K-State clips No. 20 Missouri
Top 25: Nine ranked teams fall including No. 1 Duke
MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Jacob Pullen scored 24 points and Kansas State pulled away in the final minutes to beat No. 20 Missouri 80-70 on Saturday.
Curtis Kelly added 15 points and six rebounds for the resurgent Wildcats (20-9, 8-6), who have won six of seven and are battling Missouri (22-7, 8-6) for the fourth and final bye in the Big 12 Tournament.
Pullen scored 11 quick points at the game's outset, becoming one of two Kansas State players to go over the 2,000-point mark. He picked up his fourth foul with 7:16 left and was on the bench when Missouri's Nino Williams hit a 3-pointer for a 60-60 tie with 6:10 to go.
Will Spradling hit a 3-pointer, Rodney McGruder made a floater in the lane and Nick Russell had four free throws in a 9-0 run that gave the Wildcats an insurmountable lead.
Marcus Denmon had 22 points for Missouri, which fell to 1-6 in Big 12 road games.
Virginia Tech 64, No. 1 Duke 60 -- Box Score
BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Terrell Bell scored 12 points, including five consecutive to give Virginia Tech the lead for good, and the Hokies beat No. 1 Duke 64-60 on Saturday night.
The Hokies (19-8, 9-5 Atlantic Coast Conference), badly in need of a signature victory to enhance their NCAA tournament credentials, got it thanks to 12-4 run over a span of 4½ minutes that turned a 53-47 deficit into a 62-57 lead with 2 minutes remaining.
The Blue Devils (26-3, 12-2) had chances in the closing minute to pull even when Virginia Tech struggled at the free throw line, but couldn't capitalize. Duke had its seven-game winning streak snapped and allowed the Hokies to get a boost to their NCAA hopes.
Kyle Singler led Duke with 22 points and Nolan Smith had 18.
No. 3 Kansas 82, Oklahoma 70 -- Box Score
NORMAN, Okla. -- Marcus Morris scored 23 points and grabbed nine rebounds, twin brother Markieff added 19 points and 10 boards and No. 3 Kansas moved into a tie for first place in the Big 12 by beating slumping Oklahoma 82-70 on Saturday.
The Jayhawks (27-2, 12-2) shot 57 percent, making more than half of their shots from the field for the 21st time this season, and notched their seventh consecutive win in the series.
Kansas opened a double-digit lead in the opening 8 minutes and led by at least 10 points for the final 27 minutes but struggled to put away the Sooners (12-16, 4-10), who lost their seventh consecutive game.
Cade Davis led Oklahoma with 19 points and Andrew Fitzgerald scored 16.
The Sooners were simply no match for the Jayhawks, who lead the nation in shooting at 52 percent.
Kansas got a boost in its hopes for a seventh consecutive Big 12 regular season title when No. 5 Texas squandered a 22-point lead and lost 91-89 at Colorado.
Colorado 91, No. 5 Texas 89 -- Box Score
BOULDER, Colo. -- Alec Burks scored 33 points and Levi Knutson added 21 as Colorado overcame a 22-point first-half deficit to upset No. 5 Texas 91-89.
Colorado (18-11, 7-7 Big 12) was down 48-33 at halftime, but the Longhorns (24-5, 13-2) suddenly were affected by the altitude and the Buffaloes' push-the-pace style that led to first-year coach Tad Boyle's biggest win in Boulder.
Because of issues at the free throw line - where Burks, an 84 percent shooter, missed eight shots - the Buffs had to sweat out the final minute.
J'Covan Brown and Jordan Hamilton led Texas with 21 points each, but the Longhorns went 8 1/2 minutes without a field goal as Colorado climbed back into it behind Burks, who scored 11 in points a 14-0 run early in the second half.
Texas' Cory Joseph hit an uncontested 3 at the buzzer as the student section at the record fourth sellout at the Coors Events Center this season stormed the court.
The Buffs ended a six-game skid against Texas, which lost for the second time in three games.
