Kentucky remains undefeated


First Posted: 1/24/2015

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Devin Booker scored 18 points, Aaron Harrison added 13 and No. 1 Kentucky matched its best start under coach John Calipari with a 58-43 victory over South Carolina on Saturday.

The Wildcats (19-0, 6-0 Southeastern Conference) pulled away with 14 straight points after the Gamecocks (10-8, 1-5) took their last lead at 24-23 with 4:31 in the opening half.

Kentucky’s lead never fell below double digits after that.

The Wildcats were 19-0 in 2010, Calipari’s first season in Kentucky when he had eventual NBA standouts John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins.

Sindarius Thornwell had 11 points for the Gamecocks, who shot 4 for 27 in the final 24 minutes. Duane Notice, South Carolina’s leading scorer this season, was held to two points, nine fewer than his average, and missed all five field goal tries.

Texas Tech 78, No. 9 Iowa St. 73

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Devaugntah Williams scored a career-high 22 points and Toddrick Gotcher added 17, leading Texas Tech 11-9, 1-6) over Iowa State (14-4, 4-2) for its first Big 12 win.

No. 11 Kansas 75,

No. 17 Texas 62

AUSTIN, Texas — Cliff Alexander had 15 points and nine rebounds, and Kansas (16-3, 5-1) beat Texas (15-4, 3-3) for a key road win in the rugged Big 12.

No. 15 North Carolina 78,

Florida St. 74

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Brice Johnson had 18 points and 14 rebounds to help North Carolina (16-4, 6-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) beat Florida State (10-10, 2-5).

No. 18 W. Va. 86, TCU 85, OT

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Jevon Carter sank two free throws with 1 second left in overtime to lift West Virginia (16-3, 4-2 Big 12) past TCU (14-5, 1-5).

No. 21 Baylor 69,

No. 19 Oklahoma 58

WACO, Texas — Lester Medford had 17 points, Rico Gathers provided the rim-rocking highlight in a game-clinching run and Baylor (15-4, 3-3 Big 12) went on to a victory over Oklahoma (12-7, 3-4).

No. 3 Gonzaga 91,

Pacific 60

SPOKANE, Wash. — Przemek Karnowski and Gary Bell Jr. each scored 13 points as No. 3 Gonzaga (20-1, 9-0 West Coast) routed Pacific (10-11, 2-7), extending the nation’s longest home winning streak to 36 games.

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