TOP 25: Maryland 83, No. 2 Duke 81
Seth Allen broke a tie by making two free throws with 2.8 seconds left, and host Maryland stunned Duke to end a six-game skid against its bitter rival. As the final horn sounded, thousands of fans from the sellout crowd charged onto the court to celebrate the Terrapins’ biggest victory of the season.
The Terrapins (18-7, 6-6 Atlantic Coast Conference) did not trail after halftime but never could pull away from the weary Blue Devils.
Duke (22-3, 9-3) trailed by 10 with 3:39 left but pulled even when Rasheed Sulaimon made three foul shots with 16.7 seconds to go. Quinn Cook then fouled Allen as the freshman guard drove through the lane, and Allen made both shots.
Alex Len had 19 points and nine rebounds for Maryland, and Allen scored 16.
Duke had its six-game winning streak end. Seth Curry scored 25 and Cook added 18.
No. 5 Gonzaga 71, San Francisco 61
Kelly Olynyk had 26 points and nine rebounds and Elias Harris added 17 points and 13 rebounds to carry visiting Gonzaga past pesky San Francisco, snapping a three-year losing streak at War Memorial Gymnasium.
The Bulldogs’ frontline tandem bullied and bruised their way to a fast start and furious finish. Olynyk finished 13-for-17 from the floor and Harris went 7-of-15 as both keyed an 11-0 run in the final minutes that put the Zags (25-2, 12-0 West Coast Conference) ahead for good.
Cole Dickerson scored 15 points and Cody Doolin added 14 to help the Dons (11-15, 4-9) rally back after trailing by 15 in the first half. Unlike the last three years when USF stunned Gonzaga at home, the Bulldogs regrouped and showed why they’re ranked so high.
No. 6 Syracuse 76, Seton Hall 65
Brandon Triche scored a career-high 29 points to go with six rebounds and five assists, leading visiting Syracuse to a tougher-than-expected victory over reeling Seton Hall. C.J. Fair added 19 points and 11 rebounds, and Michael Carter-Williams had 14 points and nine boards as the Orange (21-4, 9-3) rebounded from a loss to Connecticut earlier this week and remained tied with Marquette and Georgetown for first place in the Big East Conference.
Fuquan Edwin had 21 points and Eugene Teague added 14 points and nine rebounds for Seton Hall (13-13, 2-11) in its seventh consecutive loss and 11th in 12 games.
No. 7 Florida 83, Auburn 52
Mike Rosario scored 22 points, Kenny Boynton had 16 and visiting Florida routed Auburn. The Gators (21-3, 11-1 Southeastern Conference) raced to a 25-point halftime lead and set a season high with 15 3-pointers on 30 attempts
It matched the worst loss for Auburn (9-16, 3-9) in coach Tony Barbee’s three seasons, tying a 90-59 defeat against Mississippi on Feb. 16, 2011.
The Gators have won their last three SEC games by an average of 24 points since their only league loss at Arkansas.
Rosario had 18 points by halftime, when the game was effectively over. Michael Frazier added 15 points on 5-of-6 shooting from 3-point range for Florida, which has won seven straight at Auburn.
Erik Murphy added 11 points and went 3-of-4 from beyond the arc.
Chris Denson led Auburn with 13 points and Jordan Price had 12.
No. 10 Kansas State 81, Baylor 61
Angel Rodriguez scored 22 points and Shane Southwell added 18 on six 3-pointers to lead host Kansas State. The game remained fairly close in the first half, but the Wildcats (20-5, 9-3 Big 12) took control in the second, outscoring the Bears 43-32 after the break.
A.J. Walton led Baylor (16-9, 7-5) with 14 points and Isaiah Austin added 13.
No. 11 Butler 68, Fordham 63
Rotnei Clarke scored 22 points and visiting Butler handed Fordham its sixth consecutive loss and ninth in the last 10 games.
Clarke was the key figure for the Bulldogs (21-5, 8-3 Atlantic 10) late in the game when Fordham (6-20, 2-9) was able to close to 65-63 with 18 seconds to play.
The Bulldogs closed it out by making 4-of-6 free throws the rest of the way to improve to 36-10 after a loss under coach Brad Stevens. Butler lost to Charlotte 71-67 on Wednesday.
No. 18 Marquette 79, No. 16 Pittsburgh 69
Vander Blue scored 19 points to lead host Marquette. Blue was 7-of-8 from the field and 3-for-4 on free throws to go with six rebounds for the Golden Eagles (18-6, 9-3), who moved into a first-place tie with Georgetown in the Big East.
The Golden Eagles, who lost to the Hoyas, 63-55 on Monday, shot 57 percent (26 for 46) to win their 23rd consecutive home game — the fourth-longest active streak in the country.
Lamar Patterson scored 19 points to lead Pittsburgh (20-6, 8-5), which entered the game fifth in the nation in scoring defense (54.4 ppg). Tray Woodall added 10 points and eight assists for the Panthers, who lost for just the second time in their last nine games.
No. 17 Oklahoma St. 84, Oklahoma 79
Marcus Smart scored 28 points, Le’Bryan Nash added a season-high 26 and host Oklahoma State beat Oklahoma in overtime for its third consecutive down-to-the-wire win at home.
Smart fed Nash for a right-handed slam with 53 seconds left in overtime to put the Cowboys (19-5, 9-3 Big 12) up 80-79, and Oklahoma (16-8, 7-5) couldn’t come up with an answer.
Markel Brown’s steal led to a fastbreak layup by Michael Cobbins, and Smart blocked Steven Pledger’s attempt at a tying 3-pointer that gave Oklahoma State the ball back with 18 seconds to go.