No. 7 BYU 67, No. 6 San Diego State 67 – Box Score
SAN DIEGO -- Jimmer Fredette scored 25 points and Charles Abouo added 18 as No. 7 BYU spoiled the biggest game in No. 6 San Diego State's history, running away with an 80-67 victory Saturday to take a one-game lead in the Mountain West Conference.
The Cougars (27-2, 13-1) swept the season series against the Aztecs (27-2, 12-2). The second loss came in one of the most eagerly anticipated games in this city's history.
SDSU's only lead was 2-0 on Kawhi Leonard's fallaway jumper after the Aztecs controlled the opening tipoff.
Fredette, who scored 43 points in BYU's 71-58 win against the Aztecs in Provo a month ago, helped the Cougars take control after SDSU pulled to 47-44 on James Rahon's 3-pointer with just over 13 minutes to play. Fredette made a 3-pointer and converted two three-point plays, and Jackson Emery made two 3-pointers as BYU took its biggest lead 67-54 with 8:15 left.
No. 9 Notre Dame 60, Seton Hall 48 -- Box Score
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Tim Abromaitis scored 22 points and Ben Hansbrough added 21 to lead Notre Dame to a 60-48 victory over Seton Hall on Saturday night.
The win allowed the Irish (23-5, 12-4 Big East) to stay in second place in the conference and was another step toward the double-bye in the upcoming league tournament.
Jeff Robiinson had 16 points and Jeremy Hazell added 14 for Seton Hall (11-17, 5-11).
After trailing by 11 points in the first half, Notre Dame came back quickly in the second half. Carleton Scott's 15-footer with 17:30 remaining gave the Irish a 31-30 edge. It was part of a 13-0 run that gave Notre Dame a 37-30 edge.
Seton Hall pulled to 44-43 on a rebound by Fuquan Edwin with 6 minutes remaining but consecutive 3-pointers by Abromaitis and Scott Martin sealed the Irish's win.
UCLA 71, No. 10 Arizona 49 -- Box Score
LOS ANGELES -- Reeves Nelson had a career-high 27 points and 16 rebounds, and UCLA moved into a tie with Arizona for first place in the Pac-10 in the last men's game played at historic Pauley Pavilion before it closes for renovation.
Joshua Smith added 17 points and Tyler Honeycutt had 15 for the Bruins (21-8), who share the league's top spot at 12-4 with two games remaining. They have won 12 of 14.
Derrick Williams scored 15 points and Kyle Fogg had 10 for the Wildcats (23-6), who were upset by Southern California on Thursday, when Williams, the league's No. 2 scorer, was held to a season-low eight points.
UCLA held the Wildcats to a season-low in points; Arizona came in averaging 77.6 - second-best in the Pac-10. The Wildcats shot 21 percent from 3-point range, well off their league-leading 41 percent.
The Bruins gained control of a game that was close early with a 22-2 run spanning halftime.
No. 22 Ketucky 76, No. 13 Florida 68 -- Box Score
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Darius Miller scored a career-high 24 points and Brandon Knight added 16 points and six assists as No. 22 Kentucky surged past No. 13 Florida 76-68 on Saturday.
The Wildcats (20-8, 8-6 Southeastern Conference) won their 33rd consecutive home game and gave coach John Calipari his 500th career victory in bouncing back from a difficult overtime loss to Arkansas on Wednesday.
Miller topped the career high of 22 set last week against South Carolina with the kind of dynamic, aggressive play Calipari has been searching for all season.
Kenny Boynton led Florida (22-6, 11-3) with 21 points and Chandler Parsons added 15 points and eight rebounds. But the Gators, who clinched a share of the SEC East title with a win over Georgia on Thursday night, couldn't keep up with the Wildcats in the second half.
No. 23 St. John's 81, No. 15 Villanova 68 -- Box Score
PHILADELPHIA -- Dwight Hardy scored a career-high 34 points and No. 23 St. John's showed it doesn't need to be at Madison Square Garden to beat a ranked team with an 81-68 win against No. 15 Villanova on Saturday.
The Red Storm (19-9, 11-5 Big East) won their sixth consecutive game and beat their first top 25 team away from the Garden. Led by first-year coach Steve Lavin, the Red Storm have knocked off six ranked opponents this season and all but secured themselves a berth in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2002.
