Davis' block lifts No. 1 Kentucky over No. 5 UNC
|men's BASkEtBALL RESULTS
|Kentucky 73, North Carolina 72
|UConn 75, Arkansas 62
|Pittsburgh 61, Tennessee 56
|LSU 55, Rutgers 50
|Mississippi State 75, West Virginia 62
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- Freshman Anthony Davis blocked John Henson's shot in the final seconds and Doron Lamb scored 12 of his 14 points in the second half as No. 1 Kentucky held on to beat No. 5 North Carolina 73-72 on Saturday to extend the Wildcats' home winning streak to 39 games.
Freshman Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had 17 points and 11 rebounds as a spark Kentucky (8-0) needed early before Lamb took control in the second half with more than two dozen NBA scouts and front office personnel watching one of the most heavily hyped matchups of the season.
This one came down to the final possession.
Reggie Bullock hit a 3-pointer for North Carolina (6-2) to cut the Wildcats' lead to 73-72 with 48 seconds left. After Marquis Teague missed the front end of a one-and-one, Davis blocked Henson's shot, grabbed the rebound and the Wildcats ran out the clock.
Tyler Zeller and Harrison Barnes scored 14 points apiece for the Tar Heels, who led by as many as nine in the first half and held a six-point lead in the second before Kentucky rallied.
The Wildcats haven't lost at Rupp Arena since coach John Calipari took over, a span of 38 games after also winning their final one at home under Billy Gillispie.
Lamb converted a three-point play as part of a 7-0 run that gave Kentucky a 63-60 lead. After Zeller hit a jumper to cut it to one, Lamb hit a pair of 3s, the second that gave the Wildcats a 69-64 lead with 3:47 left.
After a 3-pointer by Barnes, North Carolina's 11th of the game, made it 69-67. Darius Miller's basket made it 71-67 and Henson hit two free throws with 48 seconds to play to cut it back to two.
After Teague missed the front end of the one-and-one following a foul by Kendall Marshall with 21 seconds left, the Tar Heels had one more chance.
Marshall found Zeller and as Terrence Jones came to double team, he found Henson. Henson went up for a winner, but Davis used his 6-foot-10 frame and massive wingspan to block the ball. He grabbed the rebound as North Carolina never tried to foul as time expired.
Jones finished with 14 points and Miller had 12 for the Wildcats. North Carolina's P.J. Hairston scored 11 and Henson finished with 10.
Kentucky last reached No. 1 under Calipari in 2009-10, but promptly lost their first game after receiving the ranking. The Wildcats beat St. John's 81-59 on Thursday night before this matchup -- the first between top five teams in Lexington in 13 years.
Last year, these two teams played a pair of memorable games with North Carolina winning 75-73 in Chapel Hill before Kentucky topped the Tar Heels 76-69 in the NCAA regional finals in March.
This one was equally as entertaining even though North Carolina slipped from the No. 1 spot last week when they lost to UNLV in Las Vegas to keep this from being the first No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchup in the 35-year history of Rupp Arena.
The Tar Heels committed five early turnovers, but Hairston, who had been questionable to play because of a sprained left wrist, hit a pair of 3-pointers upon entering to give North Carolina a 24-18 lead.
A jumper by Barnes extended it to 34-25, the biggest deficit the Wildcats faced this season and Kentucky trailed at the half for the first time this season, 43-38.
It's the first time the two schools have met this highly ranked since Dec. 26, 1981 in East Rutherford, N.J., when Michael Jordan, James Worthy and Sam Perkins combined for 66 points in North Carolina's 82-69 victory.
Kentucky standout Sam Bowie didn't play in that game because of a stress fracture in his left leg, but that game still featured 18 draft picks -- including five that went in the first two rounds. The NBA draft was 10 rounds until 1984.
Arkansas Falls to UConn, 75-62
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Freshman Ryan Boatright scored 23 points, and had six assists in his home debut and No. 8 Connecticut beat Arkansas 75-62 Saturday in the Big East-SEC challenge.
Boatright hit eight of his 12 shots and also had five rebounds for Connecticut, which didn't score a field goal for the first five minutes of the game.
That was just after Boatright checked in and the Huskies went to a 3-guard lineup, sending UConn on a 14-2 run. The point guard sat out UConn's first six games because of an NCAA suspension.
Jeremy Lamb added 14 points and Tyler Olander had 12 for UConn (7-1).
