Second-ranked Jayhawks see 18-game winning streak end
Markel Brown scored 28 points and Marcus Smart added 25 as Oklahoma State held on to upset No. 2 Kansas, 85-80, on Saturday to end the Jayhawks’ nation-leading 18-game winning streak.
Smart had a pair of key putbacks in the closing minutes as the Cowboys (15-5, 5-3 Big 12) went on an 11-2 run that turned a 66-62 deficit into a 73-68 lead with just more than a minute left.
The host Jayhawks (19-2, 7-1) managed to play savvy defense and take advantage of a couple missed free throws to trim the Cowboys’ lead to 81-80 on a layup by Elijah Johnson with 18 seconds left.
But unflappable freshman Phil Forte, an 89 percent foul shooter, made both of his tries with 7.9 seconds to go.
Forte finished with 11 points, all in the second half.
Ben McLemore had 23 points to lead the Jayhawks, who also had their 33-game home winning streak come to an end in their first home loss to Oklahoma State since Feb. 8, 1989.
MIAMI 79, NORTH CAROLINA STATE 78: Reggie Johnson tipped in a missed shot with eight-tenths of a second left to help the 14th-ranked Hurricanes win on the road. Johnson’s left-handed tip in traffic off a miss by Shane Larkin capped a back-and-forth second half and kept the Hurricanes (17-3, 8- 0 Atlantic Coast Conference) unbeaten in the league.
C. J. Leslie had 18 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Wolfpack (16-6, 5-4), which played without starting point guard Lorenzo Brown (ankle injury).
N.C. State nearly topped Johnson’s tip when freshman Rodney Purvis launched a heave from beyond halfcourt at the horn; it hit the rim and rattled out.
FLORIDA 78, MISSISSIPPI 64: Erik Murphy scored 19 points and was instrumental on the defensive end for the host Gators against the 16th-ranked Rebels.
Murphy made 7 of 8 shots and added six rebounds and four assists for No. 4 Florida. Mar shall Henderson, the Southeastern Conference’s leading scorer, led the Rebels (17-4, 6-2) with 25 points on 8-of-15 shooting. The Gators (18-2, 8-0) won their first seven conference games by an average of 28.3 points. This one looked as though it would be another rout — but Ole Miss kept rallying from 20-point deficits.
AIR FORCE 70, SAN DIEGO STATE 67: Michael Lyons scored 20 points as the host Falcons overcame a 25-point performance by Aztecs star Jamaal Franklin.
Franklin and James Rahon missed potential tying threepointers in the waning seconds for San Diego State, ranked No. 22. The Falcons (14-6, 5-2 Mountain West Conference) won their fifth straight at Clune Arena.
The Aztecs (16-5, 4-3) lost for only the second time in their last 10 games against Air Force.
The Falcons used a 19-2 run to take control at 59-47, then held on as Franklin scored 18 of his 25 points in the second half. He also pulled down 10 rebounds and was 11 for 12 from the foul line.
KANSAS STATE 52, OKLAHOMA 50: Angel Rodriguez hit two free throws with 5.6 seconds remaining for the No. 18 Wildcats on the road. The free throws ended an 8-0 run by the Sooners that tied the game with 13 seconds to play.
Will Spradling led the Wildcats (17-4, 6-2 Big 12) with 12 points. Romero Osby had 13 points and seven rebounds to lead the Sooners (14-6, 5-3).
DUKE 79, FLORIDA STATE 60: Seth Curry scored 21 points and Quinn Cook added 18 as the fifth-ranked Blue Devils (19-2, 6-2 ACC) won on the road. They were crisp from the opening tip until the final horn in beating the defending conference champions with ease.
“They were able to put themselves at that magic level that has been elusive to us,” said Seminoles Coach Leonard Hamilton. Duke raced to an 18-2 lead against Florida State (12-9, 4-4).
OHIO STATE 63, NEBRASKA 56: Lenzelle Smith Jr. had 21 points as the visiting Buckeyes (17-4, 7-2 Big Ten) held on. Ohio State, ranked No. 11, led 53-38 after a pair of free throws by Aaron Craft with 9:05 left. The Huskers (11-12, 2-8) then made their comeback.
PITTSBURGH 65, SYRACUSE 55: The host Panthers used their unusual 10-man rotation to swarm the sixth-ranked Orange. Tray Woodall had points, four assists and three steals as the Panthers improved to 13-1 against Top 10 teams since the Petersen Events Center opened a decade ago. Pitt (18-5,
6-4 Big East) gave its tidy record some needed polish by dominating the Orange (18-3, 6-2).
CALIFORNIA 58, OREGON 55: Justin Cobbs made an 18foot jumper with 1 minute 35 seconds remaining, then added a pair of free throws as the Golden Bears handed the 10th- ranked Ducks a second loss this week.
Meantime, Cal (13-8, 5-4 Pacific-12) won back-to-back games for the first time since December. Tony Woods had 14 points and eight rebounds for Oregon but failed to get a potential tying shot after grabbing E. J. Singler’s missed three-pointer with 5.2 seconds left.
The Ducks (18-4, 7-2) were held scoreless over the final four minutes.
CINCINNATI 65, SETON HALL 59: Sean Kilpatrick scored 21 points and Cashmere Wright added 17 as the Bearcats blew almost all of a 20-point lead on the road. Cincinnati (18-4, 6-3 Big East) was up 48-28. But the Pirates (13-9, 2-7) closed to four points twice.
The Bearcats, who entered the game 14th in the 15-team conference in free throw shooting at 64.9 percent, finished 21 of 27 (77.8 percent) from the line.
CREIGHTON 75, BRADLEY 58: In Omaha, the 21st-ranked Bluejays trailed by three points at halftime after launching 21 of their first 29 shots from threepoint range and connecting on seven.
Creighton scored its first four baskets of the second half in the paint to turn a 30-27 deficit into a 35-30 lead.
The Bluejays (20-3, 9-2 Missouri Valley Conference), who have won 15 straight over Bradley at home, hit the 20-win mark for the 14th time in 15 seasons. Bradley fell to 13-10, 5-6.
MISSOURI 91, AUBURN 77: Earnest Ross scored a seasonhigh 23 points against his former team as the No. 17 Tigers won on the road.
Ross said it was satisfying to defeat his former teammates, but he took more pride in helping Missouri (16-5, 5-3 Southeastern Conference) get the victory. Frankie Sullivan led Auburn (8-13, 2-6) with 12 points.
NORTHERN IOWA 57, WICHITA STATE 52: In Cedar Falls, Iowa, Anthony James scored 16 points as the Panthers upset the No. 15 Shockers.
Seth Tuttle had eight points, eight rebounds and four blocks for the Panthers (12-11, 5-6 Missouri Valley Conference). They took control with a 14-0 run in the second half.
The Shockers (19-4, 8-3) pulled within 52-50 on Carl Hall’s steal and bucket with 1:18 left.
BUTLER 75, RHODE ISLAND 68: Rotnei Clarke scored 23 points as the ninth-ranked Bulldogs (18-4, 5-2 Atlantic 10) went on a 15-3 run early in the second half at home.
Nikola Malesevic led the Rams (6-14, 1-6) with 18 points.
Oklahoma State freshman Phil Forte, right, made two free throws late in an upset win over Kansas.