NCAA Wrap: Rice loses, A&M wins

NCAA Wrap: Rice loses, A&M wins
February 13, 2013, 10:15 pm
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Marshall 71, Rice 70

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Elijah Pittman scored 22 points to lead Marshall over Conference USA-foe Rice 71-70 Wednesday night.

Marshall (11-14, 4-6) entered having lost two straight and five of six. Pittman was 7-of-10 shooting and made three 3-pointers. D.D. Scarver hit four treys en route to 17 points, while Dennis Tinnon had 11 points and Nigel Spikes 10.

DeAndre Kane, ranked sixth in the NCAA averaging 7.2 assists entering Wednesday, had 10 helpers for the Thundering Herd.

Spikes hit two free throws to put Marshall ahead 62-61 with 3:35 left and added two more foul shots 36 seconds later for a decisive 64-61 lead.

Rice's Julian DeBose hit a 3 to make it 71-70 with 1 second left, but the Owls (5-19, 1-9) couldn't get the ball back for another shot.

Tamir Jackson led Rice with 16 points as the Owls dropped their fourth straight.

Marshall held a 31-25 advantage in rebounds.

Texas A&M 69, Mississippi 67    

COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Elston Turner had 37 points, including a career-high seven 3-pointers, to give Texas A&M a 69-67 win over Mississippi on Wednesday night.

Derrick Millinghaus made a free throw before the Rebels got the ball back after a shot-clock violation. Millinghaus hit a layup with 44 seconds left to cut A&M's lead to 67-65.

Turner then hit a jump shot from the corner with 16 seconds left to extend the lead.

Millinghaus made two more free throws with 10 seconds remaining, and the Rebels had to foul three consecutive times to get into the bonus. Turner missed his free throw with 5 seconds left, but Millinghaus missed a shot at the buzzer to give A&M (15-9, 5-6 SEC) the win.

Mississippi (18-6, 7-4) has dropped four of its last five games after opening SEC play 6-0.  

Baylor 80, West Virginia 60    

WACO, Texas -- Brady Heslip scored 20 points with six 3-pointers while freshman Rico Gathers had a season-high 22 points and Baylor beat West Virginia 80-60 on Wednesday night, ending the Mountaineers' three-game winning streak.

Heslip had two 3-pointers in a half-minute stretch in the second half when the Bears (16-8, 7-4 Big 12) had a quick eight-point spurt aided by two West Virginia turnovers for a 46-34 lead. Pierre Jackson had a steal for a breakaway lay-up between Heslip's long-range shots, the second after a turnover.

Jackson finished with 15 points and nine assists.

Eron Harris had 19 points to lead West Virginia (12-12, 5-6) while Deniz Kilicli had 13 points.

Baylor never trailed after scoring the game's first seven points while West Virginia had three turnovers in the first 2 minutes.

The Mountaineers finished with 18 turnovers, leading to 23 Baylor points.

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