College Basketball: Top 25 Roundup
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SPOKANE, Wash. — Elias Harris had 20 points and nine rebounds as No. 2 Gonzaga beat Portland 81-52 on Saturday to stake a claim to its first-ever No. 1 ranking in The Associated Press’ Top 25.
Kelly Olynyk added 15 points and 11 rebounds for Gonzaga (29-2, 16-0 West Coast), which had already clinched the West Coast Conference regular season title and the top seed in next weekend’s tournament. Gary Bell Jr. added 14 points.
Gonzaga, winner of 12 consecutive games since a last-second loss at Butler, has escaped the losses that have afflicted other teams at or near the top of the poll in recent weeks. That included a loss by top-ranked Indiana to Minnesota earlier this week that opened the door for the Bulldogs.
No. 1 INDIANA 73, IOWA 60BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Cody Zeller overcame a sluggish start to score 22 points and Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell added a career-high 19 as No. 1 Indiana got past Iowa 73-60 on Saturday night.
The Hoosiers (25-4, 13-3 Big Ten) rebounded from this week’s loss to Minnesota.
No. 6 KANSAS 91, WEST VIRGINIA 65
LAWRENCE, Kan. — Ben McLemore scored a Kansas freshman-record 36 points, and Jeff Withey came within one block of a triple-double.
Withey’s nine blocks ran his Big 12-and Kansas-career record to 281. He had 14 points and 10 rebounds as the Jayhawks (25-4, 13-3 Big 12).
No. 8 FLORIDA 64, ALABAMA 52GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Casey Prather had 10 points and nine rebounds, most of them in the second half, and Florida rallied from an eight-point deficit.
The Gators used a 15-0 ruErik Murphy led Florida (23-5, 13-3 SEC) with 15 points. Kenny Boynton added 13, and Scottie Wilbekin chipped in 11.
Trevor Releford led the Tide (19-10, 11-5) with 12 points.
No. 10 LOUISVILLE 58, No. 12 SYRACUSE 53
SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Luke Hancock hit a 3-pointer from the corner to break a tie with 50 seconds left for Louisville, which lost to Syracuse earlier this season.
It was the third straight loss for Syracuse (22-7, 10-6 Big East).
Louisville (24-5, 12-4) snapped a three-game losing streak against Syracuse/.
No. 13 KANSAS ST. 64, Baylor 61
WACO, Texas— Rodney McGruder hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer and 13th-ranked Kansas State (24-5, 13-3), won its fifth straight to maintain a share of the Big 12 lead with sixth-ranked Kansas with two games left.
No. 14 NEW MEXICO 53, WYOMING 42
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Alex Kirk had 15 points and nine rebounds and New Mexico clinched the Mountain West Conference regular season title.
The Lobos (25-4, 12-2 MWC) went 21 for 27 from the free throw line in winning or sharing the title for fifth time in the last six seasons. Cameron Bairstow contribut
No. 15 OKLAHOMA STATE 78, TEXAS 65
STILLWATER, Okla. — Oklahoma State (22-6, 12-4 Big 12) took advantage of two of turnovers to score the final eight points of the first half and start an 18-2 run that carried beyond halftime.
No. 18 ST. LOUIS 66, GWU 58WASHINGTON — Dwayne Evans finished with 22 points and 12 rebounds and Kwamain Mitchell added 18 points as Saint Louis won its 11th straight game.
With two games remaining in the regular season, Saint Louis (23-5, 12-2 Atlantic 10) holds a one-game lead over Virginia Commonwealth.
No. 19 MEMPHIS 76, CENTRAL FLORIDA 67
ORLANDO, Fla. — Joe Jackson and Chris Crawford both scored 19 points and Memphis claimed its eighth Conference USA championship.
Adonis Thomas added 12 points for the Tigers (25-4, 14-0 CUSA), who gave coach Josh Pastner his 100th career win, all at Memphis.
VCU 84, No. 20 BUTLER 52RICHMOND, Va. — In a much anticipated rematch of their unlikely meeting in the national semifinals in Houston in 2011, the Rams (23-6, 11-3 Atlantic 10) dominated, forcing 14 turnovers in the first half on their way to a 45-21 lead.
Butler (22-7, 9-5) scored the first seven points after halftime to close within 17, but Briante Weber and Treveon Graham both scored five points in a 10-4 run and it was pretty much over, allowing the Rams to clinch one of the top four seeds in the conference tournament later this month.
No. 22 MARQUETTE 72, No. 21 NOTRE DAME 64
MILWAUKEE — Jamil Wilson scored 17 points in the second half, including seven down the stretch, for the Golden Eagles (21-7, 12-4 Big East). His two free throws were the final points in the game.
Jerian Grant scored 21 points and Eric Atkins added 16 for Notre Dame (22-7, 10-6).