Gonzaga remains atop men’s college basketball poll

A light holiday schedule led to a quiet week atop the Associated Press men’s college basketball poll.

Gonzaga remained at No. 1 for a second straight week, receiving 63 first-place votes from a 65-member panel in the poll released Monday. No. 2 Duke and No. 3 Kansas each had one first-place vote, with Oregon and Ohio State rounding out the top five.

The AP Top 25 had been filled with tumult in a 2019-20 season of parity, with six teams moving to No. 1 before Christmas. That’s one short of the record of seven, set in 1982-83.

In its home game Monday, Gonzaga got 22 points from Filip Petrusev to beat Detroit Mercy 93-72 to finish the non-conference season. Ryan Woolridge added 21 points and eight assists for Gonzaga (14-1).

• In other Top 25 games, Jared Butler scored 18 points and sixth-ranked Baylor (10-1) beat Jackson State 83-57 for its ninth straight win before the start of Big 12 play. After Jackson State (3-10) took its only lead at 8-7 on a 3-pointer by Miles Daniels, Baylor went on a game-deciding 32-6 run in less than seven minutes. … Lester Quinones scored 16 points, Damion Baugh finished with 15 and No. 9 Memphis weathered a second-half rally and beat visiting Tulane 84-73 in the teams’ American Athletic Conference opener. … Collin Gillespie scored 16 of his game-high 24 points in the second half to lead No. 10 Villanova to a 68-62 victory over visiting Xavier in the Big East opener for both teams. Naji Marshall had 19 points to pace Xavier (9-3), which was just outside of the Top 25 this week, getting 58 votes. … Obi Toppin scored 31 points as No. 20 Dayton (11-2) used its front-line advantage and pulled away from North Florida (7-8) to win 77-59.

• Christian Juzang scored five of his 17 points in overtime, including a go-ahead jumper, and visiting Harvard (10-4) beat USF 84-81. Charles Minlend scored 19 points and Jimbo Lull had 17 with nine rebounds for the Dons (11-4).

• In the women’s basketball poll, UConn finished off the decade where it began — No. 1 in the AP poll. The Huskies received 19 first-place votes; No. 2 Oregon and No. 3 Oregon State each got five first-place votes. South Carolina and Stanford round out the top five.

In the lone Top 25 game of the night, Lauren Cox had 10 points and six rebounds in her return for No. 6 Baylor, in a 94-47 win over Morehead State in Waco, Texas. The preseason AP All-American had missed more than seven weeks with a foot injury.

NHL: Evgeni Malkin had two goals, Jake Guentzel was hurt after scoring his 20th goal of the season and the host Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Ottawa Senators 5-2.

Guentzel had a three-point night but left after scoring 6:55 into the third period. Guentzel tapped one into a partly empty net off Malkin’s feed but crashed into the wall after.

Baseball: The Diamondbacks signed outfielder Kole Calhoun to a two-year contract worth $16 million with a club option for 2022.

Obituary: Former Utah State basketball coach and athletic director LaDell Andersen has died at 90, the school said. He also coached at BYU. He led Utah State to two Sweet 16s and an Elite Eight.

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