Sunday's highlights

Kansas rally falls short vs. San Deigo St.

January 6, 2014 

LAWRENCE, Kan. — Xavier Thames scored 16 points, four on free throws in the closing seconds, and No. 21 San Diego State held on to beat No. 16 Kansas 61-57 on Sunday, ending the Jayhawks' 68-game non-conference winning streak at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas (9-4) had a chance to tie the game when Perry Ellis went to the free throw line with 11.9 seconds left. He made his first free throw but, after San Diego State (12-1) called timeout to ice him, Ellis missed the second and the Jayhawks were forced to foul.

Thames made both free throws to give San Diego State a three-point lead, and the Aztecs fouled rather than allow Kansas to attempt a tying three-pointer. Frank Mason missed the first and made the second, and Thames made two more foul shots with 4.6 seconds left to seal the win.

Skylar Spencer finished with 13 points and Josh Davis had 10 for the Aztecs, who have won 11 straight since losing to No. 1 Arizona on Nov. 14. That streak is tied for the second-best in school history and trails only the 20-0 start of the 2010-11 team.

Former Wildcat Andrew Wiggins and Mason scored 14 points apiece for the Jayhawks, who had won 112 of their last 114 games at their venerable on-campus home. Joel Embiid finished with 12 points and 12 rebounds.

Murray State 91, Tennessee-Martin 77: Cameron Payne knocked down six three-pointers and scored 27 points to lead host Murray State in an Ohio Valley Conference victory over Tennessee-Martin.

Payne was 6 of 10 from long range and finished with five assists. Jarvis Williams and Jeffery Moss both added 20 points, with Williams finishing with 15 boards and Moss going 14 of 14 from the line for the Racers (7-7, 2-0).

The Skyhawks (5-13, 0-3) got within seven, 70-63, after making eight straight points with 4:21 to go. Murray State made 11 of 12 from the free-throw line — including eight from Moss — to stay ahead in the final 1:15.

No. 8 Wichita St. 67, N. Iowa 53: Fred VanVleet had a season-high 22 points to lead No. 8 Wichita State past visiting Northern Iowa, the unbeaten Shockers' 15th straight win. Cleanthony Early had 18 points for Wichita State (15-0, 2-0 Missouri Valley), which established a school record for consecutive wins.

No. 20 Colorado 100, No. 10 Oregon 91: Askia Booker scored a career-high 27 points, 11 in the last 4:40, and No. 20 Colorado rallied in the second half to hand No. 10 Oregon its first loss of the season.

Spencer Dinwiddie added 23 points and Xavier Johnson and Josh Scott had 15 points apiece for Colorado (13-2, 2-0 Pac-12), which is off to its best start since the 1968-69 team began the season 13-2. Scott had 12 rebounds for the Buffaloes.

Mike Moser had 24 points to lead Oregon (13-1, 1-1).

No. 11 Villanova 91, Providence 61: JayVaughn Pinkston scored 19 points, Dylan Ennis had 17 and No. 11 Villanova led all the way in a home romp over Providence.

Pinkston dunked off the opening tip, and the Wildcats (13-1, 2-0 Big East) simply dominated from there, thrashing the Friars (10-5, 0-2), who beat them twice last season. The Wildcats opened on a 9-0 run, and hit 10 of their first 11 shots to build a 24-point lead.

Bellarmine 92, Rockhurst 64: Sparked by a 26-5 run to open the second half, Bellarmine rolled over homestanding Rockhurst (4-6). Bellarmine's (10-0) Keisten Jones led all scorers with 20 points on 6-of-8 shooting, and Jake Thelen turned in another solid effort with 18 points, going 5-of-6 from the field and 8-of-9 from the line. Troutman came off the bench to pour in 15 points and pull down six rebounds.

Marshall 77, Presbyterian 49: Ryan Taylor scored 18 points and had 12 rebounds as Marshall cruised to a home victory over Presbyterian (4-11). Taylor was 8 of 13 from the field, and has led Marshall in scoring in three straight games. Marshall (6-9) snapped a three-game losing streak.

Women

Bellarmine 76, Rockhurst 74: With another dominant performance in the paint that included 24 offensive rebounds, Bellarmine edged host Rockhurst. Sophomore forward Sarah Galvin led the Knights (5-5) with 13 points on 5-for-7 shooting, in addition to her four rebounds and four steals. All of them came in the last 11:29 of the game, as she fueled the Bellarmine rally. Bellarmine won the points in the paint battle 34-16 over Rockhurst (5-6).

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