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 LOS ANGELES (AP) -Darren Collison scored 14 points, freshman Kevin Love had 13 points and nine rebounds, and No. 5 UCLA used a stifling defense to beat UC Davis 76-48 on Saturday night.
Josh Shipp and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute added 10 points apiece and Russell Westbrook had nine points and six assists for the Bruins, who completed the nonconference portion of their schedule with a 12-1 record, going 8-1 at home, 3-0 at neutral sites and 1-0 on the road.
The two-time defending Pac-10 regular-season champions open league play Thursday night at Stanford having won five straight games by an average of 24 points since their only loss, a 63-61 setback to No. 9 Texas on Dec. 2.
The Bruins outrebounded their smaller opponents 31-16, and the outmanned Aggies committed a season-high 21 turnovers in losing for the fourth time in five games. UC Davis has lost 13 straight road games including six this season.
Kyle Brucculeri and Shane Hanson scored 11 points each for UC Davis (5-7).
No. 3 Kansas 86, Yale 53
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - Russell Robinson had eight steals, Darnell Jackson scored 20 points, and Kansas overwhelmed Yale.
Robinson has never averaged more than 9.3 points in a season and has managed 7.5 per game this year - seventh-best on the team. But the senior guard has been one of the Jayhawks' most indispensable players, teaming with Mario Chalmers in what may be the best defensive backcourt in college basketball.
Chalmers and Darrell Arthur had 11 points each and Brandon Rush added 10 for the Jayhawks, who had 18 steals in improving to 13-0 for the eighth time in school history - their best start since opening the 2004-05 season with 14 straight wins.
Porter Braswell had 13 points and Eric Flato added 10 for Yale (3-7).
Dayton 80, No. 6 Pittsburgh 55
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - Brian Roberts scored 31 points and Dayton upset Pittsburgh, extending the Flyers' winning streak to 10 and handing the Panthers their first loss of the season.
Pittsburgh (11-1) had no answer for Roberts, who got repeated open looks and took full advantage. Marcus Johnson added 15 points and Kurt Huelsman 12 for the Flyers.
Dayton (11-1) also hit 22 of 28 free throws and outrebounded the Panthers 41-34.
No. 7 Michigan St. 93, Wisconsin-Green Bay 75
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Raymar Morgan scored 24 points to lead Michigan State in its highest-scoring game in the last two seasons.
Kalin Lucas had 17 points and Drew Neitzel added 16 for the Spartans (12-1), who tied the school's 2000-01 Final Four team for the fastest start in Tom Izzo's 13 years as coach.
The most important player for Michigan State could have been guard Travis Walton, who had 11 of Michigan State's 31 assists, zero turnovers and three steals. The Spartans won their ninth straight game and wound up perfect in December for the third straight year.
Mike Schachtner scored 20 points and Ryan Tillema 17 for Wisconsin-Green Bay (7-5).
No. 8 Georgetown 78, American 51
WASHINGTON (AP) - Roy Hibbert broke out of a scoring slump with 14 points and Georgetown shot 60 percent from the field in the win.
Hibbert somehow managed to grab only one rebound in 20 minutes, continuing a string of uneven early season performances from the 7-foot-2 preseason All-American. DaJuan Summers scored 16 points to lead the Hoyas (9-1), who bounced back from a 85-71 loss at No. 2 Memphis a week earlier.
Derrick Mercer scored 17 points, and Garrison Carr had 16 to lead American (7-6).
Before the game, American alumni and former players held a brunch to commemorate their shocking 62-61 win over the Hoyas on Dec. 15, 1982.
Georgetown led 38-28 at halftime and doused any comeback hopes with an 8-3 spurt to open the second half.
Wisconsin 67, No. 9 Texas 66
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Michael Flowers hit a long 3-pointer with 2 seconds to play, then stole Texas' inbounds pass and tossed it high in the air to run out the clock in the Badgers' victory.
