Rodney McGruder scored 24 points and visiting Kansas State upset No. 3 Missouri 78-68, the Wildcats' second victory over the Tigers in two meetings this season.
COLUMBIA, Mo. — Rodney McGruder scored 24 points and Kansas State upset No. 3 Missouri 78-68 Tuesday, the Wildcats’ second victory over the Tigers in two meetings this season.
Kansas State (19-8 overall, 8-7 Big 12 Conference) led 40-30 at halftime and by 16 points in the second half before a run by Missouri (25-3, 12-3) cut the Wildcats’ lead to 63-60.
Kansas State beat then-No. 9 Baylor 57-56 Saturday in Waco, Texas.
“A week ago, I was trying to find a building that’s more than six stories height-wise so I could jump,” Martin said after the game, joking but not smiling. “And these guys, they gave me energy to come in and coach them in practice because they were so positive even though we had just lost two tough games at Texas and (against) Kansas.”
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Michael Dixon scored 21 points and Marcus Denmon added 19 for Missouri, which was listed as an 11-point favorite by Nevada oddsmakers.
Kansas State beat visiting Missouri 75-59 on Jan. 7.
Other Top 10 men
No. 1 Kentucky 73,
at Mississippi St. 64
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist scored 18 points, Anthony Davis added 13 points and 11 rebounds and the Wildcats (27-1, 13-0 Southeastern) won despite trailing 41-28 at halftime. Kentucky has won 19 in a row.
Dee Bost led the Bulldogs (19-9, 6-7) with 21 points. Mississippi State has lost four straight games.
No. 7 North Carolina 86,
at North Carolina St. 74
Kendall Marshall had a career-high 22 points and 13 assists and Harrison Barnes scored 20 points to lead the Tar Heels (24-4, 11-2 Atlantic Coast) past the Wolfpack (18-10, 7-6). North Carolina has won the last 12 meetings between the rivals.
C.J. Leslie had a career-high 24 points to go with 12 rebounds for N.C. State.
At No. 8 Ohio St. 83, Illinois 67
Deshaun Thomas scored 19 points as the Buckeyes (23-5, 11-4 Big Ten) shot 65 percent and cruised past the Illini (16-12, 5-10), who have lost nine of their last 10 games.
Illinois’ Meyers Leonard scored 21 points.
At Seton Hall 73,
No. 9 Georgetown 55
Jordan Theodore scored a career-high 29 points to lead the Pirates (19-9, 8-8 Big East) past the Hoyas (20-6, 10-5).
Seton Hall shot 61 percent, the best against Georgetown this season.
Top 5 women
At No. 1 Baylor 80, Texas 59
Brittney Griner collected 18 points and 10 rebounds as the Bears (28-0, 15-0 Big 12) beat the Longhorns (15-12, 5-10) to claim the conference title outright.
Griner’s 40th career double-double was in her 100th game at Baylor.
No. 4 Connecticut 86,
at Pittsburgh 37
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis scored 23 points to lead the Huskies (25-3, 12-2 Big East) past the Panthers (8-19, 0-14).
UConn started the game with a 29-4 run.
• Binghamton, which had been the lone winless Division I men’s team, beat visiting Vermont 57-53, snapping a 27-game losing streak. Binghamton students rushed the floor after the team improved to 1-26 this season.
• Auburn women’s coach Nell Fortner, who guided the U.S. team to an Olympic gold medal in 2000, said she is resigning after the season. Fortner, 52, is 143-105 in eight seasons at Auburn, including 11-16 this season.