Today is Tuesday, January 23, 2018.
College Basketball Scores
|Tuesday, January 23, 2018|
|Men's College Basketball|
|William Jewell||vs.||UMKC||7:00 (EST)|
|Ball State||vs.||Kent State||7:00 (EST)|
|Vanderbilt||vs.||Tennessee||7:00 (EST) Preview|
No. 22 Tennessee seeks regular-season sweep vs.Vandy
Monday, January 22 at 10:13 PM (EST)
The last time Tennessee's Grant Williams faced Vanderbilt, the sophomore forward poured in a career-high 37 points in a 92-84 win.
Williams and the 22nd-ranked Volunteers get another crack at the Commodores on Tuesday at Thompson-Boiling Arena in Knoxville, Tenn.
Tennessee (13-5, 4-3 SEC) bounced back from a road loss against Missouri with a strong showing in a win at South Carolina on Saturday. Sophomore guard Lamonte Turner scored 25 points and Williams added 14 points for the Volunteers, who have won four of five overall.
"We'll have our hands full with their physicality and their aggressiveness," Vanderbilt coach Bryce Drew said of Tennessee.
Vanderbilt (7-12, 2-5 SEC) snapped a four-game losing streak with a 77-71 win over LSU on Saturday. Riley LaChance scored 26 points and Jeff Roberson finished with 20 points for the Commodores, who shot 51 percent from the floor.
"They've got shooters," Tennessee coach Rick Barnes said of Vanderbilt on Monday. "They run good actions, get movement, and get into it."
Vanderbilt is winless on the road this season (0-5) but has had success at Tennessee. The Commodores have won their last three trips to Knoxville, but they will need to find an answer for Williams and Admiral Schofield on the inside to have any chance at making it four in a row.
"You look at Williams and Schofield and they're just naturally gifted, physical athletes," Drew said. "I think if they were playing football or any type of sport, they would seek out contact.
"They move their feet well enough that they can play with contact, get the ball, get to spots on the floor. And they play much bigger than their size because of their strength."
Williams and Schofield dominated in the paint, combing for 59 points and 16 rebounds in the Vols' 92-84 win at Vanderbilt on Jan. 10. The Commodores threw a variety of double teams and different defensive looks at the Tennessee big men, but nothing seemed to work, especially in the second half."
Barnes is expecting Vanderbilt to again come at Williams with consistent double teams.
"I think they'll continue to double team him at times," Barnes said. "I can see them playing more zone and things like that. ... We expect them to make a lot of adjustments."
A second straight big performance from Turner would be a good sign for the Vols. Barnes has been harping on getting more production from players other than Williams and Schofield.
Turner answered the challenge against South Carolina, but still has to prove he's capable of playing under control and making good decisions in back-to-back games.
"I thought (Turner) went into the South Carolina game with a different mindset," Barnes said. "He has a tendency, and I told him this yesterday about this game, that every time he has a big scoring game, he comes back and thinks that's what he has to do every game, and he ends up getting himself back to the bench."
With a win, Tennessee would claim its first regular-season sweep over Vanderbilt since 2012-13.
|Oklahoma State||vs.||Texas Tech||7:00 (EST) Preview|
Oklahoma State shoots for another upset at No. 14 Texas Tech
Monday, January 22 at 10:00 PM (EST)
A team like Oklahoma State can build a decent NCAA Tournament resume pretty quickly in the Big 12 Conference.
The Cowboys (13-6, 3-4 Big 12) claimed a major bullet-point victory by defeating then-No. 4 Oklahoma 83-81 in overtime on Saturday in Stillwater, Okla. Now, Oklahoma State gets a chance to validate the home win by going on the road against No. 14 Texas Tech on Tuesday.
Cowboys first-year coach Mike Boynton knows it won't be an easy task, but it's also crucial that his team pick up a few Big 12 road wins. So far, Oklahoma State has lost at Oklahoma, Kansas State and Baylor in its three ventures outside Stillwater.
"We haven't figured out this road thing yet," Boynton said in the postgame press conference after the win over the Sooners. "We don't get to play any NCAA Tournament games in this building unfortunately. So we've got to prove that we're capable and find a way to win on the road."
Meanwhile, Texas Tech (15-4, 4-3) discovered last week just how fast a team can be knocked off its pedestal in the Big 12. The Red Raiders lost road games at Texas by nine points and Iowa State by 18.
Texas Tech came out hot to start the second half against Iowa State and erased an eight-point deficit in less than four minutes. The Red Raiders used a 10-1 run to take a 35-34 lead with 16:33 left. But the Cyclones punched back with a 23-5 surge that helped them seal the win.
"Iowa State could beat a lot of people in college basketball the way they played tonight," Texas Tech coach Chris Beard said in the postgame press conference. "They shared the ball, they defended, they played spirited. And when we gave them our best punch in the second half, they got back up.
"That's what I'm really looking forward to with our team. Can we respond to this adversity?"
Texas Tech struggled on offense in its losses to the Longhorns and Cyclones and shot below 40 percent in both games. Leading scorer Keenan Evans, who averages 16.6 points, had a combined 18 points in the losses.
The Red Raiders are playing without starting forward Zach Smith, who suffered a broken bone in his right foot early in conference play and will be out indefinitely. But Texas Tech got a player back as freshman forward Malik Ondigo scored six points and grabbed four rebounds in 18 minutes. Followers of the Red Raiders program were starting to figure Ondigo would get a medical redshirt this season, but that wasn't Beard's intention. Ondigo was able go through a couple of full practices before playing against Iowa State.
"(Ondigo is) going to be a big part of what we do," Beard said. "He's going to play in every half the rest of the season. He's a guy that we have a lot of confidence in."
Oklahoma State guard Kendall Smith came off the bench to score 20 points and gave the Cowboys a huge boost in their victory over Oklahoma. Oklahoma State likely needs Smith, a graduate transfer from Cal State Northridge, to be a consistent scorer to continue building their NCAA Tournament resume.
Before the win over the Sooners, Smith managed a total of four points in the previous two games.
|Eastern Michigan||vs.||Buffalo||7:00 (EST)|
|Kansas||vs.||Oklahoma||7:00 (EST) Preview|
No. 12 Oklahoma, Young host No. 5 Kansas in showdown
Monday, January 22 at 9:52 PM (EST)
NORMAN, Okla. -- Bill Self's sales pitch to Trae Young was enticing.
Self explained to Young what he planned to do with his offense if Young decided to join Self at Kansas.
The pitch from Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger, though, was a bit more enticing -- stay home, be the focus of the Sooners' offense from the get-go and help rebuild a program rather than helping a powerful program reload.
Young wound up choosing Oklahoma over Kansas, saying the call to Self to let him know of his decision was the hardest he has had to make.
