- Jimmer Fredette scored 22 points, Jackson Emery tied Danny Ainge as BYU's career steals leader, and the 15th-ranked Cougars beat Air Force 76-66 on Saturday.
Noah Hartsock had 12 points and 11 rebounds and Brandon Davies added in 10 points and six boards for BYU (16-1, 2-0 Mountain West Conference).
Michael Lyons scored 14 points and Mike Fitzgerald added a career-high 13 for Air Force (10-5, 1-1).
Fredette had 13 points after the break to stretch the Cougars' seven-point halftime lead to 18 midway through the second half.
The Falcons pulled to 69-61 with three minutes remaining, but Hartsock hit a 3-pointer with 1:45 to go to seal BYU's win.
No. 16 Texas A&M 69, Oklahoma 51 -- Box Score
NORMAN, Okla. -- Khris Middleton scored 16 points and added five assists and No. 16 Texas A&M won its 11th consecutive game, beating Oklahoma 69-51 on Saturday in the Big 12 Conference opener for both teams.
Texas A&M matched the third-longest winning streak in school history and dealt Oklahoma its first loss in nine games this season at Lloyd Noble Center. The Aggies have won six of their last nine games against Oklahoma (8-7, 0-1) after losing 25 of their first 26 against the Sooners.
The Aggies (14-1, 1-0), who shot 54 percent from the field, have won four of their last five Big 12 openers.
Andrew Fitzgerald scored 17 points to lead Oklahoma.
Oklahoma State 76, No. 17 Kansas state 62 -- Box Score
STILLWATER, Okla. -- Jean-Paul Olukemi scored a career-high 22 points in his Big 12 debut and fueled a big second-half run as Oklahoma State raced past No. 17 Kansas State 76-62 Saturday to knock off the Wildcats for the second consecutive year.
Olukemi provided 11 points during a 27-7 surge that propelled the Cowboys (13-2, 1-0 Big 12) into the lead while Kansas State (12-4, 0-1) failed to score a basket for nearly eight minutes.
Preseason All-America guard Jacob Pullen scored 20 points and Rodney McGruder added 19 to lead the Wildcats as the preseason conference favorites played their fifth consecutive game without suspended No. 2 scorer Curtis Kelly.
K-State had its top four remaining frontcourt players foul out, and no one was able to make up for the absence of Kelly.
Penn State 66, No. 18 Michigan State 62 -- Box Score
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Andrew Jones had 16 points and Talor Battle hit an off-balance jumper with 18 seconds left to lift Penn State past No. 18 Michigan State 66-62 on Saturday.
The Spartans (10-5, 2-1 Big Ten) had one last shot to tie, but Durrell Summers' 3 from the corner with 10 seconds left sailed wide of the basket, and Tim Frazier hit 1-of-2 from the foul line to seal the win in a wildly entertaining game.
The teams traded buckets down the stretch, none bigger than Jones' tip-in with two minutes left. Jones hit a foul shot a minute later for a 63-61 lead.
After Summers hit a foul shot, Penn State (9-6, 2-2) put the ball in the hands of its star guard. Battle shook off Korie Lucious, then hit his 12-footer near the baseline for a 65-62 lead as fans in the Jordan Center erupted in delight.
Battle finished with 13 points, while Summers had 21 and Kalin Lucas 14 for the Spartans.
Houston 76, No. 19 UCF 71 -- Box Score
HOUSTON -- Kirk Van Slyke scored 15 of his 17 points in the first half as Houston built a big early lead and held off No. 19 UCF 76-71 on Saturday, handing the Knights their first loss of the season.
Zamal Nixon also had 17 points for Houston (9-6, 1-1 Conference USA). Maurice McNeil scored 15 and Alandise Harris added 14.
Keith Clanton and Tom Herzog each scored 13 points for UCF (14-1, 1-1). Leading scorer Marcus Jordan, the son of former NBA great Michael Jordan, was held to 10.
Strong shooting and pressure defense gave Houston control from the start, as Van Slyke led the Cougars to a 22-8 lead.
