St. John's downs No. 13 Georgetown
Top 25: Kentucky shakes off slow start, puts away Penn
The Associated Press
NEW YORK -- Justin Brownlee scored 15 points, including the game-changing basket with 10 seconds to play, and St. John's won its fifth consecutive game, 61-58 against No. 13 Georgetown on Monday night at Madison Square Garden.
Dwight Hardy had 20 points to lead the Red Storm (10-3, 3-0), who are off to their best Big East start since 1999-2000 when they opened 4-0. They came into this game off two conference road wins and came up with another solid effort, especially on the defensive end.
Hollis Thompson had 16 points for the Hoyas (12-3, 1-2), who had won four of their last five and came into this game as the Big East's best 3-point shooting team but were just 4 of 17, including missing seven of eight in the second half.
Jason Clark, who scored five of his seven points in the final 55 seconds, gave the Hoyas a 58-57 lead with 23 seconds to play. The Red Storm, as they had been doing all game, spread the court, this time with Hardy holding the ball near midcourt. He started to the basket with 13 seconds left and was too strong with a drive but Brownlee, who finished with seven rebounds, scored on the putback to make it 59-58 with 10 seconds left.
After Austin Freeman's short jumper was partially blocked and the rebound was caught out of bounds by Clark, St. John's inbounded the ball to Hardy, who made two free throws with 2.8 seconds left. A final heave from just past midcourt by Wright was way off and the Red Storm had a win over the Hoyas, who had won three of the last four games played here.
The Hoyas came into the game shooting 40.3 percent from 3-point range. The three starting guards for Georgetown -- Wright, Clark and Freeman -- finished a combined 9 of 25 from the field -- 2 of 13 on 3s -- and had a total of 20 points, 26.1 below their combined averages coming in.
It was Georgetown's second-lowest point total of the season. The Hoyas had 55 points in losing the Big East opener last week to Notre Dame.
No. 10 Kentucky 86, Pennsylvania 62 -- Box Score
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Brandon Knight scored 22 points and No. 10 Kentucky shot its way past Penn 86-62 on Monday night.
Josh Harrellson added 12 points and 11 rebounds and Darius Miller had 11 points, seven rebounds and six assists as the Wildcats (12-2) used some scorching second-half shooting to subdue the Quakers (5-6).
Kentucky led by just one at the break but hit 12 of its first 13 second-half shots to bust it open. Doron Lamb knocked down a pair of 3-pointers during a game-clinching 15-2 run that gave the Wildcats a 66-45 lead with just over 10 minutes remaining.
Tyler Bernardini led Penn with 22 points and Miles Cartwright added 16 but the Quakers couldn't keep up when Kentucky hit the gas in the second half.
Penn led by as much as 12 early but had no answer when the Wildcats awoke following a sleepy opening 15 minutes.
No. 16 Texas A&M 66, Nicholls State 55 -- Box Score
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- David Loubeau scored 18 points and Khris Middleton added 17 to help No. 16 Texas A&M to its 10th consecutive win, a 66-55 victory against Nicholls State on Monday night.
The Aggies (13-1) trailed for much of the first half but took a lead they wouldn’t relinquish about eight minutes before the break.
Nicholls State (6-5) cut the lead to three points with about 13 minutes remaining, but Texas A&M used a 9-3 run to push the advantage to 57-48.
The Colonels got within seven points with about two minutes remaining but Nathan Walkup hit a jump shot and B.J. Holmes made a pair of free throws to close out the win.
Fred Hunter scored 17 points to lead Nicholls State. Anatoly Bose, who entered the game ranked third nationally in scoring with 25 points a game, was limited to six points.
No. 17 Kansas State 96, Savannah State 61 -- Box Score
MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Jacob Pullen scored 24 points in his return from a three-game suspension, and No. 17 Kansas State coasted to a 96-61 victory against Savannah State on Monday night in the Wildcats' final tune-up before Big 12 play.
Pullen, a preseason All-American, was 7 of 8 from the field in the first half and hit three 3-pointers, showing little rust after missing three games for receiving impermissible clothing benefits from a local department store.
The game was tied at 18 before Pullen went to work, and he capped a 19-point run prior to halftime with a nifty drive and left-handed layup at the buzzer, after Kansas State coach Frank Martin had called timeout with 4.7 seconds left to set up the final play.
Kansas State (12-3) led 46-35 at halftime and simply wore down the Tigers (2-15) after that.
No. 18 Michigan State 65, Northwestern 62 -- Box Score
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Draymond Green scored 15 points, including an offensive rebound basket after a missed free throw with 12 seconds to go Monday night, and No. 18 Michigan State held off a furious finish from Northwestern to beat the Wildcats 65-62.
Durrell Summers and Kalin Lucas had 12 points apiece for the Spartans (10-4, 2-0 Big Ten), who beat Northwestern for the 15th time in the last 16 meetings.
Northwestern's John Shurna, the Big Ten's leading scorer at 22.2 points who has been bothered by a sore ankle, shot just 1-for-11 and missed four of his five 3-point attempts while scoring 11 points. Drew Crawford led the Wildcats (9-3, 0-2) with 17 points.
Michael Thompson had 12 points, nine in a late 12-0 run that helped the Wildcats chop a 13-point deficit down to a single point with 28 seconds left.
Summers hit a 3-pointer and Lucas a pair of jumpers during a 7-0 run that put the Spartans up 10 with just under 10 minutes left.
The Spartans increased the lead to 13 on a Lucas jumper with 3:47 to go and appeared to have victory wrapped up.
But Thompson, who'd struggled through a tough shooting night, led a Northwestern comeback. His 3-pointer with 1:10 left cut the lead back to 63-60.
Michigan State's Green was called for an offensive foul with 51 seconds to go and after a timeout, Thompson got free for a layup that sliced it to 63-62 with 28 seconds remaining.
After Lucas missed a free throw with 13.7 seconds left, Green muscled in for the offensive rebound and then dropped the ball in the basket with 12 seconds to go, putting the Spartans up by three.
Thompson missed a 3-point attempt before Crawford rebounded and Northwestern got a final timeout with nine-tenths of second to play.
Crawford took the inbounds pass but could not get off a good shot as the horn sounded.
Michigan State's victory came on a night when the Spartans shot only five free throws, making one, to 16-of-24 for the Wildcats.
Six and a half minutes into the second half, Michigan State had been called for eight fouls and Northwestern none.
When Northwestern was finally called for a second-half foul with 13:13 left, sending Michigan State to the line for the first time in the game, a loud contingent of Spartans fans jumped to their feet with a mock cheer.
Northwestern shot just 31.6 percent from the field for the game and Michigan State 48.3 percent. The Spartans finished with a 45-33 rebounding edge. They led 35-31 at the half behind 10 points from Green, who finished 7-for-11 from the field, and had 11 rebounds.