No. 21 Arizona wins triple-OT thriller
Top 25: Washington drops third consecutive game
The Associated Press
BERKELEY, Calif. -- Lamont Jones hit a go-ahead lay-in with 1:03 left in the third overtime and also had a tying 3-pointer with 5 seconds to go in the second OT and the tying three-point play late in regulation, sending No. 21 Arizona to a thrilling 107-105 victory against California on Saturday night.
Jones finished with a career-high 27 points in the Wildcats' fifth consecutive win and eighth in nine games, and Kevin Parrom scored five of his career-best 25 points in the third extra period for Arizona (20-4, 9-2 Pac-10).
Harper Kamp scored a career-high 33 points for the defending Pac-10 champion Golden Bears (13-10, 6-5), seven in the second extra period. Cal had its four-game winning streak snapped.
First-place Arizona moved 1 1/2 games ahead of UCLA in the Pac-10 standings and two up on Washington after the 20th-ranked Huskies were handed their third consecutive loss in a defeat at Oregon earlier Saturday.
This marked Cal's longest home game since a five-overtime 107-102 victory against Oregon in 1977. The Bears won a triple-overtime game at Washington in January 2009.
No. 2 Kansas 86, Nebraska 66 -- Box Score
LINCOLN, Neb. -- Brady Morningstar scored a season-high 19 points and made five of second-ranked Kansas' season-best 13 3-pointers in an 86-66 victory against Nebraska on Saturday.
The Jayhawks (22-1, 7-1 Big 12) played without Josh Selby, their most accurate 3-point shooter, who sat out with an injured right foot. But it made little difference as Markieff Morris made a career-high three 3s and Tyrel Reed added three more.
Morris had 17 points, Marcus Morris added 16 and Tyrel Reed finished with 14 for Kansas.
Brandon Richardson scored 16 points for the Huskers (15-7, 3-5). Toney McCray had 11.
No. 3 Texas 76, Texas Tech 60 -- Box Score
AUSTIN, Texas -- Jordan Hamilton and Gary Johnson each scored 16 points and No. 3 Texas remained unbeaten in the Big 12.
The Red Raiders kept this one closer than Texas' 31-point romp the last time the teams met on Jan. 11, cutting the Longhorns' lead to seven in the second half. But J'Covan Brown made two 3-pointers in a 90-second span to help end the rally and give the Longhorns the push to put the game away.
Brown finished with 10 points for Texas (20-3, 8-0), which is off to its best ever start in the Big 12.
John Roberson scored 16 points Texas Tech (11-13, 3-6).
No. 4 Pitt 71, Cincinnati 59 -- Box Score
PITTSBURGH -- Ashton Gibbs tied a career-high with 25 points and No. 4 Pittsburgh took advantage of the fact Cincinnati was playing without suspended forward Yancy Gates, beating the Bearcats 71-59 on Saturday night.
Gilbert Brown added 11 points for the Panthers (21-2, 9-1), who have built a two-game lead in the Big East standings.
Gates, a senior who leads Cincinnati in rebounds and blocked shots and was second in scoring, is suspended indefinitely for a violation of team rules. He did not make the trip.
Larry Davis had 13 points to lead Cincinnati (18-5, 5-5), which has lost five of eight after a 15-0 start. The Bearcats have lost 17 consecutive conference road games against ranked opponents.
No. 5 Duke 76, NC State 52 -- Box Score
DURHAM, N.C. -- Nolan Smith scored 18 of his 20 points during the decisive first half and led No. 5 Duke past struggling North Carolina State 76-52 on Saturday night.
Mason Plumlee had 16 points and 12 rebounds while Kyle Singler added 14 points for the Blue Devils (21-2, 8-1), as the top team in the ACC had little trouble with one of its worst.
Duke put together two overwhelming runs in the first half and needed fewer than 18 minutes to build a 30-point lead.
Richard Howell had a career-high 18 points for the Wolfpack (12-11, 2-7), who had 16 turnovers and didn't get closer than 21 in the second half. They lost their fourth consecutive and seventh in eight games, and dropped into 11th place in the league standings.
No. 6 Connecticut 61, Seton Hall 59 -- Box Score
NEWARK, N.J. -- Kemba Walker scored 19 points and No. 6 Connecticut stopped a two-game losing streak with a 61-59 victory against Seton Hall on Saturday night after trailing by 10 points with 8:17 to play.
