College basketball: No. 1 Kansas wins Final Four rematch with Villanova; Syracuse upset by ODU
Dedric Lawson had 28 points and 12 rebounds, Lagerald Vick scored 29, and top-ranked Kansas made enough free throws down the stretch to beat No. 17 Villanova 74-71 Saturday in a rematch of last season’s Final Four showdown won by the Wildcats.
Devon Dotson added 11 points for the Jayhawks (9-0), including four free throws in the final 1:10 to help Kansas end a three-game losing streak to Villanova — the last two in the NCAA Tournament.
Unlike the national semifinals in April, this one came down to the wire.
Collin Gillespie’s three-point play drew the Wildcats (8-4) within 69-65 with 31 seconds left, and Vick gave them an opening when he threw the ball away on the ensuing inbounds play. But Vick atoned for the mistake by pulling down a defensive rebound, and then calmly made a pair of free throws at the other end.
Phil Booth’s deep, line-drive 3 got Villanova within 71-68, and after Lawson made the second of two foul shots for a 72-68 lead, Booth added another driving layup to trim the deficit to two.
Lawson added two more free throws to restore a 72-68 lead with 7.5 seconds left, and Gillespie was fouled at the other end. He made the first but was forced to miss the second on purpose, and the ball squirted toward the Wildcats’ bench, where a scrum ultimately gave Kansas the ball with 0.4 seconds left.
Once the Jayhawks inbounded the ball, they finally had a long-awaited win over the Wildcats.
Even if it came with far less on the line.
No. 3 Tennessee 102, at Memphis 92: Admiral Schofield scored 20 of his 29 points in the second half and added 11 rebounds as third-ranked Tennessee beat Memphis 102-92 Saturday to snap a three-game skid to the in-state rival.
The Volunteers (8-1) avoided any letdown after a weeklong layoff for finals since upsetting then-No. 1 ranked Gonzaga last weekend in Phoenix. That win pushed the Vols to their highest Associated Press ranking since Feb. 25, 2008, when they went to No. 1 after upsetting another top-ranked team in Memphis.
Grant Williams added 19 points for Tennessee. Jordan Bone had 17, Jordan Bowden 12 and Kyle Alexander 10.
Kyvon Davenport helped Memphis (5-5) keep Tennessee from blowing the Tigers out. He scored 26 of his career-high 31 points after halftime and had 11 boards. Tyler Harris added 10 points.
at No. 12 North Carolina 103, Gonzaga 90: Cameron Johnson had 25 points and six 3-pointers while No. 12 North Carolina shot 55 percent to beat fourth-ranked Gonzaga.
Luke Maye added 20 points and 16 rebounds for the Tar Heels, who led by 14 at halftime and never let the Zags closer than eight after the break.
North Carolina (8-2) made 13 of 25 3-pointers to go along with a 42-21 rebounding advantage. That included 14 offensive boards that led to a 27-0 edge in second-chance points, which proved critical on a night when neither team missed too often.
Zach Norvell Jr. scored 21 points to lead the Bulldogs (9-2), who shot 56 percent after halftime and 51 percent overall.
at No. 5 Michigan 70, Western Michigan 62: Charles Matthews made a layup just before halftime to give No. 5 Michigan its first lead, and the smooth-shooting guard matched a season high with 25 points to help the undefeated Wolverines beat Western Michigan.
Michigan (11-0) is off to its best start since it was 16-0 six seasons ago.
The Broncos (5-5) were in control for much of the first half and led by eight points with 2:58 remaining after Michael Flowers scored 11 of his career-high 31 points in just over two minutes.
The Wolverines’ leading scorer, Ignas Brazdeikis, was held scoreless for more than 24 minutes before finishing with just four points — 13 below his average.
Jared Printy had 10 points for the Broncos, whose top two scorers were held well below their average.
at No. 7 Nevada 72, South Dakota State 68: Jordan Caroline scored 21 points and No. 7 Nevada mounted yet another comeback in a win over South Dakota State.
The Jackrabbits jumped ahead 40-33 at halftime in the matchup of 2018 NCAA Tournament teams. Nevada opened the second half on a 12-3 run en route to its fourth straight comeback of seven points or more.
Caleb Martin scored 20 points for Nevada (12-0), and Cody Martin and Trey Porter had 12 each.
Skyler Flatten led South Dakota State (9-4) with 20 points. Owen King scored 13 points, shooting 5 of 6 from the floor.
No. 8 Auburn 75, at UAB 71, OT: Jared Harper scored 23 of Auburn’s last 30 points and finished with 31 to help the No. 8 Tigers outlast UAB in the Mike Slive Invitational.
