Oklahoma State 79, No. 2 Missouri 72
Freshman swingman Le’Bryan Nash scored a career-high 27 points, Brian Williams added a career-best 22 and host Oklahoma State knocked off Missouri. Nash, a McDonald’s All-American, scored 13 points during a 17-4 burst that sent the Cowboys into the lead in the final 4 minutes and the Tigers (18-2, 5-2 Big 12) didn’t have a response.
Nash hit a jumper and a 3-pointer to get it going, then nailed another 3 from the left side to give the Cowboys (10-10, 3-4) a 65-64 lead with 3:23 to play. He connected on another 29 seconds later and ran to the opposite end of the court when Missouri called timeout to encourage a student section that was already hopping up and down to bring it on. When the clock hit zero, the students rushed the court and huddled around Oklahoma State’s players at midcourt.
No. 8 Duke 74, Maryland 61
Mason Plumlee scored 23 points, and visiting Duke averted its first losing streak of the season. The Blue Devils trailed 47-46 with 12:54 left but outscored Maryland 28-14 the rest of the way. Ryan Kelly had 14 points and Austin Rivers contributed 10 for Duke (17-3, 5-1 ACC). Terrell Stoglin scored 16 for the Terrapins (12-7, 2-3).
No. 15 Creighton 77, Drake 69
Doug McDermott scored 30 points and Creighton held off Drake for its sixth consecutive road win. Jahenns Manigat added 15 for the Bluejays (19-2, 9-1 MVC), who have the program’s longest road winning streak in 37 years.
Creighton let a 15-point lead dwindle to two early in the second half. But McDermott helped keep the Bulldogs from getting any closer, scoring 10 points in a row late in the half. Rayvonte Rice had 23 points and 11 rebounds to lead Drake (12-9, 5-5).
No. 18 Mississippi State 76, Louisiana State 71
Arnett Moultrie scored 28 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for his 12th double-double of the season and host Mississippi State (17-4, 4-2 SEC) held off a late LSU (17-4, 4-2) charge to win. Moultrie had 19 points in the second half as the Bulldogs built on a 32-31 halftime lead. The Tigers hit four 3-pointers late to pull within 72-71 with 12.9 seconds left, but could not grab the lead.
No. 22 Kansas State 69, Texas Tech 47
Martavious Irving scored 16 points and Rodney McGruder had 13 to lead visiting Kansas State (15-4, 4-3 Big 12) over Texas Tech (7-12, 0-7). Kansas State pressed on defense, making it difficult for Texas Tech to find passing lanes. That led to a season-high 25 turnovers for the Red Raiders.
No. 23 Florida State 75, Wake Forest 52
Michael Snaer scored 18 points and visiting Florida State beat Wake Forest. Okaro White added 11 points, Xavier Gibson had 10 and Snaer hit four 3-pointers to help the Seminoles (14-6, 5-1) win their fifth consecutive ACC game. C.J. Harris scored 16 points to lead Wake Forest (11-9, 2-4).
No. 10 Michigan State 68, Minnesota 52
Draymond Green had 22 points, 14 rebounds and six assists and freshman Branden Dawson added 16 points to help host Michigan State give coach Tom Izzo his 400th win. The Spartans (17-4, 6-2) moved into a first-place tie in the Big Ten with their second consecutive win after losing two in a row. The Golden Gophers (15-6, 3-5) had won three in a row.
Bowling Green 71, Central Michigan 58
A’uston Calhoun had 14 points and 11 rebounds to lead host Bowling Green over Central Michigan. Scott Thomas and Jordon Crawford added 14 apiece and Dee Brown 12 for the Falcons (9-10, 3-3), who sent the Chippewas to their fourth loss in a row. The Chippewas (7-12, 2-4) led 12-9 when the Falcons used an 8-1 run to take a lead they never relinquished.
Toledo 63, Miami 61
Toledo scored eight consecutive points to break a 37-37 tie and take a 45-37 lead midway through the second and held on to beat host Miami (5-13, 1-5). Guard Rian Pearson scored 23 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to spark the Rockets (10-10, 2-4).
Ohio University 56, Western Michigan 51
D.J. Cooper scored a game-high 18 points to lead the host Ohio Bobcats (16-4, 4-2) over Western Michigan (9-11, 3-3).