LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Aaron Harrison scored 26 points, including two big free throws with 1:29 remaining in overtime to put Kentucky ahead to stay, and the top-ranked Wildcats withstood three final Mississippi attempts to rally before escaping with an 89-86 victory Tuesday night.

Overwhelming favorites against a Mississippi squad they had beaten 102 times in 115 previous meetings, the Wildcats (14-0, 1-0 SEC) instead survived a back-and-forth battle with the determined Rebels in their Southeastern Conference opener. Especially in OT, as missed free throws down the stretch gave the Rebels chances to either go ahead or tie the game.

Mississippi couldn’t take advantage as LaDarius White missed on one possession and the Rebels (9-5, 0-1) lost the ball out of bounds on the next. The Rebels had one last opportunity after Trey Lyles missed two free throws with 15.4 seconds left, but Martavious Newby’s 3-pointer bounced high and was grabbed by Willie Cauley-Stein to keep Kentucky unbeaten.

No. 8 VILLANOVA 90, No. 24 ST. JOHN’S 72

NEW YORK (AP) — Darrun Hilliard scored 21 points and Villanova rebounded nicely from its first defeat of the season, pulling away from St. John’s in the second half for a victory.

Dylan Ennis added 15 points and nine rebounds for the balanced Wildcats (14-1, 2-1 Big East) in a matchup of teams that both lost at Seton Hall last week. Daniel Ochefu had 13 points and 13 boards to help coach Jay Wright earn his 300th win at Villanova.

D’Angelo Harrison scored 25 for the Red Storm (11-4, 0-3), who dropped their third straight after a promising showing in non-conference play. Second-leading scorer Rysheed Jordan returned from a one-game leave of absence and provided little, shooting 0 for 6 and scoring a season-low two points in 26 minutes.

No. 17 IOWA STATE 63, OKLAHOMA STATE 61

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Dustin Hogue blocked a 3-point try with under a second left to help Iowa State hold off Oklahoma State in the Big 12 opener for both teams.

Hogue had all 17 of his points in the second half for the Cyclones (11-2, 1-0 Big 12), who shook off a cold start to beat the Cowboys for the third straight time — all by four points or less.

Phil Forte’s layup pulled Oklahoma State within 63-61 with 55 seconds to go. But Hogue stuffed Tavarius Shine’s try from the corner, and Georges Niang blocked Forte’s desperation 3 at the buzzer.

Forte had 21 points and Le’Bryan Nash scored 19 for Oklahoma State (11-3, 1-1).

No. 22 OHIO STATE 74, MINNESOTA 72, OT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Marc Loving’s jump shot from the lane with 5.6 seconds left in overtime lifted Ohio State to a victory over Minnesota, helping the Buckeyes escape with the win after blowing a 12-point second-half lead.

D’Angelo Russell had 25 of his 27 points in the first half, missing all seven of his field-goal attempts after the break, but he made two critical free throws for Ohio State (13-3, 2-1 Big Ten) in the closing minutes. Loving added 13 points and seven rebounds.

Mo Walker had 18 points and nine rebounds, DeAndre Mathieu scored 17 points and Andre Hollins had all 12 of his points in the second half, but the Gophers (11-5, 0-3) weren’t able to turn their comeback into a win.

No. 23 ARKANSAS 79, GEORGIA 75

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Bobby Portis scored 21 points, Michael Qualls added 15 and Arkansas rallied from a first-half deficit of 13 points to beat Georgia in the Southeastern Conference opener for each team.

Arkansas (12-2, 1-0 SEC) needed a strong second half for its sixth straight win. The Razorbacks played from behind before taking their first lead with about 6 minutes remaining.

A rebound and basket by Georgia’s Marcus Thornton with 4.5 seconds remaining cut the Arkansas lead to 77-75. Two free throws by Qualls pushed the lead back to four points.

Nemanja Djurisic led Georgia (9-4, 0-1) with 16 points. The loss ended the Bulldogs’ six-game winning streak, their longest in four years.



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