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Auburn rallies from 14 down in 2nd half

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AUBURN, Ala. (AP) Bruce Pearl's message to his team was that No. 14 Auburn had been outcoached and outplayed, and that it does happen sometimes.

The Tigers nonetheless survived for an 81-78 overtime victory over Furman on Thursday night with smothering second-half defense.

Christian Okoro scored a season-high 18 points, including two free throws with 1.6 seconds left in overtime to help the Tigers (8-0) complete a rally from a 14-point second-half deficit, easily their largest of the season.


Michigan, Kentucky to play in London

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Michigan and Kentucky have agreed to play a basketball game in London next season as part of a three-year deal that also includes a home-and-home series between the two programs.

Michigan announced the deal Thursday. The teams will play at O2 Arena in London in December 2020. The teams will meet at Crisler Center in Ann Arbor in 2021 and at Kentucky's Rupp Arena in 2022.


Purdue stifles No. 5 Virginia in rout

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) Purdue coach Matt Painter packed his lineup with more scoring punch Wednesday night.

Sasha Stefanovic made sure it paid off.


No. 6 Ohio St. pounds No. 7 UNC on road

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) Sixth-ranked Ohio State spent the last 15 minutes of Wednesday night's trip to seventh-ranked North Carolina knocking down shots, making the Tar Heels work for every look and ultimately driving the blue-clad home fans toward the exits well before the final horn.

The result was a second attention-grabbing blowout by the Buckeyes against a ranked opponent, this one handing Hall of Fame coach Roy Williams his most lopsided home loss at UNC.


No. 3 Maryland routs ND, moves to 9-0

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) Maryland needed some time to get its offense going Wednesday night against Notre Dame. The third-ranked Terrapins’ defense, though, was never a problem.

Maryland held the Fighting Irish below 30 percent shooting in both halves, Jalen Smith had 15 points and a career-high 16 rebounds and the Terps cruised to a 72-51 victory in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.


No. 9 Gonzaga bounces back with rout

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) Joel Ayayi found out Wednesday morning he would be in No. 9 Gonzaga's starting lineup, replacing Admon Gilder.

After two years of coming off the bench, he wanted to make an impression.


No. 21 Vols extend home streak to 31

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee had no problem extending the longest active home winning streak in Division I.

John Fulkerson scored 15 points and Olivier Nkamhoua had a double-double as the 21st-ranked Volunteers trounced winless Florida A&M 72-43 on Wednesday night for their 31st straight home victory.


Bey helps No. 23 Villanova fend off Penn

VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) Saddiq Bey kept another surprise defeat at bay for Villanova, and again made the Wildcats the top contender for another city championship.

Bey scored a career-high 27 points and Jeremiah Robinson-Earl had 13 points and 12 rebounds to lead No. 23 Villanova to an 80-69 victory over Penn on Wednesday night.


Green leads No. 22 Washington past EWU

SEATTLE (AP) Quade Green had no problem when Washington coach Mike Hopkins suggested his first-string point guard come off the bench for one night just to give the opponent a little different look.

Whether starting or not, Green has quickly become a critical component to the Huskies' success.


No. 20 Colorado survives scare from LMU

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) Colorado found out what it's like to get someone's best shot. Now the Buffaloes are ready to take theirs against a storied program.

D'Shawn Schwartz had a season-high 16 points, including a tiebreaking 3-pointer late, and No. 20 Colorado withstood another upset scare Wednesday night in a 76-64 win over Loyola Marymount.

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