CLEMSON, S.C. – No. 5 North Carolina survived a wild finish after coach Roy Williams fell and was helped off the court shortly before halftime, beating Clemson 81-79 on Saturday.
Coby White had 28 points behind six 3-pointers, and the Tar Heels (24-5) maintained a share of first place in the Atlantic Coast Conference, tied with No. 2 Virginia at 14-2 with a week left in the regular season. They also survived a tight ending where the Tigers (17-12, 7-9) cut a seven-point lead to two. But Shelton Mitchell lost the ball driving into two North Carolina defenders in the final seconds.
Williams wasn’t there to see it. He sustained an episode of vertigo with a minute left before halftime, falling in front of his team’s bench and getting led into the locker room. He did not return for the final 20 minutes.
The Tar Heels rallied in a roller-coaster second half – they led by nine, fell behind 54-48 before finally taking control – for their fifth straight win and 12th in their past 13 games.
Cameron Johnson had 19 points with six 3s of his own, and Luke Maye had 13 points and 10 rebounds.
(1) Gonzaga 69, Saint Mary’s 55
MORAGA, Calif. – Josh Perkins scored 19 points and Brandon Clarke sparked a big second-half run with strong play on both ends of the court to help Gonzaga wrap up a perfect conference regular season.
Clarke had six points during the game-changing 17-0 spurt in the second half that sent the Bulldogs (29-2, 16-0 West Coast Conference) to another lopsided win, extending the nation’s longest winning streak to 20 games.
Clarke also had three blocks during that stretch and influenced several others as Gonzaga proved to be far too tough for its fiercest conference rival and sealed its fifth perfect conference record in the regular season.
Jordan Ford scored 19 points to lead the Gaels (20-11, 11-5). They went nearly eight minutes without scoring in the second half.
(2) Virginia 73, Pittsburgh 49
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Kyle Guy scored 17 points and Virginia handed Pitt its 12th straight loss.
Ty Jerome added 13 points and De’Andre Hunter had 12 for the Cavaliers (26-2, 14-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), who maintained at a share of the lead in the ACC.
Jered Wilson-Frame scored 15 points and Au’diese Toney had 12 for Pittsburgh (12-17, 2-14). The loss was the 23rd in a row on the road for the Panthers and their 20th consecutive in ACC road games.
(3) Duke 87, Miami 57
DURHAM, N.C. – RJ Barrett had 19 points and 10 rebounds, fellow freshman Cameron Reddish added 19 points and Duke routed Miami.
With national player of the year candidate Zion Williamson sidelined for a third straight game with a mild right knee sprain, the Blue Devils (25-4, 13-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) never trailed and shot 57 percent from the field. They bounced back from a five-point loss at No. 20 Virginia Tech – their second loss in three games.
Duke pushed its lead into the 20s to stay by outscoring Miami 36-11 over the final 12-plus minutes of the first half.
Anthony Lawrence and Ebuka Izundu scored 15 points each for the Hurricanes (12-16, 4-12).
(7) Tennessee 71, (4) Kentucky 52
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Jordan Bone scored a career-high 27 points and Tennessee beat Kentucky to maintain its home-court dominance and snap the Wildcats’ four-game winning streak.
Tennessee (26-3, 14-2) earned its 25th straight home victory to remain tied for first place in the Southeastern Conference with No. 13 LSU. The Volunteers haven’t lost a home game since falling 94-84 to Auburn on Jan. 2, 2018.
The Vols also beat Kentucky (24-5, 13-3) at home for a fourth straight year to delight a sellout crowd in the first regular-season matchup of top-10 teams at Thompson-Boling Arena since the facility’s 1987 opening.
PJ Washington scored 13 points but was the lone Kentucky player in double figures as the Wildcats lost for just the second time in 16 games.
Indiana 63, (6) Michigan State 62
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Justin Smith scored a career-high 24 points, helping Indiana knock off Michigan State for the second time this season.
Devonte Green added 13 points as Indiana (15-14, 6-12 Big Ten) earned its second straight win against a ranked opponent. The Hoosiers beat No. 19 Wisconsin 75-73 in double overtime on Tuesday night.
Indiana trailed 62-60 before Juwan Morgan made a layup with 1:46 left while being fouled by Xavier Tillman. Morgan then converted the three-point play to give the Hoosiers their first lead since the game’s opening bucket.
Cassius Winston had 20 points and 11 assists for Michigan State (23-6, 14-4), which led by as many 12 in the first half.
Central Florida 69, (8) Houston 64
HOUSTON – Collin Smith scored 21 points, leading Central Florida to the win at Houston.
The Knights (22-6, 12-4 American Athletic) outscored the Cougars 41-31 in the second half to snap a seven-game losing streak against ranked opponents. They also stopped Houston’s 33-game home winning streak, which was the longest in the nation.
The Cougars (27-2, 14-2) lost for the first time since Jan. 9 at Temple. It was their first home loss since March 15, 2017.
Corey Davis Jr. led Houston with 19 points, and reserve DeJon Jarreau finished with 15.
(11) Texas Tech 81, TCU 66
FORT WORTH, Texas – Jarrett Culver and Davide Moretti each had 15 points, and Texas Tech won its seventh game in row.
Tariq Owens had 12 points and 13 rebounds for the Red Raiders (24-5, 12-4 Big 12), who took control with a 24-5 run in the first half and withstood TCU (18-11, 6-10) scoring the first 10 points after halftime.
JD Miller had 18 points to lead TCU, while Alex Robinson had 17 and Kouat Noi 15.
Utah State 81, (12) Nevada 76
LOGAN, Utah – Sam Merrill scored 29 points and Utah State beat Nevada to take over the Mountain West Conference lead.
