Jan. 26 (Reuters) – Behind the duo of Tyrece Radford and Wade Taylor IV, Wednesday night’s visit from Texas A&M upset No. 15 Auburn 79-63 to end the nation’s longest 28-game winning streak.
Radford had 16 points in the first half and finished with a team-high 30 in 8-of-17 shooting from the floor for Texas A&M (14-6, 6-1 Southeastern Conference). He added nine rebounds and was 11 of 12 from the free throw line. Taylor IV had 15 points on 6-of-9 shooting and four assists.
Johni Broome had 16 points, seven rebounds and seven blocks for Auburn (16-4, 6-2). Wendell Green Jr. added 16 points and five assists. Allen Flanigan (eight points, four rebounds), Zep Jasper (six points) and Jaylin Williams (eight points, seven assists) completed the Tigers’ starting lineup.
Auburn’s last home loss before Wednesday was a 74-57 setback to Florida on February 23, 2021.
No. 2 Alabama 66, State of Mississippi 63
Jahvon Quinerly had 14 points, four assists and four rebounds as the Crimson Tide rebounded from an 11-point deficit to defeat the Bulldogs in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
With the Crimson Tide three ahead in the closing seconds, Alabama’s Noah Gurley blocked a 3-point attempt by Shakeel Moore to salvage the team’s ninth straight win. Alabama (18-2, 8-0 SEC) won the two-game regular-season series with the Bulldogs (12-8, 1-7) losing their fifth straight contest.
Brandon Miller had 13 points, six rebounds and three steals for the Crimson Tide, who won for the sixth time in their last seven encounters with Mississippi State. The Bulldogs got 15 points and seven rebounds from Tolu Smith plus 14 points from Dashown Davis.
#3 Houston 82, UCF 71
Emanuel Sharp scored 18 points and Jarace Walker added 17 to lead five players by double digits as the Cougars pulled away from the Knights in Orlando.
Marcus Sasser finished with 14 points and four assists while Jamal Shead added 14 points, 10 assists and six rebounds for the Cougars (19-2, 7-1 American Athletic Conference). J’Wan Roberts had 10 points and nine rebounds for Houston, who has won 10 of their last 11.
UCF (13-7, 4-4), which has lost three straight games, was led by Ithiel Horton, who had 18 points and five rebounds. Taylor Hendricks added 17 points and seven rebounds.
No. 4 Tennessee 70, Georgia 41
Zakai Zeigler had 11 points, seven assists and four steals and the Volunteers kept the Bulldogs at a season-low in points to earn a win in Knoxville, Tenn.
Tobe Awaka finished with 10 points while Santiago Vescovi added eight points, seven rebounds, four assists and five steals. Olivier Nkamhoua had eight points and six rebounds for the Volunteers (17-3, 7-1 SEC), who have won eight of their last nine.
Georgia (13-7, 3-4), who lost their third straight win, was led by Terry Roberts, who had 11 points and five rebounds. Jabri Abdur-Rahim and Justin Hill each added eight points.
No. 13 Xavier 82, No. 19 UConn 79
Souley Boum scored 16 of his 21 points in the second half for the Musketeers, who were never behind and held their own for a win over the Huskies in Storrs, Connecticut.
Xavier (17-4, 9-1 Big East) started hot and made enough plays to win the season series thanks to Boum, who scored four of his five 3-pointers after halftime. Colby Jones added 20 for Xavier, who led by as much as 17 but saw the lead shrink to one four times in the second half.
Jordan Hawkins scored 26 of his 28 goals in the second half before fouling, but it wasn’t enough as UConn (16-6, 5-6) lost for the sixth time in eight games and continued their 17-game winning streak at the Gampel Pavilion experienced end.
No. 23 Providence 79, Butler 58
Bryce Hopkins scored a game-high 16 points and added seven rebounds as the brothers defeated the Bulldogs in Providence.
Devin Carter 10 points and 10 rebounds for Providence (16-5, 8-2 Big East), who improved to 12-0 with their second straight win at home. Jared Bynum was returning from an abdominal strain and scored four points in 11 minutes.
Eric Hunter Jr. had 12 points and Jayden Taylor contributed 10 points and five rebounds for Butler (11-11, 3-8). Manny Bates (knee) started after three games and scored six points in 19 minutes while playing from a foul.
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