Texas led 66-64 after A.J. Abrams hit one of two free throws with 11 seconds left. His miss gave the Badgers a last chance and Flowers' long shot from the right wing stunned the home crowd. He then tipped Texas' inbounds pass near the baseline, grabbed it and threw it up with 1 second left as he tumbled into the stands.
By the time it came down, the game was over and the Badgers (10-2) had their first win of the season over a ranked team. Brian Butch scored 21 for Wisconsin.
Damion James scored 21 and grabbed 15 rebounds for the Longhorns (11-2), who have lost two in a row after their best start since the 1981-82 season.
No. 11 Tennessee 82, Gonzaga 72
SEATTLE (AP) - JaJuan Smith scored 18 points and Tennessee made up for star Chris Lofton's cold shooting with its usual strong defense.
Tennessee's first trip to the state of Washington turned into its best start in seven seasons. The Volunteers are 12-1 for the first time since the 2000-01 team started 16-1.
Relentless, trapping defense from three, ultra-quick guards kept Tennessee in front for all but 30 seconds - and Gonzaga from getting into most of its halfcourt plays. Simply getting the ball across halfcourt or on a pass out to the wing were adventures for the Bulldogs.
Matt Bouldin scored 21 points to lead Gonzaga (9-4), which lost for the third time in five games.
Lofton finished with 11 points on 4-for-13 shooting.
No. 12 Marquette 77, Savannah St. 37
MILWAUKEE (AP) - Lazar Hayward and Dominic James each had 12 points and Marquette earned its sixth straight win.
Dan Fitzgerald, who missed the last five games with an injury, added 11 points for the Golden Eagles (10-1).
Hayward had eight rebounds in 19 minutes for Marquette, which opens Big East play at home against Providence on Thursday. Fitzgerald added four rebounds and had four of the Golden Eagles' 17 steals.
After Savannah State's Patrick Hardy opened the game with a 3-pointer, Marquette scored the next 13 points.
Reserve Curtis Brown scored nine points for Savannah State (7-11), which trailed 46-19 at halftime.
No. 13 Indiana 97, Chicago St. 59
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) - Eric Gordon scored 22 points and D.J. White had 21 points and a career-high 15 rebounds for the Hoosiers.
Indiana (11-1) has won seven straight overall and 26 in a row at Assembly Hall. The win also put coach Kelvin Sampson within one victory of tying Branch McCracken's school record for most consecutive home wins to open a career. Sampson is 24-0 in Bloomington since taking the job last season; McCracken went 25-0 at home from 1938-41.
Chicago State (4-12) was led by 5-foot-8 guard David Holston, one of the nation's top scorers. Holston finished with 25 points but got little help from his teammates as the Cougars lost their fourth straight.
M 54
M extended its winning streak to five.
Aggies coach Mark Turgeon moved into a tie with Billy Gillispie for the best start by a first-year coach in school history at 12-1. Gillispie, now the Kentucky coach, went 12-1 to start the 2004-05 season.
M 11-5 in the opening minutes of the second half to stretch its lead to 58-35 with about 15 minutes to play.
M (3-8) with 10 points and six rebounds.
No. 15 Vanderbilt 92, Tenn-Martin 85
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A.J. Ogilvy had 21 points and nine rebounds, and Shan Foster finished with 16 points for Vanderbilt.
The Commodores improved to 12-0, tying the 2003-04 team for the best start in school history.
Lester Hudson, the NCAA's third-leading scorer, had 36 points to lead the Skyhawks (5-8), and Gerald Robinson added 25.
The teams were tied at 83 when Foster made a 3-pointer with 3:10 left to put Vandy ahead for good.
Alex Gordon added 15 points for the Commodores.
No. 18 Villanova 71, La Salle 58
VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) - Scottie Reynolds scored 19 points and Corey Fisher added 18 for Villanova.
Dante Cunningham had 12 points and 12 rebounds for the Wildcats (10-1), who won their sixth straight game and their sixth in a row over the Explorers.