In front of a crowd of 15,856, the budding in-state rivals raced to the overtime finish via the 3-point arc. After Harper scored 12 of the Tigers’ last 15, UAB’s Jeremiah Bell hit a pair of triples in the final 40 seconds, including a contested shot with 10 seconds left to send the contest to overtime. Bell finished with 13 points. Guard Jalen Perry led the Blazers (6-4) with 18 points on 6-for-13 shooting.
Chuma Okeke added 11 points for Auburn (9-1).
Harper took over in the overtime period, scoring or assisting on 25 of Auburn’s final 32 points. That streak began midway through the second half when Harper converted on a coast-to-coast lay-in. The basket tied the game after UAB led by as many as seven in the half.
at No. 11 Texas Tech 82, Abilene Christian 48: Jarrett Culver scored a career-high 30 points, Matt Mooney added 14 and No. 11 Texas Tech raced past Abilene Christian in the final game at sold-out Lubbock Municipal Coliseum.
The Red Raiders (10-0) called the Coliseum home from 1956-99, and Saturday was the second throwback game in the building. It will close next summer after a rodeo event.
The last time Tech started a season with at least 10 consecutive wins was 1929-30.
Jalone Friday scored 12 points for ACU before fouling out, and Jaren Lewis added nine. The Wildcats (9-2) fell victim to the same stingy Texas Tech defense that every opponent this season has.
No. 13 Virginia Tech 73, Washington 61: Nikell Alexander-Walker scored 24 points to lead No. 13 Virginia Tech over Washington in the Air Force Reserve Boardwalk Classic.
Justin Thomas, Kerry Blackshear and Ahmed Hill each added 10 points for the Hokies (9-1), who won their fourth straight. They led by 18 points at halftime.
Matisse Thybulle scored 16 points to lead Washington (7-4), which pulled within seven points with nine minutes left but couldn’t get any closer. David Crisp scored 12 points, and Naz Carter had 11 points and a game-high nine rebounds.
The Huskies (7-4) pulled within seven points with nine minutes left in regulation but couldn’t sustain the comeback.
at No. 14 Buffalo 73, Southern Illinois 65: Nick Perkins had 20 points and 11 rebounds, and No. 14 Buffalo beat Southern Illinois to remain undefeated
CJ Massinburg scored 14 points, Davonta Jordan had 11 and the Bulls (10-0) continued their best start since 1930-31, when they finished 15-0. They have won 17 consecutive home games dating to last season.
Sean Lloyd Jr. had 14 points for Southern Illinois (7-5) in its second straight loss.
Buffalo scored 23 points off of 22 turnovers to help make up for shooting 7 of 30 from 3-point range.
at No. 15 Ohio State 73, Bucknell 71: Kaleb Wesson had a career-high 20 points and No. 15 Ohio State held off a Bucknell comeback to win 73-71 Saturday.
Ohio State went on an 11-2 run to take an 11-point leadwith under 10 minutes remaining, but Bucknell stormed back to within three with a 10-2 run and late 3-pointer by Avi Toomer. The Bison (4-4) got the ball with 14 seconds left but a 3-point try by Bruce Moore hit the front of the rim and Ohio State survived.
Keyshawn Woods had 13 points on 5 for 9 3-point shooting for Ohio State (9-1). Wesson had 10 rebounds.
at No. 18 Mississippi State 70, Cincinnati 59: Quinndary Weatherspoon and Lamar Peters scored 14 points each, Reggie Perry and Tyson Carter both added 12, and No. 18 Mississippi State beat Cincinnati.
Mississippi State (9-1) used a 7-0 run midway through the second half — holding the Bearcats scoreless for more than four minutes — to break a tie game and take a 52-45 lead.
The Bulldogs were able to keep a fairly comfortable advantage the rest of the way. Mississippi State shot 12 of 23 (52 percent) from 3-point range. Peters added nine assists.
Cincinnati (9-2) had its nine-game winning streak snapped. Jarron Cumberland led the Bearcats with 21 points. Keith Williams added 15.
at No. 19 Kentucky 88, Utah 61: Freshman Keldon Johnson scored 24 points, including five 3-pointers in the first half, and Kentucky beat Utah.
Johnson made a career-high six shots from long range on seven attempts as Kentucky (8-2) made a season-high 12 3-pointers.
Both Gach led the Utes (4-5) with 22 points, followed by Jayce Johnson with 11.
No. 20 Arizona State 76, at Georgia 74: Remy Martin scored 21 points, Romello White added 16 and No. 20 Arizona State rallied from an 18-point deficit to beat Georgia.
Martin gave the Sun Devils (8-1) their first lead of the game with a baseline jumper to make it 71-70 with 2:43 remaining.
