Joel Ayayi had 12 points, 13 rebounds and a career-high 14 assists for the first triple-double in Gonzaga history and the top-ranked Bulldogs set a season high for points in a win over host Portland in a West Coast Conference game on Saturday night.
Drew Timme scored a game-best 26 points on 10-of-14 shooting and Anton Watson added a career-high 23 on 8-of-9 shooting for the Bulldogs (12-0, 3-0 WCC), who topped 100 points for the third time this season.
Corey Kispert tallied 14 points, Julian Strawther added a career-high 12 points, Terrell Suggs had 11 points and three steals and Andrew Nembhard had 10 points as the Bulldogs beat the Pilots for the 13th consecutive meeting and 47th in the past 49 matchups.
Ahmed Ali scored 19 points for the Pilots (6-5, 0-2 WCC), which lost for the fourth time in the past five games. Zac Triplett had 13 points, Michael Henn scored 12 points and Clythus Griffith Jr. and Latrell Jones had 11 points apiece for the Pilots, who shot 41.8 percent from the field and were 13 of 27 from behind the arc.
No. 2 Baylor 67, TCU 49
Jared Butler scored a season-high 28 points and MaCio Teague added 12 to help keep the Bears undefeated with a win over the Horned Frogs in a Big 12 game in Fort Worth, Texas.
Leading 45-42 midway through the second half, the Bears dominated as Butler hit three 3-pointers in the final 10 minutes, his first coming in an 8-0 run that helped Baylor (11-0, 4-0 Big 12) get some cushion. Baylor hasn't been tested much in the second half this season, taking every game by at least 11 points and winning by an average of more than 28 points per game.
Mike Miles led the Horned Frogs (9-4, 2-3 Big 12) with 17 points.
No. 4 Texas 72, No. 14 West Virginia 70
Andrew Jones scored 16 points and nailed a 3-pointer with 1.8 seconds remaining to lift the Longhorns to a thrilling come-from-behind win over the host Mountaineers in their Big 12 Conference dustup in Morgantown, W.Va.
The Longhorns trailed from midway through the first half and were 0 of 6 from beyond the arc in the second half before Jones' game winner. The Longhorns (10-1, 4-0 Big 12) scored the game's final seven points and have won six straight contests. The Longhorns' Courtney Ramey led all scorers with 19 points, with Matt Coleman III adding 13.
Taz Sherman scored 17 points to pace the Mountaineers (9-4, 2-3 Big 12). Derek Culver and Sean McNeil each scored 14 points, and Miles McBride added 12. Culver hauled in a game-high 16 rebounds, recording his seventh double-double of the season.
No. 6 Kansas 63, Oklahoma 59
David McCormack led the Jayhawks in scoring for the second straight game with 17 points, including a game-clinching shot with 13 seconds to lift his team to a win over the visiting Sooners in a Big 12 game in Lawrence, Kan.
Ochai Agbaji added 14 points as the only other scorer to net double figures for the Jayhawks (10-2, 4-1 Big 12), which returned home for the first time since suffering a stunning, 25-point loss in Allen Fieldhouse against Texas a week earlier.
The Sooners (6-4, 2-3 Big 12) almost sprung another surprise after leading as late as the 2:41 mark on a jumper by Austin Reaves, who led the Sooners with 20 points and nine rebounds. However, the Sooners saw their string of defeats at the Jayhawks extended to 20, a streak that began in 1994. Oklahoma failed to secure the upset despite forcing 16 turnovers and holding the Jayhawks to 30 percent from 3-point range.
No. 7 Creighton 97, St. John's 79
Denzel Mahoney had 24 points for the Bluejays, who made 10 of their season-high 16 3-pointers in the first half to win their sixth consecutive game, knocking off the visiting Red Storm in a Big East game in Omaha, Neb.
Marcus Zegarowski, the Bluejays' leading scorer at 14.1 points per contest, did not play because of an undisclosed issue. It reportedly was not related to COVID-19. However, his absence did not keep Creighton (10-2, 6-1 Big East) from staying hot.
Mahoney hit four 3-pointers while topping the 1,500-point mark for his career. Duke transfer Alex O'Connell also made four 3s en route to scoring a season-high 16 points as the Bluejays shot 54.4 percent from the field and 16-of-36 from beyond the arc. Julian Champagnie, one of the league's top scorers entering at 19.7 points per game, scored a career-high 33 for St. John's (6-6, 1-5 in Big East).
No. 9 Tennessee 68, Texas A&M 54
Santiago Vescovi made six 3-pointers en route to scoring 23 points to lead the Volunteers to a victory over the Aggies in a Southeastern Conference game in College Station, Texas.
The Vols (9-1, 3-1 SEC) also got big games out of John Fulkerson and Jaden Springer, who had 11 and 10 points, respectively. The Volts shot 58.7 percent from the floor and was able to spread the ball around, as it had 23 assists.
