Saturday's Top 25: Graham’s 27 lead Kansas past Oklahoma
Norman, Okla. — Kansas’ Devonte’ Graham stole the show from Buddy Hield.
Graham scored a career-high 27 points and did a tenacious job defending the nation’s No. 2 scorer to help the sixth-ranked Jayhawks defeat No. 3 Oklahoma 76-72 on Saturday.
“I just tried to make every shot tough on him,” Graham, a sophomore guard, said of defending Hield. “He still knocked down five trey balls. He still got his shots off. He had a good game. I just tried to lock up and play the best defense I could.”
It was only the third time in Graham’s career that he scored at least 20 points. He made 6 of 9 3-point attempts for the Jayhawks (21-4, 9-3 Big 12).
“All the stuff he did was big-time,” Kansas forward Landen Lucas said. “He was a man today. He carried the team. We all just tried to do our part, and he finished it for us.”
Kansas won the first meeting 109-106 in triple overtime on Jan. 4, despite Hield’s 46 points. This time, Hield scored 18 of his 24 points in the second half, but he went without a field goal in the first half and made 5 of 15 field goals overall.
“I had good shots in the first half, and I wasn’t able to put them down,” Hield said. “They guarded me really well and threw a lot of bodies at me.”
Graham scored 17 points in the second half to help Kansas keep pace.
“He was great,” Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger said. “He made big plays when they needed them, especially when we had a little bit of a lead, and we couldn’t get a stop — he probably scored two or three of those. Good player. Talented guy. Stepped up there and made key buckets for them.”
Kansas notched its fifth straight win and snapped Oklahoma’s 19-game home winning streak. The Jayhawks were coming off a victory over No. 10 West Virginia on Tuesday.
Isaiah Cousins added 21 points for the Sooners (20-4, 8-4), who fell out of a tie for the conference lead. Oklahoma matched a season-low by shooting 33.3 percent from the field. The Sooners, who entered the game leading the nation in 3-point percentage, made just 10 of 32 from beyond the arc.
“That’s about as good as we can play defensively,” Kansas coach Bill Self said.
Even with that, it almost got away from the Jayhawks.
Oklahoma trailed 73-71 and called a timeout with 32.1 seconds remaining. Hield made the first of two free throws with 25.3 seconds to go, and Kansas rebounded the miss.
Graham made two free throws with 19 seconds to play to put Kansas up three. Oklahoma’s Cousins shot a quick 3-point attempt that missed, and Kansas’ Jamari Traylor made the second of two free throws with 10 seconds remaining to put it out of reach.
Kansas ran out to a 20-6 lead as the Sooners made just two of their first 19 shots. Hield didn’t score until 9:04 remained in the first half.
Perry Ellis committed his second foul with 4:51 left in the first half and went to the bench with the Jayhawks leading 32-19. Oklahoma closed the half on a 14-6 run to make it 38-33.
The Sooners shot just 26.7 percent from the field in the first half and made 2 of 13 3-point attempts, but they made 15 of 18 free throws. Kansas shot 53.6 percent in the first half but committed eight turnovers.
Hield’s first field goal, a 3-pointer with 18:28 remaining, put the Sooners up 39-38. Consecutive 3-pointers by Hield put the Sooners ahead 52-48.
Kansas rallied to take a 59-57 lead on a 3-pointer by Wayne Selden Jr. with just over 7 minutes to play, and the game was close the rest of the way.
“Our guys kept working, kept clawing to get within reach, then made a good run there in the second half to get the lead,” Kruger said. “But with the lead, we couldn’t get a stop or two.”
(At) No. 1 Villanova 73, St. John’s 63: Daniel Ochefu had a career-high 25 points, and Ryan Arcidiacono scored 13. Amar Alibegovic led the Red Storm (7-19, 0-13 Big East) with a career-best 18 points. St. John’s has lost 16 in a row, the longest streak in Division I.
For a half, Villanova (22-3, 12-1) hardly looked like the nation’s top team. The Wildcats, who were 27-point favorites, only led 28-27 at halftime.
Whatever coach Jay Wright said to his team during the break, it worked.
Villanova came out firing in the second half, going 9 for 11 while building a double-digit lead. Arcidiacono’s 3-pointer capped a 10-3 run and gave the Wildcats their biggest lead to that point, 51-40.
They led by a comfortable margin the rest of the way.
(At) No. 5 Xavier 74, Butler 57: J.P Macura scored 13 points while Remy Abell and Edmond Sumner had 12 each to lead Xavier.
The Musketeers (22-3, 10-3) won for the sixth time in seven games and retained sole possession of second place in the Big East.
Butler (17-8, 6-7) was led by Kelan Martin with 15 points and Andrew Chrabascz added 11 as its three-game winning streak ended.
Xavier rebounded from shooting a season-low 30 percent in Tuesday’s loss at Creighton by making 56.9 percent on the road.
