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Top 25 roundup: Clemson stuns No. 5 Louisville

Field Level Media
16 Feb 2020, 17:40 GMT+10

John Newman III scored a career-high 23 points, and Clemson stunned No. 5 Louisville 77-62 on Saturday afternoon in Atlantic Coast Conference play in Clemson, S.C.

It was the unranked Tigers' second upset of a top-five team this season, along with a Jan. 14 win against then-No. 3 Duke.

Clemson(13-12, 7-8 ACC) won its second straight. Louisville (21-5, 12-3) trailed by 17 at halftime and fell one half-game behind Duke in the conference standings.

The Tigers took control from the outset, bolting to an 18-5 lead and taking a 17-point advantage, 31-14, into halftime. Clemson, which shot 51 percent for the game, continued its onslaught in the second half, pushing the lead to as many as 21 points.

No. 1 Baylor 70, No. 14 West Virginia 59

Jared Butler scored 21 points, 16 of them in a dominating first half, as the top-ranked Bears strolled to win over the Mountaineers in a key Big 12 Conference dustup in Waco, Texas.

The Bears (23-1, 12-0 Big 12) have reeled off a program-record 22 straight wins and have the second-longest active victory streak in the nation behind only undefeated San Diego State (25).

Taz Sherman led West Virginia (18-7, 6-6) with 20 points off the bench, while Oscar Tshiebwe added 11 points and 12 rebounds. The Mountaineers have lost three straight and endured a tough week, after losing 58-49 at home to Kansas on Wednesday.

No. 2 Gonzaga 89, Pepperdine 77

Filip Petrusev recorded 27 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Bulldogs over the Waves in West Coast Conference play at Malibu, Calif.

Corey Kispert made five 3-pointers while adding 19 points, six rebounds and five assists as Gonzaga (26-1, 12-0 WCC) won its 18th straight game.

Joel Ayayi and Admon Gilder scored 11 points apiece as the Bulldogs defeated the Waves for the 39th consecutive time. Colbey Ross registered 23 points and six assists, and Kameron Edwards scored 22 points for Pepperdine (14-13, 7-6).

No. 3 Kansas 87, Oklahoma 70

Marcus Garrett scored a career-high 24 points to lift the Jayhawks to an easy victory over the Sooners in Lawrence, Kan., stretching Kansas' winning streak over Oklahoma at Allen Fieldhouse to 19 consecutive games.

Garrett was 9 of 18 overall and 6 of 9 from behind the 3-point line for the Jayhawks (22-3, 11-1 Big 12). Devon Dotson added 19 points, and Udoka Azubuike tied his career high with 17 rebounds and scored 15 points for Kansas, which won its 10th straight to stay within striking distance of top-ranked Baylor atop the Big 12.

Kristian Doolittle continued his hot stretch for Oklahoma (16-9, 6-6) with 27 points, 12 rebounds and a career-high five 3-pointers. He's averaging 24.7 points over the last three games.

No. 6 Dayton 71, Massachusetts 63

Obi Toppin scored 19 points with seven rebounds, and Jalen Crutcher had 17 points and five assists as the Flyers won their 14th consecutive game by beating the Minutemen in Amherst, Mass.

The Flyers (23-2, 12-0 Atlantic 10) shot 52.9 percent, which included a sizzling 53.8 percent on 3-pointers (7-for-13). Freshman center Tre Mitchell paced UMass (10-15, 4-8) with 26 points and 10 rebounds, while Samba Diallo had 10 points and six rebounds.

The Minutemen managed to claw back midway through the second half, when Dibaji Walker hit a jumper to slash the deficit to 46-41. But Crutcher added to his reputation for big second-half performances, scoring 11 straight Dayton points to give the Flyers some cushion.

No. 7 Duke 94, Notre Dame 60

Vernon Carey Jr. scored 21 points, and Tre Jones added 19 as the host Blue Devils crushed the Fighting Irish to move into first place in the Atlantic Coast Conference in Durham, N.C.

Duke (22-3, 12-2 ACC), which won its seventh game in a row, went on a 12-5 run to begin the second half, forcing a Notre Dame timeout. In the next nine minutes, the Blue Devils outscored the Irish 23-9 for a 77-46 lead.

Matthew Hurt, who was back in the Duke starting lineup for the first time in three games, and reserve Alex O'Connell each added 12 points. Juwan Durham scored 21 points and John Mooney had 19 to lead Notre Dame (15-10, 6-8). The Irish shot 23.8 percent (5 of 21) from 3-point range.

