Jabari Brown leads balanced attack as Missouri upends No. 18 UCLA
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Jabari Brown scored 22 points and Jordan Clarkson added 21 to help Missouri upset No. 18 UCLA on Saturday.
Two free throws by Johnathan Williams III gave Missouri (9-0) a 62-60 lead it wouldn't relinquish with 9:30 remaining. The team trailed for most of the first half and into the second before Earnest Ross made a 3-pointer with 14:46 left.
The win extended Missouri's NCAA-best, home-court winning streak to 24 games and the Tigers' run of 79 consecutive wins against non-conference opponents at Mizzou Arena. The victory was the first in that stretch against a nationally ranked team.
Jordan Adams scored 22 points and had 10 rebounds for UCLA (8-1), which dropped its first road game this season. Kyle Anderson and Zach LaVine each added 13 points
The Tigers remain the only unbeaten team in the Southeastern Conference and are off to their best start since the 2006-07 season. UCLA entered the game averaging a Pac-12 leading 90.6 points.
TUCSON, Ariz. -- T.J. McConnell had 13 points, six assists and seven rebounds, making critical plays down the stretch, and No. 2 Arizona escaped with a 63-58 victory against UNLV on Saturday.
Brandon Ashley also had 13 points, and Nick Johnson and Kaleb Tarczewski added 12 apiece for the Wildcats. However, Johnson shot just 4-for-15.
Bryce DeJean-Jones scored 16 points, Khem Birch had 12 and Roscoe Smith 10 for the Rebels (3-4) in their first road game of the season.
The Wildcats (9-0) have a shot at moving to the top of the rankings after No. 1 Michigan State lost to North Carolina.
But they were challenged all day by UNLV in a game that had 18 lead changes and neither team led by more than six.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Trevor Cooney and C.J. Fair each scored 17 points and No. 4 Syracuse hit Binghamton with a long-range barrage in a 93-65 victory on Saturday night.
Syracuse (9-0), which beat Indiana 69-52 on Tuesday night, upped its nonconference home winning streak to 48 games in the Carrier Dome and figures to move up to No. 2 next week after top-ranked Michigan State and No. 3 Kentucky lost this week.
With a starting lineup of one sophomore and four freshmen, Binghamton (2-7) figured to struggle against the bigger, more athletic Orange, and the Bearcats did after a solid start.
Jerami Grant had 14 points for Syracuse, Dajuan Coleman had 13 points and 10 rebounds and freshman Ron Patterson added a season-high 10 points, hitting two of the Orange's 13 3-pointers, two off the school record.
Freshman point guard Tyler Ennis had his first off-game of the season, picking up four fouls and finishing with three points and three assists in 19 minutes.
Sophomore Jordan Reed, who leads Binghamton in nearly every statistical category, led the Bearcats with a season-high 26 points and seven rebounds. Marlon Beck II had 14 points and Nick Madray 11.
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- LaQuinton Ross scored four of his career-high 23 points in a 10-0 second-half run, leading No. 5 Ohio State past Central Connecticut State 74-56 on Saturday night.
Lenzelle Smith Jr. added 17 points and Amir Williams had 11 for the Buckeyes (8-0), who finally pulled away midway through the second half.
Faronte Drakeford led the Blue Devils (2-6) with 12 points and Matt Mobley added 10. The Blue Devils created problems for Ohio State with their zone defense and pass-and-cut offense that often resulted in layups.
BOULDER, Colo. -- Askia Booker brought Colorado fans spilling onto the court by swishing a 25-footer at the buzzer Saturday to lift Colorado to a 75-72 victory against No. 6 Kansas, marking the program's first victory against the Jayhawks in its last 20 tries.
Colorado (9-1) squandered a six-point lead with 1:44 left and Kansas tied the game with a bucket by Perry Ellis with 4 seconds left. But after a timeout, Buffs forward Xavier Johnson got the ball to Booker, who dribbled a few paces past half court -- about even with where John Elway's courtside seats were located - and launched the shot that hit nothing but net.
The fans hurried onto the court, past Elway, and gang tackled Booker, a junior, who is trying to lead the Buffs to their third straight appearance in the NCAA tournament.
This win will look mighty good on their resume. It's their ninth in a row- CU hasn't lost since its opener against Baylor - and it is the first win against Kansas since 2003 and only the second in the past 48 meetings between the former Big 12 foes.
Booker and Spencer Dinwidde led CU with 15 points each.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Montrezl Harrell scored 20 points and No. 7 Louisville beat Louisiana-Lafayette.
