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POSTED December 10, 2011 11:48 p.m.

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INDIANA 73, No. 1 KENTUCKY 72

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Christian Watford hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give Indiana a 73-72 victory over top-ranked Kentucky on Saturday night.
Watford finished with 20 points, giving the Hoosiers their first upset of a top-ranked team since taking down Duke in the 2002 NCAA tournament and setting off a wild scene. Fans stormed the court as officials looked at the replay before counting the basket.
The Hoosiers (9-0) are off to their best start since 1989-90.
Doron Lamb scored 19 points to lead the Wildcats (8-1) and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist added 18 as Kentucky’s three-game winning streak over Indiana ended.
The teams traded leads five times in the final 2 minutes, but Kentucky missed the front end of a one-and-one with 28.8 seconds left and the first of two free throws with 5.6 seconds to go.

NO. 3 SYRACUSE 85, GEORGE WASHINGTON 50
SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Dion Waiters set career highs with 19 points and six steals to lead Syracuse, which is poised to take over the top spot in the rankings.
The unbeaten Orange (10-0), in the midst of a federal investigation, could move to No. 1 in the AP Top 25 after both top-ranked Kentucky and No. 2 Ohio State lost.
Kris Joseph had nine points and eight rebounds, and Scoop Jardine, Brandon Triche, Fab Melo, and C.J. Fair each scored eight for the Orange. Freshman guard Michael Carter-Williams had a season-high eight assists.
David Pellom had 12 points to lead George Washington (4-5), which has lost four in a row.

NO. 4 NORTH CAROLINA 84, LONG BEACH STATE 78
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — John Henson had 24 points and 10 rebounds, and Harrison Barnes added 20 points for North Carolina.
The Tar Heels (8-2) rallied from a 45-40 halftime deficit to win their second straight game in the opener of a monthlong home stand. North Carolina led by as many as 11 points in the second half, but couldn’t pull away and had to keep making plays into the final seconds.
Reserve Reggie Bullock scored 15 points for the second straight game for the Tar Heels, including a stretch in which he scored eight straight points midway through the second half.
Casper Ware finished with a career-high 29 points for Long Beach State (4-5).

NO. 5 LOUISVILLE 80, FAIRLEIGH DICKINSON 58
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Gorgui Dieng had 14 points and 12 rebounds to lift Louisville to its 17th straight win at the KFC Yum! Center.
Kyle Kuric added 18 points and Peyton Siva had 16 for Louisville, which is in the midst of a 10-game homestand.
Louisville (9-0) used a 10-0 run late in the first half to open up a 19-point advantage at the break and was never threatened in the second half.
George Goode, who played three seasons at Louisville before transferring to pursue a graduate degree, had 17 points and 12 rebounds for FDU (1-8). Melquan Bolding added 23 points.

NO. 7 DUKE 86, WASHINGTON 80
NEW YORK — Freshman Austin Rivers scored 18 points and the Blue Devils overcame a poor performance from the free throw line at Madison Square Garden.
The Blue Devils (9-1) seemed in control, taking a 19-point lead three times in the second half. But the Huskies (4-4) shook off a terrible first half and chipped away at the deficit.
With Duke making just 12 of 18 free throws over the final 2:30, Abdul Gaddy’s drive got Washington within 78-72 with 58 seconds left. Duke made 6 of its last 8 to hold on.
Andre Dawkins added 17 points for Duke, while Ryan Kelly had 16 and eight rebounds.
Freshman Tony Wroten had a season-high 23 points for the Huskies and C.J. Wilcox added 22.

NO. 8 XAVIER 76, CINCINNATI 53
CINCINNATI — Mark Lyons scored 19 points as Xavier beat its crosstown rival in a game that featured plenty of trash talking and was called with 9.4 seconds left because of a brawl.
Words escalated into shoving and swings as the final seconds ticked down. Both benches cleared and coaches pulled their players away. The referees called it.
Xavier center Kenny Frease left the court with a towel pressed against his bloody face.
The Musketeers (8-0) forced the Bearcats into a 1-for-16 performance from beyond the arc to extend their best start in three years.
Yancy Gates led Cincinnati (5-3) with 18 points and 12 rebounds.

NO. 10 MISSOURI 84, NAVY 59
COLUMBIA, Mo. — Marcus Denmon scored 22 points to help Missouri remain unbeaten and match its best start since the 2006-07 season.
Ricardo Ratliffe made 6 of 9 shots and had 14 points, and Kim English chipped in 13 for the Tigers (9-0).
J.J. Avila scored 26 points for Navy (3-8). The Midshipmen took a 5-0 lead at the outset but trailed 45-26 by halftime.
This was the first matchup between the teams since the first round of the 1994 NCAA tournament, when the top-seeded Tigers defeated the No. 16 Midshipmen 76-53.

