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Wednesday, Feb 22, 2017

Kentucky's win streak at Rupp comes to end

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - Kentucky's 54-game winning streak at Rupp Arena came to an end when the No. 8 Wildcats were upset by Baylor 64-55 Saturday. Pierre Jackson scored 17 points and Isaiah Austin and A.J. Walton each added 11 for the Bears (5-2). Brady Heslip and Cory Jefferson each added 10 points and Baylor beat the Wildcats for the first time in eight tries. Baylor shot 41 percent but held Kentucky (4-3) to 21 of 71, or 30 percent, from the floor. Archie Goodwin scored 17 points for Kentucky before fouling out with 1:44 left in the game.
After trailing for the first 15 minutes Baylor took its first lead at 20-19 on Jackson's 3-pointer and stayed close before closing the half with a 12-2 run for a 34-29 lead. The Bears kept the Wildcats at bay with a zone defense that forced Kentucky into 16 turnovers. For Baylor, the game offered some revenge after Kentucky beat the Bears in last year's Elite Eight en route to its eighth national title. NO. 1 INDIANA 87, COPPIN ST. 51 Victor Oladipo and Will Sheehey both scored 14 points to lead Indiana (8-0) past Coppin State (1-6). NO. 2 DUKE 88, DELAWARE 50 Ryan Kelly scored 15 of his 18 points in the decisive first half and Duke (8-0) routed Delaware (2-6). Senior Seth Curry missed the first game of his career at Duke with an injured ankle. NO. 3 MICHIGAN 74, BRADLEY 66 Freshman Nick Stauskas scored 22 points in his first start and Michigan survived a late run to beat Bradley. Stauskas started for Matt Vogrich and delivered early with eight first-half points to help the Wolverines (7-0) hold onto a narrow halftime lead, 34-30. Walt Lemon Jr. led Bradley (5-2) on a late run to close to 70-65 with half a minute to play. But the Braves were forced to foul and the Wolverines held on. NO. 4 OHIO ST. 70, N. KENTUCKY 43 LaQuinton Ross scored a career-high 22 points to lead cold-shooting Ohio State to a victory over Northern Kentucky. Ohio State (5-1) rebounded from a 73-68 loss to No. 2 Duke on Wednesday night in which the Buckeyes led most of the way but faded at the finish. They had another bad shooting game against the Norse (0-5), making only 38 percent of their shots. Deshaun Thomas added 14 points, and Sam Thompson scored 10 for the Buckeyes, who opened an eight-game homestand. NO. 5 LOUISVILLE 69, ILLINOIS ST. 66 Russ Smith scored 24 points and Peyton Siva added 20, including four 3-pointers, to help Louisville edge Illinois State. Down three, Illinois State's Tyler Brown airballed a 3-pointer with eight seconds left that was saved by Bryant Allen to Jackie Carmichael. Carmichael found Brown for another chance at overtime, drawing considerable contact from Louisville's Chane Behanan as the buzzer sounded. Louisville (6-1) claimed the win with the shot awry and no foul called. Up 67-66 with 43 seconds left, Behanan missed two free throws but made amends on the next defensive possession, pinning a Carmichael shot on the glass and grabbing the rebound. That set up Siva for two free throws for the game's final margin. Illinois State (5-2) led 61-60 with 4:25 to play after being up nearly the entire first half. ARIZONA 85, TEXAS TECH 57 Nick Johnson scored 18 points to lead Arizona (5-0) to a win over Texas Tech (4-1). NO. 11 CREIGHTON 80, SAINT JOSEPH'S 51 Doug McDermott scored 18 of his 23 in the first half, and Creighton rode a fast start to a victory over Saint Joseph's. Gregory Echenique added 16 points and six rebounds for the Bluejays (7-1), who bounced back after being upset by Boise State on Wednesday. Langston Galloway scored 10 points to lead the Hawks (4-2), who played their first true road game. NO. 12 GONZAGA 85, PACIFIC 67 Sam Dower scored 18 points and Gonzaga (8-0) beat Pacific (3-4) to tie the team record for most wins to open a season. NO. 13 MICHIGAN ST. 84, NICHOLLS ST. 39 Keith Appling scored 13 points and Michigan State (6-2) used a big run in the first half to romp past Nicholls State (1-3), which was missing three starters because of injuries or illness. NO. 14 NORTH CAROLINA 102, UAB 84 Leslie McDonald scored a career-high 24 points in his first career start to help North Carolina (6-2) beat UAB (4-4). VIRGINIA TECH 81, NO. 15 OKLAHOMA ST. 71 Erick Green scored 28 points and hit eight critical free throws in the final 76 seconds to help Virginia Tech (7-0) remain unbeaten and handed Oklahoma State (5-1) its first loss. Robert Brown added 18 points and Jarell Eddie had 15 with 12 rebounds for the Hokies. It's their first 7-0 start to a season since 1982-83. Le'Bryan Nash and Marcus Smart scored 18 each to lead the Cowboys. NO. 16 MISSOURI 72, APPALACHIAN ST. 56 Laurence Bowers matched his career high with 23 points despite taking only one shot in the second half, leading Missouri to an easy victory over Appalachian State in its first game since embattled guard Michael Dixon announced he would transfer. Earnest Ross came off the bench to add 13 points and eight rebounds for the Tigers (6-1), which has won 69 in a row at home against nonconference opponents dating to 2005. Two more subs scored in double figures — Keion Bell had 12 points and Tony Criswell had 10. Jay Canty had a career high 29 points for Appalachian State (1-6). NO. 17 CINCINNATI 58, ALABAMA 56 Cashmere Wright's fadeaway jumper from the baseline at the buzzer gave Cincinnati (7-0) a victory over Alabama (6-1). Trevor Releford had a chance to give Alabama the lead, but Justin Jackson swatted away his driving jump shot. Cincinnati got the rebound and called timeout with six seconds left. Wright took the inbound pass at midcourt, drove to the left side of the basket and hit his shot over the outstretched arm of 7-foot center Moussa Gueye. Trevor Lacey led Alabama with 16. NO. 21 MINNESOTA 87, NORTH FLORIDA 59 Rodney Williams had 15 points and eight rebounds to power Minnesota to the win. Austin Hollins added 12 points for the Gophers (8-1), winners of four straight. Trevor Mbakwe and Joe Coleman had 11 points each. Parker Smith led the Ospreys (3-5) with 22 points, but was six for 19 from the field. NO. 24 UNLV 77, HAWAII 63 Anthony Bennett had 16 points, eight rebounds, and three blocks to lead UNLV past Hawaii. Savon Goodman added 13 points and seven rebounds for UNLV (5-1), which pulled away after fighting off a Warriors' second-half run. Christian Standhardinger tied a career high with 27 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for Hawaii (4-2). NO. 25 NEW MEXICO 77, INDIANA STATE 68 Kendall Williams scored a season-high 24 points to help New Mexico beat Indiana State in overtime. Hugh Greenwood scored eight of his 14 points in overtime and Chad Adams added 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Lobos (8-0).