What looked like a challenge midway through the first half for the Cardinals (8-1) ended with them reaching a season high for points, helped by 38-of-62 shooting from the field (61 percent). The Ragin' Cajuns (6-3) rallied from an 18-9 deficit to grab the last of several small leads at 41-39 before Louisville turned up the intensity on both ends.
The Ragin' Cajuns cooled off from 61 percent in the first half to shoot 7 of 31 in the second half.
Harrell led six Cardinals in double figures as Chris Jones added 19 points, Russ Smith 16, Wayne Blackshear 15, Terry Rozier 11 and Luke Hancock 10 to reach 1,000 in his career.
Shawn Long's 25 points led ULL, which finished 9 of 26 from 3-point range but just 26 of 62 from the field (42 percent). Kasey Sheperd added 18 and Elfrid Payton 12 for the Ragin' Cajuns, who were outscored 60-34 in the paint.
MADISON, Wis. -- Sam Dekker had 20 points and 10 rebounds, and No. 8 Wisconsin withstood a late Marquette rally for a 70-64 victory Saturday that snapped its two-game losing streak in the intrastate rivalry.
Frank Kaminsky added 11 points, including a straightaway 3 to give Wisconsin a 60-54 lead with 1:18 left. The crucial bucket stopped a 10-2 run by Marquette that helped close an 11-point deficit.
Jamil Wilson scored 22 points, including a 3 from the wing that had drawn Marquette (5-4) within three. Kaminsky then nailed his clutch 3 for the Badgers (10-0), who are off to the best start in 20 years.
Dekker deserves much of the credit after puzzling the Golden Eagles with his inside-out game. He hit three 3s and pleased the crowd with thunderous dunks.
Ben Brust added 13 points, 10 in the second half, while backcourt mate Traevon Jackson scored 12 after going 6 of 7 from the foul line after halftime.
WICHITA, Kan. -- Cleanthony Early scored 16 points, Chadrick Lufile had 14 and No. 11 Wichita State rallied from yet another halftime deficit to beat Oral Roberts 71-58 Saturday night.
Darius Carter scored 10 of his 12 points in the second half, and Tekele Cotton added 11 points for Wichita State (9-0).
Shawn Glover had 22 points on 9-of-22 shooting for Oral Roberts (5-4). Korey Billbury had 12 points and D.J. Jackson had 10 for the Eagles.
Wichita State trailed 30-22 at halftime, extending a familiar pattern,
For the sixth time in seven games, Wichita State ended the first half with a deficit or tied. And like most of the previous games, the Shockers emerged like a new team after halftime.
Early had two 3-pointers to key a 10-2 run to start the second half, and Wichita State used a 19-5 run to take a 51-37 lead midway through period.
PHILADELPHIA -- James Bell had 25 points and 14 rebounds and JayVaughn Pinkston scored 27 points, keeping No. 14 Villanova unbeaten with a 98-68 win against Saint Joseph's on Saturday night.
Darrun Hilliard scored 14 points to help the Wildcats (9-0) win their second game this week since joining The AP top 25. Pinkston and Hilliard pounded the Hawks from inside and out, and the Wildcats dominated the second half to thump their city rival.
Langston Galloway led the Hawks (4-4) with 18 points and DeAndre Bembry had 17.
The Hawks hung around early with some quick 3-pointers before falling into a shooting funk, finishing at 37 percent overall.
The Wildcats kept rolling this week since wins against nationally-ranked Kansas and Iowa secured their Battle 4 Atlantis championship.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Shaq Goodwin scored a career-high 21 points, Memphis 54 percent for the game and the No. 16 Tigers defeated Northwestern State.
Goodwin was 8 of 11 from the field for Memphis (6-1). Joe Jackson scored 18 points with five assists and Michael Dixon Jr. finished with 14 points, connecting on 6 of 9 from the field.
Jalan West had 15 points to lead Northwestern State (3-4), which lost for the fourth time in its past five. DeQuan Hicks scored 13 points. Patrick Robinson had 12 points for Northwestern State, which shot 40 percent from the field. That included only 3 of 18 shots from outside the arc.
DES MOINES, Iowa -- Melvin Eim scored 20 of his 22 points in the second half and overtime, and 17th-ranked Iowa State rallied from 18 points down to beat Northern Iowa 91-82 on Saturday for its best start in 10 years.
