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Top 25 roundup: Miami knocks off No. 2 Duke

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Jan 8, 2022; Durham, North Carolina, USA;  Miami Hurricanes guard Kameron McGusty (23) is greeted by forward Sam Waardenburg (21) after scoring against the Duke Blue Devils during the second half at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 8, 2022; Durham, North Carolina, USA; Miami Hurricanes guard Kameron McGusty (23) is greeted by forward Sam Waardenburg (21) after scoring against the Duke Blue Devils during the second half at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports

Miami scored the last five points in the final 34 seconds to stun No. 2 Duke 76-74 on Saturday night in Durham, N.C.

Kameron McGusty’s basket following teammate Jordan Miller’s offensive rebound provided what became the winning points with 20 seconds left. Duke launched two 3-point shots in the waning seconds, but both were off the mark. It was a matchup of unbeaten teams in ACC play.

Charlie Moore’s 18 points, Miller’s 17 points, Isaiah Wong’s 15 and McGusty’s 14 points were tops for Miami (13-3, 5-0 ACC), which was in its first conference road game.

Paolo Banchero led Duke (12-2, 2-1) with 20 points, while Wendell Moore Jr. and Mark Williams both had 12 points, and A.J. Griffin posted 10 points. The Blue Devils lost at home for the first time this season.

No. 1 Baylor 76, TCU 64

Adam Flagler poured in 22 points and James Akinjo had 20 points and eight assists as the top-ranked Bears overcame the host Horned Frogs at Fort Worth, Texas.

LJ Cryer added 15 points off the bench as the Bears extended their winning streak to 21 games dating to last season’s national-title run. Flagler made six of his 10 attempts from 3-point range. That was part of the Bears’ 13-for-27 shooting on 3-pointers as they ended up at 52.6 percent overall from the field.

Mike Miles, who hadn’t played a game in 21 days, had 22 of TCU’s first 44 points and racked up 26 points. Chuck O’Bannon had 12 points and Damion Baugh notched 10 points for TCU, which finally played its Big 12 opener after having three games either postponed or canceled since last playing Dec. 21.

No. 3 Purdue 74, Penn State 67

Trevion Williams scored 21 points and grabbed nine rebounds as the Boilermakers battled the pesky Nittany Lions down the stretch before emerging with a road victory at University Park, Pa.

Mason Gillis pitched in a career-high 14 points for Purdue, which also received 13 points from Sasha Stefanovic and 12 points from Jaden Ivey. Purdue has won 12 of the past 13 matchups in the series.

Jalen Pickett registered 21 points and 10 assists to lead Penn State, which took the lead after trailing by 13 in the second half. However, the Nittany Lions did not score over the final two minutes as their mini two-game winning streak came to an end.

No. 4 Gonzaga 117, Pepperdine 83

Anton Watson scored 19 points and the host Bulldogs showed no rust after an 11-day layoff while rolling to a victory over the Waves in West Coast Conference play at Spokane, Wash.

Chet Holmgren recorded 18 points and eight rebounds and Drew Timme also scored 18 points as the Bulldogs (12-2, 1-0 WCC) defeated the Waves for the 42nd consecutive time.

Hunter Sallis added 13 points and Rasir Bolton and Julian Strawther scored 12 apiece as Gonzaga increased the nation’s longest homecourt winning streak to 60 games. The Bulldogs set a season high for points, topping the 107 scored against Central Michigan on Nov. 22.

No. 5 UCLA 60, Cal 52

Tyger Campbell scored 17 points and Jaime Jaquez Jr. added 14 as the Bruins held the host Bears to just 1-for-14 shooting from 3-point range to win a defensive struggle in Berkeley, Calif.

The Bruins (10-1, 2-0 Pac-12) — playing their first league game since Dec. 1 and first conference road game this season — did not give up a made 3-pointer throughout the second half.

UCLA also forced Cal (9-7, 2-3) into 15 turnovers, which the Bruins converted into 17 points, helping to overcome the team’s lowest-scoring performance of the season. Campbell and Jaquez buoyed the Bruins through the night, starting early. They combined for 21 of UCLA’s 31 first-half points.

