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Texas A&M beats No. 14 Kentucky, 79-77, in overtime with basket at the buzzer

Tyler Davis

Texas A&M’s Tyler Davis (left) celebrates his game-winning shot against Kentucky with teammates Saturday night.

(Sam Craft / Associated Press)

Tyler Davis’ putback at the buzzer gave Texas A&M a 79-77 overtime victory over No. 14 Kentucky on Saturday at College Station, Texas, after a technical foul on Isaac Humphries cost the Wildcats the lead in the final seconds.

With the clock winding down, Danuel House drove into traffic and missed a contested shot that hit the front of the rim. The ball caromed to Davis, who grabbed the rebound and banked in a layup as time expired.

The freshman center finished with 15 points.

Anthony Collins missed a shot with nine seconds left for Texas A&M (20-7, 9-5 Southeastern Conference, and Humphries grabbed the rebound with the Wildcats leading by one point. But after the Aggies fouled him, Humphries slammed the ball to the court and was given a technical foul.

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House made both free throws to give the Aggies a 77-76 lead. Skal Labissiere made one of two free throws for Kentucky (20-7, 10-4) to tie it, 77-77.

St. Bonaventure 79, at No. 15 Dayton 72: Jaylen Adams matched his career high with 31 points and hit the big shots in the final 36 seconds, leading the Bonnies to their first road win over a ranked team in school history.

Adams’ three-pointer with 36 seconds to go snapped a 72-72 tie. He added four free throws in the closing seconds to help St. Bonaventure (18-7, 10-4 Atlantic 10) pull off an improbable win.

The Flyers (21-5, 11-3) were coming off a 79-70 loss at Saint Joseph’s on Wednesday. They hadn’t lost consecutive games in their last 77 games, the third-longest active streak behind Villanova and Kansas. Plus, Dayton hadn’t lost a home conference game since Jan. 29, 2014, winning 20 in a row.

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at No. 1 Villanova 77, Butler 67: Josh Hart had 22 points and 12 rebounds and Kris Jenkins added 20 points to lead the Wildcats (24-3, 13-1 Big East) to their seventh straight victory.

It was the first time in Villanova history that a No. 1 team played at the Pavilion, the Wildcats’ on-campus home.

Hart, Villanova’s leading scorer at 14.8 points a game, struggled in the last two contests, scoring a combined 11 points on 3-for-15 shooting in wins over St. John’s and Temple. But he came alive against Butler, particularly in the second half when he scored 13 points.

Kelan Martin scored 19 points for Butler (18-9, 7-8).

No. 2 Kansas 72, at Kansas State 63: Frank Mason III scored 15 points, Perry Ellis had 14 and the Jayhawks (23-4, 11-3 Big 12 Conference) escaped after blowing most of a 17-point second-half lead.

It was the first victory for Kansas at Kansas State in three years.

Stephen Hurt and Barry Brown each scored 13 points for the Wildcats (15-12, 4-10), who got to within 65-62 with less than two minutes to go.

No. 3 Oklahoma 76, at No. 10 West Virginia 62: Buddy Hield scored 29 points to lead the Sooners to the road win. Oklahoma (21-5, 9-5 Big 12) stayed close in the conference race, tying the Mountaineers and Baylor for second place behind Kansas.

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In a second half of several scoring swings, Hield helped put Oklahoma in control. He capped a 9-0 run with a three-pointer to put the Sooners ahead 61-52 with 5:22 left, silencing the home crowd.

Jaysean Paige scored 11 of his 13 points in the second half for West Virginia (20-7, 9-5), but the Mountaineers couldn’t answer with its own decisive run.

at No. 5 North Carolina 96, No. 11 Miami 71: Brice Johnson had 16 points and 15 rebounds and the Tar Heels regrouped from an emotional loss to rival Duke by routing the Hurricanes in a matchup of teams tied for first in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Justin Jackson added 15 points for the Tar Heels (22-5, 11-3), who opened the second half on a 10-0 burst to turn this into blowout. North Carolina shot 54% and shut down Miami at every turn while leading by as many as 38 points.

