TOP 25: Indiana shocks Kentucky
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) – Christian Watford hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give Indiana a 73-72 victory over top-ranked Kentucky on Saturday night.
Watford finished with 20 points, giving the Hoosiers their first upset of a top-ranked team since taking down Duke in the 2002 NCAA tournament and setting off a wild scene. Fans stormed the court as officials looked at the replay before counting the basket.
The Hoosiers (9-0) are off to their best start since 1989-90.
NO. 13 KANSAS 78,
NO. 2 OHIO STATE 67
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) – Thomas Robinson scored 21 points, Elijah Johnson added 15 and Kansas never trailed against the Buckeyes, who were without forward Jared Sullinger due to injury.
Freshman reserve forward Kevin Young scored a career-high 14 points, and Tyshawn Taylor had nine points and a career-best 13 assists for the Jayhawks (6-2), who extended their winning streak to 47 games over non-conference opponents at Allen Fieldhouse.
NO. 3 SYRACUSE 85, GEORGE WASHINGTON 50
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) – Dion Waiters set career highs with 19 points and six steals to lead Syracuse, which is poised to take over the top spot in the rankings.
The unbeaten Orange (10-0), in the midst of a federal investigation, could move to No. 1 in the AP Top 25 after both top-ranked Kentucky and No. 2 Ohio State lost.
NO. 4 UNC 84,
LONG BEACH STATE 78
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) – John Henson had 24 points and 10 rebounds, and Harrison Barnes added 20 points for North Carolina.
The Tar Heels (8-2) rallied from a 45-40 halftime deficit to win their second straight game in the opener of a monthlong home stand. North Carolina led by as many as 11 points in the second half, but couldn’t pull away.
NO. 5 LOUISVILLE 80,
FAIRLEIGH DICKINSON 58
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – Gorgui Dieng had 14 points and 12 rebounds to lift Louisville to its 17th straight win at the KFC Yum! Center.
Kyle Kuric added 18 points and Peyton Siva had 16 for Louisville, which is in the midst of a 10-game homestand.
NO. 7 DUKE 86,
NEW YORK (AP) – Freshman Austin Rivers scored 18 points and the Blue Devils overcame a poor performance from the free throw line at Madison Square Garden.
The Blue Devils (9-1) seemed in control, taking a 19-point lead three times in the second half. But the Huskies (4-4) shook off a terrible first half and chipped away at the deficit.
NO. 8 XAVIER 76,
CINCINNATI (AP) – Mark Lyons scored 19 points as Xavier beat its crosstown rival in a game that featured plenty of trash talking and was called with 9.4 seconds left because of a brawl.
Words escalated into shoving and swings as the final seconds ticked down. Both benches cleared and coaches pulled their players away. The referees called it.
NO. 10 MISSOURI 84,
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) – Marcus Denmon scored 22 points to help Missouri remain unbeaten and match its best start since the 2006-07 season.
Ricardo Ratliffe made 6 of 9 shots and had 14 points, and Kim English chipped in 13 for the Tigers (9-0).
J.J. Avila scored 26 points for Navy (3-8). The Midshipmen took a 5-0 lead at the outset but trailed 45-26 by halftime.
NO. 11 MARQUETTE 79, WIS-GREEN BAY 61
MILWAUKEE (AP) – Jae Crowder had 21 points and seven rebounds, and Marquette had little trouble with Wisconsin-Green Bay.
Marquette (9-0) won easily despite dressing just eight players due to injuries.
It was another strong game for Crowder. The 6-foot-8 senior made 7 of 12 shots.
NO. 14 WISCONSIN 62, UNLV 51
MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Reserve Ben Brust hit all seven of his 3-point attempts and finished with a career-high 25 points for the Badgers.
Wisconsin (8-2) went on a 13-0 run midway through the first half to take a 31-15 lead. The Badgers pushed the advantage to 19 before the Rebels (9-2) cut it to 36-23 at the half.
NO. 15 PITTSBURGH 74, OKLAHOMA ST 68
NEW YORK (AP) – Ashton Gibbs scored 17 points, including three free throws in the final 17 seconds as Pitt sent Oklahoma State to its third loss – all of them at Madison Square Garden.
The Panthers (9-1) led by as many as 16 points in the second half, but Oklahoma State twice was able to get within five late. Each time, Gibbs was able to make at least one free throw.
NO. 17 MISS. ST. 106,
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) – Dee Bost scored a season-high 28 points, and Arnett Moultrie added 20 points and 12 rebounds for Mississippi State.
The Bulldogs (9-1) won their eighth straight game, shooting 56.3 percent (40 of 71) from the field.
NO. 18 GEORGETOWN 62, HOWARD 48
WASHINGTON (AP) – Playing its first game this season as a ranked team, Georgetown held Howard scoreless for nearly 10 minutes at the start then staved off a strong comeback bid.
Freshman Otto Porter scored 13 points for the Hoyas (8-1).
SAINT JOE’S 80,
NO. 19 CREIGHTON 71
PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Carl Jones scored 29 points, Ronald Roberts and Langston Galloway each had 12, and Saint Joseph’s spoiled Creighton’s first week in the Top 25 in five years.
Doug McDermott had 26 points and 10 rebounds for the Bluejays (7-1), who opened 7-0 to make the AP Top 25 for the first time since the first two weeks of the 2006-07 season.
NO. 20 MICHIGAN 90,
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) – Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 18 of his 21 points in the second half and Evan Smotrycz had a career-high 20 points and nine rebounds for Michigan.
NO. 22 TEXAS A&M 67, LOUISIANA-MONROE 54
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) – Khris Middleton returned to the lineup after missing the previous seven games with a torn meniscus in his right knee and scored 24 points to lead A&M.
MICHIGAN ST. 74,
NO. 23 GONZAGA 67
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) – Draymond Green scored a career-high 34 points to lead Michigan State.
David Stockton had a career best with 19 points to lead Gonzaga (5-2). Robert Sacre had 16 points and freshman Gary Bell Jr. added 13. This was Gonzaga’s second consecutive loss to a Big Ten opponent.
NO. 25 HARVARD 76, BOSTON UNIVERSITY 52
BOSTON (AP) – Kyle Casey had 20 points and nine rebounds to lead Harvard.