Fredette, No. 9 BYU fall on day of upsets
Connecticut, Syracuse among victims, but Ohio State escapes
Freshman Tony Snell scored a career-high 16 points and had a strong defensive effort in the first half against BYU all-American Jimmer Fredette, helping New Mexico beat the No. 9 Cougars, 86-77, on Saturday in Albuquerque, N.M.
Kendall Williams, another freshman, also had 16 points for the Lobos (14-8, 3-4 Mountain West), who ended BYU’s 10-game winning streak three days after the Cougars (20-2,6-1) knocked off No. 4 San Diego State.
Fredette finished with 32 points after a 12-for-26 shooting effort, going 6 for 9 from three-point range. But Snell, a rangy 6-foot-7 shooting guard, kept Fredette off his game and held the BYU standout to five points through the game’s first 17 minutes.
LOUISVILLE 79, CONNECTICUT 78: Peyton Siva scored 19 points, including two driving layups in the second overtime, as the No. 23 Cardinals upset the No. 5 Huskies in a Big East game in Storrs, Conn.
Terrence Jennings added 16 points and 10 rebounds for Louisville (17-4, 6-2), which has won four of its last five games to take over second place in the Big East.
The Cardinals came back from a nine-point second-half deficit and tied the game on Siva’s driving layup with 29 seconds left in regulation.
Shabazz Napier had 18 of his 23 points for Connecticut (17-3, 5-3) after halftime and Kemba Walker added 20. But Walker missed a jumper at the end of regulation and along three-pointer at the end of the second overtime that would have given the Huskies the win.
MARQUETTE 76, SYRACUSE 70: Jae Crowder scored 13 of his 25 points in the second half in Milwaukee as the Golden Eagles handed the Orange, which is tied with BYU at No. 9, its fourth straight loss.
C. J. Fair’s layup tied the game at 64, but Crowder’s layup put Marquette (14-8, 5-4 Big East) ahead by two. Kris Joseph’s jumper tied it for the last time for Syracuse, which never led. Jimmy Butler hit a three-pointer with 1:51 to go and then Darius Johnson-Odom made another three-pointer as Marquette withstood the charge.
Joseph led the Orange with 18 points, which has lost four in a row for the first time since Jan. 16-29, 2006. Butler finished with 19 for Marquette.
OHIO STATE 58, NORTHWESTERN 57: Jared Sullinger hit the second of two free throws with 3.5 seconds left and the No. 1 Buckeyes overcame a furious rally to beat the Wildcats in Evanston, Ill., for their 22nd straight victory.
Sullinger finished with 21 points for Ohio State.
Leading by two at the half, the Buckeyes (22-0, 9-0 Big Ten) pulled out to a 13-point lead. But Northwestern (13-8, 3-7) came back behind senior guard Michael Thompson, who scored 16 points.
Northwestern is 0-16 all-time playing top-ranked teams.
PITTSBURGH 65, RUTGERS 62: Ashton Gibbs scored 24 points as the No. 2 Panthers avoided a second straight upset by holding off the Scarlet Knights in Piscataway, N. J.
Pittsburgh (20-2, 8-1 Big East) scored 12 of its last 15 points from the free throw line and hit only one field goal in the final 7:03— a long three-pointer by Gibbs with 55 seconds to play— in posting its 10th straight 20-win season.
Jonathan Mitchell, Mike Coburn and Robert Lumpkins had 12 points apiece for Rutgers (12-9, 3-6).
KANSAS 90, KANSAS STATE 66: Thomas Robinson, two days after his mother’s funeral, shook off a slow start and had 17 points and nine rebounds to help lead the No. 6 Jayhawks past the host Wildcats in Lawrence.
Markieff Morris had 20 points and nine rebounds for Kansas (20-1, 5-1 Big 12), which celebrated the 150th anniversary of Kansas’s statehood with its 191st victory over Kansas State (14-8, 2-5) in a series that began in 1907.
Jacob Pullen had 21 points and moved into second place on Kansas State’s career scoring list.
PURDUE 73, MINNESOTA 61: JaJuan Johnson scored 24 points to lead the No. 12 Boilermakers over theNo. 16 Gophers in West Lafayette, Ind.
Johnson, the conference’s leading scorer, made eight of 13 field goals to notch his sixth straight game with at least 20 points.
Ryne Smith scored all 15 of his points in the second half Purdue (18-4, 7-2 BigTen). Trevor Mbakwe had 17 points and 12 rebounds for Minnesota (16-5, 5-4).
NEBRASKA 57, TEXAS A&M 48: Jorge Brian Diaz scored 16 points and the Cornhuskers held theNo. 13 Aggies to two field goals over the final 10 minutes to pull off the upset in Lincoln, Neb.
Nebraska (15-5, 3-3 Big 12) used a 10-1 spurt to take a 49-43 lead in the matchup of the league’s top two defensive teams. Nathan Walkup scored 13 points for Texas A&M (17-3, 4-2).
KENTUCKY 66, GEORGIA 60: Doron Lamb scored 19 points, including a pair of crucial baskets to halt a late Georgia rally, as the No. 14 Wildcats held off the Bulldogs in Lexington, Ky.
Kentucky (16-4, 4-2 Southeastern Conference), which lost at Georgia three weeks ago, clamped down on the cold-shooting Bulldogs (14-6, 3-4) down the stretch.
Darius Miller added 14 points and seven rebounds for Kentucky, which won its 29th straight game at Rupp Arena.
PENN STATE 56, WISCONSIN 52: Talor Battle scored 20 of his 22 points after halftime and the Nittany Lions turned up the defensive pressure in the second half to upset the No. 17 Badgers in State College, Pa.
Jeff Brooks had 12 points and Andrew Jones grabbed 14 rebounds to help Penn State (12-8, 5-4 Big Ten) overcome a 13-point deficit in the first half and beat Wisconsin (15-5, 5-3) for the first time since 2003.
ARKANSAS 89, VANDERBILT 78: Rotnei Clarke scored a season-high 36 points and Michael Sanchez had a career-high 20 points off the bench as the Razorbacks won in Nashville, handing the No. 19 Commodores their first home loss this season.
Arkansas (14-6, 4-3 Southeastern Conference) shot a seasonhigh 57.4 percent from the floor.
Vanderbilt (15-5, 3-3) was led by John Jenkins with 24 points.
CLEMSON 62, FLORIDA STATE 44: Jerai Grant scored 14 points and Demontez Stitt added 12 to lead the Tigers over the No. 22 Seminoles in Clemson, S.C., their first victory over a ranked opponent under Coach Brad Brownell.
Clemson (15-6, 4-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) took a 22-6 lead and Florida State (15-6, 5-2) got no closer than eight after that.
MISSISSIPPI STATE 71, FLORIDA 64: Dee Bost scored 24 points and Kodi Augustus and Renardo Sidney added 16 each as the Bulldogs beat the No. 24 Gators in Starkville, Miss.
Mississippi State (11-9, 3-3 Southeastern Conference) has won four of the last five against Florida (16-5, 5-2).
Marquette guard Darius Johnson-Odom celebrates a three-point field goal during the Golden Eagles’ 76-70 upset of Syracuse.