NCAA men's basketball roundup

Julian Gamble of Miami blocks a shot by Joel James of North Carolina in the first half of Saturday's game at Coral Gables, Fla. No. 8 Miami won 87-61.
David Santiago/El Nuevo Herald/AP photo Julian Gamble of Miami blocks a shot by Joel James of North Carolina in the first half of Saturday's game at Coral Gables, Fla. No. 8 Miami won 87-61.

No. 23 Pittsburgh 62, No. 17 Cincinnati 52

Tray Woodall scored 14 points and led a late surge that sent Pittsburgh to a victory over Cincinnati Saturday, keeping the momentum going for one of the Big East's hottest teams.

The Panthers (20-5, 8-4) have won seven of their last eight games overall and four of their last five on the road. They beat No. 6 Syracuse 65-55 a week ago, vaulting them into the Top 25.

Woodall hit a pair of free throws and a 3-pointer during a 7-0 run that put Pitt ahead to stay with 3:21 left. The conference's stingiest defense held Cincinnati (18-6, 6-5) without a field goal over the final 9 minutes, 21 seconds.

The Bearcats managed only seven free throws during that stretch. Sean Kilpatrick led Cincinnati with 16 points, but had only one free throw in the second half, when he missed all seven shots from the field. He came into the game averaging 18.3 points, third-best in the Big East.

Cincinnati missed its last 14 shots and made only 30.8 percent from the field, a season low.

The Bearcats were coming off a 54-50 loss at Providence on Wednesday night that ended when Kilpatrick lost his dribble at midcourt while Cincinnati set up for a final shot.

No. 2 Florida 83, Mississippi State 58

Mike Rosario scored 18 points, Erik Murphy added 17 and Florida bounced back from a humbling loss earlier in the week to thump short-handed Mississippi State.

The game looked every bit like a matchup of the Southeastern Conference's best and worst teams.

Then again, it wasn't nearly as lopsided as the 35-point beatdown the Gators handed the Bulldogs on their home court two weeks ago.

Casey Prather, playing in place of injured forward Will Yeguete, chipped in 12 points and five rebounds. Yeguete had arthroscopic surgery Friday to remove loose bodies in his right knee and will miss at least the rest of the regular season.

The Gators (19-3, 9-1 SEC) went 4-5 without him last season, but looked much better against the Bulldogs.

Mississippi State (7-15, 2-8) played without guard Jalen Steele, who didn't make the trip after being suspended indefinitely for violating team rules.

Oklahoma 72, No. 5 Kansas 66

Romero Osby scored 17 points, Steven Pledger added 15 and Oklahoma held off Kansas to give the Jayhawks their first three-game losing streak in eight years.

The Sooners (15-7, 6-4 Big 12) snapped a 10-game losing streak in the series and took down a top 5 opponent for the first time since beating No. 4 Texas on Jan. 28, 2006.

Freshman Je'lon Hornbeak went 4 for 6 at the free throw line in the final minute, just enough to keep the Jayhawks (19-4, 7-3) at bay. Cameron Clark hit two free throws to finish it off, and fans stormed the court after Buddy Hield came up with a steal and then dunked as the final buzzer sounded.

Kansas had the nation's longest winning streak at 18 games before losing three straight for the first time since February 2005.

No. 8 Miami 87, North Carolina 61

Shane Larkin had 18 points and a career-high nine assists to lead Miami to its 11th straight win.

The Hurricanes made a school record-tying 15 3-pointers as they improved to 11-0 at home, where each of the past four wins have been by at least 22 points.

The Hurricanes (19-3, 10-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) set a school record for ACC victories in a season with eight games still to go. They are the last unbeaten team in league play among the major conferences.

Reggie Bullock had 14 points for North Carolina (16-7, 6-4), which began the season 18-2 against the Hurricanes and lost to them for the second time in four weeks.

No. 13 Kansas St. 79, Iowa St. 70

Rodney McGruder scored 22 points and Angel Rodriguez added 20 as Kansas State knocked off Iowa State to take sole possession of first place in the Big 12.

Korie Lucious led the Cyclones (16-7, 6-4) with 16 points and reserve Tyrus McGee had 15.

The Wildcats (19-4, 8-2) held a slim 33-32 lead at the break in a game that remained close most of the way.

No. 14 Butler 59, George Washington 56

Rotnei Clark scored 14 points and Butler nearly blew a 17-point lead, going the last 7 1-2 minutes without a field goal before holding on.

The Colonials cut the lead to one in the final minute and had several 3-point looks in the final 10 seconds that could have sent the game into overtime. Joe McDonald had the final chance, but he was stripped as he went up for the shot just before time expired.

Roosevelt Jones had 12 points for the Bulldogs (20-4, 7-2 Atlantic 10), who broke a two-game road losing streak.

No. 20 Georgetown 69, Rutgers 63

Markel Starks scored 20 points and Otto Porter took over down the stretch for Georgetown.

Porter had 15 of his 19 points in the second half and grabbed 14 rebounds for the Hoyas (17-4, 7-3 Big East), who have won five straight and seven of their last eight. Mikael Hopkins had 12 of his 14 points after halftime and D'Vaun Smith-Rivera scored 13.

Eli Carter had 23 points for the Scarlet Knights (12-10, 3-8), who lost their sixth straight.

No. 21 Missouri 98, Mississippi 79

Alex Oriakhi had a career-high 22 points to go with 18 rebounds, three blocks and a central role in a second-half fracas for Missouri.

Phil Pressey had four assists to break Anthony Peeler's career school record and had 22 points for Missouri (17-6, 6-4 Southeastern Conference), which bounced back nicely from its latest discouraging road loss, a 1-point setback at Texas A&M on Thursday. The Tigers are 14-0 at home and 0-5 on the road.

Marshall Henderson had 16 points on 4-for-15 shooting for Mississippi (18-5, 7-3), which has lost three of four. Jarvis Summers also had 16 points while Murphy Holloway, coming off a career-best 24 points, was held to seven in 30 minutes.

Ole Miss whipped then-No. 10 Missouri 64-49 at home on Jan. 12, but gave up 50 points in the first half of the rematch and was outrebounded 50-32.

No. 22 Oklahoma St. 72, Texas 59

Marcus Smart scored 23 points and Oklahoma State got its fifth straight win.

Markel Brown added 17 points for the Cowboys (17-5, 7-3 Big 12), who sputtered offensively for long stretches but used their own tough defense to clamp down on the Longhorns. The Cowboys shot 38 percent from the field.

Ioannis Papapetrou scored 15 points to lead Texas (10-13, 2-8). The Longhorns shot 1 of 18 from 3-point range and were just 12 of 21 from the free throw line.

Saturday marked the end of the 23-game NCAA suspension for Texas guard Myck Kabongo, who is expected to play the rest of the season.

No. 24 Marquette 89, DePaul 78

Vander Blue scored 18 points and Junior Cadougan added 17 as Marquette handed DePaul its eighth straight loss.

With the win, Marquette (17-5, 8-2 Big East) moved one-half game ahead of No. 9 Syracuse for first place in the Big East. Syracuse plays at home today against St. Johns.

Davante Gardner added 13 points for Marquette, which won for the 22nd straight time at home, the fifth-longest streak in the nation.

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