Josh Jackson leads No. 3 Kansas to win over No. 2 Baylor; UConn win streak hits 96

Josh Jackson had 23 points and 10 rebounds, then helped third-ranked Kansas prevent No. 2 Baylor from getting off a potential tying shot in the closing seconds of the Jayhawks' 73-68 victory Wednesday night in Lawrence, Kan.

Frank Mason III added 19 points, including two free throws to seal the win, and Devonte Graham scored 13 as the Jayhawks (20-2, 8-1) pulled a game ahead of the Bears (20-2, 7-2) in the Big 12 race.

It was nip-and-tuck almost the entire way.

The game was tied 64-all with 2:23 left when Jackson went baseline for a dunk. After Mason made a couple of foul shots moments later, the teams began trading baskets down the stretch in a matchup that lived up to its billing.

Manu Lecomte's fall-away jumper brought Baylor to 70-68 with 51 seconds left, but Ish Wainwright missed a 3-pointer badly on the team's next possession. Svi Mykhailiuk made one of two free throws with 18 ticks left for the Jayhawks, then they buckled down for the biggest stop of the night.

Lecomte was hounded around the perimeter by Mason and Landen Lucas, and passed it off to Johnathan Motley, who likewise had nowhere to go with Jackson in his face. Motley's pass landed out of bounds with 1.3 seconds left, and Mason made both free throws after getting fouled on the inbounds play.

Mykhailiuk finished with 11 points for the Jayhawks, who hung on to win their 51st consecutive game at Allen Fieldhouse — a building where Baylor has never won in 15 tries.

Motley led the Bears with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Lecomte also finished with 16 points.

The Jayhawks dominated the opening minutes, getting off shots before Baylor could settle into its vaunted zone. But they eventually got too sped up, turning it over three straight times.

Gradually, the Bears were able to slow the game to their liking, clawing back to take their first lead at 18-16 midway through the half. They proceeded to rip off a 10-2 run a few minutes later, their big salvo triggered by a defense that completely shut down the Jayhawks in the paint.

Motley began to assert himself at the other end, scoring most of his 14 first-half points right at the basket, as the Jayhawks' poor interior play continued to drag them down in the second half.

It was their outside shooting that kept them in the game.

Mykhailiuk drained two 3-pointers in quick succession out of the locker room, part of a 13-0 run that gave the Jayhawks a 41-36 lead. Mason added five points during the charge, which energized another sellout crowd at the Phog and prompted Baylor coach Scott Drew to call a timeout.

No. 4 Villanova 66, Providence 57 

Jalen Brunson scored 15 of his 21 points in the second half and No. 4 Villanova held off Providence 66-57 on Wednesday night in Providence, R.I.,  to sweep the season series from the Friars.

Josh Hart added 17 points and eight rebounds for the Wildcats (21-2, 8-2 Big East), who led by as many as 13 points in the second half before Providence turned up its defensive pressure and made a late run.

A long 3-pointer by Providence freshman Alpha Diallo cut the deficit to 59-57 with just more than two minutes left and brought the crowd to its feet.

The Friars had a chance to get closer after Brunson was called for traveling with just under a minute remaining and the Wildcats up by four. But the sophomore guard stole the ball on the other end and completed a three-point play that put the game out of reach.

Indiana 110, Penn State 102, 3OT

Indiana needed three career-high scoring efforts to extend a Big Ten game nearly lost twice to beat Penn State 110-102 in triple-overtime on Wednesday night in Bloomington, Ind.

Sophomore center Thomas Bryant scored 31 points, eight more than his previous best, and grabbed 11 rebounds for the Hoosiers (15-8, 5-5).

Josh Newkirk and Robert Johnson also set personal bests with 27 points apiece.

Newkirk hit a go-ahead 3-pointer for a 98-95 lead with 3:05 remaining in 3OT. The Nittany Lions (12-11, 4-6) then lost their composure as Indiana freshman guard Devonte Green stole the ensuing inbounds pass and scored on a layup for a five-point lead.

The Hoosiers led by as many as 10 points in the final overtime.

Penn State freshman guard Lamar Stevens had a career-high 26 points.

It's the second time in recent weeks that Penn State has had to accept such an emotionally draining loss.

Just two weeks ago, the Hoosiers' James Blackmon Jr. sank a 3-pointer at the buzzer for a 78-75 road win over Penn State.

But Blackmon is now sidelined indefinitely by a lower leg injury, and another key Indiana cog, forward OG Anunoby, is out for the season with a knee injury.

