Baylor's Gathers sets rebound mark
Rico Gathers set career highs with 25 points and 28 rebounds — a Big 12-record — as No. 21 Baylor finally pulled away in the second half for an 81-61 victory over NAIA school Huston-Tillotson on Wednesday night in Waco, Texas. "My teammates, they were keeping me updated [on rebounds] throughout the last four or five minutes, 'Hey, you've got to get such and such.' Then it became the coaches and stuff," Gathers said. With their two senior starters both resting, the Bears (14-4) trailed by as many as nine points early. They led 37-36 at halftime only after Taurean Prince's buzzer-beating three-pointer that was part of a 10-2 run.
•TOUGH AT HOME: Matt Bohannon scored 17 points, Seth Tuttle had 16 and No. 20th Northern Iowa (17-2, 6-1 Missouri Valley Conference) held off Indiana State 66-60 for its 13th win in a row at home.
•TAR HEELS RULE PAINT: Kennedy Meeks scored 12 of his 16 points after halftime to help No. 15 North Carolina beat host Wake Forest 87-71. Brice Johnson had 19 points as the other half of a two-headed inside attack that helped the Tar Heels (15-4, 5-1 ACC) score 50 points in the paint in their fourth consecutive league victory. Codi Miller-McIntyre scored 20 points to lead the Demon Deacons (9-10, 1-5).
•UNBEATABLE IN LEAGUE: Ron Baker made five three-pointers and finished with 15 points to lead No. 14 Wichita State to a 76-53 victory over host Missouri State. The Shockers (17-2, 7-0 Missouri Valley) have won 25 consecutive conference games.
•TOMMIES TAKE FIRST: St. Thomas, ranked No. 3 in the d3hoops.com poll, rallied for an 86-77 victory over No. 19 St. Olaf in Northfield. The Tommies (14-1, 9-1 MIAC) took over sole possession of first place in the conference. Grant Shaeffer scored 22 points to lead the Tommies. Sterling Nielsen had 17 points for the Oles (13-2, 8-2).
•BIG RUN TURNS GAME: St. John's ended the first half with a 26-1 run and cruised to a 72-41 victory over Macalester in Collegeville. With the victory, Johnnies coach Jim Smith tied former Illinois coach Lou Henson for 16th on college basketball's all-time victory list.