CBKB: Kansas' home winning streak ended by Texas

LAWRENCE, Kan. - The longest home winning streak in Kansas' vaunted history came to an end on a doubly sad day for the Jayhawks.

J'Covan Brown scored 23 points and keyed a second-half run that erased a 15-point deficit, enabling No. 10 Texas to grab a 74-63 victory Saturday over the second-ranked Jayhawks and snap their 69-game home streak.

Shortly after 11 p.m. the night before, players, coaches and players' moms gathered around sophomore Thomas Robinson when his mother died unexpectedly of a heart attack in Washington, D.C.

Robinson asked to remain with the team, and with him coming off the bench, an emotional Kansas scored the first 10 points and led by 15 in the early going. But Texas (16-3, 4-0 Big 12) outscored the Jayhawks 36-13 while turning a 12-point halftime deficit into a 59-48 lead on a 3-pointer by Cory Joseph.

The Jayhawks (18-1, 3-1) had not lost at home since Feb. 3, 2007.

No. 1 Ohio State 73,

No. 23 Illinois 68

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Jared Sullinger had 27 points and 16 rebounds, and Ohio State scored 14 straight points in the second half to rally past Illinois.

Aaron Craft made two free throws with 15 seconds left and Jon Diebler forced an Illinois turnover with 4 seconds on the clock to help the unbeaten Buckeyes (20-0, 7-0 Big Ten) hold on.

No. 7 Villanova 83,

No. 3 Syracuse 72

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Maalik Wayns scored 17 of his 21 points in the first half as Villanova took a big lead and then held on to beat Syracuse in front of a raucous Carrier Dome crowd.

It was the second straight game for each squad against a top-10 team. Villanova (17-2, 5-1 Big East) lost 61-59 at No. 8 Connecticut on Monday, when the Orange (18-2, 5-2) lost 74-66 at fifth-ranked Pitt. Syracuse had won 16 straight at the Carrier Dome dating to last February, but disappointed a season-high crowd of 33,736, second-largest in the building's history.

No. 4 Duke 83,

Wake Forest 59

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Kyle Singler scored 24 points and keyed the run that helped Duke pull away from pesky Wake Forest.

No. 5 Pittsburgh 80,

DePaul 50

CHICAGO - Gilbert Brown scored 17 points and Ashton Gibbs added 13 to lead Pittsburgh over DePaul.

With the exception of a brief lapse early in the second half, the Panthers (19-1, 7-0 Big East) cruised to their ninth straight win.

No. 8 Connecticut 72, Tennessee 61

HARTFORD, Conn. - Kemba Walker scored a season-low 16 points but that was enough to help Connecticut beat Tennessee, spoiling coach Bruce Pearl's brief return to the Volunteers' bench.

Pearl is in the middle of serving an eight-game Southeastern Conference suspension for lying to NCAA investigators, but was allowed to coach the non-conference game against the Huskies.

No. 9 BYU 94,

Colorado State 85

FORT COLLINS, Colo. - Jimmer Fredette scored 42 points, his second 40-plus performance in a week, and Brigham Young beat Colorado State for its ninth straight victory.

Fredette, the nation's leading scorer, had a season-high 47 points in a win over Utah on Tuesday. This time, he made 16 of 17 free throws and shot 11 of 24 from the field, including 4 of 9 from 3-point range, to lead the Cougars (19-1, 5-0 Mountain West) in scoring for 18th time in 20 games.

No. 11 Texas A&M 64,

Kansas State 56

COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Khris Middleton had 18 points and Texas A&M made 13 free throws in the last 2 minutes to hold off struggling Kansas State.

Middleton hit six free throws down the stretch for the Aggies (17-2, 4-1 Big 12), who bounced back from an 81-60 loss to No. 10 Texas - their first defeat since Thanksgiving.

No. 12 Kentucky 67,

South Carolina 58

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Brandon Knight scored 23 points and Kentucky held off a late charge from South Carolina.

Darius Miller added 18 points for the Wildcats (15-4, 3-2 Southeastern Conference).

No. 13 Missouri 87,

Iowa State 54

COLUMBIA, Mo. - Ricardo Ratliffe matched his career best with six blocked shots and Michael Dixon had 15 points with three 3-pointers, helping Missouri rout Iowa State.

Missouri (17-3, 3-2) had the game over by halftime, forging a 22-point lead.

Jake Anderson had 20 points for the Cyclones (14-6, 1-4 Big 12).

No. 14 Purdue 86,

No. 17 Michigan St. 76

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - E'Twaun Moore scored 26 points, and JaJuan Johnson had 20 for Purdue.

Lewis Jackson added a career-high 19 points for the Boilermakers (17-3, 6-1 Big Ten), who remained one game behind No. 1 Ohio State in the conference standings heading into their showdown in Columbus on Tuesday night.

Draymond Green had 21 points, 11 rebounds and six assists, and Delvon Roe added 16 points for the Spartans (12-7, 4-3).

No. 15 Minnesota 69, Michigan 64

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Trevor Mbakwe and Ralph Sampson III scored 13 points apiece to lead Minnesota over slumping Michigan.

The Golden Gophers (15-4, 4-3 Big Ten) trailed 41-40 before going on a 12-3 run in the second half.

No. 16 Notre Dame 80, Marquette 75

SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Ben Hansbrough scored a career-best 28 points and keyed a second-half spurt that rallied Notre Dame past Marquette.

Hansbrough, who shot 10 of 15 from the field and 6 of 6 at the foul line, scored seven straight points midway through the second half to help the Fighting Irish (16-4, 5-3 Big East) come back from a 12-point deficit.

Providence 72,

No. 19 Louisville 67

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Marshon Brooks scored 27 points and Gerard Coleman had a season-high 19 to lead Providence over No. 19 Louisville.

It was the first Big East victory of the year for the Friars (12-8, 1-6), and their first win over former coach Rick Pitino in his seven trips back to Providence.

Chris Smith had a season-high 19 points to go with seven rebounds for Louisville (15-4, 4-2). The Cardinals went 4 for 23 from 3-point range - missing all 12 attempts in the second half, including several airballs in the final minute as they struggled to make a comeback.

No. 20 Washington 88, Arizona State 75

SEATTLE - Matthew Bryan-Amaning carried Washington with a career-high 30 points and nine rebounds, and the Huskies matched their best conference start in 24 years with a win over scrappy Arizona State.

Vanderbilt 89,

No. 22 Saint Mary's 70

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - John Jenkins and Jeffery Taylor each scored 19 points and Vanderbilt snapped Saint Mary's 11-game winning streak.

Vanderbilt (14-4) improved to 3-1 against the Top 25 this season and 2-0 against the Gaels.

No. 25 Cincinnati 53,

St. John's 51

NEW YORK - Yancy Gates' three-point play with 8 seconds remaining gave Cincinnati a close victory over St. John's.


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