No. 19 Hand Flights No. 6 Arizona First Loss, 77-73

Auburn forward Walker Kessler (13) dunks the ball against Murray State during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, December 22, 2021 in Auburn, Alabama (AP Photo / Butch Dill)

Auburn forward Walker Kessler (13) dunks the ball against Murray State during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, December 22, 2021 in Auburn, Alabama (AP Photo / Butch Dill)


John Fulkerson had 24 points and 10 rebounds, and the No.19 Tennessee dominated No.6 Arizona early and held on for a 77-73 win on Wednesday night, giving the Wildcats their first loss.

Santiago Vescovi had 15 points, Josiah-Jordan James added 12 and Justin Powell scored 11 for the Volunteers (9-2).

Bennedict Mathurin scored 14 of his 28 points in the first half. He was the only Arizona starter (11-1) to score in the first 20 minutes as Tennessee took a 34-21 lead. Kerr Kriisa scored 11 points for Arizona.

Tennessee had seven of its first 11 shots and opened with a 16-2 advantage in the first five minutes. It took the Wildcats until the first four minutes of the second half to get back into the game. Arizona had 7 of 9 shots early in the second half to reduce the Vols’ lead to 44-40.


AUBURN, Louisiana (AP) – Wendell Green Jr. and Jabari Smith both had a double-double and Auburn beat Murray State for their eighth straight victory.

Auburn (11-1) kept Murray State 28 points below its season average and topped the Racers 48-33.

Green had 13 points and a career-high 10 rebounds off the bench for the Tigers. Smith had 12 points and 10 rebounds for his third double-double of the season.

Walker Kessler led the way in Auburn’s defense with a seven-block record, giving him three straight games with at least four rejections. Kessler added 13 points and seven rebounds.

Tevin Brown scored Murray State (10-2) with 22 points on a return to his home country. The rest of the runners combined to take 11 of 41 shots from the field.


HOUSTON (AP) – Josh Carlton scored 20 points, a season record, Kyler Edwards added 14 and Houston beat Texas State.

Marcus Sasser had 13 points and Jamal Shead finished with 12 points and 10 assists for Houston (11-2).

Houston, who won 33 straight home games, topped the Bobcats 31-26 and held a 36-16 advantage in the paint.

Shelby Adams scored 10 points, Nighael Ceaser added nine and Isiah Small had eight for Texas State (9-3), who had won eight in a row.


AUSTIN, TX (AP) – Dylan Disu scored 14 points and made three blocks and Texas pulled out in the second half to defeat Alabama State.

Marcus Carr scored 13 for Texas, Andrew Jones had 12 and Timmy Allen produced 10 points, seven rebounds and four assists.

Gerald Liddell, a Longhorn alumnus who transferred to Alabama state (1-10) this season, led the Hornets with 16 points. Juan Reyna added 10.

Texas (9-2) and the state of Alabama were not to face each other until their original opponents this week experienced problems with COVID-19.

NO. 17 LSU 95, LIPSCOMB 60

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (AP) – Darius Days scored 21 points and LSU went undefeated with a win over Lipscomb.

Xavier Pinson scored a high of 17 points for the Tigers (12-0), who never dragged. Eric Gaines had a career-high 13 points, Brandon Murray and Efton Reid also had 13 and Mwani Wilkinson scored a season-high 11.

Jacob Ognacevic led the Bisons (6-8) with 12 points. Lipscomb shot 39 percent from the field and committed 22 turnovers.

Hot shots on the outside propelled LSU to a 48-24 halftime lead. The Tigers were 8 of 16 on 3 points in the opening 20 minutes. Days knocked down four 3-pointers.


LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) – Kellan Grady scored six 3-pointers and scored 23 points, a season record, Oscar Tshiebwe broke a Rupp Arena record with 28 rebounds and Kentucky used an 18-point streak -2 in the second half to eliminate Western Kentucky. .

TyTy Washington Jr. added 20 points and Jacob Toppin scored 12 as the Wildcats (9-2) routed their second consecutive substitute.

The State Hilltoppers (8-5) were added on Monday after Kentucky’s scheduled game against rival Louisville was postponed due to positive COVID-19 tests in the Cardinals’ schedule. The Wildcats beat North Carolina 98-69 on Saturday in Las Vegas.

Josh Anderson scored 18 points and Camron Justice had 13 for WKU, who had just won an 82-72 victory over Louisville.


LUBBOCK, TX (AP) – Kevin Obanor had 11 points, seven rebounds and four goalless assists, helping Texas Tech beat Eastern Washington.

Adonis Arms and Bryson Williams each had 12 points for the Red Raiders (9-2), who rebounded from their loss on Saturday to fourth-place Gonzaga. Kevin McCullar had 10 points and five assists.

The Red Raiders played without starting goaltender Terrence Shannon, who missed his second straight game with back spasms. Goalkeeper Mylik Wilson missed his third straight game with a knee problem.

Rylan Bergersen had 10 points on 3 of 15 shots for Eastern Washington (6-6), who entered the game with five players averaging in double digits.


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