After trailing 21-13 midway through the first half, the Musketeers turned the game with four 3-pointers and a three-point play in a 27-6 run that gave them a 40-27 lead.
(At) Duke 63, No. 7 Virginia 62: Grayson Allen banked in a shot at the buzzer to give Duke the win and snap Virginia’s seven-game winning streak.
Malcolm Brogdon had 18 points for Virginia (20-5, 9-4 Atlantic Coast Conference), and his reverse flip layup with 9.9 seconds left put the Cavaliers up 62-61.
Freshman Brandon Ingram scored 25 points while Allen finished with 15 for the Blue Devils (19-6, 8-4), who won their fourth straight and kept the Cavaliers winless at Cameron Indoor Stadium since 1995.
Duke called a timeout with 6 seconds left and Allen inbounded the ball to Marshall Plumlee, who handed it back to the sophomore guard. Allen drove the left side of the lane before pulling up for a shot that kissed off the glass and went through at the buzzer.
Matt Jones finished with 14 points and Plumlee had 10 rebounds for the Blue Devils. After failing to beat a Top 25 opponent for the first three months of the season, they have now knocked off two in six days after beating No. 13 Louisville on Monday night.
(At) No. 10 West Virginia 73, TCU 42: Jonathan Holton returned from a suspension to lead four West Virginia players in double figures as the Mountaineers assured themselves of at least a tie for first place in the Big 12.
Holton, who served a four-game suspension for a violation of team rules, had 14 points and seven rebounds for the Mountaineers (20-5, 9-3), while Esa Ahmad had a career-high 14 points and five rebounds, and Devin Williams, had his Big 12-leading 11th double-double with 11 points and 13 rebounds. He became West Virginia’s 50th 1,000-point scorer.
Jaysean Paige had 10 points for West Virginia.
Chauncey Collins of TCU (11-14, 2-10) scored 20 against WVU for a second time this season.
(At) Stanford 76, No. 11 Oregon 72: Michael Humphrey blocked a shot with 4 seconds remaining to give Stanford the upset win.
Marcus Allen hit two free throws with 3 seconds to seal the win for the Cardinal, who ended a season-worst four-game losing streak.
Dillon Brooks scored 18 of his 24 points in the second half for the Ducks (20-6, 9-4 Pac-12), who lost at California on Thursday night.
Rosco Allen matched his career-high with 25 points to lead Stanford (12-11, 5-7). Dorian Pickens scored 10 of his 16 points in the second half and Grant Verhoeven finished with a career-high 13 for the Cardinal.
Tyler Dorsey added 14 points and Elgin Cook had 11 for the Ducks, who came to the Bay Area riding a six-game winning streak.
(At) Notre Dame 71, No. 13 Louisville 66: Demetrius Jackson matched his career high with 27 points and Steve Vasturia added 20 as Notre Dame rallied from 11 points down in the second half.
The Irish (18-7, 9-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) used three 7-0 spurts in the second half to get the win, the final one coming after Ray Spalding’s layup with 6:36 remaining gave Louisville a 63-62 lead. The Irish regained the lead with a 3-pointer by V.J. Beachem, a layup by Zach Auguste and two free throws by Jackson.
Damion Lee, who led the Cardinals (19-6, 8-4) with 13 points, hit a 3-pointer with 16 seconds left to cut the lead to 69-66. But Lee missed another 3-point try with 5 seconds left and Auguste clinched the win with two free throws a second later.
Jackson, who had a career-high six 3-pointers, scored 20 points in the first half to keep the Irish in the game, then Vasturia scored 15 in the second half to lead the rally, scoring nine of Notre Dame’s 11 points during one stretch. The Irish held the Cardinals to 29 percent shooting in the second half.
Auguste added 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Irish, who outrebounded Louisville 41-29 and had a 30-20 advantage in scoring in the paint.
(At) No. 14 Iowa State 85, No. 24 Texas 75: Georges Niang and Monte Morris each scored 24 points as Iowa State beat Texas in Jameel McKay’s return from a two-game suspension.
Matt Thomas added 13 for the Cyclones (18-7, 7-5 Big 12), who allowed just one point in the final 2:29 to hold off the Longhorns.
Morris’ step-back jumper with 1:17 left made it 81-74, and Niang’s layup 35 seconds later sealed the win.
Javan Felix had 13 of his 18 points in the second half to lead Texas (16-9, 7-5), which has dropped two straight.
McKay, who had been suspended for violating team rules, finished with eight points, seven rebounds and four blocks.
(At) LSU 76, No. 15 Texas A&M 71: Ben Simmons had 16 points, 11 rebounds, and seven assists, as LSU handed Texas A&M its fourth straight loss.
Craig Victor scored 16 points and Keith Hornsby added 15 for the Tigers (16-9, 9-3 Southeastern Conference), who remained tied atop the SEC standings with Kentucky.
