SATURDAY'S NATIONAL COLLEGE BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: FSU rebounds from Maryland loss to beat Miami; Auburn loses in OT to Auburn; Top 25 roundup

Photo by Phil Coale

Photo by Phil Coale

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Miami coach Frank Haith admitted he wasn't ready for Florida State's Luke Loucks.

The Seminoles sophomore, who had scored only 19 in eight previous Atlantic Coast Conference games this season, came off the bench Saturday to double that total with a career-high 19 points and lead Florida State to a 71-65 win over Miami.

"Loucks made some big shots," Haith shrugged. "The numbers coming in wouldn't have indicated he'd have that kind of night."

Loucks hit five of seven field goals, including three of five attempts from 3-point distance, grabbed five rebounds and had three assists -- one on a spectacular bounce pass to Michael Snaer during a 13-2 first-half run that erased an early Miami lead.

"I think it bothered him that people were backing off on him," Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton said.

Loucks hit his first five shots, including three from long range.

"I didn't surprise myself," Loucks said. "It was good to get the monkey off my back. Things just clicked tonight and the shots started falling."

Solomon Alabi's layup 6 minutes into the second half gave the Seminoles a 42-40 lead and they never trailed again, leading by as many as a dozen points at 59-47.

Florida State (17-6, 5-4) led 32-31 at the half on a Loucks' jumper that beat the buzzer. Loucks also added five rebounds and three assists in 25 minutes of playing time.

Chris Singleton added 10 points for Florida State, which bounced back from a 71-67 home loss to Maryland on Thursday. The Seminoles desperately needed the win after losing its second conference home game.

James Dews led Miami (16-7, 2-7) with 15 points and Dwayne Collins added 11.


No. 21 Georgia Tech 73, North Carolina St. 71

ATLANTA -- Zachery Peacock scored 22 points and freshman Derrick Favors added 16 as Georgia Tech held off North Carolina State.

The Yellow Jackets (17-6, 5-4) improved to 12-1 at home, and they have won four of six in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Georgia Tech struggled to hold off the last-place Wolfpack, however, despite leading by 16 points with 5:01 remaining.

Tracy Smith scored 22 points for the Wolfpack (14-10, 2-7), who have lost four straight in the ACC.


No. 1 Kansas 75, Nebraska 64

LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Cole Aldrich scored six points during a 16-1 run and Kansas used a big second half to stretch its home winning streak to 55 games.

The Jayhawks (22-1, 8-0 Big 12) led almost the entire first half but Nebraska charged out after the break on a 10-2 tear.

When Jorge Brian Diaz worked inside for a bucket that gave the Cornhuskers a 43-39 lead, Kansas called a timeout and Sherron Collins followed with a 3-pointer. A turnover gave the ball back to Kansas and Aldrich had a putback to start the take-charge run.

Marcus Morris had 20 points as the Jayhawks beat the Huskers (13-10, 1-7) for the 24th time in 25 meetings. Diaz had 20 points for Nebraska.

No. 7 Georgetown 103, No. 2 Villanova 90

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Austin Freeman scored 25 points and Jason Clark had 24 as Georgetown forced 16 first-half turnovers and ended Villanova's 11-game winning streak and ruined the Wildcats' perfect Big East record.

Georgetown (17-5, 7-4) led by as many as 23 points in the first half and 50-31 at halftime. Villanova (20-2, 9-1) cut the margin to 10 but never threatened to complete the comeback in the game played on a day the nation's capital was blanketed with well over a foot of snow.

The Hoyas went 39 or 50 at the free throw line, led by Greg Monroe, who went 11 of 14 and scored 19 points. Villanova was 17 of 23 from the line.

Scottie Reynolds and Corey Fisher each scored 24 points for the Wildcats, whose winning streak included an 82-77 victory over Georgetown. Villanova's other loss was to Temple on Dec. 13.

No. 4 Kentucky 81, LSU 55

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- Freshman DeMarcus Cousins had 19 points and 13 rebounds for his sixth consecutive double-double for Kentucky.

Cousins, who played only 20 minutes, is eighth in the country in doubles-doubles with 14 and 24th in the nation in rebounding.

The Wildcats (22-1, 7-1 Southeastern Conference) trailed 6-1 until John Wall hit a jumper 4:29 into the game. They needed only 3 minutes to erase LSU's lead, scoring 41 of the next 49 points to take a 42-14 halftime lead.

Patrick Patterson had 16 points for Kentucky and Eric Bledsoe added 10. Wall had a season-low six points on 2-of-9 shooting.

Bo Spencer led LSU (9-14, 0-9) with 25 points, 19 in the second half.

Illinois 78, No. 5 Michigan State 73

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- Demetri McCamey had 22 points and 11 assists to lead Illinois over No. 5 Michigan State and send the Spartans to another loss without Kalin Lucas.

The Illini led by a point at halftime and by seven in the game's final minutes. But they couldn't put the Spartans away until freshman D.J. Richardson hit a free throw with 15 seconds to play for a 76-73 lead.

