Connecticut slips past Texas in OT
Kemba Walker, the nation’s leading scorer, made a 15-foot jumper with five seconds left in overtime to lift visiting No. 8 Connecticut to a 82-81 victory overNo. 12 Texas on Saturday.
The Longhorns quickly moved the ball to midcourt before calling timeout, but freshman Cory Joseph’s juggling three-pointer after the inbound pass fell well short.
Walker finished with 22 points against a tough defensive effort byTexas that shuthim down for long stretches of the game. ButWalker came up with the big shot when the Huskies needed it, shooting over Dogus Balbay for the winner. Connecticut (12-2) ended Texas’ 27-game home winning streak against nonconference opponents. Jordan Hamilton and J’Covan Brown each scored 20 points for the Longhorns (12-3).
PITTSBURGH 89, MARQUETTE 81: Ashton Gibbs scored 19 pointsandBradWanamaker led a first-half surge in which the No. 5 Panthers (15-1, 3-0 Big East) rapidly opened up a 16-point lead, carrying them past the visiting Golden Eagles (11-5, 2-1). Pittsburgh shot a season-high 60 percent.
SYRACUSE 61, SETON HALL 56: Kris Joseph scored 17 points to lead the No. 4 Orange (16-0, 3-0 Big East) past the Pirates (7-9, 1-3) inNewark, N. J., in a game in which both teams struggled offensively. Syracuse’s last 16-0 start was in 1999-2000, when they won their first 19 games of the season.
NOTRE DAME 76, ST. JOHN’S 61: Ben Hansbrough scored 12 of his 26 points from three-point range, andtheNo. 14 Fighting Irish ended the Red Storm’s five-game winning streak. Notre Dame (14-2, 3-1 Big East) improved to 11-0 at home. Justin Brownlee led St. John’s (10-4, 3-1) with 17 points.
GEORGIA 77, KENTUCKY 70: Trey Thompkins scored 25 points and the Bulldogs upset the visitingNo. 10Wildcats, pulling away for its ninth straight win. Georgia (12-2, 1-0 Southeastern) snapped a seven-game winning streak by Kentucky (12-3, 0-1).
COLORADO 89, MISSOURI 76: SupersophomoreAlecBurks scored a career-high 36 points and the Buffaloes won at home to upset the ninth-ranked Tigers in their Big 12 opener. The Buffaloes (12-4, 1-0), who join the expanded Pacific-12 next season, snapped a streak of 13 straight losses in conference openers going back to 1997.
The Tigers (14-2, 0-1) had won nine straight games overall and nine in a row against the Buffaloes, whoselastwinover a top-10 team was a 93-80 upset of thirdranked Texas on Feb. 4, 2003.
MEMPHIS 61, EAST CAROLINA 58: Tarik Black had 12 points and seven rebounds and theNo. 21 Tigers survived another scare before winning at home. WillColemanadded11 points for Memphis (12-3, 1-0 Conference USA), which did not have a field goal in the final 5 minutes 23 seconds of thegame. East Carolina (8-7) had a chance late to tie the score, but Chris Crawford stole the ball, ending the threat.
SAN DIEGO STATE 71, UTAH62: KawhiLeonard scored 20points, D. J. Gay hit four threepointers in the second half, and theNo. 6 Aztecs (17-0, 2-0MountainWest ) survived a scare from the hostUtes (7-9, 0-2).
BYU 76, AIR FORCE 66: Jimmer Fredette scored 22 points, Jackson Emery tied Danny Ainge as BYU’s career steals leader, andthe 15th-ranked Cougars won at home.
Noah Hartsock had 12 points and 11 rebounds and Brandon Daviesaddedin 10 pointsandsix boards for BYU (16-1, 2-0Mountain West Conference). Michael Lyons scored 14 points andMike Fitzgerald added a career-high 13 for Air Force (10-5, 1-1).
TEXAS A&M 69, OKLAHOMA 51: Khris Middleton scored 16 points and added five assists and the No. 16 Aggies (14-1, 1-0 Big 12) won their 11th straight game, matching the third-longest winning streak in school history. Texas A&M dealt the Sooners their first loss in nine games this season at Lloyd Noble Center. The Aggies have won six of their last nine games against Oklahoma (8-7, 0-1).
PENN STATE 66, MICHIGAN STATE 62: Andrew Jones had16 pointsandTalor Battle hit an off-balance jumper with 18 seconds left to lift the host Nittany Lions (9-6, 2-2 Big Ten) past the No. 18 Spartans (10-5, 2-1). Durrell Summers finished with 21 forMichigan State.
OKLAHOMA STATE 76, KANSAS STATE 62: In Stillwater, Okla., Jean-Paul Olukemi scored a career-high 22 points in his Big 12 debut and fueled a big second-half run as the Cowboys raced past the No. 17 Wildcats, knockingoffKansasState for the second straight year. Olukemi provided 11 points during a 27-7 surge that propelled Oklahoma State (13-2, 1-0 Big 12) into the lead while Kansas State (12-4, 0-1) failed to score a basket for nearly eight minutes.
WASHINGTON 103, OREGON STATE 72: Matthew BryanAmaning had 24 points and a career-high 15 rebounds and the No. 23 Huskies won at home. Washington (12-3) is 4-0 in the Pacific-10 for the first time since winning its first six in 1984. Jared Cunningham led the Beavers (7-8, 2-2) with 21 points.
HOUSTON 76, CENTRAL FLORIDA 71: Kirk Van Slyke scored 15 of his 17 points in the first half as the Cougars built a big early lead and then held off the visiting No. 19 Golden Knights (14-1, 1-1 Conference USA), handing them their first loss of the season. Strong shooting and pressure defense gave Houston (9-6, 1-1) control from the start, as Van Slyke led the Cougars to a 22-8 lead.
SOUTH CAROLINA 83, VANDERBILT 75: Sam Muldrow had the second triple-double in South Carolina history, and freshman Bruce Ellington scored 22 points in his Southeastern Conference debut to lead the Gamecocks (10-4, 1-0 SEC) to an overtime win athome over the No. 22 Commodores (11-3, 0-1).
Connecticut’s KembaWalker, right, makes a move against Tristan Thompson. Walker led theHuskies with 22 points.