No. 8 Florida State 80, Syracuse 77

Patrick Williams scored 17 points, and MJ Walker added 16 as the Seminoles rebounded from Monday's loss at Duke with a narrow victory against the Orange at Tallahassee, Fla.

Florida State (21-4, 11-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) played without leading scorer Devin Vassell. The school offered no explanation why Vassell didn't play.

Syracuse (14-11, 7-7) was led by Elijah Hughes with 25 points, followed by 22 points from Joseph Girard III. The Orange's other double-figure scorer was Quincy Guerrier with 13 points. Girard led the way with seven rebounds.

No. 9 Maryland 67, Michigan State 60

Anthony Cowan Jr. hit three straight 3-pointers in the final 2:24 to lead the Terrapins up and over the Spartans in East Lansing, Mich.

Cowan had Maryland's final 11 points on his way to 24 for the Terrapins (21-4, 11-3), who squandered a 15-point first-half lead but rallied late from a seven-point deficit by scoring the game's final 14 points. Michigan State led Maryland 60-53 with 3:24 left before going dry.

Xavier Tillman had 18 points and 11 rebounds, and Cassius Winston added 14 points, but the Spartans (17-9, 9-6) fell for the fourth time in their last five games.

Providence 74, No. 10 Seton Hall 71

Alpha Diallo was the alpha and omega for the Friars with a game-high 35 points and 10 rebounds, as the hosts established a 25-point first-half lead on their way to an upset of the Pirates.

Diallo scored 19 in the first half and was slowed only by foul trouble, which cost him a chunk of the second half after he drew his fourth with 10:32 remaining. Providence (14-12, 7-6) made only 35.6 percent of its shots but grabbed 20 offensive rebounds, winning the board battle 47-35.

Myles Powell pumped in 27 points for conference-leading Seton Hall (18-7, 10-3) but also committed seven of the Pirates' 15 turnovers.

Missouri 85, No. 11 Auburn 73

Junior Dru Smith and sophomore Xavier Pinson each scored a career-high 28 points to help host Missouri snap Auburn's seven-game winning streak with an upset in Columbia, Mo.

Kobe Brown added 10 points and nine rebounds for Missouri, which capitalized on a late first-half run and led by 13 points at the break.

Austin Wiley had a team-high 22 points and 10 rebounds for Auburn, which fell out of a first-place tie in the Southeastern Conference and has trailed by double digits in the second half of five consecutive road games. Auburn (22-3, 9-3) shot just 1-for-17 from 3-point range.

No. 12 Kentucky 67, Mississippi 62

Immanuel Quickley and Keion Brooks dropped in four free throws in the final 7.5 seconds as the Wildcats survived the Rebels' upset bid in Lexington, Ky.

Quickley finished with a team-high 17 points, with 14 coming in the second half. Nick Richards added 16 and Tyrese Maxey 14 for the Wildcats (20-5, 10-2 SEC), who have won eight of their last nine games. Kentucky shot 39 percent (23 of 59) for the game and only 9.1 percent (2 of 22) from 3-point distance.

Breein Tyree led all scorers with 19 points. Blake Hinson and KJ Buffen each scored 13 points for the Rebels (13-12, 4-8).

No. 13 Penn State 77, Northwestern 61

Lamar Stevens recorded 23 points and seven rebounds as the Nittany Lions won their eighth straight game, beating the visiting Wildcats in University Park, Pa.

The Nittany Lions (20-5, 10-4 Big Ten) matched their best conference record at this point in the season since joining the league in 1992. The 20 victories are also tied for the most in school history after 25 games.

Stevens was eight of 17 from the field and became the third Penn State player to top 2,100 career points. He's 35 behind Jesse Arnelle (2,138 from 1951-55) for second place on the school scoring list.

No. 16 Colorado 69, Oregon State 47

Tyler Bey had 21 points and 15 rebounds -- his 10th double-double of the season -- to lead the Buffaloes over the Beavers in their Pac-12 game at Corvallis, Ore.

Bey responded after scoring only four points in a loss at Oregon on Thursday. Colorado (20-6, 9-4 Pac-12) is alone atop the conference standings with the victory. McKinley Wright added 13 points, 10 rebounds and six assists for the Buffaloes.

