Oklahoma State guard Bryce Thompson scores over Baylor guard Adam Flagler during the Cowboys’ 61-54 win on Saturday in Waco, Texas. Rod Aydellotte/Waco Tribune Herald, via the Associated Press

WACO, Texas — Bryce Thompson scored the game’s final six points and finished with 19 as Oklahoma State beat No. 1 Baylor 61-54 on Saturday, giving the Bears consecutive home losses for the first time in nearly six years.

The Bears are likely to lose their spot at the top of the AP Top 25 early next week.

After trailing by as many as 17 points in the second half, Baylor was within 55-54 when LJ Cryer made two free throws to cap a 14-2 run.

Thompson made two throws with 26 seconds left, then Bears guard Adam Flagler had turnovers on consecutive possessions — losing the ball out of bounds on a drive to the basket, then a bad pass. Thompson was fouled making the steal, then made two more free throws before a game-capping breakaway dunk after Baylor missed its last shot.

Cryer had 18 points for Baylor (15-2, 3-2 Big 12), which had won a national-best 21 games in a row before its loss Tuesday night at home to Texas Tech. The reigning national and Big 12 champions led for only 16 seconds Saturday against an Oklahoma State team playing its third Big 12 road game in five days.

The only time Oklahoma State (9-7, 2-3) trailed was after Kendall Brown’s basket that made it 4-3 only 2 1/2 minutes into the game. The Bears then missed 10 shots in a row over a span of more than six minutes before Cryer’s 3-pointer from the top of the key.


(2) GONZAGA 115, SANTA CLARA 83: Drew Timme scored 32 points and Andrew Nembhard had 19 as the Bulldogs (14-2, 3-0 WCC) routed the Broncos (11-6, 1-1)  in Santa Clara, California for their 24th consecutive West Coast Conference victory.

The Bulldogs, who lead the nation in both scoring and field goal percentage, eclipsed the century mark for the third consecutive game and shot 58.7% from the field (44 for 75) against the Broncos.

(4) AUBURN 80, MISSISSIPPI 71: Walker Kessler scored 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, and the Tigers (16-1, 4-0 SEC) rallied from an early 14-point deficit to beat the Rebels (9-7, 1-3) in Oxford, Mississippi.

(6) ARIZONA 82, UTAH 64: Azoulas Tubelis scored 32 points, Christian Koloko added 16 points, and the Wildcats (14-1, 4-0 Pac-12) dominated the Utes (8-9, 1-6) inside for a win in Tuscon, Arizona.

(8) DUKE 88, NORTH CAROLINA STATE 73: Mark Williams had 19 points, 11 rebounds and eight blocks as the Blue Devils (14-2, 4-1 ACC) dominated inside to beat the Wolfpack (9-9, 2-5) in Durham, North Carolina, with Hall of Fame coach Mike Krzyzewski back on the sideline after missing a game due to illness.

(9) KANSAS 85, WEST VIRGINIA 59: David McCormack had 19 points and 15 rebounds, Jalen Wilson added 23 points and eight boards, and the ninth-ranked Jayhawks (14-2, 3-1 Big 12) overcame a sluggish first half to rout the defensive-minded Mountaineers (13-3, 2-2) in Lawrence, Kansas.


NORTHWESTERN 64, (10) MICHIGAN STATE 62: Ryan Young had 18 points and eight rebounds, helping the Wildcats (9-6, 2-4 Big Ten) hold on to beat the Spartans (14-3, 5-1) for their first road win over a top 10 team in nearly five years.

(11) HOUSTON 66, TULSA 64: Kyler Edwards made seven 3-pointers as part of his 29 points, and the Cougars (15-2, 4-0 AAC) held off several rallies by the Golden Hurricvanes (6-9, 0-4) in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

ARKANSAS 65, (12) LSU 58: Jaylin Williams hit a tiebreaking 3-pointer with slightly more than a minute to play, sending the Razorbacks (12-5, 2-3 SEC) over the Tigers (15-2, 3-2) in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

(15) IOWA STATE 79, (21) TEXAS 70: Gabe Kalscheur scored 22 points as the Cyclones (14-3, 2-3 Big 12) held on to beat the Longhorns (13-4, 3-2) in Ames, Iowa.