Entering Tuesday's game in Norman between the No. 12 Sooners and No. 5 Jayhawks, it's Young who provides the star power.
While Kansas (16-3, 6-1 Big 12) might not have the sure-fire lottery picks that have dotted their roster in recent years, the Jayhawks still are in control of the Big 12. They've put themselves in position to claim a 14th consecutive regular-season conference title with a two-game lead.
They've done it with a lineup lead by point guard Devonte' Graham, whose numbers aren't as flashy as Young's 30-plus-points, nearly 10-assist per game average but still makes Kansas go.
Self said he has to be cognizant of Graham wearing down in a game, because not only does Graham make the Jayhawks go offensively, both in scoring himself and creating for his teammates, but he's also Kansas' best defender and figures to draw the assignment of slowing Young most of the game.
"I do think he loves these challenges," Self said. "But I also know that with as much as we're asking him to do playing 36 minutes and having to defend the leading scorer in the country and everything else, that's tiring, and to still try to get 20 yourself. It'd be nice if somebody else would step and certainly relieve some of that load. But he does love these opportunities, there's no question."
For Young, there's not much time to get caught up in the hype of playing Kansas or any other storylines other than snapping out of the recent two-game funk the Sooners have been in.
Oklahoma is coming off an overtime loss at Oklahoma State despite Young scoring 48 points in that game, giving the Sooners their first two-game losing streak of the season.
Young continues to work to find the right balance of aggressiveness versus efficiency.
Kruger said he wants Young to keep his aggressiveness, though he wants him to avoid careless turnovers and be sure to get his teammates involved. While Young leads the nation in assists, his numbers have sagged slightly of late.
"That's something I looked at the past few games," Young said. "I'm going to be playing a little different from now on. Nothing major. I feel like we're, what, 14-4? That's not a bad record. Just playing a little different. There were some reads that I could've made that I didn't make. I've just got to get better."
|Miami (OH)||vs.||Central Michigan||7:00 (EST)|
|Toledo||vs.||Western Michigan||7:00 (EST)|
|Clemson||vs.||Virginia||7:00 (EST) Preview|
No. 2 Virginia aims to continue streaking vs. No. 18 Clemson
Monday, January 22 at 9:54 PM (EST)
After dispatching Wake Forest 59-49 on Sunday night for a 10th straight win, No. 2 Virginia returns home to face No. 18 Clemson on Tuesday night in a pivotal Atlantic Coast Conference showdown.
Virginia (18-1, 7-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) currently holds a two-game lead over Clemson (16-3, 5-2) and owns a six-game winning streak over the Tigers.
Clemson will be the first of two straight ranked opponents the Cavaliers will face ahead of their Saturday showdown with No. 4 Duke.
The Cavaliers are perfect at John Paul Jones Arena this season (12-0) and will face a Clemson squad that wrapped up the weekend with a positive, but a big negative.
Clemson knocked off Notre Dame 67-58 to notch its fifth conference win but lost a big part of the team in the process. Senior forward Donte Grantham suffered a season-ending torn ACL in the second half and he will now have to watch the rest of his final season from the sideline.
"I'm disappointed that Donte's career at Clemson had to end this way," coach Brad Brownell said in a statement. "He was putting together a terrific season statistically, but he really helps this team in so many ways."
Grantham was Clemson's second-leading scorer and rebounder, averaging 14.2 points and 6.9 rebounds per game.
Virginia overcame a two-point halftime deficit in which it scored its fewest points in a half this season (22) against Wake Forest on Sunday, to pull away for a 10-point win. Wake Forest became the ninth Virginia opponent to be held below 50 points.
"In the second half, we got loose a little bit in that zone and got some clean looks," Virginia coach Tony Bennett said. "I think, to be in that spot (in a tight game) ... this is good. ... Can we dig a little deeper? And I thought our guys did a solid job."
The Cavaliers will get a reprieve at home after playing their last two games on the road in the midst of a stretch where five of seven games are away from Charlottesville.
Clemson is the conference's third-stingiest defense behind just Miami and Virginia, allowing just over 65 points per game this season. In Grantham's absence, the Tigers will need to find offense from someone else as they now have just four players that average above four points per game.
The Cavaliers continue to spread the wealth on offense as they currently boast just two players averaging in double figures, but there are seven players that average at least five points per game. Sophomore guard Kyle Guy scored 17 points to lead Virginia over Wake Forest.
Virginia owns a 74-52 advantage in the series between the teams, including a 6-1 mark at home. The Cavaliers have won eight of the last 10 meetings but face a Clemson squad with their highest ever ranking heading into John Paul Jones Arena.
|Missouri State||vs.||Bradley||8:00 (EST)|
|Bowling Green||vs.||Northern Illinois||8:00 (EST)|
|East Texas Baptist||vs.||Oral Roberts||8:00 (EST)|
|Creighton||vs.||St. John's||8:30 (EST)|
|Alabama||vs.||Ole Miss||8:30 (EST)|
|Texas A&M||vs.||LSU||9:00 (EST)|
|Duke||vs.||Wake Forest||9:00 (EST) Preview|
Wake Forest aims for upset in rematch with No. 4 Duke
Monday, January 22 at 9:42 PM (EST)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Wake Forest ought to be used to this by now.
The Demon Deacons have a second meeting with fourth-ranked Duke in an 11-day span on Tuesday night at Joel Coliseum.
"It helps in terms of preparation for the staff, so there has only been a handful of games in between since we played," Wake Forest coach Danny Manning said Monday. "Kind of had a feel for what they like to do the first time you played them. It gives you a little better chance to have a book on them on what they want to do."
Of course, for Wake Forest it's a matter of changing the script. Duke won that Jan. 13 game 89-71 at home.
Duke (17-2, 5-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) will be playing its second game in a row against a team it has already defeated this season.
"That's one thing we've got to get out of our system -- assumption," Blue Devils forward Wendell Carter Jr. said. "We play Wake Forest on Tuesday. We played a really good game against them (in the first meeting), but we cannot assume. We've just got to come out and play our game."
The Blue Devils own a four-game winning streak, with three victories by 18 or more points.
"When things are going well, that's the point when you need to lock in even more because teams will be gunning for us," Duke senior Grayson Allen said. "We'll have a very tough next game, and we can't overlook anybody or get satisfied. We've got to keep going and keep realizing that we need to get a lot better."
Wake Forest (8-11, 1-6), which has a five-game losing streak, is coming off a 59-49 home loss to Virginia on Sunday night. So, this makes it two games against top-four teams in a three-night span.
"In the second half, we didn't provide enough resistance to come away with a win," Manning said of the Virginia game.
But perhaps the Demon Deacons gained some confidence.
"We did some good things against the No. 2 team in the country," Wake Forest center Doral Moore said. "We have a good base. We just have to clean up some things."
