Baylor’s MaCio Teague drives to the basket against Texas’ Greg Brown, right, during the second half Tuesday night at Austin, Texas. Eric Gay/Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas — Davion Mitchell scored 27 points and No. 2 Baylor used a big run to pull away for an 83-69 victory over sixth-ranked Texas on Tuesday night.

Baylor (17-0, 9-0 Big 12) has won every game this season by at least eight points and looked to be in a fight with its closest pursuer in the conference. Texas (11-4, 5-3) was within six points late before Baylor pulled away behind open 3-pointers from Adam Flagler and Mitchell.

Andrew Jones scored a career-high 25 points for the Longhorns, who were back to full strength after going without two starters and Coach Shaka Smart in a loss to Oklahoma last week because of COVID-19. Texas also had two games postponed and another canceled.

Baylor has won 10 of its last 11 against Texas. The Bears matched the best start in school history and took a three-game lead in the Big 12 standings.

(8) IOWA 84, MICHIGAN STATE 78: Luka Garza scored 27 points to reach another milestone as host Iowa (13-4, 7-3 Big Ten) beat Michigan State (8-7, 2-7).

Garza, who came into the game as the nation’s leading scorer at 26.4 points per game, became the second 2,000-point scorer in program history. Garza, who has 2,009 points, is 107 points behind all-time leading scorer Roy Marble.

MISSISSIPPI 52, (11) TENNESSEE 50: Devontae Shuler scored 15 points and fueled a second-half rally as Mississippi (9-8, 4-6 Southeastern Conference) beat visiting Tennessee (12-4, 8-4), the Rebels’ first win over a ranked team in more than two years.

Ole Miss rallied from an 11-point first-half deficit and then withstood a late challenge by the Volunteers to stop a two-game skid.

Trailing by five points in the final minute, Tennessee cut it to 51-49 on Keon Johnson’s 3-pointer with 42 seconds left. Shuler worked the clock down but missed on a drive, and Johnson grabbed an offensive rebound and was fouled.

He missed the first free throw with 3.5 seconds left but made the second to make it 51-50. The Vols quickly fouled Robert Allen, who made 1 of 2 foul shots.

Josiah-Jordan James’s 3-point attempt at the buzzer bounced off the rim.

(17) WEST VIRGINIA 76, IOWA STATE 72: Taz Sherman hit two free throws with 6.4 seconds remaining and finished with 18 points as visiting West Virginia (12-5, 5-3 Big 12) held on to beat Iowa State (2-10, 0-7).

(19) WISCONSIN 72, PENN STATE 56: Freshman Jonathan Davis scored a career-high 17 points and host Wisconsin (14-5, 8-4 Big Ten) resumed its usual dominance of Penn State (6-8, 3-7).

Brad Davidson added 13 points for the Badgers, whose 13-game winning streak over the Nittany Lions ended with an 81-17 loss at Penn State on Saturday. Wisconsin hasn’t lost at home to Penn State since 1995 and has won 27 of the last 30 meetings.

(23) KANSAS 74, KANSAS STATE 51: Christian Braun hit four 3-pointers and scored 18 points, half of them during an 18-3 charge midway through the second half, and host Kansas (12-6, 6-4 Big 12) rolled past Kansas State (5-14, 1-9).

MARYLAND 61, (24) PURDUE 60: Eric Ayala made two free throws with three seconds left, and host Maryland (10-8, 4-7 Big Ten) scored the final six points to rally past Purdue (12-7, 7-5), ruining the Boilermakers’ season debut in the Top 25.

Purdue led 60-55 with 1:43 remaining before Darryl Morsell drilled a 3-pointer and Ayala finished up with three free throws. Ayala made 1 of 2 at the line with 48 seconds to go and hit the final two after missing a layup, collecting his own rebound and getting fouled by Jaden Ivey.

Purdue then committed a turnover before attempting a final shot.

Aaron Wiggins had 18 points and 11 rebounds for Maryland and Ayala scored 16. The Terps went 8 for 13 from beyond the arc in the second half after going 1 for 12 from long range over the first 20 minutes.

NEBRASKA: The Nebraska men’s basketball team is emerging from a shutdown because of a COVID-19 outbreak that left Coach Fred Hoiberg with a severe case.

“I got a little scared, to be honest with you, just with everything I’ve had in my past with two open heart surgeries and being fully dependent on a pacemaker,” Hoiberg said Tuesday. “It concerned me. And I did have chest pains. That was the scary thing.”

The 48-year-old Hoiberg was born with an abnormal aortic valve and had surgeries in 2005 and 2015, with the first one spelling the end of his NBA playing career.

Hoiberg said he’s undergone a battery of heart tests since recovering from the virus and everything looked normal.

Nebraska paused team activities Jan. 11. Hoiberg said he and two assistants, a graduate assistant, nine players and a student manager tested positive. That’s in addition to another player who had COVID-19 earlier in the season. All the players had either minor symptoms or were asymptomatic, Hoiberg said, and all three coaches had severe symptoms.

The Cornhuskers (4-8, 0-5 Big Ten) are scheduled to play at Michigan State on Saturday, which would make it 26 days since the Huskers’ last game.

Hoiberg said he began experiencing symptoms Jan. 15, waking up in the middle of the night with chills, bad headache, sore throat and body aches.

“I took some ibuprofen and felt pretty good the next morning and thought maybe it was just a little 24-hour deal that I had,” he said.

His daily COVID-19 antigen test was positive, and a follow-up PCR test confirmed the result. Hoiberg said he never required hospitalization because his oxygen level remained normal and his fever never exceeded 101 degrees. He lost 10 pounds and his sense of smell has not returned.

The team resumed workouts over the weekend, and Hoiberg said he continues to battle fatigue and expects that to be the case for several more weeks.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

SIENA:  A team that has spent nearly half this season in quarantine will have only six players aboard when the bus rolls away from the Saints’ campus in Loudonville, New York, for the trip to Monmouth University in West Long Branch, New Jersey.

The total travel party is 10: the players, two coaches, an athletic trainer and a bus driver.

That’s it.

“The novelty of it, I think it’s a thing you have to accept,” Coach Ali Jaques said. “We’re in this weird situation and we have to accept what it is and then understand how we can be successful – and find opportunity in that situation.”

This much is certain: It is a weird situation.

Siena has 14 players on the roster; of the eight who won’t be on the trip to Monmouth, most are in quarantine for virus-related reasons — which can include positive tests or contact tracing suggesting they may have been exposed to COVID-19. The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference has a requirement that teams must play if they have eight available players; Siena elected to play with fewer.

The Saints have been on two road trips already this season. Both times, they arrived at their destination and then found out the games would be canceled because of virus issues. If they play Monmouth on Wednesday night as scheduled in West Long Branch, New Jersey, it will be the Saints’ first road game of the season.

“You can’t make this stuff up,” Jaques said.

Siena has practiced 50 times this season, spent 40 days in quarantine and played four games. The Saints are 2-2, after losing twice in December and winning games on Jan. 9 and 10. They haven’t played since. But ending the season early was not an option.

“We don’t quit. We don’t,” Jaques said. “And I think we’re past the point of thinking we can’t be successful with only a few players. We don’t have the mindset that giving up is OK. We don’t say ‘why me,’ we say ‘try me,’ and that’s the culture that we have in our locker room.”


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