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Kansas slips by Kentucky in big tilt

CHICAGO (AP) — Svi Mykhailiuk scored 17 points, and Devonte Graham hit the clinching free throws to give No. 4 Kansas a 65-61 victory over No. 7 Kentucky on Tuesday night and put coach Bill Self in a tie for second with Roy Williams on the Jayhawks’ all-time wins list.

In a game that matched the two winningest Division I programs, the Jayhawks (2-0) prevailed after the two teams spent most of the second half trading baskets and leads.

Malik Newman had a key rebound in the closing seconds and hit two foul shots to help Kansas knock off the Wildcats (2-1). The down-to-wire game capped a powerhouse doubleheader that started with No. 1 Duke beating No. 2 Michigan State 88-81 in the opener.

Kevin Knox led Kentucky with 20 points and Hamidou Diallo added 14.

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YOUNGSTOWN STATE GETS 37 STEALS IN RECORD 134-46 WIN

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — Michael Akuchie scored 28 points and Youngstown State set school records for points scored and margin of victory in their 134-46 win over Division III member Franciscan University on Tuesday night.

Garrett Covington added 16 points, eight assists and seven steals, which tied the school record, as the Penguins (1-1) also had a school-record 37 steals.

The previous records were 30 steals, against Central State on Dec. 15, 1997, 133 points scored, against St. Vincent on Jan. 5, 1967, and a 75-point margin of victory, 121-46, vs. New Hampshire Dec. 14, 1974.

NO. 5 VILLANOVA 113, NICHOLLS 77

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Mikal Bridges set career highs with 23 points and four blocks, and Villanova swatted away a school-record 13 shots.

Donte DiVincenzo added 20 points, Jalen Brunson had 17 and the Wildcats (2-0) had six players in double figures while shooting 58 percent from the field in their second straight blowout of an inferior opponent.

Zaquavian Smith scored 25 points and Roddy Peters had 17 for the Colonels (1-1), who trailed by as many as 38 points.

NO. 17 GONZAGA 106, HOWARD 69

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Freshman Zach Norvell Jr. scored 18 points and freshman Corey Kispert added 13 for Gonzaga.

Johnathan Williams and Rui Hachimura each scored 12 points for Gonzaga (2-0).

R.J. Cole scored 16 points for Howard (0-3), which is playing 13 of its 16 non-conference games on the road.

Howard shot just 30 percent in the game and was outrebounded 51-33. Gonzaga made 14 3-pointers.

Tyree Robinson also scored 16 points, Braun Hatfield had 14, and Devin Haygood and Jaylen Benton scored 10 each in their home opener and first program win for coach Jerrod Calhoun.

Benton had five steals, Hartfield and Naz Bohannon had four each, and Benton got the steal that broke the record.

Akuchie scored seven points in the opening 9-2 Penguin run and Youngstown State never trailed in building a 61-20 halftime lead after scoring 41 points off of 20 Baron turnovers.

Youngstown State shot 54 percent and finished with 83 points off of 49 turnovers. They outscored the Barons 80-26 in the paint and scored 32 second-chance points to their four.

Juwan Perkins led Franciscan, which plays in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference, with 10 points.

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