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.

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.

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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.