NCCU routs Coppin St., goes to 4-1 in MEAC
North Carolina Central 87, Coppin State 63
DURHAM (AP) — Jeremy Ingram scored 24 points as North Carolina Central controlled a decisive 87-63 victory over Coppin State Saturday afternoon.
Ingram amassed 18 of his points in the first half to put N.C. Central up 50-37 at the break. The score was 20-18 midway through the first half, but the N.C. Central Eagles went on a 30-19 run to pull away. Emanuel Chapman added 14 points, seven assists and six rebounds.
N.C. Central (13-5, 4-1 MEAC) shot 32 of 62 from the field and 9 of 16 (56.3 percent) from 3-point range.
Taariq Cephas and Michael Murray scored 16 points each to lead the Coppin St. Eagles, and Andre Armstrong added 12. Coppin St. (6-13, 3-3) made the first basket of the game and then trailed the rest of the way.
No. 2 Syracuse 64, Miami (Fla.) 52
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — No. 2 Syracuse held Miami without a basket for 7½ minutes down the stretch Saturday and made eight consecutive free throws in the final minute to remain unbeaten with a 64-52 victory over the Hurricanes.
Miami led 47-46 with less than 7 minutes to go but made only one field goal the rest of the way.
Syracuse (19-0, 6-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) needs one more victory to tie the school record for most wins to start a season, set two years ago. The ACC newcomers beat defending league champion Miami (10-9, 2-5) for the second time in three weeks.
Jerami Grant scored 16 points to lead the Orange, who had a 39-24 rebounding advantage.
Davon Reed scored 16 points for the Hurricanes, who kept it close by shooting 9 of 17 from 3-point range.
No. 4 Villanova 94, Marquette 85 - OT
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Ryan Arcidiacono had 20 points and 11 assists, and coolly guided Villanova in overtime following a frenzied finish to regulation.
Arcidiacono had six points and two assists in the extra period. He hustled for a loose ball with 37.7 seconds left that allowed Villanova coach Jay Wright to call a timeout and avoid a turnover.
James Bell, who finished with 30 points, followed with two free throws to make it a three-possession game for the Wildcats (17-2, 6-1 Big East).
Todd Mayo had 18 points, including the last 10 in regulation, for Marquette (11-9, 3-4) to help force overtime at 77-77.
A layup by Villanova's Tony Chennault with 1 second left in regulation was waved off by the officials after Steve Taylor, Jr., drew a charging foul.
Villanova snapped Marquette's 20-game winning streak in home conference games.
No. 6 Florida 67, Tennessee 41
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Michael Frazier II scored 17 points and Scottie Wilbekin added 13 as Florida won its 11th straight.
The Gators (17-2, 6-0 Southeastern Conference) snapped a three-game losing streak in the series and extended their school record for consecutive home wins to 26.
Florida held the Volunteers (12-7, 3-3) to a season-low in points and shooting percentage (27). The Volunteers' backcourt really struggled, with leading scorer Jordan McRae, Antonio Barton and Josh Richardson combining to make 2 of 29 shots.
Jarnell Stokes led Tennessee with 16 points and 10 rebounds.
Casey Prather chipped in 12 points for Florida, and Patric Young added 10.
No. 10 Iowa 76, Northwestern 50
EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Roy Devyn Marble scored 14 points for Iowa, which never trailed.
Gabriel Olaseni had 14 points and 10 rebounds and Mike Gesell added 11 points for the Hawkeyes (16-4, 5-2 Big Ten), who avoided losing consecutive games for the first time this season after falling 75-67 at No. 21 Michigan on Wednesday. They shot 51.9 percent from the field (28 of 54) and won their fourth in five games.
Iowa outrebounded Northwestern 44-20.
Drew Crawford had 20 points for Northwestern (10-11, 3-5), which had won three of four.
Saturday was a rematch of the teams' Jan. 9 game in Iowa City which the Hawkeyes won 93-67 after shooting 64.3 percent during the second half. Iowa coach Fran McCaffery was suspended for that game after getting ejected during the Hawkeyes' previous game at Wisconsin.
No. 11 Oklahoma St. 81, West Virginia 75
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — LeBryan Nash scored a career-high 29 points and had nine rebounds for Oklahoma State.
Nash was 10 of 13 from the field for the Cowboys (16-3, 4-2 Big 12), who swept the season series with the Mountaineers.
