Ken­tucky takes SEC lead

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NO. 11 KEN­TUCKY 76, NO. 13 FLORIDA 66

LEX­ING­TON, Ky. — Ma­lik Monk scored 30 of his 33 points in the sec­ond half, Bam Ade­bayo added 18 points with 15 re­bounds and No. 11 Ken­tucky ral­lied past No. 13 Florida for a 76-66 vic­tory Satur­day to take over the SEC lead.

While an­other week re­mains in SEC play for both teams, the Wild­cats ( 24-5, 14-2) took an im­por­tant step by twice ral­ly­ing from eight points down to win the piv­otal matchup. And they can thank Monk ( Ben­tonville) for mak­ing it hap­pen as he scored 14 points dur­ing an 18-10 run that tied the game at 55 with 9:54 re­main­ing.

Ade­bayo scored six con­sec­u­tive points be­fore Monk added seven more in be­tween lob­bing a pass to Ade­bayo for a 70-60 lead with 4:04 left.

Monk sand­wiched two free throws around layups by Isa­iah Briscoe and Ade­bayo, points that proved crit­i­cal in thwart­ing rally at­tempts by the Ga­tors (23-6, 13-3).

KeVaughn Allen (North Lit­tle Rock) had 24 points and Justin Leon added 13 for Florida, which had won nine con­sec­u­tive.

The Ga­tors had sev­eral chances to put Ken­tucky away but just couldn’t do it, go­ing cold for sev­eral stretches. Re­bound­ing was telling in this re­match as they were beaten 48-30 on the glass af­ter own­ing the boards 54-29 in the first meet­ing.

In other games in­volv­ing SEC men’s teams Satur­day, Duane No­tice scored 15 points, all of them on three-point­ers, to help South Carolina to an 82-55 vic­tory over Ten­nessee. Dozier led South Carolina (21-8, 11-5 SEC) with 19 points. Robert Hubbs III led Ten­nessee (15-14, 7-9) with 16 points. … Deandre Bur­nett scored 28 points, Breein Tyree added 15 and Mis­sis­sippi (18-11, 9-7 SEC) beat

Mis­souri 80-77. Frankie Hughes led Mis­souri (7-21, 2-14) with 22 points. … Jeff Roberson posted ca­reer highs with 23 points and five three-point­ers as

Van­der­bilt ex­tended its long­est win­ning streak of the sea­son to four games with a 77-48 vic­tory over Mis­sis­sippi State.

Luke Kor­net added 10 points and eight re­bounds for the surg­ing Com­modores (16-13, 9-7 SEC). Quin­ndary Weather­spoon led Mis­sis­sippi State (14-14, 5-11) with 15 points. … J.J. Fra­zier scored 29 points, in­clud­ing two free throws with 1.6 sec­onds re­main­ing, that lifted Ge­or­gia (17-12, 8-8) to an 82-80 vic­tory over LSU (9-19, 1-15) giv­ing the Tigers their school-record 15th con­sec­u­tive loss.

AT­LANTIC COAST Mi­ami stops Duke

CO­RAL GABLES, Fla. — Bruce Brown scored 25 points, and Mi­ami held No. 10 Duke to a stag­ger­ing 32 points be­low its sea­son av­er­age on the way to beat­ing the Blue Devils 55-50.

Brown shot 11 for 18 and had four as­sists, while his team­mates shot just 11 for 40 with four as­sists com­bined. Yet it was enough for the Hur­ri­canes (20-8, 10-6),

Plum sets record with 57-point game

SEAT­TLE — Kelsey Plum sur­passed Jackie Stiles to be­come the NCAA’s all­time scor­ing leader with a ca­reer-best 57 points in the fi­nal reg­u­lar sea­son game of her ca­reer, lead­ing No. 11 Wash­ing­ton past Utah 84-77 on Satur­day.

Plum hit 19 of 28 shots and was 13 of 16 at the free-throw line, sur­pass­ing Stiles’ mark of 3,393 points mid­way through the fourth quar­ter. Plum tied the mark with a hes­i­ta­tion drive and scoop over the out­stretched arm of Utah cen­ter Emily Pot­ter with 4:57 left in the game.

Af­ter a Utah bas­ket and a timeout, Plum hit a run­ner from just out­side the lane with 4:06 re­main­ing to move past Stiles on the all-time list. Plum now has 3,397 ca­reer points.

The ex­pec­ta­tion was Plum would likely break the record next week dur­ing the Pac-12 tour­na­ment. In­stead she gave a mem­o­rable ex­cla­ma­tion to her ca­reer at Wash­ing­ton, set­ting school and Pac12 sin­gle game records as well. She fell three points shy of the NCAA sin­gle-game scor­ing record.

Plum is coached by Greenwood na­tive Mike Neigh­bors, who re­cruited her as an as­sis­tant at Wash­ing­ton be­fore tak­ing over as head coach in 2013.

— The As­so­ci­ated Press

who dom­i­nated in­side and outscored Duke 40-20 in the paint.

Frank Jack­son and Luke Ken­nard each scored 16 points for Duke (22-7, 10-6), which lost its sec­ond con­sec­u­tive to an un­ranked op­po­nent af­ter fall­ing at Syra­cuse on Wednes­day. Duke was with­out guard Grayson Allen, the team’s No. 3 scorer at 15 points per game side­lined by what the team said was a left an­kle is­sue.

