CINCINNATI — Yancy Gates scored a season-high 22, and 24th-ranked Cincinnati extended the second-best start in school history, beating Xavier 66-46 on Thursday night to win back the city's backyard bragging rights.
Cincinnati's 15-0 start matches the 1998-99 team.
Xavier has gotten the better of its crosstown rival for years, having won three in a row and eight of 11 in the series, which often gets heated. Xavier's Terrell "Tu" Holloway got a technical for throwing an elbow Thursday.
Gates, a 6-foot-9, 265-pound power forward, shot 10-of-16 and had 14 rebounds.
"In practice, we play around, and I hit shots like that,'' he said. "It was like that. I just wasn't playing around."
Holloway, the Musketeers' leading scorer (21.3), scored five on 2 of 13 shooting.
Baseball hits king Pete Rose and Pete Rose Jr. sat courtside.
No. 20 Ill. 88, N'western 63: Demetri McCamey scored 14 and the host Illini (13-3, 3-0 Big Ten) held John Shurna to seven points. He came in averaging 21.
no. 23 wash. 87, oregon 69: Freshman Terrence Ross scored a season-high 25 and the host Huskies (11-3, 3-0 Pac-10) shut down the Ducks in the final 12 minutes.
laettner loses in court: The legal woes of former Duke stars Christian Laettner and Brian Davis continue to mount. Last month a federal judge in Maryland ordered the business partners to pay NFL linebacker Shawne Merriman nearly $3.8 million and give him ownership stakes in their projects in Durham, Baltimore and Atlanta. In September a federal judge in North Carolina ruled that Laettner and Davis owe Chevron $2.2 million. A California investor is asking a federal court to enforce a 2009 state court judgment against Laettner and Davis for $1.1 million.
FIU 75, Ark. State 70: Marvin Roberts scored 17, eight in the final 5:11, for the host Golden Panthers (7-7, 2-0 Sun Belt).
FAU 65, South Alabama 57: Raymond Taylor scored 15 and the host Owls (10-6, 3-0 Sun Belt) got 24 points off of 16 turnovers.
Women: FSU rolls
BLACKSBURG, Va. — Chasity Clayton scored 16 to lead No. 24 Florida State to a 79-48 victory over Virginia Tech.
The Seminoles (13-3, 1-0 ACC) shot 54.4 percent and won their fourth straight since a loss at Connecticut on Dec. 21.
FSU trailed only once, 2-0. The Seminoles then went on a 14-2 run and never trailed again.
AUBURN 73, UF 56: The host Tigers closed with a 22-9 run. Jennifer George led the Gators (11-5, 1-1 SEC) with 10 points. Florida was outrebounded 34-25, its worst deficit this season.
No. 3 Duke 71, No. 14 Md. 64: Jasmine Thomas scored seven of her 22 in the final two minutes, and the Blue Devils (15-0, 1-0 ACC) rallied with a late 11-2 run to extend their winning streak at Cameron Indoor Stadium to 17. It's their best start since 30-0 in 2006-07. "I'm ready for her to graduate," Maryland coach Brenda Frese said of Thomas. Kim Rodgers scored 18 for the Terrapins (13-2, 0-1).
No. 5 UT 110, Alabama 45: Glory Johnson scored 19 off the bench as the host Vols (14-2, 2-0 SEC) extended their winning streak against the Tide to 37. It's their second-longest active streak; Tennessee has beaten South Carolina 38 straight.
Georgia Tech 71, No. 8 UNC 70: Metra Walthour hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 23.6 seconds left and Tyaunna Marshall scored 24 for the host Yellow Jackets. Jessica Breland, who missed a jumper at the buzzer, hit a pair of free throws to give the Tar Heels (15-1, 0-1 ACC) a seven-point lead with 1:40 left, but North Carolina didn't score again. The Tar Heels, ranked in the top 10 in NCAA rebounding margin, were outrebounded 39-29.
No. 25 Ark. 78, No. 10 UK 67: C'eira Ricketts scored 19, one of four in double figures for the host Razorbacks (13-1, 1-1 SEC). Arkansas led by 10 in the first half and pulled away from Kentucky (11-3, 0-1) in the second.
No. 11 Mich. St. 62, Wis. 43: Kalisha Keane had 12 points and 11 rebounds for the host Spartans (14-1, 2-0 Big Ten), who won their 12th straight.