COLLEGE HOOPS ROUNDUP: UK tops UGA; Auburn wins final game in Coliseum; FSU downs Wake

Photo by Dave Martin

Photo by Dave Martin

No. 3 Kentucky 80, Georgia 68

ATHENS -- John Wall had 24 points and Kentucky clinched at least a share of the Southeastern Conference regular-season championship by beating Georgia, 80-68.

Patrick Patterson added 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Wildcats, who scored the first 12 points of the second half and maintained control from there.

Wall hit three 3-pointers to help the Wildcats shake their recent shooting slump. The star freshman added six assists and three steals as Kentucky bounced back from a loss at Tennessee.

Kentucky (28-2, 13-2 SEC) moved one game ahead of Vanderbilt in the race for the league's best record. The Wildcats, who swept Vanderbilt, already own the tiebreaker and the top seed in the SEC tournament.

Kentucky, which won a share of its 44th SEC title, snapped a streak of four straight home wins for Georgia (13-15, 5-10).


Kansas wins Big 12 title outright

LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Sherron Collins had 17 points in his final game at Allen Fieldhouse and No. 2 Kansas beat No. 5 Kansas State 82-65 Wednesday night to clinch its sixth straight Big 12 regular-season title outright.

Xavier Henry scored 15 of his 19 points in a tight first half and Kansas (28-2, 14-1) wore down Kansas State in a foul-filled game to extend the nation's longest home winning streak to 59 games. The Jayhawks are 32-2 against Kansas State in the Big 12 era and will have the No. 1 seed in next week's Big 12 tournament.

Kansas State (24-5, 11-4) relied on the guard combination of Jacob Pullen and Denis Clemente to keep it close while its front line struggled with foul trouble. Clemente had 21 points and Pullen scored 15 of his 20 in the first half, while the five biggest Wildcats combined for 19 points.

No. 22 Maryland 79, No. 4 Duke 72

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) -- Greivis Vasquez scored 20 points, including a clutch basket with 37 seconds left, and Maryland beat Duke to move into a tie with the Blue Devils atop the Atlantic Coast Conference standings.

It was the final home game for Vasquez, who was honored with seniors Landon Milbourne and Eric Hayes before the game.

Afterward, all three were mobbed with their teammates as fans rushed the court to celebrate Maryland's first win over Duke in seven tries.

Jordan Williams had 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Terrapins (22-7, 12-3), who have won six straight since losing by 21 at Duke on Feb. 13.

Nolan Smith scored 20 for Duke (25-5, 12-3) and Jon Scheyer had 19. The defeat ended the Blue Devils' eight-game winning streak.

Both teams have one game left in the regular season. Maryland travels to Virginia on Saturday, and Duke hosts North Carolina.

No. 7 Purdue 74, Indiana 55

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) -- E'Twaun Moore scored 21 points and Chris Kramer added a season-high 18 in his final home game to help Purdue beat Indiana.

JaJuan Johnson added 14 points, seven rebounds and four blocks for the Boilermakers (25-4, 13-4 Big Ten), who rebounded from a loss to Michigan State that came in their first game without injured forward Robbie Hummel, out for the season with a torn ACL in his right knee.

If Purdue wins at Penn State on Saturday, the Boilermakers will earn a share of the Big Ten championship. It would be Purdue's first conference title since 1996.

Verdell Jones III scored 15 points for Indiana (9-20, 3-14), which lost its 11th straight game.

No. 8 New Mexico 73, TCU 66

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- Darington Hobson had 20 points and 14 rebounds while Roman Martinez added 19 points in his final game at The Pit, leading New Mexico over TCU to secure the Lobos' first outright conference title in 16 years.

Dairese Gary added 14 points and shot 4 of 6 from the free throw line in the final 30 seconds as the Lobos (28-3, 14-2 Mountain West) won their 14th straight game and clinched their first outright season title since winning the Western Athletic Conference in 1994.

New Mexico also tied a school record for most wins -- a 28-5 mark set in 1995-96.

