Saturday’s Top 25: Oklahoma powers past Wichita State
Wichita, Kan. — No one had to convince Oklahoma’s players that Saturday’s game at No. 3 Wichita State presented a measuring stick of sorts.
Sooners star guard Trae Young believes the 91-83 victory “will open a lot of eyes in the college basketball world,” and fellow freshman Brady Manek agreed.
“That’s probably the biggest crowd I’ve ever played in front of,” Manek said. “We just showed that we can play on a big stage against a great team.”
Young, the nation’s leading scorer, led the way. He finished with 29 points and 10 assists, but it was his 16 points on 6-of-9 shooting in the game’s first 9 minutes that set the tone for the Sooners (8-1).
Young has scored at least 28 points in seven straight games.
Manek scored 16 of his 21 points in the first half for Oklahoma. Christian James and Kamron McGusty each had 13 points for the Sooners.
Darral Willis came off the bench to lead the Shockers (8-2) with 20 points and 12 rebounds. Landry Shamet had 17 points, Conner Frankamp scored 14 and Shaquille Morris added 10 for Wichita.
“We let them get comfortable in the first half,” Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall said, “and you can’t do that against a team that talented and that well-coached.”
Behind Young and Manek, Oklahoma stormed to a 54-39 halftime lead. The Shockers entered Saturday allowing 68.2 points a game. The Sooners were 20 of 40 from the field and 10 of 23 from the 3-point line in the half.
“That’s probably our best half because Wichita State is really good,” Sooners coach Lon Kruger said.
Wichita State trailed 80-63 with 7:15 remaining but held Oklahoma scoreless for nearly 6 minutes. The Shockers closed within 84-78 but got no closer.
Marshall marveled at Young.
“I haven’t coached against a freshman that plays the game at that level,” Marshall said. “Hedging, switching; we tried everything against him. Trae Young is not going to get rattled. He is too good.”
No. 6 Miami 59, (at) George Washington 50: Dewan Huell scored 15 points and Lonnie Walker IV had 13, helping unbeaten Miami to the road win.
The Hurricanes (9-0) ripped off 13 of the game’s first 15 points on their way to a 21-point lead. The scrappy Colonials pulled within seven with 13:53 remaining, but the rally fizzled down the stretch.
Playing its first game since Dec. 5, Miami shot 41 percent from the field, including a 5-for-21 day from beyond the arc.
Jair Bolden had 13 points for the Colonials (5-6), who shot 18.5 percent (5 for 27) from the field in the first half and finished at 30.2 percent overall.
(At) No. 8 Kentucky 93, Virginia Tech 86: Kevin Knox scored 21 points, and Kentucky outlasted Virginia Tech 93-86 for its most significant victory this season.
Kentucky (9-1) made a season-high 11 3-pointers in its seventh straight win. Hamidou Diallo had 20 points for the Wildcats, and Quade Green added 17 points while wearing shaded protective glasses after injuring his eye last week against Monmouth.
Ahmed Hill scored 20 points and Justin Robinson had 19 for Virginia Tech (8-2), which entered the game leading the nation in scoring (96.2 points). The Hokies shot 58 percent, but committed 19 turnovers leading to 36 Kentucky points.
(At) No. 10 Xavier 68, East Tennessee State 66: Trevon Bluiett’s jumper with 6.3 seconds left completed Xavier’s rally from a 22-point second-half deficit.
The Musketeers (10-1) overcame their worst shooting performance of the season, making clutch shots at the end to pull it out. Bluiett missed 11 straight shots and was only 7 of 22 from the field for 18 points, but made the one that mattered.
ETSU (6-4) led 51-29 with 14:24 to go, but couldn’t hold off the Musketeers. Desonta Bradford scored 20 points, but his long 3-pointer was off the mark at the buzzer.
(At) No. 12 Gonzaga 89, North Dakota 83, OT: Josh Perkins scored 20 points and Zach Norvell Jr. added 19 as Gonzaga won in overtime.
Johnathan Williams added 14 points for Gonzaga (9-2).
Geno Crandall scored 28 for North Dakota (4-7), which is struggling this season after qualifying for the NCAA Tournament last season.
The game was tied 69-69 at the end of regulation.
Gonzaga opened the overtime period with 11 consecutive points — five by Norvell — for an 80-69 lead. The Bulldogs hung on for the win.
No. 13 Kansas 73, (at) Nebraska 72: Svi Mykhailiuk hit a 3-pointer from the corner with 23.2 seconds left, and Kansas held on to break out of a mini slump.
Anton Gill missed a 3-pointer and James Palmer Jr. had his shot blocked by Udoka Azubuike on the Cornhuskers’ last possession, and Kansas was able to come up with the loose rebound and run out the clock to beat its former rival from the Big 12.
Azubuike had a career-high 26 points and 10 rebounds for the Jayhawks (8-2).
Devonte Graham added 18 points and Mykhailiuk had 14 for the Jayhawks, who came into the game off losses to Washington and Arizona State.
Palmer had 14 points and eight rebounds to lead the Huskers (7-5).
(At) Rutgers 71, No. 15 Seton Hall 65: Corey Sanders scored eight of his season-high 22 points during Rutgers’ game-ending 17-2 run, leading the Scarlet Knights to their biggest victory since Steve Pikiell became coach last year.
