CBKB: Kansas bounces back from loss to dominate Colorado

LAWRENCE, Kan. - Markieff Morris had 26 points and 15 rebounds and No. 1 Kansas bounced back from a lopsided loss to Kansas State with an 89-63 victory over Colorado.

Brady Morningstar hit his first four 3-pointers to help the Jayhawks (25-2, 10-2 Big 12) get off to a flying start after their brand-new No. 1 ranking was tarnished Monday night by a shocking 84-68 loss at the home of the unranked Wildcats.

It was the 28th straight defeat for the Buffaloes (16-11, 5-7) in Lawrence.

Alec Burks had 15 points to lead Colorado.

Nebraska 70, No. 3 Texas 67

LINCOLN, Neb. - Brandon Richardson hit a pair of free throws with 7.2 seconds left, and Nebraska beat a team ranked in the top three for the first time since 1994.

The Cornhuskers' second win over a Top 25 opponent this season broke Texas' school-record Big 12 winning streak of 11 games.

Richardson led Nebraska (18-8, 6-6) with 15 points, including 10 in the second half. Jordan Hamilton and J'Covan Brown each had 18 to top Texas (23-1, 11-1).

St. John's 60,

No. 4 Pittsburgh 59

NEW YORK - Dwight Hardy's underhanded flip with 1.2 seconds to play gave St. John's its fifth win over a highly ranked team this season.

Hardy, who finished with 19 points, started near midcourt, drove to the right, then went baseline for the shot. It gave the Red Storm (17-9, 9-5 Big East) another marquee win.

Ashton Gibbs, who missed the last three games with an MCL injury, came back to score 26 for the Panthers (24-3, 12-2).

No. 6 San Diego State 70,

Air Force 58

AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. - Malcolm Thomas had 20 points and 13 rebounds to help San Diego State set a school record with their 27th win.

Leonard had 18 points and 15 rebounds as the Aztecs (27-1, 12-1 Mountain West).

Michael Lyons scored 18 points for Air Force (13-12, 4-8).

No. 7 BYU 79, TCU 56

FORT WORTH, Texas - Jimmer Fredette scored 23 points despite a tough shooting game, and the Cougars had four other players score in double figures in the rout.

BYU (25-2, 11-1 Mountain West) took control with an 18-4 run to end the first half .

J.R. Cadot scored 17 points for TCU.

West Virginia 72,

No. 8 Notre Dame 58

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Truck Bryant broke out of a slump by scoring 24 points and West Virginia took command early in the second half to snap the Irish's seven-game winning streak.

Ben Hansbrough led Notre Dame (21-5, 10-4) with 19 points.

No. 9 Georgetown 61,

South Florida 55

TAMPA, Fla. - Chris Wright made six free throws in the final 29.7 seconds to finish with a season-high 26 points to lift the Hoyas to their ninth victory in 10 games.

Georgetown (21-6, 10-5 Big East) rebounded from an eight-point loss to Connecticut.

Augustus Gilchrist led USF (8-20, 2-13) with 22 points.

No. 12 Arizona 87, Washington 86

TUCSON, Ariz. - Derrick Williams had 26 points, 13 rebounds and a game-saving block on Darnell Gant with less than a second left to lift the Wildcats.

No. 15 Villanova 77,

DePaul 75, OT

ROSEMONT, Ill. - Corey Fisher scored a career-high 34 points, nailing the tying 3-pointer near the end of regulation and boosting the Wildcats in overtime.

Maalik Wayns added 17 points as Villanova (21-6, 9-5) escaped with a tough win over the Big East's last-place team.

No. 17 Syracuse 84,

Rutgers 80

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Kris Joseph scored six of his 21 points in overtime, and the Orange held on by making seven free throws in the 63 seconds of the extra session.

The game was tied at 70 after regulation, and Joseph gave the Orange (22-6, 9-6 Big East) a 75-71 lead when he swished a feed from Brandon Triche. Syracuse held on from there.

Rutgers (13-13, 4-10) has lost five of six and fell to 1-22 in games played at Syracuse.

No. 18 Vanderbilt 77,

Auburn 60

AUBURN, Ala. - John Jenkins scored 22 points and the Commodores used a 23-4 second-half run to ensure their sixth 20-win campaign during coach Kevin Stallings' 12 season.

Vanderbilt (20-6, 8-4 SEC) won its fifth straight game, pulling away after Auburn (9-17, 2-10) managed to tie it six minutes into the second half.

Earnest Ross led Auburn with 19 points and Kenny Gabriel added 13.

No. 19 North Carolina 48, Boston College 46

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Tyler Zeller scored 16 points, freshmen Kendall Marshall and Harrison Barnes had 10 each and the Tar Heels held Boston College to a season-low for points.

Joe Trapani and Reggie Jackson scored 13 points apiece for the Eagles (16-10, 6-6).

No. 20 Missouri 76,

Iowa State 70

AMES, Iowa - Marcus Denmon scored 25 points as the Tigers won their first Big 12 road game of the season and first game away from Columbia since December.

Laurence Bowers added 16 for the Tigers (21-6, 7-5 Big 12).

Jake Anderson had 17 points for Iowa State (14-13, 1-11), which lost its ninth straight.

No. 21 Texas A&M 67, Oklahoma State 66

STILLWATER, Okla. - David Loubeau scored 22 points, B.J. Holmes hit two key free throws in the final seconds as the Aggies continued their recent dominance against the Cowboys.

Texas A&M (21-5, 8-4 Big 12) maintained its hold on third place in the conference.

Reger Dowell scored a career-high 22 points for the Cowboys.

No. 22 Kentucky 90,

South Carolina 59

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Darius Miller scored a career-high 22 points, Terrence Jones added 19 points and 12 rebounds, and the Wildcats remained unbeaten at Rupp Arena under John Calipari.

Kentucky (19-7, 7-5 SEC) scored the game's first 14 points and led by as much as 36.

Malik Cooke led South Carolina (13-12, 4-7) with 12 points.

No. 24 Xavier 79, Fordham 72

CINCINNATI - Tu Holloway had his second career triple-double with 26 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists for Xavier.

Mark Lyons added 16 points for the Musketeers (20-6, 11-1 Atlantic 10).

Chris Gaston scored 26 points to lead the Rams (6-18, 0-12).

No. 25 Utah State 75, Saint Mary's 65

MORAGA, Calif. - Tai Wesley and Brockeith Pane scored 22 points apiece to help No. 25 Utah State bolster its position for an NCAA tournament in a BracketBuster game.

The Aggies (25-3) rallied from a 10-point deficit early in the second half thanks to the strong inside play of Wesley and a tight defense that forced the Gaels (23-6) to miss 16 of their first 20 shots in the second half for their first home loss of the season.

Mickey McConnell scored 16 points and Young added 11 to lead the Gaels, who have dropped consecutive games for the first time all season.


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