No. 10 Connecticut 67, Rutgers 53
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Alex Oriakhi had 17 points, 12 rebounds and four blocked shots as No. 10 Connecticut returned to Big East play with a 67-53 victory over Rutgers on Tuesday night.
Kemba Walker finished with 18 points. He has led UConn in scoring in every game this season.
The Huskies (13-2, 2-2 Big East), coming off a 82-81 overtime win at No. 12 Texas on Saturday, won their 10th straight against the Scarlet Knights (10-6, 1-3), who were led by Mike Poole’s 11 points and 10 rebounds.
Walker came into the game as the nation’s leading scorer averaging just under 26 points per game. He failed to reach 20 points for just the third time this season, but pulled down six rebounds.
Connecticut led 32-27 at halftime, then opened the second half on a 20-2-run to take control of the game.
No. 12 Texas 83, Texas Tech 52
LUBBOCK, Texas — Freshman Tristan Thompson scored 20 points to lift No. 12 Texas over Texas Tech 83-52 on Tuesday night.
Jordan Hamilton added 16 points and Cory Joseph had 15 for the Longhorns (13-3, 1-0 Big 12).
Texas got the ball inside with ease, scoring 50 points in the paint. The Longhorns were all over Texas Tech’s basket as well, pulling down rebounds off the Red Raiders’ many misses.
Texas pulled away midway through the first half and Texas Tech (8-9, 0-2) was unable to counter the Longhorns offense.
No. 13 Kentucky 78, Auburn 54
LEXINGTON, Ky. — Terrence Jones set a Kentucky freshman single-game scoring record with 35 points as the 13th-ranked Wildcats rolled by Auburn 78-54 on Tuesday night.
Jones broke the previous record of 32 points — set by teammate Doron Lamb against Winthrop last month — behind a series of jumpers and layups as Kentucky (13-3, 1-1 Southeastern Conference) easily avoided its first losing streak under coach John Calipari.
Calipari challenged the Wildcats to be tougher after getting pushed around in a loss to Georgia on Saturday. Kentucky didn’t have to do much to flex its muscle against the overmatched Tigers, but wasted little time putting them away. The Wildcats built a 19-point lead before the game was 10 minutes old and cruised from there.
Allen Payne led the Tigers (7-9, 0-2) with 15 points and Kenny Gabriel added 10 but the basketball team couldn’t muster the magic the football team used to win the national championship on Monday night.
Penn St. 57, No. 16 Illinois 55
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Andrew Jones converted an offensive rebound with 1 second left and Talor Battle scored 26 points to lead Penn State to its second straight upset of a ranked team.
After a layup by Bill Cole of Illinois tied the game with 20 seconds left, Battle set up for the last shot. His off-balance attempt in the lane bounced off the rim and into the hands of Jones, the 6-foot-10 center who dunked in the go-ahead bucket.
Illinois’ desperation heave downcourt was intercepted by Jones, and the blue-and-white faithful rushed the court despite repeated pleas from the public address announcer not to.
It was the first time Penn State (10-6, 3-2 Big Ten) beat ranked foes in consecutive games since the 1954 NCAA tournament. The Nittany Lions beat then-No. 18 Michigan State 66-62 on Saturday.
Mike Tisdale had 16 points and 14 rebounds for Illinois (13-4, 3-1), which had erased a 12-point first-half deficit.
Michigan St. 64,
No. 20 Wisconsin 61, OT
EAST LANSING, Mich. — Draymond Green scored a career-high 26 points, and Kalin Lucas made three free throws in the final minute of overtime to lift Michigan State to a much-needed 64-61 victory over No. 20 Wisconsin on Tuesday night.
The Spartans, who have been in a funk for most of the season, scored the final nine points of regulation to tie the game at 53, then outlasted the Badgers (12-4, 2-2 Big Ten) in the extra session. Lucas put Michigan State (11-5, 3-1) up by one with a free throw with 30.2 seconds remaining, and Wisconsin’s Jordan Taylor then missed from near the top of the key.
Lucas added two free throws with 2.2 seconds left.
Taylor scored 21 points for Wisconsin.