RALEIGH, N.C. - Shelden Williams scored 18 of his 22 points in the second half to help No. 5 Duke beat North Carolina State 86-74 on Thursday night.
Daniel Ewing added 17 points for the Blue Devils (12-0, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), who scored on nine straight possessions midway through the half to charge ahead after trailing by 10 early.
Cameron Bennerman scored 20 points for the Wolfpack (10-5, 0-2), who have lost four straight games for the first time since the 1999-00 season. Julius Hodge, the reigning ACC player of the year, had just 13 points on 3-for-10 shooting with five turnovers.
No. 14 Washington 77, Oregon 56
SEATTLE - Tre Simmons and Bobby Jones each scored 15 points, and Nate Robinson and Jamaal Williams added 14 apiece for Washington.
Simmons also had a career-high 12 rebounds, and Jones, usually Washington's defensive stopper, was 2-of-3 from 3-point range to help the Huskies (14-2, 4-1 Pac-10) win their 16th straight at home. Freshman Bryce Taylor scored 16 points for Oregon (10-3, 2-2).
No. 16 Gonzaga 76, Loyola Marymount 65
SPOKANE, Wash. - J.P. Batista scored 17 points in his first start, and Ronny Turiaf added 16 on his 22nd birthday to lead Gonzaga.
Gonzaga (12-3, 2-1 West Coast Conference) was coming off a loss to Saint Mary's on Saturday that ended its conference winning streak at 17. Matthew Knight had 20 points for Loyola Marymount (9-7, 1-2).
Memphis 78, No. 22 Marquette 68
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Rodney Carney scored 29 points, and freshman guard Darius Washington had 20 points and five assists for Memphis (9-7, 2-0 Conference USA).
Dameon Mason led Marquette (13-2, 1-1) with 20 points.
No. 17 Arizona 77, Southern California 68
TUCSON, Ariz. - Chris Rodgers scored a career-high 22 points, seven during Arizona's decisive second-half surge,
Salim Stoudamire added 21 points on 5-of-9 shooting from 3-point range for the Wildcats (13-3 overall, 3-1 Pac-10). Nick Young led USC (0-5, 7-9) with 18 points.
The Trojans found out earlier in the day that Tim Floyd will be introduced as their new coach Friday. Henry Bibby was fired Dec. 6, four games into the season, and replaced by assistant Jim Saia on an interim basis.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Seimone Augustus scored 18 points as third-ranked LSU snapped Florida's five-game winning streak with a 64-47 victory Thursday night, beating the Gators for the fifth time in a row.
Quianna Chaney added 12 points for the Tigers (15-1, 2-0 Southeastern Conference). Tamia Williams led Florida (11-5, 2-1) with 15 points, and Bernice Mosby had 15 rebounds.
Florida, which opened the game with a 5-0 run, had a chance to build on that in the first half. But the Gators went 5:36 and 5:55 without a basket and wound up with 16 turnovers by the break.
No. 4 Rutgers 69, Georgetown 33
PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Michelle Campbell scored 20 points and Freshman Matee Ajavon added 18 as Rutgers won its seventh straight game.
The Scarlet Knights (12-2, 3-0 Big East) forced 25 turnovers and held the Hoyas without a basket for 12 minutes in the first half. Bethany LeSueur had 10 points for Georgetown (5-9, 0-3), which sustained its fourth straight loss.
No. 5 Ohio St. 80, No. 21 Iowa 57
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Marscilla Packer and Michelle Munoz scored all of the points in Ohio State's key 11-0 first-half run.
Jessica Davenport led the Buckeyes (16-2, 4-1 Big Ten) to their fifth consecutive victory with 19 points. Munoz scored 12 and Packer 9. Jamie Cavey had 17 points for the Hawkeyes (13-3, 2-3), who began the season 13-0.
No. 6 Stanford 88, California 53
STANFORD, Calif. - Brooke Smith scored 14 of her 21 points in the first half, and Stanford beat rival California for the ninth straight time.
Candice Wiggins added 18 points as Stanford (14-2, 6-1 Pac-10) won its 31st straight league home game. Renee Wright scored 16 points for Cal (8-8, 2-5), a winner only once in the past 25 meetings.
No. 8 Tennessee 72, Arkansas 54
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Shanna Zolman scored 16 points for Tennessee, which held Arkansas to 17 in the first half.
The Lady Vols (11-3, 1-0 Southeastern Conference) won their 55th straight home game in league play. Brittany Vaughn had a career-high 13 points for the Lady Razorbacks (10-5, 0-4).
No. 9 Michigan St. 74, Wisconsin 66
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Liz Shimek had 22 points to punctuate the best start in Michigan State history.
Lindsay Bowen and Kelli Roehrig added 14 points apiece for the Spartans (14-2, 3-1 Big Ten). Wisconsin (6-8, 1-4) was led by Jolene Anderson with 16 points.
No. 11 Minnesota 58, No. 20 Purdue 38
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Shannon Schonrock scored a career-high 25 points, and Minnesota won for the first time in the last 18 visits to Mackey Arena.
Schonrock made a career-high 7-of-11 3-pointers, and the Gophers (14-2, 4-0 Big Ten) held Purdue to 32-percent shooting to win their sixth game in a row. Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton had 10 points and 10 rebounds for Purdue (10-5, 3-2).
No. 15 Maryland 72, Georgia Tech 65
ATLANTA - Maryland's Shay Doron scored 28 points, and Crystal Langhorne added 14 and a career-high 15 rebounds.
The Terrapins (12-2, 2-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) used a 10-0 run early in the second half to open a 40-23 lead. Georgia Tech (10-4, 1-2) got 20 points from Stephanie Higgs.
No. 17 Vanderbilt 73, Auburn 67
AUBURN, Ala. - Carla Thomas had 32 points and nine rebounds to lead Vanderbilt over Auburn in the Southeastern Conference opener for both.
Ashley Earley added 22 points for the Commodores (12-2). Natasha Brackett led the Tigers (9-5) with 18 points.
Kentucky 71, No. 18 Georgia 63
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Freshman center Sarah Elliott scored 15 points to give Kentucky its first victory over a ranked opponent in five seasons.
Samantha Mahoney added 14 points for the Wildcats (12-5, 1-1 Southeastern Conference). Tasha Humphrey had 23 points and Alexis Kendrick 18 for Georgia (13-5, 2-2).
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