Walker, the Big East's leading scorer who has struggled recently, hit a 3-pointer with 2:32 to play that capped a 12-1 run and gave the Huskies (18-4, 6-4) their first lead of the second half.
Freshman Roscoe Smith made two free throws for Connecticut with 19 seconds left for a three-point lead, and after Alex Oriakhi blocked Jeremy Hazell's 3-point attempt, Oriakhi added one of two free throws with 3.7 seconds left when he was intentionally fouled by Herb Pope.
Connecticut retained possession but the ball was thrown away and Fuquan Edwin laid it in at the buzzer for the Pirates (10-14, 4-8), their only field goal of the final 8 minutes.
No. 9 BYU 78, UNLV 64 -- Box Score
PROVO, Utah (AP) - Jimmer Fredette scored 16 of his game-high 29 points from the free-throw line, and reserve Stephen Rogers added 12 points and eight rebounds for the Cougars.
Fredette's free throw to cap a three-point play with 3:24 remaining made him the career scoring leader in the Mountain West Conference, breaking the record of 2,189 points set by San Diego State's Brandon Heath in 2007.
BYU (22-2, 8-1) halted a three-game winning streak by UNLV (17-6, 5-4), which got 16 points from Anthony Marshall and 15 from Trevon Willis.
Florida 70, No. 10 Kentucky 68 -- Box Score
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Chandler Parsons scored 17 points, Alex Tyus made two big defensive plays and Florida turned it around at the free throw line with an 18-of-22 night at the stripe.
Erving Walker hit both ends of two one-and-ones in the closing minutes. His final free throw put Florida (18-5, 7-2 Southeastern Conference) ahead for good. Tyus followed with a baseline hook shots and Parsons added a free throw with 12.7 seconds remaining.
The Wildcats (16-6, 4-4) had a final chance, but Brandon Knight's 3-pointer came up short. Tyus had a hand in Knight's face.
Knight scored 24 points and Jones added 18 points and seven rebounds for the Wildcats, who lost consecutive games for the first time under John Calipari.
No. 12 Villanova 65, No. 25 West Virginia 50 -- Box Score
PHILADELPHIA -- Maalik Wayns scored 17 points, Corey Fisher had 16 and No. 12 Villanova pulled away late to beat No. 25 West Virginia 66-50 on Saturday.
The Wildcats (19-4, 7-3 Big East) finally got hot late in the second half to break open the game after a sluggish first 30 minutes. The Wildcats led 45-40 midway through the second half, then went on a 19-3 run to coast toward their second consecutive win.
Wayns, Fisher and Corey Stokes all hit 3s during the spurt and the Wildcats were sensational from the field. They were 25 of 46 (54 percent) in numbers bolstered during the run.
Kevin Jones scored 16 points and John Flowers had 15 for the Mountaineers (15-7, 6-4).
Fisher and Wayns shot a combined 12 of 19 out of the backcourt and had nine assists.
Neither team could find much of a groove in an ugly and physical game.
No. 14 Missouri 89, Colorado 73 -- Box Score
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Kim English scored 21 points in a rare reserve role, and the No. 24 Tigers rattled Colorado into a season-worst 23 turnovers.
Marcus Denmon added 17 points and Ricardo Ratliffe had 14 points and nine rebounds for Missouri (18-5, 4-4 Big 12), which is 0-4 on the road in conference play but has dominated at home. The Tigers are 14-0 in the Mizzou Arena.
Alec Burks had 21 points for Colorado (15-9, 4-5 Big 12), which has lost five of six but had been coming off a 26-point victory against Iowa State on Tuesday. Burks had a career-best 36 points in the Buffaloes' 13-point victory against then-No. 9 Missouri Jan. 8 in Boulder, Colo.
No. 15 Louisville 61, DePaul 57 -- Box Score
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Kyle Kuric scored 19 points, including the game-clinching 3-pointer with just over 2 minutes remaining for Louisville.
Chris Smith and Terrence Jennings added 10 points each for the Cardinals (18-5, 7-3 Big East), who bounced back from a tough loss at No. 13 Georgetown on Monday.
Leading scorer Preston Knowles watched from the bench in a sweatshirt and jeans after injuring his hamstring against the Hoyas. Kuric filled in capably, making several big shots, including a 3-pointer from the corner that put Louisville up 60-54 with 2:05 to go.
Brandon Young had 15 points and Cleveland Melvin added 12 for the Blue Demons (6-16, 0-10).
