Spartans Rally Past Horns
Austin, Texas — Adreian Payne scored a career-high 32 points and No. 5 Michigan State dominated the final 11 minutes of a 92-78 victory over Texas on Saturday.
The Spartans (10-1) led for only 56 seconds in the first half as Texas (10-2) controlled the game early.
Michigan State used a 9-2 run to take a 52-50 lead about halfway through the second half. Following two quick buckets by Jonathan Holmes, six Spartans scored during a 14-2 run that put the game away.
Payne made two free throws during that run and went 10 of 13 from the field and 11 of 12 from the free throw line. Gary Harris, who missed three recent games with an ankle injury, scored 19 points while Travis Trice, battling a foot blister, contributed 13 points a.
No. 6 Louisville 85, FIU 56
Miami — Russ Smith scored 18 points, Wayne Blackshear added 13 and Louisville won its sixth straight.
Smith had 12 in the first half for the Cardinals (11-1), who never trailed and were rarely threatened, outside of a couple brief early stretches where the game was tight.
Tymell Murphy scored 16 points and former Louisville player Rakeen Buckles added 13 for FIU (8-5), which was coached last season by Richard Pitino, the son of Louisville coach Rick Pitino.
Rick Pitino decided to honor the contract and play FIU, offering to do so in Miami even after his son left the Panthers to take over at Minnesota after last season. When Richard Pitino left FIU, Louisville had the option of canceling the series.
No. 8 Villanova 88, Rider 67
Villanova, Pa. — Freshman Josh Hart came off the bench to score 19 points and Villanova stayed perfect.
One of 12 unbeaten teams remaining in Division I, the Wildcats (11-0) are off to their best start since the 1961-62 team won its first 12.
JayVaughn Pinkston added 14 points for Villanova, which shot 50 percent from the field in its final non-conference home game of the season.
No. 14 UNC 97, Davidson 85 (ot)
Chapel Hill, n.c. — Marcus Paige scored 11 of his 17 points in overtime to help North Carolina hold off Davidson.
Paige missed his first six shots and didn’t score until the 8:17 mark of the second half, but took over late to help the Tar Heels (8-3) bounce back from Wednesday’s loss to Texas and avoid another surprising home defeat.
J.P. Tokoto posted career-highs of 22 points and 11 rebounds to lead North Carolina, which needed two free throws from Paige with 29.3 seconds left to force the extra session.
No. 16 Florida 66, Fresno St 49
Sunrise, Fla. — Will Yeguete led a strong rebounding effort Saturday by the Florida Gators, who pulled away in the second half to beat Fresno State in the Orange Bowl Classic.
Yeguete had five offensive rebounds and a season-high 10 total for the Gators, who had a 47-24 advantage on the boards, by far their largest this season. Florida won easily despite shooting only 42 percent.
No. 18 Kansas 86, Georgetown 64
Lawrence, Kan. — Tarik Black and Joel Embiid both scored 17 points and No. 18 Kansas bludgeoned Georgetown in the Hoyas’ first visit to Allen Fieldhouse.
Andrew Wiggins added 12 points and Naadir Tharpe had 10 for the Jayhawks (8-3), who pushed their non-conference home winning streak to 67 games.
No. 19 Kentucky 93 Belmont 80
Lexington, Ky. — Julius Randle scored a career-high 29 points for Kentucky.
A week after a season-worst performance in a loss at North Carolina, the 6-foot-9 freshman forward was 8 of 10 from the field and grabbed 10 rebounds.
Kentucky (9-3) trailed until the 16:21 mark of the second half and constantly had to fight off challenges from the Bruins (8-5).
Kansas St. 72, No. 21 Gonzaga 62
Wichita, Kan. — Thomas Gipson scored eight of his 14 points in the game’s decisive minutes and freshman Marcus Foster also had 14 points as Kansas State outlasted Gonzaga.
Wesley Iwundu scored 13 points for the Wildcats (8-3) while Shane Southwell had 11.
Florida St. 60, No. 22 UMass 55
Sunrise, Fla. — Florida State scored the game’s final six points, including two free throws by Ian Miller with 1:06 left that put the Seminoles ahead, and they handed Massachusetts its first defeat of the season.
Aaron Thomas scored 18 points for Florida State and his two free throws with 2 seconds left sealed the victory.
Florida State (8-3) beat a ranked team for the second time this season.
UMass (10-1) had been off to its best start since 1995.
Illinois 65, No. 23 Missouri 64
St. Louis — Tracy Abrams scored a season-best 22 points and made two free throws with 4.6 seconds to lift Illinois over Missouri in the annual Braggin’ Rights game.
Rayvonte Rice added 14 points for Illinois (9-2), which snapped a four-game losing streak in the 33rd renewal of the annual neutral-court matchup.
Jordan Clarkson had 25 points and Earnest Ross added 13 for Missouri (10-1), which entered the game as the lone unbeaten school in the SEC.
Illinois scrambled on its final possession but got a bit of a break when Abrams was fouled by Johnathan Williams III driving the lane.