St. John's raced to a 14-point lead in the opening minutes, then held on down the stretch to hold off the struggling Wildcats (21-8, 9-7).
Hardy, who has thrust himself into contention for Big East player of the year honors, buried 3s, was nearly flawless from the free throw line and made tough shots from all angles.
D.J. Kennedy had 12 points and 14 rebounds for St. John's.
No. 17 Syracuse 58, No. 11 Georgetown 51 – Box Score
WASHINGTON -- Scoop Jardine had 17 points and seven assists to lead No. 17 Syracuse to a 58-51 win against No. 11 Georgetown. The Orange (24-6, 11-6) won their fourth consecutive game by pulling away down the stretch after the teams were tied at 45 with 7 minutes left.
Austin Freeman scored 16 points for the Hoyas (21-8, 10-7), who were playing their first game since point guard Chris Wright hurt his non-shooting hand and underwent surgery.
Georgetown ranks No. 6 in the country in field-goal percentage at 48.9, but Syracuse limited the Hoyas to 36 percent (18 for 50).
James Southerland scored seven points in a 9-2 run by the Orange that put them ahead 33-23 at halftime.
The visitors held the Hoyas to 9-of-26 shooting in the half, including 2 of 12 on 3-pointers.
Syracuse led 37-25 on Rick Jackson's dunk 2 1/2 minutes into the second half. When freshman Nate Lubick scored his first two baskets of the game on consecutive possessions - the second a putback of Freeman's missed 3-pointer with 10 minutes to go - the hosts were ahead 45-43, their first lead since 25 seconds into the game.
No. 18 Vanderbilt 90, LSU 69 – Box Score
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Jeffery Taylor scored 20 points and No. 18 Vanderbilt outscored LSU 49-26 in the second half for a comfortable 90-69 victory Saturday.
John Jenkins overcame a slow start to finish with 17 points for Vanderbilt (21-7, 9-5 Southeastern Conference), which bounced back from its first loss in six games last Tuesday against state rival Tennessee.
Vanderbilt, which shot 54.4 percent (31 of 57), trailed 43-41 at halftime but surged into the lead for good early in the second half with a 14-0 run during which Taylor dunked twice and hit two free throws.
Storm Warren had a career-high 24 points and Ralston Turner added 18 for LSU (11-18, 3-11), which has lost 11 of 12 games.
Baylor 58, No. 21 Texas A&M 51 -- Box Score
WACO, Texas -- LaceDarius Dunn and Perry Jones scored 16 points each and Baylor beat No. 21 Texas A&M 58-51 on Saturday night, giving the Bears a sweep of the season series.
Quincy Acy added 10 points for the Bears (18-10, 7-7 Big 12), who took a 76-74 overtime win in College Station on Feb. 5, the last loss before Texas A&M went on a five-game win streak.
Baylor led 41-32 with 10:29 left before Texas A&M went on a 7-0 run. Dunn then took over, hitting two 3-pointers, a pair of free throws after an intentional foul by David Lebeau, and two more foul shots for a 53-43 lead.
Two free throws by Acy with 1:58 left made it 55-43, the largest lead of the game.
Khris Middleton had 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Aggies (22-6, 9-5). Loubeau scored 14.
No. 24 Temple 57, George Washington 41 – Box Score
WASHINGTON -- Lavoy Allen scored 19 points and had a season-high 16 rebounds, Khalif Wyatt had 14 points and Ramone Moore added 11 as No. 24 Temple overcame a horrific first 10 minutes and beat George Washington 57-41 on Saturday.
After scoring just eight points in the opening 10 minutes, Temple (22-6, 12-2 Atlantic 10) finally took the lead for good when they held George Washington to just two points during the final 11:22.
George Washington (15-13, 8-6) led 39-38 with 11:23 to play, and the Owls, winners of nine of 10, outscored the Colonials 19-2 to win going away.
George Washington, which shot just 18.8 percent in the second half, was led by Dwayne Smith with 12 points.
The 41 points were a season low for the Colonials, who had won three consecutive games.