Tennessee rallies past Kentucky

• TENNESSEE 84, NO. 20 KENTUCKY 77: Kevin Punter Jr. scored 27 points and Armani Moore added 18 points and 13 rebounds Tuesday night as the Volunteers (11-11, 4-5 Southeastern Conference) erased a 21-point deficit in an upset of the visiting Wildcats (16-6, 6-3). Tennessee trailed 34-13 with less than 6 minutes left in the first half. "We kind of joked around about it, we actually said we liked it better being down instead of being up at the half," Moore said. "It kind of makes us a whole lot hungrier." Said Kentucky coach John Calipari: "We had them down by 21 — and they came back and beat our brains in."

• LOUISIANA STATE 80, AUBURN 68: Freshman Ben Simmons had 21 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists to lead LSU to an 80-68 victory over host Auburn. LSU (14-8, 7-2 Southeastern Conference) built a 21-point second-half lead in handing Auburn (9-12, 3-6) it fourth consecutive loss. Bryce Brown led Auburn with 18 points, all on 6-for-13 shooting from three-point range. Simmons took charge early coming off a 77-75 loss to Oklahoma when he went 6-for-7 shooting. "I just wanted to be more aggressive and attack the rim more," he said. "I know usually when I take shots they fall."

• NO. 1 OKLAHOMA 95, TCU 72: Buddy Hield scored 17 points to help Sooners (19-2, 7-2 Big 12) defeat TCU (10-12, 1-8) in Norman, Okla. Hield, the nation's No. 2 scorer, was held well below his 26-points-per-game average, but he shot an efficient 7-for-13 from the field.

• DEPAUL 77, NO. 11 PROVIDENCE 70: Myke Henry had 27 points and 11 rebounds, and Blue Demons (8-14, 2-8), who had lost eight of nine, held off the visiting Friars (18-5, 6-4).

• NO. 14 WEST VIRGINIA 81, NO. 13 IOWA STATE 76: Jaysean Paige scored 23 points, including a crucial three-pointer with 1:05 left, and the visiting Mountaineers (18-4, 7-2 Big 12) beat the Cyclones (16-6, 5-4). Devin Williams had 17 points and 18 rebounds for West Virginia.

• DUKE 80, GEORGIA TECH 71: With coach Mike Krzyzewski at home because of an illness, Grayson Allen scored 27 points and the Blue Devils (16-6, 5-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) dominated much of the second half to beat the Yellow Jackets (12-10, 2-7) in Atlanta.


• Augustana, for the second consecutive week, is No. 1 in the National Association of Basketball Coaches' Top 25 poll. The Vikings, who have a 19-game winning streak, play at No. 8 Minnesota State Moorhead at 6 p.m. Saturday in the NSIC.



• NO. 5 MARYLAND 87, PURDUE 67: Junior forward Shatori Walker-Kimbrough scored a career-high 41 points to lead the Terrapins (20-2, 9-1 Big Ten) to a 20-point victory over the Boilermakers in West Lafayette, Ind. Her previous career-high was 26. Maryland has won eight in a row. Ashley Morrissette scored 19 points to lead Purdue (16-6, 7-4).

• NEBRASKA 87, PENN STATE 69: Rachel Theriot had 14 assists, plus nine points and eight rebounds, to lead the Cornhuskers (16-6, 7-4) over the Nittany Lions (8-14, 3-8).