Freddie Banks scored ninth-ranked Nevada-Las Vegas' last seven points in a 67-66 victory over third-ranked Memphis State yesterday in Las Vegas. He finished with 26 points.
The game had been tied at 60, then the Tigers pulled ahead briefly at 66-65. After Banks ended the scoring at 1:09, he missed a foul shot with 23 seconds left. Memphis State called time, set a play, but couldn't get a shot. After another timeout, Andre Turner, the Tigers' point guard, lost the ball at the buzzer.
"I told the guys to play Turner tough," said Coach Jerry Tarkanian. "He's a good shooter and I told the guys to double-team him . . . We didn't want him to even get the in-bounds pass."
He didn't, really. The ball hit off his hands and rolled away.
"I mishandled it," he said.
Memphis State lacked its leading scorer and rebounder, 7-foot William Bedford. He was sitting out the first of a two-game NCAA suspension for using a booster's car. His various replacements totaled four points and nine rebounds.
The crowd of 18,832 was a record for Thomas and Mack Center. UNLV (23-2) has won 14 straight. The Tigers are 21-2. Iowa State 73, Oklahoma 70
Jeff Grayer scored 21 points to lead the upset of the fifth-ranked Sooners. The Cyclones (14-7 and 5-3 in the Big Eight) have won 14 straight in Ames, Iowa.
Oklahoma (21-2 and 6-2) fell behind by 12 points early in the second half but pulled ahead with five minutes left. Kansas 85, Oklahoma State 69
In Stillwater, Okla., Ron Kellogg and Cedric Hunter each scored 18 points for the sixth-ranked Jayhawks.
After Oklahoma State took an 8-6 lead on Melvin Gilliam's jumper, Hunter led an 11-2 spurt that put the Jayhawks ahead to stay.
Forty-two fouls were called, including two technicals, and four players fouled out. Most of the players scuffled briefly in the first half.
Kansas (22-3 overall) took first place in the Big Eight at 7-1. Notre Dame 85, Syracuse 81
Eighth-ranked Syracuse had won 14 straight at home, but Donald Royal scored 11 of his 20 points on second-half foul shots to win for 14th-ranked Notre Dame.
The Irish (16-4) outrebounded their opponents only 35-34, but got the ones they needed. They made 41 of 48 foul shots, including 18 straight in the second half.
Syracuse is 18-3. Its No. 3 all-time scorer, Rafael Addison, was scoreless for the first time in his college career. Illinois 83, Michigan 79
Ken Norman scored five points in overtime and Tony Wysinger four to lead the upset. Seventh-ranked Michigan (20-3 overall and 8-3 in the Big Ten) has lost seven straight in Champaign, Ill. Norman finished with 22 points. Ohio State 73, Wisconsin 71
In Columbus, Ohio, center Keith Wesson had career-highs of 19 points and 10 rebounds for Ohio State.
Wisconsin's Rick Olson, who led all scorers with 23 points, missed a 22-footer at the buzzer.
Ohio State is 12-9 overall and 6-5 in the Big Ten. Wisconsin is 10-11 and 2-9. North Carolina 91, Wake Forest 62
In Chapel Hill, N.C., Brad Daugherty scored 20 points, Warren Martin 17 and Joe Wolf 16 as top-ranked North Carolina (24-1) opened with its three-guard lineup, then switched to its tall men.
The Tar Heels led by 33 points in extending their Atlantic Coast Conference-leading record to 8-1.
The Demon Deacons are 7-16 and 0-11. Only 5-3 Tyrone Bogues, who finished with a school-record 16 assists, kept them in the game early. North Carolina State 76, Louisville 64
In Raleigh, N.C., Chris Washburn scored a career-high 27 points for North Carolina State (16-6), which trailed only at 2-0.
Louisville, ranked 16th, lost the ball 11 times in the first half. Kentucky 62, Mississippi 58
Kenny Walker scored 15 points to let 12th-ranked Kentucky escape Oxford, Miss., with its 10th straight SEC victory.
Kentucky used a 13-0 run late in the first half to rally from a 22-16 deficit. Walker had five points in the run.
