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PORTLAND, OR - DECEMBER 17: Tyler Dorsey #5 of the Oregon Ducks drives to the basket during the second half of the game against the UNLV Rebels at the Moda Center on December 17, 2016 in Portland, Oregon. The Ducks won the game 83-63. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)
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No. 22 Oregon downs UNLV 83-63 in Portland

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Dillon Brooks had 20 points, including 16 in the second half, and the No. 22 Oregon Ducks extended their winning streak to eight games with an 83-63 victory over UNLV on Saturday night at Portland’s Moda Center.

Tyler Dorsey added 18 points while Jordan Bell had 16 points and 12 rebounds for Oregon (10-2), which led by 23 points in the second half. The Ducks have held 11 straight opponents under 70 points.

Jovan Mooring led the Rebels (6-5) with 20 points. Tyrell Green added 18 points and eight rebounds.

Oregon was without leading scorer Chris Boucher, who was on crutches and wearing a boot on his right foot on the Ducks’ bench.

It was unclear when Boucher was injured. He played in Oregon’s 81-67 victory at home over Montana on Tuesday night, scoring 23 points with 19 rebounds. He was a rebound short of becoming the Ducks’ first player since 1977 with 20 or more points and rebounds.

Boucher, a 6-foot-10 senior, is averaging 14.1 points, 7.8 rebounds and 3.2 blocks per game for Oregon this season. He ranks 10th nationally in blocks.

Boucher’s absence made way for Brooks’ first start of the season. Brooks has played off the bench since returning from offseason foot surgery.

Brooks was key to Oregon’s success last season, when the team won a school-record 31 games while claiming the Pac-12 regular-season and tournament titles. The Ducks earned a first-ever No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, advancing to Elite Eight for the first time since 2007.

The Ducks led by as many as 11 points in the first half. The Rebels closed within 34-29 late after Tyrell Green’s layup, but Oregon’s Tyler Dorsey answered with a 3-pointer.

Green hit a 3-pointer for UNLV to narrow it to 37-33 at the break. Green led all scorers with 15 points in the half.

Oregon went on a 10-run to open the first half, capped by Payton Pritchard’s 3-pointer, as the game started to get away from UNLV. The Ducks stretched the lead to 55-36 on Dorsey’s layup.

BIG PICTURE

UNLV: The Rebels are in the midst of a tough stretch where they’ll face three ranked teams. They lost at No. 5 Duke 94-45 last Saturday and they’ll host No. 3 Kansas on Thursday. … The Rebels are playing their first season under coach Marvin Menzies, hired after Chris Beard left the job after only a week in March to become head coach at Texas Tech.

Oregon: With Oregon’s women ranked No. 25 this past week, it is the first time both the Ducks’ men and women are ranked since January 1995. The women’s team played in the early game Saturday night, defeating Portland State 90-46. … Oregon has been ranked in the Top 25 for 14 straight weeks dating to last season.

LOCAL KID: Payton Pritchard drew cheers from the Portland crowd when he hit the Ducks’ first basket of the night, a 3-pointer. The 6-foot-2 freshman point guard played for West Linn High School just south of Portland. He’s played at the Moda Center before, when West Linn defeated Sheldon in the 2014 Class 6A state championship game.

UP NEXT

UNLV: The Runnin’ Rebels return home to face Southern Illinois on Monday.

Oregon: The Ducks host Fresno State on Tuesday, the team’s final nonconference game before Pac-12 play starts.

Foster has 22 points, Creighton rallies to beat Oral Roberts

OMAHA, NEBRASKA-NOVEMBER 26: Marcus Foster #0 of the Creighton Bluejays take s a break during their game against the Loyola (Md) Greyhounds at the CenturyLink Center on November 26, 2016 in Omaha, Nebraska. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)
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OMAHA, Neb. — Marcus Foster scored 22 points and No. 10 Creighton rallied to beat Oral Roberts 66-65 on Saturday night.

The Bluejays (11-0) led by as many as 13 early in the second half, but saw the Golden Eagles (2-10) claw back to take a five-point lead with 6:08 left in the game. Creighton held Oral Robert the rest of the way, talking the lead on Foster’s short jumper in the lane with 3:28 left.

Owens led Oral Roberts with 23 points, and Jalen Bradley had 16 for the Golden Eagles.

The Bluejays used a zone press to trigger a 9-0 early second half run that made it 54-41. Then Creighton went cold, hitting just two of its next 14 shots while Oral Roberts scored steadily, taking the lead at 60-58 on Albert Owens’ short jumper with 8:45 left. Oral Roberts went up 65-60 on Owens’ banked-in 3-pointer.

