TOP 25:?No. 22 Marquette 74,?No. 12 Syracuse 71

Davante Gardner scored a career-high 26 points and Marquette beat visiting Syracuse on Monday night in a game that further tightened things at the top of the Big East.

Gardner made all seven of his shots and converting 12 of 13 free throws in 33 minutes to pull Marquette (20-7, 11-4 Big East) into second place.

No. 6 Kansas 108,?Iowa State 96

Elijah Johnson scored a career-high 39 points — 12 in overtime — and Kansas rallied to beat host Iowa State for coach Bill Self’s 500th career win.

Travis Releford added 19 points for the Jayhawks (24-4, 12-3 Big 12).

Johnson made two free throws with 4.9 seconds left in regulation to tie the game at 90-all. He and Releford buried 3s to put Kansas ahead 100-92 with 2:03 left, and Johnson drilled a 30-footer with 54 seconds left.

No. 13 Kansas State 75,?Texas Tech 55

Thomas Gipson scored 20 points, Angel Rodriguez added 16 and host Kansas State beat Texas Tech, giving the Wildcats 12 conference wins for the first time in 40 years.

The 12 league wins are the most ever for a first-year coach at Kansas State (23-5, 12-3 Big 12) and more importantly for Bruce Weber and his team is that win keeps the Wildcats tied with No. 6 Kansas for first place in the Big 12.