Bru­ins vic­to­ri­ous in matchup of top-five teams

The Washington Post Sunday - - COLLEGE BASKETBALL -

Thomas Welsh scored 12 of his 14 points in the sec­ond half, and No. 5 UCLA dom­i­nated the of­fen­sive boards to beat No. 4 Ari­zona, 77-72, in a Pa­cific-12 show­down Saturday night in Tuc­son.

The Bru­ins (26-3, 13-3) snapped Ari­zona’s 21-game home court win­ning streak and dropped the Wild­cats (26-4, 15-2) into a tie with Ore­gon for first place in the Pac-12 head­ing into the fi­nal week of the reg­u­lar sea­son.

Al­lonzo Trier scored a ca­reer­high 28 for the Wild­cats.

UCLA had 19 sec­ond-chance points to Ari­zona’s four.

KEN­TUCKY 76, FLORIDA 66: Not sat­is­fied with mak­ing perime­ter jumpers, Wild­cats fresh­man Ma­lik Monk drove to the bas­ket to create numer­ous op­por­tu­ni­ties at the free throw line and found open­ings to feed his team­mates in Lex­ing­ton, Ky. And in do­ing so, he led 11th-ranked Ken­tucky to its big­gest win of the sea­son. Monk scored 30 of his 33 points in the sec­ond half for Ken­tucky (24-5, 14-2 SEC) against the 13th-ranked Ga­tors (23-6, 13-3).

“I was just play­ing, but it was crazy,” Monk said.

VIL­LANOVA 79, CREIGHTON 63: The sec­ond-ranked Wild­cats (27-3, 14-3 Big East) claimed an­other con­fer­ence reg­u­lar sea­son ti­tle by beat­ing the visit­ing Blue­jays (22-7, 9-7). But they aren’t ready to start cel­e­brat­ing.

“We’re not done yet,” se­nior Kris Jenk­ins said.

Eric Paschall scored a sea­son­high 19 points and Josh Hart added 16 for Vil­lanova.

KANSAS 77, TEXAS 67: Josh Jack­son scored 18 points and Frank Ma­son III added 16 for the third-ranked Jay­hawks in Austin.

Kansas (26-3, 14-2 Big 12) clinched its 13th con­sec­u­tive con­fer­ence ti­tle by beat­ing the Longhorns (10-19, 4-12).

ORE­GON 75, STAN­FORD 73: The sixth-ranked Ducks sur­vived their Bay Area trip by the slimmest of mar­gins. Jor­dan Bell scored on a put­back with 14 sec­onds left to give Ore­gon (26-4, 15-2 Pa­cific 12) its sec­ond straight vic­tory in a rare Bay Area sweep.

Bell’s game-win­ner fol­lowed Dil­lon Brooks’s last-sec­ond, tiebreak­ing three-poin­ter three nights ear­lier at Cal­i­for­nia. Reid Travis had 27 points and 14 re­bounds for the Car­di­nal (14-14, 6-10).

NORTH CAROLINA 85, PITTS­BURGH 67: The eighthranked Tar Heels clinched at least a share of the ACC reg­u­lar sea­son ti­tle in Pitts­burgh.

Three weeks af­ter sur­viv­ing a se­ri­ous scare by the Pan­thers (1514, 4-12) in Chapel Hill, N.C., North Carolina (25-5, 13-3) held Pitts­burgh to 40 per­cent shoot­ing and didn’t let it within sin­gle dig­its over the fi­nal 16 min­utes.

IOWA STATE 72, BAY­LOR 69: Cy­clones star Deonte Bur­ton of­ten takes shots that his coaches wish he wouldn’t.

With a po­ten­tial win over a top-10 op­po­nent slip­ping away, Bur­ton banked in the big­gest bas­ket of his ca­reer. He scored 22 points, in­clud­ing a cru­cial three­p­ointer off the glass, for the Cy­clones (19-9, 11-5 Big 12) against the No. 9 Bears (23-6, 10-6) in Ames, Iowa.

MIAMI 55, DUKE 50: The pregame was all about the Hur­ri­canes’ se­niors in Coral Gables, Fla. The fresh­man was the story from there. Fresh­man Bruce Brown scored 25 points for Miami (20-8, 10-6 ACC) in a win over the 10thranked Blue Devils (22-7, 10-6).

WEST VIR­GINIA 61, TCU 60: The 12th-ranked Moun­taineers (23-6, 11-5 Big 12) stayed in sec­ond place in the con­fer­ence af­ter Dax­ter Miles Jr. clinched the win with a free throw with 4.8 sec­onds left in Fort Worth.

Jevon Carter had 15 points and Nathan Adrian added 13 for the Moun­taineers, who started the day in a three-way tie with Bay­lor and Iowa State. The Horned Frogs (17-12, 6-10) had tied the game on Alex Robin­son’s free throw with nine sec­onds left.

MICHI­GAN 82, PUR­DUE 70: Moe Wag­ner scored 22 of his 24 points in the first half, out­play­ing ev­ery­one on the Boil­er­mak­ers’ vaunted front line in Ann Ar­bor, Mich. The Wolver­ines (19-10, 9-7 Big Ten) took an­other big step to­ward an NCAA tour­na­ment berth by beat­ing 14 th-ranked Pur­due (23-6, 12-4).

SMU 69, CONNECTICUT 61: It was Shake Milton’s turn to be SMU’s hot shooter. Milton scored 18 of his game-high 20 points in the first half to lead the 17thranked Mus­tangs (25-4, 15-1 Amer­i­can) past the Huskies (14-14, 9-7) in Hart­ford, Conn.

FLORIDA STATE 76, CLEM­SON 74: Semi­noles Coach Leonard Hamil­ton was glad to see his play­ers smil­ing, laugh­ing and cel­e­brat­ing a win on the road.

The 19th-ranked Semi­noles (23-6, 11-5) came into Clem­son, S.C., just 2-5 on the road in league play. It was the lat­est in a string of near misses for the Tigers (14-14, 4-12).

WI­CHITA STATE 86, MIS­SOURI STATE 67: Landry Shamet did his part, and then some, for the 25th-ranked Shock­ers (27-4, 17-1 Mis­souri Val­ley Con­fer­ence) in Spring­field, Mo.

He scored a ca­reer-best 23 points to help se­cure at least a share of the MVC ti­tle for a fourth straight sea­son. Wi­chita State en­tered Saturday 20th in the coun­try with a scor­ing av­er­age of 82.4 points per game, and didn’t let up while win­ning its 14th straight over the Bears (16-15, 7-11).

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Fresh­man Ma­lik Monk scored 30 points in the sec­ond half for No. 11 Ken­tucky against No. 13 Florida.

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