The Golden Eagles didn’t score again while Creighton managed just three field goals, a layup and a dunk from Justin Patton and Foster’s short jumper. Neither team scored again as Creighton missed the front end of two 1-and-1 free-throw opportunities in the final minute.

Creighton, which shot 58 percent and had 21 fast break points in the first half, hit just 37 percent of its shots in the second half and didn’t have a fast break point. The high-scoring Bluejays, who have averaged 91.6 points per game, scored just 21 points in the first half

Foster had 10 points in the first three minutes as Creighton raced out to a 12-5 lead and went up by 10 on Maurice Watson Jr.’s layup with 14:27 left in the half. But Oral Roberts stayed within striking distance with strong inside play and trailed by seven at half.

Maurice Watson Jr. had 13 points and 10 assists for Creighton. Patton finished with 10 points.

BIG PICTURE

Oral Roberts: Oral Roberts coach Scott Sutton was born in Omaha, the son of former Creighton coach Eddie Sutton, who led the Bluejays from 1969 to 1974 in his first Division I coaching post. The Sutton family was recognized by Creighton before Saturday’s game with a jersey presentation to Scott and his brother and assistant coach Sean Sutton..

Creighton: With Saturday’s victory, the Bluejays have won 97 straight home games against teams that enter the contest with a record of .500 or worse, a streak that dates to 2002. The Bluejays who led 45-38 at halftime have now won 67 straight games when scoring 42 or more in the first half.

UP NEXT

Oral Roberts” Hosts Little Rock on Monday night.

Creighton: At Arizona State on Tuesday night.

Bluiett scores 20, No. 17 Xavier holds off Wake Forest 69-65

CINCINNATI, OH - NOVEMBER 14:  Trevon Bluiett #5 of the Xavier Musketeers attempts a reverse layup in the second half as Ikenna Smart #34 of the Buffalo Bulls defends on November 14, 2016 at Cintas Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. Xavier defeated Buffalo 86-53.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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CINCINNATI — No. 17 Xavier got outrebounded for the first time all season and wasted several chances to put the game away, allowing it to come down to a final free throw. Trevon Bluiett made it.

Bluiett scored 20 points, including three free throws in the final 19 seconds, and the Musketeers held on for a 69-65 victory over Wake Forest on Saturday night in their annual game dedicated to former coach Skip Prosser .

The Musketeers (9-2) led most of the second half but didn’t have the game in hand until Bluiett hit one of his two free throws with 2 seconds left. Wake Forest (8-3) missed a pair of 3-point shots that could have tied it before Bluiett got the rebound and was fouled.

“Something may be off,” said point guard Edmond Sumner, who had 17 points and six turnovers. “At times you can see we’re clicking, but it’s not through a whole half, it’s in spurts. We still have to figure out what’s going on.”

John Collins had his sixth consecutive double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds, and Bryant Crawford scored 20 points for the Demon Deacons. Wake Forest missed all of its 12 shots from beyond the arc in the second half and finished 5 of 25 on 3-pointers.

“We’re still going to shoot it,” coach Danny Manning said. “We’re going to shoot it 12 times the next game. Normally we make our fair share.”

There were nine ties and 11 lead changes in a back-and-forth game, with the Musketeers holding a slim lead for most of the second half. Sumner had a bank shot high off the backboard, and J.P. Macura had a steal and layup that made it 66-61 with 1:29 left.

Sumner and Bluiett both missed the front end in the bonus before Bluiett finally closed it out from the line.

“Even when we’re not on top of our game, we can still close games out,” Bluiett said. “It’s a good feeling for us to know we’re capable of doing that. We don’t want to keep putting ourselves in those situations.”

OUTREBOUNDED

The Demon Deacons became the first team to outrebound Xavier this season, getting a 38-37 edge that included 15 offensive rebounds.

ARC WOES

Wake Forest has done much better at shooting the 3 this season, making 38.8 percent before Saturday’s game. They’ve been a team of extremes, tough, making 13 twice and five or less four times.

“We were getting good looks at the basket but the ball wasn’t falling,” Crawford said. “We should have gone inside more, found other ways to score.”

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Xavier has won its last two games, including a 77-69 victory over Utah, to stabilize in the poll after dropping because of back-to-back road losses against Baylor and Colorado.

BIG PICTURE

Wake Forest: The Demon Deacons have lost both of their games against ranked teams this season, including 96-77 to Villanova in the Charleston Classic. They’re 1-12 against ranked teams in last two seasons, including a win over No. 13 Indiana in the Maui Invitational. Their last win on the road over a ranked team was 82-69 at No. 24 North Carolina on Jan. 20, 2010.

Xavier: The Musketeers’ soft passes led to repeated turnovers that played into Wake Forest’s hands. Xavier had 10 turnovers in the first half and 15 overall.

