Tillie powers No. 1 Gonzaga past BYU 92-69
The Zags (20-1, 6-0 West Coast) stretched their home win streak to 34 in a row, tops in the county.
Gonzaga closed out its sixth consecutive win against BYU without leading scorer Filip Petrusev, who went down hard early in the second half and was helped off the floor with what appeared to be a leg injury.
T.J. Haws scored 17 points and Jake Toolson had 16 for BYU (14-6, 3-2).
NO. 2 BAYLOR 75, OKLAHOMA STATE 68
Baylor (15-1, 5-0 Big 12) overcame a 12-point deficit in the last 14 minutes. Devonte Bandoo scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half.
Malik Williams made two free throws with 16 seconds left and followed immediately with a transition dunk off a turnover, a sequence that all but sealed a grind-it-out win for the Cardinals (15-3, 6-1) in the Blue Devils’ famously hostile home arena.
Freshman Cassius Stanley had season highs of 24 points and 11 rebounds for the Blue Devils (15-3, 5-2), who shot just 37% for the game and made only 6 of 25 3-pointers.
Payne, a freshman from Kissimmee, was widely considered an afterthought in Florida’s highly touted recruiting class. Against the Tigers, he looked like a future lottery pick.
The 6-foot-10 forward dominated in the paint, scoring on tip-ins, putbacks and layups, and creating a mismatch nightmare for Auburn (15-2, 3-2 Southeastern Conference). His three-point play put Florida (12-5, 4-1) up by 14 with a little more than 4 minutes to play.
Danjel Purifoy was the only player in double figures for Auburn, which shot 25.5% from the field. He had 10 points.
The Blue Demons (13-5, 1-4 Big East) knocked off a top-five team for the first time since beating No. 5 Kansas on Dec. 2, 2006. Jalen Coleman-Lands scored 20 points, and freshman Romeo Weems finished with 11.
Dotson made a long 3-pointer with 2:49 to play, then closed out the victory with four straight free throws in the final 39 seconds.
Udoka Azubuike scored 17 points for Kansas (14-3, 4-1 Big 12), which closed the game with a 12-3 run.
NO. 7 SAN DIEGO STATE 68, NEVADA 55
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Yanni Wetzell had 17 points and a career-high 16 rebounds for San Diego State, which came out hot in the second half to remain the nation’s only undefeated team.
The Aztecs pulled within one of the best opening streak in school history, a 20-0 run led by Kawhi Leonard in 2010-11. That team reached the Sweet 16 for the first time in school history and finished a school-best 34-3.
The Ducks (15-4, 4-2 Pac-12) avoided being swept on their trip north by rallying from a 48-32 deficit with 10:22 remaining in the second half. They handed Washington (12-7, 2-4) its third loss in four games.
Pritchard finished with 22 points on 7-of-16 shooting. Chandler Lawson added 16 points and 12 rebounds for the Ducks, who rebounded from an ugly loss to Washington State on Thursday.
Isaiah Stewart led Washington with 25 points and 19 rebounds.
NO. 9 FLORIDA STATE 83, MIAMI 79, OT
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Florida State forced 24 turnovers, including three in a row in overtime, and rallied from a nine-point deficit in the final 4:33 of regulation to earn their ninth consecutive victory.
Sophomore Devin Vassell set a career high for the second consecutive game by leading Florida State with 23 points while adding 11 rebounds and five assists. His two free throws with six seconds left sealed the win.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Kentucky kept its composure after coach John Calipari was ejected, holding off Arkansas for the road win.
Mason Jones scored 19 points for Arkansas (14-3, 3-2), which has dropped nine straight in the series.
The game was tied at 44 with 8:19 left in the second half when Calipari became upset after forward EJ Montgomery was whistled for an offensive foul for an illegal screen. He received two technical fouls as the crowd cheered wildly.
Jones then made three free throws to give the Razorbacks their first lead since the opening minutes. But the Wildcats stepped up their defensive effort and put together a 17-2 run.
KANSAS STATE 84, NO. 12 WEST VIRGINIA 68
DaJuan Gordon scored a career-high 15 points for the Wildcats (8-9, 1-4), who shot 59% (29 for 49) from the field and led by as many as 23.
Samuels converted a three-point play with 2:51 left for a 52-51 lead and then buried a 3 with 31 seconds remaining that clinched another tight one for the Wildcats (14-3).
The Huskies (10-7) kept it close against their pending Big East rival and attacked the paint with authority to offset a miserable effort from 3-point range (2 of 15). Christian Vital led the Huskies with 13 points and eight rebounds.
Collin Gillespie scored 12 points and Villanova made 11 of 23 3-pointers.
HOUSTON 65, NO. 16 WICHITA STATE 54
Houston (14-4, 4-1) built a 49-27 second-half lead. It is tied with Tulsa atop the American Athletic Conference standings.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Jalen Smith had 18 points and 10 rebounds, and Maryland remained unbeaten at home.
Freshman Donta Scott scored 13 points for Maryland, now 11-0 at home. The Terps were coming off two straight losses on the road, where they are 0-4.
NO. 18 SETON HALL 82, ST. JOHN’S 79
NEW YORK (AP) — Myles Powell scored 23 of his 29 points in the second half, and Seton Hall extended its winning streak to eight games.
With a fast-break layup early in the second half, Powell became the fifth Seton Hall player to reach 2,000 career points, joining Terry Dehere, Nick Werkman, Jeremy Hazell and Greg Tynes.
Nico Mannion and Zeke Nnaji added 12 points apiece for Arizona (13-5, 3-2 Pac-12), which has won all three of its home conference games. The Wildcats had a double-digit lead for the last 18 minutes, stopping the brief Colorado rallies with quick baskets.
McKinley Wright led Colorado (14-4, 3-2) with 15 points, and D’Shawn Schwartz added 12.
PENN STATE 90, NO. 21 OHIO STATE 76
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Lamar Stevens scored 14 of his 24 points in the second half, helping Penn State stop a three-game slide.
The Nittany Lions led by 15 at halftime and by as many as 20 with 15:10 to play.
NO. 23 TEXAS TECH 72, IOWA STATE 52
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Kyler Edwards had 22 points coming off the highest-scoring game of his career, and Texas Tech pulled away for the victory.
The sophomore was 5 of 6 from 3-point range, making two during an 18-2 second-half run, after scoring 24 points in a victory at Kansas State that stopped a two-game skid.
The Cyclones (8-9, 1-4) missed their first 15 attempts from 3-point range and finished 3 of 22. Iowa State, second in the Big 12 in points per game coming in, was held to 55 or fewer points for the third time in five league games.
Ty-Shon Alexander had 24 points for the Bluejays (14-5, 3-3 Big East).
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