B.J. Young scored 28 points for Arkansas (5-2) and Devonta Abron had 16 rebounds for the Razorbacks, who outrebounded Connecticut 47-35.
No. 17 Pittsburgh gets 61-56 win over Tennessee
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- John Johnson converted a three-point play with 2 seconds left to seal No. 17 Pittsburgh's 61-56 win over Tennessee on Saturday in the Big East/SEC Challenge.
The Panthers (7-1) led by 8 with 1:46 to go.
Pittsburgh's Ashton Gibbs was called for a flagrant foul after elbowing Trae Golden, who was trying to foul him. Golden sank one of two foul shots, and Cameron Tatum hit a layup to cut the Panthers' lead to 5.
The Panthers missed the front end of two 1-and-1 free-throw opportunities, and a 3 by Golden with 11 seconds left cut Pittsburgh's lead to 58-56.
Dante Taylor missed another Panthers free throw. When Golden took the ball down the floor, Gibbs tied him up with the possession arrow in Pittsburgh's favor, setting up Johnson's baskets.
Gibbs and Nasir Robinson each scored 16 for the Panthers.
Tatum led Tennessee (3-4) with 13 points.
LSU uses late spurt to beat Rutgers 55-50
PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) -- Trailing for most of the game, Louisiana State outscored Rutgers 12-2 in the final 5 minutes to escape with a 55-50 victory on Saturday night, handing the Scarlet Knights their first home loss of the season.
There were three ties in the second half, the last at 38. Rutgers (4-4) then went on to take a 45-38 lead with 8:30 to play. The Scarlet Knights led 48-43 before the Tigers (5-3) finished strong.
LSU guard Andre Stringer led all scorers with 13 points.
Both teams got off to slow starts, with the score tied at 5 nearly 7 minutes into the game after the teams combined to miss 14 of their first 18 shots.
LSU put together the game's first spurt, getting a 14-7 lead, but Rutgers regained the lead at 15-14.
Soon after, Rutgers went on a nine-point run to lead 24-18 en route to a 28-23 halftime advantage.
No. 21 Mississippi State beats West Virginia 75-62
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) -- Arnett Moultrie had 21 points and 13 rebounds for his fourth double-double of the season and No. 21 Mississippi State pulled away from West Virginia for a 75-62 victory on Saturday night.
Dee Bost scored 17 points and Jalen Steele added 10, including a 3-pointer late in the second half that gave the Bulldogs a 67-57 lead.
Mississippi State (8-1) led throughout the first half, but a free throw by Deniz Kilicli gave the Mountaineers a 35-34 advantage right after halftime. The game remained close until Bost's steal and ensuing slam put Mississippi State ahead 60-54 with 5:31 remaining.
Kevin Jones and Kilicli led West Virginia (4-2) with 14 points each.
Moultrie has been productive all season for the Bulldogs, averaging 16 points and 10.8 rebounds through his first six games. And his latest strong effort came in front of a packed Humphrey Coliseum crowd, hitting several important baskets during the second half when West Virginia tried to make its final push.
He went 7 for 8 from the field -- including sinking his only 3-point attempt -- and 6 for 7 from the free throw line.
Moultrie's big numbers continue to offset limited contributions from Renardo Sidney, the oft-troubled but undeniably talented big man. He struggled once again against the Mountaineers, fighting foul trouble and a tenacious defense. He did have a monster dunk early in the second half and a quick pass to Wendell Lewis for a dunk a few minutes later, but never had a huge impact.
He finished with eight points and three rebounds.
Mississippi State opened a 25-15 lead with 8:30 remaining in the first half. West Virginia slowly fought back, and back-to-back baskets by Kilicli got the Mountaineers within 34-32 by halftime.
Kilicli also scored West Virginia's first five points after intermission, but neither team could gain much of an advantage throughout a physical second half.
Mississippi State finally broke free late in the game, when Bost stole the ball and sprinted the length of the court for an emphatic one-handed dunk that gave the Bulldogs a six-point lead. Bost was 4 for 14 from the field, but also added five rebounds, five steals and seven assists.
Steele put the game out of reach a few minutes later, hitting a 3-pointer from the corner for the 67-57 advantage.
Mississippi State shot 49 percent (26 for 51) from the field, but West Virginia won the rebounding battle 36-31.
The Mountaineers went 2 for 15 from 3-point range.