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Thursday, Dec 08, 2016

TCU hands Kansas second straight loss

STILLWATER, Okla. - Garlon Green scored 20 points and TCU held on for a 62-55 upset of fifth-ranked Kansas on Wednesday night for the Horned Frogs' first Big 12 victory. The Jayhawks (19-3, 7-2 Big 12), coming off a loss four days earlier against Oklahoma State, have their first losing streak in more than seven years. They had played 264 games in a row since January 2006 without consecutive losses, the longest active streak in NCAA Division I. TCU (10-12, 1-8) never trailed in the game, which marked the midpoint of its conference schedule in its first Big 12 season, also the first season for new coach Trent Johnson. Kansas, which has won or shared 12 of the 16 regular-season Big 12 titles since the league started, didn't score its first points until more than 7 minutes into the game. The Jayhawks finished with their fewest points in nearly six years.
NO. 7 ARIZONA 73, STANFORD 66 Mark Lyons scored a season-high 25 points and led a key stretch in the second half, helping Arizona (20-2, 9-2 Pac-12) hold off Stanford (14-9, 5-5) on the 40th anniversary of the first game at the McKale Center. Playing in front of color-coordinated home crowd, Arizona came out flat and needed most of the first half to catch the Cardinal. The Wildcats stayed close in a back-and-forth second half until Lyons took over, leading them to their seventh straight win over Stanford. Solomon Hill added 23 points and Angelo Chol gave Arizona a lift with Grant Jerrett out, grabbing eight rebounds. NO. 11 LOUISVILLE 68, RUTGERS 48 Wayne Blackshear scored a career-high 19 points and hit a 3-pointer to ignite a 23-2 run early in the second half that carried Louisville (19-4, 7-3 Big East) past Rutgers (12-9, 3-7). Russ Smith added 14 points and six rebounds and fellow guard Peyton Siva had nine points and seven assists as the Cardinals won its third straight game by holding Rutgers to a season-low point total. It was the seventh time they have held an opponent under 50 points this season. Eli Carter had 13 points and Myles Mack 12 to lead Rutgers. The Scarlet Knights have lost five in a row and six of seven. NO. 12 MICHIGAN STATE 61, NO. 18 MINNESOTA 50 Gary Harris scored 15 points and Keith Appling added 14 points before leaving the game with an injury to help Michigan State (19-4, 8-2 Big Ten) bounce back from a poor first half to beat Minnesota (17-6, 5-5). Appling left the court with 1:17 left, holding his right shoulder after getting tied up with Joe Coleman. He returned to the bench in the final minute. NO. 14 BUTLER 77, ST. BONAVENTURE 58 Rotnei Clarke scored 17 points as Butler (19-4, 6-2 Atlantic 10) defeated St. Bonaventure (10-11, 3-5). Andrew Smith added 13 points and Khyle Marshall and Chase Stigall each scored 12 as the Bulldogs improved to 12-0 at home this season. The victory pushed Butler into a share of the Atlantic 10 lead with idle VCU. Charlotte and St. Louis also entered the night with 5-2 conference records. Demitrius Conger led the Bonnies with 18 points. NO. 15 NEW MEXICO 81, AIR FORCE 58 Jamal Fenton scored all five of his points in a late surge for New Mexico to help the Lobos (20-3, 7-1 Mountain West) beat Air Force (14-7, 5-3). Mike Fitzgerald and Michael Lyons each scored 16 points for the Falcons (14-7, 5-3). INDIANA STATE 76, NO. 16 CREIGHTON 57 Jake Odum scored 22 points, topping the 1,000-point mark for his career and leading Indiana State (15-8, 8-4 Missouri Valley Conference) past Creighton (20-4, 9-3). The Sycamores earned the 1,400th win in school history and beat a ranked team at home for the first time since December 2006. PROVIDENCE 54, NO. 17 CINCINNATI 50 Kadeem Batts scored 25 points and Providence (12-11, 4-7 Big East) narrowly won its second straight game after holding a late lead, beating Cincinnati (18-5, 6-4). It was 52-50 when Batts missed two free throws with 13.4 seconds to go and Justin Jackson rebounded for Cincinnati. But Sean Kilpatrick, who led Cincinnati with 13 points, lost the ball on a backcourt violation with 2 seconds to play and Batts finished the scoring with two free throws. NO. 22 OKLAHOMA ST. 69, BAYLOR 67 Michael Cobbins blocked a shot then converted a fast-break layup with two-tenths of a second left in overtime, lifting Oklahoma State (16-5, 6-3 Big 12) past Baylor (14-8, 5-4). Marcus Smart scored 14 points and Markel Brown added 13 for Oklahoma State, which blew a 14-point lead in the final 7:40 of regulation and twice trailed by three points in overtime before extending its winning streak to four games.