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Top 25 men's and women's basketball roundup

Men

No. 19 Missouri 73, No. 6 Tennessee 64

Mired in a slump the past couple of games, Xavier Pinson was due for a breakout performance.

Missouri's junior point guard cranked up the intensity Saturday night, scoring 27 points to lead the Tigers to a win over Tennessee.

It was Missouri's first win in Knoxville since 1972.

“Pinson controlled the game,” Tennessee coach Rick Barnes said. “They came out tonight saying, ‘We’re gonna go at it.'”

Pinson became the first opponent to score more than 20 points against the Volunteers this season. Dru Smith added 18 for the Tigers (10-2, 4-2 Southeastern Conference).

“I thought (Pinson) played well,” Missouri coach Cuonzo Martin said. “He was able to get downhill, get the ball in the paint. He was aggressive going north and south. When he goes east and west, he's not effective.”

Yves Pons paced Tennessee (10-3, 4-3) with 20 points. Victor Bailey and Josiah-Jordan James each scored 12 for the Vols, who have lost their last two games.

Tennessee played without freshman standout Jaden Springer, who missed the game with an ankle injury.

“I'm not concerned about our defense as much as I am about our offense,” Barnes said. “All the pressure is on our offense. Our defense feeds off the offense.”

Bailey's 3-pointer shortly after halftime cut Missouri's lead to 44-40. That's when the Tigers went on a 9-2 run, keyed by a 3-pointer from Kobe Brown.

Pinson scored 19 points in the first half — including three 3-pointers — to lead Missouri to a 40-34 advantage. Smith had 13 before the break.

“Dru’s been playing at a high level the past few games,” Martin said. “He shot great.”

The opening period was an uphill battle from the start for the Vols. They committed three turnovers before scoring a point and trailed 17-5 by the midway point. Pons was the only effective scorer for Tennessee with 15.

Tennessee narrowed the gap to 32-29 but couldn't get any closer before halftime.

Back on Dec. 30 at Missouri, the Volunteers started strong and never slowed down in a 73-53 win.

The rematch was quite different.

Tennessee committed three turnovers before scoring a point. Missouri seized the opportunity to lead 17-5 and never trailed.

“I give all the credit to Tennessee at our place,” Martin said. “That was a hard pill for me to swallow. Our guys embraced the challenge tonight, got in the passing lanes and were aggressive.

“A top-10 team won the game today. I want to see how we jump (in the polls).”

Missouri turned the ball over 21 times in its loss to Tennessee. This time, the Tigers had just 11 turnovers.

“If we take care of the ball, we're as good as anyone,” Martin said.

The Vols had 18 turnovers, 10 of which were Missouri steals.

“When you're behind, you can't turn the ball over or give up second shots,” Barnes said. “We did both.”

Pinson totaled nine points, three assists and nine turnovers in the previous two games. Getting him on track was imperative for the Tigers.

Getting — and keeping — Springer healthy is critical for the Vols going forward. He was limited against Alabama and Florida, both losses, and missed this game entirely.

Oklahoma 75, No. 9 Kansas 68

De’Vion Harmon scored 22 points and Oklahoma beat Kansas for its second victory of the month over a Top 10 opponent.

Oklahoma (9-4, 5-3 Big 12) has won three of its last four games against Kansas (10-5, 4-4) in Norman and is 8-1 at home this season — including a victory over then-No. 9 West Virginia on Jan. 2.

Coming off losses at Oklahoma State and No. 2 Baylor, Kansas has lost three straight games for the first time since February 2013. Marcus Garrett had 21 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Jayhawks.

No. 1 Gonzaga 95, Pacific 49

Drew Timme scored 22 points and freshman Jalen Suggs came close to a triple-double, helping top-ranked Gonzaga rout Pacific for its 19th consecutive victory dating to last season.

Corey Kispert had 16 points, and Joel Ayayi added 12 for Gonzaga (15-0, 6-0 West Coast Conference), which won its 47th consecutive home game — the longest streak in the nation. Suggs finished with nine points, 11 rebounds and eight assists.

Daniss Jenkins scored 17 points for Pacific (5-3, 2-2), which tried to play its slowdown game but was undone by poor shooting.

Gonzaga shot 49% while Pacific made just 27.9% of its attempts, including 2 of 16 from 3-point range.

Timme scored 11 points as Gonzaga jumped to a 26-5 lead in less than eight minutes. Pacific made only two of its first 14 shots, while Gonzaga shot 60% in that span.

No. 2 Baylor 81, Oklahoma State 66

Jared Butler scored 22 points and Baylor overcame a halftime deficit to beat undermanned Oklahoma State.

Oklahoma State guard Cade Cunningham, the Big 12 Conference’s leading scorer, did not play because of COVID-19 protocols. Key reserve Rondel Walker also sat out, leaving the team with eight players available.

The Cowboys still pushed the Bears, leading in the early minutes of the second half before Baylor took control. The Bears shot 53% after the break.

Mark Vital scored a career-high 19 points, and Davion Mitchell had eight points and nine assists for Baylor (14-0, 7-0). Kalib Boone scored a career-high 21 points for Oklahoma State (9-4, 3-4).

No. 8 Houston 68, Temple 51

Marcus Sasser and Quentin Grimes each scored 15 points and Houston rolled to its sixth straight victory, beating Temple.

The Cougars (13-1, 8-1 American Athletic Conference) also beat the Owls on Dec. 22. Grimes and Sasser hit consecutive early 3s to build a 19-point lead. Jake Forrester led the Owls (3-4, 2-4) with 15 points, and Khalif Battle had 14.

