Wendell Moore Jr.’s putback at the overtime buzzer of teammate Tre Jones’ air ball gave No. 7 Duke a thrilling 98-96 victory against host North Carolina on Saturday night at the Smith Center in Chapel Hill, N.C.
It was the second buzzer-beating shot that saved Duke (20-3, 10-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) in a game the Blue Devils trailed by seven with just over a minute left in regulation and by five with 20 seconds left in overtime.
Moore’s basket came after Jones made the first free throw at the 6.6-second mark to tie the game at 96. After Jones missed the second, the Blue Devils tracked down the rebound, and a frenzied Jones missed a jumper. But Moore, who finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds, caught the shot and scored in one motion as time ran out.
North Carolina (10-13, 3-9) had wiped out a five-point deficit in overtime and appeared, at several times, to be headed for an uplifting upset win over their bitter rivals. Duke only managed to force overtime after Jones rebounded his own free-throw miss and hit a buzzer-beating jumper to tie.
No. 1 Baylor 78, Oklahoma State 70
MaCio Teague poured in 24 points, and four teammates also scored in double figures as the Bears hung on against the Cowboys in Waco, Texas.
Baylor extended its winning streak to a team-record 20 games. It is the nation’s second-longest active streak behind undefeated San Diego State, which ran its streak to 24 by defeating Air Force later Saturday.
Jared Butler scored 13 points for Baylor (21-2, 10-0 Big 12), while Mark Vital added 13 points. Freddie Gillespie hit for 12 points and took 11 rebounds, and Davion Mitchell tallied 10 points.
No. 2 Gonzaga 90, Saint Mary’s 60
Freshman Drew Timme scored 20 points, and the visiting Bulldogs sank 14 of their first 15 shots en route to routing Saint Mary’s in Moraga, Calif.
The victory was Gonzaga’s 17th straight overall, its 38th consecutive regular-season West Coast Conference win, and its 37 straight conference road win. Gonzaga (25-1, 11-0) shot 74.1 percent overall (20 of 27) in the first half and finished the game at 67.9 percent after going 36 of 53 from the field.
Killian Tillie, who had missed the past two games with an ankle injury, returned and scored 19 points, and Filip Petrusev added 18 points and 11 rebounds. Jordan Ford led the Gaels with 23 points and five boards. Malik Fitts chipped in with 12 points.
No. 3 Kansas 60, TCU 46
Udoka Azubuike and Devon Dotson each posted double-doubles as the Jayhawks extended their winning streak to eight by stifling the Horned Frogs in their Big 12 matchup at Fort Worth, Texas.
Dotson recorded a career-high 11 assists to go with 18 points. Azubuike managed 20 points, including nine dunks, and grabbed 15 rebounds. The victory was the 700th career win for Bill Self, who is in his 27th season as a head coach and his 17th at Kansas. Self, 57, became the second fastest to reach the 700-win plateau behind Bob Knight.
Desmond Bane led TCU (13-10, 4-6) with 20 points, and RJ Nembhard added 11.
No. 4 San Diego State 89, Air Force 74
KJ Feagin led four scorers in double figures with 21 points as the Aztecs held off a stiff test from the Falcons to remain undefeated in their Mountain West Conference matchup in Colorado Springs.
San Diego State (24-0, 13-0 Mountain West) shot 55.8 percent from the floor and 51.9 percent from behind the 3-point line (14 of 27), riding its balanced offense to preserve the only unblemished record remaining in college basketball.
Jordan Schakel joined Feagin in double figures with 18 points. Malachi Flynn scored 17 points, grabbed eight rebounds and dished seven assists for the Aztecs. Air Force (9-15, 3-9) kept pace with San Diego State for much of the night behind a game-high 23 points from Chris Joyce.
No. 5 Louisville 80, Virginia 73
Jordan Nwora scored 22 points and grabbed seven rebounds, leading the host Cardinals past the Cavaliers in their Atlantic Coast Conference matchup.
Steven Enoch and Malik Williams each added 13 points for the Cardinals (21-3, 12-1 ACC), who won their 10th straight game and improved to 14-1 at home this season.
Tomas Woldetensae scored a game-high 27 points to lead the Cavaliers (15-7, 7-5), who had a three-game winning streak snapped. Kihei Clark added 23 points and a game-high seven assists.
