Kansas State delivers

Wildcats down No. 3 Missouri
February 22, 2012 12:00 am

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Rodney McGruder scored 24 points and Kansas State upset No. 3 Missouri, 78-68, the Wildcats' second win this season against the Tigers.

Kansas State (19-8, 8-7 Big 12) led, 40-30, at halftime and by 16 points in the second half after a twisting McGruder layup before a late run by Missouri (25-3, 12-3) got the Tigers within 63-60 with six minutes remaining.

Missouri trailed by four after two free throws by Michael Dixon with 2:21 left, but Jordan Henriquez answered with an alley-oop dunk after a Tiger timeout.

The Wildcats extended the lead on two free throws by Henriquez after a Steve Moore foul on a missed Michael Dixon 3-pointer and built a cushion from the free-throw line in the final minute.

The K-State loss was Missouri's first home defeat of the season and just the fourth career loss at Mizzou Arena for the Tigers' five-man senior class.

It also kept Missouri from the best start in school history. The previous two Missouri teams to start 25-2, in 1990 and '94 under coach Norm Stewart, also lost.

Other Top 25 men

• North Carolina 86, North Carolina State 74: Kendall Marshall had a career-high 22 points and 13 assists to help visiting No. 7 North Carolina (24-4, 11-2 ACC) beat North Carolina State (18-10, 7-6). North Carolina has won 12 consecutive meetings and hasn't lost to the Wolfpack in five years.

• Ohio State 83, Illinois 67: Deshaun Thomas scored 19 points as No. 8 Ohio State (23-5, 11-4) regained its shooting touch, rolling over visiting Illinois (16-12, 5-10) to remain in the thick of the Big Ten race.

• Florida 63, Auburn 47: Kenny Boynton was part of a hot shooting night for No. 12 Florida (22-6, 10-3 SEC), scoring 20 points as the Gators overcome 18 turnovers to beat visiting Auburn (14-13, 4-9).

Big East

• Seton Hall 73, Georgetown 55: Jordan Theodore scored a career-high 29 points to lead Seton Hall (19-9, 8-8) to the signature win it needed for its NCAA tournament resume against visiting No. 9 Georgetown (20-6, 10-5). The Pirates put on quite a shooting performance against one of the conference's best defensive teams.

Top 25 women

• St. John's 63, West Virginia 54: Nadirah McKenith matched her career-high with 26 points to help No. 20 St. John's (19-8, 11-3 Big East) keep rolling with a victory against visiting West Virginia (19-8, 9-5). The Red Storm have won 12 of their past 14 games.

• Baylor 80, Texas 59: Brittney Griner had 18 points with 10 rebounds as top-ranked Baylor (28-0, 15-0) claimed the outright Big 12 title with a victory against visiting Texas (15-12, 5-10). Griner's 40th career double-double came in her 100th game at Baylor.

First Published 2012-02-21 23:15:51

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