Wake Forest guard Brandon Childress said the team will have to change gears, expecting a much faster pace from Duke than against more deliberate Virginia.
Wake Forest has played strong home games against Duke in recent seasons. Last year, the Blue Devils rallied to win on Luke Kennard's shot in Winston-Salem.
"We're looking for a win," Manning said. "We don't want a close game. We want a win."
A sellout crowd could be on hand Tuesday night.
"So the energy is going to be there," Childress said.
Duke has scored 80 or more points in 15 consecutive games, marking the longest such streak for an ACC team since North Carolina's 16 in a row during the 2007-08 season.
Wake Forest's post players fell into foul trouble in the first meeting, in part because of the strength on the inside displayed by Duke freshmen Marvin Bagley III and Carter.
"They have threats from all over the court," Manning said. "Bagley and Carter give them a different dimension than what they've had."
Bagley and Carter are coming off the first game this season (an 81-54 rout of Pittsburgh) in which they both reached 20 points in the same game.
|Mississippi State||vs.||Kentucky||9:00 (EST)|
|VCU||vs.||Saint Louis||9:00 (EST)|
|William Jessup||vs.||Grand Canyon||9:00 (EST)|
|UNLV||vs.||Fresno State||11:00 (EST)|
|Providence||vs.||Villanova||6:30 (EST) Preview|
Top-ranked Villanova returns to Big East play vs. Providence
Monday, January 22 at 7:53 PM (EST)
PHILADELPHIA -- The top-ranked Villanova Wildcats completed their non-conference schedule with a perfect 13-0 record.
The Wildcats (18-1, 5-1) will look to continue their stellar play with a return to Big East action as they will host Providence (14-6, 5-2) Tuesday at the Wells Fargo Center.
Jalen Brunson scored 23 points, Donte DiVincenzo added 17 and Villanova blitzed Connecticut 81-61 Saturday at the XL Center.
Villanova bolted to a 39-18 halftime advantage and dominated the Huskies on the boards by a wide 48-32 margin.
"The mentality is to stay confident and keep shooting," Brunson told reporters. "The guys did a great job inside rebounding and kicking it back out to us."
The Wildcats are so talented and can beat teams in a variety of ways. Even though they shot just 37 percent in the first half, the huge rebounding advantage awarded them extra shots.
In the second half, Villanova started making more shots and the rout was on.
"I thought the key to the game for us was our rebounding," Villanova head coach Jay Wright told reporters. "We haven't been doing that well until recently and I thought it created a lot of second and third shots when we weren't making shots early."
Villanova wound up shooting 15 of 40 from beyond the arc as Brunson led the way with a 5-for-11 performance. This was the eighth time in the last nine games that Villanova hit at least 10 3-pointers.
"It was nice to play well here and rebounding like that was big for us," Wright said. "We're getting better."
The Wildcats have won the last five meetings against Providence including both games last season. Wright is 20-8 all-time against Providence.
Providence (14-6, 5-2) captured its fourth straight win Saturday following an impressive 85-71 victory over visiting Creighton.
Alpha Diallo led the way with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Kyron Cartwright added 20 points and seven assists, Isaiah Jackson contributed 11 points and Rodney Bullock had 10.
"Creighton didn't shoot the ball like they normally do and hopefully that was because our defense was just OK," Providence coach Ed Cooley told the Providence Journal. "The whole emphasis was trying to take away their 3s. It's all predicated on how you guard the ball screen."
Diallo was the difference in this game and that's exactly what the Friars are hoping for when they visit Villanova.
"Coach tells me I'm a mismatch nightmare," Diallo told the Journal. "Playing against different defenders I can put smaller guys in the post or, if they're bigger, slower guys, I can drive and take them off the dribble."
Providence holds a 2-14 mark in program history against the No. 1-ranked team. The last time the Friars played a top-ranked team on the road came when Villanova defeated them 78-68 at the Wells Fargo Center a year ago.
Providence has been hampered by injuries all season. Senior forward Emmitt Holt is already out for the season with an abdominal injury. Freshman center Dajour Dickens hurt his back and has missed the last 16 games. Sophomore guard Maliek White suffered a leg injury in a win over Brown on Dec. 6. White missed 10 games but returned play against Creighton.
|Monday, January 22, 2018|
|Men's College Basketball|
|Holy Cross||60||vs.||57||American University||Recap|
Floyd, Grandison's late FTs help Holy Cross beat American
Monday, January 22 at 9:23 PM (EST)
WASHINGTON (AP) Jehyve Floyd had career highs with 22 points and six blocks and Jacob Grandison hit two free throws with 13.4 seconds left to help Holy Cross beat American 60-57 on Monday night.
Floyd shot 10 of 13 from the field. Caleb Green scored 15 points on 6-of-7 shooting and Grandison finished with five points, seven rebounds and five assists for Holy Cross (6-14, 3-6 Patriot League).
Jacob Grandison hit a 3-pointer with 3:04 to play to give Holy Cross a 57-55 lead and the teams combined to go 0 for 6 from the field from there. After American missed two clean looks from 3, Floyd made 1 of 2 free throws, but Larry Motuzis answered with two foul shots to trim the deficit to 58-57 with 1:42 left. Grandison's free throws capped the scoring.
Sam Iorio led American (5-15, 2-7) with 19 points and Motuzis added 17. Sa'eed Nelson had 11 points, eight assists and four of the Eagles' 13 steals.
Holy Cross overcame a season-high 19 turnovers by shooting a season-best 59.5 percent (22 of 37) from the field and outrebounding American 31-19. The Eagles came in averaging 29.6 rebounds per game.
Bamba's 24 points lead Texas over Iowa State 73-57
By JIM VERTUNO - AP Sports Writer
Monday, January 22 at 10:27 PM (EST)
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Mo Bamba was mad when he ripped down a rebound and went back for a two-handed dunk punctuated by a yell and a fist pump.
Mad about getting blocked a minute earlier, and still mad about a humiliating loss at No. 7 West Virginia two days earlier.
''Our motto coming into this was, `Somebody has to pay for it,''' the Longhorns freshman forward said. ''Unfortunately for Iowa State, it was them.''
Bamba scored a season-high 24 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as the Longhorns bounced back from the blowout defeat with a steady 73-57 win over Iowa State on Monday night. Texas led the entire way after a quick start, then shut the door defensively in the final three minutes to snuff out any hopes of a Cyclones rally.
Texas (13-7, 4-4) needed the victory in a big way. The 35-point loss at West Virginia was the worst of coach Shaka Smart's career. Another loss Monday night could have put the Longhorns back on the bottom of the Big 12, where they finished last season.