Mike Davis added 16 points for Illinois. Draymond Green's 17 points led Michigan State in the absence of Lucas, who sprained his right ankle in a loss to Wisconsin on Tuesday. The Spartans' scoring leader said he expected to play Tuesday against Purdue.

Illinois (16-8, 8-3) got within a game of the first-place Spartans (19-5, 9-2) in the Big Ten.

No. 6 West Virginia 79, St. John's 60

NEW YORK (AP) -- Da'Sean Butler scored a season-high 33 points, hitting all seven 3-point attempts, and West Virginia rallied for the victory.

The Mountaineers (19-3, 8-2 Big East) trailed 43-30 more than 4 minutes into the second half before storming into the lead behind a trapping defense and a barrage of 3-pointers.

Wellington Smith had a putback sandwiched between two 3s to pull West Virginia within 45-40. Then Butler hit four 3-pointers in about 5 minutes as the Mountaineers pulled away to their 10th straight win over the Red Storm (12-10, 2-8).

Paris Horne and Justin Burrell had 12 points each for St. John's, which has lost five straight.

Oklahoma 80, No. 9 Texas 71

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) -- Tommy Mason-Griffin scored 24 points for Oklahoma and Cade Davis added 20 points and 10 rebounds for the second double-double of his career.

Texas (19-4, 5-3 Big 12) cut a 19-point, second-half deficit to five in the final 2 minutes but were hampered the whole game by free-throw shooting. Texas made just 10 of its 27 foul shots and were 4 of 11 in the second half.

Freshman Avery Bradley scored 21 points to lead the Longhorns, who have lost four of six since being ranked No. 1 for the first time in school history.

Oklahoma (13-9, 4-4) used a 3-point onslaught to build a 19-point lead just after halftime but had to hold on from there.

No. 10 Duke 66, Boston College 63

BOSTON (AP) -- Jon Scheyer and Nolan Smith scored 21 points apiece to lead Duke.

Boston College cut a 10-point halftime deficit to 64-63 on Reggie Jackson's long 3-pointer with 16 seconds left. Scheyer was fouled and made both free throws before BC's Joe Trapani put a long 3-point attempt off the front of the rim at the buzzer.

The Blue Devils (19-4, 7-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) have beaten the Eagles three straight times since BC's victory over then-No. 6 Duke last February.

Corey Raji had 15 points and eight rebounds for BC (12-11, 3-6), which has lost seven of its last 10 games.

No. 10 Kansas St. 79, Iowa St. 75

AMES, Iowa (AP) -- Denis Clemente scored a season-high 30 points, including six 3-pointers, and Kansas State won its fourth straight road game.

Curtis Kelly and Jacob Pullen added 15 points each for the Wildcats, who also extended their winning streak over the Cyclones to eight games dating to 2006.

Kansas State (19-4, 6-3) opened the second half with a 17-4 run, turning a six-point deficit into a 48-39 lead in less than 5 minutes. Iowa State got as close as 60-56 before an 8-0 run by the Wildcats secured the victory.

Craig Brackins had 29 points and 12 rebounds for Iowa State (13-10, 2-6), which lost for the fifth time in six games. The Cyclones have dropped 19 straight against ranked opponents.

UNLV 88, No. 12 BYU 74

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Junior guard Tre'Von Willis had a career-high 33 points to lead UNLV into a first-place tie with BYU and New Mexico in the Mountain West Conference.

Willis, who finished with eight assists and five rebounds for the Rebels (19-4, 7-2), scored 21 in the first half as UNLV jumped to leads of 15-2 and 47-18. Willis, whose previous high was 30 points at TCU on Jan. 23, was 11 of 20 from the field, including 4 of 7 from 3-point range.

Jimmer Fredette led the Cougars (22-3, 7-2) with 21 points going 11 of 13 from the free-throw line, just but 2 of 7 from 3-point range. Fredette had seven rebounds and six assists.

No. 14 Tennessee 79, South Carolina 53

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Wayne Chism scored a career-high 30 points for Tennessee.

Chism was 11 for 17 from the field, including two 3-pointers, and hit 6 of 8 free throws. His previous high of 27 points came against Auburn on March 14, 2009.

The Vols (18-4, 6-2 Southeastern Conference) won their sixth straight over the Gamecocks (13-9, 4-4) and ninth in 11 meetings.

Tennessee took control with a 9-0 run capped by a layup by Chism for a 27-12 lead with 3:05 left in the first half. An 8-0 run made it 42-20 just under 4 minutes into the second half.

Devan Downey, who entered the game averaging 31.6 points in SEC play, finished with 26 points for the Gamecocks.

No. 15 New Mexico 88, San Diego St. 86, OT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- Darington Hobson scored eight of his 29 points in overtime, including two free throws with 2.7 seconds remaining, to lift New Mexico.

Hobson added 12 rebounds for his sixth double-double of the season and the Lobos (21-3, 7-2) won their seventh straight to forge a three-way tie atop the Mountain West standings.

The Aztecs (16-7, 5-4) erased a 66-56 deficit with 4 minutes to go, with D.J. Gay scoring 10 of his career-high 25 points in the final 2:01.

But with New Mexico leading 78-76, Gay was fouled on a 3-point try and could have won it in regulation. Instead, he made two of three free throws.

