|Vanderbilt’s A.J. Ogilvy gets a piece of DeMarcus Cousins as the Kentucky forward pulls down a rebound in the first half. (Associated Press)|
John Wall sank a pair of free throws with 20 seconds left and had a big blocked shot to send No. 2 Kentucky to a 58-56 win over No. 17 Vanderbilt last night in Nashville.
Kentucky (26-1, 11-1) grabbed a two-game lead over Vanderbilt in the SEC East and dealt the Commodores (20-6, 9-3) their first home loss this season.
Wall’s free throws gave the Wildcats a 57-53 lead, but John Jenkins answered with a 3-pointer to pull Vanderbilt within a point.
Kentucky’s Eric Bledsoe missed a pair of free throws, but Wall responded by blocking a 3-pointer by Jenkins on the other end and grabbing the ball.
He made one of two free throws for a 2-point lead with 2.5 seconds to play, and the Commodores had one more chance. A.J. Ogilvy caught a long inbounds pass, but his runner in the lane bounced off the rim at the buzzer.
Kansas 94, Colorado 74 - Sherron Collins had 13 points as he, along with Brady
Cole Aldrich went for 17 points, 10 rebounds, and 5 blocks as Kansas improved to 26-1 overall and 12-0 in the Big 12.
Purdue 75, Illinois 65 - Keaton Grant scored 10 of his season-high 15 points in the final 6:06 to spark the fourth-ranked Boilermakers to their ninth consecutive win and a share of the Big Ten lead. Robbie Hummel had 22 points and 12 rebounds for Purdue (23-3, 11-3) and E’Twaun Moore added 18 points.
Demitri McCamey had 16 assists for the visiting
Kansas St. 83, Oklahoma 68 - At Norman, Okla., Denis Clemente had 27 points and led a 3-point barrage by the No. 7 Wildcats, who were 10 of 20 from deep.
Clemente hit five of his first seven 3-pointers, including a pair that he bracketed around another three by Jamar Samuels during a quick 9-0 burst that put Kansas State (22-4, 9-3 Big 12) up, 59-49, with 12:41 to play.
West Virginia 75, Seton Hall 63 - Kevin Jones and Devin Ebanks scored 16 points apiece, helping the No. 8 Mountaineers (21-5, 10-4 Big East) recover in Morgantown, W.Va.
Seton Hall (15-10, 6-8) trimmed a 19-point deficit to 63-60 with three minutes left, but West Virginia outscored the Pirates, 12-3, the rest of the way, with all the Mountaineers’ points coming on free throws.
New Mexico 59, Air Force 56 - At Albuquerque, Darrington Hobson scored 17 points, including a putback with 16.9 seconds remaining, and Dairese Gary made two free throws with 2.5 seconds left as the No. 12 Lobos held off the last-place team in the Mountain West.
Air Force (9-16, 1-11) used its methodical halfcourt offense to throw a wrench into the gears of one of the nation’s hottest teams, but New Mexico (25-3, 11-2) pulled out its school-record 11th straight win in conference play.
Gonzaga 72, Pepperdine 54 - Matt Bouldin had 18 points in Malibu, Calif., and the 13th-ranked Bulldogs (22-5, 10-2) moved within one win of clinching the top seed in the West Coast Conference tournament.
Texas 71, Texas Tech 67 - The No. 15 Longhorns (21-6, 7-5 Big 12) got a career-high 22 points from Gary Johnson and held off a Red Raiders surge in Lubbock, Texas.
BYU 85, Wyoming 63 - The No. 16 Cougars (25-3, 10-2) stayed within a half-game of first place in the Mountain West, getting 22 points apiece from Jimmer Fredette and Tyler Haws.
Butler 70, Siena 53 - Two of the nation’s hottest teams squared off in Indianapolis, and the No. 18 Bulldogs (25-4) won their nation-best 17th in a row behind 23 points from Shelvin Mack and 15 from Gordon Hayward. The Saints (22-6) had won 16 of 17.
Tennessee 63, South Carolina 55 - Bobby Maze had 14 points for the No. 20 Volunteers (20-6, 8-4), but it was his defense against Devan Downey, the SEC’s leading scorer, that helped push the visitors to victory. Downey was held to 15 points.
Temple 75, Saint Joseph’s 67 - At Philadelphia, Ramone Moore shot 11 of 18 from the field and finished with 24 points and nine rebounds for the No. 21 Owls (22-5, 10-2), who beat their Atlantic 10 rival for the sixth straight time.
Oklahoma St. 82, Baylor 75 - The host Cowboys (19-7, 7-5 Big 12) kicked off a stretch of four straight games against ranked teams by beating the No. 22 Bears (20-6, 7-5). James Anderson matched his season high with 31 points and grabbed 12 rebounds.
N.C. State 68, Wake Forest 54 - Farnold Degand hit two 3-pointers in the decisive second-half run that pushed the host Wolfpack (15-13, 3-10 ACC) past the No. 23 Demon Deacons (18-7, 8-5), breaking a five-game skid.
Texas A&M 60, Iowa St. 56 - The No. 24 Aggies (19-7, 8-4 Big 12) beat the host Cyclones for the seventh straight time as Donald Sloan scored 14 points.
Richmond 74, Geo. Washington 70 - Kevin Anderson (24 points) hit a go-ahead jumper with 1:22 left and the No. 25 Spiders (22-6, 11-2 A-10) closed out their home win on an 8-2 run.
Herb Magee of Division 2 Philadelphia University won his 902d game to tie Bob Knight for the most by a men’s coach in NCAA history. Magee is 902-352 in 43 years at Philadelphia and can surpass Knight (902-371) Tuesday at home against Goldey-Beacom College.