Sasser, Shead get hot in 2nd half as No. 1 Houston beats USF

January 12, 2023 GMT
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Alabama forward Brandon Miller (24) tries to get past Arkansas guard Davonte Davis (4) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023, in Fayetteville, Ark. (AP Photo/Michael Woods)
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Alabama forward Brandon Miller (24) tries to get past Arkansas guard Davonte Davis (4) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023, in Fayetteville, Ark. (AP Photo/Michael Woods)

HOUSTON (AP) — Marcus Sasser scored a career-high 31 points, Jamal Shead added 20 points and six rebounds, and No. 1 Houston used a huge second half to beat South Florida 83-77 on Wednesday night.

Sasser scored 25 points and Shead had 13 as the backcourt mates combined to score 38 of Houston’s 46 second-half points. Sasser, a preseason All-American, finished 7 of 17 from the field, including 6 of 12 on 3-pointers. In the second half, Sasser and Shead combined to shoot 10 of 16 from the field and were 6 of 11 on 3s.

Tramon Mark scored 13 points for Houston (17-1, 5-0 American Athletic Conference), which won its eighth straight game.

Tyler Harris scored a season-high 31 points, Russel Tchewa added 14 points and eight rebounds and Jamir Chaplin scored 14 points for the Bulls (7-10, 0-4), who lost their fourth straight. Harris was 9 of 13 from the field, including 6 of 10 on 3-pointers.


FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Mark Sears scored 26 points and Alabama went on two big second-half runs to beat Arkansas.

Noah Clowney added 15 points and Brandon Miller finished with 14 for the Crimson Tide (14-2, 4-0 Southeastern Conference), who turned a tie game into a 12-point advantage with a 16-4 run midway through the second half. Alabama added a late 11-0 run to put away its fifth straight victory.

Devonte Davis and Jalen Graham scored 16 points apiece for the Razorbacks (12-4, 1-3), who went 2 of 10 from 3-point range. Alabama was 9 of 20 on 3s.

Miller, who came in as the SEC’s leading scorer at 18.1 points per game, didn’t attempt a shot in the first half, which ended tied at 33.


MILWAUKEE (AP) — Oso Ighodaro scored 19 points and Marquette beat UConn for its sixth straight victory.

Marquette (14-4, 6-1 Big East) has trailed at halftime in each of its past three wins.

UConn (15-3, 4-3) has lost three of its last four, with all the defeats on the road against opponents currently ranked in the AP Top 25.

Olivier-Maxence Prosper scored 17 points and Kam Jones added 15 — all in the second half — for Marquette.

Donovan Clingan, a 7-foot-2 freshman, led UConn with 20 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks off the bench. Alex Karaban added 17 points.

NO. 10 TEXAS 79, NO. 17 TCU 75

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Marcus Carr made the go-ahead 3-pointer with a minute to play and Sir’Jabari Rice hit three free throws over the final six seconds, sending Texas to a wild win over TCU.

The Horned Frogs led by 18 in the first half and appeared in total control on their way to what would have been the program’s first road win over a top-10 opponent.

But Texas (14-2, 3-1 Big 12) chipped away in the early minutes of the second half and rallied behind Rice and Dylan Disu, who combined for 27 points after halftime. Rice scored 10 in a row during one burst and Disu had 12 in a five-minute span as Texas tied it 71-all on his layup.

Timmy Allen scored 17 points to lead the Longhorns. Rice had 15, all in the second half.

After Carr’s 3 gave Texas the lead, TCU’s Emanuel Miller had a chance to tie it with a three-point play but missed the free throw. Miller scored 21 points to lead TCU (13-3, 2-2).


CINCINNATI (AP) — Souley Boum scored 26 points and Colby Jones scored 20 as Xavier beat Creighton for its 10th straight victory.

Jack Nunge had 15 points and 12 rebounds for Xavier (14-3, 6-0 Big East), which is off to its best start ever in Big East play.

Baylor Scheierman led Creighton (9-8, 3-3) with 25 points. Ryan Nembhard scored 17 and Trey Alexander had 16 for the Bluejays.

Xavier led by seven points with 1:31 left but Nembhard scored the next five and Creighton had a chance to tie or take the lead in the closing seconds. A steal with 13 seconds left denied that opportunity, and Boum then made four free throws in the last five seconds.


CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Isaiah Wong scored 22 points on 7-of-9 shooting and Miami beat Boston College.

Jordan Miller added 19 points, Harlond Beverly scored 15 and Norchard Omier had 13 points and 13 rebounds for the Hurricanes (14-2, 5-1 Atlantic Coast Conference).

Miami shot 12 for 18 from behind the arc and never trailed after a 13-0 run midway through the first half.

DeMarr Langford finished with 20 points and Makai Ashton-Langford added 19 for the Eagles (8-9, 2-4).


COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Tyrece Radford scored 16 points and Wade Taylor IV added 14 as Texas A&M built a huge early lead and withstood a second-half push to beat Missouri.

Dexter Dennis had 13 points and 12 rebounds for the Aggies (11-5, 3-0 Southeastern Conference), who won their fifth straight. Henry Coleman III had 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Kobe Brown scored 12 points to the lead the Tigers (13-3, 2-2), who have lost two of three.

Texas A&M held Missouri without a field goal for almost 11 minutes and led by 18 points at halftime. But the Tigers used a full-court press and got within four in the second half.


WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Dalton Bolon scored 16 points and Charleston held off UNC Wilmington to extend the nation’s longest winning streak to 16 games.

Ante Brzovic and Ryan Larson had 13 points apiece as the Cougars (17-1, 5-0 Colonial Athletic Association) ended the Seahawks’ 13-game win streak, the longest in program history.

Larson added seven assists and four rebounds to help Charleston overcome 39% shooting from the field.

Trazarien White had 16 points and eight rebounds to lead UNCW (14-4, 4-1). Jamari Thomas also scored 16, including two big 3-pointers in the second half.


DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — First-year big man Kyle Filipowski had a season-high 28 points and matched his season high of 15 rebounds, and Duke rallied from 12 points down to beat Pittsburgh.

The 7-footer was the center of the offensive effort for the Blue Devils (13-4, 4-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), making 8 of 14 shots and 11 of 13 free throws. Fellow freshman Tyrese Proctor added 14 points for Duke.

Duke had a 15-0 run during the game-turning stretch.

Jamarius Burton scored 16 points to lead the Panthers (11-6, 4-2), who shot 8 of 28 after halftime (28.6%).


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