Top 25 men's and women's basketball roundup

Miami's Anthony Lawrence II goes up for a shot against Virginia's Jack Salt during the first half of Tuesday's game in Coral Gables, Fla. Top-ranked Virginia won, 59-50. (Wilfredo Lee/AP Photo)
Miami's Anthony Lawrence II goes up for a shot against Virginia's Jack Salt during the first half of Tuesday's game in Coral Gables, Fla. Top-ranked Virginia won, 59-50. (Wilfredo Lee/AP Photo)


No. 1 Virginia 59, Miami 50

New No. 1 Virginia made sure the Miami Hurricanes were no Chaminade.

The Cavaliers avoided an upset in their first game atop the rankings in 35 years, holding Miami's starters to 28 percent shooting to win.

Virginia climbed atop the poll this week for the first time since a memorable upset loss to Chaminade in 1982.

"It's in the past for a reason," guard Kyle Guy said. "That Virginia team was great, but this is a different team and a new era."

The Cavaliers (24-2, 13-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) bounced back from an overtime home loss Saturday to Virginia Tech that ended a 15-game winning streak.

"There's no way we wanted to lose two in a row," said De'Andre Hunter, who led Virginia with 22 points, including a four-point play.

Defense was the difference for the Cavaliers, who limited an opponent to 50 points or less for the 12th time.

"We're not a knockout-punch team," coach Tony Bennett said. "We're just going to have to chip away, and hopefully it takes its toll over the course of the game."

The Hurricanes (18-7, 7-6) lost their second in a row, and lost at home for only the second time. Miami shot 38 percent, including 6 for 21 from 3-point range, and never led.

Virginia mixed man-to-man and zone, and the Hurricanes had trouble making a shot against either defense, often settling for attempts from long range.

"We did a good job of making them earn," Bennett said. "They didn't get a lot of clean looks."

The Hurricanes threw up four airballs, and another shot clanked off the underside of the rim. Virginia shut down the Hurricanes' transition game, and they managed only four fast-break points.

Guy scored 13 points for the Cavaliers, who shot 46 percent. Ty Jerome had seven assists — one more than the Hurricanes.

Miami center Dewan Huell, the team's leading scorer this season, took only one shot and was shut out. Explosive freshman Lonnie Walker IV was held to six points.

Chris Lykes led Miami with 19 points, but even he found the Cavaliers' defense daunting.

"They're real disciplined," he said. "They help each other well. Help defense is a big part of their team."

Miami missed 10 consecutive shots during a 13-0 run by the Cavaliers that put them ahead 26-12. Hurricanes coach Jim Larranaga said his team was too eager early playing against the No. 1 team, and squandered scoring chances.

"I'm not talking about difficult plays," Larranaga said. "I'm talking about plays that were right there for the taking. They weren't things Virginia did to make us miss those shots. We missed them out of anxiousness."

At halftime, Miami was shooting 21 percent and trailing 27-16.

An 8-0 run by the Hurricanes cut their deficit to 29-26, but they got no closer. An 11-2 spurt by the Cavaliers put them ahead 49-36, and Hunter's four-point play with three minutes left sealed the win.

Hunter said the Cavaliers rose to the occasion.

"We know we're going to have a bigger target on our back now that we're No. 1," he said.

No. 2 Michigan State 87, Minnesota 57

Jaren Jackson Jr. scored a career-high 27 points on 10-for-14 shooting and the Spartans cruised to their ninth consecutive victory.

The Spartans (25-3, 13-2) notched their best 28-game record under coach Tom Izzo and pulled within a half-game of first-place Ohio State in the Big Ten despite just five points in 25 minutes from star Miles Bridges.

Nick Ward had 13 points and nine rebounds and Cassius Winston pitched in 12 points for the Spartans, who made their first six 3-point attempts and finished 14 for 22 from behind the arc.

Isaiah Washington scored 18 points and Jordan Murphy added 16 points and seven rebounds for the Gophers (14-14, 3-12), who lost their eighth straight game.

No. 7 Texas Tech 88, No. 23 Oklahoma 78

Keenan Evans scored 26 points and Texas Tech beat Oklahoma in Division I scoring leader Trae Young's first college game in the city where he was born.

