Highland Heights, Ky. — Dave Stallworth was running the show the last time Wichita State beat a top-five team on the road. Landry Shamut took the lead as the Shockers did it again 54 years later. This one, too, will be a reference point, given all that was at stake.
Shamut scored 19, and No. 19 Wichita State ended the nation’s longest home-court winning streak, beating No. 5 Cincinnati, 76-72, on Sunday to leave the American Athletic Conference race wide open.
The Shockers (21-5, 11-3) beat a Top 5 team on the road for the first time since 1964. They led most of the way, building an 11-point lead midway through the second half and holding on. Shaquille Morris’ dunk with 5 seconds left finished it off.
The Shockers ran onto the floor for congratulatory chest bumps. Coach Gregg Marshall got a celebratory dunking in the locker room, leaving his light-colored shirt clinging to him.
“It’s tremendous,” Marshall said. “Look at my shirt. College basketball has such tremendous parity. The games are decided by great players making great plays.
“Landry is a tremendous player.”
The Bearcats (23-4, 12-2) had won their last 39 home games. In their first real home challenge of the season, they wound up playing catch-up and coming up short. Cincinnati hasn’t beaten a ranked team all season, falling to 0-3 with losses to Xavier and Florida.
Cincinnati and Wichita State were expected to contend for the title in the Shockers’ first season in the AAC. Wichita State gave itself a chance with a solid all-around game led by its point guard. Shamut had 16 points in the first half, when the Shockers shredded the nation’s second-ranked defense to take control.
Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin was bothered by his team’s “gross, mind-boggling defensive breakdowns,” including allowing the Shockers to get open for those two late layups. Wichita State shot 53 percent from the field, getting open 3-pointers in the first half and layups in the second half.
“We’re just not in a good place right now,” Cronin said. “I hadn’t slept much. We’re not in a good place for a lot of reasons.”
Wichita State closes the regular season by hosting Cincinnati on March 4. Houston (21-5, 11-3) also is in the running for the tile.
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No. 12 Duke 66, (at) No. 11 Clemson 57: Gary Trent Jr. hit three foul shots with 1:31 left to put Duke ahead for good and the Blue Devils, again playing without injured star Marvin Bagley III, beat Clemson.
The Blue Devils have given up all of their 10-point lead over a six-minute stretch as the Tigers tied it up at 57-all on David Skara’s jumper.
That’s when Trent was off the mark on his 3 from the right corner, but got fouled by Clemson reserve Scott Spencer.
Trent’s first shot rattled around before falling through and he swished the next two. Duke (22-5, 10-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) won its third straight game without Bagley, its leading scorer and rebounder who’s sidelined because of a strained right knee.
Wendell Carter Jr. followed Trent’s foul shots with an inside bucket and the Tigers (20-6, 9-5) could not respond in losing for the first time at home
Grayson Allen had 19 points for Duke, all but two in the opening half. Carter had 15 points and 10 rebounds while Trevon Duval had 12 and Trent 11.
Marcquise Reed and Elijah Thomas led Clemson with 13 points apiece. Thomas also had 15 rebounds for his seventh double-double of the year.
Big Ten men
(At) No. 6 Purdue 76, Penn State 73: Carsen Edwards scored 27 and Dakota Mathias scored 18 as the Boilermakers (24-5, 13-3) snapped a three-game losing streak, despite a spirited effort by the Nittany Lions (19-10, 9-7). Tony Carr scored 19 for Penn State, while Shep Garner added 17 points.
(At) Illinois 72, Nebraska 66: Leron Black scored a career-high 28 and snagged seven rebounds, to help Illinois (13-15, 3-12) put a serious dent in the NCAA Tournament hopes of Nebraska (20-9, 11-5). There were six ties and nine lead changes during the game.