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Dexter Dennis snagged a steal and was then fouled intentionally before hitting two key free throws with 11.4 seconds left Thursday as Wichita State vaulted into first place in the American Athletic Conference by stunning No. 6 Houston 68-63 at Wichita, Kan.
The Shockers (13-4, 9-2 AAC) upgraded their NCAA Tournament qualifications by claiming their first home win in 54 years over an opponent ranked sixth or higher. Wichita State earned its fifth consecutive victory overall.
Etienne and Alterique Gilbert, who sank a driving layup at the 39-second mark, led the Shockers with 16 points apiece. Dennis added 12 points and Ricky Council IV scored 11.
The Cougars (17-3, 11-3) led by 12 in the first half but struggled to find their shooting touch all game (42.4 percent). DeJon Jarreau paced Houston with 16 points while Quentin Grimes scored 13 and Justin Gorham had 10.
No. 1 Gonzaga 87, Saint Mary's 65
Corey Kispert scored a game-high 20 points as the Bulldogs established a 27-point halftime lead en route to a blowout of the Gaels in Spokane, Wash.
Gonzaga (21-0, 12-0 West Coast Conference) also got 16 points from Jay Ajayi, 12 from Drew Timme and 10 out of Andrew Nembhard. The Bulldogs canned 61.1 percent of their field-goal attempts and scored 44 points in the paint.
Reserve Judah Brown scored 16 points to lead Saint Mary's (11-7, 2-5) while Logan Johnson added 13.
No. 3 Michigan 71, Rutgers 64
Franz Wagner had 20 points, seven rebounds and three assists and the Wolverines continued their dominance of the Scarlet Knights with a victory in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Mike Smith had 12 points for Michigan (15-1, 10-1 Big Ten), which has won all 14 meetings in program history against Rutgers. Hunter Dickinson contributed 10 points and eight rebounds. The Wolverines have won twice since a three-week layoff due to coronavirus issues at the Michigan campus.
Jacob Young's 16 points topped Rutgers (12-8, 8-8), which had won five of its previous six games.
No. 4 Ohio State 92, Penn State 82
E.J. Liddell scored 23 points and Duane Washington Jr. posted 15 of his 21 points after halftime as the Buckeyes stretched their winning streak to seven games by topping the Nittany Lions in University Park, Pa.
Ohio State (18-4, 12-4 Big Ten) shot 56.6 percent from the floor but didn't have it easy against the Nittany Lions, who led by eight with 14:53 to go. The Buckeyes used a 15-0 run to surge ahead by eight before holding off another charge from Penn State (7-11, 4-10).
Myreon Jones led four Penn State scorers in double figures with 18 points.
No. 11 Iowa 77, No. 21 Wisconsin 62
Luka Garza had 30 points and Joe Wieskamp added 17 as the Hawkeyes beat the Badgers in Madison, Wis., for their third straight win.
Iowa (16-6, 10-5 Big Ten), which saw its 16-point lead early in the second half trimmed to three, ultimately pulled away again to win their second straight in the series. The Hawkeyes improved to 6-3 against ranked foes this season.
Micah Potter finished with 23 points and 11 rebounds for Wisconsin (15-8, 9-7), which lost for the third time in four games. Brad Davison was 5-for-11 from 3-point range en route to 15 points.
No. 25 San Diego State 67, Fresno State 53
Matt Mitchell scored 19 points and Trey Pulliam added 18 to lead the Aztecs to a win over the host Bulldogs.
The Aztecs (16-4, 10-3 Mountain West) extended their winning streak to seven games after rallying from an early 11-0 deficit. Mitchell also had five rebounds and three steals, and Jordan Schakel scored 13 points for San Diego State.
Fresno State (9-8, 7-8) was led by Orlando Robinson's 17 points and 13 rebounds. Isaiah Hill added 11 points.
--Field Level Media