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Men’s Basketball: Cornell Gets First Ivy Victory; No. 2 Virginia Nips No. 2 Duke

  • Virginia's Kyle Guy (5) handles the ball against the defense of Duke's Grayson Allen (3) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Durham, N.C., Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018. Virginia defeated Duke 65-63. (AP Photo/Ben McKeown)

  • Iowa State forward Solomon Young, left, fights for a rebound with Tennessee forward Kyle Alexander (11) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018, in Ames, Iowa. Tennessee won 68-45. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

  • Alabama guard Collin Sexton (2) celebrates the win over Oklahoma during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Alabama won 80-73. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)



Sunday, January 28, 2018

Ithaca, n.y. — Matt Morgan scored 29 points including the game-clinching free throws with three seconds left and Cornell beat Columbia, 82-81, for its first Ivy League win on Saturday.

An 8-0 surge gave Cornell a 69-64 lead with 5:24 to go and the Big Red clung to the lead with Morgan’s free throws making it 82-78 before Gabe Stefanini hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer.

Morgan had Cornell’s last field goal with 4:50 left with the Big Red then making 11 of 12 free throws.

Morgan extended his school-record streak of double-figure games to 40. Stone Gettings added 25 points, seven rebounds and five assists for Cornell (7-10, 1-3), which avenged an 88-62 loss to the Lions (4-13, 1-3) the previous Saturday. The Lions tied a program-record with 16 3-pointers in that win but were just 7 of 25 from the arc in the loss.

Stefanini led Columbia with 19 points.

Harvard 86, Brown 77

Providence, r.i. — Seth Towns scored a career-high 30 points, Bryce Aiken was 11 of 12 at the free-throw line and Harvard remained undefeated in Ivy League play, defeating Brown.

Towns made 11 of 19 shots and was 4-for-4 on shooting from behind the 3-point arc. Harvard made 25 baskets in all and was 11 of 18 from 3 (61 percent). Aiken finished with 18 points and was 8 of 8 at the line in the last seven minutes after Brown came as close as 64-59 on a Zach Hunsaker 3-pointer.

Towns is the second Harvard player to reach 30 points this season, Aiken was the other. Towns has established career-high scores in the last two games, scoring 26 against Dartmouth.

New Hampshire 57Binghamton 52

Binghamton, n.y. — Jordan Reed sank a pair of late 3-pointers — his only points of the day — to help lift New Hampshire over Binghamton.

The Wildcats (9-13, 5-3 American East) trailed 50-47 when Reed got the dish from John Ogwuche and drained a 3 to tie it at 50-50 with 1:42 to play. Then, with the scored knotted at 52, he made another 3-pointer to make it 55-52 with :22 left.

Binghamton opened the second half on a 14-7 surge to take a 39-35 lead. Tanner Leissner made a jumper and a 3-pointer back-to-back midway to give the Wildcats a 41-40 edge but they went nearly seven minutes without a field goal after that to trail 48-43 with 4:45 left.

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No. 2 Virginia 65, No. 4 Duke 63

Durham, n.c. — Kyle Guy scored 17 points and hit two free throws with 6.1 seconds left, and No. 2 Virginia beat No. 4 Duke.

Ty Jerome had 13 points and a critical 3-pointer with 37.6 seconds to play, and Devon Hall finished with 14 points to help the Cavaliers (20-1, 9-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) win their 12th straight and their first at Cameron Indoor Stadium since 1995.

The nation’s stingiest defense held the top offense in Division I to more than 28 points below its average of 91.7 points.

No. 5 Kansas 79, Texas A&M 68

Lawrence, Kan. — Svi Mykhailiuk poured in 24 points, Malik Newman added 15 and Kansas built a big first-half lead before sustaining it most of the way.

Lagerald Vick added 10 points, and Udoka Azubuike had a couple of rim-rattling dunks, as the Jayhawks (17-4) won their fourth straight in the Big 12-SEC Challenge and 10th in a row over the Aggies.

N.C. State 95No. 10 North Carolina 91 (ot)

Chapel Hill, n.c. — Allerik Freeman scored a career-high 29 points and hit seven of North Carolina State’s 15 3-pointers in the overtime victory over North Carolina.

Omer Yurtseven added 16 points and 13 rebounds for the Wolfpack (15-7, 5-4 Atlantic Coast Conference).

Alabama 80No. 12 Oklahoma 73

Tuscaloosa, Ala. — Freshman Collin Sexton scored 18 points, Herbert Jones added 14 and Alabama beat Oklahoma in the Big 12/SEC Challenge.

Alabama (14-7) did a terrific defensive job on Oklahoma freshman sensation Trae Young, who scored just 17 points on 6-of-17 shooting.

It was only the second time this season Young — who came into the game leading the nation with more than 30 points per game — was held under 20 points.

No. 14 Texas Tech 70South Carolina 63

Columbia, s.c. — Keenan Evans scored 31 points, including the go-ahead 3-pointer with 2:12 left, to lift Texas Tech over South Carolina in the Big 12/SEC Challenge.

Texas Tech (17-4) outscored South Carolina (13-8) 17-5 over the final six minutes.

No. 20 Florida 81, Baylor 60

Gainesville, Fla. — Chris Chiozza scored 20 points, including 13 straight late in the first half, and Florida beat Baylor in the Big 12/SEC Challenge.

Jalen Hudson added 17 points for the Gators (15-6). They bounced back from a midweek loss to South Carolina to win for the ninth time in their last 11 games.

No. 22 Tennessee 68Iowa State 45

Ames, Iowa — Reserve Lamonte Turner scored 20 points, James Daniel III had 16 and Tennessee rolled past Iowa State in the Big 12/SEC Challenge for its sixth win in seven games.

Admiral Schofield had 10 points and seven rebounds for the Volunteers (15-5). Donovan Jackson had 13 points for the Cyclones (11-9). They were held to their lowest scoring output of the season.

No. 24 Rhode Island 61Duquesne 58

Kingston, r.i. — Stanford Robinson hit a 3-point shot as time expired to give Rhode Island its 12th straight victory and 17th in a row in the Atlantic 10.

Matthews led Rhode Island (17-3, 9-0) with 20 points, Jared Terrell added 12, and Robinson had seven.

Rene Castro-Cannedy led the Dukes (14-8, 5-4) with 16 points.