Top 25 CapsulesBy The Associated Press , Associated Press
Feb. 21, 2013 1:49 AM ET
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Naadir Tharpe connected on a short jumper in the lane with 16.5 seconds left in the second overtime, lifting No. 9 Kansas to a 68-67 win over No. 14 Oklahoma State on Wednesday night.
Travis Releford scored 18 points and Jeff Withey had three double-overtime free throws among his 17 points for the Jayhawks (22-4, 10-4 Big 12), who are tied with No. 13 Kansas State for the conference lead with five games to go. Kansas has had at least a share of the Big 12 regular-season title for each of the past eight years, but that streak was in jeopardy against the surging Cowboys.
Markel Brown scored 20 points to lead Oklahoma State (19-6, 9-4), which had won seven straight — including snapping the Jayhawks' 33-game home winning streak at Allen Fieldhouse earlier this month.
NO. 3 GONZAGA 85, SANTA CLARA 42
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Elias Harris scored 17 points and Gonzaga won its ninth straight.
Kelly Olynyk added 15 points for the Bulldogs (26-2, 13-0 West Coast), who have their highest-ever ranking in the AP poll.
Brandon Clark led Santa Clara (19-9, 7-6) with 14 points. Leading scorer Kevin Foster was saddled with three fouls in the first half and finished with just four points, 14 below his average.
Gonzaga needs one more victory to claim at least a share of the WCC regular season title it lost last season. The Broncos are battling to finish in the top four to earn a bye into the quarterfinals of the WCC tournament next month.
Santa Clara averages 75 points per game, and had not scored less than 60 points in a game all season. They lost just 81-74 at home against Gonzaga.
NO. 8 SYRACUSE 84, PROVIDENCE 59
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — James Southerland scored 20 points, Michael Carter-Williams had 15 points and 12 assists, and Syracuse won its 38th straight at home.
The Orange (22-4, 10-3 Big East) have the longest active streak in Division I and moved into a tie with Marquette and No. 11 Georgetown atop the conference standings. C.J. Fair had 20 points and 10 rebounds, his ninth double-double of the season, and Brandon Triche scored 14 points for Syracuse.
Providence (14-12, 6-8) had won four straight Big East games, including triumphs over then-No. 17 Cincinnati and then-No. 21 Notre Dame on Saturday.
Providence guard Vincent Council had 15 points and seven assists to become the all-time Big East assist leader with 431.
NO. 11 GEORGETOWN 90, DEPAUL 66
WASHINGTON (AP) — D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera scored a career-high 33 points — the most by any Georgetown player this season — and the Hoyas moved back into a tie for first place in the Big East.
Smith-Rivera went 10 for 12 from the field, 8 for 10 from the free-throw line and made 5 of 6 3-pointers.
Nate Lubick added 15 points, and Jabril Trawick had 13 as the Hoyas (20-4, 10-3) pulled away with a 15-4 run at the end of the first half en route to their eighth straight win. Georgetown shot 63 percent and scored a season-high in points, pulling into a tie with Syracuse and Marquette atop the conference.
Brandon Young scored 16 points to lead the Blue Demons (11-15, 2-11), who have lost 12 in a row to Georgetown and 40 straight to Top 25 teams.
NO. 12 ARIZONA 70, WASHINGTON 52
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Solomon Hill had 19 points, Mark Lyons added 14 and Arizona pulled away after an uninspired start.
Whether it was the late tipoff or the rare snowstorm outside, Arizona (22-4, 10-4 Pac-12) was sluggish at the start, needing nearly 12 minutes just to crack double figures. Once they got rolling, the Wildcats didn't stop, revving up the rowdy crowd inside McKale Center with fastbreak layups and tenacious defense.
Nick Johnson added 12 points, five assists and keyed a second-half run that put the game out of reach.
Washington (14-13, 6-8) failed to take advantage of Arizona's slow start thanks to a tough night on offense. The Huskies shot 30 percent and were 1 of 11 from 3-point range to lose their fifth straight road game. C.J. Wilcox had 15 points and Abdul Gaddy added 12.
NO. 18 OHIO ST. 71, MINNESOTA 45
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Deshaun Thomas overcame a slow start to score 19 points and Ohio State used a 16-0 second-half run to cruise past Minnesota.
The teams came into the night in dire need of a Big Ten win. Both had lost three of their last four, and each was humiliated on the road on Sunday. The Golden Gophers (18-9, 6-8 Big Ten) were pounded at Iowa, 72-51, while Ohio State (19-7, 9-5) wasn't a factor over the final 35 minutes in a 71-49 rout by Wisconsin.
Shannon Scott added 11 points and LaQuinton Ross 10 for the Buckeyes, who have won the last six meetings with the Golden Gophers overall and the last six in Columbus.
Andre Hollins had 11 points and Oto Osenieks 10 for Minnesota, which had a season-high 24 turnovers and shot just 29 percent from the field (14 of 48).
NO. 19 WISCONSIN 69, NORTHWESTERN 41
EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Jared Berggren and Ben Brust each scored 12 points, and Wisconsin shut down Northwestern for its fifth win in six games.
The balanced Badgers (19-8, 10-4 Big Ten) had five players with at least eight points and held the Wildcats to 29-percent shooting during a very businesslike performance. Brust, who missed the last two days of practice with a sore left knee, and Berggren also had eight rebounds apiece as Wisconsin enjoyed a 47-22 edge on the boards.
Reggie Hearn scored 13 for Northwestern (13-14, 4-10), which has dropped four in a row and six of seven. The Wildcats, who have lost four players to season-ending injuries, went 8 for 24 from 3-point range, but managed just seven field goals from inside the arc.
NO. 21 MEMPHIS 81, HOUSTON 74
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Adonis Thomas scored 22 points, Chris Crawford had 11 points and a career-high 13 rebounds as Memphis won its 17th straight.
Thomas also had eight rebounds and Crawford finished one assist shy of a triple-double as the Tigers (23-3, 12-0 Conference USA) held on through a final flurry by the Cougars. Tarik Black scored 15 points, while D. J. Stephens had 14 points on 5-of-6 shooting and 10 rebounds for Memphis. Joe Jackson also scored 11 points with six assists.
Joseph Young led the Cougars (15-10, 4-8) with 22 points, while TaShawn Thomas added 20 points. Danuel House scored 16 points on 6-for-9 shooting as Houston lost its second straight and third in the last four.
UNLV 61, NO. 22 COLORADO STATE 59
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Anthony Marshall's short jumper just inside the free-throw line with 7 seconds left to lift UNLV past Colorado State.
Bryce Dejean-Jones and Katin Reinhardt had 15 points each for the Runnin' Rebels (20-7, 7-5 Mountain West), and Marshall finished with 11.
Colton Iverson scored 16 points to lead Colorado State (21-5, 8-3), which outscored UNLV 19-8 over the first 6:45 of the second half to tie the score at 40-all.
The Rebels pulled ahead by seven on Savon Goodman's layup at the 9:08 mark, but the Rams charged back with a 13-4 run to take a 55-53 lead with 3:18 remaining.
After trading baskets several times, and with the score tied at 59, Marshall grabbed a defensive rebound after Dorian Green's 3-point attempt missed. The senior guard held the ball, taking time off the clock, before hitting his game-winner.