Smart sealed it with two free throws.
Providence 71, No. 21 Notre Dame 54
Kadeem Batts scored 20 points and Vincent Council had 11 assists to become host Providence’s career leader. Bryce Cotton, the Big East scoring leader, had 19 points and LaDontae Henton 13 for the Friars (14-11, 6-7).
It was just the second loss in seven games for the Fighting Irish (20-6, 8-5).
No. 22 Memphis 71, Marshall 59
Adonis Thomas scored a career-high 23 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead visiting Memphis to its 16th consecutive victory. Joe Jackson added 12 points and Geron Johnson had 11 for the Tigers (22-3, 11-0 Conference USA). Elijah Pittman and DeAndre Kane scored 16 points apiece for Marshall (11-15, 4-7).
No. 23 Oregon 79, Washington State 77
E.J. Singler made two free throws with 3.8 seconds left, lifting visiting Oregon to an overtime win over slumping Washington State (11-15, 2-11) to hold on to first place in the Pac-12 Conference.
Singler scored 25 points to lead Oregon (21-5, 10-3), which has won three in a row since a three-game losing streak dropped them from the top 10. Carlos Emory added 20 for the Ducks.
Royce Woolridge scored a career-high 36 points for Washington State, losers of six in a row. Woolridge missed a half-court shot as time expired.
Washington State took an 11-point lead at halftime, but the Ducks erased that in the early minutes of the second half, and the score was tied at 71 at the end of regulation.
No. 24 Colorado State 89, Air Force 86
Dorian Green scored 22 points to help visiting Colorado State hold off Air Force for its sixth consecutive win.
The Rams led 82-72 with 1:05 remaining, but the Falcons pulled within four twice in the final minute. Michael Lyons hit a 3-pointer for Air Force with 2 seconds left, but Colorado State inbounded the ball without incident to close the game.
The Rams (21-4, 8-2 Mountain West) have won eight out of nine and dropped the Falcons to 11-2 at Clune Arena. All five starters finished in double figures for CSU.
Air Force (15-9, 6-5) trailed 75-72 with 3:29 left, but the Rams used a 7-0 run during the next two minutes to pull away.
Tennessee 88, No. 25 Kentucky 58
Trae Golden had 24 points and eight assists as host Tennessee handed Kentucky its most lopsided loss in the 216-game history of this series.
Kentucky (17-8, 8-4 Southeastern Conference) was playing its first game without star center Nerlens Noel, who tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee Tuesday during a loss to No. 7 Florida.
The Wildcats looked like a completely different team without him.
Jordan McRae scored 15 points and Kenny Hall had 12 points as Tennessee (14-10, 6-6) shot 58 percent.
BIG TEN: No. 1 Indiana 83, Purdue 55
Will Sheehey scored a career-high 22 points and Cody Zeller had 19 as host Indiana routed Purdue for the second time in 2½ weeks. Indiana (23-3, 11-2) bucked the recent trend of No. 1 teams losing and will likely keep the top spot for a third consecutive week.
Terone and Anthony Johnson each had 11 points to lead Purdue (12-14, 5-8), which has lost five out of six and became the first team in school history to lose twice to Indiana in the same season by 20 or more points.
Indiana led 21-18 less than nine minutes into the game, extended the margin to 33-14 and never let Purdue get closer than 10 again.
No. 8 Michigan St. 73, Nebraska 64
Keith Appling scored 16 points to go over 1,000 for his career and Adreian Payne added 15 points and 14 rebounds in visiting Michigan State’s victory over Nebraska (12-14, 3-10). The win allowed Michigan State (22-4, 11-2) to remain tied with Indiana for first place in the Big Ten.
MID-AMERICAN: Buffalo 79, Miami 71
Tony Watson scored a career-high 31 points and Javon McCrea had 20 points to lead Buffalo past host Miami. Watson, who had six assists, went 10-for-14 from the field and has hit 26 3-pointers over the last seven games. McCrea had six rebounds and made 9-of-14 shots, and freshman Jarryn Skeete had a career-high six assists.
Buffalo (11-15, 6-6e) trailed 35-31 with 2:58 left in the first half, but used a 9-0 run before halftime to pull ahead 39-35. Miami (8-16, 3-9) cut the deficit to 48-47 with 13:40 left in the second half, but didn’t pull closer after Watson made back-to-back treys.
Eastern Michigan 56, Ball State 50
Glenn Bryant scored 20 points, J.R. Sims added 18 and Eastern Michigan beat host Ball State. Sims made four 3-pointers for the Eagles (12-13, 5-6), who shot 63 percent from the floor in the second half.
Jauwan Scaife led the Cardinals (10-14, 4-8) with 21 points but was 6-of-18 from the floor.
Western Michigan 66, Northern Illinois 58
Shayne Whittington scored 15 points and host Western Michigan scored the last 16 points of the game to shock Northern Illinois. Whittington grabbed nine rebounds, just missing a conference-leading ninth double-double of the season, for the Broncos (16-9, 8-4). Aksel Bolin scored 10 points for the Huskies (5-19, 3-9).
Toledo 73, Central Michigan 64
Nathan Boothe had 19 points, Rian Pearson added 18 points and grabbed 12 rebounds and visiting Toledo used a 20-8 run to begin the second half to defeat Central Michigan (9-16, 2-10). Julious Brown broke a 31-all tie after halftime with a jumper and before the Chippewas could react, Toledo (11-12, 8-4) took a 51-39 lead after Reese Holliday’s lay-in with 10:32 to go.