WASHINGTON (AP) -Austin Freeman scored 28 of his career-high 33 points in the second half, helping No. 12 Georgetown erase a 15-point halftime deficit and come back to beat No. 13 Connecticut 72-69 Saturday.
The game featured wild momentum swings and the sort of strong defense and diving-to-the-floor hustle one has come to expect in Big East Conference play. UConn dominated the first half, scoring 16 consecutive points to lead by as many as 19.
It was Georgetown's turn after halftime, using a 10-0 run dominated by Freeman to get back into it. Freeman, a junior guard from Mitchellville, Md., had never scored more than 21 points in a college game.
Greg Monroe added 15 points and 10 rebounds for Georgetown (12-2, 3-1), while Chris Wright scored 14.
Stanley Robinson led UConn (11-4, 2-2) with 16 points and eight rebounds.
No. 2 Texas 103, Colorado 86
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Freshman Avery Bradley scored 29 points and No. 2 Texas stayed unbeaten in its Big 12 opener.
14 from the field.
For Colorado, it was just another afternoon of road woes. The Buffaloes (9-6, 0-1) dropped their 22nd consecutive road game overall and their 30th in the Big 12.
Marcus Relphorde scored 24 points for the Buffaloes, but he also was one of four Colorado players to foul out in a four-minute stretch of the second half before Texas put the game away.
No. 3 Kentucky 76, Georgia 68
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Patrick Patterson and John Wall scored 17 points each to help No. 3 Kentucky hold off Georgia.
DeMarcus Cousins added 16 points and seven rebounds for the Wildcats (16-0), who are off to their best start since winning 23 games to open the 1965-66 season.
It wasn't easy. The Bulldogs (8-6) nearly pulled off their second straight upset behind a season-high 20 points from Travis Leslie and 17 points and 13 rebounds from Trey Thompkins.
Georgia pulled to 63-62 on a 3-pointer by Thompkins with just over 6 minutes to play, but would make just one field goal the rest of the way.
Cousins scored seven of Kentucky's final 13 points, including the deciding layup with 36 seconds remaining.
No. 17 Wisconsin 73, No. 4 Purdue 66
MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Jordan Taylor scored a career-high 23 points, Jason Bohannon tied a career high with 20, and No. 17 Wisconsin handed No. 4 Purdue its their first loss this season.
istory, but both the 1993-94 squad led by Glenn Robinson and this year's had their streaks end in Madison. With former coach Gene Keady watching from behind the bench, Matt Painter's Boilermakers (14-1, 2-1 Big Ten) trailed most of the game.
Wisconsin (13-3, 3-1) beat a top 10 team in Madison for the second time this season and improved to 130-10 at home in coach Bo Ryan's nine seasons.
Purdue got 24 points from E'Twaun Moore and 13 from Robbie Hummel.
No. 20 Georgia Tech 71, No. 5 Duke 67
ATLANTA (AP) - Gani Lawal scored 21 points, including a crucial shot with just over a minute remaining, and No. 20 Georgia Tech bounced back from a dismal loss.
Lawal worked the boards hard, putting back two straight misses during one pivotal stretch, and Georgia Tech (12-3, 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) went ahead for good on yet another hustle play. Zachery Peacock grabbed an airball under the basket and flipped in a shot that put Georgia Tech ahead 62-60 with 1:52 remaining.
After Kyle Singler missed again for Duke (13-2, 1-1) on a 3-pointer - the junior forward was 2-of-13 from the field - Lawal knocked down an awkward shot from about 10 feet to give the Yellow Jackets some breathing room.
No. 6 Villanova 78, Marquette 76
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The Wildcats (14-1, 3-0 Big East) surged to a 22-point lead early in the second half only to have it eaten into by a series of late 3s by the Golden Eagles.
Lazar Hayward sparked Marquette (10-6, 1-3), hitting four 3-pointers in the second half to help whittle the deficit to single digits and put Villanova's three-year home winning streak in jeopardy.
Hayward sank two free throws after an intentional foul to make it 75-73. The Golden Eagles retained possession, but got nothing out of it once Jimmy Butler was swarmed on a double team and fumbled away the ball.
Antonio Pena made two free throws to seal the win.
Missouri 74, No. 11 Kansas St. 68
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - Marcus Denmon scored nine of his 14 points in the final 6 minutes and Zaire Taylor hit a big 3-pointer late to lift Missouri.
The Tigers (13-3) overcame poor free-throw shooting with tenacious defense and huge plays down the stretch to extend the nation's second-longest home winning streak to 30 games. Taylor had 14 points and Laurence Bowers finished off the Missouri's eighth straight win with two free throws and a dunk in the final 13 seconds.
in Columbia.
Mississippi State 80, No. 14 Mississippi 75
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) - Dee Bost tied his career high with 25 points and fueled Mississippi State's upset of No. 14 Mississippi with fearless drives to the basket.
Bost scored 17 points in the second half for the Bulldogs (13-3), drawing fouls as he attacked the paint against the Rebels (12-3) in the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams.
The Bulldogs trailed 42-37 at halftime, but used runs of 8-2 and 13-2 to rally from as much as nine down.
Bost's drives led to free throws and the Bulldogs hit 7 of 8 during the second run, finally taking a lead on a layup in transition from Bost to make it 61-59. Bost hit 9 of 12 free throws and overall Mississippi State was 22 for 33 in the game, far outpacing Ole Miss, which attempted just 13.
Chris Warren led Ole Miss with 15 points.
UNLV 74, No. 15 New Mexico 62
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Kendall Wallace made six of his seven 3-pointers in the second half and finished with a career-high 21 points to help UNLV end the Lobos' 19-game homecourt winning streak.
Wallace shot 7 of 10 from 3-point range and Tra'Von Willis scored 20, helping the Rebels (13-3, 1-1 Mountain West) salvage an important split on a demanding conference-opening road trip. Three nights earlier, UNLV lost at No. 25 BYU.
m a spot in the national rankings for the first time in 11 seasons but now has lost three of its last five.
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