Houston Chronicle

No. 2 Baylor holds off No. 9 Kansas

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WACO — Jared Butler had a season-high 30 points and eight assists as No. 2 Baylor remained undefeated with a 77-69 victory Monday night over No. 9 Kansas, which has lost consecutiv­e Big 12 games for the first time in nearly eight years.

The Bears (13-0, 6-0) led throughout in a matchup of this year’s preseason league favorite, and the team that has won or shared 15 of the last 16 regular-season titles. Butler made the first of his seven 3-pointers on the first shot of the game, part of Baylor’s opening 11-2 spurt.

The Jayhawks (10-4, 4-3) were within 65-60 with 3:18 left after Tristan Enaruna drove the baseline for a slam that capped an 8-0 run. Butler then hit a 3 at the other end, and Kansas never got closer.

ST. JOHN’S 74

NO. 23 CONNECTICU­T 70

Posh Alexander scored 18 points, and the Red Storm came from behind to upset the Huskies in Storrs, Conn.

Marcellus Earlington scored 15 points and Julian Champagnie, the Big East’s leader scorer, had 10 of his 12 points in the second half

for St. John’s (8-7, 3-6).

R.J. Cole had 18 points for Connecticu­t (7-2, 4-2).

PRAIRIE VIEW 59 GRAMBLING STATE 50

Cam Mack had 15 points and six assists, and the Panthers defeated the visiting Tigers to stay perfect in the Southweste­rn Athletic Conference.

Jawaun Daniels added 11 points and nine rebounds for Prairie View (3-4, 2-0).

DUKE FALLS FROM TOP 25

Duke (5-3, 3-1 ACC) fell from the Associated Press Top 25 after losing to Virginia Tech last week. Its

streak of 91 consecutiv­e weeks in the Top 25 was second only to Kansas, which extended its record to 229 weeks. Gonzaga is now No. 2 at 87 weeks.

This week’s AP poll is the first since Dec. 18, 1961 — when only 10 teams were included each week — in which Duke, Kentucky and North Carolina are all unranked.

Women

NO. 4 SOUTH CAROLINA 104 NO. 15 ARKANSAS 82

Aliyah Boston had 26 points, 16 rebounds and six blocks, and the host

Gamecocks beat the Razorbacks for their 24th straight win over Southeaste­rn Conference foes.

On a day when South Carolina (10-1, 5-0) celebrated its most famous post player by dedicating a bronze statue of A’ja Wilson at the arena, the Gamecocks current force down low took control of the things in beating Arkansas (11-5, 2-4).

GRAMBLING STATE 65 PRAIRIE VIEW &M 64

Camryn London sank a go-ahead 3-pointer with two seconds remaining, and the Tigers handed the host Panthers their seventh consecutiv­e loss.

Kennedy Paul had 18 points, seven rebounds and two assists to lead Prairie View (1-7, 0-5 Southweste­rn Athletic Conference).

JACKSON STATE 68 TEXAS SOUTHERN 44

Ameshya Williams had 23 points, 16 rebounds and three blocked shots, and Jackson State routed host Texas Southern.

Te'Aire Hambrick had 14 points and four rebounds to lead Texas Southern (2-3, 1-3 Southweste­rn Athletic Conference).

 ?? Jerry Larson / Associated Press ?? MaCio Teague, left, and Baylor beat Marcus Garrett and Kansas to improve to 13-0 and 6-0 in the Big 12.
Jerry Larson / Associated Press MaCio Teague, left, and Baylor beat Marcus Garrett and Kansas to improve to 13-0 and 6-0 in the Big 12.

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