Top 25 Roundup: No. 11 Providence Outlasts Xavier in Triple OT

By Field Level Media
Field Level Media
Field Level Media
February 24, 2022 Updated: February 25, 2022

Jared Bynum scored a game-high 27 points and hit a crucial 3-pointer in the third overtime to help No. 11 Providence outlast visiting Xavier, 99–92 in a Big East game on Wednesday.

Nate Watson, who scored 12 points for the Friars (23–3, 13–2 Big East) scored inside with 1:19 to play in the third overtime to break a tie. After Adam Kunkel missed a 3-point attempt for Xavier (17–10, 7–9), Bynum drained a long trey with 32 seconds left.

Bynum sustained an apparent leg injury in a scramble for the rebound after a subsequent miss and left the game. Noah Horchler, who scored 10 points, made two free throws to close the scoring.

A.J. Reeves scored 16 points for the Friars. Kunkel led Xavier with 20 points and Paul Scruggs, forced the third overtime with a buzzer-beating 3-pointer, added 19. The game was delayed during regulation because of condensation on the floor, making play hazardous.

No. 3 Auburn 77, Ole Miss 64

Walker Kessler blocked eight shots to set the Tigers’ single-season record for swats as Auburn downed the visiting Rebels.

The 7-foot-1 sophomore raised his block total to 131 on the season, breaking the mark of 126 established by Kyle Davis in 2002–03. Kessler produced 12 points and 10 rebounds against Ole Miss.

Jabari Smith had 15 points and nine boards, Zep Jasper added 15 points and Wendell Green Jr. had 14 points to help lead Auburn (25–3, 13–2 Southeastern Conference). Jarkel Joiner’s 13 points led Ole Miss (13–15, 4–11), which lost for the fifth time in six games.

No. 6 Kentucky 71, LSU 66

Oscar Tshiebwe scored 17 points and grabbed 16 rebounds as the Wildcats, despite playing short-handed, came from behind in the second half to defeat the visiting Tigers in Lexington, Ky.

Tshiebwe had his 10th straight double-double and 22nd of the season. Kellan Grady, Davion Mintz and Bryce Hopkins—the last of whom entered the game averaging two points per game—added 13 points each. The Wildcats (23–5, 12–3 SEC) won their second straight game while playing without injured starting guards Sahvir Wheeler and TyTy Washington Jr.

Xavier Pinson scored a season-high 26 points, Eric Gaines added 11 and Darius Days had 10 to lead the Tigers (19–9, 7–8).

No. 7 Duke 65, Virginia 61

Jeremy Roach scored 15 points off the bench and AJ Griffin hit key shots in the final minutes as the Blue Devils survived for a road victory at the Cavaliers in Charlottesville, Va.

Trevor Keels had 13 points and Griffin finished with 13 points for Duke (24–4, 14–3 Atlantic Coast Conference), which kept sole possession of first place in the league. Griffin made clinching free throws with two seconds left, stretching the Blue Devils’ winning streak to five games.

Kihei Clark poured in 25 points, Jayden Gardner posted 16 points and Reece Beekman had 11 points for Virginia (17–11, 11–7), which lost for just the second time in its last seven games.

No. 13 Wisconsin 68, Minnesota 67

Steven Crowl scored 20 points and the Badgers held off the host Golden Gophers in Minneapolis to move into a tie for the Big Ten lead.

Payton Willis hit the second of two free throws to bring Minnesota even at 62–62 with 2:35 left when Wisconsin’s leading scorer Johnny Davis picked up his fifth foul.

Jordan Davis and Crowl scored to put Wisconsin (22–5, 13–4 Big Ten) up 66–62, but Willis countered with a layup with 49 seconds remaining. Brad Davison hit two free throws with 18 seconds left make it 68–64 and the Gophers (13–13, 4–13) turned it over on their next possession.

No. 14 Houston 81, Tulane 67

Kyler Edwards scored 21 points and Taze Moore had 18 points and nine rebounds as the visiting Cougars beat the Green Wave.

Fabian White Jr. added 12 points for Houston (23–4, 12–2 American), which has won seven of its last eight games on the road.

Jalen Cook scored 19 points and Kevin Cross had 16 points and eight rebounds for Tulane (12–12, 9–6), which had won its previous two games in a push for a postseason bid.

No. 20 Texas 75, TCU 66

Andrew Jones scored 21 points and Marcus Carr posted 16 of his 19 points in the second half as the Longhorns came from behind to beat the Horned Frogs in Austin, Texas.

Texas (20–8, 9–6 Big 12) trailed by five points at halftime and was down by 10 with 13:20 to play before turning up the heat on defense to change the momentum and take charge. Timmy Allen added 17 points for the Longhorns, and Christian Bishop contributed 10 points and a career-high five blocked shots.

Mike Miles Jr. scored 17 points to pace TCU (17–9, 6–8). Micah Peavy added 11 points.