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Davidson stuns Kansas

LSU, Turner deal Marquette 1st loss

Associated Press / December 20, 2011
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Nik Cochran scored 21 points, including a clutch 3-pointer in the closing minutes, and Davidson shocked 12th-ranked Kansas, 80-74, last night in Kansas City, Mo., to exact a bit of revenge over an epic NCAA Tournament loss three years ago.

JP Kuhlman added 15 points and De’Mon Brooks had 13 for the Wildcats (7-3), who led the final 23-plus minutes to knock off the defending Big 12 champs in their home away from home.

The Jayhawks (7-3) had won 13 of the 15 games they had played at the Sprint Center, about a 30-minute drive from campus.

It was the first meeting between the schools since the NCAA regional final in 2008, when Stephen Curry led the Wildcats on an inspired postseason run. Kansas managed a 59-57 victory when a last-second shot by Davidson clanked off the rim. The Jayhawks went on to win the fifth national championship in school history.

Thomas Robinson had 21 points and 18 rebounds for the Jayhawks, who were coming off a win over Ohio State.

LSU 67, Marquette 59 - Ralston Turner scored 22 points and the host Tigers (8-3) extended their winning streak to five games while handing the No. 10 Golden Eagles their first loss.

Turner hit two 3-pointers in the final four minutes to give LSU the lead and added two free throws to make it 60-54 with 1:19 to go. Justin Hamilton made seven free throws in the final 53 seconds to help LSU hold off Marquette (10-1).

North Carolina 99, Nicholls St. 49 - The fifth-ranked Tar Heels (10-2) started slow but then cruised at home. They finished with a 72-35 advantage on the boards, their most rebounds since 1956, and turned 31 offensive rebounds into 36 points.

Baylor 95, Paul Quinn 54 - The No. 6 Bears had no trouble moving to 10-0. Quincy Acy had 24 points and seven of Baylor’s 17 dunks against their NAIA opponent in Waco, Texas.

Duke 90, UNC Greensboro 63 - Mason Plumlee had 15 points and 13 rebounds and the No. 7 Blue Devils (10-1) rolled to their 41st straight win at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Florida 82, Mississippi Valley St. 54 - Erving Walker netted 19 points to pace five starters in double digits for the 11th-ranked Gators (9-2), who won their 11th straight home game.

Indiana 107, Howard 50 - The 11-0 Hoosiers, ranked 17th, celebrated their 500th appearance in the AP Top 25 with a home win in which they led by as many as 60. Jordan Hulls (16 points) topped six double-figure scorers.

Michigan St. 89, UMKC 54 - Branden Dawson scored a career-best 16 points to lead the No. 19 Spartans (10-2) at home.

UNLV 81, La.-Monroe 63 - Chace Stanback (29 points) shot 8 of 9 from 3-point range as the No. 21 Runnin’ Rebels (12-2) coasted in Las Vegas.

Creighton 83, Tulsa 64 - The No. 23 Bluejays (9-1) got a career-high 35 points from Doug McDermott (16 of 23 from the field) in the road victory.

Illinois 64, Cornell 60 - At Champaign, Ill., Meyers Leonard had 19 points and a career-high 16 rebounds, and the No. 25 Illini (11-1) narrowly avoided a second consecutive loss.

Maine 77, Utah Valley 60 - Gerald McLemore totaled 19 points and Justin Edwards had 17 for the host Black Bears (4-4), who broke a two-game skid.

Women

Delaware 68, Providence 47 - The 19th-ranked Blue Hens (9-0) got 29 points from Elena Delle Donne to rout the Friars (5-6) in Providence.

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