Danuel House scored 20 points for Texas A&M (18-7, 7-5), which has lost five straight conference games. Alex Caruso scored 14 points and Jalen Jones added 12 for the Aggies, who led by as many as seven points early in the second half, but faded down the stretch for a fifth loss in six games.
Antonio Blakeney scored 10 points for LSU, which won for the second time in four games against ranked opponents this season. Simmons also had three steals and a blocked shot without committing a turnover. He shot only 4 of 11 from the field, but was 8 of 9 at the free throw line for half of his points.
(At) No. 16 SMU 69, Gonzaga 60: Nic Moore had 25 points and 11 assists to lead SMU over Gonzaga, snapping the Zags’ six-game winning streak in a non-conference matchup of league leaders.
Moore put the Mustangs (21-3) ahead for good with a jumper, breaking a 46-all tie and starting a run of him scoring or assisting on six straight baskets. The 5-foot-9 senior guard added two free throws to push the lead to 61-52.
Gonzaga (20-6) might have missed a chance to rejoin the Top 25 and send SMU tumbling out, with the Mustangs coming off their first home loss of the season against Tulsa.
Domantas Sabonis had 20 points and 16 rebounds in just the second loss in nine road games for the Zags. Kyle Wiltjer, the No. 11 scorer in Division I, had a season-low four points on 2-of-17 shooting.
(At) No. 20 Providence 75, Georgetown 72: Rodney Bullock had 23 points and 10 rebounds as Providence held off a furious rally by Georgetown.
Kris Dunn added 20 points, and Ben Bentil finished with 16 points and nine rebounds to help the Friars (19-7, 7-6 Big East) end a three-game losing streak.
Georgetown (14-12, 7-6) had a chance to tie the game in the closing seconds, but L.J. Peak’s 3-point attempt was blocked by Bullock.
The Hoyas cut what had been a 26-point first-half deficit all the way down to a point with just over a minute to play.
Dunn and Bentil accounted for 12 of Providence’s final 14 points.
Marcus Derrickson led the Hoyas with 18 points and nine rebounds.
Texas Tech 84, (at) No. 21 Baylor 66: Keenan Evans scored a career-high 21 points and had two steals in Texas Tech’s go-ahead run as the Red Raiders upset Baylor, giving them their second consecutive win over a Top 25 team.
Justin Gray had six of his 17 points in a 10-0 spurt that put Texas Tech (15-9, 5-7 Big 12) ahead to stay.
The Red Raiders were coming off an 85-82 overtime victory against No. 14 Iowa State at home. It is the first time since 2007 that they’ve won back-to-back games against ranked teams.
Zach Smith added 16 points for Texas Tech, and Aaron Ross had 14. Evans, Gray and Smith were a combined 18-of-25 shooting.
Taurean Prince had 17 points to lead Baylor (18-7, 7-5), which dropped two games behind Big 12 co-leaders Kansas and West Virginia.
No. 22 Kentucky 89, (at) South Carolina 62: Tyler Ulis had career highs of 27 points and 12 assists, Jamal Murray scored 26 points and Kentucky won despite coach John Calipari being ejected less than 3 minutes into the game.
The Wildcats (19-6, 9-3 Southeastern Conference) sent South Carolina to its worst home loss since Anthony Davis led Kentucky to a 34-point win here in 2012.
And Calipari had to watch on TV after he was thrown out with the two technical fouls. Not that it slowed down the Wildcats, who built a 17-point lead in the opening half and gradually stretched things out the rest of the way.
Michael Carrera finished with 25 points for South Carolina (21-4, 8-4).
Calipari was sent packing by official Doug Sirmons, who called the first technical when Calipari argued over the lack of a call on a rebound. When Calipari approached Sirmons after his first technical, he was quickly teed up again and his anger increased.
Three Wildcats had to get between the shouting Calipari and Sirmons before the coach was led off the court and into the locker room.
Northern Iowa 53, (at) No. 25 Wichita St. 50: Klint Carlson scored 12 points, Wyatt Lohaus had 11 and Northern Iowa ended Wichita State’s nation-leading 43-game home winning streak.
The Panthers (16-11, 8-6 Missouri Valley) blew a 15-point second-half lead before pulling back ahead on consecutive baskets by Lohaus with about 6 minutes left in the game.
The Shockers (18-7, 12-2) got within 53-50 when Shaq Morris made the second of two free throws with 40.2 seconds left. Ron Baker missed a potential tying 3 at the other end, but the ball bounced off a Northern Iowa player out of bounds. The Shockers got the ball to Connor Frankamp in front of his own bench, but his 3-point attempt bounced off the rim as the buzzer sounded.
Baker finished with 12 points and six assists, but he was just 5 of 16 from the field and 2 of 10 from beyond the arc. Fred VanVleet had eight points on 3-for-15 shooting. The Shockers shot 30 percent from the field.
It was the Panthers’ third win over a ranked team this season as they beat then-No. 1 North Carolina and then-No. 5 Iowa State.