No. 3 Jayhawks’ latest rally denies No. 4 Bears
Landen Lucas made two free throws with 11 seconds left, and No. 3 Kansas didn’t allow No. 4 Baylor to get the ball to Johnathan Motley on the last possession as the Jayhawks grabbed a stranglehold on the Big 12 race with a 67-65 victory Saturday in Waco, Tex.
“As far as a mental-toughness team, I would take this team and go to the house and let it ride however it goes,” Kansas Coach Bill Self said.
Five days after overcoming a 14-point deficit in the final 2:43 of regulation and winning in overtime against No. 9 West Virginia, the Jayhawks only had to come back from six points down in the final 31/2 minutes this time.
“We were down by more than that last game,” said Frank Mason III, who led Kansas with 23 points. “We just showed toughness and leadership as far as the older guys, and I think the younger guys did a great job of following.”
The Jayhawks (24-3, 12-2) have a three-game lead in the Big 12 standings with four games to play. With one more win, Kansas will match the UCLA teams of the 1960s and ’70s with 13 consecutive conference championships.
Motley finished with 19 points for Baylor (22-5, 9-5), which has lost four of its past six games.
GONZAGA 82, PACIFIC 61: Nigel Williams-Goss had 18 points and seven assists in Spokane, Wash., as the No. 1 Bulldogs (28-0, 16-0 West Coast) rolled.
Jack Williams scored 16 points for Pacific (10-19, 4-12),
VILLANOVA 92, SETON HALL 70: Jalen Brunson had 22 points on 7-for-7 shooting with a career-high 10 assists, and the No. 2 Wildcats (26-2, 13-2) clinched a tie for an unprecedented fourth straight Big East regular season title.
Khadeen Carrington led the Pirates (16-10, 6-8) with 22 points in Newark.
llARIZONA 76, WASHINGTON 68: Lauri Markkanen had 26 points and 13 rebounds, Allonzo Trier scored a season-high 21 points and the No. 5 Wildcats (25-3, 14-1 Pacific-12) survived a challenge in Seattle.
Markelle Fultz had 26 points for the Huskies (9-18, 2-13).
OREGON 101, COLORADO 73: Dillon Brooks scored 23 points in Eugene, Ore., and the No. 7 Ducks (24-4, 13-2 Pac-12) extracted some revenge for the Buffaloes’ upset in their meeting earlier this season.
George King had 16 points in the loss for Colorado (16-12, 6-9).
WEST VIRGINIA 83, TEXAS TECH 74 (2OT): Jevon Carter Carter scored the go-ahead basket in the second overtime, Tarik Phillip had six of his 15 points after regulation, and the No. 9 Mountaineers outlasted the Raiders in Morgantown, W.Va.
West Virginia (21-6, 9-5 Big 12) outscored Texas Tech 13-4 in the second overtime.
The Raiders (17-10, 5-9) lost despite a career-high 28 points from Keenan Evans and despite a comeback from seven points down to send the game into overtime tied at 64.
DUKE 99, WAKE FOREST 94: Luke Kennard scored 23 points, Jayson Tatum added 19, and the No. 12 Blue Devils (22-5, 10-4 ACC) hit 13 three-pointers to claim their seventh straight victory.
John Collins had a career-best 31 points and 15 rebounds for the Demon Deacons (15-12, 6-9).
KENTUCKY 82, GEORGIA 77: De’Aaron Fox scored 16 points, including six free throws in the final 45 seconds, and the No. 13 Wildcats (22-5, 12-2 Southeastern Conference) overcame J.J. Frazier’s 36 points to beat the Bulldogs (15-12, 6-8).
Georgia lost top scorer Yante Maten with a right knee injury less than two minutes into the game in Athens, Ga.
FLORIDA 57, MISSISSIPPI STATE 52: Chris Chiozza scored 14 points in Starkville, Miss., and the No. 15 Gators (22-5, 12-2 SEC) won their eighth in a row.
The Bulldogs (14-12, 5-9) have lost eight of their past 10 games.
PURDUE 80, MICHIGAN STATE 63: In West Lafayette, Ind., Caleb Swanigan had 24 points and 15 rebounds, helping give the No. 16 Boilermakers (22-5, 11-3) a half-game lead over Maryland and Wisconsin in the Big Ten standings.
The Spartans (16-11, 8-6) got 14 points from Miles Bridges.
PITTSBURGH 80, FLORIDA STATE 66: Senior Sheldon Jeter scored a career-high 29 points, and the host Panthers (15-12, 4-10 ACC) went 10 for 22 from beyond the arc to upset the No. 17 Seminoles (21-6, 9-5).
CINCINNATI 80, TULSA 60: Jacob Evans III scored 13 of his 17 points while the 18thranked Bearcats (24-3, 13-1 American) took control in the first half against the Golden Hurricane (12-14, 6-8) at home.
SMU 76, HOUSTON 66: Semi Ojeleye had 18 of his 22 points in the second half, and the No. 19 Mustangs (24-4, 14-1 American) rallied in Houston.
Rob Gray Jr. had 23 points to lead the Cougars (18-8, 9-5).
VANDERBILT 71, SOUTH CAROLINA 62: Matthew Fisher-Davis scored 17 points, Riley LaChance had 14 and the Commodores knocked off the No. 21 Gamecocks in Nashville.
Sindarius Thornwell led the Gamecocks (20-7, 10-4) with 21 points and posted six rebounds. South Carolina has lost three of four.
NOTRE DAME 81, NORTH CAROLINA STATE 72: V.J. Beachem scored 27 points and hit a career-high seven three-pointers in Raleigh, N.C., lifting the No. 25 Irish (21-7, 10-5 ACC) in the Wolfpack’s first game since the announcement that Coach Mark Gottfried is out after the season.
Dennis Smith Jr. scored 16 points for N.C. State (14-14, 3-12).
Landen Lucas, shown defending Baylor’s Jake Lindsey, put Kansas ahead with two free throws late.