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Top 25 Roundup and Breakdowns

Washington St. stuns No. 5 Arizona

Mouhamed Gueye had a double-double to help Washington State build an 18-point second-half lead, and the Cougars ended No. 5 Arizona’s 28-game home winning streak with a historic 74-61 win on Saturday in Tucson, Ariz. Gueye, who had 24 points and 14 rebounds, also provided a dagger with a 3-pointer — only his fourth of the season — for a 68-56 lead with 1:54 left. The Cougars beat a team in the top five of the AP Poll for the first time since defeating No. 4 UCLA in 1983 and for the first time ever on the road.

Washington State (7-10, 2-4 Pac-12) led for most of the game and expanded on a 10-point halftime lead while Arizona (14-2, 3-2) struggled to find offense beyond Azuolas Tubelis, who finished with 29 points and 14 rebounds. The Cougars used a 9-0 run, fueled by a trio of 3-pointers, to go up 53-35 with 12:44 left, but the Wildcats eventually made a charge. Their 14-2 run brought them within 61-56 with 4:47 to go, but TJ Bamba answered with jump shots on back-to-back possessions before Gueye basically sealed the win with his 3-pointer.

No. 3 Kansas 76, West Virginia 62

Gradey Dick scored 16 points to lift the Jayhawks to a victory over the Mountaineers in Morgantown, W. Va. Dick drained four 3-pointers to help the Jayhawks (14-1, 3-0 Big 12) shoot 45.8 percent from beyond the arc (11 of 24) en route to recording their eighth straight win. Jalen Wilson collected 14 points and 14 rebounds and Kevin McCullar Jr. had 12 and eight, respectively. Tre Mitchell recorded 15 points and five rebounds to pace the Mountaineers (10-5, 0-3), who have lost three straight games.

No. 4 UConn 69, Creighton 60

Adama Sanogo poured in 26 points as the Huskies snapped a two-game losing skid with a victory over the Bluejays in Storrs, Conn. Sanogo connected on 10 of 20 shots and hauled in nine rebounds for UConn (15-2, 4-2 Big East), which defeated Creighton (9-7, 3-2) for the first time in six all-time meetings. Jordan Hawkins supplied 17 points and Tristen Newton added 13 for the Huskies, who took care of the ball all afternoon, committing just five turnovers. Arthur Kaluma paced the Bluejays with 14 points and a career-high 16 rebounds. Ryan Nembhard had 12 points, Baylor Scheierman and Trey Alexander each added 11 and Ryan Kalkbrenner was held to nine.

No. 6 Texas 56, Oklahoma State 46

Marcus Carr scored 12 points and Timmy Allen added 11 as the Longhorns bounced back from an embarrassing loss at home with a win over the Cowboys in a Big 12 dustup in Stillwater, Okla. Dillon Mitchell added a career-high 12 rebounds for Texas (13-2, 2-1 Big 12), which prevailed despite shooting 31.5 percent from the field. The Longhorns got defensive after allowing 116 points at home in a loss to Kansas State on Tuesday. Oklahoma State didn’t get half that total on Saturday. The Cowboys (9-6, 1-2) were led by Kalib Boone’s 16 points and 10 rebounds. Oklahoma State shot just 30.4 percent from the field.

No. 7 Alabama 78, Kentucky 52

Brandon Miller had 19 points and seven rebounds, and the Crimson Tide demolished the Wildcats in Southeastern Conference action in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Miller was 7-for-15 from the field with two 3-pointers for Alabama (13-2, 3-0 SEC), which broke a two-game skid against the Wildcats (10-5, 1-2). Mark Sears produced 16 points, six rebounds, six steals and four assists. Jahvon Quinerly had 12 points on 4-of-7 shooting as Alabama sank 26 of 54 shots (48.1 percent). The Wildcats’ Antonio Reeves had 20 points and Sahvir Wheeler added 15, but Oscar Tshiebwe (four points), Cason Wallace (two) and Jacob Toppin (three) — their top three scorers — went 3-for-30 as the club shot just 28.8 percent (21 of 73).

No. 8 Tennessee 85, South Carolina 42

Olivier Nkamhoua poured in a season-high 21 points on 10-for-10 shooting from the field in the Volunteers’ blowout of the Gamecocks in Columbia, S.C. The Volunteers were hitting shots from the opening minutes and rarely let up in adding another romp to their credentials. Nkamhoua, a forward, made one 3-point basket and collected 10 rebounds. He has reached the 20-point mark in two of his last four games. Jonas Aidoo supplied 15 points off the bench, while Santiago Vescovi and Josiah-Jordan James both compiled 12 points for Tennessee (13-2, 3-0 SEC), which reached the 85-point mark for the third time in its last four games. Meechie Johnson racked up 19 points for the Gamecocks (7-8, 0-2).

