The Washington Post Sunday
Pirates knock off No. 9 Wildcats in overtime thriller
SETON HALL 84, KENTUCKY 83 (OT)
Myles Cale hit a go-ahead threepointer with 9.5 seconds left in overtime, and Seton Hall overcame Keldon Johnson’s half-court heave that tied the score at the regulation buzzer to stun No. 9 Kentucky, 84-83, on Saturday in a thriller at Madison Square Garden in New York.
In one of the most exciting finishes of the season, Johnson had a chance to win it for the Wildcats (7-2), but his three-point try with a second remaining was blocked by Quincy McKnight. The ball went out of bounds as time expired, and Pirates players rushed off the bench to celebrate a huge win.
“I guess that was good for the fans,” Kentucky Coach John Calipari said. “Wasn’t so good for the losing coach.”
Myles Powell scored 25 of his 28 points after halftime for Seton Hall (6-3), including a tiebreaking three-pointer in the final seconds of the second half.
“It took a lot of effort, but . . . we were ready,” Powell said.
The clock showed 1.1 seconds after Powell’s step-back, doubleclutch jumper from the left side went through, but officials made it 1.5 seconds after a replay review. That made all the difference for Kentucky when PJ Washington inbounded from the baseline and threw a long pass to Johnson. He caught it near center court, turned over his left shoulder and hurled a right-handed shot that went in as the horn sounded, tying it at 70.
“It was a big shot,” Johnson said. “I mean, it was pretty big. I guess it just hurt because we lost.”
KANSAS 63, NEW MEXICO STATE 60: In their first game without injured center Udoka Azubuike, the No. 2 Jayhawks (8-0) got 20 points and 10 rebounds from Dedric Lawson and held off the Aggies (7-2) in Kansas City, Mo.
DUKE 91, YALE 58: Freshman RJ Barrett had 30 points, seven rebounds and six assists, and the No. 3 Blue Devils (9-1) blew the game open in the second half to rout the Bulldogs (4-3) in Durham, N.C.
MICHIGAN 89, SOUTH CAROLINA 78: Jordan Poole scored 19 of his 26 points in the second half, and the No. 5 Wolverines improved to 10-0 by beating the Gamecocks (4-5) in Ann Arbor, Mich.
AUBURN 82, DAYTON 72: Bryce Brown scored a career-high 34 points and made six threepointers to lead the No. 8 Tigers (8-1) past the Flyers (5-4) in Auburn, Ala.
MICHIGAN STATE 63, FLORIDA 59: Kyle Ahrens scored the No. 10 Spartans’ final seven points, including a two-handed jam with 8.7 seconds remaining, as they held off the Gators (5-4) in Gainesville, Fla. Xavier Tillman led Michigan State (8-2) with 14 points and nine rebounds.
FLORIDA STATE 79, CONNECTICUT 71: Terance Mann scored 20 points as the No. 11 Seminoles (8-1) beat the Huskies (7-3) in the Never Forget Tribute Classic in Newark.
MARQUETTE 74, WIS- CONSIN 69 (OT): Markus Howard scored 27 points as the Golden Eagles (8-2) won the heated instate rivalry game against the No. 12 Badgers (8-2) in Milwaukee.
TULSA 47, KANSAS STATE 46: Martins Igbanu made a goahead jump hook with 1:51 remaining to help the host Golden Hurricane (7-3) upset the No. 16 Wildcats (6-2).
BUFFALO 80, ST. BONAVENTURE 62: Jayvon Graves hit a career-best five three-pointers and scored 19 points as the No. 17 Bulls improved to 9-0 by beating the Bonnies (4-6) in Olean, N.Y.
VILLANOVA 70, SAINT JOSEPH’S 58: Eric Paschall had 14 points and nine rebounds as the No. 21 Wildcats (8-2) beat the Hawks (5-5) in Villanova, Pa., for their 25th straight Big 5 victory.
MISSISSIPPI STATE 81, CLEMSON 62: Lamar Peters scored 28 points to lead the No. 22 Bulldogs (8-1) to a wire-to-wire win over the Tigers (6-3) in the Never Forget Tribute Classic in Newark.
NEBRASKA 94, CREIGHTON 75: James Palmer scored a season-high 30 points to help the No. 24 Cornhuskers (8-2) top the Bluejays (6-3) in Lincoln, Neb., and end a seven-game losing streak to their in-state rivals.
FURMAN 74, SOUTH CAROLINA UPSTATE 60: Jordan Lyons had 20 points to lift the No. 25 Paladins (10-0) past the Spartans (2-8) in Spartanburg, S.C.
U-Conn. women keep rolling
Katie Lou Samuelson scored 26 points and pulled down 16 rebounds to lead top-ranked Connecticut to a 99-61 win over former Big East rival Seton Hall in Hartford, Conn.
Napheesa Collier added 18 points for the Huskies (9-0). Nicole Jimenez had 23 points for the Pirates (7-2).
NOTRE DAME 72, TOLEDO 56: Arike Ogunbowale scored 22 points as the No. 2 Irish bounced back from last weekend’s loss to U-Conn. by beating the Rockets (6-3) in Toledo. Jessica Shepard scored 16 points and had eight rebounds for Notre Dame (8-1).