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Top 25 roundup: Tulsa manhandles No. 20 Memphis

Field Level Media
23 Jan 2020, 17:05 GMT+10

Jeriah Horne led five Tulsa double-figure scorers with 21 points, and the host Golden Hurricane overwhelmed No. 20 Memphis with a stifling defense in an 80-40 rout in an American Athletic Conference game Wednesday night.

The 40-point margin of defeat marks the Tigers' worst loss since a 103-62 rout at SMU on the last day of the regular season in 2017. Precious Achiuwa led Memphis with 10 points and six rebounds on Wednesday. He was the only Tiger to score in double figures.

Tulsa (13-6, 5-1), which won its fourth straight game and sits atop the conference, used a series of bursts in the first half to deluge Memphis, most notably with an 18-6 spurt that gave the Golden Hurricane a 20-point lead.

Memphis (14-4, 3-2) failed to whittle into the lead, the result of a poor offense in all phases. The Tigers missed all 10 of their 3-point attempts in the first half and shot 2 of 21 from deep on the night. They were 16 of 56 (28.6 percent) from the floor overall and committed 20 turnovers.

No. 6 Louisville 68, Georgia Tech 64

Malik Williams blocked a potential go-ahead layup by Georgia Tech's Moses Wright with 24 seconds left, then connected on three clinching free throws to help the Cardinals eke out the home win in an Atlantic Coast Conference game.

Williams' heroics enabled the Cardinals (16-3, 7-1 ACC) to survive the last 5:15 without a field goal. Louisville nearly blew an 11-point lead in the final five minutes, but the Yellow Jackets (8-11, 3-6) failed to score on their final three possessions, missing four shots.

Williams and Steven Enoch each scored 13 points for Louisville. Michael Devoe led the Yellow Jackets with 21 points.

No. 7 Dayton 86, St. Bonaventure 60

Five Flyers scored in double figures, and Dayton led the whole game, routing the visiting Bonnies to remain unbeaten in the Atlantic 10 Conference.

The Flyers (17-2, 6-0) shot a season-best 64.8 percent from the floor for the game and scored at a torrid pace early. Jalen Crutcher recorded 13 of his game-high 23 points in the first half and hit 3 of 5 from 3-point range as Dayton scored 47 points in the half. The Flyers finished the night 10 of 25 from long range.

St. Bonaventure (12-7, 4-2) trailed by just a point with 6:54 remaining in the first half but surrendered a 15-2 run from which it never recovered. The Bonnies trailed by as many as 27 points in the second half. Jaren English topped the visitors with 17 points.

No. 10 Seton Hall 73, Providence 64

Senior Romaro Gill tied a career high with 17 points and set a career high with eight blocked shots as the Pirates defeated the Friars in Newark, N.J.

Jared Rhoden had 15 points and eight rebounds, Myles Powell had 14 points, and Quincy McKnight contributed 11 points and eight assists to help the Pirates (15-4, 7-0 Big East) extend their winning streak to nine games. Seton Hall returned to the Top 10 this week for the first time since Dec. 19, 2000.

Alpha Diallo had 13 points and eight rebounds, Nate Watson had 10 points, and David Duke had nine points and five assists for the Friars (11-9, 4-3). Providence has lost three of four, including the first two in a stretch of four consecutive games against ranked opponents.

No. 16 Auburn 80, South Carolina 67

Freshman Devan Cambridge shattered his career high with 26 points, hitting 6 of 9 attempts from 3-point range, to spark the Tigers to a victory over the visiting Gamecocks.

Cambridge hit 10 of 14 shots overall for Auburn (16-2, 4-2 Southeastern Conference), which snapped a two-game losing streak. J'Von McCormick scored 13 points, and Samir Doughty had 11 as the Tigers extended their home winning streak to 13 games dating back to last season. Cambridge's previous high was 10 points.

Jermaine Couisnard scored 16 points, and Justin Minaya added 14 for South Carolina (10-8, 2-3), which had won its previous two games.

No. 19 Iowa 85, No. 24 Rutgers 80

Luka Garza delivered 28 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks to orchestrate a second-half rally as the Hawkeyes earned a victory over the Scarlet Knights in Iowa City.

Joe Wieskamp scored 15 of his 18 points in the second half for Iowa (14-5, 5-3 Big Ten) while Joe Touissaint added 14 points. The Hawkeyes trailed by eight early in the second half, needed just nine minutes to transform it into a 10-point lead and then gave it all away before emerging with the win.

For Rutgers (14-5, 5-3), which played its first game as a ranked team since losing an NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 game to St. John's on March 16, 1979, Ron Harper Jr. led the way with a career-high 29 points with nine rebounds. Akwasi Yeboah added 17 points, 13 of them in the first half.

--Field Level Media

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