No. 6 Dayton 71, Saint Louis 65
Jalen Crutcher scored 17 points, Obi Toppin added 17 points and three blocks, and Ryan Mikesell finished with 11 points and eight rebounds to help the host Flyers remain unbeaten in the Atlantic-10 Conference with a win over the Billikens.
The Flyers (21-2, 10-0) extended their winning streak to 12 by committing just six turnovers and holding off a late rally by the Billikens.
Saint Louis (17-7, 6-5) was led by a dominating performance from Jordan Goodwin. The junior guard scored a game-high 22 points on 9-for-14 shooting and grabbed five rebounds. Hasahn French finished 7-for-11 shooting for 15 points and eight boards.
No. 8 Florida State 99, Miami 81
M.J. Walker and Pat Williams scored 14 points each to lead the Seminoles past the Hurricanes in their ACC matchup.
The Seminoles had balanced scoring, including 13 points from Devin Vassell. Wyatt Wilkes added 11 points — all in the first half — and point guard Trent Forrest added 10 points, six rebounds and six assists. Florida State (20-3, 10-2) has won 13 of its past 14 games, sweeping the home-and-home series against Miami.
Freshman Isaiah Wong scored a game-high 23 points for the Hurricanes (11-12, 3-10). Sam Waardenburg added 15 points, and Harlond Beverly chipped in 13.
No. 12 Seton Hall 70, No. 10 Villanova 64
The Pirates withstood a late-game scoring drought to earn their first win on the Wildcats’ home floor in 26 years, in a Big East clash in Philadelphia.
Seton Hall (18-5, 10-1) held a 46-42 lead with 9:31 left when leading scorer Myles Powell, who recorded a team-high 19 points, was whistled for his fourth personal foul. The Pirates didn’t score a field goal in the final 2:50 of the game.
Sandro Mamukelashvili helped the Pirates keep No. 10-ranked Villanova at bay, scoring 17 points and pulling down eight rebounds in 36 minutes.
No. 11 Auburn 91, No. 18 LSU 90 (OT)
J’Von McCormick hit a runner with 0.1 seconds left in overtime as Auburn outlasted LSU in a Southeastern Conference showdown of teams with the Tigers mascot at Auburn, Ala.
The last of McCormick’s 23 points boosted Auburn (21-2, 8-2) into a tie for first place in the conference with LSU (17-6, 8-2) and Kentucky (18-5, 8-2), which defeated Tennessee on Saturday. McCormick also added nine rebounds and nine assists, while teammate Samir Doughty scored a team-high 26 points and reserve Devan Cambridge added 21, all coming on seven 3-pointers in 10 attempts.
Austin Wiley chipped in a 10-point, 13-rebound double-double for Auburn, which went 18 of 44 from the 3-point line. Skylar Mays scored a game-high 30 points and added eight assists and seven assists for LSU, leading five players in double figures. Darius Days tallied 19 points before fouling out late in regulation for LSU.
Oklahoma 69, No. 13 West Virginia 59
Kristian Doolittle scored 27 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to help the Sooners knock off the Mountaineers in their Big 12 matchup in Norman, Okla.
Brady Manek added 11 points and eight rebounds for Oklahoma (15-8 overall, 5-5 Big 12).
Jermaine Haley led West Virginia (18-5, 6-4) with 15 points, while Oscar Tshiebwe added 12 points and nine rebounds.
Oregon State 63, No. 14 Oregon 53
Ethan Thompson’s 15 points, 14 from Kylor Kelley and a clutch 3-pointer from Zach Reichle late in the game led the host Beavers to the upset of the Ducks in Corvallis, Ore.
Reichle hit a 3-pointer for a 55-50 lead with 1:17 left to play, and Oregon (18-6, 7-4 in Pac-12) couldn’t rally in losing its second straight game. The Beavers (14-9, 4-7) have won two of their last three games.
Payton Pritchard’s 16 points and nine assists led the Ducks, who lost a 10-point second-half lead. Chris Duarte added 11 points, and Shakur Juiston finished with 10 rebounds.
No. 15 Kentucky 77, Tennessee 64
Freshman guard Johnny Juzang gave the Wildcats a big lift off the bench as they snapped a four-game losing streak to the Volunteers in Knoxville, Tenn.
Juzang reached double figures for the first time with 13 points in hitting all four of his field-goal attempts, including three 3-pointers.
Immanuel Quickley scored 15 of his team-high 18 points in the second half to lead Kentucky (18-5, 8-2). Playing just his 11th game, midyear enrollee Santiago Vescovi matched his season high with 18 points to lead Tennessee (13-10, 5-5). John Fulkerson and Jordan Bowden added 16 each for the Volunteers.
