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Top 25 roundup: No. 2 Kansas storms back to down Oklahoma

Kansas sophomore guard KJ Adams Jr. (24) pumps his arms up as he leaves Allen Fieldhouse after defeating Oklahoma 79-75 Tuesday night.
Credit: Evert Nelson/The Capital-Journal / USA TODAY NETWORK

KJ Adams Jr. scored a career-high 22 points to lead No. 2 Kansas to a 79-75 come-from-behind victory over Oklahoma on Tuesday in Lawrence, Kan.

Kansas (15-1, 4-0) has not lost to Oklahoma in Allen Fieldhouse since 1993. The Sooners looked primed to break the decades-long losing streak, jumping ahead by 10 with just over five minutes remaining. But the Jayhawks closed strong, finishing with an 18-4 run to keep the streak alive.

Jalen Wilson, Kansas’ leading scorer at 20.2 points per game entering the contest, had just two points in the first half. Wilson scored 15 after halftime, though, including 10 at the free-throw line.

The Jayhawks were 31 of 39 from the line, their most free-throw attempts since the 2016-17 season. After struggling over the last two games, scoring just 15 combined points on 5-of-24 shooting, senior Grant Sherfield broke out with a season-high-tying 25 points on 9-of-15 shooting for Oklahoma (10-6, 1-3 Big 12).

No. 5 Tennessee 77, Vanderbilt 68

Santiago Vescovi and Julian Phillips scored 15 points apiece as the Volunteers pulled away from the visiting Commodores for a Southeastern Conference win in Knoxville, Tenn.

Vescovi, who scored 12 second-half points, shot 6 of 9 from the field, including 3 of 6 from distance, to go along with six rebounds and three assists. Phillips made 6 of 9 shots from the field and also added six rebounds and three assists.

Uros Plavsic chipped in 11 points and six rebounds, while Jonas Aidoo and Tyreke Key each finished with eight points and two rebounds. Zakai Zeigler had seven points, a game-high nine assists and four rebounds.

Tennessee (14-2, 4-0 SEC) defeated Vanderbilt for the 11th straight meeting. The Commodores (8-8, 1-2), who have dropped two straight, was led by Liam Robbins’ 18 points and seven rebounds.

No. 11 Kansas State 65, Oklahoma State 57

Markquis Nowell scored 14 of his team-high 20 points in the second half as the host Wildcats outlasted the Cowboys in Manhattan, Kan.

The Wildcats earned their ninth straight win in their first game since debuting in the rankings on Monday. Kansas State (15-1, 4-0 Big 12) got 12 points from Keyontae Johnson and 11 from Desi Sills.

Oklahoma State (9-7, 1-3) was led by Kalib Boone with 23 points. Caleb Asberry added 15.

No. 13 Virginia 65, North Carolina 58

Ben Vander Plas had 17 points, eight rebounds and three blocks off the bench and the Cavaliers defeated the short-handed Tar Heels in Atlantic Coast Conference action in Charlottesville, Va.

Virginia (12-3, 4-2 ACC) extended its home winning streak against North Carolina (11-6, 3-3) to eight games. Armaan Franklin had 12 points, nine rebounds and three blocks and Reece Beekman posted 13 points and five steals. Isaac McKneely had 11 points off the bench.

The Tar Heels played nearly the entire game without Armando Bacot, the ACC’s leading scorer and rebounder, after he rolled his left ankle with 18:41 left in the first half. R.J. Davis scored 16 points and freshman Jalen Washington, who replaced Bacot, tallied 13 points.

No. 14 Iowa State 84, Texas Tech 50

Gabe Kalscheur scored a game-high 25 points — going 5-for-6 from 3-point range — to lead the Cyclones to a rout of the visiting Red Raiders in Ames, Iowa.

Iowa State (13-2, 4-0 Big 12) stretched its winning streak to a season-best six games entering Saturday’s visit to second-ranked Kansas. Jaren Holmes scored 15 points for the Cyclones, Caleb Grill hit half of his eight 3-point attempts en route to 14 points and Tamin Lipsey contributed nine points and eight assists.

Texas Tech (10-6, 0-4) has lost four in a row, all in conference play. The Red Raiders committed 19 turnovers and had only two players score in double digits — De’Vion Harmon (14 points) and Pop Isaacs (10).

Michigan State 69, No. 18 Wisconsin 65

Joey Hauser had 20 points and Tyson Walker added 13 to lift the Spartans to victory over the Badgers in Madison, Wis.

Jaden Akins added 12 points and A.J. Hoggard scored 10 for Michigan State (12-4, 4-1 Big Ten), which won its seventh straight game.

Steven Crowl had 15 of his 19 points in the second half for Wisconsin (11-4, 3-2). Chucky Hepburn added 14 points and freshman Connor Essegian had 13.

No. 21 Auburn 82, Ole Miss 73

Wendell Green Jr. scored 23 points and sophomore Johni Broome posted his fourth consecutive double-double to lead the Tigers to a victory over the Rebels in Oxford, Miss.

A transfer from Morehead State, Broome had 19 points and 11 rebounds as the Tigers (13-3, 3-1 Southeastern Conference) took command in the second half. Allen Flanigan (15 points) and Jaylin Williams (12) also scored in double figures for the Tigers.

Matthew Murrell scored 24 points to lead the Rebels (8-8, 0-4 SEC), who fell to the SEC basement as the only team winless in conference play. Tye Fagan added 13 points and Jaemyn Brakefield finished with 12.

No. 23 San Diego State 74, Nevada 65

Matt Bradley had 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Aztecs, who beat the visiting Wolf Pack to remain unbeaten in Mountain West Conference play.

Lamont Butler added 15 points, Keshad Johnson had 11 points and three steals, and Jaedon LeDee scored nine points off the bench for San Diego State (13-3, 4-0 MWC), which rejoined the AP Top 25 this week after falling out of the rankings midway through last month.

Nick Davidson scored 17 points off the bench to lead Nevada (14-4, 4-1), which had won six in a row. Kenan Blackshear added 12 points and Jarod Lucas finished with 11 for the Wolf Pack. The Aztecs never trailed after scoring the first 10 points of the game.

–Field Level Media