Luke Harangody scored 22 points and Tory Jackson added 21 -- both career highs -- to lead Notre Dame to an 85-73 victory over No. 16 Marquette yesterday.
The Irish trailed by as many as 13 points midway through the first half, but used an 11-0 run late to take a 42-36 halftime lead. Marquette cut the lead to 42-40 early in the first half, but Colin Falls hit a three and scored on a rebound to extend the lead to seven points.
The Golden Eagles cut the lead to 54-50 when Wesley Matthews scored on a fast break with 14 minutes 8 seconds left. But Luke Zeller hit a three for the Irish and Marquette never got closer than seven points.
The Irish (22-6, 10-5), who finished the season unbeaten at home and beat a ranked team for the fourth time this season, can clinch a bye in the first round of the Big East tournament with a win at Rutgers on March 3. The Golden Eagles (22-8, 9-6) have lost four of their last five.
Harangody also matched his career high with 13 rebounds. Colin Falls added 14 points, including four three-pointers.
Wesley Matthews led Marquette with 17 points before fouling out with five minutes left. Jerel McNeal added 16 points and Dominic James had 14 points on 6-of-20 shooting. David Cubillan added 10 points for Marquette, which shot 36 percent.
James was slow getting up after a knee-to-knee collision with Harangody with 5:54 left in the game, but didn't leave the game.
· TCU 71, AIR FORCE 66:Ryan Wall scored 19 points and the Horned Frogs shot 75 percent in the second half to snap an 11-game losing streak with an upset of the No. 14 Falcons in Fort Worth.
TCU (11-15, 3-11 Mountain West) had lost six straight games to ranked opponents dating from a 71-46 win over Louisville on Feb. 17, 2004.
The Horned Frogs had not won since Jan. 6 when they beat Utah, 71-68.
Air Force (23-6, 10-5) beat TCU, 72-39, on Jan. 23.
· BUTLER 56, DETROIT 36:Brandon Crone scored 17 points and the No. 15 Bulldogs finished their winningest regular season with a victory at home over the Titans for a share of the Horizon League championship.
Butler (26-5, 13-3) tied Wright State for the regular-season crown and will be the second seed in next week's conference tournament because of a tiebreaker.
Detroit (11-18, 6-10), finishing with a season low in scoring, got nine points and 15 rebounds by Ryvon Covile.
· TEXAS 68, OKLAHOMA 58:Kevin Durant matched his career high with five three-pointers and scored 32 points to lead the No. 19 Longhorns to a win over the Sooners.
It was the seventh 30-point game of the season for the Longhorns' sensational 6-foot-9 freshman. He also had 10 rebounds for his 17th double-double.
Durant staked Texas (21-7, 11-3 Big 12) to an early 15-point lead, and the Sooners (15-12, 6-8) never got back.
D.J. Augustin added 18 points for Texas, which won its fifth straight game to stay in the race for the Big 12 regular season title.
· AUBURN 86, ALABAMA 77:Quan Prowell and Korvotney Barber each had 17 points to lead the visiting tigers to a victory over the Crimson Tide, No. 25 Alabama's fourth loss in five games.
The Tigers (16-14, 6-8 Southeastern Conference) led by as many as 18 points in the second half.
The loss will almost certainly send Alabama (19-9, 6-8) tumbling from the Associated Press rankings after rising as high as No. 4 in December. The Tide's second straight loss was also a blow to the team's NCAA tournament hopes.
· TEXAS A&M 97, BAYLOR 87:Acie Law scored a season-high 31 points and Joseph Jones added 22 to help the No. 8 Aggies beat the Bears.
The win was A&M's sixth straight over Baylor and was the Bears' 24th straight Big 12 conference road loss.
Texas A&M (24-4, 12-2 Big 12) led by two before Dominique Kirk scored 12 points, including two threes, in a 2 1/2 -minute span to push the Aggies' lead to 58-48 with 13:45 to play.
Baylor (13-14, 3-11) cut the lead to 44-42 with just more than 16 minutes remaining.
· SAN DIEGO STATE 86, BRIGHAM YOUNG 74:Brandon Heath scored 30 points and Mohamed Abukar had 27 to lead the Aztecs to a win over the Mountain West Conference-leading Cougars, ending No. 21 Brigham Young's eight-game winning streak.
Defending conference champion San Diego State (20-8, 9-5) was inspired from the start, beginning with a reverse dunk by Jerome Habel off the opening tip and continuing with an 18-0 run that gave the Aztecs a 22-4 lead at home.
BYU (21-7, 11-3) went almost seven minutes between field goals.
· KANSAS 89, IOWA STATE 52:Mario Chalmers scored 18 points to lead six Kansas players in double figures and the sixth-ranked Jayhawks routed the Cyclones.
Darrell Arthur added 15 points and 11 rebounds for Kansas, which led by as many as 41 and swept the season series with Iowa State.
Kansas (25-4, 12-2 Big 12) remained tied with No. 8 Texas A&M for the Big 12 lead with two games left.
Iowa State (14-14, 5-9) made only 5 of 28 shots.
· UCLA 75, STANFORD 61:Arron Afflalo scored 20 points, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute added 11 and the Bruins defeated the Cardinal to close out their first undefeated home season in 32 years.
No. 4 UCLA (25-3, 14-2 Pac-10) also clinched at least a share of the Pac-10 title for the second consecutive year.
Stanford (17-10, 9-7) was led by Brook Lopez with 23 points and nine rebounds.
· WASHINGTON STATE 58, OREGON STATE 54:Mac Hopson's jumper with 36 seconds to go put the Cougars ahead for good and No. 9 Washington State held off the Beavers in Corvallis, Ore.
Washington State (23-5, 12-4 Pac-10) was coming off a 64-59 loss to No. 23 Oregon on Thursday. The loss slimmed the Cougars' chances of catching UCLA in the conference race.
Oregon State (11-19, 3-14) was coming off a 73-65 victory over Washington.
· SOUTHERN ILLINOIS 76, EVANSVILLE 69:Randal Falker scored a career-high 30 points, leading the No. 13 Salukis to a victory over the visiting Purple Aces.
Tony Young added 17 points for Southern Illinois (25-5, 15-3 Missouri Valley), which is the top seed heading into the conference tournament.
Evansville (14-16, 6-12) kept it close despite the absence of leading scoring Matt Webster, who sat with foul trouble.
· NEVADA 95, BOISE STATE 81:Senior forward Nick Fazekas scored 28 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead the No. 11 Wolf Pack to a win over the Broncos.
Fazekas led five players in double figures, and Nevada (26-2, 13-1 Western Athletic Conference) won its ninth straight game, on the road.
Matt Nelson and Coby Karl paced Boise State (16-11, 8-6) with 19 points apiece.