St. John’s 53, No. 14 Cincinnati 52
JaKarr Sampson scored 16 points and D’Angelo Harrison added 15 and St. John’s beat host Cincinnati in yet another close game between the teams.
Cashmere Wright hit two 3-pointers in an 8-0 run that pulled Cincinnati within one with 2:32 left in the game. Wright’s layup with 53 seconds to play gave the Bearcats a 52-51 lead.
Harrison, coming off a career-high 36 points in a loss to Villanova this week, hit a jumper with 29 seconds left to regain the lead for St. John’s.
Cincinnati’s Titus Rubles, who finished with 14 points, squared up with 6 seconds left but missed the jumper. St. John’s pulled down the rebound which forced Cincinnati to foul with 3 seconds left.
No. 1 Duke 80, Wake Forest 62
Ryan Kelly scored a season-high 22 points in host Duke’s rout of Wake Forest. Seth Curry also had 22 points and Quinn Cook had a career-high 14 assists for the Blue Devils (14-0, 1-0), who shot 46 percent in their Atlantic Coast Conference opener and hit 11 3-pointers — including six during the 25-7 first-half run that put them up big.
Travis McKie had 22 points and 11 rebounds for Wake Forest (7-6, 0-1), which had nearly as many turnovers (19) as field goals (23) and had its three-game winning streak snapped.
No. 3 Arizona 60, Utah 57
Solomon Hill had 19 points, Mark Lyons hit two free throws with 7.2 seconds left and host Arizona dodged another last-second shot to remain undefeated. Arizona (14-0, 2-0 Pac-12) needed some help from a disputed call by the officials to win its conference opener. The Wildcats faced another big shot in the closing seconds, when Utah’s Jarred DuBois shot a 3-pointer that bounced off the rim, hit the top of the backboard and hit the rim again before missing. Utah (8-6, 0-2) kept Arizona within reach by hitting 14-of-27 shots in the second half.
No. 10 Gonzaga 81, Santa Clara 74
Host Gonzaga (15-1, 2-0) went on a 10-0 run during a 2½-minute span midway through the second half to beat host Santa Clara (12-4, 1-1) in a West Coast Conference game.
Santa Clara had rallied from a 7-point halftime deficit and pulled within 52-51 on Brandon Clark’s 3-pointer with 13:27 to play. Gonzaga promptly scored 10 unanswered points to build its lead to 11.
No. 12 Missouri 66, Bucknell 64
Phil Pressey scored a career-high 26 points and Laurence Bowers added 16 to help host Missouri get by Bucknell (13-3). Pressey missed the front end of a 1-and-1 with 10.3 seconds remaining, setting off a frenzied final few seconds. Bucknell’s Mike Muscala went to the free-throw line with 1.9 seconds left and missed both shots. Stefan Jankovic of Missouri rebounded the second miss to end the game.
Marquette 49, No. 15 Georgetown 48
Davante Gardner made two free throws with 8.3 seconds left and host Marquette had to hang on while Georgetown missed a deciding free throw.
With Marquette leading 49-46, Greg Whittington of the Hoyas was fouled by Trent Lockett on a baseline 3-point shot with 2.3 seconds left. He made the first two free throws and after Marquette coach Buzz Williams called a timeout, hit the front of the rim on the final attempt.
Lockett grabbed the rebound, but missed two free throws and the game ended without the Hoyas attempting a final shot.
Marquette (11-3, 2-0 Big East) has won four consecutive games. Georgetown (10-2, 0-1) had its seven-game winning streak snapped.
Markel Starks had 14 of his 18 points in the second half while Whittington and Otto Porter added 13 each for the Hoyas.
No. 16 Creighton 79, Indiana State 66
Doug McDermott had 25 points and nine rebounds, and host Creighton used a 19-4 run to break open a close game in the second half.
The Bluejays (14-1, 3-0) have won eight in a row and are off to their best start in Missouri Valley Conference play since 2003-04.
The Sycamores (9-5, 2-1) lost for the 14th straight time in Omaha since 1999.
Gregory Echenique had 16 points and nine rebounds to just miss his fourth double-double in eight games. He scored inside to tie it 51-51 with 10 minutes left and gave the Bluejays the lead when he dunked Grant Gibbs’ alley-oop pass.
No. 17 Butler 57, New Orleans 44
Kellen Dunham scored 15 points and Khyle Marshall added 13 to lead Butler. The Bulldogs (12-2) are 7-0 at home.
The Privateers (3-10) were led by Lovell Cook with 11 points. The Bulldogs used a 9-3 run to close the half for a 24-18 lead.
No. 18 Michigan State 84, Purdue 61
Freshman Gary Harris scored a season-high 22 points and host Michigan State used a 28-7 run in the second half to pull away. The Spartans (12-3, 1-1 Big Ten) missed their first 10 shots from the field after halftime, but it didn’t much matter in what quickly became a free-throw contest. Michigan State finished 18-of-22 from the line, and the Boilermakers were 9-of-20. A.J. Hammons scored 20 points for Purdue (7-7, 1-1).
No. 21 Notre Dame 93, Seton Hall 74
Scott Martin had a season-high 22 points on a career-high six 3-pointers and Jack Cooley added 19 points and 13 rebounds to lead host Notre Dame to its 11th win in a row. The winning streak is the second-longest for the Irish (13-1, 1-0 Big East) in 13 seasons under coach Mike Brey. The loss ended a seven-game winning streak for Seton Hall (12-3, 1-1).
Seton Hall, playing with only eight scholarship players available because of injuries, kept the game close until the Irish finished the first half on a 7-2 spurt, then opened the second half with a 16-4 run to move ahead 60-41.
No. 23 N.C. State 78, Boston College 73
Scott Wood atoned for a scoreless first half with 12 points in the second, hitting two 3-pointers and six free throws down the stretch as visiting North Carolina State held off Boston College in the Atlantic Coast Conference opener for both teams.
The Wolfpack (12-2, 1-0) won their ninth in a row, their longest streak since 1983-84, but only after giving the Eagles several opportunities to pull off an upset.
Boston College (8-6, 0-1) missed a chance to tie when Purvis fouled Patrick Heckman on a 3-point attempt with 18.9 seconds left. Heckman, a 93 percent shooter from the line coming in, made 2-of-3 and the Eagles were forced to foul Wood two more times. Wood made four more free throws to seal it.
Rutgers 67, No. 24 Pittsburgh 62
Eli Carter scored 23 points and Rutgers held off a second-half rally to hand visiting Pittsburgh its second consecutive loss.
The Scarlet Knights (10-3, 1-1 Big East) led by 14 points at halftime only to see the Panthers (12-3, 0-2) twice close the gap to two points in the final 5 minutes, the last time at 55-53 with 3:24 to play.
Carter hit a 10-footer in the lane with 2:53 to go and Dane Miller added two free throws after two missed 3-pointers by Pitt to secure the game.
No. 25 Kansas State 73, No. 22 Oklahoma State 67
Rodney McGruder scored all but two of his 28 points in the second half and host Kansas State turned away a season-best 25-point effort from freshman Marcus Smart. McGruder was 10-of-13 from the field and hit all five of his 3-pointers after the break. The first answered seven consecutive points by the Cowboys, and the second gave the Wildcats (12-2, 1-0 Big 12) a 70-65 lead with 1:37 left.