At 6-foot-11 with long arms and quick hands, Bamba has been a force under the basket on both ends of the court. The nation's second-leading shot blocker had three more against the Cyclones, had two steals, and even stepped out to make two 3-pointers, a season high.
Kerwin Roach II added 22 points for Texas. Roach made four 3-pointers and teamed with Bamba with assists on a layup and dunk early to spark the Longhorns' offense.
''It carried over through the whole game,'' Roach said. ''We kept the lead and coach emphasized coming out to a good start.''
Texas led by nine at halftime and stretched it to 13 early in the second. The Cyclones rallied to get within seven before the Longhorns went to Bamba for a layup and Dylan Osetkowski tipped away a pass to start a fast break that Roach finished for a 47-36 Texas lead.
Cameron Lard had 12 points and 12 rebounds to lead Iowa State (11-8, 2-6).
Iowa State: The Cyclones' growing pains continue. After knocking off No. 14 Texas Tech at home in their biggest win of the season, any confidence left from that victory disappeared quickly under Roach's early long-range shooting and the dominant presence of Bamba underneath. The Cyclones are 0-4 on the road in the Big 12.
''I'm frustrated right now. I'm disappointed,'' Iowa State coach Steve Prohm said. ''We've just got to find a way to play better on the road.
Texas: The Longhorns have had their own road struggles but have been dynamite at home of late. In a span of 12 days, they have two wins on their home court against ranked teams and, despite a paltry crowd Monday night, came out as the aggressor against Iowa State. Texas won't go back on the road in the Big 12 until Jan. 31 at Texas Tech.
Texas hosts Mississippi from the SEC on Saturday.
''We're getting a bit of a break from the league when we know going into the last five weeks there are going to be a ton of battles,'' Smart said.
The Longhorns came in as the worst 3-point shooting team in the Big 12 at 30 percent, but seemed determined to change that in a hurry. Roach made his first three 3-pointers in the first three minutes, Bamba stepped out to hit his eighth of the season moments later. Roach would make four in the game and Texas went 8 of 20 from long range.
''We don't even tell our guys anymore a guy can't shoot,'' Proh said. ''Every time we do, they have a career night from three ... That got them off to a great start tonight and that's not really their game.''
Both teams struggled to score in the final minutes. Texas only made one field goal over the final 6:25 and that was a giveaway layup with 7 seconds left. Iowa State didn't score over the final 4:10 after cutting the Texas lead to eight.
The Cyclones' last chance died when Lard was whistled for traveling when Iowa State thought he had made a basket over Bamba and drawn a foul. On the next possession, Lindell Wigginton missed a contested layup and Bamba snagged the rebound with 1:56 left.
''I told our guys we've got to attack on offense, but if they don't score, we're going to win,'' Smart said. ''We were up eight and they didn't.''
Iowa State hosts No.22 Tennessee on Saturday
Texas hosts Mississippi on Saturday
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|North Carolina||69||vs.||80||Virginia Tech||Recap|
Robinson's 19 lead Hokies past No. 10 UNC, 80-69
By HANK KURZ Jr. - AP Sports Writer
Monday, January 22 at 10:29 PM (EST)
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) Kerry Blackshear Jr. called Virginia Tech's game against No. 10 North Carolina a "really big character test," coming on the heels of a loss at home against Florida State.
That was a game, Blackshear said, in which the Hokies "really didn't just come to play."
They passed this test with flying colors.
Justin Robinson scored 19 points, Ahmed Hill had 18 and the Hokies pulled away in the second half to beat the Tar Heels 80-69 on Monday night.
Blackshear added 16 points for Virginia Tech (14-6, 3-4 Atlantic Coast Conference), which used a 13-3 run after the Tar Heels closed to within three to open a 64-51 advantage with just under eight minutes remaining. UNC never got closer than eight again.
"Today was big for us," Robinson said. "It was a good response."
Hill scored the first seven points in the decisive burst and said the Hokies proved they can play defense when they focus on it.
"Once we do what the coaches want and what their plan is, we're a great team," he said.
It was that defense, Blackshear said, that sparked the run.
"We just tried to grind it out. We felt like we had some good possessions. Shots weren't falling, but that's OK," he said. "We just tried to base our momentum on stops and we got a few stops that allowed us to get a couple of transition baskets, allowed us to let our offense start flowing and I felt like we did a good job of just building on both ends of the floor."
Joel Berry and Luke Maye scored 23 points each for the Tar Heels (16-5, 5-3). North Carolina turned the ball over 13 times to Virginia Tech's nine, and Virginia Tech outscored them 11-2 off those mistakes.
"We have some issues and that's my responsibility," coach Roy Williams said. "I used to say I shouldn't have to coach effort and intensity but I'm trying to coach that and not doing a very good job at it. It's frustrating."
The Hokies ended the first half on a 15-2 run to lead 39-32 at the break. Back-to-back 3-pointers by Berry sparked the Tar Heels early in the second half, and they closed to 51-48 with 12:11 to play. Hill's 3-pointer - one of 12 for the Hokies - then started his personal 7-0 run.
As the final horn sounded, fans that had been chanting "just like football" streamed onto the court.
North Carolina: The Tar Heels like to play at a fast pace, but were not as adept at getting back on defense against the Hokies, who scored numerous baskets before 10 seconds had come off the shot clock.
Virginia Tech: The Hokies are second nationally in field goal percentage at .521, and while they came up short of that against the Tar Heels (30 of 63, 47.6 percent), they outscored North Carolina 32-26 in the paint and outrebounded them 36-35. The Hokies finished with five players with at least five rebounds and had seven different players make at least one 3-pointer.
The Tar Heels return home to face North Carolina State on Saturday.
Virginia Tech travels to South Bend, Indiana to face Notre Dame on Saturday.
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Hoosiers make late run hold up with 71-68 win over Maryland
By MICHAEL MAROT - AP Sports Writer
Monday, January 22 at 10:31 PM (EST)
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) Juwan Morgan spent most of the weekend getting treatment on his injured right ankle and hoping he could play Monday night.
He did more than the Indiana Hoosiers could have expected.
Morgan was back to being his old self. After missing the final 22 minutes Friday, he scored 25 points, grabbed five rebounds, dished out four assists, blocked two shots and accounted for all but four points in the decisive run to lead Indiana past Maryland 71-68.
''It was the least I could do for my team,'' Morgan said. ''The way they were just going at it in practice and just giving it their all, it was the least I could do. And I just went out there and showed what I could do.''
Regardless of the circumstances.
He played 36 minutes, was 10 of 18 from the field and was the only Indiana player to shoot better than 50 percent from the free-throw line (5 of 7). And he almost single-handedly rallied the Hoosiers with a closing 14-6 run that erased the Terrapins' five-point lead.
The result: Indiana (12-8, 5-3) won for the fourth time in five games overall and earned its fifth straight win at Assembly Hall.