Savion Flagg led the Aggies (6-4, 1-3 SEC) with 12 points, while Quenton Jackson added 11 points.
No. 11 Houston 71, Tulane 50
Marcus Sasser scored a career-high 28 points and sank eight 3-pointers as the Cougars ran away from the visiting Green Wave in their American Athletic Conference matchup.
Sasser surpassed his season average of 14.9 points in the first half with 20 points, hitting all but one of his seven field goals from behind the arc. He finished 8 of 15 from 3-point range and 10 of 18 overall.
Quentin Grimes also was in double figures for the Cougars (10-1, 5-1 AAC), with 11 of his 14 points coming in the second half. Jordan Walker led Tulane (6-3, 1-3 AAC) with 13 points, and Jaylen Forbes added 11.
Ohio State 79, No. 15 Rutgers 68
Duane Washington Jr. had 17 points, E.J. Liddell added 15 and the visiting Buckeyes held off the Scarlet Knights in a Big Ten game in Piscataway, N.J.
The Buckeyes (9-3, 3-3 Big Ten) had a 22-point lead, 65-43, that dwindled to 74-66 with 59 seconds remaining before Justice Sueing restored a 10-point lead 12 seconds later with a pair of free throws. He had 12 points as the Buckeyes beat the Scarlet Knights for the second time this season.
Ohio State also got 13 points from Kyle Young in winning its first conference road game after three losses. Rutgers (7-4, 3-4 Big Ten) has lost three straight. Jacob Young led the Scarlet Knights with 19 points and Caleb McConnell scored 12.
No. 17 Oregon 79, Utah 73
Chris Duarte delivered a stellar performance at both ends with 25 points and six steals to help the Ducks outlast the host Utes in a Pac-12 game in Salt Lake City.
Duarte's effort followed up his 27-point output earlier this week against Colorado and helped the Ducks (9-2, 4-1 Pac-12) avoid back-to-back conference losses to unranked opponents.Eric Williams Jr. finished with a season-high 19 points, six rebounds and three blocks. LJ Figueroa finished with 15 points, three rebounds and two steals and Amauri Hardy finished with 13 points and four assists.
The Utes (4-4, 1-3), who were led by Timmy Allen's 23 points and Mikael Jantunen's career-high 20 points, lost their third consecutive game despite shooting 55.8 percent (29 for 52).
No. 18 Texas Tech 91, Iowa State 64
The Red Raiders came out with a red-hot shooting touch and never really cooled off in a win over the Cyclones, who needed a late push to avoid their worst-ever home loss in Ames, Iowa.
Kyler Edwards was emblematic of the Red Raiders' torrid first half, scoring 16 of his season-best 19 points before intermission. Kevin McCullar notched a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Mac McClung scored 18 on one of his best shooting days this season (8-for-10) for the Red Raiders.(10-3, 3-2 Big 12 Conference).
Rasir Bolton and Solomon Young paced the last-place Cyclones (2-7, 0-5 Big 12) with 15 points apiece and Javan Johnson scored 14. The Cyclones are off to their worst league start since 2005.
No. 21 Duke 79, Wake Forest 68
Matthew Hurt scored a career-high 26 points despite some foul trouble as the No. 21 Blue Devils defeated the visiting Demon Deacons in an Atlantic Coast Conference game in Durham, N.C.
DJ Steward's 21 points, Jordan Goldwire's 14 points and Jeremy Roach's 12 points were also boosts for the Blue Devils (5-2, 3-0 ACC), who broke away in the final 11 minutes after the game was tied 55-55. Hurt, a sophomore forward, made 10 of 15 shots from the field, including four 3-point baskets.
Ismael Massoud and Daivien Williamson each scored 17 points for the Demon Deacons (3-3, 0-3 ACC). Massoud hit three free throws to tie the game at 55-55 with 11:45 to go. Duke countered with a 15-6 spurt to give it a 70-61 lead, as the Demon Deacons shot 2-for-9 from the field in that stretch. Steward had five points for Duke during the run.
No. 22 Virginia 61, Boston College 49
Jay Huff tied his career high with 18 points and the Cavaliers rolled to a victory against the host Eagles in an Atlantic Coast Conference game in Chestnut Hill, Mass.
Huff added eight rebounds and five blocks as the Cavaliers (7-2, 3-0 ACC) extended their conference winning streak to 11 games, dating to last season. Sam Hauser had 17 points and 10 rebounds for his third straight double-double and Kihei Clark chipped in 12 points for Virginia, which shot 45.3 percent (24 of 53) from the field and committed just seven turnovers.
DeMarr Langford Jr. scored 14 points and Rich Kelly added 10 for the Eagles (2-9, 0-5 ACC), who dropped their fourth straight game. CJ Felder had nine points and nine boards. Wynston Tabbs, the Eagles' leading scorer coming in at 14.6 points per game, was held scoreless on 0-of-9 shooting from the field.
--Field Level Media