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Top 25 men's basketball roundup

No. 4 Texas 72, No. 14 West Virginia 70

Three years to the day since Texas coach Shaka Smart told his players that Andrew Jones had been diagnosed with leukemia, the junior guard put his latest stamp on what is turning into a special season for the Longhorns.

Jones hit a 3-pointer with 1.8 seconds left to lift the Longhorns to a victory over West Virginia on Saturday.

Courtney Ramey drove into the lane among four defenders before tossing the ball to Jones in the right corner for an uncontested shot after West Virginia's Emmitt Matthews missed two free throws with 11 seconds left.

On Jan. 9, 2018, Smart told his players that Jones had been diagnosed with leukemia. Jones missed most of the next two seasons and completed his cancer treatments in September 2019.

On Saturday, Jones went over the 1,000-point mark for his career, joined Smart and his teammates in a postgame locker room dance, then got on Twitter to thank God “for even allowing me to be here and play the game that I love.”

He also thanked his teammates and supporters. "Let’s keep it going," Jones wrote.

Smart said he still gets emotional watching Jones play.

“He’s come so far,” Smart said. "I don’t know a lot of guys that would be able to do what he did from the standpoint of scraping and clawing his way back. The one thing that is just so impressive about Andrew from the beginning is, after he was diagnosed, he kept saying: ‘I’m going to come back and play. I’m going to come back and play.’

“I think the rest of us were just like: ‘We’ll be happy if we can just get you back healthy. Forget playing right now.’ But I think that really helped him from a motivational standpoint."

Ramey scored 19 points for Texas (10-1, 4-0 Big 12), which had to come from nine points down in the second half. Jones finished with 16 points, Matt Coleman had 13 and freshman Greg Brown had 12 points and 14 rebounds.

Texas scored the final seven points of the game and avenged last year's 38-point loss at West Virginia, which was the fifth-worst loss in program history and the worst under Smart.

Taz Sherman scored 17 points, Sean McNeil added 14 points and Derek Culver had his seventh double-double of the season, with 14 points and 16 rebounds, for the Mountaineers (9-4, 2-3).

West Virginia was poised to add to a 54-45 lead midway through the second half, then Texas got tough on defense.

“We’re not as athletic as what they were,” West Virginia coach Bob Huggins said. “They make up for a lot of mistakes with their athleticism.”

Coleman blocked Sherman's layup attempt at the rim. Culver, trying to fight through a pair of defenders, missed another layup on the Mountaineers' next possession. Kai Jones then blocked another Culver layup attempt and Jones scored at the other end of the court as part of an 8-0 run that tied the score at 57 with 8:36 left.

“I thought there was a lot of contact in the post,” Huggins said. “Those are shots Derek normally makes.”

The Longhorns, who trailed most of the game, didn't retake the lead until the final seconds.

The Longhorns' guards seemed to be a step quicker to the basket. When the Mountaineers tightened their defense, Texas hit the long jumper. Texas went 12 of 23 (52%) from the floor after halftime.

The Mountaineers became the first team to score 40 points in the first half against Texas this season. It was a reversal of fortunes for West Virginia after terrible starts in their two previous games. But it was the second half Saturday where West Virginia struggled this time, making just 10 of 34 field goals (29%).

Huggins had high praise for the Longhorns' stable lineup. The guard trio of Coleman, Jones and Ramey along with forward Jericho Sims have combined to play in 381 career games.

“That’s an experienced team,” Huggins said. "In this day and age with guys picking up and leaving, guys transferring, it’s a great thing when you can keep your team together like that.”

No. 1 Gonzaga 116, Portland 88

Joel Ayayi posted the first triple-double in Gonzaga history and the Bulldogs routed Portland for their 16th straight win.

Ayayi had 12 points, 14 assists and 13 rebounds, and Drew Timme had 26 points for the Bulldogs (12-0, 3-0 West Coast Conference), who were riding the nation’s longest active winning streak.

Ahmed Ali had 19 points for the Pilots (6-5, 0-2), who have lost 13 straight against Gonzaga.