''We were just sort of waiting for him (Morgan) in the first half to see if he could find his way through the game,'' coach Archie Miller said. ''You turn your ankle and a lot of guys handle it different ways. I think Juwan kind of played through the adrenaline tonight.''
But Morgan got plenty of help, too.
Robert Johnson finished with 12 points and eight rebounds, Justin Smith added 12 points and Indiana's stingy defense allowed only three baskets in the final 6:02.
It was barely enough.
Anthony Cowan Jr. scored 18 points and Kevin Huerter had 16 points and 11 rebounds to lead Maryland (15-7, 4-5), which hasn't won a conference road game since Dec. 3 at Illinois. Cowan had a chance to tie the score with six seconds left but it bounced off the rim.
Huerter could have tied with a half-court heave but the refs waved it off, ruling the shot came after the buzzer. It was an air ball anyway.
''We competed our tails off there in a tough environment,'' coach Mark Turgeon said. ''We had a stretch there where we couldn't score but we never stopped trying. Just got play a little bit better. They were great defensively.''
They also had a 62-57 lead with 4:53 to play.
But they couldn't close it out.
Morgan's layup and three-point play tied the score, Johnson's layup made it 64-62 with 3:15 left and Morgan made sure the Terrapins never led again.
Maryland: The Terrapins are going down a tough road. After losing in the final second last Monday at Michigan and now blowing a five-point lead in the final five minutes at Indiana, Maryland has lost four straight conference road games. To make a late-season push, Turgeon's team needs to find a knockout punch.
Indiana: The Hoosiers continue to steadily improve this season, and this one typified just how much progress they've made. At times, the Hoosiers' defense confounded Maryland. And when the Terrapins started making shots, the Hoosiers had an answer each time. It kept the game close enough that a strong finish put them over the top.
Maryland: Freshman Bruno Fernando did not the play the final 15 minutes after spraining his right ankle. Turgeon did not have an immediate update after the game.... The Terrapins were 4 of 13 on 3-pointers in the second half after starting 5 of 10. ... Maryland outscored Indiana 16-2 on second-chance points, 26-10 off the bench. It also had a 39-28 rebounding edge.
Indiana: Zach McRoberts had seven points, four rebounds, three steals and three assists. ... The Hoosiers shot 56.3 percent in the first half but only led 42-39 at halftime. ... Indiana wound up with 10 steals and went 9 of 16 from the free-throw line. ...The Hoosiers forced 18 turnovers and a 40-22 scoring advantage in the paint and a 20-14 edge in points off turnovers.
THE LAST WORD
''It's a tough year for us. We just have to keep battling,'' Turgeon said. ''We're getting better. We just weren't good enough tonight offensively on our execution to win this game.''
Maryland: Hosts No. 6 Michigan State on Sunday.
Indiana: Travels to Illinois on Wednesday.
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|North Carolina Central||63||vs.||60||Maryland Eastern Shore||Recap|
Gardner Jr. hits 4 3s, scores 19; NC Central beat UMES 63-60
Monday, January 22 at 10:21 PM (EST)
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. (AP) Reggie Gardner Jr. scored 19 points, including four 3-pointers, and Raasean Davis added 16 points on 7-of-10 shooting to help North Carolina Central slip past Maryland-Eastern Shore 63-60 on Monday night.
Freshman Jordan Perkins had nine points, six rebounds and nine assists for NCCU (11-9, 5-1 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference). The Eagles have won 12 in a row against Eastern Shore (5-17, 1-5).
Gardner hit a 3 and Larry McKnight Jr. made two free throws to give N.C. Central a 59-55 lead with two minutes to play. Logan McIntosh connected with Miryne Thomas for an alley-oop dunk that pulled the Hawks within two points but Pablo Rivas answered with a layup that made it 61-57 with 49 seconds remaining. Perkins and Gardner each made 1 of 2 free throws from there to seal it.
McIntosh led Eastern Shore with a career-high 26 points on 8-of-12 shooting. Thomas added 14 points and 11 rebounds and Cameron Bacote scored 11 points.
The Hawks, who made just 20-of-68 field-goal attempts, have lost five in a row.
NCCU shot 60 percent (12 of 12) in the second half and finished with 20 assists on 22 field goals.
Bates-Diop scores 20 as No. 13 Buckeyes slip past Nebraska
By MITCH STACY - AP Sports Writer
Tuesday, January 23 at 12:08 AM (EST)
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Playing its fourth game in eight days, No. 13 Ohio State seemed vulnerable Monday night. Facing a surprising Nebraska team that upset Michigan last week, the Buckeyes were at risk of letting one slip away.
But that didn't happen. Keita Bates-Diop, the Big Ten's top scorer, had 14 of his 20 points in the second half and the surging Buckeyes ground out a 64-59 win over the Cornhuskers for their ninth straight conference victory.
Nebraska (14-8, 5-4 Big Ten), fresh off a 20-point win over then-No. 23 Michigan on Thursday, tied it at 46 with 7:56 left with a 3-pointer from James Palmer Jr., who finished with a career-high 34 points.
The lead changed six times in the next four minutes. A pair of foul shots by Palmer cut Ohio State's lead to four with 2:19 remaining, but the Cornhuskers couldn't pull any closer.
Jae'Sean Tate put the Buckeyes (18-4, 9-0 Big Ten) up by six with a layup with 1:02 left, and a pair of foul shots by Kaleb Wesson stretched it to eight. Palmer hit a 3-pointer with 12 seconds left, but Nebraska ran out of time.
''I think mentally we just stayed together,'' said Tate, who had 17 points. ''There were times you could see we struggled. In the first half, we were getting a little frustrated, but I think we did a great job in the second half, especially later on, coming together and staying together.''
Neither team lit up the scoreboard. Ohio State shot 44 percent to Nebraska's 39 percent.
The secret is out about Bates-Diop, which means he is regularly double-teamed now. That was the case Monday, when the Cornhuskers did a good job of neutralizing him in the first half. Later in the game his teammates figured out how to get him the ball.
''They were doubling me pretty much everywhere,'' he said. ''Every time I drove someone was coming. Besides slipping screens and just moving around a little bit more with the ball, my teammates found me. It was mostly just layups to the basket.''
Nebraska: The surprising Cornhuskers knocked off a ranked team last week and are a better squad than last season with Palmer carrying the load. But they couldn't outlast the gritty Buckeyes, who are on a roll.
''I thought we did a lot of good things defensively,'' Nebraska coach Tim Miles said. ''I was disappointed with our offense in the second half. A game like this you're only going to get so many chances.''
Ohio State: The Buckeyes may have been fatigued after a rugged traveling schedule and three straight games on the road. But they found a rhythm in the second half and locked down another critical Big Ten win over a scrappy team.
