Top 25 roundup: No. 3 Kansas battles past No. 16 WVU
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Senior center Udoka Azubuike posted 17 points, 11 rebounds and a career-high six blocks Saturday as No. 3 Kansas rallied to down No. 16 West Virginia 60-53 at Lawrence, Kan.
The Jayhawks' only first-half lead came early, 3-2, before they overtook the Mountaineers with a three-point play by Azubuike with 13:26 remaining. Kansas (11-2, 1-0 Big 12) did not trail again, claiming its 29th consecutive conference opener while winning for the 26th consecutive time in Allen Fieldhouse. The Jayhawks began their bid for a 62nd conference title after their 14-year string of Big 12 championships was snapped last season.
Sophomore point guard Devon Dotson added 16 points, but only went 5 of 15 as the Jayhawks weathered cold 3-point shooting (3 of 17, 17.6 percent).
Freshman forward Oscar Tshiebwe led West Virginia (11-2, 0-1) collecting 17 points and 17 rebounds, though he did not score over the final 17 minutes.
No. 1 Gonzaga 75, Pepperdine 70
Forwards Killian Tillie and Filip Petrusev combined for 36 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists as the Bulldogs held off the visiting waves in a West Coast Conference game in Spokane, Wash.
Gonzaga (16-1 overall, 2-0 WCC) became the first team to win three consecutive games after moving to the top of the Associated Press poll this season. Michigan State, Kentucky, Duke, Louisville and Kansas failed to win more than two in a row after ascending to No. 1.
Tillie, a senior forward from France, scored a team-high 20 points and blocked a 3-point attempt by Pepperdine's Colbey Ross with six seconds remaining that could have tied the score. Gonzaga's Admon Gilder made two free throws with three seconds left to cap the scoring.
No. 2 Duke 95, Miami 62
Vernon Carey Jr. scored a game-high 24 points, and Cassius Stanley added 20 to lead the Blue Devils to a win over the host Hurricanes.
Matthew Hurt added 13 points as Duke (13-1, 3-0 ACC) won its seventh straight game.
Carey, projected to be a top-10 NBA draft pick this June, played his first collegiate game in his hometown of Miami. The son of a former Hurricanes and NFL offensive lineman, Carey shot 11 of 14 from the floor and added a game-high nine rebounds and two assists.
No. 4 Oregon 69, Utah 64
The Ducks squandered a 10-point lead in the second half, but nonetheless outlasted the Utes behind the late-game efforts of freshman Chandler Lawson and transfer Shakur Juiston in Salt Lake City.
Payton Pritchard led Oregon (12-3, 1-1 Pac-12) with 19 points, Chris Duarte had 14 -- including a victory-sealing dunk in the final seconds -- and Will Richardson added 14 off the bench. Juiston and Lawson scored eight of the final 10 points down the stretch for the Ducks, with Juiston adding a key offensive rebound and a blocked shot.
Utah went the final 2:35 without a point and missed its final five shots from the field. Guard Both Gach led the Utes (10-4, 1-1) with 24 points, and Timmy Allen had 19 points and 11 rebounds.
No. 6 Baylor 59, Texas 44
MaCio Teague scored 21 points to help propel the Bears over the Longhorns in the Big 12 opener for both teams in Waco, Texas.
The Bears had to rely on their defense for much of the second half to pull off the victory, their 10th straight. Baylor missed 11 of its first 12 shots over the first nine minutes of the second as the Longhorns climbed to within 40-34 after trailing by 13 at the break.
But the Bears (11-1, 1-0) did enough to keep Texas at bay, and the Longhorns never got closer than eight points the rest of the way. Both teams struggled from the field in the second half, with Baylor shooting just 22.6 percent and Texas hitting on 30.8 percent. The Bears still outscored Texas 23-21 after halftime.
No. 18 Florida State 78, No. 7 Louisville 65
M.J. Walker scored 23 points, and Trent Forrest added 20 as the Seminoles won their sixth straight game, an Atlantic Coast Conference road victory against the Cardinals.
Devin Vassell added 14 points for the Seminoles (13-2, 3-1), who won for the 13th time in 14 games. FSU, which didn't attempt a free throw until Forrest made 1 of 2 with 6:42 left, led by double digits throughout the final 4:07.
