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Banked-in 3 helps rescue Jayhawks

Kansas freshman Ben McLemore begins his celebratory jig after hitting a last-second 3-pointer off the glass to force OT.

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Kansas freshman Ben McLemore begins his celebratory jig after hitting a last-second 3-pointer off the glass to force OT.

LAWRENCE, Kan. — Ben McLemore came around a screen set by Travis Releford, took a pass from Elijah Johnson then let a 3-pointer rip from well beyond the arc as the final seconds ticked away.

As soon as it left his hand, McLemore dutifully yelled, "Bank!"

It would have counted even if he hadn't.

The shot banked off the glass and went through, pulling sixth-ranked Kansas into a tie with Iowa State with a second left in regulation. Their game Wednesday night went to overtime, and the Jayhawks scored the first nine to wrap up a 97-89 victory.

"The way it left my hand, I knew it was going to hit the backboard," said McLemore, who finished with a career-high 33 points — and was apparently wise enough to call his dramatic shot off the glass, just in case anybody wanted to argue it was a lucky make.

Including his own coach, Bill Self.

"We executed perfectly," Self said. "Travis set a great screen, and Ben was fortunate, because he didn't call glass, I'm sure."

McLemore ended up 10-of-12 from the field and was perfect on six 3-pointers for the Jayhawks (13-1, 1-0), who have won 12 straight as they pursue a ninth consecutive Big 12 title.

A Gophers statement

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Joe Coleman scored 29 and Andre Hollins added 22 to help No. 8 Minnesota top No. 12 Illinois 84-67.

The Gophers (15-1, 3-0 Big Ten) held off an Illini charge midway through the second half. Joseph Bertrand pulled Illinois within at 44-42 on a short jumper with 12:37 left. But the physical matchup took its toll on the Illini (14-3, 1-2).

NO. 2 MICHIGAN 62, NEB. 47: Glenn Robinson III had 14 points, including two crucial dunks in the second half, and the host Wolverines (16-0, 3-0 Big Ten) overcame 39 percent shooting to equal the 1985-86 squad for their best start in program history.

NO. 3 L'VILLE 73, SETON HALL 58: Gorgui Dieng had season highs of 16 points and 14 rebounds to lead the visiting Cardinals (14-1, 2-0 Big East) to their ninth straight win.

NO. 7 SYRACUSE 72, PROVIDENCE 66: C.J. Fair had 23 points and 11 rebounds for the visiting Orange (15-1, 3-0 Big East), which rallied from a nine-point first-half deficit.

NO. 14 BUTLER 72, ST. JOSEPH'S 66: Rotnei Clarke scored 28 and Andrew Smith had 24 points and 10 rebounds for the visiting Bulldogs (13-2), who won their 10th straight in their Atlantic 10 debut.

NO. 20 N.C. STATE 83, GA. TECH 70: Lorenzo Brown had 21 points and 10 assists for the host Wolfpack (13-2, 2-0 ACC), which pulled away late to win its ninth straight.

NO. 23 WICHITA ST. 82, SIU 76: Cleanthony Early scored 39, most by a Wichita State player since Xavier McDaniel had 44 in 1985, to lift the host Shockers (15-1, 4-0 Missouri Valley).

NO. 25 NEW MEXICO 65, NO. 24 UNLV 60: Alex Kirk had 23 points and nine rebounds as the host Lobos (14-2) held off the Runnin' Rebels (13-3) in a Mountain West opener for both.

UCF 64, UAB 48: Keith Clanton had 12 points and 13 rebounds for the host Knights (11-4), who won for the fifth time in their past six games in their Conference USA opener.

ECKERD 73, TAMPA 70: Darrien Mack had 20 points and eight rebounds for the host Tritons (7-3, 1-2 Sunshine State), who erased a 10-point second-half lead by the Spartans (12-2, 0-2) with a closing 16-3 run.

SAINT LEO 71, FLA. SOUTHERN 63: Trent Thomas tied his season high with 28 points as the host Lions (9-2, 2-0 SSC) won their seventh straight.

NO. 10 MISSOURI: Senior forward Laurence Bowers, the team's scoring leader, has a sprained MCL in his right knee and is expected to miss at least two games.

NORTH CAROLINA: Junior guard Leslie McDonald is uncertain to play tonight against Miami because of a right knee injury.


NO. 1 BAYLOR 67, NO. 25 IOWA ST. 39: Brittney Griner scored the game's first five and finished with 23 points as the host Bears (13-1, 3-0 Big 12) won their conference record 25th straight league game. The Cyclones (11-2, 2-1) had 24 turnovers.

NO. 3 UCONN 75, G'TOWN 48: Kelly Faris scored 15 as the visiting Huskies (13-1, 1-1 Big East) rebounded from a rare conference-opening loss.

NO. 16 OKLAHOMA 85, TCU 79: Morgan Hook had a three-point play with 1:33 left that put the visiting Sooners (13-2, 3-0 Big 12) ahead to stay.

ECKERD 63, TAMPA 53: Annie Armstrong had 26 points for the host Tritons (5-5, 2-1 Sunshine State), who outrebounded the Spartans (10-1, 1-1) 39-22.

SAINT LEO 56, FLA. SOUTHERN 46: Keishara Green had a season-high 11 points to lead the host Lions (7-6, 2-1 SSC).

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