Texas Tech takes down No. 2 West Virginia

zLUBBOCK, TX - JANUARY 13: Brandone Francis #1 of the Texas Tech Red Raiders and Josh Webster #3 of the Texas Tech Red Raiders celebrate at a timeout during the game against the West Virginia Mountaineers on January 13, 2018 at United Supermarket Arena in Lubbock, Texas. (Photo by John Weast/Getty Images)
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Brandone Francis and his Texas Tech teammates had reason to celebrate following their victory over second-ranked West Virginia.

Keenan Evans scored 20 points, Brandone Francis had a career-high 17, and No. 8 Texas Tech won the first-ever top-10 matchup on its home court in Lubbock, beating second-ranked West Virginia, 72-71.

Evans hit a lean-in jumper to give the Red Raiders (15-2, 4-1 Big 12) a 4-point lead in the final minute and send the first sellout crowd of the season into a frenzy. The Mountaineers had their nation-leading 15-game winning streak stopped.

Jevon Carter scored 28 points for West Virginia.


Esa Ahmad added 18 in his season debut following an NCAA academic suspension.

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Freshman Zhaire Smith’s alley-oop dunk sparked a 12-2 run to help the Red Raiders wipe out an 11-point deficit in the second half. Smith had 9 points and eight rebounds.

Francis, a junior transfer from Florida whose only previous double-digit game was 10 in a 34-point blowout over Savannah State, hit two go-ahead jumpers in the closing minutes. The Red Raiders shot 58 percent in the second half while holding the Mountaineers to 33 percent.

There were three lead changes and three ties late in the second half before Niem Stevenson hit two free throws to put the Red Raiders in front for good with 2:07 remaining.

It was the first time Texas Tech won a top-10 matchup. Two of the three in school history were this week, starting with a 75-65 loss to No. 9 Oklahoma on Tuesday.


Villanova 78, St. John's 71 — Donte DiVincenzo hit six 3-pointers and scored 25 points as the top-ranked Wildcats (16-1, 4-1 Big East) held off the upset-minded Red Storm (10-8, 0-6) in New York.

Shammorie Ponds scored a career-high 37 points for St. John’s, which was bidding to beat a No. 1 team for the first time in 33 years.

Michigan 82, Michigan St. 72 — Moritz Wagner scored a career-high 27 points and Zavier Simpson added 16 to lift the Wolverines (15-4, 4-2 Big Ten) past the No. 4 Spartans (16-3, 4-2) in East Lansing, Mich.

Michigan State is struggling, losing two of three games with an overtime win over Rutgers in between the setbacks. The Spartans have also lost two straight to their rivals.

Simpson made a go-ahead layup with 14:28 left, the 13th lead change in an intense game with 11 ties. He helped the Wolverines pull away in the final minutes with enough free throws to keep a cushion.


Michigan’s Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman scored 13 points and Charles Matthews added 10.

Michigan State’s Miles Bridges had 19 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, and 2 steals.

Jaren Jackson had 19 points and six blocks, limited by foul trouble for the Spartans.

Oklahoma 102, TCU 97 — Trae Young scored 29 of his 43 points after halftime, leading the No. 9 Sooners (14-2, 4-1 Big 12) to an overtime victory over the 16th-ranked Horned Frogs (13-4, 1-4) in Norman, Okla.

Young, a freshman who leads the nation in scoring and assists, matched a season scoring high and also had 11 rebounds and seven assists. He made 10 3-pointers, one short of the school record of 11 set by Brent Price against Loyola Marymount in 1990. He pushed his season scoring average to 30.1 points per game.

Brady Manek added 22 points Oklahoma, which made a school-record 19 3-pointers.

Jaylen Fisher had a career-high 22 points and Vladimir Brodziansky added 21 for TCU, which lost its second overtime game of the week. TCU lost to Texas in double-overtime on Wednesday after Fisher missed what would have been the go-ahead layup in the closing seconds.

Xavier 92, Creighton 70 — Trevon Bluiett scored 24 points as the No. 10 Musketeers (16-3, 4-2 Big East) recovered from back-to-back road losses by routing the No. 25 Bluejays (14-3, 4-2) in Cincinnati.

Chris Mack got his 202nd win as Xavier coach, tying Pete Gillen for the school record.

Arizona St. 77, Oregon St. 75 — Shannon Evans scored 7 of his 22 points in a late 10-0 run as the No. 11 Sun Devils (14-3, 2-3 Pac-12) edged the Beavers (10-7, 2-3) in Tempe, Ariz.

Stephen Thompson Jr. scored 21 for Oregon State.

