Vanderbilt’s Tyrin Lawrence hit a buzzer-beating 3-pointer as the Commodores upset sixth-ranked Tennessee 66-65 in Nashville, Tenn., on Wednesday evening.
Lawrence’s 3-pointer came on a kick-out from Ezra Manjon, and left the shooter’s hands with 0.1 second on the clock. The win ended the Commodores’ 11-game losing streak in the series.
Lawrence’s 19 points led all scorers, and came two games after his benching for the Commodores’ 101-44 loss at Alabama last week. Liam Robbins scored 14 points and pulled nine rebounds for Vanderbilt (12-12, 5-6 Southeastern Conference). Jordan Wright added 12 points for the Commodores.
Tennessee (19-5, 8-3) got 14 apiece from Santiago Vescovi and Tyreke Key, along with 10 from both Julian Phillips and Olivier Nkamhoua.
No. 2 Houston 80, Tulsa 42
Marcus Sasser scored 19 of his 25 points in the first half to help the Cougars steamroll the visiting Golden Hurricane.
Emanuel Sharp added 13 points before fouling out and Jamal Shead recorded a season-best 12 assists to go with seven rebounds as Houston (23-2, 11-1 American Athletic Conference) won its fifth consecutive game.
Tim Dalger scored 13 points and Sam Griffin added 11 for Tulsa (5-18, 1-11), which scored its fewest points of the season while losing its fifth straight contest and 12th in its past 13.
No. 3 Alabama 97, Florida 69
Brandon Miller poured in 24 points as the Crimson Tide roared past the Gators in Tuscaloosa, Ala., to stay perfect in the Southeastern Conference.
The nation’s top-scoring freshman, Miller went 9 of 17, including 4 of 8 on 3-pointers, and had nine rebounds as the Crimson Tide (21-3, 11-0 SEC) led by 29 points at the half and improved to 12-0 at home. The 21-3 start matches the 1975-76 season for the best in school history. Mark Sears scored 19 points and made 4 of 6 from long range.
The Gators (13-11, 6-5) cut the deficit to 17 in the second half but lost for the third time in four outings. Colin Castleton had 29 points and 10 rebounds. Riley Kugel added 15 points and six boards.
No. 8 Virginia 63, No. 22 North Carolina State 50
Jayden Gardner scored 18 points and the Cavaliers rediscovered their suffocating defense against the Wolfpack in Charlottesville, Va.
Reece Beekman added 15 points as Virginia (18-4, 10-3 ACC) pulled into a tie for first place in the league with Clemson and Pitt.
Terquavion Smith led NC State with 19 points and former Virginia player Casey Morsell added 18. NC State (19-6, 9-5) made just 33.3 percent and 8 of 27 (29.6 percent) from 3-point range.
No. 21 UConn 87, No. 10 Marquette 72
Tristen Newton recorded a triple-double and Jordan Hawkins scored a game-high 20 points to help the host Huskies end the Golden Eagles’ five-game winning streak.
Newton stuffed the stat sheet, posting 12 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds, while Hawkins made five of his team’s 12 3-pointers. The Huskies (19-6, 8-6 Big East) also received 18 points and seven rebounds from Adama Sanogo.
Tyler Kolek led Marquette (19-6, 11-3) with 17 points.
West Virginia 76, No. 11 Iowa State 71
Kedrian Johnson scored 15 of his game-high 22 points after halftime and Emmitt Matthews Jr. added 20 points to boost the Mountaineers to an upset of the Cyclones in Morgantown, W.Va.
West Virginia (15-9, 4-7 Big 12) won for the fourth time in five games while extending the Cyclones’ road woes.
Iowa State (16-7, 7-4) fell to 2-6 in road contests. Jaren Holmes scored 18 points for the Cyclones, while Tamin Lipsey had 16 points and Caleb Grill added 13 points and 10 rebounds.
No. 12 Kansas State 82, No. 17 TCU 61
Markquis Nowell scored 18 points to lead the Wildcats to a victory over the Horned Frogs in Manhattan, Kan.
Kansas State (19-5, 7-4 Big 12) concluded the game with a 17-2 run to earn a season split. Keyontae Johnson and Desi Sills scored 14 points each for the Wildcats. Nowell passed Steve Henson’s school record with his 187th assist of the season late in the game.
TCU (17-7, 6-5) was led by Damion Baugh’s 16 points. Micah Peavy and JaKobe Coles scored 11 each, and Emanuel Miller added 10 points and nine rebounds. The Horned Frogs played without preseason Big 12 Player of the Year Mike Miles Jr.
No. 14 Baylor 82, Oklahoma 72
Keyonte George scored 23 points and Adam Flagler added 20 to help the Bears beat the Sooners in Waco, Texas.
Baylor (18-6, 7-4 Big 12) has won eight of its past nine games, while Oklahoma (12-12, 2-9) has dropped six consecutive conference games and nine of its past 12 overall.
Grant Sherfield led the Sooners with 15 points. Otega Oweh started for the first time this season and tied his season highs with 10 points and six rebounds.
No. 19 Indiana 66, No. 24 Rutgers 60
Trayce Jackson-Davis continued his string of dominant performances with 20 points, including the 2,000th of his career, and 18 rebounds as the Hoosiers grinded out a Big Ten win over the Scarlet Knights in Bloomington, Ind.
Miller Kopp added 18 points for the Hoosiers (17-7, 8-5), which tied the Scarlet Knights for second place in the conference with their seventh win in eight games.
Clifford Omoruyi scored 15 points for Rutgers (16-8, 8-5) and Cam Spencer added 14, but the Scarlet Knights made just 39.7 percent of their shots.
No. 20 Providence 74, Georgetown 62
Bryce Hopkins scored 17 points and three of his Friars teammates also scored in double figures in beating the visiting Hoyas.
Devin Carter had 12 points, nine rebounds and seven assists for Providence (18-6, 10-3 Big East), which has won four of its past five games and improved to 13-0 at home this season. Hopkins added six rebounds and four assists.
Bradley Ezewiro scored 14 of his career-high 19 points in the second half and had three blocks to lead Georgetown (6-19, 1-13) during its fourth straight loss. Primo Spears had 18 points and seven assists.
No. 23 Creighton 75, Seton Hall 62
Baylor Scheierman had team highs of 19 points and nine rebounds and sank three second-half 3-pointers to help the Bluejays get by the Pirates in Newark, N.J.
In a matchup of the two hottest teams in the Big East, Creighton (16-8, 10-3) pulled out its seventh straight victory and handed Seton Hall (15-10, 8-6) just its second loss in nine games. Ryan Nembhard had 15 points, Ryan Kalkbrenner scored 13 and Kaluma posted 11 and seven boards for the Bluejays. Trey Alexander added eight points and eight assists.
Al-Amir Dawes carried the Pirates with 19 points, making his first four 3-point attempts en route to 5-of-8 shooting from deep. Tyrese Samuel put up 11 points and three steals despite foul trouble, and Kadary Richmond had 10 points and five steals.
No. 25 San Diego State 63, Utah State 61
Matt Bradley had 18 points and three steals as the Aztecs held on for a win over the Aggies in a Mountain West Conference game in Logan, Utah.
Jaedon LeDee had 14 points and 10 rebounds off the bench and Micah Parrish contributed 12 points in a reserve role for the Aztecs (19-5, 10-2 MWC), who stretched their lead to one game over second-place Nevada in the conference standings.
Steven Ashworth had 18 points and six assists while Taylor Funk had 11 points and nine rebounds for the Aggies (19-6, 8-4), who could have moved into a tie for first with a victory.
–Field Level Media