Saturday's Top 25 College Men's Basketball Capsules
Games played Feb. 8, 2014
Originally published February 8, 2014 at 8:28 p.m., updated February 9, 2014 at 12:28 a.m.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Scottie Wilbekin scored 16 points, leading all five starters in double figures, and No. 3 Florida beat Alabama 78-69 on Saturday for its 15th straight victory.
The Gators handled the Tide for the second time in 16 days and extended a school record for consecutive home wins to 29.
Florida (21-2, 10-0 Southeastern Conference) shot 62 percent from the field and finished with a season-high 22 assists.
Wilbekin was 3-for-5 shooting from behind the arc, making all three in the second half. Michael Frazier II was 3 for 8 from the 3-point range.
Frazier finished with 14 points, joining Wilbekin, Casey Prather (15), Will Yeguete (12) and Patric Young (11) in double figures. It was the first time all five of Florida's starters topped 10 points since Nov. 21, 2013 against Middle Tennessee.
Trevor Releford led the Tide (9-14, 3-7) with 25 points on 7-for-10 shooting.
No. 4 WICHITA ST. 82, NORTHERN IOWA 73
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — Tekele Cotton scored 18 points and Wichita State beat Northern Iowa, clearing perhaps its toughest remaining hurdle for an unbeaten regular season.
Cleanthony Early had all 16 of his points in the first half for the Shockers (25-0, 12-0 Missouri Valley Conference). They became the first team to open 25-0 since Derrick Rose helped Memphis win its first 26 games in 2007-08.
Northern Iowa got as close as 44-43 before Wichita State went on a 12-1 run early in the second half. The Panthers pulled back within single digits before Fred VanVleet's 3-pointer made it 69-57 with just more than 5 minutes left.
Matt Bohannon had 17 points and Seth Tuttle scored 16 for the Panthers (11-13, 5-7), who were outrebounded 40-24.
NO. 5 SAN DIEGO ST. 73, NEVADA 58
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Xavier Thames scored 17 points, Winston Shepard had 16 and San Diego State beat Nevada to tie the school record with its 20th straight win.
The Aztecs (21-1, 10-0 Mountain West) matched the 20-game win streak by the 2010-11 team, which won its first 20 games before losing at BYU. That team was the first in school history to reach the NCAA round of 16 after getting the program's first victories in the NCAA tournament. It finished 34-3, best in team history. The current Aztecs are the first to open league play 10-0.
SDSU was coming off a 67-65 win at Boise State in which it erased a 14-point deficit before winning on a 3-point shot by Dwayne Polee II with four seconds left.
The Aztecs' only loss was a 69-60 home defeat to then-No. 6 Arizona on Nov. 14.
Jerry Evans Jr. scored 17 points and Deonte Burton and Cole Huff had 11 each for Nevada (12-12, 7-4).
SMU 76, No. 7 CINCINNATI 55
DALLAS (AP) — Nick Russell had 15 points to go with several big steals, and coach Larry Brown's SMU Mustangs stayed undefeated at home by ending Cincinnati's 15-game winning streak.
SMU (19-5, 8-3 American Athletic Conference) has already beaten three Top 25 opponents in seven games since moving into the renovated Moody Coliseum on campus five weeks ago. Before that, the Mustangs hadn't defeated a ranked opponent anywhere since December 2003.
Cincinnati (22-3, 11-1) hadn't lost since dropping consecutive games against New Mexico and Xavier in the first half of December. The Bearcats beat SMU 65-57 at home in the AAC opener on New Year's Day.
Ben Moore also had 15 points for SMU, while Nic Moore scored 14 and Cannen Cunningham 11.
AAC scoring leader Sean Kilpatrick led Cincinnati with 22 points on 5-of-18 shooting.
No. 8 KANSAS 83, WEST VIRGINIA 69
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Andrew Wiggins scored 19 points and Wayne Selden had 17 for Kansas, which padded its lead in the Big 12 standings.
Reserve Tarik Black added 11 points for the Jayhawks (18-5, 9-1 Big 12), who honored the 40th anniversary of their 1974 Final Four team by fending off the Mountaineers (14-10, 6-5) to take a two-game lead over surprising Texas in the conference race.
The 15th-ranked Longhorns on Saturday lost to Kansas State, which will host the Jayhawks on Monday night.
Juwan Staten scored 22 points and Eron Harris had 17 for West Virginia, which dealt with foul trouble nearly the entire game. At one point, the Mountaineers had five players with four fouls apiece, and Brandon Watkins and Devin Williams eventually fouled out.
