College Basketball: Top 25 roundup
The Top 25 roundup …
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. ó Jared Sullinger had 27 points and 16 rebounds, and top-ranked Ohio State scored 14 straight points in the second half to rally past No. 23 Illinois 73-68 on Saturday.
Aaron Craft made two free throws with 15 seconds left and Jon Diebler forced an Illinois turnover with 4 seconds on the clock to help the unbeaten Buckeyes (20-0, 7-0 Big Ten) hold on.
Jereme Richmond had 18 points and 10 rebounds for Illinois (14-6, 4-3), and Mike Tisdale added 15 points. Demetri McCamey, who leads the Illini with 16.2 points a game, scored just five on 2-of-11 shooting.
The Buckeyes trailed by eight with 12:51 left before going on a 14-0 surge.
No. 10 Texas 74, No. 2 Kansas 63
LAWRENCE, Kan. ó J’Covan Brown scored 23 points and keyed a second-half Texas surge that erased a 15-point deficit and snapped Kansas’ 69-game home winning streak.
Kansas scored the game’s first 10 points and led by as many as 15 in the early going. But Texas (16-3, 4-0 Big 12) outscored the Jayhawks 36-13 while turning a 12-point halftime deficit into a 59-48 lead on a 3-pointer by Cory Joseph.
The Jayhawks (18-1, 3-1) had not lost at home since Feb. 3, 2007, the longest current streak in the nation, and were 7-0 at home against Texas since the inception of the Big 12 in 1996.
No. 7 Villanova 83, No. 3 Syracuse 72
SYRACUSE, N.Y. ó Maalik Wayns scored 17 of his 21 points in the first half as Villanova took a big lead and then held on to beat Syracuse in front of a raucous Carrier Dome crowd.
It was the second straight game for each squad against a top-10 team. Villanova (17-2, 5-1 Big East) lost 61-59 at No. 8 Connecticut on Monday, when the Orange (18-2, 5-2) lost 74-66 at fifth-ranked Pitt. Syracuse had won 16 straight at the Carrier Dome dating to last February, but disappointed a season-high crowd of 33,736, second-largest in the building’s history.
The Wildcats hit eight 3-pointers in the first half, then withstood Syracuse’s rally.
No. 5 Pittsburgh 80, DePaul 50
CHICAGO ó Gilbert Brown scored 17 points and Ashton Gibbs added 13 to lead Pittsburgh over DePaul.
With the exception of a brief lapse early in the second half, the Panthers (19-1, 7-0 Big East) cruised to their ninth straight win.
No. 8 Connecticut 72, Tennessee 61
HARTFORD, Conn.ó Kemba Walker scored a season-low 16 points but that was enough to help Connecticut beat Tennessee.
Jeremy Lamb also scored 16 points for UConn (16-2), which has won five in a row. Melvin Goins had 15 points for Tennessee (12-7).
No. 9 BYU 94, Colorado State 85
FORT COLLINS, Colo. ó Jimmer Fredette scored 42 points, his second 40-plus performance in a week, and Brigham Young beat Colorado State for its ninth straight victory.
Fredette, the nation’s leading scorer, had a season-high 47 points in a win over Utah on Tuesday. This time, he made 16 of 17 free throws and shot 11 of 24 from the field, including 4 of 9 from 3-point range, to lead the Cougars (19-1, 5-0 Mountain West) in scoring for 18th time in 20 games.
No. 11 Texas A&M 64, Kansas State 56
COLLEGE STATION, Texas ó Khris Middleton had 18 points and Texas A&M (17-2, 4-1 Big 12) made 13 free throws in the last 2 minutes to hold off struggling Kansas State.
Jacob Pullen scored 21 points to lead Kansas State (13-7, 1-4), which has lost four of five.
No. 12 Kentucky 67, South Carolina 58
COLUMBIA, S.C. ó Brandon Knight scored 23 points for Kentucky (15-4, 3-2). Sam Muldrow tied his career high with 23 points and grabbed 13 rebounds for the Gamecocks (12-6, 3-2).
No. 13 Missouri 87, Iowa State 54
COLUMBIA, Mo. ó Ricardo Ratliffe matched his career best with six blocked shots and Michael Dixon had 15 points with three 3-pointers, helping Missouri rout Iowa State.
Missouri (17-3, 3-2) had the game over by halftime, forging a 22-point lead with play dominant enough to overcome its own mistakes, including nine turnovers and 5-for-14 shooting from 3-point range.
No. 14 Purdue 86, No. 17 Michigan St. 76
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. ó E’Twaun Moore scored 26 points, and JaJuan Johnson had 20 for Purdue.
Lewis Jackson added a career-high 19 points for the Boilermakers (17-3, 6-1 Big Ten), who remained one game behind No. 1 Ohio State in the conference standings heading into their showdown in Columbus on Tuesday night.
Draymond Green had 21 points, 11 rebounds and six assists, and Delvon Roe added 16 points for the Spartans (12-7, 4-3). Kalin Lucas finished with nine points on 3-for-16 shooting, fouled out and was outplayed by Jackson throughout the night.
Providence 72, No. 19 Louisville 67
PROVIDENCE, R.I. ó Marshon Brooks scored 27 points and Gerard Coleman had a season-high 19 to lead Providence over No. 19 Louisville (15-4, 4-2).
No. 20 Washington 88, Arizona State 75
SEATTLE ó Matthew Bryan-Amaning carried Washington with a career-high 30 points and nine rebounds, and the Huskies (15-4, 7-1 Pac-10) matched their best conference start in 24 years with a win over scrappy Arizona State.
Vanderbilt 89, No. 22 Saint Mary’s 70
NASHVILLE, Tenn. ó John Jenkins and Jeffery Taylor each scored 19 points and Vanderbilt (14-4) snapped Saint Mary’s 11-game winning streak in the last non-conference game for both teams.
No. 25 Cincinnati 53, St. John’s 51
NEW YORK ó Yancy Gates’ three-point play with 8 seconds remaining gave Cincinnati (17-3, 4-3) a close victory over St. John’s (11-7, 4-4).