This time, Penn State was in position to win the game at the end of regulation as well as the first overtime. But Indiana freshman forward De'Ron Davis sank two free throws to tie it at 72-all with 3.9 seconds remaining in regulation. Then Newkirk's driving layup at the buzzer, eventually counted after a lengthy video review, tied the game at 80 at the end of the first overtime.

At the end of the second overtime, Penn State freshman guard Tony Carr sank a pair of foul shots to tie it at 73 with 4.5 seconds remaining. Carr scored 23 points.

Bryant, a 6-10 center, dominated inside with eight points in the third overtime.

No. 9 Virginia 71, Virginia Tech 48

Devon Hall had 17 points, nine rebounds and four assists, and No. 9 Virginia beat rival Virginia Tech 71-48 on Wednesday night in Charlottesville, Va.

Isaiah Wilkins added a career-high 15 points and nine rebounds, and London Perrantes scored 14 for the Cavaliers (17-4, 7-2 Atlantic Coast Conference). It was their first game since losing on a tip-in at the buzzer against defending national champion Villanova on Sunday.

The Hokies (16-6, 5-5) got 14 points from Seth Allen and 12 from Zach LeDay, but were held 33 points below their season average by the nation's stingiest scoring defense. Virginia Tech became the sixth team held under 50 points by the Cavaliers this season.

No. 11 UCLA 95, Washington State 79

UCLA has often won behind a barrage of 3-pointers this season. When the long shots weren't falling against Washington State, the 11th-ranked Bruins turned to their frontline of TJ Leaf and Thomas Welsh to carry them to a 95-79 victory Wednesday night in Pullman, Wash.

Leaf, a freshman forward, scored a season-high 32 points and grabbed 14 rebounds as UCLA stopped a two-game slide. Welsh, a junior center, added 17 points for UCLA (20-3, 7-3 Pac-12), and Lonzo Ball had 14.

"It shows how many options we have on the court," Leaf said after the Bruins went just 3 of 16 from 3-point range.

They were 38 of 50 on the rest of their field goal attempts.

"We're versatile," Ball said. "We can do anything on the court we need to do."

Ike Iroegbu scored 20 points for Washington State (11-11, 4-6), which was coming off a win at Arizona State. Conor Clifford added 16 points and Josh Hawkinson had 15.

The game was close for the first 30 minutes before a rash of turnovers by Washington State allowed the Bruins to pull away.

"I thought we were a fatigued basketball team, particularly mentally," Cougars coach Ernie Kent said.

Kent noted the Bruins had a week off coming into the game.

"It's hard to beat a team of that caliber, who's been sitting with a week off, who's fresh and so skilled," Kent said.

In the first half, Washington State led 19-17 when the Bruins went on a 16-4 run to take a 10-point lead. That held up as UCLA led 44-34 at halftime behind 16 points and nine rebounds from Leaf.

Washington State sank three quick 3-pointers to open the second half, cutting UCLA's lead to 46-43.

The teams traded baskets, with Leaf making four key buckets that kept the Bruins ahead when the Cougars threatened to tie the game.

Welsh sank two baskets during an 8-2 run that gave UCLA a 66-57 lead midway through the second half, and the Bruins pulled away after that.

"It's big to win a game on the road without making a lot of 3s," said Welsh, who shot 8 of 10.

Leaf made 14 of 18 shots, and UCLA shot 57.6 percent for the game.

"He was extra aggressive," Welsh said. "There are so many ways he can hurt you."

Bruins coach Steve Alford pointed to 25 deflections by his team, and the fact that the offense was back in the 90-point range after scoring below that in two losses.

"There were not a lot of free throws or 3-pointers and we still scored in the 90s," Alford said.

No. 14 Cincinnati 57, Tulsa 55

Troy Caupain came up big for Cincinnati in the final minute and helped them rally for a big win.

Caupain converted a tying three-point play with 39 seconds remaining and then made a 16-foot jumper with 4.4 left to give No. 14 Cincinnati a 57-55 victory over Tulsa on Wednesday night in Tulsa, Okla.

The senior guard's free throw tied the score at 55-all, completing the Bearcats' comeback from an 11-point deficit with about 6 minutes to go in the second half. Tulsa's Pat Birt then had his entry pass stolen and Caupain pulled up for the game-winner.

"When you have a guy who has been through the wars like him, you give him the ball and let him create the offense," Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin said. "For 33 minutes we got outscrapped, outfought, outdefended. The last six or seven minutes we dug in, got stops, got steals and got out on the breaks and got some layups."