Villanova also earned its 14th consecutive win over a Big 5 opponent, which also includes games against Penn, Temple and Saint Joseph's. Villanova hasn't dropped a Big 5 game since falling to Temple 53-52 on Dec. 4, 2004.
Darnell Harris scored 14 of his 16 points in the first half for the Explorers (4-7), who have lost three straight.
Winthrop 76, No. 19 Miami 70
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) - Senior Chris Gaynor scored a career-high 21 points and Winthrop handed Miami its first loss.
Jack McClinton scored a season-high 30 points for Miami (12-1) but committed seven turnovers in the first game of an Orange Bowl Classic doubleheader.
The Eagles (7-5) are 4-31 against current Atlantic Coast Conference schools, with two of the wins this season. They beat Georgia Tech on Nov. 18.
Taj McCullough added 19 points for the Eagles, who shot 57 percent in the second half.
McClinton scored the first six points of the second half to give the Hurricanes their biggest lead, 38-27.
Boise State 73, No. 20 BYU 70
BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Matt Nelson made all seven of his shots and had 18 points and 11 rebounds, Reggie Larry scored 19 points and Boise State rallied from 11 down at halftime to stun BYU.
The Broncos first win over a ranked opponent in nearly three years was thanks to an inspired second half and Nelson's gritty play on the inside.
Lee Cummard led the Cougars with 26, but stumbled in traffic and saw his desperation 3-pointer as the clock expired fall well short. BYU (10-3) lost on the road for the first time this season and likely will fall out of the Top 25.
No. 21 Clemson 78, Samford 45
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) - K.C. Rivers scored 16 points and Clemson rebounded from its first loss of the season with a dominating victory.
The Tigers' perfect start ended last week with an 85-82 loss to Mississippi in the final of the San Juan Shootout. They then had a long holiday break to stew over the defeat - and Rivers and his teammates took it out on the Bulldogs (5-6).
Clemson was up 14-0 before the first timeout, nailing five of its first eight shots.
Samford never got the lead back under double digits.
Demontez Stitt finished with 15 points for the Tigers (11-1).
Joe Ross Merritt was Samford's only player in double figures, finishing with 14 points.
Oklahoma 88, No. 23 West Virginia 82, 2OT
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Blake Griffin had 18 points and 16 rebounds to lead Oklahoma to the double-overtime win.
Longar Longar led the Sooners (10-3) with 22 points. He played just 5 minutes in the first half because of foul trouble.
Joe Alexander scored 21, Alex Ruoff added 17 points and Da'Sean Butler finished with 15 for West Virginia (10-2).
Oklahoma was 20-of-32 from the field in the final 30 minutes, and the Sooners shot 53.7 percent overall.
No. 24 USC 70, UC Riverside 57
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Freshman O.J. Mayo scored 13 of his 20 points in the second half to help Southern California take control in a victory over UC Riverside.
Mayo made just three of his 10 shots in the first half, but was 5-of-11 in the second. He also finished with eight rebounds.
Taj Gibson and Daniel Hackett added 13 points apiece for the Trojans (9-3) in their final tuneup before they open Pac-10 play at California on Thursday.
Larry Cunningham led UC Riverside (3-8) with 19 points, and Jalonni Diggs scored 10 for the Highlanders, who played USC to a 34-34 tie in the first half.
No. 25 Rhode Island 85, Georgia Southern 80
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) - Will Daniels scored a season-high 28 points and Rhode Island won the Islander Invitational championship.
The uptempo Rams (13-1), off to their best start since 1946-47, had four other players score in double figures. Kahiem Seawright had 13 points, Lamonte Ulmer and Parfait Bitee scored 11 apiece and Jimmy Baron finished with 10. Ulmer also had 10 rebounds.
Matt Fields led Georgia Southern (9-3) with 18 points, including 14 in the second half.
Rhode Island took a 29-6 lead in the game's first 10 minutes as Georgia Southern hit just three of its first 21 shots from the field.
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