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Top 25 roundup: No. 11 Auburn works OT again, beats Alabama

Field Level Media
13 Feb 2020, 16:55 GMT+10

No. 11 Auburn survived Alabama's 3-point barrage to post its fourth overtime win in the past five games, beating visiting Alabama 95-91 on Wednesday night to maintain a share of the Southeastern Conference lead with LSU and Kentucky.

The Crimson Tide sank 22 3-pointers on 59 attempts -- both totals setting SEC records. It was their 15th game with double-digit 3-pointers this season.

Isaac Okoro led the Tigers (22-2, 9-2 SEC) 19 points but left the game after injuring his hamstring with 1:44 left in regulation and didn't return. Senior Austin Wiley added 18 points, a career-high 17 rebounds and five blocked shots.

Freshman Jaden Shackelford matched his career high with 28 points to lead Alabama (13-11, 5-6), which was within 93-91 on his 3-pointer late in overtime before J'Von McCormick sealed the win by making two free throws with 17.7 seconds left.

No. 3 Kansas 58, No. 14 West Virginia 49

Isaiah Moss came off the bench to score 10 of his 13 points in the second half Wednesday and help the Jayhawks rally past the Mountaineers at Morgantown, W.Va.

Four steals by Marcus Garrett over a four-minute span enabled Kansas (21-3, 10-1 Big 12) to overcome a nine-point, second half deficit. Devon Dotson had 15 points, and Garrett finished with nine points, seven rebounds, five steals and four assists as Kansas claimed its ninth straight win.

Oscar Tshiebwe recorded 14 points and nine rebounds to lead West Virginia (18-6, 6-5), which tumbled for the first time in 13 home games. Jordan McCabe added 10 points.

Georgia Tech 64, No. 5 Louisville 58

Jose Alvarado scored 18 points, and the Yellow Jackets never trailed while snapping the Cardinals' 10-game winning streak with a stunning victory in Atlanta.

Moses Wright scored 12, and Michael Devoe, who finished with 11 points, hit four consecutive free throws in the final eight seconds to seal the win for Georgia Tech (12-13, 6-8 Atlantic Coast Conference). The Yellow Jackets ended an 17-game skid against Top 25 opponents while beating a top-five team for the first time since Jan. 9, 2016.

Malik Williams and Johnson each scored 16 for Louisville (21-4, 12-2). However, Cardinals star Jordan Nwora, who entered tied for the ACC lead averaging 19.5 points, finished with two points on 1-of-6 shooting.

No. 23 Creighton 87, No. 10 Seton Hall 82

Four Blue Jays players scored 18 points apiece in the Big East Conference victory over the Pirates in Newark, N.J.

Marcus Zegarowski, Damien Jefferson, Denzel Mahoney and Ty-Shon Alexander were the scoring leaders as the Bluejays (19-6, 8-4 Big East) earned their second road victory over a top-10 team in their past four games. Creighton also won Feb. 1 at Villanova when the Wildcats were ranked No. 8 in the country.

Quincy McKnight scored 20 points, while Romaro Gill and Sandro Mamukelashvili added 13 each as the Pirates (18-6, 10-2) lost at home for just the third time in 12 games this season.

No. 15 Villanova 72, No. 18 Marquette 71

Jeremiah Robinson-Earl had 17 points and 11 rebounds to lift the host Wildcats past the Golden Eagles.

Collin Gillespie and Jermaine Samuels scored 14 points each and Saddiq Bey had 10 for the Wildcats (18-6, 8-4 Big East), who snapped a three-game losing streak.

Markus Howard led Marquette (17-7, 7-5) with 24 points and became the Big East's all-time leading scorer on a 3-pointer at the buzzer. Sacar Anim added 14 points, Jamal Cain contributed 13 points with eight rebounds and Koby McEwen had 12 points and 11 boards for the Golden Eagles, who had won three in a row.

No. 19 Butler 66, Xavier 61

Sean McDermott scored 14 points, Kamar Baldwin added 11 and Jordan Tucker finished with 10 to lead a balanced attack as the Bulldogs avoided an upset with a win over the Musketeers in Indianapolis.

Butler (19-6, 7-5 Big East) shot 47.2 percent (25 of 53) from the field, including 38.1 percent on 3-point attempts (8 of 21), but endured several cold spells while improving to 12-2 at Hinkle Fieldhouse.

Xavier (16-9, 5-7) outscored Butler 38-34 in the second half, with Naji Marshall finishing with a game-high 20 points to go with seven assists and seven rebounds. Tyrique Jones had a double-double with 19 points and 10 boards.

No. 20 Houston 62, South Florida 58

Quentin Grimes scored 22 points, and DeJon Jarreau came up with a critical tip-in in the closing seconds, leading the Cougars to a win over the Bulls in Tampa.

Houston (20-5, 10-2 American Athletic Conference) stayed in first place in the league with its third straight win and eighth victory in the past nine games. The Cougars outscored the Bulls 17-2 in second-chance points but had to fight off a comeback attempt late in the second half.

Laquincy Rideau's 21 points led South Florida (11-13, 4-7), which saw its three-game winning streak come to an end.

--Field Level Media

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