Rayshaun Hammonds and Tyree Crump each scored 19 points for Georgia (5-4). Nicolas Claxton had nine points and 13 rebounds, but the Bulldogs, looking for their first signature win under coach Tom Crean, were undone by 10 turnovers that led to 12 Arizona State points in the second half.
Tye Fagan’s reverse layup put Georgia back ahead with 25 seconds remaining, but Luguentz Dort beat Claxton off the dribble to make it 75-74 with 11 seconds to go.
at No. 22 Iowa 77, Northern Iowa 54: Tyler Cook had 17 points and 13 rebounds, Luka Garza scored 17, and No. 22 Iowa cruised past Northern Iowa for its second straight win.
Freshman Joe Wieskamp added 10 points for the Hawkeyes (8-2), who opened the game with a 25-7 run and never looked back.
This was the last scheduled game between these two long-time rivals. They had split the last 14 meetings — but the bigger and more athletic Hawkeyes ran roughshod over the scuffling Panthers (4-6) from the opening tip.
Wyatt Lohaus led Northern Iowa with 15 points, but freshman star A.J. Green had just two points on 1-for-8 shooting.
at No. 23 Furman 93, UNC Wilmington 50: Clay Mounce tied his career high with 26 points and had 10 rebounds as No. 23 Furman ran past UNC Wilmington, moving to 12-0.
The Paladins long ago surpassed their best previous start to a season (5-0) and have won 19 of their past 20 games.
Devontae Cacok had 11 points to lead UNC Wilmington (4-7).
Old Dominion 68, at No. 25 Syracuse 62: B.J. Stith scored all of his 18 points in the second half, and Old Dominion overcame an 11-point second-half deficit to stun No. 25 Syracuse 68-62 on Saturday.
Xavier Green had 15 points and Marquis Godwin added 11 for the Monarchs (8-3), who trailed the Orange (7-3) by 13 points late in the first half and by 11 early in the second before rallying for their sixth straight victory.
Three foul shots by Stith and five straight points by Green extended the Monarchs to a 59-53 margin with under three minutes to go. Six points by Stith down the stretch sealed the upset.
No. 25 Indiana 71, Butler 68: Rob Phinisee hit a deep, buzzer-beating 3-pointer, and Juwan Morgan scored a career-high 35 points to give the Indiana a victory over Butler in the Crossroads Classic.
The Hoosiers (9-2) barely won their fourth straight, scrambling to get a shot before time ran out. Phinisee eventually wound up with the ball in his hands and threw up the decisive 25-footer. Sean McDermott made a career-high six 3s and finished with 20 points to lead Butler (7-3), which lost for the first time since Dec. 1.
at No. 25 Kansas State 71, Georgia State 59: Barry Brown had 21 points and No. 25 Kansas State beat Georgia State.
Brown scored the first eight points for the Wildcats (7-2) and was key during a later 7-0 run. K-State let the Panthers hang around with 19 turnovers leading to 25 points as Georgia State again competed well with a Power Five school after wins over Georgia and Alabama this season.
Jeff Thomas led the Panthers (7-4) with 13 points, Nelson Phillips had 11 and D’Marcus Simonds had 10.
Two Wildcats starters went down hurt. Dean Wade injured his right ankle with 13 minutes left, and Kamau Stokes injured his left ankle just a few minutes later. Neither returned, but Wade ended the game with 12 points and Stokes had 15.
at Southern Utah 78, Pepperdine 69 (OT): Cameron Oluyitan scored seven of his 15 points in the final two minutes of overtime for Southern Utah (5-3). Pepperdine (6-5) led 68-64 with 2:43 left in overtime but failed to score another basket.
UC Santa Barbara 99, at Rice 89 (OT): JaQuori McLaughlin scored 22 points before fouling out, and the Gauchos (8-2) went 10 for 10 from the free-throw line in overtime. Max Heidegger also scored 22 in his season debut with the Gauchos.
at UC Irvine 86, Denver 52.: Max Hazzard set career marks with 10 three-pointers and 32 points, and UC Irvine had a program-record 18 three-pointers in a blowout. The Anteaters (10-2) led by double digits for the final 33 minutes.
Loyola Marymount 85, at Portland State 58: James Batemon scored 17 of his 26 points the first half for Loyola Marymount (10-1), which never trailed. Eli Scott finished with 14 points and eight rebounds — both season highs.
UC Riverside at Texas El Paso, Noon
Cal State Fullerton at San Francisco, 1 p.m.
Pacific at Cal State Northridge, 3 p.m.
Cal State Northridge at USC, 2 p.m.
Oklahoma State at UCLA, 2 p.m.
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