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Wildcats hold off Jayhawks in OT

MANHATTAN, Kan. — Marcus Foster scored 20 and hit two free throws in the closing seconds of overtime as Kansas State held on to beat No. 7 Kansas 85-82 on Monday night.

Will Spradling added 15 points for the Wildcats, who blew a nine-point lead with less than two minutes left in regulation but survived for their third win over the Jayhawks (18-6, 9-2 Big 12) in 26 games played at Bramlage Coliseum.

Hundreds of students flooded the court when the final buzzer sounded to celebrate the end of a six-game skid against Kansas. The Wildcats, who had lost 48 of 51 in the series, hadn't beaten their rivals in their on-campus octagon since Feb. 14, 2011.

Andrew Wiggins scored 16 for the Jayhawks, including a putback of his own miss with 6.9 seconds left to force overtime. Perry Ellis had 19 points.

The Wildcats took the lead with 17:34 left in the second half and never trailed until Tarik Black scored to open overtime. Every time the Jayhawks tried to build a lead, the Wildcats had an answer: a three-point play by Foster, a free throw by Omari Lawrence or a big putback from big man D.J. Johnson.

Still, it wasn't over until Foster's two free throws with 21.9 seconds left gave Kansas State an 83-79 lead, and Wiggins missed a 3-pointer.

W. VA. 102, NO. 11 IOWA ST. 77: Remi Dibo scored a career-high 20 for the host Mountaineers, who handed the Cyclones (18-5, 6-5 Big 12) their most lopsided loss all season. Iowa State's Melvin Ejim, coming off a Big 12-record 48 points against TCU, scored six on 1-of-9 shooting.

NO. 17 UVA 61, MARYLAND 53: Joe Harris scored 19 as the host Cavaliers (20-5, 11-1 ACC) won their eighth straight game.

B-CU 72, N.C. A&T 71: Travis Elliott's free throw with eight seconds left helped the Wildcats (6-21, 4-8 MEAC) end a 22-game road losing streak.

UNCC 92, FAMU 49: Jeremy Ingram scored 17 as the host Eagles dominated the Rattlers (8-16, 4-7 MEAC).

DEPAUL: Star forward Cleveland Melvin is no longer enrolled at the school, which suspended him last month for violating team rules.

AP POLL: Syracuse was a unanimous No. 1 for the second straight week, and No. 23 SMU moved in for the first time since 1985. Florida remained No. 3. No. 21 Wisconsin and No. 22 Ohio State returned to the rankings. Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Gonzaga fell out.


FERNANDEZ IN HOSPITAL: USF coach Jose Fernandez was re-admitted to a local hospital Sunday, roughly a week after spending two nights there while battling a recurrence of diverticulitis. The school said Fernandez had a delayed allergic reaction to prescribed medication and remained in the progressive care unit Monday.

OBITUARY: Betty Jaynes, the first executive director of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association and longtime college coach, died after a brief illness. She was 68.

AP POLL: Connecticut, which visits USF on Sunday, remained No. 1. No. 24 St. John's entered for the first time this season, replacing Middle Tennessee.

NO. 17 UNC 89, NO. 3 DUKE 78: Freshman Diamond DeShields scored a season-high 30 for the Tar Heels (18-6, 6-4 ACC), who beat the Blue Devils (22-3, 9-2) at Cameron Indoor Stadium for the first time since 2008.

NO. 8 TENN. 81, NO. 16 VANDY 53: Meighan Simmons scored 22 for the Vols (20-4, 9-2 SEC), who are 29-0 against the Commodores (17-6, 6-4 SEC) in Knoxville.

Times staff writer Joey Knight contributed to this report.

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