In other games in­volv­ing ACC men’s teams Satur­day, Justin Jack­son scored 23 points, Joel Berry added 19 and No. 8 North Carolina (25-5, 13-3) con­tin­ued its march to the con­fer­ence reg­u­lar sea­son ti­tle with an 85-67 vic­tory over

Pitts­burgh. Michael Young and fel­low se­nior Jamel Ar­tis fin­ished with 17 points each for Pitts­burgh (15-14, 4-12). … Fresh­man Kyle Guy scored 19 points to help No. 18 Vir­ginia beat North Carolina State 70-55, end­ing a four-game skid. Devon Hall added 18 points for the Cava­liers (19-9, 9-7). Fresh­man Den­nis Smith Jr. scored 13 points for N.C. State (15-15, 4-13). … Xavier Rathan-Mayes scored 13 of his 15 points in the sec­ond half, in­clud­ing the go-ahead bas­ket with 1:22 left, to lift No. 19 Florida State to a 76-74 vic­tory over Clem­son. Florida State (23-6, 11-5) kept pace in the con­fer­ence race, re­main­ing two games be­hind league leader North Carolina. It was the lat­est in a string of near misses for Clem­son (14-14, 4-12). … Justin Bibbs scored 13 points, get­ting seven with a four-point play and a three-pointer 27 sec­onds later to cap a game-break­ing 21-6 run that car­ried Vir­ginia Tech to a 91-75 vic­tory over Bos­ton Col­lege. Zach LeDay led the Hok­ies (20-8, 9-7) with 18 points. Jerome Robinson scored 25 for the Ea­gles (9-20, 2-14).

BIG 12

Iowa State tops Bay­lor

AMES, Iowa — Deonte Bur­ton scored 22 points, in­clud­ing a cru­cial 3 with 1:17 left, and Iowa State beat No. 9 Bay­lor 72-69 on Satur­day for its fifth con­sec­u­tive vic­tory.

Monte Mor­ris had 17 points with seven as­sists for the Cy­clones (19-9, 11-5).

It was a back- and- forth matchup for over 30 min­utes, with nine lead changes and 13 ties. But con­sec­u­tive threes from Dono­van Jack­son and Mor­ris gave Iowa State a 5651 lead with 6:50 left.

Johnathan Mot­ley made it 62-61 on a dunk with 1:48 to go. But with the shot clock about to ex­pire, Bur­ton banked in a three from the top of the key.

Mot­ley had 27 points and 11 re­bounds for Bay­lor (23-6, 10-6).

In other games in­volv­ing Big 12 men’s teams Satur­day, Dax­ter Miles Jr. made a free throw with 4.8 sec­onds left and No. 12 West Vir­ginia pulled out a 61-60 vic­tory at TCU to stay in sec­ond place in the Big 12. Jevon Carter had 15 points for West Vir­ginia (23-6, 11-5), while Nathan Adrian added 13. Fisher had 18 points to lead TCU. … Jef­frey Car­roll scored 17 points and grabbed six re­bounds to help Ok­la­homa State de­feat

Texas Tech 80-63. Phil Forte III had 15 points and five re­bounds for Ok­la­homa State (20-9, 9-7). Keenan Evans scored 18 points for Texas Tech (17-12, 5-11). … Josh Jack­son scored 18 points and Frank Ma­son III added 16 to help No. 3

Kansas beat Texas 77-67 to se­cure its 13th con­sec­u­tive Big 12 reg­u­lar sea­son cham­pi­onship out­right. Devonte Gra­ham and Dwight Coleby added 12 points apiece for the Jay­hawks (26-3, 14-2). Jar­rett Allen led Texas (10-19, 4- 12) with 20 points. … Khadeem Lat­tin had 17 points, 10 re­bounds and three blocks to help Ok­la­homa roll past

Kansas State 81-51 and give Coach Lon Kruger his 600th ca­reer vic­tory. Rashard Odomes scored 16 points for the Soon­ers (10-18, 4-12). Isa­iah Mau­rice scored 11 points for Kansas State (17-12, 6-10).

BIG EAST Vil­lanova clinches

VIL­LANOVA, Pa. — Eric Paschall scored a sea­son-high 19 points and Josh Hart added 16 to help No. 2 Vil­lanova clinch its fourth con­sec­u­tive Big East reg­u­lar-sea­son ti­tle with a 79-63 vic­tory over No. 23 Creighton.

Kris Jenk­ins scored 15 points and Mikal Bridges had 11 for the de­fend­ing na­tional cham­pion Wild­cats, who were with­out big man Dar­ryl Reynolds (rib) for the fifth con­sec­u­tive game. Reynolds is ex­pected to re­turn for the Big East Tour­na­ment.

Mar­cus Foster scored 25 points and Khyri Thomas had 17 for Creighton, which has lost six of 10 af­ter an 18-1 start.

In other games in­volv­ing Big East men’s teams Satur­day, Shamorie Ponds scored 24 points on 10-of-15 shoot­ing to be­come the third fresh­man in St.

John’s his­tory to score 500 points in a sea­son, and the Red Storm ral­lied to beat Ge­orge­town 86-80 to end a twogame skid. Bashir Ahmed and Fred­erico Mussini scored 16 apiece for St. John’s (13-16, 7-9). Rod­ney Pryor scored 22 points for Ge­orge­town (14-15, 5-11). … Desi Ro­driguez scored 19 points and grabbed five re­bounds and Se­ton Hall held on late to edge DePaul 82-79. Khadeen Car­ring­ton added 18 points for Se­ton Hall (18-10, 8-8). Billy Gar­rett Jr. led the Blue De­mons (9-20, 2-14) with 26 points and six as­sists. … Rod­ney Bul­lock scored 20 points and

Prov­i­dence ral­lied from 12 points down with 7:20 left to beat Mar­quette 7269. Ky­ron Cartwright scored 16 points for Prov­i­dence (18-11, 8-8). Markus Howard led Mar­quette (17-11, 8-8) with 24 points.

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