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Top 25 Men's Roundup

Kansas looks tip-top

Kansas big man Cole Aldrich has Kansas State’s Dominique Sutton surrounded. Kansas big man Cole Aldrich has Kansas State’s Dominique Sutton surrounded. (Orlin Wagner/Associated Press)
Associated Press / January 31, 2010

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TOP 25 MEN’S ROUNDUP

Second-ranked Kansas made its case to take over the top spot in the national polls, pulling out a gritty, back-and-forth battle with No. 11 Kansas State, 81-79, last night in Manhattan, Kan., as Sherron Collins scored on a hard drive with nine seconds left in overtime.

Collins hit the floor with 2:44 left in overtime and went to the bench holding his back, then returned just in time to score on a baseline drive and was fouled on the play. He missed the free throw, but Cole Aldrich grabbed the rebound and Brady Morningstar hit two free throws to close out the Jayhawks’ 26th win in their last 27 games in Manhattan.

Collins finished with 16 points. Aldrich had 18 points and 11 rebounds, and Marcus Morris added 13 points and 10 rebounds. When the new polls come out tomorrow, Kansas (20-1, 6-0 Big 12) has a good chance of supplanting Kentucky at No. 1.

Kansas State (17-4, 4-3) had a chance to win it in regulation, but Kansas’s Tyrel Reed stripped a streaking Dominique Sutton in the paint at the buzzer. Jacob Pullen had 22 points and Denis Clemente added 13 on 4-of-15 shooting.

The rivals have been meeting since 1907, and this game had the added drama of being the first since 1958 where both teams were ranked in the top 15.

Georgetown 89, Duke 77 - With President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden munching popcorn in the front row, the No. 7 Hoyas put on a couldn’t-miss performance against the No. 8 Blue Devils, shooting 71.7 percent from the field in Washington.

The Hoyas had their best shooting game in 30 years in front of more than 20,000 at the Verizon Center, none more prominent than the commander in chief, who was serenaded by chants of “Yes, we can!’’ as Georgetown (16-4) closed out the nonconference victory.

Chris Wright scored 21 points on 8-of-9 shooting and made two defensive plays that helped ignite an 18-3 run that gave the Hoyas the lead for good in the first half. Greg Monroe also finished with 21 points, and Austin Freeman added 20 for Georgetown, whose shooting percentage tied the third-highest mark in school history.

Nolan Smith scored 19 points, Kyle Singler had 18 before fouling out with 2:10 to play, and Jon Scheyer added 17 for the Blue Devils (17-4), who shot only 37 percent.

Kentucky 85, Vanderbilt 72 - The top-ranked Wildcats bounced back from their first loss by posting a convincing home win over the No. 21 Commodores. Freshman DeMarcus Cousins recorded his 12th double-double with 21 points and 10 rebounds.

Darnell Dodson added 16 points in a rare start for Kentucky (20-1, 5-1 Southeastern), which played like the nation’s best team for long stretches in front of special guest LeBron James, a friend of coach John Calipari.

Jermaine Beal led the Commodores (16-4, 5-1) with 19 points, but Vanderbilt couldn’t pull off its second road upset of the week in a physical, whistle-plagued game that featured 58 fouls and very little flow.

Syracuse 59, DePaul 57 - Wes Johnson went for 16 points and 13 rebounds, and the No. 4 Orange rallied from 18 down in Rosemont, Ill., to pull out their eighth straight win.

Syracuse (21-1, 8-1 Big East), locked in a surprising struggle with the Blue Demons (8-13, 1-8), scored 16 straight points in the first half, and then took the lead with a 16-2 run after the break, escaping with a victory after DePaul’s Will Walker missed a 3-pointer in the closing seconds.

Kris Joseph added 15 points for Syracuse, and Rick Jackson scored 10. Trailing, 52-43, with about seven minutes left, Joseph buried a 3-pointer to start the go-ahead run. Johnson tied it at 54 with a one-handed dunk over DePaul’s Mike Stovall to finish a fast break.

