Men’s Top 25 Capsules
NEW YORK (AP) — Lenzelle Smith Jr. scored seven of his nine points in the final 33 seconds and No. 3 Ohio State rallied from an eight-point deficit with 1:54 to play to beat Notre Dame 64-61 on Saturday night in the BlackRock Gotham Classic at Madison Square Garden.
The Buckeyes (12-0), who had a woeful second half from the field, closed the game on a 14-3 run and Smith was the key to the closing spurt.
Jerian Grant hit a 3-pointer as the shot clock was expiring to give the Fighting Irish (8-4) a seemingly comfortable 58-50 lead with 1:54 to play.
But the Buckeyes turned up the defensive intensity and they converted consecutive steals into a 58-56 deficit with 40 seconds to go.
No. 5 MICHIGAN STATE 92, TEXAS 78
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Adreian Payne scored a career-high 32 points and Michigan State dominated the final 11 minutes of a 92-78 victory over Texas.
The Spartans (10-1) led for only 56 seconds in the first half as Texas (10-2) controlled the game early.
Michigan State used a 9-2 run to take a 52-50 lead about halfway through the second half. Following two quick buckets by Jonathan Holmes, six Spartans scored during a 14-2 run that put the game away.
Payne made two free throws during that run and went 10 of 13 from the field and 11 of 12 from the free throw line. Gary Harris, who missed three recent games with an ankle injury, scored 19 points while Travis Trice, battling a foot blister, contributed 13 points and was 3 of 4 from 3-point range.
No. 6 LOUISVILLE 85, FIU 56
MIAMI (AP) — Russ Smith scored 18 points, Wayne Blackshear added 13 and Louisville won its sixth straight, easing past FIU.
Smith had 12 in the first half for the Cardinals (11-1), who never trailed and were rarely threatened, outside of a couple brief early stretches where the game was tight.
Tymell Murphy scored 16 points and former Louisville player Rakeen Buckles added 13 for FIU (8-5), which was coached last season by Richard Pitino, the son of Louisville coach Rick Pitino.
Rick Pitino decided to honor the contract and play FIU, offering to do so in Miami even after his son left the Panthers to take over at Minnesota after last season. When Richard Pitino left FIU, Louisville had the option of canceling the series.
No. 8 VILLANOVA 88, RIDER 67
VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) — Freshman Josh Hart came off the bench to score 19 points and Villanova stayed perfect with a rout of Rider.
One of 12 unbeaten teams remaining in Division I, the Wildcats (11-0) are off to their best start since the 1961-62 team won its first 12.
JayVaughn Pinkston added 14 points for Villanova, which shot 50 percent from the field in its final non-conference home game of the season.
Anthony Myles, Rider’s top scorer had 22 points. Jimmie Taylor added 15 points for Rider (5-5) and Daniel Stewart scored 13.
Villanova’s pressure rattled Rider as the Wildcats began to pull away in the second half.
No. 13 OREGON 100, BYU 96, OT
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Jason Calliste scored a career-high 31 points and Oregon stayed unbeaten, topping BYU in overtime.
Joseph Young added 25 points for the Ducks (11-0).
Tyler Haws led the Cougars (8-5) with 32 points and Kyle Collinsworth added 15 points, five rebounds and eight assists.
Oregon had a chance to win in regulation, but Elgin Cook missed two foul shots with 1.8 seconds, sending it into overtime tied at 84.
Damyean Dotson scored on a drive in the final minute, putting the Ducks ahead for good at 96-94.
No. 14 NORTH CAROLINA 97, DAVIDSON 85, OT
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Marcus Paige scored 11 of his 17 points in overtime to help North Carolina hold off Davidson.
Paige missed his first six shots and didn’t score until the 8:17 mark of the second half, but took over late to help the Tar Heels (8-3) bounce back from Wednesday’s loss to Texas and avoid another surprising home defeat.
J.P. Tokoto posted career-highs of 22 points and 11 rebounds to lead North Carolina, which needed two free throws from Paige with 29.3 seconds left to force the extra session. The Tar Heels dominated the extra period, with Paige scoring in the lane to open the overtime and hitting his only 3-pointer of the game moments later to put UNC in control.
Brian Sullivan had a career-high 33 points with seven 3-pointers for the Wildcats (4-8), who shot just 2-for-10 in overtime to fade late.
No. 15 MEMPHIS 77, SE MISSOURI STATE 65
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Shaq Goodwin scored 20 points, Joe Jackson added 16 and Memphis pulled away for a win over Southeast Missouri State.
Goodwin made 10 of 12 shots and had eight rebounds as the Tigers (8-2) recovered from Tuesday night’s 77-75 loss to No. 16 Florida at Madison Square Garden.
Geron Johnson finished with 10 points for Memphis. The Tigers shot 50 percent despite going 2 of 17 from outside the arc.
Tyler Stone led the Redhawks (7-4) with 23 points. Jarekious Bradley added 19 points, while Antonius Cleveland gave Southeast Missouri a second-half push, scoring 11 of his 14 points after the break.
Southeast Missouri stayed close to the Tigers and still was within seven points with under 8 minutes left before the Tigers finally pulled away.