Caupain finished with 15 points for the Bearcats (20-2, 9-0 American Athletic Conference). Kyle Washington and Jacob Evans scored 10 each, and Gary Clark added nine points and 11 rebounds.

"Coach was ripping us for not getting stops and rebounds, but we stepped it up in the last six minutes," Caupain said. "On the last play, my defender backed up to stop the drive and I just took the shot. I was glad to see that one go in."

Jaleel Wheeler scored 13 points to lead Tulsa (12-9, 6-3). Junior Etou and Martins Igbanu had 10 each and T.K. Edogi added eight points and 13 rebounds.

Tulsa led 55-52 and had Sterling Taplin — an 83-percent free-throw shooter — at the line, but he missed the front end of a 1-and-1 with 51 seconds to go.

The Golden Hurricane led the vast majority of the game before collapsing with uncertain offense, bad shots and several of its 16 turnovers in the final minutes.

"We had those turnovers," Tulsa coach Frank Hath said. "One was when we were trying to throw it in as a bounce pass and we threw it right to them. There were efforts to throw it in there but we missed a couple buckets."

Trailing 36-32 early in the second half, Tulsa went on a 20-5 run to lead 52-41 with 6:01 left. Washington stopped the run with two free throws and a basket. Evans hit a jumper in traffic and a 3-pointer to pull the Bearcats to 54-50 with 2:47 left.

Tulsa jumped out to a 9-0 lead in the first four minutes and led 19-12 after a vicious dunk by Edogi, following which he was called for a technical for taunting. Wheeler blocked a 3-pointer by Kevin Johnson and drove for a layup to give Tulsa a 25-16 edge with 6:29 left.

Caupain made two 3s to fuel a 12-0 Bearcat run that gave Cincinnati its first lead at 28-27 and the teams were knotted at 30 at the half. The Bearcats made four fewer field goals but made 12 of 16 free throws to 6 of 9 for Tulsa.

Tulsa finished with a 38-28 edge in rebounding and outshot the nation's second-ranked field-goal percentage defense team 40 percent to 35.3 percent.

No. 15 Florida State 75, Miami 57

 Jonathan Isaac scored 15 points and No. 15 Florida State held Miami scoreless for more than 6½ minutes in the second half to snap a two-game skid by winning 75-57 on Wednesday night in Coral Gables, Fla.

Isaac shot 5 for 7 and added seven rebounds and three steals in 25 minutes. Dwayne Bacon also had 15 points, and Xavier Rathan-Mayes added 13, including three 3-pointers.

The Seminoles (19-4, 7-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) lost to unranked teams twice last week after going 5-1 during a stretch against opponents that were all ranked. Florida State had dropped three in a row to Miami (14-7, 4-5).

The Hurricanes were outscored 44-23 in the second half and lost for only the second time in their past 25 home games. Bruce Brown had 17 points to lead the Hurricanes, who went 2 for 11 from 3-point range.

Florida State held Miami without a point for 6:37 early in the second half, forcing five turnovers while scoring 13 consecutive points to take a 47-36 lead.

Isaac made an acrobatic layup, a 3-pointer and two free throws on consecutive possessions to put the Seminoles ahead 58-46.

Florida State trailed by seven points in the first half and was down 34-31 at halftime. Miami took a 36-34 lead a minute into the second half but didn't score again until the 12:20 mark.

No. 19 South Carolina 88, LSU 63

South Carolina coach Frank Martin was curious to see if the 19th-ranked Gamecocks could remain locked in and sustain their intensity against a struggling opponent in front of a meager crowd.

He liked what he saw.

PJ Dozier and Duane Notice each scored 17 points, and South Carolina dominated in a wire-to-wire win over LSU, 88-63 on Wednesday night in Baton Rouge, La.

"I wasn't real comfortable with the situation that we were walking into," Martin said, adding that he thought it was significant that his team has already matched its total of four SEC road wins last season. "League play is hard. And when you're on the road and you can win, you celebrate. When you can win the way we did today, you've got to feel good about your team."

Chris Silva tied a career high with 16 points, and Sindarius Thornwell also scored 16 for the Gamecocks (18-4, 8-1 Southeastern Conference), who are off to their best start in conference play since the 1997 squad opened its SEC schedule 11-0. The victory also lifted South Carolina into a tie with eighth-ranked Kentucky atop the league standings.

"Our coaching staff definitely harped on going into every game with the same mindset, no matter what team we're playing," Dozier said. "We know LSU has spectacular talent. They've struggled for a couple of games, but we know they're due for a good game any day now. We just didn't want them to have a great game against us."