No. 9 Gonzaga 81, Santa Clara 76

Nolan Hickman scored a career-high 20 points, including a pivotal 3-pointer for the go-ahead basket late, to lead the Bulldogs to a victory over the host Broncos in a West Coast Conference game. Drew Timme added 20 points, six rebounds and four assists, and Julian Strawther finished with 18 points, six rebounds and four assists for Gonzaga (14-3, 3-0 WCC). The game featured 19 lead changes and 11 ties. Santa Clara (14-5, 2-2) scored six unanswered points capped by Carlos Stewart’s jumper with 1:36 remaining to take a 74-73 lead. Gonzaga went without a field goal for 2:27 before Hickman made a 3-pointer with 1:13 remaining to put the Bulldogs ahead 76-74. Hickman was 4 of 5 from 3-point range for the game. Santa Clara was led by Keshawn Justice’s 22 points. Brandin Podziemski added 17 points, seven rebounds and five assists.

No. 11 Virginia 73, Syracuse 66

Armaan Franklin scored 16 points to lead five double-digit scorers as the Cavaliers posted a home win over the Orange in Atlantic Coast Conference action at Charlottesville, Va.

After losing three of their previous five games, the Cavaliers (11-3, 3-2 ACC) authored a much crisper performance in this one, as they shot 12 of 26 from beyond the 3-point arc and led wire-to-wire. Reece Beekman chipped in 13 points and seven assists for Virginia, while Kihei Clark recorded 11 assists. Joe Girard III had 19 points and Judah Mintz pitched in 18 for the Orange (10-6, 3-2), who had won six of their previous seven games.

No. 22 Auburn 72, No. 13 Arkansas 59

The Tigers extended the nation’s longest home winning streak to 27 games by holding the Razorbacks to 33.9 percent shooting from the field. Wendell Green Jr. led Auburn (12-3, 2-1 SEC) with 19 points, and Allen Flanigan added 18 points and eight rebounds off the bench. Johni Broome added his fourth double-double (10 points, 10 rebounds) of the season and blocked six shots. The Tigers had 25 points off 14 Arkansas turnovers. Dynamic freshman Anthony Black led Arkansas (12-3, 1-2) with a game-high 23 points after getting into foul trouble in the first half. He added seven rebounds and four assists. Razorbacks leading scorer Ricky Council IV was limited to 14 points, four below his average, on 5-of-15 shooting.

Illinois 79, No. 14 Wisconsin 69

Terrence Shannon Jr. scored 24 points and Coleman Hawkins added 20 to lead the Fighting Illini to a victory over the Badgers in Big Ten play in Champaign, Ill. Jayden Epps chipped in 15 points, three rebounds and two assists, while Matthew Mayer added 10 points, six rebounds and three assists for Illinois (10-5, 1-3 Big Ten), which has won two of its past three games. Wisconsin (11-3, 3-1), which ended its six-game winning streak, was led by Chucky Hepburn, who had 22 points, seven assists and three rebounds. Steven Crowl added 20 points and a game-high 12 rebounds. Leading 30-27 at halftime, the Illini opened the second half on a 13-3 run to take a 43-30 lead following Hawkins’ 3-pointer with 15:10 left in the game. Hawkins’ sixth 3-pointer of the game made it 64-49 with 5:34 left and the Badgers didn’t get within eight points the rest of the way.

No. 15 Duke 65, Boston College 64

Dariq Whitehead had a season-high 18 points, and fellow freshman Kyle Filipowski made the tying and go-ahead free throws with 12.4 seconds remaining in regulation, as the visiting Blue Devils pulled out a victory over the Eagles in ACC play in Chestnut Hill, Mass.

Boston College’s 7-footer Quinten Post had 16 points and hit a short jumper with 27.9 seconds remaining to give the hosts a 64-63 edge. However, amid a frenzy near the basket on the other end, Filipowski (15 points, nine rebounds) was fouled. He then calmly sank both free throws for Duke (12-4, 3-2 ACC), which went 17 of 19 from the free-throw line to help it win its first league road game in three tries. Playing without injured point guard Jeremy Roach (toe), the Blue Devils led 37-33 at halftime. Post paced Boston College with 16 points and six boards, while Makai Ashton-Langford added 12 points.

