TOP 25 ROUNDUP
STILLWATER, Okla. — Buddy Hield scored 26 points to help No. 2 Oklahoma hold off a spirited Oklahoma State squad 74-72 on Wednesday night.
Hield made 10 of 17 shots for the Sooners (14-1, 3-1 Big 12), but he committed 10 turnovers, including a crucial one that gave Oklahoma State a chance to win. Jeffrey Carroll missed a potential game-winning 3-pointer for the Cowboys as time expired.
Jawun Evans scored 42 points, an Oklahoma State (9-7, 1-3) record for a freshman and the third-most points in school history.
Oklahoma is in position to move up to No. 1 after top-ranked Kansas lost at West Virginia on Tuesday night. The Sooners host No. 11 West Virginia on Saturday.
CLEMSON 68, No. 9 DUKE 63: At Greenville, S.C., Jaron Blossomgame scored 17 points, including the clinching dunk with 13.5 seconds left, to lift Clemson over Duke.
Coupled with Sunday's win over then No. 16 Louisville, it's the first time the Tigers (11-6, 4-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) have beaten consecutive ranked opponents since closing the 1989 season with victories over Duke and Georgia Tech.
This one started like a typical Blue Devils blowout, with Duke taking a 28-16 lead midway through the opening half. Instead, the Tigers hung tough to beat Duke (14-3, 3-1) for the second time in three seasons.
No. 6 VILLANOVA 83, MARQUETTE 68: At Villanova, Pa., Kris Jenkins scored 20 points and Jalen Brunson had 14 to lead Villanova over Marquette.
The Wildcats (15-2, 5-0 Big East) blew a 16-point lead and trailed early in the second half until they took control late in game to for the 36th straight time at the Pavilion.
Daniel Ochefu grabbed 13 rebounds and the Wildcats hit eight 3-pointers to win their seventh straight game.
No. 10 SMU 79, EAST CAROLINA 55: At Greenville, N.C., Ben Moore scored 17 points and SMU remained unbeaten by routing East Carolina.
Markus Kennedy had 11 points and 10 rebounds, Jordan Tolbert finished with 15 points and Nic Moore had a career-high 12 assists for the Mustangs (16-0, 5-0 American Athletic Conference), who had five double-figure scorers for the fourth time this season.
Playing their first game as a top-10 team in 31 years, they never trailed and shot 52.5 percent while extending the best start and second-longest winning streak in school history.
ALABAMA 73, No. 19 SOUTH CAROLINA 50: At Tuscaloosa, Ala., Riley Norris hit his first seven 3-point attempts and scored a career-high 27 points to lead Alabama to an upset of previously unbeaten South Carolina.
The Crimson Tide (10-5, 1-2 Southeastern Conference) got the first league win of Avery Johnson's debut season in stunningly easy fashion. The upset leaves No. 10 SMU as the nation's only unbeaten major college team.
The Gamecocks (15-1, 2-1) missed their first 12 shots of the second half and went more than 11 minutes without a field goal starting before the break. They ended an 8-minute scoring drought after halftime down 48-22.
No. 22 BAYLOR 82, TCU 54: At Waco, Texas, Terry Maston scored a career-high 17 points and combined with Taurean Prince for all the scoring in Baylor's game-turning run before halftime as the Bears beat TCU.
Baylor (13-3, 3-1 Big 12) went ahead to stay with a 13-0 run over the final 3 1/2 minutes of the first half.
Since the instate rivals became conference foes again three seasons ago, Baylor has won all eight meetings by an average margin of 20 points.
No. 24 PURDUE 74, PENN ST. 57: At West Lafayette, Ind., Vince Edwards scored 19 points, Isaac Haas had 14 and Caleb Swanigan added 13 as Purdue routed struggling Penn State.
The Boilermakers (15-3, 3-2 Big Ten) have won seven of eight in this series and nine straight at home against the Nittany Lions.