Men's Basketball

College basketball highlights: Feb. 13

Wisconsin fans held up Jordan Taylor after he led the Badgers past No. 1 Ohio State. Taylor scored 21 points in the second half.
Wisconsin fans held up Jordan Taylor after he led the Badgers past No. 1 Ohio State. Taylor scored 21 points in the second half. AP

Jordan Taylor and Wisconsin found themselves in a huge hole against previously unbeaten Ohio State, but the Badgers only needed about 13 minutes to shatter the Buckeyes' shot at an undefeated season.

"We knew we had a run in us," Taylor said.

Taylor scored 21 of his 27 points in the second half, rallying No. 13 Wisconsin from a 15-point deficit to beat No. 1 Ohio State 71-67 on Saturday and keep Division I without a perfect team since Indiana in 1975-76. Taylor was the catalyst, sparking a 15-0 run with eight straight points, then keeping the Badgers calm down the stretch with his poise.

No. 17 Florida 61, Tennessee 60: Erving Walker hit a driving, go-ahead layup with 14 seconds left and the Gators overcame a six-point halftime deficit at home. Walker had 16 points to lead Florida (20-5, 9-2 Southeastern Conference), which has won four straight and seven of eight.

Melvin Goins was able to get off a three-pointer from the top of the key at the buzzer for Tennessee, but it clanged off the back of the rim. Tennessee got 22 points from Scotty Hopson, but the Vols (15-10, 5-5) lost their third straight game.

Auburn 65, Mississippi State 62: Earnest Ross scored 21 points, and the Tigers used tenacious defense to overcome a 19-point second-half deficit and pull out their first home SEC win. Dee Bost's desperation halfcourt heave at the buzzer missed, giving Auburn its second conference win and sending Mississippi State to its first loss in three games.

Arkansas 80, Louisiana State 61: Rotnei Clarke scored 25 points, connecting on five of six three-point attempts, and the host Razorbacks (15-9, 5-6 SEC) snapped a three-game losing streak. It also gave them 15 wins for the first time in three seasons. They finished with 14 in each of the past two. The Tigers (10-15, 2-8) have now lost eight in a row.

Alabama 74, Mississippi 64: Tony Mitchell scored 20 points, and the host Tide stemmed a comeback attempt after leading by 23 in the second half. Alabama (16-8, 8-2 SEC) made six field goals in the second half, but the league's top defensive team limited Ole Miss to 36 percent shooting.

Georgia 60, South Carolina 56: Trey Thompkins scored 16 points and had nine rebounds as the visiting Bulldogs held on after losing most of a 23-point lead. Thompkins blocked Bruce Ellington's three-pointer that would have tied it with six seconds left. Georgia (17-7, 6-4) stayed in second place in the SEC East and has won three league road games this season, the most since 2003.

No. 2 Kansas 89, Iowa St. 66: Twin brothers Marcus and Markieff Morris each had a double-double and keyed a 23-4 first-half run that carried the host Jayhawks (24-1, 9-1 Big 12), who could vault to the top of the AP poll for the first time this season after Ohio State's loss.

No. 3 Texas 69, Baylor 60: Freshman Tristan Thompson had 17 points and 13 rebounds, and the Longhorns held off a furious rally to remain undefeated in the Big 12. LaceDarius Dunn scored 22 points in the second half as Baylor cut an 18-point deficit to three in the final two minutes.

No. 7 Brigham Young 72, Utah 59: Jimmer Fredette scored 23 points, fill-in starter Charles Abouo added 22, and the host Cougars beat Utah in their final regular-season meeting as Mountain West Conference foes. Fredette, who leads the nation in scoring, had 17 points in the final nine minutes and 12 in a row to help the Cougars (24-2, 10-1 MWC) take control after the game was tied at 48.

No. 8 Notre Dame 78, South Florida 55: Jack Cooley came off the bench during an early 22-0 run and finished with a career-high 18 points, leading the Irish (21-4, 10-3) to their seventh straight victory. They've won three straight Big East road games for the first time in 10 years.

No. 20 North Carolina 64, Clemson 62: Freshman Harrison Barnes scored 20 points, John Henson had 14 points and 12 rebounds, and the visiting Tar Heels bounced back from their collapse at Duke. Clemson cut a 61-53 lead to the final margin in the last 10 seconds with three three-pointers.

State

Western Kentucky 87, North Texas 76: Juan Pattillo scored 18 points to lead five Hilltoppers in double figures as Western cruised at home. The Hilltoppers (11-13, 6-6 Sun Belt Conference) led by as many as 24 points and never trailed. They finished the first half on a 12-0 run, capped by a Sergio Kerusch three-pointer at the buzzer, to lead 50-36 at the break.

Murray State 60, Jacksonville State 59: Isaiah Canaan had a game-high 17 points off the bench, and Isacc Miles hit two free throws with five seconds left to seal a victory and keep the host Racers on top of the Ohio Valley Conference standings. Miles scored 13 for Murray (20-6, 12-3), which stayed one game up on Morehead State.

Morehead State 64, Southeast Missouri State 52: Senior Kenneth Faried scored 23 points and grabbed 16 rebounds in his final home game for the Eagles, (19-8, 11-4), who won their seventh straight. It was Faried's 21st double-double of the season.

Georgetown 106, Shawnee State 68: Vincent Crutcher hit seven of the Tigers' 18 threes — all of his coming in the second half — and scored 23 points as host Georgetown avenged an early January loss to the Bears.

Anderson 74, Transylvania 65: Brandon Rash and Tate Cox led the host Pioneers with 17 points, but it wasn't enough as host Transy dropped its first loss in four games. Lafayette graduate Scott Bauman and Matt Wise were honored during a Senior Day ceremony.

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