Markief Morris scored a career-high 19 points and No. 1 Kansas pulled away in the second half to beat UCLA 73-61 yesterday, sending the Bruins to their fourth consecutive loss.
Xavier Henry added 16 points and Sherron Collins had 14 for the Jayhawks (7-0), who led the entire game but allowed UCLA to get within four early in the second half. Michael Roll scored 16 points for the Bruins (2-5), who hadn't lost four in a row since 2003-04.
Kansas led by 13 points in the first half, when the Bruins committed 11 turnovers and shot 33 percen. Collins' jumper gave Kansas its largest lead of the half, 29-16. From there, the Bruins ended the half on a 12-6 run to close to 35-28. UCLA then outscored Kansas 6-3 to start the second half, but could get no closer than 38-34.
"We're going to look back on this game in February and be very proud because [UCLA] is going to get better and better," said Jayhawks coach Bill Self.
In other games:
* At Connecticut, Jerome Dyson scored 24 points and came within an assist of a triple-double as No. 14 Connecticut held off Harvard 79-73. Kemba Walker had 20 points and Stanley Robinson added 18 points and 12 rebounds for the Huskies (6-1), while Jeremy Lin had 30 for Harvard (6-2).
* At Clemson, Tanner Smith and Demontez Stitt scored 14 points each and No. 18 Clemson (7-2) won its sixth straight game over rival South Carolina (6-2), 72-61. Brandis Raley-Ross scored 16 points for the Gamecocks.
* At Notre Dame, junior Tim Abromaitis, making his first start, scored a career-high 31 points, Luke Harangody added 29 and Notre Dame (8-1) shot 55 percent to beat Central Florida (6-2), 90-72.
* At Rutgers, Gregory Echenique had 19 points and eight rebounds to help Rutgers (5-2) hold off Colgate (0-8), 76-67. Freshman Dane Miller had career highs with 15 points and eight rebounds and leading scorer Mike Rosario netted 14 points. Kyle Roemer (21 points, 10 rebounds) led Colgate.
* At Boston College, Reggie Jackson grabbed the rebound on Malcolm Grant's missed three-pointer with 3 seconds left, then sank a pair of free throws that proved to be the difference as the Eagles (6-2) beat Miami (8-1) 61-60 in the Atlantic Coast Conference opener. Grant, a transfer from Villanova, scored 18 points for Miami.
* At Seattle, No. 12 Washington (6-1) beat Cal State Northridge (4-5) 88-76, behind Isiah Washington's 21 points.
In area women's games:
* Brittany Ford scored a game-high 17 points to lead Saint Joseph's (3-5) to a 65-46 victory over visiting George Mason (5-3).
* Jess Knapp scored a team-high 16 points, but Penn (0-7) remains winless following a 65-51 loss at Navy (7-3).