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Top 25 roundup: Alabama hands No. 4 Auburn first loss

Field Level Media
16 Jan 2020, 16:40 GMT+10

Kira Lewis Jr. scored a game-high 25 points, and Alabama dealt No. 4 Auburn its first loss of the season, 83-64 in Southeastern Conference action Wednesday night in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Lewis scored 17 of his total in the second half. Alex Reese scored 10 of his 13 points in the first half as the Crimson Tide (9-7, 2-2 SEC) took advantage of the Tigers' sloppy play to take a quick 5-0 lead they would never give up.

The 64 points were a season low for the Tigers (15-1, 3-1), who also shot a season-worst 31.7 percent from the field. The defeat leaves San Diego State (18-0) the only undefeated NCAA Division I team.

Isaac Okoro led Auburn with 13 points, and senior Austin Wiley had 10 points and 13 rebounds for his seventh double-double of the season and ninth of his career. But the Tigers' leading scorer, Samir Doughty, scored just six, nearly 10 under his season average, before fouling out with 2:16 left.

No. 2 Baylor 68, Iowa State 55

Jared Butler scored a game-high 19 points as the Bears pulled away in the second half to dispatch the Cyclones in Waco, Texas.

Davion Mitchell added 17 points and six assists for Baylor (14-1, 4-0 Big 12), while Freddie Gillespie contributed 14 points and 11 rebounds. Mark Vital chipped in 11 points as the Bears heated up and shot 45.5 percent in the second half in their first game since their first-ever win at Kansas on Saturday.

Iowa State (8-8, 1-3) was coming off an 81-68 rout of Oklahoma on Saturday night that represented its first conference win, but it couldn't find the same magic offensively. The Cyclones made just 39.7 percent of their field-goal tries, including only 6 of 23 from 3-point range. Rasir Bolton and Prentiss Nixon each scored nine points to lead Iowa State.

No. 18 Seton Hall 78, No. 5 Butler 70

Myles Powell scored a game-high 29 points, and Jared Rhoden swished the key 3-pointer as the Pirates won a battle of Big East unbeatens, toppling the Bulldogs in Indianapolis.

Romaro Gill added 17 points for Seton Hall (13-4, 5-0 Big East) before fouling out with 3:48 left, and Quincy McKnight provided an 11-point, 13-assist double-double. Rhoden also finished with 11 points and hit a 23-footer from the left wing at the end of the shot clock with 42 seconds left for a 73-68 lead.

That was the biggest shot in a game-ending 13-4 spurt that upped Seton Hall's winning streak to seven games while giving the Bulldogs (15-2, 3-1) their first home loss of the season. It also marked the most points Butler has allowed this season. Kamar Baldwin led the Bulldogs with 19 points.

No. 9 Florida State 54, Virginia 50

Devin Vassell scored 18 points, and the Seminoles extended their winning streak to eight games with a victory against the Cavaliers in Tallahassee, Fla.

Florida State (15-2, 5-1 ACC) improved to 9-0 at home this season and extended its home winning streak to 16 games. Anthony Polite added 14 points and was 4-for-4 from 3-point range.

Unranked for the first time since November 2017, Virginia (11-5, 3-3) has lost three straight games for the first time since February 2017. Mamadi Diakite led the Cavaliers with 16 points. Kihei Clark finished with eight points and five assists but committed nine of Virginia's 18 turnovers.

South Carolina 81, No. 10 Kentucky 78

Redshirt freshman Jermaine Couisnard made the most of his first start, banking in a 3-pointer at the buzzer for a career-high 26 points as the Gamecocks rallied for the victory over the Wildcats in Columbia, S.C.

Forward Keyshawn Bryant scored 11 of his 15 points in the second half as South Carolina (9-7, 1-2 Southeastern Conference) outscored Kentucky 56-45 in the half and 13-10 over the last 4:27.

Immanuel Quickley, whose baseline jumper had tied the score at 78 with 4.1 seconds left, scored 20 points to lead the Wildcats (12-4, 3-1), who had their four-game winning streak snapped.

Temple 65, No. 16 Wichita State 53

Quinton Rose had 19 points, three assists and three steals, and Nate Pierre-Louis had eight points and 12 rebounds as the Owls won in Philadelphia, snapping the Shockers' nine-game winning streak.

Monty Scott had 11 points and five rebounds, and Jake Forrester had 11 points and two blocked shots for Temple (10-6, 2-3 American Athletic Conference).

Senior Jaime Echenique had career highs with 20 points and 13 rebounds, and Jamarius Burton added 16 points for the Shockers (15-2, 3-1). The Shockers entered the game as one of seven Division I teams with one loss or fewer.

Georgetown 83, No. 25 Creighton 80

Omer Yurtseven scored 20 points and Mac McClung added 19 as the Hoyas increased their home winning streak to six games with a tight Big East victory over the Bluejays in Washington, D.C.

Jagan Mosely scored 13 points and Jahvon Blair added 12 as Georgetown (12-6, 2-3 Big East) was able to hold off a late Creighton push after leading by as many as nine points in the second half.

Marcus Zegarowski scored 20 points and Denzel Mahoney added 19 as the Bluejays (13-5, 2-3) lost immediately after receiving their first national ranking in two years. It was Creighton's third defeat in conference play, but its first against a team that wasn't ranked.

--Field Level Media

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