Men's Basketball

Texas stops Kansas' home win streak at 69

J'Covan Brown scored 23 points and sparked a second-half run that erased a 15-point deficit and led No. 10 Texas past No. 2 Kansas 74-63 on Saturday, snapping the Jayhawks' 69-game home winning streak.

Kansas scored the game's first 10 points and led by as many as 15 in the early going. But Texas (16-3, 4-0 Big 12) outscored the Jayhawks 36-13 while turning a 12-point halftime deficit into a 59-48 lead on a three-pointer by Cory Joseph.

The Jayhawks (18-1, 3-1) had not lost at home since Feb. 3, 2007, the longest current streak in the nation, and were 7-0 at home against Texas since the inception of the Big 12 in 1996.

With the loss, No. 1 Ohio State and No. 6 San Diego State are the only remaining unbeaten teams in the nation.

No. 1 Ohio State 73, No. 23 Illinois 68: Jared Sullinger had 27 points and 16 rebounds, and visiting Ohio State (20-0, 7-0 Big Ten) scored 14 straight points in the second half to rally past Illinois (14-6, 4-3). Aaron Craft made two free throws with 15 seconds left and Jon Diebler forced an Illinois turnover with 4 seconds on the clock to help the unbeaten Buckeyes hold on.

No. 4 Duke 83, Wake Forest 59: Ryan Kelly scored a career-high 20 points, hitting all six shots he tried in Duke's rout of host Wake Forest (7-13, 0-5 Atlantic Coast Conference). Kyle Singler scored 24 for the Blue Devils (18-1, 5-1).

No. 5 Pittsburgh 80, DePaul 50: Gilbert Brown scored 17 points and Ashton Gibbs added 13 to lead Pittsburgh (19-1, 7-0 Big East) to its ninth straight win. The Blue Demons (6-13, 0-7) dropped their 20th straight game in the conference and have lost 43 of their last 44 Big East regular-season games.

No. 7 Villanova 83, No. 3 Syracuse 72: Maalik Wayns scored 17 of his 21 points in the first half, and Villanova (17-2, 5-1 Big East) took a big lead then held on to beat host Syracuse. The Orange (18-2, 5-2) had won 16 straight at the Carrier Dome dating to last February.

SEC men

Vanderbilt 89, No. 22 Saint Mary's 70: John Jenkins and Jeffery Taylor both scored 19 points, and host Vanderbilt (14-4) snapped the Gaels' 11-game winning streak in the last non-conference game for both teams. Vanderbilt improved to 3-1 against the Top 25 this season. Saint Mary's (17-3) hadn't lost since Dec. 1 to San Diego State.

No. 8 Connecticut 72, Tennessee 61: Kemba Walker scored a season-low 16 points but that was enough to help host Connecticut (16-2) beat Tennessee (12-7), spoiling Coach Bruce Pearl's return to the Volunteers' bench. Pearl is in the middle of serving an eight-game Southeastern Conference suspension, but he was allowed to coach Saturday's non-conference game against the Huskies.

Melvin Goins had 15 points and Scotty Hopson added 13 for Tennessee. UConn's Walker went 6-for-17 from the floor, missed his first five shots and took almost 15 minutes to score his first point.

Mississippi 78, LSU 51: Mississippi made four consecutive three-pointers early in the second half to blow the game open and halt the worst start in SEC play for the Rebels (13-7, 1-4) since 2000. Meanwhile, LSU (10-9, 2-2) came out cold in the second half and missed 10 of its first 11 shots and 14 of its first 16.

Alabama 68, Auburn 58: Tony Mitchell and JaMychal Green each scored 15 points and Alabama (12-7, 4-1) made 15 of 17 free throws over the final 2:14 to win. The host Tigers (7-12, 0-5) went 4:22 without a basket before Earnest Ross hit a three-pointer with 45 seconds left to end a string of seven straight misses.

Georgia 86, Mississippi State 64: Travis Leslie and Gerald Robinson each scored 17 points, and host Georgia (14-4, 3-2) made 11 threes — one shy of its season high — to beat Mississippi State (10-8, 2-2). Dee Bost led Mississippi State with 20 points and five assists.

State men

Transylvania 67, Bluffton 65: Visiting Bluffton missed two point-blank shots in the final 10 seconds, and host Transy held on for the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference victory. Barrett Meyer led the Pioneers (12-5, 6-4) with 19 points. Josh Fisher had a game-high 31 for Bluffton (12-5, 5-5).

Northern Kentucky 91, Kentucky Wesleyan 82 (OT): Visiting Northern Kentucky (14-4, 7-3 Great Lakes Valley Conference) shook off a last-second basket by Kentucky Wesleyan (13-4, 6-4 GLVC) to force overtime and outscored the Panthers 14-5 in the extra session.

Georgetown 92, West Virginia Tech 74: Senior point guard Eddie Gray went 5-for-6 on three-pointers and scored 24 points to lead visiting Georgetown, which finished the first half of the Mid-South Conference schedule in first place. Vic Moses added 22 for the Tigers (19-2, 8-1).

Western Kentucky 77, Troy 58: Sergio Kerusch had 25 points and 10 rebounds to lead host Western Kentucky (7-11, 2-4 Sun Belt Conference).

State women

Transylvania 85, Bluffton 43: Senior Holly Milburn shot 10-for-13 from the field and scored a game-high 23 points, and host Transylvania (13-4, 8-2 HCAC) recorded its season-high point total.

Kentucky Wesleyan 67, Northern Kentucky 63: Katie Behrens scored 17 points, including a pair of free throws with 6.3 seconds remaining to seal the Great Lakes Valley Conference victory. Host Kentucky Wesleyan (11-6, 5-5) beat Northern Kentucky (12-6, 6-4) for only the sixth time in 58 meetings.

Western Kentucky 92, Troy 76: Sophomore Janae Howard scored a career-high 30 points and Arnika Brown added 24 points and eight rebounds to lead host Western Kentucky to its third straight win. The Lady Toppers (8-11, 5-2 Sun Belt) took control with a 31-6 run in the first half.

West Virginia Tech 97, Georgetown 92 (OT): Visiting Georgetown (6-14, 2-7 Mid-South Conference) failed to hold a five-point halftime lead and lost at West Virginia Tech (4-16, 1-8). Sophomore Devon Golden scored 23 points for the Tigers, who remained winless on the road.

Louisville 83, Cincinnati 47: Junior Monique Reid had 16 points and eight rebounds to lead host Louisville (13-7, 4-2 Big East) past Cincinnati (8-10, 1-5).

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