Oregon State (15-10, 5-8) was led by Ethan Thompson's 17 points, five rebounds and four assists. He was 7 of 17 from the field and missed all five of his 3-point attempts. Tres Tinkle's streak of double-digit scoring games increased to 90, a new school record, passing Mel Counts (1961-64).

Georgetown 73, No. 19 Butler 66

Senior guard Terrell Allen hit all four of his 3-point attempts, scoring a game-high 22 points to spark the Hoyas to an upset of the Bulldogs before a sellout crowd of 9,158 in Indianapolis.

Jahvon Blair scored 16 points for Georgetown (15-10, 5-7 Big East). Jamorko Pickett had 12 points and six rebounds, and Qudus Wahab contributed 11 points and seven boards. Georgetown made 10 of 15 3-point shots and committed only seven turnovers.

Kamar Baldwin poured in 17 points, while Jordan Tucker added 16 points for Butler (19-7, 7-6). Sean McDermott had 12 points for the Bulldogs, who shot 9-for-32 (28.1 percent) from beyond the arc.

SMU 73, No. 20 Houston 72 (OT)

Emmanuel Bandoumel's 3-pointer with 30.6 seconds left in overtime gave the host Mustangs the upset of the Cougars in their American Athletic Conference matchup in Dallas.

Marcus Sasser, who made three free throws with three seconds left in regulation to force overtime, put Houston ahead 72-70 with a 3-pointer with 1:05 remaining in overtime. Bandoumel, who had only four points at the time, responded with his shot from beyond the arc.

Tyson Jolly led four scorers in double figures for SMU with 20 points, making all 10 of his free throw attempts in the process. Feron Hunt had 15 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the field. Sasser led Houston with 26 points. DeJon Jarreau had 15 points before fouling out late in regulation.

Rutgers 72, No. 22 Illinois 57

Ron Harper Jr. scored 27 points and the Scarlet Knights pulled away in the second half to beat the Fighting Illini in Piscataway, N.J., to remain unbeaten at home.

Rutgers (18-8, 9-6 Big Ten) improved to 17-0 at home. It is the best home record nationally, and the Scarlet Knights are the first Big Ten team to win its first 17 home games since Indiana in 2015-16.

Harper shot 11 of 14 -- making all five of his 3-point attempts -- and Rutgers shot 49.1 percent. The Fighting Illini (16-9, 8-6) dropped their season-high fourth straight game and likely will fall out of the Top 25 poll on Monday.

No. 23 Creighton 93, DePaul 64

Ty-Shon Alexander recorded 24 points, eight assists and five steals to lead the Bluejays over the Blue Demons in Omaha, Neb.

The win was the 12th straight for Creighton over DePaul, which lost its seventh straight game. Damien Jefferson added 12 points and six rebounds for the Bluejays (20-6, 9-4 Big East), and Mitchell Ballock finished with 12 points and nine rebounds.

Charlie Moore led DePaul (13-12, 1-11) with 20 points. Romeo Weems chipped in with 12.

Oklahoma State 73, No. 24 Texas Tech 70

Isaac Likekele scored 14 points, including three free throws in the final 1:13, as the Cowboys outlasted the visiting Red Raiders in Stillwater, Okla.

Oklahoma State (13-12, 3-9 Big 12) led 68-67 with 1:13 to play after two free throws by Likekele. After a Texas Tech turnover and a foul, Jonathan Laurent canned two free throws to push the lead to 70-67.

Kalib Boone and Laurent led Oklahoma State with 16 points each, and Cameron McGriff had 10 points and nine rebounds for the Cowboys. Davide Moretti and Kevin McCullar paced the Red Raiders (16-9, 7-5) with 15 points each.

Alabama 88, No. 25 LSU 82

Kira Lewis Jr. and Jaden Shackelford led a 3-point barrage, and the Crimson Tide stemmed a late rally to knock the Tigers from the SEC lead with a victory in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Lewis and Shackelford combined for nine triples as the Tide set a school record for 3-pointers in a season, going 13 of 35 for the game to raise their season total to 269. The 2015-16 team set the former mark of 259 3-pointers in 33 contests.

Lewis finished with a game-high 27 points and Shackelford added 26 for the Tide (14-11, 6-6 SEC), who won for just the second time in their last six outings. Skylar Mays scored 24 points to lead the Tigers (18-7, 9-3), who lost for the third time in their last four games.

--Field Level Media

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