LSU 58, Texas A&M 54
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Anthony Hickey scored 10 points and grabbed 8 steals, as LSU head coach Johnny Jones picked up his first Southeastern Conference win by beating Texas A&M, 58-54, Wednesday night.
The Tigers (10-6, 1-4) attempted 19 more shots than the Aggies (12-6, 2-3) but led for less than 10 minutes.
The Aggies jumped out to a 19-5 lead and held the advantage from the game's opening field goal until the 14:51 mark of the second half, when LSU's Malik Morgan hit his only 3-point shot of the contest.
The lead went back-and-forth until the 2:48 mark, when LSU guard Charles Carmouche stole the ball and raced the length of the court for a fast-break layup. The Tigers would not trail again.
Three Tigers scored in double figures including Hickey. Johnny O'Bryant III scored 14 points and added 10 rebounds, while Shavon Coleman led LSU with 17 points.
LSU was 5-of-23 from 3-point range and just 5 of 12 from the free throw line. LSU was also outrebounded, 38-32.
Fabyon Harris scored 19 points to pace Texas A&M and 9 different Aggies grabbed rebounds.
Texas A&M committed 24 turnovers to LSU's 11, but the Tigers only managed 16 points off turnovers. Five LSU players registered multiple steals, forcing three Texas A&M players to commit four or more turnovers.
Texas Tech 56, Iowa State 51
LUBBOCK, Texas -- Josh Gray scored 16 points to lead Texas Tech to a 56-51 win over Iowa State on Wednesday night.
Jordan Tolbert added 13 points and grabbed eight rebounds, and Dejan Kravic had eight points and eight rebounds for the Red Raiders (9-8, 2-4 Big 12).
Will Clyburn led the Cyclones (13-5, 3-2) with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Korie Lucious added 11 points, nine of them from beyond the arc.
Texas Tech took a 48-47 lead on a Tolbert field goal with 3:20 remaining. A Gray lay-in as the shot clock expired made it 50-47 with 2:32 left.
Both teams traded baskets, and the Red Raiders led by three again, 54-51, with just under 40 seconds remaining. Clyburn attempted a 3-pointer to tie the game with 14 seconds left but came up short. Tolbert went to the line again and made both free throws to seal the victory.
Central Florida 78, Rice 67
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Calvin Newell and Isaiah Sykes scored 24 points apiece as Central Florida capitalized on its advantage at the free-throw line to beat Rice 78-67 Wednesday night in Conference USA action.
Tied at 32 at intermission, the Knights (13-5, 3-1) made 21 of 26 free throws in the second half, compared to 8 of 14 for the Owls.
UCF came out of the break with a 16-7 run, capped by Tristan Spurlock's 3-pointer. After extending the lead to 12 points, the Knights saw Rice climb back to 56-54 with 7:52 left.
The Owls (4-14, 0-4) were still within three points with 5:15 remaining when UCF hit six straight free throws. After Tamir Jackson's three-point play closed the gap to 66-60, Sykes made a layup and Newell a 3-pointer.
Spurlock added 14 points and a career-high 12 rebounds for UCF, which has won four its last five.
Jackson's 15 points led Rice.
West Virginia 71, TCU 50
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Eron Harris scored a career-high 19 points Wednesday night to help lead West Virginia over TCU 71-50 in their first-ever meeting.
The two opponents, in their first season in the Big 12 Conference, were fighting losing streaks coming in. The Mountaineers (9-9, 2-3) had dropped three straight, while TCU (9-10, 0-6) has lost six straight conference games for the first time since the 2001-02 season.
Harris, a freshman who has started the last three games, hit 5 of 6 shots, including 2 of 3 from 3-point range, and made 7 of 10 free throws to surpass his 17 points against Iowa State two games ago.
West Virginia's point total was its highest in five Big 12 Conference games, and the Horned Frogs' 50 points were the lowest total against the Mountaineers by a league opponent.
The Mountaineers came in battling a couple of negative trends. They had lost four of their last five and were under .500 for the first time this late in a season since 2002-2003, when former coach John Beilein's first Mountaineers group finished 14-15.
West Virginia coach Bob Huggins was trying to avoid a fourth straight loss for the first time since his first season at Akron, when the Zips dropped four in a row from Jan. 12-19, 1985.
Instead, he ran his overall coaching record to 719-273 in 31 seasons, tying Don Haskins for 19th place all time in Division I wins. He is also the third-winningest active coach.
For TCU, the drought continues. It has yet to win a Big 12 game since coming over from the Mountain West this season.
The Horned Frogs were last in the 10-team Big 12 in scoring offense (54.8 points per game) and shooting percentage (35.7) and did little to remedy that Wednesday.
The Frogs were a paltry 7-of-24 (29.2 percent) in the first half when they fell behind 35-22. They did notch 50 percent of their shots in the second half (10 of 20) to finish at 38.6 (17 of 44) for the game.
Kyan Anderson scored 19 points to lead TCU, Connell Crossland added 11 points and Adrick McKinney 10.
Meanwhile, West Virginia, which was eighth in the 10-team league in scoring (67 points per game) and field-goal percentage (37.4), improved significantly.
The Mountaineers connected on 25 of 58 shots (43.1 percent), taking 14 more shots and making eight more than the Horned Frogs.
The difference was largely due to rebounds. West Virginia entered the game seventh in Division I in offensive rebounds per game (15.2) and improved that figure against TCU.
They outrebounded the Frogs 19-8 on the offensive glass and owned a 42-30 bulge for total rebounds.
Deniz Kilicli, starting for West Virginia for the first time since the Big 12 opener, and Dominique Rutledge each pulled down a game-high eight boards.
Kilicli also scored 11 points for the Mountaineers, and Jabarie Hinds added 10.
West Virginia outscored TCU 34-26 in the paint, 20-11 off turnovers, 16-4 on second-chance points, 8-2 off the fast break and 29-22 from the bench.
TCU committed 17 turnovers to 10 for West Virginia. The Mountaineers stole the ball 12 times compared to four for TCU.
West Virginia led by 21 points, 49-28, with 12:58 to go. A 14-4 run brought TCU within 53-42 with 8:05 to go, but they never got closer.
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