Sophomore Danny Manning scored 22 points to lead seventh-ranked Kansas to an 83-66 victory over ninth-ranked Kentucky last night in Lawrence, Kan., in a matchup between two of the winningest programs in college basketball history.
It was Kansas' first victory over Kentucky since 1973 and only the Jayhawks' second win over the Wildcats in 18 games.
Kenny Walker, Kentucky's acclaimed 6-foot-8 senior forward, left the game early in the second half with what appeared to be an eye injury. He returned to the bench after being treated in the dressing room but did not re-enter the game.
Kansas (8-1) bolted to a 14-1 lead in the first half, but Kentucky (5-1) came back behind Walker and Ed Davender and trailed by only eight at halftime, 42-34.
Manning, a 6-11 forward, got the first basket of the second half, then stole a Kentucky pass and fed Cedric Hunter for another basket and a 46-34 lead.
Walker had 12 points when he left the game with 16:48 left in the second half and the Jayhawks never allowed the visitors from the Southeastern Conference to get closer than 15 points.
Ron Kellogg scored 17 points and Calvin Thompson 16 for Kansas. James Blackmon, Winston Bennett and Walker had 12 each for Kentucky. North Carolina 99, Ohio 57
Senior Brad Daugherty scored 17 points and freshman Jeff Lebo 11 as the top-ranked Tar Heels overcame a sluggish start to defeat the visiting Bobcats in Chapel Hill.
North Carolina (7-0) was troubled by Ohio's trapping defense early, holding no more than a five-point lead in the first 13 minutes. But in the final seven minutes of the first half, the Tar Heels outscored the Bobcats, 19-3, to take a 40-23 lead at intermission.
Robert Tatum led Ohio (5-2) with 13 points. Michigan 74, Western Michigan 54
Roy Tarpley scored 18 points and Gary Grant 16 as No. 2 Michigan took control early in the second half and defeated visiting Western Michigan in Ann Arbor.
Grant was the key factor in a 22-6 second-half run that broke open the game. The sophomore guard had 12 points during an eight-minute span that ended with the Wolverines (9-0) ahead, 58-40.
Grant played only four minutes in the first half as Michigan Coach Bill Frieder put his starter on the bench after he missed an attempt at an acrobatic reverse dunk.
Unlike Michigan's last five opponents, the Broncos (5-4) managed to keep things close in the first half.
The teams were tied at 16 with 9:39 remaining before the Wolverines pulled ahead to lead, 32-26, at the half. Syracuse 102, Brooklyn 61
Sparked by 15 points apiece from freshman guard Sherman Douglas and senior Rafael Addison, fourth-ranked Syracuse won easily over visiting Brooklyn College.
Addison moved into fourth place in career scoring at Syracuse, his 1,508 points putting him ahead of Dale Shackleford, Rudy Hackett and Dennis DuVal.
Syracuse's Dwayne (Pearl) Washington, a junior, joined the career 1,000-point club in 26th place on the school's all-time list, scoring 13 points for a career total of 1,001.
The undefeated Orangemen ran off their sixth straight victory, dropping Brooklyn to 2-5. Oklahoma 93, Texas 92
Tim McCalister made two free throws with one second remaining in overtime as the eighth-ranked Sooners beat the visiting Longhorns.
The clutch free throws came after a key play by Oklahoma point guard Linwood Davis, of Theodore Roosevelt High in Washington.
Davis tipped the ball away from Texas guard Wayne Thomas, broke downcourt and took a pass from Darryl Kennedy for a layup that gave the Sooners (8-0) a 91-90 lead with 23 seconds remaining.
After Anthony Bowie and David Johnson blocked consecutive Texas shots at the other end, McCalister was fouled and made both shots, making Patrick Fairs' long jump shot for Texas (3-3) at the buzzer academic.
Texas center John Brownlee scored a career-high 34 points. Illinois 102, Houston 92
Center Ken Norman scored 24 points to help the 10th-ranked Illini (6-2) extend their homecourt winning streak to 29 games.