Baylor 76, No. 16 Texas A&M 74 (OT) -- Box Score
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Anthony Jones' layup with 3.1 seconds left in overtime lifted Baylor to a 76-74 win against No. 16 Texas A&M on Saturday.
Perry Jones, who led the Bears (15-7, 5-4 Big 12) with a season-high 27 points, gave them a 74-73 lead with his 3-point play with just more than a minute left in overtime. Texas A&M's B.J. Holmes made one of two free throw attempts to tie it at 74.
Texas A&M got the ball back, but Middleton was called for a foul for pushing off as he drove to the basket, setting up the shot by Jones. He got the offensive rebound off a missed shot by LaceDarius Dunn just before the shot clock expired and hit the eventual game-winner.
A.J. Walton stole the ball from Khris Middleton as the Aggies tried for a desperation shot.
Holmes finished with 19 points to lead Texas A&M (17-5, 4-4). Dunn scored 17 for Baylor and Anthony Jones and Quincy Acy had 10 points apiece.
No. 17 Syracuse 72, South Florida 49 -- Box Score
TAMPA, Fla. -- Rick Jackson scored a season-high 21 points and Kris Joseph added 14 to lead No. 17 Syracuse to a 72-49 rout of struggling South Florida on Saturday.
Jackson also grabbed 12 rebounds for his 16th double-double for the Orange (20-4, 7-4 Big East), who've now won at least 20 games in 33 of 35 seasons under Jim Boeheim. His 849 career victories rank second among active Division I coaches behind Duke's Mike Krzyzewski.
The Orange built on momentum from a victory against No. 6 Connecticut that stopped a four-game losing streak, limiting cold-shooting USF (8-16, 2-9) to 35 percent from the field, including 2 of 15 from 3-point range.
Jarrid Famous led South Florida with 14 points. Toarlyn Fitzpatrick added 10 for the Bulls, who trailed 37-28 at halftime and didn't get closer than that the rest of the way.
Dion Waiters joined Jackson and Joseph in double figures for Syracuse, which held UConn to 36-percent shooting last Wednesday to stop a sudden slide that included home losses to Villanova and Seton Hall and on the road to Pittsburgh and Marquette.
Oregon 81, No. 20 Washington 76 -- Box Score
EUGENE, Ore. -- Joevan Catron had 20 points and nine rebounds as the Ducks handed the No. 20 Huskies their third consecutive loss this week.
E.J. Singler added 16 points for the Ducks (12-11, 5-6 Pac-10), including four on free throws in the final 25.7 seconds, after the Huskies twice cut Oregon's lead to two points. Tyrone Nared finished with 14 points and Jay-R Strowbridge had 12.
Matt Bryan-Amaning scored 21 to lead Washington (15-7, 7-4), which lost to Oregon State on Thursday to fall out of the Pac-10 lead. The Huskies also lost to Washington State on Sunday.
No. 22 Utah State 77, Boise State 49 -- Box Score
LOGAN, Utah -- Tai Wesley scored 22 points as Utah State won its 17th consecutive game.
Brockeith Pane and Pooh Williams each added 10 points for the Aggies (22-2, 11-0 Western Athletic Conference).
Robert Arnold scored 12 points and Ryan Watkins added 11 for the Broncos (12-11, 5-6), while La'Shard Anderson, who leads the team with 15.1 points a game, went scoreless.
Utah State shot better than 64 percent while pressuring Boise State into a 19-of-56 performance from the field and 14 turnovers.
The win gives Utah State a 25-game winning streak in conference play.
No. 24 Vanderbilt 78, South Carolina 60 -- Box Score
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- John Jenkins scored 18 points, Jeffery Taylor and Festus Ezeli added 17 apiece and No. 24 Vanderbilt routed South Carolina 78-60 on Saturday to snap a two-game skid.
The Commodores (16-6, 4-4) desperately needed a win to stay in the SEC East chase. After blowing a 14-point at South Carolina to open conference play, and with losses to Arkansas and in overtime at Florida, they already had matched their league losses from a season ago.
Brad Tinsley also had 11 points and nine assists for Vandy.
South Carolina (13-8, 4-4) has lost three of four, and this one ties the Gamecocks with Vanderbilt at the bottom of the Eastern Division.
Ramon Galloway led South Carolina with 16 points before fouling out. Bruce Ellington had 13, Malik Cooke 12 and Sam Muldrow 11.