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Maine Upsets Vermont, 71-68

Orono, Maine — Justin Edwards scored 22 points and Alasdair Fraser 20 as Maine ended a three-game losing streak with a 71-68 victory last night over Vermont, which had won three straight.

Fraser, who also had 10 rebounds and eight assists, put the Black Bears (8-11, 3-3 America East) ahead to stay, 68-66, on a layup with 5:22 remaining.

The Catamounts (12-7, 5-2), who had won 11 of their past 12 meetings with Maine, scored just two points after tying the game 66-66 on Sandro Carissimo’s 3-pointer with 5:45 left.

Clancy Rugg scored 21 points to pace Vermont. The junior forward is averaging 18.8 points in four games since becoming a starter.

With game-time temperatures barely above zero, Maine held a “Beach Night” promotion, giving away cash and prizes to selected fans dressed in beachwear.

No. 3 Kansas 59
No. 11 Kansas St. 55

Manhattan, Kan. — Travis Releford scored 12 points and No. 3 Kansas held off No. 11 Kansas State down the stretch for a victory that gave the Jayhawks sole possession of first place in the Big 12.

Ben McLemore and Jeff Withey added 11 points each for the Jayhawks (17-1, 5-0), who pushed their nation-leading winning streak to 16 games — matching the third-longest under coach Bill Self .

— and ended the Wildcats’ 12-game home winning streak.

No. 13 Michigan St. 49 Wisconsin 47

Madison, Wis. — Keith Appling scored 19 points and Branden Dawson added 18 to lead Michigan State over Wisconsin.

Mike Bruesewitz led Wisconsin (13-6, 4-2 Big Ten) with 10 points.

Both teams went more than 4 minutes without scoring down the stretch. Dawson broke the drought, hitting one of two from the free throw line to put the Spartans (17-3, 6-1) up 48-44 with just over 2 minutes left.

No. 14 Ohio St. 72, Iowa 63

Columbus, Ohio — Deshaun Thomas, who missed part of the second half with a cut above his eye, scored 16 points and Ohio State built a big lead and then held on to beat Iowa.

Thomas, the Big Ten’s leading scorer at 21 points per game, sat out about 3 minutes while an open cut over his right eye was bandaged.

Wake Forest 86
No. 18 N.C. State 84

Winston-Salem, n.c. — Freshman Devin Thomas had a season-high 25 points, 14 rebounds and four blocks to help Wake Forest upset No. 18 North Carolina State.

Travis McKie added 16 points for the Demon Deacons (10-8, 3-3 ACC), including two free throws with 3.4 seconds left that helped Wake Forest hold on down the stretch in a wild final 4½ minutes.

No. 22 Missouri 71
S. Carolina 65

Columbia, Mo. — Earnest Ross and Jabari Brown hit key 3-pointers in the final 1:11 and No. 22 Missouri overcame 5-for-27 shooting from long range and a 13-point second-half deficit to beat South Carolina .

Ross had a career-best 21 points and Brown had 17 for Missouri (14-4, 3-2 SEC), which is 11-0 at home this season and has won 12 straight at the Mizzou Arena since losing to Kansas State and coach Frank Martin, now in his first year at South Carolina, on Feb. 21, 2012.