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College Basketball Roundup: Gabriel, Kentucky edge Hokies

December 16. 2017 9:07PM
Wenyen Gabriel of Manchester (Charles Bertram/Lexington Herald-Leader/TNS file photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Kevin Knox scored 21 points and Hamidou Diallo added 20 to power No. 8 Kentucky past Virginia Tech 93-86 at Rupp Arena on Saturday.

In a game that featured 11 lead changes and eight ties, Kentucky used a 10-0 run early in the second half to push ahead for good.

Virginia Tech committed 19 turnovers.

Wenyen Gabriel, of Manchester, N.H., scored seven points and hauled in a team-high nine rebounds off the bench.

Oklahoma 91, No. 3 Wichita State 83: At Wichita, Kan., Oklahoma freshman star Trae Young, the nation's leading scorer, scored 29 points and handed out 10 assists, leading the Sooners to the upset.

Brady Manek added 21 points, including a 3-pointer that put the Sooners up 75-59 with 9:03 left in the second half.

Darral Willis Jr. came off the bench to score 20 points and grab 12 rebounds for the Shockers.

No. 2 Michigan State 86, Oakland 73: At Detroit, the Spartans won their ninth straight game but the win at Little Caesars Arena was more difficult than the score suggests.

Behind torrid shooting from guard Kendrick Nunn, a transfer from Illinois who scored 32 points, Oakland held a 55-52 lead with 14:25 remaining.

Michigan State (10-1) only led 69-68 with 4:55 remaining and needed a late surge to stave off an upset.

No. 6 Miami 59, George Washington 50: At Washington, Dewan Huell finished with a double-double of 15 points and 12 rebounds as Miami won.

The Hurricanes improved to 9-0, the first time in 10 years they won nine straight games to begin a season in 10 years.

Sophomore guard Jair Bolden led the Colonials with 13 points.

No. 10 Xavier 68, East Tennessee State 66: At Cincinnati, No. 10 Xavier trailed by 22 points with 14:25 remaining in the game, and with 10 minutes left, Xavier guard J.P. Macura left with a head injury.

The result was the largest comeback in Cintas Center history.

Trevon Bluiett hit a go-ahead step-back jumper with seven seconds left as the Musketeers rallied for the win.

Bluiett, who missed nine straight shots in one stretch, finished with 18 points, including the game winner.

Rutgers 71, No. 15 Seton Hall 65: At Piscataway, N.J., Corey Sanders poured in 22 points as Rutgers upended Seton Hall in the Garden State Hardwood Classic at the Rutgers Athletic Center.

The Scarlet Knights erased an 11-point second-half deficit by ending the game on a 15-2 run, snapping a four-game losing streak in the series. Seton Hall went the last 6:06 without a field goal.

No. 16 Virginia 80, Davidson 60: At Charlottesville, Va., senior Devon Hall poured in a career-high 20 points and Nigel Johnson had 21 points as Virginia dispatched Davidson.

Virginia (9-1) led by as many as 21 points in the second half and overcame a slow start to shoot 50 percent for the game while connecting on 10 of 19 from beyond the 3-point line. The Cavaliers turned the ball over just six times and outrebounded Davidson (4-4) 32-28.

Davidson forward Peyton Aldridge scored 20 points.

No. 17 Purdue 82, Butler 67: At Indianapolis, Purdue dominated nearly every aspect of the game and rolled past Butler in the Crossroads Classic at Bankers' Life Fieldhouse.

The Boilermakers, who had not defeated Butler in nearly 20 years, shot over 50 percent from the floor while holding the Bulldogs to less than 40 percent. Purdue scored from all over the floor, hitting nine 3-pointers and scoring at will in the paint.

The high-scoring Bulldogs were limited to just 37.7 percent overall shooting.

Indiana 80, No. 18 Notre Dame 77 (OT): At Indianapolis, Archie Miller got his first signature win as Indiana's coach with the help of Juwan Morgan, who provided the go-ahead points with a dunk after a missed free throw in overtime in the second game of the Crossroads Classic at Bankers' Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

Morgan's dunk came with 11.6 seconds left in the extra session and Indiana trailing by one. The junior forward, who scored a career-high 34 points, had just scored on a layup and was at the line with a chance to tie the game.

Zach McRoberts rebounded his miss and passed back to the Morgan, who threw down a two-handed slam to put Indiana up by one.

Notre Dame (8-3) had a chance to go back on top but Matt Farrell's shot fell short. After two free throws put Indiana up by three Bonzie Colson's attempt to tie the game with a half-court shot at the buzzer rimmed out.

Oklahoma State 71, No. 19 Florida State 70: At Sunrise, Fla., Oklahoma State hung on to record the upset in the Orange Bowl Classic at the BB&T Center.

Mitchell Solomon produced 12 points, 11 rebounds, three assists, three blocks and two steals for the Cowboys. His put-back with 5.4 seconds left put the Seminoles ahead by a point.

Florida State guard CJ Walker tried to dribble the length of the court for a layup. But Solomon stepped up in the lane and drew the charge, handing Florida State its first loss.

Clemson 71, No. 22 Florida 69: At Sunrise, Fla., junior guard Marcquise Reed scored 22 points while leading Clemson to the upset in the Orange Bowl Classic.

Clemson (9-1), which was predicted to finish 11th in the ACC, is off to its best 10-game start since 2008-2009.

Florida (6-4), which has lost four of its past five games, was led by Virginia Tech transfer Jalen Hudson, who had a game-high 23 points.

No. 25 Cincinnati 77, UCLA 63: At Los Angeles, a 23-11 edge in points off turnovers, eight of which came in an 18-0 run in the first half, made the difference for Cincinnati (9-2) in the road win.

UCLA (7-3) went 6:26 without a point during Cincinnati's decisive run.

Kyle Washington had 19 points for Cincinnati, and Jacob Evans made 4 of 6 from behind the arc for the game en route to 16 points.

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