McMahon shoots No. 16 Cardinals past No. 11 Hokies, 72-64

Don Petersen/AP: Louisville’s Steven Enoch (right) goes up for a basket over Virginia Tech’s Kerry Blackshear Jr., left, during the 16th-ranked Cardinals’ 72-64 win over the 11th-ranked Hokies on Monday in Blacksburg, Va.

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) – Ryan McMahon scored 12 points in a span of 83 seconds in the second half and No. 16 Louisville used a 14-3 run to pull away and beat No. 11 Virginia Tech 72-64 on Monday night.

It is the Cardinals’ 15th consecutive victory against the Hokies.

McMahon had scored just three points when he made three free throws with 11:53 to play. He then added three 3-pointers, the last with 10:30 left after a 3 by Ty Outlaw for the Hokies, to bolster the Cardinals (17-6, 8-2 Atlantic Coast Conference).

McMahon finished with 17 points, and Jordan Nwora and Dwayne Sutton each scored 15 for the Cardinals.

Kerry Blackshear Jr. scored 21 points and Nickeil Alexander-Walker 17 for the Hokies (18-4, 7-3), who lost for the first time in 12 home games. Virginia Tech has not beaten its old Metro Conference rival since Feb. 13, 1991.

The Hokies were coming off a record-setting game in which they allowed just nine field goals and 24 points in a 47-24 victory against then-No. 23 North Carolina State, but McMahon accounted for half that total with his blistering second-half display.

The Cardinals, meanwhile, reached 24 points on Ryan McMahon’s 3-pointer 7:18 before halftime.

Virginia Tech played without second-leading scorer Justin Robinson (14.4 ppg, left foot) and reserve forward P.J. Horne (undisclosed).

DIFFERENT LOOK

The Cardinals reached 24 points on McMahon’s 3-pointer 7:18 before halftime.

BIG PICTURE

Louisville: With both teams playing their second game in three days, and the Hokies down to just six regulars, the Cardinals seemed to pay special attention to attacking to the offensive glass, but grabbed only four of those to three for Virginia Tech in the first half. Each team scored two points off those chances. Louisville grabbed offensive boards to five for the Hokies.

Virginia Tech: Coach Buzz Williams used backup point guard Wabissa Bede and fellow guards Nickeil Alexander-Walker and Ahmed Hill for 40 minutes each in Saturday afternoon’s victory in Raleigh, North Carolina, and their fatigue showed, especially after halftime. Besides McMahon, the Cardinals finished allowed McMahon to get loose for three long 3s in a span of one minute as a 44-38 Louisville expanded quickly to 55-41 with 9:03 left. The Hokies committed 10 of their 13 turnovers after halftime.

• No. 17 Iowa State 75, Oklahoma 74

NORMAN, Okla. – Lindell Wigginton scored 17 points to help lead the 17th-ranked Cyclones over the Sooners.

Marial Shayok added 16 points, 10 in the final eight minutes, including a crucial off-balance 3-pointer as the shot clock expired with 1:19 remaining, for Iowa State (18-5, 7-3 Big 12). Shayok, who shot just 2-of-7 for six points through the first 32-plus minutes, also had eight rebounds and five assists as the Cyclones won their fourth straight.

Kristian Doolittle had 19 points and nine rebounds, while Brady Manek scored 16 for Oklahoma (15-8, 3-7), which had a very short turnaround after a game at West Virginia on Saturday. The Sooners have lost three in a row.

Iowa State led for most of the second half, going up 64-57 with 5:49 remaining when Wigginton hit two free throws. But Oklahoma battled back, going on a 12-5 run over the next four minutes to tie it 69-69 on Christian James’ layup with 1:51 to go.

The Cyclones pushed the lead to four on Talen Hortton-Tucker’s free throw with 13.5 seconds left, and after Doolittle’s basket pulled OU to within two again with 4.2 to go, Shayok sank two more free throws with 3.5 seconds remaining before Jala Bieniemy hit a meaningless 3-pointer as time expired.

• No. 18 Texas Tech 81, West Virginia 50

LUBBOCK, Texas – Brandone Francis scored a season-high 16 points and No. 18 Texas Tech overwhelmed cold-shooting West Virginia.

The Red Raiders (18-5, 6-4 Big 12), who lost four of their previous five Big 12 games, took control with a 13-0 run midway through the first half. That was part of a longer stretch during which the Mountaineers missed 11 consecutive shots during a span of more than 15 minutes.

West Virginia (10-13, 2-8) finished with only nine made field goals, the fewest ever for a Big 12 team and matching North Carolina State’s total in a 47-24 loss to Virginia Tech on Saturday for the fewest by any team in a game this season. The Mountaineers were 9-of-39 (23 percent) shooting overall, and made 29 free throws.

Freshman Derek Culver had 15 free throws among his 23 points for WVU.

Texas Tech had a double-digit lead for good after Francis had a backcourt steal, drove and cut between two leaping defenders while switching the ball to his right hand and making a layup while falling away from the basket. Jarrett Culver got the next points when he swished a 3-pointer as the shot clock expired to make it 32-18.

Culver finished with 12 points, while Davide Moretti had 11 and Deshawn Corprew 10. Odiase had nine points and 10 rebounds.

WOMEN

 No. 1 Baylor 74, No. 14 Texas 68

AUSTIN, Texas – Moon Ursin scored 20 points and top-ranked Baylor held off a furious fourth-quarter rally by No. 14 Texas to get a tough 74-68 win Monday night and put a huge gap between the Lady Bears and the rest of the league in their chase for a ninth consecutive Big 12 championship.

Baylor was in control and leading 61-42 to start the fourth quarter before the Longhorns stormed back with a 20-6 run that cut the lead to five. Danni Williams made two 3-pointers and a layup off a mid-court steal in an eight-point burst.

The Lady Bears finally put the game away with Chloe Jackson’s two free throws with 8 seconds left.

Kalani Brown scored 13 of her 15 in the second half for Baylor (20-1, 10-0 Big 12).

Sug Sutton and Williams each scored 19 for Texas (18-5, 8-3).

Baylor has won 19 of the last 20 matchups with Texas, and hasn’t lost in Austin since 2010. The Lady Bears also notched their 32nd consecutive Big 12 regular season road win. This latest one gives Baylor a three-game lead in the Big 12.

Baylor clinched last season’s title on Texas’ home court and wore green and gold championship caps after leaving the court were looking for another romp until Texas rallied. It was just the second time in 10 games a Big 12 opponent has stayed within 10 points of Baylor.

• No. 10 Maryland 80, Illinois 66

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – Freshman Shakira Austin scored 17 points to help the 10th-ranked Terrapins beat the Fighting Illini.

Taylor Mikesell added 14 points for Maryland (20-2, 9-2 Big Ten), which moved into a tie with Rutgers for the top spot in the conference. The two teams play Sunday at Rutgers.

Brandi Beasley scored 17 points for Illinois (9-13, 1-10). Sarah Shewan and Alex Wittinger added 16 and 15 points respectively for the Illini.

Illinois stayed in the game until the final period. Maryland went cold in the third quarter, shooting 5-of-18 from the field.


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