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Top 25 roundup: Tigers get even with Cowboys

Associated Press

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 15 2012 11:24 p.m. MST

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Marcus Denmon scored 17 points to lead five teammates in double figures and No. 3 Missouri avenged an earlier defeat with an 83-65 rout over Oklahoma State on Wednesday night.

Ricardo Ratliffe and Michael Dixon both had 15 points and Kim English and Phil Pressey scored 13 apiece for Missouri (24-2, 11-2), which is tied with Kansas for first place in the Big 12.

Keiton Page led Oklahoma State (12-14, 5-8) with 23 points.

Missouri held Cowboys freshman Le'Bryan Nash to 11 points after he torched the Tigers for 27 in a seven-point win in Stillwater in January.

A 23-4 run over 9 minutes in the first half helped Missouri put the game away.

The Tigers had an 8-rebound advantage, their first after being outrebounded by an average of more than nine boards the previous five games.

NO. 8 NORTH CAROLINA 73, MIAMI 64: At Coral Gables, Fla., Harrison Barnes scored 23 points and North Carolina rallied from an eight-point deficit in the second half to beat Miami.

The Tar Heels, who came in leading the nation with 83.5 points per game, shot only 38 percent and went 5 for 18 from 3-point range. But they forced turnovers on four straight possessions in the second half and held Miami scoreless for nearly five minutes.

North Carolina (22-4, 9-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) took a half-game lead over Duke and Florida State atop the league standings.

Durand Scott scored 15 points for Miami (15-9, 6-5).

NEW MEXICO 77, NO. 13 SAN DIEGO STATE 67: At San Diego, Kendall Williams scored 21 points and Drew Gordon had 17 points and 17 rebounds as New Mexico stunned the Aztecs to move into first place in the Mountain West Conference.

NO. 16 MURRAY ST. 75, SE MISSOURI ST. 66: At Cape Girardeau, Mo., Donte Poole hit four 3-pointers and scored 25 points as Murray State, despite a poor game from leading scorer Isaiah Canaan, clinched its third straight Ohio Valley Conference with a victory over Southeast Missouri State.

Ivan Aska had 14 points and nine rebounds for the Racers (25-1, 13-1), who have won two straight since getting upset at home by Tennessee State last week to end a 23-0 start.

Canaan, second in the conference with a 19.6 average, was held scoreless for the first 17 minutes and finished with nine points on 2-for-11 shooting.

Leon Powell had 13 points and eight rebounds for Southeast Missouri State (14-12, 9-5).

NO. 18 INDIANA 71, NORTHWESTERN 66: At Bloomington, Ind., Cody Zeller scored 23 points and Verdell Jones had all six of his over the final 4:03 to lead Indiana past Northwestern.

The victory gave coach Tom Crean his first 20-win season in Bloomington, and the Hoosiers (20-6, 8-6 Big Ten) are 15-1 at home.

John Shurna led the Wildcats (15-10, 5-8) with 29 points, while Drew Crawford had 18.

It was 63-63 with 4:29 to go when Jones finally warmed up. He hit a tie-breaking baseline jumper, followed that with a driving layup to give the Hoosiers a 67-63 lead and the Wildcats never got another chance to retake the lead.

LOYOLA MARYMOUNT 75, NO. 21 ST. MARY'S 60: At Moraga, Calif., Drew Viney scored 17 points, Anthony Ireland had 16 and Loyola Marymount won 10 conference games for the first time since the 1989-90 season when the Lions made it to the NCAA regional finals.

NO. 23 NOTRE DAME 71, RUTGERS 53: At South Bend, Ind., Jack Cooley scored 17 of his 22 points in the second half to lead Notre Dame over Rutgers.

Cooley also had 18 rebounds for the Fighting Irish (18-8, 9-3 Big East), who won their seventh straight game. Jerian Grant added 11 points, Eric Atkins had 10 points and eight assists, and Pat Connaughton also scored 10.

Notre Dame's last loss came at Rutgers on Jan. 16.

Dane Miller scored 11 points as the Scarlet Knights (12-14, 4-8) committed 26 fouls, allowing Notre Dame to pour in 24 points from the line. Rutgers has lost four in a row.

NO. 24 WICHITA ST. 73, MISSOURI ST. 58: At Wichita, Kan., seven-foot center Garrett Stutz hit four 3-pointers and scored 21 points to lead Wichita State over Missouri State to clinch at least a tie for the Missouri Valley Conference title.

Stutz finished 7 of 8 from the field and had 10 rebounds for the Shockers (23-4, 14-2), who were playing their first game as a ranked team since 2006-07. David Kyles added 12 points.

Anthony Downing had 17 points for Missouri State (16-12, 9-7).

Kyles scored 10 points and had two 3-pointers in less than 3 minutes during a 15-3 run that gave Wichita State a 56-42 lead with 10:17 remaining. The Bears never threatened after that.

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