Kansas pulls ahead to end first half, defeats Baylor 69-52 on road
WACO, Texas -- Naadir Tharpe scored 22 points, nine in a go-ahead run for No. 8 Kansas before halftime, and the Big 12-leading Jayhawks rebounded from their first league loss with a 69-52 victory at Baylor on Tuesday night.
Andrew Wiggins overcame a slow start to score 14 points, while Perry Ellis had 14 points and 10 rebounds for Kansas.
Wiggins, the Big 12's top scoring freshman, finished 4 of 13 shooting and didn't make his first basket until a half-court shot to beat the buzzer going into halftime. That capped a 14-3 run in the final 5 minutes for a 35-27 lead.
Early on, there were three ties and nine lead changes. Tharpe's short jumper with 3 1/2 minutes left in the half broke a 25-all tie and put the Jayhawks (17-5, 8-1 Big 12) ahead to stay.
Cory Jefferson had 14 points to lead Baylor (14-8, 2-7), which lost its fourth consecutive game at the Ferrell Center.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Michael Frazier II scored 14 points, highly touted freshman Chris Walker had two crowd-pleasing dunks in his debut and No. 3 Florida beat Missouri 68-58 on Tuesday night.
The Gators won their 14th consecutive game and extended a school record with their 28th consecutive victory at home.
Frazier came up huge in the latest one. The sophomore drained three 3-pointers in a 2-minute span in the second half, giving Florida some breathing room in a tight, back-and-forth game.
Patric Young's driving layup with 4:10 remaining gave the Gators (20-2, 9-0 Southeastern Conference) a 58-48 lead.
Missouri's 3-point shooting kept the Tigers (16-6, 4-5) in it for much of the game.
Missouri made 8 of 21 from behind the arc, but just 4 of 13 in the second half. The Tigers went more than 4 minutes without a point, a stretch that helped Florida build its biggest lead.
Jabari Brown led the Tigers with 15 points while Jordan Clarkson added 14.
DURHAM, N.C. -- Jabari Parker scored 21 points and No. 11 Duke beat Wake Forest 83-63 on Tuesday night.
Rasheed Sulaimon added 19 points for the Blue Devils (18-5, 7-3 Atlantic Coast Conference).
They shot nearly 51 percent, hit 12 3-pointers against one of the ACC's best perimeter defenses and used a big run at the end of the first half to roll to their eighth consecutive victory against their instate rivals.
Devin Thomas had 14 points before fouling out for the Demon Deacons (14-9, 4-6), who have lost three in a row for the first time this season.
They had 19 turnovers -- including five in a row during Duke's decisive run.
Playing without leading scorer Codi Miller-McIntyre, Wake Forest hung around for about 15 minutes before ultimately losing their 15th consecutive game at Cameron Indoor Stadium -- all by double figures.
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Jonathan Holmes had 20 points and a career-high 16 rebounds, and No. 15 Texas rallied in the second half to beat TCU 59-54 on Tuesday night and extend its winning streak to seven games.
Holmes hit a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 2:41 remaining, and the Longhorns (18-4, 7-2 Big 12) held off the Horned Frogs with several key offensive rebounds in the final 2 minutes.
Cameron Ridley had 12 points and nine rebounds, including one that led to his clinching free throws after a miss by Isaiah Taylor with 7 seconds left, as the Longhorns held on following their win at home against No. 8 Kansas last weekend.
Amric Fields had 16 points and eight rebounds to lead TCU (9-12, 0-9), the only Big 12 team without a conference win.
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Aaron Craft had 17 points with six assists and six steals to help Ohio State upset 17th-ranked Iowa 76-69 on Tuesday night for its third win in four games.
LaQuinton Ross added 13 points for the Buckeyes (18-5, 5-5 Big Ten), who moved back to .500 in the league after starting a surprising 2-4.
Craft's first points of the second half came on a three-point play that put Ohio State ahead 66-59 with 1:17 left. That sealed back-to-back road wins for the surging Buckeyes, who beat Wisconsin 59-58 on Saturday.
Mike Gesell had 16 points for lead Iowa (17-6, 6-4), which shot just 3 of 20 from 3-point range and lost its second in a row at home.
Hawkeyes stars Devyn Marble and Aaron White combined for just 18 points.
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Willie Cauley-Stein broke a slump with 18 points and 11 rebounds, and No. 18 Kentucky shot 60 percent in the second half for an 80-64 victory against Mississippi on Tuesday night.
The Wildcats' 7-foot sophomore went 7 of 8 from the field to score more points than his previous six games combined (14) while reaching double digits in rebounds for the first time in nine games. Cauley-Stein had four blocks and altered other attempts to help limit the Rebels (15-7, 6-3 Southeastern Conference) to 36 percent shooting in the second half and 39 percent overall
Kentucky (17-5, 7-2) made 15 of 25 from the field in the second half to turn a 35-34 halftime lead into a rout and earn their second consecutive victory.
Aaron Harrison added 16 points while Julius Randle scored 11 of his 12 points after halftime as the Wildcats finished shooting 51 percent from the field.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Austin Nichols scored 18 points, and Joe Jackson added 16 points and eight assists as No. 24 Memphis jumped to an early lead before dominating Rutgers 101-69 on Tuesday night.
The Tigers (17-5, 7-3 American Athletic Conference) hit a season-high 12 3-pointers and shot 59 percent, also a best this season. Nichols was 8 of 9 from the field, and Jackson hit all but one of his seven shots.
Memphis, which won its seventh game in the past nine, never trailed in the game and led by as many as 41 points in the second half.
Michael Dixon scored 15 points, and Shaq Goodwin added 13 for Memphis. Geron Johnson and Chris Crawford scored 12 each for the Tigers, Crawford grabbing 11 rebounds.
Kadeem Jack was the only Scarlet Knight in double figures with 12 points as Rutgers (9-14, 3-7) lost its fifth in the past six.