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UCLA freshman Kevin Love prepares to sling a pass over the head of Washington State's Robbie Cowgill. Love finished with 27 points and 14 rebounds in the fifth-ranked Bruins' victory. UCLA freshman Kevin Love prepares to sling a pass over the head of Washington State's Robbie Cowgill. Love finished with 27 points and 14 rebounds in the fifth-ranked Bruins' victory. (LUCY NICHOLSON/REUTERS)
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Associated Press / January 13, 2008

Washington State couldn't make a dent against UCLA's defensive pressure most of the game. When the Bruins let up, the Cougars unleashed a stunning barrage of 3-pointers - and still lost.

The fifth-ranked Bruins knocked the No. 4 Cougars from the unbeaten ranks yesterday with an 81-74 victory led by freshman Kevin Love's eighth double-double of the season.

"I'd never seen anything like that," Love said about the Cougars' seven 3s in the final 1 1/2 minutes.

Love had a career-high 27 points and grabbed 14 rebounds, while Darren Collison added 18 points as the Bruins (16-1, 4-0 Pac-10) won their ninth in a row and seventh straight over the visiting Cougars.

Derrick Low scored 24 points after getting nothing in the first half for Washington State. The Cougars committed 13 turnovers, nine in the first half.

The Cougars (14-1, 2-1) still have just one victory in 51 games at UCLA. They had lost the previous three meetings in Westwood by a combined 8 points.

"We could not get stops," Washington State coach Tony Bennett said. "We pride ourselves in trying to get people to work for their shots and they got so many easy looks."

North Carolina 93, N.C. State 62 - At Chapel Hill, N.C., Deon Thompson and Ty Lawson each scored 16 points for the No. 1 Tar Heels, who scored 25 straight points in the first half en route to the rout.

Tyler Hansbrough had 13 points and 13 rebounds for the Tar Heels (17-0, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference).

Danny Green added 13 points, 14 rebounds, 6 assists, and 4 blocks for North Carolina.

Courtney Fells had 16 points to lead N.C. State (11-4, 0-1).

Memphis 68, Marshall 45 - Freshman Derrick Rose scored 20 points and the No. 2 Tigers used a hot start to the second half to prevail at Huntington, W.Va.

Playing their first road game since a 10-point win at Cincinnati Dec. 19, the Tigers (15-0, 2-0 Conference USA) remained one of three unbeaten teams left in Division 1.

Robert Dozier (18 points) scored the Tigers' first three baskets of the second half for a 39-28 lead with 17 minutes left. Memphis's lead never fell below double digits after that.

Marshall (9-5, 1-1) managed only three baskets over the first 10 minutes of the second half.

Kansas 79, Nebraska 58 - At Lincoln, Neb., Brandon Rush scored 16 of his season-high 19 points in the first half and the No. 3 Jayhawks continued their domination over the Huskers.

The three-time defending Big 12 champion Jayhawks (16-0, 1-0) won their 17th straight conference opener. The victory was their ninth straight against Nebraska and 18th in the last 19 meetings.

Nebraska (11-3, 0-1), which had its six-game win streak end, got 19 points from Aleks Maric.

Iowa 43, Michigan St. 36 - At Iowa City, Tony Freeman scored 22 points and the lowly Hawkeyes snapped the No. 6 Spartans' 11-game winning streak by holding them to just 18 points over the final 28:52.

The Spartans (14-2, 2-1 Big Ten) went 16 of 52 from the field, hit just one free throw, and committed 18 turnovers.

The Hawkeyes (8-9, 1-3) made just 11 field goals.

Georgetown 72, UConn 69 - Roy Hibbert's uncontested 3-pointer with four seconds left snapped a tie and capped his 20-point, eight-rebound performance to lead the No. 7 Hoyas at Washington.

The Huskies led, 67-61, with about 4 1/2 minutes left after Jerome Dyson's dunk. Consecutive 3-pointers by freshman Austin Freeman and Jessie Sapp allowed the Hoyas (13-1, 3-0 Big East) to tie it.

