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Kansas holds on to beat Iowa State 80-76

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LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) Kansas spent most of the first half Monday night chasing Iowa State all over the court, unable to keep up with the Cyclones' crisp ball movement and their resulting open shots.

Jayhawks coach Bill Self made a subtle tweak that changed everything.

Kansas began switching five on defense, and the stops fueled a 14-0 second-half charge that gave Self's team the lead. And unlike last weekend at West Virginia, the ninth-ranked Jayhawks made it stick down the stretch, holding on for an 80-76 victory over the No. 24 Cyclones.


MSU beats Maryland for 12th straight win

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) Aaron Henry made the most of his opportunity to play in place of injured starter Joshua Langford.

The freshman forward had a season-high 12 points, helping No. 6 Michigan State beat No. 13 Maryland 69-55 on Monday night with balanced offense and stifling defense.


No. 11 UNC rolls past No. 10 Va. Tech

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) North Carolina went from being unable to hit a 3-pointer to seemingly unable to miss. And its touted freshmen rolled to big nights against a highly ranked Atlantic Coast Conference opponent.

This is more what coach Roy Williams envisioned - or hoped for, anyway - from his 11th-ranked Tar Heels.


Mason scores 29 as Baylor defeats WVU

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) Both Baylor and West Virginia upset AP Top 10 teams on Saturday, but only one team got to build on that momentum.

Makai Mason scored a season-high 29 points as the Bears cruised to an 85-73 win over West Virginia on Monday night.


Mathis helps Rutgers knock off Nebraska

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) Tim Miles didn't divulge his game plan for defending Montez Mathis. Asked what the game plan was, and how Mathis handled it, the Nebraska coach didn't feel the need to share his faulty formula.

"He did just fine," Miles said. "So apparently my game plan didn't matter."


Alexander's 26 lift Creighton over Hoyas

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) Ty-Shon Alexander hit six 3-pointers and scored 26 points, Mitch Ballock made four free throws in the last 30 seconds and Creighton ended a four-game losing streak with a 91-87 win over Georgetown on Monday night.

The Bluejays (11-8, 2-4 Big East Conference) outscored the Hoyas (12-7, 2-4) 8-2 after James Akinjo 3's gave Georgetown an 85-83 lead with 2:09 to play.


Vols up to No. 1 in AP poll, Duke No. 2

Top-ranked Duke went down early in the week. No. 2 Michigan and No. 4 Virginia, the last of Division I's unbeaten teams, both fell over the weekend. In all, six top-10 teams lost.

Tennessee kept rolling amid chaos across the AP Top 25.


Lipscomb off to best start in 19 years

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Garrison Mathews scored 25 points, Eli Pepper had nine points and 11 rebounds and Lipscomb beat Kennesaw State 86-57 on Monday night.

Mathews scored 17 points in the first half, making 8 of 10 free throws, as Lipscomb led 41-33. The Bisons hit 12 of 14 free throws in the half and finished 20 of 27.


Capel, Pitt set for Coach K, No. 2 Duke

PITTSBURGH (AP) Jeff Capel needed a landing spot, a place to recharge and re-evaluate after getting fired by Oklahoma in 2011. Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski came to his former point guard with a simple offer.

Come home, Krzyzewski told Capel. We'll figure something out.


Bowman scores 37 as BC tops No. 11 FSU

BOSTON (AP) With just over a minute left and No. 11 Florida State rapidly closing the gap, an unlikely contributor popped onto the court to help Boston College hold on for a victory.

Running back AJ Dillon, the Atlantic Coast Conference's preseason football player of the year, got out of his courtside seat and wiped down the floor while the teams lined up for a free throw, drawing a chuckle and a cheer from the crowd.