Red Raiders shoot down No. 9 Cyclones
LUBBOCK, TEXAS – Devaugntah Williams scored a career-high 22 points and Toddrick Gotcher added 17, leading Texas Tech over No. 9 Iowa State 78-73 Saturday for its first Big 12 victory.
Gotcher made five of Texas Tech's 11 three-pointers, tying the team's high for the season.
The win for the Texas Tech was the first over a top 10 team since March 2009 when they beat ninth-ranked Kansas.
The Red Raiders (11-9, 1-6) led most of the way and were up 74-68 when Iowa State's Georges Niang tossed in a desperation three-pointer from the corner with 43 seconds remaining. Gotcher and Williams each hit two free throws to help keep Texas Tech ahead.
Monte Morris scored 20 points and Matt Thomas added 12 for the Cyclones (14-4, 4-2). Red Raiders senior guard Robert Turner had a career-high 10 rebounds and Jameel McKay also had a career-high 10 boards for ISU.
•BEST START: Devin Booker scored 18 points, Aaron Harrison added 13 and No. 1 Kentucky (19-0, 6-0 Southeastern Conference) matched its best start under coach John Calipari with a 58-43 victory over South Carolina in Columbia, S.C.
•KANSAS HANDLES ROAD: Cliff Alexander had 15 points and nine rebounds, and No. 11 Kansas (16-3, 5-1) committed only three turnovers as it beat No. 17 Texas 75-62 for a key road win in the Big 12. Isaiah Taylor scored 23 for Texas (14-5, 3-3) in his best game since returning from a long layoff with a broken wrist.
•STREAKS GALORE: No. 3 Gonzaga routed Pacific 91-60, extending the nation's longest home winning streak to 36 games. Gonzaga (20-1, 9-0 West Coast), has won 13 consecutive games since its only loss, at No. 7 Arizona in overtime.
•HEELS ON FIRE: Brice Johnson had 18 points and 14 rebounds for No. 15 North Carolina in a 78-74 home victory over Florida State, the Tar Heels' fifth consecutive league victory. Marcus Paige scored 19 for the Tar Heels (16-4, 6-1 Atlantic Coast), who did enough to hang on down the stretch. Freshman Xavier Rathan-Mayes scored 35 points and hit five three-pointers to lead the Seminoles (10-10, 2-5), including three threes in the final 35 seconds.
• HANGING ON: No. 22 Dayton let a double-digit lead slip away before rallying to beat Richmond 63-60, remaining unbeaten at home. The Flyers (16-3, 6-1 Atlantic 10) led by 10 points at halftime.
•VAUGHN LEADS REBELS: UNLV guard Rashad Vaughn, a freshman who attended Cooper High School, scored 17 of of his 31 points in the second half and overtime as the Runnin' Rebels (11-9, 2-5 Mountain West) edged Utah State 79-77. Vaughn also had nine rebounds, three steals, three assists and two blocks.