Kansas State holds off sixth-ranked Oklahoma State in Big 12 opener
MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Marcus Foster scored 17 points, Nino Williams made two free throws with 5.7 seconds left and Kansas State held off No. 6 Oklahoma State 74-71 on Saturday in the Big 12 opener for both teams.
Williams finished with 15 points, none bigger than his two free throws that gave the Wildcats (11-3, 1-0) a three-point lead. Marcus Smart of the Cowboys raced up court and threw up a running 3-point try as the final buzzer sounded, but it clanked harmlessly off the rim and fell to the court.
Thomas Gipson added 10 points and 11 rebounds for Kansas State, which has won nine in a row after losing to the likes of Northern Colorado and Charlotte earlier in the season.
Le'Bryan Nash scored 20 points, Markel Brown finished with 16 and Smart added 15 for the Cowboys (12-2, 0-1), who were plagued by foul trouble after already missing two of their key players.
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Nick Johnson scored 24 points and Aaron Gordon had 18 points and 11 rebounds, and top-ranked Arizona beat Washington 71-62 on Saturday.
The Wildcats (15-0, 2-0 Pacific-12) are off to their best start since 1931-32, when the team set a school record with 16 wins to open the season.
T.J. McConnell added six assists, five rebounds and four steals.
C.J. Wilcox led Washington (9-6, 1-1) with 20 points. Perris Blackwell had 12 points and 12 rebounds.
Arizona trailed by two at halftime but pulled away as the Huskies shot 10 of 33 in the second half, missing all seven 3-point attempts.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- C.J. Fair scored 15 points, including the go-ahead basket with 4:16 to go, and No. 2 Syracuse rallied late to beat Miami (Fla.) 49-44 on Saturday in the Orange's Atlantic Coast Conference debut.
Syracuse (14-0, 1-0) entered the game as one of seven unbeaten teams remaining in Division I and struggled against Miami (8-6, 0-2), the reigning conference champion. The Hurricanes are the only team in the conference with no returning starters, and they lost their ACC opener 61-60 in overtime to Virginia Tech in early December.
On this day, they gave the Orange a game until the final horn.
Miami, which trailed by four points at halftime, started the second half with a 14-4 run as the Orange missed their first nine shots. Garrius Adams, who led Miami with nine points, and freshman Manu Lecomte hit 3-pointers and Rion Brown hit a jumper from deep in the right corner to stake the Hurricanes to a 35-29 lead with 12:22 left.
Fair scored the Orange's first basket of the half and first in 10 minutes spanning halftime when he drained a 3 from the right corner with 11:08 left.
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- LaQuinton Ross scored 11 points, including two 3-pointers as No. 3 Ohio State pulled away, leading the Buckeyes to an 84-53 victory against Nebraska on Saturday.
It was a last tuneup before the biggest test of the season for the Buckeyes (15-0, 2-0 Big Ten), at No. 5 Michigan State on Tuesday night.
Amedeo Della Valle had 15 points, Marc Loving scored a career-high 13, Shannon Scott also had 13 and Amir Williams chipped in with 10 points for Ohio State, which shot 54 percent from the field (27 of 50) and 47 percent on 3-pointers (9 of 19).
Terran Petteway scored 15 points and Leslee Smith had 11 for the Cornhuskers (8-6, 0-2), who have lost 20 consecutive road games to ranked teams since beating No. 22 Texas A&M on Feb. 23, 2008.
The Buckeyes, leading the Big Ten in scoring defense at 55.1 points a game, limited the Cornhuskers to 38 percent shooting from the field (21 of 56) while forcing 17 turnovers.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Gary Harris scored 26 points and No. 5 Michigan State beat Indiana 73-56 on Saturday.
Harris had 17 points in the first half for the Spartans (13-1, 2-0 Big Ten) and he had a five-point play midway through the second half.
Indiana (10-5, 0-2) had closed to 50-41 on a 3-pointer by Will Sheehey with 8:54 to play. But Harris hit a 3-pointer on the next possession and was fouled by Stanford Robinson. Robinson was also assessed a technical foul for arguing the call and Harris hit two of the three free throws for a 55-41 lead.
Michigan State turned 13 Indiana turnovers into 20 points.
Branden Dawson added 13 points for the Spartans.
Yogi Ferrell led Indiana with 14 points while Sheehey added 13.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Eric Atkins scored seven of his 19 points during a decisive 20-4 run to lead Notre Dame to a 79-77 upset of No. 7 Duke on Saturday in the Atlantic Coast Conference debut for the Fighting Irish.
Two weeks after squandering an eight-point lead in the final 50 seconds against No. 3 Ohio State at Madison Square Garden, the Irish (10-4, 1-0) managed to hold on to improve to 13-6 against top-10 teams at home under Mike Brey.
The Irish were able to pull the upset despite being without leading scorer Jerian Grant, who was dismissed from school for an academic violation the day after the Ohio State loss.
It was the first loss in an ACC opener for the Blue Devils (11-3, 0-1) in seven seasons.
Rodney Hood led the Blue Devils with 27 points, including making 5 of 10 from 3-point range as Duke was 12 of 28 from beyond the arc.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Michael Frazier II scored 18 points, including three huge 3-pointers in the second half, and No. 12 Florida rallied to beat Richmond 67-58 on Saturday.
The Gators trailed 48-45 with about 6 minutes to play before seniors Scottie Wilbekin, Casey Prather and Pat Young took over.
Wilbekin hit a baseline floater, Prather followed with his first of two spinning layups and then Florida (11-2) went ahead for good on Young's three-point play.
Dorian Finney-Smith's 3-pointer gave the Gators some cushion down the stretch, and they closed it out from the free-throw line -- barely.
