Arizona avenges loss to Cal with blowout
TUCSON, Ariz. — Nick Johnson scored 22 points, Kaleb Tarczewski added 16 and No. 3 Arizona turned its rematch with California into an 87-59 rout Wednesday night.
Cal won the first meeting 60-58 on a last-second jumper by Justin Cobbs that sent the students pouring onto the court.
Arizona (26-2, 13-2 Pac-12) ran away from the Bears early in the rematch, using a big first-half run and good shooting (50 percent) all game to prevent the season sweep.
T.J. McConnell had 13 points and six assists, and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson provided a lift off the bench with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Johnson also had seven rebounds and five assists after struggling the first game against the Bears.
Cobbs had 12 points for Cal (18-10, 9-6), which lost for the 17th time in 19 games at McKale Center.
No. 8 VILLANOVA 67, BUTLER 48
VILLANOVA, Pa. — Darrun Hilliard and James Bell scored 11 points each to lead Villanova.
The Wildcats (25-3, 13-2 Big East) survived one of their worst 20 minutes of the season to win for the ninth time in 10 games.
They needed almost the first 10 minutes of the game to score 10 points, missed eight of their first nine 3-point attempts, and didn’t have a player reach double digits in scoring until midway through the second half.
The Bulldogs (12-16, 2-14) were even worse, shooting 26 percent in the first half, and they lost their seventh straight game.
Kellen Dunham led Butler with 12 points.
No. 12 VIRGINIA 65, MIAMI 40
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — London Perrantes scored a career-high 15 points and Virginia opened the second half with a 16-5 run on the way to its 12th consecutive win.
Perrantes hit all four of his 3-point attempts and Malcolm Brogdon also scored 15 points for Virginia (24-5, 15-1 Atlantic Coast Conference). The victory was Virginia’s school-record 17th straight at home in conference play and assured them of one of the top two seeds in next month’s conference tournament.
Erik Swoope scored 13 points and Rion Brown had 12 for Miami (14-14, 5-10). The defending ACC regular season and tournament champions shot just 26 percent (12 of 46) and had their modest two-game winning streak snapped.
No. 15 IOWA ST. 83, WEST VIRGINIA 66
AMES, Iowa — Georges Niang scored 24 points and DeAndre Kane had 17 and 11 rebounds as Iowa State got its seventh win in eight games.
Naz Long had 15 points on five 3-pointers for the Cyclones (22-5, 10-5 Big 12), who have recorded three straight 10-win seasons in league play for the first time.
Iowa State rolled despite playing nearly the entire second half without star Melvin Ejim, who sat because of foul trouble.
Dustin Hogue helped cover for Ejim’s absence inside with 15 points and nine rebounds, including a rare 3 with 3:17 left that put the Cyclones ahead 79-65.
Juwan Staten had 19 points and Eron Harris added 15 to lead West Virginia (15-13, 7-8), which lost its third straight.
West Virginia beat Iowa State by 25 points in the earlier meeting.
No. 16 MICHIGAN 77, PURDUE 76, OT
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Glenn Robinson III got a late bank shot to roll in as time expired in overtime for Michigan.
The shot capped a remarkable rally. Michigan (20-7, 12-3 Big Ten) trailed by as many as 19 points in the first half, 13 at halftime and never led until the opening basket of overtime.
Robinson, whose father was a star at Purdue, finished with 17 points while Nik Stauskas had 15.
Terone Johnson had a season-high 22 points for Purdue (15-13, 5-10) while his brother Ronnie added 21. The Boilermakers have lost three straight.
Michigan could have won it in regulation, but Stauskas came up short on a 3-pointer with 3 seconds to go.
In overtime, the Wolverines took the lead with three dunks and then won it after Robinson caught a lob pass in the right corner and spun away toward the basket.
No. 19 NORTH CAROLINA 85, N.C. STATE 84, OT
RALEIGH, N.C. — Marcus Paige hit a driving basket with 0.9 seconds left in overtime to cap a career night and help North Carolina to its 10th straight win.
Paige finished with 35 points — 31 after halftime — and seven 3-pointers for the Tar Heels (21-7, 11-4 Atlantic Coast Conference), who needed every bit of that production to outlast the Wolfpack (17-11, 7-8) and league-leading scorer T.J. Warren, who had a career-high 36 points.
The Tar Heels were down 11 points in the first half and by six with 2 minutes left in overtime, but clawed back to win in a classic finish between nearby rivals.
After James Michael McAdoo scored with 30.5 seconds left to tie it, Warren had a chance to put the Wolfpack up two. But he went just 1 for 2 at the free throw line with 7.7 seconds left, setting the stage for Paige — whose team was out of timeouts — to drive the court and cut into the lane for a hanging layup over Warren for the lead.
N.C. State’s final desperation heave wasn’t close, sealing the Tar Heels’ 16th win in 17 meetings.
No. 24 TEXAS 74, BAYLOR 69
AUSTIN, Texas — Cameron Ridley had 20 points and 10 rebounds and made a big defensive play with a block in the final minute as Texas held on.
Javan Felix scored 21 points on seven 3-pointers for Texas, which led by 18 points in the first half but saw Baylor pull within one late.
Isaiah Taylor scored 13 points for the Longhorns (21-7, 10-5 Big 12), including a twisting left-handed layup that put Texas ahead 72-69. Ridley blocked a layup by Kenny Chery before Taylor made two free throws.
Texas got a much-needed win to restore its confidence after losing three of its previous five games, including two blowout losses on the road.
Chery scored 27 points for Baylor (18-10, 6-9), which saw its four-game winning streak snapped.