No. 12 Wichita State beats Tennessee 70-61
WICHITA, Kan. -- Tekele Cotton scored all 19 of his points in the second half and No. 12 Wichita State beat Tennessee 70-61 on Saturday as the Shockers got off to the best start in school history.
Darius Carter had 11 points and 14 rebounds and Cleanthony Early added 13 points for the Shockers (10-0).
Jordan McRae scored 26 points for Tennessee (6-3), which shot 16 of 47 (34 percent) over the final 35 minutes.
Trailing at halftime for the fifth time this season, Wichita State methodically worked its way to a 39-34 lead -- the largest of the game for either team to that point -- on Cotton's tip-in with 15:06 remaining.
But Wichita State would not make another field goal for 5:57.
A 10-2 run by the Volunteers contained three dunks and Jarnell Stokes' slam with 10:22 to play tied it 41-41.
Just 37 seconds later, Stokes dunked again while being fouled. He made the free throw for a 44-41 lead.
That is when Cotton took over.
No. 1 Arizona rallies past Michigan to stay unbeaten
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Nick Johnson made six free throws during the final 25 seconds, and No. 1 Arizona held on for a 72-70 victory against Michigan on Saturday after rallying from an 11-point deficit in the second half.
The Wolverines (6-4) led by one when Johnson drew a foul on a drive with 24.6 seconds left. He made both free throws, and Michigan's Nik Stauskas missed at the other end. After a tie-up, the possession arrow gave the Wildcats (11-0) the ball with 9.5 seconds remaining.
Johnson pushed the lead to three with two more free throws, and Arizona fouled Spike Albrecht at the other end. Albrecht made only one of two free throws, and after two more free throws by Johnson made it 71-67, a late Michigan 3-pointer wasn't enough.
Ross, Smith each score 18 in No. 3 OSU's 79-62 win
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- LaQuinton Ross and Lenzelle Smith Jr. each scored 18 points to lead No. 3 Ohio State past North Dakota State 79-62 on Saturday night.
Freshman Mark Loving had a career-high 12 points, and Sam Thompson also had 12. Aaron Craft added six points and seven assists for the Buckeyes, who shot 53 percent from the field.
The game was part of the BlackRock Gotham Classic.
Taylor Braun led the Bison (7-4) with 21 points, while Marshall Bjorklund had 12 and Lawrence Alexander 10. NDSU shot 42 percent from the field and was outrebounded 36-26.
Brust leads No. 4 Wisconsin past Eastern Kentucky
MADISON, Wis. -- Ben Brust scored 20 points to lead four Wisconsin players in double figures and the fourth-ranked Badgers beat Eastern Kentucky 86-61 on Saturday.
Freshman reserve Nigel Hayes scored a career-high 17 points for the Badgers (12-0), who are off to the best start to a season since 1915-16 when they started 12-0 and finished 20-1. Sam Dekker added 16 points, while Frank Kaminsky shrugged off a right foot injury that hampered him this week to add 13.
Glenn Cosey scored 21 points to lead the Colonels (7-4), while Orlando Williams added 13.
Wisconsin, which averages 21 free throws a game, went 25 of 33 from the free throw line as the undersized Colonels committed 26 fouls. The Badgers finished 9 of 15 from beyond the 3-point line.
No. 5 Michigan State beats Oakland 67-63
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Keith Appling scored 18 of his 21 points in the second half and Adreian Payne had 20 points and 10 rebounds as No. 5 Michigan State held off Oakland 67-63 on Saturday.
Branden Dawson added 16 points and 13 rebounds for the shorthanded Spartans (8-1), who were rusty early and turnover-prone after a 10-day break.
Michigan State played without leading scorer Gary Harris, who is still nursing an ankle injury. The Spartans were also without big men Matt Costello (mononucleosis) and Kenny Kaminski (academic suspension).
Duke Mondy, the nation's leader in steals, had 24 points and seven swipes for the Golden Grizzlies (2-9) in their home game played at the Palace of Auburn Hills. Travis Bader has 18 points and was 4 for 14 from 3-point range, while Corey Petros added 11 points for Oakland, winless in 12 games in the series.
No. 6 Louisville tops Western Kentucky
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Russ Smith had 14 points and 10 assists and No. 6 Louisville used a strong start to the second half to pull away to a 79-63 victory against Western Kentucky on Saturday.
With starting point guard Chris Jones sidelined at least a game with a sprained right wrist, the Cardinals (9-1) got numerous backcourt contributions to beat their in-state rival for the fifth consecutive time. Freshman Terry Rozier grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds starting in Jones' place while reserve Tim Henderson added career highs of 12 points on four 3-pointers and four assists.
Their efforts helped Louisville pad a 31-28 halftime lead as the Cardinals made 13 of their first 21 attempts from the field after the break to build a 63-44 lead with 6:02 left. They held the Hilltoppers (5-4) scoreless for nearly 6 minutes.
