Texas needs OT to stay unbeaten
AUSTIN, Texas – Damion James scored 26 points, including seven in overtime, and top-ranked Texas survived its first week at No. 1 with a tough 72-67 win over Texas A&M on Saturday night.
James made a 3-pointer with 1 minute left in overtime and blocked a 3-point attempt by Texas A&M’s B.J. Holmes that would have tied the game in the final seconds.
J’Covan Brown made two free throws with 3 seconds left to seal the win for the Longhorns (17-0, 3-0 Big 12). Gary Johnson added 18 points for Texas.
Donald Sloan scored 21 points for the Aggies (12-5, 1-2), who didn’t trail in the game until James’ first basket of overtime.
NO. 2 KENTUCKY 92,
AUBURN, Ala. – John Wall hit two free throws with 8.9 seconds left to help Kentucky remain unbeaten.
The Wildcats (18-0, 3-0 Southeastern Conference) secured coach John Calipari’s 52nd consecutive victory in a regular-season conference game at Memphis and Kentucky, breaking Adolph Rupp’s NCAA record.
DeMarcus Cousins had 16 points, 11 rebounds and four blocked shots for Kentucky.
NO. 3 KANSAS 89,
TEXAS TECH 63
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Marcus Morris had 20 points and Xavier Henry added 14 to help Kansas overcame a sloppy start.
Kansas (16-1, 2-0 Big 12) extended its nation-best home winning streak to 52 straight.
John Roberson had 16 points for Texas Tech (12-5, 0-3), which has lost 11 straight at Allen Fieldhouse.
NO. 5 SYRACUSE 72,
NO. 10 WEST VIRGINIA 71
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Brandon Triche scored 16 points for Syracuse, which nearly blew a 10-point lead in the final minute before beating the Mountaineers for the 11th time in 12 meetings.
Darryl Bryant led West Virginia (13-3, 4-2) with 18 points and he hit two 3-pointers in the final 33 seconds, including one with 3 seconds left for the final margin.
NO. 6 PURDUE 64
EVANSTON, Ill. – Michael Thompson scored 20 points and freshman Drew Crawford had a key 3-pointer and a three-point play in the final 2:04 to help send Purdue to a third straight loss.
Purdue (14-3, 2-3 Big Ten) has its first three-game losing streak since dropping five straight in 2006 at the end of coach Matt Painter’s first season.
NO. 7 MICHIGAN ST. 73,
EAST LANSING, Mich. – Kalin Lucas shook off a slow start and scored 20 points and Michigan State (15-3, 5-0 Big Ten) broke a first-place tie in the conference.
The Spartans closed the first half with an 18-5 run – taking a 36-29 lead – and scored the first seven points after the break.
Demetri McCamey scored 15 points for Illinois.
NO. 9 TENNESSEE 71,
NO. 21 OLE MISS 69, OT
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Wayne Chism scored 26 points, including six consecutive free throws in overtime and had 12 rebounds for Tennessee.
The Volunteers (14-2, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) had hit only 60 percent of their free throws before DeAundre Cranston’s fifth foul sent Chism to the line with 49 seconds left and the game tied at 65.
NO. 13 KANSAS ST. 87,
BOULDER, Colo. – Jacob Pullen scored 18 points and Denis Clemente added 15 as Kansas State (15-2, 2-1 Big 12) handed the Buffs their first loss at the Coors Events Center in 10 games.
Cory Higgins scored a season-best 30 points for Colorado (10-7, 1-2), which upset Baylor on Tuesday night and was seeking to beat ranked teams in consecutive games for the first time.
OHIO ST. 60,
NO. 13 WISCONSIN 51
COLUMBUS, Ohio – David Lighty helped Ohio State weather Evan Turner’s foul trouble, scoring 18 points to lead the Buckeyes to their second win over a ranked opponent this week.
Turner had 15 points despite finishing with four fouls, and William Buford added 12 rebounds for the Buckeyes (13-5, 3-3 Big Ten).
NO. 16 PITTSBURGH 82, LOUISVILLE 77, OT
PITTSBURGH – Nasir Robinson scored a career-high 26 points and Pittsburgh staged a frantic rally in the final minute of regulation to force overtime.
Pitt (15-2, 5-0 Big East) won its eighth straight overall and 31st consecutive at the Petersen Events Center – the second-longest streak in major college basketball to Kansas’ 52.
NO. 17 GONZAGA 68,
SAN DIEGO 50
SAN DIEGO – Elias Harris scored 20 points and Steven Gray added 17 to lead Gonzaga to its sixth straight victory.
Demetri Goodson added 12 points for the Bulldogs (14-3, 3-0 West Coast Conference). Matt Bouldin was held to six points, well below his team-leading 15.9 average. Center Robert Sacre had 10 rebounds, six points, four blocked shots and three assists.
NO. 18 BYU 91,
COLORADO ST. 47
PROVO, Utah – Jimmer Fredette scored 21 points and BYU matched the best start in school history.
Fredette’s long jumper and defensive play was part of a decisive 17-2 run at the end of the first half as the Cougars (18-1, 3-0 Mountain West Conference) pulled away for their 13th straight victory.
NO. 19 TEMPLE 76,
PHILADELPHIA – Ryan Brooks hit seven 3-pointers and scored a career-high 29 points to lead Temple.
Brooks became the 45th player in school history to score 1,000 points. He needed 14 entering the game and reached the milestone late in the first half when his fourth 3 of the game gave him exactly 1,000 and the Owls (15-3, 3-0 Atlantic 10) a 30-13 lead.
NO. 22 BAYLOR 83,
OKLAHOMA ST. 70
WACO, Texas – LaceDarius Dunn had his third consecutive 20-point game, finishing with 25 points and eight rebounds for Baylor.
NO. 23 MIAMI 57
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Sylven Landesberg scored 18 points and surprising Virginia won its seventh straight game and remained the only unbeaten team in the ACC.
NO. 24 CLEMSON 73,
N.C. STATE 70
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Trevor Booker scored 20 points and Clemson held on to snap a streak of letdowns following big wins that dated to 1997-98.
NO. 25 FLORIDA ST. 63,
VIRGINIA TECH 58
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Solomon Alabi and Deividas Dulkys scored 13 points apiece as Florida State survived a furious last-minute finish to snap a two-game ACC losing streak.