College basketball roundup: No. 1 Gonzaga routs Pacific for 19th straight win
SPOKANE, Wash. — Drew Timme scored 22 points and freshman Jalen Suggs came close to a triple-double, helping top-ranked Gonzaga rout Pacific 95-49 on Saturday night for its 19th consecutive victory dating to last season.
Corey Kispert had 16 points and Joel Ayayi added 12 for Gonzaga (15-0, 6-0 West Coast Conference), which won its 47th consecutive home game — the longest streak in the nation. Suggs finished with nine points, 11 rebounds and eight assists.
Daniss Jenkins scored 17 points for Pacific (5-3, 2-2), which tried to play its slowdown game but was undone by poor shooting.
Gonzaga shot 49%, while Pacific made just 27.9% of its attempts, including two of 16 from three-point range.
Stanford’s Oscar da Silva made a layup at the buzzer on an inbounds play to give UCLA its first Pac-12 loss this season, 73-72 in overtime in Santa Cruz.
No. 2 Baylor 81, Oklahoma State 66
STILLWATER, Okla. — Jared Butler scored 22 points, and Baylor overcame a halftime deficit to beat undermanned Oklahoma State.
Cowboys guard Cade Cunningham, the Big 12 Conference’s leading scorer, did not play because of COVID-19 protocols. Key reserve Rondel Walker also sat out, leaving the team with eight players available.
Oklahoma State still pushed the Bears, leading in the early minutes of the second half before Baylor took control. The Bears shot 53% after the break.
Mark Vital scored a career-high 19 points and Davion Mitchell had eight points and nine assists for Baylor (14-0, 7-0). Kalib Boone scored a career-high 21 points for Oklahoma State (9-4, 3-4).
No. 3 Villanova 71, Providence 56
VILLANOVA, Pa. — Collin Gillespie and Justin Moore scored 15 points apiece, and Villanova beat Providence for its eighth straight victory.
Caleb Daniels added 12 points and Jermaine Samuels had 10 for the Wildcats (10-1, 5-0 Big East).
Alyn Breed scored 18 points for the Friars (8-7, 4-5).
Villanova was back on the court for just the second time since Dec. 23 because of multiple COVID-19 stoppages. The Wildcats eked out a 76-74 home win over Seton Hall in their return Tuesday.
No. 19 Missouri 73, No. 6 Tennessee 64
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Xavier Pinson scored 27 points to lead Missouri past Tennessee.
Pinson became the first opponent to score more than 20 points against the Volunteers this season. Dru Smith added 18 for the Tigers (10-2, 4-2 Southeastern Conference).
Yves Pons led Tennessee (10-3, 4-3) with 20 points. Victor Bailey and Josiah-Jordan James each scored 12.
Freshman Evan Mobley scored a season-best 25 points as USC prevailed 76-68 at California on Saturday night and ended a frustrating week with a win.
No. 8 Houston 68, Temple 51
PHILADELPHIA — Marcus Sasser and Quentin Grimes each scored 15 points, and Houston rolled to its sixth straight victory, beating Temple.
The Cougars (13-1, 8-1 American Athletic Conference) also beat the Owls on Dec. 22. Grimes and Sasser hit consecutive early threes to build a 19-point lead. Jake Forrester led Temple (3-4, 2-4) with 15 points, and Khalif Battle had 14.
Oklahoma 75, No. 9 Kansas 68
NORMAN, Okla. — De’Vion Harmon scored 22 points, and Oklahoma beat Kansas for its second victory of the month over a top-10 opponent.
The Sooners (9-4, 5-3 Big 12) have won three of their last four games against the Jayhawks (10-5, 4-4) in Norman and are 8-1 at home this season — including a victory over then-No. 9 West Virginia on Jan. 2.
Kansas was coming off losses at Oklahoma State and No. 2 Baylor and has lost three straight games for the first time since February 2013. Marcus Garrett had 21 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Jayhawks.
No. 15 Ohio State 74, No. 10 Wisconsin 62
MADISON, Wis.— E.J. Liddell scored 20 points, and Ohio State never trailed in a victory over Wisconsin .
Ohio State (12-4, 6-4 Big Ten) has beaten top-15 teams in each of its last three road games to underscore the conference’s lack of a true home-court advantage this season with no spectators because of the pandemic. The Buckeyes beat then-No. 15 Rutgers on Jan. 9 and then-No. 14 Illinois on Jan. 16. Illinois is now 22nd and Rutgers unranked.
