LEXINGTON, Ky. Kansas won for the fourth time in as many games without injured preseason All-America Wayne Simien as the second-ranked Jayhawks beat No. 8 Kentucky 65-59 on Sunday.
The frontline of C.J. Giles, Christian Moody and Sasha Kaun combined for 28 points for Kansas (11-0), which played on an opponent's court for the first time this season. Simien is expected to miss at least another two games as he recovers from surgery on his left thumb.
Kelenna Azubuike had 12 points for the Wildcats (10-2), who had a six-game winning streak snapped.
Giles, a freshman starting in place of Simien, went 5-of-5 from the field and finished with 10 points, six rebounds and two blocked shots. Moody, a junior walk-on, had 11 points and seven rebounds, while Kaun, who didn't play in Kansas' last game, added seven points.
The win was only the Jayhawks' fourth in 23 meetings with Kentucky and their first in 11 tries against the Wildcats in Kentucky.
Kansas led 58-56 when Michael Lee made a 3-pointer with 30 seconds left for a five-point lead. Aaron Miles and J.R. Giddens each made two free throws over the final 17 seconds to seal the win.
No. 15 Texas 79, Baylor 60
AUSTIN, Texas Daniel Gibson scored 18 points, Kenton Paulino had 17 and LaMarcus Aldridge added 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Longhorns (12-2) in the Big 12 opener for both teams.
Gibson and Paulino combined for nine of Texas' 11 3-pointers.
Tim Bush scored 20 points for the Bears (7-4), who have lost 14 straight to Texas.
Texas senior reserve forward Jason Klotz, who averages 11.3 points, served a one-game suspension for throwing a punch in last week's game against Memphis.
DURHAM, N.C. Monique Currie scored 18 points to lift second-ranked Duke past No. 25 Virginia Tech 88-67 on Sunday, putting the Blue Devils in position to reach No. 1.
Villanova 59, No. 4 Notre Dame 54
VILLANOVA, Pa. Jackie Adamshick had 25 points and Kate Dessart Mager scored the winning jumper in an upset over the Fighting Irish.
No. 6 Michigan State 68, No. 18 Iowa 56
EAST LANSING, Mich. Lindsay Bowen had 17 points and Liz Shimek added 16 points and 10 rebounds to lead Michigan State past Iowa.
No. 9 Ohio St. 66, Liberty 51
COLUMBUS, Ohio Caity Matter scored 17 points and Brandi Hoskins had 13 to lead Ohio State (14-2).
No. 11 Minnesota 75, No. 23 New Mexico 35
MINNEAPOLIS Jamie Broback scored 14 points for Minnesota, which used a smothering defense to hold New Mexico to a season-low point total.
No. 16 Vanderbilt 88, South Carolina 43
NASHVILLE, Tenn. Caroline Williams scored 11 of her career-high 17 points in the first 11 minutes to help stop South Carolina.
Marquette 63, No. 19 DePaul 57
MILWAUKEE Lesley Juedes had a career-high 21 points and Marquette used a 14-0 second-half run to upset DePaul 63-57.
No. 22 UCLA 74, Washington 63
SEATTLE Noelle Quinn scored 18 points and UCLA used a 23-5 run in the first half to extend its winning streak to five games.
No. 24 Purdue 60, Michigan 43
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. Erin Lawless had 16 points and Purdue handed the Wolverines their seventh straight loss.
No. 8 Stanford 78, Arizona 66
TUCSON, Ariz. Candice Wiggins scored 28 points to lead Stanford past Arizona, ending the nation's longest home-court winning streak at 34 games.
No. 21 Maryland 92, No. 5 North Carolina 77
COLLEGE PARK, Md. Shay Doron scored a career-high 37 points, including 20 free throws, in Maryland's upset over North Carolina.
The Terrapins (11-2, 1-1 ACC) won their first game over a top-five opponent since beating No. 1 Tennessee on Dec. 30, 1992.
Crystal Langhorne added 23 points and 14 rebounds for Maryland. Doron finished 20-for-22 from the line.
Ivory Latta had 21 points and Nikita Bell 18 for North Carolina (11-2, 0-1). The Tar Heels, who entered the game shooting a conference-best 47 percent, shot a season-low 38 percent.
North Carolina pulled within six points with 8:33 left, but Maryland made 18 of its last 19 free throws.
Peninsula Clarion ©2014. All Rights Reserved.