Every week seems to bring another pleasant surprise for Ohio State.
By beating Nebraska, the Buckeyes surpassed their win total for all of last season. Earlier in the day, they moved from No. 22 to No. 13 in the AP Top 25, their highest position since 2014.
CARRYING THE LOAD
Palmer was 11 for 18, and 5 for 11 from beyond the 3-point arc. His 34 points led all scorers, and none of his teammates contributed more than five points.
''I'm no rocket scientist, but I'll tell you what - when James is going like that we just keep getting him the ball and get out of his way,'' Miles said. ''James is a special player, and I'm glad he's with us. He's one of those guys who's getting a little better every night out.''
Nebraska: At Rutgers on Wednesday.
Ohio State: Hosts Penn State on Thursday.
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|Hampton||91||vs.||84||South Carolina State||Recap|
Hampton holds off South Carolina State 91-84
Monday, January 22 at 11:20 PM (EST)
ORANGEBURG, S.C. (AP) Jermaine Marrow tied his career high with 31 points and had nine assists to help Hampton beat South Carolina State 91-84 on Monday night.
The Pirates (7-12, 2-2 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) had an 11-2 run to build their largest lead of the game at 72-58 on Malique Trent-Street's layup with 8:28 left in the game. The Bulldogs (7-14, 3-3) cut the deficit to 85-82, but Marrow scored a layup with 56 seconds left to make it a five-point game and Lysander Bracey hit a pair of free throws to make it 89-82 with 25 seconds left.
South Carolina State scored the first nine points of the game and Hampton had a 10-4 run at the end of the period to rally to a 42-37 halftime lead.
Kalin Fisher added 19 points, Akim Mitchell scored 16 and Trent-Street 11 for the Pirates.
Patrell Rogers led the Bulldogs with 19 points. James Richardson added 18 and Damani Applewhite 16.
|Delaware State||47||vs.||61||Morgan State||Recap|
Morgan State hands Delaware State 16th straight loss 61-47
Monday, January 22 at 10:56 PM (EST)
BALTIMORE (AP) Phillip Carr had 13 points and 12 rebounds, Tiwian Kendley added 13 points and Morgan State beat Delaware State 61-47 on Monday night for the Hornets' 16th straight loss.
Kendley's fast-break windmill dunk extended Morgan State's lead to 36-27 with 15:52 to go.
Kyson Rawls nailed an open 3-pointer from the wing in transition to give Morgan State a 48-34 advantage and he added a 3 from the corner at the end of the shot clock to make it 59-41 with three-plus minutes left.
Rawls made three 3-pointers and scored 11 points for Morgan State (8-12, 4-3 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference), which snapped a three-game skid.
Johquin Wiley scored 11 points for Delaware State (2-20, 0-7) in the 97th series meeting. The Hornets were just 16-of-53 shooting (30.2 percent), including 3 of 15 from distance.
|Mississippi Valley State||77||vs.||93||Prairie View A&M||Recap|
Blackston, Hamilton score 26 apiece, PVAMU beats MVSU 93-77
Monday, January 22 at 11:57 PM (EST)
PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas (AP) Gary Blackston and Zachary Hamilton had 26 points apiece and Troy Thompson scored 22 to help Prairie View cruise to a 93-77 win over Mississippi Valley State on Monday night and snap a four-game skid.
The trio combined to make 27 of 44 (61.4 percent) from the field, including 11 of Prairie View's 12 3-pointers.
The Panthers used runs of 12-2 and 13-1 to push the lead into double figures for good before scoring 14 of the final 18 first-half points to take a 53-32 lead into the break. Thompson had 18 points, Blackston scored 15 and Hamilton 13 as PVAMU shot 66.7 percent (18 of 27) from the field.
Jordan Evans, a transfer from Western Texas College, led MVSU (0-20, 0-7) with 30 points, including a career-high six 3-pointers. The junior has made 13 of 18 from 3-point range while scoring 93 points in the last three games, including a 41-point performance in a 78-70 overtime loss to Southern on Jan. 15.
The Delta Devils, who are the only winless team in Division I, have lost 21 in a row dating to last season - the longest active losing streak in DI.
|Central State||vs.||Spring Hill||8:30 (EST)|
Varnado's putback lifts Troy over App State 81-79
Monday, January 22 at 10:59 PM (EST)
TROY, Ala. (AP) Jordon Varnado had 14 points and 10 rebounds on Monday night and scored the winning basket on a putback with 2.7 seconds left to help Troy beat Appalachian State 81-79.
Appalachian State (8-13, 3-5 Sun Belt) erased a 10-point deficit over the final four minutes to tie it at 79-all on Justin Forrest's layup with 9.1 seconds left. Troy's Wesley Person took the inbounds pass near half court and raced to the hoop but his runner was too hard off the glass. B.J. Miller tapped it back toward the goal and Varnado collected it for the putback.
Troy (9-11, 3-4) only had time for a desperation heave in the final seconds.
The Trojans trailed 38-35 at halftime but took control with an 11-6 run to lead 67-59 and extended it to 72-62 with 4:14 left.
Person led Troy with 16 points, Kevin Baker added 14 and Alex Hicks had 12 points, 11 rebounds and five assists.
Ronshad Shabazz had 23 points, Forrest added 15 and O'Showen Williams 11 for Appalachian State.
|Norfolk State||99||vs.||104||Savannah State||Recap|
McClanahan, Savannah State beat Norfolk State 104-99 in OT
Monday, January 22 at 11:41 PM (EST)
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) Dexter McClanahan had a career-high 37 points and Savannah State held off Norfolk State in overtime for a 104-99 win on Monday night.
The Tigers (8-13, 5-1 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) scored the opening basket of overtime and led the rest of the way. McClanahan's free throws with 20 seconds left solidified the lead at 102-97 and Jahir Cabeza punctuated their fourth straight conference win on a dunk with six seconds to go.
Savannah State trailed for the first 14 minutes of the second half and then took its first lead of the half at 76-74 after an 8-0 run. The teams went back and forth for the remainder of regulation with Norfolk State's Alex Long forcing overtime when he tied at 89 with seven seconds to go.
McClanahan finished 7 of 13 from 3-point range and grabbed eight rebounds. Alante Fenner, Austin Dasent, Zach Sellers and Javaris Jenkins added 14 points each.
Nic Thomas had 22 points and Long had 20 to lead the Spartans (4-16, 2-3). Stavian Allen added 15 and Kyle Williams 14.
|Alabama A&M||61||vs.||62||Southern University||Recap|
Sam's late basket lifts Southern over Alabama A&M 62-61
Monday, January 22 at 11:09 PM (EST)
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) Jared Sam shot 8 of 11 from the field and finished with 19 points, including the winning jumper with four seconds left, and Southern slipped past Alabama A&M 62-61 on Monday night.
