Lexington, KY (SportsNetwork.com) - After showing their youth for much of the game, the Kentucky Wildcats grew up in a hurry. With Andrew Harrison and Willie Cauley-Stein keying a huge late run, the third-ranked Wildcats survived a scare from Cleveland State before pulling out a hard-earned 68-61 victory at Rupp Arena. The Vikings appeared poised for the upset after owning a 54-44 lead with under 7 1/2 minutes to go, but Kentucky (5-1) put forth a 21-3 burst to turn the tables. Harrison and Cauley-Stein each netted six points during the pivotal spurt, while James Young scored all nine of his points in the second half to help the Wildcats prevail. Julius Randall, one of five freshmen in Kentucky's starting lineup, paced the Wildcats with 15 points and 15 rebounds. Fellow rookie Harrison notched 12 points and five assists, while twin brother Aaron Harrison and Cauley-Stein each finished with 11. Bryn Forbes poured in 22 points for Cleveland State (3-3), which led the majority of the second half, with Trey Lewis recording 15 and Sebastian Douglas 13 along with six rebounds.
Final Score: (5) Oklahoma State 93, South Florida 67
Tampa, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Markel Brown and Marcus Smart scored 25 points apiece to lead the Oklahoma State Cowboys to a 93-67 victory over the South Florida Bulls. Brown also had eight rebounds and seven assists, while Le'Bryan Nash scored 15 and grabbed six boards for the Cowboys (5-0), who will travel to Orlando for the Old Spice Classic to play Purdue Thursday. John Egbunu scored 15 points and eight rebounds, while Victor Rudd scored 14 for South Florida, which will finish its week at home against Detroit on Saturday.
Final Score: (7) Ohio State 65, Wyoming 50
Columbus, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Lenzelle Smith Jr. led with a game-high 20 points as the No. 7 Ohio State Buckeyes defeated the Wyoming Cowboys, 65-50, at Value City Arena. Smith Jr. drained 5-of-8 of his 3-point attempts. Amir Williams pulled down 16 boards and scored 12 points and Aaron Craft added 10 points as the Buckeyes (5-0) stayed undefeated. Larry Nance Jr. recorded a double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds, while Derek Cooke Jr. and Riley Grabau each scored eight points as Ohio State halted Wyoming's (4-2) three game winning streak.
Final Score: (8) Syracuse 75, Minnesota 67
Maui, HI (SportsNetwork.com) - C.J. Fair was bloodied but unbowed, scoring 16 points Monday to lead No. 8 Syracuse over Minnesota 75-67 in the opening round of the Maui Invitational. Fair was hit across the face on a dunk late in the first half and played with a bandage below his right eye for much of the game, but was still able to key an important run in the second half and hit a jumper that gave the Orange some space late. Trevor Cooney had 15 points and Jerami Grant and Tyler Ennis scored 12 apiece for the Orange (5-0), who will play California in the semifinals on Tuesday. Syracuse, which had a week off after squeaking past St. Francis (N.Y.) last Monday, has won its first five games for the sixth straight season. It scored the last eight points Malik Smith had 16 points to lead Minnesota (5-1), Andre Hollins scored 14 and Austin Hollins had 11. The Golden Gophers, who were trying to go 6-0 for the third time in four seasons, will face Arkansas on Thursday.
Final Score: Dayton 84, (11) Gonzaga 79
Maui, HI (SportsNetwork.com) - Jordan Sibert poured in 23 points on 5-of-8 shooting from behind the arc to lead Dayton to a 84-79 win over 11th-ranked Gonzaga in the opening round of the Maui Invitational. Dyshawn Pierre scored 15 points and pulled down none rebounds and Devin Oliver added 12 points for the Flyers (5-0), who will play No. 18 Baylor on Tuesday in the semifinals. Kevin Pangos poured in a game-high 27 points and Sam Dower added 18 points and seven rebounds for the Bulldogs (4-1), who will face Chaminade in the consolation bracket on Tuesday.
Final Score: (12) Wichita State 90, DePaul 72
Kansas City, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Ron Baker scored 21 points, Tekele Cotton added 17 and 12th-ranked Wichita State rolled through DePaul, 90-72, at a Shocker-friendly Sprint Center. Cotton also pulled down seven rebounds, as did Cleanthony Early to complement a 15-point effort for the Shockers (6-0), who shot 60 percent from the field to stay undefeated on the season. The rout put Wichita State in the title game of the CBE Hall of Fame Classic against BYU on Tuesday. Brandon Young netted 16 points to pace DePaul (3-2), which was coming off a win at Milwaukee last Tuesday.
Final Score: (15) Florida 86, Jacksonville 60
Jacksonville, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Casey Prather scored 27 points, Scottie Wilbekin filled the stat sheet in his first game back from suspension, and No. 15 Florida beat Jacksonville 86-60 on Monday night. Wilbekin, the senior point guard suspended in June for violating teams rules, had 12 points, seven assists and five rebounds for the Gators (5-1), who have won four straight since losing to Wisconsin on Nov. 12. Michael Frazier II added 17 points in the victory, Dorian Finney-Smith scored 14 with 11 rebounds and Patric Young had 13 points. Jarvis Haywood led the Dolphins (2-4) with 16 points and Vince Martin scored 11 with 10 rebounds.
Final Score: (17) Iowa State 110, UMKC 51
Ames, IA (SportsNetwork.com) - DeAndre Kane scored 20 points to power No. 17 Iowa State to a 110-51 victory over UMKC on Monday Sherron Dorsey-Walker scored 17, Matt Thomas had 14, and Monte Morris and Melvin Ejim added 11 points apiece for the Cyclones (5-0), who have won their first five games for the first time since 2010. Martez Harrison scored 14 and Nelson Kirksey had 11 points for the Kangaroos (1-4), who are 0-18 all-time against ranked opponents.
Final Score: (18) Baylor 93, Chaminade 77
Maui, HI (SportsNetwork.com) - Gary Franklin poured in 22 points to go with six rebounds and four assists to lead No. 18 Baylor to a 93-77 win over Chaminade, in the opening round of the Maui Invitational. Kenny Chery and Cory Jefferson scored 15 points apiece and Brady Heslip finished with 14 points off the bench for the Bears (5-0), who will face the winner of Gonzaga/Dayton on Tuesday. Christophe Varidel poured in a game-high 42 points on 10-of-16 shooting from 3-point range to lead the Silverswords (2-1), who will take on the loser of Gonzaga/Dayton in the consolation round.
Final Score: Arizona State 79, (25) Marquette 77
Tempe, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) - Jordan Bachynski blocked the Golden Eagles' attempt to come back and tie with the clock running out. Bachynski had 14 points, 11 rebounds and seven blocks, including the game-sealing denial of Derrick Wilson in the closing seconds to lead the Arizona State Sun Devils to a 79-77 victory over the No. 25 Marquette Golden Eagles as part of the Wooden Legacy. Jahii Carson scored 23 points and Jermaine Marshall added 21 for the Sun Devils (6-0), who have started their season with six straight wins for the first time since the 1980-81 season. Davante Gardner scored 18 and had 12 rebounds, Jake Thomas added 16 points, while Wilson scored 14 and Jamil Wilson had 13 points for Marquette (3-2), which will face Cal-State Fullerton Thursday.