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Top 25 roundup: No. 17 Kansas pins first loss on No. 2 Baylor

Field Level Media
28 Feb 2021, 17:40 GMT+10

David McCormack made his first six shots and netted 20 points Saturday night as No. 17 Kansas handed No. 2 Baylor its first defeat of the season, 71-58, at Lawrence, Kan.

The Bears (18-1, 10-1 Big 12) rolled to their best start in history, but their first conference championship since 1950 (Southwest) will have to wait a few days. Baylor will play three makeup games next week and needs just one victory to capture the Big 12 title.

McCormack finished 8-for-10 from the field, while Marcus Garrett added 14 points and seven rebounds for Kansas. Jalen Wilson led the Jayhawks with 14 boards.

MaCio Teague led Baylor with 18 points, but on 7-for-20 shooting. Teague added a team-high eight boards. Davion Mitchell scored 13 points. The Bears' top threat, Jared Butler, did not score until the 10:14 mark of the second half and fouled out with just five points (2-for-9) after netting 30 in a victory over Kansas on Jan. 18.

No. 1 Gonzaga 86, Loyola Marymount 69

Corey Kispert made six 3-pointers and scored 24 points and the top-ranked Bulldogs set a program record with their 51st consecutive home win with their triumph over the Lions in West Coast Conference play at Spokane, Wash.

Drew Timme added 16 points and seven rebounds as the Bulldogs (24-0, 15-0 WCC) stretched their national-best winning streak to 29 games. The Bulldogs are the nation's lone unbeaten squad after No. 2 Baylor lost to Kansas earlier Saturday night.

Joel Ayayi scored 13 points on 6-of-7 shooting, Jalen Suggs added 12 points and seven assists, and Anton Watson had 11 points on 5-of-6 shooting for Gonzaga.

No. 3 Michigan 73, Indiana 57

Franz Wagner led four scorers in double figures with 21 points, lifting the Wolverines over the Hoosiers in Bloomington, Ind.

Isaiah Livers added a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds, Mike Smith scored 14 points and Hunter Dickinson had 13 for Michigan (18-1, 13-1 Big Ten), which won its seventh straight.

Al Durham led Indiana (12-12, 7-10) with 15 points, becoming the 53rd player in Indiana history to surpass 1,000 points in his career. Race Thompson added 11 points and Trayce Jackson-Davis matched a season-low with 10 points, hitting just 3 of 12 shots from the field.

No. 5 Illinois 74, No. 23 Wisconsin 69

Kofi Cockburn scored 19 points and freshman Andre Curbelo added 17 as the Illini held off the Badgers in Madison, Wis.

Da'Monte Williams added 12 points for Illinois (18-6, 14-4 Big Ten), which won for the ninth time in 10 games despite playing without national player of the year candidate Ayo Dosunmu (facial injury) for a second straight game.

What looked like an easy run for the Fighting Illini became a challenge when D'Mitrik Trice (29 points) scored 19 straight points -- including five consecutive 3-pointers. The surge pulled Wisconsin (16-9, 10-8) within one at 70-69 with 5.7 seconds remaining. Trent Frazier made two free throws to give Illinois a 3-point lead, and the Badgers' Trevor Anderson missed twice from the free-throw line. Jacob Grandison's two free throws finally sealed the game for Illinois, which overcame 20 turnovers by shooting 52.1 percent.

No. 6 Alabama 64, Mississippi State 59

Jahvon Quinerly came off the bench to score 19 points and the Crimson Tide overcame a slow start to defeat the Bulldogs in Starkville, Miss., and clinch the SEC championship.

The Crimson Tide (19-6, 14-2 SEC) bounced back from an 81-66 loss at No. 20 Arkansas on Wednesday to win its first SEC title since 2002. Jaden Shackelford added 15 points for Alabama, which had beaten MSU 81-73 on Jan. 23 in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Tolu Smith had 12 points and 13 rebounds, D.J. Stewart Jr. scored 15 and Iverson Molinar 11 to lead the Bulldogs (13-12, 7-9).

Oklahoma State 94, No. 7 Oklahoma 90 (OT)

Freshman Cade Cunningham scored a season-high 40 points to lift the visiting Cowboys over the Sooners in Norman, Okla.

Cunningham had 10 points in overtime, with eight of the overtime points coming on free throws. He added 11 rebounds as Oklahoma State (16-6, 9-6 Big 12) dominated the boards, outrebounding the Sooners 45-28.

Oklahoma ( 14-7, 9-6) led by 10 early in the second half but the Sooners cooled off from the field, hitting just 1 of 9 to start the second half, allowing the Cowboys to close the gap.

No. 10 West Virginia 65, Kansas State 43

Sean McNeil scored 16 points as the Mountaineers pulled away from the Wildcats in Big 12 play in Morgantown, W. Va.

West Virginia (17-6, 10-4 Big 12) outscored Kansas State 39-21 in the second half. Mountaineers coach Bob Huggins won his 898th career game and is fifth all-time in Division I victories. He is two behind North Carolina's Roy Williams.

Kansas State (7-19, 3-14) was led by Davion Bradford with 11 points.

