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Dec 5, 2017; South Bend, IN, USA; Ball State Cardinals guard Tayler Persons (2) celebrates with his teammates after making the game winning shot in the second half against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at the Purcell Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports(Photo: Matt Cashore, Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports)

CBB Men’s Top 25 Roundup: Arizona hangs on to beat No. 7 Texas A&M 67-64

(PhatzRadio Sports /AP)    —   Deandre Ayton had 13 points and 10 rebounds, and Arizona held on to beat No. 7 Texas A&M 67-64 on Tuesday night in Phoenix.

Arizona (6-3) picked up a big win against UNLV on Saturday and notched an even bigger one in front of a pro-Wildcats crowd that made Talking Stick Arena feel like McKale Center west.

It wasn’t easy.

Texas A&M (7-1) pulled within 63-62 on Tyler Davis’ jump-hook with 17 seconds left. Brandon Randolph twice hit 1 of 2 free throws, sandwiched around a travel by Davis, and Duane Wilson was fouled on a 3-point attempt with 2 seconds left. He made two after missing the first attempt, and Dylan Smith made two at the other end to put Arizona up 67-64.

Texas A&M’s Robert Williams missed badly on a long 3-pointer to send the Wildcats rushing off the bench and the Aggies to their first defeat.

Davis led the Aggies with 21 points and 10 rebounds.

Ball State 80, (9) Notre Dame 77: Tayler Persons hit a 3-pointer from the left wing with 1.7 seconds remaining and the Cardinals (5-4) shocked the Fighting Irish (7-2) in South Bend, Indiana.

Persons scored 24 points, Tahjai Teague added 13 and Sean Sellers had 11 as Ball State knocked off a nationally ranked opponent for the first time since downing No. 4 UCLA 91-73 more than 16 years ago.

Notre Dame lost a nonconference home game for the first time since falling to North Dakota State four years ago.

The Cardinals led by a high of 67-58 with 6:45 to go, but the Irish charged all the way back to a 77-77 tie on Matt Farrell’s 3-pointer with 20 seconds to go.

(1) Duke 124, St. Francis (Pa.) 67: Freshman Marvin Bagley III had 21 points and 11 rebounds, and the Blue Devils (11-0) scored 71 points in the first half of its rout of the Red Flash (3-5) in Durham, North Carolina.

Marques Bolden had 17 points and 10 rebounds, Wendell Carter Jr. had 15 points and Gary Trent Jr. and Grayson Allen both finished with 14 points for the Blue Devils.

They dominated every line in the box score – setting a school record with 34 assists, shooting 60 percent and building a 61-25 rebounding advantage over a St. Francis team that has only one player taller than 6-foot-9.

Three players – Andre Wolford, Jamaal King and Keith Braxton – scored 13 points each for the Red Flash, who have lost three of four.

(3) Michigan St 62, Rutgers 52: Miles Bridges scored 21 points and the Spartans (8-1, 2-0 Big Ten) overcame their worst offensive performance of the season with a victory over the surprising Scarlet Knights (6-3, 0-2) in Piscataway, New Jersey.

Jaren Jackson Jr. scored all 11 of his points in the second half and had eight of the Spartans’ season-high 13 blocks in helping Michigan State post its seventh straight win. Joshua Langford added 15 points.

Rutgers made Michigan State work for this one, holding the Spartans to season lows in points and shooting percentage (38.6). The previous low was 63 points and 40 percent shooting against North Carolina.

What Michigan State did well was play defense. It came into the game with the nation’s best field goal defense (34.2) and it held the Scarlet Knights to 25.8 percent shooting from the field (17 of 66).

(4) Villanova 88, (12) Gonzaga 72: Mikal Bridges had his coming out performance as one of top players in the nation, scoring a career-high 28 points to lead the Wildcats (9-0) over the Bulldogs (7-2) in the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Bridges, a 6-foot-7 junior guard, had shown Villanova what he could do this season with three games of 20-plus points that already signaled he may be the best player on the Big East champs.

