Men’s College Basketball Roundup: Virginia tops No. 5 Florida St.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Kihei Clark scored 15 points, including a go-ahead layup with 59 seconds left, and Virginia ended No. 5 Florida State’s 10-game winning streak, 61-56 on Tuesday night.
Mamadi Diakite had 19 points and nine rebounds for Virginia, which has won two straight after losing four of its previous five.
Devin Vassell led Florida State (17-3, 7-2) with 17 points. The loss was the Seminoles’ first since Dec. 3 at Indiana.
No. 9 Duke 79, Pittsburgh 67
DURHAM, N.C. — Vernon Carey Jr. had 26 points and 13 rebounds as Duke beat Pittsburgh after both teams honored Kobe Bryant during a pregame ceremony at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Tre Jones contributed 14 points and Duncan Goldwire scored 13 as the Blue Devils (17-3, 6-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) won their second straight game after dropping consecutive decisions to Clemson and Louisville. Pitt (13-8, 4-6) was led by Au’Diese Toney’s game-high 27 points, but lost for the fourth time in six games.
No. 8 Villanova 79, St. John’s 59
NEW YORK — Saddiq Bey scored 23 points, Collin Gillespie had 17 points and 13 rebounds, and Villanova won its seventh straight game, easily handling St. John’s.
Justin Moore, starting for injured forward Jermaine Samuels, added 11 points and fellow freshman Jeremiah Robinson-Earl had 13 points and 14 rebounds as the balanced Wildcats (17-3, 7-1 Big East) won for the 13th time in 14 games.
Rasheem Dunn had 24 points for St. John’s (13-9, 2-7), the only Big East team to beat Villanova in each of the past two seasons.
No. 16 Butler 69, Georgetown 64
WASHINGTON — Kamar Baldwin heated up after halftime for the second consecutive game, helping Butler overcome another deficit to beat Georgetown.
Baldwin scored 12 of his 13 points in the second half, and now Butler has won two consecutive games after dropping three in a row in Big East play.
No. 17 Auburn 83, Mississippi 82, 2 OT
OXFORD, Miss. — Isaac Okoro converted a big three-point play with 1:41 left in the second overtime, and Auburn topped Mississippi.
Okoro had 14 points and nine rebounds for Auburn (18-2, 5-2 SEC), which trailed by as many as 19 early in the second half. Anfernee McLemore led the Tigers with 19 points, and Samir Doughty had 17.
No. 25 Rutgers 70, Purdue 63
PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Caleb McConnell scored 16 points, making all 12 of his free throw attempts, and Rutgers nearly blew a 17-point lead before holding off Purdue.
Rutgers (16-5, 7-3 Big Ten) would build the lead to 44-27, before Purdue (11-10, 4-6) went on a 10-2 run capped by a Jahaad Proctor layup to make it 46-37 at 14:12. Purdue would continue to chip away at the lead, getting it to six on a couple of occasions by the under four minute media timeout.
Matt Haarms had a dunk to make it 62-58 with 3:29, before Evan Boudreaux hit the second of two free throws to make it a three-point game.
Haarms would foul out on the ensuing possession, and McConnell would hit a pair of free throws to put Rutgers up 64-59 with just under two to play, but Eric Hunter Jr. would make a layup with half a minute to go to make it 64-61.
It’s the closest Purdue would get.
Proctor led Purdue with 19 points on while Trevion Williams had 17 points and 13 rebounds.