College Basketball: No. 2 Kansas holds off W. Va.

Posted: January 29, 2013

 Travis Releford and Jeff Withey both scored 15 points and No. 2 Kansas nearly relinquished a double-digit lead before beating host West Virginia, 61-56, on Monday night to extend the nation's longest winning streak to 18 games. Kansas (19-1, 7-0 Big 12) shot 54 percent from the field in the first-ever meeting between the schools. Aaric Murray led West Virginia (9-11, 2-5) with 17 points.   

Elsewhere: Cam Baker and Brett Cohen scored 24 each, but host Haverford (6-12) fell to 11-8 Moravian, 76-67. . . . Host Rowan (15-5) beat 12-8 Valley Forge Christian, 85-77. Fred Battee scored 21 for the Profs.

Wolverines on top. Michigan is No. 1 in the Associated Press' college basketball poll for the first time since its Fab Five days 20 years ago. The Wolverines took over the top spot after a 74-60 victory at Illinois on Sunday night. Kansas moved up one spot to No. 2. They are the only one-loss teams in the poll.  

Owls in no rush. Temple coach Fran Dunphy said he won't take any chances on point guard T.J. DiLeo's right ankle sprain by rushing him back. He was hurt in Saturday's 83-71 setback at Butler.

Honors. La Salle senior Ramon Galloway was named Atlantic Ten player of the week, and he shared the Big Five weekly honor with Villanova sophomore Darrun Hilliard.

Women

Notre Dame 77, Tennessee 67 - Skylar Diggins scored a career-high 33 points and the No. 2 Irish built a 19-point lead in the second half before withstanding a late Vols rally in Knoxville, Tenn. Notre Dame (19-1) won its 14th straight game and put an end to the No. 9, 16-4 Vols' nine-game winning streak.

 

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