By The Associated Press
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -Doneal Mack and Antonio Anderson hit consecutive 3-pointers to help spark a decisive run by No. 5 Memphis in a 71-60 victory over UAB on Thursday night, clinching the Tigers' fourth consecutive Conference USA regular-season title.
The Tigers (25-3, 13-0) won their 19th straight overall, the nation's longest winning streak, and 55th in a row in the conference.
Memphis led by a point before suddenly pulling away from its top league challenger with a 16-4 run. Memphis allowed only two field goals over the final 4 minutes while holding Robert Vaden, UAB's leading scorer, scoreless on 0-for-17 shooting.
Mack had 17 points for Memphis, while Anderson had 16 and Robert Dozier 15 points and 10 rebounds.
Lawrence Kinnard had 25 points and 11 rebounds for the Blazers (19-9, 9-4), who handed the Tigers their last conference loss three years ago and came in having won six straight games and nine of 10.
N.C. State 78
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) - James Johnson had career highs with 28 points and 18 rebounds to lead 13 Wake Forest.
Ishmael Smith added a season-high 18 points and Chas McFarland had 15 for the Demon Deacons (21-5, 8-5 Atlantic Coast Conference), who shot 52.5 percent and led nearly all the way, but allowed most of an early 15-point lead to slip away.
Wake Forest improved to 13-1 at home and won for the third time in four games.
Tracy Smith scored 18 points to lead five double-figure scorers for the Wolfpack (15-11, 5-8), who were denied their second sweep of Wake Forest in coach Sidney Lowe's three seasons.
Johnson had a double-double by halftime and was 12-of-16 from the field to surpass his previous top performance of 26 points in a 101-91 loss at No. 7 Duke four nights earlier.
Michigan 87, No. 16 Purdue 78
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - DeShawn Sims scored a career-high 29 points and Manny Harris had 27 points and eight rebounds to lead Michigan.
The Wolverines (18-11, 8-8 Big Ten) improved to 3-4 against ranked opponents and added an important victory to the ones it had over Duke and UCLA, when both teams were ranked fourth in the nation. Michigan is trying for its first NCAA tournament bid in more than a decade.
, who had won four straight.
Harris became the sixth player in Michigan history to reach the 1,000-point mark as a sophomore, joining Chris Webber, Jalen Rose, Phil Hubbard, Mike McGee and Louis Bullock.
No. 19 Xavier 68, Saint Joseph's 54
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Derrick Brown had 18 points and 10 rebounds, and B.J Raymond scored 18 points to lead Xavier.
The Atlantic 10-leading Musketeers (23-5, 11-3) led almost the entire game and pulled away from the mistake-prone Hawks over the last 4 minutes to win their second straight.
Ahmad Nivins scored 24 points for the Hawks, who lost their fifth straight game. Saint Joseph's (14-13, 7-6) played without point guard Tasheed Carr, who sat out because of a concussion suffered Tuesday in practice.
The Hawks are on their longest streak under coach Phil Martelli since they dropped nine straight in 1998-99.
No. 20 Illinois 52, Minnesota 41
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - Mike Davis scored 14 points and Trent Meacham added 13 to lead Illinois.
The Illini (23-6, 11-5 Big Ten) lost 59-36 at Minnesota in January.
Demitri McCamey added 10 points for Illinois, which took the lead for good and closed the game with a 14-2 second-half run.
under 10 minutes.
Damian Johnson had 18 points for the Gophers (20-8, 8-8), 14 in the first half.
No. 24 Butler 78, Youngstown St. 57
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Matt Howard had 25 points and 10 rebounds and Butler clinched at least a share of its third straight Horizon League regular-season championship.
The win guaranteed the Bulldogs (24-4, 14-3) a bye into the conference tournament's semifinals next week, either at home as the top seed or at Wisconsin-Green Bay as the No. 2 seed.
Freshman Gordon Hayward added 14 points for Butler, which led by 10 points at halftime and went on to lead by as many as 24 points.
Sirlester Martin hit his first seven shots and finished with 15 points to lead Youngstown State (11-17, 7-10).

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