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No. 1 Kentucky and No. 2 Ohio State fall

From Staff And Wire Reports / December 11, 2011
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Christian Watford’s buzzer-beating 3-pointer from the left wing stood up to a replay review, giving Indiana a stunning 73-72 upset over top-ranked Kentucky yesterday at Bloomington, Ind.

Watford finished with 20 points, giving the Hoosiers their first win over a top-ranked team since taking down Duke in the 2002 NCAA Tournament. Fans stormed the court as officials looked at the replay before counting the basket.

The Hoosiers (9-0) are off to their best start since 1989-90.

Doron Lamb scored 19 points to lead the Wildcats (8-1) and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist added 18 as Kentucky’s three-game winning streak over Indiana ended.

The lead changed hands five times in the final 121 seconds.

Down 71-70, Watford missed a 15-footer with 28 seconds left. Kentucky’s Anthony Davis couldn’t seal it, missing the front end of a one-and-one.

Then, after an Indiana turnover, Lamb was fouled with 5.6 seconds to go but missed the first of two shots. After making the second, the Hoosiers rushed up the floor and Verdell Jones dumped the ball to the trailing Watford, who hit from the left wing to end it.

Kentucky committed 17 turnovers and allowed a season-high point total.

Kansas 78, Ohio State 67 - Thomas Robinson scored 21 points, Elijah Johnson added 15, and the No. 13 Jayhawks (6-2) never trailed against the second-ranked Buckeyes (8-1), who had to play without star forward Jared Sullinger (back spasms).

Freshman forward Kevin Young scored a career-best 14 points off the bench, and Tyshawn Taylor had 9 points and a career-high 13 assists for Kansas, which extended its winning streak to 47 games over nonconference opponents at Allen Fieldhouse.

William Buford had 17 of his 21 points in the second half for Ohio State, which was playing on the road for the first time this season. DeShaun Thomas added 19 points.

Syracuse 85, George Washington 50 - Dion Waiters had 19 points and six steals, both career highs, and the No. 3 Orange (10-0) cruised by the visiting Colonials.

North Carolina 84, Long Beach St. 78 - John Henson had 24 points and 10 rebounds and Harrison Barnes added 20 points to help the fourth-ranked Tar Heels (8-2) beat the visiting 49ers (4-5).

Louisville 80, Fairleigh Dickinson 58 - Gorgui Dieng had 14 points and 12 rebounds to lift the No. 5 Cardinals (9-0) over the visiting Knights (1-8).

Duke 86, Washington 80 - Freshman Austin Rivers scored 18 points and the seventh-ranked Blue Devils (9-1) overcame a 27-for-44 performance at the line to beat the Huskies (4-4) at Madison Square Garden.

Xavier 76, Cincinnati 53 - The eighth-ranked Musketeers beat the crosstown rival Bearcats (5-3) in a game that was called with 9.4 seconds left when the teams got into a brawl.

Words escalated into shoving and swings as the final seconds ticked down. Both benches cleared and coaches pulled their players away, and the referees called it.

Mark Lyons scored 19 points for Xavier (8-0).

Missouri 84, Navy 59 - Marcus Denmon scored 22 points and the No. 10 Tigers (9-0) posted their 64th straight home victory against nonconference opponents with a blowout of the visiting Midshipmen (3-8).

Marquette 79, Wis.-Green Bay 61 - In Milwaukee, Jae Crowder had 21 points and seven rebounds, and the 11th-ranked Golden Eagles (9-0) beat the Phoenix (4-6).

Wisconsin 62, UNLV 51 - Ben Brust scored a career-high 25 points off the bench to help the No. 14 Badgers (8-2) beat the visiting Rebels (9-2).

Pittsburgh 74, Oklahoma St. 68 - Ashton Gibbs scored 17 points and the No. 15 Panthers (9-1) beat the Cowboys (6-3) at Madison Square Garden.

All three of the Cowboys losses have come at Madison Square Garden.

Mississippi St. 106, Troy 68. - Dee Bost scored a season-best 28 points, Arnett Moultrie added 20 points and 12 rebounds, and the 17th-ranked Bulldogs (9-1) cruised past the visiting Trojans (4-4).

Georgetown 62, Howard 48 - The No. 18 Hoyas (8-1) jumped out to a 17-0 start in beating the Bison (3-6) in Washington. It was Georgetown’s first game this season as a ranked team.

Saint Joseph’s 80, Creighton 71 - Carl Jones scored 29 points and the Hawks (7-3) handed the newly ranked No. 19 Bluejays (7-1) the loss in Philadelphia.

Michigan 90, Oakland 80 - The No. 20 Wolverines (7-2) rolled over the Golden Grizzlies (6-4) behind Tim Hardaway Jr., who scored 18 of his 21 points in the second half.

Texas A&M 67, La.-Monroe 54 - Khris Middleton returned after missing seven games with a torn meniscus in his right knee and scored 24 points to help the No. 22 Aggies (8-1) beat the Warhawks at College Station.

Michigan St. 74, Gonzaga 67 - Draymond Green scored a career-high 34 points to help the Spartans (8-2) upset the No. 23 Bulldogs (5-2) in Spokane, Wash.

Georgia State 96, Rhode Island 64 - Devonta White scored 20 points to boost the Panthers (7-3) past the Rams (1-9) in Atlanta.

Providence 72, Bryant 61 - Sophomore guard Bryce Cotton posted a career-best 34 points as the host Friars (9-2) dropped the Bulldogs (1-9).

Brown 90, Central Conn. 80 - Sean McGonagill scored 25 of his 27 points in the second half and the Bears (5-7) upended the visiting Blue Devils (5-4).

Notre Dame 65, Dartmouth 47 - In South Bend, Ind., Jack Cooley scored 22 points and led the Fighting Irish (7-4) past the Big Green (2-6).

San Diego 77, Maine 63 - Gerald McLemore’s 23 points wasn’t enough to keep the Toreros (5-4) from overtaking the visiting Bears (3-4).

Niagara 79, Hartford 76 - Juan’ya Green scored 25 points to help the Purple Eagles (4-6) hold off the winless Hawks in West Hartford.

Brandeis 76, Amherst 61 - The host Judges (5-5) knocked off the Lord Jeffs (8-1) on the back of a career-high 23 points from Ben Bartoldus.

Bentley 73, Stonehill 66 - Sam Leclerc posted 26 points and 11 rebounds in 46 minutes, and the visiting Falcons (7-2, 4-2 NE-10) pulled out a double-overtime win against the Skyhawks (6-1, 5-1).

Franklin Pierce 86, UMass-Lowell 80 - Eric Jean-Guiilaume poured in a game-high 27 points to lead the Ravens (9-2, 5-2 NE-10) past the host River Hawks (6-4, 3-4).

MIT 60, Tufts 56 - Junior guard Mitchell Kates had a layup, a steal, and two free throws in the final 21 seconds to give the visiting Engineers (11-0) the win over the Jumbos (6-3).

Johnson & Wales 87, Emerson 82 - An outstanding performance from Nathan Firn (39 points, 8 rebounds) wasn’t enough to lift the Lions (1-8, 1-2 GNAC) past the Wildcats (2-6, 1-2), and visiting Emerson lost in overtime.

Emmanuel 64, Norwich 41 - Theo Robinson had 10 points and tied a school record with 19 boards as the Saints (4-4, 3-0 GNAC) topped the host Cadets (1-7, 0-2).

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