Freshman stars in Kansas win
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Freshman Xavier Henry scored a season-high 31 points, Markieff Morris had a double-double and No. 1 Kansas beat La Salle 90-65 on Saturday at the Sprint Center.
Kansas (9-0) used defense to overcome early rebounding problems, turning a tight game into a rout by holding its eighth opponent under 40 percent shooting this season.
Morris had 12 points and 12 rebounds and Cole Aldrich added 19 points for the Jayhawks, who were playing about 45 miles from campus.
Jerrell Williams had 21 points and Rodney Green added 19 for La Salle (6-3), which fell to 0-7 all-time against No. 1 teams.
No. 2 Texas 87, Texas St. 54
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – Damion James got his 40th career double-double with 21 points and 16 rebounds to lead Texas.
Avery Bradley added 15 points in a win that could be costly for the Longhorns (8-0).
Freshman J’Covan Brown, who has started four games at guard for Texas this season, had to be helped off the court about 6 minutes into the second half and was favoring his left leg after a fall near the basket. Trainers wrapped the ankle and he left the court on crutches a few minutes later.
J.B. Conley had 10 points to lead Texas State (3-7).
Texas has won its first eight games by at least 15 points, the first time that’s happened.
No. 4 Kentucky 90, Indiana 73
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) – Eric Bledsoe scored 23 points and Patrick Patterson had 19 points and 11 rebounds to lead Kentucky.
John Calipari matched Adolph Rupp’s record start for a first-year Kentucky coach by improving to 10-0, and the Wildcats moved within two wins of becoming the first Division I men’s basketball program with 2,000 victories.
Freshman Maurice Creek had a season-high 31 points for the Hoosiers (4-5), who have lost seven of eight in this series.
Kentucky had a 49-24 rebound advantage overall, 21-8 on the offensive end.
No. 5 Purdue 73, Alabama 65
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) – Robbie Hummel scored 23 points and No. 5 Purdue used stifling defense to rally from a 16-point second half deficit.
The Boilermakers (9-0), who struggled for much of the game against the Crimson Tide’s full-court press, held the Alabama (5-3) without a field goal over the final 8:45.
E’Twaun Moore and Kramer each hit a pair of free throws in the final 57 seconds to seal the win.
Mikhail Torrance led Alabama with 18 points.
No. 6 West Virginia 69, Coppin St. 43
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) – Kevin Jones had 22 points and 11 rebounds to help the Mountaineers overcome the absence of two starters.
Da’Sean Butler added 16 points and Darryl Bryant scored 11 for West Virginia (7-0), which held a second straight opponent under 50 points to win its 28th straight home game against a non-conference foe.
Vince Goldsberry scored 12 points for Coppin State (5-4).
No. 11 North Carolina 103, Presbyterian 64
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) – Ed Davis had 20 points and 10 rebounds and Deon Thompson added 19 points for North Carolina.
The Tar Heels (8-2), coming off last weekend’s loss to Kentucky, had no trouble beating up on a team picked to finish last in the Big South – even without fifth-year senior Marcus Ginyard, who was out as a precaution with pain in his left foot.
Chase Holmes scored a career-high 29 points for Presbyterian (2-8). Kansas State 95, No. 18 UNLV 80
LAS VEGAS (AP) – Jacob Pullen hit seven 3-pointers and scored 28 points to lead Kansas State to its sixth straight win.
Pullen was 7 of 10 from beyond the arc and finished 10 of 16 from the field, and Denis Clemente added 22 points and nine assists for the Wildcats (9-1).
Tre’Von Willis led UNLV (8-1) with 17 points, while Chace Stanback had 14.
No. 21 Gonzaga 103, Davidson 91
SEATTLE (AP) – Freshman Elias Harris scored a season-high 27 points to help No. 21 Gonzaga overcame the absence of leading scorer Matt Bouldin.
Robert Sacre added a career-best 23 points for the Bulldogs (8-2) in a rematch of Davidson’s thrilling win in the first round of the 2008 NCAA tournament.
Freshman Jake Cohen scored 16 points and Brendan McKillop had 15 on five 3-pointers for Davidson (2-7), which was 85-20 in three seasons with sharpshooter Stephen Curry before he left a year early for the NBA last summer.
No. 22 Butler 74, No. 13 Ohio St. 66
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Gordon Hayward scored 24 points, and Butler beat a ranked team for the first time in four tries this season.
Willie Veasley had 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Bulldogs (7-3), who had lost to Minnesota, Clemson and Georgetown this season.
William Buford scored 20 points and David Lighty added 17 for the Buckeyes (7-2), who played for the first time without Evan Turner, who was averaging a double-double this season. He fractured his lower back when he hit the court on a dunk attempt on Dec. 5.
Butler led by 17 points in the final 5 minutes, but Ohio State used a fullcourt press to get back into the game. A layup by Jon Diebler cut Butler’s lead to 69-66 with 46 seconds to play, but the Buckeyes got no closer.
No. 15 Georgetown 74, No. 17 Washington 66
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) – Julian Vaughn scored a career-high 18 points, and Georgetown pulled away in the in the Wooden Classic.
Greg Monroe had 15 points and seven rebounds for the Hoyas (8-0), who scored 12 straight points after halftime during a 21-2 run. The impressive surge abruptly blew open a previously tight game in the annual doubleheader held to honor John Wooden, UCLA’s famed 99-year-old coach.
Isaiah Thomas scored 15 of his 21 points after halftime for the Huskies (6-2) while leading a late 15-3 run, but Washington couldn’t close a 20-point deficit.
Quincy Pondexter, the only senior on either roster, scored 23 points for the Huskies, who haven’t beaten a Big East team in 20 years.
New Mexico 84, No. 16 Texas A&M 81
HOUSTON (AP) – Roman Martinez scored 22 points, including two key free throws in the final seconds, to lead New Mexico, which is 10-0 for the first time since the 1995-96 season.
Donald Sloan had 29 points for Texas A&M (8-2), which had a four-game winning streak snapped.
The Lobos never trailed and were ahead by 17 points with 10 minutes left but had to fight off a late rally by the Aggies in the game played at the Toyota Center.
Texas A&M cut the lead to 82-81 on a 3-pointer by Khris Middleton with 10 seconds remaining before Martinez made the two free throws to secure the win. B.J. Holmes had a chance to tie it after that but his shot fell short.
No. 20 Wisconsin 72, Marquette 63
MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Jon Leuer scored 24 points to lead Wisconsin over its in-state rival.
It was career victory No. 200 at Wisconsin for Bo Ryan and the second straight big scoring performance by Leuer for the Badgers (7-2), who jumped into the Top 25 after beating Duke last week – only to lose at Wisconsin-Green Bay on Wednesday despite getting a career-high 26 points from Leuer.
Lazar Hayward scored 21 points for Marquette (7-3), which has lost three of its last four games.
Wisconsin snapped a two-game losing streak to their in-state rivals and now leads the all-time series 63-53.
No. 25 Mississippi 83, McNeese St. 67
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) – Chris Warren scored 20 points and Eniel Polynice had all 12 points and four steals over the final 10 minutes of the game to rally Mississippi.
The Rebels (8-1) trailed by as many as 15 points early in the second half of their first game since entering the Top 25, but they used defense to blow past the Cowboys (3-5) in the closing minutes.
The Cowboys built their largest lead with a 29-10 run that spanned halftime and featured seven 3-pointers, including four by Diego Kapelan.
Mississippi answered with an 18-2 run that included eight points from Polynice and gave the Rebels their first lead of the second half, 61-59 with 6:30 left.
Patrick Richard scored 20 points for McNeese State and Kapelan had 18.