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Texas quartet wrangles Heels

Damion James led a four-man scoring frenzy that carried No. 2 Texas to a 103-90 victory over No. 10 North Carolina on Saturday in the first basketball game at Cowboys Stadium.

James and hefty center Dexter Pittman were forces around the basket on both ends of the court, with James posting 25 points and 15 rebounds and Pittman compiling 23 points and a season-high 15 rebounds for the Longhorns (10-0). J'Covan Brown added 21 points, and Avery Bradley had 20.

"We knew we had to come today and send a message to the nation that we're not playing around, that we can also go against good competition," Pittman said. "We showed that."

It was the most points the Tar Heels (8-3) have allowed in regulation since Roy Williams became their coach in 2003-04. Wake Forest scored 119 in a triple-overtime victory in December 2003.

North Carolina led for most of the first 16 minutes, then fell behind for good during a stretch of 10 straight misses. The Tar Heels gave up a 23-7 run going into halftime that included an inbounds pass that was stolen and turned into a layup by Bradley with one second left.

North Carolina clawed to within 82-78 with 6:59 to play, but the Heels simply couldn't keep up with Texas' scorers.

The best news for North Carolina might be the end of an extremely tough stretch: five of eight games against teams currently among the top 18. The Tar Heels went 2-3, also losing to No. 3 Kentucky and No. 5 Syracuse.

"We definitely hope that it will make us a better team," said Tyler Zeller, who scored 16 points.

Jai Lucas had an assist, a turnover and two fouls in six minutes for the Longhorns. This was his first game since transferring from Florida.

The game drew 38,052; more than twice as many are expected for the NBA All-Star Game in February.

"It's amazing what money can do," James said. "I think we can fit my hometown inside this place."

No. 1 Kansas 75, Michigan 64: Marcus Morris had a career-high 23 points and 10 rebounds, and Sherron Collins scored 19 to help Kansas (10-0) win its 48th straight home game. The Jayhawks used a big first-half run to take the lead and hung on from there. Xavier Henry had 15 points, and the Jayhawks held Michigan (5-5) to 5-for-28 shooting from three-point range to overcome 14 sometimes-ugly turnovers and numerous breakdowns on the defensive glass.

No. 7 Duke 76, No. 15 Gonzaga 41: Nolan Smith scored 24 points, Jon Scheyer added 20, and the Blue Devils held Gonzaga to its lowest point total in 25 years in the Aeropostale Classic in Madison Square Garden. Duke (9-1) missed 12 of its first 15 shots from the field, and it was only that the Bulldogs (8-3) were struggling as well that the game was close for the first 15 minutes. Smith then hit two threes, and Scheyer added another in a 9-1 run to open the second half.

No. 21 Butler 69, Xavier 68: Gordon Hayward put in a layup with 1.2 seconds left, and the basket was upheld after officials reviewed the play and decided an inadvertant stoppage did not take off more time than was left on the clock.

Hayward had 22 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Bulldogs (8-3). Shelvin Mack finished with 14 points.

Xavier (6-4) was led by Jordan Crawford with 20 points.

SEC men

Richmond 56, No. 13 Florida 53: Richmond rallied from a 13-point first-half deficit, and Kevin Anderson made four free throws in the final 5.4 seconds to upset Florida in the Orange Bowl Classic.

The Gators (8-2) shot 7-for-27 in the second half (26 percent), including 1-for-9 from three-point range. They led for the last time at 49-48.

David Gonzalvez's three-pointer with 1:34 left put Richmond ahead 52-49. Anderson sank both ends of a one-and-one for a 54-53 lead and, after Erving Walker made a three, Anderson made two more free throws with 0.9 seconds remaining.

Gonzalvez scored 16 points for the Spiders (8-3), who beat a Southeastern Conference team for the second time this season. They defeated Mississippi State on Nov. 27.

Southern California 77, No. 9 Tennessee 55: Alex Stepheson had 19 points and a career-high 15 rebounds, Mike Gerrity had 12 points and 10 assists, and Southern Cal sent the Volunteers to their worst loss under Coach Bruce Pearl.

Gerrity was making his debut for Southern Cal (5-4) after transferring from Charlotte following the first semester of last season. He helped the Trojans build a 24-point lead in the second half as USC won its third straight and first against a ranked team.

Former University Heights star Scotty Hopson had 16 points to lead Tennessee (8-2), which was outrebounded 43-21.

Mississippi State 70, Houston 64: At Houston, Jarvis Varnado, who entered the day leading the nation in blocks this season, added five more to help the Bulldogs (9-2) to their sixth-straight win. Varnado grabbed 17 rebounds and scored 13 points while raising his total blocked shots to 58.

The score was tied at 64 with less than 40 seconds to go when Barry Stewart hit a jumper for the go-ahead lead. Stewart finished with 14 points.