Mangok Mathiang added a career-high 13 points and Chane Behanan had 11 for Louisville.
No. 7 Oklahoma State beats Louisiana Tech 70-55
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Le'Bryan Nash had 22 points and 10 rebounds and No. 7 Oklahoma State overcame a sluggish start to pull away to a 70-55 victory against Louisiana Tech on Saturday.
All-America guard Marcus Smart scored three points in the first half and finished with 13 for the Cowboys (9-1), who had not played a game in more than a week.
Smart added five rebounds and five assists, but the Big 12 Conference's leading scorer watched as Nash did the bulk of the scoring against Louisiana Tech (8-3).
Markel Brown scored 13 points for the Cowboys and Kamari Murphy had 10.
Chris Anderson scored 14 points and Alex Hamilton added 12 for Louisiana Tech, which held Oklahoma State scoreless through the first 4 minutes of the game. But the Bulldogs couldn't get any closer after pulling within 49-42 in the second half.
Ellis, Embiid lead No. 13 Kansas past New Mexico
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Perry Ellis scored 21 points, Joel Embiid added a career-high 18 and No. 13 Kansas pulled away in the second half to beat New Mexico 80-63 on Saturday night and end a frustrating two-game skid.
Andrew Wiggins, who dealt with foul trouble much of the night, added 11 points for the Jayhawks (7-3), who led 39-38 at halftime but used two big runs over the final 20 minutes to blow it open.
It was the Jayhawks' ninth consecutive win at the Sprint Center, including their run to last year's Big 12 tournament title. After dropping games at Colorado and Florida, the win also kept Kansas from losing three consecutive non-conference games for the first time since the 1982-83 season.
Cameron Bairstow and Kendall Williams had 24 points apiece for the Lobos (7-2).
No. 15 Oregon defeats Illinois 71-64
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Mike Moser had 14 points and nine rebounds, and No. 15 Oregon remained unbeaten with a 71-64 victory against Illinois on Saturday night.
Joseph Young added 14 points for the Ducks in the game at Portland's newly renamed Moda Center, home of the NBA's Trail Blazers. Oregon improved to 9-0 in its best start since it won its first 13 games in the 2006-07 season.
Rayvonte Rice scored 16 points for the Illini (9-2).
Illinois led by as many as nine points in the second half, but Oregon rallied to a 58-54 advantage on Moser's layup and Young's short jumper.
No. 18 North Carolina beats No. 11 Kentucky 82-77
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Marcus Paige scored 21 of his 23 points in the second half and James Michael McAdoo had 20 points, helping No. 18 North Carolina beat No. 11 Kentucky 82-77 on Saturday.
J.P. Tokoto added 15 points for the Tar Heels (7-2), who grinded out yet another marquee nonconference victory in a first month of the season filled with wild swings. UNC shot 57 percent after halftime and scored 20 points off turnovers to finally wrestle control of a foul-filled game away from the Wildcats (8-3).
It wasn't always pretty for the Tar Heels, from 19 missed free throws to seeing the Wildcats swat away seven of their shots. Yet they managed to add another big name to their early wins against then-No. 1 Michigan State and then-No. 3 Louisville - all coming while top scorer P.J. Hairston and Leslie McDonald sit out due to NCAA eligibility concerns.
Bell leads No. 20 Gonzaga past South Alabama 68-59
SEATTLE -- Gary Bell Jr. scored 14 of his 20 points in the first half, helping No. 20 Gonzaga build a huge lead in the first 10 minutes on their way to a 68-59 victory against South Alabama on Saturday night at Seattle's KeyArena.
A few days after rallying from a double-digit deficit to win at West Virginia, it was the Bulldogs who had a significant chunk of their big lead evaporate only to hold on in the final minutes.
The Bulldogs raced to a 22-3 lead in the first 10 minutes behind nine early points from Bell. South Alabama got as close as eight in the second half, but the Bulldogs answered every surge by the scrappy Jaguars.
Augustine Rubit led South Alabama (5-5) with a career-high 35 points.
No. 22 UMass beats Northern Illinois 80-54
AMHERST, Mass. -- Cady Lalanne scored 16 points to lead No. 22 Massachusetts to an 80-54 victory against Northern Illinois on Saturday.
Chaz Williams, coming off career highs of 32 points and 15 assists against Brigham Young on Dec. 7, had 12 points and six assists for the Minutemen (9-0), who are off to the program's best start since the 1995-96 team started 26-0.
Raphiael Putney added 13 points -- including three 3-pointers in an early 11-0 run -- and Maxie Esho had 12 points and seven rebounds for the Minutemen.
Darrell Bowie led the Huskies (3-5) with 10 points.
The Minutemen led by 12 points at halftime and were never in jeopardy despite some lackluster play. The lead grew to 27 points as coach Derek Kellogg cleared his bench early.
One of the reserves, freshman Clyde Santee, scored the first 13 points of his college career - all in a span of 5:34.