LEXINGTON, Ky. Senior forward Chuck Hayes, playing his last home game for Kentucky, scored nine of his 13 points in the final 5 1/2 minutes as the third-ranked Wildcats held off upset-minded Tennessee 73-61 on Wednesday night.
Patrick Sparks scored 14 points all in the first half for the Wildcats (23-3, 14-1), who already had clinched the Southeastern Conference title.
Tennessee (12-16, 5-10) hung with the Wildcats for most of the game and were tied 55-55 with 8:25 left after Chris Lofton, who had 19 points, hit his fifth 3-pointer.
But Tennessee didn't score again until 1:53 remained, and Kentucky scored 16 of the next 18 points to extend its winning streak over the Volunteers to seven games.
No. 4 Wake Forest 98, Georgia Tech 91
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. Vytas Danelius had 17 points and 11 rebounds as the Demon Deacons (25-4, 12-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) rallied from 11 points down in the second half to pull out the win and finish the season 16-0 at Lawrence Joel Coliseum.
Jarrett Jack had 23 points for Georgia Tech (16-10, 7-8), which had won two of the last three meetings with Wake Forest, which made eight of nine free throws in the final minute to lock up the win.
No. 7 Kansas 72, Kansas St. 65
LAWRENCE, Kan. Wayne Simien had 25 points and 20 rebounds and Kansas celebrated the 50th anniversary of Allen Fieldhouse with the victory on an emotional senior night.
The Jayhawks (22-4, 12-3) clinched at least a tie for the Big 12 championship with their 30th straight win over the Wildcats (15-11, 5-10).
It was the 36th career double-double for Simien, the leader of a four-man senior class that has won three conference championships and gone to two Final Fours while recording a 109-25 record. Kansas' all-time record in Allen Fieldhouse, which opened on March 1, 1955, is 566-102.
No. 8 Oklahoma St. 69, Texas A&M 63
STILLWATER, Okla. John Lucas III scored 27 points and Joey Graham added 16 for Oklahoma State in its closest home win of the season.
The Cowboys (21-5, 11-4 Big 12), coming off consecutive losses for the first time all season, didn't score a field goal in the final 5 minutes, but they hit 15 straight free throws down the stretch to hold off the Aggies. The win was the Cowboys' 29th straight in Gallagher-Iba Arena and extended the nation's longest home winning streak.
Acie Law IV scored 22 points to lead Texas A&M (18-8, 7-8), which has lost 10 straight to Oklahoma State and hasn't won in Stillwater since the 1922-23 season.
No. 14 Michigan St. 69, Northwestern 58
EVANSTON, Ill. Maurice Ager scored 20 points, including a clutch 3-pointer with 3:33 to play that curtailed a Northwestern comeback that cut an 18-point deficit to five.
Alan Anderson led Michigan State (21-5, 12-3 Big Ten) with 22 points, hitting six straight free throws over the final 1:24 to seal the win.
No. 15 Connecticut 83, Georgetown 64
STORRS, Conn. Charlie Villanueva scored 24 points and freshman Rudy Gay added a career-high 20 as coach Jim Calhoun earned his 700th career victory.
Calhoun became one of seven active Division I coaches with 700 wins.
The Huskies (20-6, 12-3) moved into a first-place tie with Boston College in the Big East. UConn has won eight straight conference games.
Freshman Jeff Green had 17 points for the Hoyas (16-10, 8-7), who lost their fourth straight.
No. 19 Villanova 79, Seton Hall 58
VILLANOVA, Pa. Randy Foye scored a career-high 27 points and Curtis Sumpter added 19 for the Wildcats (20-6, 10-5 Big East), who won 20 games for the first time since 1999-2000.
Kelly Whitney had 12 points for Seton Hall (11-15, 3-12), which dropped to 0-8 against ranked teams.
No. 21 Alabama 94, Auburn 53
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. Earnest Shelton and Kennedy Winston each scored 24 points as Alabama (22-6, 11-4 Southeaster Conference) ended a two-game losing streak.
Quinnel Brown had 17 points for the Tigers (12-16, 3-12), who shot 29 percent from the field and lost their fifth straight game, falling to 7-39 on their chief rival's home court.
No. 22 Cincinnati 77, Tulane 56
CINCINNATI Jihad Muhammad scored a career-high 24 points, including six 3-pointers, and Jason Maxiell added 18 points for the Bearcats (23-6, 11-4 Conference USA).
Taylor Rochestie had 14 points for the Green Wave (9-17, 3-12), who have lost a season-high five in a row, all by double digits.
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