KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Brandon Crump and Scooter McFadgon each scored 20 points Wednesday night to help Tennessee beat No. 23 Vanderbilt 76-66.
C.J. Watson had 11 points and a career-high 13 rebounds for the Volunteers (10-2, 2-1 Southeastern Conference), who claimed the lead midway through the first half and fought off a rally by the Commodores in the final minutes.
Vanderbilt (12-2, 1-2) has lost two straight since having the school's best start with 12 straight wins.
The Commodores were down by 11 points with 5:08 left but had an 11-3 run to cut it to 65-62 with 2:51 to go.
McFadgon ended Vanderbilt's flurry with a 3-pointer - his first field goal of the second half. Jemere Hendrix, who was 0-of-2 from beyond the arc before the game, hit another 3 to seal it for Tennessee with 1:32 remaining.
NO. 10 CINCINNATI 85, NO. 21 MARQUETTE 73 In Milwaukee, Tony Bobbitt scored 18 points and Nick Williams added a season-high 16 Wednesday night to lead the Bearcats (12-0, 3-0 Conference USA) in their first game against a ranked opponent.
Cincinnati scored 24 points off Marquette's season-high 23 turnovers.
This was the only regular-season game between the teams this year.
Travis Diener scored 19 points and Steve Novak added 17 for Marquette (11-3, 2-1), which had a four-game winning streak snapped. The only other loss
OKLAHOMA STATE 77, NO. 11 OKLAHOMA 56 In Stillwater, Okla., John Lucas scored 22 points and Tony Allen added 20 to lead Oklahoma State to a surprisingly easy victory over Oklahoma (10-2, 0-1 Big 12), the Sooners' second straight lopsided road loss.
Oklahoma State (11-2, 1-1), bouncing back from an embarrassing loss of its own, never trailed and was firmly in control of this matchup against its longtime in-state rival.
NO. 14 KANSAS 73, KANSAS ST. 67 In Lawrence, Kan., Wayne Simien scored 19 points and Keith Langford added 17, and No. 14 Kansas held off Kansas State's second-half comeback.
Junior guard Michael Lee, who missed nine games with a broken collarbone, hit four clutch free throws and scored a career-high 16 points for Kansas (10-2, 2-0 Big 12), which looked rusty after an eight-day layoff but still beat the Wildcats for the 27th straight time.
PURDUE 53, NO. 19 WISCONSIN 51 In West Lafayette, Ind., Kenneth Lowe scored 13 points and held Devin Harris in check to lead Purdue, giving coach Gene Keady his 500th career win with the Boilermakers.
Wisconsin (11-3, 2-1 Big Ten) had a chance to tie with 20 seconds left when Mike Wilkinson went to the free throw line with Purdue leading 50-48. Wilkinson missed his second free throw and Austin Parkinson followed with two for Purdue (12-4, 2-1).
The Badgers had one last chance to win or tie with 4.4 seconds left, but Harris' 3-pointer at the buzzer rattled off the rim.
N. IOWA 82, NO. 24 CREIGHTON 73 In Cedar Falls, Iowa, freshman Brooks McKowen made six of Northern Iowa's 12 3-pointers for a season-high 24 points, and the Panthers knocked the Bluejays from the ranks of the unbeaten.
Northern Iowa (8-5, 3-2 Missouri Valley) shot 59.3 percent in building a 10-point halftime and increased the margin to 21 midway through the second half, enough of a cushion to hold off a late run by Creighton.
The Bluejays (12-1, 4-1), who joined the Top 25 only two days ago, became the third unbeaten team to lose in two nights.
VIRGINIA TECH 69, WEST VIRGINIA 67 In Morgantown, W.Va., Zabian Dowdell scored a career-high 20 points and Markus Sailes made a layup with 13 seconds left to lift Virginia Tech.
Big East leading scorer Bryan Matthews added 19 points and Sailes had a career-high 14 points for the Hokies (8-5, 1-1 Big East). West Virginia (8-5, 1-2) got a career-high 16 points from Patrick Beilein, who provided needed offense in the Mountaineers' first game after leading scorer Drew Schifino was dismissed from the team.
AUGUSTA STATE 57, LANDER 45 In Greenwood, S.C., Augusta State's poor shooting continued, but Lander's was worse.
The Jaguars took the Peach Belt Conference victory despite hitting 34 percent of their shots. Lander connected on 28 percent. For the game, Augusta hit 15 of 44 shots; Lander managed to hit 16 of 44.
Jermale Wilkerson had 21 points for Augusta (4-10, 2-1). Richard Gilliam had 13 points to lead Lander (4-9, 1-2).
AIKEN TECH 88 SPARTANBURG METHODIST 77 In Spartanburg, S.C., A.J. Gordon and Mario Williams each scored 17 points to lead Aiken Tech to a conference victory.
Gordon and Williams were two of six Knights players in double figures. Calvin Roland and Kenny Thompson each had 13 points and Darren Shine hit three 3-pointers and had 12 points. Derris Marshall was the final player in double figures with 11 points.
Spartanburg sank 12 3-pointers in the game. Brooks Beard, Alan Bell and Brad Hall each had four.