Tigers storm back, beat Gamecocks

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COLUMBIA, Mo. — Earnest Ross and Jabari Brown hit key 3-pointers in the final 1:11 and No. 22 Missouri overcame 5 for 27 shooting from long range and a 13-point second-half deficit to beat South Carolina 71-65 on Tuesday night.

Ross had a career-best 21 points and Brown had 17 for Missouri (14-4, 3-2 South­eastern Conference), which is 11-0 at home.

Brenton Williams had 16 points with four 3-pointers for South Carolina (11-7, 1-4).

NO. 3 KANSAS 59, NO. 11 KANSAS STATE 55

In Manhattan, Kan., Travis Releford scored 12 points and Kansas (17-1, 5-0) held off Kansas State (15-3, 4-1) to take sole possession of first place in the Big 12.

VILLANOVA 73, NO. 5 LOUISVILLE 64

In Philadelphia, Achraf Yacoubou hit the tiebreaking 3-pointer late in the second half to help Villanova (12-7, 3-3 Big East) upset Louisville (16-3, 4-2), which has lost back-to-back games after an 11-game winning streak.

Ryan Arcidiacono scored 13 points for the Wildcats.

NO. 13 MICHIGAN STATE 49, WISCONSIN 47

In Madison, Wis., Keith Appling scored 19 points and Branden Dawson added 18 to lead Michigan State (17-3, 6-1) over Wisconsin (13-6, 4-2 Big Ten).

NO. 14 OHIO STATE 72, IOWA 63

In Columbus, Ohio, Deshaun Thomas, who missed part of the second half with a cut above his eye, scored 16 points and Ohio State (14-4, 4-2 Big Ten) built a big lead and held on to beat Iowa (13-6, 2-4).

Thomas sat out about 3 minutes while a cut over his right eye was bandaged.

WAKE FOREST 86, NO. 18 N.C. STATE 84

In Winston-Salem, N.C., freshman Devin Thomas had a season-high 25 points, 14 rebounds and four blocks to help Wake Forest (10-8, 3-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) upset North Carolina State.

N.C. State (15-4, 4-2) led by 16 points in the first half and 12 at halftime only to see the Demon Deacons rally.

ALABAMA 59, KENTUCKY 55

In Tuscaloosa, Ala., Nick Jacobs scored 14 points on 6 of 9 shooting and streaking Alabama (12-6, 4-1 South­eastern Conference) beat Kentucky (12-6, 3-2) for the Crimson Tide’s fifth win in six games.

MARYLAND 64, BOSTON COLLEGE 59

In College Park, Md., Alex Len had 16 points and 13 rebounds to lead Maryland (15-4, 3-3 ACC) past Boston College (9-9, 1-4).


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