MILWAUKEE Davante Gardner scored 26 points and No. 22 Marquette beat No. 12 Syracuse 74-71 Monday night in a game that further tightened things at the top of the Big East.
Gardner played only 11 minutes in Marquette’s 60-56 loss at Villanova on Saturday, with coach Buzz Williams saying he benched the junior center because “he played really bad.”
Gardner was the exact opposite against the Orange, making all seven of his shots and converting 12 of 13 free throws in 33 minutes to pull Marquette (20-7, 11-4 Big East) into second place, a half-game behind No. 7 Georgetown.
C.J. Fair had 20 points for Syracuse (22-6, 10-5), which has lost three of five and dropped into a tie for fourth with No. 21 Notre Dame. No. 10 Louisville is alone in third, a game behind Georgetown.
No. 6 Kansas 108, Iowa St. 96 (OT): Elijah Johnson scored a career-high 39 – 12 in overtime – and Kansas rallied to win at Iowa State for coach Bill Self’s 500th career win.
Travis Releford added 19 points for the Jayhawks (24-4, 12-3 Big 12), who snapped Iowa State’s 22-game home winning streak and kept pace with Kansas State atop the Big 12.
Johnson made two free throws with 4.9 seconds left in regulation to tie the game at 90. He and Releford buried 3s to put Kansas ahead 100-92 with 2:03 left, and Johnson drilled a 30-footer with 54 seconds left.
Korie Lucious scored 23 and Tyrus McGee had 22 for the Cyclones (19-9, 9-6), who dropped their third overtime game in Big 12 play.
After the game a handful of those in the student section hurled small plastic megaphones at the Jayhawks as they ran back to their locker room.
No. 13 Kansas State 75, Texas Tech 55: Thomas Gipson scored 20, Angel Rodriguez added 16 and host Kansas State (23-5, 12-3 Big 12) reached 12 conference wins for the first time in 40 years.
Dusty Hannahs scored 14 and Jaye Crockett 13 for the Red Raiders (9-17, 2-13).
No. 1 Baylor 86, Oklahoma 64: Brittney Griner scored 15, tied her season-high with 15 rebounds and blocked seven shots to lead Baylor (27-1, 16-0 Big 12) on the road to its 25th straight victory. Griner sat out the last 111/2 minutes of the first half with two fouls.
Griner moved past Connecticut’s Maya Moore into fourth in career scoring in women’s basketball. Only Jackie Stiles of Missouri State, Patricia Hoskins of Mississippi Valley State and Lorri Bauman of Drake have more than Griner’s 3,045 points.
Aaryn Ellenberg had 19 points to lead Oklahoma (19-9, 9-7). Morgan Hook had 15.
Wake Forest 73, Virginia 68 (OT): Guards Lakevia Boykin (25 points) and Chelsea Douglas (20) led the Deacons to the overtime victory at Virginia.
Boykin was 5-of-9 on 3-pointers and 8-of-14 from floor. Douglas was 8-of-16 from the floor. Both players played 43 of the 45 minutes.
Sandra Garcia added 11 points and seven rebounds for the Deacons (12-16, 5-11) and Dearica Hamby had 10 points and two blocks. Senior Asia Williams had 10 assists, tying her career high.
Sarah Imovbioh had 18 points and 18 rebounds for Virginia (15-12, 7-9), which lost its fourth straight. She also had five steals and one block. Ataira Franklin added 15 points.
The win was just the fifth all-time for the Deacons against Virginia and it was the first win in Charlottesville since 1978.
Chattanooga 68, Davidson 59: The Mocs won the battle of first- and second-place teams in the Southern Conference, shooting 51.9 percent in the second half in the home win.
Chattanooga (25-3, 18-1) won its 26th straight at home and 15th overall as it captured the regular-season title.
The Wildcats (18-10, 15-3) had won a school-record eight straight on the road. Sophia Aleksandravicius led Davidson with 18 points and 10 rebounds, and Laura Murray added 16 points. Ashlen Dewart had 24 points and nine rebounds for the Mocs.
Elon 75,Appalachian State 58: Ali Ford scored 19 as the Phoenix (15-12, 12-6) shot 50.8 percent (30-for-59) in the Southern Conference home win.
Maryah Sydnor had 25 points and nine rebounds for the Mountaineers (18-7, 12-5).
Samford 46, Western Carolina 41: Jazmine Martin scored 19 and Samford (13-15, 10-9 Southern) edged the visiting Catamounts (7-20, 5-13). Rena Wakama and Kristen Lyon scored 11 each for Western Carolina.
Furman 57, Georgia Southern 48: Sarah Durdaller had 13 points and 13 rebounds, and Patrice Butler had 13 and 11 for Furman (12-15, 8-10) in the Southern Conference home win. Meredyth Frye scored 15 and Mimi DuBose had 13 for the Eagles (6-21, 5-13).
College of Charleston 69, Wofford 60: Afreyea Tolbert had 16 points and 12 rebounds for the Cougars (13-14, 9-9 Southern) at home. Daniella Motley led Wofford (7-19, 2-16) with 23 points and 14 rebounds.
Charlotte 73, La Salle 56: Senior Jennifer Hailey tied her career high with 27 points and had a career-high 18 rebounds in an Atlantic 10 victory Sunday at La Salle (8-19, 4-8). The 49ers (22-4, 11-1) matched the school record for consecutive wins with 11.
Hailey made 11 of 15 field goals and five of nine free throws, and also extended her streak to 38 straight games with at least one blocked shot. Jai Forney added 10 points.