NCAA Men, Women Roundup
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) – Brandon Paul scored 17 points, Tracy Adams added 13 and No. 10 Illinois pulled away late to remain unbeaten with a 66-53 victory against Eastern Kentucky on Sunday night.
In a game between undefeated teams, the Illini led by 11 early but needed a late 12-2 run to gain control and help John Groce become only the second coach in Illinois history to win his first 12 games. Groce matched the school record for the best start by a first-year coach set by Fletcher Lane in 1907.
Joseph Bertrand chipped in with 11 points for Illinois.
Corey Walden scored 21 points and Glenn Cosey had 11 for the Colonels (9-1), who came in riding the school’s best start in 66 years. Eastern Kentucky hadn’t won nine straight games since the 1964-65 season.
Illinois stretched its regular-season, non-conference winning streak at home to 33 games.
No. 24 Oklahoma State 91
Central Arkansas 63
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) – Le’Bryan Nash scored 19 points, Markel Brown had 14 points and eight rebounds and Oklahoma State overcame a slow start to beat Central Arkansas.
The Cowboys (8-1) fell behind by 11 in the first 8 minutes, but responded with 13 straight points to take the lead for good.
Phil Forte had 12 points, and Michael Cobbins and Marcus Smart each scored 10 for Oklahoma State.
Jordan Harks tied a career high with 16 points and Jarvis Garner had 14 for the Bears (4-4).
The Cowboys racked up a 53-35 rebounding advantage, outscored the Bears 44-26 in the paint and led by at least nine throughout the second half.
No. 6 Georgia 93, Lipscomb 42
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) – Guard Jasmine James and Tiaria Griffin each scored 18 points, leadingGeorgia past Lipscomb.
Anne Marie Armstrong added 15 points and Shacobia Barbee 13 for Georgia (11-0).
Hannah Phillips had 11 points for Lipscomb (1-7).
The Lady Dogs took a 14-0 lead and held Lipscomb without a basket for an 11-minute span before and after halftime. Georgia seemed on the verge of scoring 100 points, but slowed the pace at the end.
No. 11 Penn State 60
S. Dakota State 50
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) – Nikki Greene scored 15 points and Alex Bentley 13 as No. 11 Penn State pulled away to beat South Dakota State.
The game was tied at 25 before Penn State (9-2) scored the first seven points of the second half. Ashley Eide scored 14 points for the Jackrabbits (6-5).
Vanderbilt 76, Oklahoma 63
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) – Christina Foggie scored 17 points and Vanderbilt upset No. 12 Oklahoma for its fifth straight victory.
Tiffany Clarke had 16 points and eight rebounds for Vanderbilt (8-3). Jasmine Lister added 16 points and nine assists.
Aaryn Ellenberg led the Sooners (8-2) with 21 points.
No. 13 Tennessee 94
No. 18 Texas 75
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – Meighan Simmons scored 18 points and No. 13 Tennessee beat No. 18 Texas for the fourth straight year.
Ariel Massengale and Taber Spani had 15 points each for Tennessee (7-1).
Chassidy Fussell led the Longhorns (6-2) with 31 points.
No. 14 UCLA, St. John’s 52
NEW YORK (AP) – Jasmine Dixon’s layup with 1.2 seconds left in overtime sent No. 14 UCLA past St. John’s in the championship game of the St. John’s Holiday Classic.
UCLA trailed by one when Markel Walker inbounded the ball to Dixon for the wide-open basket. Alyssia Brewer topped the Bruins (7-1) with 14 points and 15 rebounds and was chosen as the MVP of the tournament.
Shenneika Smith scored a season-high 25 points for St. John’s (5-4).
No. 15 Purdue 77, Oakland 46
ROCHESTER, Mich. (AP) – Drey Mingo scored 19 points and No. 15 Purdue shot 56 percent from the field in its win over Oakland.
Dee Dee Williams had 14 points and Courtney Moses scored 13 for the Boilermakers (10-1). Purdue has won five in a row and is off to its best start since the 2003-04 season.
Victoria Lipscomb had 12 points and eight rebounds for Oakland (5-5).
No. 16 Oklahoma State 83
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) – Tiffany Bias scored 18 points and No. 16 Oklahoma State beat Vermont.
The Cowgirls have started 8-0 for the third straight season. They finished a six-game run at home in which they won by an average margin of 46.7 points.
Kylie Atwood had seven points for Vermont (3-8).
No. 19 North Carolina 75
Coastal Carolina 49
CONWAY, S.C. (AP) – Antoinette Bannister came off the bench to score 13 points and No. 19 North Carolina defeated Coastal Carolina.
In their last game, the Tar Heels (10-1) beat North Carolina Central 49-21, matching their lowest point total in a win in 37 years. North Carolina scored 39 in the first half against the Chanticleers (6-3).
Rutgers 42, No. 21 Miami 34
Monique Oliver scored 13 points and Rutgers held No. 21 Miami to its worst shooting performance of the season.
Oliver made 6 of 9 shots. The Scarlet Knights (7-3) limited Miami (7-2) to 19.1 percent (9 of 47) from the field.
No. 22 Kansas 72, Prarie View 60
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) – Angel Goodrich scored 19 points and Tania Jackson had 13 points and 10 rebounds, leading No. 22 Kansas over Prairie View.
The game was tied at 57 with 5:08 left before the Jayhawks (9-1) broke away. Latia Willams had 21 points for Prairie View (2-5).