Ron Baker leads No. 12 Shockers as Wichita State holds off Saint Louis
ST. LOUIS -- Ron Baker had 22 points, six rebounds and four steals and No. 12 Wichita State got a pair of key plays from Fred VanVleet in the closing seconds to edge Saint Louis 70-65 on Sunday.
Chadrack Lufile hit a layup off VanVleet's pass for a 68-65 lead with 14 seconds to go, and VanVleet added a pair of free throws with 3.2 seconds left. Cleanthony Early missed 8-of-12 shots but hit a pair of key 3-pointers late and had 12 points for the Shockers (8-0).
Saint Louis missed two 3-point attempts and Jake Barnett missed a second free throw with a chance to tie it at 66 with 30.1 seconds to go.
Dwayne Evans had 18 points and nine rebounds for Saint Louis (6-2). Tekele Cotton had 10 points and 10 rebounds for Wichita State.
St. Louis honored Rick Majerus during a halftime ceremony on the anniversary of his death.
NEW YORK -- Willie Cauley-Stein had 15 points, eight rebounds and a career-high nine blocks to lead No. 3 Kentucky to a 79-65 victory against Providence on Sunday night at Barclays Center.
James Young scored 18 points and Aaron Harrison added 15 for the Wildcats (7-1), who shot 64.3 percent from the field (27 of 42) and led by as many as 17 points in the second half.
Bryce Cotton had 23 points for the Friars (7-2), who finished 10 of 19 (52.6 percent) from 3-point range. They came into the game shooting just 29.4 percent from beyond the arc and were averaging only five 3s per game.
Kentucky, which had the majority of the crowd of 8,086 cheering for it, also had an exceptional game from 3-point range. The Wildcats were 6 of 8 from beyond the arc, decidedly better than the 28.9 percent they were shooting from there entering the game.
SPOKANE, Wash. -- Gary Bell Jr. scored 15 points to lead No. 11 Gonzaga to an 86-51 victory against Coppin State on Sunday night.
Reserves Gerard Coleman added 14 and Kyle Dranginis 12 for Gonzaga (7-1), which posted its largest margin of victory this season.
Arnold Fripp and Sterling Smith had 10 points apiece for cold-shooting Coppin State (2-5), which lost to a ranked team for the second time in three nights following a 42-point defeat at Michigan.
Dranginis scored on a transition basket and a 3-pointer on consecutive possessions to spark a Gonzaga surge midway through the first half that put the Bulldogs ahead 27-7. The Eagles scored just a single field goal in a stretch of more than 11 minutes, missing 19 of their first 24 shots, and trailed 39-14 at halftime.
Sam Dower Jr. added 11 points and eight rebounds for Coppin State.
EUGENE, Ore. -- Richard Amardi scored 14 points to lead five players in double figures for No. 14 Oregon in an 82-61 win against Cal Poly on Sunday night.
Joseph Young scored 13 points and Johnathan Loyd added a season-high 13 points, five assists and five rebounds for the Ducks (7-0).
Brian Bennett led the Mustangs (2-5) with 11 points and six rebounds. He was the only Cal Poly player in double figures.
Early in the first half, Kyle Odister tied the score at seven for the Mustangs, but the Ducks went on a 13-2 run sparked by Waverly Austin's dunk off a nice pass from Loyd with 15:30 to go in the first half.
Cal Poly got within 40-32 on a floater from David Nwaba with 1:42 in the half. Nwaba scored eight points during the Mustangs' run.
The Ducks shot 58.3 percent in taking a 44-32 lead at the break.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Chad Frazier scored 25 points and UAB made three free throws during the final 6.6 seconds to preserve a 63-59 upset of No. 16 North Carolina on Sunday.
Jordan Swing hit two free throws and Robert Williams made 1 of 2 to help the Blazers (6-2) hold on after losing most of a 14-point second half lead.
Marcus Paige missed two contested 3-pointers in one late possession and the Tar Heels (4-2) fouled Swing, who gave the Blazers a 62-57 lead.
Brice Johnson drove for a quick basket but Williams effectively put the game away when he made the second of two free-throw attempts.
The Tar Heels were coming off a win against No. 9 Louisville to end the defending champions' 21-game winning streak.
UAB second-year coach Jerod Haase played for North Carolina's Roy Williams at Kansas and was a longtime assistant.
WACO, Texas -- Cory Jefferson had 16 points and 10 rebounds, Brady Heslip made five 3-pointers in scoring 17 points and No. 18 Baylor returned to the mainland with a 104-59 victory against Hardin-Simmons on Sunday.
Rico Gathers had 17 points and nine rebounds for Baylor (7-1), which had six players finish with double-figure scoring. Taurean Prince had 13 points, while Isaiah Austin had 12 and Gary Franklin 10.
Baylor played three games in three days earlier in the week at the Maui Invitational, leaving Hawaii with its first loss after a 74-67 loss to No. 8 Syracuse in the tournament's championship game on Wednesday night. The Bears' next game is Friday night against No. 3 Kentucky.
Cameron Barnes had 15 points to lead Hardin-Simmons (0-4). John Barnes had 12.
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Kevin Larsen gave George Washington the lead with 1:03 left in the game and the Colonials held off No. 20 Creighton for a 60-53 victory that gave them third place in the Wooden Legacy on Sunday night.
The Colonials took advantage of an off night by Doug McDermott, who came in averaging nearly 28 points per game but finished with seven.
Ethan Wragge scored 16 and Grant Gibbs had 12 for the Bluejays (5-2).
Gibbs tied the score 42-all with 8:26 left in the game and the teams wrestled their way to the finish.
Creighton pulled ahead 53-50 when Jahenns Manigat picked up Wragge's 3-point miss and scored with 2:14 left. The Colonials (6-1) regained the lead on consecutive layups by Larsen and Joe McDonald. The Colonials then sealed the win at the free throw line.
Larsen finished with 14 points and McDonald had 12 for the Colonials.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Shaq Goodwin had 17 points, Joe Jackson hit four key late free throws and No. 21 Memphis beat No. 5 Oklahoma State 73-68 on Sunday night in the championship game of the Old Spice Classic.
Memphis (5-1) held Oklahoma State preseason All-American Marcus Smart to 12 points.
In the first meeting this season between the top 25 teams on Nov. 19, Oklahoma State won handily against Memphis, getting 39 points from Smart in a 101-80 victory.
Smart turned the ball over with Oklahoma State trailing by one with 11 seconds left, and fouled Jackson, who made two free throws to make it 71-68.
Oklahoma State's bid to tie it ended when Smart had another turnover in the final seconds and Jackson connected on two more free throws as Memphis took a 73-68 lead.
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Xavier Thames scored a career-high 29 points and San Diego State held off a late rally to beat No. 25 Marquette 67-59 in championship game of the Wooden Legacy on Sunday night.
The game was tied at 53 with 3 1/2 minutes remaining, but the Aztecs (5-1) closed with a 14-4 run to knock off their second ranked opponent in two games.
Thames, who was named tournament most outstanding player, shot 7 of 16 from the field, including 5 for 6 from 3-point range. He also drained six free throws in the finals 40 seconds to secure the win.
Josh Davis had a game-high 11 rebounds and joined Thames on the all-tournament team, and Dakari Allen and Winston Shepard each scored eight points for SDSU.
Deonte Burton scored 15 points to lead Marquette (5-3), which lost to its second unranked opponent in a week.