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No. 3 Wisconsin edges No. 5 Ohio State

The Associated Press
| Wednesday, January 10, 2007 12:00 a.m

MADISON, Wis. – Kammron Taylor scored 25 points, and No. 3 Wisconsin survived a late charge by Greg Oden and No. 5 Ohio State to hold on for a 72-69 victory Tuesday night.

The Badgers (16-1, 2-0 Big Ten) used a 14-0 run midway through the second half to spark the team in an early season matchup of conference favorites.

Alando Tucker added 17 points for the Badgers, who are 13-2 against ranked teams and 40-2 in conference home games under coach Bo Ryan.

Ivan Harris led Ohio State with 17 points.

No. 2 Florida 79, Arkansas 72

In Gainesville, Fla., Taurean Green scored 17 points, and Corey Brewer added 13 to lead Florida.

The Gators (15-2, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) built an early 12-point lead, then spent the rest of the night holding off the Razorbacks (12-4, 1-1), who briefly took the lead before faltering over the last 10 minutes.

Darian Townes led Arkansas with 18 points, while Sonny Weems finished with 13.

No. 8 Texas A&M 61, Baylor 51

In Waco, Texas, Joseph Jones had six points and three rebounds in the stretch that finally put Texas A&M (14-2, 2-0 Big 12) ahead to stay, and Acie Law IV drove for consecutive layups late to push the Aggies to their seventh straight victory.

Kevin Rogers had 19 points and nine rebounds to lead Baylor (10-5, 0-2), which has lost 25 straight games against ranked teams since a win at Oklahoma State on Feb. 15, 2003.

No. 14 Alabama 71, No. 13 LSU 61

In Tuscaloosa, Ala., Richard Hendrix scored 18 points, and Alabama took advantage of cold shooting by LSU.

Rebounding from a 27-point loss at Arkansas, the Crimson Tide (14-2, 1-1 Southeastern Conference) held the Tigers to just 35 percent shooting and led by nine points at halftime.

LSU (11-4), playing its SEC opener, had a five-game winning streak snapped despite 24 points and 17 rebounds from Glen Davis.

No. 17 Clemson 87, North Carolina St. 76

In Raleigh, N.C., Vernon Hamilton scored 21 points, and Clemson beat North Carolina State to match the best start in school history and remain the only unbeaten team in Division I.

The Tigers (17-0, 3-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) shot nearly 56 percent and used a 15-3 run which bridged halftime to equal the school records for best start and longest winning streak.

Gavin Grant had 22 points and Ben McCauley (Yough High School) added 15 for outmanned N.C. State (10-6, 0-3), which lost its second straight since a three-game winning streak against nonconference foes.

District men

Point Park 85, Seton Hill 66

Chivas Whipple led all scorers with 23 points to lead Point Park (17-0, 2-0) to an AMC victory over Seton Hill (6-6). Brad Fusco chipped in 18 points and 16 rebounds for Point Park.

Top 25 women

No. 7 Connecticut 106, Seton Hall 58

In Storrs, Conn., Mel Thomas scored 23 points, freshman Tina Charles added a career-high 20, and Connecticut rebounded from a loss to archrival Tennessee.

Connecticut (13-1, 3-0 Big East), which had only one player score more than 10 points in Saturday’s 70-64 loss to the Lady Vols, had four players in double figures by halftime against the Pirates.

Seton Hall (9-6, 1-3) led just once, when Noteisha Womak hit a layup to open the scoring. But the Huskies scored 12 of the next 14 points.

No. 12 George Washington 57, Richmond 50

In Washington, reserve Jazmine Adair had 11 points and 10 rebounds, her first double-double this season, and George Washington beat Richmond in both teams’ Atlantic 10 opener.

Playing for the first time since Dec. 30, the Colonials (12-2) overcame a sluggish start to win their fifth straight and beat Richmond (6-10) for the 13th time in 14 games.

No. 17 Louisville 57, Georgetown 54

In Washington, Angel McCoughtry had 24 points, 14 rebounds and a game-saving block to lead Louisville.

The Cardinals (17-1, 3-1 Big East) led by three with 14 seconds left, but a lane violation gave the Hoyas (11-6, 1-3) a chance to tie it. But McCoughtry swatted away Kieraah Marlow’s 3-pointer to seal the win.

No. 21 Middle Tennessee 85, Fla. International 52

In Miami, Chrissy Givens scored a season-high 32 points to lead Middle Tennessee (13-3, 5-0 Sun Belt Conference).

LaQuetta Ferguson scored 16 points for Florida International (9-6, 3-2).

West Virginia 74, No. 24 DePaul 63

In Chicago, LaQuita Owens scored 22 of her career-high 26 points in the second half , Olayinka Sanni added 22, and West Virginia (9-7, 1-3 Big East) upset DePaul.

Jenna Rubino led the Blue Demons (11-5, 1-2) with a career-best 27 points.

District women

Duquesne 55, St. Bonaventure 46

Carmen Bruce scored 16 points and Jocelyn Chandler added 13, as Duquesne (6-8, 1-0) defeated Atlantic 10 counterpart St. Bonaventure (10-6, 0-1). The Duquesne defense held St. Bonaventure to just 29.6 shooting from the floor and 1 of 14 from the 3-point line.

Seton Hill 64, Point Park 55

Katie Lintner had 12 points and 10 rebounds in Seton Hill’s (6-7) AMC win over Point Park (5-8, 0-2). Brittany Wilson had 13 points and 10 rebounds for Point Park.

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