It was Gonzaga’s first “true” road trip of the season — the team played a number of early season neutral site games.

No. 2 Baylor 67, TCU 49

Jared Butler scored a season-high 28 points and Baylor stayed undefeated with a victory over Texas Christian, when the Bears got another another double-digit win even after trailing at halftime for the first time this season.

MaCio Teague added 12 points and Davion Mitchell had 10 for the Bears (11-0, 4-0 Big 12).

Mike Miles had 15 of his 17 points by halftime for the Horned Frogs (9-4, 2-3), who led at halftime only because of the freshman's highlight buzzer-beating 3-pointer from about 65 feet that made it 28-27.

RJ Nembhard had 14 points and Kevin Samuel had 11 rebounds for TCU, which played consecutive home games against Top 10 opponents for the first time in school history. No. 6 Kansas beat the Frogs 93-64 last Tuesday.

Baylor scored the first seven points after halftime to go ahead for good. Mitchell made a short baseline floater on the first shot.

Butler, the preseason AP All-America guard, rebounded from a season-low eight points on 2-of-8 shooting in Baylor's 76-61 victory over Oklahoma on Wednesday night. He was 11 of 17 from the field against TCU, with all four of his 3-pointers coming after halftime.

TCU was within 45-42 midway through the second half after Nembhard's second 3-pointer in just over a minute. But Baylor then scored eight in a row, including a 3 by Butler, and led by at least nine the rest of the game.

Miles hit from about two-thirds the length of the court to end the first half after Butler lost the ball on a drive to the basket with Baylor looking for the last shot of the half. Miles came away with the steal, took a few steps and then heaved the ball from near the sideline in front of the TCU bench. The ball hit low on the backboard and ricocheted through the hoop.

That was the Frogs' first field goal since Kevin Easley put them up 19-15 with 6:58 left in the first half — matching the largest deficit this season for Baylor. But they missed five shots in a row, with their only other points in that span coming on six free throws.

No. 6 Kansas 63, Oklahoma 59

David McCormack hit the clinching short hook shot with 12.8 seconds to go, giving the Kansas big man 17 points against short-handed Oklahoma.

Ochai Agbaji added 14 points and Jalen Wilson had nine points and 11 rebounds, helping Kansas (11-2, 4-1 Big 12) avoid back-to-back losses in Allen Fieldhouse for the first time since the first season under Roy Williams in 1988-89.

The Sooners (6-4, 2-3), playing without Brady Manek and Jalen Hill because of COVID-19 protocols, took a 57-56 lead when Austin Reaves hit a jumper from the free-throw line with 2 1/2 minutes to go. But McCormack scored over Oklahoma's Kur Kuath to give Kansas the lead back, and Wilson's 3-pointer made it 61-57 with 1:26 to go.

No. 7 Creighton 97, St. John’s 79

Denzel Mahoney scored a season-high 24 points to lead six players in double figures with star Marcus Zegarowski out of the lineup, and Creighton pulled away early in a victory over St. John’s.

The Bluejays (10-2, 6-1) won their sixth straight Big East game in the same season for the first time since joining the conference in 2013. The Red Storm (6-6, 1-5) dropped to 0-4 on the road.

Zegarowski, the Big East preseason player of the year and the Bluejays’ season scoring leader, was held out because of an undisclosed injury. Stadium reported the junior point guard tweaked his hamstring against Seton Hall on Wednesday.

Creighton didn’t miss a beat, with its balanced offense overshadowing Julian Champagnie’s career-high 33-point performance for St. John’s.

No. 9 Tennessee 68, Texas A&M 54

Santiago Vescov scored a career-high 23 points, including six 3-pointers, and Tennessee beat Texas A&M.

Vescovi's hot hand began early for the Vols (9-1, 3-1 Southeastern Conference) as he hit his first four shots from behind the arc. His barrage was a part of a 17-4 Tennessee run that pushed the Volunteers' lead to 14 midway through the opening half.

