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