No. 25 Texas Tech 75, No. 6 Kansas 67

Bryson Williams recorded 22 points and eight rebounds as the Red Raiders controlled the tempo and smothered the Jayhawks at Lubbock, Texas.

Clarence Nadolny added a career-high 17 points as the Red Raiders (11-3, 1-1 Big 12) maintained the lead for 33-plus minutes to earn their third victory over the Jayhawks (12-2, 1-1) in their 25 meetings.

Texas Tech forced 17 turnovers and did enough to solve a 2-3 zone Kansas employed in the second half while snapping the Jayhawks’ eight-game winning streak. Down the stretch, Texas Tech went 6-for-6 at the foul line in the final 1:40 to seal the outcome while converting vital steals by Marcus Santos-Silva and Davion Warren.

No. 9 Auburn 85, Florida 73

K.D. Johnson hit for 23 points as the Tigers used a late-game run to hold off visiting the Gators to win their 11th consecutive game.

The Tigers (14-1, 3-0 SEC) led by nine points at halftime but were up just 60-59 after a 3-pointer by Florida’s Anthony Duruji with 8:37 to play. Auburn then took control via a 13-4 run capped by a 30-foot 3-pointer from Wendell Green Jr. with 3:57 remaining. The Tigers were never seriously challenged again.

Jaylin Williams scored a season-high 14 points, and Jabari Smith and Green added 13 points each for the Tigers. Colin Castleton led Florida with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Duruji scored 14 points, Myreon Jones had 13 and Tyree Appleby added 11 points for the Gators (9-5, 0-2), who dropped their second straight game.

Oklahoma 79, No. 11 Iowa State 66

Umoja Gibson scored 20 points — 14 in the second half — to lead the host Sooners over the Cyclones in Norman, Okla.

The Sooners (12-3, 2-1 Big 12) hit their final nine shots in the game and 16 of their last 19. Oklahoma didn’t miss a shot in the final eight minutes, going 9 for 9. The win was the Sooners’ third over a top-15 opponent this season.

The Cyclones (13-2, 1-2) led by 11 early in the second half and were up by 10 with 14 minutes left before the Sooners took command, going on a 32-11 run to blow past Iowa State.

No. 12 Houston 76, Wichita State 66

Josh Carlton recorded a double-double with 22 points and 12 rebounds, and Jamal Shead converted a timely steal into a layup as the 12th-ranked Cougars beat the visiting Shockers.

Taze Moore added 17 points and six rebounds for the Cougars, while Fabian White Jr. (15 points) and Shead (10 points, seven assists and four rebounds) helped round out another balanced attack.

Tyson Etienne led the Shockers with 11 points, while Dexter Dennis chipped in 10. Wichita State never led and surrendered 26 points off turnovers while shooting 40.4 percent from the floor, including 6 of 23 on 3-pointers.

Oklahoma St. 64, No. 14 Texas 51

Keylan Boone poured in a career-high 17 points, including two key 3-pointers down the stretch, as the Cowboys defeated the visiting Longhorns in Big 12 Conference play in Stillwater, Okla.

The Cowboys (8-5, 1-1 Big 12) never trailed, led by two points at halftime and by seven after a 3-pointer by Boone with 2:41 to play. Oklahoma State then added to its advantage with two free throws by Bryce Williams with 2:04 left before Boone all but cemented the victory with another jumper from beyond the arc with 1:27 remaining.

Timmy Allen and Andrew Jones led Texas (12-3, 2-1) with 10 points each. The Longhorns played without Tre Mitchell, their third-leading scorer, who was held out because of COVID health and safety protocol.

Missouri 92, No. 15 Alabama 86

Kobe Brown scored a career-high 30 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to lift the host Tigers to an upset over the Crimson Tide in Columbia, Mo.

Jarron Coleman scored 18 points and Javon Pickett and DaJuan Gordon each added 15 as the Tigers (7-7, 1-1 Southeastern Conference) won their third straight game against the Crimson Tide. Missouri coach Cuonzo Martin returned to the bench after missing the team’s 83-56 loss at Kentucky while sidelined by the virus.

