PJ Washington helps No. 8 Kentucky top No. 9 Kansas 71-63

PJ Washington and No. 8 Kentucky hit the glass hard against No. 9 Kansas.

It worked.

Washington scored 14 of his 20 points in the second half, and the host Wildcats beat the Jayhawks 71-63 on Saturday in the SEC-Big 12 Challenge.

Washington, Reid Travis and Keldon Johnson powered Kentucky to a 49-36 rebounding advantage. Washington grabbed 13 boards, Travis had 18 points and 12 rebounds, and Johnson also posted a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds.

“I just came out aggressive, and that just shows on the glass,” Washington said after his fifth double-double this season. “I just tried to look for my shot, look for my teammates, just be aggressive.”

Neither team reached 40 percent shooting, but the Wildcats (16-3) were much better in the second half and held the Jayhawks (16-4) in check down the stretch of the marquee matchup between college basketball’s two winningest programs.

#1 Tennessee 83, W. Virginia 66: Lamonte’ Turner had 23 points and the host Vols (18-1) held the Mountaineers (9-11)scoreless for a 9½-minute stretch on their way to victory.

#2 Duke 66, Georgia Tech 53: RJ Barrett had 24 points and 11 rebounds and Zion Williamson added 22 points for the host Blue Devils (17-2, 6-1 ACC).

#3 Virginia 82, Notre Dame 55: De’Andre Hunter scored 19 points for the visiting Cavaliers (18-1, 6-1 ACC).

#10 Virginia Tech 78, Syracuse 56: Justin Robinson scored 24 of his career-high 35 points in the first half for the host Hokies (16-3, 5-2 ACC).

#12 Marquette 87, Xavier 82: Markus Howard scored 19 of his 31 points down the stretch and Joey Hauser added 21 points for the visiting Golden Eagles (18-3, 7-1 Big East), who won their seventh straight.

Illinois 78, #13 Maryland 67: Ayo Dosunmu scored 20 points and Tevian Jones 18 for the Fighting Illini (6-14, 2-7 Big Ten) at Madison Square Garden in New York. Bruno Fernando led the Terrapins (16-5, 7-3) with 19 points and 10 rebounds.

#14 Texas Tech 67, Arkansas 64: Davide Moretti had 21 points as the host Red Raiders (16-4) stopped a three-game slide.

#22 Mississippi St. 92, #16 Auburn 84: Quinndary Weatherspoon scored 27 points, including a 3-pointer to break a 70-70 tie, for the host Bulldogs (15-4, 3-3 SEC).

#24 Iowa St. 87, #20 Mississippi 73: Talen Horton-Tucker scored 23 points for the visiting Cyclones (15-5).

#21 N.C. State 69, Clemson 67: Braxton Beverly hit a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to lift the host Wolfpack (16-4, 4-3 ACC), who trailed by six with 26.5 seconds left, but the Tigers (11-8, 1-5) missed four straight free throws to keep the door ajar.

#23 Louisville 66, Pittsburgh 51: Jordan Nwora scored 17 points to help the host Cardinals (15-5, 6-1 ACC) avenge their only conference loss.

#25 LSU 86, Missouri 80: Skylar Mays scored 11 of his 24 points in the last three minutes of regulation and visiting LSU (16-3, 6-0 SEC) overcame a 14-point deficit in the final 2:08 to force overtime in the win.

Washington 79, Oregon St. 69: Nahziah Carter had highlight-reel dunks and 18 points with three steals and Jaylen Nowell scored 19 points with three 3-pointers for the visiting Huskies (16-4, 7-0 Pac-12). Stephen Thompson Jr. had 30 points with a career-high six 3-pointers for the Beavers (12-7, 4-3 Pac-12).

UCLA 90, Arizona 69: Kris Wilkes scored a career-high 34 points, Moses Brown had 11 points and 15 rebounds, and the host Bruins (11-9, 4-3 Pac-12) snapped a three-game skid. Wilkes tied his career high with five 3-pointers in the second half when UCLA shot 67 percent and never allowed Arizona to make a run. Brandon Williams led the Wildcats (14-7, 5-3) with 19 points.

USC 69, Arizona St. 67: Bennie Boatwright scored 17 points and made the game-winning 3-pointer with 14 seconds remaining as the host Trojans (12-8, 5-2 Pac-12) beat the Sun Devils (14-6, 5-3).

This post was originally posted at https://www.sfgate.com/collegesports/article/PJ-Washington-helps-No-8-Kentucky-top-No-9-13564893.php.

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