Lawrence, Kan. • Andrew Wiggins scored 17 points, most of them coming at the free throw line, and No. 8 Kansas pulled away in the second half to beat No. 24 Baylor 78-68 on Monday night.
Wiggins was 10 of 12 from the free throw line, and the Jayhawks (14-4, 5-0 Big 12) were 27 of 29 as a team, allowing them to put away Baylor for their fifth straight win — the last four over Top 25 opponents. They are the first team to accomplish that feat since North Carolina in 1997.
Perry Ellis added 19 points and Joel Embiid had 12 for Kansas, which led 37-35 at halftime but used a 14-2 surge fueled by defense and hustle in the second half to draw away.
Brady Heslip hit six 3-pointers and scored 19 points for the Bears (13-5, 1-4), who have lost three straight and four of five. Cory Jefferson and Isaiah Austin added 16 points apiece.
The teams combined for 16 turnovers in a disjointed first half that included 12 lead changes but virtually no rhythm. The Jayhawks managed to squeeze out the two-point halftime lead, but they had to shoot 60 percent from the field to do it.
That’s because Baylor was scorching from beyond the arc. Heslip hit all four of his 3-point tries and the 7-foot Austin added two — he was 0 for 4 from inside the arc.
Creighton 96, No. 4 Villanova 68 • In Philadelphia, Ethan Wragge tied a school record with nine 3-pointers for all 27 points, Doug McDermott hit five 3s and scored 23 points, and Creighton set a team mark with 21 3-pointers in a victory over No. 4 Villanova.
The Bluejays (16-3, 6-1 Big East) topped the school record of 20 3s set in 2005 against Chattanooga. Kyle Korver hit nine 3s against Evansville on Jan. 15, 2003.
Nebraska 68, No. 17 Ohio State 62 • In Omaha, Neb., Shavon Shields scored 18 points and Terran Petteway had 13 of his 18 in the second half to lead Nebraska to an upset of Ohio State, the Buckeyes’ fourth straight loss.
The Cornhuskers (9-8, 1-5 Big Ten), who ended a five-game losing streak, survived after squandering a 14-point first-half lead.
Arizona, Syracuse stay atop poll
Arizona and Syracuse are the top two teams in The Associated Press Top 25 for a seventh straight week. The Wildcats (18-0) are again the runaway No. 1, receiving 61 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel. The Orange (18-0) got the other No. 1 votes.
Michigan, at No. 21, and Kansas State, at 22nd, moved into the poll this week, replacing Creighton, Colorado and UCLA. There was a tie for 25th last week.
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