Michigan St. 79, Northwestern 70 - Durrell Summers had a season-high 24 points and 10 rebounds, leading the fifth-ranked Spartans (19-3, 9-0 Big Ten) to a strong performance after the break. Michigan State opened the second half with an 18-4 burst to take control against the Wildcats (14-7, 3-6).

The Spartans’ Kalin Lucas scored 23 points to go with four assists and no turnovers.

John Shurna made six 3-pointers and scored a career-high 31 points for Northwestern.

Baylor 80, Texas 77 - Freshman guard A.J. Walton, a 47 percent free throw shooter, made three of four foul shots in the final 17 seconds of overtime in Austin, Texas, helping the No. 24 Bears (16-3, 3-3 Big 12) beat the sixth-ranked Longhorns in the regular season for the first time since 1998.

Baylor led, 77-76, before Walton made the second of two free throws. Texas’s Justin Mason made one of two before Walton got to the line again with 10 seconds left and calmly hit both.

Texas (18-3, 4-2) had one last chance to tie it but Avery Bradley’s 3-pointer bounced off the rim at the buzzer. The Longhorns rallied from 14 points down early in the second half, but Damion James (20 points, career-high 19 rebounds) fouled out in the final minute of overtime.

West Virginia 77, Louisville 74 - Da’Sean Butler scored a season-high 27 points, hitting the go-ahead 15-foot jumper with 16 seconds remaining that enabled the No. 9 Mountaineers (17-3, 6-2 Big East) to post a comeback win in Morgantown, W.Va.

The Cardinals (13-8, 4-4) managed only two baskets over the final seven minutes in blowing a 12-point lead. Louisville shot 61 percent in the first half to take a 44-40 advantage into the break.

BYU 82, Utah 69 - At Provo, Utah, the No. 12 Cougars (21-2, 6-1) beat their Mountain West rivals for the sixth time in the last seven meetings as Jimmer Fredette pumped in 23 of his 36 points in the second half.

Players from both teams had to be separated after a scuffle on the baseline with 34 seconds left. Benches emptied, but officials and coaches kept it from escalating and the teams calmed down enough for postgame handshakes.

San Francisco 81, Gonzaga 77 - Dior Lowhorn had 22 points, and the Dons (8-14, 3-4 West Coast) rallied at home to upend the 13th-ranked Bulldogs (17-4, 6-1) in overtime.

Temple 64, La Salle 52 - Playing in front of Temple legend John Chaney, the No. 15 Owls (18-4, 6-1 Atlantic 10) turned back an upset bid by the Explorers (11-10, 3-5) in Philadelphia.

Marquette 70, UConn 68 - Jimmy Butler’s driving shot with 2.4 seconds left gave him 21 points and gave the Golden Warriors (13-8, 4-5 Big East) a tight victory in Hartford. The No. 19 Huskies (13-8, 3-5) couldn’t get off a final shot in losing their second in a row without coach Jim Calhoun, who’s on medical leave.

Lazar Hayward scored 20 points for Marquette before fouling out with 1:51 left. Jerome Dyson had 18 points for UConn.

Georgia Tech 98, Kentucky St. 50 - The No. 22 Yellow Jackets (16-5) steamrolled their Division 2 guests, getting 15 points from Glen Rice Jr. and 14 from D’Andre Bell.

New Mexico 73, TCU 57 - Darington Hobson had 19 points, and the No. 23 Lobos (20-3, 6-2 Mountain West), winners of six straight, fought off the Horned Frogs (10-12, 2-5) in Fort Worth.

UTEP 74, UAB 65 - Derrick Caracter (20 points, 18 rebounds) led the visiting Miners (15-5, 6-1 Conference USA) to an 11-2 scoring edge in the second overtime, and the No. 25 Blazers (18-3, 6-1) had their seven-game win streak terminated.