Brandon Sampson scored 16 points and Skylar Mays 11 for LSU (9-12, 1-8), which trailed by 20 in the first half en route to its eighth straight defeat — seven by 13 points or more.

"On the defensive end, we did not make it tough enough for them in the first half," LSU coach Johnny Jones said. "We were not aggressive enough, not playing at the level or competing at the level that you need to against a team like this."

South Carolina shot 49.2 percent while outscoring LSU 42-32 inside, and turned 22 Tigers turnovers into 34 points.

"They're known for their defense," Mays said. "We fell into their traps."

Southern Illinois 85, Bradley 65

Mike Rodriguez scored 15 points and lead all five Southern Illinois starters in double-figures and the Salukis handed Bradley a 20-point Missouri Valley Conference loss 85-65 on Wednesday night in Carbondale, Ill.

The Salukis led by 10 points with less than two minutes left in the first half but Bradley rallied to trail by six, 36-30, at intermission.

Thik Bol hit a jumper and dunked and Sean Lloyd got to the basket for a layup and Southern Illinois needed just 90 seconds to push its advantage to a dozen points, 42-30.

Rodriguez hit 4 of 9 from the field, including 2 of 3 from distance, and dished out six assists to lead the Salukis (13-11, 6-5). Bol had 14 points and six boards.

Darrell Brown and JoJo McGlaston each scored 14 points to lead Bradley (8-16, 3-8) and Jayden Hodgson added another 11 points.

South Dakota State 98, Western Illinois 65

Michael Orris scored 18 points and added eight assists and South Dakota State avenged its prior loss to Western Illinois by crushing the Leathernecks 98-65 on Wednesday night in Brookings, S.D.

Five players checked in with 15-points-plus efforts for South Dakota State, and the 98-point total is its highest offensive output of the season.

Reed Tellinghuisen scored 17 points, Mike Daum and Skyler Flatten had 16 apiece, and Chris Howell chipped in 15 for the Jackrabbits (10-14, 3-6 Summit League). It is the Jackrabbits second consecutive win and the first time they have won back-to-back games since mid-December.

C.J. Duff led Western Illinois (7-13, 4-5) with 16 points, while Dalan Ancrum added 14.

South Dakota State led by double-digits throughout the second half, pushing its lead past 20 on a Flatten 3 with 7:58 left. The Leathernecks never got it back below 20.

Illinois State 57, Northern Iowa 51

Paris Lee scored 18 points as Missouri Valley Conference leader Illinois State notched its 12th-straight win, beating Northern Iowa 57-51 on Wednesday night in Normal, Ill.

Lee was 6 of 15 from the floor for the Redbirds (19-4, 11-0 MVC). Phil Fayne added 17 points and 10 rebounds and Deontae Hawkins had 11 points and nine rebounds.

Lee made two 3-pointers, a layup, and a pair of free throws late in the first half to give the Redbirds a 21-12 lead with 3:19 to play in the period. They had a 23-19 edge at intermission.

Fayne contributed six points to an 8-0 surge midway through the second that put Illinois State up 38-28 with 7:42 left. Northern Iowa closed it to 55-51 with 14 seconds to go but Lee drained two free throws with 11 seconds remaining to finish the scoring.

Jeremy Morgan led the Panthers (10-12, 5-6) with 12 points.

WOMEN

No. 1 UConn 97, Temple 69

Napheesa Collier had 25 points and 10 rebounds to help UConn to its 96th consecutive win with a 97-69 victory over Temple on Wednesday night in Philadelphia.

Katie Lou Samuelson added 24 points for the Huskies (21-0, 9-0 AAC), who won their 35th consecutive game on the road, surpassing their own NCAA record. UConn's last road loss came against Stanford on Nov. 17, 2014. That was also the last time the Huskies lost any game.

Temple (16-5, 6-2) only trailed 6-5 before UConn scored the next 13 points to blow the game open. The Huskies had seven consecutive layups in that run. Alliya Butts' 3-pointer with 2:08 left in the first quarter stopped the Huskies spurt briefly before they closed the period with the final six points to go up 25-8.

UConn kept it going as Samuelson scored 10 points during a second quarter burst to extend the lead to 52-18 at the half and the rout was on.

The Huskies made 20 of 26 shots (77 percent) from the field in the first half, including missing only 2 of 21 shots from inside the 3-point line. They cooled off a little bit in the second half and finished the game shooting 61 percent (38 for 62) from the field.

Tanaya Atkinson scored 20 points and Butts added 13 for the Owls, who outrebounded UConn 42-30, including grabbing 26 offensive boards.

Associated Press

 

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