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Top 25 roundup: John Fulkerson, No. 19 Vols knock off No. 6 Arizona

Tennessee forward John Fulkerson (10) celebrates a play during a basketball game between the Tennessee Volunteers and the Arizona Wildcats at Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, Tenn., on Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2021.Kns Vols Arizona Hoops Bp
Tennessee forward John Fulkerson (10) celebrates a play during a basketball game between the Tennessee Volunteers and the Arizona Wildcats at Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, Tenn., on Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2021.Kns Vols Arizona Hoops Bp

John Fulkerson scored a season-high 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead No. 19 Tennessee to a 77-73 nonconference win over No. 6 Arizona on Wednesday at Knoxville, Tenn., handing the Wildcats their first loss of the season.

Santiago Vescovi added 15 points, Josiah-Jordan James had 12 and Justin Powell finished with 11 for Tennessee (9-2).

Arizona (11-1) was led by Bennedict Mathurin’s 28 points, eight rebounds and five assists before he fouled out. Kerr Kriisa was the only other Arizona player to score in double figures, winding up with 11 points before he also fouled out. Christian Koloko fouled out for Arizona too, and another two Wildcats wound up with four fouls.

Arizona had 28 personal fouls compared to Tennessee’s 16. The Volunteers shot 27 free throws and made 18. The Wildcats were 12 of 18 from the free-throw line.

No. 2 Duke 76, Virginia Tech 65

Paolo Banchero scored 17 of his 23 points in the second half as the Blue Devils overcame the visiting Hokies in their Atlantic Coast Conference opener in Durham, N.C.

The Blue Devils (11-1, 1-0 ACC) used a couple of huge second-half runs to take control after trailing by four at halftime. Wendell Moore Jr. poured in 18 points. Duke is 32-10 in ACC openers under coach Mike Krzyzewski, who embarked on his last conference slate before his scheduled retirement at season’s end.

Keve Aluma scored 17 of his 25 points in the first half and pulled in 10 rebounds for Virginia Tech (8-5, 0-2). Justyn Mutts had 20 points for the Hokies.

No. 12 Auburn 71, Murray State 58

Walker Kessler collected 13 points, seven rebounds and seven blocks to propel the host Tigers past the Racers in their nonconference matchup.

Wendell Green Jr. recorded 13 points and a career-high 10 rebounds off the bench for the Tigers (11-1), who have won eight in a row since dropping a 115-109 double-overtime decision to UConn on Nov. 24.

Jabari Smith had 12 points and 10 rebounds as nine different players scored for Auburn. Two-time reigning Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Week Tevin Brown scored 16 of his 22 points in the first half for Murray State.

No. 13 Houston 80, Texas State 47

Josh Carlton scored a game-high 20 points while Kyler Edwards and Marcus Sasser each sank four 3-pointers as the Cougars completed their nonconference schedule with a rout of the Bobcats in Houston.

Edwards and Sasser finished with 14 and 13 points, respectively. Jamal Shead recorded 12 points and 10 assists for Houston (11-2), which was without guards Taze Moore (illness) and Tramon Mark, who underwent season-ending shoulder surgery Wednesday.

Shelby Adams scored 10 points while Nighael Ceaser added nine for Texas State (9-3), which had its eight-game winning streak snapped.

No. 16 Texas 68, Alabama State 48

Dylan Disu scored 14 points and the Longhorns’ defense continued to impress as they pulled away in the second half to knock off the Hornets in Austin, Texas.

It was the third straight win for the Longhorns (9-2), who were originally scheduled to play Rice on Wednesday before the game was canceled due to COVID-19 issues with the Owls. Alabama State (2-10) was available after the Hornets’ game Tuesday at Memphis was also called off.

Marcus Carr added 13 points for the Longhorns, with Andrew Jones scoring 12 points and Timmy Allen hitting for 10. Gerald Liddell, who played at Texas for three years before transferring to Alabama State prior to this season, led all scorers with 16 points, while Juan Reyna added 10 for the Hornets.

No. 17 LSU 95, Lipscomb 60

Darius Days scored 21 points and five teammates also scored in double figures as the host Tigers stayed unbeaten by routing the Bisons in Baton Rouge, La.

Xavier Pinson added 17 points, Brandon Murray and Eric Gaines scored 13 each, Efton Reid had 12 and Mwani Wilkinson contributed 11 for the Tigers (12-0). LSU played its final game before opening Southeastern Conference play at No. 12 Auburn on Dec. 29.

Jacob Ognacevic scored 12 points to lead the Bisons (6-8), who lost their seventh consecutive game against Division I competition.

No. 20 Kentucky 95, Western Kentucky 60

In a game scheduled at nearly the last minute, the host Wildcats and Oscar Tshiebwe dominated the Hilltoppers in Lexington, Ky.

Tshiebwe grabbed a career-high 28 rebounds to go with 14 points, setting a Rupp Arena record for rebounds in a game. Kellan Grady went 6 of 9 from 3-point range in scoring a game-high 23 points, and TyTy Washington Jr. added 20 points for the Wildcats (9-2).

Josh Anderson led Western Kentucky (8-5) with 18 points. The game was scheduled on Monday after the two teams saw opponents Louisville and Austin Peay, respectively deal with COVID-19 positive test results.

No. 25 Texas Tech 78, Eastern Washington 46

The Red Raiders got at least one 3-pointer from each of their five starters in the first half en route to a victory over the Eagles in Lubbock, Texas.

Balanced Texas Tech (9-2), in the absence of two injured starters, got 12 points each from Bryson Williams and Adonis Arms. Kevin Obanor contributed 11 points, seven rebounds and four assists while Kevin McCullar added 10 points and five assists.

Eastern Washington (6-6) was led by Rylan Bergersen, who had 10 points.

-Field Level Media