Kentucky is 20-3 overall and leads the SEC at 11-1. Mississippi fell to 10-11 overall and 3-9 in the conference.
Ole Miss trailed, 58-54, with 40 seconds to play, but Roger Harden and Ed Davender of Kentucky each made two foul shots. St. John's 87, Boston College 75
Willie Glass' career-high 24 points enabled St. John's to win in New York, although Walter Berry didn't play after twisting an ankle late in the first half.
Berry left with seven points and five rebounds. He is the seventh leading scorer in the nation at 23.9 and fifth leading rebounder at 11.5. He is expected to play Monday night against Georgetown.
The Redmen are 22-3 overall and 9-3 in the Big East. St. Joseph's 65, Temple 63
Maurice Martin scored 26 points as St. Joseph's beat Big Five rival Temple in Philadelphia.
The lead changed eight times in the second half, until Rodney Blake put St. Joseph's ahead for good, 64-63.
Temple is 17-4 overall and 9-3 in the conference. St. Joseph's is 18-4 and 12-2. Duquesne 65, Penn State 55
In Pittsburgh, Rick Suder's 20 points helped Duquesne end a three-game losing streak. It took Penn State 6:35 to get a point and 10:48 to get a field goal.
Duquesne is 11-10 overall and 6-6 in the Atlantic 10. The Nittany Lions are 10-13 and 4-10. Purdue 88, Michigan State 82
In West Lafayette, Ind., freshman Melvin McCants scored 20 points to help end Purdue's four-game losing streak.
Purdue (17-7 overall and 6-5 in the Big Ten) took a 10-point lead early in the second half. The Spartans are 15-6 and 6-5. Indiana 77, Northwestern 52
Steve Alford scored 21 points in Bloomington, Ind., to help the Hoosiers tie Michigan for first place in the Big Ten at 8-3. Bradley 79, Creighton 59
In Peoria, Ill., Hersey Hawkins's 23 points enabled 13th-ranked Bradley to win its 14th in a row. Bradley is 23-1 overall and 10-0 in the Missouri Valley Conference. Creighton is 8-12 and 4-6. West Virginia 82, St. Bonaventure 61
In Morgantown, W.Va., Holman Harley scored 20 points in the rout that made the league-leading Mountaineers 18-7 overall and 13-1 in the Atlantic 10.
West Virginia never trailed after Dale Blaney's jumper provided an 8-6 lead. The Mountaineers led at the half, 45-29, and later led by 27.
St. Bonaventure is 13-9 overall and 8-5 in the league. TCU 67, Baylor 47
In Fort Worth, Norman Anderson and Jamie Dixon helped break open the game at the start of the second half.
The Horned Frogs (17-5 overall and 10-2 in the SWC) have beaten the Bears 11 straight. They are seeking their first league title in 15 years. Alabama-Birmingham 83, South Carolina 54
Jerome Mincy had 21 points and Archie Johnson 15 as Alabama-Birmingham easily won in Birmingham. The game was never close; Alabama-Birmingham led by 32 points three times. Tennessee 80, Auburn 79
Tony White's career-high 34 points included two foul shots with eight seconds left that won the game in Knoxville, Tenn.
Auburn's Chris Morris missed a 20-foot jumper with two seconds left and Frank Ford's tip-in bounced away at the buzzer. UTEP 71, Air Force 47
Dave Feitl scored 15 points to help Texas-El Paso to a 21-3 record overall and 9-2 in the WAC. ODU 54, South Alabama 52
Kenny Gattison scored Old Dominion's last nine points in Norfolk.
He gave the Monarchs a 54-48 lead with 3:19 to go, but, with 1:15 left, Darrell Faulkner got South Alabama within 54-52. The Jaguars got the ball back with 27 seconds left, but Jeff Hodge missed with two seconds left and Ricky Brown failed to tip it in at the buzzer.
Gattison finished with 18 points and nine rebounds. The Monarchs are 16-5 overall and 9-2 in the Sun Belt. The Jaguars are 14-12 and 3-7.