Aleem Ford scored 13 points to lead the Badgers (12-4, 6-3). They lost for the second time in their last 20 home games.
No. 11 Creighton 74, No. 23 Connecticut 66
OMAHA — Denzel Mahoney scored 20 points, and Creighton broke open a close game in the last 10 minutes to beat Connecticut.
The Bluejays (11-4, 7-3 Big East) shot 58% in the second half to avoid their first three-game losing streak since February 2019. Mahoney made eight of 14 shots from the field.
R.J. Cole scored 14 points for UConn (7-3, 4-3).
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No. 13 Virginia 64, Georgia Tech 62
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Sam Hauser scored 11 of his 22 points during a 15-2 second-half run, and Virginia survived a scare before rallying to beat Georgia Tech.
Kihei Clark scored only two points for the Cavaliers (10-2, 6-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), but they came on a short jumper with 1:09 left that broke a 62-all tie.
Jose Alvarado scored 20 points and had eight assists, and Jordan Usher scored 15 of his 19 points in the first half for the Yellow Jackets (7-4, 3-2). They saw their five-game winning streak end.
No. 14 West Virginia 69, Kansas State 47
MANHATTAN, Kan. — Miles McBride scored 18 points to help West Virginia beat Kansas State in the Mountaineers’ first game in two weeks because of COVID-19 protocols..
Jalen Bridges added 12 points and Taz Sherman had 10 for West Virginia (10-4, 3-3 Big 12).
Mike McGuirl led Kansas State (5-11, 1-7) with 15 points The Wildcats had 28 turnovers, the most by a Big 12 team this season and the most in a game under coach Bruce Weber.
Syracuse 78, No. 16 Virginia Tech 60
SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Quincy Guerrier had 20 points, Marek Doelzaj added 18, and Alan Griffin had 15 points, 10 rebounds and a career-high seven blocks to help Syracuse beat Virginia Tech.
Virginia Tech closed to 47-44 on a lay-in by David N’Guessan with 13:45 to go, then the Orange (9-4, 3-3 ACC) outscored the Hokies 31-9 to build their biggest lead of the game at 78-53.
Nahiem Alleyne led Virginia Tech (11-3, 5-2) with 20 points.
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Maryland 63, No. 17 Minnesota 49
MINNEAPOLIS — Eric Ayala had 21 points and three steals to help Maryland deliver another road upset of a ranked Big Ten opponent, a wire-to-wire victory over Minnesota.
Donta Scott added 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Terrapins (9-7, 3-6). They limited Minnesota’s Liam Robbins to six points on two-for-six shooting before the 7-footer fouled out.
Marcus Carr had 25 points and seven rebounds for the Gophers (11-5, 4-5). They lost at home for the first time in 12 games this season.
No. 18 Alabama 81, Mississippi State 73
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Herbert Jones had 17 points and seven assists to help streaking Alabama beat Mississippi State.
The Crimson Tide (13-3, 8-0 SEC) won their ninth straight overall and have won eight consecutive SEC games for the first time since starting league play 8-0 in the 1986-87 season. The Bulldogs (9-7, 4-4) cut an 11-point second-half deficit to three in the final minute, but John Petty Jr. answered with a three-pointer with 32 seconds left.
D.J. Stewart Jr. led Mississippi State with 27 points.
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Florida State 80, No. 20 Clemson 61
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Balsa Koprivica had 13 points and 10 rebounds, and Florida State pulled away early to rout Clemson for its fourth straight victory.
Sardaar Calhoun added a career-best 13 points for the Seminoles (9-2, 5-1 ACC). He made four of five three-pointers.
John Newman III scored 12 points for the Tigers (9-4, 3-4).
Oregon State 75, No. 21 Oregon 64
EUGENE, Ore. — Ethan Thompson scored 19 points, Warith Alatishe had 14 points and 16 rebounds, and Oregon State beat Oregon.
Jarod Lucas added 13 points, and the Beavers (8-5, 4-3 Pac-12) had a 43-23 rebounding edge en route to their third straight victory.
Thompson, a senior guard, joined Gary Payton as the only players in school history with at least 1,400 points and 400 assists. He was three for 11 from the field but made 12 of 14 free throws
Eugene Omoruyi had 15 points and nine rebounds for Oregon (9-3, 4-2), playing without four projected starters. Freshman guard Jalen Terry had 13 points.
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