Kansas State Hands Kansas First Loss, Ends 25-Year Skid
Michael Beasley scored 25 points, Bill Walker had 19 and No. 22 Kansas State ended a 25year home-court losing streak to arch-rival Kansas with an 84-75 victory last night over the previously unbeaten Jayhawks.
Always double- and sometimes triple-teamed when he got the ball inside, Beasley was held to only eight points in the first half but scored six in a row in the first few minutes after intermission. No. 2 Kansas never caught up.
Beasley, the nation’s leading rebounder and No. 4 scorer, was 4 for 4 from behind the three-point arc as the Wildcats (15-4, 5-0) took over first place in the Big 12.
Kansas (20-1, 5-1), two victories short of matching the best start in its storied basketball history, lost on its state rival’s home court for the first time since 1983. The 24-game streak in an opponent’s home gym came within one of tying the Division I record.
TEXAS A&M 80, TEXAS 63: Josh Carter scored 19 points and the No. 23 Aggies cruised to an easy win over the No. 10 Longhorns in College Station.
Carter has scored at least 10 points in 15 straight games and helped Texas A&M break a threegame winning streak for rival Texas (16-4, 3-2 Big 12), continuing a four-year tradition of the home team winning each game in this series.
The Longhorns played the Aggies even in the second half but it wasn’t enough to overcome a poor first half, in which they made just 9 of 30 shots and at times seemed off-balance and confused. Texas A&M (17-4, 3-3) shot 64 percent in the first half to make Texas’s lackluster offensive start even more difficult to overcome.
The Longhorns never led, trailed by 22 points in the first half and shot 34 percent.
MEMPHIS 89, HOUSTON 77: Chris Douglas-Roberts scored 30 points and Joey Dorsey grabbed 22 rebounds as the top-ranked Tigers equaled the best start in school history.
Robert Dozier scored 17 of his 21 points in the second half and visiting Memphis (20-0, 6-0 Conference USA) overcame a seasonhigh 22 turnovers to extend its regular season winning streak to 39 games. Memphis matched its best start since 1985-86 and won its 15th consecutive road game.
Dion Dowell scored 23 points and Robert McKiver scored 20 for the Cougars (15-4, 4-1).
MISSISSIPPI 74, VANDERBILT 58: Chris Warren scored 20 points, Eniel Polynice added 18 and the Rebels’ freshmen had one of their best games of the season in 24th-ranked Mississippi’s victory over the No. 19 Commodores in Oxford, Miss.
Led by Warren, freshmen scored 18 of Ole Miss’s first 26 points in the pivotal opening minutes of the second half as the Rebels (16-3, 3-3 Southeastern Conference) sent the Commodores (17-4, 2-4) to their fourth loss in five games.
MICHIGAN STATE 51, ILLINOIS 41: Drew Neitzel scored nine of his 15 points during a key stretch in the second half, helping the No. 8 Spartans (19-2, 7-1 Big Ten) to the best 21-game record in the program’s 109-year history.
Mike Tisdale and Calvin Brock each scored seven points for the visiting Illini (10-12, 2-7).
PITTSBURGH 69, VILLANOVA 57: Sam Young and Tyrell Biggs led a game-changing rally, in which the host Panthers turned a one-point second-half deficit into an 18point lead, and No. 18 Pittsburgh (17-4, 5-3 Big East) bounced back from a rare home loss.
Scottie Reynolds scored 26 points, but Villanova (13-6, 3-5 Big East) lost its third in a row.
DRAKE 75, CREIGHTON 65: Josh Young tied a career high with 24 points and the No. 16 Bulldogs (19-1, 10-0 Missouri Valley) beat the Bluejays (14-6, 5-5) at home.