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 LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - 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.
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No. 5 DUKE 79, FLORIDA STATE 60
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - 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.
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PITTSBURGH 65, No. 6 SYRACUSE 55
PITTSBURGH (AP) - 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.
C.J. Fair led Syracuse (18-3, 6-2) with 20 points and Brandon Triche scored 14 but the Orange never led in the second half while losing two straight games for the first time in nearly two years. Michael Carter-Williams added 13 points for Syracuse but the nation's leader in assists finished with just two - nearly seven below his average.
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No. 9 BUTLER 75, RHODE ISLAND 68
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Rotnei Clarke scored 23 points and Roosevelt Jones added 18 to lead Butler past Rhode Island.
Clarke scored 12 points in the first 11 minutes of the second half. The Bulldogs (18-4, 5-2 Atlantic 10) trailed 32-30 at the break, then went on a 15-3 run.
Nikola Malesevic led Rhode Island (6-14, 1-6) with 18 points in the Rams' fourth straight loss.
Butler began the game looking like the team that lost 75-58 at Saint Louis early in the week. The Bulldogs went down 25-16 in the first half - their largest deficit of the game. But they came storming out to start the second half, looking like the squad that has beaten three top 10 teams this season. They held Rhode Island without a field goal until the 13:24 mark of the half.
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CALIFORNIA 58, No. 10 OREGON 54
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) - 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.
Allen Crabbe and Richard Solomon scored 13 points apiece, and Tyrone Wallace added 12 while helping the Golden Bears (13-8, 5-4 Pac-12) win back-to-back games for the first time since December.
Tony Woods had 14 points and eight rebounds for Oregon but failed to get off a potential tying shot after grabbing E.J. Singler's missed 3-pointer with 5.2 seconds left. The Ducks (18-4, 7-2) were held scoreless over the final 4 minutes.
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No. 14 MIAMI 79, No. 19 N.C. STATE 78
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Reggie Johnson tipped in a missed shot with 0.8 seconds left to lift Miami over North Carolina State.
Johnson's left-handed tip in traffic off a miss by Shane Larkin capped a back-and-forth second half and kept the Hurricanes (17-3, 8-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) unbeaten in ACC play. Johnson finished with 15 points in his best performance since returning from a broken left thumb four games ago.
Durand Scott led Miami with 18 points and Julian Gamble added 16 to help the Hurricanes win their ninth straight game, a run that included a blowout of then-No. 1 Duke last week.
C.J. Leslie had 18 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Wolfpack (16-6, 5-4), who played without starting point guard Lorenzo Brown due to an ankle injury. N.C. State nearly won when freshman Rodney Purvis launched a heave from beyond halfcourt at the horn, a shot that hit the rim and rattled out.
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NORTHERN IOWA 57, No. 15 WICHITA STATE 52
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) - Anthony James scored 16 points and Northern Iowa beat Wichita State, sending the Shockers to their first losing streak of the season.
Seth Tuttle had eight points, eight rebounds and four blocks for the Panthers (12-11, 5-6 Missouri Valley Conference). They took control with a 14-0 run in the second half and became the fourth Valley team in the last 23 games to beat Wichita State at home.
The Shockers (19-4, 8-3) pulled to 52-50 on Carl Hall's steal and bucket with 1:18 left, but Tuttle blocked Nick Wiggins' try that would have tied it and then sealed the win with a breakaway dunk.
Hall led Wichita State with 20 points. The Shockers, who lost to Indiana State on Tuesday, have dropped a game behind league-leading Creighton.
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No. 17 MISSOURI 91, AUBURN 77
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - Keion Bell scored 24 points and Earnest Ross added 23, both season highs, as Missouri used another strong second half to beat Auburn.
Ross hit five 3-pointers off the bench in his first game against his former team. The 6-foot-5, 222-pound guard played two seasons at Auburn, leading the team with 13.1 points and 6.6 rebounds per game.
The teams combined for 49 fouls and 69 free throws but the sluggish pace didn't seem to affect Missouri (16-5, 5-3 Southeastern Conference), which shot 54.5 percent from the floor after shooting 38 percent in a 73-70 loss at LSU on Wednesday.
The Tigers moved to 13-0 at Mizzou Arena, joined by only Florida in the SEC as unbeaten teams at home.
Frankie Sullivan led Auburn (8-13, 2-6) with 12 points.
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No. 21 CREIGHTON 75, BRADLEY 58
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - 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.
The Bluejays (20-3, 9-2 Missouri Valley Conference) beat Bradley for the 15th straight time at home and have won 20 games for the 14th time in 15 seasons.
Dyricus Simms-Edwards had 18 points for the Braves (13-10, 5-6), who lost their fifth straight road game and eighth in a row against a ranked opponent.
Austin Chatman, who had 16 points, made a 3-pointer after Bradley had closed to 53-48. McDermott then went to work, hitting a 3, a layup and four straight free throws to make it 65-48 with 5 minutes to play.
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AIR FORCE 70, No. 22 SAN DIEGO STATE 67
AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AP) - Michael Lyons scored 20 points and Air Force beat San Diego State, overcoming a 25-point performance by Aztecs star Jamaal Franklin.
Franklin and James Rahon missed potential game-tying 3-pointers in the waning seconds.
The Falcons (14-6, 5-2 Mountain West Conference) won their fifth straight at Clune Arena, while the Aztecs (16-5, 4-3) lost for only the second time in their last 10 games against Air Force.
The Falcons used a 19-2 run to take control at 59-47, then held on as Franklin scored 18 of his 25 points in the second half. He also pulled down 10 rebounds and was 11 for 12 from the foul line, his only miss a big one with less than a minute left and the Aztecs trailing by two.
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No. 24 CINCINNATI 65, SETON HALL 59
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Sean Kilpatrick scored 21 points, Cashmere Wright added 17 and Cincinnati held off Seton Hall after blowing nearly all of a 20-point lead.
Cincinnati (18-4, 6-3 Big East) was up 48-28 just 5 minutes into the second half but twice allowed the Pirates (13-9, 2-7) to get within four. The Bearcats, who entered 14th in the 15-team conference in free throw shooting at 64.9 percent, finished 21 of 27 (77.8 percent) from the line, making eight of their last nine.
Fuquan Edwin and Brandon Mobley both had 16 points for Seton Hall, which has lost three straight and seven of eight. The Bearcats won for the fifth time in six games.
 

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