Ty Jerome scored 19 points, De’Andre Hunter had 18 and No. 2 Virginia took command with a 25-4 first-half run and beat visiting Georgia Tech 81-51 on Wednesday.
The Cavaliers (25-2, 13-2 ACC) trailed 11-7 before a 3-pointer by Braxton Key sparked the eight-minute surge. Hunter had nine points during the burst.
Jose Alvarado scored 12 points to lead the Yellow Jackets (12-17, 4-12).
#7 Tennessee 73, Mississippi 71: Grant Williams hit the go-ahead basket with four seconds left to cap his 21-point outing as the visiting Volunteers (25-3, 13-2 SEC) edged the Rebels (19-9, 9-6).
#8 Houston 99, East Carolina 65: Corey Davis Jr. scored 26 points to lead the Cougars (27-1, 14-1 American Athletic) past the host Pirates (10-17, 3-12). East Carolina coach Joe Dooley, sophomore guard Shawn Williams and a fan were ejected in the second half.
Villanova 67, #10 Marquette 61: Jermaine Samuels scored 29 points as the host Wildcats (21-8, 12-4 Big East) snapped a three-game losing streak with a win over the Golden Eagles (23-5, 12-3).
#11 Texas Tech 84, Oklahoma State 80: Davide Moretti, had 20 points, four coming on free throws in the final 18 seconds of overtime, as the host Red Raiders (23-5, 11-5 Big 12) edged the Cowboys (10-18, 3-12).
#12 Nevada 89, UNLV 73: Caleb Martin scored 24 points and the host Wolf Pack cruised past the Rebels. Cody Martin added a season-high 23 points and eight assists for the Wolf Pack.
#14 Purdue 73, Illinois 56: Carsen Edwards scored 23 points and Matt Haarms added 21 points, rebounds and five blocks as the host Boilermakers (21-7, 14-3) tied Michigan State for the Big Ten lead by beating the Illini (10-18, 6-11).
Penn State 78, #17 Maryland 61: Lamar Stevens scored 16 of his 24 points in the second half and the host Nittany Lions (12-16, 5-12 Big Ten) beat the Terrapins (21-8, 12-6).
#23 Cincinnati 52, SMU 49: Jarron Cumberland, who led the Bearcats (24-4, 13-2 American Athletic) with 12 points, hit four free throws in the final 37 seconds as Cincinnati beat the host Mustangs (13-14, 5-10).
He’s out: Iowa suspended head coach Fran McCaffery for two games for yelling at an official in a hallway heading to the locker room following Tuesday’s loss at Ohio State.
New Mexico 110, San Jose State 72: Jaedyn De La Cerda scored 31 points to lead four Lobos in double figures as New Mexico (22-4, 12-3 Mountain West) beat the Spartans (4-22, 3-12). Megan Anderson had 22 points for San Jose State.
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