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Racers battle back to stay perfect

MURRAY, Ky. — Isaiah Canaan had 32 points and No. 10 Murray State remained unbeaten with an 81-73 win over Southeast Missouri State on Thursday night.

Jewuan Long added 13 points for Murray State (22-0, 10-0), which is off to the best start by an Ohio Valley Conference team since Western Kentucky opened 21-0 in 1953-54.

Marcus Brister had 17 points and eight rebounds for the Redhawks.

Murray State trailed for most of the first half, falling behind twice by 11 points. A 20-6 run put Southeast Missouri up 27-16 with 8:33 left in the half, and the Redhawks later led 31-20 before the Racers got back to within 39-33 at the break.

Southeast Missouri opened the second half with a 7-2 run to re-establish an 11-point lead before Murray State started chipping away. Donte Poole's free throws gave the Racers a 49-48 lead with 13:23 left, and they never trailed again.

Southeast Missouri forced 14 turnovers, but Murray State outrebounded the Redhawks 43-34.

NO. 7 DUKE 75, VA. TECH 60: Austin Rivers scored 18, Ryan Kelly had 15 and the visiting Blue Devils (19-3, 6-1 ACC) used a 13-2 run late in the first half to open a double-digit lead.

MELO TO RETURN: Center Fab Melo was reinstated and will play for No. 2 Syracuse at St. John's on Saturday. The 7-foot sophomore sat out three games, including the Orange's first loss this season (at Notre Dame), while resolving an academic issue.

UF women stun LSU

BATON ROUGE — Azania Stewart had 12 points and 10 rebounds, Ndidi Madu had a season-high 12 points and Florida defeated LSU 73-64 for its first win at the Pete Maravich Center since Jan. 21, 1996.

The Gators (14-8, 4-5 SEC) led wire to wire against the Tigers (14-8, 4-5 SEC) for their fourth-ever victory in Baton Rouge, halting an eight-game slide there.

NO. 4 STANFORD 62, ARIZONA ST. 49: Nnemkadi Ogwumike had 22 points and 16 rebounds, her sister Chiney had 20 points and 16 rebounds and the Cardinal (19-1, 9-0 Pac-12) overpowered the host Sun Devils in the second half.

NO. 5 DUKE 75, WAKE 43: Haley Peters had 18 points and 11 rebounds for the host Blue Devils (18-3, 9-0 ACC), who beat the Demon Deacons for the 37th straight time.

NO. 6 KENTUCKY 82, MISS. 41: Freshman Bria Goss scored 19 for the host Wildcats (21-2, 10-0 SEC), who matched the 1982-83 team for the best start in program history.

S.C. 64, NO. 8 TENNESSEE 60: Markeshia Grant scored 27 for the visiting Gamecocks, who beat the Volunteers (16-6, 7-2 SEC) for the first time since 1980.

NO. 9 MARYLAND 86, BC 44: Laurin Mincy and Brene Moseley scored 16 each for the host Terrapins (19-3, 6-3 ACC), who avoided their first three-game losing streak in nearly two years.

NO. 12 DELAWARE 62, UNCW 53: Elena Delle Donne had 29 points and 14 rebounds for the visiting Blue Hens (19-1, 10-0 CAA), who grabbed the lead just before halftime then never trailed again.

NO. 16 NEB. 93, NO. 15 PURDUE 89, 3 OT: Lindsey Moore scored eight of her 26 in the third overtime, and the visiting Cornhuskers (19-3, 8-2) tied the Boilermakers (18-5, 8-2) for first place in the Big Ten.

NO. 19 PENN ST. 76, INDIANA 44: Maggie Lucas had 24 points for the host Lions (17-5, 7-3 Big Ten), who won for the sixth time in seven games.

NO. 20 GONZAGA 77, PORTLAND 56: Kayla Standish scored 18 for the host Bulldogs (20-3, 9-1 West Coast Conference), who reached 20 wins for the sixth straight season.

NO. 21 GEORGIA 70, MISS. ST. 60: Khaalidah Miller shook off a two-game shooting slump as she and teammate Jasmine Hassell scored 16 each for host Georgia (17-6, 6-4 SEC).

NO. 24 GA. TECH 75, N.C. STATE 68, OT: Sasha Goodlett scored seven of her 21 in overtime for the host Yellow Jackets (17-6, 7-2 ACC), who scored the first 11 of OT after blowing a nine-point lead late in regulation.

Racers battle back to stay perfect 02/02/12 [Last modified: Friday, February 3, 2012 12:13am]

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