Top-ranked Bull­dogs sur­vive a scare from Blue­jays


The Washington Post Sunday - - COLLEGE BASKETBALL -

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.

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