Jordan Nwora scored 32 points for the Cardinals (11-3, 2-1) , who lost their second straight game. They were defeated 78-70 in overtime at then-No. 19 Kentucky a week earlier.
No. 8 Auburn 80, Mississippi State 68
J'Von McCormick scored a career-high 28 points, and the Tigers shook off a shooting slump in the second half to top the Bulldogs in the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams in Starkville, Miss.
McCormick also handed out four assists and posted two steals as the Tigers (13-0, 1-0) were 16 of 32 over the final 20 minutes after hitting only a third of their attempts in the first half. Auburn finished at 41.5 percent. McCormick was joined in double figures by Samir Doughty with 15 points, Isaac Okoro with 14 points, Danjel Purifoy with 11 and Austin Wiley with 10.
Sophomore forward Reggie Perry led the Bulldogs (9-4, 0-1) with 21 points and 12 rebounds for his 16th career double-double. Guard Robert Woodard II also recorded a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds.
Georgia 65, No. 9 Memphis 62
Rayshaun Hammonds recorded a double-double and was one of four Bulldogs to score in double figures during an upset over the host Tigers.
Hammonds finished with team-highs of 15 points and 12 rebounds as the Bulldogs snapped the Tigers' 10-game winning streak. His play helped buoy Georgia (10-3) on an afternoon when leading scorer Anthony Edwards started slowly and made just 4 of 17 shots.
Georgia took advantage of D.J. Jeffries' absence for Memphis (12-2). Jeffries, who averages 12.2 points and 4.8 rebounds, sat out due to illness.
Marquette 71, No. 10 Villanova 60
Markus Howard scored 17 of his 29 points in the first half, and Koby McEwen added 22, as the host Golden Eagles built a big early lead and held on to defeat the Wildcats in Milwaukee.
Howard was just 3 of 12 from 3-point range, but the All-American added eight rebounds in his seventh game this season with at least 25 points. The Golden Eagles (11-3, 1-1) improved to 8-0 at home while rebounding from a defeat at Creighton in their Big East opener Wednesday.
Cole Swider and Justin Moore each scored 14 points as the Wildcats (10-3, 1-1) saw their six-game winning streak come to an end.
No. 11 Butler 71, Creighton 57
Kamar Baldwin scored 20 points and Sean McDermott added 18 points and 11 rebounds as the Bulldogs opened their Big East home slate with a win over the visiting Bluejays in Indianapolis.
Baldwin had all of his points in the second half as the Bulldogs (14-1, 2-0 Big East) won their fifth consecutive game. Baldwin was 0 of 9 from the field in the opening half and finished 7 of 22 as he played through an ankle injury that occurred in Tuesday's Big East opener at St. John's.
Marcus Zegarowski scored 15 points, and Damien Jefferson added 12 as Creighton (12-3, 1-1) saw its eight-game winning streak come to an end.
No. 13 San Diego State 77, Utah State 68
The undefeated Aztecs moved within five games of matching the program's all-time best start as they knocked off the reigning Mountain West Conference champion Aggies in Logan, Utah.
The Aztecs (15-0, 4-0 Mountain West) moved two games ahead of last season's co-regular-season and Mountain West Tournament champion, an important early step in the conference race. What's more, San Diego State now sits just five wins shy of matching the Kawhi Leonard-led 2010-11 team, which started 20-0.
Malachi Flynn led the Aztecs on Saturday with 22 points, while Matt Mitchell -- making his second consecutive start -- added 19 points and seven rebounds. The Aztecs held Utah State (13-4, 2-2), coming off a stunning loss on Wednesday at UNLV, to 6-of-23 shooting from long range and limited preseason Mountain West Player of the Year Sam Merrill to 3-of-12 shooting from beyond the arc.
No. 15 Maryland 75, Indiana 59
The Terrapins clamped down on defense for a Big Ten Conference win over the visiting Hoosiers in College Park, Md.
Jalen Smith led four Terrapins in double figures with 19 points and eight rebounds. Maryland (12-2, 2-1) compiled a commanding 25-9 edge in points off turnovers and outscored Indiana 34-22 in the paint.
