West Virginia men hold off pesky Oakland
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West Virginia's Aaric Murray came back from a one-game suspension with a double-double Wednesday night as the Mountaineers defeated Oakland, 76-71, at WVU Coliseum in Morgantown, W.Va., to end a two-game losing streak.
Murray, who was left home for disciplinary reasons from the Mountaineers' 81-66 loss Saturday to No. 2 Michigan in Brooklyn, N.Y., came back to score 12 points, pull down 10 rebounds and block 5 shots.
Juwan Staten added 11 points for the Mountaineers (5-5), and Keaton Miles and Terry Henderson pitched in 10 apiece.
West Virginia's victory ruined an outstanding game by Travis Bader, who led Division I in 3-pointers made with 42 entering the game. He finished with a game-high 25 points, including 6 of 12 from beyond the line.
Oakland (4-8) has played power conference schools Pitt, Michigan State, Tennessee and West Virginia on the road this season and lost to all four.
Top 25 men
• Duke 88, Cornell 47: Seth Curry scored 20 points, Mason Plumlee added 18 and top-ranked Duke reeled off 23 points in a row in a rout of visiting Cornell. Freshman Rasheed Sulaimon had 16 points and Quinn Cook had a career-high 12 assists while showing up all over the box score for the Blue Devils (10-0). Playing as a top-ranked team for the 210th time under Mike Krzyzewski -- but the first since February 2011 -- they posted two key season highs, shooting 56.7 percent and forcing 26 turnovers, while holding the Big Red (4-7) scoreless for an 8-minute stretch when the game got away from them.
• Texas 85, North Carolina 67: Sheldon McClellan scored 18 points and struggling Texas upset No. 23 North Carolina. Julien Lewis added 16 points for the host Longhorns (7-4), who are off to their worst start since coach Rick Barnes' first season in 1999 while playing without star guard Myck Kabongo. The NCAA is investigating the sophomore's relationship with an agent and the Longhorns have given no indication when or if he'll return. Reggie Bullock led the Tar Heels (8-3) with 18 points.
• Indiana 93, Mount St. Mary's 54: Cody Zeller finished with 16 points and six rebounds, and Christian Watford added 15 points and eight rebounds, leading No. 6 Indiana (10-1) past Mount St. Mary's (4-5).
• Florida 82, Southeastern Louisiana 43: Mike Rosario scored a season-high 20 points to go along with six rebounds and four assists, and No. 8 Florida (8-1) routed Southeastern Louisiana (1-8) in its only home game over a 40-day span.
• New Mexico 68, New Mexico State 63: Kendall Williams tied a career high with 24 points, including nine in a first-half run that brought host New Mexico back from a double-digit deficit, and the No. 16 Lobos (12-0) beat rival New Mexico State (5-6) for the second time in a week.
• Gonzaga 74, Campbell 52: Przemek Karnowski scored 14 points to lead four Gonzaga players in double figures and the 14th-ranked Bulldogs (11-1) beat visiting Campbell (3-8).
• Creighton 71, Tulsa 54: Avery Dingman had 14 of his career-high 21 points in the second half as No. 17 Creighton (11-1) beat visiting Tulsa (6-5) for its fifth win a row.
• Oklahoma State 69, Texas-Arlington 44: Markel Brown scored 17 points and Phil Forte added 13 to lead No. 24 Oklahoma State (9-1) past visiting Texas-Arlington (5-3).
Top 25 women
• Stanford 53, South Carolina 49: Chiney Ogwumike had 21 points and 15 rebounds, Mikaela Ruef had a tiebreaking basket with 53 seconds left and No. 1 Stanford (10-0) held on to beat No. 21 South Carolina (10-1) in Columbia, S.C.
• Connecticut 97, Oakland 25: Bria Hartley and Breanna Stewart each scored 21 points and Brianna Banks had 18 to lead the No. 2 Connecticut (9-0) in a rout of visiting Oakland (5-6).
• Notre Dame 100, Alabama A&M 39: Kayla McBride scored 16 points to lead four teammates in double figures as No. 5 Notre Dame (7-1) cruised past Alabama A&M (1-6) in the first round of the World Vision Classic in Las Vegas. Madison Cable of Mt. Lebanon had 11 for the Irish.
• Georgia 72, TCU 59: Erika Ford scored 10 points in a 6 1/2-minute span of the first half and No. 6 Georgia (12-0) stayed undefeated with a rout of host TCU (5-4).
• North Carolina 76, East Carolina 67: Tierra Ruffin-Pratt scored 24 points and No. 17 North Carolina (11-1) pulled away in the second half to beat East Carolina (8-3) in the Beach Ball Classic in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
• Texas A&M 83, Kansas State 60: Kelsey Bone scored 22 points, hitting 11 of her 13 shots, to lift No. 22 Texas A&M (7-3) past Kansas State (7-2) in Las Vegas.
• Florida State 94, Mercer 42: Natasha Howard led five players in double figures with 17 points and 12 rebounds as No. 23 Florida State (9-1) routed visiting Mercer (7-3).
First Published December 20, 2012 12:03 am