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No. 3 Kentucky 68, Cleveland State 61


Andrew Harrison’s three-point play broke a 57-all tie before twin brother Aaron followed with a 3-pointer with 1:20 remaining, helping Kentucky escape stubborn Cleveland State. Trailing 54-44 with 7:41 remaining and needing a breakthrough against the Vikings, the brothers helped the Wildcats close with a 24-7 run including a pair of Aaron Harrison lobs inside to Willie Cauley-Stein for dunks along with a three-point play with 3:55 left to tie it at 54. After Bryn Forbes’ 3-pointer provided a 57-56 lead, Cauley-Stein made one of two free throws before Andrew Harrison followed with his drive and free throw. Aaron Harrison added a 3-point for a six-point lead. Andrew Harrison scored 12 as the brothers combined for 23. Julius Randle led Kentucky (5-1) with 15 points and 15 rebounds on a night the Wildcats shot just 36 percent.Forbes’ 22 points led the Vikings (3-3).

No. 5 Oklahoma State 93, South Florida 67


Marcus Smart and Markel Brown scored 25 points apiece, leading Oklahoma State to a victory over South Florida. The Cowboys (5-0) were barely tested in the early-season matchup of unbeaten teams. There were eight lead changes in the opening minutes, however Smart put a big exclamation mark on a 23-point opening-half with a buzzer-beating shot from beyond half-court to put Oklahoma State up by 16 at halftime. That was as close as South Florida (4-1) would get the rest of the way.

No. 8 Syracuse 75, Minnesota 67


C.J. Fair scored 16 points and had 10 rebounds as Syracuse held off Minnesota in the first round of the Maui Invitational. The Orange (5-0) pushed through a late run by the Golden Gophers, who pulled within 67-65 with little more than two minutes left. But Minnesota (5-1) committed four turnovers in the final two minutes, scoring only once more when Austin Hollins hit a meaningless layup in the game’s final moments.

No. 15 Florida 86, Jacksonville 60


Casey Prather scored 27 points, Michael Frazier II added 17 and Florida handled Jacksonville. The Gators (5-1) won their fourth consecutive game following a loss at 10th-ranked Wisconsin two weeks ago. The latest victory was a final tuneup before the team’s toughest stretch of the season — games against Florida State, Connecticut, Kansas and Memphis. It should help that point guard Scottie Wilbekin has returned to the rotation. Coach Billy Donovan even started the senior, who was suspended the first five games of the season and an exhibition contest for an undisclosed violation of team rules.

No. 17 Iowa State 110, UMKC 51


DeAndre Kane had 20 points and eight rebounds, and Iowa State trounced Missouri-Kansas City for its fifth straight win. Sherron Dorsey-Walker added 17 points for the Cyclones (5-0), who used a 27-0 run midway through the first half to put away the Kangaroos. Iowa State, which was hosting a game as a ranked team for the first time in eight years, held UMKC scoreless for 71/2 minutes and led 52-17 at halftime. The Cyclones also finished with their most points under fourth-year coach Fred Hoiberg.

Arizona State 79, No. 25 Marquette 77


Jahii Carson scored 23 points and Jordan Bachynski swatted Derrick Wilson’s runner at the buzzer for his seventh block, helping Arizona State knock off Marquette to remain undefeated. The Sun Devils (6-0) led by 15 in the first half, but had to withstand a late rally by the Golden Eagles. With Arizona State leading 78-77 Jermaine Marshall hit 1 of 2 free throws with 7 seconds left, giving Marquette (3-2) a final shot. Wilson managed to get into the lane, but the 7-foot-2 Bachynski roamed across the lane to knock the ball away, then was swarmed by teammates.


St. Bonaventure 83, Southern Illinois 71


Matthew Wright scored a career-high 32 points to lead St. Bonaventure over Southern Illinois in an opening-round game of the inaugural Gulf Coast Showcase.The Bonnies (4-1) picked up their fourth win in five games by shooting 29 of 55 from the field, connecting on 10 of 21 from beyond the 3-point line. St. Bonaventure advances to play Wagner in a second-round game tonight. The Salukis (1-4) play Stetson. Former Warren G. Harding standout Desmar Jackson had 25 points to lead Southern Illinois.

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