Jahvon Quinerly had 19 points and Jaden Shackelford added 17 for Alabama (11-4, 2-1).

No. 16 Providence 83, St. John’s 73

Nate Watson scored 18 of his 22 points in the second half as the Friars remained unbeaten at home with a victory over the Red Storm.

Watson was in foul trouble in the first half but came alive in the second when Providence shot 59.3 percent, outscored St. John’s 48-35 and improved its home record to 10-0. Jared Bynum added a season-high 18 points as Providence gave coach Ed Cooley his 300th career win.

Dylan Addae-Wusu scored 20 points on 7-for-13 shooting and Aaron Wheeler added 15 off the bench as St. John’s shot 36.8 percent in the second half and 41.1 percent overall. Leading scorer Julian Champagnie never got into a rhythm, finishing with 11 on 5 of 19 attempts from the floor after scoring a career-best 34 against DePaul.

No. 16 Kentucky 92, Georgia 77

TyTy Washington Jr. made his first career start at point guard and dealt a program-record 17 assists as the Wildcats overpowered the Bulldogs in Lexington.

Oscar Tshiebwe had a double-double by halftime and finished with 29 points and 17 rebounds as Kentucky (12-3, 2-1 SEC) rebounded from a Tuesday loss at No. 21 LSU. Washington added 17 points.

In losing its fourth straight, Georgia (5-10, 0-2) was led by Kario Oquendo’s 22 points and seven rebounds. Aaron Cook contributed 17 points and five assists.

No. 21 LSU 79, No. 18 Tennessee 67

Tari Eason had 24 points and 12 rebounds as the Tigers defeated the Volunteers in Baton Rouge, La.

Darius Days added 15 points and Brandon Murray scored 13 as the Tigers (14-1, 2-1 SEC) beat a second consecutive ranked opponent. They defeated No. 16 Kentucky on Tuesday.

Kennedy Chandler scored 19 points, Santiago Vescovi added 14 and Uros Plavsic had 12 to lead the Volunteers (10-4, 1-2).

No. 19 Villanova 79, DePaul 64

Collin Gillespie scored a season-high 28 points and the Wildcats rallied from a five-point halftime deficit to defeat the host Blue Demons in Chicago.

Justin Moore added 21 and Caleb Daniels had 11 for the Wildcats, who won their fourth in a row. It was Villanova’s 21st straight win over DePaul dating to 2008.

Javon Freeman-Liberty led DePaul with a career-high 34 points while David Jones added 12. Brandon Johnson grabbed 10 rebounds. The Blue Demons have dropped four straight since a 9-1 start, with each of those losses coming in conference games.

San Diego State 79, No. 20 Colorado State 49

Matt Bradley scored a season-best 26 points and the host Aztecs knocked the Rams from the ranks of the unbeaten with a convincing victory in Mountain West play.

Chad Baker-Mazara had 14 points and Lamont Butler (wrist) returned from a five-game absence to register 11 points and four steals as the Aztecs (10-3, 2-0 Mountain West) won their fifth consecutive game. Aguek Arop recorded 10 points and eight rebounds and Keshad Johnson also had 10 points as San Diego State won its 16th consecutive game against conference foes.

Isaiah Stevens scored 19 points and David Roddy added 17 for the Rams (11-1, 1-1), who shot just 27.9 percent from the field and 15 percent (3 of 20) from 3-point range. Colorado State’s 11-game winning streak was snapped three shy of the school mark set by the 2014-15 team.

No. 24 Seton Hall 90, Connecticut 87

Kadary Richmond scored a career-high 27 points, including a go-ahead shot in the lane with 31 seconds left in overtime, as the Pirates outlasted the Huskies in a Big East game in Newark, N.J.

Bryce Aiken had 22 points and seven assists and made two clinching free throws for Seton Hall (11-3, 2-2 Big East) with one second left.

UConn (10-4, 1-2) had a chance to take the lead after the basket by Richmond, but Jared Rhoden came up with a steal and called a timeout. Rhoden, who scored 15 points, briefly had been benched by Seton Hall coach Kevin Willard earlier in the game for not challenging a 3-point attempt.

–Field Level Media