Ronnie Moss led the Horned Frogs (13-17, 5-10) with 14 points but TCU lost its fifth in a row.

No. 14 BYU 71, Utah 51

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Brandon Davies scored a career-high 21 points and Michael Loyd Jr. added 18 as BYU beat Utah, giving the Cougars their third sweep of the state rivalry in the last four seasons.

BYU held Utah scoreless for a stretch of 8:35 between the end of the first half and early in the second, turning a close game into one a blowout.

The Cougars (27-4, 12-3 Mountain West) were able to celebrate their seventh win over the Utes in the last eight meetings, but BYU's streak of three straight regular-season conference titles ended earlier in the night when New Mexico clinched the championship with a win over TCU.

Kim Tillie had 11 rebounds for the Utes (14-15, 7-8), but no Utah player scored in double figures.

No. 15 Wisconsin 67, Iowa 40

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Jon Leuer scored 18 points, Trevon Hughes and Jason Bohannon celebrated Senior Night in style and Iowa didn't offer much resistance against Wisconsin.

Hughes scored 15 points while Bohannon added 11 points and a career-high nine rebounds in the final home game for both of the Badgers' senior guards. Wisconsin (22-7, 12-5 Big Ten) turned it into a rout early on, taking control with an 18-0 run midway through the first half.

Aaron Fuller had 14 points for the Hawkeyes (10-20, 4-13), who have lost eight of 10.

Iowa's 40 points tied a season low, and the Hawkeyes shot 3 for 15 from 3-point range.

No. 16 Tennessee 80, Arkansas 73

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Scotty Hopson scored 15 points to lead Tennessee over Arkansas.

The Volunteers shot 54.5 percent and had five players score in double figures, but it was a technical foul called on coach Bruce Pearl that sparked Tennessee (22-7, 10-5 SEC) as it finally pulled away from the Razorbacks (14-16, 7-8).

Early in the second half, Tennessee's Cameron Tatum was called for a charge. Pearl was whistled for the technical for arguing the call, and the Vols broke open a close game with a 10-0 run immediately after.

No. 20 Temple 57, Saint Louis 51

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Lavoy Allen had 18 points and 14 rebounds, and Temple beat Saint Louis to remain tied for first place in the Atlantic 10.

The Owls (25-5, 13-2) have won six in a row and 14 of 16.

Juan Fernandez added 17 points and Ryan Brooks had 13 for Temple, which kept pace with Xavier for the top spot in the conference. Each team has one regular-season game remaining.

Willie Reed led Saint Louis (19-10, 10-5) with 16 points.

Temple used a 10-2 run down the stretch to break open a close game. Ramone Moore broke a 45-all tie with a short jumper, and Allen and Fernandez added baskets to push the lead to 51-45.

No. 23 Texas A&M 76, Oklahoma State 61

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) -- Donald Sloan scored 19 points and Texas A&M led from start to finish against Oklahoma State.

The Aggies (21-8, 10-5 Big 12) used strong 3-point shooting to take an early lead and a 14-0 run in the opening minutes of the second half to keep it against the Cowboys, who were coming off Saturday's big win over then-No. 1 Kansas.

Texas A&M had its 18-point lead cut to eight before outscoring the Cowboys 11-3 to stretch the cushion to 70-54 with about three minutes left. Sloan, a senior playing in his last home game, and B.J. Holmes both had 3s during that spurt.

James Anderson led the Cowboys (20-9, 8-7) with 27 points.

No. 25 Xavier 82, Fordham 56

NEW YORK (AP) -- Jamel McLean scored 13 of his 16 points in the first half and Xavier handed Fordham its 20th consecutive loss.

It was the sixth straight win and 10th in 11 games for the Musketeers (22-7, 13-2). Xavier moved into the Top 25 on Monday for the first time this season.

Chris Gaston had 15 points and 13 rebounds for the Rams (2-25, 0-15). It was the 18th double-double of the season for the freshman.