The Sooners (12-9) had lost three straight games, but against the Crimson Tide they shot 58% from the field.
Rylan Griffen led Alabama (18-3) with 15 points and seven rebounds. Freshman Brandon Miller, who averaged 19.5 points per game, finished with 11.
NO. 3 HOUSTON 75, CINCINNATI 69
HOUSTON — Jarace Walker had a career high with 25 points and seven rebounds, and Houston bounced back from an 11-point deficit in the second half to defeat Cincinnati.
Walker, who scored 13 points in the second half, was 10 of 14 off the field. J’Wan Roberts added 14 points and six rebounds, and Jamal Shead had 13 points for Houston (20-2, 8-1 American Athletic Conference).
Houston has won at least 20 games in eight straight seasons under coach Kelvin Sampson.
Landers Nolley II had 24 points, including 6 3-pointers. Vicktor Lakhin added 15 points and David DeJulius had 14 points and nine assists for Cincinnati (14-8, 5-4).
NO. 7 VIRGINIA 76, BOSTON COLLEGE 57
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Armaan Franklin and Jayden Gardner each had 18 points, and Virginia used a big first-half run to take control in a 76-57 win over Boston College for its sixth straight win.
The Cavaliers (16-3, 8-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) trailed 18-15 before going on an 18-4 run in the next 11 minutes. Virginia finished the game with a 16-4 second-half sprint.
Quinten Post added 24 points to the Eagles’ lead (10-12, 4-7) and Makai Ashton-Langford added 12 points.
Virginia’s Isaac McKneely finished the tournament with 12 points and Reece Beekman had 11 and eight assists.
MISSOURI 78, NO. 12 State of Iowa 61
COLUMBIA, Mo. — Kobe Brown scored 20 points and D’Moi Hodge scored 17 points to help Missouri defeat Iowa State 78-61 in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge.
Brown scored 14 of his first-half points and led Missouri (16-5) with 12 rebounds. Nick Honor added 12 points and DeAndre Gholston scored 10.
Jaren Holmes led Iowa State (15-5) with 19 points and Gabe Kalscheur added 14.
The Tigers’ 78 points was a season-high for a regular Iowa state opponent. The Cyclones will be 0-3 this season if they allow at least 70 points in regulation.
CREIGHTON 84, NO. 13 XAVIER 67
OMAHA, Neb. — Arthur Kamula scored 20 points, Creighton’s four other starters landed in double figures and the Bluejays toppled Xavier 84-67 for their fourth straight Big East win.
Creighton (13-8, 7-3) steadily built a double-digit lead throughout the game, making 34 of his 60 field goal attempts (56.7%) to a packed house.
Ryan Kalkbrenner had 17 points, Baylor Scheierman had 14, Trey Alexander finished with 13 and Ryan Nembhard added 11 for the Bluejays, who avenged a 90-87 loss at Xavier on Jan. 11.
Zach Freemantle led Xavier (17-5, 9-2) with 18 points, followed by Colby Jones and Adam Kunkel with 13 points.
WEST VIRGINIA 80, NO. 15 CARBONNS 77
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Erik Stevenson posted a career-high 31 points and West Virginia withstood a furious late rally from Auburn to win an SEC-Big 12 Challenge matchup.
The Mountaineers (13-8) have won back-to-back for the first time in a month. Jimmy Bell Jr. added 15 points for the Mountaineers.
Charles Barkley cheered on his alma mater from a courtside seat, but Auburn (16-5) couldn’t overcome another slow start. The Tigers have lost back-to-back for the first time in two years.
Jaylin Williams led Auburn by 18 points. Johni Broome added 15 and Allen Flanigan scored 13.
NO. 16 MARQUETTE 89, DEPAUL 69
CHICAGO — David Joplin went 8-11 from 3 points for a career-high 28 points, Tyler Kolek had a double-double and Marquette defeated DePaul.
Marquette has won eight of his last nine games and entered a tie with No. 13 Xavier at the top of the Big East.
Marquette (17-5, 9-2) pulled away in the second half. Oso Ighodaro had 10 points and made all five shots, Olivier-Maxence Prosper had 13 and had 8 rebounds, and Kolek had 24 points, 10 assists and 9 rebounds.
Umoja Gibson scored 25 points for DePaul (9-13, 3-8) on 8-of-12 shooting.
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