Freshman Geo Baker added 17 and Deshawn Freeman had 12 points and 16 rebounds as the Scarlet Knights (10-3) beat a ranked team for the first time since defeating No. 4 Wisconsin in January 2015.
Myles Powell had 18 points for the Pirates (9-2), who had won five in a row. Desi Rodriguez added 15 points and Angel Delgado had 21 rebounds.
Seton Hall did not make another field goal after Powell hit a jumper with 6:07 to play for a 63-54 lead.
(At) No. 16 Virginia 80, Davidson 60: Nigel Johnson scored 22 points and Devon Hall had a career-high 20, helping Virginia to the victory.
Kyle Guy added 19 points for the Cavaliers (9-1), who were playing for the first time since losing 68-61 to No. 11 West Virginia on Dec. 5.
The Wildcats (4-4), also playing for the first time in 11 days, got 20 points from Peyton Aldridge and 12 from Oskar Michelsen.
No. 17 Purdue 82, Butler 67: At Indianapolis, Carsen Edwards scored 18 points, Vincent Edwards and Isaac Haas had 15 apiece, and Purdue got its second win in the seven-year history of the Crossroads Classic.
The Boilermakers (11-2) never trailed on the way to their first win in the series in nearly two decades. Purdue had lost five in a row to Butler since its previous victory over the Bulldogs on Dec. 19, 1998.
Kelan Martin had 17 points for the Bulldogs (8-3), who went into the annual classic in Indianapolis with a five-game winning streak, including their best offensive showing of the year in a 95-67 win over Youngstown State a week ago. Paul Jorgensen finished with 15 points and eight boards.
Ryan Cline’s 3-pointer with 6 seconds left in the first period gave Purdue a 35-19 halftime lead.
Indiana 80, No. 18 Notre Dame 77, OT: At Indianapolis, Juwan Morgan scored 19 of his career-high 34 points in the last 8 1/2 minutes, helping Indiana erase an eight-point deficit and beat Notre Dame in overtime.
Indiana coach Archie Miller got his biggest win of his first season with the Hoosiers (6-5) in his first appearance at the Crossroads Classic, an annual doubleheader between the state’s four highest profile teams.
Morgan scored all of Indiana’s points in an 8-0 run to close regulation and the first four in overtime.
Bonzie Colson’s half-court heave to force a second overtime rimmed out. Colson led the Fighting Irish (8-3) with 29 points.
Oklahoma State 71, (at) No. 19 Florida State 70: At Sunrise, Florida, Mitchell Solomon scored on a tip-in with 6 seconds left and then took a game-clinching charge at the other end of the court, and Oklahoma State knocked Florida State from the unbeaten ranks.
Florida State went ahead on Terance Mann’s follow with 10 seconds to go, but Oklahoma State needed only four seconds to go the length of the court to score for the 14th and final lead change.
Following a timeout, the Seminoles’ CJ Walker drove into the lane but collided with Solomon and was called for the foul, sealing the Cowboys’ win.
Oklahoma State (8-2) ended a streak of seven consecutive losses against ranked teams since February. Florida State (9-1) missed a chance to match the best start to a season in school history.
Clemson 71, No. 22 Florida 69: At Sunrise, Florida, Marcquise Reed threw a 75-foot pass to Elijah Thomas for a dunk that put Clemson ahead to stay with 37 seconds left in the Orange Bowl Classic.
With Clemson trailing 68-67, Reed rebounded a missed 3-point attempt by KeVaughn Allen and threw a football-style pass from one free-throw lane to the other, hitting Thomas on the run for an easy score.
Clemson (9-1) beat a ranked team for only the eighth time in school history and continued its best start since 2008. Florida (6-4) lost for the fourth time in the past five games.
No. 23 Arizona 89, (at) New Mexico 73: In his second game back from a broken foot, Rawle Alkins scored a career-best 26 points to lead Arizona.
The Wildcats (8-3) hit a season-best 9 of 13 3-point attempts with Alkins making all three of his attempts.
Allonzo Trier had 20 points with five assists and freshman Deandre Ayton had his ninth double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds for Arizona.
Dane Kuiper was 6 of 8 from 3-point range to finish with a career-high 24 points for the Lobos (3-8).
(at) No. 24 Texas Tech 73, Rice 53: Keenan Evans scored 13 points, Zhaire Smith added 12 and Texas Tech won in the Red Raiders’ first game since 1999 at Lubbock Municipal Coliseum, their old home court.
Texas Tech (9-1) held an alumni game before facing an old Southwest Conference opponent, then fell behind by eight points before holding the Owls (3-8) without a field goal for the final 11 minutes of the first half while taking the lead for good.
Connor Cashaw had game highs of 21 points and 12 rebounds and was 5 of 8 from 3-point range for Rice.
No. 25 Cincinnati 77, (at) UCLA 63: Kyle Washington scored 19 points and Jacob Evans III had 16, powering Cincinnati to the road win.
Cincinnati (9-2) grabbed control with an 18-0 run in the first half. It was one sweet win for the Bearcats, who lost to Lonzo Ball and UCLA in the second round of the NCAA Tournament last season.
Aaron Holiday scored 17 points for UCLA (7-3), and Kris Wilkes finished with 12.