The Hoosiers (11-3, 1-2) shot just 36.1 percent from the field and had 14 turnovers.
No. 17 Kentucky 71, Missouri 59
The Wildcats, the preseason pick to win the Southeastern Conference, took the first step toward that goal with a victory over the visiting Tigers in Lexington, Ky., in the league opener for both teams.
Kentucky (10-3, 1-0 SEC), winners of a conference-best 48 SEC titles, got 21 points and 12 rebounds from junior forward Nick Richards and a career-high 23 points off the bench from sophomore guard Immanuel Quickley.
Missouri (8-5, 0-1), No. 1 in the SEC in scoring defense and field-goal percentage defense, held Kentucky to 41.7 percent shooting. However, Kentucky, the No. 1 free-throw shooting team in the conference at 79.0 percent, made 27 of 30.
No. 19 Virginia 65, Virginia Tech 39
Kihei Clark scored a career-high 18 points, Braxton Key produced 18 points and 10 rebounds, and the Cavaliers manhandled the visiting Hokies in Atlantic Coast Conference action in Charlottesville.
Virginia (11-2, 3-0) built a 13-point halftime lead with typically strong defense and was never seriously challenged in the second half. Clark made 5 of 9 shots from the field and was 7 of 8 from the foul line. He also had six assists.
Virginia Tech (10-4, 1-2) hoped its offense could outmaneuver Virginia's defense, but the Hokies shot 27.1 percent. Landers Nolley II scored 18 points to lead the Hokies.
No. 21 Penn State 89, No. 23 Iowa 86
Sophomore guard Izaiah Brockington came off the bench to score 23 points and lead the Nittany Lions past the Hawkeyes in a Big Ten matchup in Philadelphia.
The teams were tied at 79-79 with 1:47 remaining before Penn State took an 83-79 lead with 41.9 seconds left on a dunk by senior center Mike Watkins and a basket by senior forward Lamar Stevens.
Stevens and senior guard Curtis Jones each scored 16 points for Penn State (12-2, 2-1), which has won five straight. The loss snapped a four-game winning streak for Iowa (10-4, 1-2).
No. 22 Texas Tech 85, Oklahoma State 50
Jahmi'us Ramsey scored 18 points, and T.J. Holyfield added 17 as the Red Raiders cruised to a lopsided win over the Cowboys in the teams' Big 12 Conference opener in Lubbock, Texas.
Texas Tech (10-3, 1-0 Big 12), the reigning Big 12 regular-season champion, won its fifth consecutive game and captured its 15th straight game at home dating to last season.
Lindy Waters III led Oklahoma State (9-4, 0-1) with 13 points. Isaac Likekele -- averaging a team-high 13.1 points entering the game -- had just two points on 1-of-6 shooting.
No. 24 Wichita State 74, Ole Miss 54
Sophomore guard Erik Stevenson scored a career-high 29 points to lead the Shockers to an easy win over the Rebels as part of the American Athletic Conference/SEC Alliance in Wichita, Kan.
Jamarius Burton added 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting for the Shockers (13-1), who increased their winning streak to seven games, which includes wins over Oklahoma State, Oklahoma and VCU.
A key advantage for Wichita State: The Shockers outscored Ole Miss 20-1 in points off turnovers. The Rebels (9-4) had 14 turnovers.
No. 25 Arizona 75, Arizona State 47
Freshman forward Zeke Nnaji scored 17 points, and the Wildcats dominated down low in blowing out the in-state rival Sun Devils in the Pac-12 opener for both teams in Tucson, Ariz.
Nnaji also grabbed 11 rebounds for his third consecutive double-double and fifth overall. Freshman forward Josh Green had 12 points, seven rebounds, three blocks and two steals for the Wildcats (11-3, 1-0), who snapped a two-game losing streak.
Arizona held a 32-point edge in points in the paint and a plus-14 rebounding margin. That coincided with a poor shooting night from Arizona State (9-5, 0-1), which made 14.3 percent from 3-point range, 30.5 percent from the field and 42.1 percent (8 of 19) from the free-throw line.