Wiltjer, Noel power Kentucky by Rebs

OXFORD, Miss. — Kyle Wiltjer scored a career-high 26 points and Nerlens Noel set a school record with 12 blocked shots as Kentucky beat No. 16 Mississippi 87-74 in men’s collegge basketball Tuesday night.

Kentucky (14-6, 5-2 Southeastern Conference) looked like it might run away with the win, taking a 73-56 lead with 10 minutes remaining. But the Rebels roared back with 16 straight points, cutting the deficit to 73-72 with 4:22 left.

Ryan Harrow nailed a 3-pointer to stop Ole Miss’ run and Kentucky was able to hold on and win for the fifth time in seven games. Archie Goodwin scored 24 points and Alex Poythress added 15.

Ole Miss (17-3, 6-1) had its nine-game winning streak snapped. LaDarius White led the Rebels with 22 points while Marshall Henderson added 21.

TENNESSEE 58, VANDERBILT 57: In Knoxville, Tenn., Jarnell Stokes had 19 points and 11 rebounds for Tennessee.

Vanderbilt guard Kedren Johnson had a chance to win the game for Vanderbilt as he drove to the basket in the closing seconds, but his shot went off the backboard and rolled off the front end of the rim. Kevin Bright grabbed the offensive board but missed the potential game-winner.

Tennessee was coming off a 54-53 victory Saturday over Alabama. In that game, the opposing team also had a chance to win the game in the final seconds.

Stokes recorded his third double-double in his last four games for the Volunteers, who won despite missing the front end of two one-and-one opportunities in the final minute.

Skylar McBee added 10 points for Tennessee (11-8, 3-4 SEC). Johnson led Vanderbilt (8-11, 2-5) with 14 points, all in the second half.

Top 25 men

No. 11 Ohio State 58, Wisconsin 49: In Columbus, Ohio, Deshaun Thomas scored 25 points, including 10 during a game-breaking 15-0 second-half run, for Ohio State.

The leading scorer in the Big Ten, Thomas took over the game as both teams tried to gain leverage in a typically physical matchup.

The victory moved Ohio State (16-4, 6-2 Big Ten) into third place in the Big Ten and dropped Wisconsin (14-7, 5-3) two games behind co-leaders Indiana and Michigan (6-1).

Traevon Jackson, the son of Buckeyes great Jimmy Jackson, led the Badgers with 12 points in the arena where his dad’s jersey hangs from the rafters.

Indiana State 68, No. 15 Wichita State 55: In Wichita, Kan., Manny Arop scored 17 points to lead Indiana State.

The Sycamores (14-7, 7-3 Missouri Valley) stayed in the conference race with their first victory over a ranked team in five tries this season. Davonte Brown and Jake Odum both added 10 points.

Cleanthony Early had 15 points and Demetric Williams added 14 for first-place Wichita State (19-3, 8-2), which shot 27.1 percent from the field.

The Sycamores put themselves in position for the upset with a dominant last 4 minutes of the first half. Indiana State ended the half on a 17-3 run over the last 4:12, taking a 39-28 lead. The run was capped by R.J. Mahurn’s four-point play and Khristian Smith’s steal and layup in the final 35 seconds.

Wichita State got within 50-48 with 7:26 remaining, but never pulled even.

Virginia 58, No. 19 N.C. State 55: In Charlottesville, Va., Joe Harris scored 22 points, seven during a game-ending 13-6 run, for Virginia.

Akil Mitchell added 14 points for Virginia (15-5, 5-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), including an 18-foot jumper that put them ahead to stay, as the second-stingiest defense in the country put the clamps on.

North Carolina State (16-5, 5-3), which arrived averaging nearly 80 points per game, became the 17th team, including all seven ACC opponents, to be held under 60 points by Virginia.

C.J. Leslie, playing despite being under the weather, led the Wolfpack with 20 points and 14 rebounds. Richard Howell had 12 points, 11 rebounds and six assists. Leslie missed what would have been a tying free throw with 3:20 left, and when Jontel Evans hit two from the line with 26 seconds left, the lead was three. The Wolfpack never got off a good shot in the closing seconds.

No. 23 Minnesota 84, Nebraska 65: In Minneapolis, Rodney Williams snapped out of a funk to score 23 points for Minnesota.

Andre Hollins scored 14 points and Austin Hollins had 13 points and five assists for the Golden Gophers (16-5, 4-4 Big Ten), who snapped a four-game losing skid that caused them to plummet in the rankings.

Ray Gallegos scored 30 points for Nebraska (11-11, 2-7), which committed 13 turnovers to offset some impressive shooting. The Huskers shot 54.5 percent for the game, but were outrebounded 36-19 and forced just six turnovers by Minnesota.

Top 25 women

No. 3 UConn 76, Villanova 43: In Hartford, Conn., Stefanie Dolson scored 20 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead Connecticut.

Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis added 19 points for the Huskies (19-1, 6-1 Big East), hitting five of her six 3-pointers. Freshman Breanna Stewart chipped in 14 points and six boards.

Jesse Carey had nine points, all on 3-pointers, to lead Villanova (16-4, 5-2), which was picked to finish 10th in the Big East, but lost for just the fourth time this season.

The Wildcats, who rely on the 3-point shot for 46 percent of their field goal attempts, missed their first nine from behind the arc.

Kelly Faris opened the contest with a tip-in and the Huskies scored the first seven points, never looking back.

West Virginia 67, No. 19 Oklahoma State 61: In Stillwater, Okla., Christal Caldwell scored 21 points, including five 3-pointers, and Averee Fields added 19 for West Virginia.

Caldwell added seven rebounds and six steals for the Mountaineers (12-8, 4-5 Big 12).

Tiffany Bias and Toni Young had 15 points apiece for the Cowgirls (15-4, 4-4), but Bias committed 11 turnovers. Young extended her streak of double-figures scoring to 27 games, dating to last season.

No. 25 Delaware 77, Northeastern 50: In Newark, Del., Elena Delle Donne scored 26 points as Delaware (16-3, 7-0) won its 11th game in a row.

For the Blue Hens (16-3, 7-0).

Delle Donne, a 6-foot-5 senior All-American, hit 10 of 16 shots from the floor, including 4-of-6 shooting from 3-point range. After missing six games while dealing with the effects of Lyme Disease, she is averaging 24.5 points.

Kashaia Cannon had 10 points for Northeastern (11-8, 4-4).