No. 1 Virginia passes road test at Miami
Published 12:00 am Wednesday, February 14, 2018
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — New No. 1 Virginia looked the part Tuesday, never trailing and holding Miami to 38 percent shooting to win 59-50.
Virginia’s De’Andre Hunter scored 22 points, including a four-point play. But defense was the difference for the Cavaliers, who limited an opponent to 50 points or less for the 12th time.
The Cavaliers (24-2, 13-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) won in their first game since 1982 as the No. 1 team. They bounced back from an overtime home loss Saturday to Virginia Tech that ended a 15-game winning streak.
The Hurricanes (18-7, 7-6) lost their second in a row, and lost at home for only the second time.
No. 2 MICHIGAN STATE 87, MINNESOTA 57
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jaren Jackson Jr. scored a career-high 27 points on 10-for-14 shooting and the Spartans cruised to their ninth consecutive victory.
The Spartans (25-3, 13-2) notched their best 28-game record under coach Tom Izzo and pulled within a half-game of first-place Ohio State in the Big Ten despite just five points in 25 minutes from star Miles Bridges.
Nick Ward had 13 points and nine rebounds and Cassius Winston pitched in 12 points for the Spartans, who made their first six 3-point attempts and finished 14 for 22 from behind the arc.
No. 7 TEXAS TECH 88, No. 23 OKLAHOMA 78
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Keenan Evans scored 26 points and Texas Tech beat Oklahoma in Division I scoring leader Trae Young’s first college game in the city where he was born.
Young, the son of former Texas Tech player Rayford Young, missed all nine 3-pointers while finishing with 19 points in front of a hostile Lubbock crowd that booed him just about every time he touched the ball in the Sooners’ fourth straight loss.
The Red Raiders (22-4, 10-3 Big 12) won their seventh straight game, including a six-game Big 12 run that’s the best in the conference this season. They tied the Sooners for the most Top 25 wins nationally this season at six.
No. 13 KANSAS 83, IOWA STATE 77
AMES, Iowa (AP) — Udoka Azubuike scored 19 points, Malik Newman had 17 and Kansas bounced back from a brutal loss at Baylor.
Lagerald Vick scored 16 points for the Jayhawks (20-6, 9-4 Big 12), who shot 48.4 percent from the floor and committed just seven turnovers. Kansas took a five-point lead into the break after Nick Weiler-Babb’s long 3 to end the half was waved off, and it quickly jumped ahead by 11 early in the second half.
Freshman Cameron Lard scored 19 points with 11 rebounds for Iowa State (13-12, 4-9).
No. 16 RHODE ISLAND 85, RICHMOND 67
KINGSTON, R.I. (AP) — Jared Terrell had 17 points and Rhode Island extended its winning streak to 16 games.
Cyril Langevine added 15 points and six rebounds off the bench for the Rams (21-3, 13-0 Atlantic 10), who now have the longest single-season streak in school history. The longest ever was 22 games over two seasons in 1937-38 and 1938-39.
But the Rams were dealt a blow late in the first half when senior guard E.C. Matthews left the game with a left knee injury after getting tangled up with Richmond’s Grant Golden on a loose ball. Coach Danny Hurley said the prognosis for Matthews was good.
URI has won four of last five meetings with the Spiders (9-16, 7-6).
No. 18 TENNESSEE 70, SOUTH CAROLINA 67
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Grant Williams scored 22 points and made a big basket in the closing seconds Tuesday as No. 18 Tennessee edged South Carolina 70-67 to hand the Gamecocks their sixth consecutive loss.
Tennessee (19-6, 9-4 SEC) has won seven of its last eight and 10 of its last 12. The Volunteers got back on track three nights after losing 78-50 at Alabama for their most lopsided defeat of the season.
South Carolina (13-13, 4-9) continued its slide as the Gamecocks have spent the last three weeks falling out of NCAA Tournament contention one season after their first Final Four appearance.
MISSOURI 62, No. 21 TEXAS A&M 58
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Kassius Robertson scored 16 points, Jordan Barnett added 15 and Missouri pushed its winning streak to five games.
The Tigers (18-8, 8-5 Southeastern Conference) played solid defense and clean offense, but struggled in the last five minutes, against struggling with the press.
Up two points with 14 seconds left, Missouri turned the ball over on an inbound. Texas A&M’s Robert Williams missed a layup with a chance to tie, and the Tigers closed it out at the free-throw line.
T.J. Starks and Admon Gilder led the Aggies (17-9, 6-7) with 14 points each.