Cowboys snap Jayhawks’ streak
LAWRENCE, Kan. — Markel Brown scored 28 points, Marcus Smart added 25 and Oklahoma State held on to upset No. 2 Kansas 85-80 on Saturday, ending the Jayhawks’ nation-leading 18-game winning streak.
Smart had a pair of key putbacks in the closing minutes, helping the Cowboys (15-5, 5-3 Big 12) go on a 13-2 run that turned a 66-62 deficit into a 73-68 lead with just over a minute left.
The Jayhawks (19-2, 7-1) took advantage of a couple missed free throws, trimming Oklahoma State’s lead to 81-80 on a layup by Elijah Johnson with 18.8 seconds left.
But unflappable freshman Phil Forte, an 89 percent foul shooter, made both of his tries with 7.9 seconds to go, and Johnson turned the ball over before Kansas could try a tying 3-pointer.
Forte converted the turnover into a buzzer-beating layup, punctuating the Cowboys’ first road win over a top 5 team since beating then-No. 2 Kansas 52-50 in overtime on Jan. 2, 1958.
Ben McLemore had 23 points to lead the Jayhawks, who also had their 33-game home winning streak snapped in their first home loss to Oklahoma State since Feb. 8, 1989.
No. 5 Duke 79, Florida State 60
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Seth Curry scored 21 points, Quinn Cook added 18 and Duke cruised past defending Atlantic Coast Conference champion Florida State.
The Blue Devils (19-2, 6-2 ACC) scored the game’s first 11 points, raced to an 18-2 lead and never looked back, building a 26-point advantage on the way to a 42-22 cushion at halftime. Aaron Thomas led the Seminoles (12-9, 4-4) with 14 points.
Pittsburgh 65, No. 6 Syracuse 55
PITTSBURGH — Tray Woodall had 13 points, four assists and three steals as Pittsburgh continued its mastery of top 10 teams at home by pulling away from Syracuse.
Trey Zeigler added six points, four rebounds and four assists off the bench for the Panthers (18-5, 6-4 Big East), who improved to 13-1 against teams ranked in the top 10 since the Petersen Events Center opened a decade ago.
C.J. Fair led Syracuse (18-3, 6-2) with 20 points and Brandon Triche scored 14 but the Orange never led in the second half while losing two straight games for the first time in nearly two years. Michael Carter-Williams added 13 points for Syracuse but the nation’s leader in assists finished with just two – nearly seven below his average.
No. 9 Butler 75, Rhode Island 68
INDIANAPOLIS — Rotnei Clarke scored 23 points and Roosevelt Jones added 18 to lead Butler past Rhode Island.
Clarke scored 12 points in the first 11 minutes of the second half. The Bulldogs (18-4, 5-2 Atlantic 10) trailed 32-30 at the break, then went on a 15-3 run.
California 58, No. 10 Oregon 54
BERKELEY, Calif. — Justin Cobbs made an 18-foot jumper with 1:35 remaining and then added a pair of free throws as California (13-8, 5-4 Pac-12) hung on to hand Oregon its second straight loss to an unranked team this week.
Tony Woods had 14 points and eight rebounds for Oregon but failed to get off a potential tying shot after grabbing E.J. Singler’s missed 3-pointer with 5.2 seconds left. The Ducks (18-4, 7-2) were held scoreless over the final 4 minutes.
No. 14 Miami 79, No. 19 N.C. State 78
RALEIGH, N.C. — Reggie Johnson tipped in a missed shot with 0.8 seconds left to lift Miami over North Carolina State.
Johnson’s left-handed tip in traffic off a miss by Shane Larkin capped a back-and-forth second half and kept the Hurricanes (17-3, 8-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) unbeaten in ACC play. Johnson finished with 15 points.
Durand Scott led Miami with 18 points and Julian Gamble added 16 to help the Hurricanes win their ninth straight game, a run that included a blowout of then-No. 1 Duke last week.
C.J. Leslie had 18 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Wolfpack (16-6, 5-4), who played without starting point guard Lorenzo Brown due to an ankle injury.
N.C. State nearly won when freshman Rodney Purvis launched a heave from beyond halfcourt at the horn, a shot that hit the rim and rattled out.
Northern Iowa 57, No. 15 Wichita State 52
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa — Anthony James scored 16 points and Northern Iowa beat Wichita State, sending the Shockers (19-4, 8-3) to their first losing streak of the season.
Seth Tuttle had eight points, eight rebounds and four blocks for the Panthers (12-11, 5-6 Missouri Valley Conference). They took control with a 14-0 run in the second half and became the fourth Valley team in the last 23 games to beat Wichita State at home.
No. 17 Missouri 91, Auburn 77
COLUMBIA, Mo. — Keion Bell scored 24 points and Earnest Ross added 23, both season highs, as Missouri (16-5, 5-3 Southeastern Conference) used a strong second half to beat Auburn.
No. 21 Creighton 75, Bradley 58
OMAHA, Neb. — Doug McDermott scored 25 points, including nine during a decisive 12-0 run, and Creighton (20-3, 9-2 Missouri Valley Conference) overcame poor 3-point shooting in the first half to defeat Bradley.
Air Force 70, No. 22 San Diego State 67
AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. — Michael Lyons scored 20 points and Air Force (14-6, 5-2 Mountain West Conference) beat San Diego State (16-5, 4-3), overcoming a 25-point performance by Aztecs star Jamaal Franklin.
No. 24 Cincinnati 65, Seton Hall 59
NEWARK, N.J. — Sean Kilpatrick scored 21 points, Cashmere Wright added 17 and Cincinnati (18-4, 6-3 Big East) held off Seton Hall after nearly blowing a 20-point lead.