AMHERST, N.Y. (AP) -Hasheem Thabeet had 21 points and 18 rebounds, Jeff Adrien added 18 points, and No. 2 Connecticut held off Buffalo for a 68-64 victory Thursday night.
The Bulls (3-3) nearly upset then-No. 2 Pittsburgh at Alumni Arena two years ago, losing 70-67 after leading by 10 points with 14 minutes left. A repeat performance seemed unlikely against the Huskies (8-0), who won their first seven games by an average of 24 points.
But Rodney Pierce scored a career-high 28 points to keep Buffalo close the entire game.
Pierce had a chance to force overtime in the final seconds with the Bulls trailing 66-64, but Max Boudreau bobbled his pass in the lane with 4 seconds left and Kemba Walker made two free throws for the Huskies.
Pierce was 10-for-19 overall from the field, including 2-for-2 on 3, and made all six free throws he attempted.
No. 6 Oklahoma 73, Southern Cal 72
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - Blake Griffin scored 11 of his 25 points after getting hit with a cheap shot elbow in the second half, and Oklahoma staved off a rally by Southern California.
g elbowed below the waist by USC's Leonard Washington with 13:54 left.
Southern Cal (5-3) trailed by 11 early in the second half and got within one point three times, but Oklahoma (7-0) had an answer every time.
Austin Johnson had 17 points and Griffin's older brother, Taylor, scored 10 for the Sooners, who committed a season-low eight turnovers.
Dwight Lewis led Southern California with 25 points. DeMar DeRozan had a final chance at a game-winner, but his desperation heave from beyond halfcourt sailed wide right at the buzzer.
No. 8 Texas 68, No. 12 UCLA 64
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A.J. Abrams scored 31 points, including the last six of the game for Texas.
Abrams broke a 62-62 tie with a 3-pointer with 2:53 to play, then made two free throws a minute later to push Texas' lead back to three. After the Bruins' Josh Shipp missed the front end of a 1-and-1 with 15 seconds left, Shipp fouled Abrams who made one of his two free throws for the final point.
Abrams' 31 points matched his career high. Texas' Damion James added 13 points and 13 rebounds, including a big grab after Shipp missed his free throw. James' basket with 3:46 to play tied it at 62.
The Longhorns (6-1) held UCLA (4-2) scoreless after Alfred Aboya's basket with 2:28 left pulled the Bruins within 65-64.
Darren Collison scored 22 points for the Bruins and Shipp added 15.
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VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) - Scottie Reynolds scored a season-high 23 points and had six assists for Villanova.
The Wildcats (8-0) won by 20-plus points for the fourth time this season. No game has been won by less than 13 points.
Corey Stokes scored a career-high 22 points and Dante Cunningham had 13 for Villanova.
Baron Sauls made all six 3-pointers and had 22 points for the Huskies (0-7), and Andrew Puzyk scored 17 points.
No. 19 Arizona St. 81, Jackson St. 60
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - James Harden had 22 points and eight rebounds for Arizona State.
Harden led the Sun Devils in scoring for the 31st time in 41 career games despite fouling out with 4:10 to play.
Jeff Pendergraph had 19 points and Rihards Kuksiks added 16 for the Sun Devils (6-1), off to their best start since they went 11-1 to open 2004-05.
Harden has scored 86 points in his last 68 minutes. He was 7-of-10 from the field, including 4-of-5 from beyond the arc.
Garrison Johnson scored 21 points and Grant Maxey added 15 for Jackson State (1-7), which missed its first nine 3-point shots and finished 2-of-16 from beyond the arc.
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