No. 13 Virginia 64, Georgia Tech 62

Sam Hauser scored 11 of his 22 points during a 15-2 second-half run and Virginia survived a scare before rallying to beat Georgia Tech.

Kihei Clark scored only two points for Virginia (10-2, 6-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), but they came on a short jumper with 1:09 left that broke a 62-all tie.

Jose Alvarado scored 20 points and had eight assists, and Jordan Usher scored 15 of his 19 points in the first half for the Yellow Jackets (7-4, 3-2). They had their five-game winning streak snapped.

No. 14 West Virginia 79, Kansas State 47

Miles McBride scored 18 points to help West Virginia beat Kansas State in the Mountaineers’ first game in two weeks because of COVID-19 protocols.

Jalen Bridges added 12 points and Taz Sherman had 10 for West Virginia (10-4, 3-3 Big 12).

Mike McGuirl led Kansas State (5-11, 1-7) with 15 points The Wildcats had 28 turnovers, the most by a Big 12 team this season and the most in a game under coach Bruce Weber.

Syracuse 78, No. 16 Virginia Tech 60

Quincy Guerrier had 20 points, Marek Doelzaj added 18 and Alan Griffin had 15 points, 10 rebounds and a career-high seven blocks to help Syracuse beat Virginia Tech.

Virginia Tech closed to 47-44 on a lay-in by David N’Guessan with 13:45 to go, then Syracuse (9-4, 3-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) outscored the Hokies 31-9 to build its biggest lead of the game at 78-53.

Nahiem Alleyne led the Hokies (11-3, 5-2) with 20 points.

Maryland 63, No. 17 Minnesota 49

Eric Ayala had 21 points and three steals to help Maryland deliver another road upset of a ranked Big Ten opponent, a wire-to-wire victory over Minnesota.

Donta Scott added 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Terrapins (9-7, 3-6). They limited Minnesota's Liam Robbins to six points on 2-for-6 shooting before the 7-footer fouled out.

Marcus Carr had 25 points and seven rebounds for the Gophers (11-5, 4-5). They lost at home for the first time in 12 games this season.

No. 18 Alabama 81, Mississippi State 73

Herbert Jones had 17 points and seven assists to help streaking Alabama beat Mississippi State.

The Crimson Tide (13-3, 8-0 Southeastern Conference) won its ninth straight overall and has won eight consecutive SEC games for the first time since starting league play 8-0 in the 1986-87 season. The Bulldogs (9-7, 4-4) cut an 11-point second-half deficit down to three in the final minute, but John Petty Jr. answered with a 3-pointer with 32 seconds left.

D.J. Stewart Jr. led Mississippi State with 27 points.

Florida State 80, No. 20 Clemson 61

Balsa Koprivica had 13 points and 10 rebounds and Florida State pulled away early to rout Clemson for its fourth straight victory.

Sardaar Calhoun added a career-best 13 points for Florida State (9-2, 5-1 Atlantic Coast Conference). He made 4 of 5 3-pointers.

John Newman III scored 12 points for Clemson (9-4, 3-4).

Oregon State 73, No. 21 Oregon 61

Ethan Thompson scored 19 points, Warith Alatishe had 14 points and 16 rebounds and Oregon State beat Oregon.

Jarod Lucas added 13 points, and the Beavers (8-5, 4-3 Pac-12) had a 43-23 rebounding edge en route to their third straight victory.

Thompson, a senior guard, joined Gary Payton as the only players in school history with at least 1,400 points and 400 assists. He was 3-for-11 from the field, but made 12 of 14 free throws

Eugene Omoruyi had 15 points and nine rebounds for Oregon (9-3, 4-2), playing without four projected starters. Freshman guard Jalen Terry had 13 points.

Stanford 73, No. 24 UCLA 72 (OT)

Oscar da Silva scored off an inbound pass as time expired in overtime to lift Stanford over UCLA, ending the Bruins’ unbeaten streak in the Pac-12.

Da Silva finished with 26 points, the last coming on a layup off a set piece with 0.8 seconds remaining. Da Silva cut down the lane, received Michael O’Connell’s feed from under the basket and banked the winning shot in with his left hand.

Jaiden Dalaire added 19 points for the Cardinal (9-5, 5-3 Pac-12). Johnny Juzang scored a career-high 27 points for the Bruins (12-3, 8-1).

Women

No. 9 Baylor 84, Oklahoma 61

NaLyssa Smith scored 21 points, Moon Ursin had 14 points with 11 rebounds and Baylor overwhelmed Oklahoma, a week after the end of the Lady Bears’ national-best 61-game home winning streak.

Baylor (10-2, 5-1 Big 12) took over the game in the second quarter by outscoring Oklahoma 25-5 to stretch a two-point lead to 22 at halftime.

DiDi Richards had a career-high 12 assists for the Lady Bears, who after their 75-71 home loss to Iowa State last Saturday rebounded with a 77-58 win at Oklahoma State on Wednesday night.

Madi Williams led Oklahoma (4-7, 1-5) with 29 points and Taylor Robertson made five 3-pointers while scoring 19 points.

Texas 70, No. 24 Iowa State 59

Charli Collier had 22 points and 19 rebounds, and Texas pulled away in the third quarter and beat Iowa State, snapping the Cyclones’ four-game winning streak.

Texas (11-3, 5-2 Big 12) has won three of four to end a two-game road losing streak that helped knock the Longhorns out of the Top 25 and swept the season series against Iowa State (10-5, 6-2).

Collier, a Preseason National Player of the Year candidate, collected her nation-leading 10th double-double of the season. It was her fifth straight game scoring in double figures. She also blocked three shots and was one rebound shy of a career best.

Joanne Allen-Taylor added 16 points and Celeste Taylor had 14 for the Longhorns.

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