Senior Savion Flagg was the Aggies' saving grace at the end of the first, connecting on three consecutive 3-pointers to pull the Aggies (6-4, 1-3) within six. Flagg entered Saturday's contests on a 3-for-21 clip from the field over the previous three games.

No. 11 Houston 71, Tulane 50

Marcus Sasser scored 20 of his career-high 28 points in the first half to lead Houston past Tulane.

Sasser shot 7 of 9, including 6 of 7 on 3-pointers, in the first half as the Cougars (10-1, 5-1 American Athletic Conference) built a 12-point halftime lead. Sasser finished with a career-high eight 3-pointers. Quentin Grimes scored 14 points.

Houston shot 44%, including 15 of 36 on 3-pointers. The Cougars outrebounded Tulane 48-26, which led to an 18-9 advantage in second-chance points.

Jordan Walker scored 13 points and Jaylen Forbes had 11 for Tulane (6-3, 1-3). The Green Wave shot 29%, including 6 of 19 on 3-pointers.

Ohio State 79, No. 15 Rutgers 68

Duane Washington Jr. scored 17 points and Ohio State closed the first half with a big run to beat Rutgers.

The Buckeyes (9-3, 3-3 Big Ten) used a 22-4 burst to take a 42-30 lead at halftime in sending Rutgers (7-4, 3-4) to its third straight loss.

Rutgers trailed by 22 before making a late rally. Paul Mulcahy stole the ball from Jimmy Sotos, leading to a fast-break dunk that capped a 14-2 surge that made it 67-57 with 3:50 to play.

The Scarlet Knights got no closer than eight points down the stretch.

No. 17 Oregon 79, Utah 73

Chris Duarte scored 25 points and Eric Williams Jr. added 19 to lift Oregon over Utah.

LJ Figueroa scored 15 points for the Ducks (9-2, 4-1 Pac-12) before exiting late in the second half with an apparent leg injury. Amauri Hardy added 13 points. Oregon beat Utah for the 18th time in the last 20 games between the two schools.

Timmy Allen scored 23 points and Mikael Jantunen added a career-high 20 points to lead the Utes (4-4, 1-3). Pelle Larsson had 15 points, five rebounds, and five assists before fouling out in the final minute.

No. 18 Texas Tech 91, Iowa State 64

Kyler Edwards scored 16 of his 19 points in the first half as Texas Tech built a huge lead and breezed past Iowa State.

The Red Raiders (10-3, 3-2 Big 12) used a pair of 12-0 runs to make it 54-28 with just over a minute left before the break.

Mac McClung added 18 points for the Red Raiders. Kevin McCullar finished with 15 points and 11 rebounds.

Solomon Young and Rasir Bolton led the Cyclones (2-7, 0-5) with 15 points each.

No. 21 Duke 79, Wake Forest 68

Matthew Hurt scored a career-high 26 points to help Duke beat Wake Forest in Hall of Fame coach Mike Krzyzewski's return from a one-game absence due to COVID-19 protocols.

Freshman DJ Steward added 21 points for the Blue Devils (5-2, 3-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), who shot 51% and controlled the boards to extend their home-court dominance in the long-running in-state series.

Krzyzewski missed Wednesday's one-point win against Boston College. He had said previously that he and his wife were following quarantine protocols after a family member had tested positive for COVID-19, though Krzyzewski said both of them had tested negative.

He said he was tested again early Saturday before being cleared. He said a daughter and granddaughter are fighting the virus and "doing OK but not great."

No. 22 Virginia 61, Boston College 49

Jay Huff matched his career-high with 18 points, adding eight rebounds to lead Virginia over Boston College.

Sam Hauser scored 17 with 10 boards to help the Cavaliers (6-2, 3-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) win their third straight since a Dec. 26 loss to top-ranked Gonzaga.

DeMarr Langford Jr. scored 14 and CJ Felder had nine points and nine rebounds for BC, which managed a season-low points. The Eagles (2-9, 0-5) have lost eight of their last nine matchups against Virginia, with the one victory coming in January against the No. 18 and defending NCAA champion Cavaliers — BC's last win over a ranked team.

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