- Associated Press - Saturday, January 7, 2017

WACO, Texas (AP) - Manu Lecomte scored 17 points, Johnathan Motley had 13 and second-ranked Baylor closed in on the school’s first No. 1 ranking with a 61-57 victory against Oklahoma State on Saturday night.

The Bears (15-0, 3-0 Big 12), one of two unbeaten teams in the nation along with No. 5 Gonzaga, are in position to reach the top of the poll after No. 1 Villanova’s 20-game winning streak ended Wednesday - the same night Baylor beat Iowa State on a late jumper from Lecomte.

A rowdy crowd that included new Baylor football coach Matt Rhule in the first row of the student section chanted “No. 1, No. 1” in the final seconds of the Bears’ 11th straight home victory.

Phil Forte had 17 points to lead the Cowboys (10-5), who started 0-3 in conference for the first time since 1995-96, the last year of the Big Eight before it merged with the Big 12.

Motley had a game-high 10 rebounds with three assists and three blocks.

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No. 1 VILLANOVA 93, MARQUETTE 81

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Kris Jenkins scored a season-high 23 points, Josh Hart had 19 and Villanova returned to form with a win over Marquette.

The Wildcats (15-1, 3-1 Big East) bounced back from their first loss of the season at Butler and still have not lost two straight games since 2013.

Villanova played for the first time at the Wells Fargo Center with last season’s national championship banner hanging in the rafters. Jenkins, the title game standout, Hart and Jalen Brunson all made the Wildcats look quite capable of winning back-to-back titles.

Markus Howard led the Golden Eagles (10-5, 1-2) with 21 points.

Jenkins made six of Villanova’s 14 3-pointers. Brunson, who had 16 points, was 3 of 3 on 3s.

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No. 3 KANSAS 85, TEXAS TECH 68

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - Frank Mason III scored 26 points, Devonte Graham added a season-high 20 and Kansas used a big second-half run to put away Texas Tech.

Josh Jackson had 17 points and Mason provided the spark for a 12-0 run that turned a five-point game into a rout, allowing the Jayhawks to remain perfect in 17 tries against Texas Tech at home.

The Jayhawks (14-1, 3-0 Big 12) also pushed their home winning streak to a nation-leading 51 games.

Aaron Ross and Zach Smith had 17 points each as the Red Raiders (12-3, 1-2) lost their 15th straight to the Jayhawks overall. Keenan Evans scored 16.

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No. 7 WEST VIRGINIA 82, TCU 70

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - Daxter Miles Jr. tied a season high with 22 points and West Virginia needed a late burst to beat TCU.

West Virginia (13-2, 2-1 Big 12) bounced back from an overtime loss at Texas Tech and improved to 10-0 against TCU since the schools joined the Big 12 in 2012.

Esa Ahmad added 16 points for West Virginia, while Jevon Carter and freshman Sagaba Konate scored 13 each.

Alex Robinson led TCU (12-3, 1-2) with 17 points and Vladimir Brodziansky added 14.

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No. 8 DUKE 93, BOSTON COLLEGE 82

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - Freshman Jayson Tatum matched a season high with 22 points and Duke won in Jeff Capel’s season debut as Hall of Fame coach Mike Krzyzewski’s temporary replacement.

Grayson Allen had 12 points and 11 assists, and the Blue Devils had six double-figure scorers in winning their first game at Cameron Indoor Stadium without Coach K since 1995. Krzyzewski had back surgery Friday and is expected to miss roughly four weeks.

The Blue Devils (14-2, 2-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) shot 55 percent but blew most of a 25-point lead, with the Eagles chipping away over the final 10 minutes and pulling to 88-82 on Ky Bowman’s reverse layup with 44.1 seconds left.

Tatum hit four free throws in the final 42 seconds to put Duke back up by double figures.

Jerome Robinson had 21 points for BC (8-8, 1-2).

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No. 9 LOUISVILLE 65, GEORGIA TECH 50

ATLANTA (AP) - Donovan Mitchell scored 13 of his 20 points in the second half as Louisville became the last Atlantic Coast Conference team to pick up a league win.

Louisville (13-3, 1-2) used stifling defense in the first half and the long ball to beat Tech (9-6, 1-2) for the sixth straight time.

Quentin Snider added 12 points and seven rebounds for the Cardinals while center Ben Lammers paced the Jackets with a career-high 24 points, nine rebounds and three blocks. Freshman Josh Okogie scored 15 points for Tech, which made just 5 of 20 shots in the first half.

