- Associated Press - Friday, January 30, 2015

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - Andrew Harrison scored 15 points to lead a balanced Kentucky attack, and the No. 1 Wildcats pulled away in the second half for a 69-53 victory over Missouri on Thursday night.

The Wildcats improved to 20-0 for the third time in school history, and closed within five wins of matching the record start achieved by Adolph Rupp’s team in 1953-54.

As usual, Kentucky (7-0 SEC) won with its defense. Missouri turned the ball over 15 times and shot just 38 percent from the field in the second half, when the game was largely decided.

Wes Clark scored 19 points for the Tigers (7-13, 1-6), who have lost six straight for the first time since 2006.

No. 3 GONZAGA 64, PORTLAND 46

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Domantas Sabonis had 13 points and 11 rebounds as Gonzaga beat Portland, extending the nation’s longest home winning streak to 37 games dating to 2012.

Przemek Karnowski added 10 points and 11 rebounds for Gonzaga (21-1, 10-0 West Coast Conference), whose only loss came in overtime at then-No. 3 Arizona. It is the best start in program history.

Kyle Wiltjer scored 11 points and Kevin Pangos had 10 for Gonzaga, which has won 14 straight games and beaten Portland in 37 of their last 39 meetings.

Bryce Pressley and Bobby Sharp each scored nine points to lead Portland (12-10, 3-7), which has lost five of six.

UCLA 69, No. 11 UTAH 59

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Norman Powell scored 23 points and UCLA defeated Utah for its first win over a Top 25 opponent this season.

Bryce Alford had 14 points and seven assists, and Isaac Hamilton added 11 points for the Bruins (12-9, 3-5 Pac-12). UCLA held a 33-30 halftime advantage and led the entire second half.

Delon Wright scored 15 points and Brandon Taylor had 14 for the Utes (16-4, 6-2). Utah has not beaten UCLA in Los Angeles since 1961.

Utah beat UCLA 71-39 the first time the teams met this season on Jan. 4 in Salt Lake City. The Bruins are 10-1 at home and 2-8 in road and neutral-site games.

OHIO ST. 80, No. 16 MARYLAND 56

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Marc Loving scored 19 points and D’Angelo Russell added 18 points and 14 rebounds to lead Ohio State over Maryland.

Jae’Sean Tate, starting his third game in a row, added 16 points and eight rebounds for the Buckeyes (17-5, 6-3 Big Ten), who have won three in a row - including the last two over ranked opponents at home.

Dez Wells had 12 points and Jake Layman 10 for Maryland (18-4, 6-3), which had won four of five. Melo Trimble, who came in leading Maryland in scoring at 16.3 points per game, missed all eight shots from the field and ended up with three points.


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