ROUNDUP

Cardinals nip Wildcats

No. 12 Illinois survives Auburn’s upset bid

The Associated PressDecember 30, 2012 

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Kentucky Wildcats guard Ryan Harrow (12) passes from his back out of the pressure of Louisville Cardinals guard Peyton Siva (3) during game action at the KFC Yum! Cente in Louisville, Kentucky, Saturday, December 29, 2012. Louisville defeated Kentucky, 80-77. (Mark Cornelison/Lexington Herald-Leader/MCT)

MARK CORNELISON — MCT

  • Top 25 Fared 2. Michigan (13-0) beat Central Mich. 88-73 6. Kansas (10-1) vs. American, late 9. Syracuse (11-1) beat Alcorn State 57-36 10. Ohio St. (10-2) beat Chicago St. 87-44 16. Creighton (11-1) vs. Evansville, late 25. Kansas State (10-2) beat UMKC 52-44

— Russ Smith scored 21 points and Chane Behanan had 20, and No. 4 Louisville ended a four-game skid against rival Kentucky with an up-and-down 80-77 victory on Saturday.

Peyton Siva added 19 points for the Cardinals (12-1).

Archie Goodwin scored 19 of his 22 points in the second half for Kentucky (8-4).

NO. 12 ILLINOIS 81, AUBURN 79

At Chicago, Tracy Abrams scored a career-high 27 points for Illinois (13-1).

Frankie Sullivan led Auburn (5-7) with 21 points

NO. 14 FLORIDA 78, AIR FORCE 61

At Sunrise, Fla., Kenny Boynton snapped a shooting slump with three 3-pointers in the second half when Florida (9-2) pulled away. Florida (9-2) won for the second time in the past four games.

TEXAS A&M 61, ARMY 55

At College Station, Texas, Fabyon Harris scored 12 points, Ray Turner chipped in with 11 and Texas A&M (9-3) mounted a late comeback to avoid its second consecutive upset.

GEORGIA 82, FLORIDA A&M 73

At Athens, Ga., Nemanja Djurisic scored a career-high 21 points, and Georgia (5-7) won its third straight.

TENNESSEE 51, XAVIER 47

At Knoxville, Tenn., Josh Richardson scored 12 points, and Tennessee (8-3) used a 19-3 second-half run to win.

ACC

NO. 1 DUKE 90, SANTA CLARA 77

At Durham, N.C., Seth Curry scored 12 of his season-high 31 points during the late run that helped Duke pull away. Mason Plumlee added 22 points and 13 rebounds for the Blue Devils (12-0).

NORTH CAROLINA 79, NO. 20 UNLV 73

At Chapel Hill, N.C., P.J. Hairston scored 15 points in his first career start for North Carolina (10-3).

NO. 23 NORTH CAROLINA ST. 84, W. MICHIGAN 68

At Raleigh, C.J. Leslie scored 19 points to lead N.C. State (10-2), which won its sixth consecutive game.

GEORGIA TECH 73, FORDHAM 48

At Atlanta, Daniel Miller and Robert Carter Jr. each scored 14 points, and Georgia Tech (9-2) scored 17 straight points in the second half.

FLORIDA STATE 82, TULSA 63

At Sunrise, Fla., Terrance Shannon scored a career-high 16 points off the bench to help Florida State win at the Orange Bowl Basketball Classic.

Florida State (8-4) extended its winning streak to four games and remained unbeaten in four games against Tulsa (7-6).

BOSTON COLLEGE 70, HOLY CROSS 60

At Boston, Patrick Heckmann connected on five 3-pointers en route to 19 points, and Ryan Anderson scored 18 and grabbed 10 rebounds to pace Boston College (7-5).

BYU 97, VIRGINIA TECH 71

At Salt Lake City, Tyler Haws scored a career-high 42 points, including six 3-pointers, to lift BYU.

Erick Green, the nation’s leading scorer, finished with 12 points for Virginia Tech (9-4).

MARYLAND 79, DELAWARE STATE 50

At College Park, Md., freshman Charles Mitchell came off the bench and scored a season-high 19 points, and Maryland (11-1) extended its winning streak to 11 games.

STATE

COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON 62, VERMONT 50

At Burlington, Vt., Andrew Lawrence scored 21 points, and Anthony Stitt added 19 as Charleston (8-4) pulled away in the second half.

CHARLESTON SO. 105, VIRGINIA INTERMONT 59

At Charleston, Saah Nimley scored 20 points to lead Charleston Southern (5-6).

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