Markel Brown had 15 points and 10 rebounds and Phil Forte added 13 points for Oklahoma State.
The Cowboys won despite a subpar performance from star guard Marcus Smart. The sophomore scored a season-low five points on 1-for-7 shooting and played just 25 minutes before fouling out.
Eron Harris scored 21 points and Juwan Staten added 19 for the Mountaineers (11-9, 3-4), who have lost four of five.
Oklahoma State made just 4 of 24 3-point attempts and was outrebounded 41-35, but held the Mountaineers to 37 percent shooting.
No. 14 Kentucky 79, Georgia 54
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Aaron Harrison scored 15 points as Kentucky pulled away to its third straight win.
Julius Randle added 14 points while James Young had 13 including a couple of second-half 3-pointers for Kentucky (15-4, 5-1 Southeastern Conference).
Georgia (10-8, 4-2) had gotten within 37-31 with 16:18 remaining before the Wildcats steadily built a double-digit lead that rarely got below 20 points.
Georgia outrebounded Kentucky 35-32 but shot just 16 of 49 (33 percent) and was outscored 36-24 in the paint in the only regular season meeting between the schools.
Brandon Morris had 15 points for Georgia, which played without starting guard Kenny Gaines and backup Juwan Parker because of thigh and hamstring injuries, respectively.
No. 16 Iowa St. 81, No. 22 Kansas St. 75
AMES, Iowa (AP) — Melvin Ejim scored 20 points and Iowa State snapped a three-game losing streak.
Georges Niang had 18 points and freshman Matt Thomas matched a career high with 14 for the Cyclones (15-3, 3-3 Big 12), who blew a 12-point halftime lead before putting the game away late in the second half.
Ejim blocked a potential game-tying 3 from Shane Southwell and hit two free throws to put the Cyclones ahead 79-73 with 23 seconds left.
Marcus Foster scored 20 points for Kansas State (14-6, 4-3), which lost consecutive games for the first time since November.
Texas 74, No. 24 Baylor 60
WACO, Texas (AP) — Texas freshman guard Isaiah Taylor scored a career-high 27 points and the Longhorns stretched their winning streak to five games.
The Longhorns (16-4, 5-2 Big 12) have won three consecutive games against Top 25 teams for the first time in school history.
Gary Franklin had 14 points and Taurean Prince added 12 for Baylor (13-6, 1-5), which led only once before losing its fourth straight. It is the Bears' longest losing streak since dropping six in a row five years ago, and they have lost consecutive games at the Ferrell Center after a 13-game home winning streak.
When the Bears got within 46-39 midway through the second half, Taylor scored seven points in a span of 76 seconds.
No. 25 Oklahoma 74, Texas Tech 65
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Buddy Hield scored 18 points, 12 on 3-pointers, to lead Oklahoma.
Cameron Clark added 17 points and Jordan Woodard had 15 to lead the Sooners (16-4, 5-2 Big 12).
Ryan Spangler had 10 of Oklahoma's 28 rebounds.
Hield was 4 of 7 from beyond the arc and Clark was 8 of 12 from the field.
The Sooners got 14 points off Texas Tech's 11 turnovers; the Red Raiders got just three points off Oklahoma's seven turnovers.
Jordan Tolbert and Jaye Crockett scored 14 points each for the Red Raiders (10-10, 2-5).
Virginia 65, Virginia Tech 45
HANK KURZ Jr.
AP Sports Writer
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Malcolm Brogdon scored 18 points, Joe Harris had 12 and streaking Virginia closed the first half on a 21-6 run and cruised to its fourth straight victory against Virginia Tech, 65-45, on Saturday.
The Cavaliers (15-5, 6-1 ACC) matched their best start in conference play in 31 years. In all six of their ACC victories, they have led by at least 20 points in the second half.
Devin Wilson scored 12 to lead the Hokies (8-11, 1-6), who lost their sixth in a row.
Virginia Tech scored seven of the first nine points after halftime to get within 36-24, but Virginia responded by pushing its lead as high as 23 and coach Tony Bennett substituted liberally at the finish.
Virginia led 13-11 when its defense really started to bother the Hokies.
After Ben Emelogu's 3-pointer with 14:32 left in the half, Virginia Tech didn't get another point for 8:20 and didn't get another field goal for 10:12. The Cavaliers didn't exactly take advantage, scoring just eight points during the scoreless drought, to lead just 21-11.