Saturday’s Top 25: Southern California wins in 4 OTs

Associated Press

Los Angeles — In spurts, Elijah Stewart felt bone-tired. His voice was nearly gone, too. His mind wandered to last season’s triple-overtime loss to Colorado, too.

In the end, Stewart shoved everything aside and hit the go-ahead free throws with 22 seconds left in the fourth overtime, helping Southern California edge No. 7 Arizona 103-101 Saturday to improve to 11-0 at home for the first time since 1973-74.

“I was thinking to just make the free throws, black out and make muscle memory kick in,” Stewart said. “I’m glad I made them.”

Arizona’s Gabe York dribbled around as the clock wound down before Jordan McLaughlin knocked the ball away and the Wildcats recovered only to see Kadeem Allen’s 3-point attempt fall short at the buzzer, ending an exhausting 60 minutes of action.

“It was a battle of wills to the end,” Arizona coach Sean Miller said.

Stewart scored a career-high 27 points. Julian Jacobs added 18, McLaughlin and Nikola Jovanovic had 17 each and Bennie Boatwright added 15 for the Trojans (14-3, 3-1 Pac-12), who blew a 12-point lead with 5 1/2 minutes to go in regulation. They ended a three-game skid against Arizona. USC has won eight of its last nine.

“I’m ready to go again,” McLaughlin said. “It was our biggest win.”

Allonzo Trier scored 25 points, York added 21 and Kaleb Tarczewski had 16 points and 12 rebounds for the Wildcats (13-3, 1-2). They ended a lost weekend in Los Angeles, having been beaten by three points at UCLA on Thursday.

“We’re not good enough,” a downcast York said. “We got to all look at ourselves in the mirror, especially me. I didn’t answer the bell for my team in both games.”

Arizona’s Ryan Anderson had his streak of five straight games with double-doubles snapped when he was held to a season-low five points on just seven shots.

In the fourth OT, Trier’s basket gave Arizona a 99-97 lead. The Trojans got two free throws from Jovanovic and Stewart scored on a layup to make it 101-99. Tarczewski tied it for the last time on a pair of free throws before Justin Simon’s foul sent Stewart to the line and he made the winning free throws.

“Tough call to make,” Miller said. “It’s one of those moments you tend to hang on to because it was such a hard-fought game.”

The Wildcats trailed by 12 points when they closed regulation on a 14-2 run to tie the score at 73-all. Allen’s layup forced overtime after USC briefly regained the lead on a layup by Jovanovic.

“That was a great basketball game,” USC coach Andy Enfield said. “We did a lot of small things. We kept playing every possession. Our defense was great down the stretch.”

Arizona led 77-75 in the first OT before the Trojans made four straight free throws to take a two-point lead. Tarczewski’s tip-in tied it at 79-all, forcing the second OT.

Tarczewski’s jumper tied the score in the second extra session before York’s 3-pointer gave Arizona an 84-81 lead. But the big man’s offensive foul gave the Trojans possession and they scored on Stewart’s layup to take an 85-84 lead.

Tarczewski fouled Jovanovic, who missed the first and made the second.

York made a pair of free throws for an 86-all tie. Trier stole the ball off a bad pass by Jacobs, but didn’t have enough time to get off a shot and the teams went to a third OT.

The Wildcats led by four before USC scored six straight points to go up 95-93. York’s layup tied it at 95-all, forcing the last OT in front of a frenzied, season-best crowd of 6,854 at Galen Center.

No. 1 Kansas 69, (at) Texas Tech 59: Frank Mason scored 17 points, Perry Ellis had 15 points and Kansas beat Texas Tech for its 13th straight victory. Mason and Ellis each had 10 rebounds for the Jayhawks (14-1, 3-0 Big 12).

Norense Odiase scored two straight baskets to pull the Red Raiders (11-3, 2-1) to 58-54, but a 3-pointer by Wayne Selden Jr., a dunk by Ellis, and a basket and two free throws by Devonte’ Graham sealed the win for the Jayhawks.

Odiase scored all his 14 points in the second half for the Red Raiders.

(At) No. 2 Oklahoma 86, Kansas State 76: Buddy Hield scored 31 points. Hield followed his 46-point effort Monday night in a triple-overtime loss at No. 1 Kansas by making 11 of 14 shots, including 6 of 8 3-pointers. It was his eighth straight game with at least 20 points and his sixth this season with at least 30.

Jordan Woodard scored 19 points and Khadeem Lattin added 10 points, 10 rebounds and six blocks for the Sooners (13-1, 2-1 Big 12). Barry Brown had 19 points for Kansas State (10-5, 0-3).

(At) Georgia Tech 68, No. 4 Virginia 64: Quinton Stephens, Adam Smith and Nick Jacobs each scored 16 points and Georgia Tech upset Virginia. The loss was a rare second in a row for Virginia, matching its loss total of each of the last two years when it won consecutive Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season titles.

