STILLWATER, Okla., Sporting Alert – College basketball scores and results from a very busy night of action Wednesday, January 13.
The night saw top 25 teams Duke and South Carolina both falling to unranked opponents in another crazy night of college basketball.
However, second-ranked Oklahoma did just enough to hold off Oklahoma State on the road.
No. 9 Duke (14-3, 3-1 ACC) were stunned 68-63 by Clemson (11-6, 4-1 ACC) which outscored the Blue Devils 35-28 in the second half.
Jaron Blossomgame delivered another solid performance of 17 points and six rebounds, Donte Grantham scored 16 points and Landry Nnoko added a double-double of 12 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks for the Tigers who won four straight.
Grayson Allen led Duke with 17 points and Brandon Ingram finished with 16 for the Blue Devils, who had its five-game winning streak snapped.
Clemson was celebrating back-to-back wins over top 25 opponents in the week, following its 66-62 victory over then-No. 16 Louisville on Sunday.
Duke was falling to an unranked opponent for the second time this season, following the 77-75 overtime defeat to Utah in December.
No. 19 South Carolina also went down to an unranked challenger in another college basketball game on Wednesday.
The Gamecocks (15-1, 2-1 SEC) suffered their first loss of the season — beaten down 73-50 by Alabama 73 (10-5, 1-2 SEC) at Coleman Coliseum in Tuscaloosa.
Sophomore forward Riley Norris connected on eight 3-pointers and shot 9-of-16 from the field overall to lead the way for the Crimson Tide with 27 points and seven rebounds, as Alabama got its first SEC win under coach Avery Johnson, who is in his opening season with the college basketball club.
“Incredible win for us,” said Johnson, the former Dallas Mavericks head coach.
Norris made his first five 3-pointers in the first nine minutes of the game as the Crimson Tide led 35-22 at halftime.
Justin Coleman added 14 points, six assists and five rebounds.
Michael Carrera led South Carolina with 14 points and 10 rebounds.
He was the only Gamecocks to score in double figures and he admitted that the hosts who had their 15-game winning streak snapped, “played awful.”
“I think we played awful,” he said. “We played awful. Offensively and defensively, we played awful.”
Meanwhile, No. 10 SMU remains NCAA Division I college basketball only undefeated team this season after they scored a 79-55 win over East Carolina at Minges Coliseum in Greenville, North Carolina.
The Mustangs (16-0, 5-0 American) were led by Ben Moore, who had 17 points, six rebounds and four steals, Jordan Tolbert added 15 points and eight rebounds and Shake Milton ended with 13 points and seven boards.
Markus Kennedy supported with 11 points and 10 rebounds off the bench, Sterling Brown had 11 points and Nic Moore pulled down a career-high 12 boards for SMU which shot 52.5 percent from the floor and 50 percent from 3-point range.
Caleb White and B.J. Tyson scored 15 points apiece to lead East Carolina (8-9, 0-4), which lost their fourth straight and five in the last six overall.
In other college basketball scores on Wednesday night, No. 2 Oklahoma (14-1, 3-1 Big 12) held off Jawun Evans and Oklahoma State (9-7, 1-3 Big 12) for a 74-72 win in Stillwater. Highlights | Box Scores
Buddy Hield scored 26 points and seven rebounds, but committed 10 of his team’s 19 total turnovers for the Sooners.
Jordan Woodard had 17 points and Isaiah Cousins chipped in with 12 points, five boards and three steals for Oklahoma.
Oklahoma State was led by Evans, who scored 42 points, which was a scoring record for the Cowboys for a freshman. The total also matched the third-most points scored in program history.
College Basketball Scores and Box Scores
Wednesday, Jan. 13
NO. 2 OKLAHOMA 74, OKLAHOMA STATE 72
CLEMSON 68, No. 9 DUKE 63
No. 6 VILLANOVA 83, MARQUETTE 68
No. 10 SMU 79, EAST CAROLINA 55
ALABAMA 73, No. 19 SOUTH CAROLINA 50
No. 22 BAYLOR 82, TCU 54
No. 24 PURDUE 74, PENN ST. 57