Diogo Brito added 15 points and eight rebounds, and Neemias Queta had 13 points and 11 rebounds for the Aggies (24-6, 14-3). They won their sixth straight game and snapped a five-game losing streak in the series.
Caleb Martin had 23 points and nine rebounds for the Wolf Pack (26-3, 13-3) in their second loss in four games. Tre’Shawn Thurman added 21 points and 10 rebounds before fouling out with 2:47 left, and Cody Martin had 16 points and seven rebounds.
(13) LSU 74, Alabama 69
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Skylar Mays scored 16 of his 20 points in the second half and Javonte Smart had 19, leading LSU to the road win.
The Tigers (24-5, 14-2 Southeastern Conference) trailed by six points midway through the second half before taking over to maintain a share of the league lead.
LSU took a 64-59 lead on a layup by Mays with 3:19 left. Alabama (17-12, 8-8) cut it to one but then Riley Norris’ pass was intercepted by Tremont Waters to set up a big finish at the other end. Waters, who missed the past two games with an undisclosed illness, bounced the ball off the backboard and a trailing Mays caught it for a dunk.
John Petty made five 3-pointers and led Alabama with 23 points.
(14) Purdue 86, Ohio State 51
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) – Carsen Edwards scored 25 points and Purdue took over sole possession of first place in the Big Ten.
Matt Haarms had 12 points and Aaron Wheeler added 10 for the Boilermakers (22-7, 15-3). It was the final home game for senior starters Ryan Cline and Grady Eifert, who each scored eight points.
Jaedon LeDee led Ohio State (18-11, 8-10) with 16 points. Justin Ahrens was scoreless after netting 29 points in his previous game.
(15) Kansas 72, Oklahoma State 67
STILLWATER, Okla. – Dedric Lawson scored 20 points and tied a season high with 15 rebounds, powering Kansas to the road win.
Lawson also had three steals in his 18th double-double of the season. Quentin Grimes added 17 points for Kansas (22-7, 11-5 Big 12), which has won five of its last six games.
Cam McGriff had 19 points and eight rebounds for Oklahoma State (10-19, 3-13) before fouling out with 1:38 remaining. Curtis Jones finished with 19 points and five rebounds.
The Cowboys, who led most of the way, have lost three in a row and eight of nine.
(16) Kansas State 66, Baylor 60
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Dean Wade had 20 points to lead Kansas State over Baylor.
Kamau Stokes had 16 points and Xavier Sneed scored 14 for the Wildcats (24-5, 12-4 Big 12), who held off the Bears to maintain a share of the Big 12 lead with No. 11 Texas Tech. Both teams have two games left.
Mario Kegler led Baylor (19-10, 10-6) with 13 points, Makai Mason had 11 and Jared Butler scored 10.
The Wildcats used a 20-2 run in the first half to take a 24-9 lead, but the Bears pulled within 32-30 at halftime.
(18) Florida State 78, N.C. State 73
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Reserve Mfiondu Kabengele scored 16 points and Trent Forrest had 13, leading Florida State to the victory.
Forrest was quiet early but finished 5 of 10 from the floor with six rebounds and three assists for the Seminoles (23-6, 11-5).
D.J. Funderburk fouled out with 1:09 left, scoring 18 points and pulling down nine rebounds for N.C. State (20-9, 8-8).
Kabengele shot 7 of 8 from the line while adding five rebounds and four blocks.
(19) Wisconsin 61, Penn State 57
MADISON, Wis. – Brevin Pritzl scored 17 points on 5-for-5 shooting, helping Wisconsin edge Penn State.
Pritzl, a reserve for Wisconsin (20-9, 12-6 Big Ten), also went 3 for 4 at the line. His only miss was a free-throw attempt with less than 2 seconds remaining.
Penn State (12-17, 5-13) was held without a field goal for the final eight minutes of the game and scored just five points from the line over that stretch.
Lamar Stevens led Penn State with 22 points and 10 rebounds.
Rutgers 86, (22) Iowa 72
IOWA CITY, Iowa – Ron Harper Jr. scored a season-high 27 points, and Rutgers rolled to the win in Iowa’s home finale.
Issa Thiam had 13 points for the Scarlet Knights (14-14, 7-11 Big Ten), who exacted revenge on Iowa after the Hawkeyes used a buzzer beater to beat them in Piscataway two weeks ago.
Iowa played without coach Fran McCaffery, who was suspended by the school for two games for yelling at an official in a hallway heading to the locker room following Tuesday’s loss at Ohio State.
Senior Nicholas Baer scored a season-high 17 points and Tyler Cook had 16 for Iowa (21-8, 10-8).
(23) Cincinnati 71, Memphis 69
CINCINNATI – Jarron Cumberland overcame a sluggish first half and scored 26 points, leading Cincinnati over Memphis to grab a share of first place in the American Athletic Conference.
The Bearcats (25-4, 14-2) are tied with Houston atop the league. They finish the regular season by facing each other in Cincinnati next Sunday.
The edgy game included three players getting technical fouls and another ejected. Jeremiah Martin led the Tigers (18-12, 10-7) with 28 points, keeping them in it until the final seconds.
(24) Wofford 85, Samford 64
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Fletcher Magee made eight 3-pointers on his way to a season-high 36 points, leading Wofford to the victory.
The Terriers (26-4, 18-0) closed out an unbeaten Southern Conference schedule. They have won 17 in a row heading into the conference tournament.
Samford (16-15, 6-12) lost its fourth straight game.
Magee went 13 for 22 from the field, including 8 of 14 from beyond the arc. He also had four assists and three steals.
Josh Sharkey and Robert Allen had 16 points apiece for Samford.
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