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Brunson has 31, No. 1 'Nova routs Temple

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) Jalen Brunson helped Villanova continue its remarkable reign of Philadelphia.

Brunson had 22 of his career-high 31 points in No. 1 Villanova's dominating first half and Omari Spellman scored 27 to help lead the Wildcats to an 87-67 rout of Temple on Wednesday night.

"He was incredible," Villanova coach Jay Wright said of Brunson.


Louisville to appeal NCAA sanctions

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Louisville officials are meeting with the NCAA's Infractions Appeals Committee to appeal sanctions from a sex scandal that could include vacation of the 2013 men's basketball championship.

University spokesman John Karman confirmed Wednesday's hearing in Atlanta with the Appeals Committee, with a decision expected by February. The NCAA in June placed the school on four years' probation and ordered vacation of up to 123 victories, including the 2013 title. Those penalties followed an investigation into an escort's allegations that former Cardinals basketball staffer Andre McGee hired her and other dancers for sex parties with players and recruits.


Louisville counterclaims Pitino lawsuit

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) The University of Louisville has filed a counterclaim to former basketball coach Rick Pitino's lawsuit and is seeking monetary damages from vacated games and bonuses.

WDRB-TV reports the university alleges negligence and "wrongful conduct" by Pitino has tarnished the school's reputation.


No. 9 A&M sets school mark with 16 3s

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) Texas A&M was bigger, stronger and deeper than Savannah State, so the ninth-ranked Aggies' inside dominance came as no surprise.

A&M also beat the Tigers at the outside shooting on which Savannah State relies, and that combination produced a 113-66 blowout Wednesday night.


No. 24 Texas Tech rolls by Kennesaw St.

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) Texas Tech took advantage of another chance to get the school's first win as a ranked team in almost eight years.

Coach Chris Beard is looking for more after Keenan Evans scored 16 points in an 82-53 victory over Kennesaw State on Wednesday night.


Hutchison has 27 and 11, Boise St. 10-1

BOISE, Idaho (AP) Chandler Hutchison had 27 points and 11 rebounds, Christian Sengfelder scored six of his 12 points in double-overtime and Boise State beat Grand Canyon 85-80 on Wednesday night for its sixth straight win.

Sengfelder opened the second overtime with a layup and two free throws to give the Broncos a 73-69 lead, but Keonta Vernon's 3-point play made it 73-72. Sengfelder answered with a jump shot to spark a 7-0 surge. Grand Canyon (7-3) pulled to 83-80 with 39 seconds left before Justinian Jessup made two free throws to seal it for Boise State (10-1).


Late FT gets Wisconsin past W. Kentucky

MADISON, Wis. (AP) Western Kentucky coach Rick Stansbury has seen enough road games to not want an outcome determined by a last-moment call by an official.

But Stansbury and the Hilltoppers got one on Wednesday night at the Kohl Center.


Epps has 26 and 16, LSU edges Houston

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) Aaron Epps scored a career-high 26 points and Tremont Waters blocked a game-tying 3-point attempt in the final seconds as LSU defeated Houston 80-77 on Wednesday.

Epps, who also grabbed a career-high 16 rebounds, put the Tigers (5-2) ahead by six points on a three-point play with 57 seconds remaining. Rob Gray pulled the Cougars within three points at 80-77 on a 3-pointer less than ten seconds later.


Brown helps Oregon hold off Portland St.

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) Elijah Brown heard about the one that got away and kept his Oregon teammate from his first triple-double.

Finding out that his missed layup kept Troy Brown from the first such feat by a Duck in 15 years didn't help.


SMU tops New Orleans, home streak at 29

DALLAS (AP) Jimmy Whitt scored 19 points and dished eight assists, leading five players into double-figure scoring as Southern Methodist continued its home court dominance, turning away New Orleans, 79-66 on Wednesday night.

The victory makes the Mustangs 7-0 at home this season and pushes their home win streak to 29 games, the second-longest active streak in the nation. SMU (8-3) rebounded from a 94-83 loss at TCU, its third game against a ranked opponent this season after posting wins over then-No. 14 USC and a 66-60 win over then-No. 2 Arizona at the Battle 4 Atlantis.

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