'Neers knock off No. 1 Jayhawks
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Jaysean Paige scored 26 points, Devin Williams had 17 points and 12 rebounds, and No. 11 West Virginia beat top-ranked Kansas 74-63 on Tuesday night.
West Virginia (15-1, 4-0 Big 12) is off to its best start since 1982, when it started 24-1.
Perry Ellis scored 21 points for Kansas (14-2, 3-1). The Jayhawks committed a season-high 22 turnovers, shot 42 percent for the game and were held to their lowest point total of the season.
West Virginia fans stormed the court and sang John Denver's "Country Roads" after the Mountaineers' first win over a top-ranked team in 33 years.
With snowy conditions and traffic gridlock outside, Kansas arrived at the WVU Coliseum from their nearby hotel only an hour before the game with the help of a police escort.
The Jayhawks are the fourth No. 1 to lose this season joining North Carolina, Kentucky and Michigan State.
MICHIGAN 70, No. 3 MARYLAND 67: At Ann Arbor, Mich., Zak Irvin scored 22 points for sharp-shooting Michigan, which won when Rasheed Sulaimon missed a 3-pointer in the final seconds. Maryland's nine-game winning streak came to an end despite 22 points and 11 rebounds from Diamond Stone. Michigan (13-4, 3-1 Big Ten) held Maryland's backcourt duo of Sulaimon and Melo Trimble to 10 points on 4-of-17 shooting. The Wolverines were without guard Caris LeVert, their leading scorer. The senior missed a third straight game with a lower left leg injury.
No. 7 XAVIER 84, DEPAUL 64: At Cincinnati, Trevon Bluiett scored a career-high 24 points — 19 in the first half — for Xavier. Xavier (15-1, 3-1 Big East) led most of the way as Bluiett got his shooting touch early, making his first four shots from beyond the arc. He tied his career high with five 3-pointers on 11 attempts. The Musketeers made a season-high 12 3-pointers. Myke Henry scored 16 points for DePaul (6-11, 0-5), which dropped its fifth straight game.
No. 13 VIRGINIA 66, No. 8 MIAMI 58: At Charlottesville, Va., Malcolm Brogdon had 20 points and London Perrantes scored all 13 of his in the second half as Virginia ended a two-game losing streak. Anthony Gill added 15 points for the Cavaliers (13-3, 2-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), who used an 11-2 run in the second half to turn a 43-41 deficit into a 52-45 lead with 7½ minutes to go and never trailed again.
No. 12 PROVIDENCE 50, CREIGHTON 48: At Omaha, Neb., Kris Dunn hit a fadeaway jumper at the buzzer and scored 16 of his 20 points in the second half as Providence overcame its worst shooting of the season. The Friars (15-2, 3-1 Big East) took their first lead with under 5 minutes to play after trailing by as many as 12 points in the first half. Maurice Watson tied it 48-48 with 11.2 seconds left after stealing the ball from Dunn on the other end for Creighton (12-6, 3-2).
No. 14 KENTUCKY 80, MISSISSIPPI ST. 74: At Lexington, Ky., Jamal Murray scored 22 points to lead Kentucky. The Wildcats (13-3, 3-1 Southeastern Conference) have won nine straight over the Bulldogs and 12 consecutive league games at home. Mississippi State (7-8, 0-3) rallied from a 20-point deficit in the second half and trailed 74-71 with 1:14 remaining, but the Wildcats made six free throws in the final 47 seconds to seal the win.
No. 15 TEXAS A&M 71, FLORIDA 68: At College Station, Texas, Jalen Jones scored 26 points and Danuel House added 22 to help Texas A&M to its seventh straight win. Florida (10-6, 2-2 Southeastern Conference) never led after halftime but tied it twice and never let the Aggies (14-2, 4-0) pull away. Dorian Finney-Smith led the Gators with 17 points and Justin Leon had 16.
TEXAS 94, No. 17 IOWA ST. 91, OT: At Austin, Texas, Isaiah Taylor scored 28 points, including five in overtime, for Texas in the upset. Tevin Mack and Eric Davis scored 14 points each for the Longhorns (10-6, 2-2 Big 12), and Javan Felix added 13. Texas made 13 3-pointers in the game. Georges Niang led Iowa State (12-4, 1-3) with 27 points, including 19 after halftime.