North Carolina 78, No. 11 Florida State 70

Freshman Walker Kessler scored a season-high 20 points as the host Tar Heels stormed back from a miserable first-half stretch to defeat the Seminoles in Chapel Hill.

The Tar Heels (15-8, 9-5 ACC) overcame a 16-point hole despite 21 turnovers. They shot 10-for-10 on free throws in the final 2 1/2 minutes as coach Roy Williams picked up his 900th career victory.

RaiQuan Gray's 17 points led the Seminoles (14-4, 10-3).

Xavier 77, No. 13 Creighton 69

Paul Scruggs had 23 points to lead four players in double figures as the Musketeers upset the visiting Bluejays and snapped their four-game winning streak.

Xavier (13-5, 6-5 Big East) has NCAA Tournament aspirations despite having endured three COVID-19 pauses and 10 games postponed this season.

Zach Freemantle added 17 points and 11 rebounds for Xavier. Damien Jefferson led Creighton (17-6, 13-5) with 19 points.

No. 18 Texas Tech 68, No. 14 Texas 59

Defense wasn't prominent in the first half when the visiting Longhorns tangled with the Red Raiders in Big 12 play in Lubbock, Texas.

That changed for the Red Raiders (15-8, 7-7) in the second half, and the Longhorns (14-7, 8-6) were unable to answer quickly enough.

Mac McClung led Texas Tech with 16 points and Terrence Shannon Jr. added 11. Texas got 11 points from Jericho Sims and 10 from Matt Coleman III, but 5-for-25 shooting from the floor after halftime proved to be the Longhorns' undoing.

No. 16 Virginia Tech 84, Wake Forest 46

Keve Aluma scored 23 points and the Hokies trounced the visiting Demon Deacons in an ACC game in Blacksburg, Va. It was the largest margin of victory for Virginia Tech against an ACC opponent.

The Hokies (15-5, 9-4 ACC), who never trailed, improved to 10-2 at home, winning their sixth straight game in its series against the Demon Deacons.

Wake Forest (6-13, 3-13) lost its fifth straight game, dropping to 1-8 on the road this season. Jonah Antonio led the Deacons with 12 points.

Utah 71, No. 19 Southern Cal 61

Alfonso Plummer scored 19 points, Timmy Allen added 15 and the Utes dominated the second half to snap a four-game losing streak by pulling off an upset of the Trojans in Salt Lake City.

The Utes outscored the Trojans 44-32 in the second half, and neutralized USC star center Evan Mobley for most of the game as they improved to 10-11 overall and 7-10 in the Pac-12.

Mobley only made 2 of 7 field goals to finish with 11 points, coming after an off night in Thursday's blowout loss to Colorado. USC's Drew Peterson had a terrific second half, scoring 13 of his 19 points to keep the Trojans in the game.

No. 20 Arkansas 83, LSU 75

Justin Smith scored 19 points to lead a balanced scoring effort and added 10 rebounds as the Razorbacks dominated the second half against the visiting Tigers in Fayetteville, Ark.

JD Notae and Moses Moody added 18 points each and Davonte Davis had 15 as the Razorbacks (19-5, 11-4 SEC) outscored the Tigers (14-8, 9-6) 51-38 in the second half, won their ninth consecutive SEC game and strengthened their hold on second place in the league.

Cameron Thomas scored 25, Trendon Watford had 16 and Javonte Smart added 15 to lead LSU, which defeated Arkansas 92-76 on Jan. 13 in Baton Rouge, La.

No. 21 Loyola-Chicago 65, Southern Illinois 58 (OT)

Cameron Krutwig's tip-in with 11 seconds remaining in overtime enabled the Ramblers to hold off the visiting Salukis and ultimately win the Missouri Valley Conference regular-season title.

Krutwig, who led four Loyola players in double figures with 20 points, got to Braden Norris' missed shot for a 63-58 lead. Marquise Kennedy sank two free throws with 2.5 seconds remaining to ice the victory.

The Ramblers (21-4, 16-2 MVC) won the conference outright and earned the top seed for next week's conference tournament after Drake lost Saturday night at Bradley to fall to 15-3 in the conference.

No. 22 San Diego State 62, Boise State 58

The Aztecs secured their second nail-biting victory over the visiting Broncos in three days.

Jordan Schakel sank four free throws in the final 8.7 seconds and finished with a game-high 17 points as San Diego State swept the back-to-back set.

The Aztecs (19-4, 13-3 Mountain West Conference) sit one win away from securing their eighth consecutive Mountain West Conference regular-season title if they can defeat UNLV in Las Vegas on Wednesday night.

Auburn 77, No. 25 Tennessee 72

Allen Flanigan's 23 points and a strong second half led the Tigers to an upset of the visiting Volunteers.

The Tigers (12-13 overall, 6-10 in SEC), playing without injured leading scorer Sharife Cooper, hit 11 of 21 shots in the second half and never trailed in the final 20 minutes on their way to a win in one of their final games of the season.

Keon Johnson led the Volunteers (16-7, 9-7) with 23 points, and Jaden Springer added 20.

--Field Level Media

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