After Huggins’ scary moment, No. 12 WVU beats Texas 77-62
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — After West Virginia coach Bob Huggins dropped to his knees and clutched his chest in a scary moment before halftime, Jevon Carter finished with 24 points to lead the 12th-ranked Mountaineers to a 77-62 win over Texas on Monday night.
Lamont West had 23 points, helping WVU (22-6, 10-5 Big 12) shake off a slow start and its coach’s frightening fall.
Huggins went down during a timeout just before halftime, and his players quickly came to his aid. Huggins stood, briefly massaged his chest and stayed on the sideline.
It wasn’t immediately known whether Huggins received medical attention at halftime, but he returned to coach in the second half.
ESPN’s Holly Rowe said Huggins told her at halftime that he thought his defibrillator went off. A West Virginia basketball spokesman had no immediate comment.
Jarrett Allen led Texas (10-18, 4-11) with 17 points.
Brown’s 35 points lead Baylor over Texas in key Big 12 win
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Kalani Brown scored 35 points and No. 4 Baylor took a huge step toward another Big 12 title Monday night with a tough 70-67 win over No. 6 Texas.
Baylor trailed most of the way, but stayed close as Brown took the game on her shoulders. Her five straight points in the fourth quarter keyed a 9-0 Baylor run that opened up 65-56 lead.
The Lady Bears played most of the game without senior guard and scoring leader Alexis Jones, who left with a knee problem early in the first half. The Lady Bears didn’t make a 3-pointer the entire game but dominated inside, outscoring Texas 36-20 in the paint.
The win gives Baylor (26-2, 15-1) a one-game lead over Texas in the Big 12 with two games left for both teams Texas (21-6, 14-2) closed within three points three times in the final 35 seconds, but Brooke McCarty’s 3-pointer after a Baylor turnover bounced off the rim just before the final buzzer.
IOWA ST-TEXAS TECH
Morris, Thomas lead Iowa St past Texas Tech, 82-80 in OT
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Behind 23 points from Monte Morris and 20 from Matt Thomas, Iowa State picked up an 82-80 overtime win against Texas Tech on Monday night.
Naz Mitrou-Long added 16 points for Iowa State (18-9, 10-5 Big 12), which was held without a field goal for the final four-plus minutes of overtime.
Texas Tech (17-11, 5-10) was led by 17 points from Niem Stevenson and 16 points apiece from Justin Gray and Zach Smith.
Donovan Jackson hit two free throws to give Iowa State the lead, 79-78, for good with 1:55 left in overtime. Matt Thomas made two more foul shots and Morris added a third to make it 82-78 with 17 seconds to go. Keenan Evans made a layup seven seconds later to pull Texas Tech within two and the Red Raiders fouled Nick Weiler-Babb, who missed both free throws, with 6.7 second remaining. Smith rebounded the second miss but Texas Tech didn’t get off a shot; Devon Thomas hit a 3, but it came just after the buzzer.
McCloud propels Texas Southern past MVSU 92-61
HOUSTON (AP) — Jalan McCloud sank six 3-pointers and scored 25 points, both career highs, to propel Texas Southern to a 92-61 win over Mississippi Valley State on Monday night.
Demontrae Jefferson added 17 points for Texas Southern (16-11, 12-2 Southwestern Athletic Conference), Stephan Bennet scored 15 and Zach Lofton had 14 with seven assists. The Tigers shot 53 percent from the field, including 10 for 20 from long range, to remain atop the conference standings — a half-game ahead of Alcorn State.
Texas Southern needed an 8-2 burst at the end of the first half to edge back on top and take a 36-35 advantage into the break. McCloud drained a 3 to open the final period, sparking a 10-3 run, and the Tigers continued to pull away, outscoring MVSU 56-26 over the last 20 minutes.
Marcus Romain led MVSU (4-24, 4-11) with 21 points, Rashaan Surles added 17 and Jamal Watson grabbed 12 rebounds.
ARK-PINE BLUFF-PRAIRIE VIEW
Hamilton, Bellinger lead PVAMU past UAPB, 73-55
HOUSTON (AP) — Zachary Hamilton and Tevin Bellinger scored 23 points apiece and Prairie View A&M overcame a poor-shooting night to beat Arkansas-Pine Bluff 73-55 on Monday.
Bellinger has scored in double figures in 14 consecutive games. Hamilton hit 10 of 11 free throws, made three 3-pointers and grabbed nine rebounds.
A 3 by Ghiavonni Robinson with 13:13 remaining put UAPB up 45-44 but the Golden Lions made just 2 of 11 from the field from there as Prairie View (10-18, 7-7 Southwestern Conference) pulled away. The Panthers scored seven of the next nine points — all of which were free throws — and led the rest of the way. Marquise Cunningham’s jumper with 7:47 left pulled Pine Bluff within five, but PVAMU made six of nine second-half field goals during an 18-5 game-closing run.
Deshon Bayless led UAPB (7-22, 6-9) with 15 points.
Prairie View shot just 38 percent from the field, while the Golden Lions made 43 percent, but scored 25 points off 22 UAPB turnovers and hit a season-high tying 26 free throws on 38 attempts.
The Panthers are in a three-way tie with Grambling and Jackson State for fourth in the conference standings. The top-four seeds host a first-round game in the SWAC Tournament on March 7.
