College basketball roundup: K-State handles WVU
MANHATTAN, Kan. — Will Spradling scored 19 points, and No. 14 Kansas State used a big first-half run to beat West Virginia, 71-61, on Monday night, ruining the return of Mountaineers coach Bob Huggins to the school he helped rebuild.
Nino Williams had 13 points, and Angel Rodriguez added 11 points and seven assists for the Wildcats (21-5, 10-3). They slipped into first place in the Big 12 by a half game over ninth-ranked Kansas and No. 14 Oklahoma State.
Deniz Kilicli had 14 points for the Mountaineers (13-13, 6-7), but the rest of their starters combined for 13 points, with two of them getting shut out.
Huggins received a warm reception in his first trip back to Bramlage Coliseum, where he went 23-12 as coach of the Wildcats during the 2006-07 season. Huggins led the program to the NIT, its first postseason appearance in eight years, before leaving for his alma mater.
No. 14 Dayton 58, Duquesne 57 — In Dayton, Ohio, Andrea Hoover scored 20 points, and Kelley Austria added 17 off the bench as Dayton held off Duquesne for its 10th consecutive victory.
The Flyers (22-1, 10-0 Atlantic 10) trailed, 50-41, when Hoover's basket with 12:17 left sparked a 13-0 Dayton run that put the Flyers ahead, 54-50.
Ahjah Hall's two free throws pushed the Dukes (19-6, 8-3) back ahead, 57-56, with 3:21 left, but Ally Malott answered with two foul shots for the decisive Flyers' lead.
Duquesne missed six shots and committed three turnovers in the final 2½ minutes, including a pair of failed shot attempts in the final 8 seconds. Oditte Odisho paced Duquesne with 14 points off the bench.
Quinnipiac 60, Robert Morris 46 — In Hamden, Conn., Robert Morris junior forward Artemis Spanou pulled down 19 rebounds to set a single-season record with 378 and eclipse the career 1,000-rebound mark. But the Colonials lost to Northeast Conference-leading Quinnipiac (22-1, 13-0).
Spanou also had 15 points to lead the Colonials (7-18, 6-8).
Top 25 women
No. 1 Baylor 76, No. 3 UConn 70 — In Hartford, Conn., Brittney Griner scored 25 points, including the 3,000th of her career, to help Baylor rally for the win.
Baylor led, 54-53, midway through the second half before Griner took over. She scored seven points during the burst, and her putback made the score 67-61 with five minutes left.
UConn rallied to make the score 67-65, but Griner answered with a putback. Then, she hit the two free throws 1:30 later to make the score 73-67 and seal the win.