Sidney Umude added 14 points, on 6-of-9 shooting, and Eddie Reese scored 12 for Southern (8-13, 4-4 Southwestern Athletic Conference).
Marcus Merriweather scored seven points during a 12-4 spurt that gave Alabama A&M (2-18, 2-5) a 59-58 lead when Mohamed Sherif hit a 3-pointer with 69 seconds to play. Torrey Mayo answered with a layup but Julian Walters made two free throws to put the Bulldogs back in front with 14 seconds left. Sam was fouled and missed the front end of a 1-and-1, but Jamar Sandifer grabbed the offensive rebound setting up Sam's winner.
Sherif missed a potential winning 3 at the buzzer.
Merriweather had 16 points and Sherif added career-high tying 14 points and a career-best 14 rebounds for Alabama A&M. The Bulldogs shot 52.9 percent (9 of 17) from the free-throw line.
Southern, which led by 10 points midway through the second half, made 24 of 43 (55.8 percent) from the field.
|Alabama State||64||vs.||81||Alcorn State||Recap|
Mosby, Howard lead Alcorn St. to 81-64 win over Alabama St.
Tuesday, January 23 at 12:35 AM (EST)
LORMAN, Miss. (AP) A.J. Mosby and Maurice Howard combined for 36 points on 14-of-24 shooting to help Alcorn State beat Alabama State 81-64 on Monday night.
Mosby made 7 of 11 from the field and scored 19 points and Howard hit three 3-pointers. Avery Patterson added 11 points and Troymain Crosby scored 10 for Alcorn State (7-14, 3-5 Southwestern Athletic Conference). The Braves have won three of their last four after losing five straight.
Mosby had seven points, two assists and two steals as the Braves took an 18-7 lead about three minutes in. Alabama State (3-16, 3-4), which came in shooting 38.3 percent from the field, shot 10 of 19 (52.6 percent) in the first half but also committed 11 turnovers and trailed 45-38 at the break. Patterson and Tyler Carter hit back-to-back 3-pointers before Mosby made a jumper and two free throws as Alcorn State scored 10 of the first 13 second-half points and the Hornets trailed by double figures the rest of the way.
Reginald Gee scored 19 points and Simeon added a season-high 17 for Alabama State. Gee made 4 of 7 from 3-point range and Simeon hit 5 of 10. In the last three games combined, Gee has made 12 of 19 from deep.
TCU upsets No. 7 WVU 82-73 after falling out of Top 25
By STEPHEN HAWKINS - AP Basketball Writer
Tuesday, January 23 at 1:04 AM (EST)
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) This was the kind of home-court celebration Jamie Dixon envisioned for TCU when he returned to his alma mater less than two years ago.
Students spilled onto the court, some even lifting Dixon into the air, after the Horned Frogs beat No. 7 West Virginia 82-73 on Monday night. Their first home win over a Top 10 team in nearly five years came on the same day they dropped out of the AP Top 25.
''We had lost so many of these, so many opportunities, close games, even the last two years, home games, big crowd, atmosphere,'' Dixon said. ''We've had leads, and we had opportunity, and it just didn't happen for whatever reason.''
Alex Robinson scored 17 points for TCU (15-5, 3-5 Big 12), even with a long 3-pointer at the end of the half taken away by video replay. Desmond Bane scored eight of his 15 points in just over a minute early in the second half to cap a game-changing 23-3 run that spanned the end of the first half and first few minutes after the break.
''We just knew this was a big game. We lost the last one, we didn't play very well,'' said Robinson, who also had nine assists and seven rebounds.
All five West Virginia starters scored in double figures, but the Mountaineers (16-4, 5-3) shot only 33 percent and lost for the third time in four games. Jevon Carter had a team-high 16 points, while Sagaba Konate had 14, Daxter Miles Jr. 12, Lamont West 11 and Wesley Harris 10.
''First half, we stopped them seven consecutive times and we didn't score,'' coach Bob Huggins said. ''It wasn't like we didn't have shots. We had shots. We're just not making any.''
Kouat Noi had 13 points with three 3-pointers for TCU before being ejected because of a flagrant foul with just over 10 minutes left. Vladimir Brodziansky had 14 points, and Kenrich Williams had 14 rebounds.
Bane's quick burst, with two 3-pointers and a heady layup between those long-range shots, pushed TCU ahead 47-34 with 15:28 left. That capped a 12-1 run to start the second half after the Frogs finished the first half on an 11-2 spurt in which Bane made the go-ahead shot.
And that is even with Robinson's long 3 going into the break getting taken off the board after officials determined the ball was still on Robinson's fingertips when the clock hit zero, negating the 35-foot shot and leaving the Frogs' lead at two instead of five.
Robinson and his teammates were already in the locker room when the review took place, and found out it didn't count ''when coach came in and told us.''
West Virginia: The Mountaineers trailed by 20 with 5 1/2 minutes left and made somewhat of a dent in that. But overall, WVU made only 25 of 75 shots - and 7 of 27 on 3-pointers, with Carter going 0 for 6 and Miles 1 for 8 from long range.
''We've got guys that are 2 for their last 15 on 3s, and they're still shooting them,'' Huggins said.
TCU: The Frogs last home win over a Top 10 team was against No. 5 Kansas on Feb. 6, 2013. Their only win over a Top 10 since had been over the then-No. 1 Jayhawks in the Big 12 Tournament last March.
Bane's two-handed slam dunk with 1:15 left in the first half broke a 31-all tie and put TCU ahead to stay. He then made a putback when JD Miller couldn't convert on an alley-oop pass from Robinson, but the ball went right into Bane's hands.
TCU dropped out of the Top 25 after losing five of its first seven Big 12 games, even though those five losses were by a combined 16 points. The Frogs are looking for their first NCAA Tournament berth since 1998. Their last NCAA win was 30 years ago when Dixon was a Frogs guard.
West Virginia is home to play Kentucky in the Big 12/SEC Challenge.
TCU plays the first of consecutive road games Saturday for its Big 12/SEC Challenge matchup at Vanderbilt, the SEC's only team with a losing record.
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Bridges, No. 6 Michigan State hold off Illinois 87-74
Tuesday, January 23 at 12:41 AM (EST)
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) Miles Bridges helped No. 6 Michigan State overcome a game so sloppy, coach Tom Izzo called it ''ridiculous.''
Bridges scored 31 points, Jaren Jackson Jr. had 21 points and 11 rebounds and the Spartans beat Illinois 87-74 on Monday night despite committing 25 turnovers.
It was the most giveaways for Michigan State (18-3, 6-2 Big Ten) since November of 2005 against Arizona, when they had 27 in an overtime win. This was the Spartans' third straight game with 20 or more turnovers, and they've won each game by double digits.
