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.

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