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COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) KD Johnson scored 17 points, including five straight in the final 90 seconds, and No. 1 Auburn survived a Missouri scare, winning 55-54 Tuesday night in the program’s first-ever game as a nation. highest ranked team.

Johnson converted a three-point play with 1:29 remaining to put Auburn ahead 53-51, then added a layup with 45 seconds left for a four-point advantage, and the Tigers (19-1, 8- 0 Southeastern Conference) held from there.

Walker Kessler had 13 points and 12 rebounds for Auburn, who shot 30 percent from the field.

Javon Pickett led Missouri (8-11, 2-5) with 17 points, and Jaron Coleman added 10.

No. 7 UCLA 75, No. 3 ARIZONA 59

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Johnny Juzang and Jules Bernard scored 15 points apiece and UCLA used dogged defense to beat Arizona, handing the Wildcats their first Pac-12 loss.

The Bruins (14-2, 6-1) took the lead for good on a 12-0 first-half streak en route to winning their fourth in a row.

Bennedict Mathurin scored 10 of his 16 second-half points for the Wildcats (16-2, 6-1), who saw their five-game winning streak snapped. Christian Koloko added 11 points and seven rebounds, highlighted by six dunks from the 7-foot-1 center.

#4 BAYLOR 74, KANSAS STATE 49

WACO, Texas (AP) — Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua and Kendall Brown each had a double-double as Baylor won its third straight game in rare straight losses, beating Kansas State.

Tchamwa Tchatchoua scored 13 points on 6-of-7 shooting, including a 3-pointer off the sidelines, and the 6-foot-8 postman grabbed 12 rebounds. Brown had 10 points and 11 rebounds.

LJ Cryer added 14 points with three 3-pointers and Adam Flagler had 13 points and five assists for Baylor (18-2, 6-2 Big 12), who were at home for the first time since back-to-back losses at the Ferrell Center he two weeks ago. .

The Wildcats (10-9, 2-6) only led after Ismael Massoud scored 3 on their first shot of the game, just three days after nearly upsetting fifth-place Kansas.

N°9 DUKE 71, CLEMSON 69

DURHAM, NC (AP) — Paolo Banchero scored 19 points as ninth-seeded Duke pulled away late from Clemson.

Wendell Moore Jr. scored 13 points for Duke (16-4, 6-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), Joey Baker added 11 and Mark Williams recorded his fourth double-double of the season with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Banchero also had seven rebounds and four assists.

PJ Hall led Clemson (11-9, 3-6) in scoring and on the glass with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Hunter Tyson scored 13 points while Chase Hunter had 12.

ILLINOIS 56, #10 MICHIGAN STATE 55

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Trent Frazier scored a game-high 16 points, and the Illinois No. 24 held on to beat Michigan State and take sole possession of the top spot in the Big Ten.

Illinois (14-5, 7-2) was without two of its brightest stars: All-American center Kofi Cockburn (concussion) and guard Andre Curbelo (COVID-19 health and safety protocols) .

The Illini led by no less than 15 points at the start of the second half before Michigan State (15-4, 6-2) made a furious comeback in the final four minutes.

Down two, the Spartans had a chance to tie the game with less than a second left after Coleman Hawkins fouled Malik Hall as Hall headed for the basket. He missed the first free throw and made the second, then time expired.

#12 KENTUCKY 82, MISSISSIPPI STATE 74, OT

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kellan Grady scored eight points in overtime, including 3 consecutive points about a minute apart, and Sahvir Wheeler added two free throws to lift Kentucky above Mississippi State .

Grady finished with 18 points and Oscar Tshiebwe added 21 points with 22 rebounds for Kentucky (16-3, 6-1 Southeastern Conference), giving Wildcats coach John Calipari his 800th career win — albeit at The time length.

After missing a 3 at the end of regulation, Grady regrouped in the extra session to drive the baseline for a lay-up before adding 3s with 2:23 and 1:13 remaining for a lead of 80-74.

Wheeler twice made the first of two free throws to extend the lead over the Bulldogs, whose only overtime field goal came from Iverson Molinar, a layup with 2:43 left.

The Wildcats led 53-38 with 12:25 to go before the Bulldogs (13-6, 4-3) rallied by holding Kentucky scoreless for four minutes. Molinar scored 22 of his 30 points in the second half to lead Mississippi State.

N°14 VILLANOVA 67, DEPAUL 43

VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) — Justin Moore scored 16 points, Collin Gillespie had 14 and No. 14 Villanova beat DePaul for the 22nd straight time.

The Blue Demons (10-9, 1-8 Big East) last beat the Wildcats on January 3, 2008.

Two national championships later, the Wildcats (15-5, 8-2) continue to reign supreme as the conference class and have shaken off a slow start to cruising again at the Pavilion.

They had a 29-game winning streak at the clubhouse last week in a loss to Marquette, dropping them three spots in the AP Top 25 poll. Villanova bounced back with a victory this weekend against Georgetown, then used a 11-2 run to close out the first half against DePaul to set the tone for the rout.

No. 20 UCONN 96, GEORGETOWN 73

STORRS, Conn. (AP) — Adama Sanogo scored 19 points to lead UConn to its fourth straight victory with a rout of Georgetown.

Isaiah Whaley and Jordan Hawkins each added 15 points for the Huskies (14-4, 5-2 Big East), who never trailed. RJ Cole had 14 points, seven assists and six rebounds, while Tyrese Martin added 13 points.

UConn outshot the Hoyas, outscoring them 27-6 on the fast break and dominated the boards, passing Georgetown 40-28,

Rookie Aminu Mohammed had 15 points to lead Georgetown (6-11, 0-6), which lost its seventh straight game.

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