Top-ranked UNLV warmed up for next week's showdown with second-ranked Arkansas by beating Rutgers 15-73 on Sunday as Stacy Augmon's triple-double led the defending national champions to their 29th straight win, 18th this season.
Augmon scored 27 points and added 11 rebounds and 11 assists while Anderson Hunt scored 29. Both were pulled when coach Jerry Tarkanian removed his regulars with 11 minutes remaining and a huge lead.The Runnin' Rebels, who entered the game with an average victory margin of more than 31 points, play Fresno State on Thursday, then travel to Fayetteville, Ark. for a game next Sunday against Arkansas. The Razorbacks beat Rice 100-87 on Saturday to run their record to 21-1.
"I've been thinking about Arkansas," Tarkanian admitted afterward. "I'd be lying if I said I wasn't."
UNLV led 57-39 at halftime, then went on a 20-2 tear to start the second half and blow out Rutgers, which fell to 13-7 and had a six-game winning streak snapped.
No. 3 Ohio St. 66, Purdue 59
Jim Jackson scored 22 points, including eight in the final four minutes, and Ohio State outscored Purdue 15-6 in the final six minutes.
Ohio State, which lost at Michigan State 75-61 Thursday night for its first defeat, moved to 18-1 overall and 8-1 in the Big Ten. Purdue fell to 11-8 and 3-6. Jimmy Oliver led the Boilermakers, who had won the last three meetings, with 22 points. The Buckeyes are 10-0 at home.
No. 4 Indiana 77, Minnesota 66
Freshman Damon Bailey scored 6 of his 10 points during a 17-1 second-half run Sunday as Indiana survived 30 percent first-half shooting. The Hoosiers trailed 34-21 and by 9 in the second half when Bailey spakred the run.
Eric Anderson and Calbert Cheaney scored 22 points each for Indiana (20-2, 8-1), which won its fourth straight game to remain tied with Ohio State for the conference lead. Kevin Lynch had 20 for Minnesota (10-9, 3-6).
No. 10 Kentucky 96, Georgia 84
Jamal Mashburn scored 31 points, the most ever by a Kentucky freshman, to lead the Wildcats past Georgia. Mashburn, a 6-foot-8 forward from New York, scored 17 points in the first half as Kentucky (17-3 overall, 9-1 SEC) built a 50-38 lead and then hit a key basket in the second half to turn back a rally by Georgia (11-8, 4-6).
DePaul 72, No. 18 Georgetown 63
David Booth scored 18 of his 22 points the second half as DePaul (12-7) snapped a six-year losing streak against the Hoyas and Joey Meyer's first coaching triumph in seven meetings against John Thompson. The Blue Demons took control by outscoring Georgetown 24-7 over the first 10 minutes of the second half.
N.C. State 79, No. 23 Ga. Tech 73
Rodney Monroe scored 31 points, including eight in the final 3:03, to lead North Carolina State (11-6, 4-3). Monroe's late scoring came after the Wolfpack had blown all but three points of a 15-point lead they held with eight minutes remaining.
It was the second home loss in the last five days for Tech (13-7, 5-4), which was led by Kenny Anderson with 23 points.
Scenic West update
Center Airton Dudzevich scored 26 points to lead North Idaho past Ricks College 102-89 and into second place in the Scenic West Athletic Conference behind Southern Idaho.
Southern Idaho, ranked third nationally, defeated Dixie College 116-87 and Snow College 89-72 over the weekend to move 21/2 games ahead of North Idaho with a 10-1 record. North Idaho is 7-3.
Utah Valley and Eastern Utah are tied for third place in the league at 7-4. The two teams battled in Price, Utah, Friday night, with Eastern winning 84-82 in overtime.
Maurice Fraizer hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to send the game into overtime, then sunk another to help seal the win. Eastern Utah also defeated Salt Lake 79-73 and Utah Valley won at Colorado Northwestern 90-68.
In other games, Dixie won at Treasure Valley 102-75 and Colorado Northwestern beat Salt Lake 73-61 in Rangely, Colo.
In the longest SWAC game played to date, Snow College outlasted Treasure Valley 102-98 in three overtimes Friday night in Ontario, Ore. Snow's Michael Mathews hit a 3-pointer late in the second overtime to force the third and deciding overtime.