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No. 10 CREIGHTON 78, PROVIDENCE 64

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Justin Patton had 20 points and Maurice Watson Jr. scored 11 with 14 assists for Creighton.

Marcus Foster had 17 points and Khyri Thomas added 16 for the Bluejays (15-1, 3-1 Big East), who opened a 10-0 lead and never trailed.

Emmitt Holt scored 17 points and Kalif Young had nine rebounds for Providence (11-6, 1-3).

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No. 12 FLORIDA STATE 93, No. 21 VIRGINIA TECH 78

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Terance Mann scored 22 points and Dwayne Bacon added 17 for Florida State.

It is the first time since joining the Atlantic Coast Conference that the Seminoles have won their first three league games. FSU, which has won 11 straight, improved to 15-1, which matches it with the 1988-89 team for best start in school history thru 15 games.

Chris Clarke led the Hokies (12-3, 1-2) with 22 points while Zach LeDay and Ahmed Hill added 19 apiece.

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No. 15 OREGON 85, WASHINGTON STATE 66

PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) - Chris Boucher scored a career-high 29 points off the bench to help Oregon beat Washington State for its 13th straight victory.

Dylan Ennis added 17 points for Oregon (15-2, 4-0 Pac-12), which won even though leading scorer Dillon Brooks was ejected early in the game.

Four players scored in double figures for Washington State (9-6, 2-1), which had its four-game winning streak snapped.

Boucher made 10 of 14 shots from the field and grabbed eight rebounds.

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No. 16 XAVIER 97, ST. JOHN’S 82

CINCINNATI (AP) - Edmond Sumner had 20 points and seven assists for Xavier, which is alone atop the Big East.

Xavier (13-2, 3-0) has won six straight games since consecutive road losses at Baylor and Colorado. The Musketeers are the last unbeaten team in Big East play.

It was the second straight big game for Sumner, who had been limited by an injured left hand. The point guard had a career-high 28 points with 8 rebounds and 6 assists in 81-76 win at Georgetown last Saturday.

Xavier had a season high in points.

Marcus LoVett scored a career-high 32 for St. John’s (8-8, 2-1).

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No. 18 BUTLER 85, GEORGETOWN 76, OT

WASHINGTON (AP) - Freshman Kamar Baldwin scored 16 points as Butler followed its upset of No. 1 Villanova with a win.

The Bulldogs (14-2, 3-1 Big East), who upended the defending national champions 66-58 on Wednesday, never trailed in overtime to earn their third consecutive victory.

L.J. Peak scored 21 points and Jagan Mosely added a career-high 20 for the Hoyas (8-8, 0-4), who have lost their first four conference games for the first time since 1998-99.

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No. 23 NOTRE DAME 75, CLEMSON 70

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - V.J. Beachem tied his career-high with 22 points and Notre Dame remained undefeated in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Matt Farrell added 15 points for the Irish (14-2, 3-0) including a 3-pointer with 10 seconds left for the game’s final margin.

Bonzie Colson recorded his ACC-best 10th double-double of the season with 13 points and 12 rebounds for Notre Dame, which has won five straight. Steve Vasturia added 14 points.

Jaron Blossomgame had 22 points and eight rebounds for Clemson (11-4, 1-2).

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No. 24 FLORIDA 83, TENNESSEE 70

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) - KeVaughn Allen connected on four 3-pointers in the final 7:34 and scored 23 points to lead Florida.

The Gators (12-3, 3-0 Southeastern Conference) pulled away from a 56-all tie with 8:57 left to win their fifth straight game. Allen made three of his 3s in a span of five possessions to turn a game that had featured six ties and 12 lead changes into a runaway at the end.

Admiral Schofield had 18 points and 10 rebounds for Tennessee (8-7, 1-2).

Florida hit 10 of its first 11 shots in the second half and has won its first three SEC games for the fourth time in five years.

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No. 25 INDIANA 96, ILLINOIS 80

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) - James Blackmon Jr. scored 25 points and Thomas Bryant had 20 as Indiana got its first Big Ten Conference win of the season.

Illinois was scoreless for the first 6 minutes of the game, during which time the Hoosiers (11-5, 1-2) jumped out to a 13-0 lead. Indiana led for the entire game, and was up by as many as 22 points. Illinois pulled within 10 points of the Hoosiers with less than 5 minutes remaining in the game, but Indiana stretched its lead one final time.

Jalen Coleman-Lands and Malcolm Hill scored 21 points each for Illinois (11-5, 1-2).

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