No. 3 Jay­hawks’ lat­est rally de­nies No. 4 Bears

The Washington Post Sunday - - COLLEGE BASKETBALL -

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.

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