No. 16 Wisconsin 62, Michigan 44

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) -- Jason Bohannon scored 18 points to lead Wisconsin.

Trevon Hughes added 14 points and Jordan Taylor had 13 for the Badgers (18-5, 8-3 Big Ten), who were 9 of 13 from 3-point range in the first half in taking a 40-26 lead.

DeShawn Sims scored 18 points and Manny Harris added 11 for the Wolverines (11-12, 4-7).

Hughes had 3-pointers at the start and end of a 14-0 run midway through the first half that gave Wisconsin a double-digit lead it held the rest of the way. Bohannan heaved in a 35-foot shot at the halftime buzzer.

No. 17 Gonzaga 66, Memphis 58

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Matt Bouldin scored 19 points and Gonzaga pulled away at the end, closing the game with an 8-1 run.

Robert Sacre added 13 points and Steven Gray finished with 12, despite shooting 4 of 12 from the field for Gonzaga (19-4). Gray had seven rebounds.

Wesley Witherspoon led Memphis (16-7) with 26 points, hitting eight of his 11 shots, including 4 of 6 on 3-pointers. Elliot Williams finished with 11 points for the Tigers, who lost their second game in the last three.

Richmond 71, No. 19 Temple 54

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Kevin Anderson scored 16 of his 29 points in a blistering first half for Richmond.

The Spiders (18-6, 7-2 Atlantic 10) shot 77 percent in the first half against one of the nation's top defensive teams and led by 23 points in the second half. They withstood a 19-4 burst by Temple and became the first team to surpass its scoring average against the Owls this season.

Lavoy Allen had 17 points and 19 rebounds for Temple (19-5, 7-2), which lost for just the second time in 10 games.?

Texas A&M 78, No. 20 Baylor 71

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) -- Bryan Davis scored 22 points and B.J. Holmes hit three late 3-pointers to lead Texas A&M.

Baylor (17-5, 4-4 Big 12) led for most of the game until Texas A&M was able to rally behind the key 3-pointers by Holmes.

Texas A&M (17-6, 6-3), the Big 12's worst 3-point shooting team, stayed true to form for most of the game, finishing 4 of 18 from behind the arc. But Holmes, a 5-foot-11 junior, made 3s with 5:19 and 4:52 remaining to bring the Aggies within one point each time.

LaceDarius Dunn led the Bears with 23 points.

No. 22 Pittsburgh 83, Seton Hall 58

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Gilbert Brown bounced back from a scoreless game with 23 points and Pittsburgh nearly shut out Seton Hall scoring leader Jeremy Hazell.

Hazell, the Big East's No. 2 scorer with a 23.0 points per game average, had his second successive subpar game against Pitt with two points on 1-of-7 shooting in 32 minutes after not starting.

Hazell, held to nine points after getting into foul trouble during the Pirates' 64-61 victory on Jan. 24, scored 32 points in an 81-71 loss to No. 2 Villanova on Tuesday and had a combined 60 points in his previous two games.

Jermaine Dixon added 15 points for Pittsburgh (17-6, 7-4 in Big East, which pulled away with a 22-7 run after leading 41-37.

The Pirates (12-9, 3-7) lost their third straight.

No. 23 Butler 74, Wright State 62

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Willie Veasley had a career-high 19 points, leading No. 23 Butler to its 12th straight win.

Matt Howard finished with 12 points and Gordon Hayward scored 11 for the Bulldogs (20-4, 13-0 Horizon League), who are off to the best conference start in program history. Butler's win streak is the program's fourth longest.

Vaughn Duggins had 18 points and N'Gai Evans scored 14 for the Raiders (15-9, 8-5), who dropped their sixth straight game to Butler and had their four-game winning streak snapped.

No. 24 Northern Iowa 55, Southern Illinois 52

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) -- Adam Koch scored 11 consecutive points for Northern Iowa down the stretch.

The Panthers (21-2, 12-1 Missouri Valley) improved to 11-0 at home this season with their seventh straight win over the Salukis in Cedar Falls. Koch had 16 of his 21 points in the second half.

Tony Freeman scored 17 points and Justin Bocot finished with 10 for Southern Illinois (13-10, 5-8).

The Panthers trailed 47-42 before Koch took over. He hit two free throws, a 3-pointer and scored inside to tie it at 49. He added four straight free throws in the final minute, and Ali Farokhmanesh also had two foul shots in the final seconds for Northern Iowa.

No. 25 Mississippi 74, Alabama 67

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) -- Chris Warren scored 21 points to help Mississippi rally from a 23-point deficit.

Terrence Henry had 18 points and eight rebounds for the Rebels (17-6, 5-4 Southeastern) who snapped a two-game losing streak. The Rebels made 25 of 33 free throws in the second half.

Ole Miss was down 43-20 a minute into the first half, but slowly chipped away until Terrico White's tip-in with 6:11 left put the Rebels up 58-56.

White, Warren and Henry hit four free throws in the final 28 seconds to send Alabama (13-10, 3-6) to its third straight loss.

JaMychal Green led the Crimson Tide with 18 points.