Freshman Devin Thomas had a season-high 25 points, 14 rebounds and four blocks to help host Wake Forest upset No. 18 North Carolina State 86-84 Tuesday night.
Travis McKie added 16 points for the Demon Deacons (10-8, 3-3 Atlantic Coast Conference), including two free throws with 3.4 seconds left.
N.C. State (15-4, 4-2) led by 16 points in the first half and 12 at halftime only to see the Demon Deacons take their own 10-point lead.
This was a huge win for Wake Forest, which lost to the Wolfpack by 36 and 25 points in the past two meetings in Winston-Salem.
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No. 13 Michigan State 49, Wisconsin 47: Keith Appling scored 19 points and Branden Dawson added 18 to lead Michigan State at Wisconsin.
Both teams went more than 4 minutes without scoring down the stretch. Dawson broke the drought, hitting one of two free throws to put the Spartans (17-3, 6-1) up 48-44 with just over 2 minutes left.
Ryan Evans' three-pointer from the wing with 17 seconds left pulled Wisconsin within 48-47.
Michigan State freshman Gary Harris hit one of two free throws, leaving Michigan State up 49-47.
Wisconsin's George Marshall was fouled with 3.5 seconds left. He missed the first free throw and tried to miss the second but didn't draw iron.
No. 3 Kansas 59, No. 11 Kansas St. 55: Travis Releford scored 12 points and Kansas held off host Kansas State to take sole possession of first place in the Big 12.
Ben McLemore and Jeff Withey added 11 points each for the Jayhawks (17-1, 5-0), who pushed their nation-leading win streak to 16 games and ended the Wildcats' 12-game home win streak.
Shane Southwell, who scored a career-high 19 points, got Kansas State (15-3, 4-1) within 56-53 with a layup with 38.2 seconds left. But after Naadir Tharpe made two foul shots, the Wildcats' Rodney McGruder misfired from beyond the arc.
The Wildcats lost for the 45th time in 48 games against their bitter in-state rival.
No. 22 Missouri 71, South Carolina 65: Earnest Ross and Jabari Brown hit key three-pointers in the final 1:11 and host Missouri overcame 5-for-27 shooting from long range and a 13-point second-half deficit.
Ross had a career-best 21 points and Brown had 17 for Missouri (14-4, 3-2 Southeastern Conference), which is 11-0 at home this season.
Brenton Williams had 16 points for South Carolina (11-7, 1-4).
U of L women cut it close
No. 13 Louisville 64, Marquette 63: Monique Reid (Fern Creek) made a fast-break layup with 7 seconds left to hold off a furious Marquette rally at Milwaukee.
Katie Young's three-pointer with 13 seconds to play had capped an 8-0 run and given Marquette a 63-62 lead. Young, who had 17 points, including four threes, and 10 rebounds for the Golden Eagles, missed a game-winning three-pointer at the buzzer.
Mathies on Wooden list
Kentucky senior A'dia Mathies was among 20 players named Tuesday to the mid-season watch list for the John R. Wooden Player of the Year Award.
Baylor senior Brittney Griner heads the top-20 list. The 6-foot-8 Griner won the Wooden Award last season.
Mathies leads the Wildcats in scoring (15.4 points per game), three-point field goals made (43) and three-point percentage (.422).
Harrison-Docks joins WKU
Chris Harrison-Docks, the son of former University of Kentucky player Chris Harrison, has transferred from Butler to Western Kentucky.
Harrison-Docks will have 31/2 years of eligibility at WKU. He was a three-time first-team all-state guard at Okemos (Mich.) High School after playing one season at Louisville Trinity.