Georges Niang added a career-high 22 points for the Cyclones (7-0), who also snapped a 3-game losing streak against the rival Panthers (3-5).
Iowa State went on a 23-2 run midway through the second half to erase a 49-31 deficit. But Northern Iowa's Seth Tuttle banked in a 3 with 1.3 seconds left to force OT.
Ejim responded with back-to-back 3s to put the Cyclones ahead 82-75 with 1:18 left.
Nate Buss had 23 points and Wes Washpun scored 18 with eight assists for Northern Iowa.
SPOKANE, Wash. -- Gonzaga forward Sam Dower Jr. was missing his outside shots in the first half, and the No. 19 Bulldogs were having difficulty staying ahead of New Mexico State.
Dower switched his focus to the inside in the second half, and Gonzaga pulled away for an 80-68 victory on Saturday.
Dower led all scorers with 22 points, including 14 in the second half.
''In the second half I decided to go to my inside game more,'' the 6-foot-9 Dower said. He made 7-of-9 from the field in the second half to help the Zags overcome a slow start.
''We played really well [Saturday],'' Dower said. ''Guys were aggressive in getting to the rim. That helped us out.''
Gerard Coleman added 21 and Kevin Pangos added 15 points for Gonzaga (8-1).
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Chaz Williams had career highs of 32 points and 15 assists, and Sampson Carter scored 20 for No. 21 Massachusetts on Saturday to lead the Minutemen to their eighth consecutive victory, 105-96 against Brigham Young.
Raphiael Putney added 15 points for UMass (8-0) in the third annual Hall of Fame Holiday Showcase, played down the street from the basketball shrine in the town where James Naismith invented the sport.
Williams was 9-for-14 from the floor, including 5-for-7 from 3-point range, and he hit all nine of his foul shots as the Minutemen topped 100 points in regulation for the first time in five years.
Tyler Haws scored 25 points for BYU (7-3), which had won two in a row. All three of the Cougars' losses were against teams ranked in The Associated Press Top 25.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Nik Stauskas scored 17 of his 25 points in the first half, and No. 22 Michigan overwhelmed Houston Baptist 107-53 on Saturday, reaching its highest point total in more than 15 years.
The Wolverines (6-3) bounced back from a loss at Duke with a nearly flawless offensive show in the first half. Michigan led 60-34 at halftime after shooting 68 percent from the field - 10 of 16 from 3-point range - and committing only one turnover.
The Wolverines ended up tying a school record for 3-pointers with 16.
Glenn Robinson III scored 17 points for Michigan, which picked Houston Baptist's zone apart and punished the Huskies (3-6) in transition.
Michigan had not scored this many points since a 112-64 win against Indiana on Feb. 22, 1998.
Rob Lewis and Ricmonds Vilde scored 10 points each for Houston Baptist.
About the only anxious moment for Michigan came with 16:44 left in the game, when star big man Mitch McGary took a hard fall near the basket and appeared to hurt his right leg. But he was able to get up and made a point of running hard to the bench when a replacement entered the game. When he got back to the sideline, McGary began waving his arms and the crowd responded.
He was back in the game less than two minutes later.
DES MOINES, Iowa -- Melsahn Basabe had a season-high 15 points and No. 23 Iowa cruised past Drake 83-66 on a neutral floor Saturday night.
Devyn Marble and freshman Peter Jok each scored 14 for Hawkeyes (9-1), who won their fourth in a row against the intrastate-rival Bulldogs.
Iowa closed the first half on a 10-0 run and never looked back, stretching its lead to 23 points with 5:18 left.
Chris Caird led the Bulldogs (6-2) with 21 points. Their winning streak was snapped at four games.
Iowa improved to 57-10 against Drake, which shot just 31 percent in the second half.
NORMAL, Ill. -- Daishon Knight had 20 points and six rebounds as Illinois State beat No. 25 Dayton 81-75 on Saturday night.
Bobby Hunter scored 16 points and Zach Lofton added 13 for the Redbirds (5-4).
Jordan Sibert and Vee Sanford had 13 points apiece to lead the Flyers (7-2).
Illinois State jumped to a 6-0 lead and held a 39-32 advantage at the half. The Redbirds led by as many as 10 points in the first half, thanks to a tough defense that kept Dayton from getting good looks at the basket.
Both teams shot about 50 percent from the field, with the Redbirds hitting on 26 of 52 shots and the Flyers going 28 of 57.
The game was won at the free-throw line, with Illinois hitting 21 of 31 free throws to Dayton's 12 of 20.