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No. 4 Spartans Win Ninth Straight Game

Evanston, Ill. — Gary Harris scored 14 points and No. 4 Michigan State beat Northwestern 54-40 on Wednesday night for its ninth straight win.

The preseason favorite to win the Big Ten, the Spartans (16-1, 5-0 Big Ten) continue to roll along, although it was hardly an easy night for them. They overcame a sluggish start and pulled away down the stretch even though they struggled in a big way from the outside.

They were 2 of 16 on 3-pointers with Harris missing all six and Keith Appling going 0 for 3. Harris did have four steals, and Appling managed to score 11 points.

No. 16 UMass 88 George Mason 87

Fairfax, Va. — Chaz Williams had 26 points and eight assists, Derrick Gordon made a go-ahead layup with 8 seconds remaining and Massachusetts beat George Mason.

The Minutemen (15-1, 3-0 Atlantic 10) rallied from eight points down in the second half to win their sixth straight.

Sherrod Wright scored 26 points to lead the Patriots (7-10, 0-3), who lost for the eighth time in 10 games.

No. 24 Saint Louis 66 St. Bonaventure 60

St. Louis — Dwayne Evans scored 18 points and No. 24 Saint Louis won its first game since breaking into the Top 25 for the first time.

Jordair Jett scored 10 of his 15 points in the second half for Saint Louis (16-2, 3-0 Atlantic 10), which has won 10 in a row.

UNH 56, UMBC 42

Durham, n.h. — Frank Okeke scored 12 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead New Hampshire (3-13, 1-2 America East) over Maryland-Baltimore County as the Wildcats broke a 13-game losing streak.

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No. 5 Louisville 75, UCF 56

Louisville, Ky. — Shoni Schimmel scored 27 points and Sara Hammond added 22 as Louisville (17-1, 5-0 American Athletic Conference) beat Central Florida for its 10th straight victory.

West Va. 73 No. 13 Iowa State 59

Ames, Iowa — Linda Stepney scored 16 points and West Virginia upset Iowa State in Ames for the second straight season.

West Virginia (15-2, 4-1 Big 12) hit seven 3-pointers in the first half and was 12 of 30 overall.

Michigan 65, No. 22 Purdue 49

West Lafayette, Ind. — Madison Ristovski scored 17 points and Michigan never trailed.

Ristovski was 5 of 9 from the field for the Wolverines (12-5, 3-1 Big Ten), connecting on 3 of 5 from long-range.