Florida missed six of its final eight free throws in the final minute.
Young finished with 15 points for Florida, which won its 23rd consecutive home game. Prather had 12 and Wilbekin added 10.
Cedrick Lindsay led the Spiders (10-5) with 19 points, and Kendall Anthony added 15.
LUBBOCK, Texas -- Georges Niang scored 17 points and Melvin Ejim added 16 to lead No. 13 Iowa State to a 73-62 victory against Texas Tech on Saturday, extending the Cyclones' winning streak to a school record-tying 13 games.
DeAndre Kane had 15 points for the Cyclones (13-0, 1-0) in the Big 12 opener for both teams.
The win was the second in the Lubbock for Iowa State in the past eight games.
Jaye Crockett had 20 points and 11 rebounds and Dusty Hannahs added 16 points to lead Texas Tech (8-6, 0-1).
The Cyclones came into the game averaging just more than nine 3-pointers but managed only five against the Red Raiders. Texas Tech held Iowa State 15 points below its average.
Texas Tech tied the Cyclones at 50 on a 3-pointer by Crockett at 12:33 of the second half but the Red Raiders never took a lead.
PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Russ Smith scored 22 points and No. 14 Louisville used its press and free-throw shooting to post an 83-76 victory against Rutgers in a foul-plagued game on Saturday night.
Luke Hancock added 15 points, Terry Rozier had a career-high 14 and Wayne Blackshear 13 as the Cardinals (13-2, 2-0 American Athletic Conference) forced Rutgers to commit a season-high 19 turnovers in the contest that featured 62 personal fouls.
Louisville, which normally shoots 66 percent from the line, converted 41 of 46 foul shots in beating Rutgers (7-8, 1-1) for the 12th time in 13 games. The 41 made free throws were a season high.
Myles Mack had 19 points for the Scarlet Knights, who had won three in a row. Craig Brown added a career-high 17 points and Kadeem Jack had 12.
DALLAS -- Nic Moore had 20 points and six assists to lead SMU to a 74-65 victory against No. 17 Connecticut on Saturday in the Mustangs' first game of the season played on campus in refurbished Moody Coliseum.
Nick Russell added 14 points for SMU (11-3, 1-1) in its first conference win as a member of the American Athletic Conference.
Ryan Boatright had 15 points for the Huskies (11-3, 0-2), who lost their second in a row, both in conference and both in Texas. Shabazz Napier and Lasan Kroham had 12 points and DeAndre Daniels added 11 for UConn, which lost to Houston on Tuesday.
SMU went ahead 47-41 on a bank shot by Ben Moore with 11:36 left. The Mustangs went on a 6-1 run to go up 63-51 with 4:04 left.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Sean Kilpatrick scored 11 of his 18 points down the stretch and Cincinnati overcame early shooting woes to beat No. 18 Memphis 69-53 on Saturday.
Kilpatrick's scoring surge provided enough of a buffer to extend Cincinnati's winning streak to six, while Memphis saw an end to a three-game winning streak.
Justin Jackson finished with 13 points on 6 of 10 shooting, eight rebounds and a career high-matching seven blocks for Cincinnati (13-2, 2-0 American Athletic Conference), while Shaquille Thomas had 10 points.
Joe Jackson led Memphis (10-3, 1-1) with 13 points, but only had two in the second half. Michael Dixon added 12 points but was 4 of 12 from the field.
Cincinnati broke open a close game in the latter stages of the second half as Kilpatrick began scoring and Memphis was stymied with 24 percent shooting in the final 20 minutes.
AMHERST, Mass. -- Chaz Williams had 18 points and eight assists, leading No. 23 Massachusetts to a 73-65 victory against Miami (Ohio) on Saturday night.
Maxie Esho added 15 points and seven rebounds for the Minutemen (12-1), who host Saint Joseph's on Wednesday in their Atlantic-10 opener. Cady Lalanne had 12 points and Trey Davis finished with 11.
Will Felder scored 22 points for Miami (4-7), which went 1-for-14 from 3-point range. Geovonie McKnight had 15 points, seven assists and five rebounds.
SPOKANE, Wash. -- Drew Barham and Kevin Pangos each scored 16 points to help No. 24 Gonzaga beat Pacific 86-64 on Saturday night.
David Stockton added 15 points and Sam Dower Jr. had 13 points for Gonzaga (14-2, 4-0 West Coast), which has won 22 consecutive WCC games spanning three seasons.
David Taylor scored 11 points to lead Pacific (9-5, 0-3), which has yet to win a conference game in its first season back in the WCC. The Tigers left the conference in 1971.
Gonzaga built a big first-half lead, frittered much of it away when Pacific got hot in the second half, and recovered for its fourth consecutive win. Gonzaga shot 69.2 percent, making 10 of 13 from 3-point range. Pacific shot 31.7 percent, but made 10 of 25 3-pointers, most in the second half.
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Jabari Brown scored 22 points to lead No. 25 Missouri to a 69-59 victory against pesky Long Beach State on Saturday.
Earnest Ross added 16 points and Ryan Rosburg had 11 rebounds for the Tigers (12-1), who open Southeastern Conference play at home against Georgia on Wednesday. Jordan Clarkson, who leads the SEC with a 20-point average, had a season-low 11 points.
Missouri has won 26 in a row at home, the longest current streak in the nation. It also has an 81-game winning streak against non-conference opponents since losing to Sam Houston State to start the 2005-06 season. Long Beach State (4-10) cut the deficit to two points with just under six minutes remaining but Missouri outscored the 49ers 12-4 the rest of the way.
Tyler Lamb had 17 points for Long Beach State.