NCAA BASKETBALL: TOP 25 ROUNDUP -- Zags poised to move to No. 1
Elias Harris had 20 points and nine rebounds as No. 2 Gonzaga beat Portland 81-52 on Saturday to stake a claim to its first No. 1 ranking in The Associated Press’ Top 25.
Kelly Olynyk added 15 points and 11 rebounds for Gonzaga (29-2, 16-0 West Coast), which has won 12 consecutive games since a last-second loss at Butler.
NO. 1 INDIANA 73, IOWA 60: Cody Zeller overcame a sluggish start to score 22 points and Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell added a career-high 19 as Indiana got past Iowa.
The Hoosiers (25-4, 13-3 Big Ten) rebounded from this week’s loss to Minnesota.
Roy Devyn Marble scored 18 of his 20 points in the second half for Iowa (18-11, 7-9).
NO. 3 DUKE 79, NO. 5 MIAMI 76: Duke’s Ryan Kelly scored a career-high 36 points in his return from a foot injury that had sidelined him since January.
Kelly was 10 of 14 from the field — including 7 of 9 from 3-point range— for the Blue Devils (25-4, 12-4 Atlantic Coast Conference), who avenged a blowout road loss in January.
Shane Larkin scored 25 points to lead the Hurricanes (23-5, 14-2).
NO. 6 KANSAS 91, WEST VIRGINIA 65: Ben McLemore scored a Kansas freshman-record 36 points, and Jeff Withey came within one block of a triple-double.
Withey’s nine blocks ran his Big 12-and Kansas-career record to 281. He had 14 points for the Jayhawks (25-4, 13-3 Big 12).
Terry Henderson had 20 points for the Mountaineers (13-16, 6-10).
NO. 7 GEORGETOWN 64, RUTGERS 51: Taking over the game after Georgetown trailed early in the second half, Otto Porter Jr. finished with 28 points and eight rebounds, leading the Hoyas (23-4, 13-3 Big East) past Rutgers for their 11th consecutive victory.
NO. 8 FLORIDA 64, ALABAMA 52: Casey Prather had 10 points and nine rebounds, most of them in the second half, and Florida rallied from an eight-point deficit.
The Gators used a 15-0 run late in the second half — fueled by Prather — to pull away from the Crimson Tide.
Erik Murphy led Florida (23-5, 13-3 Southeastern Conference) with 15 points. Trevor Releford led the Tide (19-10, 11-5) with 12.
NO. 10 LOUISVILLE 58, NO. 12 SYRACUSE 53: Luke Hancock hit a 3-pointer from the corner to break a tie with 50 seconds left for Louisville. It was the third straight loss for Syracuse (22-7, 10-6 Big East).
Russ Smith led Louisville (24-5, 12-4) with 18 points. C.J. Fair had 19 to lead the Orange.
UCLA 74, NO. 11 ARIZONA 69: Shabazz Muhammad grabbed a defensive rebound, got fouled and made both free throws with 9 seconds remaining, helping UCLA hang on for a victory that moved the Bruins into a first-place tie with Oregon in the Pac-12.
The star freshman finished with 18 points. Kyle Anderson added 17 points.
Grant Jerrett hit four 3-pointers in scoring 14 points, Mark Lyons added 13, and Kevin Parrom 11 for the Wildcats (23-6, 11-6 Pac-12).
NO. 13 KANSAS STATE 64, BAYLOR 61: Rodney McGruder hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer and Kansas State pulled out a victory after a failed desperation inbound pass gave the Wildcats one more chance.
Instead of settling for overtime after K-State’s Shane Southwell missed badly with 1 second left, the Bears (17-12, 8-8 Big 12) brought seldom-used Jacob Neubert off the bench to try a length-of-the-court inbound pass. But the ball went out of bounds without being touched, so the Wildcats got it under their own basket.
McGruder had 18 points to lead Kansas State (24-5, 13-3).
NO. 14 NEW MEXICO 53, WYOMING 42: Alex Kirk had 15 points and nine rebounds and New Mexico clinched the Mountain West Conference regular-season title.
The Lobos (25-4, 12-2 MWC) went 21 for 27 from the free throw line in winning or sharing the title for fifth time in the last six seasons.
Riley Grabau scored 14 points for the Cowboys (18-11, 4-11).
NO. 15 OKLAHOMA STATE 78, TEXAS 65: Markel Brown scored 18 points, Le’Bryan Nash added 16, and Oklahoma State corralled Texas star Myck Kabongo.
Oklahoma State (22-6, 12-4 Big 12) scored the final eight points of the first half to start an 18-2 run that carried beyond halftime. By the time it was over, the Cowboys were firmly in front at 47-33.
Julien Lewis led Texas (13-16, 5-11) with 15 points.
NO. 18 SAINT LOUIS 66, GEORGE WASHINGTON 58: Dwayne Evans scored 22 points and Kwamain Mitchell added 18 and Saint Louis won its 11th straight game.
With two games remaining in the regular season, Saint Louis (23-5, 12-2 Atlantic 10) holds a one-game lead over VCU.
NO. 19 MEMPHIS 76, CENTRAL FLORIDA 67: Joe Jackson and Chris Crawford both scored 19 points and Memphis claimed its eighth Conference USA championship.
Adonis Thomas added 12 points for the Tigers (25-4, 14-0 CUSA). Keith Clanton had 29 points for UCF (19-10, 8-6).
VCU 84, NO. 20 BUTLER 52: Troy Daniels scored 14 of his 20 points in the first half and VCU’s full-court pressure overwhelmed Butler from the outset.
The Rams (23-6, 11-3 Atlantic 10) dominated, forcing 14 turnovers in the first half and converting them into 24 points.
Roosevelt Jones scored 14 points and Khyle Marshall had 13 for Butler (22-7, 9-5).
NO. 22 MARQUETTE 72, NO. 21 NOTRE DAME 64: Jamil Wilson tied his career-high with 19 points and Chris Otule added a season-high 16 as Marquette (21-7, 12-4 Big Esat) won its 25th consecutive home game.
Jerian Grant scored 21 points and Eric Atkins added 16 for Notre Dame (22-7, 10-6). Jack Cooley, Notre Dame’s leading scorer, had his minutes limited to 15 due to illness.
NO. 25 LOUISIANA TECH 88, SAN JOSE STATE 61: Raheem Appleby scored 16 points and Louisiana Tech extended the nation’s longest winning streak to 18 games.
Alex Hamilton and Jaron Johnson added 13 points apiece for the Bulldogs (26-3, 16-0 WAC).