Jay­hawks rally, re­main un­beaten

The Washington Post Sunday - - COURTSIDE -

Mar­cus Mor­ris and Tyrel Reed hit key free throws in the fi­nal sec­onds and No. 3 Kansas erased a 10-point sec­ond-half deficit to re­main un­beaten with a 63-60 vic­tory Satur­day over Ne­braska in Lawrence, Kan.

Kansas, which came in with a 15-game win­ning streak over the Huskers, was thor­oughly out­played in a ragged first half.

Mor­ris’s two foul shots gave the Jay­hawks (17-0, 2-0 Big 12) a 62-58 lead. Af­ter Lance Jeter drove in for a layup, Reed was quickly fouled and made one of two. Jeter then missed a three­p­ointer for Ne­braska.

Reed and Mor­ris each had 16 points and Mor­ris added 10 re­bounds as Kansas ran its school­record home court win­ning streak to 69 games.

“I don’t know what it is,” Reed said. “I guess you could call it magic. The aura of Allen Field­house.”

Jeter had 13 points for Ne­braska (13-4, 1-2), which was play­ing its fi­nal game at Kansas as a mem­ber of the Big 12.

OHIO STATE 69, PENN STATE 66: Fresh­man Jared Sullinger scored 19 points and hit a three-point play with 13.2 sec­onds left to lift theNo. 2 Buck­eyes over the Nit­tany Lions in Colum­bus, Ohio.

The vic­tory, on the heels of top-ranked Duke’s 66-61 loss at Florida State on Wed­nes­day night, could pro­pel Ohio State (18-0, 5-0 Big Ten) to the No. 1 spot in next week’s rank­ings. David Jack­son had 19 points for Penn State (10-7, 3-3).

SYRA­CUSE 67, CINCIN­NATI 52: Rick Jack­son had 15 points and 11 re­bounds for his 11th dou­ble-dou­ble of the sea­son as the fourth-ranked Orange beat the No. 25 Bearcats in Syra­cuse, N.Y., to re­main un­beaten.

Syra­cuse (18-0, 5-0 Big East), one of four un­beat­ens left in Di­vi­sion I, is one win from match­ing its best start ever. Dion Dixon led Cincin­nati (16-2, 3-2) with 18 points, all on three-point­ers.

PITTS­BURGH 74, SE­TON HALL 53: Se­nior cen­ter Gary McGhee matched a ca­reer high with 13 points and grabbed 10 re­bounds, send­ing the No. 5 Pan­thers past the strug­gling Pi­rates in Pitts­burgh.

Pitt (17-1, 5-0 Big East) won its 19th in a row at home. It was the fourth loss in five games for Se­ton Hall (8-10, 2-4), who got 15 points from Herb Pope.

SAN DIEGO STATE 87, NEW MEX­ICO 77: D. J. Gay scored a ca­reer-high 30 points and Kawhi Leonard had 19 points and 15 re­bounds as theNo. 6 Aztecs beat the Lo­bos in Al­bu­querque, N.M., to re­main one of the nation’s four un­beaten teams.

San Diego State (19-0, 4-0 Moun­tain West Con­fer­ence) ex­tended the coun­try’s long­est win streak to a school-record 19 games. NewMex­ico (13-5, 1-2) got 23 points and 14 re­bounds from UCLA trans­fer Drew Gor­don.

CON­NECTI­CUT 82, DEPAUL 62: Kemba Walker scored 22 of his 31 points in the first half in Rose­mont, Ill., as the No. 10 Huskies handed the Blue Demons their 18th straight Big East loss.

Con­necti­cut (14-2, 3-2) never trailed in win­ning its fourth straight against DePaul. Cleve­land Melvin had 25 points for the Blue Demons (6-11, 0-5).

TEXAS 66, OK­LA­HOMA 46: Jor­dan Hamil­ton scored 17 points in Austin as theNo. 12 Longhorns sent the ri­val Sooners to an 0-3 start in the Big 12.

Fresh­man for­ward Tris­tan Thomp­son added 15 points and eight re­bounds for Texas (14-3, 2-0 Big 12). An­drew Fitzger­ald scored 18 for Ok­la­homa (8-9).

KEN­TUCKY 82, LSU 44: Bran­don Knight scored 19 points and Ter­rence Jones added 17 to lead the No. 13 Wild­cats over the Tigers in Lex­ing­ton, Ky.