Kansas 73, Kansas State 72 — Devonte Graham had 23 points, Malik Newman hit the go-ahead foul shots with 15 seconds left, and the No. 12 Jayhawks (14-3, 4-1 Big 12) held on to beat the Wildcats (12-5, 2-3) in Lawrence, Kan.

Udoka Azubuike added 18 points and eight rebounds for Kansas, which beat its Interstate 70 rival for the sixth straight time and 12th in a row at Allen Fieldhouse.

Dean Wade had 22 points to lead Kansas State.

Seton Hall 74, Georgetown 61 — Desi Rodriguez and Myles Powell each scored 19 points to lead the No. 13 Pirates (15-3, 4-1 Big East) over the Hoyas (12-5, 2-4) in Newark.

Seton Hall, which remained undefeated at home (11-0), received 11 points and 13 rebounds from Angel Delgado. Marcus Derrickson had 18 points for Georgetown.

Northeastern 81, UNC Wilmington 77 — Tomas Murphy scored 17 points and Shawn Occeus had 15 to lead the Huskies (11-7) over the Seahawks (5-13) in Wilmington, N.C.

Jaylen Fornes scored 24 points to lead UNCW.

UConn 67, Tulane 57 — Jalen Adams scored 20 of his 25 points in the second half as the Huskies (10-2, 3-2 American) beat the Green Wave (11-6, 2-3) in New Orleans. Melvin Frazier led Tulane with 16 points.

Women’s basketball

UConn 95, Houston 35 — Azura Stevens had 19 points and 10 rebounds off the bench as the top-ranked Huskies (15-0, 5-0 American) routed the Cougars (14-5, 3-2) in Houston.

Katie Lou Samuelson and Kia Nurse each scored 17 points and Crystal Dangerfield chipped in 11 for UConn, which forced Houston into 28 turnovers. The Cougars shot a season-low 20 percent.

UConn, which has won 145 straight over unranked opponents, outscored Houston, 23-4, in the first quarter en route to a 45-13 halftime lead.

Jasmyne Harris led Houston with 15 points.

St. Joseph’s 84, UMass 79 — Chelsea Woods and Alyssa Monaghan each had 19 points to lead the Hawks (9-8, 4-1 Atlantic 10) past the Minutewomen (8-9, 0-4) in Amherst.

Bre Hampton-Bey scored 26 points and Hailey Leidel added 16 for UMass.

Men’s hockey

Northeastern 5, Maine 3 — The 10th-ranked Huskies (14-5-3, 10-3-1 Hockey East) completed a weekend sweep of the No. 20 Black Bears (11-9-2, 5-6-1) at Matthews Arena.

Grant Jozefek, Eric Williams, Dylan Sykura, Brandon Hawkins, and Nolan Stevens each scored Northeastern. Mitchell Fossier, Alexis Binner, and Nolan Vesey scored for Maine.

Providence 2, BU 2 — Bobo Carpenter scored twice for the host Terriers (9-11-2, 7-7-2 Hockey East) in their tie with the 11th-ranked Friars (15-7-2, 8-4-2).

Josh Wilkins and Erik Foley scored for Providence, which got 31 saves from Hayden Hawkey. Jake Oettinger made 19 stops for BU.

Harvard 2, Quinnipiac 2 — Ryan Donato scored at 16:33 of the third period as the Crimson (8-6-3, 7-3-2 ECAC) salvaged a tie with the visiting Bobcats (8-12-3, 4-7-2).

Chase Priskie had a goal and added an assist on Bo Pieper’s goal for Quinnipiac. Jack Badini scored Harvard’s other goal.

Women’s hockey

BC 5, Northeastern 4 — Toni Ann Miano scored four goals, including the winner 28 seconds into overtime as the No. 2 Eagles (19-2-3, 13-1-3 WHEA) defeated the Huskies (12-10-2, 8-7-1) at Matthews Arena.

Shelby Herrington had two goals for Northeastern. McKenna Brand had three assists.

Colgate 3, Harvard 2 — Shelby Perry had a goal and two assists, Malia Schneider and Lauren Wildfang each had a goal, and the fourth-ranked Red Raiders (18-3-1, 6-4-1 ECAC) beat the Crimson (8-6-1, 6-4-1) in Hamilton, N.Y.

Kat Hughes and Brooke Jovanovich had goals for Harvard, each assisted by Becca Gilmore.

Providence 6, BU 3 — Maureen Murphy scored a hat trick to lead the No. 7 Friars (14-6-5, 10-2-3 Hockey East) past the Terriers (8-13-4, 4-10-3) in Providence.

Victoria Bach, Rebecca Leslie, and Natasza Tarnowski each scored goals for the Terriers, who had beaten the Friars, 5-1, on Friday at Walter Brown Arena.