Tenth-ranked Oregon can't keep up with No. 20 Colorado, loses 100-91
BOULDER, Colo. -- Askia Booker scored a career-high 27 points, 11 in the last 4:40, and No. 20 Colorado rallied in the second half to hand No. 10 Oregon its first loss of the season 100-91 on Sunday.
Spencer Dinwiddie added 23 points and Xavier Johnson and Josh Scott had 15 points apiece for Colorado (13-2, 2-0 Pac-12), which is off to its best start since the 1968-69 team began the season 13-2. Scott had 12 rebounds for the Buffaloes, who remain unbeaten in 11 home games this season.
Mike Moser had 24 points to lead Oregon (13-1, 1-1), which was denied its first 14-0 start since 1937-38. Joseph Young and Damyean Dotson both added 16 points.
Leading the nation in scoring, Oregon, one of seven unbeaten Division I teams entering the day, could not keep up with Colorado.
WICHITA, Kan. -- Fred VanVleet had a season-high 22 points to lead No. 8 Wichita State past Northern Iowa 67-53 on Sunday, the unbeaten Shockers' 15th consecutive win.
Cleanthony Early had 18 points for Wichita State (15-0, 2-0 Missouri Valley), which established a school record for consecutive wins and extended the best start in school history. The previous record winning streak of 14 games came in 1953-54.
Deon Mitchell had 16 points for Northern Iowa (7-7, 1-1).
Wichita State shot a season-worst 38.1 percent from the field, but VanVleet continued his hot streak. In the past four games, he averaged 18.3 points while compiling 21 assists and just one turnover.
VILLANOVA, Pa. -- JayVaughn Pinkston scored 19 points, Dylan Ennis had 17 and No. 11 Villanova led all the way in a 91-61 romp against Providence on Sunday night.
Pinkston dunked off the opening tip, and the Wildcats (13-1, 2-0 Big East) simply dominated from there, beating the Friars (10-5, 0-2), who beat them twice last season. The Wildcats opened on a 9-0 run, and hit 10 of their first 11 shots to build a 24-point lead.
The Wildcats were shooting 32 percent from 3-point range this season, but connected with ease in the first half. Darrun Hilliard, Josh Hart and Ennis all hit two to help the Wildcats go 7-of-13 in the first half. They made 14 of 26 overall.
Because of quick foul trouble, James Bell played only 1 minute in the first half. But Villanova's second-leading scorer joined the 3-point parade in the second half, hitting two in a row for a 59-30 lead.
Bryce Cotton scored 25 points and was the lone highlight for the Friars. Cotton made all three 3s in the first half for 16 points.
LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Xavier Thames scored 16 points, four on free throws in the closing seconds, and No. 21 San Diego State held on to beat No. 16 Kansas 61-57 on Sunday, ending the Jayhawks' 68-game non-conference winning streak at Allen Fieldhouse.
Kansas (9-4) had a chance to tie the game when Perry Ellis went to the free throw line with 11.9 seconds left. He made his first free throw but, after San Diego State (12-1) called timeout to ice him, Ellis missed the second and the Jayhawks were forced to foul.
Thames made both free throws to give San Diego State a three-point lead, and the Aztecs fouled rather than allow Kansas to attempt a tying 3-pointer. Frank Mason missed the first and made the second, and Thames made two more foul shots with 4.6 seconds left to seal the win.
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Travis McKie scored 10 of his 16 points in the second half to help Wake Forest beat No. 19 North Carolina 73-67 on Sunday in the Atlantic Coast Conference opener for both teams.
Codi Miller-McIntyre added 12 points for the Demon Deacons (11-3, 1-0), who took control with a 15-2 run midway through the second half to build a double-digit lead.
The Tar Heels (10-4, 0-1) made a late push to cut the deficit to 64-61 with about 2 minutes left, but got no closer as the Demon Deacons held on for their third win against a ranked opponent under fourth-year coach Jeff Bzdelik.
The win also ended a four-game losing streak in the long-running series, giving Wake Forest its first win against North Carolina since 2010.
James Michael McAdoo had 13 points and eight rebounds to lead the Tar Heels, while J.P. Tokoto and Brice Johnson both added 12 points and nine rebounds.