No. 1 Kentucky rolls Eastern Kentucky
LEXINGTON, Ky. — Karl-Anthony Towns scored a career-high 19 points and top-ranked Kentucky rolled to an 82-49 victory over Eastern Kentucky on Sunday night.
Two days after a hard-fought victory over No. 6 Texas, the Wildcats (9-0) had a significantly easier time against the neighboring Colonels, whose campus is located about 20 miles south of Lexington. Despite making its first 3-point attempt with 2:57 remaining, Kentucky still shot 33 of 58 from the field (57 percent) and dominated almost every statistical category.
Willie Cauley-Stein added 11 points and Trey Lyles 10 points with 10 rebounds as Kentucky improved to 11-0 against EKU (4-3).
Denzel Richardson had 19 points for the Colonels, who shot just 18 of 69 (26 percent) from the field in losing their third straight. They made just 6 of 30 3-pointers after entering the game averaging nearly 11 per game from behind the arc.
NO. 12 NORTH CAROLINA 108, EAST CAROLINA 64: At Chapel Hill, N.C., Brice Johnson had 19 points and a career-high 17 rebounds for North Carolina.
J.P. Tokoto also scored 19 points for the Tar Heels (6-2), who shot a season-best 60 percent from the floor. Kennedy Meeks added 12 points and Nate Britt finished with 10.
Terry Whisnant scored 15 points for East Carolina (4-5), which shot 33 percent from the field. B.J. Tyson had 13 points.
East Carolina led 10-9 before Isaiah Hicks scored seven points on three consecutive possessions for the Tar Heels.
Hicks dunked twice off passes from Tokoto and then converted a three-point play to give North Carolina a 16-10 lead.
The Pirates closed to 19-16 with 10:54 left, but never got any closer.
WASHINGTON 49, NO. 13 SAN DIEGO STATE 36: At Seattle, Nigel Williams-Goss scored 15 points, and Washington held San Diego State to a school record for fewest points.
Andrew Andrews added 13 points as Washington (7-0) posted just its second win over a ranked opponent since 2011.
San Diego State (6-2) shot just 20.4 percent. It was the lowest shooting percentage for the Aztecs dating to 1996 and the second time this season shooting under 25 percent in a game. San Diego State shot 24.6 percent in beating Cal State Bakersfield last month.
The 36 points were the fewest for San Diego State as a Division I program. The previous low was 38 against Utah in 1999.
NO. 16 WEST VIRGINIA 67, NORTHERN KENTUCKY 42: At Highland Heights, Ky., West Virginia found its scoring touch in the second half and cruised past Northern Kentucky.
Juwan Staten and Devin Williams led West Virginia (8-1) with 12 points each, and Chad Jackson led the Norse (3-5) with 12 points.
West Virginia, coming off a disappointing 74-73 loss to LSU on Thursday, was sluggish at the start of the game. The Norse controlled the pace of the game early on, shooting the ball three times as often as West Virginia in the game’s first five minutes. But Northern Kentucky couldn’t capitalize.
CLEMSON 68, NO. 18 ARKANSAS 65: At Clemson, S.C., Clemson’s Rod Hall scored 11 of his 19 points in the final minute of regulation and overtime.
The Tigers (5-3) trailed 57-51 on Bobby Portis’ layup with 1:17 to go. That’s when Hall led the Clemson comeback. He made a layup before converting a Razorbacks turnover into another basket. Rashad Madden coughed up the ball again for Arkansas, and Jaron Blossomgame made a layup to tie at 57.
Hall started the extra period with a 3-pointer to put Clemson out front for good.
Michael Qualls hit a 3-pointer to bring Arkansas within 68-65 with 1:01 to play. But that was as close as the Razorbacks (6-2) would get.
Qualls had 21 points for Arkansas.
Blossomgame added 17 points for Clemson, which defeated its second Southeastern Conference opponent this season.