Wofford 68, South Carolina 61: Noah Dahlman scored 19 points, and Wofford ended a 21-game losing streak to the Gamecocks, who were making their second visit to Spartanburg in the last 50 years. The Terriers (6-6) already had a victory over an SEC team this season, beating Georgia 60-57 on the road Nov. 17.

Devan Downey led the Gamecocks (7-3) with 17 points.

No. 20 Mississippi 108, Centenary 64: The Rebels (10-1) won their sixth straight by blitzing the Gents early, building a 24-2 lead to start the game. Terrico White scored 17 points, and Eniel Polynice added 13 in Mississippi's most lopsided win of the season.

Arkansas 72, Stephen F. Austin 69: Mike Washington scored a season-high 25 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for the host Razorbacks (6-5). Mark Gomillia missed a three-pointer for the Lumberjacks (6-3) as time expired.

Georgia 70, Illinois 67: Trey Thompkins hit four straight free-throw attempts in the final 22.2 seconds to finish with 21 points and help Georgia (5-4) win in Duluth.

The Illini (8-3) never led in the second half until Demetri McCamey's three-point play with 35.6 seconds remaining made it 67-66. McCamey scored 21, but he missed a runner with 6.6 seconds left and failed to hit the rim on a 25-foot three-point attempt as time expired.

State men

Ohio 74, Eastern Kentucky 62: Visiting Eastern (7-4) led by a point at halftime, but the Bobcats put together a 15-3 run to take a 55-42 lead with 7:50 left and cruised from there. Ohio was 19-for-22 from the free-throw line (86.4 percent), and the Colonels hit just 14 of 21 (66.7 percent). Josh Taylor led Eastern Kentucky with 18 points.

Bethel (Ind.) 66, Lindsey Wilson 37: Bethel went on a 17-2 run to close the first half and never lost control in the second in the LWC Christmas Classic in Columbia. Kalen Kimberland and Eric McPherson paced Lindsey Wilson with 11 and 10 points, respectively. The Blue Raiders shot 31.9 percent from the field, and their 37 points are the lowest total in program history.

Women

No. 2 Stanford 67, No. 3 Tennessee 52: Kayla Pedersen had 16 points and eight rebounds, and Stanford (9-0) got its 35th straight win at Maples Pavilion. Angie Bjorklund scored 15 points and Glory Johnson 13 for the Lady Vols (9-1) on a day when leading scorer Shekinna Stricklen was held to eight on 4-for-12 shooting. Tennessee managed only four assists.

Transylvania 76, Marietta 72: Olivia Akridge scored 13 of her 17 points in the second half as the Pioneers (7-3) held off Marietta (2-6) in first round of the Transy Classic at the Beck Center. Transy had a 14-9 run down the stretch. Free throws by Akridge and Angel Lucas in the final 12 seconds clinched it.

Transy's Holly Milburn had her third double-double of the season, scoring 21 points and grabbing 12 rebounds.

Center 64, St. Catharine 53: Lauren Huter led Centre with 17 points, 13 boards, and four blocks, and the Colonels (6-3) led by as many as 18 points in the second half in the Transy Classic. Maggie Prewitt had five assists and three steals.

Danielle Brown had 18 points and 10 rebound for the Patriots (5-9), who shot 33 percent from the field.

Olivet Nazarene 108, Pikeville 101: Olivet Nazarene used a 16-4 run late in the second half to overcome host Pikeville in the Gatti's Classic. The Lady Bears (9-4) had an 86-81 lead with 7:13 to play. Natiera Hinton had 37 points, eight rebounds, eight assists and seven steals in the loss. Megan Mosley added 19 points and 10 assists while turning the ball over only once.

Thomas More 70, Wittenberg 55: Freshman guard Chelsea Tolliver scored a career-high 25 points to lead ninth-ranked Thomas More to a non-conference victory. The Saints (7-0) closed the game on a 26-13 run capped by two Tolliver free throws with 37 seconds to play. Jill Brunsman added 10 points in the win.

Campbellsville 81, Indiana Wesleyan 72: Courtney Danis had 25 points, eight rebounds and six assists for host Campbellsville (11-1). Whitney Ballinger scored 22 of her game-high 27 points in the second half. She also had nine rebounds. Melly Heaton shot 5-for-9 from three-point range and finished with 19 points.

Lindsey Wilson 88, Midway 53: The Blue Raiders (8-3) used a 14-0 run that bridged the first and second halves to run past visiting Midway. Lindsey Wilson's defense held the Eagles to 35.6 percent (16-for-45) shooting and forced 28 turnovers. Sierra Rambert led the winners with 18 points.

Erica Smiley had 10 points for Midway (5-11).

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