No. 1 Kentucky 74, LSU 50
Terrence Jones highlighted a 27-point performance with a 13-0 run on his own and visiting Kentucky pulled away in the second half . Anthony Davis had 16 points and 10 rebounds despite briefly leaving the game when he hurt his right shoulder in a scramble for a loose ball.
Darius Miller added 13 points including three 3-pointers for Kentucky (21-1 7-0 Southeastern), which has won 13 games in a row.
Johnny O’Bryant III had 12 points and nine rebounds for Louisiana State (12-9, 2-5), which has lost four of its last five.
Storm Warren had 11 points for the Tigers, including an alley-oop dunk that briefly got the Tigers within a point at 25-24 late in the first half, before the Wildcats pulled away.
No. 2 Missouri 63, Texas Tech 50
Kim English scored 19 points in the first half, Marcus Denmon had 13 after the break and host Missouri had just enough to avoid a second consecutive upset with a shaky win. Ty Nurse had 15 points for Texas Tech (7-13, 0-8 Big 12), which shaved a 15-point deficit to just seven on Clark Lammert’s 3-pointer off the glass at the shot-clock buzzer with 2:36 left.
Missouri (19-2, 6-2) finished with six consecutive points, including Ricardo Ratliffe’s dunk in transition with a minute left after English blocked a shot and then saved the ball from going out of bounds.
English had 22 points, Denmon added 19 despite 4-for-15 shooting and Phil Pressey had 12 assists to tie a career best.
No. 3 Syracuse 63, West Virginia 61
As the final 5 seconds ticked off the clock, Jabarie Hinds drove the lane and dished the ball out to Kevin Jones in the left corner.
With the Mountaineers down by a basket to host Syracuse, Jones was set to atone for those subpar games in the past against the Orange, but a 3-pointer that would’ve been a huge moment in the forward’s standout season clanked off the rim.
The Mountaineers’ attempt to be the second team to beat the Orange this season fell short just as Jones’ shot did. Jones finished 8-of-18 from the field for 20 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Darryl “Truck” Bryant scored 12 points on 4-of-11 shooting, and Browne had 11 off the bench. In his four previous games against Syracuse, Jones totaled 23 points and 20 rebounds combined.
The final play was set up as Huggins said he intended — Hinds penetrating inside with Jones at the arc waiting for his chance. The Mountaineers dominated the boards, outrebounding Syracuse 41-20. Brandon Triche had 18 points, including a pair of free throws that broke the final tie with 88 seconds left, to lead the Orange.
Syracuse (22-1, 9-1 Big East) has won 13 of the past 14 games against WVU (15-7, 5-4).
Iowa State 72, No. 5 Kansas 64
Royce White had 18 points and nine rebounds as host Iowa State snapped the Jayhawks’ 10-game winning streak. Melvin Ejim added 15 points for the Cyclones (15-6, 5-3 Big 12), who had lost 13 in a row to Kansas since their last victory in 2005. White, a 39 percent ffree-throw shooter in Big 12 games, hit two to put Iowa State up 64-59 with 1:47 left. Kansas threw the ball away and Chris Babb drained a 3 to give the Cyclones an eight-point lead with 55.6 seconds left. Tyshawn Taylor led five players in double figures with 16 points for Kansas (17-4, 7-1), which hadn’t lost since Dec. 19 against Davidson.
No. 6 Baylor 76, Texas 71
Perry Jones III scored 22 points and grabbed a career-high 14 rebounds, Pierre Jackson hit the go-ahead 3-pointer and Baylor withstood a second-half rally to beat Texas.Baylor (19-2, 6-2 Big 12) led by 12 points early in the second half before guard J’Covan Brown led a charge that helped the Longhorns tie the game.
Jackson’s 3-pointer gave the Bears a 69-66 lead with 2:36 left, and they hit seven free throws down the stretch to seal the victory.
Brown scored 20 of his 32 points in the second half for Texas (13-8, 3-5), but he missed a 3-point attempt with 10 seconds left that would have tied the score.
