Huskies pull away from No. 17 Memphis to secure third consecutive win
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- DeAndre Daniels had 23 points and a career-high 11 rebounds, Shabazz Napier added 17 points and Connecticut pulled away from No. 17 Memphis for an 83-73 victory Thursday night.
The Huskies (14-3, 2-2 American Athletic Conference) outscored Memphis 8-2 in the final minute to secure their third consecutive win.
Daniels was 9 of 15 from the field and UConn shot 57 percent, including 61 percent after halftime. Lasan Kromah finished with 13 points, making all five attempts.
Michael Dixon led Memphis (12-4, 3-2) with 16 points and Austin Nichols scored 13. Joe Jackson had 11 on 4 of 14 shooting, and Shaq Goodwin added 10.
The game was close most of the way, with three ties and 13 lead changes. The 10-point margin at the end was the biggest advantage for either team.
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Nick Johnson had 17 points, Aaron Gordon added 16 and top-ranked Arizona jumped on rival Arizona State early in a 91-68 rout Thursday night.
Arizona (18-0, 5-0 Pac-12) raced out to a 21-point lead in the first half and didn't let up, extending the best start in school history with a flurry of dunks and 3-pointers.
The Wildcats put seven players in double figures, shot 56 percent and had 21 assists on 34 field goals to beat the Sun Devils for the sixth time in seven games.
Kaleb Tarczewski had 12 points and eight rebounds, and T.J. McConnell added 10 points and six assists for Arizona.
Arizona State (13-5, 2-3) played without second-leading scorer Jermaine Marshall and had trouble with Arizona's size all night, shooting 34 percent.
Jahii Carson had 20 points and five assists, but struggled early and had at least four shots blocked.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Elliott Eliason had 12 points and 13 rebounds to help Minnesota muscle past 11th-ranked Ohio State for a 63-53 victory Thursday night that stuck the Buckeyes with their third consecutive loss.
DeAndre Mathieu had 13 points, five assists and three steals for the Golden Gophers (14-4, 3-2 Big Ten), who gave new coach Richard Pitino his first signature win. They did it by backing down the Buckeyes and owning the area around the basket, posting a 38-20 advantage in points in the paint and a 39-24 rebounding edge.
LaQuinton Ross scored 22 points for the Buckeyes (15-3, 2-3), who are on a three-game losing streak for the first time in almost four years. The other four Ohio State starters combined for only 19 points, and the conference's second-worst free throw shooting team went 11 for 18 from the foul line.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Wayne Blackshear scored 23 points in his first game as a reserve and No. 18 Louisville used a strong offensive start to blow out Houston 91-52 on Thursday night.
Recent foul troubles led Cardinals coach Rick Pitino to bring Blackshear, a junior forward, off the bench to maximize his effectiveness, and he responded by shooting 5 of 6 from 3-point range. Louisville hit 15 of 28 from beyond the arc, its highest total since making 17 against Morgan State on Dec. 27, 2010.
Hot shooting was the story as the Cardinals (15-3, 4-1 American Athletic Conference) put this one away quickly and thoroughly in the first half by hitting 11 of 15 from 3-point range (73 percent) and shooting 70 percent (21 of 30) overall. They cooled off but finished 34 of 66 (52 percent).
Russ Smith added 18 points and Luke Hancock 10 to hand Houston (10-7, 2-2) its second consecutive loss.
BOULDER, Colo. -- Norman Powell matched his season high with 19 points and No. 25 UCLA pulled away in the second half to beat No. 21 Colorado 69-56 on Thursday night, handing the short-handed Buffaloes their first loss of the season at home.
Jordan Adams had 14 points and 13 rebounds, and David Wear added 13 points for UCLA (14-3, 3-1 Pac-12), which has won consecutive games since a narrow loss to top-ranked Arizona a week ago.
Askia Booker scored 21 points and Josh Scott 19 for Colorado (14-4, 3-2). The Buffaloes were playing for the first time since guard Spencer Dinwiddie, who was leading the team in scoring, assists and steals, sustained a season-ending knee injury during last Sunday's loss at Washington.