Chaz Williams' 26 points help No. 16 UMass edge George Mason
FAIRFAX, Va. -- Chaz Williams had 26 points and eight assists, Derrick Gordon made a go-ahead layup with 8 seconds remaining and No. 16 Massachusetts beat George Mason 88-87 on Wednesday night.
The Minutemen (15-1, 3-0 Atlantic 10) rallied from eight points down in the second half to win their sixth consecutive.
Sherrod Wright scored 26 points, Bryon Allen had 21 and Jalen Jenkins added 16 points and nine rebounds to lead the Patriots (7-10, 0-3), who lost for the eighth time in 10 games. George Mason was seeking its first win against a ranked opponent in more than six years.
Williams, who entered the game second in the country in assists at 7.5 per game, shot 11 for 17 from the field - including a layup to draw the Minutemen to 87-86 with 18 seconds remaining. Williams' basket came after the first of two costly late turnovers by Wright.
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Gary Harris scored 14 points and No. 4 Michigan State beat Northwestern 54-40 on Wednesday night for its ninth consecutive win.
The preseason favorite to win the Big Ten, the Spartans (16-1, 5-0 Big Ten) continue to roll along, although it was hardly an easy night for them. They overcame a sluggish start and pulled away down the stretch even though they struggled in a big way from the outside.
They were 2 of 16 on 3-pointers with Harris missing all six and Keith Appling going 0 for 3. Harris did have four steals, and Appling managed to score 11 points.
Branden Dawson, fighting an illness, had 11 rebounds and three blocks, and the Spartans came away with the win even though they were missing one of their top players in Adreian Payne. The 6-foot-10 forward sat out his second consecutive game because of a sprained right foot, but Michigan State had enough to get by in this one.
STILLWATER, Okla. -- Marcus Smart scored 20 points to help No. 9 Oklahoma State defeat TCU 82-50 on Wednesday night.
Smart, the reigning Big 12 player of the week, also had eight rebounds and five assists for the Cowboys (15-2, 3-1 Big 12).
Markel Brown scored 14 points and Le'Bryan Nash added 13 points and eight rebounds for Oklahoma State, which needed to win to stay within range of Big 12 leader Kansas. The 15th-ranked Jayhawks (4-0 Big 12) play host to the Cowboys on Saturday.
SAN DIEGO -- Xavier Thames showed once again why he's so valuable to San Diego State.
Thames scored 28 points and Winston Shepard keyed a 12-2 run for the 10th-ranked Aztecs, who rallied to beat Fresno State 68-60 Wednesday night for their 14th consecutive win.
On a night when the Aztecs (15-1, 4-0 Mountain West) often looked ragged, Thames was the only one who was consistent. He made 8 of 13 field-goal attempts (the team hit only 18 of 54 for 33.3 percent) and 9 of 11 free throws.
Shepard scored 17 points and Josh Davis had 13 rebounds.
SDSU won it at the line. Fresno State was whistled for 25 fouls and the Aztecs made 26 of 41 free throws. SDSU was called for only 14 fouls and Fresno State was 11 of 15 from the line.
LUBBOCK, Texas -- Jaye Crockett had 19 points, Toddrick Gotcher added 17 and Texas Tech beat No. 12 Baylor 82-72 on Wednesday night for its first Big 12 win of the season.
Dejan Kravic and Robert Turner scored 14 apiece for the Red Raiders (9-8, 1-3), who ended a four-game slide against Baylor in Lubbock.
Texas Tech led all the way and was able to hold off a late comeback attempt by the Bears (13-3, 1-2) after they pulled to 76-66 on a 3-pointer by Taurean Prince with 2:02 left. That was the closest Baylor had been since late in the first half, but it got no closer down the stretch.
Kenny Chery scored 22 points and Prince had 13 for the Bears. They finished with only six assists, a season low for a team averaging 16.3.
ST. LOUIS -- Dwayne Evans scored 18 points and No. 24 Saint Louis won its first game since breaking into the top 25 for the first time, holding off St. Bonaventure 66-60 on Wednesday night.
Jordair Jett scored 10 of his 15 points in the second half for Saint Louis (16-2, 3-0 Atlantic 10), which has won 10 in a row. The start is the school's best since the 1993-94 team was 19-1.
Matthew Wright had 17 points for St. Bonaventure (11-6, 1-2), which was in foul trouble early and ended with four players drawing four fouls apiece. Dion Wright added 16 points off the bench.
The Billikens are 3-0 in conference play for the first time since winning the first three in the Mid-Continent Conference in 1989-90.