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James leads Texas past Michigan State

Syracuse’s Wesley Johnson kisses his fingers after scoring from the outside against Oakland during the first half of an NCAA basketball game in Syracuse, N.Y., Tuesday.

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AUSTIN, Texas — Damion James had 23 points and 13 rebounds, leading No. 2 Texas past No. 9 Michigan State, giving the Longhorns consecutive wins over Top 10 teams.

Like the victory over No. 10 North Carolina on Saturday, James led this one. He followed his 25 points and 15 rebounds against the Tar Heels with another big showing to rally the Longhorns (11-0) from an early deficit.

Chris Allen had 12 points for the Spartans (9-3), who couldn’t beat Texas for a fourth straight year.

The Longhorns hadn’t played a ranked opponent before last weekend and now have impressive wins over two of the nation’s best.

Jordan Hamilton had 14 points, including four 3-pointers, for the Longhorns, who now have a week off.

Loyola, Md. 72, Indiana 67

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Brett Harvey converted a four-point play and made a pair of free throws in the final two minutes, lifting Loyola, Md. to a major victory over Indiana.

Harvey finished with 25 points, five assists and four rebounds, and Jamal Barney scored 13 for the Greyhounds (6-5), who raced out to a 15-0 lead and led by 24 in the first half.

Florida State 95, Tennessee-Martin 68

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Freshman Michael Snaer scored a career-high 18 points to lead Florida State to a win over Tennessee-Martin.

Florida States offense, which had broken the 80-point scoring barrier only once since November 21, eclipsed 90 points for the first time this season.

The Seminoles (11-2) outscored the Skyhawks (1-9) 23-2 in the games first 8:11, as Tennessee-Martin shot just 36.8 percent from the floor. It was the ninth time this season Florida State held an opponent under 37 percent shooting.

Connecticut 71, Maine 54

HARTFORD, Conn. — Jerome Dyson scored 22 of his 27 points in the second half when No. 11 Connecticut pulled away to a victory over Maine.

Stanley Robinson added 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Huskies (8-2), who broke from a 26-all halftime tie. Kemba Walker had nine assists for UConn, but scored four points on 1-of-10 shooting from the field.

Terrance Mitchell had 13 points to lead Maine (5-5) and Gerald McLemore added 10.

South Alabama 67, Florida 66

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Tim Williams scored 21 points, DeAndre Hersey had a putback with 1.8 seconds remaining and South Alabama stunned No. 18 Florida.

Williams drove through the lane in the closing seconds, but his shot clanged off the rim. Florida failed to block out Hersey, who grabbed the rebound and put it back up for the game winner.

Pittsburgh 74, Ohio 49

PITTSBURGH — Ashton Gibbs scored 15 points and Pittsburgh jumped out to a 17-point lead in the first 8 1/2 minutes before easing to a victory over Ohio, the Panthers’ final game before starting Big East play.

Pittsburgh (10-2) led 4-3 with 90 seconds gone before going on a 16-0 run over the next seven minutes, stretching its lead to 20-3. Ohio (7-4) had won three in a row, only to miss 14 of its first 15 shots.

North Carolina 98, Marshall 61

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Ed Davis had 19 points and 10 rebounds while fellow big man Tyler Zeller matched a career high with 18 points to lead No. 10 North Carolina past Marshall.

Marcus Ginyard and Deon Thompson added 14 points apiece and Will Graves had 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Tar Heels (9-3).

They shook off a sloppy start and broke open a surprisingly close game by scoring 18 straight points early in the second half and holding Marshall without a field goal for roughly 5 1/2 minutes.

UAB 67, Butler 57

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Jamarr Sanders scored 18 points and streaking UAB weathered a late comeback by cold-shooting Butler to upset the 20th-ranked Bulldogs.

The Blazers (11-1) fought off a late rally to beat their second ranked opponent in six days and win their 10th consecutive game.

Syracuse 92, Oakland, Mich. 60

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Freshman guard Brandon Triche had a season-high 27 points, Wes Johnson added 19 points and 11 rebounds, and No. 5 Syracuse beat Oakland, Mich.

Syracuse (12-0) has a week before it opens Big East play at Seton Hall. Oakland (6-7) dropped to 0-11 against the Big East in losing its third game to a ranked team this season. The Golden Grizzlies lost on the road to top-ranked Kansas and Michigan State.

Syracuse took control with a 17-4 run that began midway through the first half, with Triche and Johnson each scoring eight points, then pulled away in the second.

Virginia Tech 71, Maryland Baltimore County 34

BLACKSBURG, Va. — Malcolm Delaney scored 16 of his 17 points in the first half to lead Virginia Tech to a victory over the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

Clemson 79, W. Carolina 57

CLEMSON, S.C. — Trevor Booker scored a season-high 31 points and his brother Devin added 10 to lead No. 24 Clemson to a victory over Western Carolina.

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Ohio St. 72, Cleveland St. 59

COLUMBUS, Ohio — David Lighty scored a career-high 30 points against his hometown team, leading No. 17 Ohio State past Cleveland State.

Lighty, a junior picking up the slack for the injured Evan Turner, scored 22 points in the second half as the Buckeyes (10-2) pulled away in their final game before opening Big Ten play at Wisconsin on Dec. 31.

William Buford added 13 points and Dallas Lauderdale had 12 for the Buckeyes, who won their third in a row.

Texas Tech 100, Stanford 87

LUBBOCK, Texas – Mike Singletary scored 24 of his season-high 28 points in the second half to lift No. 23 Texas Tech past Stanford, keeping the Red Raiders unbeaten at home.

Singletary, who got into foul trouble early and played just 7 minutes in the first half, didn’t attempt a free throw before halftime, then hit 7 of 11. He was 9 of 12 from the field.

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