Top 25 Men's College Basketball Roundup (Feb. 2): Oklahoma State snaps No. 2 Jayhawks’ streak at 18

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LAWRENCE, Kan. — Markel Brown scored 28 points, Marcus Smart added 25 and Oklahoma State held on to upset No. 2 Kansas 85-80 on Saturday, ending the Jayhawks’ nation-leading 18-game winning streak.

Smart had a pair of key putbacks in the closing minutes, helping the Cowboys (15-5, 5-3 Big 12) go on a 13-2 run that turned a 66-62 deficit into a 73-68 lead with just over a minute left.

The Jayhawks (19-2, 7-1) took advantage of a couple missed free throws, trimming Oklahoma State’s lead to 81-80 on a layup by Elijah Johnson with 18.8 seconds left.

But unflappable freshman Phil Forte, an 89 percent foul shooter, made both of his tries with 7.9 seconds to go, and Johnson turned the ball over before Kansas could try a tying 3-pointer.

Forte converted the turnover into a buzzer-beating layup, punctuating the Cowboys’ first road win over a top 5 team since beating then-No. 2 Kansas 52-50 in overtime on Jan. 2, 1958.

Forte finished with 11 points, all in the second half.

Ben McLemore had 23 points to lead the Jayhawks, who also had their 33-game home winning streak snapped in their first home loss to Oklahoma State since Feb. 8, 1989.

No. 4 FLORIDA 78, No. 16 MISSISSIPPI 64

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Erik Murphy scored 19 points and was instrumental on the defensive end in leading Florida to a victory over Mississippi.

Murphy shot 7 of 8, including 5 of 6 from 3-point range, and added six rebounds and four assists. Defensively, he took a charge, had a block and altered several shots in the paint.

Pat Young added 13 points and 12 rebounds for the Gators (18-2, 8-0), who won their 10th consecutive game. Mike Rosario (14 points) and Scottie Wilbekin (13) also reached double figures.

No. 5 DUKE 79, FLORIDA STATE 60

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Seth Curry scored 21 points, Quinn Cook added 18 and Duke cruised past defending Atlantic Coast Conference champion Florida State.

The Blue Devils (19-2, 6-2 ACC) scored the game’s first 11 points, raced to an 18-2 lead and never looked back, building a 26-point advantage on the way to a 42-22 cushion at halftime. Curry, who had 13 points at the break, was 7 of 11 from the field and 5 of 7 from behind the arc. Cook was 4 of 6 from long range.

Rasheed Sulaimon added 14 points and Amile Jefferson 11 for Duke, which held its largest lead at 50-22 just 2 minutes into the second half. Duke shot 60.8 percent and connected on 11 of 18 from 3-point range as Florida State allowed a season high in points.

Aaron Thomas led the Seminoles (12-9, 4-4) with 14 points.

PITTSBURGH 65, No. 6 SYRACUSE 55

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Tray Woodall had 13 points, four assists and three steals as Pittsburgh continued its mastery of top 10 teams at home by pulling away from Syracuse.

Trey Zeigler added six points, four rebounds and four assists off the bench for the Panthers (18-5, 6-4 Big East), who improved to 13-1 against teams ranked in the top 10 since the Petersen Events Center opened a decade ago.

No. 9 BUTLER 75, RHODE ISLAND 68

INDIANAPOLIS — Rotnei Clarke scored 23 points and Roosevelt Jones added 18 to lead Butler past Rhode Island.

CALIFORNIA 58, No. 10 OREGON 54

BERKELEY, Calif. — Justin Cobbs made an 18-foot jumper with 1:35 remaining and then added a pair of free throws as California hung on to hand Oregon its second straight loss to an unranked team this week.

No. 14 MIAMI 79, No. 19 N.C. STATE 78

RALEIGH, N.C. — Reggie Johnson tipped in a missed shot with 0.8 seconds left to lift Miami over North Carolina State.

NORTHERN IOWA 57, No. 15 WICHITA STATE 52

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa — Anthony James scored 16 points and Northern Iowa beat Wichita State, sending the Shockers to their first losing streak of the season.

No. 17 MISSOURI 91, AUBURN 77

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Keion Bell scored 24 points and Earnest Ross added 23, both season highs, as Missouri used another strong second half to beat Auburn.

No. 18 KANSAS STATE 52, OKLAHOMA 50

NORMAN, Okla. — Angel Rodriguez hit two free throws with 5.6 seconds remaining to give Kansas State a victory over Oklahoma.

The foul shots ended an 8-0 run by the Sooners in the final 2 minutes that tied the game with 13 seconds to play.

No. 20 NEW MEXICO 75, NEVADA 62

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Chad Adams hit two 3-pointers during a key second-half run that carried New Mexico past Nevada.

With the Lobos (19-3, 6-1 Mountain West) trailing 51-50, Adams started a 10-2 surge and then capped it as New Mexico went ahead to stay at 60-53.

No. 21 CREIGHTON 75, BRADLEY 58

OMAHA, Neb. — Doug McDermott scored 25 points, including nine during a decisive 12-0 run, and Creighton overcame poor 3-point shooting in the first half to defeat Bradley.

AIR FORCE 70, No. 22 SAN DIEGO STATE 67

AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. — Michael Lyons scored 20 points and Air Force beat San Diego State, overcoming a 25-point performance by Aztecs star Jamaal Franklin.

No. 24 CINCINNATI 65, SETON HALL 59

NEWARK, N.J. — Sean Kilpatrick scored 21 points, Cashmere Wright added 17 and Cincinnati held off Seton Hall after blowing nearly all of a 20-point lead.

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