Top 25 men's basketball roundup
No. 15 Tennessee 61, No. 24 Kentucky 59
Eager to atone for mistakes he believed allowed Kentucky to stay close, Tennessee guard Lamonte Turner delivered a pressure jumper that gave the Volunteers something rare — a victory in Rupp Arena.
Turner scored 16 points, including a clutch 3-pointer with 26 seconds remaining, Admiral Schofield followed with an insurance dunk off a turnover and the Volunteers edged Kentucky on Tuesday night for their sixth consecutive victory.
“I knew it was good,” said the sophomore guard, who was 4 of 7 from behind the arc. “I gave up an and-1 and maybe a tip-in rebound, so when I hit it I was kind of like, ‘I had to do something, I was losing the game.’ It was more of an even feel when I hit the shot.”
Tennessee ran down the shot clock in the final minute before Turner fired from long range for the go-ahead basket in a tight game featuring 17 lead changes and 13 ties. Kentucky quickly got the ball up court in hopes of answering, but that quest to go ahead resulted in steal by Jordan Bowden and Schofield’s thunderous dunk with 4 seconds left for a 61-58 lead.
Coach John Calipari said afterward that he regretted not calling a timeout to set up a play.
“I made mistakes at the end and cost them (players) the game,” he said. “I don’t ever like to in those situations, but this is a different team. They’re just too young to know what’s there and if they get in trouble, just call a timeout.”
Kentucky had one last chance as Shai Gilgeous-Alexander made the first throw with 1.3 seconds left and intentionally missed the second in an effort to create an offensive rebound, but Tennessee came up with the ball as time ran out. The joyous Vols (18-5, 8-3 Southeastern Conference) came away with just their fifth Rupp Arena victory and first since 2006 while handing the Wildcats their second consecutive loss.
“Scoring was hard to come by, and we just stayed with it defensively,” Tennessee coach Rick Barnes said. “We stayed in it and were able to get it at the end.”
Bowden had 13 points and Schofield 12 for the second-place Vols, who won a game in which both teams shot 42 percent. Tennessee earned its first season sweep of Kentucky since the 1998-99 season.
“The biggest thing is that Tennessee beat Kentucky in Rupp tonight,” Schofield said. “That was our goal coming in here, and we got it done.”
Quade Green and Gilgeous-Alexander each had 15 points for Kentucky (17-7, 6-5). Kevin Knox had 10 points.
Kentucky redshirt freshman forward Hamidou posted his first scoreless game with the Wildcats, missing all three shots including two from long range.
No. 5 Xavier 98, Butler 93 (OT)
Trevon Bluiett scored 17 of his 26 points in the final 14½ minutes of regulation and overtime to help Xavier rally to beat Butler.
Kerem Kanter added 22 points, including the go-ahead basket with 2:56 left in overtime, which started the decisive 5-0 run. The Musketeers (22-3, 10-2 Big East) have won seven straight overall and three in a row in the series.
Kelan Martin had 34 points and Sean McDermott finished with 17 to lead the Bulldogs (17-8, 7-5), whose four-game winning streak was snapped.
Just barely, though, in a topsy-turvy game.
No. 6 Cincinnati 77, Central Florida 40
Kyle Washington scored 13 points, Gary Clark added 12, and Cincinnati gave another dominating defensive performance, beating Central Florida for its 15th straight win.
The Bearcats (22-2, 11-0 American Athletic) dug in against a low-scoring team and extended the nation’s longest active home-court winning streak to 39 games. The Knights managed only 13 points in the first half, matching the fewest that Cincinnati has allowed in an opening half during coach Mick Cronin’s 12 seasons.
UCF (14-9, 5-6) was 0 for 14 beyond the arc overall and went more than 12 minutes without scoring in the first half. Ceasar DeJesus had 12 points for the Knights, who shot 28 percent overall.
Northwestern 61, No. 20 Michigan 52
Bryant McIntosh tied a season high with 24 points, and Northwestern beat Michigan.
McIntosh scored 14 in the second half to help the Wildcats (15-10, 6-6 Big Ten) win for the fourth time in five games.
Scottie Lindsey added 19 points and seven rebounds, and Northwestern returned the favor after losing at Michigan last week.
Moe Wagner led the Wolverines (19-7, 8-5) with 20 points and nine rebounds. But Michigan hit just 5 of 20 shots in the second half while missing 9 of 10 3-pointers.
Northwestern shook off a slow start to pull within three at halftime and scored 10 straight early in the second to grab its first lead of the game.
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