No. 17 IOWA 85, No. 10 MICHIGAN 67
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Roy Devyn Marble scored 22 of his 26 points in the first half for Iowa.
Aaron White added 11 points and eight rebounds for the Hawkeyes (18-6, 7-4 Big Ten), who have beaten two AP Top 10 teams in the regular season for the first time since 1990-91, avoided a third straight loss at home and split the season series with Michigan.
Caris LeVert scored 22 points for the Wolverines (17-6, 9-2), who have lost two of three after starting 8-0 in the Big Ten.
Marble was 6 of 9 from 3-point range in the first half — more than the Hawkeyes made as a team the last five games. He finished 8 of 17 from the field and made all four of his free throws.
Mike Gesell had 10 points and matched a career high with eight assists for the Hawkeyes, who rank next to last in the Big Ten in 3-point field goals, but finished 10 of 17 from behind the arc. Melsahn Basabe added eight points and 10 rebounds.
Nik Stauskas, Michigan's top scorer, finished with 10 points.
No. 11 DUKE 89, BOSTON COLLEGE 68
BOSTON (AP) — Jabari Parker set career highs with 29 points and 16 rebounds, and Quinn Cook hit five 3-pointers and scored 21 points as Duke coasted to a win over Boston College.
Rasheed Sulaimon added 10 points for the Blue Devils (19-5, 8-3 Atlantic Coast Conference). Parker extended his Duke freshman record to 14 games with 20 points or more.
Olivier Hanlan led Boston College (6-17, 2-8) with 25 points. The Eagles have dropped 10 of 12, with their only conference wins coming against last-place Virginia Tech.
The Blue Devils put it away with an 18-0 run midway through the second half, improving to 18-2 against unranked teams this season.
No. 13 SAINT LOUIS 65, LA SALLE 63
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jordair Jett scored 19 of his 25 points in the second half, including the game-winning basket with 4 seconds left, and Saint Louis extended its school-record winning streak to 16 games with a victory over La Salle.
Dwayne Evans added 14 points to help the Billikens (22-2, 9-0 Atlantic 10) improve to 9-0 on the road — the best undefeated road record in the country.
Jerrell Wright matched his career high with 21 points for La Salle (12-11, 4-5), which has lost five of six. Steve Zack finished with 15 points and 13 rebounds.
KANSAS ST. 74, No. 15 TEXAS 57
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Marcus Foster scored a career-high 34 points on 13-of-16 shooting as Kansas State ended Texas' seven-game winning streak.
Foster's points were the most for Kansas State freshman since Michael Beasley had 39 against Kansas on March 1, 2008. Foster's previous high was 25 points against Oral Roberts on Nov. 13.
Will Spradling added nine points for the Wildcats (16-7, 6-4 Big 12) who extended their home winning streak to 12 games. The win improved coach Bruce Weber's record at Bramlage Coliseum to 292, 13-1 in conference games.
Isaiah Taylor had 17 points for the Longhorns (18-5, 7-3) while Connor Lammert added eight points. Texas entered the game with four players averaging in double figures.
No. 16 IOWA ST. 84, TCU 69
AMES, Iowa (AP) — Melvin Ejim hit 20 of 24 shots in scoring a Big 12-record 48 points and grabbed a career-high 18 rebounds to lead Iowa State.
Ejim had two 3-pointers and six dunks during his big game, one on a spectacular fast-break lob from DeAndre Kane that gave the Cyclones (18-4, 6-4 Big 12) a 67-52 lead and effectively put the game out of reach.
A 6-foot-6 senior, Ejim scored 20 straight Iowa State points during one stretch in the second half. It was his 30th career double-double.
Georges Niang added 11 points and Kane finished with 10 assists for the Cyclones.
Kyan Anderson led the Horned Frogs (9-13, 0-10) with 27 points and eight assists. Amric Fields scored 18 points and Karviar Shepherd had 11 for TCU.
Ejim padded his Big 12 scoring lead with a performance that topped the previous conference record of 44 points by Kansas State's Denis Clemente in 2009 and the Wildcats' Michael Beasley in 2008. His previous high had been 23 points against Oklahoma last season.
Iowa State's school record is 54 by Lafester Rhodes in an overtime victory over Iowa in 1987.
No. 18 KENTUCKY 69, MISSISSIPPI ST. 59
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Julius Randle scored 16 points and fellow freshman James Young added 11 for Kentucky.
