TOP 25: No. 2 Baylor Tops Oklahoma State
STILLWATER, Okla (AP) — Jared Butler scored 22 points and No. 2 Baylor overcame a halftime deficit to beat undermanned Oklahoma State 81-66 on Saturday.
Oklahoma State guard Cade Cunningham, the Big 12 Conference’s leading scorer, did not play because of COVID-19 protocols. Key reserve Rondel Walker also sat out, leaving the team with eight players available.
The Cowboys still pushed the Bears, leading in the early minutes of the second half before Baylor took control. The Bears shot 53% after the break.
Mark Vital scored a career-high 19 points, and Davion Mitchell had eight points and nine assists for Baylor (14-0, 7-0). Kalib Boone scored a career-high 21 points for Oklahoma State (9-4, 3-4).
NO. 3 VILLANOVA 71,
VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) — Collin Gillespie and Justin Moore scored 15 points apiece and Villanova beat Providence for its eighth straight victory.
Caleb Daniels added 12 points and Jermaine Samuels had 10 for Villanova (10-1, 5-0 Big East).
Alyn Breed scored 18 points for Providence (8-7, 4-5).
Villanova was back on the court for just the second time since Dec. 23 due to multiple COVID-19 stoppages. The Wildcats eked out a 76-74 home win over Seton Hall in their return Tuesday.
NO. 8 HOUSTON 68,
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Marcus Sasser and Quentin Grimes each scored 15 points and Houston rolled to its sixth straight victory, beating Temple.
The Cougars (13-1, 8-1 American Athletic Conference) also beat the Owls on Dec. 22. Grimes and Sasser hit consecutive early 3s to build a 19-point lead. Jake Forrester led the Owls (3-4, 2-4) with 15 points, and Khalif Battle had 14.
NO. 9 KANSAS 68
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — De’Vion Harmon scored 22 points and Oklahoma beat Kansas for its second victory of the month over a Top 10 opponent.
Oklahoma (9-4, 5-3 Big 12) has won three of its last four games against Kansas (10-5, 4-4) in Norman and is 8-1 at home this season — including a victory over then-No. 9 West Virginia on Jan. 2.
Coming off losses at Oklahoma State and No. 2 Baylor, Kansas has lost three straight games for the first time since February 2013. Marcus Garrett had 21 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Jayhawks.
NO. 11 CREIGHTON 74,
NO. 23 UCONN 66
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Denzel Mahoney scored 20 points and Creighton broke open a close game in the last 10 minutes to beat Connecticut.
The Bluejays (11-4, 7-3 Big East) shot 58% in the second half to avoid their first three-game losing streak since February 2019. Mahoney made 8 of 14 shots from the field.
R.J. Cole scored 14 points for UConn (7-3, 4-3).
NO. 13 VIRGINIA 64,
GEORGIA TECH 62
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Sam Hauser scored 11 of his 22 points during a 15-2 second-half run and Virginia survived a scare before rallying to beat Georgia Tech.
Kihei Clark scored only two points for Virginia (10-2, 6-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), but they came on a short jumper with 1:09 left that broke a 62-all tie.
Jose Alvarado scored 20 points and had eight assists, and Jordan Usher scored 15 of his 19 points in the first half for the Yellow Jackets (7-4, 3-2). They had their five-game winning streak snapped.
NO. 16 VIRGINIA TECH 60
SYRACUSE, N .Y. (AP) — Quincy Guerrier had 20 points, Marek Doelzaj added 18 and Alan Griffin had 15 points, 10 rebounds and a career-high seven blocks to help Syracuse beat Virginia Tech.
Virginia Tech closed to 47-44 on a lay-in by David N’Guessan with 13:45 to go, then Syracuse (9-4, 3-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) outscored the Hokies 31-9 to build its biggest lead of the game at 78-53.
Nahiem Alleyne led the Hokies (11-3, 5-2) with 20 points.
NO. 17 MINNESOTA 49
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Eric Ayala had 21 points and three steals to help Maryland deliver another road upset of a ranked Big Ten opponent, a wire-to-wire victory over Minnesota.
Donta Scott added 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Terrapins (9-7, 3-6). They limited Minnesota’s Liam Robbins to six points on 2-for-6 shooting before the 7-footer fouled out.
Marcus Carr had 25 points and seven rebounds for the Gophers (11-5, 4-5). They lost at home for the first time in 12 games this season.
NO. 18 ALABAMA 81,
MISSISSIPPI STATE 73
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Herbert Jones had 17 points and seven assists to help streaking Alabama beat Mississippi State.
The Crimson Tide (13-3, 8-0 Southeastern Conference) won its ninth straight overall and has won eight consecutive SEC games for the first time since starting league play 8-0 in the 1986-87 season. The Bulldogs (9-7, 4-4) cut an 11-point second-half deficit down to three in the final minute, but John Petty Jr. answered with a 3-pointer with 32 seconds left.
D.J. Stewart Jr. led Mississippi State with 27 points.
FLORIDA STATE 80,
NO. 20 CLEMSON 61
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Balsa Koprivica had 13 points and 10 rebounds and Florida State pulled away early to rout Clemson for its fourth straight victory.
Sardaar Calhoun added a career-best 13 points for Florida State (9-2, 5-1 Atlantic Coast Conference). He made 4 of 5 3-pointers.
John Newman III scored 12 points for Clemson (9-4, 3-4).
NO. 24 UCLA 72, OT
SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — Oscar da Silva scored off an inbound pass as time expired in overtime to lift Stanford over UCLA, ending the Bruins’ unbeaten streak in the Pac-12.
Da Silva finished with 26 points, the last coming on a layup off a set piece with 0.8 seconds remaining. Da Silva cut down the lane, received Michael O’Connell’s feed from under the basket and banked the winning shot in with his left hand.
Jaiden Dalaire added 19 points for the Cardinal (9-5, 5-3 Pac-12) . Johnny Juzang scored a career-high 27 points for the Bruins (12-3, 8-1).
WAKE FOREST 76, PITT 75
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Ismael Massoud had a career-high 31 points and made 8 of 10 from 3-point range, Wake Forest coach Steve Forbes earned the first ACC win of his coaching career, and the Demon Deacons beat Pittsburgh 76-75 on Saturday.
Massoud’s eight 3s tied for third best in program history. Childress is currently an assistant coach for Wake Forest.