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Virginia Tech 94,No. 1 North Carolina 88
BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Zabian Dowdell, Jamon Gordon and ball-hawking Virginia Tech didn't allow North Carolina to enjoy its stay at No. 1 for very long, holding off a strong comeback in the last eight minutes for an upset. Dowdell scored 23 points, Gordon had 17 and six assists and the Hokies (13-4, 3-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) turned 17 turnovers into 20 points against the Tar Heels. Virginia Tech earned its second win ever against a top-ranked team. North Carolina (15-2, 2-1), atop the poll for the first time in nearly six years, found out what everyone else is learning -- these Hokies will take the ball away from you, not make too many mistakes and force teams to play smart or risk disappointment. Duke found all that out a week ago when the Hokies beat the No. 11 Blue Devils 69-67 in overtime at Cameron Indoor Stadium, and the Tar Heels experienced it first-hand, too. After the final few seconds ticked off, hundreds of Hokies fans poured onto the court to celebrate. The loss snapped North Carolina's streak of 18 straight wins in the series. With 12 minutes remaining, the Tar Heels trailed 66-44, but Tyler Hansbrough and Ty Lawson spurred a rally that brought North Carolina back within eight. Hansbrough led the Tar Heels with 19 points and 15 rebounds.
No. 2 Florida 84, South Carolina 50
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Lee Humphrey set career highs with seven 3-pointers and 27 points, and Florida beat South Carolina for its ninth straight victory. The Gators (16-2, 3-0 Southeastern Conference) put away their biggest nemesis from their 2006 national championship season. The Gamecocks (10-5, 0-2) swept both regular season meetings a season ago, then took Florida to the buzzer before losing the SEC tournament final, 49-47. Florida and Humphrey had few of the same problems in this one. Humphrey went 5-of-5 from 3-point range -- almost all on wide-open shots -- and the Gators hit 11 of their first 13 shots to open a 30-16 lead. After the Gamecocks rallied behind Tre Kelley's 20 first-half points to trail 37-33, Florida took control with a 27-7 run the first 12 minutes of the second half.
No. 3 Wisconsin 56, Northwestern 50
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Alando Tucker scored 15 of his 17 points in the second half and Wisconsin held off Northwestern for its 13th consecutive victory. The Wildcats' Jeff Ryan hit a 3-pointer with 52 seconds left to cut Wisconsin's lead to 52-50, but Kammron Taylor and Tucker each hit two free throws for the Badgers to clinch the win. Tucker, the Big Ten's second-leading scorer, finished 5-of-12 after shooting just 1-of-5 in the first half. Ryan had 18 points for Northwestern (10-7, 0-4), which lost its fourth straight.
No. 4 UCLA 65, Southern California 64
LOS ANGELES -- Arron Afflalo hit a go-ahead jumper with four seconds left, Darren Collison scored a career-high 17 points and UCLA rallied in the final 41/2 minutes to beat its crosstown rival. USC's Gabe Pruitt and Nick Young hit consecutive 3-pointers to tie the score at 63 with 22 seconds to go. Young was fouled and made the free throw for a 64-63 lead. Afflalo's jumper put the Bruins back in front, 65-64. The Trojans brought the ball past midcourt under heavy pressure, but freshman Taj Gibson was being forced out of bounds as he tossed up a desperation shot that never had a chance. Afflalo added 15 points and Lorenzo Mata 12 for UCLA.
No. 6 Kansas 68, Iowa State 64, OT
AMES, Iowa -- Sasha Kaun scored 13 points and Brandon Rush added two key baskets late in overtime to lead Kansas past Iowa State. Mike Taylor finished with 21 points for the Cyclones (11-6, 2-1).
No. 12 Butler 62, S. Dakota St. 47
INDIANAPOLIS -- Brandon Crone scored 14 points and Butler beat South Dakota State despite playing without leading scorer A.J. Graves. Graves had all four wisdom teeth removed on Thursday and watched from the sideline, but the Bulldogs (15-2) hardly missed him against the smaller Jackrabbits (4-13). Pete Campbell added 11 points for Butler. South Dakota State, in its third season in Division I, shot 36 percent and was led by Kai Williams with 12 points.
No. 13 LSU 65, Auburn 63
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Terry Martin scored 17 of his season-high 23 points in the second half and LSU held off Auburn. Tasmin Mitchell scored 12 points and Glen Davis added 11 for LSU (12-4, 1-1 Southeastern Conference). Rasheem Barrett led Auburn (11-7, 1-2) with 15 points.
Maryland 92, No. 17 Clemson 87
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Ekene Ibekwe had 20 points and 10 rebounds in Maryland's victory over Clemson, the last unbeaten team in Division I. D.J. Strawberry added 14 points and James Gist had 12 for the Terrapins (15-3, 1-2 Atlantic Coast Conference). James Mays led the Tigers (17-1, 3-1) with 22 points. K.C. Rivers had 18 and Vernon Hamilton finished with 15.
No. 18 Air Force 58, Wyoming 56
LARAMIE, Wyo. -- Jacob Burtschi made the winning basket at the buzzer and scored 18 points. Leading 56-55, the Falcons twice missed the front end of a 1-and-1, and when John Frye fouled Daaron Brown with 21 seconds left he gave Wyoming a chance to take the lead. But Brown missed the first of his free throws, too, hitting the second to tie the game at 56.
Marquette 81, No. 21 West Virginia 63
MILWAUKEE -- Dominic James snapped out of his shooting slump, scoring 21 points to help Marquette beat West Virginia. The Golden Eagles (15-4, 2-2 Big East ) used a 10-0 run midway through the second half to pull away from the Mountaineers (13-3, 3-2), who have lost two straight on the road after opening conference play 3-0 at home. Frank Young scored 11 points to lead West Virginia.
No. 25 Texas 80, Oklahoma 69
AUSTIN, Texas -- Freshman Kevin Durant had his usual stellar game with 28 points and 13 rebounds, and Texas overwhelmed Big 12 rival Oklahoma. A.J. Abrams added 20 points for the Longhorns (13-3, 3-0), hitting five 3-pointers. Nate Carter scored 18 to lead Oklahoma (9-6, 1-2), which has lost three of four.
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