“That was just us doing careless stuff, like me traveling two times,” Sumner said. “It wasn’t because of the pressure.”

UP NEXT

Wake Forest returns home and finished non-conference play against LSU on Thursday. The Demon Deacons won in Baton Rouge 77-71 last season.

Xavier hosts Eastern Washington on Tuesday before opening Big East play by hosting Providence on Dec. 28.

More AP college basketball: http://collegebasketball.ap.org

Jackson leads No. 3 Kansas past pesky Davidson, 89-71

LAWRENCE, KS - DECEMBER 10: Josh Jackson #11 of the Kansas Jayhawks dunks he ball against the Nebraska Cornhuskers in the second half at Allen Field House on December 10, 2016 in Lawrence, Kansas. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) It took Carlton Bragg Jr. about 20 minutes to knock the rust off.

Took about the same amount of time for Kansas.

Playing for the first time in a week, the third-ranked Jayhawks were sluggish in falling behind pesky Davidson on Saturday night. But they dominated in the paint in the second half, began getting into transition and ran away from the Wildcats for an 89-71 victory at Sprint Center.

Josh Jackson and Frank Mason III led the way with 18 points apiece, but Bragg added seven points and eight rebounds in 18 minutes in his return from a brief suspension.

“He didn’t really play well in the first half,” Mason said, “but we told him in the locker room, `Stay aggressive, stay confident,’ and that’s what he did. I was happy to have him back out here.”

Bragg had been suspended following his arrest on suspicion of battery, but the misdemeanor charge was dismissed this week after video evidence surfaced that showed him acting in self-defense. The woman who had accused the sophomore forward of shoving her has been charged instead.

“I thought Carlton played well,” Kansas coach Bill Self said.

Svi Mykhailiuk also had 13 points for the Jayhawks (10-1), who extended their nation-leading home winning streak to 49 games. Kansas considered the matchup with the Wildcats (5-4) a home game even though it was played just down the road from its campus in Lawrence.

It was the Jayhawks’ eighth straight win in the building, including the Big 12 Tournament last season and the CBE Classic a few weeks ago. It’s also the same building where they will not only contest the league tournament in March but hope to land in the NCAA Tournament with a spot in the Final Four on the line.

Peyton Aldridge hit five 3s and had 22 points to lead the Wildcats, while Jack Gibbs – the nation’s fourth-leading scorer coming into the game – had 12 points, seven rebounds and six assists.

“We had a great opportunity in front of us and for about 25 minutes I thought we handled it very well,” Davidson coach Bob McKillop said, “and then I think the statistics bear out they just annihilated us in the paint, and they annihilated us in transition.”

Davidson spoiled the holidays for the Jayhawks nearly five years ago to the day when it rolled into the same building and upset a team that would reach the Final Four. And just like that night, the Wildcats relied on superior toughness and a bevy of 3-pointers to cause all kinds of problems Saturday night.

Davidson hit seven 3s in the first half alone, taking a 43-42 lead into the locker room. The only other time the Jayhawks have trailed at the break this season came in a win over Duke.

Kansas was 0 for 8 from beyond the arc in the first half.

The Wildcats extended their lead to five early in the second half before Jackson finally hit from the perimeter. Mason added another 3-pointer, and the Jayhawks clawed their way back in the game.

It was 58-all with just over 11 minutes left when Landen Lucas converted an alley-oop dunk, triggering a 10-2 run that allowed Kansas to seize control. Mykhailiuk hit a 3-pointer during the run, and Bragg Jr. hit a bunch of free throws to cap it.

Kansas later pushed the decisive charge to 20-4 as it wrapped up its 10th straight win.

“They’re a team that really moves a lot on offense, set a lot of screens. It was kind of hard to keep up with our man out there,” Jackson said, “but I think we made a couple – What am I trying to stay? – we made a couple of adjustments on defense that really helped us out.”

STATS AND STREAKS

Kansas had a 48-22 advantage in the paint, including a 23-9 edge on second-chance points. … The Jayhawks scored 16 points off turnovers. Davidson managed two. … The Wildcats wrapped up a stretch of seven of eight games away from home. … Aldridge needs four more points for 1,000 for his career./

BIC PICTURE

Davidson finally gets a break in the schedule. The Wildcats lost to fifth-ranked North Carolina their last time out, the first time they’ve played back-to-back games against Top 5 opponents since 2008.

Kansas showed that it could overcome a lethargic outing to win a game. The Jayhawks have barely been challenged since their win over Duke on Nov. 15 in New York.

UP NEXT

Davidson plays Jacksonville on Wednesday night in its first home game since Nov. 26.

Kansas visits UNLV on Thursday night in its last game before Big 12 play.