No. 25 Iowa State 69, No. 17 TCU 67

Gabe Kalscheur’s 3-point shot with 1.3 seconds remaining lifted the Cyclones to a victory over the Horned Frogs in Big 12 play in Fort Worth, Texas. Kalscheur’s game-winning shot from the left wing came after TCU’s Mike Miles Jr. hit two free throws after being fouled while taking a 3-pointer to give the Horned Frogs a one-point lead with 23.2 seconds left. Kalscheur, who missed his first five shots from beyond the arc, finished with 15 points for the Cyclones (12-2, 3-0 Big 12), who ended TCU’s 11-game winning streak. Tre King added 12 points for Iowa State. Tamin Lipsey and Robert Jones each added 10 points and four rebounds for Iowa State, which won its fifth straight game. TCU (13-2, 2-1) was led by Miles, who had 18 points, and Damion Baugh, who added 17 points, a game-high seven rebounds and five assists.

No. 18 Xavier 88, Villanova 80

Zach Freemantle had 29 points and 11 rebounds, and the Musketeers defeated the host Wildcats. Souley Boum hit all 10 of his free-throw attempts and finished with 22 points and 10 rebounds, and Adam Kunkel contributed 15 points for Xavier (13-3, 5-0 Big East), which won its ninth game in a row. The Musketeers have started conference play 5-0 for the first time since joining the conference in 2013-14. It was also Xavier’s first-ever win in Villanova’s on-campus arena. Cam Whitmore led the Wildcats (8-8, 2-3) with 26 points, while Caleb Daniels added 23 and Eric Dixon had 19.

Kansas State 97, No. 19 Baylor 95 (OT)

Ismael Massoud hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 36.1 seconds remaining in overtime and the visiting Wildcats held on for a win over the Bears in Big 12 play in Waco, Texas.

Markquis Nowell had a game-high 32 points by going 8 of 16 from the field, including 4 of 7 from 3-point range, as well as hitting 12 of 13 from the free-throw line. He added 14 assists. Keyontae Johnson tallied 24 points and nine rebounds for the Wildcats (14-1, 3-0 Big 12), who have won eight straight. Massoud finished with 13 points, including five in overtime, with Nae’Qwan Tomlin chipping in nine points and eight rebounds. Baylor (10-5, 0-3), which has lost three straight, was led by Adam Flagler, who had 23 points and seven assists. Keyonte George had 22 points, with Flo Thamba chipping in 14 points and seven rebounds.

No. 20 Missouri 85, Vanderbilt 82

Kobe Brown and DeAndre Gholston scored 18 points apiece as the Tigers defeated the Commodores in Columbia, Mo. D’Moi Hodge scored 17 points and Noah Carter added 16 for Missouri (13-2, 2-1 SEC). Liam Robbins led Vanderbilt (8-7, 1-1) with 16 points. Jordan Wright scored 14 points, Ezra Manjon had 12 and Trey Thomas added 10.

Vanderbilt outrebounded Missouri 46-27, but the Tigers made 27 of 31 free-throw attempts while the Commodores made just 8 of 12.

UNLV 84, No. 21 New Mexico 77

The Rebels rallied from a 12-point deficit in the first half to stun the Lobos behind 55.6 percent shooting in the second half. EJ Harkless scored 21 of his 25 points in the second half before fouling out, including a clutch jumper with 40 seconds to play for an 80-74 Rebels lead. Keshon Gilbert added 14 points, five assists and four steals for UNLV (12-3, 1-2 Mountain West), which won its first conference game. Morris Udeze had 22 points and 13 rebounds, and Jamal Mashburn Jr. added 19 points for the Lobos (14-2, 2-2).

No. 23 College of Charleston 75, Delaware 64

Dalton Bolon and reserve Ben Burnham both scored 13 points and the Cougars responded in the final 9 1/2 minutes after falling behind to beat the Blue Hens at Charleston, S.C.

Ryan Larson’s 12 points and Ante Brzovic’s 11 points and 12 rebounds were also key for the Cougars (16-1, 4-0 Colonial Athletic Association). Charleston used a 24-7 scoring edge on free throws and a 46-36 rebounding margin to win its 15th game in a row. Jyare Davis racked up 18 points, Christian Ray had 14, Cavan Reilly posted 12 and LJ Owens added 10 for Delaware (9-7, 1-2). Delaware took a one-point lead with 11:34 to play, wiping out what had been a nine-point hole earlier in the half. But shortly afterward, the Cougars had a response, scoring seven straight points in a 78-second stretch to go up 57-51. –Field Level Media


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