TEXAS STATE-GEORGIA ST
Georgia State pulls away from Texas State in 67-51 win
ATLANTA (AP) — D’Marcus Simonds scored 18 points, Jeremy Hollowell added 16 more and hot-shooting Georgia State snapped a three-game skid with a 67-51 win over Texas State on Monday night.
Devin Mitchell contributed 14 points, including three 3-pointers, for the Panthers, who pulled away in the second half behind 69.2-percent shooting and finished 27 of 48 (56 percent) from the field overall.
Georgia State (17-10, 10-5 Sun Belt Conference) broke it open in the second half with a 15-3 run capped with back-to-back 3-pointers from Mitchell to make it 51-37 with about 10 minutes to play.
Texas State quickly cut the deficit back to eight with three consecutive buckets but Malik Benlevi dropped in a layup at the other end to spark a 7-0 spurt that stretched the lead to 58-43 and the Panthers led by double figures the rest of the way.
Nijal Pearson led Texas State (15-11, 8-6) with 17 points, Kavin Gilder-Tilbury had 12 and Ojai Black 10.
The Bobcats fell 1½ games behind Georgia State, which is tied with Georgia Southern for third, in the conference standings. The top four teams earn a first-round bye in the Sun Belt Conference Tournament.
Hervey, UTA beat Georgia Southern for 7th straight win
STATESBORO, Ga. (AP) — Kevin Hervey tied a career high with five 3-pointers and had his 11th double-double of the season, Jorge Bilbao scored 16 points with eight boards and Texas-Arlington used a late run to pull away for an 81-71 win over Georgia Southern on Monday night.
Hervey had a career-high 26 points with 13 rebounds and Erick Neal added 11 points and four assists for UTA (21-6, 11-3 Sun Belt), which won its seventh straight and maintained sole possession of first place in the conference standings.
Ike Smith’s jumper for Georgia Southern (17-11, 10-5) made it 65-all with 6:42 to play, but the Eagles committed two turnovers and went 0 for 4 from the field over the next 5:58. Bilbao made a layup and then two free throws before Drew Charles and Hervey hit back-to-back 3-pointers to make it 75-65 about three minutes later. After Tookie Brown hit three free throws for Georgia Southern with 2:39 to play, Hervey answered with another 3 and the Mavericks held on from there.
Smith led Georgia Southern with 27 points on 10-of-17 shooting, including four 3-pointers. Brown scored 15 and Devonte Brown hit all four of his 3-point shots and added 12 points.
UTA outrebounded the Eagles 42-23 and outscored them 32-16 in the paint.
Georgia Southern has lost 3 of 4 and is tied with Georgia State for third in the Sun Belt.
T25-COLLEGE BKB POLL
Gonzaga, Villanova, Kansas stay 1-2-3 in AP poll
UNDATED (AP) – For the third straight week, Gonzaga, Villanova and Kansas are the top three teams in The Associated Press college basketball poll.
It is the fourth week at No. 1 for Gonzaga (28-0), the only unbeaten team in Division I. The Zags received 59 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel on Monday.
Villanova (26-2) received five first-place votes and Kansas (24-3), which beat West Virginia and Baylor last week, got the other No. 1 vote.
The three teams from the Pac-12 — Arizona, UCLA and Oregon — are fourth through sixth. Louisville is seventh, followed by North Carolina, Baylor and Duke.
Baylor, which lost to Texas Tech and Kansas, dropped five places from fourth.
Wichita State makes its first Top 25 appearance since last season. The Shockers replace South Carolina, which fell out after a five-week run in the poll.
T25-WOMEN’S BKB POLL
UConn still No. 1 while Temple enters AP women’s hoops poll
NEW YORK (AP) — UConn survived one of the toughest tests of its winning streak to remain No. 1 in The Associated Press women’s basketball poll.
The Huskies narrowly edged Tulane on Saturday, five days after beating No. 6 South Carolina for their 100th consecutive victory. Next up for UConn on Wednesday is Temple, which earned its first ranking since March 13, 2006, entering the poll Monday at No. 23.
Maryland, Mississippi State, Baylor and Notre Dame follow UConn.
It was a rough week for the Top 25 as a dozen ranked teams suffered at least one loss.
Temple entered the poll for the first time in 11 years after getting its first true road victory over a ranked opponent in a decade when the Owls beat then-No. 22 South Florida on Sunday.
The Bulls, Texas A&M and Kansas State all fell out of the poll while Kentucky entered at No. 22 and Missouri at 24.
DAVEY O’BRIEN AWARD-WATSON
Deshaun Watson plans to fully participate in NFL combine
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — National championship quarterback Deshaun Watson plans to participate in every aspect of the NFL’s scouting combine.
Watson said Monday before the Davey O’Brien Award presentation that he will do everything he’s asked to do at the combine, which begins next week in Indianapolis. That will include throwing and running before his pro day prior to the NFL draft in April.
Six weeks after his last-second touchdown pass pushed Clemson past Alabama in the College Football Playoff title game, Watson picked up his second consecutive O’Brien trophy as the nation’s top quarterback. He is the first repeat winner of the O’Brien since Oklahoma’s Jason White in 2003 and 2004.
Watson also won the Manning, Johnny Unitas and Bobby Bowden awards, and was a Heisman Trophy finalist after throwing for 4,593 yards and 41 touchdowns.