MANHATTAN, Kan. — Travis Releford scored 12 points and No. 3 Kansas held off No. 11 Kansas State down the stretch for a 59-55 victory Tuesday night that gave the Jayhawks sole possession of first place in the Big 12.
Ben McLemore and Jeff Withey added 11 points each for the Jayhawks (17-1, 5-0 Big 12), who pushed their nation-leading winning streak to 16 games and ended the Wildcats' 12-game home winning streak.
Shane Southwell, who scored a career-high 19 points, got Kansas State (15-3, 4-1) within 56-53 with a scooping layup with 38.2 seconds left. Naadir Tharpe made two foul shots to restore a five-point lead.
Villanova 73, No. 5 Louisville 64
At Philadelphia, Achraf Yacoubou hit the tiebreaking 3-pointer late in the second half to help Villanova to the upset.
The Wildcats (12-7, 3-3 Big East) led by as many as 10 points in the first half and rallied late in the second to send the Cardinals to their second straight loss. Louisville (16-3, 4-2) had an 11-game winning streak end in a 70-68 loss to Syracuse on Saturday.
No. 13 Michigan State 49, Wisconsin 47
At Madison, Wis., Keith Appling scored 19 points and Branden Dawson added 18 for Michigan State.
Mike Bruesewitz led Wisconsin (13-6, 4-2 Big Ten) with 10 points.
No. 14 Ohio State 72, Iowa 63
At Columbus, Ohio, Deshaun Thomas, who missed part of the second half with a cut above his eye, scored 16 points as Ohio State built a big lead and then held on.
Thomas, the Big Ten's leading scorer at 21 points per game, sat out about 3 minutes while an open cut over his right eye was bandaged.
Wake Forest 86,No. 18 N.C. State 84
At Winston-Salem, N.C., freshman Devin Thomas had a season-high 25 points, 14 rebounds and four blocks for Wake Forest.
Travis McKie added 16 points for the Demon Deacons (10-8, 3-3 Atlantic Coast Conference), including two free throws with 3.4 seconds left that helped Wake Forest hold on down the stretch in a wild final 41/2; minutes.
N.C. State led by 16 points in the first half and 12 at halftime only to see the Demon Deacons rally and push ahead to their own 10-point lead.
No. 22 Missouri 71,South Carolina 65
At Columbia, Mo., Earnest Ross and Jabari Brown hit key 3-pointers in the final 1:11 and Missouri overcame 5-for-27 shooting from long range and a 13-point second-half deficit.
Ross had a career-best 21 points and Brown had 17 for Missouri (14-4, 3-2 Southeastern Conference)
.Brown had eight points in a 20-2 run that gave Missouri a five-point lead with just under 12 minutes to go. Alex Oriakhi was 10 for 10 at the line and fouled out in the final minute with 18 points and 11 rebounds for the Tigers.