No. 8 Duke 83, St. John’s 76
Mason Plumlee had 15 points and a career-high 17 rebounds, and host Duke held on to beat St. John’s. Ryan Kelly scored 16 points and Andre Dawkins added 14 for the Blue Devils (18-3), who led by 22 with 17 minutes left but shot just 30 percent in the second half while the Red Storm rallied.
Moe Harkless had 30 points and 13 rebounds for St. John’s (9-12). He and D’Angelo Harrison each hit 3-pointers in the final minute to make things tense.
Harrison’s 3 with 20.7 seconds left pulled the Red Storm to 79-75. Ryan Kelly followed with two free throws to put Duke up by six. After Phil Greene missed in the lane for the Red Storm, God’sgift Achiuwa’s free throw with 10.2 seconds remaining pulled them to 81-76.
Pittsburgh 72, No. 9 Georgetown 60
Nasir Robinson scored 23 points and made all nine of his field-goal attempts to lead Pittsburgh past Georgetown. Lamar Patterson added 18 points, seven assists and four rebounds for the Panthers (13-9, 2-7 Big East), who never trailed while improving to 12-0 against top-10 teams at the Petersen Events Center.
Otto Porter led the Hoyas (16-4, 6-3) with 14 points and Henry Sims added 10 but Georgetown couldn’t overcome a 17-point first-half deficit. The Hoyas pulled within 55-49 with 4:09 remaining before Patterson fed Dante Taylor for a dunk and then hit Robinson for a wide-open layup.
No. 11 Murray State 73, Eastern Illinois 58
Donte Poole and Isaiah Canaan each scored 18 points, and host Murray State remained the only unbeaten team in Division I. Poole also had six assists and four rebounds while Ed Daniel grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds for the Racers (21-0, 9-0 Ohio Valley Conference).
Colorado State 77, No. 13 San Diego State 60
Wes Eikmeier scored 19 points and Will Bell added 17, helping Colorado State upset San Diego State for its first home win over a ranked team in more than eight years.
The Rams (14-6, 3-2 Mountain West) frustrated the fatigued Aztecs (18-3, 4-1) all afternoon, limiting them to 3-of-21 shooting from 3-point range.
It was the first time Colorado State beat a top-25 team at Moby Arena since knocking off Purdue 71-69 on Dec. 30, 2003. Jamaal Franklin had 24 points and 10 rebounds for the Aztecs, who had their 11-game winning streak snapped.
No. 14 Florida 69, No. 18 Mississippi State 57
Bradley Beal scored 19 points, Patric Young made several crowd-rousing plays and Florida extended its home winning streak to 17 games.
The Gators (17-4, 5-1 Southeastern Conference) used an 11-0 run in the second half — sparked by Beal’s third 3-pointer and highlighted by Young’s two dunks — to turn a tight game into a double-digit affair.
Mississippi State (17-5, 4-3) trailed 62-47 after the spurt and never got the lead to single digits. The Gators made enough plays down the stretch to secure their second win in six games against the Bulldogs.
Young, still battling tendinitis in his right ankle, finished with 12 points and six rebounds.
No. 15 Creighton 73, Bradley 59
Doug McDermott scored 24 points and host Creighton turned back two Bradley comeback attempts in the second half. A school-record crowd of 18,436 watched as the Bluejays (20-2, 9-1 MVC) won their 10th in a row. Bradley (6-17, 1-10) has lost 13 out of 14.
No. 17 Marquette 82, Villanova 78
Darius Johnson-Odom had 26 points to help visiting Marquette storm back from an 18-point deficit to win. Jae Crowder had 20 points and 11 rebounds for Marquette (18-4, 7-2 Big East) and played just as big a role in the second half as Johnson-Odom in helping the Golden Eagles win their sixth game in a row.
JayVaughn Pinkston led Villanova (10-12, 3-7) with 17 points. Pinkston hit a 3-pointer with 8.6 seconds left to pull Villanova within two but it wasn’t enough for the Wildcats, who had 20 turnovers.
No. 19 Virginia 61, North Carolina State 60
Mike Scott scored 18 points to help host Virginia beat North Carolina State. Joe Harris and Sammy Zeglinski each added 12 for the Cavaliers (17-3, 4-2 ACC), who shot 60 percent in the first half to take the lead and then turned away a second-half rally for the road win.
