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Amath M'Baye scored 19 points and Je'lon Hornbeak had 14 as Oklahoma beat West Virginia, 77-70, in the third-place game Sunday night at the Old Spice Classic at Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

Andrew Fitzgerald added nine points for Oklahoma (4-1).

West Virginia (1-3) got 15 points from Juwan Staten. Gary Browne and Deniz Kilicli had 13 apiece.

Both teams split two games earlier in the classic. Oklahoma beat Texas-El Paso, 68-61, but lost to No. 17 Gonzaga, 72-47. West Virginia topped Marist, 87-44, and was defeated by Davidson, 63-60.

This was just the second time in Big 12 Conference history that two league teams have met in a regular-season, non-conference contest. The other occurred in 1996 when Texas played Nebraska.

After Browne hit two free throws to tie it, Buddy Hield had a basket, M'Baye made two free throws and Hornbeak connected on a 3-pointer as Oklahoma grabbed a 69-62 lead with 4:20 remaining.

Steven Pledger and M'Baye both made two free throws that extended the Sooners' advantage to 75-66 with 1:38 to go.

Jabarie Hinds hit a 3-pointer and Staten had a layup to get West Virginia within 57-56 with 81/2 minutes left.

M'Baye had 10 points as Oklahoma took a 42-37 halftime advantage.

Pledger's four-point play put Oklahoma up, 19-14, with 11 minutes left in the half. Tyler Neal ended a 9-0 run for the Sooners with a long-range jumper that made it 34-22.

Browne's 3-pointer got West Virginia within 40-35 with a minute to go in the half.

West Virginia senior forward Dominique Rutledge had two points and four rebounds in his season debut.

Top 25 men

• Gonzaga 81, Davidson 67: Elias Harris scored 24 points, Kevin Pangos added 23 and No. 17 Gonzaga beat Davidson in the Old Spice Classic championship. Kelly Olynyk added 14 points for Gonzaga (6-0), which also won the 2008 Classic. The Bulldogs are undefeated in six overall games at the tournament. Davidson (3-3) got 17 points from Nik Cochran. Jake Cohen had 13 and De'Mon Brooks finished with 12.

• Indiana 101, Ball State 53: Will Sheehey scored 19 points to help No. 1 Indiana defeat Ball State, 101-53, at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind. Jordan Hulls scored 17 points, Cody Zeller scored 15 and Christian Watford had 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Hoosiers (6-0). It was Indiana's largest victory margin in a 21-game series that began in 1934. The Hoosiers' previous largest victory margin against the Cardinals was 43 points in 1946 and 1983. It was Indiana's first game since winning the Progressive Legends Classic with victories against Georgia and Georgetown in Brooklyn, N.Y. The Hoosiers already had been averaging 86 points per game before shooting 61 percent from the field against the Cardinals. Majok Majok scored 18 points and Jauwan Scaife added 11 for Ball State. The Cardinals (2-2) were coming off a 20-point loss to Indiana State. The Cardinals were outrebounded, 42-29, and shot just 31 percent from the field.

• Oklahoma State 81, Portland State 58: Markel Brown scored a season-high 23 points, Le'Bryan Nash added 20 and No. 20 Oklahoma State cruised to a victory against visiting Portland State in its first game as a Top-25 team in five years. Phil Forte chipped in 15 points and Marcus Smart had eight points and nine assists, the third most for a freshman in Cowboys history. Already up by 18, Oklahoma State (5-0) put the game away with a 13-2 run to start the second half, giving the Cowboys a 53-24 lead. Brown connected on a runner and a 3-pointer and then punctuated the spurt by driving for a two-handed reverse dunk. Portland State (1-3) was never closer than 20 after that. Renado Parker and Michael Harthun led the Vikings with 12 points apiece. Top scorer Dre Winston Jr., a transfer from Washington State, missed five of his shots and was held scoreless.

• Michigan State 63, Louisiana-Lafayette 60: Keith Appling scored 19 points to help sluggish Michigan State survive a scare and beat visiting Louisiana-Lafayette. Appling, who has scored at least 17 points in every game except one this season, was 4 for 11 from the field. But he made other plays at key times, hitting 10 free throws and adding 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the No. 15 Spartans (5-1). He also had help from several teammates. Branden Dawson scored 11 points and Brandan Kearney 10 off the bench. Adreian Payne had 10 rebounds. Elfrid Payton had 20 points for the Ragin' Cajuns (2-4). Louisiana-Lafayette shot just 11 of 21 from the free-throw line, which may have cost it a major upset.

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