South Dakota State takes long bus trip, then upsets No. 16 New Mexico
Nate Wolters had 28 points and seven assists, and South Dakota State, following a 1,220-mile bus trip from Nashville, went 10-for-11 from the free-throw line and upset No. 16 New Mexico, 70-65, on Saturday in Albuquerque.
Wolters' three-pointer with 4:49 left in the first half gave South Dakota State (10-4) its largest lead at 35-23. But the Lobos (12-1) closed the half with an 11-3 run to trail 38-34 entering the second half.
The Jackrabbits suffered a 76-49 loss to Belmont on Wednesday night in Nashville, then their Thursday flight, which was to go through Chicago, was grounded by a Midwest storm. The team arrived in Albuquerque by bus Friday night.
Kansas State 67, Florida 61: Will Spradling had 16 points and five assists, and set up Shane Southwell's three-pointer in the closing minutes in Kansas City, Mo. The No. 8 Gators are 8-2; the Wildcats 9-2.
Kansas 74, Ohio State 66: Redshirt freshman Ben McLemore scored 22 points, including six in a row as No. 9 Kansas (10-1) kept No. 7 Ohio State (9-2) without a basket for more than 10 minutes in the second half.
Wofford 56, Xavier 55: Karl Cochran scored 20 points and Lee Skinner hit one of two free throws with 7 seconds left as Wofford (6-6) erased a 14-point deficit in Cincinnati.
Mercer 66, Alabama 59: Jakob Gollon made two free throws with 1:19 left, Mercer ended the game on an 8-0 run and overcame a 12-point first-half deficit in Tuscaloosa.
Cincinnati 68, Wright St. 58: JaQuon Parker scored 16 of his season-high 21 points in the second half, sparking a 23-6 run for host No. 11 Cincinnati (12-0).-- AP
Quinnipiac 75, St. John's 72: Felecia Baron had 19 points, including a three with 1:56 left. Shenneika Smith led St. John's (5-5) with 21 points and 11 rebounds.