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Texas pulls stunner at Michigan St.

Tristan Thompson dunks for two of his 17 points during No. 18 Texas’ 67-55 win against 
No. 12 Michigan State. The loss ended the Spartans’ 52-game home win streak against noncon­ference opponents dating to Dec. 3, 2003.

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Tristan Thompson dunks for two of his 17 points during No. 18 Texas’ 67-55 win against No. 12 Michigan State. The loss ended the Spartans’ 52-game home win streak against noncon­ference opponents dating to Dec. 3, 2003.

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Jordan Hamilton scored 21 and Tristan Thompson had 17 points and 15 rebounds as No. 18 Texas beat No. 12 Michigan State 67-55 Wednesday.

The Longhorns (10-2) became the first nonconference team to win at the Breslin Center since Duke on Dec. 3, 2003, snapping a 52-game win streak.

The Spartans (8-4) have failed to live up to their preseason billing as the second-ranked team in the country. They have only one quality win, over then-No. 13 Washington in Hawaii, and are 1-3 against Top 25 teams.

Their do-it-all forward, Draymond Green, fouled out with 5:12 left, shortly after making his first field goal on his eighth attempt. He finished with a season-low four points.

Texas trailed only once in the first half and once after halftime on Michigan State's homecourt, where coach Tom Izzo has won nearly 92 percent of his games over the past 14 years. It took control in the second half with a 16-3 run.

The Longhorns have won four straight — including consecutive wins over North Carolina in Greensboro and on Michigan State's homecourt — and also has a win over Illinois.

Izzo coached the Spartans after serving a one-game suspension because the school employed someone associated with a potential recruit during a camp in June.

UCF remains perfect

AMHERST, Mass. — Isaac Sosa scored 14 in his first start of the season and No. 24 Central Florida held off Massachusetts 64-59 in its first game as a nationally ranked team.

Marcus Jordan, who had not practiced since hurting his left ankle Saturday against Miami, scored all seven of his points in the second half for the Knights (11-0). The son of Michael Jordan made five free throws in the final minute to seal it.

UCF, one of eight Division I unbeatens (pending Kansas' and San Diego State's games late Wednesday) won despite committing 20 turnovers and getting outrebounded 41-40.

No. 4 UConn 81, Harvard 52: Kemba Walker scored 20 (his ninth consecutive game of 20 or more) for the Huskies in Hartford. UConn (10-0) allowed Harvard to make only 4 of 31 3-pointers and led 48-21 at halftime.

No. 5 Syracuse 93, Drexel 65: Kris Joseph scored a career-high 25 for the host Orange. After missing five of its first six shots, Syracuse (13-0) made 27 of its next 35.

No. 6 Pitt 61, American 46: Jamie Dixon won his 200th game for the host Panthers. Dixon, in his eighth season, reached the milestone in his 255th game. Only 11 coaches have gotten there faster. The record is Clair Bee of Rider and Long Island in 231 games during the 1930s. Pitt (12-1) used a 9-0 run to take a 56-39 lead.

No. 8 'nova 76, Monmouth 36: Corey Fisher scored 20 and Corey Stokes 19 for the visiting Wildcats. Villanova (10-1), which struggled in winning a 2006 NCAA Tournament first-round game between the teams, led 44-17 at halftime.

No. 13 Ky. 89, Winthrop 52: Doron Lamb scored 32, a school record for a freshman, in the Wildcats' win. He was 11-of-12 from the field, including 7-of-8 on 3-pointers, to break the record of 31 set by Jamal Mashburn on Feb. 3, 1991, against Georgia. Kentucky (9-2) made 12 of 22 3s, including 10-of-14 in the first half to take a 19-point lead.

No. 15 Baylor 83, San Diego 50: Five players scored in double figures, led by Quincy Acy's and Anthony Jones' 14, for the Bears in the Diamond Head Classic in Hawaii. Baylor (8-1) opened the game with an 18-3 run.

No. 22 N. dame 93, UMBC 53: Tim Abromaitis scored 21 and tied a career high with 11 rebounds for the host Irish against Maryland-Baltimore County. Tied at 8, Notre Dame (11-1) went on a 14-4 run on its way to a 48-29 halftime lead.

No. 17 Minnesota: Coach Tubby Smith said he expects starting point guard Al Nolen to play tonight against South Dakota State. He has missed five games with a stress fracture in his foot.

State

Miami 73, Rice 67: Malcolm Grant scored 25, including six 3-pointers, for the Hurricanes in Las Vegas. He made consecutive 3-pointers to put Miami (9-3) up 49-41 midway through the second half.

Texas pulls stunner at Michigan St. 12/22/10 [Last modified: Thursday, December 23, 2010 7:42am]
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