Jayhawks avoid upset bid of Big Red

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LAWRENCE, Kan. --- Sherron Collins had career-high 33 points and made nearly every key play down the stretch, helping No. 1 Kansas pull out a gusty 71-66 win over Cornell on Wednesday night.

Kansas (14-0) overcame a rare off night from the field -- 36 percent -- and shoddy defense in the first half, making just enough plays down the stretch in one of the toughest victories during its 51-game home winning streak.

Cornell (12-3), the two-time Ivy League champion, dictated the game from the start. The Big Red kept the fast-breaking Jayhawks grounded by turning it into a grind. Never intimidated by playing in one of college basketball's most famous gyms, the Big Red forced Kansas to grit one out at Allen Fieldhouse instead of running away with another easy win.

NO. 6 VILLANOVA 99, DEPAUL 72

In Villanova, Pa., Scottie Reynolds scored 21 points, Maalik Wayns had 18 and Villanova cruised to a win over DePaul.

The Wildcats (13-1, 2-0 Big East) won their 34th straight game at their campus home, the Pavilion. Villanova's last loss there was against DePaul three years ago to the day.

NO. 7 SYRACUSE 74, MEMPHIS 57

In Syracuse, N.Y., Wes Johnson had 19 points, Kris Joseph added 15 in the second half, and Syracuse beat Memphis.

It was the final nonconference game of the season for Syracuse (14-1), which was coming off an 82-72 home loss to Pittsburgh. The first-ever game in the Carrier Dome for Memphis (10-4) was one the Tigers would like to forget.

NO. 8 WEST VIRGINIA 86, RUTGERS 52

In Morgantown, W.Va., Kevin Jones scored 19 points and West Virginia never trailed in dismantling Rutgers.

West Virginia (12-1, 3-0 Big East) bounced back from a 15-point loss and its lowest point total of the season at Purdue with its second-highest output and perhaps most complete game.

NO. 10 MICHIGAN STATE 54,

NO. 17 WISCONSIN 47

In East Lansing, Mich., Chris Allen scored 16 points and Draymond Green had 11, helping the Spartans hold off the Badgers.

Michigan State (12-3, 2-0 Big Ten) did not trail, but it could not put pesky Wisconsin (12-3, 2-1) away in a closely contested defensive struggle.

MARQUETTE 62, NO. 12 GEORGETOWN 59

In Milwaukee, Jimmy Butler made two free throws with 7.5 seconds left and Marquette finally won a close game.

Chris Wright missed a 3-pointer that would tied it with 1 second left for the Hoyas (11-2, 2-1 Big East).

Marquette (10-5, 1-2) lost two games in the closing seconds to Top 10 teams in the past 10 days and was 0-4 in games decided by four points or less.

NO. 16 TENNESSEE 88, CHARLOTTE 71

In Knoxville, Tenn., Wayne Chism scored 18 points, leading shorthanded Tennessee to the victory.

The Vols (11-2) were without Tyler Smith, Cameron Tatum, Brian Williams and Melvin Goins, who combine to average 32.2 points, 14.7 rebounds and 7.8 assists per game. Coach Bruce Pearl indefinitely suspended the four after they were arrested Friday on gun and drug charges.

NO. 21 TEMPLE 73, SAINT JOSEPH'S 46

In Philadelphia, Lavoy Allen had 20 points and 11 rebounds, Ryan Brooks added 13 points and Temple followed its most lopsided loss in 17 years with a victory over Saint Joseph's in the Atlantic-10 opener for both teams.

WOMEN

NO. 7 NORTH CAROLINA 89, NO. GEORGIA TECH 78

In Chapel Hill, N.C., Italee Lucas scored 23 of her 28 points in the first half to help North Carolina beat Georgia Tech (13-3, 0-1 ACC).

Deja Foster, Sasha Goodlett and Alex Montgomery scored 15 points each to lead Georgia Tech (13-3, 0-1 ACC).


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