Virginia led by 10 with about 6› minutes left before the Wolfpack (15-7, 4-3) pushed back. Scott Wood shook off a game’s worth of shooting struggles to bury a 3-pointer off a loose rebound to cut the deficit to 61-60 with 46.3 seconds to go, then Zeglinski missed a stepback jumper with the shot clock winding down to give the ball back to the Wolfpack with a chance to win. After a timeout with 7.8 seconds left, Lorenzo Brown managed a desperate 3-pointer that missed everything, ending the game.
Oklahoma 63, No. 22 Kansas State 60
Steven Pledger scored 30 points and Oklahoma weathered a second-half charge by host Kansas State. Sam Grooms made a key steal in the closing minute and two free throws with 5 seconds left for the Sooners (13-7, 3-5 Big 12), who watched as Rodney McGruder’s potential tying 3-pointer from the wing at the buzzer bounced off the back iron and fell to the floor. McGruder finished with 19 points for the Wildcats (15-5, 4-4), who trailed by 10 in the second half but went on a 12-2 run and later pulled into the lead.
Purdue 58, Northwestern 56
Robbie Hummel hit a baseline jumper with 9 seconds to play as visiting Purdue handed Northwestern its third loss in a row. Hummel took a feed from Lewis Jackson and fired a 15-footer to break a 56-56 tie. A potential game-winning 3-pointer by Wildcats forward John Shurna bounced off the glass at the buzzer. Terone Johnson scored 14 points, D.J. Byrd had 12 and Hummel added 11 as the Boilermakers (15-7, 5-4 Big Ten) snapped a two-game losing streak. Drew Crawford scored a game-high 23 points for the Wildcats (12-8, 2-6), while Shurna added 15.
Minnesota 77, Illinois 72
The host Minnesota Golden Gophers (16-6, 4-5) went on a 7-0 run early in overtime to pull away from Illinois (15-6, 4-4). Brandon Paul scored a game-high 28 points and had nine rebounds for the Illini.
Ohio 59, Ball State 54
Walter Offutt scored five of his 13 points in the final 3 minutes to help host Ohio hold on to beat Ball State. The Bobcats (17-4, 5-2 Mid-American Conference) led 34-27 at halftime and pushed their lead to 43-31. The Cardinals then went on a 15-3 run. Ball State (12-6, 4-3) took its first lead since the game’s opening five minutes, 54-43 on Tyler Koch’s 3 with 3:19 remaining. Offutt then made a layup, missed the ensuing chance at a three-point play and Jarrod Jones missed one of his two foul shots for the Cardinals, making it 55-55 with 2:33 to go. Offutt broke the tie with a layup and then made a free throw to put the Bobcats up by three with 27 seconds left.
Buffalo 74, Northern Illinois 59
Javon McCrea had 14 points and 12 rebounds and Buffalo defeated host Northern Illinois (2-17, 1-6). Zach Filzen scored 12 points, making four 3-pointers, and Mitchell Watt had 10 points and four blocked shots for the Bulls (12-6, 5-2 Mid-American), who broke away from a 15-15 game with a 10-2 run and were in control after that.
Western Michigan 73, Miami 64
Flenard Whitfield scored 22 points and Shayne Whittington earned a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds to lead host Western Michigan. Western Michigan (10-11, 4-3) led by 15 points, its largest lead of the game, with 10:36 remaining and won handily despite not making a shot in the final 2:34 of regulation.
Miami (5-14, 1-6) shot 11-of-13 on 3-pointers in the first half compared with 4-of-17 in the second half. Brian Sullivan led Miami with 20 points.
Eastern Michigan 55, Bowling Green 50
Darrell Lampley scored 20 points and made four 3-pointers to lead host Eastern Michigan. Anthony Strickland had eight points for the Eagles (10-11, 5-2), who shot just 36.4 percent (20-of-55) from the floor. A’uston Calhoun had 12 points and nine rebounds and for the Falcons (9-11, 3-4).