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Saturday, 15 December 2007 15:26
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 KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -Brandon Rush drained his first three 3-pointers and helped Mario Chalmers spark a 19-0 run in the opening minutes, and No. 3 Kansas swamped Ohio 88-51 Saturday in its inaugural appearance in Kansas City's new Sprint Center.
Rush, who'd been coming off the bench and easing back into action following knee surgery, made his first start and cooled off after his hot start but still wound up with 13 points.
In addition, guard Sherron Collins made his second appearance after missing six games while healing a stress fracture in his foot, and had 17 points on 7 of 9 shooting. Darrell Arthur had 14 points as the Jayhawks went to 10-0 for the 11th time in school history.
The Bobcats (6-3) tried several different defenses in a futile effort to stop the Kansas onslaught while a sellout crowd roared in the 18,500-seat arena, which was sold out despite a forecast of snow.
No. 9 Michigan St. 79, IPFW 57
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Drew Neitzel scored 18 points, including three 3-pointers in the first half, to lead the struggling Spartans past IPFW.
Marquise Gray had a season-high 15 points and Raymar Morgan added 12 for Michigan State (9-1), which led by just four early in the second half in a tougher-than-expected tuneup for next Saturday's matchup with No. 4 Texas.
A 16-4 run put the game out of reach, and gave Michigan State its 32nd consecutive non-conference home win.
Jakari Johnson had 17 points and Jaraun Burrows 15 for the Mastodons (4-5).
No. 10 Marquette 82, Sacramento St. 51
MILWAUKEE (AP) - Jerel McNeal had 13 points, Lazar Hayward added 12 points and seven rebounds and the Golden Eagles showed no letdown from an emotional victory over Wisconsin.
After a week off following the victory over the Badgers, Marquette (7-1) opened with a 14-0 run against the Hornets and were never seriously threatened.
Sacramento State (2-8) lost its 13th straight road game because it had no answer for Marquette's balanced scoring, which included 12 points each from Wesley Matthews and Ousmane Barro, and 10 points from Maurice Acker.
No. 11 Pittsburgh 85, Oklahoma State 68
PITTSBURGH (AP) - DeJuan Blair and Sam Young helped the Panthers open an 18-point lead at halftime, and Pitt held off a brief second-half comeback by Oklahoma State.
The Panthers are 10-0 for the fifth season in a row under coach Jamie Dixon after finally finding a way to handle the Cowboys, who kept them out of the NCAA regional finals four seasons ago and also beat them 95-89 in double overtime last season when Pitt was ranked No. 7.
Blair finished with 20 points, 10 rebounds, five blocked shots and two steals. Young didn't score until nearly 11 minutes were gone, but ended with 15 points. Levance Fields had 17 and Mike Cook had 15.
Marcus Dove had 17 points and Terrel Harris had 16 for Oklahoma State (5-4).
Nebraska 88, No. 16 Oregon 79, OT
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Aleks Maric scored 23 points, including a putback that broke open the game in overtime, and the Cornhuskers overcame the Ducks' 3-point barrage to stage the upset.
Nebraska (8-2) led by as many as 13 points in the second half, but Oregon (8-2) kept coming back behind Tajuan Porter, who scored 29 points and made seven of the Ducks' season-high 14 3s.
Porter's last 3-pointer, with 9.1 seconds left, sent the game to overtime.
Ryan Anderson gave the Huskers the lead for good with a 3-pointer to open overtime. He finished with 21 points, and clamped down defensively on Oregon star Maarty Leunen.
Malik Hairston made all five of his 3-pointers and finished with 25 points for the Ducks.
Arizona St. 77, No. 17 Xavier 55
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - Ty Abbott scored 19 points and the freshman-dominated Sun Devils routed Xavier to win their first home game against a non-conference opponent since Dec. 20, 1980.
Jerren Shipp scored 17 points, and James Harden added 16 for the Sun Devils, who started four freshmen - guards Harden, Abbott, Jamelle McMillan and forward Rihards Kuksiks.
B.J. Raymond scored 12 points for Xavier, which snapped a seven-game win streak.
The game matched ASU coach Herb Sendek against Xavier's Sean Miller, who served on Sendek's staffs at Miami of Ohio and North Carolina State.
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