Duke pounds Maryland; upsets abound elsewhere
DURHAM, N.C. — Freshman Rasheed Sulaimon scored a season-high 25 points and Duke bounced back from one of its worst losses under Mike Krzyzewski by routing Maryland 84-64 on Saturday.
Mason Plumlee added 19 points, and Seth Curry had 13 for the Blue Devils (17-2, 4-2 Atlantic Coast Conference).
They had just four turnovers while shooting 52 percent against a Maryland defense that hadn’t allowed any team to shoot better than 44 percent.
No. 3 SYRACUSE 71 (OT)
PHILADELPHIA — Ryan Arcidiacono hit the tying 3-pointer with 2.2 seconds left in regulation, and James Bell hit consecutive 3s in overtime to send Villanova to its second win over a Top 5 team this week.
The Wildcats defeated No. 5 Louisville 73-64 on Tuesday and became the first unranked team to beat two Top 5 teams in the same season since Florida State in 2011-12, according to STATS LLC.
Arcidiacono let go a leaner from just beyond the 3-point line to tie the game at 61, force overtime and send the crowd into a frenzy.
With the Orange (18-2, 6-1 Big East) down two points in overtime, Brandon Triche made one free throw with 46.5 seconds left.
Bell followed with a layup for a 71-68 lead, and the Wildcats (13-7, 4-3) held on from the free throw line.
No. 3 KANSAS 67,
LAWRENCE, Kan. — Ben McLemore scored 18 points, and Jeff Withey added 13 points and nine rebounds as Kansas extended its nation-leading winning streak to 17 games.
Withey had four blocks and three steals, and Travis Releford added 10 points for the Jayhawks (18-1, 6-0 Big 12), who won their 33rd straight at Allen Fieldhouse to match the fourth-longest home winning streak in school history.
Romero Osby and Amath M’Baye scored 12 points each to lead the Sooners (13-5, 4-2), who were dominated on the offensive and defensive glass. Steven Pledger added 10 points.
No. 5 LOUISVILLE 51
WASHINGTON — Otto Porter had 17 points and grabbed the game’s decisive rebound with 1.4 seconds to play as Georgetown handed Louisville its third straight loss.
Trailing by one, Louisville had several chances to take the lead in the final 2 minutes. After getting the ball back on a disputed held ball ruling, the Cardinals kept the ball for a final shot. Peyton Siva, who didn’t score in the game, missed the jumper, and Porter grabbed the rebound and was fouled.
Porter finished with 12 rebounds for the Hoyas (14-4, 4-3 Big East).
No. 6 ARIZONA 74,
TUCSON, Ariz. — Nick Johnson scored 14 points, and Arizona used a stifling defense to rout Southern California, bouncing back from a home loss to UCLA.
The Wildcats (17-2, 5-2 Pac-12) were dominant from the opening tip, jumping out to leads of 18-4 and 29-7. They were up 39-20 at halftime.
The Trojans (8-13, 3-5), who shot 28 percent, trailed by as many as 34 in the second half.
Solomon Hill added 13 points, Brandon Ashley had 11, and Kaleb Tarczewski scored 10 for Arizona. No USC player reached double figures in the Trojans’ lowest-scoring game of the season. Jio Fontan scored nine.
No. 8 FLORIDA 82,
MISSISSIPPI STATE 47
STARKVILLE, Miss. — Kenny Boynton and Erik Murphy each scored 18 points as Florida routed Mississippi State.
Patric Young and Scottie Wilbekin both added 13 points for the Gators (16-2, 6-0 Southeastern Conference), who have won eight straight and were never challenged in this one. They bolted to a 20-6 lead in less than 8 minutes and a 41-19 advantage by halftime.
Florida hit a season-high 14 3-pointers, four each by Boynton and Murphy. Boynton finished 7 of 11 from the field and 4 of 8 from 3-point range.
Fred Thomas led Mississippi State (7-11, 2-4) with 19 points. The Bulldogs have lost four straight.
No. 9 BUTLER 83,
INDIANAPOLIS — Rotnei Clarke scored 25 points in his return from injury, and Khyle Marshall added 19 to lead Butler past Temple.
The Bulldogs (16-3, 4-1 Atlantic 10) have won 14 of 15, the only blemish being Wednesday’s 54-53 loss at La Salle.
Clarke missed the previous three games with a severely sprained neck, the result of a head-first collision with a padded basket support at Dayton on Jan. 12. And though the Bulldogs went 2-1 in his absence, they needed every point Clarke could muster Saturday — and every opening he could create for his teammates, too.
Temple (13-6, 2-3) was led by Khalif Wyatt, who scored 16 of his 22 points in the first half.
No. 10 GONZAGA 66,
SAN FRANCISCO 52
SPOKANE, Wash. — Kelly Olynyk scored 13 points to help Gonzaga extend its home winning streak against San Francisco to 24 games.
Elias Harris had 12 points and 11 rebounds for Gonzaga (19-2, 6-0 West Coast Conference), and Kevin Pangos added 11 points. Gonzaga made 45 percent of its shots and was 8 of 20 from 3-point range.
Chris Adams led San Francisco (9-12, 2-6) with nine points, and Avry Holmes scored eight. The Dons turned the ball over 17 times and were 9 of 24 from behind the arc.
IOWA STATE 73,
No. 11 KANSAS STATE 67
AMES, Iowa — Will Clyburn had 24 points and 10 rebounds, and Iowa State handed Kansas State its second straight loss.