Ken­tucky (14-3, 2-1 South­east­ern Con­fer­ence) held LSU to a sea­son-low 26 per­cent shoot­ing while hand­ing the Tigers (10-8, 2-1) their worst loss of the sea­son.

TEXAS A&M 91, MIS­SOURI 89: Khris Mid­dle­ton scored 28 points, in­clud­ing 11 in over­time, as the No. 14 Ag­gies beat the No. 15 Tigers in Col­lege Sta­tion, Tex., for their 13th straight win.

Texas A&M (16-1, 3-0 Big 12) trailed by one be­fore Mid­dle­ton stole the ball and hit a layup with 34 sec­onds left. Af­ter a Mis­souri turnover, Mid­dle­ton made three free throws to ex­tend the lead to 91-87. Mis­souri’s Lau­rence Bow­ers had a tip-in at the buzzer.

Mar­cus Den­mon and Ri­cardo Ratliffe had 19 points apiece for Mis­souri (15-3, 1-2).

WIS­CON­SIN 76, ILLI­NOIS 66: Jon Leuer scored 26 points and hit a crit­i­cal three-pointer down the stretch as the No. 20 Bad­gers beat the No. 16 Illini in Madi­son, Wis.

Jor­dan Tay­lor added 22 points for Wis­con­sin (13-4, 3-2 Big Ten). Demetri McCamey scored 23 points for Illi­nois (13-5, 3-2).

LOUISVILLE 71, MAR­QUETTE 70: Kyle Kuric’s layup with four sec­onds re­main­ing capped a fu­ri­ous rally by the No. 18 Car­di­nals against the vis­it­ing Golden Ea­gles.

Louisville (14-3, 3-1 Big East) trailed by 18 with less than six min­utes to go but closed ona 24-5 run fu­eled by guard Pre­ston Knowles, who had17 points. Dar­ius John­son-Odom led the Golden Ea­gles (12-6, 3-2) with 16 points.

DUQUESNE7 8, TEM­PLE 66: The Dukes held their op­po­nent with­out a field goal for a stretch of more than 11 min­utes for a sec­ond straight game and Bill Clark scored 22 points as Duquesne beat theNo. 19 Owls in Pitts­burgh for its sixth straight win.

The Dukes (11-5, 3-0 At­lantic 10) held leads of 19-1 and 22-2. The Owls (12-4, 3-1) missed their first 14 shots and didn’t make their first field goal un­til 8:18 to go in the first half. Ra­mone Moore had 18 points for Tem­ple.

KANSAS STATE 94, TEXAS TECH 60: Ja­mar Samuels scored 22 points as the No. 21 Wild­cats beat the Red Raiders in Man­hat­tan, Kan.

Ja­cob Pullen added 21 points for Kansas State (13-5, 1-2 Big 12). John Rober­son scored 19 for Texas Tech (8-10, 0-3), which has lost its three Big 12 games by a com­bined 77 points.

SOUTH­ERN MIS­SIS­SIPPI 86, CEN­TRAL FLORIDA 69: R.L. Hor­ton scored 18 points and D. J. New­bil­ladded 17 to lead the Golden Ea­gles past the No. 23 Knights in Hat­ties­burg, Miss.

Gary Flow­ers and Mau­rice Bolden each had 16 points for South­ern Mis­sis­sippi (14-3, 3-1 Con­fer­ence USA). UCF (14-2, 1-2) has lost two in a row af­ter start­ing with a school-record 14-game win­ning streak. Mar­cus Jor­dan scored 20 points for UCF.

GE­OR­GIA 98, MIS­SIS­SIPPI 76: Ger­ald Robin­son scored a sea­son-high 22 points and the No. 24 Bull­dogs put five play­ers in dou­ble fig­ures to beat the Rebels in Ox­ford, Miss.

The Bull­dogs shot a sea­son best 64 per­cent (33 of52) fromthe field and were 26 for 27 from the foul line. Zach Gra­ham led Ole Miss (12-6, 0-3) with 21 points.

ED ZURGA/AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Thomas Robin­son (0) cel­e­brates a bas­ket with­Marki­ef­fMor­ris dur­ing the sec­ond half of the Jay­hawks’ 63-60 win over Ne­braska.

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