Illinois guard Bruce Douglas had 15 assists, breaking his school record of 13.
Houston (3-3) was led by Alvin Franklin with 26 points.
The Illini built an 11-point halftime lead into a 21-point margin with five minutes to go. But Houston reduced the margin after Illinois Coach Lou Henson lifted his starters. Memphis State 119, South Carolina State 73
Senior point guard Andre Turner scored 20 points and forward Baskerville Holmes 15 as 12th-ranked Memphis State (7-0) won easily at home.
Coach Dana Kirk pulled his starters midway through the first half with the Tigers leading, 28-11. But the reserves, led by freshman Rodney Douglas with 14 points, continued the romp over the Bulldogs (3-3). Nevada-Las Vegas 74, Nevada-Reno 52
Junior forward Armon Gilliam scored 16 points to lead the 13th-ranked Runnin' Rebels over the Wolf Pack in Reno.
UNLV (6-1) broke open a tight game early in the second half and made it a runaway by limiting Nevada-Reno (1-6) to one field goal in the final 7:50.
Senior swingman Anthony Jones, from Dunbar High in Washington, scored 10 of his 14 points in the first half to help UNLV take a 34-26 lead. St. John's 69, UCLA 65
Walter Berry scored 16 of his 23 points in the second half as the 14th-ranked Redmen held off the Bruins in a nationally televised game at Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles.
St. John's improved to 7-1. Freshman guard Jerome (Pooh) Richardson led UCLA (3-2) with 15 points and guard Montel Hatcher had 14. Louisville 73, Western Kentucky 70
Forward Herbert Crook scored 20 points and Milt Wagner hit four clutch free throws in the final 11 seconds as the No. 15 Cardinals came from behind to win at home.
Louisville (5-2) took the lead for good at 63-62 with 3:16 left in the game when Crook hit two free throws. Western Kentucky (7-1) stayed close in the final minutes until Wagner put the Cardinals ahead, 69-66, with 18 seconds left on two free throws. Indiana 74, Texas Tech 59
Daryl Thomas scored a career-high 29 points and Steve Alford, held scoreless in the first half, hit five straight baskets early in the second period and scored 10 points to help the 18th-ranked Hoosiers (5-1) pull away from the Red Raiders (4-4) in the championship game of the annual Indiana Classic in Bloomington.
Willie Bland scored 23 points and Wayne Smith 20, including 14 in the second half, as Louisiana Tech defeated Alcorn State, 82-73, for third place. Arkansas 79, Ohio State 70
William Mills made a free throw after time had expired to send the game into overtime and then scored five more points as Arkansas defeated 20th-ranked Ohio State in Pine Bluff, Ark.
Mills finished with 28 points and 12 rebounds. Dennis Hopson led Ohio State (5-1) with 31 points. Temple 81, Villanova 73
Eddie Coe scored a career-high 29 points and had 12 rebounds and Temple fought off several Villanova rallies to defeat the Wildcats at the Spectrum in Philadelphia.
Nate Blackwell had a career-high 23 points for Temple (5-1). Harold Pressley scored 26 for defending national champion Villanova (6-3). West Virginia 74, Pittsburgh 63 Senior Renardo Brown scored 18 points and Dale Blaney 17 as the Mountaineers won at home.
Freshman Darryl Prue of Dunbar High in Washington scored 15 points and had 10 rebounds for West Virginia (4-4). Pitt fell to 5-2. Clemson 87, Bethune-Cookman 60
Grayson Marshall of Temple Hills, Md., and fellow guard Larry Middleton scored 16 points each to lead the unbeaten Tigers at home.
It was the seventh straight victory for the Atlantic Coast Conference team. Bethune-Cookman, of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, dropped to 0-7. Virginia Tech 59, VCU 57
George Caesar's layup with 3:31 to play completed a rally that gave Virginia Tech its first lead of the game and the Hokies (7-1) went on to beat the Rams (1-4) in Richmond.