LAWRENCE, Kan. — Xavier Thames scored 16 points, four on free throws in the closing seconds, and No. 21 San Diego State held on to beat No. 16 Kansas 61-57 on Sunday, ending the Jayhawks’ 68-game nonconference winning streak at Allen Fieldhouse.
Kansas (9-4) had a chance to tie the game when Perry Ellis went to the free throw line with 11.9 seconds left. He made his first free throw but, after San Diego State (12-1) called timeout to ice him, Ellis missed the second and the Jayhawks were forced to foul.
“This is a great win for us,” Thames said. “A lot of teams don’t come in here and get victories. I’m just blessed to be a part of this one.”
Thames made both free throws to give San Diego State a three-point lead, and the Aztecs fouled rather than allow Kansas to attempt a tying three-pointer. Frank Mason missed the first and made the second, and Thames made two more foul shots with 4.6 seconds left to seal the win.
Skylar Spencer finished with 13 points and Josh Davis had 10 for the Aztecs, who have won 11 straight since losing to No. 1 Arizona on Nov. 14. That streak is tied for the second-best in school history and trails only the 20-0 start of the 2010-11 team.
Andrew Wiggins and Mason scored 14 points apiece for the Jayhawks, who had won 112 of their last 114 games at their venerable on-campus home. Joel Embiid finished with 12 points and 12 rebounds
No. 4 Wisconsin 75, No. 22 Iowa 71: In Madison, Wis., Ben Brust scored 19 points and Wisconsin remained unbeaten with a victory over Iowa.
Wisconsin (15-0, 2-0 Big Ten) matched the best start in school history, tying the 1911-12 and 1913-14 teams.
The game was physical at times, drawing loud protests from both coaches. But Iowa coach Fran McCaffery boiled over after a foul was called on Gabriel Olaseni that sent Nigel Hayes to the line.
McCaffery was ejected with 12 minutes to play after two technical fouls. He continued to confront the officials as his assistants tried to restrain him.
Wake Forest 73, No. 19 North Carolina 67: In Winston-Salem, N.C., Travis McKie scored 10 of his 16 points in the second half to help Wake Forest beat UNC in the Atlantic Coast Conference opener for both teams.
Codi Miller-McIntyre added 12 points for the Demon Deacons (11-3, 1-0), who took control with a 15-2 run midway through the second half.
No. 8 Wichita State 67, Northern Iowa 53: In Wichita, Kan., Fred VanVleet had a season-high 22 points to lead Wichita State to its 15th straight win.
Cleanthony Early had 18 points for Wichita State (15-0, 2-0 Missouri Valley), which established a school record for consecutive wins and extended the best start in school history. The previous record winning streak of 14 games came in 1953-54.
No. 11 Villanova 91, Providence 61: In Villanova, Pa., JayVaughn Pinkston scored 19 points and Dylan Ennis had 17 for Villanova.
Palo Verde High School grad Bryce Cotton scored 25 points and was the lone highlight for the Friars. Cotton made all three threes in the first half for 16 points.