NO. 14 WISCONSIN 62, UNLV 51
MADISON, Wis. — Reserve Ben Brust hit all seven of his 3-point attempts and finished with a career-high 25 points for the Badgers.
Wisconsin (8-2) went on a 13-0 run midway through the first half to take a 31-15 lead. The Badgers pushed the advantage to 19 before the Rebels (9-2) cut it to 36-23 at the half.
UNLV couldn’t get inside double digits until just under 4 minutes remained, when Justin Hawkins hit a wide open 3 from the corner to make it 57-49. But Mike Moser missed a layup on UNLV’s next possession, Brust hit a deep 3 after the Badgers grabbed the offensive rebound.
Chace Stanback scored 16 to lead the Rebels.

NO. 15 PITTSBURGH 74, OKLAHOMA ST
NEW YORK — Ashton Gibbs scored 17 points, including three free throws in the final 17 seconds as Pitt sent Oklahoma State to its third loss — all of them at Madison Square Garden.
The Panthers (9-1) led by as many as 16 points in the second half, but Oklahoma State twice was able to get within five late. Each time, Gibbs was able to make at least one free throw.
Nasir Robinson had 15 points for Pitt, and Lamar Patterson added 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Le’Bryan Nash had 20 points for the Cowboys (6-3), who lost to Stanford and Virginia Tech last month in the NIT Season Tip-Off at MSG.
Pittsburgh dominated the boards (43-25) and outscored the Cowboys 40-26 in the paint.

NO. 17 MISSISSIPPI STATE 106, TROY 68
STARKVILLE, Miss. — Dee Bost scored a season-high 28 points, and Arnett Moultrie added 20 points and 12 rebounds for Mississippi State.
The Bulldogs (9-1) won their eighth straight game, shooting 56.3 percent (40 of 71) from the field, including 51.6 percent (16 of 31) from 3-point range. Renardo Sidney added a season-high 18 points and eight rebounds, Jalen Steele scored 15 and Rodney Hood 12.
Bost shot 7 of 13 from 3-point range and added nine assists and three rebounds.
Emil Jones scored 15 points, and Will Weathers and R.J. Scott added 10 for Troy (4-4), which tied a school record with 16 3-pointers.

NO. 18 GEORGETOWN 62, HOWARD 48
WASHINGTON — Playing its first game this season as a ranked team, Georgetown held Howard scoreless for nearly 10 minutes at the start then staved off a strong comeback bid.
Freshman Otto Porter scored 13 points for the Hoyas (8-1), who employed a full-court press and forced Howard (3-6) into missing its first 11 shots.
Jason Clark and Hollis Thompson each added 12 points for the Hoyas, who took a 17-0 lead en route to their sixth straight win.
Mike Phillips scored 14 points for Howard, which shot 33 percent for the game and twice pulled to within two points after the slow start.

SAINT JOSEPH’S 80, NO. 19 CREIGHTON 71
PHILADELPHIA — Carl Jones scored 29 points, Ronald Roberts and Langston Galloway each had 12, and Saint Joseph’s spoiled Creighton’s first week in the Top 25 in five years.
Doug McDermott had 26 points and 10 rebounds for the Bluejays (7-1), who opened 7-0 to make the AP Top 25 for the first time since the first two weeks of the 2006-07 season.
Led by Jones’ second-half surge, the Hawks (7-3) put a quick end to Creighton’s ranked fun.
Hard times had hit Hawk Hill the last two seasons. When Galloway lobbed an alley-oop pass to C.J. Aiken in the waning moments, the packed crowd in the cozy Fieldhouse erupted.
The up-tempo BlueJays came in averaging 87 points per game.

NO. 20 MICHIGAN 90, OAKLAND 80
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 18 of his 21 points in the second half and Evan Smotrycz had a career-high 20 points and nine rebounds for Michigan.
Freshman Trey Burke added 20 points and nine assists for the Wolverines in their highest-scoring game since beating Northern Michigan 97-50 on Nov. 14, 2009.
Michigan (7-2) shot 70 percent from the field in the second half and was 15 of 28 from 3-point range in the game.
Reggie Hamilton scored 28 points for the Golden Grizzlies (6-4), who recovered from a slow start to force a 32-all tie at the break.

No. 22 TEXAS A&M 67, LOUISIANA-MONROE 54

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Khris Middleton returned to the lineup after missing seven games with a torn meniscus in his right knee and scored 24 points.
The Aggies (8-1) broke open a tied game midway through the second half with an 11-0 run featuring four points from Middleton to take a 54-43 lead.
Hugh Mingo had 21 points and nine rebounds for the Warhawks (1-8). The Aggies have held all nine of their opponents under 41 percent shooting this season.

NO. 25 HARVARD 76, BOSTON UNIVERSITY 52

BOSTON — Kyle Casey had 20 points and nine rebounds to lead Harvard, giving the Crimson hope of holding onto their first-ever ranking in The AP Top 25.
Two days after losing by 14 points to No. 9 — and defending NCAA champion — Connecticut, Harvard scored 16 straight points near the end of the first half to turn a two-point game into a blowout. The Crimson (9-1) led by as many as 29 points in the second half.
Reserve Laurent Rivard scored 18 points for Harvard, making 6 of 7 from 3-point range.
Darryl Partin, who entered the game averaging 23.9 points, scored 12 for BU (4-6). Patrick Hazel had 10 points and eight rebounds for the Terriers, who had won four of five.

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