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Temple, Ariz. —  Zylan Cheatham bounded down the hallway inside Wells Fargo Arena, half skipping, half jumping as he high-fived family, friends, anyone he could reach.

"Let's go! Let's go! Let's gooooo!" the Arizona State forward shouted.

Let it be heard: the Sun Devils have arrived.

Poised down the stretch after trailing most of the night, No. 18 Arizona State pulled off one of the biggest victories in school history by knocking off No. 1 Kansas 80-76 on Saturday.

"This was a huge moment for our basketball program," Arizona State coach Bobby Hurley said.

It wasn't easy.

Arizona State (9-2) had a hard time stopping Kansas preseason All-American Dedric Lawson inside, blew numerous shots at the rim and had a rough night at the free throw line.

Trialing by up to nine points, the Sun Devils rallied by double-teaming Lawson, digging in on defense and making the biggest plays down the stretch to beat a No. 1 team for the second time as a program.

As it did in beating Kansas a year ago in Lawrence, Arizona State rallied late, using a 10-0 run to go up 76-74 with 90 seconds left.

Kansas (10-1) turned it over twice in its final three possessions and Rob Edwards, who scored 15 points, and hit two free throws with 6.1 seconds left to start the celebration. Students poured out of the stands to join the players a center court, leaving security no chance of stopping the party.

"Those are the moments we live for," said Arizona State's Remy Martin, who had 10 points and a big pull-up jumper with 58 seconds left.

Kansas led nearly the entire game and had plenty of chances down the stretch to win its first true road game of the season, even with big man Udoka Azubuike missing his fourth straight game due to an ankle injury.

The Jayhawks were unable to come up with the defensive stops during Arizona State's run and couldn't get off a tying shot down two in the closing seconds, finding themselves at the center of a Sun Devil celebration — and likely out of the No. 1 spot in the AP Top 25.

"It's very tough one because we had the game and we let it slip right through our hands," said Lawson, who led Kansas with 30 points and 14 rebounds.

Arizona State pulled off the upset on the road last season, knocking off the No. 2 Jayhawks 95-85 on its way to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2014.

Even with Azubuike out in the rematch, the Jayhawks dominated Arizona State inside early, opening up the perimeter.

Lawson was the focal point, repeatedly getting good position down low and throwing in a layup on a nifty spin move. The Memphis transfer had 18 points on 8-of-10 shooting by halftime.

Arizona State struggled offensively, but held Kansas scoreless over the final 3:42 to stay within 39-31 at halftime.

The Sun Devils tried to make runs in the second half, but kept missing shots at the rim and the Jayhawks kept answering with baskets.

Arizona State started double teaming Lawson in the second half and pulled to 67-65 on Edwards' second straight 3-pointer to start its comeback.

"They were feeling it, hitting their shots," said Kansas guard Devon Dotson, who had 14 points. "It just came down to mental mishaps we got caught up in."

Arizona State doubled Kansas' free-throw attempts, but had trouble getting those free shots to fall. The Sun Devils finished 20 for 32 from the line, but were able to overcome it by hitting 17 of 32 shots from the floor in the second half.

Wells Fargo Arena had one of the best crowds in school history on hand for one of the program's biggest wins.

The second No. 1 team to play in Tempe drew a star-studded crowd, with Michael Phelps, Jason Kidd, former Detroit Piston Grant Hill, Eddie House and Arizona governor Doug Ducey in the stands, along with more than two dozen NBA scouts.

Kansas had its share of vocal supporters, but they were washed away during the closing stretch and the court rushing.

"The fans gave us an extra boost," Martin said. "I just want to say thank you to everyone. I've never had a feeling like that."

Kansas hosts Eastern Michigan next Saturday before kicking off its Big 12 schedule.

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(At) No. 3 Tennessee 83, Wake Forest 64: Grant Williams had 22 points and 10 rebounds as Tennessee trounced Wake Forest for its sixth consecutive victory.

Kyle Alexander scored a career-high 19 points and had eight rebounds to help Tennessee (10-1) extend its home winning streak to 15 games. The Volunteers haven’t lost at Thompson-Boling Arena since last season, falling 94-84 to Auburn on Jan. 2.

Chaundee Brown scored 19 points and Brandon Childress added 14 for Wake Forest (6-4). Jordan Bone had 18 points and Admiral Schofield scored 12 for Tennessee.

(At) No. 5 Virginia 72, William & Mary 40: De’Andre Hunter scored 18 points, Kyle Guy had 16 and Virginia pulled away after halftime and beat William & Mary.

The Tribe (4-8) used a 14-3 run spanning halftime to trim a 17-point deficit to 34-28 early in the second half, but Mamadi Diakite’s basket sparked a 17-2 run that put Virginia (11-0) in command again. Guy had nine points in the run, including the last six.

