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College roundup: Johnson helps Kansas avoid upset

Kansas guard Elijah Johnson scored a career-high 39 points against Iowa State.

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Kansas guard Elijah Johnson scored a career-high 39 points against Iowa State.

Elijah Johnson scored a career-high 39 points — 12 in overtime — and No. 6 Kansas rallied to beat Iowa State, 108-96, Monday night in Ames, Iowa, for coach Bill Self’s 500th career win.

Travis Releford added 19 points for the Jayhawks (24-4, 12-3 Big 12), who snapped Iowa State’s 22-game home winning streak and kept pace with No. 13 Kansas State atop the conference.

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Johnson made two free throws with 4.9 seconds left in regulation to tie the score at 90. He and Releford made 3-pointers to put Kansas ahead, 100-92, with 2:03 left in OT, and Johnson drilled a 30-footer with 54 seconds left.

Korie Lucious scored 23 points and Tyrus McGee had 22 for the Cyclones (19-9, 9-6), who dropped their third overtime game in Big 12 play — and their second straight at the hands of the Jayhawks.

Marquette 74, Syracuse 71 — Davante Gardner scored a career-high 26 points and the No. 22 Golden Eagles (20-7, 11-4 Big East) beat the No. 12 Orange (22-6, 10-5) in Milwaukee.

Kansas State 75, Texas Tech 55 — Thomas Gipson scored 20 points, Angel Rodriguez added 16, and the No. 13 Wildcats (23-5, 12-3 Big 12) beat the Red Raiders in Manhattan, Kan., reaching the 12-victory mark in conference play for the first time in 40 years.

Bryant 84, Sacred Heart 68 — Dynami Sparks scored 25 points and Frankie Dobbs and Alex Francis added double-doubles as the host Bulldogs (18-9, 11-5 Northeast Conference) avenged an earlier loss, beating the Pioneers (9-18, 7-9) in Smithfield, R.I.

Central Conn. 67, Quinnipiac 65 — Kyle Vinales hit a 3-pointer with six seconds left to lift the host Blue Devils (12-15, 8-8 Northeast Conference).

Women’s basketball

Baylor 86, Oklahoma 64 — In Norman, Okla., Brittney Griner scored 15 points, tied her season-high with 15 rebounds, and blocked 7 shots to lead top-ranked Baylor (27-1, 16-0 Big 12) to its 25th straight victory.

Men’s hockey

Holy Cross 4, Sacred Heart 2 — Adam Schmidt and Shayne Stockton had a goal and an assist apiece as the Crusaders (17-12-3, 13-9-3 Atlantic Hockey) rallied from a 2-0 deficit to beat the Pioneers (2-27-3, 2-20-3) at the Hart Center in Worcester.

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Riding a 19-game winning streak, the Amherst men’s basketball squad headlines the New England contingent that is part of the 62-team field in the NCAA Division 3 tournament.

The Lord Jeffs (25-2), who repeated as NESCAC champions with a 74-73 win over archrival Williams on Sunday, received a bye into the second round (March 9) and will play the winner of Saturday’s Husson-Plattsburgh State matchup.

WPI (25-2), which captured the NEWMAC title with a 79-72 overtime win over Springfield Sunday, will host SUNY-Purchase (22-5) on Saturday night, while Commonwealth Coast Conference champion Curry (21-7) travels to Middlebury (22-3), which received an at-large berth. MIT (20-5), which fell in the NEWMAC semis to Springfield, hits the road to face St. Mary’s of Maryland (24-3).

In the 64-team women’s field, Tufts will host a first-round doubleheader on Friday night, with the Jumbos (23-2) taking on St. Lawrence (19-8), and four-time defending NEWMAC champion Babson (25-2) facing New Paltz State (24-3).

In Amherst, the 26-1 Jeffs will host Farmingdale State (12-12), the Skyline Conference champion, Friday at 7, following a matchup between Bridgewater State (23-3) and the University of New England (24-4). Great Northeast champion Emmanuel (23-5) plays at Rochester (19-6), which received an at-large berth.

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