More AP college basketball: http://collegebasketball.ap.org

Baylor cruises past Jackson St 82-57 in return to Fort Hood

PROVIDENCE, RI - MARCH 17:  Johnathan Motley #5 of the Baylor Bears looks on in the second half against the Yale Bulldogs during the first round of the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Dunkin' Donuts Center on March 17, 2016 in Providence, Rhode Island.  (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
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FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) Al Freeman appreciated a second chance to play in front of the soldiers and their families at Fort Hood.

The Baylor guard showed it with his best game of the season.

Freeman scored a season-high 19 points and made a career-best five 3-pointers and the fourth-ranked Bears returned to the sprawling Army post about an hour’s drive south of their Waco campus with an 82-57 victory over Jackson State on Saturday night.

A year ago, Freeman scored 12 points in a 104-59 rout of Division III Hardin-Simmons. This time he was 5 of 8 from long range in the first game featuring a pair of Division I teams at Fort Hood, one of the nation’s largest Army posts covering about 340 square miles and housing more than 40,000 soldiers.

“I know that this is the first time some of the soldiers have seen their families in 18 months, 24 months, however long they had their tours,” Freeman said. “It’s a really cool experience to be the center focus of why they come back and the center focus of them, like, seeing their family again, to be the entertainment for them and their family for the night.”

The setup was similar to a year ago, with a slightly larger and near-capacity crowd at 2,400-seat Abrams Gym, which has a large American flag on the wall behind the benches opposite the only permanent set of stands.

And just like a year ago, Baylor players signed autographs after the game at one end of what looks like a high school gym except for the larger space behind each basket. The Bears enjoyed last year’s “thank you” and wanted to do it again .

“I think everyone feels the same way, especially around the holidays when we get to go home to family and friends and so many of them don’t get to see loved ones because they’re out protecting our freedom,” coach Scott Drew said.

Baylor’s Jo Lual-Acuil had a season-high 17 points with six rebounds and five blocks – slightly better than his 4.3-block average that ranks second nationally. The Bears are 10-0 for the first time since starting 17-0 in 2011-12.

Edric Dennis scored 21 points for Jackson State (3-8), which stayed close until a 24-6 Baylor run that started late in the first half and ended with the Bears up 58-38 with about 12 minutes remaining.

Jackson State’s Sherron Wilson was ejected for flagrant foul that sent Johnathan Motley sprawling to the floor midway through second half, not long after Derek Roscoe was given a technical for saying something to Terry Maston after blocking Maston’s shot.

Wilson’s foul was the third technical in about 5 minutes for the Tigers.

“This is the most frustrating part of our season because we’ve have three season-ending injuries to three starters,” Jackson State coach Wayne Brent said. “So right we’re just trying to scratch and claw. Even with our other guys, we’re still short-handed because they’ve got such good talent.”

PUTTING ON A CLINIC

For the second straight year, Drew and his staff conducted a clinic for the kids of soldiers about a week before the game. “I love the clinic, coming down here and helping kids because dads that can’t be here to work them out because they’re deployed,” Drew said. “To know that their 6-year-old, 8-year-old, had a good chance to run around with the ball and get out of mom’s hair for an hour is probably a good thing.”

SPECIAL MOMENT

Jackson State guard Paris Collins briefly lived at Fort Hood while his dad spent time there. He dad was in the Air Force for 22 years. “It was a dream playing for my dad tonight,” said Collins, the other double-figure scorer for the Tigers with 16 points. “He’s done so much for me. I had `Pop’ coming to watch me, you know what I’m saying. It was a blessing for him to be here.”

BIG PICTURE

Jackson State: The three Brent referred to that are out for the year are guard Chace Franklin (shoulder), Treshawn Bolden (broken foot) and Charles Taylor (knee). The Tigers had to feel a boost by the way they played without three starters in the first half.

Baylor: The Bears were a little flat after taking a big early lead against another SWAC opponent in Southern earlier in the week. But Baylor looked like a team with three wins over Top 10 teams in a 10-minute stretch that started late in the first half.

UP NEXT

Jackson State: Tigers visit Duquesne on Monday, take an 11-day break before playing Fisk at home Dec. 30 and open SWAC play at Alabama State on Jan. 2.

Baylor: Bears have rare case of playing on consecutive days in different facilities, with a game at home Sunday against John Brown. There’s just one nonconference game left after that Wednesday at home against Texas Southern before the Big 12 opener Dec. 30 at Oklahoma.

More AP college basketball: http://www.collegebasketball.ap.org and https://twitter.com/AP-Top25

POSTERIZED: Seton Hall’s Desi Rodriguez takes lift-off

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This wasn’t as bad as it could have been thanks to an intelligent Delaware defender opting against trying to block this dunk from Seton Hall’s Desi Rodriguez.