Kentucky (18-5, 8-2 Southeastern Conference) has won three straight overall and seven in a row over Mississippi State. The Wildcats had an uneven game on offense but forced the Bulldogs into just 38.3 percent shooting (18 of 47) from the field.
Kentucky coach John Calipari used an unorthodox lineup for much of the game because of ineffective play and foul trouble. Jarrod Polson (30) and Jon Hood (13) both had season highs in minutes played.
The 6-foot-9 Randle was 8 of 13 from the field and grabbed seven rebounds. Dakari Johnson started for the third time this season and added nine points and eight rebounds.
Craig Sword had 12 points for Mississippi State (13-10, 3-7), which has lost five straight.
TEXAS TECH 65, No. 19 OKLAHOMA ST. 61
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Oklahoma State star Marcus Smart shoved a fan behind the basket in the waning seconds of Texas Tech's win over the Cowboys.
Smart tried to block Jaye Crockett's dunk attempt from behind with 6.2 seconds to go and tumbled into the front row of the crowd. He was helped to his feet by one man but then got in the face of another fan who appeared to say something to him. Smart then shoved the man with two hands. He stumbled backward but didn't fall.
Teammates quickly pulled an angry Smart away from the fracas, and he pointed back in the direction of the fan. Smart was called for a technical foul but was not ejected.
Crockett scored 21 points and tied his season high with 12 rebounds to lead Texas Tech (12-11, 4-6), which handed the Cowboys (16-7, 4-6 Big 12) their fourth straight loss.
No. 20 VIRGINIA 64, GEORGIA TECH 45
ATLANTA (AP) — Sophomore guard Malcolm Brogdon scored 14 points and tied his career high with 11 rebounds as Virginia closed the game on a 22-1 run.
Joe Harris and Anthony Gill added 11 points each for the Cavaliers (19-5, 10-1 Atlantic Coast Conference).
Georgia Tech (12-12, 3-8) led 30-29 at halftime, but the injury-ravaged Yellow Jackets ran out of gas down the stretch.
Sophomore guard Chris Bolden scored 11 of his 13 points in the first half to lead the Yellow Jackets. He was 1 for 8 from the field in the second half when Georgia Tech shot 6 for 23.
No. 21 OKLAHOMA 88, BAYLOR 72
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Isaiah Cousins scored 15 of his career-high 21 points in the second half to help Oklahoma beat Baylor.
Buddy Hield had 19 points and Cameron Clark added 16 for the Sooners (18-6, 7-4 Big 12), who made a season-high 14 3-pointers and snapped a two-game skid.
Isaiah Austin scored a season-high 21 points for Baylor (14-9, 2-8). The Bears, who spent the first three months of the season ranked in the Top 25 and cracked the Top 10, lost for the seventh time in eight games.
Oklahoma took 29 shots from 3-point range and 27 inside the arc.
No. 24 MEMPHIS 60, No. 23 GONZAGA 54
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Chris Crawford and Michael Dixon Jr. had 11 points apiece, and No. 24 Memphis scored the final 10 of the game to defeat 23rd-ranked Gonzaga 60-54 on Saturday night.
Dixon's layup with 1:11 left came in the midst of the final rally as the Tigers (18-5) erased a nine-point Gonzaga lead with 6:15 left.
Shaq Goodwin and Joe Jackson had 10 points each for Memphis, which has won six of seven. Goodwin had eight rebounds and three blocks as Memphis controlled the boards 44-28.
Sam Dower led Gonzaga (21-4) with 18 points and eight rebounds, shooting 9 of 12 from the field. Przemek Karnowski and Gerard Coleman finished with 12 points apiece.
Gonzaga led 54-50 with 3:16 left when Kevin Pangos connected from 15 feet. But the Zags did not score again, and Dixon had six points in the final 4 minutes.
No. 25 PITTSBURGH 62, VIRGINIA TECH 57, 2 OTs
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Cameron Wright scored four of his 18 points in the second overtime to help Pittsburgh snap a two-game home losing streak.
Pitt guard James Robinson converted a four-point play with 33 seconds remaining in regulation to tie the score at 48.
In the second overtime, Pitt forward Lamar Patterson, who was held scoreless during regulation, made his first field goal of the game for a 54-52 lead. Wright added four consecutive free throws.
Pitt (20-4, 8-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) reached 20 wins for the 13th consecutive season.
Jarrell Eddie had 15 points for Virginia Tech (8-15, 1-10), which lost its 10th straight. The Hokies have not won since New Year's Eve when they beat Maryland Eastern Shore.
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