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Top 25 men’s basketball roundup — Jan. 27

Associated Press

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No. 17 Duke 80,
No. 18 Pittsburgh 65

Jabari Parker scored 21 points, reserve guard Andre Dawkins added 20 and Duke pulled away from host Pittsburgh on Monday night.

Amile Jefferson chipped in a season-high 14 points for the Blue Devils (17-4, 6-2 ACC), which brought Pitt’s hot start in its first Atlantic Coast Conference season to an abrupt halt. Duke made 13-of-25 3-point attempts, including four during a 15-3 run midway through the second half that broke open a tight game.

Lamar Patterson had 14 points for the Panthers (18-3, 6-2) who fell to 12-1 at home when they couldn’t keep up with the Blue Devils.

Parker helped Duke fend off some early game jitters before Dawkins poured it on. The senior drilled 6-of-7 3-point attempts to lift the Blue Devils to their fifth straight victory.

No. 23 Oklahoma 88,
No. 8 Oklahoma State 76

Ryan Spangler had 15 points and a career-high 17 rebounds to help host Oklahoma defeat Oklahoma State.

Jordan Woodard scored 18 points and reserve Tyler Neal added a season-high 15 points for the Sooners (17-4, 6-2 Big 12), who won their fourth straight game and claimed their third win over a ranked conference opponent this season.

Marcus Smart had 22 points, Phil Forte scored 20 points and made all six of his 3-point tries and Markel Brown added 18 points for the Cowboys (16-4, 4-3).

OSU’s Le’Bryan Nash, who scored a career-high 29 points against West Virginia on Saturday, fouled out with eight points in 17 minutes.

It was the first time both teams have entered a “Bedlam” rivalry game ranked since 2005. The rematch is Feb. 15 at Oklahoma State.

No. 9 Villanova 65, Georgetown 60

James Bell scored 16 points, and Villanova prevailed in a messy, foul-plagued game of stops and starts for a victory over host Georgetown, the Hoyas’ fifth straight loss.

Daniel Ochefu added 12 points on 5-for-5 shooting for the Wildcats (18-2, 7-1 Big East), who forced 18 turnovers while committing 16. Villanova made 22-of-28 free throws and moved into a tie with first-place Creighton atop the Big East.

Markel Starks scored 20 points for the short-handed Hoyas (11-9, 3-6), whose roster underwent two more changes before the game. Georgetown has its longest losing streak since 2011 and has dropped three straight at home for the first time since 2009.


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