Advertisement

Men's basketball: Baylor works double-overtime for 15th straight home win

Men's basketball: Baylor works double-overtime for 15th straight home win
Baylor forward Johnathan Motley goes up for a shot after getting past Kansas State's Dean Wade during a game on Jan. 20. Baylor won in double overtime, 79-72. (Tony Gutierrez / Associated Press)

Al Freeman scored all 11 of his points after regulation, Lester Medford hit the go-ahead free throws to start the second overtime and No. 13 Baylor stretched its home winning streak to 15 games with a 79-72 victory over Kansas State on Wednesday night at Waco, Texas.

Medford made two foul shots in the opening minute of the second overtime to put Baylor (15-3, 5-1 Big 12 Conference) ahead to stay before Freeman added a driving layup.

Advertisement

After assisting on Johnathan Motley's layup, Medford made a steal and then added a floater for the Bears. Medford finished with nine points and 13 assists.

Taurean Prince had 19 points and 13 rebounds for Baylor, and Motley had 15 points on seven-for-seven. Rico Gathers scored 11.

Kamau Stokes led the Wildcats (11-7, 1-5) with 20 points. D.J. Johnson had 11, and Wesley Iwundu scored 10.

The Bears, who trailed by as many as 10 before halftime, have won five consecutive Big 12 games for only the second time in school history. They took over first place in the league after West Virginia lost to Texas earlier Wednesday.

at No. 2 North Carolina 83, Wake Forest 68: The Tar Heels got away with Marcus Paige having one of his lowest-scoring games because Brice Johnson came through with one of his best.

Johnson had 27 points and 11 rebounds, and North Carolina beat the Demon Deacons for its 10th straight win.

Despite not having any other double-figure scorers, the Tar Heels (17-2, 6-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) extended their best start to conference play since 2000-01.

The Tar Heels never trailed and overcame one of their worst shooting performances of the season (38.4%) by forcing Wake Forest (10-8, 1-5) into 19 turnovers and turning them into 21 points.

No. 4 Villanova 72, at Seton Hall 71: Ryan Arcidiacono hit a go-ahead layup with 32.4 seconds to play and foul-plagued Daniel Ochefu made a crucial block to preserve the lead as the Wildcats held off the Pirates.

The win was the ninth in a row overall and the 22nd straight in the Big East Conference for Villanova (17-2, 7-0). Josh Hart had 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Wildcats, and Kris Jenkins scored 12.

Isaiah Whitehead had 21 points for Seton Hall (13-5, 3-3).

Texas 56, at No. 6 West Virginia 49: Javan Felix scored the final nine points for Texas and led the Longhorns over the Mountaineers.

Felix finished with 17 points and was seven for eight from the foul line against a Mountaineers team (15-3, 4-2 Big 12) that had not lost at the WVU Coliseum this season. Texas improved to 12-6, 4-2.

Nebraska 72, at No. 11 Michigan State 71: Shavon Shields scored 28 points, playing through hip pain, and Denzel Valentine missed a shot near the top of the key just before the buzzer to allow the Cornhuskers to hold on for the upset.

Advertisement

Nebraska (12-8, 4-3 Big Ten Conference) has won four straight, three on the road. It has also won three straight against the Spartans.

Michigan State (17-4, 3-4) has lost three straight and suddenly looks nothing like the top-ranked team it was earlier in the season.

Advertisement
Advertisement