Buddy Hield and No. 1 Oklahoma hold off Ben Simmons and LSU, 77-75
Buddy Hield made seven of eight three-point attempts in the second half on his way to a 32-point performance, Isaiah Cousins hit a go-ahead jumper with four seconds left and No. 1 Oklahoma overcame a 14-point deficit to escape with a 77-75 victory over Louisiana State on Saturday at Baton Rouge, La.
Cousins finished with 18 points, and Ryan Spangler had 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Sooners (18-2), who summoned the composure to rally down the stretch amid a rabid, packed crowd energized by the Tigers’ strong play for much of the game.
LSU didn’t go quietly. Antonio Blakeney hit a pair of late threes, and the second tied it at 75 with 24 seconds left.
Ben Simmons had 14 points for LSU (13-8), highlighted by a crowd-pleasing reverse dunk. But those same fans were left frustrated, some hurling garbage, when Khadeem Lattin blocked Tim Quarterman’s driving shot as time ran out. Many fans seemed to think Quarterman was fouled.
at No. 4 Kansas 90, No. 20 Kentucky 84 (OT): Wayne Selden Jr. scored a career-high 33 points, seven in overtime, and the Jayhawks (17-4) outlasted the Wildcats (16-5) in the premier showdown of the Big 12/SEC Challenge. Kansas snapped a three-game losing streak to Kentucky and won its 35th consecutive game at Allen Fieldhouse.
at No. 2 North Carolina 89, Boston College 62: Brice Johnson had 17 points and 11 rebounds, and the Tar Heels (19-2, 8-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) rolled to their 12th straight win, a rout of the last-place Eagles (7-14, 0-7).
at No. 5 Texas A&M 72, No. 14 Iowa State 62: Danuel House scored 20 points, including a go-ahead three-pointer late in the second half that lifted the Aggies (18-3) past the Cyclones (16-5) in the Big 12/SEC Challenge.
No. 7 Xavier 86, at DePaul 65: Trevon Bluiett scored 15 points and the Musketeers (19-2, 7-2 Big East) used an impressive burst spanning the halves to put away the Blue Demons (7-14, 1-8), who lost for the eighth time in nine games.
at Florida 88, No. 9 West Virginia 71: Dorian Finney-Smith scored 24 points, Brandone Francis-Ramirez hit three huge three-pointers and the Gators (14-7) upset the Mountaineers (17-4) in the Big 12/SEC Challenge, giving first-year Coach Mike White a signature win likely to help his team’s chances of making the NCAA tournament.
No. 11 Virginia 63, at No. 16 Louisville 47: Malcolm Brogdon and Anthony Gill each scored 13 points and the Cavaliers (17-4, 6-3 ACC) used stifling defense to rout the Cardinals (17-4, 6-2) for their fourth straight victory.
at North Carolina State 85, No. 15 Miami 69: Anthony “Cat” Barber scored 30 points and Abdul-Malik Abu had 19 as formerly slumping Wolfpack (12-10, 2-7 ACC) pulled away from the Hurricanes (16-4, 5-3) to snap a three-game skid and earn its first home win in 2016.
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