Young, the son of former Texas Tech player Rayford Young, missed all nine 3-pointers while finishing with 19 points in front of a hostile Lubbock crowd that booed him just about every time he touched the ball in the Sooners' fourth straight loss.

The Red Raiders (22-4, 10-3 Big 12) won their seventh straight game, including a six-game Big 12 run that's the best in the conference this season. They tied the Sooners for the most Top 25 wins nationally this season at six.

Evans went 4 of 7 from 3-point range, including a fadeaway shot from the left corner that put Texas Tech ahead 79-71 with less than 2 minutes to go. He added his second dunk of the second half moments later between a pair of 3s that kept the Sooners (16-9, 6-7) alive into the final minute.

No. 13 Kansas 83, Iowa State 77

Udoka Azubuike scored 19 points, Malik Newman had 17 and Kansas bounced back from a brutal loss at Baylor.

Lagerald Vick scored 16 points for the Jayhawks (20-6, 9-4 Big 12), who shot 48.4 percent from the floor and committed just seven turnovers. Kansas took a five-point lead into the break after Nick Weiler-Babb's long 3 to end the half was waved off, and it quickly jumped ahead by 11 early in the second half.

Freshman Cameron Lard scored 19 points with 11 rebounds for Iowa State (13-12, 4-9).

No. 18 Tennessee 70, South Carolina 67

Grant Williams scored 22 points and made a big basket in the closing seconds as Tennessee edged South Carolina to hand the Gamecocks their sixth consecutive loss.

Tennessee (19-6, 9-4 SEC) has won seven of its last eight and 10 of its last 12. The Volunteers got back on track three nights after losing 78-50 at Alabama for their most lopsided defeat of the season.

South Carolina (13-13, 4-9) continued its slide as the Gamecocks have spent the last three weeks falling out of NCAA Tournament contention one season after their first Final Four appearance.

Missouri 62, No. 21 Texas A&M 58

Kassius Robertson scored 16 points, Jordan Barnett added 15 and Missouri pushed its winning streak to five games.

The Tigers (18-8, 8-5 Southeastern Conference) played solid defense and clean offense, but struggled in the last five minutes, against struggling with the press.

Up two points with 14 seconds left, Missouri turned the ball over on an inbound. Texas A&M's Robert Williams missed a layup with a chance to tie, and the Tigers closed it out at the free-throw line.

T.J. Starks and Admon Gilder led the Aggies (17-9, 6-7) with 14 points each.


No. 3 Baylor 87, No. 21 Oklahoma State 45

Kalani Brown scored 20 points and added 23 rebounds and Dekeiya Cohen totaled 20 points and 11 boards to help lead Baylor to a dominating victory over Oklahoma State.

Kristy Wallace also had 18 points, eight rebounds and six assists for the Lady Bears (24-1, 14-0 Big 12), who won their 21st straight game, tied for the nation's third-longest current streak.

Kaylee Jensen, the reigning Big 12 Player of the Week, scored 18 points and added seven rebounds for Oklahoma State (18-7, 9-5). Lauren Goodwin just missed a double-double with nine points and 10 rebounds.

No. 16 Ohio State 88, Illinois 69

Kelsey Mitchell scored 28 points with five 3-pointers, Linnae Harper had 20 points and 12 rebounds, and No. 16 Ohio State bounced back for a victory over Illinois.

Mitchell sank a wide open 3-pointer early in the first quarter to extend her NCAA record to 84 straight games with a made 3. Lexie Brown (Duke) and Aliyah Mazyck (UCLA) are tied for second for the longest current streak among power five conferences at 25 games.

Stephanie Mavunga added 14 points and Sierra Calhoun 11 for Ohio State (21-6, 10-3 Big Ten), which fell to nonconference foe South Florida 84-65 on Sunday.

Mitchell trails WNBA star Brittney Griner (Baylor) by 67 points for third on the NCAA career-points list.

Alex Wittinger had a career-high 30 points, 16 rebounds and three blocks for Illinois (9-18, 0-13). Ali Andrews added 15 points on five 3-pointers.


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