College Basketball: Sooners hand No. 5 Kansas third straight loss, 72-66

Wisconsin's Ben Brust celebrates after hitting a three-pointer in the final second vs. No. 3 Michigan to send the game into overtime. The Badgers won, 65-62.
Wisconsin's Ben Brust celebrates after hitting a three-pointer in the final second vs. No. 3 Michigan to send the game into overtime. The Badgers won, 65-62. (ANDY MANIS / AP)
Posted: February 11, 2013

Host Oklahoma held off No. 5 Kansas, 72-66, Saturday to give the Jayhawks their first three-game losing streak in eight years.

Both teams got out to a crisp start, but the problem for Kansas was at the other end. The Sooners (15-7, 6-4 Big 12) hit 15 of their first 25 shots and jumped out to an insurmountable lead.

Kansas (19-4, 7-3) had the nation's longest winning streak at 18 games - and was ranked No. 1 - before losing three straight for the first time since February 2005.

Wisconsin 65, Michigan 62 - Ben Brust hit a shot from just inside midcourt to tie the game at the end of regulation and added a tie-breaking three-pointer with fewer than 40 seconds left in overtime in the Badgers' home win over the No. 3 Wolverines.

It was another grinding win for the Badgers (17-7, 8-3 Big Ten) keyed by their defense: Wisconsin held Michigan (21-3, 8-3) to less than 40 percent shooting from the field.

Miami 87, North Carolina 61 - The No. 8 Hurricanes played so well in their pounding of the Tar Heels that they got a standing ovation from Heat stars LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. Putting on another show at home, Miami made 15 three-pointers to tie a school record and extend their winning streak to 11 games.

Such success is unprecedented for the Hurricanes (19-3, 10-0 ACC), who have already set a school record for conference wins in a season. North Carolina (16-7, 6-4) lost to Miami for the second time in four weeks.

Georgetown 69, Rutgers 63 - Otto Porter took over a tight game in the second half, scoring 15 of his 19 points down the stretch, to lead the No. 20 Hoyas to a road win over the Scarlet Knights. The game had 11 lead changes and four ties, including 33-all at the half.

The two teams are going in different directions: The Hoyas (17-4, 7-3 Big East) have won five straight and seven of their last eight, while the Scarlet Knights (12-10, 3-8) have lost six straight.

Pittsburgh 62, Cincinnati 52 - The 23d-ranked Panthers continued their surge in the Big East, topping the No. 17 Bearcats in Cincinnati. Tray Woodall scored 14 points, including a pair of free throws and a three-pointer during a 7-0 run that put Pitt (20-5, 8-4) ahead of Cincinnati (18-6, 6-5) for good.

Marquette 89, DePaul 78 - The No. 24 Golden Eagles held off the visiting Blue Demons to move one-half game ahead of No. 9 Syracuse for first place in the Big East. Marquette improved to 17-5, 8-2. DePaul (10-13, 1-9) suffered its eighth straight loss.

Butler 59, George Washington 56 - In Atlantic Ten action in Washington, the 14th-ranked Bulldogs (20-4, 7-2) nearly blew a 17-point lead before nailing down a win against the Colonials (11-11, 5-4).

 

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