Jonathan Holmes nails buzzer-beater 3 to lift Texas against Kansas State
AUSTIN, Texas -- Jonathan Holmes made a catch-and-shoot 3-pointer at the buzzer to send Texas to a 67-64 victory against No. 22 Kansas State on Tuesday night, the Longhorns' fourth consecutive victory in the Big 12.
Texas had almost blown its chance for the game winner when it nearly botched an inbounds pass with 3 seconds left. But after a quick timeout, Isaiah Taylor zipped the ball to the Holmes in the left corner and he put up the shot over two defenders. The ball swished through the basket at the buzzer and Holmes was mobbed by his teammates.
Javan Felix scored 23 points to lead Texas (15-4, 4-2) and Cam Ridley scored 18. Holmes finished with eight points and 10 rebounds.
Thomas Gipson scored 24 points for Kansas State (14-5, 4-2), which had tied the game at 64 on Shane Southwell's twisting, off-balance layup with 5 seconds to play after Felix had missed two free throws.
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Gary Harris scored 20 of his 24 points in the second half, helping No. 3 Michigan State beat Indiana 71-66 on Tuesday night to remain unbeaten in the Big Ten.
The Spartans (18-1, 7-0) have won 11 consecutive games, extending their best one-loss start in a season in school history.
The Hoosiers (12-7, 2-4) have lost two in a row and four of six.
Michigan State went on a 10-2 run to take a 62-52 lead with 4:29 left, but led by just four points after Yogi Ferrell made a 3-pointer with 36 seconds left. Keith Appling made one of two free throws on the ensuing possession and Stanford Robinson's runner pulled the Hoosiers within three points.
Travis Trice made two free throws with 13.7 seconds left to give the Spartans a five-point lead, essentially sealing their 18th win in 19 home games against Indiana.
The Spartans were missing perhaps their best player, Adreian Payne, for a fourth consecutive game with a sprained right foot.
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Alex Poythress scored a season-high 16 points as No. 14 Kentucky routed Texas A&M 68-51 on Tuesday night.
Poythress and 7-foot freshman Dakari Johnson eagerly picked up the slack inside for Kentucky (14-4, 4-1 Southeastern Conference) with struggling 7-foot pivot man Willie Cauley-Stein limited by foul trouble. Poythress worked inside for baskets and got to the free throw line, hitting five in a row during his 7-0 run that put the Wildcats up 44-33 with 14 1/2 minutes remaining.
Johnson added seven rebounds, six points and a career-high three blocks as the Wildcats outrebounded the Aggies 42-24 and were nearly even with them in the paint (30-32) The rebounding was a huge improvement for Kentucky after being dominated on the glass in Saturday's win against Tennessee.
Alex Caruso and Davonte Fitzgerald had 12 points each for Texas A&M (12-6, 3-2), which lost its second consecutive game.
PITTSBURGH -- Talib Zanna scored 22 points on near flawless shooting and No. 20 Pittsburgh drilled Clemson 76-43 on Tuesday night.
Zanna connected on 9 of 10 shots, most of them dunks or layups, as the Panthers (17-2, 5-1 ACC) bounced back from a loss to No. 2 Syracuse by crushing the upstart Tigers.
Lamar Patterson added 13 points, six rebounds and four assists for Pitt as the Panthers put a halt to Clemson's three-game winning streak.
K.J. McDaniels battled early foul trouble and finished with 11 points for the Tigers but Clemson was never in it. Pitt needed less than 10 minutes to build a double-digit lead and cruised while handing the Tigers their worst loss of the season.