Saturday, December 16, 2017
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Missouri edges KU with late 3s

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Marcus Denmon hit three 3-pointers in the final 2:05, the last for the go-ahead points, as No. 4 Missouri fought off No. 8 Kansas 74-71 Saturday night.

Denmon scored 29, two off his career best, and ended a long-range shooting slump with a career-best six 3-pointers in nine attempts.

The go-ahead 3-pointer came with 56 seconds to go for a one-point lead. Missouri's Michael Dixon hit two free throws with 9.8 seconds left after an offensive foul on Tyshawn Taylor, and Kansas' Elijah Johnson missed badly on a shot attempt to tie it at the buzzer.

Missouri (21-2, 8-2 Big 12) beat Kansas for the second time in the past 12 meetings and improved to 13-0 at home, where its previous smallest victory margin was 11 over Texas last month.

Thomas Robinson had 25 points and 13 rebounds for Kansas (18-5, 8-2), which was scoreless the final 3:20 after Taylor dunked for a 71-63 lead.

boeheim ties smith: Fab Melo returned and scored a career-high 14 and Jim Boeheim tied Dean Smith for third place with career win No. 879 as No. 2 Syracuse dominated St. John's 95-70. The Orange (23-1, 10-1 Big East) took a 41-27 halftime lead and started the second half on a 16-3 run in front of a sellout 19,979 at Madison Square Garden, most wearing orange. Melo missed three games as he resolved an academic issue. Boeheim trails Mike Krzyzewski (919) and Bob Knight (902) on the wins list.

henson dunk angers maryland: With North Carolina's 83-75 win over host Maryland in hand, former Sickles standout John Henson emphatically dunked with one second left. Fans booed, and Maryland coach Mark Turgeon told Tar Heels coach Roy Williams he didn't like it. "I probably would have liked it better if John hadn't gone in and dunked it," Williams said. "The guy was trying to block his shot. If (Maryland defenders) were standing out at the center line, I would have really been disappointed at John.'' Henson had 17 points and 12 rebounds, and the Tar Heels (20-3, 7-1) rallied to stay tied with FSU atop the ACC.

No. 1 Kentucky 86, South Carolina 52: Anthony Davis had 22 points, eight rebounds and eight blocks for the visiting Wildcats (23-1), who have won 15 straight and moved to 9-0 in the SEC for the first time in seven years. Well over half the 16,527 in attendance were noisy Kentucky fans.

NO. 3 OHIO STATE 58, NO. 19 WISCONSIN 52: Jared Sullinger scored 24 and William Buford hit a critical 3-pointer for the visiting Buckeyes (20-3, 8-2), who maintained the Big Ten lead. The Badgers (18-6, 7-4) hit 5 of 27 3-pointer tries. "It beats the last six times I was here," Ohio State coach Thad Matta said of improving to 1-6 at the Kolb Center.

NO. 6 BAYLOR 64, OKLAHOMA ST. 60: Perry Jones III had 16 points and 11 rebounds, and Quincy Acy provided the go-ahead basket and a key offensive rebound for the visiting Bears (21-2, 8-2 Big 12).

No. 10 Murray St. 65, Tenn.-Martin 58: The visiting Racers (23-0, 11-0 Ohio Valley) remained the lone undefeated Division I team.

WYOMING 68, NO. 11 UNLV 66: The host Cowboys shut down the high-scoring Rebels (21-4, 5-2 Mountain West) for their first victory against a Top 25 team since beating No. 24 Utah in 2000.

Northern Iowa 65, No. 13 Creighton 62: Anthony James dribbled the length of the court and made a 3 at the buzzer to snap the visiting Bluejays' (21-3, 11-2 MVC) 11-game winning streak.

NOTRE DAME 76, NO. 15 MARQUETTE 59: Freshman Pat Connaughton had 23 points and 11 rebounds, and the host Irish made 11 3-pointers to defeat its fifth ranked opponent. The Golden Eagles (19-5, 8-3) had won seven straight Big East games.

No. 20 Indiana 78, Purdue 61: Victor Oladipo scored a career-high 23 and the visiting Hoosiers (18-6, 6-6 Big Ten) beat their in-state rival for the first time in six games. Verdell Jones III, one of Indiana's primary ballhandlers, missed the game with a bruised right shoulder.

NO. 22 MISSISSIPPI STATE 91, AUBURN 88: Arnett Moultrie scored 21 for the Bulldogs (18-5, 5-3 SEC).

UCF 59, SMU 52: Marcus Jordan scored 17 for the visiting Knights (17-6, 6-3 Conference USA).

N.C. Central 78, Florida A&M 61: The host Rattlers (6-17, 4-5 MEAC) have lost two of three.

tampa 56, barry 55: Ashton Graham scored a game-high 24 and the host Spartans (6-15, 2-9 SSC) won their second straight.

Florida Gulf Coast 65, Jacksonville 55: The Eagles (12-11, 7-5 Atlantic Sun) swept the regular-season series with the Dolphins (4-19, 2-10).

FIU 76, FAU 56: Phil Taylor scored 22 for the visiting Golden Panthers (7-15, 4-6 Sun Belt). The Owls (9-14, 5-5) made 12 of 23 free-throw tries.

Bethune-Cookman 92, N.C. A&T 77: Kevin Dukes scored 30 for the host Wildcats (10-13, 7-2 MEAC).

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