AUSTIN, Texas, Sporting Alert – College Basketball Top 25 scores and results on Monday night (29) with Kansas and North Carolina each grabbing wins.
JAYHAWKS WIN ON THE ROAD TO OFFICIALLY SEAL BIG 12 CROWN
Perry Ellis scored 20 points on 9-of-11 shooting to guide the newly installed No. 1 Kansas past No. 23 Texas 86-56 on Monday night to claim the Big 12 regular season title outright.
Ellis also dished out four assists and pulled down four rebounds in the win, as Kansas opened the game with a 15-0 lead and led 47-23 at halftime.
Frank Mason III hit all three of his 3-pointers and shot 5-of-6 from the floor in adding 14 points and six assists, while Devonte’ Graham finished with 13 points, seven rebounds and two steals for the Jayhawks (26-4, 14-3 Big 12), who won 10 straight games.
Javan Felix scored 13 points to lead the way for Texas, with Prince Ibeh grabbing a career-high 12 rebounds for the Longhorns (19-11, 10-7), who were as low as 19-of-63 from the field in shooting and 3-of-13 from 3-point range.
Kansas shot 64 percent from the floor on 32-of-50 shooting and went 11-of-16 from 3-point range for 68.8 percent.
NORTH CAROLINA CLOSED OUT HOME FIXTURES WITH A WIN
Meanwhile, Brice Johnson collected 14 points and 10 rebounds to pilot No. 8 North Carolina to a 75-70 win over Syracuse on Monday night.
Johnson, who has an Atlantic Coast Conference-best 18 double-doubles this season, shot 6-of-10 from the field while four North Carolina players scored in double-figures off the bench.
Joel Berry II finished with 13 points, including two key late free throws to go with six rebounds, while Kennedy Meeks, Isaiah Hicks and Justin Jackson all scored 10 points for the Tar Heels (24-6, 13-4 ACC), who moved half a game ahead of Miami (FL) in the race for the league regular season title.
North Carolina can claim at least a share of the regular-season honor and the top seed for the tournament with a win over long-time rival No. 17 Duke and the players are motivated ahead of the weekend travel.
“Our group has never gone over there and won so we have a lot of motivation,” said senior guard Marcus Paige, who struggled from the floor on Monday night — going just 2-of-10 on shooting for six points.
“Now it’s even more meaningful because it’s for a chance to stay on top of the ACC.”
Michael Gbinije posted 17 points and seven assists to lead the Orange (19-11, 9-8), but committed seven of his team’s 15 turnovers.
Trevor Cooney added 14 points, Tyler Lydon ended with 12 points, six rebounds and two blocks off the bench, Malachi Richardson scored 10 points and Tyler Roberson grabbed 11 boards in the defeat for Syracuse, which shot 41 percent, but made just 5 of its 20 attempts from 3-point range.
College Basketball Top 25 Scores
Monday, February 29
No. 1 KANSAS 86, No. 23 TEXAS 56
No. 8 NORTH CAROLINA 75, SYRACUSE 70
No. 21 IOWA STATE 58, OKLAHOMA ST. 50