On the other end, Jordan, averaging 16.7 points per game, missed his first five field goal attempts, and frustration mounted. Jordan tangled for a loose ball with Houston's Darian Thibodeaux midway through the first half and both players had to be restrained.
No. 21 Memphis 61, East Carolina 58 -- Box Score
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Tarik Black had 12 points and seven rebounds and No. 21 Memphis survived another scare before beating East Carolina 61-58 Saturday in the Conference USA opener for both teams.
Will Coleman added 11 points for the Tigers (12-3, 1-0), who did not have a field goal in the final 5:23 of the game, and didn't help themselves by hitting on 6 of their 11 free throws over that stretch.
That allowed the Pirates (8-7, 0-1) to stay within striking distance. East Carolina had a chance at the last shot to tie the game. But Chris Crawford stole the ball on the possession, ending the threat.
Darrius Morrow led East Carolina with 17 points and eight rebounds, while Jamar Abrams added 15. Brock Young scored 10 for East Carolina, which lost its second in a row.
South Carolina 83, No. 22 Vanderbilt 75 (OT) -- Box Score
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Sam Muldrow had the second triple-double in South Carolina history, and freshman Bruce Ellington scored 22 points in his Southeastern Conference debut to lead South Carolina to a 83-75 win against No. 22 Vanderbilt on Saturday.
Muldrow had 16 points, 14 rebounds and a career-best 10 blocked shots.
The Gamecocks never led in regulation. But Ellington’s layup on the first possession of overtime gave them a lead they would never lose and his quick pass to Muldrow for an open 3 put South Carolina up 81-75 with 2:18 to go.
John Jenkins lad Vanderbilt with 27 points after missing the last game with a concussion.
It was a surprising win for a South Carolina team that started three freshmen and had seven players who had never been in an SEC game.
No. 23 Washington 103, Oregon State 72 -- Box Score
SEATTLE -- Matthew Bryan-Amaning had 24 points and a career-high 15 rebounds and No. 23 Washington beat Oregon State 103-72 Saturday.
Jared Cunningham led Oregon State (7-8, 2-2) with 21 points. Roberto Nelson had 15 points.
Washington (12-3) is 4-0 in the Pac-10 for the first time since winning its first six in 1984.
The Beavers led 37-28 in the first half, but Washington closed out the half with a 12-2 run.
The Huskies kept it up after halftime, opening with a 16-2 run before Beavers coach Craig Robinson called a timeout to regroup with 16:05 left. Bryan-Amaning had eight points during the surge.
No. 25 UNLV 83, TCU 49 -- Box Score
LAS VEGAS -- Tre'Von Willis had 22 points, seven rebounds and five steals to lead No. 25 UNLV to an 83-49 rout of TCU on Saturday night.
Chace Stanback had 15 points and seven rebounds for the Rebels (13-3, 1-1 Mountain West Conference), who opened a 49-28 lead in a dominant first half as the Horned Frogs (9-8, 0-2) committed 14 turnovers to only three for UNLV.
The Rebels went on a 24-0 run that brought them out of a 12-8 deficit and into a 32-12 lead with 7:55 left in the opening half. The run started with Carlos Lopez converting two free throws with 13:24 left and included seven points from Willis and six from Justin Hawkins.
The Horned Frogs had eight turnovers that led to Rebels points during the run. For the game, TCU committed 23 turnovers to 10 for the Rebels.
Hawkins also had four steals during the first 12:03 and Anthony Marshall handed out four assists in the first half. Stanback topped the Rebels with 14 first-half points. UNLV connected on 55 percent (18 for 23) of its field goal attempts while TCU went 10 for 28 (36 percent).
The Rebels led by as many as 25 points during the first half.
Hawkins finished with 13 points, Marshall had 11 points and five assists, and Lopez scored 10.
Garlon Green led the Horned Frogs with 11 points and six rebounds.
Washington shot 64 percent in the second half, scoring 75 points over the last 23:25.