MADISON, Wis. – Nik Stauskas scored 23 points, including a key three-pointer with 48 seconds left, and the Michigan Wolverines fended off a late surge for a 77-70 victory over the third-ranked Wisconsin Badgers on Saturday.
Stauskas, whose three-pointer produced a 71-67 lead, said Wisconsin defender Nigel Hayes was overplaying him.
“He kind of slid forward a little bit and I was open for a three and I just tried to be aggressive and shoot it,” Stauskas said.
Caris LeVert added 20 points for the Wolverines (13-4 overall, 5-0 Big Ten Conference), who celebrated a victory in Madison for the first time since 1999.
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Josh Gasser had 16 points for the Badgers (16-2, 3-2), who lost their second straight after a school-best 16-0 start.
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Naadir Tharpe scored 21 points for Kansas, and Frank Mason stripped Oklahoma State’s Le’Bryan Nash of the ball as the final buzzer sounded to preserve an 80-78 victory.
Joel Embiid added 13 points, 11 rebounds and eight blocks for the Jayhawks (13-4, 4-0 Big 12), who blew most of a 47-30 halftime lead.
Phil Forte made seven three-pointers and had 21 points for Oklahoma State (15-3, 3-2). Marcus Smart added 16 points, but he was 3 of 14 from the field.
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At No. 2 Syracuse 59, No. 22 Pittsburgh 54
Freshman point guard Tyler Ennis scored 16 points, including two driving layups and two free throws in the final two minutes, as the Orange (18-0, 5-0 Atlantic Coast) fought off the Panthers (16-2, 4-1) in a matchup of former Big East rivals that attracted a crowd of 30,046 to the Carrier Dome.
No. 4 Mich. St. 78, at Illinois 62
Gary Harris scored 23 points and Denzel Valentine pulled down 11 rebounds to lead the Spartans (17-1, 6-0 Big Ten) past the Illini (13-6, 2-4).
Michigan State has won 17 of its first 18 games for the first time in school history.
At No. 5 Wich. St. 68, Indiana St. 48
Ron Baker scored 16 points and Fred VanVleet added 15 as Wichita State (19-0, 6-0 Missouri Valley) beat the Sycamores (14-4, 5-1) to extend school records for winning streak and best start to a season.
Dawon Cummings scored 19 points for Indiana State.
At No. 6 V’nova 88, DePaul 62
James Bell had 17 points and eight rebounds and Ryan Arcidiacono scored 14 points as Villanova (16-1, 5-0 Big East) overwhelmed the Blue Demons (10-9, 2-4).
The Wildcats shot 73 percent in the second half.
No. 7 Florida 68, at Auburn 61
Casey Prather scored 21 points on 8-for-10 shooting in his return from a knee injury and the Gators (15-2, 4-0 Southeastern) defeated the Tigers (8-7, 0-4).
At Texas 86, No. 8 Iowa St. 76
Jonathan Holmes scored 23 points and Cam Ridley had 16 points and 11 rebounds as the Longhorns (14-4, 3-2 Big 12) handed the Cyclones (14-3, 2-3) their third loss in a row.
At No. 10 San Diego St. 63, UNLV 52
Xavier Thames scored 18 points for the Aztecs (16-1, 5-0 Mountain West), who used a 19-2 first-half run to beat the Rebels (11-7, 2-3) for their 15th straight victory.
At Sacramento St. 75, E. Washington 64
Dylan Garrity scored 18 points to lead the Hornets (6-9, 2-4 Big Sky) past the Eagles (7-10, 2-4).
Venky Jois had 17 points and seven rebounds for Eastern.