(17) XAVIER 80, CREIGHTON 73: Colby Jones scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half as the Musketeers (13-3, 3-2 Big East) rallied to defeat the Bluejays (10-5, 2-2) in Cincinnati.

(18) KENTUCKY 107, (22) TENNESSEE 79: Freshman TyTy Washington Jr. scored a career-high 28 points, Sahvir Wheeler returned from injury to add 21 points and the Wildcats (14-3, 4-1 SEC) shot a season-high 68% percent to blow out the Volunteers (11-5, 2-3) in Lexington, Kentucky.


KANSAS STATE 62, (19) TEXAS TECH 51: Nijel Pack scored 14 points, Mark Smith made a key 3-pointer with just over a minute left, and the Wildcats (9-7, 1-4 Big 12) ended a four-game losing streak, beating the Red Raiders (13-4, 3-2) in Manhattan, Kansas.

MARQUETTE 73, (20) SETON HALL 72: Greg Elliott made a tiebreaking free throw with 1.7 seconds left and the Golden Eagles (12-6, 4-3 Big East) withstood a long second-half drought to beat the Pirates (11-5, 2-4) in Milwaukee for their fourth straight victory.


OREGON 68, (7) ARIZONA 66: Endyia Rogers made a jump shot with 0.4 seconds left to lift the Ducks (9-5, 2-1 Pac-12) to an overtime win over the Wildcats (12-2, 2-2) in Eugene, Oregon.

(9) IOWA STATE 74, OKLAHOMA STATE 60: Lexi Donarski scored 23 points and the Cyclones (16-1, 5-0 Big 12) rolled past the Cowgirls (6-8, 1-4) in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

(10) UCONN 78, XAVIER 41: Freshman Caroline Ducharme scored 20 points, Christyn Williams added 19 and the Huskies (9-3, 4-0 Big East) routed the Musketeers (6-9, 1-5) in Hartford, Connecticut, to win their 165th straight conference game.


Olivia Nelson-Ododa also filled up the stat sheet for UConn, scoring 11 points, blocking eight shots, pulling down six rebounds and grabbing a career-high five steals. Little-used Piath Gabrial chipped in with a career-high nine points for the Huskies, who have now won three straight since coming off a 21-day COVID-19-related pause.

(13) TEXAS 73, WEST VIRGINIA 57: Aliyah Matharu scored 26 points to lead four in double figures and the Longhorns (12-3, 2-2 Big 12) cruised to a victory over the Mountaineers (8-6, 1-3) in Austin, Texas.

(18) BYU 77, LOYALA MARYMOUNT 37: Shaylee Gonzales scored 19 points with five rebounds, five assists and five steals and the Cougars (14-1, 4-0 WCC) coasted to a victory over the Lions (5-8, 0-3) in Los Angeles for their fifth straight win.

(23) OKLAHOMA 100, TCU 71: Madi Williams scored 21 points on 9-of-11 shooting, grabbed 11 rebounds and the Sooners (15-2, 4-1 Big 12) rolled to a win over the Horned Frogs (5-8, 1-3) in Norman, Oklahoma.

MISSISSIPPI 78, (24) ALABAMA 76: Andersson Garcia made a free throw with 3.7 seconds left and Iverson Molinar had a game-high 24 points for the Bulldogs (12-4, 3-1 SEC), who held off the Crimson Tide (11-6, 2-3) in Starville, Mississippi.

TEXAS TECH 64, (25) KANSAS STATE 45: Vivian Gray scored 23 points, Bryn Gerlich added a career-high 16 and the Red Raiders (9-7, 2-3) raced to a win over the Wildcats (13-4, 3-2) in Lubbock, Texas.



KENTUCKY: Joe B. Hall took on the steep challenge of following a legend and created his own successful legacy.

Hall, who succeeded Adolph Rupp and guided Kentucky to a national championship in 1978, has died. He was 93.

The program announced Hall’s death in a social media post Saturday morning after the coach’s family notified current Wildcats coach John Calipari. Hall and Calipari were close, and Hall was a a frequent presence at Kentucky practices and games. The retired coach would sometimes provide the “Y” when cheerleaders spelled out the state name during timeouts.

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