Top 25 men's and women's basketball roundup

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No. 6 Florida State 82, No. 11 Louisville 67

Florida State's home dominance looked shaky as it trailed Louisville by 10 points in the second half.

The Seminoles quickly regrouped and mounted a surge to defend their floor and move atop the Atlantic Coast Conference — for now.

Trent Forrest scored 14 of his 16 points after halftime, and No. 6 Florida State rallied from the double-digit deficit to beat No. 11 Louisville on Monday night.

The Seminoles (24-4, 14-3) moved past the Cardinals into first place in the ACC. They lead Louisville and No. 7 Duke by a half-game in pursuit of their first ACC regular-season championship.

Three games remain, but this victory spoke volumes about FSU's desire to make it happen.

"We're here and here to stay,” Forrest said. “We've been on the up-and-up basically since my freshman year. We've been going out each night and trying to get the respect that we deserve. We just have to keep building on it.”

Patrick Williams' thunderous dunk put an exclamation point to a 15-0 run that put the Seminoles ahead for good. Florida State outscored Louisville 50-27 in the second half and extended its home winning streak to 22 games.

The Seminoles' second-half run came with starters on the bench. Reserve guards Anthony Polite (eight points) and RayQuan Evans (four) were productive offensively and sparked the rally with stifling defense.

“We have been winning games all year with the quality of our depth and our ability to play good defense for long periods of time,” Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton said.

Devin Vassell and M.J. Walker each scored 12 points for FSU, which set a school record for ACC regular-season wins. Vassell scored 10 points after halftime.

Ryan McMahon scored 14 points and Jordan Nwora had 13 points and eight rebounds for Louisville (23-6, 14-4), which went more than nine minutes without a field goal during one second-half stretch.

“We battled,” Louisville coach Chris Mack said. “I thought their pressure, although it might not have turned us over, kept us on our heels. We handled it for the first 20 minutes. Just didn't keep up the pace in the second half.”

The Cardinals played short-handed most of the night after junior center Malik Williams injured his left foot minutes into the game. He returned to the bench with a boot on the foot. Mack said Williams has a twisted ankle and didn't know when he'd return.

Florida State has won 24 games in consecutive seasons for the first time in school history. The Seminoles were 29-8 last season.

The Seminoles shot 50% in each half and overcame nine first-half turnovers to complete a season sweep of Louisville.

The Cardinals shot well in the first half, making 52% before cooling off to 32% in the second.

No. 1 Kansas 83, Oklahoma State 58

Udoka Azubuike had 19 points and 16 rebounds, Ochai Agbaji added 15 points, and top-ranked Kansas avoided any chance of a letdown after its high-profile win over Baylor by blowing out Oklahoma State.

Devon Dotson added 11 points and Christian Braun and David McCormack had 10 apiece for the Jayhawks (25-3, 14-1), whose victory over the No. 2 Bears allowed them to retake the top spot in the AP poll earlier in the day. And the win over the Cowboys (14-14, 4-11) gave coach Bill Self's team a half-game lead over Baylor in the race for the Big 12 title.

The Jayhawks now have won five straight against the Cowboys and 22 of the last 24 games played against them in Allen Fieldhouse. They also have won 23 in a row overall, building a strong case for the NCAA Tournament's No. 1 overall seed.

Cameron McGriff led the Cowboys with 16 points, though most came with the game well out of reach.The Seminoles shot 50% in each half and overcame nine first-half turnovers to complete a season sweep of Louisville.

The Cardinals shot well in the first half, making 52% before cooling off to 32% in the second.

Texas 67, No. 20 West Virginia 57

Andrew Jones scored 22 points to lead Texas past West Virginia as the injury-depleted Longhorns continued a late-season surge.

Courtney Ramey added 21 points for Texas (17-11, 7-8 Big 12), which has won three in a row. The Mountaineers (19-9, 7-8) have lost six straight on the road in conference play.

West Virginia beat Texas by 38 points back on Jan. 20, the worst loss of coach Shaka Smart's five years with the Longhorns. But the Mountaineers came limping into the rematch and Texas did not resemble the timid team that got pushed around in Morgantown.

Oscar Tshiebwe scored 14 points to lead West Virginia.

Women

No. 2 Baylor 64, West Virginia 39

Te'a Cooper scored 17 points and Baylor clinched a share of its 10th consecutive Big 12 regular-season championship with a victory over West Virginia.

Baylor (26-1, 15-0 Big 12) cemented the top seed in the conference tournament and won its 56th straight regular-season conference game.

Baylor also won its 44th straight road game in the conference, the nation’s third-longest such streak in the regular season.

The Lady Bears can clinch the title outright with a win Saturday or with a loss by second-place TCU to Texas on Wednesday.

The teams combined to miss their first 14 shots. Baylor emerged from the lull while West Virginia didn't.

The Mountaineers managed just 19 first-half points and failed to hit a field goal over a 10-minute span of the second and third quarters.

West Virginia (16-10, 6-9) shot 24% from the floor for the game and lost to Baylor for the sixth straight time.

Duke 70, No. 8 N.C. State 65

Haley Gorecki scored 13 of her 24 points in the fourth quarter to help Duke beat North Carolina State.

Onome Akinbode-James added 12 points and Kyra Lambert had 11 for the Blue Devils (17-10, 11-5 Atlantic Coast Conference), who won their sixth consecutive game.

Leaonna Odom had 10 points as Duke won at N.C. State for the first time since 2013.

The Blue Devils never trailed, holding on after N.C. State cut its 11-point lead in the second quarter to 31-30 at halftime.

Duke scored on its first four possessions of the third quarter and extended its lead to 62-52 on a three-point play by Gorecki with 3:17 remaining in the game.

After the Wolfpack cut the lead to 66-63, Gorecki made a driving layup with 19.4 seconds left.

Elissa Cunane had 23 points and 12 rebounds to lead N.C. State (23-4, 12-4), which suffered its third loss in four games. Jada Boyd added 15 points for the Wolfpack.

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