Top-ranked Bulldogs survive a scare from Bluejays
GONZAGA 103, CREIGHTON 92
Zach Norvell Jr. scored 23 of his career-high 28 points in the second half, and top-ranked Gonzaga wiped out an early double-digit deficit and beat Creighton, 103-92, on Saturday in Omaha.
The Bulldogs (8-0), who took over the No. 1 ranking this week after beating Duke in the Maui Invitational, overcame a boisterous crowd of more than 18,000 at CHI Health Center to win in their first true road game.
Norvell was held in check the first 20 minutes but came out strong after halftime. The Bulldogs, down 48-41 at half, got eight quick points from Norvell to pull close, and Corey Kispert’s threepointer put them up 66-65, their first lead since early in the game.
The Bulldogs held Creighton (6-2) scoreless for nearly four minutes in the middle of the second half while going on a 12-0 run. Norvell hit two three-pointers and a layup during the spurt. KANSAS 90, STANFORD
84 (OT): Lagerald Vick hit the tying three-pointer in the closing seconds of regulation, then had eight of his 27 points in overtime to lead the No. 2 Jayhawks past the Cardinal in Lawrence, Kan.
Down 75-72 late, Kansas ran its “chop” play — the same one it ran when Mario Chalmers sent the 2008 national championship into overtime — and Devon Dotson found Vick for the tying three with just seven seconds left. DUKE 113, STETSON 49: RJ Barrett had 26 points, seven rebounds and a season-high seven assists, and the third-ranked Blue Devils routed the Hatters in Durham, N.C.
Barrett played just 17 minutes, but that was long enough to challenge for Duke’s first triple-double in nearly 13 years.
According to the school, he’s the first player in program history with that many points, rebounds and assists plus four steals in a game. NEVADA 73, USC 61: Jordan Caroline scored 22 points, and the No. 5 Wolfpack took control with a dominant second half to beat the Trojans in Los Angeles, equaling its 8-0 start from last season.
Tre’Shawn Thurman added 14 points and nine rebounds and Caleb Martin had 12 points for the Wolfpack, which outscored USC 39-26 over the final 20 minutes.
MICHIGAN 76, PURDUE 57: Jordan Poole scored 21 points, and the No. 7 Wolverines were stingy on defense in a win over the No. 19 Boilermakers in Ann Arbor, Mich., routing a third ranked team this season.
Michigan (8-0) is off to its best start since it won the first 16 games of the 2012-13 season.
MARQUETTE 83, KANSAS STATE 71: Markus Howard scored 45 points and went 19 for 21 from the foul line, and the Golden Eagles used tight defense to hand the 12th-ranked Wildcats their first loss in Milwaukee.
Sacar Anim added 16 points for the Golden Eagles (6-2).
KENTUCKY 78, UNC GREENSBORO 61: Reid Travis scored 22 points and Keldon Johnson added six of his 13 points during a 14-2 second half run that helped the No. 10 Wildcats beat the Spartans in Lexington, Ky., for their seventh consecutive victory.
The visiting Spartans seemed poised to take control before Kentucky (7-1) had consecutive threepoint plays by Travis and Ashton Hagans for a 56-55 lead.
HOUSTON 65, OREGON 61: Armoni Brooks had 22 points and nine rebounds, and the Cougars won their 20th straight home game, beating the No. 18 Ducks.
Brooks was 7 for 14 from the field, including 6 for 13 on threepointers, to lead Houston (6-0), which was opening a new arena.
Bol Bol had 23 points and seven rebounds for Oregon (4-3).
TEXAS TECH 78, MEMPHIS 67: Tariq Owens had 13 points and 11 rebounds and tied a career high with eight blocks, Jarrett Culver scored 14 of his 20 points in the second half, and the No. 20 Red Raiders rallied to beat the Tigers at the HoopHall Miami Invitational.
Deshawn Corprew scored 12 points for Texas Tech, which has won all seven of its games by double digits.
BUFFALO 85, SAN FRANCISCO 81: Nick Perkins scored 22 points, Jeremy Harris added 15 with eight rebounds, and the No. 21 Bulls held off the Dons for a victory in the title game of the Basketball Hall of Fame Belfast Classic.
Buffalo (7-0) continued its best start since 1930 with the win.
VILLANOVA 85, LA SALLE 78: Eric Paschall scored 27 points, Phil Booth had 19, and the No. 23 Wildcats held off one more upset in a win over the Explorers at the Palestra in Philadelphia.
Villanova (6-2) remained the class of the city and won its 23rd straight Big Five game. It hasn’t lost a city series game since Dec. 5, 2012, against Temple.
Easy going for Oregon State
Kat Tudor had a season-high 24 points and nine rebounds, and the No. 9 Beavers easily dispatched winless La Salle, 100-46, in Corvallis, Ore.
Oregon State (6-1) led by 55 in the second half. Taya Corosdale had 11 points and a season-high 10 rebounds for the Beavers.
Rui Hachimura drives around Creighton’s Martin Krampelj during Gonzaga’s victory Saturday.