Nathan Knight scored 22 points for William & Mary before fouling out.

(At) No. 7 Auburn 93, Murray State 88: Samir Doughty scored 20 points, Austin Wiley had 17 points and 10 rebounds and Auburn held off Murray State.

Doughty and Wiley were two of five players to score in double figures for Auburn (10-2). Chuma Okeke had 17 points, Harper finished with 12 and Bryce Brown added 11.

Ja Morant led Murray State (8-2) with 25 points and eight rebounds.

Murray State trailed by only three points at halftime and took the lead early in the second half before Auburn went ahead for good with 13:11 to play.

No. 19 Kentucky 80, No. 9 North Carolina 72: In Chicago, Keldon Johnson scored 21 points, Reid Travis added 20, and Kentucky beat North Carolina in a matchup between two of college basketball’s winningest programs.

Johnson scored 16 in the second half, helping the Wildcats (9-2) hold off the Tar Heels (8-3) in their first meeting since the 2017 NCAA South Regional final. Kentucky won its second in a row since an overtime loss to Seton Hall at Madison Square Garden.

Cameron Johnson led North Carolina with 17 points.
 

(At) No. 11 Florida State 81, Saint Louis 59: David Nichols scored a season-high 19 points off the bench and Florida State shot a season-best 55 percent to beat Saint Louis in the one-day Orange Bowl Classic.

The Billikens shot only 30 percent – their season low, and the best effort yet for Florida State’s defense.

The Seminoles (11-1) won their sixth game in a row and matched the best 12-game record in school history. Saint Louis (8-4) suffered its most lopsided loss of the season.

Javon Bess had 16 points and Carte’Are Gordon scored 14 for the Billikens.

(At) No. 15 Ohio State 80, UCLA 66: C.J. Jackson scored 20 of his 22 points in the second half, and Ohio State handed UCLA its third consecutive loss.

Kaleb Wesson had 15 points and 12 rebounds for the Buckeyes (11-1), who have won five in a row since its only loss of the season last month against Syracuse. Ohio State got its second win at the United Center this season in the opener of the CBS Sports Classic.

Kris Wilkes had 18 points and seven rebounds for UCLA (7-5), which was coming off consecutive losses to Belmont and Cincinnati.

(At) No. 16 Wisconsin 84, Grambling State 53: Ethan Happ scored 19 points and grabbed his 1,000th career rebound, sending Wisconsin past Grambling State.

Happ finished with eight rebounds for Wisconsin (10-2). He is the 15th player in Big Ten history to reach 1,000 rebounds.

D’Mitrik Trice scored 14 points for the Badgers. Dallas Polk-Hilliard had 17 points and 10 rebounds to lead Grambling State (6-7).

(At) No. 22 Indiana 94, Jacksonville 64: Juwan Morgan recorded the second triple-double in Indiana history and the Hoosiers won their sixth straight.

Morgan finished with 10 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists, joining Steve Downing against Michigan in 1971 as the only Indiana player to accomplish the feat. Downing did it with points, rebounds and blocks.

Indiana (11-2) went 6-0 in December, the first time the Hoosiers have gone undefeated in a calendar month since November 2012.

Jace Hogan led Jacksonville (7-7) with 17 points.
 

(At) No. 23 Iowa 110, Savannah State 64: Joe Wieskamp scored a career-high 24 points, Jordan Bohannon had 18 on six 3s and Iowa blew past Savannah State for its fourth straight victory.

Tyler Cook scored 16 points in 17 minutes for the Hawkeyes (10-2).

Zach Sellers had 18 points for Savannah State (3-11), which has lost seven in a row.

(At) No. 25 Nebraska 86, Cal State Fullerton 62: James Palmer Jr. scored 23 points and Nebraska took control midway through the first half to defeat Cal State Fullerton.

Nebraska (10-2) won its 18th straight home game, a streak dating to last season. Isaiah Roby had 20 points for the Cornhuskers.

Kyle Allman Jr. had 14 of his 16 points in the second half to lead Cal State Fullerton (3-9).

Joe Wieskamp scored a career-high 24 points, Jordan Bohannon had 18 on six 3s and Iowa blew past Savannah State for its fourth straight victory.

Tyler Cook scored 16 points in 17 minutes for the Hawkeyes (10-2).

Zach Sellers had 18 points for Savannah State (3-11), which has lost seven in a row.

(At) No. 25 Nebraska 86, Cal State Fullerton 62: James Palmer Jr. scored 23 points and Nebraska took control midway through the first half to defeat Cal State Fullerton.

Nebraska (10-2) won its 18th straight home game, a streak dating to last season. Isaiah Roby had 20 points for the Cornhuskers.

Kyle Allman Jr. had 14 of his 16 points in the second half to lead Cal State Fullerton (3-9).

 

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