No. 16 FLORIDA 66, FRESNO STATE 49
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Will Yeguete led a strong rebounding effort by the Florida Gators, who pulled away in the second half to beat Fresno State in the Orange Bowl Classic.
Yeguete had five offensive rebounds and a season-high 10 total for the Gators, who had a 47-24 advantage on the boards, by far their largest this season. Florida won easily despite shooting only 42 percent.
Casey Prather scored 16 points for the Gators (9-2), who won away from Gainesville for the third time this season. Prater was voted the game’s most valuable player.
Scottie Wilbekin added 11 points and Yeguete nine. Patric Young had eight points and nine rebounds.
Fresno State (6-6) lost its third game in a row and fell to 1-5 away from home.
No. 18 KANSAS 86, GEORGETOWN 64
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Tarik Black came off the bench to score 17 points, Joel Embiid also had 17 and Kansas bludgeoned Georgetown in the Hoyas’ first visit to Allen Fieldhouse.
Andrew Wiggins added 12 points and Naadir Tharpe had 10 for the Jayhawks (8-3), who proved once more why the Phog is such a hostile venue. Kansas pushed its non-conference home winning streak to 67 games by pounding one of the nation’s premier programs.
The Hoyas (7-3) tried to use the kind of muscle that has suited them so well in the rough-and-tumble Big East, but all they did was get into debilitating foul trouble.
Markel Starks scored 19 points and D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera had 12 to lead the Hoyas. Josh Smith, who had been averaging 14.1 points, scored just five before fouling out.
Moses Ayegba and Nate Lubic also fouled out as Kansas asserted its dominance in the post.
NO. 19 KENTUCKY 93, BELMONT 80
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Julius Randle scored a career-high 29 points and led a second-half rally that pushed Kentucky past stubborn Belmont.
A week after a season-worst performance in a loss at North Carolina, the 6-foot-9 freshman forward made all eight shots from the field and grabbed 10 rebounds. More importantly, he asserted himself late in the first half and throughout the second for the Wildcats (9-3), who found themselves in a battle against the team that upset the Tar Heels earlier this season.
Kentucky trailed until the 16:21 mark of the second half and constantly had to fight off challenges from the Bruins (8-5). Aaron Harrison added 23 points for the Wildcats while 7-footer Willie Cauley-Stein had 16 points, seven rebounds and two blocks.
The Wildcats finished 32 of 58 from the field (55 percent), outrebounded the Bruins 42-25 and made 26 of 36 free throws.
KANSAS STATE 72, No. 21 GONZAGA 62
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Thomas Gipson scored eight of his 14 points in the game’s decisive minutes and freshman Marcus Foster also had 14 points as Kansas State outlasted Gonzaga.
Wesley Iwundu scored 13 points for the Wildcats (8-3) while Shane Southwell had 11.
Kevin Pangos had 14 points for Gonzaga (10-2) while reserve Drew Barham added 13 and David Stockton and Przemek Karnowski both scored 10.
The Bulldogs entered the game averaging 87.5 points and had not scored fewer than 68 this season.
Gonzaga played the second half without second-leading scorer Sam Dower, who took a hard fall late in the first half and did not return.
FLORIDA STATE 60, No. 22 UMASS 55
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Florida State scored the game’s final six points, including two free throws by Ian Miller with 1:06 left that put the Seminoles ahead, and they handed Massachusetts its first defeat of the season in the Orange Bowl Classic.
Aaron Thomas scored 18 points for Florida State and was voted the game’s most valuable player. His two free throws with 2 seconds left sealed the victory.
Florida State (8-3) beat a ranked team for the second time this season. UMass (10-1) had been off to its best start since 1995.
Chaz Williams’ driving layup put UMass ahead 55-54 with 1:51 to go, but the Minutemen failed to score on their final four possessions while committing two turnovers, including one when Cady Lalanne was called for hanging on the rim.
ILLINOIS 65, No. 23 MISSOURI 64
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Tracy Abrams scored a season-best 22 points and made two free throws with 4.6 seconds to lift Illinois over Missouri in the annual Braggin’ Rights game.
Rayvonte Rice added 14 points for Illinois (10-2), which snapped a four-game losing streak in the 33rd renewal of the annual neutral-court matchup.
Jordan Clarkson had 25 points and Earnest Ross added 13 for Missouri (10-1), which entered the game as the lone unbeaten school in the SEC.
Illinois scrambled on its final possession but got a bit of a break when Abrams was fouled by Johnathan Williams III driving the lane.
No. 24 SAN DIEGO STATE 65, McNEESE STATE 36
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Winston Shepard returned from a one-game suspension to score seven straight points during a 13-0 run midway through the second half that helped San Diego State beat McNeese State.
Shepard finished with 14 points while Josh Davis had 12 points and 17 rebounds for SDSU (9-1), which won its eighth straight game.
Ledrick Eackles scored 13 points for McNeese State (2-9).
Shepard sat out SDSU’s 76-39 victory against Southern Utah on Wednesday night for what the school said were conduct issues. He didn’t start Saturday night but entered the game about five minutes into the first half.