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Baylor edges Arizona 63-58 as seven previously unbeaten teams fall on Saturday

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Baylor’s MaCio Teague scored a game-high 19 points as the eighteenth-ranked Bears (7-1), jumping out to an eleven-point halftime advantage, defeated No. 12 Arizona 63-58 in Waco yesterday.  It was the first loss of the season for Arizona, which dropped to 9-1.

Arizona was one of seven previously undefeated teams that saw their perfect records blemished on Saturday.

Rasheem Dunn calmly sank a pair of free throws with five seconds remaining as St. John’s barely hung on to defeat previously unbeaten West Virginia 70-68 in a Big East/Big 12 battle in New York on Saturday. 

With a chance to win or tie in the closing seconds, WVU’s Miles McBride’s potential game-tying jumper careened off the left side of the rim as the buzzer sounded. 

The Red Storm improved to 8-2 on the season while the Mountaineers, tasting defeat for the first time this year, fell to 7-1.

Indiana (8-1) also lost for the first time this season as the Hoosiers fell on the road to hot-shooting Wisconsin 84-64.  Sophomore guard Kobe King scored a career-high 24 points for the Badgers, who improved to 5-4 overall and 1-0 in the Big Ten.

Second-ranked Kansas handed Colorado (7-1) its first setback of 2019-20 with a convincing 72-58 win in Lawrence.  Ochai Agbaji scored 20 points and Devon Dotson, who could have been a second round NBA pick but opted to stay in school, chipped in 18 for the highly-ranked Jayhawks (7-1).

Arkansas (8-1) also lost for the first time this season, losing at Western Kentucky 86-79 in overtime.  Taveion Hollingsworth tallied a game-high 23 points for the Hilltoppers, who improved to 7-3.  The Razorbacks made only 2 of 7 shots in overtime.

Georgetown (6-3), which knocked off previously unbeaten Oklahoma State on Wednesday, played the role of giant slayer for the second straight time in crushing SMU 91-74 at the Moody Coliseum in Dallas.  Jahvon Blair, a 6-4 junior guard from Ontario, matched his career-high with 21 points for the Hoyas. 

Suffering its first loss of the season, SMU fell to 8-1.

Delaware (9-1), which had quietly reeled off nine consecutive victories to open the season — a program record — also saw its perfect record tarnished in a 66-56 loss to George Washington (5-5) at the Charles E. Smith Center in the nation’s capital.  

Armel Potter, a 6-1 senior guard, tossed in nineteen points and 6-8 forward Arnaldo Toro added a dozen points while pulling down a game-high 17 rebounds for the Colonials.  Collin Goss, a GWU transfer, paced the Blue Hens with 15 points.

Were it not for senior point guard Anthony Cowan Jr.’s last-second heroics, an eighth undefeated team might also have gone down to defeat for the first time yesterday, but Cowan’s game-tying trey and steal and ensuing foul shot in the final 21 seconds lifted Maryland (10-0) past Illinois 59-58. 

Cowan’s game-ending dramatics capped an 11-1 run in the final four minutes and eleven seconds by the undefeated Terps.

With the seven losses yesterday, the number of undefeated teams in the country dwindled to nine.

Darcy G. Richardson is a historian and the author of more than a dozen books. His latest is Loyola's Improbable Ramblers: 55 Years in the Making, available now on Amazon.

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