The Tar Heels were coming off Wednesday’s crushing 74-73 loss to the Blue Devils, a game in which they led nearly all night only to lose control in the final three minutes. And that allowed the Hurricanes (21-5, 10-4) to climb into a first-place tie to set up a critical game in a wide-open league title chase.

at No. 13 Iowa State 92, Texas Christian 83: Georges Niang scored 27 points, Abdel Nader had 24 and the Cyclones (19-8, 8-6 Big 12) moved to within a victory of their fifth consecutive 20-victory season.

Deonte Burton set season highs with 23 points and 14 rebounds for the Cyclones, who never trailed despite playing without center Jameel McKay.

McKay, who is averaging 11.7 points and 8.7 rebounds per game, sat out because of what the Cyclones said was a coach’s decision.

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Freshman forward JD Miller had 19 points and 11 rebounds for the Horned Frogs (11-16, 2-12).

Grayson Allen, Jaylen Johnson

Duke's Grayson Allen, bottom, and Louisville's Jaylen Johnson get tangled while battling for a loose ball during the second half of their game Saturday.

(Andy Lyons / Getty Images)

at No. 18 Louisville 71, No. 20 Duke 64: Damion Lee scored 24 points, including three three-pointers during the Cardinals' furious second-half rally from a 13-point deficit.

Louisville trailed, 44-31, with 17:10 left in the second half before battling back and using an 8-0 run with consecutive three-pointers by Lee and a slam by Jaylen Johnson after Chinanu Onuaku stole an inbounds pass for a 58-55 lead.

Lee added another long-range shot and Johnson made a jumper to make it 63-59 before a final game-changing sequence for the Cardinals (21-6, 10-4 Atlantic Coast Conference).

Officials then whistled Duke guard Grayson Allen for charging — his fifth foul — and assessed him a subsequent technical foul for arguing the call to end his day after scoring a game-high 29 points for the Blue Devils (20-7, 9-5), who had beaten a ranked team in each of their last three games.

at Georgia Tech 63, No. 19 Notre Dame 62: Marcus Georges-Hunt scored on a short jump shot with two seconds remaining to lift the Yellow Jackets (15-12, 5-9 ACC).

Zach Auguste and V.J. Beachem each had 13 points for the Fighting Irish (18-8, 9-5), whose winning streak ended at three games.

Georgia Tech led for most of the first 30 minutes but had to rally after Notre Dame went ahead, 60-54.

Georges-Hunt finished with 19 points.

No. 25 Baylor 78, at No. 24 Texas 64: Johnathan Motley scored 24 points on 12-of-13 shooting, leading the Bears to an impressive win and handing the Longhorns a rare home loss this season.

The win puts the Bears in a solid position in third place in the Big 12 with an outside chance to play for the regular-season title with four games left.

Motley, who has become a starter as senior forward Rico Gathers has struggled with the flu, had his second huge game in a week. He scored 27 points in an overtime win over Iowa State. Motley had a perfect game going until missing a 14-footer with 1:15 left to play.

The Bears (20-7, 9-5) shot 63% from the field. Taurean Prince added 17 points for Baylor, which led by as many as 27 points midway through the second half. Shaq Cleare scored 14 points for Texas (17-10, 8-6), which lost for the second time at home this season.

No. 8 Xavier 88, at Georgetown 70: The Musketeers broke open a tight game by making 12 of its first 13 shots after halftime, and Edmond Sumner finished with a career-best 22 points, in a win over the slumping Hoyas.

Getting set to take on top-ranked Villanova in its next game, Xavier (24-3, 12-3 Big East) played far better than during a home loss to Georgetown a month ago. After shooting only 35% in that setback, the Musketeers wound up at 54% Saturday, including the near-perfect stretch to open the second half.

Georgetown (14-14, 7-8) has lost three straight and six of seven. The Hoyas were led by D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera with 18 points.


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