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Davis leads No. 1 Kentucky past Vanderbilt

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POSTED February 26, 2012 12:44 a.m.

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Freshman Anthony Davis scored a career-high 28 points on 10-of-11 shooting, and No. 1 Kentucky beat Vanderbilt 83-74 on Saturday to win the Southeastern Conference regular season title for the 45th time.
The Wildcats (28-1, 14-0) trailed at halftime and needed a late surge to put away the scrappy Commodores.
Jeffery Taylor scored 19 points for Vanderbilt (20-9, 9-5), and John Jenkins added 15 of his 18 points in the second half.

NO. 5 DUKE 70,

DURHAM, N.C. — Austin Rivers scored 23 points and Seth Curry added 19 for Duke.
Miles Plumlee added 15 rebounds and two free throws with 9.6 seconds left for the Blue Devils (25-4, 12-2).
Dorenzo Hudson, one of three players with 16 points for the Hokies (15-14, 4-10), pulled them to 64-63 with a deep jumper with 1:19 left in overtime.


CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Tyler Zeller scored 20 points, including a critical dunk with 13.3 seconds left and the shot clock winding down, as North Carolina swep5t the season series.
John Henson added 15 points, including 11 in the second half, as the Tar Heels (25-4, 12-2) kept pace with No. 5 Duke for first place in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Jontel Evans had 13 points and Joe Harris added 12 for Virginia (21-7, 8-6), which played much of the game with leading scorer and ACC player of the year candidate Mike Scott in foul trouble. Scott scored just six points, more than 11 below his average, and missed 10 of 13 shots.


WASHINGTON — Freshman Otto Porter had 15 points and six rebounds in his second start of the season and Jason Clark had 15 points and six rebounds for Georgetown.
The victory moves the Hoyas (21-6, 11-5) into sole possession of fourth place in the Big East, one-half game ahead of Cincinnati and South Florida, who play Sunday.
Dominic Cheek scored 19 points to lead the Wildcats (11-17, 4-12), who have lost four straight. Maalik Wayns returned for Villanova after missing three games with a sprained left knee, but he finished 1 for 10 from the field and had three points.
The Hoyas outrebounded the Wildcats 43-25 to improve to 14-1 at home, while Villanova is 1-9 in true road games. Georgetown allowed the Wildcats to shoot just 28 percent, quite a turnaround from the 61 percent that Seton Hall shot in its 18-point win over the Hoyas on Tuesday.

ATHENS, Ga. — Freshman Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 18 points and Gerald Robinson added 15 as Georgia snapped Florida’s three-game winning streak.
The Gators, who never led in the game, trailed by double digits most of the second half. They whittled the lead to five points on Kenny Boynton’s 3-pointer with 1:53 remaining.
Georgia (13-15, 4-10 Southeastern Conference) scored the next six points as Dustin Ware and Donte’ Williams both made two free throws and Caldwell-Pope followed with a breakaway dunk to make it 73-62.
Bradley Beal had 19 points for Florida (22-7, 10-4).

WACO, Texas — Pierre Jackson scored 18 points, including the tiebreaking 3-pointer that started Baylor’s game-deciding spurt.
The game was tied for the 12th time before Jackson’s 3 put the Bears (24-5, 11-5 Big 12) up 49-46 with 10:48 left. That started a 13-2 run that was capped by consecutive 3-pointers by Brady Heslip, who had 16 points.
Quincy Miller had 12 points and nine rebounds for the Bears, whose 11th Big 12 victory matched the most in school history.
Steven Pledger had 21 points for Oklahoma (14-14, 4-12), which led 34-31 at halftime.
Oklahoma went 0 for 12 on 3-pointers, ending a streak of 510 consecutive games with at least one 3-pointer. Baylor, the league’s top-shooting team from beyond the arc, has made a 3-pointer in 648 consecutive games.

WICHITA — Ben Smith scored 18 points to lead Wichita State.
Garrett Stutz added 15 points and Toure Murry chipped in 14 for Wichita State (26-4, 16-2), which had already clinched the Missouri Valley regular season championship.
The Shockers avenged their only loss, a 93-86 triple-overtime thriller at Drake on Jan. 28, in their last 17 games.
Ben Simons scored 21 points, hitting seven 3-pointers, to lead the Bulldogs (16-14, 9-9).
Drake missed its first eight shots of the game, as Wichita State took a 12-1 lead. But that vanished once Simons hit four 3-pointers to close Drake within 15-13.

ST. JOHN’S 61,

NEW YORK — Moe Harkless had 22 points and nine rebounds to lead St. John’s to its first win over a ranked team in 11 games this season.
D’Angelo Harrison added 15 points for St. John’s (13-16, 6-10 Big East).
Scott Martin and Jack Cooley both had 18 points for the Fighting Irish (20-9, 12-4), who had won a program-record nine straight conference games.
Cooley had 11 rebounds, his fifth double-double in his last six games.

NO. 21 UNLV 68, AIR FORCE 58
LAS VEGAS — Chace Stanback scored 21 points to lead UNLV.
Stanback scored 13 points in the first half for UNLV (24-6, 8-4 Mountain West), including his first three 3-point attempts.
Michael Lyons scored 18 points and Kyle Green added 17 for Air Force (13-13, 3-9).
Air Force had an 8-0 run with just over 8 minutes left in the first half, but the Rebels responded with a 17-3 run to go up by 20 points.

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