Georgia Tech (11-5, 1-2) got four 3-pointers each from Stephens and Smith. Malcolm Brogdon led Virginia (12-3, 1-2) with 19 points, and London Perrantes had 13.

No. 6 North Carolina 84, (at) Syracuse 73: Isaiah Hicks scored 21 points and North Carolina ruined Jim Boeheim’s return to the bench. Boeheim was back with the Orange after serving a nine-game suspension for NCAA violations. The team went 4-5 in his absence, dropping the last three.

Brice Johnson and Justin Jackson each had 16 points for the Tar Heels (15-2, 4-0 Atlantic Coast Conference). Trevor Cooney had 27 points for Syracuse (10-7, 0-4).

No. 9 Kentucky 77, (at) Alabama 61: Alex Poythress scored a career-high 25 points and had seven rebounds. Kentucky (12-3, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) rebounded from an 85-67 loss to LSU on Tuesday night.

Jamal Murray added 21 points and five rebounds. Retin Obasohan led Alabama (9-5, 0-2) with 21 points.

(At) No. 12 Miami 72, Florida State 59: Sheldon McClellan scored 20 of his 21 points in the second half and Miami won its seventh straight. Ja’Quan Newton had 13 points for the Hurricanes (13-1, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), and Davon Reed added 12 points. Malik Beasley led Florida State (10-5, 0-3) with 13 points.

Baylor 94, (at) No. 13 Iowa State 89: Johnathan Motley had a career-high 27 points and added 13 rebounds to help Baylor upset Iowa State, handing the Cyclones their first home loss of the season. Taurean Prince had 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Bears (12-3, 2-1 Big 12). They rallied from 11 down to beat the Cyclones on the road for the second year in a row.

Iowa State pulled to 80-76 before Prince hit a baseline jumper with 1:17 to go. Al Freeman’s free throws with 12 seconds to go clinched Baylor’s biggest win of the season.

Georges Niang scored 22 points, and Monte Morris had 21 for Iowa State (12-3, 1-2).

(At) No. 14 Duke 82, Virginia Tech 58: Marshall Plumlee scored a career-high 21 points. Freshman Brandon Ingram added 16 points, nine rebounds and six blocks for the Blue Devils (14-2, 3-0 Atlantic Coast Conference).

Zach LeDay had 18 points and nine rebounds for Virginia Tech (10-6, 2-1).

(At) No. 17 West Virginia 77, Oklahoma State 60: Jevon Carter scored 16 points and Jonathan Holton added 15 points and nine rebounds for West Virginia. West Virginia (14-1, 3-0 Big 12) won its seventh straight heading into a matchup against No. 1 Kansas on Tuesday night in the WVU Coliseum.

Jawun Evans had 13 points for Oklahoma State (9-6, 1-2).

No. 21 Texas A&m 92, (at) Tennessee 88: Jalen Jones scored 27 points and made a tiebreaking basket with 1:28 left, helping Texas A&M erase a 13-point, second-half deficit for its sixth straight victory.

Tennessee (8-7, 1-2 Southeastern Conference) was up by 10 with just over 4 minutes left when Texas A&M (13-2, 3-0) ran off 11 straight points. Danuel House scored 23 points and sank two free throws with 6 seconds to go to seal the victory. Punter scored 17 of his 19 points in the second half.

Admiral Schofield had 16 points for Tennessee.

(At) No. 22 South Carolina 69, Vanderbilt 65: Sindarius Thornwell had 19 points and eight rebounds and South Carolina remained undefeated. South Carolina (15-0, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) and SMU are the only unbeaten teams left in Division I. South Carolina has only reached 15 wins in three of its past 10 seasons.

Riley Lachance and Wade Baldwin IV each had 13 points for Vanderbilt (8-7, 0-3).

(At) No. 23 UConn 81, Memphis 78: Sterling Gibbs scored 26 points and UConn held off Memphis. UConn (11-4, 2-1 American Athletic Conference) bounced back from a home loss to Temple with its sixth win in seven games. Rodney Purvis scored 13 points, and Daniel Hamilton had 12 points and eight rebounds.

Shaq Goodwin scored 19 of his 23 points in the second half before fouling out for the Tigers (10-5, 1-1).

No. 24 Pittsburgh 86, (at) Notre Dame 82: Michael Young scored a season-high 26 points for Pittsburgh. Jamel Artis added 19 points for the Panthers (14-1, 3-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), and Sheldon Jeter had 18. Jackson led the Irish (10-5, 1-2) with 26 points.

(At) La Salle 61, No. 25 Dayton 57: Jordan Price had 17 points and Amar Stukes added 13 for La Salle. Price reached 1,000 points in his career at La Salle (5-8, 1-2 Atlantic-10).

Charles Cooke, in a homecoming of sorts after growing up in nearby Trenton, New Jersey, led the Flyers (12-3, 2-1) with 21 points.