Con­necti­cut slips past Texas in OT

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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.

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