Against an NCAA title game finalist and in prime time on basketball’s biggest stage, Bridges flashed the type of all-around talent that should make him an NBA first-round draft pick.

Zach Norvell Jr. led Gonzaga with 22 points and Perkins had 16.

(6) Wichita St 95, South Dakota St 85: Landry Shamet had 21 points and eight assists, Shaquille Morris added 20 points and the Shockers (7-1) rallied to beat the scrappy, hot-shooting Jackrabbits (7-4) in Wichita, Kansas.

Conner Frankamp added 16 points, setting the school record by hitting a 3 in his 30th straight game, and the Shockers slowly dug out of a 13-point second-half hole to beat the Jackrabbits for their 23rd consecutive victory at Koch Arena.

Mike Daum hit seven 3-pointers and poured in 31 points for South Dakota State, wowing a number of pro scouts who turned out for the game. But he got into foul trouble and cooled off down the stretch, and the Jackrabbits couldn’t find enough offense from anybody else to hang with the Shockers.

(18) West Virginia 68, (15) Virginia 61: Jevon Carter had 23 points and 10 rebounds, Lamont West scored 22 points and the Mountaineers (8-1) beat the Cavaliers (8-1) in Morgantown, West Virginia.

Daxter Miles Jr. added 12 points for the Mountaineers.

Devon Hall led Virginia with 19 points and Kyle Guy added 18, all in the second half.

For the second straight year, West Virginia made it difficult for the Cavaliers to get into a consistent offensive rhythm. Guy missed his first six shots, then hit six 3-pointers in the second half as Virginia overcame an eight-point deficit.

(10) Miami 69, Boston University 54: Freshman Lonnie Walker IV scored a season-high 26 points and the Hurricanes (8-0) surged in the second half to beat the Terriers (3-4) in Coral Gables, Florida.

Walker, making his first career start, shot 9 for 15, went 5 for 7 from 3-point range and added seven rebounds in a season-high 28 minutes.

Dejan Vasiljevic had 15 points for Miami, which remained unbeaten in non-conference home games since November 2015. Boston U still hasn’t beaten a ranked team since 1959.

Nebraska 78, (14) Minnesota 68: Glynn Watson Jr. scored 20 of his 29 points in the second half and the Cornhuskers (7-3, 1-1 Big Ten) opened up a 16-point lead early in the second half en route to a win over the Gophers (8-2, 1-1) in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Watson scored seven straight points to open the second half, and Duby Okeke’s dunk put Nebraska up 48-32 with 15:35 left.

Minnesota made two of its first 10 shots in the half and struggled against the Huskers’ switching man-to-man defense.

(20) TCU 94, SMU 83: Kenrich Williams had 27 points to lead five TCU players in double figures, and got tackled after a steal and breakaway toward the basket as the 20th-ranked Horned Frogs (9-0) extended the nation’s longest winning streak to 14 games with a win over the Mustangs (7-3) in Fort Worth, Texas.

The Frogs were already starting to separate themselves midway through the second half when Williams came up with an SMU turnover. The 6-foot-7 guard was going the other way when Ben Emelogu caught up from behind and essentially dragged him to the court.

After the flagrant foul, Williams made one free throw and TCU kept possession. After several passes, Desmond Bane hit a 3-pointer from the left wing in front of the Frogs’ bench that put them up 67-56.

SMU was coming off a 17-point home win over then-No.14 Southern Cal just three days earlier.

Texas Tech 82, (22) Nevada 76: Keenan Evans scored 25 of his career-high 32 points in the second half and overtime and the Red Raiders (7-1) rallied from 11 points down in the second half to beat the Wolf Pack (8-1) in Lubbock, Texas.

Caleb Martin scored a season-high 28 points and twin brother Cody Martin matched his best of the season with 22 in the Wolf Pack’s first game as a ranked team since 2007. Nevada was off to its best start as a Division I school (since 1970).

The Red Raiders went without a field goal for the final five minutes of regulation but made six straight free throws down the stretch, including two from Justin Gray with 23 seconds left to force overtime at 70-70.

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