Thursday, December 14, 2017
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Hoosiers set to reclaim No. 1

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Indiana beat the nation's No. 1 team Saturday and is now in position to return to the top spot.

Cody Zeller scored 19 and Victor Oladipo 15, leading the No. 3 Hoosiers to an 81-73 victory over top-ranked Michigan.

The Hoosiers (19-2, 8-1 Big Ten) beat the No. 1 team at home for the third time in school history, the first time in back-to-back seasons. Indiana has a five-game winning streak, sole possession of the conference lead and likely the top spot in the country when Monday's rankings come out.

It all came on a night when Indiana students were loud and raucous, even dancing in the stands. But they did not rush the court in full force as they did in 2001 when the Hoosiers upset Michigan State or in 2011 when they took down Kentucky, their other home wins against No. 1 teams.

Trey Burke had 25 points and eight assists for the Wolverines (20-2, 7-2). Tim Hardaway scored 18 in a game Michigan led once, at 3-2, and spent most of the night playing catchup after digging an early hole.

After more than 20½ minutes of chasing the Hoosiers, the Wolverines finally caught them when Nik Stauskas made all three free throws with 17:42 left to tie it at 40. It was the first time Michigan had even been tied since it was tied at 5.

It didn't last long. Christian Watford hit two free throws on the next possession, Oladipo completed a three-point play, Watford made a free throw and Jordan Hulls hit a 3-pointer.

UM 8-0 in ACC

RALEIGH, N.C. — Reggie Johnson saw the ball go up and bounce off the backboard then the rim before heading his way. The big man muscled his way up to tip in a shot that extended No. 14 Miami's surprise run through the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Johnson's left-handed tip with 0.8 seconds left helped the Hurricanes beat No. 19 North Carolina State 79-78, capping a back-and-forth second half with a thrilling finish that kept Miami unbeaten in the league.

Johnson had 15 points for the Hurricanes (17-3, 8-0 ACC) in his best performance since returning from a broken left thumb four games ago. Durand Scott led UM with 18 points and Julian Gamble added 16 to help the Hurricanes win their ninth straight, a run that includes a blowout of then-No. 1 Duke.

The Hurricanes are off to the best league start since Duke went 10-0 five years ago, according to STATS LLC.

"No pressure on us," Gamble said. "We're having as much fun as possible. We know teams are going to gun at us and play their absolute best every night."

After a timeout with 10.9 seconds left to set up a final play, Shane Larkin missed a shot on the right side. But Johnson tipped the ball up and in over Richard Howell.

N.C. State (16-6, 5-4) nearly topped that when freshman Rodney Purvis heaved one from well beyond halfcourt at the horn, a shot that hit the rim and rattled out to end it.

OKLA. ST. 85, NO. 2 KANSAS 80: Markel Brown had 28 points and Marcus Smart scored seven of his 25 in the closing minutes as the visiting Cowboys ended the Jayhawks' nation-leading 18-game winning streak. Kansas (19-2, 7-1 Big 12) lost at home to Oklahoma State for the first time since Feb. 8, 1989.

PITT 65, NO. 6 SYRACUSE 55: Tray Woodall had 13 points, four assists and three steals for the host Panthers. The Orange (18-3, 6-2 Big East) lost a second straight game for the first time in nearly two years.

NO. 8 ARIZONA 79, WASH. ST. 65: Mark Lyons had 20 points to lead the Wildcats (19-2, 7-2 Pac-12) to their third straight win overall and fourth straight on the road.

NO. 9 BUTLER 75, R.I. 68: Rotnei Clarke scored 23, 12 in the first 11 minutes of the second half for the host Bulldogs (18-4, 5-2 Atlantic 10), who came out of the break with a 15-3 run.

CAL 58, NO. 10 OREGON 54: Justin Cobbs made an 18-foot jumper with 1:35 left then added two free throws for the host Bears, who handed the Ducks (18-4, 7-2 Big 12) their second loss to an unranked team in a week.

NO. 11 OHIO ST. 63, NEB. 56: Lenzelle Smith had 21 points for the visiting Buckeyes (17-4, 7-2 Big Ten), who held off a late Cornhuskers surge.

N. IOWA 57, NO. 15 WICHITA ST. 52: Anthony James had 16 points for the host Panthers, which sent the Shockers (19-4, 8-3 MVC) into their first losing streak of the season.

NO. 17 MIzzou 91, AUBURN 77: Keion Bell had 24 points and Earnest Ross 23, both season highs, and host Missouri (16-5, 5-3 SEC) shot 54.5 percent from the floor to bounce back from Wednesday's 73-70 loss at LSU.

NO. 18 KANSAS ST. 52, OKLAHOMA 50: Angel Rodriguez hit two free throws with 5.6 seconds left to lift the visiting Wildcats (17-4, 6-2 Big 12).

NO. 20 NEW MEXICO 75, NEVADA 62: Chad Adams hit two 3-pointers during a 10-2 second-half run to spur the host Lobos (19-3, 6-1 MWC).

NO. 21 CREIGHTON 75, BRADLEY 58: Doug McDermott scored 25, including nine during a decisive 12-0 run, and the Bluejays (20-3, 9-2 MVC) beat the Braves for the 15th straight time at home.

AIR FORCE 70, NO. 22 SAN DIEGO ST. 67: Michael Lyons scored 20 for the host Falcons, who beat the Aztecs (16-5, 4-3 MWC) for the second time in their past 10 meetings.

NO. 24 CINCINNATI 65, SETON HALL 59: Sean Kilpatrick had 21 points for the visiting Bearcats (18-4, 6-3 Big East), who blew almost all of a 20-point lead but held on.

State

MARSHALL 75, UCF 71: Elijah Pittman led four starters in double figures with 20 points for the host Thundering Herd, who snapped a four-game winning streak by the Knights (15-6, 5-2 C-USA).

B-CU 67, FAMU 65, OT: Ricky Johnson scored a career-high 25 and hit a jumper with 1 second left to lift host Bethune-Cookman (9-14, 4-4 MEAC) over the Rattlers (6-16, 3-5).

ROLLINS 69, ECKERD 66, OT: Dave Diakite had 21 points for the visiting Tars, who survived after blowing a late lead against the Tritons (12-5, 5-4 Sunshine State).

TAMPA 76, PB ATLANTIC 61: Anthony Griffis had 19 points as the host Spartans (15-6) cruised.

SAINT LEO 68, NOVA SE 65: Jerrel Harris had 25 points as the visiting Lions (15-4, 7-2 SSC) held on.

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