Davidson goes to K.C. to upset KU

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Nik Cochran had 21 points, including a clutch 3-pointer in the closing minutes, and Davidson shocked No. 12 Kansas 80-74 on Monday night to exact a little bit of revenge over an epic NCAA Tournament loss three years ago.

JP Kuhlman added 15 points and De'Mon Brooks 13 for the Wildcats, who led the final 23-plus minutes to knock off the defending Big 12 champs in their home away from home.

The Jayhawks (7-3) had won 13 of the 15 games they had played at the Sprint Center, about a 30-minute drive from their campus in Lawrence, including the past two Big 12 titles. The losses also came out of conference, to Syracuse and Massachusetts.

It was the first meeting between the schools since the NCAA region final in 2008, when Stephen Curry led the Wildcats on an inspired postseason run. Kansas managed a 59-57 victory when Davidson's Jason Richards missed a last-second shot, and the Jayhawks went to win their fifth national championship.

Thomas Robinson had 21 points and 18 rebounds for the Jayhawks. Tyshawn Taylor came back from surgery on a torn meniscus in his right knee to get 15 points and seven assists, and Elijah Johnson had 15 points.

Kansas was coming off a win over No. 2 Ohio State and a lengthy break for final exams.

Davidson led 68-65 with 1:31 left and the shot clock winding down when Cochran took a pass from well beyond the 3-point line and hit nothing but net. Taylor was short on a 3, and Davidson sealed it from the free-throw line.

NO. 5 UNC 99, NICHOLLS ST. 49: Dexter Strickland scored 14 and freshman James Michael McAdoo added a season-high 14 off the bench for the host Tar Heels (10-2), who won their fourth straight game.

NO. 6 BAYLOR 95, PAUL QUINN 54: Quincy Acy had 24 points and seven of the Bears' 17 dunks as host Baylor improved to 10-0 for the second time in its history, two wins shy of matching its best start ever in 2000-01.

NO. 7 DUKE 90, UNC GREENSBORO 63: Freshman Quinn Cook scored all of his season-high 14 in the second half for the host Blue Devils (10-1), who shot 54 percent from the field, shook off a sluggish start and overcame 18 turnovers to win their third straight.

LSU 67, NO. 10 MARQUETTE 59: Ralston Turner had 22 points and hit two clutch 3-pointers in the final four minutes for the host Tigers, who won their fifth straight and handed the Golden Eagles (10-1) their first loss.

NO. 17 INDIANA 107, HOWARD 50: Jordan Hulls had 16 points to lead six players in double figures for the host Hoosiers, who celebrated their 500th poll appearance by improving to 11-0 for the first time since the 1975-76 team went 32-0.

NO. 19 MICH. ST. 89, UMKC 54: Branden Dawson had eight points within a few minutes and finished with a career-high 16 to help the host Spartans (10-2) win their 10th straight game.

NO. 23 CREIGHTON 83, TULSA 64: Sophomore Doug McDermott scored a career-high 35, 19 in the first half on a variety of low-post bank shots, to lift the visiting Bluejays (9-1).

NO. 25 ILLINOIS 64, CORNELL 60: Meyers Leonard had 19 points and a career-high 16 rebounds, overcoming a back injury to rally the host Illini (11-1) after they trailed for the most of the game.

CHOWAN 53, TAMPA 49: The host Spartans (2-7) missed all five of their shots in the final three minutes and lost their fourth straight game.

stanford 75, b-cu 56: The visiting Wildcats (3-9) lost their fourth straight game and sixth of seven overall. Bethune-Cookman leading scorer Anthony Breeze was out with a knee injury.

NO. 2 OHIO ST.: Coach Thad Matta said star forward Jared Sullinger, who missed most of Saturday's win at South Carolina with a sore foot, will play tonight against Lamar. Matta said Sullinger told him he has felt better each day since he hurt his foot.

NO. 3 KENTUCKY: Coach John Calipari said forward Terrence Jones is questionable for tonight's game against Samford. Jones dislocated his left pinky finger in Saturday's win over Chattanooga.

PREP BAN UPHELD: NCAA schools fell just short of scrapping a ban on universities hosting prep basketball events on campus. Of the 355 schools voting electronically last week, 58.59 percent wanted to rescind the legislation that was approved in April. Rescinding the rule requires a 5/8th majority, meaning the override measure fell roughly 13 votes short.

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FSU 86, ALABAMA A&M 41: The host Seminoles (6-5) set a school record with 15 blocks and won their third game in a row.

SCSU 73, ECKERD 68: The visiting Tritons (7-2) had a six-game winning streak halted by Southern Connecticut State despite a career-high 25 points by senior Taylor Young.

DELTA ST. 59, SAINT LEO 47: The visiting Statesmen opened the game with a 20-4 run and handed the Lions (6-3) their third straight loss.

NO. 11 OHIO ST. 88, CHARLOTTE 58: Tayler Hill scored 16 of her 25 in the second half and Samantha Prahalis had 19 points for the host Buckeyes (11-0), who have won 22 of their past 23.

GONZAGA 71, NO. 13 GEORGIA 68: Haiden Palmer's 3-pointer with .2 seconds left gave Gonzaga an upset over Georgia (8-2) in a Las Vegas Holiday Hoops Classic game.

NO. 14 LOUISVILLE 75, WASH. ST. 71: Shawnta' Dyer scored 16 and Shoni Schimmel added 14, eight in the final two minutes to lift the visiting Cardinals (11-2).

NO. 19 DELAWARE 68, PROVIDENCE 47: Elena Delle Donne had 29 points for the visiting Blue Hens (9-0), off to the best start in their 41-year history.

NO. 21 DEPAUL 73, ILLINOIS ST. 54: Jasmine Penny scored a career-high 20 for the visiting Blue Demons (11-2), who were without starting forward Keisha Hampton for the second straight game because of a leg injury.

Davidson goes to K.C. to upset KU 12/19/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, December 20, 2011 12:16am]

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