TOP 25: No. 15 Cincinnati 80, Temple 76
Sean Kilpatrick scored a season-high 29 points and visiting Cincinnati staved off a Temple comeback to remain undefeated in the American Athletic Conference with a victory Sunday.
After the Bearcats (19-2, 8-0 AAC) had blown all of a 19-point lead and were tied at 76, Kilpatrick hit the game-winning free throws with 7.2 seconds to play.
Temple attempted to tie the game again, but Josh Brown’s layup was blocked by Jermaine Sanders with a half-second to play. Kevin Johnson added two more free throws for the Bearcats, who had their nation-best streak of holding 27 consecutive opponents under 70 points ended.
Dalton Pepper had a career-high 33 points, including the 3 that tied the game at 76 with 36.9 seconds left, for the Owls (5-13, 0-7), who have lost eight games in a row.
Cincinnati’s Justin Jackson played just 6 minutes after appearing to injure his leg.
The Bearcats are off to their best start since 2001-02 and their best start in league play since they went 8-0 in Conference USA that same season.
No. 1 Arizona 65, Utah 56
Nick Johnson scored 22 points and Aaron Gordon provided a huge boost despite a rough shooting night, helping host Arizona pull away from Utah for its school-record 20th consecutive win.
Arizona (20-0, 7-0 Pac-12) struggled early in both halves before Gordon made key plays with his hustle during a deciding second-half run. He finished with 10 points on 3-of-13 shooting and grabbed 12 rebounds.
The Wildcats offset a 3-for-14 night from 3-point range with 20 offensive rebounds that led to 19 second-chance points.
Utah (14-6, 3-5) kept it close before wearing down in the closing minutes, unable to keep the athletic Wildcats off the glass or from scoring inside to remain winless on the road.
No. 13 Massachusetts 90, Fordham 52
Chaz Williams had 18 points and eight assists and host Massachusetts rebounded from a loss earlier this week with a victory over Fordham.
Raphiael Putney and Trey Davis both had 13 points and Maxie Esho had 10 points and six rebounds for the Minutemen (17-2, 4-1 Atlantic-10), who lost at Richmond on Wednesday.
Chris Whitehead led the Rams (8-11, 1-5) with 13 points. It was Fordham’s seventh loss in eight games coming off a win over George Mason.
Fordham guard Jon Severe, who leads all Division I freshmen in scoring at 20.9 points per game, was held to seven points.
UMass combined a swarming full-court press along with tough half-court man-to-man defense to take its largest lead of the season, 40-24 at halftime.
The Minutemen turned it into a rout by scoring the first 17 points of the second half. Putney opened the run with a 3 and Williams nailed one in transition from the left wing as they went ahead 57-24 on Derrick Gordon’s short jumper 4½ minutes into the second half.
The Rams finally ended the run on Mandell Thomas’ 3-pointer 30 seconds later.
The Minutemen cleared the bench for most of the final 10 minutes and gave some reserves time to join in the fun with 3-pointers and crowd-pleasing fastbreak baskets.
Coming off the loss in the final game of a three-game road trip and in danger of dropping low or possibly out of the AP Top 25, the Minutemen turned up the full-court pressure early after falling behind 7-0 in the opening 3 minutes.
No. 23 Memphis 80, South Florida 58
Chris Crawford scored 15 points, converting five of Memphis’ season-high 10 3-pointers, and the host Tigers defeated South Florida.
The Tigers, next-to-last in the American Athletic Conference in 3-point shooting percentage, ended the night at 10-of-22 from outside the arc. Crawford was 5-of-10.
Joe Jackson added 14 points and seven assists for Memphis (15-4, 5-2 AAC), while Shaq Goodwin finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Nick King had 10 points as Memphis won its third game in a row and fifth of six.