Michigan 77, No. 16 Michigan State 68
Senior point guard Zavier Simpson had 16 points and eight assists as the host Wolverines defeated the slumping Spartans, who lost their third straight game.
Isaiah Livers, who returned to action after recovering from a hip injury, supplied 14 points for Michigan (14-9, 5-7 Big Ten). Eli Brooks had 11 points and nine rebounds, and David DeJulius added 10 points off the bench.
Cassius Winston led the Spartans (16-8, 8-5) with 20 points and six assists, but he shot 5-for-18 from the field. Xavier Tillman contributed 17 points and 12 rebounds, and Aaron Henry chipped in 11 and nine, respectively.
No. 17 Iowa 96, Nebraska 72
Joe Wieskamp scored a career-high 30 points and snared seven rebounds, and Luka Garza registered his ninth straight 20-point effort with 22 points and eight boards to lead the Hawkeyes’ rout of the Cornhuskers in Iowa City, Iowa.
Wieskamp made 10 of 15 from the field, including 2 of 4 on 3-pointers, and made all eight free-throw attempts. Garza also had an efficient performance, connecting on 9-of-13 shots. Iowa (17-7, 8-5) shot 48.6 percent from the field, including 11 of 28 from 3-point range.
The Cornhuskers (7-16, 2-10) dropped their eighth straight game and fell to 0-8 on the road this season. Reserve junior guard Jervay Green paced the Cornhuskers with 18 points and seven boards, while Cam Mack chipped in 13 points.
No. 21 Creighton 94, St. John’s 82
Marcus Zegarowski scored 23 points, and Denzel Mahoney added 18 off the bench as the Bluejays bounced back from a midweek defeat to earn a Big East Conference victory over the Red Storm in Omaha, Neb.
Ty-Shon Alexander and Damien Jefferson had 16 points each for the Bluejays (18-6, 7-4 Big East), who lost at Providence on Wednesday to end their four-game winning streak.
Marcellus Earlington scored a career-high 25 points as the Red Storm (13-11, 2-9) lost their third consecutive game. St. John’s has defeated only DePaul in Big East play this season.
No. 22 Penn State 83, Minnesota 77
Lamar Stevens scored a career-high 33 points and grabbed seven rebounds as the Nittany Lions held off a late rally by the Golden Gophers to win in front of a sold-out crowd in University Park, Pa.
Izaiah Brockington poured in 10 points off the bench as the Nittany Lions (18-5, 8-4 Big Ten) improved to 12-1 at home and extended their winning streak to six games, in front of the first home sellout since March 1, 2011.
Daniel Oturu had a monster game, finishing with 32 points, 16 rebounds and three blocks to pace the Golden Gophers (12-11, 6-7). Marcus Carr finished with 20 points, seven boards and five assists while shooting 3-for-6 on 3-pointers.
UCLA 65, No. 23 Arizona 52
Chris Smith had 15 points and five rebounds to lead the Bruins to an upset of the cold-shooting Wildcats in their Pac-12 matchup.
The Wildcats (16-7, 6-4 Pac-12) shot only 25.4 percent from the field and 26.1 percent from 3-point range. UCLA shot 51.1 percent from the field and 52.9 percent from beyond the arc. Tyger Campbell added 12 points and five assists for the Bruins (13-11, 6-5).
Zeke Nnaji led Arizona with 14 points, hitting just 2 of 8 attempts from the field. He was 10 of 10 from the free-throw line and added 10 rebounds. Josh Green had 11 points on 3-of-11 shooting.
No. 24 Colorado 81, Stanford 74
The Buffaloes rallied from a 16-point deficit early in the second half, making all eight of their 3-point attempts after halftime, for a victory over the Cardinal in a Pac-12 game at Boulder, Colo.
The game was marred by a serious injury to Stanford’s Oscar Da Silva with 8:42 left in the first half. Da Silva lost his balance and banged his head on the court, losing consciousness and cutting his head.
Three Colorado (19-5, 8-3 Pac-12) players scored in double-figures in the second half to fuel the 23-point turnaround. McKinley Wright had 15 of his 21 points, D’Shawn Schwartz had 15 of his 20 and Tyler Bey produced all 11 of his points. Jaiden Delaire led the Cardinal (16-7, 5-5) with 19 points, and Tyrell Terry added 18.
–Field Level Media