Freshman Georges Niang added 15 points for the Cyclones (14-5, 4-2 Big 12), who beat a ranked opponent for the first time this season.
Will Spradlin had 15 points, and Rodney McGruder scored 13 to lead the Wildcats (15-4, 4-2), who lost on the road for the first time in four tries.
Kansas State’s eight-game winning streak was stopped Wednesday by No. 3 Kansas.
No. 12 MINNESOTA 44
MADISON, Wis. — Traevon Jackson just beat the shot clock and hit a 15-foot jumper from the right side with 4 seconds left as Wisconsin handed Minnesota its fourth straight loss.
After Jackson’s shot gave the Badgers a 45-43 lead, the Golden Gophers (15-5, 3-4 Big Ten) called a timeout with 1.8 seconds remaining and inbounded from halfcourt. The Badgers’ Mike Bruesewitz fouled Trevor Mbakwe on the play, but the big man was unable to shoot the ensuing free throws because of an apparent right hand or wrist injury.
No. 14 OHIO STATE 65,
PENN STATE 51
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Sam Thompson scored 16 points on 6-of-7 shooting for Ohio State.
DeShaun Thomas added 11 points, well below his Big Ten-leading average of 20.5. Thompson picked up the slack against the Nittany Lions, who went 11-plus minutes of the first half without a field goal.
Ohio State (15-4, 5-2 Big Ten) gradually asserted control in the second half, though scrappy Penn State (8-12, 0-8) tried to hang around with defense and got within 10 points with 2:41 remaining.
SAN DIEGO STATE 55,
No. 15 NEW MEXICO 34
SAN DIEGO — JJ O’Brien had 12 points and 10 rebounds, and Jamaal Franklin added 10 points for San Diego State.
The Aztecs (16-4, 4-2 Mountain West Conference) dealt the Lobos (17-3, 4-1) their first conference loss and snapped their four-game winning streak.
New Mexico’s 34 points and 25 percent shooting (11 of 44) were season lows. Kendall Williams had 14 points for the Lobos.
No. 16 OREGON 81,
EUGENE, Ore. — E.J. Singler scored 18 points, and Oregon stayed undefeated at home
Arsalan Kazemi added 11 points and 11 rebounds, and Carlos Emory also scored 11 for the Ducks (18-2, 7-0 Pac-12).
Andrew Andrews scored 15, C.J. Wilcox added 14 points, and Abdul Gaddy and Scott Suggs had 13 each for the Huskies (12-8, 4-3), whose season-high 21 turnovers contributed to their third straight loss after opening conference play 4-0.
No. 18 N.C. STATE 91,
NORTH CAROLINA 83
RALEIGH, N.C. — Lorenzo Brown had 20 points and 11 assists to help North Carolina State beat North Carolina, ending a 13-game losing streak in the long rivalry.
Freshman T.J. Warren added 19 points for the Wolfpack (16-4, 5-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), who beat the Tar Heels for the first time in nearly six years. N.C. State dominated much of the night, leading by 23 points before the break and 28 after halftime before the Tar Heels put together a second-half push that made things interesting the final minutes.
LA SALLE 69,
No. 19 VCU 61
RICHMOND, Va. — Ramon Galloway scored 31 points, 12 during an 18-4 run in the second half, and La Salle upset VCU to win consecutive games against ranked teams for the first time in 61 years.
The upstart Explorers (14-5, 4-2 Atlantic 10), who edged No. 9 Butler on Wednesday night, beat two Top 25 teams in a row for the first time since the 1952 NIT, when they defeated three straight. They are off to their best start since the 1990-91 team started 14-4.
No. 20 WICHITA STATE 73,
WICHITA, Kan. — Nick Wiggins scored 12 points and fueled a 16-0 run in the second half with three 3-pointers as Wichita State completed a regular-season sweep of Bradley.
Jake White added 11 points for the Shockers (19-2, 8-1 Missouri Valley Conference), who won their 19th consecutive home game and ensured themselves of starting the second half of their conference schedule in sole possession of the MVC lead.
No. 22 MISSOURI 81,
COLUMBIA, Mo. — Jabari Brown scored 21 points, Alex Oriakhi tied a career high with 18, and Missouri cruised to an easy victory over Vanderbilt.
Missouri (15-4, 4-2 Southeastern Conference) led 49-20 at halftime thanks to an early 32-2 run spanning 11:47. After going 5 of 27 on 3-point attempts Tuesday against South Carolina, the Tigers hit 11 of 21 Saturday — including eight in the first half for a rare fast start.
No. 23 MISSISSIPPI 63,
AUBURN, Ala. — Marshall Henderson scored 15 points and made the game-winning free throws with 7 seconds remaining to lift Mississippi over Auburn.
Henderson went to the line with the score tied after an off-the-ball foul was called on Shaq Johnson as Ole Miss (17-2, 6-0 Southeastern Conference) was inbounding under its own basket. Frankie Sullivan’s last-second heave for Auburn was off the mark, and the Rebels escaped.
No. 24 NOTRE DAME 73,
SOUTH FLORIDA 65
TAMPA, Fla. — Jerian Grant scored 18 points, and Tom Knight had 17 for Notre Dame.
Eric Atkins added 13 points and Pat Connaughton contributed 12 for Notre Dame (16-4, 4-3 Big East), which had lost three of four. Notre Dame forward Jack Cooley, who entered averaging 14.8 points, finished with six points and 14 rebounds.