No. 8 Xavier 89, Marquette 70
Point guard Quentin Goodin scored 13 of his team-high 15 points while Xavier took control in the first half, and the Musketeers routed Marquette to remain unbeaten at home. The Musketeers (19-3, 7-2 Big East) surged ahead by 26 and were never threatened as they beat the Golden Eagles for the second time this season. Xavier has won eight of the last 10 games between the schools. Trevon Bluiett scored 13 and became the fifth Musketeers player with 2,000 career points. Markus Howard had 33 for Marquette (13-7, 4-4), which entered second in the nation in 3-pointers. But the Golden Eagles went only 6 of 23 from outside the arc, matching their season low for 3s.
No. 9 Cincinnati 75, Temple 42
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Gary Clark had 17 points and 10 rebounds, and Jarron Cumberland scored 11 of his 13 in the first half to help Cincinnati extend the nation’s longest active home winning streak with a 75-42 victory over Temple. Kyle Washington had 13 points and nine rebounds for the Bearcats (17-2, 7-0 American Athletic Conference), who won their 11th consecutive game and 37th straight at home while completing a regular-season sweep of the Owls. Cincinnati is playing home games at BB&T Arena on the campus of Northern Kentucky University while its own building is renovated. It was the worst loss of the season for Temple (10-10, 2-6), which shot a season-low 28.6 percent and committed 20 turnovers. The Bearcats won the first meeting 55-53 on Jacob Evans III’s jumper with a second left on Jan. 4 in Philadelphia. This one wasn’t even close. The Owls scored the first five points of the game, then went scoreless for nearly five minutes. It was one of two Temple scoring droughts that approached five minutes in the first half. The Bearcats had runs of 7-0 and 10-0 and led 35-19 at halftime.
South Carolina 77, No. 20 Florida 72
Wesley Myers scored a season-high 22 points, Chris Silva added a double-double and South Carolina upset Florida. Silva finished with 18 points and 12 rebounds for the Gamecocks, who won the Elite Eight rematch from last year’s NCAA Tournament. South Carolina knocked off the Gators in that one thanks to 42 points in the paint. Coach Frank Martin’s team won this one from the 3-point line. The Gamecocks (13-7, 4-4 Southeastern Conference) hit 11 of 21 shots from beyond the arc, matching their most 3s all season. Myers was 5 of 7 from 3-point range, taking advantage of the league’s worst team at defending the 3. The Gators (14-6, 6-2) led by 11 in the first half and were up 48-39 early in the second.
No. 24 Rhode Island 78, Fordham 58
Andre Berry scored 20 points on 9-of-12 shooting, Jared Terrell had 17 points and six assists, and Rhode Island cruised past Fordham at historic Rose Hill Gym. Stan Robinson added 16 points, seven steals and six rebounds for the newly ranked Rams (16-3, 8-0 Atlantic 10), who moved into the AP Top 25 this week for the first time since November 2016. Rhode Island has won 11 straight games for the first time in 70 years. Fordham (6-14, 1-7) was led by Will Tavares, who had 17 points and 13 assists.
N.C. State 72, Pittsburgh 68
North Carolina State fell into a big hole, but climbed back out of it late to knock off Pittsburgh. The Wolfpack used an 11-0 run late in the second half to claw back into a game that Pitt had dominated. The Panthers missed six straight shots while NC State turned a double-digit deficit into a narrow lead late. Allerik Freeman made a pair of free throws with 8.5 seconds to play to secure the victory. Omer Yurtseven led the way for NC State with 16 points despite dealing with foul trouble for most of the night. He shot 6 of 7 from the floor. NC State (14-7, 4-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) started the game with a 17-6 lead, which prompted Pitt head coach Kevin Stallings to switch to a 2-3 zone defense. The change paid immediate dividends as Pitt went on an 18-3 run. The Pitt zone defense limited the Wolfpack to shooting 34 percent from the field (24 of 71), tied for its worst shooting performance of the season. For Pitt, (8-13, 0-8 ACC) Jared Wilson-Frame shot 7 of 14 for a career-high 22 points. The Panthers used dribble penetration to get the Wolfpack defense moving and also got both starting NC State big men in early foul trouble.
Richmond 77, Duquesne 73, OT
Nick Sherod scored 28 points including a jumper in overtime that gave his team the lead for good and Richmond extended its win streak to four in a victory over Duquesne. The teams were tied with 32 seconds left when Sherrod hit a jumper to make it 75-73. De’Monte Buckingham stole the ball on the exchange and was fouled by Duquesne’s Tarin Smith, sending him to the line where he made both free throws to clinch the win. Grant Golden added 21 points and nine rebounds for the Spiders (7-13, 5-1 Atlantic 10) and Buckingham finished with 17 points. Eric Williams Jr. led the Dukes (14-7, 5-3) with 25 points and eight boards. Smith added 15 points.
Illinois 73, Indiana 71
Trent Frazier and Leron Black each scored 19 points to help Illinois squeeze out a victory over Indiana. The two-point victory was the team’s first Big Ten Conference win of the season and the first of coach Brad Underwood’s career. It also snapped the Illini’s six-game losing streak. Indiana jumped all over Illinois early, taking a 12-4 lead but freshman Frazier kept the Illini afloat in the first half. With just over six minutes left in the period, he reeled off 13 straight points. Illinois entered the break trailing by six but made 22-of-30 free throws in the second half.
Miami 78, Louisville 75, OT
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Lonnie Walker IV scored 25 points, including an acrobatic layup to force overtime, and the Miami Hurricanes edged Louisville. Dewan Huell’s dunk on a follow put the Hurricanes ahead to stay in the extra period, 73-71. Louisville coach David Padgett argued in vain that Huell should have been called for goaltending. The Hurricanes missed 5 of 10 free throws in the final 22 seconds but hung on. Walker blocked a 3-point try by Ryan McMahon, and a 30-footer by the Cardinals’ Deng Adel at the final buzzer barely hit the rim. Miami (15-4, 4-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) snapped Louisville’s four-game win streak. The Cardinals (15-5, 5-2) fell to third place in the conference standings behind No. 2 Virginia and No. 4 Duke.