''It was a bit ridiculous what we did out there tonight,'' Izzo said.
Michigan State shot 68.2 percent, which set a record at State Farm Center for an opponent's shooting percentage. Illinois shot 43.1 percent.
Kipper Nichols led Illinois (10-11, 0-8) with a career-high 27 points. Trent Frazier and Leron Black added 13 and 12, respectively.
Michigan State turned the ball over 25 times. It was the third straight game in which the Spartans gave it away more than 20 times and still won by double digits.
Michigan State out-rebounded Illinois 37-15. The Illini didn't record their first rebound until nearly 10 minutes into the game.
''That was a war out there,'' Izzo said. ''We had the most turnovers in a decade and our best field goal percentage in a long time. I know it doesn't add up, but somehow it did for us tonight.''
Illinois coach Brad Underwood, whose team has lost six in a row - all Big Ten games - managed to sound optimistic after his team's effort against an elite team.
''I liked the team I coached out there tonight,'' he said. ''Losing is unacceptable, but we're young and everything is a growing process for us. Baby steps. Continuing to learn. Tonight, I think we ran our best offense of the year, against a team that is ranked first or second in the nation in just about every defensive category.''
Jackson took an elbow to the side of the head late in the first half while fighting for the ball. He was helped off the court and taken to the locker room, but returned to start the second half.
''Jaren is tough,'' Izzo said. ''I think he hit his head, maybe on the floor, and it looked bad for a minute. But when we came off the court at the half, he was waiting for us in the tunnel, ready to go.''
Illinois, playing tight zone defense, was able to stick around in the first half despite Michigan State's height advantage.
With the game close at the beginning of the second half, Illinois went cold, going 1 of 9 from the field. Michigan led by five at the half but jumped to a 48-36 lead after less than five minutes. The game was never close after that.
Bridges was a dunking machine, but his one-handed tip-dunk midway through the second half even left his coach impressed.
''Miles had a blocked shot at one end and ended up with a tip-dunk at the other. He was the man out there tonight,'' Izzo said.
Michigan State travels to Wisconsin for another Big Ten matchup. Wisconsin crushed Illinois by 25 points in Madison, Wisconsin, on Friday. The Spartans then host Maryland on Sunday.
Illinois remains at home against Indiana on Wednesday and Rutgers on Jan. 30.
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Brown scores 34, Kansas State tops Baylor 90-83
Tuesday, January 23 at 12:35 AM (EST)
WACO, Texas (AP) Last week it was Kansas State's Dean Wade pulling down Big 12 and national accolades.
If Barry Brown has another game like he did against Baylor on Monday night, he might grab some of his own.
Brown scored 34 points, Wade added 24 and Kansas State beat Baylor 90-83 for its third straight victory.
''He was great tonight. Whenever he needed a big play he was there,'' Wade said of Brown. ''Even on defense, he made some great plays. When they had their little runs, he was the one that shut the runs off defensively and then came out on offense and started our runs. He was the best player on the court tonight. He played amazing.''
Kansas State (15-5, 5-3 Big 12) tied its highest point total of the season.
The Wildcats made five of their first six 3-point attempts in running out to a 29-13 lead with eight minutes to go in the first half. The Bears got within five points twice late in the first half, but a 16-3 run midway through the second half gave the Wildcats enough of a cushion at 71-52.
''I thought the beginning was really impressive for us on both ends of the court,'' Kansas State coach Bruce Weber said. ''I thought we were really good defensively and disrupted them, took away their stuff. We only had a one-day prep, but we really talked about having to take away their quick-hitters and their sets, and we got some transition, great passing, great ball movement, made shots.''
Baylor (12-8, 2-6) had six players score in double figures, led by Manu Lecomte with 18. Jo Lual-Acuil added 15, and Tristan Clark had 14 points and eight rebounds for the Bears.
''I think we were all embarrassed we didn't have more fight to us tonight, the way we started the first and second half,'' Baylor coach Scott Drew said. ''I don't know if we were tired, the turnaround, whatever. The bottom line is it was unacceptable. You don't get opportunities to go back and redo things. We just need to make sure that doesn't happen again.''
Kansas State's win comes on the heels of a week in which it earned a pair of home victories against ranked teams against then-No. 4 Oklahoma and No. 24 TCU. The Wildcats' win moves them into a tie for second in the Big 12 with No. 7 West Virginia, which lost to TCU on Monday. They are both a game and a half behind No. 5 Kansas.
''It's not just my goal (to win the Big 12), it's everybody on the team's goal, the coaching staff and all of Kansas State nation,'' Brown said. ''We're playing for everyone right now, and I think all the hard work we're putting in is paying off with these games. We've just got to keep the streak rolling.''
Kansas State: The Wildcats average a Big 12-low 11.3 turnovers per game, and they improved upon that mark with 10 miscues. But more importantly, none of those came in live-ball situations until there were 12 seconds remaining. That helped the Wildcats hold Baylor without a fast-break point and made up for a 36-20 deficit on the boards.
Baylor: For the second straight game, the Bears trailed by double digits less than six minutes in and spent the rest of the night trying to get back in it. Unlike in Baylor's road tilt against then-No. 10 Kansas on Saturday, the Bears never got back in this one.
Kansas State returns home for its Big 12-SEC Challenge game against Georgia on Saturday.
Baylor travels to meet Florida in the Big 12-SEC Challenge on Saturday.
Pine Bluff wins in wild finish, 74-72 over Texas Southern
Tuesday, January 23 at 12:22 AM (EST)
HOUSTON (AP) Martaveous McKnight scored five points in the final three seconds to give Arkansas-Pine Bluff a 74-72 win over Texas Southern on Monday night.
The Golden Lions (7-14, 7-0 Southwestern Athletic Conference) remained alone atop the SWAC standings and ended Texas Southern's 27-game home winning streak, the second longest in the nation.
McKnight hit a step-back 3 to tie it 72-all with 2.8 seconds to go and was fouled on the shot. Texas Southern head coach Mike Davis was charged with a technical foul after the play and McKnight made 1 of 2 of the technical foul shots. He then sank his bonus foul shot to complete the 5-point possession. Lamont Walker missed a 3-point attempt for Texas Southern at the buzzer.
Charles Jackson led the Lions with 25 points. McKnight and Trent Steen added 14 apiece.
Derrick Bruce had 25 points and Donte Clark added 21 for the Tigers (4-16, 4-3), who led for almost all of the game's final eight minutes.
Texas Southern was without its leading scorer Demontrae Jefferson (23.2 points per game), who was suspended indefinitely for a violation of time rules.
|Albany State||vs.||Paine||12:00 (EST)|
|Claflin||vs.||Clark Atlanta||12:00 (EST)|