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Texas trips Wake Forest

Kentucky hands Miss. St. 1st loss

Freshman P.J. Tucker scored 21 points last night as No. 18 Texas handed No. 4 Wake Forest (11-1) its first loss of the season, 94-81.

Brandon Mouton added 17 points for the Longhorns (10-2), who ran their home winning streak to 24 games in front of a school-record crowd of 16,837 at the Frank Erwin Center.

It was the most impressive win of the season for Texas, which struggled in its other two games against Top 10 opponents --Duke and Arizona -- and lost both.

Justin Gray scored 27 points for Wake Forest.

Kentucky 67, Mississippi St. 66 -- Erik Daniels grabbed a tipped desperation pass and laid it in as time expired to give the No. 5 Wildcats a wild win over the No. 20 Bulldogs in Starkville, Miss.

Previously unbeaten Mississippi State (13-1, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) rallied from a 16-point deficit in the second half, taking a 66-65 lead with a minute left on Branden Vincent's putback.

But Winsome Frazier and Timmy Bowers both missed the front end of one-and-ones in the final 30 seconds, giving Kentucky (11-1, 2-0) a shot to win it.

Saint Joseph's 79, Fordham 35 -- Jameer Nelson moved into second place on the Hawks' career scoring list, getting 13 points to pace the victory in Philadelphia.

The sixth-ranked Hawks (14-0, 4-0 Atlantic 10) would have gotten better competition with a split-squad scrimmage, opening on a 31-8 run thanks to five early 3-pointers.

The Hawks, who led, 48-12, at halftime, are two wins shy of the longest winning streak in school history set by the 1964-65 team coached by Jack Ramsay.

Amherst 108, Wesleyan 81 -- Celebrating its win Saturday over then-No. 1 Williams, the Jeffs (11-0) placed five in double figures, led by junior Russell Lee, who came off the bench with a career-high 18 points.

MIT 67, Springfield 58 -- Mike D'Auria scored 15 second-half points and the Engineers (7-3) endured a 1-for-13 start to slip past the visitors.

Bridgewater St. 68, Westfield St. 60 -- Sophomore forward David Rukstalis of Norwood had 17 points and eight rebounds to lead the Bears (3-6) to their third straight win.

Framingham St. 72, Mass. College 48 -- Sophomore Anthony Washington and freshman Ryan Dacey each had 14 points as the Rams (5-4) rapped the visiting Trailblazers (1-10).

Fitchburg St. 78, Worcester St. 76 -- Vladimir Benoit hit two free throws with 0.7 seconds left as the Falcons nipped the visiting Lancers.

WPI 89, Brandeis 64 -- Senior forward Ian Bonzani had 23 points and the Engineers (10-2) shot 60.4 percent in the rout at Waltham.

Plymouth St. 90, UMass-Boston 69 -- Senior center Ryan Chicoine scored 20 points as the Panthers (11-1) cruised past the visitors.

Babson 90, Coast Guard 66 -- Luke Weber's 18 points led five players in double figures as the host Beavers (7-4) romped.

E. Nazarene 71, Newbury 70 -- Matt Chewning had 38 points on 13-for-22 shooting as the Crusaders prevailed in Quincy.

Suffolk 79, Albertus Magnus 71 -- Junior guard Chris Emma from Braintree had 20 points as the Rams improved to 4-3, at Regan Gymnasium.

Gordon 78, Colby-Sawyer 72 -- Ryan Smith had 28 points for the Fighting Scots in their win over the Chargers.

Norwich 59, Emerson 50 -- Junior forward Adrian Ackles scored 13 points and the Cadets went on a late 22-7 run in beating the Lions at Northfield, Vt.


UNH 5, Dartmouth 0 -- Steve Saviano of Reading recorded his second career hat trick and Mike Ayers of Hingham made 30 saves for his 11th career shutout to propel the Wildcats in a nonconference game in Manchester, N.H.

Babson 12, Assumption 1 -- Sophomore Sam Vatrano led the host Beavers (8-4-1) with two goals and three assists.

Suffolk 4, Nichols 3 -- Kevin Coakley of Duxbury scored a shorthanded goal that proved to be the winner for the visitors.

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