Jeff Adrien led Connecticut (11-4, 2-2) with 18 points. The Huskies were without coach Jim Calhoun, who was at the arena but stayed in the coaches' locker room because of what the school called flu-like symptoms.

Tennessee 80, South Carolina 56 - JaJuan Smith scored 15 points to lead the No. 8 Volunteers to an easy road victory.

Tennessee (14-1, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) jumped out to an 11-0 lead and never trailed. But they didn't put the Gamecocks (8-8, 0-2) away until the start of the second half with a 23-5 run to build its lead to 66-40.

South Carolina's Devan Downey led all scorers with 24.

Texas A&M 86, Colorado 69 - At College Station, Texas, Dominique Kirk scored 15 points to lead the No. 11 Aggies to their eighth straight win by at least 15 points.

Colorado (8-7, 0-1) lost its 11th straight Big 12 opener.

Texas A&M (15-1, 1-0) led by 15 points at halftime and built its lead to 61-42 eight minutes into the second half. Missouri 97, Texas 84 - Reserve Keon Lawrence scored a season-high 18 points to lead six Tigers in double figures in a home victory over the No. 12 Longhorns in the Big 12 opener for both teams.

Starting guards Jason Horton and Stefhon Hannah combined for 31 points for Missouri (11-5).

Damion James led Texas (13-3) with 27 points.

Kentucky 79, Vanderbilt 73 - Freshman Patrick Patterson had 23 points and 12 rebounds to lift the host Wildcats to a double-overtime victory over the No. 13 Commodores, knocking them from the ranks of the unbeaten.

Ramel Bradley added 20 points for Kentucky (7-7, 1-0 SEC).

Shan Foster had 20 points for Vanderbilt (16-1, 1-1), including a tying 3-pointer with 14 seconds left in regulation.

Butler 72, Wis.-Milwaukee 56 - At Indianapolis, freshman Matt Howard scored 9 of his 17 points during a 14-0 first-half run that carried the No. 14 Bulldogs (16-1, 5-1 Horizon) to their eighth straight victory.

Marquette 92, Notre Dame 66 - At Milwaukee, Jerel McNeal had 18 points and the No. 15 Golden Eagles (13-2, 3-1 Big East) handed the Fighting Irish (12-3, 2-1) their biggest loss in the teams' 109-game rivalry.

Mississippi 74, LSU 71 - At Oxford, Miss., Eniel Polynice and Chris Warren both scored 15 points and the No. 16 Rebels (14-1, 1-1 SEC) escaped against the undermanned Tigers (7-9, 0-2), who were without two injured starters.

Dayton 68, Saint Louis 57 - At St. Louis, Brian Roberts scored 30 points and the No. 17 Flyers (14-1, 2-0 Atlantic 10) held off the Billikens (9-7, 0-2) in overtime for their 13th straight victory.

Clemson 97, Florida St. 85 - Freshman Terrence Oglesby hit three of his six 3-pointers in the second overtime to help the No. 18 Tigers win on their home court. Clemson (13-2, 1-1 ACC) needed buzzer-beaters to tie the Seminoles (12-5, 1-1) in regulation and the first extra period.

Cincinnati 69, Villanova 66 - Rashad Bishop's 3-pointer with 22 seconds to play - the freshman forward's only basket of the game - lifted the host Bearcats (8-8, 3-1 Big East) over the No. 19 Wildcats (11-3, 1-2), who got 32 points from Scottie Reynolds.

Pittsburgh 84, Seton Hall 70 - Sam Young scored 28 points and freshman DeJuan Blair had 20 points and 14 rebounds for the No. 20 Panthers (14-2, 2-1 Big East) at Pittsburgh.

Xavier 68, Fordham 50 - At Cincinnati, B.J. Raymond made his first five 3-point attempts and finished with 20 points to lead the No. 24 Musketeers (14-3, 2-0 Atlantic 10) to their sixth straight victory.

Miami 78, Georgia Tech 68 - At Coral Gables, Fla., sophomore James Dews scored a career-high 18 points for the No. 25 Hurricanes (14-1, 1-0 ACC).

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