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Tuesday, Mar 28, 2017

Oklahoma State pulls upset of No. 1 Kansas

STILLWATER, Okla. - James Anderson scored 27 points, Keiton Page was perfect on four 3-point tries at crucial times and Oklahoma State denied a bid by No. 1 Kansas to go undefeated through Big 12 play with an 85-77 victory Saturday. The Jayhawks (27-2, 13-1) had won their last 13 games since losing at Tennessee to close nonconference play and suffered their second loss of the season just hours after No. 2 Kentucky also lost to the Volunteers. The last time the top two teams lost on the same day was Jan. 21, 2006, when No. 1 Duke lost to Georgetown and No. 2 Florida lost to Tennessee. Both of those teams were 17-0 at the time. Students stormed the court after Oklahoma State (20-8, 8-6) moved to 3-1 against top-ranked teams all-time at home and likely removed any doubt of whether it would make the NCAA Tournament for a second straight season. Despite entering the game in seventh place in the Big 12, the Cowboys had an RPI of 33.
It was OSU's first win against a No. 1 team since beating Oklahoma on Feb. 4, 1989, and the landmark victory came in the same season the program got its first road win over a top-10 team in 52 years. Vols withstand Wildcats KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - J.P. Prince had 20 points and Scotty Hopson added 15 and No. 19 Tennessee withstood a late rally to upset No. 2 Kentucky 74-65, handing the Wildcats just their second loss of the season. It was the second major upset of a highly rated program this year for the Volunteers (21-7, 9-5 SEC), who also knocked off top-ranked Kansas last month. The Wildcats (27-2, 12-2) had trailed by 19 early in the first half but managed to tie the game at 65 with just over two minutes left before Prince and Hopson scored the final nine points to clinch the victory. NO. 6 KANSAS ST. 63, MISSOURI 53 MANHATTAN, Kan. - Curtis Kelly had a double-double, Jamar Samuels scored 14 points and Kansas State (24-4, 11-3 Big 12) overcame an ugly first 15 minutes to pull out a defense-dominated victory over Missouri (21-8, 9-5). NO. 8 WEST VIRGINIA 74, CINCINNATI 68 MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Kevin Jones scored 10 of his 15 points in the second half and West Virginia (22-6, 11-5 Big East) came from 13 points down to beat Cincinnati (16-12, 7-9). NO. 9 OHIO ST. 66, MICHIGAN 55 COLUMBUS, Ohio - William Buford scored 24 points and Evan Turner added 18 points and 11 rebounds to lead Ohio State (23-7, 13-4 Big Ten) past Michigan (13-15, 6-10). NO. 10 NEW MEXICO 83, NO. 13 BYU 81 PROVO, Utah - Dairese Gary scored 23 points and Darington Hobson blocked a last-second shot as New Mexico (27-3, 13-2) edged BYU (26-4, 11-3), clinching the top seed in the Mountain West Tournament and a share of the regular-season title. Hobson blocked a shot in the paint by Noah Hartsock with one second left to preserve the lead, and Gary tipped away an inbounds pass as time ran out to give the Lobos their first win in Provo since 2000. NOTRE DAME 78, NO. 11 GEORGETOWN 64 WASHINGTON - Ben Hansbrough scored 21 points, Tim Abromaitis had 19 and Notre Dame (19-10, 8-8 Big East) has thrust itself back into the NCAA Tournament picture with a win over Georgetown (19-8, 9-7), its second straight win over a Top 25 team. The Fighting Irish have looked like a Big East contender the last two games without leading scorer Luke Harangody. Harangody missed his fourth straight game with a bone bruise on his right knee. NO. 12 PITTSBURGH 71, ST. JOHN'S 64 NEW YORK - Nasir Robinson scored 13 points, including Pittsburgh's first nine of the second half, and the Panthers (22-7, 11-5) beat St. John's (15-13, 5-11) for their fifth win in six games. Coming off a 68-53 loss at Notre Dame that ended a four-game winning streak, Pittsburgh kept itself in the running for a double-bye in the Big East Tournament. NO. 16 VANDERBILT 89, ARKANSAS 72 FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Jeffrey Taylor scored 18 points and A.J. Ogilvy added 14 to lead Vanderbilt to a win over Arkansas. Vanderbilt (22-6, 11-3 SEC) moved within one game of first-place Kentucky in the SEC Eastern Division. Five players scored in double figures for the Commodores, who shot 53.3 percent from the field. Marshawn Powell led Arkansas (14-15, 7-7) with 27 points. NO. 18 GONZAGA 75, SAN FRANCISCO 69 SPOKANE, Wash. - Elias Harris scored 17 points and Gonzaga (24-5, 12-2) held off San Francisco (12-17, 7-7) to win its 10th straight West Coast Conference title. NO. 22 TEXAS A&M 74, NO. 21 TEXAS 58 COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Donald Sloan scored 19 points to lead Texas A&M (20-8, 9-5 Big 12) to victory over Texas (22-7, 8-6) in a game that saw Longhorns guard J'Covan Brown injured after a hard fall late in the game. NO. 24 BAYLOR 70, OKLAHOMA 63 NORMAN, Okla. - Ekpe Udoh had 20 points and seven blocked shots playing in his home state and Baylor (22-6, 9-5 Big 12) beat Oklahoma (13-15, 4-10), its first win over the Sooners in Norman since December 1977. NO. 25 NORTHERN IOWA 61, ILLINOIS STATE 55 CEDAR FALLS, Iowa - Northern Iowa center Jordan Eglseder returned from a three-game suspension to score 13 points, and Northern Iowa (25-4, 15-3 Missouri Valley) beat Illinois State (21-9, 11-7) to complete its first unbeaten season at home in 46 years. TAMPA 83, PALM BEACH ATLANTIC 75 TAMPA - Rashad Callaway scored 29 points and Marcus Morrison added 21 as Tampa (11-15) closed out its regular season with a victory over visiting Palm Beach Atlantic University (3-23).